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Alexandra Atlanova: The Path to Success

The most inspiring success stories come from ordinary people who’ve found themselves in tough times. Today’s story comes from a woman who found herself in such a situation filled with obstacles at every turn. Yet, even though the future seemed bleak, she gave it her all and never doubted herself. 

Our story is about Alexandra Atlanova—a single mother of two who found her path to success during the pandemic. We’ll cover Alexandra’s inspiring story here and then look at some advice and tips she’d give for those looking to find their own path to their success.

Getting to Know Alexandra 

Alexandra Atlanova was born in the country Uzbekistan. In 2010, she, her husband, and her 16-month-old son left and moved to America. Her family had won the Diversity Visa lottery, which secured their American green cards (permanent resident visas). This was a wonderful opportunity, and they were ready to take it!

They first moved to New York but struggled financially. Times were tough, and finding work to support their family was difficult. They only stayed there for a year, and in 2011, they moved to California, but work was still tough to find. 

Starting Life in California 

Alexandra and her husband completed QA engineering courses and searched for new jobs in California. While her husband was able to find a job, Alexandra struggled more. Unfortunately, she faced another issue as daycare was very costly, so she needed to be home with her young child. Finally, she found work as a QA freelancer and could do this job while babysitting her friend’s child along with her own.

Finding the Right Job

Throughout the next couple of years, Alexandra would go to work as an Android QA Engineer for Motorola. Then she would switch jobs and work for Sony and later on for LTK Company. While at LTK, she gave birth to her daughter Milana. And in 2018, she went to work for Google as a VR/AR QA Engineer. But it would only be a year later that her world would be turned upside down, and everything around her would change. 

Alexandra Atlanova

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New Beginnings: Alexandra’s Climb to Success

In 2019, Alexandra’s world was completely turned upside down on her. Her husband left her and her two small children to move to another country. This took Alexandra by surprise and left her with serious depression. Determined not to show this to her children, she worked hard to build herself back up mentally. Her daughter was only two years old at this time, and her son was already eight years old. While her son was in school, her daughter still needed a sort of childcare. Even though her husband had left Alexandra alone, her wonderful friends stepped in to help her. 

Alexandra worked harder than ever to repay the half-a-million loan on the home she and her husband had bought. Times were getting tougher as her salary was barely enough to pay for the house payment, bills, and groceries. She had no money left for anything else. Unfortunately, her daughter’s daycare also fell into this category; it was simply too expensive. 

Alexandra’s New Path in Life

Alexandra’s husband paid for her daughter’s daycare for a few months after he left. But this money soon stopped coming in. Alexandra was left completely financially alone. Her situation was bleak, but she never gave up hope. 

Alexandra was determined to find a way to make everything work. She knew deep down that only she held the key to changing her life. She was ready to make big changes, and she knew she needed to find a new path urgently. A few years prior, she’d had the idea to open a daycare. But, at the time, she wasn’t sure it was the best step to take and couldn’t convince herself it was necessary. 

But now was the time to throw caution to the wind and give her previous idea a shot! So she sold her house to make some money to open her business. This situation gave Alexandra the clarity she needed to realize that opening her own daycare was the right path to take.

Alexandra and Her Daycare

During Alexandra’s moment of clarity, she realized two reasons why opening her own daycare would be the best move. 

Her reasons why starting a day was the best option:

  1. She wouldn’t need to pay for her daughter to go to daycare if she had her own daycare. Daycare costs around $2,000 a month in her area, which was just not financially feasible. 
  2. None of the daycares in the surrounding area met the standards she had in mind. 

Alexandra’s Vision of a Bright Future

Her second reason motivated her so much. She envisioned a daycare unlike what she could find in Silicon Valley. She dreamed of a spacious, modern-designed daycare with toys from around the globe, a place that offered new teaching methods, and a park nearby for the children to walk in. 

She saw how this would benefit society as a whole. And as a mother, Alexandra knew that other parents would want the best for their children and see that with her daycare. The idea of helping families and their children by giving them a place filled with happiness to grow and learn greatly inspired Alexandra. Knowing her daughter would benefit from being in such a place and that they’d be able to spend more time together had a special hold on Alexandra’s heart. She was ready to create a safe haven for the little ones and form the perfect daycare.

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Creating the Daycare: Fluffy Llama

A tip that Alexandra held tightly to was that if one’s business benefits society, you are doomed only to have 100% success from it. So Alexandra took a loan from her friends to repair her home to sell, move to a new rental, and begin opening her daycare. She spent her free time researching and learning everything she’d need to run this business; from banking affairs to fixing faucets, she was determined to be completely prepared. 

Once Alexandra sold the house and received her share, she decided to spend the entire $100,000 on opening her business. And in 2020, she registered Fluffy Llama LLC for her new business. By March, she’d found the perfect place for the daycare and signed a 5-year lease. 

Troubled Times Rolled In

One week after signing her lease, Covid-19 hit full force. Businesses were closing left and right, people were stuck at home, and fear was growing for the future. Alexandra’s friends advised her to wait on her dream. After all, why risk the money when other daycares around have all closed their doors too? 

But Alexandra made one of the most important decisions of her life at this time. She decided to preserve and keep pushing for her dream to become a reality! She focused on positivity, creativity, and making her daycare come to life. Even though the logical choice seemed to wait and hold off on pursuing her dream, her intuition told her to go for it. She trusted the latter and would go on to truly appreciate this tough decision. 

Bringing the Fluffy Llama to Life

Alexandra knew that it might never happen if she didn’t bring her daycare to life now! But, she felt that even if she failed, she would have given it her all, which she could be proud of. 

With Covid-19 in full swing and everyone at home, she could complete all her work tasks using only half the day. The rest of the day, she worked on creating her daycare. First, she would repair the daycare remodeling the building herself. And then, she began looking for furniture, but shipping times were nearly at a halt due to the pandemic. 

She brought toys in from all around the world, from places like Russia and China. The children would be able to have unique experiences with toys from other cultures, along with educational games.

A Beautiful Start 

Once Alexandra Atlanova had set up her daycare with beautiful, modern furnishings and education multicultural toys and games, she had created a daycare that mirrored a fairytale. Finally, she was ready to open the doors. Only a couple of things left to do— to find new teachers and receive her fire and basic licensing. 

Unfortunately, the licensing offices were closed due to the pandemic. But Alexandra was not deterred! After a flurry of calls and requests, Alexandra talked an inspector into coming out for the fire safety inspection, and she did the basic inspection over Zoom.

A Flourishing Daycare

Alexandra’s daycare was finally brought to life and was more beautiful than she could have imagined. She found amazing teachers, and her daycare was quickly filled with children. After only a year, she quit her job at Google and decided to open a second daycare. 

And after only four months of this daycare being opened, every slot in it was already sold out. Word travels fast when you offer premium childcare in Silicon Valley. So now Alexandra spends her days doing what she loves making the world a bit brighter for little children. 

Alexandra’s Advice For You

Alexandra found the true meaning of success for herself. She never gave up, even when life kept handing her obstacles. Her advice for anyone wanting to succeed is, “If your dreams are filled with love and benefit others, they come true much easier.” 

When it comes to taking advice, follow your heart and your gut. Advice can be helpful, but it’s best to take advice from professionals rather than well-meaning friends and family.

Chasing your dream might be scary, but change is always hard and scary at first. You’ll never know what could’ve been if you don’t try. Never be afraid to ask for help and trust in those who support you. 

Rather than focusing on why you can’t make something happen, focus on how to do it instead. Don’t be afraid to try, even when it gets complicated. One day, you’ll look back on everything you went through and understand that those experiences were needed because these weren’t only problems; these were your path to success. 


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U.S. Gas Prices Keep Climbing: Consumers Brace for Impact

During the past few months, gas prices in the U.S. have been steadily increasing. This causes consumers to brace themselves for the financial impact. 

The spike in gas prices can be attributed to a variety of factors, including the increase in demand as more people travel due to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, as well as the temporary shutdown of refineries during the Texas winter storm. 

As consumers continue to navigate the economic impact of the pandemic, the increase in gas prices is an additional burden that many are trying to manage. 

This article explores the reasons behind the surge in gas prices and its effects on consumers.

National Gas Price Average 

The national average gas price increased 11.3 cents from a week ago to $3.39 per gallon on Sunday, marking the fourth consecutive week that gas prices have increased. Diesel is now averaging $4.60 per gallon across the U.S. 

West Texas Intermediate crude oil increased by 47 cents to $82.11 per barrel, and Brent crude increased by 76 cents to $88.39 per barrel as the oil markets continued to rise. Refinery utilization increased by 1.2 percentage points to 85.3 percent, but it is still expected to face pressure in the coming weeks as turnarounds get underway. 

A little behind GasBuddy’s prediction of 8.14 million barrels implied gasoline demand increased by 496,000 barrels per day to 8.05 million.

As a result of Suncor’s outage in the Rockies, demand for U.S. retail gasoline declined 1.4 percent last week, according to GasBuddy demand statistics driven by its Pay with GasBuddy card. 

The average gas price in the U.S. was $3.19 a gallon, unchanged from the previous week, and was followed by prices of $3.39, $3.29, and $3.49. It is around 7 cents more than the median price of $3.32 per gallon, which is up 13 cents from the previous week. 

The country’s top 10 percent of gas stations charge an average of $4.23 per gallon, while the worst 10 percent charge an average of $2.93. Hawaii ($4.87), California ($4.36), and Washington ($3.90) have the highest average prices.

Global Causes of Gas Price Hike

The rise in gas prices is the result of macroeconomic reasons, such as rising Chinese demand and the cessation of crude oil releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Because consumers will have less spare income to spend on other products and services as a result of the high costs, this could have an effect on the U.S. economy.

The Projected Duration of Increasing Gas Prices

How long gas prices will climb in escalation is a question that has no obvious answer. Experts predict that drivers in the U.S. shouldn’t anticipate price drops any time soon as long as oil prices remain around $80 per barrel. 

“There appears to be little good news on the gas price front, with prices unlikely to turn around anytime soon,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. 

According to GasBuddy’s annual price projection for 2023, prices could experience even greater increases later in the year. In June, the average gallon of petrol is expected to cost between $3.79 and $4.19. 

These growing prices can have an impact on the American economy, which will leave consumers with less spare income to spend on other goods and services.


Consumers have been advised to make necessary adjustments to their budgets and find alternative means of transportation to reduce their reliance on gasoline. The government must make long-term investments in renewable energy sources and continue to promote the use of electric cars to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. 

While the future of gas prices remains uncertain, it is evident that this issue requires immediate attention and action to minimize its impact on consumers and the economy at large.

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Suzermed Clinic and Hasan Suzer: Turkey’s Best Hair Transplant Clinic of 2022 and Turkey’s Best Medical Entrepreneur of 2022

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Men and women typically go through varying experiences when it comes to the social pressures and norms pertaining to their hair. All men, regardless of their hair length, are afraid of losing their hairline. This is a common fear among men, whether they go to a salon or a barber, especially as they age. However, most men end up losing their hair. This can result in a loss of confidence and self-esteem. 

A thriving regenerative hair industry has emerged to help solve this problem for men and women of all ages. From products to specialized surgical procedures, many clinics and brands are attempting to provide solutions for this problem.

For various reasons, Turkey has solidified itself as the premier destination for medical tourism of all kinds. Turkey’s preeminent hair transplant venue is the Suzermed Clinic. Founded in 2017 by Hasan Suzer, the clinic is an industry leader in hair transplants as well as other selective procedures like rhinoplasties and liposuctions. The clinic is a favorite of international medical tourists due to its commitment to new procedures, innovative tools, and knowledgeable staff of plastic surgeons, nurses, technicians, and interpreters. Speaking of Suzermed’s success, Suzer recently received the Best Medical Entrepreneur of 2022 award given annually by Diamonds of Turkey.

Located near the luxurious residential developments of the Altunizade district, Suzermed’s physical clinic has been architecturally engineered to provide a sense of comfort and competence. This is achieved through simple yet sophisticated use of space that relies on natural colors and materials. Since the environment is known to influence the outcome of medical interventions, Suzermed sees to it that its patients’ environment has a calm and reassuring effect that supports successful elective surgery. Simply put, the Suzermed facilities, located in the accredited Acıbadem Altunizde Hospital, are first-rate, and so is its staff.

In just a few years, Suzermed has performed over 5,000 hair transplants. In 2022 alone, 600 transplants were performed on visitors from other countries. These figures are driven by the growing medical tourism industry. Now, people are combining memorable vacations with top-tier medical care at a cost lower than what the procedure alone would command at home. After their surgery, patients can step out into one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Suzermed patients have access to end-to-end patient packages, including transportation, translation services, and post-operative recovery stay in the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul. 

Hair transplantation at Suzermed is available to anyone, male or female, who needs it. True, more men do than women, and baldness is seen as a mostly male problem, but Suzermed caters to everyone. What is important to Suzer and the Suzermed staff is that no matter what sex their patient is or where they are from, they have a good outcome, a good experience, and most of all, the renewed sense of confidence and self-esteem that comes with having a full head of hair. 

To learn more about this cutting-edge clinic and what it provides, visit the Suzermed website.

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Cryptocrash boss Do Kwon has been arrested

South Korean police say that Do Kwon, the fugitive cryptocurrency boss who caused the $40 billion (£32.5 billion) collapse of the terraUSD and Luna tokens, has been caught in Montenegro.

Prosecutors in the US have since accused him of fraud.

US regulators accused Do Kwon, and his company Terraform Labs of “running a multi-billion dollar crypto asset securities fraud” earlier this year.

When the BBC asked the company for comment, they waited to answer.

Last September, South Korean authorities issued Mr. Kwon an arrest warrant because they thought Terraform Labs had broken the rules about the capital market.

They thought he was in Serbia, and since the two countries didn’t have an extradition treaty, they sent people there to talk.

Mr. Kwon has said that he wasn’t hiding in the past, but he has never said where he was.

Montenegro’s interior minister, Filip Adzic, was the first to say he had been caught. He wrote on Twitter that “one of the world’s most wanted fugitives” had been caught at Podgorica’s airport.

Mr. Adzic also said that the suspect allegedly used a fake name and fake documents to travel. He said that the authorities were waiting for official confirmation of who the man was.

After matching his fingerprints to official records, South Korean police confirmed on Friday that the suspect in Montenegro was Do Kwon.

US prosecutors have also charged Do Kwon with fraud on its own.

According to an indictment released by the US District Court in Manhattan on Thursday, he is accused of securities fraud, wire fraud, commodities fraud, and conspiracy. When the BBC asked Mr. Kwon’s lawyer for a comment, the lawyer did not answer right away.

Montenegro does not have any agreements with the US or South Korea to hand over criminals.

In February, US financial regulators said that Mr. Kwon and Singapore-based Terraform Labs “failed to provide the public with full, fair, and truthful disclosure as required for a host of crypto asset securities, most notably for Luna and TerraUSD.”

They allegedly said over and over that the tokens’ value would go up and lied to investors about how stable TerraUSD was.

But in May of last year, the value of the token and the Luna cryptocurrency it was linked to fell to almost nothing.

It caused major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Tether to drop in price. Because of this, the word “cryptocrash” became popular online.

Elliptic, a blockchain analytics company, says that investors in TerraUSD and Luna lost an estimated $42bn around the world.

At the time, Do Kwon is thought to be in Singapore, which doesn’t have an agreement with South Korea to send people there who break the law.

In a recent interview with the crypto show Coinage, Mr. Kwon said it was “kind of hard” for him to decide whether to return to South Korea.

He also said that he had yet to talk to the investigators.

The Financial Times said prosecutors plan to arrest and extradite Mr. Kwon from Singapore by canceling his passport and working with the international police organization Interpol.

Do Kwon charged with fraud by SEC.

US financial regulators have accused failed South Korean cryptocurrency boss Do Kwon and his company Terraform Labs of “orchestrating a multi-billion dollar crypto asset securities fraud.”

The Terra Luna and TerraUSD tokens, which a company made in Singapore, crashed spectacularly last year.

Investors are thought to have lost over $40 billion (£33.5 billion) because of the crash.

Mr. Kwon and Terraform Labs waited to answer the BBC’s request for comment.

The SEC says that Mr. Kwon and his company got billions of dollars from investors by selling them “an interconnected suite of crypto asset securities.” Many of these transactions needed to be registered.

The SEC also said that Mr. Kwon and Terraform repeatedly said that the value of the tokens would go up and misled investors about how stable TerraUSD was.

But in May of last year, the value of the token and the Luna cryptocurrency it was linked to fell to almost nothing.

Elliptic, a blockchain analytics company, says that investors in TerraUSD and Luna lost an estimated $42bn worldwide.

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It caused major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Tether to drop in price. Because of this, the word “cryptocrash” became popular online.

The SEC complaint said other things but did not say where Mr. Kwon was.

In December, South Korean authorities said they thought Mr. Kwon was in Serbia, even though they had a warrant out for his arrest.

Do Kwon had said before that he wasn’t hiding, but he didn’t say where he was.

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