When you read today’s interview, please always remember one thing: Ariana Ivan is only 20 years old! You will have the tendency to forget that when learning about herself, her already meaningful career, her views upon living a passionate life and, most of all, her way of inspiring people around her. Sky really is the limit for Ariana, and the inventor of this expression should look no further than Berlin to find the best person who brings it to life!
Name: Ariana Ioana Ivan
Abroad since: 2015
Living in: Berlin, Germany
Current position & company:
* Brand Manager & Co-founder | Agents of Style
* Mentor | MentorMe
* Founder | Powerful Minds (exclusive mastermind group for successful entrepreneurs living in Berlin, currently expanding to more cities & countries )
* Public Speaker & Trainer on Conscious Personal Branding, Body Language, Selling Techniques; currently giving pieces of training & talks in Berlin, Germany and expanding to the countries where women are not equal with men
TGR: Ariana, reading about you makes me wonder when you have time for everything: image consultant, fashion designer, mentor, helping others discover and follow their passion... Am I missing something?
AI: The words that describe me the most are: Ethical Fashion Entrepreneur | Social Entrepreneur | Student of Life | Meditation | Mindful and Soulful Living | Socially and Environmentally Conscious Lifestyle | Citizen of the World
Perhaps the fact that my businesses relate to image consultancy and fashion design makes you think I am an image consultant and a fashion designer, but I am not. I work with people who have as passion design and image consulting. I am more a people person working in the business, communication, strategy part of a business. However, I am indeed a mentor.
When it comes to time, keys are time-management and team. I just love organizing my time in the best way possible so I can handle everything. I take from around two up to five hours per day for a certain project depending on its priority and tasks. Having a small amount of time for something makes me more efficient and focused. Working with other passionate people is also incredibly helpful and time-saving.
I love diversity, so I build numerous projects. What makes it easy to run them is that they all relate to each other and to my passion for people and for bringing to the world and nature a lot of consciousness & responsibility.
Diversity, passion, and I would also say creativity in entrepreneurship. How did you become such a risk-taker so early in your life?
It is about going out of your comfort zone. When you go out of your comfort zone and take all the risks, only then all the amazing things and magic happen to you. And in the end what’s a risk? Because if you do something and it doesn’t work, it won’t change your current situation. Your state will be the same, or better actually. If you fail, you learn.
I also believe that you are the creator of your own reality. We all have this amazing power within us of creating our reality. I’m doing this every day and there are no risks involved. I just do what I love and attract the best in my life.
Also, when you work for a good cause and for what you love, perhaps there are only positive risks that are easy to take.
Who do you have to thank for becoming this amazingly complex person?
There are too many people that I have to thank to. The most important ones are my parents who have supported me every step of my journey. They gave me the power to move forward. Besides them, all my mentors and the people I’ve worked with from a fragile age.
Maybe this passion for ‘taking risks’ came from being surrounded by entrepreneurial minds, by people who do what they love and make their dreams reality. I’ve learned from them that the only thing that matters is to have fun and enjoy the process.
When we talk about being thankful, I need to say that being grateful for everything every day (the sun, the food, the people in your life, the day-to-day events) has helped me live in abundance and receive more. When you are grateful for what you have, you’ll get more. When you only worry about what you don’t have, you’ll have less and less.
Which is the project you are mostly proud of so far?
If I have to choose one, it’s Interact Delta Tulcea. It is a local not-for-profit organization I founded in my town with the purpose of giving students the opportunity to do more than what the school curriculum says. It’s still successfully running without me, so I’m extremely proud of the students who work on growing the local community and economy.
My desire was to create it so that students can organize projects that in the end teach them how to build their own brand, how to raise money, how to stand for their opinions and ideas, and how to work in a team. I wanted them to start being practical. They also have the opportunity to travel and connect with other like-minded people.
Long story short, you aim to change other people's lives...
Saying that you change someone’s life sounds extremely big. I believe that you are the only person who can change your life. One can only get inspired, empowered, and helped to do so. I only guide them through having more courage to do what they love. So, all the people I helped so far now work on their passion and put themselves more out there. They follow their curiosity and better connect with themselves. I’m happy to see that they became more conscious of their reality.
OK, then can you share a story of someone you've inspired like that?
Perhaps a story that really touched me was this one: I was giving a training on personal development with other inspiring young minds to students in the 8th grade who were living in the countryside. We were trying to empower them to go out of their bubble and choose a high-school that is not in their countryside and to go to a bigger city with more opportunities. After the training, some girls and boys came to me and asked me for advice, asked me how to do so. I told them how and I also told them that in order to expand their knowledge they should involve immediately in volunteering activities. After a year I met them accidentally in my town at the best high-school doing a lot of volunteering activities. They were extremely happy and I was more than proud of them.
How does a regular day look like for you?
As I said, I love diversity, therefore, every day looks different. But perhaps some habits that I have are these:
I wake up early in the morning around 7 am and I have a rich breakfast. I take the time to enjoy the morning silence & peace and I meditate for 15 minutes. I start around 8 am to work on my projects. I run to meetings, I stop at cafes, open my laptop and work on my projects, and I go to networking events.
In the evening, I workout or I do yoga for an hour, and I meditate another 15 minutes. Before going to bed I also plan my next day. The most important aspect of my everyday life is that each second I’m conscious and mindful about what surrounds me. I take my happiness and energy from all the small things happening around such as the sun, the smile of the people, nature, etc.
What about your free time? How do you have fun in a city like Berlin?
Doing my passion every day makes me feel that I don’t have the notion of free time. But when I don’t work on my businesses, I have fun by traveling, reading, going out to nature, working out, meditating, listening to podcasts, and meeting inspiring people. But I usually combine my business time with all those activities.
Is there anything you don’t like in your life?
I am an extremely positive woman. I’m grateful for everything that happened so far. I’m not disappointed or I don’t have anything that I’d like to be different. As I said, I create my reality so everything is wonderful.
Tulcea, Bucharest, Rotterdam, Berlin... What's next for you? Which businesses should we expect for you to open in the future?
In terms of city wise, Barcelona. I just love that place because it has splendid architecture, sea, and mountains. For me being surrounded by nature and old charming architecture is crucial. That city offers them all.
In terms of business I currently work on these projects:
* A b2b platform for a smart, sustainable fashion supply chain;
* Launching soon a socially and environmentally responsible fashion label with which I produce smart suits for both business men and women;
* More training on personal branding, body language, public speaking, etc.
Is there any chance to see these amazing projects come to life in Romania?
At the moment, I don’t see myself moving back. But I definitely see myself doing a business in Romania that will bring value to the society and perhaps the image of the country. I will probably expand my businesses there soon.
Less corruption, no fraudulent or stiff bureaucracy, and a flourishing start-up scene will definitely make me think about it.
OK, but there should be something that you miss about your home country…
I miss the food. I so miss my mom’s food.
How often do you travel to Romania?
So far I’ve come back only twice per year. When I was younger, my parents and I traveled throughout Romania so I got to meet our country’s beauty and magic. When I left Romania I wanted to explore the world too. This is the reason why I don’t come back more often.
Please tell me something particular about Romania that you would usually say to a foreign friend.
When I talk to people about Romania I tell them that they must visit it because there are beautiful, breath-taking nature, culture, and traditions. I also tell them that it’s quite cheap for them. I tell them that it’s somehow like going back in time.
Ariana, what is your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to disrupt an industry that brings a lot of social torture and environmental pollution to the current world. That would be the fashion one. I disrupt it through making it work on a solely social and environmental responsible basis.
At the same time, empowering & inspiring more than five million people to follow their curiosity, find their passion, and do their passion every day is my biggest goal too. I want to see people work on their dreams and have fun doing so; I want to see them happy, exploring their inner self and the outside world; and, the most important, I’d love to inspire them to be kind to one another and responsible for the Earth's well-being.
Well, with your passion and joy of doing what you like, I am 100% sure your beautiful dreams will come true! Now let’s end this in a positive note and tell me something nice about Romania!
Romania is a treasure, perhaps a hidden treasure where one can find incredibly beautiful tradition, people, culture, and history. In terms of nature, Romania gives everything and it’s just breathtaking when you explore it.
I would love to see more people like you, Mihnea, who work on its image and improve the number of tourists.
That is music to my years, thank you for your kind words! Likewise - I still cannot believe people like you actually exist, are only 20 years old, and most importantly originate from my Romania! Thank you for including The Golden Romania on your list of priorities!
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