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You Are One Step Away From Changing Your Life for the Better

Often times the only way to boost your career growth is to deep dive back into the job market. If you have been on autopilot lately and have genuinely exhausted all the professional development opportunities your company has to offer, it may be time to start thinking about a fresh start someplace else. If you are convinced that your boss lacks vision and isn’t going anywhere specific, or your company is not expanding, yet you can't wait to get onto the next level of challenges to grow as a person and as a professional; if you have asked for a well-deserved promotion and didn't find there was a space for you, it does make a lot of sense to move on, but on your terms and change your life for the better.... Read More...

How to Remarkably Improve Your Life with Minimalism

Simplicity has its beauty, and it always boils down to eliminating the excess in our lives. And yet media and society try hard to convince us that having more stuff should be the goal and the answer to anything. But is having more actually improving the quality of our lives? Do more possessions add real value to our days? Do more commitments in our diaries help us feel less overwhelmed? Does always chasing the latest gadget on the market helps us feel happier? Hang on, is having more even feasible, especially for those of us who are struggling to make ends meet and pay monthly bills on time? Many people can barely afford enough, let alone more. That's where Minimalism can help to remarkably improve your life on all levels.... Read More...

How Will You Make the World a Better Place for All?

How will you make the world a better place for all? Change is not born out of wanting alone, it takes action, desire, clear motivation and above all –– a purpose! This is a story that began 2 years ago with a conversation that ended up inspiring the minds of a group of teachers across 4 continents to use their passions to make a difference. ... Read More...

5 Powerful Life Lessons From Traveling Around The World

Traveling experience is so much more than crossing places off your bucket list. There is an endless multitude of powerful life lessons to learn when visiting other countries. You bravely open yourself up to new experiences, getting to know the people and the culture of each new place you explore – and then you suddenly realize that you return home, not only with bucket loads of colorful memories but a lot of new skills too.... Read More...

5 Compelling Reasons Why It’s Important to Study Abroad

Being in a new unfamiliar country all by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to think quickly and problem solve fast. When it comes to studying abroad it's about finding yourself surrounded by the endless opportunities of experiencing new cultures, meeting new people and making friends for life, gaining new perspectives, challenging yourself and discovering what you've been made of when facing whatever challenge life throughs at you.... Read More...

7 Powerful Ways to Stay Motivated and Achieve Your Goals

The start of any New Year can be invigorating. It’s uplifting to think of leaving the past year behind and starting a new one on a fresh, pristine slate. In many ways January feels like a reboot. With all twelve months ahead of us, we envision massive change on the horizon. We can reset unfavorable behaviours and habits and trade them in for much better ones. We can do better, be better and make the changes we are hoping for. Anything feels possible, until...... Read More...

How to Heal a Relationship When the Hurt Runs Deep

“Just get over it already!” “The past is gone!” “Move on!”  All the well-wishers might offer you their best advice, but their words hurt. How so? Because the past still haunts you every moment of each day. Are new beginnings even possible?! Is healing could be real when the hurt runs deep? Can we confidently release the pain from the past once and for all and embrace the future? How do we find the strength to “press on”?... Read More...

How to Make Your Relationship Work, No Matter What

We all strive to be that elderly couple holding hands on the bench, but not all of us are willing to put in the work. Far too many people flee as soon as the going gets tough. The problem is that they just flee to the next dysfunctional relationship which ends up following the same unhealthy patterns as their last one. It’s time to realize that perfection exists only on the screen and that real relationships take a real effort - which doesn’t make them any less magical.... Read More...

How to Be True to You When Life Pulls You in Different Directions

Life pulls you in different directions. The spoken and unspoken rules of our society can quickly create many layers around our self-concept, and it can be easy to lose our sense of who we really are. Many of us (who have become conscious of that) have had to peel back those layers in later years to figure out what is authentically part of who we are and what is not.... Read More...

How to Quit Your Day Job and Do What You Love

I was working a corporate job as a marketing manager for a high-end real estate law firm in Newport Beach, California, good money, but all I had was the vaguest notion there was something more out there than what I was living - something that would fulfill me professionally, give me more autonomy, and pay for some of the good things in life. I suppose I just wanted to be the one steering my boat, as it were, and not have someone else at the wheel. So I quit my day job.... Read More...

It’s Time to Put Emotional Fitness on The Curriculum

I often worry about the younger generation and all the pollution they have to take care of. The seas, the air, the digital landscape: nothing is easy about navigating those issues, and we still don’t teach resilience, mental strength and emotional strategies at schools – right where they SHOULD be taught. Emotional fitness is your best armor against all of life’s challenges. When you’re emotionally fit, there’s nothing that can throw you off course because you’ve cultivated the inner-strength to block difficulties from infiltrating your mission and affecting your purpose.... Read More...

5 Amazing Places You Have to See in Sardinia

One of the great perks of living and traveling in Europe is that you can hop on a plane and be wherever you need to be in a matter of a couple of hours which is always handy when you live in a bustling city like London and crave a change of scenery now and then. And so one evening, after a particularly hectic week, I knew I needed a break; I've opened Google Maps and stared onto Mediterranean sea for a reason unknown to me. What caught my glimpse was Sardinia. I knew next to nothing about Sardinia, yet heard a lot of great things about this island; I wanted to learn more. And so before the dust settles in, I've decided to sit down and share the fantastic experience of visiting Sardinia. Enjoy!... Read More...

This Phrase Will Help You Overcome all Your Fears

Our desire to protect ourselves can be both our strength and growing edge, at the same time. My fear is my strength when it acts as an inner safety manager and allows me to protect myself from people and situations that might hurt me. My fear becomes my growing edge when I permit it to keep me from making career and personal choices that are life-giving. Our fear can serve us well in life, as long as we don’t let it control all our decisions.... Read More...

One Simple Reason WHY Most People Never Get What They Want

Your dream job. Financial freedom. More awesome mates. A great relationship. Location independence. A drop-dead healthy and stunning body. World peace. I don't think many people would complain about being able to tick off the above list of accomplishments from their bucket list...but the percentage of people that have them is few, and having ALL of them, even fewer!... Read More...

The Truth About “Starting a New Life”

Today I woke up with a renewing feeling of ‘moving on’. As I got into the shower on this fine Sunday morning in London, I said to myself, ‘it’s like I’m waking up on the first day of a new life. It’s like I’m learning to stand up on my own two feet again.’ And I breathed in the sense of excitement, nervousness, and loneliness that it evoked all at once.... Read More...

How Millennials Are Changing the Career Building Game

We are currently at a crossroads work-force wise. There are currently 92 million millennials in the US alone and approximately 1.8 billion worldwide. It is also estimated that by the year 2025, they will account for 75% of the entire workforce. To say that they are a force to be reckoned with would be a huge understatement. Perhaps it is this amount of power, besides the fact that they’re still sort of an enigma, that frightens older generations, but as baby boomers retire and millennials take their place, change is sure to come.... Read More...

How to Start a Gratitude Practice and Change Your Life for Good

Gratitude practice is a natural antidepressant. When we take a moment to ask what we are grateful for, certain neural circuits are activated. Production of dopamine and serotonin increases and these neurotransmitters then travel neural pathways to the “bliss” center of the brain — similar to the mechanisms of many antidepressants. Practicing gratitude, therefore, can be a way to naturally create the same effects of medications and create feelings of contentment.... Read More...

The Secret to Happiness: How to Practice Mindfulness Every Day

The secret to happiness: the topic I often discuss with my coaching clients and write about in my articles.  My journey on seeking for happiness started nine years ago when I hit the rock bottom. I was depressed, I dropped out of college and had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I felt stuck, without the hope of ever meeting the man of my dreams, and my health also started going bad.... Read More...

How Gratitude Can Offer Perspective and Solace

My son’s response triggered a wave of emotion in me. I was glad too, to still be able to be there for him. But there is more. While there are other lessons that I could extract from this experience, such as the temporal nature of life and why one should live courageously, no lesson shone brighter to me in this instance than that of being grateful. Gratitude can offer an incredible perspective and solace.... Read More...

The Most Valuable Life Lessons from Moving to New York

"New York is not for the faint of heart. It will push you, pull you and make you wonder why you moved here in the first place. But that’s the beauty of this city. It will shape you and make you stronger, but you’ve got to be willing to struggle through it. People come to New York City with an idea that it’s all sunshine and rainbows, and leave just as quickly as they came."... Read More...

You Can Find True Happiness: 6 Helpful Tips

Some of us might assume that happiness is as natural as day is to night, and so it should be. But for some others, like I used to be, if you’ve never known how to be happy, or if you’ve always been snuffed when you appeared happy, you start to learn that it’s not right to be happy. Worse still, if your life has just been a series of unfortunate events and traumas, you simply can’t feel happy...... Read More...

The 3 Most Important Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Day

I've learned that feeling shitty from time to time is okay, but I also learned that I needed to change that state of being. Am not here to kid around and claim that I got it all sorted and figured out, on a contrary, am on a journey and I hope we could exchange some ideas in the comment section below on changing patterns, paying attention to what we need to do in order to feel more joyful, self-aware, fulfilled, and present. Let's kick things off with asking these three questions.... Read More...

How an International Exchange Can Make Your Life Better

I’ve always cherished my dual background, as having both Norwegian and French ancestry has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to safeguard your roots while yearning to explore other cultures. Since I grew up in the far north, where summer days never end, and winter nights persist for weeks, my inner Viking craved for sunshine. So, despite my family’s complaints, I embarked on a student exchange journey all the way to the other hemisphere, where sunshine steals a better part of the year and I strongly believed there was an unspoken promise of happiness no matter where you land.... Read More...

A Simple Way to Change the World… and actually enjoy it

Most of us live in cultures which support “misery loves company.” We don’t want to feel alone in our fears and our sorrows. But what if we spent more time sharing our successes and our conquered fears? What if we spoke more of our beautiful friendships and relationships, as well as and the moments we meet strangers who make us think twice about our place and our purpose? What would that be like?... Read More...

9 Awe-Inspiring Life Lessons I Learned in the Garden

It was the first time in a year that I had got in the vegetable garden other than to forage for ingredients. The job ahead was large and felt overwhelming.  A year without maintenance in a vegetable garden is long, too long for any hope of a healthy garden as any avid gardener will know. As I weeded, I considered the many things I’ve learned from my garden and how the lessons also apply in life more broadly.... Read More...

Self-Love: How to Love the “I” in “I Love You”

So, what is self-love?  Simply put it’s about loving the “I” in “I love you.”  When we usually think of the phrase “I love you” we are thinking about loving someone else.  This means accepting them for who they are, sticking by them through good times and bad, encouraging them in their life pursuits, celebrating their healthy choices, and being a constant companion and ally.  Sounds nice, huh?  But what about actually providing this to your very self, as well?... Read More...

A Good Reminder to Help You Cope With Bad Days in Life

The life of ups and downs doesn’t like to change its rhythm. It wouldn't change its rhythm. A fact that we have been told since the very beginning. A fact that has been proven with every year and every era. A fact that we were told to try and cope with it and we did cope. For some time we did know how to accept these changes. We did learn how to be happy on bright days and patient on the dull ones.... Read More...

How to Build Your Confidence After a Life-Altering Event

Hands up if you’ve ever had a traumatic experience that you felt changed you. I’ll go first: in 2010 I had my colon removed due to cancer, and shortly after that I found out I had Lynch syndrome, which is a genetic condition that makes me more likely to get certain types of cancer in the future. I’ve written a lot about these experiences, particularly about how they have affected me emotionally. I’ve also thought a lot about how they have changed me as a person, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it hasn’t all been negative. In some ways, I’ve even changed for the better. Here are three things to think about that may help you feel better about your bad experiences too, whatever those may be.... Read More...

Viktor Frankl: Shedding More Light on The Meaning of Life

Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) the author of the book, psychiatrist, and neurologist wrote about his torturous experience (during the World War II) as an inmate in a notorious concentration camp Auschwitz. Fascinatingly enough, he noted that people that survived longest in concentration camps were not people who were physically strong, but those few who managed to stay strong soulfully and kept a sense of control over their internal environment, their outlook, their attitude.... Read More...

#PayItForward: How to Be a Story without an Author

Every day in every region of the world there are stories being told. Unknown names and faces help in emergencies or in simple moments of respect and kindness. A man with a free hugs sign in an open air mall. A random stranger running across a highway to help an overturned car. A sudden heart attack assisted by a card-carrying CPR member breathing for a random passerby while the paramedics arrive. All of these are stories without authors.... Read More...

How to be at Peace When Your World Turns to Chaos

I was hit from every angle but discovered that this was a fight I could win. I could give up or take it head on. It never was easy, except when I was sleeping, but I was determined to come out of it with myself intact. I started asking myself how the future would look? I wondered if I should envision it with a lesser hope to protect myself from the worst case scenario. Or should I envision better than ever things for my future instead?... Read More...

Divorced: Opening My Heart to all the Love Again

The hot, humid July evening back in 2007 when I discovered I was pregnant was one of the best days of my life. I immediately fell in love with the little person growing inside of me, and I knew that my life would never again be the same. Knowing that I had a part of my husband growing inside of my body only intensified my love for him. I remember gazing at him and imagining the baseball playing, hockey coaching Dad he would become. I couldn't have loved him more. As my pregnancy progressed, things began to change. My husband grew distant and I grew lonely and anxious. I pushed his behavior and my feelings aside as expectant-first-time-parent-jitters.... Read More...

#NeverGiveUP: 7 Good Reminders for When You Are About to Quit

When things are going well, it's always good to know how to keep and expand that. And, when we struggle to catch a breath, facing challenging circumstances, we got to take other actions that help us pull through rough patches on the way. Some situations seem to be so excruciatingly terrible, we think it's going to last forever. That is when we need to explore what works best for us when it comes to reframing our mind making the transition from a tough place to the brighter one easier. That's when we need to remind ourselves of some fundamental truths just before we were about to give up...... Read More...

Dreams Come True, But if You Don’t Ask, the Answer is Always No!

If we go after our dreams and give it a try, there is no guaranty that we will make it happen. But, by trying, we will create a possibility for ourselves to make it happen! Bon the other hand, if we do not give it a try, we will not even create that possibility for ourselves, and therefore, the only guarantee we have is that it will never become true for us!... Read More...

7 Amazing Health Benefits of Walking in the Woods

We all know that spending time outside is good for us and our bodies, but sometimes we forget just how important it is to maintain proper physical and mental health. And because of our hectic lives and our 9 to 5 jobs, a lot of us think that it’s too much of a hassle to find time to idly prance around a forest. However, according to new studies it’s a really good idea to spend at least an hour per day outside of your living room, as it can really improve your overall health. In this article, I want to focus on just some of the benefits that spending extended amounts of time in nature can have for your body and your psyche.... Read More...

How to Turn Depression Into a Powerful Tool for Creativity

There are a lot of times in your life where things do not go your way. Every person has different criteria and way of dealing with things. Some get out of trouble without having to even ask for help; while others may suffer so much that they start getting bouts of depression marked by periods of anxiety and inner turmoil. There are multiple ways to battle depression and live a healthy life, and even though depression affects all of us differently, it has its effects more on a creative person.... Read More...

How to Have Effective Conversation

In this world, everyone likes to be heard, but few seem to stop talking long enough to listen. More often than not, as soon as someone starts to speak, we are guilty of spending our internal energy on mustering up something awesome to say in response. Active listening is a lost art to the excessive barking of Dodo birds.... Read More...

5 Helpful Tips to Start Every Day on a Positive Note

One of the most important things to starting every day right and on a positive note is what are our last thoughts are we go to sleep and what are our first thoughts when we wake.  Most of us don’t even give it a second thought, I know I never used to..  I just stumbled through life accepting life as it was and my mood was my mood.  I didn’t realize then that I could control my mood that I could decide what mood I would wake up in!... Read More...

Top 10 Success Quotes

Of course, personal success comes in many different shapes and my concept of being a success might not look the same as yours. If you wish to be successful in life, then the very fundamental thing you should do is to define exactly what “success” means to you. Take a moment to think, think deeply, what does success mean to you? And whilst you are thinking, let us share top 10 success quotes we found particularly inspirational!... Read More...

Can You Really Emotionally Empower Your Kids for Life?

Beginning to talk about our feelings cannot happen too soon. By equipping our children with this skill we are really emotionally empowering them for life. Having the ability to say accurately how we are feeling not only allows us to communicate more effectively with each other but also develops our ability to consider and recognize feelings being expressed by others. A vital skill for all young children to develop!... Read More...

Havingtimers, Welcome! Thank’s For Joining The Family!

Havingtimers, our amazing guys and girls, thank you ALL so much for joining this global havingtime family! We cannot thank you enough for sharing your incredible stories, and challenges, and inspiration learning from each other, keeping each other stronger and supported in this ever changing world where happiness often can take a back seat to the breakneck speed of life.... Read More...

5 Better Things to Be Than Just An Artist

Stop trying to be an artist. That title has been spoiled by the pressure it carries. Don’t focus internally - “am I good enough” - “am I truly an artist” - but focus on the simple work you can do to tend to your art, discover your creativity, swing for your home run, reflect the world around you, and inspire movement. “The muse honors the working stiff.” Start painting a hundred paintings, one at a time, and someday you might step back to find your masterpiece.... Read More...

How to Speak Out: Why It’s Okay to Not be Okay

Through these apps and social media, many of us pretend that our lives are perfect. I’m not innocent either! So many times I have felt pressured to post on my Instagram just to keep up face even though I am having a real rough time. Whack a ridiculously filtered selfie up on your page, and everyone is none the wiser. But everybody knows – nobody’s life is perfect. So why are we striving so hard to pretend that we are blemish free when we all secretly know that some days we just want to crawl back into bed and cry all day?... Read More...

5 Important Things I Learned in Rehab About Self-Confidence

People seemed to like me better when I was on my party-mode, and nobody ever hid those thoughts from me. I went from being the lame, silent kid in class, to be the King. My social circle grew as wide as the whole classroom and I didn’t have to worry about how I really felt because everyone around me was thinking that I was one of the cool ones to be around. Unfortunately, that reputation only lasted for a while.... Read More...

How to Create a Beautiful and Exciting Life

If you are “obsessing” over Instagram pictures and social media little too much, that is an indicator that you are actually lacking fun, adventure, travel, excitement, joy, beauty in our own life. Your soul and heart desires that you live an Instagram kind of life: travel more, pursue your own dreams, experience more fun, joy, adventures… You also can create beautiful, happy, successful, fulfilled life for yourself which you’ll love, just like those Instagram bloggers and influencers that you are following. You only need to decide that you will not settle for mediocre life and that you will go after your dreams, commit to work hard and follow the right strategy to do it.... Read More...

The top 5 Regrets in Life You Should Avoid

Read the list of top 5 regrets in life and imagine what it would look like to live a life without those regrets: not living simply to meet the expectations of others; giving yourself permission to rest and relax; courageously telling people what you are really feeling; calling up a friend to say hello; enjoying life in the moment without worrying about the future.... Read More...

4.4 Billion People Feel Unloved. Are You One?

I recently heard about a study that claims 60% of all humans feel like no one really loves them. That means that at any given moment some 4.4 billion people feel unloved. That number is staggering. If that many people are experiencing a lack of love in their lives it would explain why there is such a vast amount of hatred and suffering on the planet. It has been illustrated that children who grow up in households without love, as adults, they are often unable to give or accept love and can exhibit signs of self-loathing or anti-social behavior.... Read More...

Want to Know Yourself Better? One Question to Answer Right Now

In essence, we all have experiences that we bury in the shadow and which unconsciously drive our behavior. However, given the will, we also have what it takes to look beyond the 38th parallel, beyond the borders of the DMZ and into the northern unconscious. We can do this when we choose to, again, not in a tiring act of restless pursuit to catalog our entire lives hitherto, but as a natural part of reflection and emotional growth. And then, once we discover these gems, we can let them go.... Read More...

How to Develop the Freedom to Fail & Achieve Your Goals

Nike’s slogan has never worked for me. After excessively failing at my self-appointed objectives, I eventually realized that my failure was not in not accomplishing my goal nor in unsuccessfully creating a habit but in not setting myself up for success. My failure wasn’t after the fact but before it. I was setting myself up to fail by being impatient with myself and expecting too much out of myself too soon. I had the wrong mindset back then...... Read More...

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