Tag: Lifestyle Choices

Are we living with too much baggage?

Awake late at night, helps me think, write and make life decisions.
Are we spoiled?
Are we demanding way too much of our lives?
Have we replaced quality with quantity?

Today’s society has planted new rules in our brains. We MUST succeed with our career, we MUST live in a great home, drive a great car, and the list goes on.
Have we realized how fast life goes by?
Have we realized that we are willingly sacrificing family moments, friends, fun and plain old relaxation to the little voice in our heads that has us convinced that we always need MORE?

More work
More money
More, more, more

And one day we wake up, a family member is really sick and we are jolted to reality. What are we doing?

Let’s think about this for a minute: We come to this world naked, and we depart with a pair of clothes. EVERYTHING else is on loan.
We will take NOTHING to the next stage. No career, no cars, no money, NOTHING!

So sit back and evaluate what you want out of LIFE. Not out of career, not out of money. Just LIFE.

Is any job or career worth our health, well-being, and lost opportunities to live a quality life?

It takes some guts, but sometimes just saying “I respectfully step down from my position”, is the biggest gift you can give yourself.
A gift that will be shared with family, significant others, and that will give you the opportunity to reboot, recharge, and help the ones in need around you with great joy. Family comes first. Do not forget that.

Some of you will ask: But money? It’s not all about money.

As a very dear friend Robert Emmons wrote in his book Six Thousand Sunrises:
Wrap your arms around your dreams,
drive off the naysayers and philistines,
embrace your new tomorrow with the passion to make your dreams, your truth.

 

Simplicity is the word

Literally a TON of people have asked me the same question about their income: “What else can I do?”

It depends my friends. If you have read my previous posts, you will know that managing your time, budgeting your income and staying debt free, are the first steps. It doesn’t matter what you do in life, in which sector you work; what matters is that you focus your energy in just that. If you scatter your thoughts all around with new ideas that might or might not make you a billionaire, then you will lose momentum, you will be distracted from doing your best at what you do.

We live in really difficult times and we have to cherish and respect any money that comes in. Sometimes, simplicity is your answer.

YES. Live in the now, and take a step back. Look at your life and your surroundings. Most of us become lazy in our routines without even realizing it.
I will give you a few examples: You wake up in the morning and find a kitchen sink filled to the brim with unwashed dishes from the night or even day before. First obstacle of the day. You are now grumpy cause you can’t find a clean cup to make your coffee. Then you go to the bathroom to take your shower but the towels are on the floor. Get the picture? Chaos in your surroundings brings chaos to your entire day. If you manage your time properly, you can start your day with energy and this will make you want to achieve the best.

Take this as an exercise routine:
1. It’s evening and you want to go to bed. Look at your living room. Fluff your pillows, take every used dish, glass, cup to the kitchen. Take a look at the sink. WASH everything.

2. Close your windows, switch off all your lights and go to your bedroom.

3. Open your closet and take out the clothes you will wear in the morning and put them aside. Go to sleep.

4. You wake up! First thing, open your bedroom window to air out your room. Go to the kitchen and switch your coffee maker on.

5. Take your shower, get dressed, and then make your bed! What was that? A total of maybe 10 minutes?

6. Have your breakfast and go to work.

7. Come home from work and go straight to your room and change your clothes! Yes change your clothes. This puts you immediately in a more relaxed mood.

Most of you will ask what the heck I am talking about. Well, if you make yourself stick to this exercise for a week, you will find the answers by yourselves. If not, I am here to answer all your comments.

In order to enjoy your career, your work, whatever it is that you do, you must have relaxing surroundings at home. If you are flustered at work and then at home too, then you get nowhere.

So stick to the simplicity in life and enjoy every minute of it. When you get used to that, then you can start exploring a career change. We work to live better. We do not live to work.

We can be very thankful

We are lucky to be living in a country that offers us all every opportunity to succeed, to be happy and to prosper.

Despite the weak economy, we are blessed. Yes people, we are indeed blessed.
Take a good look around. Earthquakes, fights, uprising, famine, unstable nations, people without homes or even a simple plate of food on their tables.

We should all pray and count our blessings every single day! We live in heaven compared to other nations.
This is to all who fight for a better tomorrow, to those who are losing hope, to those who think that everything sucks.

It doesn’t! We can live simpler lives, we can be happy with what we have when so many around us have absolutely nothing!