Confidence

With there being almost 8 billion people on earth there are bound to be many people who have the same interests, passions, and hobbies as you. With having a community of like-minded people, you are able to connect with them by exchanging ideas/strategies/art/whatever else you all might have in common! Keeping in contact with those who have the same goals as you often times help you stay focused and grow within your craft.

But what if they have more experience than you? What if there are so many people that have the same ambitions as you and you feel you’re getting drowned out by the crowd? You may think ‘How am I able to pursue the same thing if there’s already so many other successful people within the same field’? It can be disheartening when these negative thoughts of comparing yourself to others creep into your head.

It’s important to remember that other’s success won’t detract from yours. Success is not sand poured out from a jar that will eventually run out. You have a specific set of skills that provides value which others can benefit from.

“The Man Who Has Confidence In Himself Gains The Confidence Of Others.”

– Hasidic Proverb

There is no right age to start the journey of what excites you.

Timelines are so prevalent in the culture of humanity, especially the societies we live in today. From graduating school at a certain age to having a child and starting a family, there is an expectation to fulfill life stages at very specific times.

So then, what happens when you don’t complete these life events at the expected time? What if you want to start learning how to play the piano at 50 or earn your nursing degree years after having children? I so often see people (myself included) looking longingly at an interest or endeavor they have the desire to pursue, but they are held back by the worry that they are no longer the ‘appropriate’ age to begin. There is no ‘right’ age to start the journey of what excites you.

Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t start writing until her 40’s.

Hannah Taylor started the Ladybug Foundation aiding homeless at 5.
Vincent Van Gogh started painting at nearly 30.

Whether your passion is writing, art, starting a new passion project or anything else, don’t let your age intimidate you into not taking action of what sets your soul on fire.

Your Thoughts Create The World Around You

Be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life.

~Prov. 4:23 NCV

I’ve recently heard this quote:

“Do not speak badly of yourself. For the warrior within your head hears your words and is lessened by them.” – David Gemmell

And this one:

“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”
– Buddha

Your thoughts impact both your inner and outer world. Make them both a happy and peaceful place through intentional thinking.

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Transforming Feelings

Despite me not being a Buddhist, I have quickly found that there are many aspects that prove to be beneficial in everyday life. After recently reading ‘Peace is Every Step’ by Thich Nhat Hanh, he brought up many important aspects that we all experience in everyday life and effectively explained them, one of these being how to transform your feelings.

“Calling a feeling by its name, such as anger, sorrow, joy, or happiness, helps us identify it clearly and recognize it more deeply.” Recognize the feeling as it arises, not neglecting it, to get to the root of its cause. Through doing this observation you may understand its nature, and ultimately be more freed from the negative emotion.

Proverbs 16:32

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

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Slow Down Your Clock

It is obvious that the passing of time is inevitable. I have frequently come across the phrase ‘it goes by in a blink of an eye’ and often found myself relaying the same advice. Despite this, we continue to rush through our days. We rush to work, to school, to the gym, our eating, we even play our podcasts at double speed to consume more content in a shorter amount of time. This translates into our mind as well- a brain repeatedly racing all day long. (Did you know the average human has up to 3,300 thoughts per hour?)

We as humans living today are normalized to this rushing in order to fit more experiences (or tasks) into your schedule. What if instead we were intentional about how we spent our time in order to fit in all that needs to get done AND all that you want to pursue. Being intentional with your time can be seen as having more focus on your task at hand. By doing this, we can truly participate in our day to day lives both in a physical sense and in an emotional sense due to our thoughts being premeditated to have only positive outcomes. Manifest your thoughts and see

positive outcomes shine through!

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Inspire and be inspired

Inspiration is one of those words that I thought got thrown around way too often. Inspirational quotes, books, and speakers used to confuse me. It was hard for me to wrap my head around how someone can be inspired by so many things. “Doesn’t their ‘inspiration tank’ fill up?” I thought to myself. I believed that this mindset of being affected by others’ words and/or actions in this way was a sign of vulnerability. I had the rigid mindset of “Can’t you find inspiration within yourself?” While yes, being an inspiration to yourself can be gratifying, being inspired by others can be even more rewarding. Recognizing the beauty, goodness, and dedication in others can not only bring fresh ideas and (you guessed it) inspiration, but it can even a new friend or improved mindset as well. Making the conscious decision to allow others to impact me in a positive way whenever I saw fit is perhaps one of the constructive things I could have done to improve my mentality. I have noticed this change has beneficially impacted the way I think, and therefore the way I act. I look forward to inspiring you, and to be inspired by you too!

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Summertime Happiness

A little Sunshine can go a long way.

~ Me, just now!

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Yosemite, California

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”

-Will Rogers

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Dior

“A gentle answer deflects anger.”

Proverbs 15:1

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Snow Day

Build

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~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Aït Benhaddou

 “The heart of a fool is in his mouth, the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.”
(Moroccan Proverb)

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Auschwitz- Birkenau

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
― Edmund Burke

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