Struggle of the Creative Spirit

“I’m not very creative” doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us till it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear. The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity.

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No Matter What Animal

When I was a kid, I thought Zootopia was this perfect place where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, real life is a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means―hey, glass half full!―we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what type of animal you are, from the biggest elephant to our first fox, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us. 

– Judy Hopps, Zootopia

 

How to Stop Being Lazy

Laziness is like a bug that slowly eats away at life, leaving less and less behind. I am really fed up and want to be done with it. The lethargy and bad habits it creates are not easy to beat but also not impossible. I would like to believe that, with some sincere time and effort, things can be put back into place and laziness will not have as much control over me. Continue reading “How to Stop Being Lazy”

Bullying

One day, I came home in tears after suffering a small bullying incident. It upset me enough to cry and, when questioned by my mom, I told her that a girl in the washroom had made fun of my clothes. She got me to calm down and asked me why did it matter to me what that girl had said. Did I really care about someone’s opinion on my clothes? Continue reading “Bullying”

Don’t be negative…

Don’t be sad it left your life, be happy for having it and its sweet memories.

Don’t be jealous. If you want it, work for it and you could attain it too.

Don’t wait to be happy when you have it all. Feel it now.

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Lost and Found

Little by little, life settles into a pattern and sometimes I don’t even realize the road I am travelling on. Then, one day, something just shakes me awake. I open my eyes and see what’s become the norm and wonder how I kept walking down this path so far, so blindly. I see the power that this new unwanted place has over me. Where did I go so wrong? How did I get here? The last I remember, I felt good and hopeful about where I was going and this was not that path.

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Hotel Like Home

I am back from vacation and I promise you that this blog is not going to be so quiet anymore. In coming posts, I will be sharing more about what I did and learned during my trip. And I am starting here with some thoughts on how to make the overnight rests during a trip better. Continue reading “Hotel Like Home”

Unremarkably Average

I see my unrealized dreams and ambitions reflected in this story. I know that I do not want to be this person but I cannot confidently tell myself that where I stand in life is very different from the position depicted here.

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Everything is just fine

Take your time.
Do things right.
Love as much as you can, as often as you can.
Radiate vibrance, speak words of truth, live with joy.

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What I Know for Sure

Is there any fact of life that you would have the comfort of knowing as certainly true? I recently read the book called What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey. Naturally, right from the cover of the book, I put the question to myself: if anything, what would I say I did know for sure? After some thought, I realized that there were some facets of life that I would bet my bottom dollar on.

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The Hole Inside

Sometimes this feeling sneaks up on me and just knocks me down. It is also a feeling that has been my gauge for improving my life and finding value in it. This video by Improvement Pill portrays the idea of emptiness very well. I know the feeling and the 3 recommendations to keep it at bay are worth the investment of time.

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The more you sweat…

A wonderful motivational cartoon by ZenPencils!

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle. – Armed Forces Motto

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Return to Paper

Per a goal I set, I tried to read more books. And failed. And tried again. Through these attempts, I have realized that reading long works electronically is just not for me. I love to blog and read posts and articles with the browsing capabilities and endless content available on the electronic landscape. But when it come to books, I am willing to haul around the weight of paper and need that traditional feel for my ideal reading experience.

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My Favourite Tweets

Twitter is a great space to share ideas fast. In the few months that I have been using it, I have created my own space there to check in for quick inspiration. So today, I thought I would share some of my favourite recent tweets and users that I have regularly followed. They serve as advice, reminders for my goals, sound reasoning, positivity, and more. Click on the twitter handles to see more from these users. If you are sharing inspiration on Twitter, WordPress or elsewhere, I do not want to miss out so leave a link below. 

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My Success and Wellness Journal

I have made a promise to myself. To take responsibility for me. Shortly before I started this blog, I started keeping what I dubbed my “Success and Wellness Journal”. Whatever goes in there is a reflection of my commitment to be good to myself and create the life that I want.

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Take a Dose Daily: Motivation

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. – Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar

For a long time after I first heard this quote, I liked it but did not know how to express its validity or act on its message. But one day, it hit me. After a streak of unremarkable and unproductive days, I had an amazing day:

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Power Posts of the Week

A dose of inspiration and empowerment from my fellow bloggers. This is where I share your work. If you can relate or share an idea just as inspirational, make sure we do not miss it: leave a comment below. Check out the excerpts below and I highly recommend checking out the full posts and blogs:

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Quick Recap

Making positive changes in life is never easy but there are also things in life well worth fighting for. Here is my quick recap of some thoughtful questions which contain my own reflections on how to maintain a good momentum:  Continue reading “Quick Recap”

Live Your Values

​It always seemed strange to me that the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second.
– John Steinbeck

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Join the Conversation

Matters of Living has launched a Facebook group and wants you to be a part of the conversation. The group, Life’s Like This, is a call for you to share the ups and downs of life and, more importantly, how you thrive and survive it all. Put your heads together with other people who are just as interested in life as you are.

Yes, so far, it is just an empty page and Matters of Living wants to see it filled with your ideas. Make it come alive. Come and initiate conversation, participate in discussions, share your latest blog posts or thoughts, or pass on interesting things you have seen or read. The more the merrier!

Please share, re-blog or forward the Facebook group to others who would enjoy participating. Hope to see your voice join the discussion to share and find new ideas for learning from, loving, and living life.

Power Posts: Quotes and More Quotes

These quotes I discovered are just what one needs to inspire a better way of life. Continue reading “Power Posts: Quotes and More Quotes”

The Path to Success

Let’s try not to be disheartened if the things we want in life are taking a little time to come along. Make sure you do your best to seek and reach out for them. The success that we want in life rarely comes easy. We could spend time just coveting it or envying the skills, lifestyles, and achievements of others. But there is a lot more to that.

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Power Posts: Excerpts of the Week

Check out my new blog reads for this week and find a little advice and inspiration from my fellow bloggers.

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Seek A Little Comfort

Sometimes, the pressures and challenges of life just get too much. And sometimes, it is just the pet peeves that add up to a rough day. Either way, what you need to get through the struggle or bad mood may just be a little comfort. So, here is a list of ideas that can give you just that. Figure out what suits you most and effectively resets any negative mood:

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Complacency

Complacency is the bug that I have been fighting for the last little while. It is really hard to snap out of it and, once you become aware of it, the results of it never leave you with a good feeling. Since my head was so stuck in this rut, I sought some insight from websites I often visit looking for inspiration:  Continue reading “Complacency”