I’m a big fan of creating lists. I love a good to-do list, grocery list, fashion wishlist, travel bucket list, etc. I also love to create lists of goals I’d like to achieve. I know that writing down your resolutions, plans, and goals makes you more likely to actually achieve them, and I’ve met many of my goals this way — simply by writing them down one day and realizing a few weeks, months, or years later that I could cross that goal off the list.
The issue with this form of tracking is that while it’s easy to reward…
As a kid, most of us were taught to believe that exceptional people were blessed with extraordinary qualities. It seemed to take a special form of luck to be born with a creative spirit or to grow up gifted in the math department.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, you have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé/ Bill Gates/ insert whatever trendy inspiring and hardworking person fits your niche. People usually say this to motivate others; the statement serves as a reminder that we share the same 24 hours a day as these superhumans and so we can use our time to be just as successful.
But does this motivation tactic work?
I know it hasn’t for me. Instead of acting as a source of motivation, that phrase is just a hopeless reminder of my lack of success regardless of the…
The benefits of optimism are real. It has the power to increase longevity, reduce stress, and improve the relationship, business, and health aspects of your life. AKA, it can have a positive impact on pretty much everything.
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” — Oprah Winfrey
The best part about optimism is that while incorporating it has unlimited benefits; it doesn’t cost a penny to become more optimistic. This is not to say that optimism is free. …
Some people are born with it, others work towards it, and many others never even realize how helpful developing it could be. I could be referring to many things, but I want to talk to you about the importance of understanding your locus of control.
This is an abstract psychological term for a very real human trait that has incredibly powerful impacts on all aspects of your life. It plays a role in everything from your daily happiness to your long-term success.
The reason that these are some of my favorite quotes is because they remind me of the power that I have within myself. Regardless of any personal or global circumstances, it’s important to be intentional about what you focus on.
These quotes prompt me to focus on what I can control, which is where my true power lies.
“How we live our days is how we live our lives” — Annie Dillard
This quote is such an important daily reminder for two reasons.
I don’t have any huge weight loss numbers to share or any incredible lifestyle change to report. Still, 2020 was the healthiest year of my life, both mentally and physically. Unfortunately, there is no trick or a pill that made me magically happy and fit.
The key was these two things: I found a way to make a healthy lifestyle enjoyable, and I stayed consistent.
Last year, healthy eating, an active lifestyle, and positive self-talk became activities that made me truly happy. From there, they became habits that were harder to avoid than to implement.
I know, I know, you’ve…
There are a ton of golden rules and mottos that I could choose to live my life by. Most have some merit, tapping into one of the key ways to live the most meaningful, enjoyable, or fufilling life possible.
After all, that’s what I’m searching for.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is great and all ,but I’ve always found this motto lacking because it fails to explain what I should do about solo decisions — the ones that only impact me but are still choices that influence whether I am living a “full” life.
This might sound crazy, but at 7 years old, I started to create hourly schedules and task planners. I don’t know what compelled this type of planning, but for as long as I can remember, I have been type-A in the sense that having no plan stresses me out. This includes traveling plans even for “relaxing” vacations, plans for simple hangouts with friends, plans to finish group assignments, etc.
Now, what type of plans did a 7-year-old need to write down? I vividly remember creating schedules that allotted time to practice piano, clean my room, draw, watch tv, play basketball…
TThis year doesn’t need to be a complete shit show. Most of us are not exactly happy with the way that 2020 is going, but there is some opportunity to make the most of it.
Before I dive into what I promised in the headline, I have to acknowledge the incredible amount of tragedy that has occurred this year. This message is for those of us who are lucky enough to be safe, healthy, and relatively secure in 2020.
The rest of the pandemic can be what you make of it, and you can build a path towards completing your…
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