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Quote Of The Day

“Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.”

— Alain de Botton

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Quote Of The Day

“Life is like a ten speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.”

– Charles Schultz

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How You Can Make Easy Changes That Will Improve Your Life

It may be easier than you think with a few easy adjustments to your mindset.

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Of all the people you will know in a lifetime, you are the only one you will never leave or lose. To the question of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life, you are the only solution.”

~Jo Coudert

Sometimes life can feel like a hot mess. Maybe it is, or perhaps your perception is off-balance, out of focus, and messed up.

Do not look for someone else to blame for the funk you find you are feeling. Stop, take a breath, and look at yourself.

It may be time for a re-set.

Take one step at a time.

When I was working for someone else, I was the queen of multi-tasking. I was good at it. Sometimes I felt pressured, but I also liked the challenge. 

I was a single parent, working full time and going to college, and at that moment in time, it worked for me. Now, it doesn’t.

My life has changed, and my technique had to change, as well. So, now I am embracing mono-tasking — the art of doing one thing at a time and doing it well. 

Now I chose one task to focus on each day and work for a specified time while minimizing potential interruptions. The goal each day is to designate a slot of time and work on one project and forget about things like social media that suck priceless time out of the day. 

Do not overthink it.

I often tend to overthink, and my mind will run rampant with all the possibilities, which can be exhausting.

Slow down. It is easy to become so immersed in the possibilities that you lose focus on the one small thing you need to do right now. Keep it simple. Take the first step, and then move on to the next.

Your time has value.

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

~Harvey Mackay

It is common for all of us to lose track of time. We become immersed in completing a task and may spend more time than is necessary or worthwhile.

We lose track of our main objective and feel the need to push through and keep going. We may not realize we have veered off course.

It is good for our soul to step back, take a breath, and refocus. 

Go outside, take a walk, or listen to music.

When you come back to your task, you will be relaxed, have a clearer vision, and a better understanding of the best way to proceed. 

Find a support system.

I like doing things on my own, and I do not like asking for help. I am stubborn, and I am independent. It is one of my faults.

At times it can be overwhelming.

It is important to ask for help. In your personal life, do not be afraid to ask family or friends. If you do not have that option, and you can afford it, hire someone to help with all the things you do not understand or cannot do. 

If it is work-related, it is okay to ask for help. You may be hesitant and feel it is a sign of weakness to admit you need assistance, but it is a sign of strength. You are showing that you are self-aware and also self-assured enough to know when you need additional input from your boss and colleagues. It shows you value your team and everyone’s roll in completing projects.

Enlist whatever help you can; it is important and will make your life easier and eliminate stress.

Don’t be a “Negative Nancy.”

Although we try to look at each of our experiences with a positive attitude, it can be challenging to maintain. If you question yourself, even for a moment, it is easy to let negativity fill any void in your thinking.

Why do we do that? Human nature, I suppose, but when it does happen, chose not to listen to the negative voices you find chattering in your head.

Make a habit of valuing yourself. Each of us has limitless capabilities, we just have to believe, and we have to remind ourselves of our successes. Pat your self on the back and reward yourself for your achievements.

Challenge yourself.

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” 

~Winston Churchill

Change your mindset. It is easy to believe you cannot do something rather than think you can. 

It does not take any effort to stay the same and not improve, but there is no reward in that. It is easy to remain stagnant and not grow, but what does that get you? Nothing.

I am getting a bit older, and it would be easy to putter around the house and not change, but that would be boring.

The world is full of beautiful adventures to take at any age. Our brains have the capability of learning new things until the end of time. Why waste that?

Take care of yourself.

Life can be hectic, and we may not value ourselves enough to realize that it is essential to fuel our minds and our bodies.

Take a breath, slow down, and relax. Eat healthy foods, exercise, spend time with the people who matter. Rest.

Challenge yourself to learn something new every day. The possibilities are endless. A few sources are Hackaday, Codecademy, Big Think, and Craftsy.

Check out this article published at Inc.com for more places to learn: https://www.inc.com/larry-kim/40-amazing-places-to-learn-something-new-every-day.html.

Understand who you are.

“The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.” 

~Thales

It is easy to lose sight of who we are, who we are becoming. We are subject to many influences, and every day we make choices. They may be small, instant adjustments that we do not spend much time analyzing, but over time they can have a cumulative effect. 

We change without knowing, good or bad, and over time the effect can be massive.

Who are you? I think it is crucial to take the time and ask ourselves that question.

You can have a life plan but get lost in it. Make sure you understand what you have accomplished and how it makes you feel.

Do not forget to ask yourself if you are happy.

Life is not perfect.

There is no such thing as perfection. We are human, and we are flawed. I believe that is what makes us beautiful. 

Our flaws tell a story of who we are, what kind of life we have lived so far, and how we have reacted to them.

Embrace your life and accept that there will be ups and downs. You may have failures, and some may bring you to your knees. That is okay. Get up, dust yourself off, and start again. 

You are stronger than you think. Each of us has strengths and weaknesses, and they flavor whatever we do. Embrace your imperfections.

Stop trying to ‘fix’ yourself; you’re NOT broken! You are perfectly imperfect and powerful beyond measure.”

~ Steve Maraboli

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Quote Of The Day

“The trouble is, you think you have time.”

Buddha
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Quote Of The Day

“The cost of a thing is the amount of … life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”

~ Henry David Thoreau
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Quote Of The Day

“Time is an illusion.”

~ Albert Einstein
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Quote Of The Day

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

~ Earl Nightingale
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Quote Of The Day

“The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life you will never get back.”

~ author unknown
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Should I Feel Guilty For Taking Time Off?

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“Time Is Precious.”

~ author unknown

When I originally decided to join the millions of people who blog I was so excited. I wanted to change things up in my life. I was on a mission to re-invigorate myself.

It is not in my nature to do something half way. So, as usual, I started and pushed forward full steam.

Now I am not saying I did everything perfectly because that would be inaccurate. I did everything to the best of my ability with the knowledge that I had.

To be truthful, I had no knowledge of how to start a blog. In some ways it was brutal and a little painful at times. It was definitely frustrating. It still is.

At the beginning of the year I made the decision to take some time off from my blog and writing in general.

I needed to take a step back and decompress. I was putting too much pressure on myself to be the “best”. That did not work.

What I was doing was not working for me. There were many other responsibilities that I was ignoring and I needed to get them done.

I felt like I was being stretched apart too tightly like a rubber band. It felt like I could break if I stretched any further.

The result was feeling deflated. Nothing was making me happy and I definitely was not relaxed. I suppose in some ways you could call me a slightly depressed perfectionist.

So here I am and February is at an end. Have I accomplished everything I needed to do? No, sadly, I have not. There is a dent in it, and that makes me feel somewhat better, but it has not “cured” my discontent.

What I have found is I feel guilty. Now in reality that is pure rubbish. There is no reason for me to feel guilty, but yet I do.

No one is putting pressure on me to do anything. I am placing the pressure on myself.

So I am continuing to put my house in order. When I say “my house” I am referring to me. I have come to understand that I am a perfectionist and I easily feel guilt for not being enough.

There is progress. I have been successful on a good “start” to my goal of reorganizing and ending up with a clean slate, but I am not there yet.

Each day I work on two or three projects and I can see the results and the progress I have made.

The problem is that when I stand back after I have done something I feel good about it, but it is difficult handing onto that feeling for more than a day or two.

When I think of the sum total of what I still have to do I feel overwhelmed. It is ginormous.

So I am trying to keep it all in perspective. I am trying not to judge myself.

There is guilt and there is an emotional side to all of this. I have an understanding of it, but it does not make it easier to push forward through it. I will get there, but I have come to realize that it will not be easy and it will not be overnight.

I cannot just put a big bandage on it and then feel better.

So I know I can get this done and I understand it will take a good long while.

It is so funny because as I go through each day there are these random thoughts and images that flow through of other things I want to do. They entice me and in some weird way make me feel better.

There are many things to look forward to. I just have to get through this first to be able to get to them.

I am not giving up on myself. I am a work in progress.

I am still here working on my goals.

 “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

~ Robert Collier

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Quote Of The Day

“How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to mind the events of the whole day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then, without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. 

~Anne Frank
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