The Power of a Phone Call

Ever since middle school, I have been obsessed with talking on the phone.

Throwback to the days when you would memorize all of your friend’s numbers because you called through your house phone. LOL. I remember being paranoid that my parents would hit the intercom to listen to my convos. I’m sure my conversations were super juicy.

Even today, a good phone call does so much. Sadly, so many of my loved ones are super far away. Scheduling time to talk or getting random calls from them is one of the jewels in my life.

It’s a great feeling to connect with my favorite people. In my busy day to day life, I forget about the deep connections I have with my life-long friends and family.

They are my motivation. They bring me so much energy and happiness. I wish nothing but the best for them and it’s a great feeling catching up and hearing what’s going on in their worlds:

future goals, travel plans, what they are facing day to day,

then we laugh at silly memories, reminisce, .

I am truly blessed and if you feel the same way about people in your life. Schedule time to talk to them now.

With physical distance, it’s so important to check on your loved ones. Make sure they are good.

A good phone call goes a long way. Especially when you are running low on motivation and are losing sight of purpose.

Hearing the voice of a loved one is good for the soul!

Make more phone calls.

Not texts.

 

Thanks for reading 🙂 This post was inspired by a phone call with my brother- I love you.

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Impacting those Around You

“You can’t give anything that you don’t have”

keep yourself full.

do all the things you can to make yourself happy.

Is your goal to make others happy?

make you happy first!

want to inspire others?

be inspired!

how can you fill someone else’s cup when yours is empty?

“Treat yourself as you would treat someone you really love”

pamper yourself

give yourself time

learn everything there is to know about you

believe in yourself

see the good in you

nourish your body and soul

Do you want to change other people’s lives?

Well, it starts by changing yours.

You are your greatest investment.

Focus on your self-growth.

You are worthy.

 

Thanks for reading. Happy Tuesday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Following your Dreams

You have pages and pages of things you want to do, places you want to see, and goals you want to achieve. It’s all so exciting and awesome, but then at the end of the day, you realize you have done nothing to get there. Your words and thoughts don’t align with your actions and routine. Months pass and you realize all these things will only ever be dreams because you don’t have the time, money, resources, etc.

Does this sound like you?

Almost everyone I’ve met has been here-including myself. In conversation, you talk about your passions and all the ideas you have and at the end of it all you go home to do things that don’t align with your words what-so-ever and wonder why you are unsatisfied.

“words mean nothing when your actions contradict”

You can talk about how in-shape you want to get, how many friends you want to make, and how much money you want to in your bank account, but if you never actually do anything to get there how can anything actually happen?

I used to have a habit of saying all the things I wanted to do, but made every excuse under the sun at to why it wasn’t the right time.

What made me change this habit?

Having Role Models. I began to observe people who I wanted to become like. This is huge! Who’s success do I admire? What do they do differently than myself? How do they carry themselves? Why do I admire this person? How can I learn from this person?

– take this person for coffee

– do research on this person

– reach out to them online

What have I learned after talking to my role models? They aren’t smarter or luckier than me (like I had previously thought), they just spend their time differently. This made working towards my dreams less scary.

Remember that you are enough- you probably just don’t have enough information yet on how to get to where you want to be- that’s why learning from someone else is so important.

Whoever you want to learn from will be flattered that you are inspired by them, so don’t be nervous to reach out!

Surrounding myself with other dreamers. Similar to having role models- surround yourself with people who have similar goals and a growth mindset. These people will change your outlook on life and success, but make sure you are returning that energy back as well.

Friendship is a two-way street- be the friend you want to have.

1-Hour. It is said that it takes 10,000 hours to perfect something. If you’re not willing to dedicate AT LEAST an hour a day to get yourself closer to your goals, are you really invested in achieving them?

Alone time. I used to be so scared of being alone that I would make sure I never was. I would plan to spend time with my friends every single minute until I was ready for bed. Every activity from grocery shopping, homework, to working out- I had to have someone with me. It’s healthy to be social, but not to the point where you don’t know who you are when you’re alone.

Now, I make sure I give myself alone time to reconnect with myself, remember my goals, and plan what I will do to make sure I can get to where I want to be.

Picturing my ideal self. This past weekend, when I was talking to a close friend, she shared with me how someone she knew passed away recently. She said: “during her memorial, her friends said that she was the type of person to always follow through on her word. It made me think that I need to be more conscious of my effect on others and it made me question what kind of energy I want to project onto this world”.

What do you want to be known for? How will you put it into existence?

 

Are there any habits you have embedded in your daily routine that have helped you achieve your goals? I would love to hear them. Thanks!

 

Interview with A World-Traveler from Sri Lanka

This is an interview with my roommate, Umanga, who came here to Minnesota from Sri Lanka. In the past year that we have lived together, we’ve gotten very close. Her wisdom has inspired me to look at life in new ways and I’m so happy she agreed to let me interview her about her travel and life experiences. Enjoy!

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On Sri Lanka..

Describe Sri Lanka in 5 words

“Exotic, sunny, beautiful, crowded, smiling people”

Are there any proverbs or sayings in Sri Lanka that you live by?

“Yes, the first is: barking dogs don’t bite and the second is: a pot filled full doesn’t spill water”

What do you want people to know about Sri Lanka who’ve never been there?

“How beautiful it is and how people are friendly. There are some ancient ruins from BC which are interesting to see- temples and statues too. Most of the food is spicy but we have avocados, pineapple, rambutan, papaya, mango, and there’s this green colored fruit- I think it’s grapefruit? But the main food is rice! There are lots of combinations of foods because Sri Lanka was colonized by the Portuguese, British, and Dutch so we have some of their food blended into our culture.”

On Travel..

What countries have you traveled to?

“I’ve traveled to Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Italy, and the U.S.”

Across the different places you’ve been to what has been common across cultures and what has been different?

“People are different everywhere! People in Thailand have their own culture so they’re much different than the other countries that I’ve been to, but I would say European culture and U.S. culture is pretty similar.

What country has been your favorite so far, why?

“I liked European countries because of the history, but I liked Thailand because of the food. My favorite meal there was this chicken salad I had. They also had this delicious raw papaya salad. Thailand has so much natural beauty- they have mountains and beaches.”

 What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from travel that you wouldn’t have gotten otherwise?

“I’ve learned to survive by myself in difficult situations or unexpected situations like traveling with plans and not taking into account the weather, spending the money to get somewhere, and not being able to do what I wanted to do because of it.”

What advice would you give someone who aspires to travel alone but is scared?

“You should take risks! Go new places, take chances, I also love this saying that was mentioned in eat pray love it goes like this:

‘there was a begger who goes to see god everyday and asks a statue “dear god, please please give me some money”, one day the exasperated statue came to life and told him “dear man go and buy a lottery ticket first and I will give you money”

So it’s like winning a lottery ticket every time you travel and you have to try for it and only then will you achieve it’

that’s what was implied in the movie.”