What does it mean to be free? How do we find our path towards inner freedom? Imagine yourself on a private Mediterranean beach, with the warm sun suspended high in the sky. The only way to the beach is a tricky yet rewarding walk, straight down a cliff. Once you arrive, the sand in between your toes reminds you that here you don’t have to act or look a certain way. With every layer of clothes you take off, every expectation or pressure you’ve ever felt comes off too! Free to lay down or dance, play in the water or soak up sun rays. You can laugh, scream, sing, or swoon; the choice is yours. Entirely free to be yourself!
Are you on the right track in life? How can you tell? Did you find THAT thing that gets you out of bed in the morning feeling energized and fired up to pursue it? That incredible feeling of fulfillment that what you do actually is making a huge dent in the universe. Some of us call it purpose. Some of us call it passion or being in the state of flow. Many of us, on the other hand, are still searching for THAT thing. We are on a constant lookout for clues that tell us we are on the right path. Here is how you know you have found it or are on the right track towards it.
Life is moving fast. We are always evolving, challenging ourselves, trying our best to create a better future we can be proud of. However, those periods of rapid change and transitions don't feel great all the time. At times you may feel tested, less confident, tired, and pushed beyond your limits. You may feel like you're losing some vital parts of yourself and questioning everything. This is why we need to get better at dealing with change.
We've all been there when our parents would say or do something that hurt our feelings. But do our parents mean those hurtful things they say? One thing for sure is that being a good parent means always protecting your kids from harm and the last person that should hurt you, is your parent. But it happens sometimes, unfortunately. And here's something that you CAN do about it.
On the first date, the most common scene in the western world is of two people, sitting across from each other, sizing each other up. “Is this person different than the others?” At least, is he/she different than the others who hurt me or who never earned my trust? Trust and faith in the other person are essential for more reasons than you might think.
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.
We learn these priceless life and love lessons through individual experience or by watching others pass through them, sure. What’s important is that we understand those lessons so as to elevate ourselves above our hardships in love and life and not bear the same burdens twice. What has love taught you so far?
One of our biggest responsibilities as parents is to raise children who can become healthy and productive members of society. Ultimately, they should have the skills they need to thrive in the outside world on their own. To give your children the best shot at one day becoming capable adults, teach them the following life lessons by the time they reach about 10 years of age.
Are you a busy parent? When parenting overwhelms us, it's time to rethink our approach and seek out perspective. Here are five TED Talks on uncovering happiness in parenting, seizing the reins of your work-life balance, living passionately, learning passionately, and mentoring children who fall on the autism spectrum.
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.
Our lives are so connected to what we do, that I now feel naïve that I didn’t even consider the challenges that would come with letting go of this significant role in my life. I had never considered the feelings of aimlessness, hopelessness or frustration that might arise as a result of giving up this identity.
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.
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...
"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you at all." Change is that unique spice that gets thrown into the mix of life, and we all get to experience it. And yet, change is not something we tend to get on with easily because most of us have grown up with the notion that change is potentially something "troublesome" or even dangerous when in fact it could be easily just another beginning of a new exciting and exhilarating adventure!