“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”

  • Put in the hard work and effort, and you’ll go far in life.
  • Play your cards right, and make the right connections and you’ll go far in life.
  • Be patient and just tough it out, and eventually you’ll get where you need to go.

All those statements are not necessarily false, but they are not exactly true. And the previous statement is in itself terrifying, yet a relief at the same time. Unfortunately, we live in a world where things are not that easy; where getting a job after university is extremely hard, and if you do not have enough degrees you are not qualified. We live in a world of contradictions, and apparently, we are just supposed to be okay with that.

We now live in a world where to be successful you need to be self-made and you need patience. Nothing has ever come to people immediately, everything takes time. We need to understand that just like our ancestors if you want to make it at the top, you need to start at the dirt bottom. We need to have the crumby horrible paying jobs, and sometimes work 2-3 jobs at a time. And slowly we can enter into a career related job.

We now live in a world that you need to be able to teach yourself and do anything that is thrown at you. No more of the one job for the rest of your life, and do the same thing every day; you need to be prepared for anything, the minute you walk into your job.

The statements above are true, but a lot of things in this world is based on luck. Some will be luckier than others and some of us won’t be as lucky or fortunate. This is not me telling you to just call it quits, but this is me telling you to go and find your own luck.

Or better yet, create your own luck. We live in a world where if you want an opportunity you need to go make one because there aren’t enough for everyone. We live in a world where if you are reactive nothing will happen, you need to proactive and run after you want.

Lately, I’ve been evaluating my life, and I am probably the first person to admit that I am very reactive. If I want something I will not run after; I will not jump on the wagon that will maybe bring me to the train station that might take me to an airport to catch the plane of my dreams.

We have lost our hunger and curiosity, if we don’t have those things, how one earth will we accomplish our dreams and goals? So for the first time, I finally understood the quote by Steve Jobs, “Stay hungry, Stay foolish.” We lost this inner hunger and desire because we just lost all hope.

But that can change! That craving for life and experiences are things that we all have inside of us. You need to dig deep and find it, and then it will be as if a flame has been lit inside of you.

So take a few moments and reevaluate your life… seriously it will help.

Have a Wonderful day!

Wander

For a long time, I believed that if you did not have a set path in mind, then you would inevitably go nowhere in your life. To me, not having a specific career, school, program or even your classes planned out, meant that you were doing something wrong, and you were setting your life up to be a mess. It was not until my life path was under major construction that I understood how wrong I was.

Awhile back I got a pen that said “Not all who wander are lost”, and I just took it as a cute pen and moved on. Recently, I used that pen again and the way I read it did not just pass over my head if anything it became the comforting words I needed to hear.

I recently applied and got accepted into university, but I still have no idea what I want to do. There is this stress that, before going to the next level of schooling, you need to know exactly what you’re doing for the rest of your life; and that only going into what you like is a waste of time and money. I believed this for the longest time until I was put in the position where I had to decide another life move. One that would yes change my life, and yes the one that will affect my opportunities, and future choices. But I did what I thought was best, I did what I wanted to because even if I do wander, I am not lost. I can always go back, or take what I know and do something else.  Most of us are extremely privileged in that we can change our course of life a lot easier; we have also learned to adapt quicker and have embraced transitions.

I’ve come to accept this wandering time, even though I have no idea where it will lead me. If you are in a period of your life where you do not know what to do, go with your gut. And if you end up wandering, that is entirely okay. Wandering helps we find the things we needed to but wouldn’t be able to if we didn’t. Wandering helps us understand the deepest corners of ourselves, and of the world.

So go out into the world, and wander.

Live Your Life

One of my biggest fears has to be me living an average, ordinary life. To some, the whole go to school, 9-5 job, marriage, kids, and growing old, sounds like a dream come true. I honestly think that this will be my personal hell (keep in mind that this is my own opinion).

I want to live a life filled with ambition, love, adventure, and passion. I want to see as much of the world as I can. I want at least one moment in life where it feels like I’m in a movie. I want to fall head over heels in love with someone. I want to eat as much food as I can; meet people from all walks of life, and from all over the world.

Mostly, I just want to see my life as a blank canvas, and for once not be terrified of it, but to actually embrace it. I have this craving for life, but yet I keep stopping myself. And I know many people out there have the same problem, so I’m here to offer you, and myself a few solutions to the problem.

I think the first thing we need to understand is that the only person stopping you from doing anything, is YOU. We create this barrier between where we are now, and who we want to become. Not realizing that who we want to become, is tied in with who we are. We are scared of change because that means leaving our comfort zone, and in reality, that seems absolutely terrifying. We stop ourselves from experiencing new things and living because that means that maybe we will change in the process, and leave behind things that needed to be let go of a long time ago, but haven’t yet. We stop moving on because we want things to stay the same to honor our past selves or a loved one. We stop ourselves from living; we are our own worst enemy.

Next, we need to stop underestimating ourselves. We’ve been taught that being confident is synonymous with showing off and that we need to pretend were not, to seem humble. That’s where things get lost in translation; the idea is that we need to be confident and also be humble, two separate things that do not necessarily relate. Time and time again, we will doubt what we can do, and focus too much on how someone can do something better than we can. We constantly undermine who we are, our strengths, and if we continue to do that we will never notice our weaknesses and improve them.

Lastly, we need to realize that living only starts when you gain control of your life again. So often we say that we have no control over our lives. Which in theory makes absolutely no sense, because if anyone has control of how you think, or what you do, it is entirely you. I understand that there are circumstances where that is not the case, but if you have the opportunity to have control over yourself, then take advantage of it!

You need to realize just how great of a person you are, and just how much you can get done once you get over the fear of living. How can this be done you ask, well let’s just start with the classic stop thinking and just doing! Usually we take a gap of time between thinking of what we want to do, and actually doing it, to overanalyse the situation; this then leads us to not continue living our life but to stay trapped where we are.

Your life does not end when you lose a battle, or when you feel stuck. You have every opportunity to change that within yourself, you just don’t realize it. As cliché as it sounds: you only got one life, so live it.

10 Tips on How to be Productive

Being productive is one of the many things people find difficult to actually do. Whether it be because of all the distractions we have nowadays, or the fact that the length of our to-do lists can be absolutely terrifying (happens more often than wanted), being productive sometimes just does not happen. Don’t worry, I feel you, I am probably in that position every single day, and as I’m writing this post.

So I came up with a few tricks that I use in order to be productive, on those days that I know if I am not I will regret it for a very long time. Here are 10 tips on how to be productive!

  • Get yourself into a productive mindset the night before

Before going to sleep, take the time to make a to-do list, and make sure you write it down, whether it on your phone or a cute piece of paper. People tend to just make the to-do list as we fall asleep hoping we will remember when we wake up, and most times we don’t. By slowly telling yourself that you have things that have no choice but to be done the next day. Think of it as a warning to your brain of the day to come, and that it needs to be productive.

  • Take your time waking up in the morning

Waking up in the morning can already be painful without a long to-do list. What I recommend is setting yourself an early alarm, so then you can have time to lounge around in bed for a few extra minutes or spend that extra time however you choose. The point is, by allowing yourself to have those extra minutes to do whatever you want, you can charge your mind and soul in a positive way. It helps start off the morning right, which you need on a productive day.

  • Take care of yourself

Whenever I have a productive day ahead of me, I have to feel clean and look put together. Obviously, this is just in my head, and might not apply to others because I know people who can be super productive in bed with PJs. But then there are people like me, who need to shower, put on some minimal makeup, and wear somewhat acceptable loungewear. Just looking put together and taking a few moments to take care of myself, gets me into a productive mode for some reason.

  • Have a healthy breakfast you enjoy 

I am one of the first people to say that I do not enjoy oatmeal (porridge) of any kind, it gives me flashback to a time when I was younger and I did not digest it well… it was not pretty. Ever since then, I cannot have oatmeal, and for the longest time, I was like now you can’t have a healthy breakfast! Which is not true whatsoever, nowadays you can hop onto YouTube or google and find delicious, healthy, quick and easy breakfast recipes. I absolutely stand by the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it really does determine how your day will be.

  • Make a to-do list

To-do lists seem stressful, but take the one you made the night before and break it down into easier components. By taking a big task and breaking it into small tasks, it just makes the task seem less scary. Now about schedule’s, personally some of the things I do, I cannot judge how much time it will take, and I find just guessing a random time makes me stressed and I never end up following the schedule which makes me disappointed. Instead, I make a list of absolute things I must do before a certain time, or by the end of the day.

  • Change up your environment

If I ever feel in a slump while doing work, I will move from a desk downstairs in my basement, to my dining room table upstairs. Trust me it does make a difference. Changing rooms, or even leaving the house, reorganizes and reconfigures your brain. I also recommend a room with a lot of natural light, personally, I find I work best in bright and open environments. At night, however, I do not mind working in a basement, or darker and cozier area.

  • Drink Water

Water for some reason keeps you awake because it keeps you hydrated. Also when you drink a lot of water, you often have to get up and go to the washroom, which keeps your body awake.

  • Get inspired

Tell yourself some mantras to get you into the mood just like you did the night before

Telling yourself mantras really do help. If you want a few ideas or examples then I recommend my post of Top 5 motivational quotes (https://thelifewedreamof.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/top-5-motivational-quotes/?frame-nonce=c187a00af0).

  • Google random articles about tips and tricks to be productive

Even though you don’t necessarily carry out what they say, it’s getting you into the mindset. Trust me it works. By looking up different techniques you might come across an article like this one, and find something that will help you 😉

  • Set a timer for each task

And lastly, set a timer for each task that you need to do. What this will do is put you slightly under pressure, but understand that you can always add to the timer and make it flexible if something is taking longer than you anticipated. That being said do not extend the timer in order to procrastinate, or put it longer than you know you need so you can have the extra time at the end to not continue your work and take a not needed break.

Okay so now you have everything you need to know, it is time for you to put these tips into action, march yourself to your workspace and get stuff done! I know you can do it, don’t you worry,  you got this!!

P.S. remember to reward yourself with something you like at the end of it all!

 

Have a wonderful and productive day!