A story about Olga

Last weekend we went to the shopping centre to buy a few things and have lunch with the kids. When we finished we returned to the car park and we were ready to go home. As we reached the car a nice elderly woman who looked in distressed requested our assistance as she had some trouble finding her way out of the car park.

A few weeks ago, the shopping centre implemented a new ticket machine system that recognise the car on the way into the centre. This lady was trying to find an actual ticket machine and was circling the centre for more than 20min.

As we saw that she was struggling to find her way out, I offered her to join her car and assist with the parking payment. She accepted my offer and was extremely grateful. On the way out we chatted and she told me that her name is Olga and this was the first time she has experienced such discomfort.

After she dropped me off, my husband that was driving behind us picked me up and we drove back home. On the way back, my kids asked me how come I went into a stranger’s car, as they know this is not acceptable and unsafe.

We explained to them that we saw that this lady was confused and needed someone’s assistance. There are times I find it difficult to explain to them why sometimes we need to deviate from the norm and do things differently. This was definitely one of them.

The big 4-0

Today I’m 40, and I’m celebrating my journey with family and friends.

Firstly I have to say that I am grateful for everything that I have in my life. My husband, kids, extended family and friends and for my career and where I am in my life. It is exactly where I need to be.

Today is a good day to reflect, where I came from to where I am today. Looking at my past, present and future and acknowledged that I went through a lot of things and I have learnt a lot about myself and others. From being up to being down and then up again, from being extremely happy to feeling blue and happy again.

I learnt valuable lessons, such as not being afraid of who I am and dealing with whatever life throws at me. It feels that I become wiser the older I get and know and accept what I’m capable of. Determination becomes a key element in achieving my goals. Not giving up midway through when things go wrong or not the way I have planned.

At the end, I’m still that little girl who wants to achieve success and make a difference in this world. Today I wish this little girl to stay as she is and follow her passion without letting anyone tell her that she can’t because what ever she set her mind to she can do it. This is the same thing I say to my kids on a daily basis.

Thanks again everyone, feeling grateful and loved.

Faith and hope

We all familiar with those days when things don’t go as planned and you become frustrated and start questioning your ability to plan ahead.

These days bring me back to my childhood and I’m greatful for the skills my parents taught me. My dad loved to write and compose and during the last decade he wrote dozens of songs. One of the songs was about faith and to acknowledge that there are sunny and grey days.

In the song it says: “The most important thing is to have faith, this will keep you moving forward on the right path.

Sometimes it is hard to find the inner strength and in those grey moments to see the light. That’s why it is so important to have faith, because it doesn’t matter what type of day you have it will help you to stay focused and motivated and assist with keep on going towards and achieve your goals.

My proudest moment

It is quite rare to have this sensation of mix emotions that vary from being extremely proud to deeply humbled.

In the last few weeks I was focused on the tasks that I needed to deliver which affected my main focus, my amazing kids, and no I’m not a biased.  After an extremely busy week overseas, I finally got back home to find an amazing surprise from my dearest daughter.

As a rule, every time I travel I make sure that at least once a day I get to see or speak with my family. Throughout the week, my gorgeous daughter said that she has a surprise for me, and what a wonderful surprise it was.

When I arrived home, she gave me a wrapped gift with a 3 page document. The document heading was: “50 things I love about my mum”. When I unwrapped the package I found 9 little gifts that had been chosen carefully. From coupons she made to a little bag with M&M chill pills.

The most amazing thing was to read the things she wrote and the way she described me through her lenses.

This made my day and I was touched. I truly believe that it is the nicest thing that anyone has ever done for me. When I told this to my daughter she replied that it made her day too.

Everyday I am grateful for my amazing family and it has always been and always will be my rock and the reason to do everything I do.