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11 Things About Me (Not Related to Work)

Why 11? Because it is a nicer number than 10!
I will avoid mentioning something basic like
my favorite food and season.


  1. According to my diary, at 9 years old, I was dreaming of having a travel agency. It should have been called Lady Max, and I would be a CEO. I still love to travel! Countries in my travel destinations bucket list are: Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Bali and mooore of the wonderful Greece and Italy.
     
  2. My daughter says I am a love fairy on a mission. Do not tell anyone, but I really am!
     
  3. I am a recovering perfectionist. Perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes, as Elizabeth Gilbert once said.
     
  4. I am an introverted extrovert. Although I love social gatherings and I do communicate with people a lot, I also need time to recharge on my own.
     
  5. After having lived in Brussels (when I worked at the European Parliaments Directorate General for Communication) I realized that it wasn’t only the job but also the country also matters. Belgium did not fit my personality, so I moved back to Sweden.
     
  6. In my teens I had such an ugly duckling period that I even once have been asked by two classmates to step aside a couple of meters… When they saw some handsome guys walking our way, whom they wanted to impress. When that period was over (around 16-17 years old), I once had to show my ID card to an old acquaintance… To convince that I am the same person I was!
     
  7. The worst happening in my life started on Friday the 13th, but I still do not believe that Fridays the 13th are bad days. Those were actually considered to be days of Goddess in the past.
     
  8. I love to review everything I try! Trustpilot, Tripadvisor, and other websites – I always leave reviews of my bookings and purchases.
     
  9. When I am in a great mood, I bake. + I love to share the outcome!
     
  10. I often cry when I watch professional ice-skating performances. It is just too beautiful!
     
  11. I have a deep connection with nature. It is my ultimate source of inspiration and energy. I grew up in a little wooden house surrounded by nature and next to a tiny little river. I still adore that place and visit every year. In our family, we also have a tradition to buy a Christmas tree with roots and after Easter plant it in a forest.

About Anna Balciune

Anna is a certified career and life coach for young women in traditionally male-dominated fields such as STEM. She empowers women to create an enjoyable career that fits their desired lifestyle, to nurture their femininity, and shine with confidence by taking consistent action towards inspiring goals. She is also a senior engineer and a representative of the labor unions for educated professionals at a global telco, as well as a wife and a mum. Anna spent her last decade studying & working in some EU countries, and is now based in Sweden.

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