No Mountain’s Too Tall For Victory & Adventure.

Falling is real. So is the joy of rising up stronger, and ultimately standing in the winners’ circle!

So what do I know about falling down? Quite a lot actually; And I can bet I’m not the only one who can relate so well with failing again and again to reach that goal, or repeatedly facing rejection, or simply being too scared to follow your dreams for fear of failing.

Once I lost a loved one, and with that came the sudden realization of my own mortality, and my drive was replaced by fear. I lost my motivation as I suddenly had a deep understanding of how things could go very wrong, and felt they always would. But do they really? No they don’t.

We’ve all heard success stories of those who dared to persist and succeeded, but most importantly is the need to live life to the fullest. To dream, and to follow that dream to wherever it could lead. To fly and see just how high you can reach.

But how can we take the chance to fly when we fear to fall?

Funny enough what brought me out of my abyss of fear was still a fear of not dreaming again, of not knowing the places I could go, and the things I could see.

I really really want to fly, and see for myself what’s beyond the clouds – and I mean that literally and figuratively.

After reading the Longreads stories on braving the wilderness I realized just how much we deprive ourselves by fearing to challenge the unknown.

On another thought; I wonder if one day I’ll be daring enough to attempt climbing Mount Everest or maybe a wilderness trek. That’ll certainly be the day!

Gone For a Hike: A Reading List on Wilderness and Survival

Five captivating reads on adventures you never want to have.

Gone For a Hike: A Reading List on Wilderness and Survival

These were great reads, especially the first and last stories and for different reasons. The first because of movies like “Alive” and “Lost” that were seemingly made from these life experiences.

The last story I found incredibly remarkable because I could completely relate to Agafia’s choice. I feel like I would make the same choice in her place.

I can also completely relate with the writer as I am honestly too terrified to adventure out in the wild while I nurture a secret fascination with the wilderness and those daring enough to brave it.

Disbelieving What You Cannot See: A Reading List on Ableism and ‘Invisible’ Disability

Start your unlearning here.

Disbelieving What You Cannot See: A Reading List on Ableism and ‘Invisible’ Disability

These stories were incredibly moving, invoked deep thoughts and never-before asked questions so I’ll be sharing them as my first reblogs ever.

I Choose To Love

I was in the company of some friends this past week and in the middle of something I was saying, someone suddenly interrupted me asking; “why do you always say you’re too busy to have a steady relationship?”

So I started to defend myself as usual but somewhere along the line, I realized I wasn’t fooling anybody, not even me. How in the name of all that’s good do you not have time to connect with other people?

I had gotten so used to ‘being too busy to love’ that I’ve alienated my friends, and even myself from making new friends. But the truth was that somewhere deep inside, it boiled down to being afraid of being hurt.

This is an emotion we all feel, the fear of hurt. we are afraid to be hurt or perhaps have been hurt before and so we mistrust our instinc and build walls around our emotions and feelings.

Many of us can relate to the challenges that life imposes on our time and health (mental & physical), and it’s easy to use this as as excuse to isolate ourselves from the people in our lives when what we need most is a little joy and understanding from loved ones.

I incidentally came across a message by Michelle Obama that made me realize how much we cheat ourselves by refusing to truly share ourselves with others. . .

Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with. —Michelle Obama.

Of course this is not to say that it’s feeling good all the way once you decide to share yourself intimately with others. I’m sure there’ll be hurt here and there, but the good moments should outweigh the bad.

And so for the chance to make cherished memories, to live a worthwhile life and to leave lasting impressions in the hearts of the people I encounter in my life’s journey, I choose to love!

5 Easy Habits That Naturally Boosts Your Motivation

So you dragged yourself up from bed after barely enough sleep and you wonder just how you’ll make it through the day? Or perhaps through the week? Well, you’re not alone and I must confess I know exactly how you feel most days.

Considering how tough it is to stay on track, and how tempting it can be to take the easy way out and just go with the mood of the day (unfortunately, we wouldn’t get anything done that way); How do we ensure that we do not lose our momentum more than half way through the year? And that we achieve everything we set for ourselves this year?

Just remember that each moment you’re still in the race is already a victory.

Here are 5 easy tips to help you keep the momentum and stay motivated

Make a habit of waking up an hour or 2 earlier everyday

Avoid having to rush through your morning routine and starting the day without a plan.

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Visualize your day

It’s not enough to list just the tasks you need to accomplish, but it’s important to visualize the time & resources needed to accomplish each task.

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Cultivate a positive mental attitude using affirmations

These affirmations will not just help you develop a positive mental attitude, but also boost your self confidence and keep you motivated.

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Eliminate distractions & interruptions

Set out some time each day when you’ll allow no interruptions from people or technology.

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Self Reflection

At the end of each day, dedicate some time to reflect on what you accomplished or didn’t, and things you could have done better. Cultivate a habit of gratitude.

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Remember that being a work in progress is a victory too! So celebrate each day as it comes.

Have a productive week!

Here’s How I Make Sure My Weekend Is Rejuvenating and Productive

Lately I find myself feeling like a fraud whenever I join the throng of workers to “Thank God it’s Friday” in celebration of the coming weekend.

You can check out my podcast on How to maximize your weekend

Of course I’m just as excited for the end of the work week and the coming rest days, or day in my case…and that, exactly is the problem – I work 6 days a week including Saturdays!

So for anybody who like me has a very very short weekend, ever wonder how to fit in all you have to do and still be able to have some time for yourself?

For me I use a weekend bucket list!

Of course it doesn’t mean you have to set some stiff goals for yourself for the weekend, but more like a wish list plus some necessary chores you have to take care of over the weekend.

This way you don’t feel overwhelmed through out the day or 2 you have, and wake up to the new week feeling just as tired as the end of the previous week.

Google Keep: My Weekend Bucketlist

This is basically my weekend bucket list, simple and relaxed. Courtesy: Google Keep

The wish list is important to remind me of things I want to do (and will definitely do) once I get any opportunity to – like a work leave or vacation!

You can create yours however you like, as long as you keep in mind to make it simple and practical.

And here are some tips to have a successful weekend (finish your tasks, have some well deserved rest and be ready for the new work week)

Wake up at the same time

Resist the temptation to stay in bed all morning and you’ll find your day will be longer and more productive. Dedicate some hours in the morning as me time. You can choose to dance to a playlist, do some exercise or self care. Whatever will kick-start your weekend in a happy and relaxed mood.

Minimize chores

We all think we have far more things to do than actually needs to get done at that particular time. So it’s best to make a list of everything you feel you need to do, then minimize the list as much as possible. The absolute worst way to spend a rest day is to cram it with chores.

Spend quality time with loved ones

The weekend is undoubtedly a good time to reconnect with family and friends. My family lives far away so I can’t see them as much as I want to, but I dedicate some time on Sunday afternoons to have long, refreshing phone calls with them, and I can assure you it’s a wonderful feeling.

Disconnect from the internet

So you have a day or 2 to refresh yourself, and you spend most of it answering work emails or stuck in the social media web – very bad idea! Best thing to do for yourself is disconnect temporarily while you mind other more personally rewarding activities.

Tips on How to Make the Most of Your Weekend

Finally, don’t forget to rest!

No matter what else you have planned, try to find the time to just lay back and rest.

For most of us, the weekend is already in full swing so enjoy!

Reminder! Keep Your Heart Healthy This February

February is more than just the month of love, it’s also the; Heart Health Month which makes it a great time to make sure your ticker is ticking properly.

We’ve all heard it:

Change your diet, maintain a healthy weight, be physically active, quit smoking, go for your annual check-ups.

These may seem small, and you may ask yourself if this advice can really help you improve your heart health? The answer is YES!

Making small changes in your daily routine can add up to big benefits and help you live a healthier and longer life.

Here are some simple tips for a healthier heart;

  • Be active – move more, sit less.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Eat whole grains for natural fiber & vitamins.
  • Take less salt – you can substitute with herbs and spices instead.
  • Eat healthier fats like in avocados & fish.
  • Surround yourself with loved ones as much as possible.
  • Find an activity you love, it’ll keep you young.
  • Go for regular checkups.

In a heart health check-up, your doctor will check your risk factor for heart disease and help you minimize or manage them. Some of these factors include:

  • Cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • Weight/Diet
  • Family & medical history.

So invest in yourself this love month by making your heart health a priority.

Happy Heart Health!

Boost Your Productivity By Taking Back Your Mornings!

So after a good look at my first half of this month, I realized that the greatest challenge I faced was in one word – distractions! Particularly minding other people’s businesses, and having my mornings snatched away from me.

Having a schedule to follow is obviously a great way to manage your time, but sticking to it sometimes could seem to require a bit of divine intervention.

Using myself as a case study, a typical day goes like this;

I create my to do list and schedule my more important tasks. I plan to start my day off with some writing, then just as I come into the office I get a consuming phone call from family or a friend. Dropping that, I find myself dragged into resolving somebody else’s problems, and for the rest of the day I’m putting out other people’s fires and trying to solve problems that are just popping up out of no where. Just like that my well laid plans go up in flames!

Many of us start out our days with a pretty good plan, and a resolve to make the best of our time, but in reality our well meaning intentions are usually short lived.

So how do you prevent your own distractions or the needs of others from impeding your plans?

  1. Prioritize your tasks by making a list:

This is basically a list of the tasks you need to accomplish for the day arranged in order of importance, difficulty and urgency. This helps you feel less pressure and more in control of your time. It also constantly keeps you mindful of what you have waiting for you to do.

2. Eliminate all interruptions:

This may include unannounced visits from people, calls, emails and so on. Give yourself some time during each day where you restrict all outside interruptions. You absolutely should not start the day with checking emails. Best time to do that is while having breakfast, commuting, at your break time or at a fixed time you set out particularly for it.

Unless its your job, stay as far away from social media as possible!

3. Set targets & deadlines:

If you don’t deliberately make a task a necessity, then it almost always doesn’t get done.

Set a target/deadline for your tasks by deciding for example; a certain task must get done before you have lunch or before you get up from your seat. This will help you focus more on the task at hand.

You can use rewards (i.e lunch) and punishments (i.e not getting up before a certain task is finished) to motivate yourself into much higher productivity levels.

Taking control and effectively managing the first few hours of your day is the trick to becoming far more productive than ever, so give it a real shot and you’ll be surprised where it takes you this year.

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