Finding Motivation in Inconveniences

February 23, 2018

There are certain things in life, that can never be pleasing. Cleaning the house, taking an overcrowded public transport, having technical issues, handling bureaucracy, being stuck in a traffic jam, getting sick, waiting for the doctor’s examination, dealing with the grayish winter time or lack of resources. Just thinking about these kind of things turns me off.

I’m wondering, why we cannot spend life doing only things we are passionate about. It’s one of the life mysteries for me. Don’t take me wrong, I don’t mind things being difficult, challenging, even exhausting, but boring or meaningless…that’s killing me.

During the years, I have eliminated many of those, for me, super boring activities and things. But still, whenever I eliminate one unpleasing thing, it seems like a new one pops up. Do you know that feeling?  But that’s probably called real life.

Sometimes, it’s really difficult for me, to push myself into activities I find boring and meaningless, till I find enough motivation and inspiration.

Right now, I’m inspired by my favorite pair skater Aliona Savchenko, representing Germany, and her performance at the ongoing Olympic Games. I had already shared the interesting story of this Ukrainian-born figure skater on my blog, some two years ago. Till that time, despite her more than 15-year successful career, Aliona still hadn’t own a gold Olympic medal.

She eventually got it on her fifth Olympics, as a 34-year old skater. Together with her partner Bruno Massot, they didn’t lose enthusiasm and faith in themselves, even though they ended up fourth after the short program. They made almost impossible happen.

Together they showed the best performance ever, broke the world record in free skating competition, and won. Knowing Aliona faced countless obstacles in her career, this success is even more valuable and truly inspiring for everyone.


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Obstacles? And?

Just to mention some of the obstacles she had to overcome on her journey:

  • As a small child, she convinced her parents to let her skate at a rink, 50 kilometers away from their home, although it required her coming to the bus stop at four in the morning, for a two-hour ride to the rink.
  • She had to move from Ukraine to Germany to compete with a new skating partner, as there was no suitable partner for her, in Ukraine. That made numerous problems. Beside others, she had to learn new language, fight for the accreditation for herself and for their coach, as well as for getting the sponsors.
  • She decided to continue competing, although her third skating partner Robin Szolkowy decided to retire. That time they had already been five-time World Champions and two-time bronze medalists from Olympics. Yet, a gold Olympic medal was unfortunately still missing in their impressive collection.
  • With her new French partner Bruno Massot, they had to face inconveniences again, when French Figure Skating Federation refused to release Massot for skating for Germany. It cost them 30 000 euros Massot had to pay, till he was finally released to represent Germany.

We could go on and on, until the February 15th, when Savchenko and Massot won the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, with a new World Record score. At the age of 34, Aliona became the oldest woman to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating.

“I never give up,” she told the press. “All my life I’ve been fighting.”

I hope the story of this strong woman inspires you just like it is inspiring me. Suddenly, all the sacrifices we need to take seems to be minor and irrelevant, don’t you think?

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© Creative direction and editing: DANIELA RIFAI  Photos: DANIELA RIFAI, MARTIN JESNY

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  • Reply Heather Rowland February 28, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    I love this outfit! And I relate to this post so deeply – I’ve been struggling with a lack of motivation lately but it’s amazing what new sources of inspiration you can find when things go a little wrong.

    heather xoxo

    • Reply Daniela March 6, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you Heather! I hope you overcome those struggles and find a motivation again too!

      Have a great day!


  • Reply heather noire February 28, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    I love your bag and how classy each look is. The coat is so pretty and I love your style for winter 🙂

    • Reply Daniela March 6, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you Heather!


  • Reply Lowenna March 1, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Your outfit is so gorgeous, you are rocking it! Look beautiful, and the snow too!

    • Reply Daniela March 6, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you Lowenna!


  • Reply Bea March 3, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Loving your style! You are so chic. 🙂



    • Reply Daniela March 6, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you so much Bea!


  • Reply Jenelle March 7, 2018 at 7:36 am

    The winter Olympics have been so so inspiring! I found myself at the gym more during them, seeing the skaters. This year the figure skaters were just next level! So incredible. I didn’t know this story at all, thank you for sharing!
    xx Jenelle

    • Reply Daniela March 8, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks so much for the comment, Jenelle! I hope you enjoyed a little inside. I always love to know the story behind the success or even failure of athletes. 🙂


  • Reply Ashon March 8, 2018 at 12:12 am

    This is such a lovely look and you look fabulous in that burgundy sweater. Can’t even ignore your beautiful bag.

    Many Regards Ashon

    • Reply Daniela March 8, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks a lot Ashon!


  • Reply Kim March 8, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Beautiful photos and your message was really inspiring! Never give up! 🙂

    Simply Lovebirds

    • Reply Daniela March 8, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks so much Kim! Have a great day!


  • Reply Nicole March 13, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Your photos and editing are so rich! I love all of the colors so much! So artsy!

    Nicole | http://www.nicolegramcko.com

  • Reply Mercy March 14, 2018 at 3:43 am

    What a wonderful story of hardwork and perseverance. I have to check her bio out. I’m loving your camel coat, so pretty, perfect for our coming winter soon.


  • Reply Konstantina March 14, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    I wish I could ice-skate while I was a kid (and now) but there is literally NO place to do so in my city. This landscape is simply breathtaking.


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