I first came to France in 2010 to do my MBA at #INSEAD business school. It was a year of a huge change as I found myself surrounded by like minded people: ambitious, curious and with incredible life stories. These friendships remain for a lifetime. .
Nobody had a simple answer to answer a seemingly easy question “Where are you from?”. The answer could only come with a huge BUT. In my case, it would go like this: “I am Russian, but I lived in Asia for over 15 years….” And I would share how my mother was my biggest inspiration to choose Korea as my life-time mission and how I worked in Samsung and was the only foreign female on the business side, surviving and trying to thrive in the hierarchical and military-like culture. .
What seemed normal to me, became a piece of conversation. People wanted to know more about what kept me going and how I survived. These lessons became my aspiration behind creating my jewelry brand “VAROVA”.
#Reflection ; When people are intimidated by your peace, they’ll try to break your spirit. Remember, this has nothing to do with you! It’s just a reflection of what they’re made of. You keep doing you; the most beautiful thing we can learn is to let go; of grudges, and poisonous people. #yourvibeattractsyourtribe#AttractBetter
When I look at this picture that we took last weekend during our walk in Paris, I can’t help but humming the following lines from the Elton John’s song “That’s why they call it the blues”. 🎼
“Laughing like children
Living like lovers
Rolling like thunder under the covers
And I guess that's why
They call it the blues”
We just want to share some love ❤️ and positive vibes ⚡️ with you to charge you for the rest of the week!
Confession about patience and success. I am not a very patient person. Just like many of you, I want to see the results right away and feel disappointed if I have to wait longer than I planned, which is often the case. That’s because we do not live in an ideal world, and sh&& happens all the time. .
Looking back at my 16 year long life in Korea and Japan, I am sometimes asking myself “HOW THE HELL WAS I ABLE TO SURVIVE?!”. I was like a bulldozer walking slowly and steadily towards the goal I set at the time. And nothing was able to stop me: 👉 Not the company that stopped my scholarship one day, that was the sole source of my existence in Korea
👉 Not the people telling me to lower my expectations in terms of MBA schools I was aiming to get in (it took me 2 years and 7 GMAT exams to get in to the school I wanted)
👉 Not stupid bosses that were judging me from their mediocre point of view on life and business
All I want to say is that wanting things to happen quickly is not a bad. It shows that you are ambitious, focused and you know what you want. BUT, don’t fold your wings. Let these small hardships on your way make you work a little bit harder and become a little bit stronger. .
I want to devote this message to all of you who are working hard to achieve your dreams. Don’t settle. Don’t stop. Keep working and believe in yourself. .
P.S. I tagged here some of my favorite accounts that I follow and my close friends who will feel identified with this message. Love you!!
[REPOST @alexvarova ] What is the biggest reward of owning a jewelry business? It is actually wearing your own designs … the designs that you genuinely love and that convey so many stories behind each piece. .
The one I am wearing here is a stainless steel bangle bracelet highlighted with 4 yellow citrine gems and 1 green cabochon citrine at the center. You can wear either alone or just combine with your favorite watch, just like I do it here.
15 tahun yang lalu (saat masuk SMP) saya mulai senang menanam rumput hias di halaman rumah. Menanam sedikit, minta dari rumah tetangga. Sedikit demi sedikit, berharap ia akan tumbuh merata ke segala penjuru halaman..karena saat itu saya bermimpi punya halaman yang segar penuh rumput hias dan cantik seperti taman rumah milik tetangga2 di desa. Berbulan-bulan rumputnya sering mati-hidup mengikuti siklus sumber air di sumur rumah. Hampir putus asa kala itu😥😥, sampai akhirnya saya harus pergi merantau dan berpindah domisili hingga sekarang, saya pun sudah nggak lagi mikir tentang rumput ini.
15 tahun kemudian, setelah bertahun-tahun merantau ke sana ke mari, nggak taunya barulah rumput ini benar-benar menyebar. Nggak terasa ya.. butuh waktu yang cukup lama untuk ia mau tumbuh sesuai harapan saya. Alhamdulillah!
Sama seperti halnya mimpi-mimpi dan harapan hidup yang sering kita tanam dalam diri, juga nggak secepat kilat dapat menjadi kenyataan. Butuh waktu, usaha, dan doa yang terus menerus agar diwujudkan olehNya. Atau kadang saat kita sudah lupa (lebih tepatnya: ikhlas dan tawakkal) akan harapan itu, tiba-tiba Tuhan memberikannya kepada kita.
Ya... Begitulah hidup. Semua serba misteri. Nggak bisa menebak alur cerita yang Tuhan buat. Yang penting kita sebagai manusia terus berusaha dan berdoa, yakin saja bahwa Tuhan itu Maha Baik. Pasti. Amin. ❤❤❤
I am a learner. Since a very young age, I set a goal to go to Korea and make it my new home. Since then, I was absorbing all the knowledge I could get about this country: language, culture, people. .
I am a perfectionist. I am my own judge. I tend to set very high objectives and expectations. But I know myself. If I set my mind on something, nothing will stop me. These were my personality traits that were behind my journey in Korea and Japan, trying to establish myself successfully as a young woman in a man’s world. .
It was not easy. I had my moments of doubt, frustration and tears. But I learnt to stop and breathe. Gather myself and continue my way forward. There was no other option. .
You can achieve anything you set your mind to. Just believe in yourself.
Might of been a lost file but far from being lost girls! Probably the best time I had in while with these two. They may be my little sisters but they taught me so many things (Autumn- the chillness about her /Jade- informing me to slow down at the towing place) and I could feel so comfortable with them! Even though they laughed at me the whole time. Whether it was because of my outfit choices or me just randomly dancing down the street they still loved it they won’t admit it though. And hope I was able to be of some good example 😂🤪 😂🤦🏽♀️ #somanylaughs#longtalks#tears#joy#lifereflection#justbeyou#sisters#bigsis#braids#naturalcurls#smileyandi#calisunshine
The couple year gap between these two photos has been one wild time that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. So here’s losing a couple more pounds haha and making a whole lot more memories. And hopefully make the truck a couple inches taller🙏🏻lol #lifereflection#duramaxs