The paperback version of First I Was Naive is now live!

After three days of formatting (Thank you Davidson ❤), the paperback version of my book First I Was Naive is now available on Amazon for purchase 🙂

For Kobo readers, the formatting is on its way.

Update December 11, 2017: We decided to postpone the release on Kobo and focus only on Amazon for now.

Sometimes the best thing you can do now is to do nothing

I’ve been pushing myself too hard lately to make things work in some aspects of my life that now I’m having a burnout 🙁

At some point I just cried of desperation. Yeah I know, so so so tadinha lol

In those moments, I’m telling myself that everything is temporary. I may be hitting rock bottom now but soon enough I’ll rise again from my ashes, just like a phoenix 🙂

That’s life!

So in the meantime my to-do list for today is:

  • Do
  • Fucking
  • No
  • Thing
  • !!!!

How do you feel today?

Back in 2015, I remember reading a looooot of articles about “how to be successful?”. (I had this weird obsession about successful entrepreneurs… lol) There were many “secrets” like doing meditation, waking up early in the morning or journaling.

But what does it really mean to be “successful”?

Success has a different meaning for everyone.

To me, it means that you get the chance to spend your time doing something you love every day. Whether it’s taking care of my daughter, journaling or managing different projects at the same time (yes I love project management ^^), every day I’m waking up feeling blessed and lucky to be alive.

I’m back online

Last time I posted here was on March 23, 2017 (OMG!)

Well, what happened since then?

  • I gave birth to a beautiful (and sometimes annoying) but mostly cute baby girl on August 3 🙂 Her name is Ellie and she’s already on Instagram.
  • I have a pretty new website (finally!)
  • I worked on publishing my new book, First I Was Naive, which basically is my diary from December 2015 to November 2016. You can check it out now on Amazon 🙂

As I was rewriting my diary on my laptop (yep because I write my journal on notebooks), I can tell you there were many times I wanted to slap my younger-self lol Like “What da f*ck? Whyyyyyy are you doing this?!” and also there were some funny moments like when I wanted to kill Davidson in Myanmar. But well, I’ll stop right here otherwise, I’ll spoil you the whole book 🙂

Overall, 2017 was (and still is) a great year. And I’m sure 2018 will be even better.

You’re stronger than you think

Even though you know that it’s useless to dwell on negative stuff, sometimes it’s just too much. And the pain you were keeping only for yourself, suddenly explodes. You start to cry as if it was the end of your world when actually it’s just the beginning. The beginning of a new chapter where you are the hero and you’re stronger than ever.

If you ever feel like crying, don’t be afraid and cry. But never stay in that zone for too long. Learn to hit rock bottom and bounce back to overcome every new obstacles you’ll have to live the life you want.

Life is not easy but it’s simple once you stop overthinking. The time you spend on worrying is time not spend on taking action on what really matters. So wipe off your tears and go chase your dreams.

When you do stupid stuff

When I decided that it was time for me to quit my job, people told me that I was brave when I’m pretty sure, instead, they were thinking out loud “you’re stupid”. Because that’s what I was thinking at that time…

But somehow, I was crazy enough and I did it anyway.

It was like having a guardian angel. I knew that things will turn out just fine.

Yet, even though I knew I didn’t choose the easiest path, I wasn’t prepared for all the ups and downs (especially the downs, obviously). I thought I knew how to deal with failure when actually I didn’t.

I thought I knew a lot of stuff but actually I knew stuff only in theory. What I was lacking was practicality. And just because of that, I’m grateful I had had the chance to do stupid stuff 🙂

Sweet 16

Today, my little sister is 16. It’s crazy how time flies. I still remember when she used to be a baby. Now she’s a teenager in High School with no idea whatsoever of what to do as a career (just like I did and most of people actually).

So many things happened these past 16 years: love stories, breakups, graduation, first job, arthritis, many trips around the world, …

I’m wondering what Life has in store for me for the next 16 years.

In 16 years, I’m gonna be 45 (whaaaaat?!!).

All I wish is that no matter what happens, I’ll still live a life the way I want it to be and that I’ll inspire my little sister and my future children (and why not many other people) to follow their own paths.

Because in the end, we only have one life and we’re all gonna die.

Why would you wanna be like everyone else?

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Let me learn from my mistakes

As much as we want our loved ones to not getting hurt in a relationship or failing in a business, we warn them too much. Too much that, only few people will take the risk to do what they feel deep down in their guts that’s the right thing to do.

Of course, taking the risk doesn’t mean that they won’t get hurt nor fail. It only means that regardless of that risk, they’ll give it a shot and even if they hit a dead-end, they will have learned a valuable lesson that will help them to grow and to get closer and closer to their goal.

Although I failed in my first business attempt, I consider it as the best lesson I could’ve ever learned in my life. If I had the knowledge I have now and could turn back time, I would’ve certainly made different choices.

In any case, I have no regrets because what’s important it’s not the destination but the journey. And so far, it’s been a hell of a ride 🙂

 

P.S.: If you haven’t read the book “Veronika decides to die” by Paulo Coelho, I totally recommend it to you. Previously, from Paulo Coelho I’ve only read “The Alchemist” so I was kinda confused with the story but the lesson learned at the end of the book is precious.

 

Lessons learned while traveling and working around the world in 2016

I thought about writing this post for a long time already. There are so many lessons I learned last year that I found it hard to make a list but I’ll try anyway… So here we go! 🙂

Listen only to yourself

Although I know it’s tempting to just listen to your lizard brain (the one who’s telling you that you’re good enough and all that sh*it), be strong enough to listen to your guts. You may not see a clear path to what you wanna achieve but you don’t necessarily need to know all the steps. Actually, you only need to know the end and also the first step that you can do right now. Soon, you’ll see that your path will get clearer and clearer.

Let others criticize you

And never let yourself behind. They probably don’t understand what you’re doing with your life and that’s just fine because it’s your life not theirs. Do whatever seems right for you even if it means losing some friends on the way.

Be naive

But not too much. Back in 2015, when I quit everything to travel in South America what my friends thought was bravery was actually naivety. I felt like I could do anything I set in my mind. I thought I could be successful in a brand new career in just a couple of months. Of course I was wrong. Do I still believe I can be successful? Yes, but not just in a couple of months 🙂 Being naive helped to start and being realistic helps me to keep going.

Give time some time

What you thought would take just a few months (just like I did) will actually turn out to be more months and maybe even years. So be sure to have enough savings and be ready to get back to a regular job to let you keep going with your project. If you want it bad enough, you’ll find ways to achieve your goal, otherwise it means it wasn’t really your dream. Learn to be patient…

And adjust your trajectory when necessary

You can’t exactly predict the future. Who knows what can happen? Maybe you’ll have to come back in your home country because one of your relatives had a bad accident or you realize that your idea isn’t that great after all after analyzing the market. A lot of stuff can happen, good or bad. Learn to go through these different life events keeping in mind that everything is temporary. Appreciate everything and don’t expect anything.