Getting ready for 2018 – BOSSChallenge Sign Up today

Getting ready for 2018 – BOSSChallenge Sign Up today

My oh my has this year gone by so quickly! I can still remember this time last year when I took part in challenge 100 and launched, like it was just last week. But hey, if the year went by very quickly, it means that the year was a good year for you. We know this from the times we had so much fun, time just seems to fly by like a rolling tide. Of course, the fact that we are near the end of 2017, this means that we need to start getting prepared for the next year that is set to come in a matter of days.
And I was thinking, if I had the power to write my future for the year 2018, how and what would I like to happen? I think it would be a great way to set myself up and prepare myself with goals that would make 2018 interesting and successful.

Here are two things to get yourself prepped!

1) #BOSSChallenge100

I know it’s a little later than I had hoped but the BOSS Challenge will be starting on the 4th December (basically in a few days). If you’re a little unfamiliar about this challenge I will quickly brief you on it in less words than my original post (click here to read more about the BOSS Challenge). The BOSS Challenge or now #BOSSChallenge100 is a 100-day positivity cleanse for females to feel and be empowered. Each day, each BOSSer is required to apply at least one of the BOSS attributes, to encourage their personal development. These are Beautiful, Optimistic/Opportunist, Self-Assured, Sister. During these 100 days you will be either in contact with other BOSSers or receive frequent email notifications from me to keep the move going.

If you would like to take part, sign up TODAY by sending me an email thaliebrown@gmail.com or find me on Facebook @ThalieBrown. Don’t worry it’s FREE.

2) Vision Board

I really enjoyed making my vision board. I felt like a little kid literally tearing magazines and newspapers apart and sticking images onto card board… Almost like having an Argos catalogue and, sticking and cutting everything up for your dream house. This year I’m coming up prepared with a better and more concise plan  for 2018 (Not to say that the vision board for 2017 wasn’t too realistic enough). With this board, I hope to set myself the right goals that will take me one step closer to where I want to be in life, and I’d suggest that you do the same for yourself too, so that we can all celebrate a successful 2018!

Oh and yes!

And maybe a third point to add…

I have a new travel vlog that’s up on my YouTube channel! Just click here to view.

That’s it from me.

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Gratitude

Gratitude

Such a simple word that is often defined with words like being “thankful” and “satisfied”. Yet it is one of the hardest words to act out in every living scenario. I mean how many times have you asked and prayed or worked tirelessly for something you wanted so bad, only to be blessed with something that is not quite what you were looking for but it did the job? I bet you it’s been many times! But out of those moments, how many times did you feel content or even excited with your blessings?

See, true and honest gratitude in my eyes is being truly content and satisfied with your blessings. Notice how I said ‘blessings’. It’s because it always comes in a bundle lie a 2 for 1 deal.

Gratitude is not easily practiced and I can vouch for that. It has taken me several months (almost a year) to even try to grasp the concept, as I embarked on my journey on trying to reconnect with my inner self.  You see I was mad at myself for letting myself go in the first place and allowing external features (ie other people, finances, education and geographical location), to control the life that I have to live. More so, I was mad at the sense that I was living a life that tore me away from what I thought would enable me to reconnect with the things I enjoyed doing, such asha going out with my friends, going out to events, shopping or working out 3 times a week.  It was the notion of living in the next town that had busses running to and fro from my university town until 7pm that made me feel like i was being punished. Not only that, I was unaware of the blessing of having a part-time job with the university, whereby my Managers were flexible with my hours. 

Nevertheless, little did I know that by taking myself away from any of the temptations of beings young free woman by going out on a regular basis and focusing less on my education, I probably wouldn’t have the ability to manage my time wisely.  Nor do I believe that I would have acquired the professional attitude that I have today, to deal with difficult clients. In addition to that, I gradually got to understand that the long 15 minute walk between my house and the bus stop, was basically my morning ritual to appreciate nature and be thankful for having this moment of being able to live and breathe one more day.

Sometimes we get so caught up in what we thought life would be if life was like this. And so we work hard, sometimes aimlessly towards this goal, and then the result ends up not entirely matching our estimated goal or maybe not at all. So we become discontent by the situation, allowing further negativity to enter our minds and our paths, without even realising. So as time progresses, we either continue to fight fate or give up on ourselves by contesting our minds with statements like “oh that’s is never going to happen now that…” Or ” I really don’t know why I even decided to even bother with this, it was going to go this way anyway”. But that is not always the case. In every case there es a distinct reason as to why you landed in this situation. Maybe it was something that you asked for that wasn’t properly communicated or perhaps, this is your “training” season to prepare you for what is about to come your way (either what you were hoping for or something better than what you anticipated). But to find out this purpose, you need to be content with what you have or have been given for now. Once you have entirely settled with this contentment and have come to terms that this is what it is right now, you will start to understand each “failed” reason.

In all what I am trying to say is that gratitude= being gracious with attitude.

Everything happens for a reason but it’s down to you, to be happy with what you have, before another door of opportunity is opened up for you. So don’t beat yourself down. Start by saying “thank you” to all the good and bad moments and trust me, you will gradually start to see your life differently from your “control room”.