Be True To Yourself – Ana Pristopan – Romania
When I have decided to leave my home, I have decided to do it for my children. I wanted a better life for them and myself. I have never thought of leaving my home country for 39 years. After a difficult marriage break I made a decision to leave everything behind, even though I was running a very successful business for more then 11 years. I have built that business from scratch selling first from a garage then turn it into a wholesale deposit. There is nothing that is more frightening and more challenging than to leave all you know for the fearful of the unknown.
It was the night of 5th of February 2000 that everything changed…
I left Romania and my 2 children behind in my parent’s care to go and live in New Zealand. A country I have chosen just pointing my finger on the map saying I am going there in the end the world. I had only $400 in my pocket after a bad divorce in which everything was taken from me and did not know anybody in NZ. It would be too risky to take my children with me and expose them to the unknown. It was the hardest decision that I had to make. But I knew and trusted that everything will be ok and I will see them soon. And I am so happy I did…
I cannot not even describe the fear and tears that has been inside my heart on the plane ride. I was holding my prayer book all the time and prayed, cried and prayed…for 33 hours… God gave me the power to believe that I did the right choice and one day I will see my children again. I believed that this was for the greater good that my children knew how much I adore them and that one-day this day would come, the day that we could all be together again.
I struggled to find a job but found a lovely Hungarian family who took me under their wings and looked after me until I found a job. I was and still am very blessed and lucky. Beside the nanny jobs, I was doing cleaning jobs and living in a stranger’s home looking after 3 children.
The small offerings that a strange family have given me, slowly felt like home, it had to, because for my two beautiful children that I left behind, I must power through with hope that one day they will be beside me.
I’ve dreamed every night that this will lead to bigger and better things. Perseverance is what pays, it pays to dream, even if reality never paid as much.
It became harder and harder to accept that a paycheck from someone else for doing their dirty housework was enough, so I’ve set my foot to do something that will one day allow me to become the person I am today.
I got my dream job that allowed me to show the world my personality, to speak to those that were prepared to pay the big bucks for my hope. I have dreamed to get into management and one day to run successfully my own business. And I did…
Today, this is the journey of the woman who is running very successfully her own franchise, this is the journey of a single mum ready to take on the world to prove she can make those dreams (from the granny flat of some rich persons home) come true.
Along the journey there were obstacles, and boy were they tough. Not only that I could not see my children growing older, but they also needed my support. This came to me effortlessly cause they were the sunshine of my life and gave me strengths not to give up.
My sweet parents taught me well, they have held my back and pushed me forward enough times to realize what my heart desired, and I went for it.
A few people have tried to hold me back, but they have all failed. “Because nothing has power over you unless you let it, absolutely nothing”. I was a new immigrant with a funny accent and with a difficult surname (one of my bosses even asked me to change my name if I want to work there and be successful). I’ve decided I don’t need to…and left. An immigrant who knew only one person in NZ and wanted to work in real estate, so she had to work very hard cause she was grateful that she could be there to start a new life with her children. That’s what kept me going.
It is a treasure to be true to yourself in today’s world, because putting on a brave face is not so easy. Even as life went on and even with those that held me back I’ve made a beautiful decision.
I am very grateful to all the people from NZ and to a country, which allowed me to change to have a fresh new life and to see my children after 2 years. I am so blessed. Thank you New Zealand!
When you get a letter like this from your children, you know that you did a good job and I am so proud and speechless:
…”To this day your sacrifices, your struggles and your pain have made you the beautiful person you were destined to be. They have allowed us to call you MUM.
Now our dear MUM, that is a title. It may not come with gold medals and it may not pay the bills, but it is eternal.
If at any time your journey comes to a hold and you must once again sacrifice, remember all that has lead you to get to this day and remember that we are here.
The promise of tomorrow will never be, but the promise of our love and compassion will always hold you up, that we promise you.
We have always wondered what we did to deserve you, but I guess that will forever be a mystery, an unsolved puzzle that is a sight for sore eyes.
The definition of love and trust came through your touch from the moment we were born, so we thank you for all that you have gone through and all that you will go through.
For giving us life and giving us love we cannot repay you, but we will promise to forever make you proud for making the decision to be our inspiring mother.
Your grace and prosperity will forever shine in our hearts!
WE LOVE YOU MUM” (Vanessa and Sebastian Pristopan)
About the Author
Ana is well known for her good sense of humour, friendly nature and she makes a positive impression on everyone she meets. Her people skills are exceptional and are a major contributor to her success in real estate. She is a fully licensed real estate agent, studying towards a Diploma in Business and Management. With more than 20 years’ experience in management and sales, Ana is passionate and truly committed to maximising the value of her clients’ real estate assets through superior customer service. As an ex sales manager and a licensee agent, she utilises and passes on her skills, knowledge and success to the people she works with. Ana began her selling career in Europe 30-years-ago. There she gained a Bachelor of Commerce and ran her own business for more than 11 years. Because Ana has been self-employed, she is well organised, self-motivated and sets high standards of professional service. Always striving for perfection, Ana doesn’t tolerate mistakes in a relationship and is known for her high standards of professional service, negotiating skills, integrity and enthusiasm. Perseverance and focus are crucial for Ana – she never gives up and is with you every step of the way.
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LinkedIn: Ana Pristopan B.Com AREINZ
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