The Spirit of Christmas

Ever since I was young, Christmas has always had religious aspects, and growing up with those ideas reminds me why we celebrate Christmas every year. But today I wanted to talk about the side of Christmas that is a consequence of gathering for this religious holiday. This is an excuse to set aside time and be with the ones you love. Stores close, and society, in general, slows down, because we all know that this one day of the year is meant to be with family and friends.

Yes, there are toys and presents, and consumerism tied to Christmas, but I find that to be a harsh and skeptical view. When I buy gifts for someone, there has been a lot of effort and thought that goes into it. It does at the end of the day show you care, and how you perceive this person and what they mean to you. This doesn’t mean that the gift must be multiple things, or expensive, but really it is all about the thought.

Or when we cook Christmas dinner, and we make sure to have certain dishes on the table because they are a tradition. The dishes on the table represent the traditions we have had for years, the food we eat and the way its prepared represents our culture, the thoughts behind the gifts show that we care. Being together shows us that family is the most important thing at the end of the day, either the blood family or the ones you choose to have in your life.

Christmas is also a time for giving, and showing people that they are not alone, and that people will help them. It’s about realizing that you have a lot more than other people and that you are lucky and privileged to have what you have. And those who do not have as much, deserve to have exactly what you have. So, we give and lift their spirits.

But most importantly Christmas is a time of hope. A time where society comes together and realizes that they can do better, that helping is needed and is a good thing. The Spirit of Christmas is different for everyone, to me, it means traditions, family, culture, fun, thoughtfulness, giving and hope.

What does the Christmas spirit mean to you?

 

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Favorite Christmas Movies

To start off 12 days of blogging, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite movies. I am sure you have seen many of these, but if you haven’t, I suggest you grab yourself some friends and family, with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and watch a few Christmas movies throughout the month!

Without further ado, here is my favorite Christmas movie!

  • Elf
  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Eloise at the Plaza at Christmas Time
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • National Lampoons Christmas vacation
  • Love Actually
  • The Holiday
  • Santa Claus (1,2,3)
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

Leave a comment down below if you have seen any of this, and a few of your Christmas movies as well!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

A New Path for The Life We Dream of

The life we dream of encompasses many things. It encompasses money, budgeting, lifestyle, food, makeup, music, politics, world events, choices, motivation and inspiration, and every aspect of life you could possibly think of. The life we dream of is extremely complex, and here on this blog, I want to explore the complexity that life brings with it. I want to explore everything in the world and create a balance of all the things that encompass life (see very long list provided above). Because the life we dream of isn’t just motivation, it’s about what happens when that motivation gets put into use, and how it causes a chain reaction. Lifestyle isn’t just about décor or fashion, it’s about people creating businesses, following their passions, having an impact on everyday society. Politics and world news affect everyone, down to an ant. Everything that I have already talked about goes a lot deeper than what meets the eye; looking at what meets the eye is a lot easier to do than to look at what’s going on.

I want the life we dream of to look at the bigger picture and focus in on the specifics. But I find that it is so important to look at what lies behind everything, and the information we keep ignoring. By having that information, you will be able to make better judgments, decision, choices. You will be able to see the complexity that goes into everything that is presented to us. You will be able to see the good and the passion behind these complexities. And most importantly, I hope you will find the complexity of yourself, and how it should not be a daunting or awful discovery, but rather the thing that makes you human, interesting and amazing.

The Life We Dream Of, is going to be on a new journey down a new path. I want to show you that there is so much more to everything you are doing, and everything that is happening around you. That doesn’t mean I am going to ditch the motivation, and favourite books or quotes posts, because I do enjoy writing those. But I will pay more attention to what they mean to me and what impact they have. And I will start writing more about things that I feel confident about, and put more energy and time into each blog post.

I absolutely love this journey I am on. I created this blog just at the right time in my life when I needed it most. I still need it and do not plan to let it go. Which is why I want to put more of my energy into it.

I hope you have been enjoying the blog so far, and stick around to see where it’s going to go! Leave a comment down a below with any suggestions or things you want me to talk about!

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Small gestures

Small meaningful gestures can make a person’s day…

Sometimes it can be a hug, or a smile, or even a little pep-talk. Sometimes buying them their favourite hand soap, fuzzy socks, or a book they’ve really wanted, can change turn around a bad and crappy day, into a not-so-crappy and bad day.

We don’t always have to do things in grand gestures and make it known to the entire world. Sometimes its more meaningful and special if that special gift or moment is kept quiet and between you and the other person.

Just something I think we should all think about once in awhile… and since the holiday season is approaching, it was just something we need to keep in mind. Not only in this time of year, but every day of the year.

Have a wonderful day!

An Unexpected Result

At the beginning of October, I set myself the challenge of writing 31 blog posts in 31 days.

I did not reach 31 blog posts, and that did disappoint me, and I felt like I had failed myself and the blog. But then I looked at the number of blog posts I did post and including this post I wrote 16 posts.

Some of you might see this as a failure since I only accomplished half my goal. And though that is true, I see this as an accomplishment. I went into this venture, with the mentality that I’ll go through it for 3 days and then dump it just like every other project. Surprisingly, I proved myself wrong, I kept coming back and pushing on. Sometimes my doubt did get the best of me, but I didn’t let it put me down forever. These 16 blog posts are an accomplishment because it helped me learn new things, and see that this is something I want to keep around in my life.

October was also a time I wanted to designate for getting my life back on track, to find myself again, reignite my spark and drive! And that did not go according to plan, or in anyway that I wanted it to… but while everything else around me was crumbling, or floating away, this blog was here.

And I hope you realize that this blog and I will always be here, whether you need advice, comfort, an escape or a good laugh. Creating that sense of community, or creating something that will always be there was an accomplishment. And honestly one I did not expect to happen, but I am sure glad it did!

Just a heads up, from now on, I will be posting on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

I can’t wait to see where this will lead me… and I hope you stick along for the turbulent ride ahead, it’s going to be a blast!

Have a wonderful day!

Morning Pages

I started adding something new to my morning routine since it felt like it was time to change things up a bit. I started writing morning pages! I used to do this when I was younger, it was something my mom insisted we had to do for a time. I’m sure you have heard of this before, but if not, essentially every morning before you really do anything else or carry on with your day, you take a few minutes to just sit down and write. The idea is to write in a stream of consciousness style, so whatever comes to your mind without giving it a second thought or judgment. Now I’m not exactly sure about the science behind it but it is said to clear your mind, focus you on the day ahead, and make you feel a little clearer about the clutter in your mind. I suggest doing some further reading on it if you are interested in the benefits. It has also been very useful for artists, or anyone that does anything creative throughout their day, which is almost everyone.

Now from what I read, and from what I remember from doing them when I was younger is that you might get really discouraged. We might jump to the idea to go buy a new notebook for these morning pages (any excuse to buy a new notebook, am I right?), but I say use one you have probably only used half of, and commit to doing it for a week, and then 30 days, and then see the progress or how it affects you. At least, that’s what I am going to try, and ill report back!

I encourage you to look it up and give it a try! I’ll check in after awhile to see what I am thinking of them!

If you practice morning pages or have done it, please leave some advice down below or your experience!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

 

Hard Work

What people need to remember, as they often forget, is that hard work is inevitably going to be hard. The concept or idea of hard work often sounds profiting, or even rewarding, but a lot of the time it isn’t. Hard work does not always mean rewards right away or ever. Hard work is just part of the job and part of life. Which sounds discouraging I know, but you need to keep in mind that its the powering through of hard work, and the satisfaction we get down the life is what makes it all worthwhile.

After pushing through endlessly and relentlessly, and not giving up when it gets tough, and going the extra mile, it’s not the end result that matters. But rather its how far we have come, how strong we have become, and just appreciating how strong we really are.

That’s what hard work leads too, not the award at the end, which yes can be a driving component, but its the journey of the hard work that we need to fuel ourselves, and show ourselves just how much we are capable of.

 

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

What You All Need to Hear

You need to know that you are completely and utterly amazing.

You need to know that any dream you dream, can and will be accomplished.

You need to know that you are never alone.

You need to know how beautiful you are inside and out.

You need to know that a mistake does not define you, but rather it pushes you in the right direction.

You need to know that this world has enough place for everyone to succeed.

You need to know that what you are contributing to the world matters, and is necessary for the world to keep going.

You need to know that love is all around you, you just need to be open to it.

You need to know that life won’t always be fair.

You need to know that you will face so many incredible, exhilarating, tiring, draining, crazy days and challenges in your life, but I can promise you, they will all be worth it.

Often, we hear this idea that the real world is harsh, unfair, brutal, and beats people down… it does, there is no denying that. But there are moments when those are not the things we need to hear, but what is written above is what we need. That extra push, that little bit of hope, that support, that’s all we need to survive this brutal, unfair and harsh world.

Have a wonderful day!

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! It is Thanksgiving in Canada today, which means turkey, too much food and giving thanks and being grateful.

The thing I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s not necessarily a religious holiday, and anyone who wants too can celebrate it! Giving thanks is something that can transcend all these categories we put ourselves in. It does not matter where you are, or who you are, if you would like to get together with someone, whether that be family, friends, or neighbors, to give thanks and have a meal then you easily can.

So today, I hope you give thanks and realize how lucky you are to be alive and here on this earth.

I just wanted to quickly say how thankful I am for all of you who are reading my blog, and for all the likes the posts have been getting, I am so grateful for you all!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Music

I find that music is such a personal and specific preference, catered to everyone individually. Whenever someone asks me what my favourite type of music is, I have such a hard time answering, simply because I never actually fell into one specific type of music. If I like a song that I hear, from whichever genre, then I like it.

As I said,  music is very personal, I decided to share the 5 songs currently stuck in my head, in hopes that this lets you all get to know me a bit better!

  • Whistle (While You Work It)- Katy Tiz
  • Hunger- Ross Copperman
  • Most Girls- Hailee Steinfeld
  • Last Dance- Rhys
  • Hold on- Chord Overstreet

Please feel free to leave your top 5 songs of all time or right now, in the comments!

Have a wonderful day!

Happiness– Spring Your Life

For today’s Spring Your Life series, we are going to talk about happiness!

I had an entire post written about happiness, but it did not seem genuine. Lately, I’ve been feeling nostalgic, happy and excited, so I thought what better time to write about happiness!

Yesterday, I ran into an old math teacher of mine. I despise math class or anything to do with math, but honestly, he is probably one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. Around this time of year, towards the end of the semester, a lot of people are asking what’s next in your life.  He indeed did ask that, to which I answered that I am going to University in the fall, to study Political science. Instead of just saying “oh that’s great”, he looked me dead in the eyes and said “Is that what you want? Is that what makes you happy?” and without hesitation, I answered, “yes, of course”. He smiled, and in response said “good, you should live your passion every day of your life. Don’t do something because someone else told you to, you’re going to end up living a miserable life if you do”.

I can already hear people being like not everyone has the luxury or the circumstances to live their passion. And honestly, I believed that too for a long time, until I realized the kind of life my teacher had been living. He said that he has been married for over 47 years, happily, and has been living his passion (aka math) for the past 50 years. I would say he is now in his 70s, and if he can be that happy, and that content with his life, it can only mean one thing! If you want to be happy, then you need to do what you want to do, and follow your passion, regardless of what others might think.

Happiness is not some complicated state of being that rarely anyone can reach, rather it is a decision you must make every day. And it is understandable that there will be challenges and hard times in your life, but that does not mean you can’t choose happiness when you can. There is no secret to happiness, the only way you can achieve happiness is to live it every single day. Choosing happiness is not easy, especially in circumstances that we can never see or be happy, but that just means you have a more complicated decision to make. There are obviously exceptions to everything, but if you can, always and I mean always, choose to be happy and live your passion. With the hopes of getting everything, you wanted out of life.

 

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day!

10 Tips on How to be Productive

Being productive is one of the many things people find difficult to actually do. Whether it be because of all the distractions we have nowadays, or the fact that the length of our to-do lists can be absolutely terrifying (happens more often than wanted), being productive sometimes just does not happen. Don’t worry, I feel you, I am probably in that position every single day, and as I’m writing this post.

So I came up with a few tricks that I use in order to be productive, on those days that I know if I am not I will regret it for a very long time. Here are 10 tips on how to be productive!

  • Get yourself into a productive mindset the night before

Before going to sleep, take the time to make a to-do list, and make sure you write it down, whether it on your phone or a cute piece of paper. People tend to just make the to-do list as we fall asleep hoping we will remember when we wake up, and most times we don’t. By slowly telling yourself that you have things that have no choice but to be done the next day. Think of it as a warning to your brain of the day to come, and that it needs to be productive.

  • Take your time waking up in the morning

Waking up in the morning can already be painful without a long to-do list. What I recommend is setting yourself an early alarm, so then you can have time to lounge around in bed for a few extra minutes or spend that extra time however you choose. The point is, by allowing yourself to have those extra minutes to do whatever you want, you can charge your mind and soul in a positive way. It helps start off the morning right, which you need on a productive day.

  • Take care of yourself

Whenever I have a productive day ahead of me, I have to feel clean and look put together. Obviously, this is just in my head, and might not apply to others because I know people who can be super productive in bed with PJs. But then there are people like me, who need to shower, put on some minimal makeup, and wear somewhat acceptable loungewear. Just looking put together and taking a few moments to take care of myself, gets me into a productive mode for some reason.

  • Have a healthy breakfast you enjoy 

I am one of the first people to say that I do not enjoy oatmeal (porridge) of any kind, it gives me flashback to a time when I was younger and I did not digest it well… it was not pretty. Ever since then, I cannot have oatmeal, and for the longest time, I was like now you can’t have a healthy breakfast! Which is not true whatsoever, nowadays you can hop onto YouTube or google and find delicious, healthy, quick and easy breakfast recipes. I absolutely stand by the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it really does determine how your day will be.

  • Make a to-do list

To-do lists seem stressful, but take the one you made the night before and break it down into easier components. By taking a big task and breaking it into small tasks, it just makes the task seem less scary. Now about schedule’s, personally some of the things I do, I cannot judge how much time it will take, and I find just guessing a random time makes me stressed and I never end up following the schedule which makes me disappointed. Instead, I make a list of absolute things I must do before a certain time, or by the end of the day.

  • Change up your environment

If I ever feel in a slump while doing work, I will move from a desk downstairs in my basement, to my dining room table upstairs. Trust me it does make a difference. Changing rooms, or even leaving the house, reorganizes and reconfigures your brain. I also recommend a room with a lot of natural light, personally, I find I work best in bright and open environments. At night, however, I do not mind working in a basement, or darker and cozier area.

  • Drink Water

Water for some reason keeps you awake because it keeps you hydrated. Also when you drink a lot of water, you often have to get up and go to the washroom, which keeps your body awake.

  • Get inspired

Tell yourself some mantras to get you into the mood just like you did the night before

Telling yourself mantras really do help. If you want a few ideas or examples then I recommend my post of Top 5 motivational quotes (https://thelifewedreamof.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/top-5-motivational-quotes/?frame-nonce=c187a00af0).

  • Google random articles about tips and tricks to be productive

Even though you don’t necessarily carry out what they say, it’s getting you into the mindset. Trust me it works. By looking up different techniques you might come across an article like this one, and find something that will help you 😉

  • Set a timer for each task

And lastly, set a timer for each task that you need to do. What this will do is put you slightly under pressure, but understand that you can always add to the timer and make it flexible if something is taking longer than you anticipated. That being said do not extend the timer in order to procrastinate, or put it longer than you know you need so you can have the extra time at the end to not continue your work and take a not needed break.

Okay so now you have everything you need to know, it is time for you to put these tips into action, march yourself to your workspace and get stuff done! I know you can do it, don’t you worry,  you got this!!

P.S. remember to reward yourself with something you like at the end of it all!

 

Have a wonderful and productive day!