About Immortals and Impossibles

In November 2008, I had one of my best conferences' journeys ever (and I have had many) in Amara, Romania. More than a conference, it was a space filled with the wishes and energy of tons of beautiful individuals.

In Amara I met Deliana (Deli), one of these awesome shiny people. Some time later, and unexpectedly, she wrote me an e-mail in which she told me that one of her best friends said: "If I can give a part of me to the people that surround me, I will become immortal".

Even if she found some arguments to prove him wrong, she started to look for cons for her own very arguments. So, she searched for people she knew can support her friend's statement, and she said she have remembered me! She said to me: "I see you as a person who will be immortal because he gave parts of him to people... lots of people. Thank you for that, because you have touched, some of my best friends in the most beautiful way possible: through who you are!". Of course I am grateful to Deli for her message (thanks tons baby!); however this is not what brings me to these lines today. What brings me here is the story of one of those "immortals" that have touched many, including me.

When making the summary of my 2009 I came across Deli's message - which made me feel happy and more committed. And then I wonder: How open am I to receive with arms wide open the beauty of the people around me? I started to think about the people I have got in such close contact with last year that they have became immortals for and through me, those people that made a difference in my life by being who they are, by teaching me with their walk, not with their words. I was very pleased to see the list kept on growing and growing. Within those names there was one that came together with a sense of achievement and the core of the story I want to share with you today: Mugur.

Mugur is a person that gives not only parts of himself to the people around, he gives everything he is to those purposes and people he commits with. The best example of his commitment is the NY Marathon he ran lately last year; a New Year's resolution he had set up in 2008! The beautiful thing is that he captured the whole story in a 17 pages document and share it with his friends and family. "I hope this will be a source of inspiration for 2010 resolutions or other objectives, sport related and not only" - he says in the first page. I asked him if I could share his story and essay here because I found it beautiful, powerful and worth spreading. He humbly agreed (Find the link to download Mugur's paper at the bottom of the post).

His paper will take you through the entire journey that took him from setting the resolution in 2008 to crossing the finish line in NY last year. At the end, when he points out that "the journey is the reward", he shares a quote from Michael Phelps:

"I wouldn’t say that nothing is impossible.
However, I do believe that everything is possible if you put your mind into it,
dedicate time and work hard to reach your objective.”

When I read that I smiled; I am used to say that
impossible is temporary.

Which are your impossibles for 2010?
Are you going to be immortal this year? How much? For how many?
Are you open enough to let others be immortals through for/through you? Who are these immortals?
Have you thank the immortals of your life? What are you waiting for?

Wishing you a 2010 full of immortals and impossibles!

Love tons,


You can download Mugur's paper here.

PS: Thanks Deli and Mugur for your beauty!


Remember your mortality!

A friend of mine - that I have not seen since 2005 - wrote me an e-mail in these first days of the year. This beautiful individual seems to have had a troubled 2009, and it seems to be carrying that into the new year. Without much of a clue of what has happened, I shared what came to my mind by reading between the lines in the mail. After thinking about it for a while, I thought that maybe other friends are crossing some similar situations, so I decided to share here what I sent, as a reminder to me and to all of us that we only have one life to live, there is no option B - at least that we can be sure of...

And then I wrote:
Life is wise, I have learned that; it is what I have chosen to believe.
I need to be wise to be in harmony with life.

What has happened, whatever it was, It is gone. It is 2009.
You are now here, in 2010.

Choose to let the suffering go and embrace life with a smile as a source, not only in the face.
Choose to choose...
Choose to be.

It is all about choices, YOUR CHOICES.
And your choices are the only ones that matter.
At the end of each day, you go bed with that, with the choices you have made, those are the last companions right before you fall asleep.

I don't know what your story is, but it is a story that you are telling yourself, the history of what happened is made of the facts, the story can always be told in a different manner.

Choose to tell the story in a way that do opens possibilities.

Well, with that being shared, I wish you Beautiful Choices and see you here next week!

Don't forget we have only 9 places left for our Beautifully Observing 101 Retreat in March 2010.
For more info click here.

Love tons,



My summary of my 2009 by Ami

Here I am, coming to share my story about a beautiful 2009.
A year with good and bads, crying and laughter, satisfactions and lusts...
A year of discovering new personal values and of seeing more and more only the beautiful part of life ...
A year in which ...
I have moved 3 times, changing houses in 3 different cities, learning how to make a home from each one of them.
I have been a delegate, a facilitator, a chair in different AIESEC conferences in Portugal, feeling that I am finally starting to give back all that this organization has been offering me in the past years.
I have jumped from a plane, experiencing the highest adrenaline rush ever, being embraced by feelings of total safety and freedom.
I have traveled, reinforcing the image of a world that has a lot to offer and that worths everything to be seen.
I have watched people leave, I have watched people come, and I know that the bond of a real friendship will never vanish.
I have felt in love, I have waited, I have accepted, I have suffered and cry my pain out; learning how to burn my soul out giving the chance of a new baby Phoenix bird to come to life.
Now I am ready to face and experience everything that 2010 will bring along!
See you next year ... see you soon !


A Beautiful Story about 2009!

There is a Jewish saying that Isabel Allende (one of my favorite story tellers) shared at her speech at TED:

What is truer than truth?

The story.

The Story is truer than Truth!

Usually, at the end of the year I review what my life has been in those 12 past months. I tell and re-tell myself the story of what has happened, in that way I reignite my passion for living life to the max, make sure that the circles that need to be closed are closed, and get ready to level up in the incoming year. This helps me turn the story into the truth that I need to carry with me, at the end of the day that is what I sleep with, that is what I take bed with me ultimately.

My 2009 Story Summary:
I fell in love twice and got my heart broken twice; because of that today I believe more and more in love.
I shed tear of sadness and happiness, of pain and joy; because of that today I value them more.
I jumped from a plain, because of that today I know that our deepest fears can be conquered.
I kept on traveling, and because of that today I know that I will keep on doing it.
I discovered that feeling empty means that I have gave everything, because of that I am not scared of thieves any longer; there is nothing they can steal when I feel empty as I feel today.
I got my soul, needs, desires and insecurities naked in videos online, because of that today I have less to hide away from the world and I feel my own freer.
I reconnected with my sister and old friends, because of that today I am certain that true love does never dissipates.
I stopped making sure that my walk follows my talk and made of my walk my talk, because of that I do not need to think twice, I live.
I stop worrying about the kind of person I wanted to be, I let it emerge; it always was within me, because of that today I can just 'be'.
I moved from intention to action and started Beautiful Individuals, because of that today I feel empty.

So, what’s YOUR story of 2009?
I invite you all to write your summary and to share it with others. Sharing it is a way to co-encourage each other to shine more, to strive for more, to support more and to live more.