Category: Lifestyle

Living from Moment to Moment

“Look at the sparrows; they do not know what they will do in the next moment. Let us literally live from moment to moment.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Often times, we find ourselves dwelling in the past or ruminating into the future. We find ourselves missing out on the small details of every moment. That is because we are not fully present or aware of what is happening for us right now.

When we dwell on the past, we find ourselves comparing our present moments to the past. Sometimes, we grieve over loss. Other times, we miss old friends and good times. We sometimes wonder if we can ever go back to how our lives used to be.

When we look toward the future, we may feel anxious. We may wonder why we are not manifesting good moments into our life right now. But the truth is that if you could just tune into the present moment, you can seek true happiness and fulfillment. When you are engaged fully into what is happening now, you can set yourself up for contentment.

Being fully present in the moment may take some practice. As children, we naturally knew how to live moment from moment. However as we grow older and get caught up with responsibilities dictated by society, we forget how to enjoy the present moment fully. It does not have to be this way though. You can relearn how to live in the present moment.

What it takes to live in the moment is to be fully aware of all that’s going on around you. You don’t have to focus on every single thing, but just notice where you are at the moment. Notice different things through your senses, such as the temperature of the room or how fast your breathing is. Learn how to embrace each moment at a time.

It’s easier said than done, not to dwell in the past or worry bout the future, but it’s also very doable when you persistently day after day focus on what is going on right at the moment. When you practice being conscious or aware of each moment, you lead a more fulfilling life, savoring every moment and truly engaging into what’s happening now.

Life is Either a Daring Adventure or Nothing

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

Life is full of ups and downs. When we experience the negative, we find it difficult to focus on the good. That is natural. However, we have to realize that the downs are part of the journey. Rather than dwelling on the negative, focus on going with the flow while being mindful of both the negative and positive. Be mindful of the negative by focusing on solutions, or by not focusing too much on the bad. Try your best to be balanced. At the same time, don’t settle for less and enjoy life as much as you possibly can.

It can seem like a conundrum between balancing life and enjoying a grand adventure of life. But, it’s possible to live both ways. It’s possible to know of the risks certain actions may yield. So with every major decision, take some caution and gradually unfold the experience rather than rushing through it. Be mindful of any possible negative setbacks while also being open to the unfamiliar.

Most people choose to settle for their life, graduating with thousands of dollars in school loans and sticking to a 9-5 job. It may yield a comfortable lifestyle. However, it can get boring and repetitive fast if you stick to this path of mediocrity.

There are the few who decide to go through a different path. Some have made entire livings through traveling and embarking on new adventures. Few people try the digital nomad lifestyle. Once you can get past the finances and find an active solution for it through your lifestyle (e.g. workshops, online courses, sponsorships, etc.), you can enjoy an abundant lifestyle.

Let’s say you’re happy with your 9-5. Great! Not everyone is happy with their 9-5, but if you are, you are in luck. Now all you have to do is add to the fun, engaging in interesting hobbies or enjoying your free time off. You don’t have to feel tired or drained. Enjoy your life.

How to Start Your Day

A good way to start your day is to instill habits that form a morning routine. That way, you can start the day fresh and awake. There are many habits that you can include in your daily routine (in no particular order):

– Listen to uplifting music
– Follow a guided meditation
– Do some light stretching
– Practice some yoga
– Shower
– Brush your teeth
– Change into daytime clothes
– Wear makeup
– Wear jewelry or other accessories
– Check off your MITs (most important tasks)
– Come up with a gratitude list
– Drink water
– Enjoy sipping hot tea or hot cocoa
– Read a book
– Wash your face
– Apply toner or moisturizer to your face
– Apply lotion or oil on your body
– Massage your hands or anywhere you feel discomfort
– Go for a morning walk
– Enjoy the sunlight (being careful not to look at it directly if it is beaming bright)
– Enjoy breakfast
– Wash the dishes
– Apply perfume, cologne, or body mist
– Comb your hair
– Brush your hair

These are just a few ideas out of many to start your morning routine. For everyone, it may look different. For example, some people (including myself) prefer taking showers in the evening. Other people do not drink anything with caffeine in it.

If you’re not used to having a morning routine, you may want to start with just a few habits at a time. Then, you can gradually build up to instilling more good habits. Eventually, you’ll be on a roll, tackling each habit one at a time and starting your day just right.

If you have a chaotic schedule, you may want to just make sure that you instill a few good habits. Then, let the rest resolve itself based on what you have to get accomplished for that day. For example, if you have to head off somewhere different from usual at an early time, you might cut off going for a morning walk. Or, you can alternatively wake up a little earlier than usual to get your whole morning routine in.

Personally, I try to get my whole morning routine down. If I don’t, I succumb to being lazy and doing nothing. On days when I follow my morning routine, I feel more productive and in balance.

Nighttime routines are also helpful for ending your day. It can put you into a relaxing mood to get some much needed rest. Again, you can apply some of the habits I’ve listed above to get yourself started with a good nighttime routine (e.g. listening to a guided meditation to help your mind relax).

Like I said, if you’re completely out of it with no set schedule for your morning routine, you might want to start with simple habits such as brushing your teeth or drinking water. You can make it a goal for a week to brush your teeth every day for seven days. Then once you get past that, you can add in the habit of drinking water for seven days along with brushing your teeth. Then after that, you can throw something in such as listening to a guided meditation. Go with what feels best or natural to you.

Having Fun with Work

Nowadays, there is a lot of opportunity available for people to make money out of a lifestyle they enjoy. You can become a personal shopper, take online surveys or give feedback for dining at restaurants for free, make money off social media such as posting your outfit on Instagram, and more. Anyone in the digital era can partake in it, whether you’re close to retirement age or you’re just a youngster who is fascinated by all the technology that we own. You can even make money off of gaming through services such as Twitch. How cool is that? (;

Making a career based around your lifestyle

With the internet, we can find creative ways to make money based upon our lifestyle. If you enjoy playing the piano, you might consider selling music or giving lessons. If you enjoy painting, you can sell artwork or set up group classes. There are many ways to pursue active or passive income based on our hobbies.

I make money through blogging, publishing eBooks, and uploading YouTube videos (with music or personal growth content). These are just a few avenues in which people can create passive income through their hobbies. For more ideas on how to make passive income, check out this post.

If you enjoy traveling, you may be interested in going the digital nomad route. It may require you to be somewhat of a minimalist, unless you want to have one stable home set up somewhere. (You could perhaps rent out the property while you are away traveling.)

Can I make money out of any hobby?

The short answer is yes! Find what you are passionate about and base your lifestyle around it. Don’t focus too much on the money in the beginning. Just try to enjoy the process. If you fall in love with the process, then you are bound to make money from it some day through trying various methods.

There are people who teach certain hobbies or skills through online courses. I haven’t dabbled much into it yet, but I’ve heard and seen people make good money from it. It requires you to have a good computer or camera to record and upload. But if you have a particular skill that other people are interested in obtaining, you could teach classes online. The cool thing about this is that you only have to set it up one time, and the money comes rolling in.

What if I still have a job and am living paycheck to paycheck?

I suggest by starting off with engaging in fun hobbies on the side. Don’t feel as if you are only obligated to work and that’s it. You should enjoy your life.

The more you express yourself creatively through your hobbies, the more fun your life will be. And eventually if you’re up for the challenge, you can transition entirely into enjoying those hobbies full-time. Some people like to only engage in their hobbies without worrying about the money. But if you can create some passive income from it, I’d say spend a few hours here and there to making it work out.

Besides passive income, you can also create new streams of active income through your hobbies. I know of a lady who creates beaded jewelry. She makes a decent income from it on the side by making it available for people to purchase online. It’s a fun hobby of hers to express herself, meanwhile making some good money out of it.

You don’t necessarily have to quit your job. However if you want to transition to part-time or leave your current job, try pursuing your favorite hobbies on the side. See where that leads you. And of course, do your best to enjoy the process and the beautiful journey on the side.

10 Habits of Millionaires

Are you interested in what it takes to become a millionaire? Here are 10 habits that many millionaires practice every day:

Exercising

Exercise is a good way to take care of your body. You physical state of being affects your mentality. When you exercise, you release endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine into the brain. When this occurs, you feel happier and are in a better mood.

Daily exercise is a good way of maintaining a healthy emotional state. It helps to eliminate brain fog and allows you to think more cleaning. Even something as simple as going for a walking gets your body in action, and that in turn helps your mind to become action-oriented.

Mapping out a plan for future goals and maintaining flexibility

When you have large ambitious goals, it is best to break up the goals into smaller active steps. To give an example, if you were to create your own business and hope to make millions of dollars from it, you may first want to focus on getting your first $1000 dollars for the first month. If you’re new to working out and arm weak in the arms, you may want to first start with lifting 5 lb. dumbbells. This all depends on your level of experience.

Even ambitious people know that it’s important to start of small and build up. And of course, it’s nice to reach for higher goals. You just need to figure out the path to get there. Also, you should be a little flexible and realize that just because one way doesn’t work, doesn’t mean that there is no other path to pursuing your dreams.

Multiple streams of income

This is a concept that many millionaires, multi-millionaires, and billionaires follow. They create various streams of passive income so that they have more time to enjoy all of their favorite activities. It’s a smart way to invest in yourself.

In case you still want to work at your current job, you can still make active income while investing in different avenues on the side. Maybe you could purchase some real estate and rent out the properties. Or, you can take your time to learn how to invest in the stock market.

Having multiple streams of income allows you to have more flexibility. Some ways in which I pursue passive income include creating eBooks, blogging with AdSense and affiliate links, and uploading YouTube videos on various topics with affiliate links.

A book that I’ve found to be useful in my journey of pursuing passive income comes from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It teaches you how to be smart about your daily habits and how to create a concise plan for making money through various streams. It teaches you where creativity in making multiple streams of income comes from. Though, it takes some imagination to figure out how to do that.

Practicing gratitude

Gratitude is a good way of expressing happiness and contentment with life. When we act out of gratitude, we allow for good opportunities to flow into our lives. These opportunities can enhance our lives in many ways, and all we have to do is practice gratitude daily.

Gratitude can be expressed in various ways. Some people like to pray. Some people like to meditate. Other people like to verbally express their gratitude in the morning. Still, others like to write down a list of things they are grateful for in a pre-written or blank journal. I use a book called The Five-Minute Journal to express my gratitude and use positive affirmations. It is meant to be use daily for mornings and evenings, and there is an uplifting quote for each day.

Try experimenting with various forms of practicing gratitude until you find the method that is right for you. Practicing gratitude can help you to focus your mind on the good things. It helps you to see that your life is going well, and it helps you to look forward to new projects or adventures in your life’s journey.

Pursuing their passion

We all have different passions in life. Some people (such as myself) may love music. Others may enjoy mathematics. In order to live a fulfilling life, you should actively pursue your passion, skills, and talents.

Pursuing your passion allows you to reach your highest potential. Money comes naturally to those who actively use their passion, their skills, and their talents. For many people, it takes time to build up a good reputation based on your unique abilities. For example if you want to become a good dancer, you may have to take dance classes for a while in order to gain recognition in achieving your ultimate dream. After a while, people may recommend you to dance for music videos or on television.

I’m reminded of Will Smith, when he said it is better to live out your dreams rather than crumble down to a path of mediocrity. Why settle for less when you can enjoy your life right now? Money can become part of the equation once you boldly allow the universe or whatever higher being you believe in to know that you are ready to lead a life of self-actualization.

Reading

Self-made millionaires know that reading is a vital component in obtaining riches. Some people like to finish entire books in one day. Others like to take their time in reading and to gain new knowledge, reading at least one book a month.

When you read, you learn more about the world and you can shortcut your way to success or adventure through reading. You do not have to drop down to the pitfalls of failure. Rather, you can learn how to master your mind and avoid deadly or dangerous mistakes, whether that be financially or emotionally (such as with relationships).

Surrounding themselves with the right kinds of people

As most of the personal development field is aware of, you become the average of the people you surround yourself with. So, you’ll want to make sure that you surround yourself with the rights kinds of people. You don’t want to hang out with just anyone. When you’re pursuing a goal of obtaining riches, you must surround yourself with people who you consider to be A players.

If you surround yourself with people who are unsure about their life, it can hold you back. If you surround yourself with people who obsess over drama and are not proactively taking care of their life, you may succumb to similar activities.

Your environment is just as important. Imagine as if you’re in a room filled with dirt and carcinogens in the air. You can try your best to maintain a positive outlook. However, you will breathe in that smoke and dirt, and that is not good for your state of being. You want to make sure that your environment and the people you spend your time with contribute to a higher sense of purposeful life.

Taking calculated risks and investing in themselves

As entrepreneurs, millionaires like to take calculated risks. That is, they are careful as to how they spend their time and money. They like to invest their money into ideas that will benefit them in the long-run.

Some ways in which you can invest in yourself include buying books, investing in online courses to enhance your skills, and purchasing new technologies that will aid you in your business. You can also get a loan if you think it will help for big business ideas such as running a store or investing in real estate. However, you want to be careful and make sure that you do enough research on it before investing fully.

Taking risks is part of the entrepreneurial path. Depending on your tolerance for risks, you can invest a little, a lot, or in between. I suggest that you start off small before investing too much into something that you are not quite familiar with.

Viewing obstacles as challenges to overcome

We face different obstacles in our life. No two lives are the same, but we all experience similar fates. Millionaires, multi-millionaires, and billionaires learn how to enjoy their life by looking at the obstacles as fun challenges.

In order to obtain riches, you must adopt a higher level of thinking and being. You want to balance between positive and negative states of being. You want to make sure that your actions are reasonable and logical. Dwelling too much on the past or future can lead you to taking no action. But if you start from where you are right now, you can overcome those life hurdles more easily.

Waking up Early

You can learn to be more productive by waking up early. Jump into a morning routine and set up the day for success. If you’re not an early bird, you can either learn to adapt to waking up early in the morning, or you can become a night owl if that suits your needs better. Either way, make sure that you get adequate amounts of rest, whether it’s 5 hours of sleep at night or 10 hours. Listen to your body and figure out how much rest you need in order to wake up early in the morning.

In the morning, you can also knock off your MITs (most important tasks). Once you get the ball rolling, it is easy for you to take on more action. And, you can be more reflective and productive during your extra time in the morning. You can also engage in activities such as reading. What better way to start your day than reclaiming some of your time back? (;

 

How to Be Ready for Any Opportunity

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

In order to be ready for opportunities, we must first prepare ourselves. How do we do that? First, you must examine your life and see what it is that you enjoy:

  1. What are your talents?
  2. What are your hobbies?
  3. What are your skills?
  4. What do you want to try learning?

Once you prepare yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally, only then will you be able to hold onto opportunities. Don’t despair if you feel like you’ve missed out on opportunities. As they say, for every door that closes, there is another one that opens.

“It is with many enterprises as with striking fire; we do not meet with success except by reiterated efforts, and often at the instant when we despaired of success.” – Françoise de Maintenon

There may be times you fail, but if you stay strong and work your way up, you can seize any opportunity you desire. Plus, what is success without a journey of failures? We all fail at some point or another. Try not to wallow in fear, but gradually work your way up again. Eventually, with the power of perseverance, you can burst your way through any open door.

In case you do not feel ready for that dream job you’ve always desired or that business you’ve always wanted to start, you can examine your life and determine what it is that will allow you to lead a more fulfilling life:

  1. What are your weaknesses?
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What areas would you like to improve upon?
  4. Where do you have to search for those opportunities that fit you best?

Some people say that opportunities come to them by luck. I argue that it is not by luck, but by actively bettering yourself. When you better yourself, you are able to seize any opportunity that comes your way.

Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Are you curious to know more about the digital nomad lifestyle? Digital nomads are people who use technology to work and are independent in terms of location. How can you live the digital nomad lifestyle? It’s not necessarily easy to first start, but once you dabble into different ideas, it can become natural and feel rewarding.

Nowadays with the advancement of technology, it’s quite easy to live the digital nomad lifestyle. All you need is a laptop and/or phone.

For those who want to travel but want some stability, you can have a modified digital nomad lifestyle by renting or owning a property.

Is Digital Nomad Lifestyle a Good Decision for Me?

You should think carefully before embarking on the digital nomad lifestyle. It requires some self-discipline in terms of making sure that your finances are in order. You are your own boss. You have to figure out how to make money online on your own or through some guidance.

Digital nomads have many different ways of making money. For example, they can pursue passive income, or they can freelance. Some digital nomads create courses and garner most of their money through that.

Digital nomad lifestyle also requires a minimalist mindset. That is, you buy only your essential needs (i.e. some clothes, a few shoes, toothbrush, etc.) without spending lavishly.

If you want the digital lifestyle, but with some security, you can maybe rent out part of a storage facility, or you can rent out an apartment. You can also swap places to rent with other people or friends that want to travel.

Some digital nomads rely on coach surfing while in return, offering services such as cleaning up or giving lessons (such as teaching English in exchange for room and board in Thailand). You have to be careful about who you coach surf with. Females may feel safer coach surfing with other females, and vice versa for males.

If you want to become a digital nomad, you must ask yourself if you are ready to be your own boss. You have to play by your own rules. And, you have to take full responsibility for yourself.

It’s not that hard once you dabble into working for yourself, or finding ways to provide value online. The ways in which I pursue passive income (so that I can travel freely later) is by these avenues: eBook publishing, blogging, and uploading YouTube videos. I’m thinking about designing my own merchandise too and selling it only through services such as Shopify.