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Valentine’s Day Special: 10 things I Love

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It’s the season of love! Valentine’s day is here, and it gives us a reason to celebrate love, with our loved ones, family members or even with ourselves.

As much as romantic it sounds, Valentine’s day has indeed become an overly commercialized festival, and it also creates more peer pressure.  Be it to find someone to be in a relationship with, or to outdo each other’s boyfriend/girlfriend in giving the best present or plan the perfect date, it can get pretty frustrating instead of enjoyable.

However, I want to urge all of you, to take a few moments to focus on yourself and your life and celebrate the things you love in your life.

I take this opportunity to share with you, my very own list of 10 things I love (in no particular order) at the moment.

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3 Simple Ways to Make Your Morning Routine Less Stressful

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Are you one of those people that find it hard to get up in the mornings? Or perhaps you dread pulling yourself out of bed in the mornings because you are just not ready to take on the day?

Don’t worry. You are not the only one. Everyone feels this way sometimes, especially when you just wish you could sleep a little extra or just snuggle under your covers without needing to get up and rush to work. You cannot help yourself but to hit the snooze alarm and get a few more minutes of extra sleep, even if you know you will regret having to rush through to get to work on time.

However, there are ways, and I mean simple and easy-to-follow ways that you can try right away, to make your morning routine less stressful.

Let’s get started on how to make your morning routine something that is bearable and even enjoyable.

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Journey in 2017: Starting a Gratitude Journal

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Hey folks! Hope your 2017 is starting out with a bang! However, if it is not, don’t worry, January sometimes disappoints because we tend to set crazy impossible goals we want to achieve at the start of the year, wishing things would miraculously switch for the better. If you are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, hang in there, look at the bright side, and continue working towards your new year’s resolution. I am sure you will do great.

In 2017, I have made a commitment to focus on the bright side of things by starting a daily gratitude journal. Basically, I incorporated a daily routine to jot down all the things that I am grateful for or what makes me happy.

So far, I find it very soothing and comforting. One month through this journey (and I sure hope I can continue it all through 2017, or even in the years to come), I have become an advocate, and that is why I am sharing this journey with you. Read on to know why keeping a Gratitude Journal changed my life and how it can change yours too.

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Setting New Year’s Resolutions & Sticking To It All Through 2017

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It has come to the last two days of 2016. If you have not done the things you have set out to do by this year, I guess it is a little too late now. But it’s alright, as the cliche saying goes, “new year, a new chance at starting over,” so now it’s time to focus on what you want to get done in 2017.

As much as I had my fair share of failed plans and resolutions that I set out to do each start of the year, there are also quite a few that I managed to accomplish and stick through all year long.

Same goes for you; I am sure there is at least one thing on your list of resolutions you managed to get done or get started on (if there is none, perhaps it is because you have set unrealistic goals that need to be adjusted instead of beating yourself over it).

Hence, even though many people are giving up on the entire idea of setting resolutions because they deem them to be unnecessary and impossible, the optimist in me is still hopeful about establishing my very own set of resolutions and set out to try to fulfill them.

If you are on the brink of losing hope on making resolutions, I am here to cheer you on and perhaps share some tips, while reminding myself as well, to stick to our new year’s resolution all till the end of 2017.

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4 Practical Ways to Overcome Loss of Motivation at Work

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“Starting is easy, persistence is an art.”

Do you remember when you first started working in a new job?

You wake up early each day excited to get to work, looking forward to learning new things and facing new challenges. You are even willing to work long hours and on weekends because you are hooked on that sense of accomplishment and the drive for productivity.

Personally, this is one of my favourite feelings. I love entering the flow, being completely engrossed in work, ticking off all the tasks on my checklist and gaining achievement at the end of each project.

However, let’s face it. We are all human. As time goes by, it can be tiring. It can get demotivating when you are trying hard, but you cannot seem to meet your boss’ or even your expectations. You may feel stuck in a rut without a sense of direction on what else you can do. You may also feel that you are getting a little frustrated at your daily tasks, and you find yourself complaining a lot about work and dreading Mondays.

Before you beat yourself up for losing motivation, do not feel too bad. Everyone goes through these fluctuations of motivation in their work, even if they are doing what they love or working in a company they always dreamed about.

But if you want to get back into the same feeling you had about your work and stop feeling demotivated and uninspired, here is what you can do.

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Having A Bad Day? Feeling lost and uninspired? This one is for you.

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We all have experienced bad days. From the simplest notion of waking up late and rushing to work, to feeling stuck and unsure how to complete your work with your deadlines around the corner, we can get drawn into the vortex of feeling down and frustrated on certain days.
Honestly, I like to pride myself as someone who is very determined and self-motivated, especially when it comes to work. No matter how difficult the task is, I tend to stress out for a bit, or even take a few breaks, but I will still force myself to sit in front of my laptop together with my pen and notebook and start getting things done.

However, the last few weeks I have been feeling less productive, sluggish, and naturally frustrated at myself. I am not even sure what are the triggers or occasion that cause these continuous bad days. I often doubt myself when it comes to work, not sure if I was doing the right thing, facing frequent creative block when I try to get work done, and ultimately not feeling my best.

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Why I Do Not Believe In The Quest To Find Yourself

quest to find yourselfI have heard so many people around me say something along these lines, “I am going to travel the world so I can find myself” or “I don’t know what I want to do, I am still finding myself”. There are so many articles out there giving advice to people in their twenties on how to find themselves. Travel alone to a faraway place, take a gap year, explore different things, meet new people and the list goes on.

We overemphasise on the process of finding ourselves because we believe that once we actually do, we will be happy and contented. We will wake up each day doing the things we love. We will be fulfilled at our careers. We will be in a state of comfort and stability. Right now, things are not working out because we have not found ourselves.

I hate to sound so harsh, but honestly, I feel that all of this is crap.

Before you think I am being mean or am out to rebel against the norm, please hear me out first.

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Why You Need To Stop Feeling Guilty When You Take A Break From Work

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It is a beautiful Saturday morning. You go for brunch with a couple of your friends, you come home, watch some shows, and spend your afternoon with a book and a cup of coffee. it is all making you feel very relaxed and comfortable. But suddenly thoughts about your work come creeping into your mind. You think about the presentation you need work on. You worry about your emails not being checked. You get anxious about the meeting with your client or your boss. Just like that, a supposedly relaxing Saturday is ruined by your own guilt.

How often does this happen to you? Especially if you work for your own business, or you are an entrepreneur, or even if you are a hard worker for your company, this is certainly very familiar to you.

Before we dive in to why this is all very counterproductive and how to stop feeling this way, let us look into a little bit as to WHY you always feel guilty each time you try to take a break from work.

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