Gabija GrušaitėAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta
I am running 2 early stage companies Vieta and Qoorio with my partner, writing a third novel, renovating our apartment and many other things. I know few things on how to keep a healthy balance in this madness.
About me
I have written and published two novels: Neišsipildymas and Stasys Šaltoka: Vieneri Metai which is translated into English under the title Cold East. Two years ago me and Justas Janauskas came up with the idea for online community which later turned into Qoorio.
Author of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta
London, UK
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Gabija Grušaitė on Business/Life/Creativity balanceAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & VietaSome time ago
I graduated from Uni in 2009 in the depth of a recession with no jobs available for fresh graduates. 😳 My options were to stay in London and keep hussling between unpaid internships 🙄 and short term gigs in service industry 🍽️, or move back to Vilnius that had even less jobs available, but at least I could live with my family. 😔 Neither of these options seemed ideal. 20s is a beautiful period in life meant for travelling, making mistakes and learning about yourself and life, so this desolate post-crisis Europe was not the best environment for my personal growth. 🤔 At least, that's what I thought at the time. I was 22 years old with no fear of failure and plenty of naivety and stupidity. Who wasn't, right? 😂😂😂 So I went for The Wild Card - a completely crazy option that was outside of "usual" paths. I went to South East Asia, found few freelancing jobs, eventually settled in Penang and had this amazing opportunity to co-found independent art center called Hin bus Depot. ❤️ I had nothing to lose, only gain, while going for "conservative" options would seem safe at the first glance, but in reality there was no gains for me. 🌎🧭 It's counter intuitive, but safe options often lead nowhere. 💚 It turned out really well for me. Plenty of new challenges, new friends, new skills and much deeper grasp of how different and how universal at the same time people are. ❤️ I would not be who I am without these 7 years in Malaysia and I am still in love with Penang. 🇲🇾 My insight is that you always have more than two options. In fact, there are unlimited options once you start thinking outside the box. We often tend to trap ourselves with thinking that "if not this, then this". 🚀🚀🚀 I'm not advocating crazy risks, but rather to open mind for unusual paths that your intuition tells you to follow. 🧳

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Eleonora OrCreator, deep thinker, artist
Thank you for sharing your experience, you made a courageous choice. Sometimes we get stuck on paths we don't like because, at least in my case, I know that if I fail I can only count on myself and I would have no safe place to get back to if things go wrong, so my 20s have been switched around, I made "safe choices" to be free for the rest of my life and change in a few years when I can be sure that I am not going to ask for help for anything
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