Accountability

Flashback to December 22, 2016. – Like everybody else, it was a busy day for people doing their last minute shopping. People would run around here and there, looking for the perfect present for their loved ones. I have to be honest, I suck at this, Gift-giving. Of course, I love giving gifts. But sometimes it takes a lot of time and a few decision-makings when it comes to wanting the spot-on gift. While I was at the mall with my friend, who was ticking his last minute shopping list, I suddenly thought while everyone is busy buying gifts for others, have they ever thought of a present for themselves?  And then I paused. Asked myself the same question and went in silence. I know I have accomplished all my holiday errands- so maybe it’s time to think of a little something for myself. While walking, my friend asked if I knew of the benefits of Fitbit. All I know is that it is a wearable wireless activity tracker. He confessed that he’s been meaning to change his diet for the past year but was having a difficult time as to work schedule constrictions and for the most part there was no accountability.  Accountability is very important in your willingness to accept a certain responsibility and to recognize the intention of doing the action either for yourself or for the benefit of others. It can be as simple as meditation, exercise, writing, reading and can be complex as big life decisions such as deciding a career, changing a career, figuring out where to live, rent or buy a house or to get married or not. Therefore, in every action and decision we make, it is always important to understand the accountability and the intention of the commitment. Oh, and to end our busy holiday shopping, my friend and I gave in and purchased the Fitbit Charge 2. Not only it keeps you motivated to exercise, it also helps you improve your health by tracking your activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep.

What a good and healthy way to start our 2017!

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When shit happens…

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1. Pain is part of growing Sometimes life closes doors because it’s time to move forward. And that’s a good thing because we often won’t move unless circumstances force us to. When times are tough, remind yourself that no pain comes without a purpose. Move on from what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you. Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re failing. Every great success requires some type of worthy struggle to get there. Good things take time. Stay patient and stay positive. Everything is going to come together; maybe not immediately, but eventually. Remember that there are two kinds of pain: pain that hurts and pain that changes you. When you roll with life, instead of resisting it, both kinds help you grow.

2. Everything in life is temporary Every time it rains, it stops raining. Every time you get hurt, you heal. After darkness there is always light — you are reminded of this every morning, but still you often forget, and instead choose to believe that the night will last forever. It won’t. Nothing lasts forever. So if things are good right now, enjoy it. It won’t last forever. If things are bad, don’t worry because it won’t last forever either. Just because life isn’t easy at the moment, doesn’t mean you can’t laugh. Just because something is bothering you, doesn’t mean you can’t smile. Every moment gives you a new beginning and a new ending. You get a second chance, every second. You just have to take it and make the best of it.

3. Worrying and complaining changes nothing Those who complain the most, accomplish the least. It’s always better to attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed. It’s not over if you’ve lost; it’s over when you do nothing but complain about it. If you believe in something, keep trying. Don’t let the shadows of the past darken the doorstep of your future. Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any brighter. Take action instead. Let what you’ve learned improve how you live. Make a change and never look back. And regardless of what happens in the long run, remember that true happiness begins to arrive only when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.

4. Your scars are symbols of your strength Don’t ever be ashamed of the scars life has left you with. A scar means the hurt is over and the wound is closed. It means you conquered the pain, learned a lesson, grew stronger, and moved forward. A scar is the tattoo of a triumph to be proud of. Don’t allow your scars to hold you hostage. Don’t allow them to make you live your life in fear. You can’t make the scars in your life disappear, but you can change the way you see them. You can start seeing your scars as a sign of strength and not pain. Rumi once said, “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.“ Nothing could be closer to the truth. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most powerful characters in this great world are seared with scars. See your scars as a sign of ”YES! I MADE IT! I survived and I have my scars to prove it! And now I have a chance to grow even stronger.”

5. Every little struggle is a step forward In life, patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard on your dreams, knowing that the work is worth it. So if you’re going to try, put in the time and go all the way. Otherwise, there’s no point in starting. This could mean losing stability and comfort for a while, and maybe even your mind on occasion. It could mean not eating what, or sleeping where, you’re used to, for weeks on end. It could mean stretching your comfort zone so thin it gives you a nonstop case of the chills. It could mean sacrificing relationships and all that’s familiar. It could mean accepting ridicule from your peers. It could mean lots of time alone in solitude. Solitude, though, is the gift that makes great things possible. It gives you the space you need. Everything else is a test of your determination, of how much you really want it. And if you want it, you’ll do it, despite failure and rejection and the odds. And every step will feel better than anything else you can imagine. You will realize that the struggle is not found on the path, it is the path. And it’s worth it. So if you’re going to try, go all the way. There’s no better feeling in the world…there’s no better feeling than knowing what it means to be ALIVE.

6. Other people’s negativity is not your problem Be positive when negativity surrounds you. Smile when others try to bring you down. It’s an easy way to maintain your enthusiasm and focus. When other people treat you poorly, keep being you. Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are. You can’t take things too personally, even if it seems personal. Rarely do people do things because of you. They do things because of them. Above all, don’t ever change just to impress someone who says you’re not good enough. Change because it makes you a better person and leads you to a brighter future. People are going to talk regardless of what you do or how well you do it. So worry about yourself before you worry about what others think. If you believe strongly in something, don’t be afraid to fight for it. Great strength comes from overcoming what others think is impossible. All jokes aside, your life only comes around once. This is IT. So do what makes you happy and be with whoever makes you smile, often.

7. What’s meant to be will, eventually, BE True strength comes when you have so much to cry and complain about, but you prefer to smile and appreciate your life instead. There are blessings hidden in every struggle you face, but you have to be willing to open your heart and mind to see them. You can’t force things to happen. You can only drive yourself crazy trying. At some point you have to let go and let what’s meant to be, BE. In the end, loving your life is about trusting your intuition, taking chances, losing and finding happiness, cherishing the memories, and learning through experience. It’s a long-term journey. You have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting every step of the way. Laugh at the confusion, live consciously in the moment, and enjoy your life as it unfolds. You might not end up exactly where you intended to go, but you will eventually arrive precisely where you need to be.

8. The best thing you can do is to keep going Don’t be afraid to get back up — to try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again. Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart. Life’s best lessons are often learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes. There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong. And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t. When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right. Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best. Yes, life is tough, but you are tougher. Find the strength to laugh every day. Find the courage to feel different, yet beautiful. Find it in your heart to make others smile too. Don’t stress over things you can’t change. Live simply. Love generously. Speak truthfully. Work diligently. And even if you fall short, keep going. Keep growing.

Change your Perspective

What if we had viewed life in a different perspective? What if the choices we made alter the life we have today?

If you have the opportunity to change anything, what would it be?

17:20p.m Dubai time, a heavy sandstorm is slamming the city and the famous Torch Tower – 5th highest building in the world was at massive fire, that engulfed the 86-storey tower at Dubai Marina. Just when I heard of the sad news, I had a frivolous thought of the past and asked myself the introductory question, “What if we had viewed life in a different perspective? What if the choices we made alter the life we have today?”If I have the capability of changing anything right now, I’ll go back to my youth days where the outset of  immaturity blooms. I have always had high hopes of having a better version of myself, notably- a better student at class, focused listener and an uncomplicated human who value life’s simplicity. However, I have learned that if we want an improved version of ourselves, its either we wish we made better decisions in the past or, change our perspective today. It can be a roller coaster ride, but it is never too late. I am a minimalist in the making and simplicity practitioner. I am now viewing life the way I want it to be. Life may be entirely distinctive 26 years ago. It can be a hard start. Sacrificial and uncomfortable sometimes, yet, this is one major life change I would love to embrace…

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Life’s a beach

February 17, 2015 7:27AM Dubai time

Here we go again… I am now on my 2nd attempt in writing. First, was a failure. But today, as I reactivated my account, I don’t even know how and where to start. All I know is that I read a book (52 Changes) yesterday and I am now here, back to my old and new happy place. And why the hell not?! Well, hell YES!

Welcoming summer in the midst of February!

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