The life lesson

Knowledge is power.
Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.
Build on your relationships.

Collaboration is key.

All quotes we often do in our daily lives day in and day out without giving a second thought to the why, how, or where. We do this selflessly because it is our job, our duty, our desire to please and make either the project or our boss look good or even help ourselves move forward in what we hope someday will be a promotion or next step in our career. 

However, it doesn’t always happen that way. Sometimes we make others look too good. We help a project succeed when really the project should fail at the hands of the Director and we shouldn’t keep it afloat. Sometimes we need to stop on Friday afternoon at 5 and say, ‘I am done for the weekend, let someone else worry about what might happen.’ It is t easy for a lot of us to do that because we have passion and drive to make sure that what we do is not perfect but successful. Unfortunately it goes without being seen as valued. 

Recently I’ve come to see this first hand and it has been a very hard thing to overcome. It has been more of a slap in the face really as I see now the direction that individuals do not see me going and instead would rather work me to the ground making their project not fail. It is hard but I realize that I have to take care of myself now. I can’t worry about others, what might go wrong after the 5 o’clock hour or before the 8am timeframe. I need to focus on me. I tried to be everything to everyone and it didn’t get me a promotion, it tore me down and made me see that the fruits of my labor are just that- labor. 

So if you are like me and have passion, drive and commitment, ask yourself- is it worth it to not have your time for you or should you put the brakes on and enjoy your weekends and evenings again? 

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Simple rules for simple lives

1. Don’t live in the past. What happened happened. Move on.

2. Let go of the unnecessary drama that surrounds you.

3. People who are negative weigh you down- get rid of them.

4. Live within your means. Anything other is not simple.

5. Always say please and thank you. Someone will do the same for you one day.

6. When needed, count to 10 and breathe. Then move on with your day.

7. Failure happens, embrace it and learn from it. If you don’t fail, you have not lived.

8. Enjoy the small things in life. When they are gone you can’t get them back.

9. Be the best you can be, even on days you feel terrible inside.

10. Smile. Sometimes it may be the hardest thing to do, but someone else may need a smile in their life too.

Life is a journey- or is it?

We’ve all heard the expression ‘life is a journey, not a destination’ right? So how come we aren’t experiencing more of the journey and are focused only on the destination?

I’ve come to think that our culture is so focused on the desire to one-up each other that we aren’t taking the time to slow down and enjoy the journey it takes to get there. So what if there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow at the age of 27 with a fabulous car, house, and job. Have you had the time to live yet and have experiences or were you too busy climbing the ladder to notice that life existed around you?

How each of us lives our life is up to each of us, but actually LIVING that life is what makes the journey worthwhile.

Take a break, slow down, don’t be in such a rush to get somewhere, put your phone down and just experience life around you. There may be a piece of gold in there somewhere yet- but you won’t know unless you take the journey life has intended you to take.