Blurb of a heart

"It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.” John Green

The pain of walking away from the pain

And just when I thought I overcame my limits, new challenges arise. It is incredible how attached we become to our stuff, our life as it was and how uncomfortable a simple change, like quitting an apartment, becomes. So this is a post to let you know that, yes, when it comes to change, no matter how big or how small…. IT IS OK to be afraid and feel uncomfortable.

We receive the lessons of life in the most unexpected moments

Life lessons from a bumpy flight

Everything happens so fast! I close my eyes and try to connect with my thoughts and keep calm. If I die in this flight, will I die happy? I kept on asking myself while everyone around seems to lose it. As in a dream, I hear the yelling from the passengers around and I can clearly feel through my skin the fear in the air. We literally jump from our chairs and my thoughts start turning faster and faster, like time is compressing…. and few lessons start emerging.

That magical thing called “patience“

In the English dictionary, patience is defined as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious”. In real life…. patience is that thing that brings things to fruition. But, as with everything in life, there is always a thin line between being stubborn and not patient enough, giving up too soon and continuing on a path that doesn’t feel good. So here comes the big question: how can I strike the balance?

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Three daunting stories

I want to share with you three little stories that changed my life. Little by little and at the right moment, I understood from each of them something deeper that words can explain.

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A story from Athens: about breakdowns & breakthroughs

About four years ago, caught at the intersection of two complicated stories, in a gesture of desperation, I escaped my Brussels reality and went to Athens. It proved to be the perfect destination for my first solo travelling experience (it was 2014) and exactly what I needed for my mental state. Since then, life continues to bring me back to this place every once in a while, I am currently in my 5th trip to the Greek capital.

Happiness and freedom are a matter of choice

Why did I choose to quit my job

Six months ago, I embarked into one of the most thrilling experiences of my life. I dropped the Eurocrat badge and decided to radically change the way I live. From a European public servant, I became a jobless individual, looking for something meaningful.

Children's books

20 lessons for adults drawn from children’s books

Late at night, when the whole world is sleeping, I just love getting lost, once in a while, in the universe of children’s books. Reading the same lines with the eye of an adult is an amazing experience: simple words, big life lessons. Some of the lessons are simply mind-blowing. Never cease to dream, never stop learning, never forget the feeling you had as a child, when you thought everything is possible!!!

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The decision to change something

Whatever you plan to change, one thing is certain: it is a freaking big struggle. You got a vision, you got a dream, but each and every cell in your being is set to do things in a certain way; your logic is set to tell you the opposite than your guts. So what happens when you break the pattern? What happens when you have a breakthrough and you finally take that decision that might actually change your life?

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The deep roots never doubt the spring will come

Life is seasonal, and so are our characters. We have good days and bad days, sometimes bad months, or even years. We cross hills and mountains and embark in journeys we never thought we would take. We go in the deepest and darkest corners of our existence on this Earth, just to come back to surface…. even brighter and more beautiful than ever before. We get our souls sunburned from too much love and we get blisters on our hearts in the race of finding that “something“ to fulfill our lives. In whatever point you are, up in the sky or deep in the waters of depression, never forget: deep roots always know that spring will come.