I think I have developed an “insistent-persistent” side… I have become highly confrontational and expect people, who matter to me, to be so as well. This hasn’t always been the case, as it is a relatively newly-acquired trait. It appeared only a few years ago, when I decided (after a lot of soul searching – and I mean a lot!) to really push myself to the limits and face my fears of being rejected. I was afraid I was going to be rejected by my dad and that side of my modern family. For years, we had had a very dysfunctional relationship – strangers in our own clan – we never really addressed openly our disappointments and issues. This consequently led to a complete and utter misunderstanding; Silence breads all sorts of misconceptions, but if you want to be felt and understood, you have to do the unthinkable (for most of us): let down your defence mechanisms and bare your vulnerability. In other words, share your truth.
For years, I had lived under the shadow of having a very challenging, to non-existent at times, relationship with my father. No matter the infinite love I was getting by my mother, stepfather and brother, I was haunted by the thought that there was also another family on my paternal side, with whom my relationships were strained (and I have been a very typical example of a girl with daddy issues – attracting all sorts of bad apples!).
A few weeks ago, I experienced one my greatest and most surreal #theFMartini moments when, completely impromptu, I interviewed the iconic John Paul DeJoria! The Greek-American entrepreneur and philanthropsist, Co-founder of Paul Mitchell and the Patron Tequila, was invited by The Hellenic Initiative and the THI international Ambassador, Tatiana Blatnik, to talk about “How to start a business with little or no money“, in the Athens Hilton hotel. Considering #theFMartini, my own entrepreneurial baby step, I thought it would be quite the fit to take some bullet points and advice from this man, who had been homeless twice in his life, and now is a Billionaire!
A few days ago, my friends and I participated in the “Invisible Tours“, a social project run by the Greek street paper “Shedia”. It is a social tours program, based in the capital of Greece, Athens, in which homeless people become tour guides in a very different kind of a city walk…
I had often heard about the importance of surrounding ourselves with positive people and influences. I mean, even on instagram, quotes about releasing ourselves from anything that doesn’t contribute to our personal evolution, pop-up daily on our feeds!
I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Pearl xChange conference in Los Angeles, co-founded by Nicole Richie and Ramey Warren, Founder & President of Media Savvy Plus. It truly was an enlightening, thought-provoking day, filled with inspiration and positivity, promoting the power of shared knowledge — totally worth the trip from Athens to LA!
Feeling incredibly inspired after having attended the Pearl xChange, a powerful conference held in LA, promoting the power of shared knowledge and experience in an unpretentious and heartfelt way, co-founded by Nicole Richie and Ramey Warren, Founder & President of Media Savvy Plus.
In life, especially when it comes to love interests, there are times when we – or at least some of us – find ourselves fantasizing about unavailable loves, ones that are not that into us. Yet, we tend to blow things out of proportion, decipher every little incident, a.k.a. text msg, nod or like on insta.
Winning the #MCBlogAwards2016 for the New Talent Category, sponsored by Belvedere Vodka, was such a great honor, for which I feel so grateful. Having a blog is far less glamorous than it might seem and, as far as I’m concerned, when I entered the arena of Blogs with the F Martini, I felt like the odd one out…