Dream Job of Alfredo Santiago Blanco Contreras

I have met Alfredo at one of BNI breakfasts in nice surroundings and sea view in Kurhaus Hotel in Scheveningen. Since than from time to time I am Alfredo’s replacement at BNI meetings. Even though we have mutual interest in salsa unfortunately we have not had a chance yet to see who is better in 🙂 

Name:                  Alfredo S. Blanco Contreras 

Country / city:       Cuba/Pinar del Río

What is your dream? 

My dream is to know the world and have as many friends as possible; friends I can share ideas and experiences with, friends I can always count on.

What is my dream job?

My dream job is the one  that keeps me happy and satisfied, no matter if I earn much or little.

How did you achieve your goal = dream job? / how do you plan to achieve your goal=dream job?

I have always done the jobs I have liked./I will keep doing what pleases me from a professional and spiritual viewpoint.

What is your tip to others concerning the Dream Job / Life? 

Never give up and keep fighting for what you believe: the answers may be closer than you think.

Who are you?

I am the owner of Frei Translation Services, a company that provides English-Spanish/Spanish-English translations, proofreading services and Spanish lessons. I am a passionate and easygoing Cuban that is in love with life. www.frei-spanish-translations.com

 Coordinated by Dream Job Diva

My impresion as PR team member of POLONUS 2012

As some of you might know, I have been volunteering as a PR member / coordinator and workshops / groups facilitator almost for five years now for many different non-profit organisations: ACCESS, Connecting Women, POWERtalk International, Academy for Counselling and Coaching, Miss Poland and now POLONUS, here in The Netherlands.

I must say, being a volunteer is an unforgettable experience. During all those years, I have met the most amazing people from all over the world and I have learn quite a lot. I had a chance to be on TV as well as on the radio, which otherwise it will never happened.

Needless to say, most of my PR and Facilitator tasks I master on my own, which I should be proud of. Moreover, all those years paid off last August, rewarding me with an exciting, challenging new job I do next to my coaching, and only because I have had years of experience with people and public relations.

So do not hesitate and if you do have a chance to do some volunteer work (in your area of expertise of in area of your interest) do it, you really never know when you will get rewarded and recognized for it.

My last voluntary task was within PR team for promoting POLONUS. An non-profit organisation working on improving the image of Polish people in The Netherlands. What more closer to my heart being Polish woman here in this country of tulips… I will not discuss the behind the scene daily PR tasks as most of you may know what it encounter, what I want is to share with you the last moments of it, as POLONUS was ending with a Gala announcing elected Pole of the year 2012.

Those who are far away from home, will understand my nostalgic feelings towards the wonderful Polish artists who decided to be a part of that evening and play for Polish people. 

Kayah a beautiful, warm woman, recognised as a fantastic singer. She grown in my eyes after seeing her twice, first the day before the concert in the Polish embassy, where she was acting as a normal person, discussing her shopping preference and the most important not being a diva and the center of attention (which she was anyway due to being a star). During the concert she was a star, a singer, a dancer and a stand-up comedian, which I never know about her – therefore she is official my favorite Polish artist. At the same time she was giving a space and time to other artist to shine. One need to be very much grounded and knowing him/herself well enough to be brave and smart to make jokes as she was making and letting go so others can be seen first – excellent. 

Marcin Wyrostek a lovely, young man, who won Poland Got Talent  – I must admit till the concert I did not know his talent at all. However due to the fact that since I was a child my father is playing almost at every family event the accordion and / or piano, Marcin was close to my heart with his music. His music immediately brought me closer to my family and my father. And again, very normal, humble person, constantly smiling and willing to talk to everyone, wonderful.

The concert itself was a combination of a huge talent of every each of the person on the stage, seriously everyone was giving its best, presenting on a high level. Combining with the act of the lights, emphasizing even more the music and /or the musician who was at that moment actually playing.

And last but not least, I admire Redbad Klijnstra  for his language skills. Most of foreigns don’t take time to learn my language as in most cases they are able to communicate in English. Seeing Redbad navigating in between Polish and Dutch on the stage gave me an inspiration to be as good as he is in his language – Dutch – thank you for that.

My most memorable moment was few hours before the official concert. Sitting in the empty theater and seeing Kayah, Marcin and Coloriage band on stage in their daily cloths, making jokes and preparing for the concert.    It was as they were singing only for me. One fantastic night! Thank you for that. 

One more thing to add to all this, is that I never known there are such smart, intelligent, professional and wonderful Polish people, who were taking their time and effort to do voluntary job as myself. I am glad to meet them and I am proud I can call some of them my friends now. 


Dream Job Diva

Maintaining the Positive Thinking with Noa Brume

In November JO(B)ANNA was facilitating another ”Connect with your dream job” support meeting.

Myself, I did not expected what has happened during the meeting. We were 12 women from countries such as: The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Israel, Serbia, Croatia, Indonesia, UK and Poland.

I am always trying to make each meeting a bit different than the last one, especially that I had few ladies who came for the second time and one special lady Maja who was there at the very fist meeting in 2010. We just realized that time flies and it seems we should celebrate as ”Connect with your dream job” exist already more than 2 years.

So this time I decided to led all the ladies to have some fun and burst their creativity by asking them to draw with colors their names. I basically asked them to create the logo. Amazing what we have explored while explaining what and why we put as our logo. See on the photo some of it.

When asked what this exercise gave them the outcome was as follow:

  • I got inspired by others while listening their stories;
  • I did not know this about myself till now;
  • I was able to find myself through the creativity;
  • I saw I am not alone;
  • Amazing that I was able to express myself in such short time and in front of the strangers;
  • I was always focusing on finding a job, but not on what exactly I wish to do;

Those women arrived to the meeting with their own expectations, wishes and needs, of course with the main idea in mind of finding a job:

  • they wanted to see what is others experience in that matter;
  • they wanted to have fun;
  • they were curios;
  • they wanted to network and meet new people who are in the same situation;
  • for some it was the first step in order to take care of themselves and to keep up psychologically fit knowing that within few months they will be unemployed.

I was happy that all of the women were gentle with each other and open to share the deepest thoughts and were not afraid of tears and bad emotion. So important to feel safe, to be able to express yourself. We cannot keep everything inside, we do need to led our feelings to be heard.

I also had a surprise for the participants as previous participant Noa Brume agreed to share her knowledge and expertise to present for 20 minutes. Noa took as in to the optimistic world of positive thinking. Her warm voice and friendly attitude was welcoming others to be relax and just absorb the wisdom of Noa. The main idea I took it from her was:

”You need to control your attitude towards what you are thinking. You are not able to control the thoughts but you are able to control what you are about to do with them”.

In this case following Noa we shall personalized our thoughts and have dialog with them and at the same time we shall be active and try to replace the pessimistic / bad thoughts with new and positive one.

Thank you Noa for being brave and presenting your knowledge so other women can benefit from your wisdom.

For such meetings I am doing what I am doing. The amazing amount of positive energy and warmth just gave me a lot of energy to go further with my other tasks during the day. We all went with a gift as every one of us received 3 complements / positive words to take it with them home. 

I must say I needed a handkerchief as I was not able to hide tears, they were good tears –  I call them the fountain of joy:).

Dream Job Diva

Do or not to do…a business in Poland?

On 8th of November 2012, ING bank organised an International Business Conference in Eindhoven. As always the conference was in Dutch, taking into consideration that I was able to follow and understand what it was all about, I am proud of my language skills and that I was able to be a part of such business minded event without missing anything.

Not only, I had a chance to go to this conference with my lovely friend, and had an opportunity to admire the architecture of the Evoluon building the conference was held in, also I was nicely surprise while at every seminar and / or presentation during the whole day Poland was mentioned often enough to make an positive association it is a perfect place to do business with.

Almost every presenting person was in some way referring to my country. Some of them where showing statistics of the years when the crises hits the most and Poland was not affected by it.

Others where showing the economic growth of my country. To be only followed by those who were telling that lots of Polish people left the country to gather international experience and / or education and they came back and now they are helping to put the country on the top level. Moreover, the presenters were pointing out the fact that in general Polish people are well educated, sometimes having more than only one University degree, with great language skills.

Sitting and listing to those little remarks regarding Poland my hear was singing with happiness and proud. Poland is being viewed as important partner  and place to take an example from. 

To be even more satisfy with what I have heard, all of the above was said by the Dutch businessmen, politicians and famous people.

So do not hesitate come to visit Poland and do business with hard working Polish people, it is worth it. 

Of course the conference was not only about Poland, in general it was about East Europe and how to do business in those countries. Some tips were given on how to make first impressions, how to negotiate and finally how to maintain relationships with Eastern European countries. One thing for sure, we are all different than the Dutch and people do need more time in order to get to know you, to trust you in order to do business with you.  

Dream Job Diva

Dream Job of Maja Todorovic

I have met Maja in September of 2010 when she has joined my first ”Connect with your dream job” support group meeting. She almost participated in all of the meetings. We became friends (one of the best things which has happened after I launched Connect with your dream job). Later on Maja joined me on Connecting Women board. I am happy and proud to have her in my life.  

Name:                  Maja Todorovic  

Country / city:       Serbia / Zemun

What is your dream?

Well I have/had several dreams and most of them I have fulfilled! My teenage dream came true three years ago when my favorite bend got together again after 25 years and had the opportunity to see/hear them alive on the stage (Ultravox) and now their brand new album is going to be published in couple  of days! So there’s a lot of excitement about that! My other dream was finding a man that I could share my life with which also is fulfilled. And the last one (which one I’m still working on 🙂 is to help and teach people how they can live and work in more healthier and sustainable manner. It is closely connected to my other passion – which is writing.

What is my dream job? 

After leaving my home country in 2010 to join my partner in the Netherlands I also left my job at the University where I worked as an assistant professor. Change was pretty harsh and it forced to me look deep inside myself and see which professional path I want to take. I knew I would still like to help and teach people about the importance of our environment and resources but I actually changed the means of doing that. I published a book called: “From environmentally responsible business to profit: practical guide for small and microenterprises” and is customized for Serbian market. The book has been very well received and now soon the Croatian version of the book and management system that there has been presented is going to be published. We are thinking of doing it for other markets as well. Now I can say that I’m living my dream job: doing meaningful job, helping people and all of that through writing!

How did you achieve your goal = dream job? / how do you plan to achieve your goal=dream job?

Achievement came through inspiration and persistence.

What is your tip to others concerning the Dream Job / Life?

Be courageous! Be innovative and creative! Earl Nightingale used to say that there is no competition in life, unless we make it for ourselves – all we have to do is create!

Who are you?

I’m writer. I’m learner and teacher in the same time. I’m in love with nature and science and like to pass on my knowledge and experience to other people while contributing to the development of more sustainable future.  www.ekoposlovanje.rs

 Coordinated by Dream Job Diva

Bad hair day and so…

There is nothing better to cheer you up than a good hair cut.

I like to experiment with my hair colour, length and shape, however I am also very conscious while choosing my hairdresser. There is nothing worse than spending lots of time and money and coming home realising we do need a new hair cut otherwise we are not able to show ourselves publicly.

When the weather changes, darkness is more common than a day light lots of us experiencing swing of mood, pessimists thoughts and decrees of energy.

With all task and stress regarding our family, friends and our work or searching for one it is a time to do something only for ourselves.

What is the best present you can give yourself than a bit of a free, quality time and a brand new, fabulous and trendy haircut. You are immediately going to feel better and smile to yourself and world around you.

I can share this experience with you as I gone to my friend Luda, who is a fantastic hairdresser, based in The Hague (soon, in December she will open her salon – more information will follow), coming to her I was tired and unhappy with my previous look.

Do you know the feeling as your hair runs your life not the other way around. Each day I wake up I do not know what to expect as my hair has a specific structure and if I will spend hours to straighten it , it will start wave journey in all different direction. When I wish to have a curly hairstyle my hair decides go other way. Or simply I look like a lion king, but not anymore.

Sitting at my friend chair I was struggling what I wish to look like. I did not need to worry as she is a brilliant hairdresser and she made me look sexy (see photo) and feel like million dollar lady.

She definitely is having her dream job as she enjoyed it and even more important she is good at it.


Dream Job Diva