Do you have a good luck song? Is it just me? Today I wanted to share a little something about myself. Music can change our perception so easily, it’s a tool we can use to make our lives more interesting & beautiful. Hope you enjoy this one!
It’s been exactly two years since I graduated college! Since this Sunday lands on my exact grad date, I thought it’d be fitting to do a “Grad Talk” post and share some things I’d tell recent grads. Congratulations, class of 2014~
1. Be excited to start your life!
You can take your life anywhere you want to go. That’s super exciting! Don’t take it for granted.
2. Take the time to invest in yourself.
Learn about what you really want to do. Look within, figure out what you really want to spend your life doing, what impact you want to make on this world. Create your life’s mission statement or purpose statement (I will go further into this later). Live as closely aligned with that statement as you can.
3. The best time to take risks is now.
You have nothing to lose while you’re young—you have minimal responsibilities and burdens at this point in life. It will only get harder to take big risks. If you have any giant goals you want to accomplish in your life, start now. There’s no point in waiting.
4. Find ways to live your ideal life.
Make a list of things you’d like to do: your ideal day, how you want to spend your weekends, how much time you allocate to friends, family, working out, reading, etc. Know that your life is in your hands and you have the ability to create your ideal lifestyle now.
5. Be Aware of Time.
You have to own time or it will own you. Be aware of how much time you’re spending, how much is passing by—you don’t want to waste time & be left wondering what happened in the past x months. Cherish time; don’t let it pass by without a second thought. Also, don’t get complacent or too comfortable, it’s a sign that you’re not growing as much as you should be. Never feel “secure” or “set”—always ask “what’s next?” and always be pushing yourself.
6. Don’t worry over comparing yourself to others.
It can feel like a race with your peers around this time, but don’t be so short sighted. People move and grow at different rates—it’s not that straight forward and the rates will change throughout time. Everybody is on their own path, so just focus on your own.
7. Read. Learn how to learn on your own.
School has ended but that doesn’t mean your education has. Be a lifelong student & always be learning something new.
In the end, make your life your own. Be interesting, do interesting things, do what you want to do. Now is the best time to start building yourself and the life you dream of!
Thought it’d be fun to start tackling this one. We can all be great. So let’s do it. ^_^
Below are additional links for inspiration on this topic. I highly recommend both of them! I didn’t mention Kevin Durant’s speech in the video because I literally watched it as I was editing the video. I cried so much—by the end, it was game over. Watch it. You will absolutely love it & respect Kevin Durant so much more.
Hope this has given you a bit of inspiration for your week. Greatness is a journey & we can all work on becoming better everyday. Enjoy the ride!
These are actually things that I need to be working on, so this vlog is basically the advice I want to give myself. Sharing in case the creatives (and non creatives) out there can relate.
1. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
We are our own worst critics. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. If this is an issue for you, I highly recommend watching Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talk on Your Elusive Creative Genius.
2. Finish what you start
Done is better than perfect. If you quit halfway, you’re giving up on yourself and the piece of work you’ve already put hours into. Don’t let it go to waste! Finish it, complete the cycle of creating, and grow throughout the process.
3. Share your work
Your talent is meant to be shared with the world! Don’t be selfish and keep it all to yourself. No matter what you think, you never know if somebody out there will appreciate or be touched by your work. Sharing also allows you to get feedback and grow through that. Also, don’t be afraid to shamelessly promote yourself. No one is going to see your stuff unless you actively promote it! Check out Shameless Maya for more shameless inspiration.
Can you relate? Comment below with your thoughts!
Life is a lot easier once you learn to stop caring about what others think of you. This had been an issue for me since I grew up pretty shy, insecure, and awkward. And then it was an issue for me again as I decided to do something different with my life against the backdrop of conventional family/peers. In the end, nothing matters except for what you feel about yourself. Nobody should be able to take your confidence, your smile, or your dreams away from you. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and take control of your life.
Also, check out my introduction to the Lavendaire vlog:
Interested to hear your thoughts! Comment below and let me know if you have any topics you’d like me to cover.