Category Archives: Personal Development

(famous) People I find inspiring, and why…

Maybe I should just shut up and smell the roses, but I’m obsessed with trying to live better, more efficiently, happier, lazier, etc. I’m not the best at it, but I love personal development. Here’s a list of people who I find inspiring and a brief summary on why.

Steve Pavlina (and his wife Erin): Anyone who knows me knows I basically worship this man. His website (stevepavlina.com) is loaded with free content that ranges from polyphasic sleeping, to eating a raw diet, to little life hacks on how to be more productive. He applies common sense, and neat little tricks that most of us wouldn’t think of. Plus, I love listening to his Podcasts while I’m at work. You may not agree with everything he says (and he doesn’t ask you to), but he gives you enough information to make your own judgment. Steve has this way of putting things that makes me realize my negative thinking and turn things around. He seems like such a genuinely happy individual, and he inspires me to be the same.  Some of my favorite posts are:

10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job

How to Get Up Right Away When Your Alarm Goes Off

33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity

StevePavlina.com Podcast #014 – Embracing Your Passion

His wife, Erin, is a psychic medium/intuitive counselor (and blogger, among other things) and I love reading her experiences with lucid dreaming, and relationships. I get my fill of ‘crazy paranormal’ reading from her. You can also book a reading with her: Book a Reading.

How To Know When To Leave Your Job

If You Weren’t Afraid Continue reading

Personal Growth..hopefully

Finally, I have everything set to start my p90x workout (sans the pull up bar). I did the ab ripper x yesterday just for fun, but my official start date is today.  I have my stats written down (will post at a later date…most likely around the 2nd phase), and my batteries are charging to take pictures (ugh, also don’t think I will post just yet).

I’m not sure how closely I will follow the nutrition plan, mostly because I have my own nutrition plan that I’d like to follow.

I’m scared and excited. I HAVE to do this for 90 days…90 days really isn’t that bad. CAN’T QUIT. This will definitely be a challenge.

I know I am becoming, or perhaps I have always been, a sheeple, or I guess sherson (singular?).  I’m working a 9-5, m-f job, to bring home a paycheck that just barely covers living expenses. Everyone has the power to be way more than that, but why do we settle? Maybe we’re lazy, but wouldn’t we rather be happy?

Personal examples of dropping the ball:

-Working out/going to the gym: “Ah, I’m tired, I’ll go tomorrow.”

-Blogging: “I have this great idea to write about, I’ll do it later.”

-Finding a career I love: “I want to do something great, but I don’t have the time to figure it out now.”


Things that I think will help me:

-Waking up every morning excited for the day. Even if I have to fake it for a while.

-Learn how to do things mind over matter. Tired? Tough, workout anyway.

-Having constant reminders of what I’m passionate about. Making a ‘dream board’ of sorts, where I list/have pictures of the things I want to accomplish.

Time to get some work done. Thanks for reading!

-C

New Trial

I would consider last months trial a success. I wish I was a little more prepared for this month to have something to do for March. I might make a decision of something I’d like to do just for 2 weeks and start it on the 15th.

For next month I’m juggling a few different ideas. I really liked the idea of writing, and/or reading. By reading, I mean reading other than for school and most likely not e-books or magazines. I might try blogging, or short story writing, or writing in a journal also.

Another idea I really like is kind of a mental health thing, with meditating/yoga at least once a day. I’m thinking of making a list of activities such as meditating, focusing on the chakras, using my Chinese health balls, doing yoga, etc, and doing at least one a day for 30 days. Possibly getting it up to two times a day if it goes nicely.

Another idea, is hard core job searching everyday. Either submitting at least one resume/application or working on my resume, etc. I’m getting really worried about not finding a job at this point, and even though I’m applying, I think if I give it 100% effort I might be more successful.

I’ve also thought about spending 1-2 hours every single night on school work…maybe taking Sunday night off. Right now, I’m doing work a couple nights a week for several hours at a time. That’s how I prefer it, but trying to attack my senior project in smaller chunks every night might prove to be more efficient.

I’d like to try to do all of these things, but I know if I try to do them all at once I’ll fail at all of them. The job searching is a good idea now because of timing, since I will be graduating in the beginning of May. But meditating and such would be really helpful now because I’m so stressed out. The same with getting my school projects done is something that needs to get finished up in the next month.

I’m thinking now to either give one of those things the 15 day trial, or extend it into April for another 15 days, or try to block schedule my time and give a little time to each. Maybe just meditating everyday for 15 minutes, and only spending no more than half an hour job searching every night.

There have been ridiculous things going on around here, and the maturity level, or lack there of is really stressing me out. Mark gets annoyed and said I just shouldn’t let it bother me, but it really does. I feel so uncomfortable here when these small childish things happen, that are done purposely to make me feel uncomfortable.