When change is needed, act on it

This is not a blog post about my travels, nor my passions. This is a note of me starting to change my daily monotony. Use it too! When change is needed, act on it.

When life starts passing you by…

I’m tired. Every morning I wake up even more tired than when I went to bed.
My full-packed schedule is not leaving me the opportunity to do more of what I love doing – writing about our travels and getting inspired for new destinations. Or so I thought.

The problem is everybody is busy and it’s easy to get sucked into the vortex of daily routine and repetitive tasks. The truth is – and it should be everyone’s realization – that this is life. It’s happening!!! We shouldn’t just wait for things to calm down, wait for events to come when we’re not busy anymore. We will ever be busy. And if we don’t pay attention, we might just wake up old with a life that passed upon us. Instead of enjoying life, we were just caught up in the turmoil of hazardous events.

Just say not today!

I have a small confession. I have decided to take some little time for me. Not for my projects, but for me. Here I am, with my glass of Bordeaux, reflecting on how life started to pass me by recently, without me even noticing. But not today!

Today I have decided that I should pay more attention to my needs. Not my job’s needs, not other people’s needs. To my personal projects. Not my job’s projects, not other people’s projects. When we hit a plateau at work or in life, we should consider our options and start changing our situation before it’s too late. Frankly, I have reached a phase when change is necessary.

When change is needed, act on it!

For a long time I’ve been avoiding being true to myself and admit that is time to move on. It’s time for me to grow, to seek new opportunities and to embrace life.

This is a sort of New Year’s Resolution, if you want. It marks the decision that 2018 will be the year of change; a year of growth; and a year of me starting to live intentionally. A year of me planning my time; where I start scheduling my week to avoid being surprised by every new Friday that nastily announces me that another week has passed.

Most of the people hate Mondays. I am scared of Fridays.

Now I’m setting up to get past my New Year’s failure

During December 2017 I started my Winter Holidays Project of daily illustrations that resulted in a children’s book. In January I started the Forest Animals Project of daily illustrations, but I failed miserably at it because I got too busy at work and in life. I don’t have a valid excuse.

I’m writing this because I got scared of not being in charge of my life and my time. This is where I say stop! to me being just a spectator at my life. This is where I pledge to be the actor, or even better – the creator – of my life.

And I’m starting to celebrate small achievements

Even though I failed at some goals, I have also taken the decision to start celebrating small achievements. For instance, in 2017 I felt that I haven’t read enough. Or not enough books that would educate me. Fun stories are fun, but I felt I should read more books on a certain field or for self improvement.

Hence, in the first two weeks of January I have read two books (on behavioral economics and the psychology of passions and perseverence) and passed the middle of the very inspiring book of  Jay Samit – Disrupt you!.

Recently I have stumbled upon an article with stats that people living in France spend more than one week per year on the way to workplace. I consider it a week of intensive reading time.

I am reading all kinds of books to improve my knowledge and my skills, because the change is needed. This is only the beginning.

If like me, you find yourself sucked in the rush-hour of your life, this letter is for you.
Take a step back and analyze you options. You might be surprised of the outcome of change!
You should consider a win the mere fact of you realizing that life passes you by.
It’s your starting point towards creating a meaningful life in which you will be the creator.
Change is needed. Act now!

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