Lifestyle

Have you ever had the impression that life moves too fast; that you’re out of sync; offkey or off balance? That life is passing you by? That you want to do 1001 things but none of them actually matter to you. You’re physically present but your mind is elsewhere. You’re feeling down without really knowing why. To others, you look radiant with health but deep inside, you’re wasting away. Well, you’re not alone. I’ve been there too. I could either wallow in it or do something about it. It’s so easy to give up and do nothing. Every excuse is a “good” excuse. Your days are bleak, you look sickly and your mood changes with the weather. Center yourself; focus on things that make you feel good. Surround yourself with positive people and take action.

Take some time for introspection. It’s important to know what you want in life; the direction you want your life to take; and the things that really matter most to you. It’s time to get down to basics; to take note of where you are in life; and to make plans.

Life is such that we are perpetually going from one thing to another: activities, outings with friends, dinners, weekends at the cottage, brunches, work, reunions, conferences, networking events, and more. It all ends up snowballing.

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Taking time to enjoy dinner without fretting about getting up early the next day knowing it’s going to be a busy one. Instead, savour the here and now! The need to get everything done and the fear of missing out on anything can backfire: you won’t be able to take pleasure from the things you actually do and/or accomplish. Here’s a little piece of advice: put less on your plate and only do the things you really want to do. That being said, keep some time open for the unexpected.

Find a way to balance the practical with the enjoyable: leisure activities with necessary activities (example: going to work if you don’t want to lose your job). Master the art of using spare time to do the things that give you pleasure. Make the most of your time: for instance, do the bulk of your grocery shopping once a week instead picking things up every couple of days. Planning ahead will free up more of your time so that you can spend it doing things you enjoy.

A minimum of organization for a maximum of pleasure. The truth is, I tend to get stressed out if I don’t plan everything to the smallest detail so there’s definitely room for improvement and I’m working on it!

Whether we measure our lives in years, months, days or seconds, one thing is certain, we cannot turn back time so let’s make the most of every moment.

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When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to be  grow up, to have a driver’s license, a job, a house and a family of my own. We always want more; we’re never quite satisfied…

Time seems to fly by. I can hardly believe that I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree seven years ago. It seems like it was only yesterday.

It’s high time we open our eyes, appreciate the present moment, and smile at passersby for no other reason than the simple fact that it feels good and it’s free.

Savour life’s little pleasures. Create happy memories. Accomplish things, great or small. Be proud of the person you are and the person you are becoming.

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