Be Raw, Be Alive.

So you’ve read about my numerous feelings and how it’s going here in Israel. Yes, I’ve been on an Israel high but it’s not unicorns and rainbows every day. Time to get real. I’m not going to lie, I really do miss my parents and my sisters and my friends back in Florida.

Financially, everything is twice as expensive as the states and I’m nervous about making a living here. Emotionally and physically, I’m in a totally different place than I’m accustomed to. I called my dad the other night venting for about an hour (sorry, dad) about how it’s hard living here and how nervous I was being in Israel. I was a imprisoned by my own thoughts and I was just having a horrible day. My dad told me that even though this was a challenging experience, it was a learning experience. That’s what I wanted when I decided to come to Israel, to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself doing the things I only imagined doing. And now I’m experiencing the challenge, I just have to pass this level to get to the next. One bad day doesn’t dictate a bad life.

We’re all going through something; that ‘something’ could be a bad breakup, a loss of a loved one, a career halt, health problems, etc. We have to accept that whatever it is that’s challenging us is teaching us. We just have to remember to overcome our obstacles with clean cuticles and a big smile on our face.

What was my hurdle? About a month ago, I started my internship and I realized that this internship wasn’t the right fit for me (nothing against my co-workers, just my personal decision). But during my time there, I met some pretty awesome people and I wanted to share some wisdom they shared with me.

First, here’s some background. My first night out in Tel Aviv, a friend of mine suggested I go to a club where I could get in for free (thanks, Adar) and have a great time. So I took my sister and needless to say we had an amazing time. We watched Levi & Suiss perform this mind blowing set and I remember thinking to myself, “how cool would it be to work for them.” Three weeks later, I got to shake their hands. In their office. Where they talk business. Where they create music. Where all the creativity is brought to life. I might be fangirling just a tad, but the universe works in mysterious ways. I grew close to Shlomi Levi, one of the bo$$ DJ’s of the famous Levi & Suiss duo, where he welcomed me into his crew with open arms and told me I was like family now. I’ve had the opportunity to see both Shlomi and Aaron (A.K.A. Levi & Suiss) perform live multiple times and without fail, they’ve rocked my socks each time.

So before quitting my internship, I was a bit apprehensive about telling my boss how I felt about the internship and that I wanted to find something more fitting for me. Just to clarify, the company I interned for had a shared office space with the record label the DJ’s sign their music with. Back to the story- Shlomi flat out told me two things: ‘be honest and to do what makes you happy.’ I noticed I was living my life worrying about how to cater to others and making sure everyone else was content. But at the end of the day, it’s MY life and I’m living it. Nobody else. Every day is an adventure, make it a good one. I made the decision to find an internship that will TEACH me to improve my skills and will help me develop a better understanding of what I want to do for the rest of my life.

So here are some of my goals for the next few months:

  • Live each day of my life as if it’s my last
  • Be less uptight
  • Tackle every challenge head on
  • Learn the art of patience
  • Stop caring about what people think of me/say about me
  • Be happy
  • Practice honesty no matter how hard it might be for me to get my feelings out on the table
  • Think with my head not my heart

Alright, so many of you have requested to see pictures of my adventures. I’ve attached some photos below! (I refuse to post albums on Facebook, I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused) I went ahead and attached links for you all to further explore my new ‘crew’.

Here’s my new saying in life, “Be Raw, Be Alive.” Perceive it the way you want. I have my own personal meaning.

My friends, thanks for your emails, texts, FB messages, tweets and most importantly taking interest of my life by reading my blog posts. Keep your questions and comments comin’! Do you have obstacles of your own and want to share them? Feel free to shoot me an email or a message, would love to help in any way possible.

Forever yours,


P.S. You can follow my every move by adding me on Snapchat: @Yarstafarian; Twitter: @YariRostamian

P.P.S. Give a thumbs up, on FB, to the awesome photographer, Aaron and also the crazy duo, Levi & Suiss! 

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