Hi there! I’m Ana Maria Radulescu, but I go by A.M.Radulescu, a subconscious nod to the Potterhead within me. As a teenager, I used to spend most of my money on fantasy and Sci-Fi books. Even back then my dream was to one day see my name on a library display. And even though life took a different course for about 15 years I never forgot that yearning, and I never stopped reading. I guess other things needed to happen first, to mold me into the person I am today and for that journey, I will always be grateful.
Many of us have reached a point in life when anxiety was running rampant, making your heart beat an uncomfortable staccato rhythm, palms dripping, lungs constricting painfully, with oxygen supply dangerously low.
To cite the Encyclopedia of Psychology:
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure.
People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness, or a rapid heartbeat.
Let’s face it, anxiety is hard, making you live a…
Scotland has been a source of inspiration thanks to its beautiful landscapes, vast history, and rich culture. From the enchanting Isle of Skye, to its mesmerizing capital of Edinburgh, and the vastness of its wilderness, the land of Scots has captured the imagination of commoners and kings, minstrels and travelers, young and old. J.K.Rowling once said:
“It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in the world, the history is fascinating, the men are handsome, and the whiskey is delicious.”
In its 2000 years of recorded history, Scotland has fought tooth and nail for its place in the annals…
You always told me I was a much-wanted child
highly anticipated and adored
wished into being by the prayers you filed.
But what you may not realize
is that you were an equally wanted mother for my unborn soul.
You always told me I was a miracle
that doctors could hardly explain,
a success story where two others had failed.
But what you may not realize
is that the original miracle was you.
You always told me I should reach for the stars
that the world is full of wonders that await my cue
How a blind date can change your life
A quick look at the antique clock on my bedside table shows me I’m late. Late late.
I take another sip of my second glass of Merlot and assess my reflection in the mirror. A little black dress that hugs my curves perfectly (translation, getting air in will be problematic), ankle boots too high for my chronic clumsiness (but absolutely gorgeous), red lips, big hazel eyes accentuated with black eye-liner. Despite the dress being too tight for comfort, it’s the only thing that felt remotely sexy at the moment. …
Have you ever experienced those excruciating moments before the pregnancy test works its magic? One line or two? One line or two? That agonizing wait, while you’re on the precipice, caught in a state of in-between, is the worst. It can go one way or another, there’s a 50–50 chance (or more accurately, a black-or-white conclusion). Maybe you’re not a gambling person, but still, you can’t help calculating the odds as the seconds tick by slower than a turtoise on vacation.
You check the instructions again — 5 minutes. Yes, you knew that. A 5 minutes wait before the great…
Dear Jason Momoa (sure, that‘s not your real name but that of your hero),
The day you told me that you weren’t feeling it a piece of me died. You said that something was off, that your former relationship ended abruptly and left things unfinished, making you wonder if there wasn’t anything left to do, a fire to rekindle. You confessed on that arctic winter day that you owed it to yourself to try. As the harsh winds froze the tears on my cheeks, my heart contracted painfully. It was all so sudden, so unexpected. I thought that everything was…
Undoubtedly, Medium is a great platform that has developed greatly in its almost 10-years run. It houses dozens of publications, from mammoths like The Start-Up or Personal Growth, to the little guys with tons of spunk, such as Rogue’s Gallery or Lighterside. But its drive comes from its writers, a large army of creators, both experienced or just starting out.
One of the reasons for that is the sense of community facilitated by all of Medium’s engagement features: claps, comments, highlights, private notes, follows, and so on. If an article spoke to you, it’s easy to express that, almost instantly…
Sara woke up with a jolt, eyes searching but unseeing. Nobody had the sight anymore, but instinct was hard to snuff out.
Fumbling with shaking hands for her nightrobe, she got dressed in absolute silence, cautious of her younger siblings, still fast-asleep in their shared bed. Even though she didn’t know what they looked like, Sara has always thought of them in terms of color: Red, for feisty Eritrea, 4 years old and already more opinionated than a grown man; Blue, for sweet little Jon, a sickly 3 years old boy who never seemed to be warm enough despite her…
Bachelor degree in PR&Communication, advertising professional, certified bookworm, new writer, hopeful dreamer, passionate traveler, cat lover, life enthusiast