I started coughing a couple days after I got back from the U.S., and over a week later I’m still going, but that’s not even the worst of it part for me.
The moment I sounded sick, the naysayers felt vindicated, and didn’t hesitate to add their “I told you so’s” and warnings that it would only get worse.
Here’s the thing… PEOPLE GET SICK… especially when they travel from New Zealand to the West Coast of the U.S. and back within a week and a half. Long travel is stressful on the body, especially when there is turbulence the whole trip, making it very hard to sleep.
I hardly ever get sick working 80 hour weeks, but as soon as I take time off to go overseas… BAM, virus. I was already sick when I went back to work…
I call this ridiculousness sick shaming. You get sick, then people want to point the finger at you and say you brought it on yourself. It makes them feel better about their decision not to chase their own dreams.
Even if I did think that this cough was from working too much (which I don’t), I’d say it’s a small price to pay to start living my dreams by the end of this year rather than in 10 years time (or ever if you want to play it by the naysayers rulebook). It was worth every penny and cough to go to Las Vegas, network with a bunch of equally motivated people, and learn from those who have achieved the things I want.
It would seem fitting that this entry would come today, and maybe it’s just the vibes all around… but I have fallen in love…
With CAD software..
I had my very first fashion industry software class today which was a completely fresh introduction for me, and my-oh-my you dark little horse CAD.
The ideas for what I can create, now that I’m learning how to do it, are ENDLESS.
If you find yourself feeling a little left out without a Valentine this year, try falling in love with your dreams and your potential ♥
If you’re not living your dream, there’s a chance that at some point you’ve thought that if only there were more hours in the day, you’d still have plenty of time to spend on what you love after you get home from your day job.
Out of interest a did a little maths this morning…
If you spend:
- 8 hours sleeping, and
- 8 hours working to pay your bills
You still have 8 hours leftover to spend working on your dreams…
Interesting isn’t it?
So what have you been spending this time doing? Eating? Watching TV? Perhaps even travelling to work if you live quite a distance away?
What of these things could you do without, or reconfigure to maximize your free time to spend on your dreams?
Could you learn more about your craft with books or podcasts while you travel? Could you better plan your meals so that minimal time, effort and thought power is wasted here? What can you cook over a week that takes 15 minutes or less? Does it really have to be a fully cooked meal with all the trimmings?
Everyone is different, it’s up to you to determine what can stay, and what should absolutely go!
This Sunday doesn’t just mark the end of another week, it marks the end of 2017 (how very organised)!
Midnight will bring with it a whole new year of opportunity, wins, failures and learnings, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of it all.
I am so excited for another year!
Here’s to doing it BIGGER and BETTER in 2018!
There is often a lot of focus on staying hungry for what you want, and consistently moving towards those goals. But what if you don’t know what you want? What if the goals you were so certain would make you happy to achieve, no longer provide any motivation as you’ve grown and changed over time, and you don’t quite know where you want to go from here?
One way to start the ball rolling, is to simply start moving AWAY from what you know you DON’T want. These could be people that don’t share your values or are actually quite toxic to your mindset, or it could be a career which challenged you at the time, but you now find monotonous. Maybe you’re just purely sick of the same old stories at the office Christmas Party, and you can’t bear it any longer.
If you find yourself just sitting around waiting for a sign for what to do next, how about just moving away from what you don’t want? This doesn’t have to be as drastic as quitting your job, buying into a burger franchise and starting a whole new running race, but start making changes nonetheless. Try something new that you wouldn’t have usually done.
Say yes to dinner with a new group of people you hardly know, if you usually spend a lot of time stuck in the office then find opportunities to spend more time outside, if you’re sick of the gym try a new sport that you know nothing about, read a book you wouldn’t usually look twice at. Keep going until something peaks you interest, and then follow those breadcrumbs until you find your new purpose.
Are you wearing your life, or is it wearing you down?
You only get one life, go and get what you want, see what you want to see, and strut that catwalk of life.
So hit the pavement, hit the gym, hit the books, whatever it’s going to take to get there. You better work that life!
If you browse any bookshop, you’ll find the books broken up by categories. Where would your story be displayed? Romance? Action? Poetry?
Would it even be displayed at all? Or would you rather it be tucked away somewhere the back where people can’t make passing judgements on your cover?
Does it make you uncomfortable to think about it? If the answer is yes, then your probably not writing your true story. It’s not coming from your heart.
The good news is, that you can change your own story at any time! You may not have had any control over where it started, but you can choose where you want to go next.
Don’t be a reader in your own story. Take control. Be the Storyteller.