I’m half way through my second year at uni, that means I am half way through my degree and I only started what feels like yesterday. Next year I will have to start looking for jobs so I can move onto the next stepping stone in life. But seriously… what do I do? All I know is that I don’t what to go into some dead end job, I want to do something that I am really passionate about but I just can’t quite put my finger on what that it. I have vague ideas of a couple areas that interest me but they are polar opposites, how does one choose? So it got me thinking, on this idea of conciousness and living in the now, that there is no point in wasting time waiting to be enlightened about what I want to do. Instead it is better that we do ever thing we can right this very moment that may lead us down our best path.
“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive”. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Nobody is going to live our lives for us (not unless you’ve some evil twin clone!). You have to do it for yourself and its the same for everyone no matter how good a start in life ou may have been given. Accepting reality and the change that befalls us means we are one step closer to doing what we need or want to do with life because you can’t figure out the future.
So ask your self right now, am I doing my very best? Could you be postponing doing something to be following your dream? And it doesn’t even have to be big! Maybe you should be turning off the tv and going for a run, or drawing a picture, writing – anything! It is a good idea to build something small in your life. So many of us waste so much of our life doing things such as watching tv, social media, playing video games – living in a screen. Do this all your life and what do you have to show for it? But instead if you replaced some of that time wasted by doing something like drawing a picture, writing, starting a blog or even a business then you would have really accomplished something, gained skills and it could even lead to bigger and better things.
2016 is a year that I want to start living more in the now, not in the past and not in the future of what I could do but in the present. It sounds so simple but really I don’t think enough of us live in the now. We can get stuck in a mind set of what could have been or what we are going to do next week or what we are putting off ’til tomorrow. But we should stop dwelling on this because you can’t change the past, what has happened has happened and we should learn to accept that. You don’t have to been the same person you were 5 minutes ago, why wait to improve yourself when you can make that change right now – be a better version of yourself right now. Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today because we can have big dreams about all the things that we want to achieve but they are nothing but dreams unless you take action now. It can be hard to do this because change means stepping outside your comfort zone and taking a risk. But I want to start living more out of intent and less out of habit. Do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do but scares you because this is your life – who cares what anyone thinks? What are they going to do about it? And trust me once you’ve done it you will feel proud of yourself for taking that step whether you got the results you wanted or not. Taking an opportunity and that step outside of your comfort zone may be scary but you know what can be scarier? Regret – you will regret not taking them in the future which may only hinder your attempt to living in the now.
“Do something uncomfortable today. By stepping out of your box, you don’t have to settle for who you are – you get to create who you want to become”
– Howard Walstein
The world is getting smaller – we can know see everything from the comfort of our own home, but we can’t experience it. So take every chance you get to travel. Travel will open your eyes to life and teach you things you can’t be told. It will take you out of your own little world and force you to be part of the bigger picture, meet new people from all walks of life, hear striking stories and see new things. Perceptions will change and you will see things in a new light like never before. And travel doesn’t have to mean going across the world, no matter where you are you can embrace you surroundings are learn from them, just open your mind and really see what is around you. Travel requires you to put yourself out there and can leave you feeling a bit exposed because you don’t know now what will happen next, where to go or what will happen. But don’t worry because worrying won’t change anything, only actions will, so learn to embrace it.
I hope I didn’t ramble too much but this was just something I wanted to share for my New Years resolution! Please go tell me what your New Years resolution is! I would love to here!
We live in an age where our lives are cluttered with new information, technology and material things everyday. Minimalism is defined as a style of technique that is characterised by extreme sparingness or simplicity and it is something that you probably have heard of. Until recently minimalism was something that I only every associated with style, interior, art, but I had never considered it as a lifestyle. I know myself that I like a bit of clutter and I don’t like my surroundings to be too neat, too perfect, sometimes I just like to embrace the mess and let my creativity flow hahah. However living in such an ever changing time where things have become very materialistic for us I’m beginning to feel maybe some sort of a ‘lifestyle detox’ could be in need! To live a minimalist life is to be able to look at what I own and pick out the essentials and clear out the rest of the junk so that I am not burdened by ‘stuff’. Now don’t get me wrong we all have our little unimportant nick-nacks that we will keep, but are all of them really that important? In the grand scheme of things what do you actually need? Objects do not define us or our memories and we will still be there with or without them but they act more as memory triggers which is why we probably find it so hard to get rid of sentimental things.
“WE HAVE TRADED OUR FREEDOM FOR OVERFILLED CLOSETS AND OUR PASSIONS FOR UNNECESSARY MAINTENENCE”
Minimalism is not about living with as little as possible but about removing the excess from your life so that you have a clear space the breath in. This idea has inspired me to give it a try this new year, to remove unnecessary items and focus on using the essentials.
Here are some steps that I going to take to make my life more minimalist in the New Year and you should give a go to! :
- I am going to have a massive closet clear out because that is loooong overdue as I don’t wear half the stuff I own anymore, I will probably put most of it on depop – waste not want not!
- It is also a good idea to clear out duplicates, do you really need 2 of the same scissors?
- Get rid of physical clutter and don’t just hid it! Just because it is out of sight doesn’t mean it is out of mind- it can have a big negative impact on our stress levels
- Buy less – only buy it if it is absolutely NEEDED – “minimalism is asking why before you buy” Francine Jay
- Spend less time on social media and try to limit it to only a couple times a day. This can be hard but it’s important to start living in the now and stop living on our phones – a good step towards this would be to turn on notifications
There are so many more things that can be done but I think that this is a good start. I am looking forward to sharing with you how it all turns out in a month or so! Hopefully I will have succeeded and I hope that this inspires you too to try incorporate a bit of minimalism into your life because sometimes the only way to find out what is really important is to get rid of everything that isn’t. Let me know what you think I’d love to hear!
“CONCERN YOURSELF LESS WITH POSSESSIONS. CONCERN YOURSELF MORE WITH LIVING“