Memories from Coco

Didn’t expect to see me around here now, did you? We haven’t met in so long! Meanwhile, you’ve already found your path around the world, settled down, are on your way to building what you think is what you want, while I’m still getting a grip of what is actually happening.

We’ve shared so much over the years and built castles in the sand, wrote comments on walls, posted photos on feeds. We left behind memories and countries and people to take it down to the core. In order to find out who we are, we had to figure out what we are not.

There’s no need for huge chunks of text to prove that writing is more than just words. It’s language, it’s culture, it’s the world filled with amazing beings that we’ve met so far and that we’re still looking forward to meeting. I had set blogging aside for a long while to focus on building up some pieces of this world. I wanted to learn and train and change everything around me.

It took me more than a year to come to terms with this new way of life. On the day I posted the photo you see above, I had travelled for 17 hours to get back from Sibiu to Vienna in time to finish a presentation for my colleagues. After getting out of Coco, I called my mom and told her I missed her already and wished her “Happy Mother’s Day in Austria” – we celebrate it on a different day in Romania. She was so proud of me for getting where I am, for working hard to achieve my dreams, for the things that were about to come. That was the last time we spoke.

When one life ends, another one begins. So no matter what are doing, how you are doing it, who you are doing it with – do it with love.

What happens if you don’t post regularly on your blog


As you might have seen, it’s been a really long while since my last post. I’ve never ever stayed more than one month away from this little place I like to call second home of my thoughts…and to be honest, it kind of turned into an xPRiment on its own to see just how much I could refuse to post anything online. It’s easy NOT to do something, but check out what consequences it can have on yourself and the people around you:

-an immediate result is that you start to get comfortable with not writing anything aside from your “chores” (University in my case, job posts in some other cases)

-you turn to social media a little less than before and tell yourself that “you’re better than this”, go online and start watching an insane amount of YouTube videos – true story :(

-then, you see how this situation slowly shifts towards offline activities that involved blogging and social media – less conferences, less events, less of the “getting to know new people and talking to them” energy you usually had and therefore less opportunities to find something (job, new ventures, new clients for your company) you were looking for

-even if you say you have NO readers at all and that nobody cares if you’re giving up on blogging, you start to hear stuff like “what happened, why are you not posting anymore?”, “do you still have a blog, does this blog still work?”, “you don’t write anymore, you gave up on your passion” (that hurt a lot) – even from people who you really didn’t expect to be reading your blog. This situation is even more inconvenient if you show off your blog in your CV (like I do) and a potential future employer checks out your online activity, sees that you haven’t been active in a long while and goes away. From your blog and from you as an employee.

All in all, nobody truly knows what you’re going through until you tell them. So to be very honest, I’ve been having quite a lot of disappointments lately and didn’t know for sure how to write about them. It occurred to me on several occasions that it was in the middle of the night and I wanted to Write Out Loud what I was feeling, but then just stopped – and chewed on my problems until they faded away.

But now I’m a little better than I was 5 months ago. I had the talks, I finished the 71 ECTS semester and I had the guts to tell you guys all about it (even if you’re my future employer and reading this, you had to know me just a little better before hiring me). We all go through these phases and we all have to lose some to win some. I just don’t want to lose the blog :) it’s a place that has helped me reach so many beautiful things in life and has brought me to so many good people. That’s why I’m asking you to give it (and me) another chance and check out what you get out of it in the next months. I’ll start being a conscious person and blog about my trips abroad, that’s a promise. And, even if they’re just bits of the experiences I’m living, I’ll start blogging about the events I’m attending, no matter what they’re about or where they are happening. That’s something that I owe to you and to myself.

Thanks for staying on board for this entire article and see you soon on this amazing journey called xPRiment! ;)

Marketing 24/7 and me

Looks like I’ll be making a short trip to Romania this week. Why, you ask?

Because the first marketing event I’ve ever attended (back in 2009: see article in Romanian here) is just about to start! This year is the 4th edition of Marketing 24/7 and the debated topics sound pretty nice: implementing social media in your business and making it work effectively for you, learning how to communicate fast and efficiently with your costumers and creating valuable content and so many more!

Among the speakers from various business fields are also Marius Ghenea (an antreprenour whom I’ve seen on TV hosting a show where people can present their business ideas and get feedback + financial support from different areas “Arena Leilor”) and Ciprian Gavriliu, a very, very interesting person who’s taught me a lot of valuable insights on marketing&social media through his online radio talk show, “Online Shift”.

Since the official blogger of this event will probably be posting articles in Romanian, I’ll try to update you on the things happening at the event in English. Also looking forward to tweeting live on the spot!

Meet you there! You can still sign up for the event on its official website ;)

Making it through TEDxVienna 2011

There are days when you wake up, see the sun from your window and just know something is about to hit you so hard in the face, that you’ll make a turn in your path. This day didn’t seem like one of those, cause I had to go to university and felt a little tired after the previous night. On my way from the metro to campus I always bump into people who give me flyers and small treats, but today I just didn’t feel in the mood for them. Still, I grasped a black and red sheet of paper from this handsome guy and saw the magic words in front of my eyes: “TEDxVienna”. Holy patcholy!

So, after only one month in Vienna, I could get this amazing chance! TEDx is right here, in my new-found city, about 30 minutes away by metro! Read the backside of the sheet and saw: 100 euro. Damn.

After some magic voodoo that I do (and a contribution from a very nice person whom I’ll always be thankful), I got inside and could blog about the whole event. I tweeted to my friends from Romania (didn’t know many people on twitter from Austria back then) and was soooo excited to meet someone who had actually heard about my blog before although he had no previous connection with me whatsoever, only because we were both following the twitter account of TEDxVienna. All this happened at the end of 2010, back when I thought economics was my future and business suits are the coolest ever.

Lucky me, things have evolved both for TEDxVienna and for me. I’ve come to see that writing brings me a lot more happiness than Macroeconomics and TEDx thought of giving bloggers in Austria this great deal: becoming an official blogger of the event! :)

So this is my way of saying that I want to be one of the chosen 5. Cause it’s an opportunity way too amazing to miss!

P.S. When I woke up today, I knew something very special was about to happen.

LATER EDIT: I got the job! :D link here

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