New Chapter, New Journey: I’m Back!

Well helloooo everyone! I am back. I know I know, I’ve been gone for like way too long. But for those of you who have done your A-Levels or any final year in High School would know. Study stress = No time. Luckily, this is over now, and I can finally continue with my blog.

I was thinking of changing its name, but then I thought, hey, I’m starting a whole new journey right now, so it’s rather fitting to my current situation. And I guess you could call moving away from home to pursue my dream to be a dancer quite a significant and exciting new journey.

Yeah, that’s what happened, I moved out after 13 years in Asia, back to Europe, to my roots. Everything is new for me, from having to sort out my own household and food to seeing Autumn again for the first time in 13 years.

I’m excited to start posting some of my experiences, insights, new routines and recipes as I am experimenting with food and getting used to the cold.

This is one of the first of many beautiful autumn photos you will see. ( I am obsessed with these colours, they take my breath away every time). And also, this is kind of how I feel my path looks like, so pretty, yet I cannot see fully into the future. So I wonder what this new chapter has in store for me, and I’d love for it to lead to me being a professional dancer :)

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Have a Wonderful Day and Happy Halloween,

~Ula

 

 

 

Guest Post: I Dare You, I Double Dare You

Here’s an awesome guest post I have received recently. Have a read and leave a comment of your thoughts. :)

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“Whatever you do, don’t ever change for other people. If you have to change, let it be four your own sake.” My mom told me when I was but a lad. At the time I barely knew what to make of those words. “Pf! Like I’ll ever change.” I would tell myself. I never thought sneakers with glowing soles would go out of fashion. I never thought that my dog would die, or that my goldfish would be flushed. I never thought school would end or that I would have to shave. I never could have imagined my father would be drafted and that my mother would lose her job. I was never ignorant, but I learned slow. Why? Because I never changed. I don’t get younger, but I never let go of that little boy who told himself that he would never change. Continue reading “Guest Post: I Dare You, I Double Dare You”

Guest Post: Turning Chapters – Life After College

I recently received another guest post by Paige Donahue about the struggles in life after college, and an inspiring story about how she dealt with it: 

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College students strive hard to be able to graduate and earn a degree. They would spend countless of hours studying for an exam or preparing for class reports in order to get the passing grade needed to be able to finish a course. They would literally stay up late to make sure that all their academic tasks have been taken cared of. This would go on for four years or so, until they reach their graduation day.

Though getting out of college can bring a feeling of relief and excitement, some graduates would also experience a feeling of self-doubt and withdrawal after leaving the comforts of the campus. They would feel a bit overwhelmed with the thought of having to face the big world that is very unfamiliar to them. Unlike college, wherein they can still enjoy the luxury of being young and reckless, the corporate world requires them to be professional and be mindful of all their actions.

That thought scared me. As a fresh graduate who got used to the usual routine of my college life, I became afraid of what the new chapter of my life will offer me. As a matter of fact, I even doubted if I am really ready to face the world outside the comforts of the four corners of the classroom. I felt as if every move that I will make will be a failure.

Yet multi-awarded actor/director Alan Alda once said, “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.

I tried to apply his message to my life, and slowly make my way out of my shell to force myself to get used to the idea of moving forward in life. One by one, I let go of my inhibitions. I told myself that I have no other choice but to take one step at a time in order to achieve my goals in life.

The passage from Jeremiah 29:11 that says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future,” also helped console me. Knowing that our Creator is on my back helped me gain my confidence to face what lies ahead.

For the past couple of months, I have been busy preparing myself to face the professional world. This is the time for me to apply everything that I learned back in school. I told myself that I did not spent a lot of sleepless nights for nothing, and that I have to make a contribution to our society by sharing my God-given talents and the skills that I got from the university. That served as my inspiration to move forward and embrace my new world as a  college graduate.

So for those who are also having cold-feet after college, remember that being afraid of what lies ahead will only be the hindrance to the path that you want to pursue. You have to overcome all your fears and begin the new leaf of your life with confidence and determination. For sure, you will be able to get whatever you are aiming for. Just have faith and never let your doubts prevent you from reaching your goals.

About the writer:

As a striving young professional, Paige Donahue still encounters the ups and downs of life. Yet she knows that she can face everything if she puts her heart and mind into it. For now, she earns a living by working for an essay writing company. You can get to know her more by checking out her blog, https://verylastpaige.wordpress.com/.

See Life Through Eyes Of Love

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I recently had an amazing, insightful conversation with someone who sees, feels and lives life through love and only love. He inspired me and showed me that even though I am already really positive, I still have a long way to go. The principle itself is simple – love life, love yourself, love everyone and accept every situation with love. Let go of what doesn’t bring love to your life. Love, love, love…

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Guest Post: To try and do some good

This is another guest post I received by Sean Homsher about how we should ‘try and do some good’ by taking action in one way or another. Check out his blog 99 ways to be kind :)

 

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That quote came from a gentleman whose story was largely unknown to the world for 40 years until his wife found some of his papers relating to his story of rescuing 669 Czech, mostly Jewish, children from the Nazi occupation force in 1938-39 while he was stationed in Prague with the British army. 

In 1938, young Nick Winton was made aware of a tragic situation but rather than throw his hands up and say, “the situation is sad, but hopeless.” He chose to stay and attempt some action, “to try and do some good” for children in the face of very bad odds…

I encourage you to read about him, because he’s an amazing and inspiring person, but how does what he did 75 years ago relate to everyday people in our modern world?  
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30 day challenge – going well

It is now the 6th day of my 30 day challenge and I am glad to inform you that it is going extremely well! I am easily resisting sugar, and I haven’t had a single bit of dairy and almost no wheat (only this one time when I made myself a veggie wrap with thin wheat bread). Now that I have gone through a couple of days it gets easier and easier. Though I must admit, I am much more hungry than I usually am and therefore eat more often – probably because I eat less carbs in every meal. And I will not starve myself, therefore I will eat as much as I need to be satisfied, whenever I am hungry.

Plus, I just watched the movie “Food Matters” yesterday which affirmed that I am on the right track. Food is one of the most important aspects in our lives and it is one of the little things we can choose ourselves. So, if I fill myself with good food, I will feel good.
“How do you expect a building to last 100 years if you put bad building material in it – Same with our body” – Food Matters Continue reading “30 day challenge – going well”

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Doing something for the first time is super exciting and might even result in a future hobby, opportunity or success. The thing is, trying something you have never done before can be a little scary, but that is no excuse at all. In fact, I recommend you to try something you have never done before just for the fun of it, or for the risk – well, maybe don’t jump off a cliff but you get what I’m saying.

If you have an opportunity, why not take it? If you’ve always wanted to learn something new, just learn it. Or if you have a great idea of how you can help save the environment, implement it. There is always a solution or way to do something, because it is all possible. And after all, there is no harm in trying.

The first step is to decide that you’re gonna do something new. Then, if you’re scared of it, accept the fear, and do it anyways. You probably wont absolutely love everything new you try, but would you rather do it anyway or regret not trying at all in the end?
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How food contributes to happiness

Don’t you think eating the right foods will make you a happier person? And no, I don’t mean eating all that junk food and desserts will make you happier because they taste good. Well…junk foods do make you happy – for like 30 min. However afterwards you either feel guilty or over longterm, unhealthy. Now, I always think that being healthy is the best gift that you can have in life, and I also think that being healthy starts with eating healthy. So, good health = happiness ;)

Just so you know, I love food, it’s one of my favourite things in the world. My favourite thing ever is chocolate – yes, that sweet ‘unhealthy’ stuff. And I must say, I have times when I just eat chocolate every day. But for my own good I am working on decreasing the amount of chocolate I take in. This is because I realised the more sweet, sugary things I eat, the more tired and lazy I get. It may have a different effect on you, but one thing is for sure: Don’t eat too much chocolate :P
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Had a bad day?

Breeaaath – it’s just a bad day, not a bad life. 

Had a bad day? Feeling all negative and down and have no idea what to do?

– We’re all in that situation sometimes. We have days where just everything goes wrong and life seems to be horrible. And in the end, we keep thinking about it over and over again trying to understand why it all happened and the bad mood just stays.

That’s the thing, if you over think your bad day, the highest possibility is that it will get even worse. But if you tell yourself, ok, everything is gonna be alright. And you ask, what was my lesson today, what was the experience and what did I learn? – That’s what will shift your mood and you can look at your bad day from a positive perspective.

Like, lets say your friend got mad at you and said that you are super ugly and not worthy of her friendship. You have 2 choices:

1. Be all annoyed and mad at them for saying that stuff, and think about whether what they said is really true. Thus, lowering your self esteem and questioning who you are or how you look like. This will probably make you sad or annoyed. Is that what you want?

2. Or, you can think, fine, this happened, what did I learn from it? – I learnt how to stand up to myself and not take what she said personally, so I showed strength. Plus, I realised that my friend has had a bad day and probably took her emotions out on me, so it wasn’t even my fault! 

You see, change your perspective, and your bad day won’t seem as bad as it initially was. As every day is an opportunity to learn, and if we just learn the pretty and easy things in life, we won’t ever get stronger right?

So if you had a bad day, SMILE anyway and go to bed with a good feeling :)

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