365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 153: The Long And Winding Road…


To continue on my memories of adolescence, let me share with you how I ended up doing what I said that I did not have the emotional stamina to do. Work with people who are in physical pain, that is.

Once I decided that med school was not for me, I felt without purpose and really did not care what school I ended up going to. My indecision and loss of goals led to four years of failed attempts at being accepted to a few different universities. More on these experiences tomorrow.

But once I managed to get in, I started taking aerobics classes and for the first time in my life I learned to connect with my body. That was the beginning of my new path, which led me to where I am today. I wrote about it in my post on Day 17.

I enjoyed working with people and teaching them to feel better in their bodies. I loved it so much, that when I moved from Bucharest, Romania to Toronto in 1996, I decided to continue as an aerobics teacher and dreamed about having my own studio one day.

The dream came true and I opened my Pilates studio in 2002. I continued to study the physical body, emotions and thought processes; biomechanics, muscles, joints and connective tissue; healing the physical body and teaching methods; meditation and the power of the subconscious mind; therapeutic exercise and the innate healing power of the body.

The Pilates studio evolved into an innovative and leading edge centre. With its emphasis on complete and lasting transformation of body and mind, Mitrea Wellness Centre is leading the way in the wellness, healing and health industry.

The long and winding road… brought me here.

In my mind and in my heart, here and now is where I always wanted to be.



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 152: Why I Decided That Medical School Was Not For Me


So why did I change my mind from my childhood dream to become a doctor like my godmother Paula to deciding that medical school was not for me? As I look back, I believe that the most important reason for my change of heart was that one day, when I was 15 or 16 years old, I had the sudden realization that I could not ever do what doctors do; that is, work with people who are sick, in pain, in distress or dying. I felt I just couldn’t do it and that I was not made of that type of material.

Now this recollection really makes me giggle!

I find this to be extremely interesting and somewhat amusing, because of how life led me to a place where I am doing just that, but not as a medical doctor. Over the last 25 years I have built a career that I love and that helps people.

As a Body Transformation Specialist I work with people who are in pain, who’ve had injuries that led to chronic pain; who are in distress and afraid that their discomfort will only get worse. And yes, I even helped relieve the physical discomfort of clients who were near the end of their lives in the physical body.

How I got where I am today from that teenage realization which was the exact opposite?

I’ll reminisce about that tomorrow.