‘Gabriellas are great friends and when you first meet them they seem shy but they are extremely weird and outgoing. They want to make everyone happy!’ Believe it or not, this is the top definition for Gabriella on urbandictionary.com. Fresh start, blank page, tell us something about yourself! Usually, we don’t really enjoy official topics, but let’s give it a try for once. What do you do (for a living)?
Not going to lie now, but I actually googled this on “How to answer the «What do you do for a living» question”, because I found myself overthinking the answer (laughs in brackets). The one thing I can provide you with is the simple life of a student of foreign languages and from what I know, that is not yet paid. The other thing that is quite fun and enjoyable is tutoring English to kids and even students like myself. You’d be amazed how many things you can learn on the way from the children that come to you for help. On the other hand, I’ve had those “easy come, easy go” jobs, but that was quite a while ago when life seemed a fluffy pink cloud.
When checking you out (on Instagram, for non-personal purposes, of course), there were three different aspects popping up: beautifulness, your love to travel and photos of ultra healthy seed combinations. Where is the balance in all this?
I guess there is no such thing as a balance between these three aspects because if you ask me, they all differ from one another and have their own true meaning, still being very linked to each other. Growing up I was part of multiple school trips and family holidays abroad and this grew to my soul and formed itself as a passion of mine: never stop exploring and wondering what’s out there. About the “ultra healthy seed combinations” which by the way made me giggle a bit, there is really nothing special about it only that I have adopted a vegetarian lifestyle almost two years ago and this is what made me into this healthy lifestyle, which includes these superfoods like all sorts of different seeds.
You also have a blog besides Instagram, because ’you always had something to say regardless of the topic of the conversation, so a blog is the best option’. What should we know about your blog?
The blog started out a couple of years ago as a way of me sharing my thoughts and opinions about whatever crossed my mind. Something that stands to this day. To be frank that statement of mine which you quoted reflects my whole being as a person because I tend to speak out about the things that have a certain influence on me. To this day I believe in the power of words and expressions used in the right way, so definitely for starters, a blog is a must and I do not regret it one bit.
What drives you in life?
To the supermarket? Or where? That’s a good question actually. The kind of question that one could sit and think of a whole day. The kind of question I try to come up with an answer to and every time I do I find myself seeking deeper than I should have. There isn’t really something majestic that I could say, but only the simple fact of surviving. That is what drives me and motivates me in life. Surviving to the daily struggles, because no matter how glowy the situation may look on Instagram or Facebook, there are always bad times too and you need to gather up all your forces and stand tall to it. Surviving is the key to all liberation and relief. And it’s the right amount of motivation that I or anybody else should need in life to succeed.
Do you have any special expectations of yourself and if so, how hard is it to live up to them?
I usually try not to force myself into doing something that I know I will most probably dislike. On the other hand, I always try to remain true to myself and to my beliefs no matter what the circumstances are. I made a promise to myself recently that I will no longer care what other people think of me or the decisions I choose to make regarding my life, because I used to pay way more attention to this and came to realise that it is the densest and foolish thing to do and to waste your time with. What other people think is the last thing one should worry about.
As faithful followers of your page, we see that you don’t live in one single Transylvanian city. Cluj-Napoca and Brasov are both close to you. What makes them special?
Brasov is my hometown, the place where I was born and the place where I grew up to be the person I am today. It will always have a very special value and significance in my soul. But as Brasov has it’s glory, Cluj-Napoca does too. Cluj-Napoca is the city where I feel more alive than any other place I’ve been so far. It is the nest to my whole being and the fruit of my growth and evolution. I have lots of friends there and the thing I like the most is the freedom it gives me to explore and discover something new and exciting every day.
Let’s put cities away for a bit: what is your favorite place to visit in Transylvania?
As weird as it might sound (or look), I cannot say I have a favorite place to visit in Transylvania. The one place I go very dearly and sadly not enough is this little village called Kányád located at about 15 km from Székelyudvarhely, in Harghita County. This is the place where my grandmother grew up and where I spent nearly every summer of my childhood along with my cousins and we had this little plastic pool and from dusk, till dawn, we jumped into it, had the best time ever. We also had this huge walnut tree on which we used to climb and eat all the walnuts and under it, there was a little swing on which we would fight a lot because everybody wanted to go on the same time. That was our biggest problem back then.
Favorite Transylvanian food?
Kürtőskalács, obviously! And with cinnamon, of course. It’s probably the best invention ever to be made and I’m forever grateful for that.
Let’s get back to Instagram. Recently you have started using hashtags, but you were short of them before. Why is that?
#nohashtag, does this count as a hashtag? I could never tell. Back when I started out in this whole new world that I was introduced to, I didn’t really understand the meaning of hashtags and why people use it so much. Also, I never liked the way it looked under my photo in the description box because if you follow me you can see that I was and still am a very simple person in the sense that I don’t stuff myself with a lot of accessories and funky colorful clothes or whatever. So whenever I posted a picture it included a smiley face in the description or maybe a few words selected carefully, and no hashtags at all. They weren’t welcomed on my page. However, recently I’ve discovered that hashtags can be really helpful in building up your Instagram feed or making connections with people that like the same thing as you do. And for that purpose, I started using a few of them and it really made a difference.
And finally, for those not getting it: what is the point of eating all those seeds?
Made me giggle again! To be clear, those seeds I eat are called chia seeds, which are high in nutrients and pack up a bunch of energy-boosting power. Actually, Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language. Now you know why. The other seed I use in my smoothies very often is the hemp seed, which is rich in essential fatty acids such as Omega 6 and Omega 3 and contains a good source of protein, and for those like me who don’t eat meat, these seeds will do just great. The vegetarian lifestyle was the one that got me into this whole healthy living and it triggered all kinds of seeds, as you may say.