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Do What You Love

Sunday, November 13, 2016
'Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life' 

When you look fully into how many days and hours we have on this planet, you might freak yourself out like I do each time I think about it. You realise there really isn't that much time, the hours fly by and you especially don't want to spend them on moments that waste your time. I've been struggling these past few months, making me realign my focuses and try to do things that I'm truly passionate about. 

Can I say, when you love doing something it's not exhausting. It doesn't drain you, make you feel sick about going back to it, or even makes you time watch. Doing what you love empowers you, makes you feel exhilarated and you can still work on it at midnight without realising that you aren't tired. That's when you know you're doing something you love.

Yet, life isn't as easy at that, being able to do what you love means that you either have to take a risk on it, or possibly give up something else. This is the most difficult part, am I ready to risk this chance to do what I love, but possibly having to give up some financial freedom or stability? Can I take this chance? These are the questions that burden each part of my thinking day to day, these days I love the idea of focusing solely on doing what I love. Yet, I'm terribly afraid, I let fear dominate my decision and continue to do something that I'm not passionate about at all. There's this little black cloud in the back of my mind, always doubting my ability, convincing myself that I can't do something. I need to start pushing that dark cloud away because sometimes you need to take risks. 

Go away little black cloud, you're not welcome here today. Instead, let's replace you with a rainbow full of hope that taking risks will pay off.

- Sophia

When you take a break

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hello, it's me, I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet...

So... it's been a while, I took a well needed break whilst my creative thought process was buffering in the background. These few months have been exhausting but also some of the greatest, I turned 24 and I had a very quiet birthday. My family stayed over for the month so I got to spend some time with them, two of my closest friends came to Hong Kong for the first time and it was the best. Even though it was tiring, I thoroughly enjoyed playing host and seeing Hong Kong through my friends' eyes. They made me fall in love with Hong Kong all over again.

Usually, if I take a break or put something off for a long time then I think to apologise first, but sometimes, you truly just need to take a break. Don't be too hard on yourself and if you can't think or don't have the desire to finish that task straight away, then you might need to stop it for a while and come back to it.

I'm at a point in my life too, to just focus on the things that matter and do what I enjoy, especially in my spare time. I do want to write and create more content, I wish I could truly dedicate my time to it, but I'll focus on it when I want to. After all, if you're not in the mood to complete something, the outcome will never be as great compared to when you actually dedicate your time to it.

I'll be back, but I won't make any promises when.

- Sophia

Quarter Life Crisis

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
It's been a while since I've posted here, mainly because I don't have access to a laptop at home. But honestly, I think it's because I've been lazy. Just a warning that this is going to be quite a negative post, just a lot of complaining and letting things out.

Can you believe it's July already?! Where did the first half of 2016 go? What have I done that's even worth mentioning. I think the main highlight of this year so far has been moving. But I haven't even gotten round to making it look and feel the way I want to yet. It's missing a proper TV stand, a rug, proper lights...looks like it's IKEA this weekend!

So the real problem is I've been feeling rather down lately. It may be hormones. But it may also be because I realize I'm turning 25 in 22 days time, and I'm hitting a quarter life crisis. I feel like I am complaining to myself and to anyone who bothers to listen, about not knowing what I want to do with my life, especially career-wise, but not actually doing anything to change that. This is the kind of attitude in people that I despise the most, and yet I'm now the biggest culprit. I know that half the job is getting started, but I don't know where to start. Or what to get started on.

Be right back while I contemplate.

Minimalistic May

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

There's nothing quite as timeless as the little black dress, this one is a staple in my wardrobe. 

Minimalistic May, hands up who even knew this was a thing? I heard about it on twitter a few weeks ago and even though I've been downsizing slowly, I thought I would mention this again. Honestly though, everyone has their own approach to a minimalistic lifestyle, I talked about it here last month. I pledged to stop hoarding and banned myself from buying clothes. So far it's been going great, I even resisted temptation when I went shopping last week and nothing has really caught my eye.

Aims for May:
- Clean out the wardrobe- I really need to Marie Kondo the hell out of my wardrobe. The cleaning goddess would not be happy at the state of my wardrobe. Hope this cuts my 10 minutes of deciding what to wear conundrum each morning.
- Plan a capsule wardrobe- I'm aiming to keep roughly 40 items in my wardrobe and build a capsule wardrobe so let's see how it goes!
- Recycle, recycle, recycle- Anything I'm not using should be donated, there's no point keeping things I don't need.
- Wipe down everything- Keeping things clean in my eyes is another form of minimalism, nothing like a clean slate to please the mind.
- Meditation- Aside from the things around me, I also need to tidy up my mind! As a daily vivid dreamer, my brain is constantly on, I need to turn it off and empty it out at night.

For me minimalism is the way forward, simple is good. Are you keen to adopt the less is more strategy or do you prefer having more things?

How to stay positive

Friday, April 29, 2016

I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep me down...

I won't lie, staying positive is difficult, especially if you're going through things, all I can say is that it will pass and the cheesy things like it will make you a stronger person (it really does). Obviously though, our brains don't think of this straightaway, and we get caught up in the negatives of each situation. I wouldn't say I'm a sunshine and rainbows kind of girl, my cynicism and worrying can lead to negativity but majority of the time I am pretty positive.

I haven't always stayed positive, but in recent years I realised positive thinking is the better way for me to get through things. I found that things always had a strange way of solving themselves and that everything ended up being fine. Some things that I found to help in positive thinking:

Write down/ think about what you're grateful for:
It could be simple things, a bed, supportive family and friends, somewhere to relax in, being healthy, a shelter. Little things add up to a lot. After a long and exhausting day at work, I've never been more grateful for somewhere to sleep and go back to.

Take a break from it:
Enjoy a day of doing something fun or something that relaxes you, whatever makes you happy, it keeps your spirits up and hell, you definitely deserve a break. Sometimes you just need a little time away from the situation at hand.

Don't Sweat the Small stuff:
I've always known about this, but I've never really practiced it. in the words of Richard Carlson himself, one of my favourite things he said from his books was-

'One of the mistakes many of us make is that we feel sorry for ourselves, or for others thinking that life should be fair, or that someday it will be. It's not and it won't. When we make this mistake we tend to spend a lot of time wallowing and/or complaining about what's wrong with life. 'It's not fair,' we complain, not realising that, perhaps, it was never intended to be.' 

Let's get those positive vibes flowing.

- Sophia x