Job challenges

Hello, dear readers and writers! The time frame is now 12:24 AM while I am writing this post. As you might have guessed, I am enjoying the night shifts.

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It’s my last week as an employee at this company, and now I have to switch between two jobs, 16 hours per day. About one thing I am positive, this is a challenge for me, but I am faithful and know that things will change starting with next week.

Overall, it’s more demanding, because I have to deal with two different tasks per day, and it can be overwhelming at times. I make sure to finish my job earlier so that I can get more sleep, but at times 4-5 hours of sleep, it’s a performance.

I wake up, take a shower, eat breakfast, and have coffee with my new colleagues from the second workplace then the training begins. I am lucky because the new job is friendly and easy to understand for the beginning.

I finish the second job at 6 PM, eat my second meal, get 2 hours of sleep, and start again with the night shift at 8 PM. I don’t get too much time for myself because I have to keep working and pay attention to my tasks.

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Working on two jobs: pros and cons

When you are working two jobs, you are tired for sure. It drains you of any energy left, and the more tired you get, the more irritable you become. It’s essential to learn to control your attitude, as your loved ones are not at fault for this situation.

As a benefit, I think you can count on the fact you will considerably improve your skills and achieve more experience in a short time, and this will help you to build your resume.

The other reason will be, making money, of course. Everybody needs money for daily expenses, bills, credits, etc. Doubling the usual payment helps to cover all the expenses and save some for unexpected incidents.

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Motivational words

At the end of the day, enjoy the ride, and get through every task, climbing peaks and valleys. Work with all your heart, and be happy with the results, work as if you would be working for your own business.

If you get the feeling that today was not enough, then rest and make tomorrow worthwhile. Set small goals and achieve them in time. Have faith in yourself and your abilities. Nobody can do a better job than you!

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Battles that aren’t worth fighting

During this quarantine, we did succeed to eat a lot more than we have expected, in the beginning. So, stake after stake, sweet after sweet, snack after snack, we did manage to put on a few pounds.

Some of us might have had a few more in plus, while some have gained just the right amount for a healthy organism at their height. But people tend to notice, and at times, make the wrong comments when they are not required.

Take my example, I went down the road to give my best friend fresh diary from the countryside (from my last weekend visit), and a group of people started making nasty comments.

I am aware that I wasn’t dressed to kill. Imagine messy-dry hair, less makeup, short pants, tee-shirt, and a pair of comfy sneakers. And here I was, on my way ready to bring my friend the vegetables, when they started laughing by my back and making comments.

At first I have ignored it and went on my way, because I had to see my friend. On the way back, I took some time to notice the ones that were blabbering on my back.

A group of people were laying on a car front while chewing on sunflower seeds and making a mess around them. And then I knew, that fighting them was not the best idea and that I need to move further.

I am not a racist person, I respect and value all persons, no matter their color, religion, or belief, but at times, gypsies can be irritant and cause trouble.

I am aware that during this quarantine I managed to gain a few pounds and look a little bit different, but that does not make me a fat person. Having 60 kg at 1.70 height is more than enough.

Nevertheless, this motivated me, and I decided to start going to the gym with one of my girlfriends. Working out at home can turn bad when there is nobody to motivate you, and you turn lazy in time.

July is going to be the month of resolutions for me and for making the right decisions for my future. In regards to the people, let them talk, I could not care less. They are just noise in the background.

It’s important to know that some fights are not ours to take on and that we should move on. Why waste energy on persons that don’t even matter and get angry over nothing?

Some battles aren’t worth fighting.

Quote of the day #17

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

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Injuries

I was thinking these days about why it is so hard to let go of the reminiscences of feeling hurt, being injured and going through unfortunate moments in life. We all go through them at some point in this life, and it’s inevitable.

We cannot stop those critical moments to arrive, they are meant to be. Accidents, an injury, a painful situation, and even a broken heart, they are present to make us realize something. To mature.

It is awful to go through bad moments in life, but they are in there to teach us a lesson. Lessons that will cause tears, that are painful and may be lessons that will follow us an entire lifetime.

We have 2 huge options: take it or leave. You may think that leaving will be the best option, having to forget the circumstance that caused us pain and simply ignore it when life brings it upon us.

But then, are we born cowards? Why can’t we just take it as it is, learn the lesson, accept it, and when life will bring new challenges and new sorrows, simply relate to it? It’s time to take perspective and cherish the moments that we have taken for granted.

We cannot run an entire lifetime of our fears, might as well confront them. Take the good out of the troubles and be a winner. So what if we bleed? What if we are injured and can barely stand? What if we remain with scars that will show?

We are humans and have a story to tell. Every person has a specific distinction in this life and everything is written on our bodies, our skin, our eyes. We can read everything clearly, but then, we often chose to judge instead of seeing through them and understand the story.

If we have gone through unfortunate events, cried our eyes out, what did we learn from it? The attitude of the evil people, judging and telling us what to do, or what we felt within? Everyone suffers wrongs for which there is no remedy. Let’s not make it worse than it is because of selfish pride.

Going through rough times makes us feel humble, teaches us to appreciate every moment that we have, gives perspective. This is why we need to be strong, accepting reality, and move on. Even if the taste is bitter, even if it is painful and our heart sinks in sadness.

At the end of the day, nobody wants to hear about anybody else’s injuries. We all have our mountain of sorrow and at times, ours is enough to carry.

When we feel it’s too much, let’s look at the blue clear sky and take a deep breath, close our eyes, exhale and say thank you. God never gives us more than we can take, and we have to be thankful for all that we can bear.

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Sunday thoughts

Lately, I got a pause from the workout routine and from the house chores, because I simply felt the need to do so. It’s only for this weekend, but I collapsed and lost all my energy. My entire body hurts and I got muscle soreness from all the training and house chores.

Plus, I started to feel like a cold is getting me again after the Friday grocery session. I got so used to being sick and to be honest, I am tired of trying to comfort myself, drinking tea, and stuffing myself with over the counter medicines. I just want to escape this cold that keeps reappearing over and over again.

Today, I rebelled. After my work schedule I opened a cold bottle of non-alcoholic raspberry beer, and enjoyed a nice spoon of vanilla-strawberry ice cream. And Dem, it was delicious! 😌

Then, I went in the balcony, looked and the blue sky, immersed in the sun rays. Opened out wide the windows and took a deep breath of the half polluted air. I heard the kids yelling with joy in the park, saw the still green trees, the people.

I took some time for myself after the work schedule, had a hot bath, enjoyed a good face mask, and simply relaxed. Closed my eyes and listened to piano music.

If I am not going to enjoy the things that I like now, when I am young, then when? I will probably hate being an old grumpy lady, blaming everything that she did not have the courage to do in the early years of life. I am not like that.

I am tired of running away from this cold, missing what I like. If it is to get me, then let it get me, I am not going to run away again. I am going to face it.

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A few words

At some point, everybody is getting tired of the quarantine, old people, young people. We are all advised to follow the regulations and stay at home, stay safe. But until when? It’s okay to get out, but in the limits of the regulations.

I used to judge the old people, the kids, thinking about why are they going out in the open space when all the rules advise them not to do it?

As an old person, in your last years of life, you may think this could be the last time. The last breath that you are going to take, the last time when you enjoy the sunburn, the last time when you can barely hear the noise.

As a younger person, you would like to get out, to play, to discover and explore. The tiny apartments with small colored walls can’t be the only universe you live within. You would like to go out and play in the wide-open, to enjoy the world.

I believe it’s better for all of us, to stop being judgmental. The reasons that might appear dumb to most of us might mean the world to other persons, even if they are not the wisest ones out there.

We need to learn from this experience and get the good things out of it. If we always keep our minds focused on the media, the ongoing news, always stressed out, and panicked it’s not going to do us any good. We are going to get ill, and not because of the pandemic, but because of our choices.

It’s important to be careful, pay attention to the rules, respect them as much as you can. But do take your own moment of rebellion and escape this „prison” once in a while. Love yourself and remember to smile, cherish life, with good and bad.

Because we have to let go

Time has flown away since the last post. Everything appeared to vanish so soon in this quarantine that I don’t even know when it occurred and most importantly, if all of it was just a bad dream.

I was telling you in the last post that my cousin, Costel has passed away recently. His death was more of a shock to me because I could not believe it was true. 

Things just happened in such a rush and very unexpectedly, and the worst part is that I could not do anything to prevent it or at least, lead him on his last road.

He was eventually brought back from the hospital and buried yesterday, without any funeral services. There were only a handful of people that led him to his grave, way too soon than anyone can expect.

I was just put in the face with the harsh reality, and had to accept it. That night when I heard the news I could not sleep and stayed awake until 6 AM in the morning. I kept thinking about the death and my parents, and family, and felt bad that I was not able to protect them.

What worries me more, is that a hospital near my parent’s house holds 369 infected persons and patients (with Covid-19), some of the affected ones being neighbors and close friends of the family.

This virus keeps us away from the ones that we love and sometimes is just so hard to bear and to wait, and do nothing. We get to see the life happening in front of our eyes, but don’t have the power to interfere and to change things. It breaks my heart when I realize that staying apart is the best way we can protect them. I was never good at staying apart.

A few pieces of advice

At this moment, everything that I can do, that WE can do is to stay apart and pray. God is the only one that can help us get through these moments, and it’s important to realize that we are not alone.

And if our family members, friends, and colleagues are being affected by the virus and even taken away, let’s be thankful and appreciate the moments that we spent together.

Let’s realize that the persons that have died, are not dead in our heart, and they will only pass away if we forget them. We cannot lose what we have enjoyed deeply once, because all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

It’s important to understand that it’s not the length of life that matters, but the depth of it. Rumi said that „Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”

Be brave, be strong

Let’s allow our lives to reflect the faith that we have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. We often forget to pray and say thank you when good happens, but isn’t God with us when good things happen as well?

It’s time to be courageous in a situation like this when everyone around us feels lost. Let’s be willing to push through fear, in spite of feeling it so heavy. Step up, and lead ourselves, let’s be brave because we can.

We fail to realize that strength doesn’t come from winning, but from struggles and hardships that we go through in this life. When dark times come, like the pandemic, let’s not give up. Let’s be strong, trust the process and God, because every battle prepares us for the next war.

Learn to say „NO”!

Hello, dear readers! So, upon a few moments that happened recently in my life I understand that having to say „NO” shouldn’t be forbidden. Sometimes, a simple „NO” is a luxury that every person must afford, once in a while.

So, on that thought, I would like to challenge you to say „NO” to some things in our life, to embrace your own desires and dreams, and care about yourself as a person more.

Why is so important to just say „NO”? Here, let me explain you through some quotes:

  1. “Let today mark a new beginning for you. Give yourself permission to say NO without feeling guilty, mean, or selfish. Anybody who gets upset and/or expects you to say YES all of the time clearly doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Always remember: You have a right to say NO without having to explain yourself. Be at peace with your decisions.”
    Stephanie Lahart
  2. “Take „no” as an encouragement to redouble his efforts, so it was easier to say „yes” right away.”
    Stieg Larsson
  3. “Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious.  You get to choose how you use it.  You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.”
    Anna Taylor
  4. “We must say „no” to what, in our heart, we don’t want. We must say „no” to doing things out of obligation, thereby cheating those important to us of the purest expression of our love. We must say „no” to treating ourselves, our health, our needs as not as important as someone else’s. We must say “no.”
    Suzette R. Hinton
  5. “Sometimes „No” is the kindest word.”
    Vironika Tugaleva
  6. “It is extremely important to be able to make negative assertions. We must be able to say what is ‘not me’ in order to have a ‘me’. What we like has no meaning unless we know what we don’t like. Our yes has no meaning if we never say no. My chosen profession has no passion if ‘just anyone would do’. Our opinions and thoughts mean very little if there is nothing we disagree with.”
    Henry Cloud, Changes That Heal: The Four Shifts That Make Everything Better…And That Anyone Can Do
  7. “Real freedom is saying ‘no’ without giving a reason.”
    Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words
  8. “NO” is a complete sentence. It does not require an explanation to follow. You can truly answer someone’s request with a simple No.”
    Sharon E. Rainey, The Best Part of My Day Healing Journal
  9. “Learn to say “no” to the good and the advantageous, in order to receive the best.”
    Sunday Adelaja
  10. “In order for us to practice self-control, we must have a goal. We must have something we are saying “yes” to, which necessarily comes with things that we must say “no” to. We use self-control to maneuver ourselves toward this “yes.” This goal must be entirely our own. The minute another person is choosing and managing our goals for us, we have left self-control behind.”
    Danny Silk, Keep Your Love On: Connection Communication And Boundaries

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Inspirational quotes that will raise your motivation on Monday

Hey, guys! Today I thought that it will be a great idea if I share with you some motivational quotes that will raise our moral and build the idea of happiness and greatness!

1. „Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda

2. „You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, in any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

3. „Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Charles Darwin

4. „When writing the story of life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” – Harley Davidson

5. „Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; It is something that you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

6. „When you change your thoughts, you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

7. „People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar

8. „I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” –Estée Lauder

9. „You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” –Shonda Rhimes

10. „Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” –Stephen Covey

11. „Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stressed; working hard for something we love is called passion.” –Simon Sinek

12. „Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” –Og Mandino

13. „Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” –Brian Tracy

14. „Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” –Robert Kiyosaki

15. „Energy and persistence conquer all things.” –Benjamin Franklin

16. „Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” –Julie Andrews

17. „The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” –Ayn Rand

18. „Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” –Henry Ford

19. „Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” –Abraham Lincoln

20. „You and you alone are the only person who can live the life that can write the story that you were meant to tell. „Kerry Washington

Let your day be awesome and you amazing. Set goals and be happy! Make the best out of this Monday!

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Remedies for muscle fever

Muscle fever is felt by the body in the form of a strong pain and a high tonus in the muscle you have trained. Whether it’s caused by intense workout or due to the effort made during the day, muscle fever occurs only 24 hours after the effort.There are three types of muscle in our body: the muscles of the heart, the smooth muscles (from the blood vessels) and the skeletal or striated muscles attached to the bones. Muscle fever affects only skeletal muscles.

     Ways to fight muscular fever

1. Vitamin C – acts as an anti-inflammatory on the areas of the body that have been subjected to the effort;

2. Cold showers – helps to better blood circulation and better vascularization of the inflamed area, helping to repair muscle fiber;

3. Rest after exercise – Give muscle fibers rest and time to repair and heal properly. Avoid stretches or exercises until the muscle pains disappear;

4. Sleep for 8-10 hours – The body recovers during the night, during which time the hormones that trigger the repair of muscle tissue are triggered. A sleep that takes less than eight hours reduces the hormonal response, leading to a slower and lasting recovery.

5. Easy Exercises – Stretching exercises are recommended in muscle fever;

6. Massage muscles – to improve blood circulation and relax. Friction your muscles with your hands or an electric massage machine;

7. Drink plenty of water – to avoid dehydration;

8. Apply ice to the affected muscles – This helps to reduce delayed muscle aches, and if the muscle has stretched for a moment, the ice helps to reduce the inflammation.

9. Pain Relief – If pains persist after physical training, you can take an analgesic such as ibuprofen or even aspirin, which helps to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

10. A balanced diet – It is advisable to add protein to the diet throughout the day. Proteins are important because they help rebuild muscle fiber and speed up recovery. Recommended foods are: chicken, fish, turkey, soybeans and egg whites, as these are the most concentrated sources of protein, being sources of iron and zinc. Proteins of plant origin are also recommended: tofu, beans, lentils and quinoa.

                      A drop of motivation to overcome the painful muscular fever

Pera Novacovici said: „If it does not hurt, you do not grow. Diamonds are born under pressure. Coal is subjected to very high pressure for a very long time. Thus, a diamond is born. Muscle fever occurs when muscle microfibers are broken after physical effort.”

Then, during rest, the muscles heal and grow if they get the protein and the other necessary substances. Without that rupture there would be no muscle growth. So, just as on the physical plane, there is no increase without pain, neither psychologically, painlessly there is no increase.

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