Blog Update: Let’s Do This!

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With the 90 Day Commitment Challenge tidied up, I’ve decided that I still want to write every day (if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing every day right?), but with a bit more variety!

I want each day  to have it’s own flavour, from the classic Motivational Monday, through to something a bit more unique.

I haven’t quite nailed all of them down, but there’s no point dilly-dallying around until I have it all figured out, because if life has taught me anything so far, it’s that if you wait til you have it all figured out, nothing will ever happen.

SO, without further adieu, this is what I’ve decided to roll with:

Motivation Monday: Profiles on motivational people and concepts

Try Tuesday: I love to learn about, and try new things, so this should be a bit of fun at the beginning of the week!

Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday: Progress in goals and various projects

Thirsty Thursday: Dreams, goals, and all out primal needs

Freestyle Friday: Whatever. I. Want to write about!

Sass and Grind Saturdays: Attitude and mindset

Soul Sundays: Thoughts to feed the soul, wind up the week, and prepare for another week doing it all again!

Any other ideas? Comments? Feedback?

I’m excited for these new adventures! Let’s do it!

 

Laveena

 

 

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Day 38: 90 Day Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

Day 38 of this challenge kicked off with Day 2 of Hank Norman’s video challenge, with a quick chat about the people that surround you. 

I cannot stress enough how the people around you influence your thoughts, feelings and decisions. So why wouldn’t you want to be around the people who will push you to be your best? And tell you straight when you’re not pulling your weight?! I know I would.

Other than that nothing inparticular to mention I’m afraid! Just the same old routine, building towards consistent results!

I hope you’re smashing your goals today! 
Laveena

Day 16: 90 Day Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

Good morning!

My knee still had a bit of a twinge to it yesterday, and although it was substantially better, I wanted it to heal properly, and took another morning off yoga,  studying instead.

The rest of the day went perfectly! With an uber productive work day and music practice. 

Although this challenge is just reinforcing what I was already trying to do consistently, I feel it has given me more focus, like the final stretch of a very long race! 

I feel like a wolf stalking its prey through the woods. I can see what I want, but the timing isn’t quite right yet, and although my stomach is growling, I have to be patient. 

Looking forward to squeezing any advantage I can get out of this challenge!

I hope you’re smashing your goals today!
Laveena

 

The Other Side of Reality TV

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It seems there’s always a reality star in the media these days, and very seldom is it to celebrate their successes and achievements. More often than not, it is to parade their failures for the discontented masses to feast on.

I’ve always been somewhat of an observer, often opting a restaurant table or park bench where I can sit and watch people go by. Judging by the absolute explosion in the popularity of youtubers these days who are basically filming and uploading their own reality show online, I am not the only one.

I really started to get into some of these shows when I started to want to find myself, and began “window shopping” for who I wanted to be (see my recent post “Window Shopping for the Soul?” to see what I’m talking about).

I am no fool, a large portion of the content of these shows is highly manipulated and carefully edited to tell the story that will get the most views. The selection of reality stars in each group is no different, with some being cast purely to stir the pot. This doesn’t dismiss the fact that all are very successful in their own right, and everyone has their own struggle, no matter what walk of life they come from.

However, there is usually at least one stand-out star in the bunch whose genuine and admirable (I think) qualities shine through to me, and I have watched on, being motivated and inspired by the way they handled themselves, their careers, and personal lives, and all while being followed around by the world.

I have listed a few of these below, but please note, I have only listed shows and facts that I could think of off the top of my head. This is not meant to be an extensive bio!

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Bethenny Frankel: Mother, Author, Entrepreneur, chef and star on the Real Housewives of New York, and The Apprentice
  • Kandi Buruss-Tucker: Wife, mother, singer, songwriter, record producer, mega-entrepreneur/queen of her empire and star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta
  • RuPaul Andre Charles: Actor, Drag Queen, singer, songwriter, and producer and host of Ru Paul’s drag race (along with soo many of the brave, creative and motivated contestants on the show, that there’s no sense in listing them all)
  • Erika Gerardi: Wife,  mother, singer, actress and star of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Seeing a pattern here are we? Strong, independent men and women, who aren’t afraid to work hard, stand up for what they believe in, and be themselves no matter what? These are some qualities I can get behind.

Do I know if they’re genuine or not? Obviously not, I’ve never met these people before in my life. But have you ever been inspired by a character in a movie? a cartoon? a fairytale? I don’t think it matters where your inspiration comes from, it’s what you do with it.

I hope you’re having a fantastic day! Make the most of every second!

 

Laveena

 

Site Name Change!

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Given I only have a handful of followers not many people will notice, but I have decided to change my site name!

I feel my new site name more accurately reflects the kind of content that I want to adding to the site…

  • Content that has inspired and motivated me
  • Struggles in my journey to achieve my goals and how I dealt with them
  • Lessons learned and tips for success!

I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy creating it!

If you want to hear more on my plans for this blog, have a listen here.

Have a fantastic day today, and crush your goals! ♥

 

Laveena

P.S. I make no apologies for any excessive use of exclamation marks! I am an excitable person 😉

Finding my Mentor

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Since I graduated from University, I’ve been a little lost. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do with my life (save the planet, make music, cuddle animals all day, make the world a better place for everyone and everything… you know, the usual), but I felt like I had to pick a path and focus my energy in a particular area.

I felt that if I wanted to be taken seriously and be hired into the corporate environment that I would have to conform to that mould, and after finally figuring out who I was, I wasn’t too keen to be put on the “corporate image leash”. On the other hand, I felt that if I chose the creative and humanitarian route, I would never be able to support myself financially, and I would miss the technical challenges that would have come from pursuing my environmental career.

I was in a constant state of hesitation, and I ended up “going where the wind took me, as long as it was vaguely related to what I wanted”. While this hasn’t been a terrible misstep, and I have learned a lot along the way, I have indeed missed the technical challenges as predicted, and have found that after I have “earned my bread” I have less time than I would like to pursue creative and humanitarian endeavors.

I tried to talk to those around me, but found that their “advice” was heavily laced with their own fears and insecurities about what could go wrong. I needed to talk to someone who was out there chasing their dreams off the beaten path, crushing it, and would give me their true unbiased opinion. I needed to “reach up” as Grant Cardone would say.

You can’t reach your full potential by holding on to where you are – Grant Cardone

Yesterday I reached out to someone that fit this bill, I’ll call her S. I’ve always admired her for creativity, the way she has worked tirelessly to build her brand, and the way she has carried herself and pushed forward despite criticism, nasty tactics, and trying personal times.

In a surprisingly short conversation, the things I wanted, and what I needed to do, became as clear as day. As is often the case, deep down, I had always known what I need to do, I just needed someone to ask the right questions, and get me to say it out loud. It seems ridiculous to type it out, but it’s true, and I now have a plan of action. Today I walked into work with an almost fanatical smile on my face, a renewed spring in my step, and the weight of the world off my shoulders. Now the real work begins… taking action.

Finding the right mentor for you

Interested in finding your own mentor? Here’s a few tips:

  1. Decide what you want from them – do you want to learn the tricks of the trade from one of the best in your industry? Or do you just want to be able to bounce ideas of someone who has similar values, and can hold you accountable?
  2. Research potential mentors to make sure they match up with what you’ve decided you are looking for
  3. Ask them! But be honest with what you are looking for, and respect their right to say no.
  4. Establish some expectations to avoid any frustrations and disappointments (e.g. would they prefer you email any questions through so they can respond where they can?  Or would they prefer a phone call? How regularly would you like to meet with them?)
  5. Be flexible and respectful of their time – show up on time, let them know if you can’t make it to a scheduled meeting (with more than 5 minutes notice!), and be respectful of their advice and opinions (you don’t have to agree with their opinion to be respectful)

Have a fantastic day guys! Go out and crush it!

 

Laveena

My Fire Speech

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With the announcement of those who will be speaking at 10X Growth Con 2018, it got me thinking. If someone asked me to get up on stage and share what had inspired me to get up at 3 am and tackle the things that scared me, what would I say? What would I tell them about the beginning of my slippery slope into madness and hunger for success?

I imagined, I visualized it, and I wrote it down. It is done. it is a speech for those who want more. It is a speech for the hungry.

Now to think about delivery. Even though I film and upload you tube videos regularly now, I’m terrified of standing up and speaking in front of real, live people. Even standing up in a room sharing some results makes me stutter, sweat, and I inevitably feel the blood rush to my face (which is only exacerbated by knowing I’ve gone red). But isn’t this all the more reason to write it? To tackle yet another terrifying and necessary part of life and dominate it?

The prospect excites me to no end! I love my speech. It embodies me and what I’m about. It reflects my soul. I haven’t figured out where and when I will deliver this speech, but I’m amped at the prospect, and for the opportunity! Until then…

Stay hungry,

 

Laveena