28. I turned 28 only 2 days ago, 28 little years on this earth with plenty of tripping and detours. I’ve learned so much already, and there is so much more I still have to learn!
Here are 28 things I’ve learned along the way:
1 – You’ll only know if you like it once you try it (this works for jobs, food and people 😂)
2 – No one will ever understand you completely, don’t take it personally, and hang on to the people that get some of who you are!
3 – Nothing is as scary or hard as you think it is. Not travelling or starting your own business.
4 – Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. The best things in life are hard to do.
5 – Planning is overrated, how can you get started right now?
6 – You can change your mind. On your future, your dreams and your goals, whenever you need too.
7 – life is supposed to be fun! If you’re not enjoying life change something!
8 – Keep it simple. Especially when cooking, and use the oven, it’s your friend.
9 – Comfortable shoes are always the best option. The heels are not worth the pain.
10 – Hot chocolate makes everything better. If you ever feel like the world is ending, have some hot chocolate.
11 – Most things won’t kill you. Remember that next time you’re afraid to try something new.
12 – College is important but not because of what you learn. What’s most important is what you can create in those year and the friends you make. Don’t focus on the grades!
13 – Breakfast is sooo important! I skipped it for years but you won’t believe the energy starting the day on a full stomach gives you.
14 – Enjoy the weather as it is. We complain so much about it being too hot or cold but there’s beauty in both! Sunny days on the beach or winter days by the fireplace.
15 – You don’t need much to be happy. Your loved ones, food on the table and a home. That’s it.
16 – When a kitten decides to sleep on your lap, say thank you and don’t move!
17 – Most of your colds can be cured with rest and a hot tea. But you need to rest, turn off the computer and rest!
18 – There’s beauty everywhere. No matter where you park your car there is beauty there, you just have to look for it.
19 – Wherever you go, there you are. You can’t run away from who you are, so learn to love yourself.
20 – Love is about supporting each other in your dreams. And letting them know that you believe in them.
21 – You can always do more work every day, but that doesn’t mean you should. Remember to have fun.
22 – For most things, there is no right way. There’s the way everyone is doing it but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it your way.
23 – Protect your dreams. The whole world doesn’t need to know your dream, keep it safe.
24 – If someone says it’s impossible there’s probably someone else doing it.
25 – Cherish the people around you, they won’t always be there. And remember them with care when they’re gone.
26 – Be yourself. There is someone who’s looking for someone just like you!
27 – You don’t need many friends. You need good friends no matter where in the world they are.
28 – You only live once and this life is to short for you not to live it to the fullest.
Happy 2018 everyone!
How was your Christmas? No, really, tell me I want to know!
Christmas this year was quite different for me. Since we’re travelling I spent Christmas day with my hubby and our two cats. We went to the nearby town for a short walk and then returned home to enjoy a good book and relax.
I usually have two books that I’m reading. One fiction book that I read before going to sleep and one non-fiction that I’ll read throughout the day in little junks whenever I have a chance.
With the Christmas feel still in the air I’ll be reading a bit more these next few days so I thought I’d share with you what’s currently on my reading list and ask you: What are you reading this Christmas season?
Non-fiction: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris
This is a massive book! And there’re so many good nuggets throughout the book. There’s also a lot that doesn’t fit me or my lifestyle, but that’s okay. The beauty of this book is that you can pick and choose what to apply in your life.
If you’re going to dive into this bible there’re two things I’d advice you to do:
- Take notes! Whether you’re reading a digital or physical version, underline what resonated with you, bookmark particularly useful chapters and make sure to write down your takeaways.
- Take action! If there’s a particular habit or framework that you’d like to implement into your life, don’t wait! Take action on it right away and implement what you’re learning!
I’ve been enjoying this book a lot and have already implemented several habits from it, it’s the kind of book I’ll probably return to several times. Once I’m done with this I’ll probably dive into Tim’s new book Tribe of Mentors.
Fiction: Orix & Crex by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is one of my favourite writers of all times! Here distopias are so powerfully written and envelop you in worlds that although far from hours feel possible and real. Margaret calls her work Speculative fiction, a kind of fiction that bases itself on current realities and technologies. That’s exactly what makes her books so powerful, the knowledge that the necessary blocks for her worlds exist in our world.
If you’ve never read any of her books start with the Handmaid’s Tale. I guarantee it will send a shiver down your spine that you won’t soon forget!
These are the books that I’m currently cosying up on the couch with. What are you reading? What’s a book that you think I need to read?
I’m always looking for new books to add to my evergrowing collection!
Why are you doing this? How does it support your Happiness?
Wheather you’re building a business, starting a movement, or donating your time, I want you to ask yourself:
Why am I doing this?
That’s the real question, isn’t it? Whatever you are building in your life that’s the question you need to ask yourself.
Why are you doing this whole “entrepreneur” thing? If you don’t have a real good reason for doing it then I can almost guarantee that it will be hard to keep it up. Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy so before you continue down this amazing journey I want you to ask yourself: why?
My why’s are Freedom and Service. The freedom to explore the world, meet new people and have fun doing it. And the ability to serve other women and entrepreneurs in creating a better world together.
We all need more freedom in our lives, the freedom to live life on our own terms, to follow our dreams, and create a better future. And claiming that freedom for ourselves is the first step in making the world a better place. Or how Linda Coussement from How it is to Be You so brilliantly puts it:
“When we take responsibility for our own happiness we can through, bring happiness to the world as a whole.”
(I’m paraphrasing here, but don’t take my word for it visit her site to learn more)
What is your Why? Or better yet what would bring you happiness? And in doing so bring about a better world.