Last week, I was minding my own business doing my morning routine: Wake up, send positive affirmations into the universe, say a little prayer then…check all social media outlets [I’ve really gotta break this habit], when BAM! out of nowhere, there’s a picture of snow covered ground on my IG feed. I got a little excited and started to sing, It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…until I remembered, it’s still November!
Honestly, I’m not ready. I’m not ready for the need to scrape off my windshield, bundle up x 4323, the chapped lips and oh…I’m not ready to worry about what to get anyone for Christmas. Now, you can call me a Grinch all you want but, quite frankly my dear, I don’t care. It just all feels too soon. I mean, it seems like yesterday I was hiding from the sun in 1000 degree weather and now I have to worry about snow, Christmas decorations and gifts? *sigh*
Wait…this isn’t supposed to be a complaint post, my bad.
Here are THREE ways to make your holiday season enjoyable.
1. BE HAPPY : Although America has made the holiday season more about the gift giving, we should all take more time to be grateful for our lives. If you really think about it, we’ve all been given tons of gifts throughout the entire year. Some may have gone unnoticed but, remember the last time you smiled? Yea, that was a gift. Use positive energy during times of solitude and around others, its the best gift ever.
2. MAKE MEMORIES : I’m not sure if I’ve officially broken the news to you but, I’m a content curator for Travel Noire. Travel Noire is an awesome blogging platform from a global community of black travelers. Since being involved with the site, I have gained so much inspiration to go out and see the world. I mean, if you really think about it, it’s not as hard as it may seem. I plan on taking smaller trips and experiencing more of my city all while saving up for world domination [evil grin].
3. READ A BOOK, SON : Growing up, I was an avid reader, and over the last few weeks I got back to being one again. Although I abhor reading textbooks, leisure reading puts me at peace. Not only has increasing my daily reads made me feel better about myself, it has opened my eyes to many, many things. It’s great. A few of books that I’ve fallen in love with are You are a BADASS, The 50th Law + Steal Like An Artist . Oh, and if you like free PDF versions of thought-provoking books, check out one of the best tumblr sites out there…besides mine, of course.
Kimberly has a great list of books that are highly recommended as well. Give yourself the ultimate gift, increase your intake of literary content.
Enjoy this short work week, eat well, get on that treadmill + live golden :)
Know It Ain’t Right | M.I.A | 2013
It’s very important for you to believe that you are the one.
The best thing that you could ever do for yourself is to know who you are. No, I’m not talking about knowing the meaning of your name, understanding that yellow looks way better on you than pink or that your favorite season is summer. I’m talking about understanding who you are both inside and out. Knowing your weaknesses, understanding your passions and following your dreams. Right now is a very funny time in my life. I’m finally coming to terms with who I am and it’s scary. If anyone were to ask me what goals I had for myself two years ago, I would come up with wonderful stories about the things that made other people happy. I’d be a pharmacist with a nice house, husband and two kids…my life would be set. But, was that what I really wanted for myself? NO. My passion was never in sciences, in fact, I hate science. When I announced to my family and friends that I was going off to school to become a Biology major, they all laughed and deep down inside, I laughed too.
It’s not over until I win.
"Saving face" is a norm in our generation. We do things to make our parents happy, our friends like us more and strangers want to be us. But, who’s to say that being yourself was a crime? Who’s to say that your goals that you push to the back of your mind everyday aren’t achievable. Who told you that living someone else’s life was great? We sit around worrying about what someone else thinks about our lives that we never really live. We buy clothes from brands that we don’t really support, go to the parties that we don’t enjoy and listen to the music that sounds like trash [in our ears] because it’s the "in" thing to do. The more successful/popular/desirable people are doing it and we’re sure that it will help us jump in rankings.
Define your value
Life is beginning to have a special kind of meaning and I’m all for it. In the last three weeks, I’ve read more books than I’ve read in my entire lifetime. I go to the library every other day and leave with about 15 books. The librarians laugh at me and don’t believe that I actually read them, while others think I teach a class; which I am. I’m the teacher and the student in my own classroom : Living + Loving Nneji’s Life 101.
It’s necessary that you get the losers out of your life if you want to live your dream. Someone’s opinion of you does not have to be your reality.
I’ve shared my visions to a few people, some close friends and others complete strangers and it’s funny because a few of them don’t understand why I want to do it. They believe that it won’t work, that it’s already been done or that I don’t have the strength to do it. When I first started writing out my dreams and attempting to work toward them, the negative comments made me want to stop. I began believing that if one person didn’t like it, more people would follow behind. But, one thing that I forgot was that there were believers. The people telling me to keep going and keep striving were way more important than the ones who told me to stop. In life, there will always be a hater. Let that hater be your motivator.
“I can do this, even if no one else sees it for me, I must see it for myself.”
I’m nowhere close to achieving the goals I have set out for myself. This post stemmed from this video that one of my friends sent in a GroupMe chat + my own personal feelings. I’m working on a new project + I can’t wait for its release! Want to build? Let’s build together. Shoot me an email Nneji@NaturallyNaija.com