Of Death, Infinities and Stars

Infinity

Picture Credit: Urban Dinosaur

I’ve been hearing rave reviews about the book “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green but I, of course, put off reading it. Lately I tell myself there are always better work related things to do than spend the weekend snorting into tissues and being emotionally overwhelmed by other people’s love stories. So I did what other normal people would. I caught the movie instead. Man.

IT GAVE ME SO MANY FEELS.

Wow. This movie/book is not just about love. It’s about death and life. I mean it in that order because these protagonists receive their death sentences first then commit to live their lives while they can. How many of us take these things for granted?

I loved it to the point that I couldn’t sleep.

We all have our epic love stories but in the end, they’re only relevant between the lovers themselves. I have my infinity too. Like how Hazel and Gus have their limited time, I have my long winding road with multiple hurdles. No matter what, even if everyone tells you “What’s the POINT?”, you’ll just have to continue to love. Love like there’s no tomorrow. Love like there’s no one around.

Love like this was God’s last and best gift to you.

And Gus’ idea about leaving an impact, a name when you die. I’ve always thought about that too. How unaccomplished I am, how much more I can actually do and how people will actually remember me as. But I guess if I can change the life of even just one person or even one cat, that would be enough. Because someone knows my value. Something knows my capability to love and to do good. That is enough. In the end, it’s not people who keep score.

God has His own way of keeping tabs on things.

There were just too many great take home messages in the movie. I think I’ll curl up with the book during the Eid holidays. If you haven’t watched or read it, you should. If you have, let me know your favourite parts and perhaps we can share a box of tissues. :’)

Another Beginning

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Poster by Studio Muti

We’ve arrived at 2013. My God, how time flies. Judging from my previous post, it whizzed by at breakneck speed. :)

As I’ve mentioned, I have learnt a lot in between this post and the last. Applying what I’ve learnt though has been an arduous task. Business leaped as soon as we left the seminar which resulted in me having less time to actually sit down and review what needs to be done. I know, this sounds like another excuse but life just finds a way to get to you.

Nevertheless, I’ll have to consciously make a decision to review what I’ve learnt and actually take the baby steps needed to start my journey to wealth. Wish me Luck!

On a side note, I’ve written down some mini goals inspired by Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess fame. Last November, she laid down four simple goals to achieve for that month. Considering I’ve got the motivation and attention span of a fish, I’ve decided to focus my goals one month at a time just like Emma.

Here are mine for January 2013:

1. Write for 20 minutes, 3 times a week. (Yes, this was inspired by her as well) A blog post, a couple of tips, a fictional story. Anything. As long as I WRITE.

2. Read the Quran, at least 3 times a week. I find that this brings the most peace and clarity than anything else I usually do. Even a few sentences make all the difference.

3. Drink between 3 to 3.5 Liters of water a day. Water, the cure for most illnesses and yet, the hardest thing for people to be consistent in taking. Apparently you need to take 7% of your body weight to get to your optimum body water level. If you’re quick you will roughly know my weight now. ;)

Well, you’ll probably be seeing me more often here now since I’ve committed myself to writing a little more than I usually do.

Do you have any goals or resolutions? Have you broken any of them yet?

Countdown to 26!

I can hardly contain my excitement. No, not for my birthday. Well, not yet anyway. This weekend I’ll be attending an amazing seminar/course on marketing and business. We’re going to have a crash course on building a better business and pushing it into as many streams as possible. The final goal is to be wealthy and successful. :D

I know, some of you might say it’s not easy, it’s near impossible, that being wealthy means you’ll be a prick or worse, just trample everyone else in the process. However, that’s not how I see it. How do I provide for my family if all I’m earning is just a meager salary? How do I travel the world with just enough to get by? How do I make sure my family (including my kitty cats) are always in good health and happy if I only make just a little extra every month?

Money can’t buy you happiness but trust me, not having enough can make you pretty darn upset.

Therefore, I’ve opted to join this course and I’m absolutely pumped to absorb all I can for three days.

Now, the reason why I mentioned my birthday is that the start of said course will begin exactly 30 days before my birthday. I’m taking it as turning point for my life. I plan on learning as much as I can, applying as much as I can in order to build myself as much as I can before my birthday. That’s my mini goal.

I’m definitely not going to stop after my birthday. As we all know, learning NEVER stops and neither is improving oneself. I just want to use my birthday as a checkpoint of sorts and I want to be proud of myself, the day I step into the shoes of a 26-year-old. I hope to say to myself ‘I did my very best and worked very hard to be here’.

So here’s to a new beginning and I do hope to update you on my progress soon. :D

Dreaming of a Dream Job

 

I found this while perusing the internet and I now unfortunately don’t remember where I got it from. If you know the creator, let me know so I can credit them properly. :)

I just came back from a seminar on being an industry millionaire. The speaker said he could identify between 3-5 businesses that a person could delve in just by knowing their interests. I thought ‘wow. imagine being able to do ALL that at the same time!’ and you know what, the speaker is doing that exact thing now. He’s got about 15 companies under his belt and they are all based on his passions or interests.

Therefore, it would be easy to say that yes, you CAN form your dream job just by indulging in the different facets of your life while making money out of it.

You can open an online boutique while sharing your recipes at the same time. You can also publish a book about meeting new people while being a fitness instructor. The possibilities are endless! There’s no box to insert yourself into and claim, ‘I found it! My dream job!’. There are so many boxes that you can collect and tape them up to form an amazing shelf that is sturdy enough to hold all your belongings. And look at it this way, if one box crumbles, you’ll still have the others to support your things. Or just add another one!

The seminar got me really pumped up and motivated so my biz partner and I are going to do some heavy thinking and planning today for Simply Sandwiches. :D Wish us luck!

Not Easy

 

Print from Remember Your First Love.

There are days when you get really discouraged with what you’re doing. Even if you’re pushing with all your might, things seem to leak out at the cracks.

I’m trying very hard not to delve deeper into my troubles and I’m practicing filtering what I share with people. You don’t want to seem too riled up about something when you know that it’s just part of life. Besides, all things come to an end, good things or bad.

The mantra above is what I’ve been silently chanting to myself on a daily basis. It has helped. So has dream building and being thankful for what I DO have. I think that’s a good exercise. Listing down what you’re thankful for and reciting them every morning or whenever you’re feeling down. Before you know it, all the negative thoughts have slipped away quietly from your head.

What do you do to chase the blues away?

A Quick Update

As usual, it’s been ages since I’ve penned an entry into this blog. Instead of making excuses, I’ll just lay out my proposal for you.

I’ll be sharing more personal thoughts on this space in addition to the usual pretty pictures and cute finds. I’ll be filing them under the ‘Journal Entries’ tab so you can separate them from the normal content. I find that writing long notes and rants quite therapeutic and considering my dwindling writing skills, I thought I’d start typing out those thoughts instead of letting them simmer in my head.

This time I promise I shall make it a point to update ever so often. :)