At a Loss for Creativity? Do These Things

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Change your routine: same routine = same thoughts.

– take a different way to work

– sit somewhere different for lunch

– listen to different music

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Go somewhere new: New places stimulate new thoughts.

– go to a new coffee shop

– roadtrip

– attend a random event

– go to the park

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Exercise: Get that body and mind flowing!

– got for a run

– hike

– workout videos

Give yourself space and time: No you cannot multi-task, it’s impossible.

– turn off your phone

– declutter

– remove all distractions

– give yourself time to just write

 

 

You got this!

 

 

3 Signs That You Found “It”

Have you ever done something for someone else without expecting something in return? How did you feel after? Doing for others makes us feel happy and fulfilled. Weird right?

Are there other things that you do that give you a similar feeling afterwards?

I believe that there are several signs that you found your true purpose or passion that can be unique to you, but here are three that stand out to me:

It gives you endless energy

Do you ever work on a project or spend time with someone and strangely you have even more energy afterwards? You feel excitement about life and positive thoughts take over your mind. This is definitely a sign.

Everything leading up to it makes sense now

Why did the other things not work out? You begin to understand because it wasn’t for you. All of the experiences led you to where you are meant to be.

Everything else in your life starts to feel right

You have a weird feeling of alignment. Things start to connect and you have some sense of peace and understanding.

 

Is there anything in your life that makes you feel like this?

Don’t ignore the signs!

No Rainbows without Rain

Ever have one of those days when nothing seems to be going your way?

You wake up and your vibe is just ugh. You’re late to class/work, it’s a bad hair day, and you’re juggling the one million things on your mind. It almost feels like the world is setting out to frustrate you and is planning to give you any possible obstacle. And to top it off the person in front of you is driving 2 miles an hour.. FOR NO REASON! Then you come into work and meh- you would rather just be in bed. You begin to question how you’re going to get through it today.

You have two paths: Push through and ride out the day or throw it all up in the air and give up.

For me, today began as “one of those days”. I couldn’t seem to focus or be present in the moment. I sat at my desk and began to feel sorry for myself because it was 3pm and I still had a long to-do list. Commuting from one place to the another, I contemplated skipping all of my other obligations. I deserved it right? I had a rough day and did I forget to mention it started pouring rain outside? “Yup- it’s a sign, I’m going home” I thought to myself.

So, I got into my car and sat there watching the rain hit my dashboard- feeling all the emotions and then…. I took a deep breath and just drove. I went to the meeting, I finished the assignment, I checked off my to-do list. I did it. A dark cloud lifted.

Walking back to my car as the rain slowed, I felt renewed.

I looked up- a rainbow 

& then I remembered:

no rainbows without rain.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Really Holding You Back?

“We suffer more in imagination than in reality”

Why do we let fear control our experiences when 99.9% of the things we worry about never end up happening?!

Can you imagine how different your life would be if your thoughts weren’t constantly  self-defeating?

While fear can be beneficial to us in some cases, like keeping us away from dangerous situations, it can also be damaging by preventing us from growing and living a peaceful life. Think about all of the opportunities you’ve missed by letting fear take over.

I think that the most inspiring people I’ve met seem to be fearless. They aren’t afraid to speak up, take risks, and can talk to virtually anybody confidently. How did they get to be this way?

Being curious, I listened to a podcast with a series of interviews about becoming fearless. One of interviewees, in the podcast, described how he got over one of his biggest fears- swimming. By the end of 3 months, he had not only learned how to swim, but ended up swimming two miles in the ocean. He describes how he felt in this moment: invincible. Not only did he conquer his fears, he mastered them. He explains how this experience led him to the realization that he had the capability to achieve much more than he had thought and that he had been letting fear limit his whole life.

At the end of the podcast, another interviewee revealed one of his strategies to overcoming his daily fears. He calls it fear-setting. His strategy has three parts:

Define, Prevent, Repair. 

He said that writing out your fears is key to putting them to rest. So, he has a journal where he divides his pages into define, prevent, and repair columns.

In the first column, he defines his fear. For example: “I won’t do well on my presentation next week”.

In the second, he writes what he can do to prevent this from happening like “I will practice 10 times this week”.

In the third column, he writes how he can repair the situation if the bad things happens anyways: “I will realize that I’m not perfect and there is room for growth”.

 

If you wan’t to learn more about the insights from this practice, look up Tim Ferriss. I believe he also has a Ted Talk that you can watch on the topic!

 

How an Inspiration Board Changed my Life + What I Included in it

At the beginning of every semester, I write a list of goals I want to accomplish. I write them in a notebook, shut it, and forget about them. By the end of the semester, I look back on these goals to realize I didn’t accomplish any of them. So what is my new approach that has already worked better in the three weeks that I’ve used it compared to the years I spent writing them in a notebook? Inspiration Boards.

What I Did:

I grabbed an unused poster board from my room and decided it would work. From here, I added 6 different things to create my inspiration board. Here’s a list of what I included and how they will help you:

  1. My ideal weekly schedule: It will help you picture exactly what you need to do in a week to get closer to your goals.
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  3. A list of every single goal I had whether I thought it was possible to accomplish or not. When you read them, they will be fresh on your mind and you will subconsciously attract things that help you get there.
  4. A monthly calendar: I use this as a chain calendar. How does it work? When you do what you’re supposed to do for the day example: you went to the gym, then you mark an “X” on the calendar date. This is proven to keep you motivated to follow through everyday because you will want to avoid losing your streak.photo
  5. Pictures: Visualize. Visualize. How can your dreams come true if you can’t visualize them? “every skyscraper was once a drawing or a vision, same for your dreams- they can’t come true unless you have a clear vision of what they look like” ba9a3f3222e8e4038dc55bcccbc49991
  6. A touch of Aesthetic. Make it cute so you actually want to look at it!

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Why has this worked?

I put the inspiration board somewhere where I know I will always see it: on my desk.

I look at it every morning and it reminds me that every single day counts in making my dreams come true. It ensures that my goals will not be forgotten. The quote and photos keep me motivated, the weekly calendar reminds me what I need to do to achieve these goals, and the monthly calendar holds me accountable.

 

I hope this  inspires you to make your own inspiration board. They are seriously life changing.

Also, let me know if you have any advice for other things that I can add to my inspiration board!

 

 

4 People who will Make you Believe That Anything is Possible

 

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t”

– Thomas Edison

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Colonel Sanders

(KFC founder) dropped out in the sixth grade. He was rejected 1009 times before finding a taker for his chicken recipe. At what age? 65!!!

IMAGINE: If he decided it was too late in his life.

 

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Walt Disney

He was turned down 302 times before getting financing for his idea of Walt Disney World.

IMAGINE: If he gave up at 302.

 

 

 

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Vera Wang

She used to be a figure skater and a fashion editor. At age 40, she got married and designed her own wedding dress. After that, she decided that she wanted to launch her first collection.

IMAGINE: If she never had the courage to change career paths.

 

 

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Ralph Lauren

He started out selling ties, and convinced the company he was working for at the time to let him come up with his own line. Initially, he tried selling his line to Bloomingdales, who said that the only way they would buy was if he made his ties thicker and removed his logo. This was a huge company to sell to, but under these circumstances, he declined. A few weeks later, they called him back and said they couldn’t find any ties that were like his, and would buy them as is.

IMAGINE: If he had agreed to the first offer. Would his brand be what it is today?

 

Passionate about something? It’s never too late to start.

Rejected 1000 times? What if 1001 is it?

Passion & Persistence are key.

 

 

5 Benefits of having a Hobby

I used to dread the question in conversation, “so, what do you do for fun?”

Um. What do I do for fun? Let’s see… Uh. I would reflect to the prior week and go through my daily run of schedule. Did I even do anything fun? The better question, did I do anything fun that I wanted to share about in conversation?

*One minute later*

“Umm.. I like to work out but you know school takes up a lot of time so I’m usually pretty busy with that”

While school does take up a lot of my time, it realistically doesn’t take up the 168 hours I have in a week.

One day, I came to the conclusion that: I need a hobby!!

So, what are the benefits to having a hobby?

  1. Hobbies have no deadlines and are pressure-free. The time you set out to do your hobby is simply meant for you to get in touch with your creative side, that’s it.
  2. They can be a break from your daily routine- Sometimes you just need to do something that doesn’t involve work.
  3. They make you feel productive. Most hobbies involve creating something and at the end of the day it feels satisfying to know that you worked on a project that has a physical result.
  4. You can talk about it in conversation & won’t have to dread the “what do you do for fun” question- not only that, but you may find that you have more similar interests with the someone than you had originally thought
  5. It’s an opportunity to learn more about yourself. “What about this hobby is satisfying to me?” “What inspires my creativity?” Answering these questions can change your life outside of your hobby.

Remember- You don’t have to be good at something for it to be your hobby. You just have to enjoy it, and that’s the beautiful part about having a hobby!