How To Prepare Yourself for Life’s Diversions

No matter how Type-A or spontaneous of a person you are, you’ve probably had a plan at one point in your life that fell-through. Depending on how much prep work you’ve put into this said plan, you may have been pretty devastated when it derailed from your perfectly placed track. Just like you I’ve been there as well (many times). I think one of the toughest lessons I’ve had to learn on my own is that things often don’t go according to plan. Even though we live in a plan-oriented society when it comes to getting through college, getting a promotion at work, or even just saving up to buy a home, life doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with you. You may have done literally EVERYTHING right or as according to your plan as possible, but somehow things still didn’t work out. Even though this is a terrible pain to bare, you’ll eventually be able to move on and alternate your timeline and goals. Below are my tips for getting through this painful process.

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Showing Your Support by Reading In Between the Lines

I’m an only child who grew up being somewhat shy and introverted. Even though in our society those traits can be considered negative, I’m actually incredibly thankful. Growing up as a fairly quiet child, I learned one valuable skill: the art of paying attention! Over time I became a good listener, started paying attention to details, and  observed people and situations closely. It made me realize that there are so many forms of communication that are completely overlooked, since they aren’t actually spoken. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the unspoken communication is more important in the long run. We tend to be so afraid of the backlash we might receive or the consequences we have to face by speaking out, that we often end up bottling everything in until it comes seeping out in passive aggressive body language and behavior. So, you’re probably asking yourself what my point is here. Well, I’ve learned that by paying attention to these social cues from your peers you can prevent certain emotions from escalating. These in my opinion are the best ways to start reading between the lines and show your support. Continue reading

How Having a Team Player Mindset Helps You In Every Aspect of Your Life

I’m so sorry to make you go through this, but I want you to remember a time when you were in a stressful group project situation. I know, I’m pure evil. I’m sorry again, but I promise you there is a point to all of this. If you were one of the lucky ones, you had AT LEAST one other person who was also a team player (assuming that you were also a good group partner)! Those one or two people made you believe in the good of humanity all over again! Whether they saved you from getting chewed out by a client, failing your class, or just keeping your sanity, you were extremely thankful for their mere existence. Now what if I told you that this is your karma-filled moment to pass it on throughout the many areas of your life? Having a collaborative mindset can positively affect your career, education, relationship, family, and health. Let me explain what I mean… Continue reading

How to Harness That Creative Spark

It can happen anywhere. Whether you’re in the shower, taking notes in a long meeting, or waiting in line at Starbucks, you can have a creative idea suddenly creep into your mind. Even though these sudden realizations happen to many of us, most of the time we forget about them and are too busy to actually do anything with our newly found ideas. Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes these ideas shouldn’t be taken seriously or properly executed due to it not being a high-quality plan, but in other cases our ideas can be ground-breaking! It’s truly a shame when these are thrown out when they could have possibly changed the world as we know it. After having a few creative visions of my own that I never ended up pursuing, I recently decided to not let that mistake happen again. Here are a few of my pointers on how to properly execute these awesome thoughts. Continue reading

5 Tips to Help Turn Your Passion into a Reality

Many of us have hidden passions or ideas that drive us forward and give us hope. Unfortunately, many of us do not take full advantage of these awesome ideas, and slowly push them to the back of our minds while we continue on with our busy routine-packed days. Even though it takes time, money, and resources to transition over to fulfilling our passions full-time, it’s possible to make it happen! Even though I can’t give you advice on how to get a business loan or how to seek legal advice for SMBs, I can share with you my plethora of digital tools and personal experience! Continue reading

Shake it Off!

I never thought I’d be quoting a Taylor Swift song, but I guess there’s a first for everything! Just in case you aren’t one of her Swifties, Shake it Off was Taylor Swift’s first song after transitioning her career from country music to pop. The hit single is not only catchy, but promotes “shaking off” all the negative energy around you. Well, this week I’m here to do the same thing. There are so many little things that can drive you up the wall and make you a total bummer to be around. For example, this weekend was not my best weekend ever. I’m finally getting over a cold, I had to spend so much more money than I was planning on going out, and I got a flat tire on Super Bowl Sunday. Even though I just wanted to wallow in my own misery for a little bit, I’m starting to learn that it’s just not worth it! We all have our good days and our bad days, and that’s just the unfortunate thing about life. Here are my tips for shaking off the annoying things that life throws your way. Continue reading