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Sandra Gasparini and Elliana

Do you believe in destiny? A short story about me

Do you believe in destiny? Sometimes I think about my life and I start wondering what would be different if only one event would change. For example, if I won the bronze medal in the Olympics – which I missed for thirteen hundred of a second in 2014 – I would have continued to compete in the world cup for, I don’t know for how many years. Instead, I served in the Italian army, met my ex-boyfriend, and after some time had to escape from everything. I then went to Dubai, where I got pregnant. However, I was forced to come back to Italy because I wasn’t married and couldn’t stay legally in Dubai.

Hmm sounds like destiny is a real thing right?

The evening I met Elliana’s father, another kind of destiny? I was with my two friends on a short vacation in Dubai and there, at a yacht party I met him… 2 months later I moved to Dubai and dated him throughout the two years I lived there. One day he came to me and said he wanted to leave Dubai. Ttadaaaa I was pregnant…

It makes me think, what if I wouldn’t have been at this yacht party that night? Please don’t get me wrong, Elliana is my everything and I can’t imagine a life without her. But still, where would I be right now?

I worked in one of the best hotels in Dubai as a supervisor and personal trainer. I had all the credentials to have a bright career and be promoted as assistant manager. The only problem was that I couldn’t stand Dubai during summer. It was way too hot and I was forced to live inside. No nature, no beach, no being outside. It was horrible for me and I felt depressed sometimes.

So I set a limit. I said to myself that I would have worked very hard until next summer (May 2020) and then I would have gone somewhere else, with or without the hotel chain I’ve worked with. That plan, however, didn’t work out too because I found out I was pregnant.

At that time everything seemed to fall apart. I was forced to go back home, where I never wanted to go. I was pregnant and not even in a relationship and I couldn’t live the life I wanted. I had to hide my pregnancy because it isn’t legal for unmarried women to live in Dubai (yes I can’t believe we are in 2022), resign from my position, and leave Dubai.

My family was super happy that I was back, they were even happier that I wasn’t alone, but I was desperate. I had no idea what to do with my life back home and I didn’t know where to find a job as a pregnant woman. I felt like the biggest loser who couldn’t even manage that the father of her child stays with her.

But I’m still here, stronger than before!

Slowly I started to understand that I had to relax. It was crucial for me and especially for my baby’s mental health. I found a job and I started to reconnect with my family. I enjoyed time with my sister, who at that time was sick. I’ve never really spent time with my family, especially with my sister. She left this world some months after I came back and I’m so grateful that I was able to spend time with her. Imagine if I have stayed in Dubai?

Where I am right now feeling pretty amazing. I dared to start my own business in a town where I never wanted to be. I’m surrounded by the best people I could ask for. So thank you God, universe, destiny! Call it whatever you want.

Never doubt where you are, there is a plan for you. Somehow you will get there no matter what, even if it seems you are going through hell at the beginning. Keep going!

If you want to know me better you can visit the about me page or you can follow my journey on instagram.


It’s my vision and heartfelt passion to help you feel the best version of yourself by transforming your mind, body, and soul. Why? Because when you love yourself you are unstoppable and unbreakable.

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