16 Things to do in 2016

16 Things to do in 2016

Happy new year! I never set resolutions as I am on a continuous journey of spiritual growth and personal development which does not have an ending. Why wait for January 1st to roll around? When you are free of a destination, each little step in your journey becomes an endless stream of unexpected surprises and revelations because your consciousness slows down, all your sensory experiences are enhanced and you begin to perceive little details that you would have otherwise missed. All the interesting parts of life are hidden in between the lines and requires some soul-searching and deep insights. It’s true when they say that life isn’t easy.

You don’t always need huge lofty goals but I believe you must commit to small changes daily that will eventually result in lifelong habits.  Here are 16 things I’ve been doing and plan to carry over into 2016:

  1. Study philosophy.
  2. Do things you are afraid of.
  3. Stop being so narrow-minded.
  4. Be practical first. React emotionally later.
  5. Spend more time outside.
  6. Exercise often, even if it meant walking instead of driving. Every little step counts.
  7. Sleep more.
  8. Take cold showers. They are so wonderfully invigorating.
  9. Write as much as you can. You will discover so much about yourself and the world. Not enough people put enough time into working on themselves.
  10. Stop labeling. Age, gender, ethnicity… those are all just labels and do not define who people really are.
  11. Treat people to the little things. A coffee, a slice of cake, their bill at dinner. Doesn’t it feel nice to give without expecting anything in return? And don’t worry, your real friends will remember.
  12. Stop talking about other people. If you have friends who talk shit about other people, they are probably talking about you too.
  13. Be curious about the world and always be learning about something new.
  14. Enjoy your life currently as it is.
  15. Be unapologetically yourself.
  16. Worry as little as possible.

    “Worry is preposterous; we don’t know enough to worry.” – Wei Boyang

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    28 Lessons I’ve Learned in Life

    28 Lessons I’ve Learned in Life

    2015 has been a magical year as I paraded through a new chapter in my life and although I’m sad that it’s coming to an end, I am so excited about the future! When you welcome life with open arms, you become happier, less judgmental and your views of the world expands when you meet interesting people, and experience and see things you would have never imagined to be a part of your life. Oh how things can drastically change in such a short amount of time. I’ve been uncovering moments left and right, internally and externally… I love life!

    Since I turned 28 this year, here are 28 lessons I’ve learned in life:

    1. Perfection is boring. If you’ve been too happy in your routine for too long, it’s time to shake things up.
    2. Time is money. Time is the most precious currency.
    3. You definitely do not have to live the same life as everyone else around you.

      Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

    4. When home doesn’t feel like home anymore, it’s time to move on.
    5. Being afraid of something is the ultimate sign that you NEED to do it.
    6. Only boring people get bored. How can you be bored in a world full of exciting things? BE CURIOUS!!
    7. You cannot give what you don’t have. Spirituality and a strong and stable mental health needs to be your foundation, followed by your physical health and well-being. If you don’t work on yourself and love yourself first, you have nothing of value to offer to anyone else.
    8. Don’t believe in instant gratification. It is life’s biggest deception and you won’t get anything out of it.
    9. Be receptive to change. Being adaptable to whatever life throws at you, is one of the most important traits to success.
    10. Punctuality is respect. Don’t be late— it shows how much you respect the other person’s time.

      I could never think well of a man’s intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments. — Nathaniel Emmons

    11. When you say you are going to do something, always follow through, otherwise you’ll carry the reputation as a flake.
    12. Simplify your life by not over-thinking and letting go. Life is so much better when you stop caring about what other people think of you. Always let go of anger. When someone cuts you off or say something offensive, let yourself dwell in the emotion for a second (because you are human after all), then imagine the anger flowing away… outside of your body and dissipating into nothingness. Seriously visualize it because it works. Never hold onto anger but allow yourself to experience it briefly to remind yourself the toxicity it injects into your soul. Which comes to another lesson…
    13. Never let external sources determine your emotions. Life is what you make of it. You are your own God. YOU get to decide how to react to obstacles and YOU get to decide on the outcome. Getting angry over minuscule conflicts or over what someone said or did to you is time you will never get back. You can’t fix other people’s dysfunctional personalities but you can choose how to react to them. When you give them emotion, you give them power. Don’t let their chaos disrupt your peace.
    14. Think before you speak and react because there is always more than what you see on the surface— be more insightful and search for the truth in everything. So many people these days lack the ability to look at the bigger picture while only focusing on the details right in front of them. Imagine if all there is to life is exactly what we see in front of us? How boring would that be?!
    15. Psychology is so important and needs be mandatory in all schools because it makes you more compassionate, by helping you understand why people are the way they are. When your find yourself judging someone, remind yourself that they also have a story and they are living their life the best they can. No one wants to be unhappy. People are the way they are because of a collective of experiences through life… whether good or bad.

      This is the secret to compassion and forgiveness.

    16. It’s okay to invest the majority of your time and emotions for the people you want to be with. It is much better to have a handful of close friends than a lot of acquaintances. I cherish small dinners and get-togethers with my closest friends— those are the best of times!
    17. It’s okay to admit that certain personality types just don’t mesh and not feel guilty about it. There are people you naturally click with and those you will never see-eye-to eye with. Personalities are such mysterious entities. Don’t force relationships and just move along because the world is a monstrous place. If they have a problem with it, know it is not your responsibility to fight their demons for them.
    18. It’s okay to ruthlessly edit things out of your life that isn’t living in accordance with your physical and physiological well-being. Life is too short for negativity, conflicting interests and those who would tell you otherwise.
    19. Friendship is timeless. Your real friends are the ones you may have not seen in ages but you always pick up right where you last left off.
    20. Real friends tell you the truth and don’t get offended by the truth.

      I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. – Plutarch

    21. Money cannot buy class.
    22. Nothing is secret once you tell anyone. That anyone to someone else:“oh don’t tell anyone but…” Words always get innocently passed along because it is simply human nature to want to share and talk, so when someone doesn’t want to tell you something, don’t take it personally. You have a right to your privacy and if you have nosy ‘friends’… maybe you should just edit them out of your life as well.
    23. Always find an excuse to travel. Travel expands your mind and changes the way you see the world… it will change you in ways you would have never imagined. When you only know one way to live and is heavily influenced by the “society” you’ve been around for years, without experiencing the vastness of the world and seeing firsthand, the unique lives other people lead, you are only a prisoner of your own life.
    24. Have a hobby that puts you in a sacred state of flow and do it often.
    25. Sometimes you have to slow down. Sometimes you have to surrender and let go.
    26. Stop planning everything in your life. The fun is in spontaneity!!
    27. Life is your teacher. Welcome everything that comes along with open arms.
    28. Don’t forget to live in the now.

      The only possible moment of happiness is the present. The past gives you regrets. And the future, uncertainties. – Arsène Wenger

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      There’s No Rest for the Wicked

      There’s No Rest for the Wicked

      I have a full time job, too many social engagements for my liking (introvert probz), mandatory “me time” at the gym and most importantly on my bike, and adult responsibilities like cleaning the toilet (or hiring a maid to do it) but I’ve been traveling like a mad-woman this year. The traveling adds an extra layer of stress and complexity to my life such as 5am wake up calls to get miles on my bike before work, or having a hectic day at the office when you know you can’t stay late since you made early dinner plans… but I really wouldn’t trade it for the world.

      The Wynn @ Las Vegas

      The Wynn @ Las Vegas

      I’ve turned into quite a prissy traveler but with so much time spent on airplanes and at airports, it’s worth every effort and dollar to make my travels as stress-free as possible. If you read my blog, you know I am all about maximizing my time and enjoying life. I am always on top of picking my seat and priority boarding, and I am not a light packer …but I don’t care! What I’ve learned about travel: do whatever the hell you want and what makes you happy. I use a carry-on for 3-5 day trips otherwise I will check in luggage. I don’t tend to “over-pack” but I will always bring a bigger suitcase for shopping. I learned that I am definitely not a backpacker nor a budget traveler– if I am going to escape, I am going to want the best and do it in style. I can live “normally” at home (aka no 5-star restaurant dinners every single night) so why do I want to travel below my means?! You can save money by cooking your own lunch and buying less coffee… you just need to figure out your priorities.

      Traveling is supposed to be a whole experience: culture, culinary and shopping!

      Travel Carry On Neccessities

      Here are my carry-on necessities:

      Wallet (passport, Nexus, ID’s, credit cards, cash) | Cellphone + iPad Mini | Bluetooth headsetMake up and toiletries (I never check these in!)  | Perfume & Mints (I can’t stand unpleasant smells from other people around me …AND from myself) Inflatable Neck Pillow | Supplements + Lactaid Pills (I can’t give up dairy!) | Pen (don’t understand how people travel without writing instruments) | And of course, my trusty Briggs & Riley Spinner & Weekender!

      Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.

      What are your travel necessities?

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