A Rose

Photo taken by @kihomizuno

Do you think it is possible for everyone to be supportive? I do not believe that is realistic. We will encounter people that will talk down our aspirations. That dream of starting your own business, saving up to buy a house, or improving your health and fitness. All of those can be met by people that tell you it is not a realistic goal for you to accomplish. Sometimes people are straight-up haters. Other times people operate out of fear. They cannot see themselves embarking on the journey and will tell you that yours is impossible out of their own fear. This year will be one where you show that anything is possible and in doing so motivate others to follow their dreams. I am not big on the significance of the new year. A part of me feels that if you want to start anew, there is no …

Seek Out The Masters

Image taken by MJ

It’s almost resolution time. The time of the year where we pick something that we want to change about ourselves, do it for a few months and forget about when we get too busy. I read a statistic the other day that only 80% of people do not stick to their resolutions. One of the reasons why is due to people coming up with resolutions on a whim and not creating a plan to ensure its success. Another reason for failed resolutions is not seeking out the masters. Those that have already done what we are working towards. We are in an age of a ridiculous pace in technological development. I opened my Google maps the other day and it was giving me directions in augmented reality. Through my phone, arrows along the sidewalk and hovering in air lead me to my destination. Some truly sci-fi shit. …

All I Want for Christmas

Image taken by MJ at the famous Rockefeller Center

The holidays are upon us. Having just finished our Thanksgiving celebrations, we immediately face Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. We now turn our attention to Christmas. The holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ now sees consumers spend an average of $1000, according to the National Retail Federation*. I know many people that are not Christians and still celebrate the holiday and buy gifts—it has become a part of the culture. And how can you blame anyone for joining in, with all the catchy Christmas songs. Ironically, Mariah’s beautiful voice serenades us with “all I want for Christmas is you”, as we spend frivolously. The search for the perfect present causes us to spend more each year. The rise in spending in the window between Black Friday a…

The Narrow Way

Image taken by MJ at Saguaro Lake in Arizona

Have you ever taken a class in High School or Uni and slacked off for most of the semester, only to kick it into turbo drive when the year is about to end? You start reaching out to classmates, going to study sessions, spending late nights cramming material. I was fortunate enough to have this work for me for a few of my college courses. There were also times where it didn’t work and I ended with a terrible grade. Both times left me exhausted, and after my third year of University, I vowed to never do that again. Unfortunately, that vow didn’t last long. I transitioned from procrastinating in school, to procrastinating in other aspects of my life. I made tons of excuses only to put things off, promising to get to them at another time. Those times never came and I ended up in a place wh…

Imposter Syndrome and The Value Within

Image taken by MJ in Joshua Tree

Having spent the weekend in Joshua Tree celebrating the birthday of one of my best mates, I thought about the individuality of everyone there. My weekend housemates were all open and being their wonderful selves. Being in a house of 14 people, I got to spend time with unique personalities with great senses of humor and immeasurable kindness. While enjoying myself, I began thinking about whether I could fit in and be liked by everyone there. A sense of imposter syndrome kicked in, where I thought what do I bring to the table? and will everyone get tired of me? Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy”, and thoughts of comparing myself to others was a danger to my joy. I’m truly grateful that everyone was kind, welcoming, and helped to completely wipe those thoughts out…

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