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Hey guys! As you know, 2016 is about to come to an end and the New Year is coming. Therefore, I’ve come up with a new set of goals that I want to achieve as I really wanna do greater things in my life. I believe you've seen plenty of inspirational quotes that encourage you to do things that you usually don’t do, like changing your daily routine or bad habits. But we can’t deny the fact that its really not easy to step out of your comfort zone and do other challenging things. We are ruled by habits. We do things the same old way because it's comfortable and we’re used to it. The risk in staying firmly inside your comfort zone is that it kills your productivity. You know you are stuck in your comfort zone when a great opportunity shows up and you give yourself all kind of excuses not to go after it. For example, we always say how we want to hit the gym and get fit but before heading to the gym we’ll always tell ourselves ‘’Ahh, I’ll do it tomorrow instead.’’ I’m pretty sure most of you do the same(don’t deny it guys) haha!
Several years ago I decided that its time to get out of my comfort zone and start my own blogging business and it really quite daunting at first. I had so much uncertainties because I didn’t know where or how to start. I didn’t know what I should write about to entice my readers. But as time went by, I slowly got my confidence in blogging and it motivated me even more when I know my readers are increasing(thank you guys :)) My business started to get better day by day and here I am today! Thinking about it now makes me feel so glad that I decided to start my blog. In this post, I will share to you guys some of my ways to step out of the comfort zone, hopefully these tips would motivate you into creating a positive change in your life.
Face your fears
Public speaking and social intercourse are NOT my thing. I am always really shy when it comes to talking to new friends I meet in parties or events. I tend to get really socially awkward and I hate it. Until one day, I realized that this attitude of mine holding me back from many potential opportunities. I actually lost several huge collaborations and projects, that's why I decided to set a goal to tackle it in the next six months. I faced my fears and try to socialize with people as much as I can. Guess what? Miracles do happen! I started receiving huge projects and had the opportunity to attend the Paris Fashion Week. The process was tough but when you know you finally overcome your fears, you know you are one step closer to your dream.
Change your looks
Trust me! A makeover can boost your confidence! As for me, I love changing my hairstyle with bright and daring colors. I also love mix matching my clothes in ways where people don’t. I want to be special and stand out among the others. People will start paying attention towards me which leads to getting more attention on my blog and my collaborations with other brands. I wasn’t really used to getting all these makeovers at first but I started to love it because when I make myself look good, I feel so much better at myself and my confidence automatically boosts.
Create real conversations
You don't have to have it all figured out to solve problems. You know what’s the toughest thing to do? Its when you have any problems in your life be it about relationships or career and you have to talk to your family about it. You want to let out your feelings but at the same time you don’t want your family to worry about you. But I realized that creating deep conversations with your family and friends is really important. It will help you to be better when you’re creating conversations in the outside world.
Practice believing in yourself
Having a positive and optimistic mindset is what you need to overcome challenge. This is why it is really important to have faith in yourself. If you always think negatively about your abilities, then we create ruts. Like the old me, I was always negative about everything and expect the worst in everything. I couldn't get projects because other bloggers are much better than me. I let everything that threatens me threw me off my game. I promised myself that I can't let this happen to me again, so I kept practicing over and over again to truly, honestly believing in myself. With this, I will have doubts in holding me back in doing what I want to do.
Well there you go! Those are some of my tips to help me get out of my comfort zone and achieve my goals. Which one of these will you tackle first? Let me know in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you!
"Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed." - Elle Woods, 2001
It was quite obvious to spot the feminine light pink shade that leaded the spring 2016 runways. From the top runway shows like Gucci, Valentino and Acne Studios, the pink was making the huge come-back onto the fashion shows and the streets of New York, London, Milan and Paris. The fact is, this year was the year for anyone who loves pink. The color comes in so many different shades that you can really have fun mixing them.
Keep scrolling for the best outfit inspiration from the street style stars and shop the most stylish pink items at the end.
Photo credit: Harper Bazaar, Style du Monde
A quick outfit post from last Sunday. If you noticed, my outfits slightly changed from being edgy to being boyish and this distressed denim jacket from Ottolinger is something new in my wardrobe and I'm obsessed with it! Guess what? The jacket not only is ridiculously fun to wear, with this jacket you will get a lot of admiring looks too.
Ottolinger Denim Jacket / Forever 21 White Tee / Adidas Original Track Pants / Adidas Original Stan Smith
Consider this the perfect excuse to wear pajamas all day, everyday.
Who says you can't wear your pajamas outside during the day? From Thakoon, Alexander Wang, Celine and Givenchy runways, designers have taken the trend to a literal level for spring. The best part about pajamas is that they make you feel comfortable and effortlessly elegant. I means, every girl loves comfy trend right? If you think wearing your floral designs or other styled pajamas might sound a little weird, keep scrolling to see fashion inspiration from the street style stars and then shop a few of our favorite pieces.
Photo credit: Phil Oh for Vogue
There’s one trend we’re falling for this fall season, we talking about velvet. The luxurious velvet is just perfect for upcoming holiday festivities. We’ve seen the velvet fabric design from slip dresses to feminine shoes. But velvet shoes aren’t the only thing we’re crushing on this season. For those who aren’t very experimental and would like to play it safe, a velvet dress is the way to go. As you guys know my style is less girly and more laid back, so I dress this pink velvet dress with a turtleneck underneath. The look of velvet just gives an outfit a little something extra, don’t you think?
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Setting goals plays a big part not only in my life but everyone’s life. Especially when you’re in your 20s and 30s, where your is gonna be a roller coaster ride. Setting goals is important because it makes me proud of what I managed to accomplish and also realize the significance and importance of goal-setting and apply this knowledge in my life. But as enthusiastic and consistent as we are in setting goals, we are often just as consistent in not following through on actually achieving those goals. Therefore, I’ve started to make it a practice to write down my goals whenever I think of one and pin it up on my working desk. This way, I’m able to better evaluate my progress and development.
Bear in mind that one goal isn’t good enough. Some goals take longer to achieve than others and if you spend years working toward only one objective, you’re likely to get discouraged when it doesn’t happen right away.
Today, I’m going to be talking about the goals that I’ve set for myself and share it with you guys, hopefully it will give you guys some inspiration in setting goals in YOUR life.
Learn French from scratch
For those who are close to me, they know how hard I’m trying to learn French. I’m doing my best to master the basics of the language. It really takes a lot of hard work and dedication to learn a language that is so foreign to me. I can’t wait till the day where I’ll be able to speak French fluently because being fluent in a foreign language offers numerous benefits and opportunities. For example, I finally managed to be a fashion buyer although I'm still not fluent enough in French. I can travel around the world seeking for emerging designer brands and meeting so many awesome people around the world. The best part of learning a new language is it allows you to access many different cultures across the world.
Boost my financial stability
Before stepping into the big THREE OH(30), I want and I must be financially independent. I want to be able to support myself fully without having any burden on my back. I wouldn’t say I want an easy life(because I still want to strive) but I would want to live comfortably. To better say it, I want money to work for money and not me working for money.
Write posts to better satisfy my readers
As a blogger, I figured that if I want to attract more readers and make money out of it, I need to write posts that are not only interesting to read but also cater to my reader’s needs. Making money is crucial but I still insist on writing the posts that could really help and inspire my readers. A close friend of mine once gave me a good piece advice, he said : You don't have to be everyone's favorite blog, but you have to be someone's favorite blog.
Start eating healthy.
Let's be honest, we all know this is not an easy goal. Why? Because of all the mouth watering delicacies we have in our country. Forget the mains. The junk food is bad enough for our health. We all snack, don’t we? Recently, I've started eating healthier that require the least of effort, like drinking more water and choosing whole grains over refined. I know its not much but I’ll slowly improve from here. You guys should too!
Stop seeking for people's approval.
I believe this is the most important yet hardest goal to achieve not only for me but for all of you. Its about time I learn how to let go of the need of social approval. In the world that we’re living in, we tend to seek approval because we think we are not worthy of simply being ourselves but we forgot that it is actually what makes us lose what is best about ourselves – our individuality. Social opinion plays an important role in our lives, but are we changing ourselves too much in order be ‘accepted’ instead of simply being ourselves? I do not want to change myself. I love being myself. You should too. Its just a phase that we somehow have to go through but will get over with so the question is, will any of you achieve this goal with me?