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Featured Story, Dr. Milana Zoric, an entrepreneur, psychologist, mother, LuxExpat

In our Featured Story Series (FSS) we are delighted to have our next conversation with Milana Zoric, an accomplished psychologist, entrepreneur, mother and an expat. LEN: Hi Milana, welcome to FSS. Share something about yourself: Hi, my name is Milana Zoric, I am coming from Serbia, I lived in France for almost 10 years and I work in Luxembourg as psychologist in Cabinet Paramedical in Niederkorn. LEN: What's your Luxembourg story? What brought you to Luxembourg, and how has life in Luxembourg been? As my husband was a professional basketball player in France for a decade, sport brought us in this region, where we heard for the first time about Luxembourg. As he finished his studies in USA, his diploma allowed him to start a career in a banking world in Luxembourg. As I had until recently only a Serbian passport, and as I am a mother of small children far from my family (which is a common story in Luxembourg), for me it was complicated until I managed to have all the papers needed in order to find a job. Now that I have an EU passport and my Doctorate in Psychology recognized in Luxembourg, everything is in its place. LEN: What's your entrepreneurial journey? How did you get started with Doctor of Psychology? As I am highly educated, I logically firstly wanted to find a job in Luxembourg, specifically in HR services. But as most of the offers were those for the full time positions, and as my husband already had a job like this, it was hard for me, but I refused most of the full time offers as I have small children and as I feel that inner responsibility to be there and create a balance in order to have a happy and healthy family. So I was searching for some part-time jobs until I realized that it’s not that easy to find it. Then, after some time, I simply decided to create my own business and actually restart doing what I already was doing in the past. And that’s psychotherapy and psychological counseling. LEN: What services do you offer? Who are your targets? Besides my Master and Doctorate University degrees, I have 6 years of education in psychotherapy approach called Transactional analysis and more than 10 years of experience in working with people by providing psychological counseling. I am targeting all the people who found themselves in some kind of complex life situations/people under the stress/people who want to reach their full potential in life throughout reaching the balance between different important roles in their life. As I am an active provider of organization called Workplace options, I usually work with people working in companies, but also very often with stressed moms or people who found themselves in some other types of everyday problems (communication problems, self-esteem issues, emotional struggles, family problems). LEN: What are you most proud of in practicing psychological counseling? Firstly, I am really proud that I succeeded in creating a balance between all the roles I find extremely important in life and those are the roles of mother, wife and a working women. As a consequent, I am proud that I can serve to my clients as an example of someone who succeeded to resolve some really complex life situations and give them all the tools to sort out complex psychological states of being. Of course I am also proud that I can be in a service to all the people who need my help, and am satisfied by the fact that people are usually coming to my cabinet in one unpleasant state of being and stepping out almost every time with a smile and with that awakened strength they lost somewhere on their road. I am proud and happy to have that opportunity to work with people in English, French and Serbian language, as well as to have an opportunity to work in person and online also. LEN: What are your hobbies and interests? Creativity is the value I appreciate a lot. As I finished a musical school when I was a child, music stays as an important value, so I love listening to music, dancing, and singing. I also adore running and sports in generally. I was always interested in cooking and healthy nurture so I am constantly reading about and creating some delicious, but at the same time healthy foods. I adore reading and I read always some literature in order to learn more about different ways to help people. As in Luxembourg we also have your own community which contains thousands of people coming from countries from Ex Yugoslavia, I profit from hanging out with my friends whose native language is the same as mine. LEN: What's your favorite spot in Luxembourg? Muller trail definitely as I adore spending time in nature with my family. But I will also never skip the sales in Cloche d’or or in City Concord, lol. LEN: What are your top 3-recommendations for a new comer in Luxembourg? 1. Be ready for some huge changes in your rhythm and lifestyle. 2. Try to create your own zone of comfort where you will feel fine despite the high stress environment people are mostly facing. 3. Be unique and be yourself as it is highly appreciated in this international and multicultural country. LEN: What's your favorite quote? You must give in order to receive. LEN: What would you say would be the recommendations of people who want to start their own business today? 1. Creating a business definitely is not for everyone. You firstly need to have a very flexible mindset in order to adapt to all the risks, obstacles and hard times while creating your business. 2. In order to succeed, you need to create your own, unique personal and professional brand and if necessary search for some brand developing expert who will help you in that process. 3. Do something you really love, something that is driven by your own uniqueness and purpose. 4. Be patient, be open and try to connect in some way with as much people you can in order to enlarge your community. You can learn something from every single person you meet: from a lady in the bakery, from your clients as well as from you concurrency. You can get in touch with Milana for fore information about the services: https://psymilanazoric.com/en/home/ https://www.cabinetparamedical.lu/niederkorn Adresse: 27 rue Pierre Gansen Niederkorn E mail adresse : milanaalincic@gmail.com Phone number : +352 691 699 634 Milana Zoric on LEN: luxembourgexpats.lu/local-business/business-to-business/1100000985 Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/dr-milana-zoric-15637b181 Instagram: instagram.com/psyzoricmilana

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Timely food delivered with WeDely

Food is all we live for will be an understatement. Healthy and timely food is a must for happiness, longevity and quite frankly, for a good life. Luxembourg for the longest period of time was lacking optionsto have good food delivered in a timely way. Whilst the neighbouring countriesincluding Germany, France and Belgium were enjoying good delivery options,Luxembourg’s residents were to be content with over-priced under-served delivery options. Off late things have changed for the better, particularly during the Covid19 lockdown times, restaurants and food delivery service have sprung-up with many options to the delight of Luxembourg residents. Today, digital ordering is representing  almost half of all food delivery visits,expanding beyond traditional dinner delivery to encompass even breakfast and lunch deliveries. Let’s have a look at one of the leading Food delivery apps in Luxembourg, WeDely. WeDely gets your food delivered right at your doorstep anytime, anywhere. WeDely receives and delivers thousands of orders every day and its platform has hunrdreds of restaurants listed with all kinds of cuisine options including Indian,Italian, Luxembourgish, Sushi, Healthy, American etc. WeDely serves the centre and south of Luxembourg with new areas enlisted to be covered soon. Luxembourg is known for limited options, early-closing times and slow service. But apps like WeDely increases your options with deliveries all throughout the year between 11am-10pm. And the average delivery time only about 35mins, as opposed to more than an hour deliveries. WeDely is expat friendly, and is a partner to the Luxembourg Expats Network, offering also quick food delivery options and coupons to engage closely with customers. Good food, timely deliveries are important for a happy meal. WeDely does a great job at that. Luxembourg is not only providing a peaceful home, but also an engaging ecosystem that expats can cherish. For orders, visit www.wedely.com [Sponsored]

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Featured Story - Verena Miller (NextStop Luxembourg)

We are kicking-off the Featured Story Series (FSS) in your Luxembourg Expats Network. Our first conversation is with Verena Miller, Founder of NextStop Luxembourg. Here we begin... We are delighted to have you with us in FSS. FSS' ambition is to highlight the journey of our community members and create interesting conversations among our community and beyond. Welcome once again, let's get started :) A quick introduction about yourself: Hello, I’m Verena, born and raised in the North of Germany. What brings you to Luxembourg, and how has life in Luxembourg been? After being in the airline and hospitality industry for a decade, travelling to over 50 countries all around the world, living in different places in the UK as well as all over Germany, I relocated in 2018 to the heart of Europe - Luxembourg. This is where I live with my American husband and 1.5 year old son and call home. How did you get started with your entrepreneurial journey? Originally we came, like many other expats, for a job offer. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t know much about the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg at all, I’ve never even been here before. The start of my Luxembourg journey was a bit rough, I faced many challenges. I tried to figure out the language system, citizen & car registration, different rules, geography, housing policies so on and so forth and it took some time but it all worked out after all and it’s been an adventurous and fun ride that always seems to have a surprise for me. My entrepreneurial journey started some years ago. I offered nutrition & mindset online coaching and enjoyed it a lot. Teaching how to change people’s life is so powerful and rewarding. At some point though, I realized my purpose lies in going out into the world and making a difference for other people. From many other expats as well as my own experience I knew how tough it can be to move to a new country, you might have never been to. Establishing a life in a country that’s so unique but also very foreign. Hoping to find a nice apartment or house to live in after arriving here immediately can be very disappointing. Attending appointments left and right and trying to figure out everything by yourself is not only stressful but also time consuming. Having someone who takes care of all of this, the whole package, no question unanswered makes one’s process much easier. What business services do you offer iand who should reach you? In cooperation with real estate agents, local companies and a small team of professionals, I strive to expedite and simplify your move to Luxembourg as smoothly as possible. Individuals and also businesses can depend on receiving a very personal and reliable service, with the individual but also family requirements being met. Next Stop Luxembourg will be there to assist you before, during and after your move, ensuring that you are well-settled in your new Luxembourg home. What hobbies / interests keep you busy outside of work? Nutrition & Cooking, Yoga, Nature, Events A favourite spot in Luxembourg? Petrusse Valley Top 3 Recommendations for new-comer? 1. Cafe Knopes for the most tasty Latte Macchiato in town, 2. Bambesch near Rollingergrund has beautiful hiking trails, 3. Merl Park ‘Pavillion’ for a summer sun-downer at the pond - (I recommend to book a table online) A favourite quote? Energy flows where intention goes It's great to speak with you Verena. We wish you a lot of success with NextStop Luxembourg and we are sure our community members will be inspired by your journey. Learn more about NextStop Luxembuorg luxembourgexpats.lu/business-listings/relocation/1100001030 nextstopluxembourg.com If you have an interesting story to be featured,  send us an expression of interest to team@luxexpats.lu.

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