• Make Time For Your Passions With A Full-Time Job


     

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    Up to three years ago, I had a full-time job. I also had my business, and I was committed to prioritising my multiple passions. Believe me when I say that I know a thing or two about making time for your passions!
     

    From my experience, I can assure you, it’s not about getting better at juggling, well, everything. Your mission today is to learn how to make time for your passions with a full-time job.
     
     

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    Task 1: Understand what priority means

     

    First of all, I’d like to clear up a common misunderstanding. Prioritising a passion doesn’t mean spending more time on it than you do on your job or your family. Priority isn’t expressed in time, it’s expressed in commitment and dedication.
     

    We’ve all sat through hours of school with zero interest or motivation. No matter how long these lessons were, they clearly weren’t a priority. Similarly, spending two meaningful hours on a passion can mean more than ten hours of going through the motions.
     

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    Task 2: Make time for your passions

     

    Here are the steps you can implement to make sure that you’ll always have time for your passions.
     

    1. Get rid of distractions. Rather than trying to cram even more items into your daily schedule with “time management”, look for what you can cut out and let go of. Disinstall social media apps from your phone. Limit your screen time (no, it’s not just for children!). Cancel obligations and memberships that don’t fulfill you.
    2. Block off chunks of time. In my busiest years, I kept one day a week free and I wouldn’t compromise on it. I often worked six days a week, so having one day for my passions is what kept me sane. It’s also much easier than trying to make room for half an hour every day.
    3. Up your self-care game. You absolutely cannot compromise on your sleep, movement, and basic nutrition. These things will give you the energy to do everything you want to.

     

  • Vlog 15: Back In Ireland For A Month


     

    Ireland for a month

     

    It has been a deeply emotional month, visiting home for the first time in nearly 2 1/2 years! Let me take you on a journey and see the beauty of Ireland through my eyes (and lens).
     

    You’ll see footage of breathtaking scenery, cosy cafes, friends, archery, music and laughter. And then it all finishes off with my trip back to Croatia and more friends and beauty in the South-West of England.
     

    I truly hope you’ll enjoy it. If you do, consider subscribing to my YouTube channel or the newsletter below! If you’d prefer to watch the vlog on YouTube, you can find it here.
     
     

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  • Stop Worshipping Strength


     

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    Being strong is a great thing. Physical strength helps you in everyday life; mental and emotional strength make you more resilient to the trials of life.
     

    However, there’s a danger in worshipping strength – in others and ourselves – too much. In our society, there’s almost a cult around strong humans. Just look at most Hollywood movies if you don’t believe me.
     

    Your mission today is to learn why it’s important to stop worshipping strength – and what to do instead.
     
     

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    Task 1: What’s wrong with being strong?

     

    Of course there’s nothing wrong with it! Someone who survives cancer and manages to keep a positive outlook, is amazing. People who win olympic medals, are admirable.
     

    But what about weakness? What about people with physical ailments who’ll never be able to run, jump, or ski? What about someone who succumbs to depression and take their own life? Are they bad people?
     

    The truth is, that strength is needed only when things aren’t right. Our worship of strength almost makes it seem like awful experiences are a good thing. They’re not. It also makes it seem like ease is superficial and silly. It isn’t.
     

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    Task 2: How to stop worshipping strength

     

    Nobody should feel bad for being strong – on the contrary. But nobody should feel bad for being weak, either. What we should do is support everyone according to their needs, and work on building a society that leaves nobody behind.
     

    By all means admire people who are strong, but resist worshipping strength and instead, invite ease into your life. Pursuing passions, doing something for the sole reason that it brings you joy, is contrary to strength worship, and accoring to the cult, they aren’t worth anything because you don’t suffer for it.
     

    Life does not have to be hard all the time. Look for ease. Let go. Do less. And actively, consciously, and relentlessly pursue what lights you up. Both you and the world in general, could use a breather.
     

  • What Do You Expect From Life (It’s Probably Not Joy)?

    What do you expect from life?
     

    An interesting twist on the famous Law of Attraction is the insight that you don’t “get what you think” or even what you feel – although the latter is closer to the truth – you get what you expect. It sounds like a minor distinction at first, but once you truly understand what it means, you’ll realise that this changes everything.
     

    I’d like to take a closer look at what it means to “get what you expect”, how you can utilise it for yourself, and the role that trauma plays in this. In short, I’ll encourage you to do some introspection, assess your own expectations, and help you adjust them to increase your levels of happiness – and, of course, the time and energy you spend on your passion(s).
     
     

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    Not the Law of Attraction again!

     

    Most of us have watched The Secret or read a book or at the very least, an article. Most have at least a vague idea what the Law of Attraction is about: that what you think, believe, feel, is what you’re likely to attract into your life. Basically, whatever you’re a vibrational match for, will manifest itself.
     

    Don’t expect me to talk you into believing it, please. The thing with the Law of Attraction is that it works both ways: If you’re convinced it doesn’t work, guess what – it won’t! All I can say is that I know people from all walks of life, some privileged, some definitely not, who use the LoA to great success and have consciously manifested things that can only be called miracles.
     

    We know thoughts have vibrations – actual, measurable vibrations. So do emotions. We also know that nothing exists in isolation and everything is connected. Studies have proven, over and over, that a patient’s attitude plays a significant role in their chances of recovery. It’s not all that far-fetched to think that at least part of our reality results from, well, us.
     
     

    Think, feel, expect

     

    A skeptic will be quick to point out that thinking of a pink flamingo won’t make one appear (more’s the pity – they’re beautiful!). However, as I mentioned before, thoughts are only the beginning of the process, because repeatedly thinking something influences our feelings, and they’re what manifests, according to The Secret.
     

    But you see, it’s also where so many people struggle. I’ve manifested quite a lot of what I set out to. At other times, I seemed to do all the work – visualised, cleansed, took action, kept my mood positive, trusted in the outcome – and nothing happened. Zero. Zilch. I’ve heard from others who had similar experiences. Were we all doing something wrong?
     

    Here’s where newer research comes in, things you can read in publications from the last decade or so. They point out that thinking and feeling are great, but as long as we expect, deep down, something different, we’ll not manifest the thing we’re thinking about. Say, if you do all the classic manifestation work around attracting your ideal partner, but deep down inside you don’t believe you can find love, or that you’re not worthy of it, it’s not going to happen.
     

    Two lovers at sunset. Is love what you expect from life?
     

    Why trauma is so very damaging

     

    Unfortunately, the above is another reason why trauma is so very damaging. As though it wasn’t enough that traumatic experiences linger on in the body and get triggered at every inconvenient moment, they can also severely mess with our ability to manifest what we truly want.
     

    Once you’ve experienced abuse, either physically or mentally, or the loss of security or any other emotional trauma, it can be next to impossible to truly expect good things in your life. This is why so many of us self-sabotage and also trip up our attempts at manifestation.
     

    It doesn’t mean you’re beyond help, though. Trauma can be healed, the nervous system can be restored. More importantly, you don’t have to be perfect and completely free of trauma, either. Only just doing the work can give you back enough of your ability to believe that it’s possible and expect your dreams to become reality.
     
     

    What you can do

     

    What does this mean for you and your life, then? Here are a few steps you can take to start manifesting with more ease and achieving what you’d love to have in your life.
     

    • First of all, examine how you feel most of the time. What’s your overall mood? Watch yourself for a day or two. How much time to you spend feeling genuinely happy? Grumpy? Sad? How many times do you complain?
    • In order to improve your happiness, look at your dreams and goals. Check if you truly believe you’ll achieve them. If you don’t, find a partial goal along the way to your dream that seems more doable for yourself. Focus on that and take the first step towards it immediately.
    • Figure out your passion(s) and go on to radically prioritise them. Nothing else will bring you happiness the way putting your joy first does. It’ll also lead you to your purpose, which is another thing the happiest people are sure about.
    • Next time you use the Law of Attraction, focus less on the visualisation and good-mood parts. Instead, work on clearing the blocks set by your expectations. Work on healing your trauma, and don’t wait until you think you’re perfect; get started and manifest. Practice makes perfect.

     
     

    Expect from life the things you want

     

    Once you learn to make joy the thing you expect from life, joy is what you’ll create. We’re in the habit of expecting not much of anything, and that’s why we experience so much “meh” in our daily lives – our evolutionary negativity bias makes sure of it.
     

    Try and turn this around and expect joy. Expect abundance. Expect to always have enough time and energy to pursue your passion. The joy will bring you up against obstacles and old beliefs. However, it’ll also point you towards ways of overcoming them. Over time, this will increase your capacity for happiness and make a noticeable difference in your life.
     

  • Passion Means “Working On Getting Better”


     

    Abstract:
     

    You’ve heard me say before that a passion is anything that lights you up. That’s my definition. Other people would call any hobby a passion. There are different opinions.
     

    I would like to define my own idea of what a passion is, in a little more detail. There’s an interesting factor that in my opinion makes all the difference.
     

    Your mission today is to learn what passion has to do with working on getting better.
     
     

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    Task 1: What improving means

     

    I’ll start off by saying what improving doesn’t mean: It doesn’t mean being competitive, it doesn’t mean beating yourself up or thinking you’re not good enough. It doesn’t even mean being good at something by any definition of the word.
     

    What it means is that you work on getting better. If you’re a total beginner, you work on becoming an advanced beginner and finally an intermediate. If you’re advanced, you work on becoming a master, or at least on getting as close to that as possible.
     

    It’s very important to understand this, or you’ll just end up feeling bad about yourself, and that’s not the idea.
     

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    Task 2: Working on getting better

     

    So what does “working on getting better” mean? It means that something is so important to you, you’re so in love with it that you want to get better, or learn more, all the time.
     

    If your passion is a field of study, you’ll want to read about it, watch documentaries about it, visit locations related to your passion… You soak up any new information like a sponge.
     

    If your passion is a skill – like a craft or an art – you’ll practice in order to get better. You do this not to beat anyone else, or to show off, but because of the joy you feel when you do better.
     

    Working on getting better at something you love is immensely gratifying; in fact, it’s the most fulfilling activity I know of.