With all of the negative news bombarding our television screens, I tend to avoid watching TV at all, other than watching Pretty Little Liars, The Blacklist, and Big Brother. I spend a lot of time browsing the Netflix documentary section to learn some new things and expand my horizons. Here is a list of the five documentaries that I have watched so far that I have completely changed my viewpoint on certain things in life. Continue reading
I have been traveling for the past few days and have been pretty busy making some tough decisions, but I am trying to look at things from a positive perspective. Perspective is an interesting thing. If two people are looking at the same object, they may or may not see two completely different things.
I was walking my dog this morning, and we passed a guy in a truck with his window rolled down. I kind of half smiled at him, crossed behind the truck, and kept walking. The guy did a U-Turn with his truck, passed us again, and yelled something at me. I couldn’t make out exactly what he said, but from the sour look on his face, I could tell that he wasn’t simply yelling “Good Morning, Neighbor!”
I was kind of distraught for a few minutes. Did I do something to offend him? Was he saying something mean about me? Did he think my dog was ugly? In the end I could continue to ruminate over what negative thing he possibly could have said, or I could tell myself that he was simply asking for directions. Which perspective would make me feel better and infuse more positivity into my day?
As I returned home with my dog, I opened my e-mail to see that someone had replied to a comment that I had left on a website. The comment sections on this site are brutal. People attack others left and right, and I rarely comment because I don’t like the energy. Someone had written an article on this site about how travel bloggers should stop telling people that “travel is easy to do” because some people cannot afford to travel. The author asserts that by travel bloggers writing articles, they are making other people who cannot travel feel shameful and worthless. I wrote a comment talking about why I enjoy reading articles by travel bloggers. In my opinion, sharing your travel experiences doesn’t make you an authority on what people should and should not do. Travel articles are meant to be informative, not shame inducing.
I got a lot of replies stating that I must have not read the article and that I didn’t understand that traveling is a privilege for a select few. My immediate reaction was to reply to the comments that I received by being completely defensive. Instead I shared some more examples from my perspective, and left it at that. I didn’t try to get anyone to see anything my way. I just stated my personal experiences and kept it moving. I felt good that I could share my opinion about travel with others, and it felt great that I could express my perspective in such a hostile atmosphere and not feel the need to be aggressive or rude.
Today, as you go through your day, think to yourself, how can I re-frame this situation to be more positive? How can I look at it from another perspective? If you are stuck in traffic and your first impulse is to start freaking out, how can you change your perspective? Perhaps now you have time to catch up on your podcasts or reconnect with a friend on the phone. Every perspective is unique. Honor and respect the opinions of yourself and those of others, even if you don’t see eye to eye.
Comment Below: Have you experienced changing your perspective on something to see a more favorable outcome?
I spend a lot of time on YouTube, and my favorite YouTube channels are those that feature inspirational content. I recently came across a video that Stanford’s Graduate School of Business posted where they interviewed Oprah and asked her questions about her life, her career, and what she is up to now. Here is the full interview:
I was only five minutes into watching the interview when I just had to add it to my favorites. I busted out my favorite notebook and started taking notes. I highly recommend watching this interview. Don’t be put off by the long length of the video. You’ll be hooked on her every word and the time will fly by. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Oprah in the interview:
- “There is no doing without being.”
- “Be fueled by your contributions to the world.”
- On deciding how she would pursue her career: “I will not be used by television, I will use television.”
- “Choose how to use your platform.”
- “You don’t have anything to give that you don’t have” [My Favorite]
Oprah is a prime example of someone who follows her intuition and who uses the Law of Attraction. Even when she gets things “wrong,” she knows that every experience is an opportunity to learn and grow and she learns her lesson and keeps it moving.
There are so many inspirational Oprah videos on YouTube. I also highly recommend checking out her video from her Masters Class episode where she talks about how she got the role of Sophia in the movie “The Color Purple.” It so inspiring!
Comment Below: What were your favorite parts of the interview? Who else in TV or entertainment do you look to for inspiration?
Spring is my favorite season, so I’ve been waiting for this day for quite a while. I checked the weather forecast and we are looking at temperatures in the 80’s for next week! As we transition into this Spring season, do a quick check-in with yourself. Here are a few points to consider: Continue reading
Your twenties are all about finding yourself. You explore new career paths, new cities, and new relationships. You become a master at how to cook your favorite dish, you learn new words such as “healthcare premium” and “401K”, and you dream of the day when you will never have to co-sign a lease with a roommate again (drama.drama.drama!).
For some of us, however, our twenties turned into finding ourselves…on a plane, on our way back to our parents’ house because we were handed a pink slip or layoff notice at our place of employment. Continue reading
If there is something that you really want, you have to be honest with yourself and ask, “Am I working towards this goal 100%, or am I being sidetracked?” People often say that you shouldn’t put all of your eggs in one basket, but I beg to differ. In some cases, it is definitely necessary. When you put your focus on something, it increases. Therefore, why are you distracting yourself with other things when your eye should be on your ultimate goal? Continue reading
I have a habit of reading multiple books at a time. Does anyone else do this? This started when I was in elementary school and there was a program called “Book It.” The more books you read, the more points you would earn, and the top reader in the class would earn a free Pizza Hut pizza and other prizes. Bribery at its finest. But hey, it worked! Here are a few books that I am reading this month. Continue reading