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The Expiry Date – SK-II

June 29, 2017

I remember turning 20 and thinking how many things I would achieve before 30. I was picturing myself with a husband, a few kids, a beautiful house, a successful career and many more. And then, time passed as I quickly realized things would be different for me. 

My parents have always been a great example for me. They got married at 22, had me by 24, left Romania to start a new life in Canada and are now living happily ever after (get the picture?). I was raised with my future already written and although I tried very hard to follow this path, my life decisions took me in a different place. 

When I first saw the movie The Expiry Date by SK-II, I couldn’t help but being very emotional. Although our cultures are very different, I was totally seeing myself in the three actresses. It’s all fun and games until the big 3-0 is across the corner and suddenly everything changes. The stress and the struggle of feeling judged by the others while not being here or there in life is terrifying. Truth is, our generation is nothing compared to our parent’s. We love to live, to explore, to risk without no fear of time. Whatever path was ideal in the past is now divided in a multitude of possible options. Which way of life is better? Who can really answer that question?

When I have conversations with my girlfriends there’s not one time where the question of the age comes up. Most of my girlfriends are single while still debating on what to do with their life – so what? Everything will happen when the time is right and I strongly believe that! I’m not saying it’s not important to set life goals and find ways to achieve them, all I’m saying is we need to let go of that age issue, or that expiry date that somehow flies over our head. 

Happiness for me is everything. Although I didn’t choose the easy path (aka after finishing my Masters I could have easily find a job in my field and get married blablabla) I am more than proud of the woman I have become today. I am madly in love (wedding will come eventually hehe), working everyday for a job that sets my creativity free and exploring the world one city at a time. Being positive and talking about my future projects is what keeps me going. We need to change our conversations now girls and the rest will follow!

Here is the video I was talking about with SK-II. Again, it’s been a while since I haven’t see a movie speaking that directly to me. Not only it is super motivational but it’s also amazing to see that the brand is working towards changing the mentality. In Asia, only 2 out of 10 women feel comfortable with the idea of getting older…let’s work together in the idea of raising this number up to 10 in the next years 🙂 Let me know your thoughts xo

Blog post sponsored by SK-II but all opinions are mine.

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  • Reply Tatiana June 29, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I couldn’t agree more on this topic and feel like it’s me at the same time! I’ve really been battling with the age issue and expectations. Turning 30 as well and although it’s just a number it makes you think of several issues. I still feel that some people do judge but as long as we’re setting priorities straight and following our dreams in a somewhat “real” way things will get to a good place eventually <3

  • Reply Stephania June 29, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Beautiful post my boo boo. Very impowering for many women to read and I’m proud of you & all your accomplishments. Love you xx

  • Reply Kristi June 29, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I could not agree more with your thoughts and feelings. Well done!!

  • Reply Ver July 1, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Loved that video and the message it conveys. Age truly is just a number and nothing to define yourself by.

  • Reply tanya July 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    wow so in love with the message behind this video <3

  • Reply Emilie July 2, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I remember turning 30 and thinking the same thing… then I turned 35 and it was the same… now I am going to turn 37, and nothing is like I wish it was. It is different. It’s not bad, but definitely not the life I was thinking for me. You are young and beautiful. 30 is the new 20! You have lots of time.

  • Reply Aurela July 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, I am Albanian and I was married at 18, arranged marriage to someone I never met. My parents thought that he would be my perfect match since he lived in Germany and I would have better opportunities to live outside of Albania. Their intention were good, but turned out we weren’t a good match, I had my boy at 20 and left him and Europe to start my new live in Vancouver. The best decision I made. I’m madly in love now , have a handsome boy that is my pride and joy and I am chasing my dreams. I loved the video, thanks for sharing and you look amazing. Keep doing what you love doing, everything else will follow!
    Aurela x

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