Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 51 #HappyGoGrateful - Crystal Light

I'm one of the believers that everything happens for a reason. But that being said, sometimes it's still hard to face when something that we don't like actually happened. We need to keep reminding ourselves, or have someone or something else to remind us. Today I was reminded.

A year ago somebody screwed up my paperworks in New York. After a crazy long process of trying to make things right by doing the right things, I still ended up having to leave the city I love. Of course, I didn't like what happened. But if it didn't happen, I wouldn't know Crystal, my international student advisor,  like I do today.

Since Day 1 that we met, I didn't see anything but smiles from you. You're so passionate in trying to help me with the case. You genuinely enjoyed the challenge of helping me with my paperworks. Some would say that it's part of what you do. But I've been with many people in your role, and you have one thing that separates you from the others: you genuinely want to help people...and as we get to know each other, I realized that it's not because it's your job, but it's who you are. It's the kind of person Crystal Light is.

Though the fact that I had to leave New York really sucked, I'm really grateful that something great also came out of it...you. More than just getting the chance to know you better, we got to be friends who actually shared so many things in common. As of now, I still see your smiles all the time.What a wonderful person you are, what a beautiful friend I have.


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day 50 #HappyGoGrateful - Jerry Williams

Nobody gets the crowd going like Jerry. Smart, outgoing and easy going, Jerry is one of Washington Square Park's treasure that can both sing and entertain people. Simply, you'll smile and left the place a happier person when he is there.

You're also a very caring person, Jerry. I will never forget those times we "closed the park" and had some deep and serious conversations. You worried about me when I was down, you checked up on me and made sure I was ok. That really meant a lot to me and you really made it comfortable for me to verbally puked out my emotions. You listened, and you listened because you care.

We always played and sing "Stand by Me" whenever you came to the park...and your favorite part, the instrumental where you always get everyone to sing like a choir. I still remember every single moment. I miss that, but I miss you even more. Thank you for all those awesome jam sessions, thank you for so many great conversations, thank you for listening to me, and thank you for always standing by me whenever I needed you.You truly lived up to that song in my life.


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day 49 #HappyGoGrateful - Paul Chenard

I have written many times about how I love people with passion on certain things. Those passions energize them and the people around them. That being said, there are a few people who are more than "knowing their passions". These few people take their passion to another level. They make a career out of it. For me, Paul Chenard is by far one of the best role models for this.

I've never seen anyone so insanely passionate and fascinated about transportation. It's very refreshing really, and you made me want to learn more about it. Whether in New York, when we went to Chicago, or when we visited you around Boston, you got us trying all kinds of public transportation and actually analyzing each and every one of it. That's seriously cool. But most importantly, you really pursued your career in this sector, which I think is really awesome.

Since the time we studied together until today, you've been a consistent role model on so many different levels. From your amazing discipline, outgoing and warm personality, always being there for your friends, and not giving up in pursuing your dreams.

...and oh my god those many many crazy and amazing moments. Those jokes and laughters, the determination in finding the perfect bagels, and all those insightful conversations I had with you....since Day 1 you've been a true friend who's always there for me anytime and anywhere. I'm happy for this amazing friendship we have, Paul. I'm grateful, I love you, and I thank you.


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Day 48 #HappyGoGrateful - Mary Hegener Parker

One of the most difficult things about moving out of New York City, is leaving Washington Square Park and its people. That place has been home for me. I've had so many amazing experiences there, made tons of friends, and most importantly, I found a family in Washington Square Park.

What happened when you leave your home and live in another place? After a while, you got homesick. Well, in my case, it wasn't "after a while". I got homesick the day I was leaving, even when I was still in the city.

What's been helping me since I left, is the Washington Square group in Facebook, initiated by Mary. Those daily updates of what's going on there have been really helpful for my NYC homesick.

I don't think we ever thank you properly for starting this initiative. What you did has become more than just a place for us to stay updated on the park, it also makes everyone closer to each other. We've been communicating better with each other. You made us a family.

Dr. King once said that life's most persistent and urgent question is "what are you doing for others?". For me, you've become an example of how to answer that question. You put others' needs first before your own, and you made it look so easy. You've made this purpose larger than yourself, and it has impacted me (and I believe, all of us) with your loving and thoughtful personality.

I'm happy to be a part of this family. It's a loving family where everyone genuinely supports each other. But I'm even more grateful for having you in my life. As someone to talk to, someone to listen and learn from, someone who keeps sending me awesome cloud pictures, someone to laughed with....and as someone to love and care about.

You can answer Dr. King that you've made our lives more meaningful...worth living and smiling for. You've enrich the life of others, Mary. I'm one those many "others", and I love you and thank you. 


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day 47 #HappyGoGrateful - Listya Kusumawati

Understanding people is a combination of art and science. Yet Tya is one of the very few people on earth who understand me almost like a science. She understand how I operate and the reasons behind them, and there's only one thing I could think of to answer "how do you know me so well?", you're always there whenever any of your friends need you, and I'm grateful to be one of them.

But it's more than just being there when needed. What makes you an even more special human being is your attention and efforts to do the small details...those post cards, small notes, and so many things that look small but really speak volume to me.

It's been 10 years now we've known each other. Lots of things have happened. We've both gone here and there, experienced this and that, cried and laughed, by ourselves or together, it doesn't matter...we would talk and have those conversations.

There's a saying that best friends have conversations impossible to understand by other people. I can't stop smiling now, thinking god-knows how many times this have happened when we talk..all the countless internal jokes we have. But with you, sometimes it's more than the talk, but even when we're not talking we can have a conversation going on, and suddenly there's a "bohlam" =)

Thank you for being the amazing friend that you are, for listening, for sharing, for the conversations, the countless times you've helped and supported me, the cards, laughters, and of course picking up the metallica tickets :D

Yes, you now live far away. But as said in the first few lines of the song:
So close, no matter how far
Couldn't be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And Nothing Else Matters


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 46 #HappyGoGrateful - Svetlana Senajova

Summer 2006, an Indonesian boy arrived in Iceland, picked up at the airport by a Czech and an Icelander. In my year Iceland, that's our core team: me from Indonesia, Þórdís from Iceland, and Svetla from Czech Republic. Out of the 3 of us, Svetla was the one who balanced our team.

Why did I say that you're the "balancer"? Because first of all, professionally, if it wasn't for you, I would've made too many risky decisions. Þórdís guided me very well and at the same time would like to give me the space to be creative and try something new, which I loved. But without you, I would've easily taken it too far, and none of my strategies would actually worked.

You had the perspective of not just a foreigner working there, but also someone who's been there a full year before me. There were so many fascinating points which I learned from your first year there. Not just as a foreigner in Iceland, but also as the predecessor of my position.

That being said, what I value even more is what you mean to me personally. It has been such a fantastic adventure to be both your colleague and friend. From sharing personal stories and life journeys, the trip to Poland, the MC apartment, the holidays and trips in Iceland...to the time the 3 of us visited you in Prague in 2008.

Yes, we have been going our own ways since then, but that friendship isn't going anywhere Svetla. I still cherish every single moment, all the ups and downs, the laughters and frustrations, the sad and happy tears....those experiences were a testimony for what you meant to me back then...what you mean as someone who made me who I am today...and why you will always be a true friend in my heart. I love you and I thank you, Tea Lady =)

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 45 #HappyGoGrateful - Ivo Borisov

It was fasting month of Ramadhan 2008, I was stuck in Jakarta's after-work traffic. Hungry, and suudenly my cell phone rang, the country code was +359...

Yep, a call from Bulgaria. Right there, my phone interview for the job, and my very first live conversation with Ivo. A couple of months later, my very first meeting with Ivo in Orange's office in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ivo is a super smart and witty guy, with a sarcastic sense of humor which I always love. I see him as a very critical person with a straight to the point attitude, which really complements all the characters in the office.

You're my "go-to" guy whenever I need to learn about how things work there. You always challenged me to be speak up, be critical, and create my own my of how I would like to be significant in the company. You supported me in radically changing my project there, and it was one hell of an experience to design and implement my own program.

But most importantly, you have personally supported and always available for me whenever I needed anything. You made sure I was comfortable and feel welcomed. You've been very open and honest about everything, and you made everything very chill and relaxing. And oh my god those crazy paper-works...hahaha. You made challenging work and its learning became so much fun.

And of course, all the kitchen conversations, and the lunch place downstairs, and god-knows how many internal jokes =)

I miss working and hanging out with you, my friend. You've made my time in Bulgaria a life-long highlights which I'll never forget, and I'm very grateful for that. It was filled with learning, laughters, unforgettable experiences, and amazing friendships. I thank you and I love you my man!


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Day 44 #HappyGoGrateful - Florent Scarpel

One of the coolest people I have ever known...and also, I'm blessed with the chance to share an apartment him.

Living with Florent is an adventure of its own. A very positive and easy going person with so much brilliance to share.

In a relatively short time, my friend, we got to learn quite a lot about each other and each other's friends. You have been very tolerant and understanding, and made the apartment so much alive. I learned a lot from how you're able to balance your hard work and fun times. You don't give up easily and you work like crazy when you have something to reach for.

That beautiful Thanksgiving day when your awesome friends came in, those badass Korean thrillers, the home brewery, all the freakin' series (haha!), having your amazing and loving mom in town, and all those insightful conversations man...

It wasn't just the apartment that became so much more alive, but I felt so much more alive as well when you're around. I'm happy I had such an amazing friend to live with. But most importantly, I'm grateful for your significance in my life. I love you, I miss hanging out with you, and wherever you are, I hope you're smiling.....that would make me happy.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day 43 #HappyGoGrateful - Margie Rubin

The day before I left New York City, Margie gave me this small wooden box. Engraved on the corner of the bottom side is a tiny heart. The top side can be slide open, there's a small room just enough to fit a ring. She told me the box was given to her over 20 years ago from a very special person, and that day she passed it on to me.

Inside the box is a small piece of paper, with many colors in the middle, and some writings on the sides:
"Washington Square Park. USA", "Friends Forever", "Margie", "Ali".

I have it next to me as I write this, Margie. I'll guard it with my life, and I'm hoping that one day I can find someone to give it to. It has to be someone with the warmest smile, calming and comforting voice. That person needs to be thoughtful, and has the most beautiful heart. It has to be a person I always look forward to meet.

The best bet to find such person is to wait for a nice outdoor weather, go to Washington Square Park, and hope for you to show up with that beautiful smile.

Love and miss you, Margie.    

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 42 #HappyGoGrateful - Megan Williams

Lots of big and unforgettable moments...but it was said that sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. It was a horrific time for me, but your texts and phone call forced me to get out and went to Churchill. It's still wasn't the best time at all for me, but it's the best example of what a true friend you are.

It's your precious, genuine, and uncompromising honesty that made you so wonderfully authentic. It's a quality of what true friends are made of. It built the strong trust of our friendship, and made you someone whom I'll go to talk and share with.

Though we shared many of the same likes or dislikes, we don't always agree in everything. In fact, we have lots and lots of disagreements as well. But respect is the ultimate currency, and we respect and accept us for who we are and what we think, because we know it came out of love, caring, and curiosity to learn.

None of us are perfect....which makes it a perfect friendship. I learned how diligent and what a fast-learner you are in like...everything. You go straight to the point and just start doing things...and hey, sarcastic humor always works with me.....all the jokes, laughters, coasters... =D

I didn't leave Churchill feeling great, but I did feel better, because it reminded me of the things I'm grateful for. Those countless awesome times....small things that take up the room in my heart, and I'm grateful for it.

It's not knowledge or ability that defines greatness, but the positive impact we made in others. Your friendship, Meg, have made my heart grow bigger space for those small things. It enriches me to live happier, and I love you and thank you.  


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day 41 #HappyGoGrateful - Þórdís Katla Bjartmarz

1 year in Iceland would mean pretty much nothing without Þórdís.  She's my boss and best friend who understands me more than most people.....and me her.

How can I be so sure? There's a saying (which I believe) that if you really want to know a person, you need to at least travel together, work together, or live together.

Well, I first met this Icelandic girl in India 9 years ago. Since then, I have either travel together or be with Þórdís in The Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, Poland, Sweden, Egypt, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and USA. As I think about it now, Þórdís, that's a total 10 countries in 9 years. Pretty crazy! =)

But of course that 1 year in Iceland was very special. I believe we have learned both our working and living style. We did have our ups and downs, but it's also what made our friendship so strong. We can talk directly to each other whatever we have in mind. We never take feedbacks as something hurtful no matter how strong or direct it's being delivered.....and that can only happen between people who already have a special bonding. Because we both know, whatever we said to each other, it came from love and nothing else.

My life in Iceland without you would've been so different, and not in a good way. From sharing the love for heavy music, our sarcastic sense of humor which worked perfectly for us, to meeting and knowing your beautiful and amazing amazing family.....your mom, dad, and brother, who took me like another family member.

I'm very grateful because you've made my time in Iceland so incredible and full of happiness. But even more, I'm grateful because of those experiences in Iceland gave me the opportunity to know you personally. I got to build a life-long and loving friendship with you.

It makes me happy that in my life I have you to share, to love, to laugh with, and to thank you.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day 40 #HappyGoGrateful - Brodie Boland

Professionally, Brodie is one of the most inspiring leaders I've ever known. To me, what's so amazing about his leadership is his balance. Lots of leaders are either way up there in the cloud they can't see the battlefield; or just being too managerial on the ground without a clear vision ahead to inspire their followers. Brodie has the ability to be incredibly visionary, and at the same time still putting both of his feet on the ground where the action needs to happen.

That being said, what I really want to focus though, is what you mean to me personally. It is a story you told many years ago, which still effects me to this day.

You once speak about one winter day you were throwing a snowball where your dog will run and try to catch it. The snowball fell into pieces once it hit the ground, yet the dog was still circling excitedly around those small pieces of snow. You said that to the dog that snow represents happiness. It is something that makes him happy. But he didn't realize that he was actually surrounded by snow all over the place.

The same thing with us humans. Sometimes we focus our happiness on just one thing, and consequently, we ended up blinded to the happiness that are actually all around us.

That story has been one of my most powerful weapon whenever I'm down. It's the reminder that I always carry with me. And every time I remember that story, every time I feel better again, I remember the person who told me the story in the first place. It works, Brodie. It works every single time...and it works for a very simple reason: it's true.

I told that story many times as well, and I always mentioned whom did I hear it from. Yet for some reason, I still never thank you properly. I know this is long overdue, but you should know how grateful I am to have known you, your stories, and your inspirations.

Maybe we're not the closest friends, but your impact on me stays very close to my heart. I love you and I thank you.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Day 39 #HappyGoGrateful - René Logeais

This picture of René Logeais is taken from Humans of New York's photos. By the picture, is a quote from him: 

"I’m not too emotional of a guy. People say I have a good heart, but they’re wrong. I have principles. The heart is a fickle thing. There’s no way I can love everybody. So I’m not even going to try. But I can respect everyone whether I love them or not. And that I try to do."

To this date: liked by more than 166,000 people, shared more 15,000 times, and positively commented by over than 2,200 comments (yes, I read them all). But his name was not there, only his quote. Most people who "liked" the picture don't know his name nor did they ever met René.....I have.

To have met you in Washington Square Park is truly a blessing for me, René.Talking with you is always so fascinating. From music to politics, from movies to cultural differences, you've always come up with a very interesting arguments and point of views. You're also a very easy going and open-minded guy...and on top of it all, you're very humble with all these knowledge and experiences you have. I love hanging out with you because I can just listen...be the sponge and absorb everything.

And just like that picture, René, you always smile..and it is so heart-warming. Yes, you said in that HONY picture that it is wrong to say you have a good heart. You said that what you have are principles. But your principle actually shows how beautiful your heart is. It is a principle that I tried to follow..that everybody should follow as well.

Thank you for all the conversations and insights, the awesome pictures you took (especially the one under the arch at night, haha!), for coming to see Jesse Cook with me, for the never-ending smiles, for helping me get a job, the jam sessions, your caring and non-stop support...I'm grateful and very happy to have known the person in that photo.  

Aye, Pink Floyd and Metallica...as their two song titles we played together the most:

Wish You Were Here. Nothing Else Matters.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Day 38 #HappyGoGrateful - Windrio Indra Sampurno (Rio)


A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my amazing  AIESEC mother. Well, in my AIESEC experiences, I actually had a father first before a mother, and Rio is my my AIESEC father.

Though he was my senior in high school, we never really talked to each other until my 2nd year in college. Rio really taught me how to separate personal and professional relationships. I still remember those project biddings until 2 or 3 am, and how thorough your team was in preparing us. Wasn't easy to take at first. But as we executed, it would've been a mess without your guidance and preparations. Until today, I've never learned and experienced so much about leadership and management in such a short time.

But like what a great father does, you're also my best friend. We had so much fun together and even shared the same passions in many things. Yes, "caramel grande" education was put on hold (if not canceled), but the vision we have is still here and will not go away.

Whenever I'm with you I always learned something, Rio...and whenever I left from meeting you, I'm always happier. I'm grateful for your guidance and friendship throughout the years, and I'm looking forward to see and hangout with you very soon. I love you and I miss you.


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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Day 37 #HappyGoGrateful - Bilyana Pancheva

In one of my previous posts about a month ago, I mentioned that my time in Bulgaria was one of the landmarks in my professional and personal development. I had an amazing amazing time with amazing people.

However, everyone has their ups and downs, and there were only 2 people whom I was able to share those "downs" in Bulgaria, especially during my early times there. One of those 2 people was Bilyana "bili" Pancheva.

Every person I met and worked with in the Orange BG office is nice and fun to hang out with. Each person has its own positive characters that compliments each other, and it makes the office really alive.

Bili is the most empathic one, she can put herself on other people's shoes. That's also why it was easy for me to share with her. And just like me, she enjoys nature and traveling. She's the kind of person who would continually look for different challenges to learn and grow as a person....she enjoys the process.

She also loves to create things from scratch, and I believe this is why she has an incredible patience compared to most people.

You were very patient with me, Bili. In taking all my questions (and I asked a lot of things), in supporting and checking on me when I didn't feel ok...and also introducing and teaching me about lots of Bulgarian histories, language, and culture. You did these with that smile that never left you.

I know you like to create things from scratch, and I know you're very patient with it. But even though it's been over 6 years since I left Bulgaria, always know that our friendship is one that we will never need to start from scratch. You're a big part of why my time in Bulgaria was so special, because you've made a significant impact for be to be a better person.

What we have is an invaluable friendship which I'll always be grateful for. благодаря, били.

 
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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Day 36 #HappyGoGrateful - Francesco Curro

Franco is, by far, one of the nicest and genuinely kindest people I've ever known.

I said genuinely kind because he's the kind of person who would think about WHAT kind of nice things or kindness he can give to people today, and he NEVER thought about WHO should he be nice to...just be kind, to everyone. That's also why everybody loves you so much, Franco.

With your calm and amazing manner, your supportive attitude towards people, your smile....you really show an example of what it means to be a self-less person. I felt the impact on me, and it inspired to try to do the same to others.

I'm trying to make it as a habit. But for you it's not just a habit...kindness is already in your nature. That is who you are, and I'm so grateful to have you as a teacher and a friend.

I love you, and I miss seeing your smile, hearing your voice, and being in your company.


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Friday, September 05, 2014

Day 35 #HappyGoGrateful - Irwin Sjafril

Handling me with my questions and jokes which I'm the only one who thinks they're funny is....a lot to take. It takes a special person to do so. But calmly and nicely handling me AND 4 girls who are just as crazy....taking us from Florence to Pisa and back, being our tour guide, and doing all that happily...you got to be one of a kind.

So yes, Irwin, know that you're one of a kind, in a good way of course. I know we're a lot to take, figuratively and literally =)

But you were insanely patient with us. Even more, you were excited to take us around and introduced us to both cities. Always making sure we got everything we need and have the best time.

You and your smile, that's the first thing that always comes to me every time I think of you or when somebody mentioned you.

Thank you for being one of the sweetest and kindest friend. Our time in Italy would've been a mess without you. And our time now would've been better if we can meet again sooner..and hey, now we're both in Jakarta :)

Grazie, Irwin.


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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Day 34 #HappyGoGrateful - Jahn Schlosser

We haven't spoke to each other in 12 years. And honestly, we weren't that close as well. We only talked mostly during the 3-day event (Orimot) in Puncak. But since 1st day of doing this Happy Go Grateful, I have had his name on the list. However, I didn't have his contact and I wasn't even sure how to to spell his name correctly.

So, over a month ago I decided to track your contact, Jahn. I asked Indria (Riri) about you, our fun and crazy German trainee for Sanggar Anak Akar, or if you still remembered it in Indonesian slank, our "bule gila". =)

I need to track you down, because I owe you a BIG BIG thank you. You were the one who built up my confidence to speak English. I was very passive and afraid to speak up. But you were the one who came and talked to me, and you saw how confused and frozen I was when I had to respond. Yet you were so relaxed and encouraging.

It was your open and encouraging approach and attitude toward me which made me faced my fear and thought "who cares if I'm wrong? I'll get it right eventually".

You may not even realized or remembered our conversations, but you should know that you've helped me faced one of my biggest fears....and it has changed my perspective, and my life. I'm happy that I can finally find you, and tell you how grateful I am for how you have impacted me. Thank you for making me believe in my self, Jahn.


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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Day 33 #HappyGoGrateful - Rachel Parenteau

The fact that you love the Knicks so much and hate the Packers so much is actually......not a fact =)

But the fact that in a relatively short time we can built such an awesome friendship, shows how open and welcoming you are as a person. You're one of the most sociable person I've ever met, Rachel. It's easy to talk and listen to you. You've always come with so many stories and you tell them with so much passion and energy.

I've mentioned many times  that I love to hang out with people who are passionate about some things, whatever they are. You're without a doubt are a crazy, passionate, and crazily passionate person. You bring and transfer your energy to me every time we meet. That brings the positives out of me and really makes me happy every time I see you.

I'm always happy to know another Slayer fan (haha!), or just someone whom I can joke around about "lets go to the mall". But most importantly, I'm very grateful that the person is you.

Thank you for making me and my life so much richer and wonderful, for countless of laughters and unforgettable moments, for being the amazing and loving friend that you are.


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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Day 32 #HappyGoGrateful - Milica Radulovic

From the very first time we talked almost 10 years ago until today, there's 1 word that really defines Milica, and it is something that I truly value...authentic.

You never let anything or anyone change who you are. No matter who you're talking to, you never pretend to like something just to be liked. Not only that, you even expressed what you think. And that's just one of so many reasons why you're a very special human being. Next to your strong character, you're also a very soft-hearted person. You listen to people, you're caring, and you'll go the distance whenever your friends are in need.  

The amazing thing as well, is the fact that we have different tastes in so many things. However, we've  made those differences as foods for our sarcastic sense of humor. Our non-stop jokes on each other enables us to accept each other for who we are. It enables us to see differences as a positive thing....as something to accept and cherish, and not otherwise.

From Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, and all those countless conversations, we've really had our ups and downs, Milica, quite many of them....yet here we are today, stronger than ever.

To me, there's only one explanation why we've always fought for our friendships...simply because it's THAT valuable, because YOU are that valuable. I love you, I'm grateful for you, and I'm grateful for the friendship we have. We've made it into a friendship that wArks 24/7 =) 


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Monday, September 01, 2014

Day 31 #HappyGoGrateful - Ryan Peden

I first met Ryan over 9 years ago in Romania. A few countries in between, and then last time we met was Egypt in 2007. After that, we didn't really talk that much, just learned about each other's update mainly through Facebook.

But that being said, what you don't know is, Ryan, I still think about you and carry what you said on a very very very regular basis. I still mentioned it on many events, and mentioned that it was you who told me those words.

It was in Egypt. You asked me about the interview with the selection committee, and I said that I was both excited and a bit nervous. This was your exact response: "Great. That means this is important for you. If you're not nervous at all, you probably shouldn't be doing this."

That has helped me the whole time to this day. It helps me to create positive meanings whenever I'm nervous about something. I said it to my self all the time. "Good, this means this is important for you!". And by realizing what it means, I've been able to turn that anxious and nervousness into a rather positive energy. I use and still carry your words all the time, my friend.

Thank you for always being so honest and genuine in your approaches. It makes people very comfortable to be with you and share things to you, because you don't hide anything. You've always been who you are, and that is so refreshing! And thank you for being a proactively nice friend and colleague by checking out on me and offering your help during our mcp time....and of course, thank you for the unforgettable "lights on, lights off" in Romania =)

Love you brother!


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