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January 1, 2018

#21 | Modern Cinderella Makes Her Dreams Come True with Anna Rova

About This Episode

Being a guest on your podcast is not an easy job. Thanks to Robin Legat from the Seasoned Athlete Podcast it was smooth and fun.

Exposed. Raw. Vulnerable.

On this episode, you will hear the story of how it all started in a tiny Eastern European country of Moldova, where for the first 17 years my life seemed quite average. Only that it wasn’t that simple. I lost my mother when I was eight being left dealing with an evil stepmother.

As a teenager I was disobedient, skipping school, getting into gang fights, smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol in the 7th grade. Being rebellious and a natural leader, I always knew what I wanted and hated pressure, hated to be put in a box. Freedom was one of my greatest and most profound desires since I was a child and I wasn’t going to let anyone take that away. I was fighting life and fighting for survival.

It was a tough time for me, but it indeed built my character. Lack of love, support and the fight for survival toughened me up but also broke me down into multiple pieces. I was left to pick all of them up and put them back together later on.

My ticket to making all my dreams come true was an educational program to the United States for a whole year as an exchange student… It’s all history from there.

On this episode, I also share my journey of how I bought my first one-way ticket to Bangkok to travel the world full-time as a digital nomad working online and building my own business since then. I discuss ups and downs of this lifestyle and how I make it work (at least sometimes.)

“My version of success is mostly about freedom and joy, waking up excited and feeling in charge of my life.”

I talk about the road to launching my first podcast, ManInside Show, where I’ve interviewed more than 40 men about women and relationships, including John Gray,  best-selling author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are from Venus. How it all started and what I’ve learned along the way about myself, men and relationships.

Becoming an expert in online marketing, and a top writer on Medium. The path to self-discovery, self-love and becoming a yoga instructor. And, of course, the story of meeting Estring, my future husband in Colombia and getting married in Moldova.

“We’re entering an age of culmination of what it is to be a woman in the 21st century. We’ve never had so many opportunities before. We can do anything today.”

Funny enough, I wasn’t scared of jumping on the plane traveling halfway across the world, but I am afraid of insects and, it appears – of waves. The unknown had always drawn me in; I was always fascinated by it.

I also talk about how and why I started Girlskill Podcast, my mission and message of redefining female success, femininity & womanhood and plans.

“The challenge for the modern woman is to balance her masculine side with her feminine side, at work and at home.”

“When women reassert they relationship with the wildest nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor and a listener who guide, suggest, and urge vibrant life in the inner and outer worlds. When women are close to this nature, the fact of that relationship glows through them. The wild teacher, wild mother, wild mentor support their inner and outer lives, no matter what…”

“Once women have lost her and then found her again, they will contend to keep her for good. Once they have regained her, they will fight and fight hard to keep her, their creative lives blossom,; their relationships gain meaning and depth and health; their cycles of sexuality, creativity work, and play are reestablished; they are not longer marks for the predations of others; they are entitles equally under the laws of nature to grow and to thrive. Now their end-of-the-day-fatigue comes from satisfying work and endeavours, not from being shut up in too small a mindset, job, or a relationship. They know instinctively when things must die and when things must live; they know how to walk away; they know how to stay.”

~ Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Tools & Resources Mentioned


  • AlarmyGetting out of bed can be the hardest thing you will do all day. Alarmy ensures an easy start to the day by forcing you out of bed.
  • Clue for iOS and AndroidTrack your cycle. It’s beautifully complex. Clue is designed to make tracking your fertility accurate, fast and friendly. Keep track of your monthly cycle by entering data about your period, pain, mood, fluid, sexual activity and personal notes.
  • Moon for iOSMOON is your personal lunar portal.View the current phase of the moon; See the moon on the day you were born; Share the moon with your friends; Get notifications for upcoming moon events; Easily access the moon through its widget; Hidden secrets.
  • Number 26 (send Anna an email with subject “N26” to receive your invite) – A bank account with features that make sending money, saving money and keeping your money safe easier than choosing what to have for breakfast.
  • Dasheroo – One Data Destination For All. Business performance metrics from all your favorite applications on one beautiful free dashboard.

People/Blogs to Follow

  • Danielle LaporteA speaker, a poet, a painter, and a former business strategist and Washington-DC think tank exec, Entrepreneur Magazine calls Danielle, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.” Her charities of choice are Eve Ensler’s VDay: a global movement to end violence against women and girls, and charity: water, setting out to bring safe drinking water to everyone in the world.
  • Regina AnejionuMaster blogger and online entrepreneur, sidekick to infopreneurs.
    Listen to Regina’s interview on Girlskill Podcast #2: The Female Bruce Wayne on Creative Introversion & Pushing Beyond Expectations
  • Abraham Hicks“Abraham” is the name given by Esther Hicks to a group of spirits (“non-physical entities”) Esther claims to channel. (The Hickses claim that in 1985 they began dialogs with Abraham, which is a “name chosen by a group of nonphysical teachers, who deliver an inspirational message of joy and well-being.
  • Mila Levchuk on InstagramPopular Russian-speaking blogger, expert, and trainer in relationships between women and men.
  • Jenna Kutcher on InstagramAward-winning Midwest and destination wedding photographer and watercolor artist, blog contributor, Instagram personality, public speaker, and marketing instructor.

Recommended Podcasts

  • “How I Built This” with Guy Raz Host Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists, and the movements they built.
  • “Goal Digger Podcast ” with Jenna KutcherThe live-workshop style business podcast for creative girl bosses, so you can train from the experts how to dig in, do the work, and tackle your biggest goals along the way.
  • “Online Marketing Made Easy” with Amy PorterfieldExpert interviews, mini execution plans, and intimate behind-the-scenes secrets from my biggest launches… all tied together by my mission to make EVERYTHING you listen to as actionable and profitable as possible.
  • “On Being” with Krista TippettTakes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you’ll love to meet. Each week a discovery about the immensity of our lives — updated every Thursday. Hosted by Krista Tippett. Discover more at On Being Studios is the producer of On Being, Becoming Wise, Creating Our Own Lives, and more to come.
  • “Ted Radio Hour“A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world’s most remarkable minds.

Recommended Books

  • “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her own traditions, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.
  • “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron The seminal book on the subject of creativity. Perhaps even more vital in today’s cultural climate than when it was first published, The Artist’s Way is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve-week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves.
  • “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth GilbertReaders of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. 
  • “The Woman I Wanted to Be” by Diane von Furstenberg – One of the most influential, admired, and colorful women of our time: fashion designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg tells the most personal stories from her life, about family, love, beauty and business: “It’s so good, you’ll want to take notes” (People).
  • “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn RandA modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne CollinsIn the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


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