Guest blogger (or what LinkedIn has done for me)

We all have a dream, right? Mine is to write and make a living out of this. And consistency and passion seems to be paying off.

The mentioned platform is amazing, under all aspects. Why? Said it before, doing it again: because of the beautiful people around, that are ready to help and offer a chance. And here I just got mine. Some may say it’s not a big deal. But for me it definitely is. And so, if anyone thinks about banning unknown people too soon, think again.

This guy – to whom I connected just recently – has given me a chance when others would pass me by. After just exchanging a few words. This being said, please, let me introduce you to Fa’rath Shba, a fellow blogger that believes “in the freedom of speech” and that “no one should be silenced, as long as they have something to say” and uses his blog for promoting others.

Below you will find the link to my first guest post which, by the way, announces an upcoming project, in collaboration with a person that’s already known to be one of my valuable connections on Li. 😉

http://www.afsyn.com/vulnerevolution-series-coming-up/

Thank you, Fa’rath, for this opportunity and for being so open to equity!

Love,
A.

Letter to today’s journalism and media industry

   – Letter to today’s journalism and media industry –

I was never the kind of role model citizen, in the means of sustaining this nation till the end of the world. Actually, there were plenty of times when I felt as if I should have been born somewhere else. However, as years slipped through my fingers, I made the choice to pick up one good thing from here, another one from there, to spread a good vibe and the vision that there’s still hope, to people around me.

Initially posted on Facebook, due to social circumstances. By reading below, you will catch the reason why.


Dear friends, acquaintances, buddies, relatives and strangers,

I gave up this social platform and I have no intention on coming back. However, as the world has the tendency to gather information from around here, I hope these lines will reach as far horizons as possible.

First of all, it is addressed to Romanian nation – therefore its initial shape in native language – but, unfortunately, we can find no pink unicorns, jumping on a field of idealism, anywhere in the world. This is why I chose to put this text in an international language as well.

I don’t know about you, but I still have that sparkle of hope left, in regards to the thinking and action-taking system of nowadays’ society. This is the only reason driving my choice to spread this message, in an uncensored way and, I do hope – from the bottom of my heart – that it will reach the highest “boss” (as we love this term so much anyways) in all fields of activity. Nevertheless, the highest degree of satisfaction would be knowing that this message reached all media sources. Why? Not because I’m in search of the spotlights (if I didn’t head that way by now, in this instant that’s the last service I would bow to) but for the simple thought that there may still exist healthy minds on the-full-of- numbers hallways of higly-put and powerful big wigs.

I may not have the studies of a journalist (that’s a fact, as I have economical background), but I know for sure what being human, above all, is supposed to mean. I’m no saint and I will never claim being one, but today’s values have diminished in a tragic way and I’m not afraid to face the whole world – if necessary – to draw attention over this, by all means.

With no further ado, below you will find “my love for journalism nowadays”, which should not imply any person who performs this job yet can sleep with a clear conscience.


” – Letter to today’s journalism and media industry –

I was never the kind of role model citizen, in the means of sustaining this nation till the end of the world. Actually, there were plenty of times when I felt as if I should have been born somewhere else. However, as years slipped through my fingers, I made the choice to pick up one good thing from here, another one from there, to spread a good vibe and the vision that there’s still hope, to people around me.

Unfortunately, last weeks’ events (especially the ones displayed by the King’s death and also the tragic passing of an acquaintance I used to see the image of every day) have provided me with an unscalable repulsion for the country I live in. And media sources have brought their contribution without consent.

I have no intention of divulging any aspect (I wonder if there’s any bit of information I may have and you don’t – probably not, but I wouldn’t give it to you even if it was to have my head cut off!) related to the young woman killed on Tuesday. But I brought this up for you to understand the source of this message (would a drawing also help?).

My message to you, “first hand journalists”, goes as following:

I’m ashamed of my nationality (and believe me, there are many people sharing my view!) and I could easily puke because of the level of callousness you have reached. As I nominate none of you, taking legal action against me for damaging your shiny image – built up on brainwashing – is something out of your hands, but I tell you this: you’ve become a laughingstock due to the way you treat your countrymen. You mock each and every bit of intimacy of the people you chase for rating. You couldn’t care less than a grain of sand about the hurt in their souls and about common sense (is there still such thing, hidden in a cave unknown to human kind?).

Now, that’s the reason I thank God for the amazing family I’ve been brought up in, for the values it boosted to me and for the fact that I failed passing the exam for becoming a journalist. (Just in case you thought you managed to spot a grammar misuse, please note that “it” refers to “family! That’s just a side comment… Seems like the grammar learned in gymnasium – in times when the trend of multiplying illiterates would not reach such high peaks – still casts its spell!)

Look at you! Alike rams, you just follow an already set direction (set by whom? By you, of course!) for a nickel and you sell your souls for unreal benefits. Ever since you finish your studies (or not – I’m still in doubt) till the day you close your little eyes – hungry for mundane and being the motors running for generating unbelievable income – you’re in a continuous motion. Sometimes I wonder if, from a physical perspective, you do ever get tired. But everyday shows me that you don’t. “Is a risk I take for keeping my job” you would say, in an informal manner.

Not mentioning the psychological aspect! Giving it a thought, I realize that your ego and mind are alike the cartoons villains, which feed themselves from other’s misery silver plate and grow in a day, just like Prince Charming, as someone else would in 10 years.

I can’t keep myself from questioning: at night, when you embrace your pillow, do you ever face any crisis of conscience? Does that illusory glory, shining bright during the day, accompany your dreams, as well? Is there any humanity left within some corner of your souls?

I wonder how is it that your bones do not crash under the weight of the callousness you wear proudly…

With the utmost lack of consideration,

Andrada”

Love,
A.

Sunshine Blogger Award

What greater recognition could a “wannabe” writer get than having their name shining on a award nominees list? I, for one, have no words to thank enough to this gifted writer that showed me appreciation when I thought no one really cared! (well I do have my followers – few, but I’d rather take quality over quantity 😉 ).

         Oh, my God! Oh, my God! You won’t believe what I just discovered!

         But let me tell you a short story first 🙂

        When I was in my 20s I had my first dream of becoming a writer. I even had some drafts that never saw the light of a writer’s day. They just got lost, unintentionally got thrown to the garbage and… I just let time set its blanket over all this “writing thing”.

         Until one day… I was finishing a book and, right afterwards, I just filled some empty space with a few words. The output was sent to a dear friend of mine and the reaction I got was the first step towards what I do today: “You are talented; have you ever thought about writing? You should definitely go for it!” And that’s when it started…

        That episode was somewhere in July this year. For the next few weeks, I only had sketches, doubts about not being good enough for exposing my words and anxiety driven about what people may say about my new activity. However, one day, in August (to be more specific) I decided: “No matter what, I’ll go for it. I’m not gonna let this slip through my fingers again”. And so, I built my first blog. At first, I would write just for relief (which I still do).

          But time proved me wrong! What do I mean by that? Just this: After only almost 3 months of consistent writing, reading the blogs of others and connecting to amazingly talented writers, I got the strike of my life: being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! By a writer whom I truly look up to: Kenyanito Wendo.

            This fellow writer is amazing with words, making them float in front of your eyes as you read them! His talent is exquisitely shown in the flick of his wordy wand. You should definitely check out his work and follow Letters Unsent.

          I must confess that I checked the list of his nominees without believing, not for even a millisecond, that my name would be there. But when I found it?! Oh, my GOD !!!!! You will never imagine what it felt like! But I’ll give you a few hints: shivers all over my body, my heart would easily escape my chest if it wasn’t for the “shell” and shock would take the ground off my feet… I just couldn’t believe my eyes! And, as I write this, I still can’t! I am overwhelmed with excitement, but amazement wears the crown. Somehow, deep inside, I feel I am not worthy of such a gift. I feel honored by Kenyanito‘s nomination and I humbly admit that I blushed (I guess I still have that rose color imprinted in my cheeks as I expose this event).

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                What greater recognition could a “wannabe” writer get than having their name shining on a award nominees list? I, for one, have no words to thank enough to this gifted writer that showed me appreciation when I thought no one really cared! (well I do have my followers – few, but I’d rather take quality over quantity 😉 ). His gesture gives me the  goose bumps with every thought I give it! Not to mention answering the questions I received as a nominee:

         1.  If you had a chance of a ‘do over’ in life, what would you do differently and why?

          Well… That’s an interesting one… Let’s see… I would restrain the will of growing up too fast, I would learn more in high-school, I would be bolder until reaching my actual age and I would, for sure, stop being quick to judge, while searching for the beauty in others, not flaws. Oh, and I wouldn’t hurry in getting married :))

           2.  What are you most proud of?

          Being able to overcome all the challenges life threw at me, my brain (I need to thank God and my amazing parents for it!), my kids and my ability to listen and inspire others.

            3. If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

              For a woman? Can’t there be more than 5? :))

              (Trying hard to figure out an answer…)

              My phone (keeps me in touch with all important people in my life and keeps alive my passion for writing), my self-esteem (building it was a long road), that special one (which would never be a possession, but a dream come true), some make-up (you never know… :))  ) and my will for constant improvement and self-development. Can I add another one? Pretty please? It would be empathy!

              4. Is there a moment in life that defined who you are today? If so, what?

             I had so much more than 1 moment… Everything I’ve gone thru defines what I am today. However, meeting a higher-conscious writer in my childhood definitely sketched some path for me. Towards helping others, praying for a better world and sharing love. But also knowing when to say “No”. So, combining compassion and determination with a pinch of self-respect.

               5. What is your pet peeve?

               People assuming they know what I think, people not having a ground when making a statement and not being able to provide and answer to a simple “Why?” and the fake.

               6. What is the craziest conversation you have ever overheard?

Gossip about myself…

                7. Why did you start writing a blog?

               Self relief… To avoid screaming and passing my anger to people around me… To remember the feelings I had in a specific period of time and track my evolution as a human being. My writings cover different kind of topics.

               8. Do you feel you have come a long way since you started?

             Not really sure about how far I’ve come… I still consider myself a rookie… But I discovered the healing power of writing and I became addicted to it 🙂 And the feedback I got so far seems to confirm that I’m doing a good job… Not to mention that I already have a book almost finished and another one in progress.

          And, as a gift should always be shared, I would like to proudly introduce my nominees (people whose words are a delight to my eyes):

  1. Kedawithani
  2. Riya
  3. Zeckrombryan
  4. Writings on a wall
  5. Evangelist Chilavert Nmezi – Message from above
  6. Actress in Reality

               But, as recognition drives commitment, here is what it would be nice for you to do next:

  1. Thank the one that nominated you and put a link for them to your blog.
  2. Answer the nominator’s questions.
  3. Nominate others.
  4. Notify the bloggers you’ve nominated.

And here comes the fun part – my questions for you 🙂 :

  1.  What’s your favorite all-times song? (I’m a music freak, so I love exploring new horizons).
  2.  What would you do if you had the power to change today’s life? (You can refer to any field)
  3. What do you like to do for self-development? (Learning new ways is always a pleasure)
  4. What would be your advice, as a more experienced peer, to a rookie writer?
  5. Do you still read printed books or did e-books win you over?
  6. If you could meet a world spiritual/ inspirational leader, who would that be?
  7. Do you believe in dreams and one’s ability to reach them?
  8. If you could remove the mask of a certain person, would you be prepared to find out what’s underneath?

          Once again, I am flattered by and deeply thankful for the unexpected nomination to the Sunshine Blogger Award, as I know there are more worthy writers to race for the prize…

          Love,

         A.

 

My purpose

     Everyone has a dream, even if buried in the most hidden place of their minds. My dream is to have a constraint-free life and a strong control over my mind. To loose all the masks and, hopefully, encourage people to do the same…

    This blog has the purpose of taking me one step further in accomplishing my dream…  Writing gives me the freedom I need.  It helps me understand better my own mind, as all articles are based on personal experience and goals.

     If,  by all means, my writings could benefit people, than my goal should be reached.

     Please feel free to share, but keep in mind that this is only my view over the world.

     Love,

      A.