Monday, 26 June 2017

Changing takes time

I know loads of people I care about are struggling with various things in life. Some have bigger issues than others.
I have been trying for months to help a person vdearest to me.
I told him about my journey into the depths of despondency. If you read my memoirs you might know what I am talking about.
As many other people, my life hasn't been easy.
I have attempted to change and fought to gain control over my destiny many times in my past.
But each time, after a few months of putting into act several strategies people tried before me, I gave up because I thought they were not helping me in any way.
Before turning forty, I hit rock bottom again. Except for this time I had only two choices:
To fight for my life or let it go once it for all.
As you might guess, my decision was to fight like never before and if I am not successful I'll make it over with because I had no real purpose in this world.
Since that moment I have invested my whole time into this final battle.
I have been listening to motivational audio books and messages 24/24. Not for a month, four or ten, but for a year until I started to show some improvements into my thinking patterns.

You might not believe in these things, I didn't use to either, but if you really are intended to change, you'll try UNTIL you succeed. Not for a week, a month, a year or a decade, but until you change.

Changing is a long process.
It took you thirty-five/forty ears to get to this point of non-return, a month invested into changing is a slap in your face.
It took you so many years to become so miserable, what makes you believe that fixing everything that got destroyed withing this period will take you less than two years?
Not even God could do that.
The power is in your hands. You just have to want to see it and use it step by step. Every day, every month, every year.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

3 Years in England - A milestone

With all that's going around in the world, the abominable terrorist attacks, unexpected presidency elections, shocking Referendum results, I have forgotten that on 4th of June 2017 were three years since I moved to England.

A milestone for me as I never thought I'd be here doing what I'm doing.

For many, England is the country of rain, fish and chips, pubs, narrow roads and Sherlock Holmes.
For me, it's the place where my dream has finally started to take form.
It wasn't easy, but here are some of my achievements of which I am quite proud of.
  • On 9th of June 2014, I found my first job as cleaner, 
  • A few weeks later I was offered a job in a warehouse as a quality check person,
  • In August (two months after I got here), I was hired as a call analyst,
  • In September 2014, I had the luck to meet an amazing human who rented me his house,
  • in December of 2016, I (self) published my first short memoir,
  • In May of 2017, I I (self) published another short memoir,
  • In June of 2017, the missing chapter from the previous memoir plus a collection of funny short stories appeared on Amazon, 
  • One novel is about to come out in both formats, eBook and paperback and I will finally have the right to call myself an author,
  • I made amazing friends,
  • My self-esteem is in a good path 
But my dream is only at the beginnings.

Happy Anniversary to me!

Living in the UK made this possible for me. Therefore, Thank You Gene (the friend that brought me here), Thank You Great Britain, Thank You Universe.
Despite the Brexit Referendum, the unavoidable general election results, I will always be grateful. 
In the end, I am Romanian, I should stay in my country not invade other territories. 
But if you really want to know, I would love to live in Romania but that's not possible for now. I won't impose my permanence in England, if they think I don't deserve to be her and it's fair to not give me the same rights every human should have, then I'll move. No problem.
I so wished you'd remained in Europe. Everything is so more complicated now. But I respect your decision.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Three Weeks a Human in Asiago—The Missing Chapter is Live

Maybe not all of those who read Ten Years and Italy, Three Weeks a Human noticed that a chapter was missing.
Or maybe you didn't care. This second variant makes me quite happy to be honest.

Anyway, my deepest and sincere apologies if you felt that the memoir was incomplete. It was not my intention to disappointed any of you, on the contrary.

A few good reasons precluded me for including in the first edition.

1. I wanted it to have a place on its own so you could realise that I hold no grudge to Italy. If my permanence in one of the most beautiful countries of the world had been perfect, I wouldn't be here and the truth is I LOVE to be here. It was my destiny.

2. At the time I wrote the previous gloomy stories, I wasn't able to put this into a decent literary form. I needed some time to step out of that blue state of mind.

This is a gift for everyone who bought any of the two versions of my memoir and for those who like happy stories. Take advantage now!

Amazon allows me to give it for free for a few days every three months—there are many rules and conditions—so please download this as soon as you can. 
You don't have to read it right away, just conserve it on your device. 
The promotion starts on 18th of June and finishes on 21st of June. three days for now. 
If you don't see it free yet, come back later or wait for me to advertise it on my social networks. 

Anyone can read this collection of witty stories. It's not compulsory to know what happened before or in between. I tried to make it stand on its own. 

I hope you enjoy reading this little piece of work and if you've got a minute, remember to leave a short review. Or share it with your friends. "Give and it shall be given to you."

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Elderflower tea or infusion

I absolutely love elderflower!
I am a sentimentalist and this plant gave us the only juice we had during the communism.
My mother used to make the most perfect fizzy drink on earth.
I will never forget or abandon the use of this magical flower.

English people make cordial and in shops, you find fizzy drinks with elderflower aroma. I love them all. Are my absolute favourite in the whole world.
Curious enough is that nobody knows this about me. And I made no secret of it.
Never mind.

This is not a recipe, but an idea and I suggest you take advantage of it now!
The elderflowers are in blossom everywhere in Devon (I only speak about this county because is where I live).

One single elderflower makes at least 500 ml of tea. Don't think if you put more it's going to be more tasty or good. On the contrary.

There are two variants of tea you can make. You can use both dry and fresh flowers, however, the taste will be slightly different.

First
I won't dare to tell English people how to make tea, for all other humans, just take a teapot, put the elderflower in it and pour hot water.
Let it brew for 2-5 minutes and serve with honey, sugar, or whatever you consider.
Of course, you can add a slice of lemon or lime.
I used orange a few times, it's also delicious, however, it covers the elderflower sublime taste. You try it though. It's worth it.

Second
Put the elderflower in the teapot, pour cold water and let it macerate a few hours. Honestly, in 10 minutes is ready.

There is another idea I would like to mention.
Cold elderflower juice, like a lemonade. What's the right word for that? Elderflowerade? 
  • 1 litre of cold water, 
  • 3-5 slices of lemon, lime
  • 2 fresh elderflower, 
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar, honey, etc.
  • Stir well, let it rest for 30 minutes, add ice and serve. 
So very refreshing, healthy, and incredibly tasty.

My mother used to make a very fizzy drink by adding yeast. Yes, yeast. Awesome. The bottles used to pop like bombs. Not very funny being woke up by a dreadful sound like that, but we laughed like crazy because we knew it was the juice fermenting and becoming champagne.

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

We are Aliens - Election Day in the UK

I know nothing about politics but this general election in the country I work in at the moment worries me a lot.
I couldn't write anything today because of that.
First we had the Brexit Referendum that made us, foreign people, feel undesired, now we have the elections.
If the Conservative wins, what's going to happen to those who don't own a British Citizenship?

I am worried, but what can I do?
English people have the right and duty to decide. Hopefully, the principled party will win.
However, which one is the right one for us, immigrants? Do we count at all? 

I won't go into details, I am not entitled.

What I would like to highlight is that I am not a guest in this country. I am a worker. I wash, cook, serve, and clean after myself.
Nobody offers me anything for free. I don't ask and I don't need it because I make my own way and earn an honest living.
But mostly, I pay taxes like every native.
I might be a visitor, but I am not a guest.
And there are others like me. Aliens. Who worry about their future.
I don't think it's fair.

But what's fair in this world? 

Anyhow, God Save the Queen and may the universe be on our side. 

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