Hello again - welcome back to my blog outtakes!
Yes, 2018 is drawing to a close and you know what this means…
Time to descend into darkness as I swim in the sea of guilt and self-pity, thinking of all that I could’ve done better this year—
Well…there are dashes of darkness but I wouldn’t wallow in it for now.
Shout-out to Hannah Mary (https://hanmwill.wordpress.com/) for including me in this 12in12 tag! You can read her 12in12 tag post here. She’s always including me in these fun posts and I feel so loved . Which brings me to the start of this post, which I have decided to do in reverse order because…Hi, it’s me:-
There is a whole world of supportive people out there that isn’t necessarily your family or friends.
How great is that actually? It really is a heart-warming fact of the world that we should speak more of—
I’ve been involved in online communities on-and-off for many years now, but this month I have truly come to terms with that fact, and frankly, I feel like there is finally a place for me.
Professional blogging/vlogging takes time, dedication, consistency, and persistence - just like any other career path.
I have blogged for a LONG time now (cue: one of my oldest blogs: http://b-o-a-t.blogspot.com/ -BoaT being ‘Blog of all Trades' HA!) - you will also see my linking to its successor — it dates quite a while back! I was also posting on Youtube back in 2009/10 - lyrics and all that and used this platform called ‘BlogTV.’
However, I never applied any consistency to my blog or online endeavours- it was a place where I expressed what i wanted to express.
That changed, when I signed my contract to publish my book due for 2020 - it is a poetry manuscript built through 2 years… That was when I knew I needed consistency and persistence to give back something to my content creation.
It was time I treated my ‘hobbies’ seriously. After all, they aren’t just hobbies if they’ve lasted this long- even if sporadically.
We never grow too old for being homesick.
I have lived away from ‘home’ for a considerable amount of time. I’d never have thought I would get homesick as- besides the first year or so separated from my mom when I was a child- I didn’t actually feel much homesickness.
Plus, I’ve always toyed with this notion of ‘home’ and what/where/who exactly it is…(that’s a whole other story)
Nonetheless… A big NOPE to immunity. There is no time limit to it; it hits you when it hits you. Especially when you are going through certain life experiences that would leave you vulnerable to that fact.
Life sometimes brings you what you need, not what you want. Doesn’t mean you don’t seek out for what you want though.
Six words: Trust in the Universe and yourself.
Travelling with family or to visit family does not necessarily translate to ‘time-off.’
I was travelling with family to visit my partner’s family over the Summer and one thing I’d definitely have learnt is that sometimes these vacations do not necessarily mean ‘time-off’ for yourself. What is it that your soul needs for a time-off? I very much believe that to be the freedom to be lost in thoughts; space; time- which does not necessarily happen when in family-based travels.
Everything comes to an end + there are things that can help you take that first step, but every step else is your decision to make.
The emphasis of happiness and joy that we have on birthdays should be a daily activity.
The human body can really handle more than we think.
I was very lucky to have been involved in a 2-month long project during my studies, but that did mean that I had a literal non-stop schedule: the day started at 8.30am and ended at 11.30pm - which involved constant dancing and heavy physical activity.
Those first few days were TOUGH to say the least, but by the end of the two months, my body had been trained to withstand that schedule.
You’ve got to let people go and let them live their lives. The world doesn’t revolve around emotions.
This actually isn’t in reference to a romantic relationship but a personal one, however, I do believe this lesson encompasses all types of relationships.
I am a very emotionally-driven person (I am in no means regretful of that fact), however, sometimes there are people that simply do not align with that approach and we’ve just got to let it go and let them live.
We can get so caught up in emotions at times that we forget that it is but a layer of this very multi-layered life we have.
Stay true to your craft.
By that I mean to trust your work and continued development. Results take time. Trust yourself and your dedication to your craft of choice and allow yourself to see your growth. If you keep changing your craft based off on wanting quick, dynamic results, you will never master any craft.
Snap out of the ‘January-New Year-New Me-New Ride’ phase as quickly as possible.
I remember being so caught up with the fact that it is the new year, that February came and I didn’t even get around to appreciating what was happening at present— it all just hazed by.
I do not make '“New Year’s” resolutions anymore.
Similarly to February, June…and basically the whole year’s underlying lesson: it is about longevity, consistency, and elasticity of life’s milestones and goals—and not based on a certain time of the year.
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