Serious FOMO is a NO GO

You know that feeling you get when something is going on and you’re not there but I just want to be a part of it? Or when you see a friend in a relationship and how much fun they’re having, and you wonder, when will it be my turn? What about just sitting at home, scrolling on social media and you see someone you follow, maybe even admire, and you think, wow their life is so much more interesting than mine. Pretty soon you’ll be in a place of asking yourself how far you’ve come and what do you have to show for it in comparison to them, and before you know it, you’re dissatisfied with so many things that may actually be accomplishments and victories of yours. You, my friend, have FOMO.

What is FOMO? Also known as the fear of missing out, it is actually a form of social anxiety – a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity or satisfying event, often sparked by posts seen on social media websites. This could be anything ranging from the most minor, wanting to be the first in line because you’re anxious about getting good concert seats, or even the ones I mentioned above.

When I was in college, I had serious FOMO. I used to get minimal sleep because I would go to every event, every party that I could, fit in a seminar and spread myself thin all because I was afraid that I might miss something. When I was in high school, I wanted to be in college, and when I was in college, I couldn’t wait to grow up so that I could be in the real world and far away from my campus. It wasn’t until a really good friend of mine, and to this day she is much like a sister, told me, “Subi, you’re always doing something. You have serious FOMO, hun.” Number one I had never heard that word before. Number two, because I had no idea what it was, I was all the more offended! So I asked and she explained to me that the more we feel a need to be elsewhere, anywhere other than the present and growing, truly living in the moment, the more unhealthy we don’t realize we are. I had FOMO of the future. I was so caught up in rushing into the next step in life, so sure that what was ahead was so much better and worth my time than where I currently was, that I had allowed so much to pass me by. But most of all, I was wasting time in the present.

A decision had to be made about how I wanted to proceed. I could brush it off and keep doing the same old thing. Or, I could make a conscious decision to live in and appreciate the present for what it was. This is much easier said than done. For some, all it takes is an alteration of what you focus your attention on. Dwell less on the possibility of a loss: time, memory making, travel, likes on social media, and hone in more on immediate achievement, benefits, and payoffs. Write down some goals that you want to work toward, and set intentions to get right where you want to be, by being the best version of yourself in the present. Clear your social media feed of anyone and anything that is not mentally healthy or inspiring. Follow people who inspire your creative interest and Focus more on what is occurring in the now.

The person I am today is not who I was four years ago. I look back and shake my head at all the time that I wasted, hoping to be somewhere, anywhere other than where I was, but I also smile. Being in that space taught me how precious living in the now is. The present is my favorite place to be now; I am learning so much about myself and am pushing myself to be better than who I was yesterday. That is the only person or thing that anyone should have FOMO about. Leave room for more celebration of the little things, all your little things. Xoxo.

Sincerely,

Subi

Neutrogena Naturals | Product Review

Hey there guys!! Ah! I love skincare, facial and body skincare, I love it all! I wouldn’t call myself a product junkie, but I would say that I am willing and open to trying almost anything new as long as i is good for the body, natural and if I’ve done research on it. This is about a skin care line that made me reconsider becoming a customer again.

I entered a giveaway on @curlsandcouture‘s Instagram and won a couple of products from the new Neutrogena Naturals Line. I have very sensitive skin – very much acne prone since ceasing my use of a very powerful acne regimen- and I tried almost everything Neutrogena. I tried the sensitive sin line, the acne clear line, I tried the Deep Clean Scrub, everything. And I had given up, but when I saw the giveaway on Instagram, I decided to do some research.

From the website: “Every Neutrogena® Naturals product is made according to our core values, with the same standards of efficacy and excellence as everyNeutrogena® product you know and trust — to create pure skincare from nature. With natural plant-derived ingredients, the average of our line is 94% natural. Products Not Tested on Animals. Up to 50% post-consumer recycled content in our bottles. Our folding cartons are made from 100% recycled paper with up to 60% post-consumer recycled content. Partnered with The Nature Conservancy to protect natural sources of clean water for people, plants and animals.”

The brand uses 5 effective ingredients to cleanse and purify the skin: Tara Seed: It works to build moisture levels with the skin, rich in Vitamins B, C, and complex sugars. Willowbark: this contains a “beta hydroxy acid,” this ingredient is known for its ability to detoxify. Inca Inchi Oil: full of omega fatty acids. Yerba Mate Leaf Extract: a powerful anti‐oxidant that contains bio-nutrients and Vitamins B, C and E. Lemon Peel: this brightens and visibly tones the skin.

Courtney’s giveaway included 5 products: Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes, Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purifying Cream Cleanser, Purifying Pore Scrub, and the Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer. I didn’t know where to start, but I got it down to a little post-make-up routine.

 

 

 

My Favorite products in the line are the Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes, the Purifying Cream Cleanser, Purifying Pore Scrub, and the Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer. The products are gentle but effective and I am really happy with how my skin has maintained since using it (about 4 months). I’ve had a little trouble with the pump of the  Purifying Facial Cleanser, it won’t open for some reason, but the Neutrogena team assured me that they’ll get another one to me soon! These products have been lasting me so long – I travel with them in small quantities, and I am always finding new combinations for them. I am for sure a Neutrogena customer again!

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xoxo, Sincerely,

Subi

#OneDay : In Milano, Italy

I know, I know. I know what you’re thinking: This is about to be a post about visiting Milan in the summer and walking the streets of the city, catching a train to a swanky Italian club, good pasta, and an unexpected something. Well. I can tell you right now, this is not what you think.  Bear with me, because this might just be worth your time. And, did I really just use the word swanky?

Stay: Meliá Milano  Via Masaccio, 19, 20149 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 44406

This place is stunning. Now, it’s not hotel Shangrila, but it comes pretty close. 8 floors, outside the city center, stained glass ceiling panels, comfortable beds. I walk into the lobby and everything is well lit, of course, it’s 8 in the morning, but this is Italy, come on, everything looks glamorous. My room is this modest but complete amenity heaven. Queen bed with down sheets, fully stocked fridge, Lights that change the mood at the touch of a touch-screen, and the best part: the bathroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now, I love bathrooms, I do. I’m that person that judges a place on the condition and feel of the bathroom, how weird am I, right? Well, I don’t care, because this bathroom was it. Glass paneled shower, plush towels, and a toilet with a bidet head. You’re wondering why that’s so important now, but you spend a day walking around in the hot Italian sun and look me in the eye and say you dont wish there was a bidet in your room. Haaaaa That’s what I thought. It was a lovely stay.

Walk: Literally Everywhere.

Yes, there’s a metro. Yes, there are rentable bikes, and yes, there are taxis. Truthfully, I couldn’t find a console to buy a metro ticket, and after further research, they could only be purchased from a few select stations, so I was out of luck. This was nothing like France. That aside, yes, walk everywhere. I encourage it; you get a feel for the true nature of Milan and the people who live there when you’re not hopping from tourist attraction to landmark. After checking my iPhone, I found out that I had walked some 13 miles which is not too shabby!! My feet were killing me by the end of the night but I did not care- I loved every minute.

Visit: Parco Sempione   Piazza Sempione, 20154 Milano MI, Italy  Phone:+39 02 8846 7383

A beautiful park in the center of the city, this made me realize the true appreciation I have for cities with a healthy balance between nature and man-made. The park is lovely, with side cafes, a playground, and a full-on bar. Very European. A playground a couple of steps away from one of the many entrances, and a dirt path looping around and through the entire park. I walked around for an hour, people watching mostly, and listening to see if I could make sense of any conversation with the French that I knew. I picked out a few words. My favorite part of all in Sempione was the pond. I fed the ducks, and I should have been better with taking pictures, but this moment was just for me. It was so fun, I don’t think I’ve ever just taken a minute to feed the ducks alone like that, and it was calm and cool in the shade of the willow trees.

Eat: Serendib Indian & Sri Lankan Cuisine Via Pontida, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy  Phone: +39 02 659 2139 

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Mango Chutney, Green Cilantro Spicy, Plum Chutney
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Aubergine in Spices, Potato Curry and Stewed Lentils
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Before you roll your eyes, take a second. Sri Lankan in Italy? You’d be surprised about the Asian population in Italy – I have to go back and more research. But this restaurant. This place was amazing! So authentic and genuine, the owner really cares about his guests. I was new in Milan and I needed good food that’s wasn’t pasta, know what I mean? I was so pleased with my choice. Serendib is in this side street off the main square and it doesn’t look like much when you walk up, but inside is gorgeous. Authentic decor, truly amazing smells of food and the promise of a good meal. I knew walking in that I was going to want to stay forever. They delivered. I had the vegan sampler: potato samosas as a starter and a main course of eggplant in traditional spices, potatoes, mixed veggies, and biryani so good it’ll make you fly to Milan just for a taste. And order the mango juice- with ic, bc disclaimer, (Europeans do not do ice in their drinks unless upon request) – it’s so good!!!

All in all, Milan is a flex zone! Got there if you want to shop, or if you’re with your girls, your significant other, your lover. Go if you’re ready to stunttt, and shop, and all the boogie glamorous things. I was not ready, but I will be next time. The time was too short!! It really I need to go back. And next time, yes yes, I will try the pasta.

Tocaya Organica: Restaurant Review

Hey there pals!!

A couple of weeks ago I went on a spontaneous week-long trip to California and it was much needed let me tell you!!! I had so many feel-good-feelings and the good vibes were in abundance, it was insane! I can’t wait to go back– while I was there I ate some pretty amazing food too. Of course, I didn’t want to leave all of you out of it, so I recorded everything. This place was one of my favorites.

Tocaya Organica  — This restaurant was founded in 2016, and has changed the concept of organic Mexican Food. All of the ingredients are locally sourced and organic, no doubt with a title like this one. The whole menu is chef-driven and Tocaya Organica only serves meats and fish that are fresh, never frozen, and are 100% percent free of hormones, steroids, and antibiotics.

From the first moment that I walked up to the restaurant, I feel. My friend Elisabeth was traveling with me, and she chose the place to eat! There were so many good options, but my favorite thing about the restaurant was that I didn’t have to fight for a good, filling vegan option!
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We wanted to try as much as we could, so I decided on the combo of 2 tacos, 2 sides, and a drink for $9.95 USD – not bad, right!

 
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The tacos were served in a homemade fresh corn tortilla. The taco on the left is the “BARRIO STYLE” with adobo tofu: roasted tomato salsa, avocado, diced red onion & cilantro. The taco on the right is the “BAJA CHIPOTLE” with adobo tofu: shaved cabbage, sweet chipotle sauce, cilantro & vegan chipotle crema. YUM!

And my two yummy sides, guys let me tell you!! On the left is the amazing “TORTILLA SOUP” Not only is it Vegan, but it is also Gluten Free. It is made with tomato, roasted bell pepper, avocado, vegan mozzarella & tortilla strips. The soup had so much flavor and made me warm and happy inside! Tortilla strips were topped on the soup and I enjoyed it so much. Now, the side on the right was everything I ever wanted in a guac. The “GUACAMOLE” was also Vegan and Gluten Free. It has pomegranate seeds, lime pepitas, jalapeño, cilantro and is served with house-made crispy plantain chips. What? Plantain Chips AND Guac?! You heard righttttt and it was so good!!!
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I mean. just looook at that gorgeous plantain chip! It was crispy, salted just right, and not oily at all. I think all guac should be served with plantain chips this way, don’t you?

 

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Now I’m big talk on the food, and I haven’t even gotten to the drink! This. This is the “WATERMELON LIMEADE” Squeezed fresh and made new daily. It was a thirst quencher, exactly what I needed to make all that biking along the beach worth the miles! Served in a mason jar with a paper straw, I had no complaints. This drink is a winner. The watermelon and the lime played together perfectly, one did not overpower the other. You guys have to try this!

 

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Safe to say that I loved my experience at Tocaya Organica . There are 9 locations across California and the word is that they are expanding further!! How much do I have to beg to have this restaurant put roots down in Atlanta or New York?? Crossing my fingers on that wish, but for now, I’ll be counting down the days until I get to walk through these doors again. Thank you so much to Tocaya for this great experience! You made this newly made vegan very happy. I hope when you guys go to Cali, you take a chance on this charming little restaurant!

Sending you all the feel-good-feelings that I felt when I ate those tacos haha!!

Sincerely,

Subi xoxo

11 Truths.

This is for all the times I’ve stood in a mirror for way too long overanalyzing my features, praying that my insecurities would melt away. Hoping that my booty grew or my acne would just give it a rest. This is for the time I opened my front camera after 3 days of not looking at myself to see that acne had taken over and I was someone I could not recognize. This is hard, but this is for me. A few weeks ago I posted a picture that was untouched, unrefined. Heart beating, sweating, pass out scary. But so necessary. Instagram is a powerful platform, but I wanted to hold myself accountable and add it to my blog for good measure. Think it, write it, say it aloud, pray upon it to solidify. Here goes. 
1. My real name is not Subi 💕 — For those of you who have known me for some time, my real name is not far from that name I go by now. Everyone started calling me this when I started college and it sort of stuck. It was a family name and now this is what people yell across the quad to get my attention! I like the sound of it.
2. Acne is my biggest insecurity. — Woah. Heart beating, sweating, pass out, breathe. Acne is my biggest insecurity. In my senior year of high school, I began AP classes in order to get ahead for college. This was the time that my acne began as well. Sleepless nights, stress and a whole lot of coffee. There was no getting a hold of it. My mom surprised me with proactive during Christmas holiday and my skin was clear for years. I love proactive. Summer 2017. The summer before my senior year of college rolls around and after some research, I decided that Proactiv was hurting more than helping me. (Seriously guys it’s a super drug for acne.) I was in the midst of changing the way I lived and wanted to try a natural route. I knew the acne would come back but never the way it did. It was bad. When I had a bad breakout, which was quite often, I would want to run and hide in a dark room from everyone. This is the one thing in my life that I feel like I’ll never be able to control. I am challenging myself to embrace this insecurity and use it to inspire and uplift because no one should look in the mirror and not like what they see. I’m learning to embrace all of my flaws. One step at a time. I’m planning to write a post all about my skin journey soon guys, so stay tuned. 
3. I have never been to a hair salon. — Such a silly truth but really! I taught myself to do my hair: trim it, style it, and nourish it. It may not be perfect but it’s working for me! I could never find a stylist to do my hair or cut it without applying heat and that was and is a no-go for me. It wasn’t until a few years ago that deva cuts, trims, and haircuts formulated for curly hair evolved and became uber popular. One day, I’d like to take a leap and trust in a stylist to give me my first experience in their chair.
4. Nothing makes my heart sing more than travel. The rush of takeoff and the thrill of being in the air, the colors, immersing myself in different cultures the clouds… there is nothing like it. Many of you know that I went abroad for the first time in the fall of 2016 for school. My world has been changed since. One day I will travel the world and make money off of adventure.
5. My favorite color is Blue 🦋 — No wild story here, I’ve always loved blue. As a child up until high school, it was all I would wear. I felt most at peace in blue. Maybe it’s because blue reminds me of the sea? I love the ocean and the wonderful things in it, and this brings me to my sixth truth.
6. I am a Cancer 🦀 — Yea yea, we’re intense. Nià if you’re reading this don’t even girl LOL. I had no clue about horoscopes and all that star sign stuff until recently and I’m learning. Some of it accurate, other stuff, eh, I feel like it’s not talking about me, but do all cancers say that?? I am intense though, honest and sometimes a liiiitttle unwilling to take on blame immediately before explaining myself. (Confession.) But we all have our weaknesses right? I am still learning mine.
7. #SubiToVegan — I have just begun my journey into a meatless diet in the efforts to get a hold on my health. Lately, my body hasn’t been processing meat or fish as it used to, so I went out on a limb and decided to give it all up. It’s going well! I’m documenting my journey as a college student on meal plan through Instagram with a highlight stuck to my page. It’s going well! I’ll let you guys know when I give up ice cream. hahaha *neverrr*
8. Fear of Driving — It wasn’t always this way. I had my first car accident on October 15,2017 at 12:15AM. Each time I step into a car, I relive those horrible moments. It’s almost like I’m in a movie, outside looking in at the tragedy. Every day I think about what I could have done to prevent it, but we can’t change the past. Slowly but surely, I’m making my peace with it. I don’t know when and if I’ll ever be confident enough to get behind the wheel again, but whenever that time comes, I pray to be ready 🚘
9. Hidden Talents — I sing. Not in the belt-it-to-your-favorite-song-in-the- shower kind of sing, though I do that too. I was in chorus/choir from elementary school until I graduated from high school. I’m not Beyonce but ya girl can carry a tune!! When I got to college, I gave it up because I thought I was wasting my time when I could be taking classes. God granted me this beautiful gift and I don’t use it often enough. I’m going to sing more, maybe I’ll film a youtube video this year with my vocals in the back, we’ll see.
10. Flowers = Funerals? — I don’t like the smell of cut flowers because they remind me of funerals🥀 I’ll never forget the day of my grandfather’s funeral and the tens of flowers in our house, at the church, at the memorial home. I was so young but that smell, I haven’t forgotten. I’m not a fan of bouquets for this reason, though they are pretty. But, give me a green, living, breathing plant in a pot and I’m warm all over happy.
11. Smile — My favorite part about me. See me in any family photo, I am cheezing like mozzarella, I love smiling!! It makes me feel good, and especially when I’m around people who I love and who have really great energy, it’s a done deal. You won’t find me smiling down the street like a goof tho, that creeps me out!!
Hopefully,  this, all of you will know me a little better. There’s much more to me, but this is a start.

 

Sending you hugs and good energy through the internet waves,

xoxo, Subi

#RawInfluencing

Hey there! I hope all of you are thriving and living life fine. Today I wanted to come to you with a post to continue to set the mood for what you should expect from the blog and me, as an influencer. Some of you may have noticed that my Instagram has taken a bit of a shift in these past weeks. Hopefully, this post will help clear up some confusion and curiosity.

This all started about 5 months ago and I was scrolling through social media, no less, and realized that so many of the pages I came across were so beautifully put together, almost to the point where I felt a bit skeptical about the truth behind the posts. Pages were set grayscale or white, grainy or polaroid, but the content was a little too staged. See, it hit me that all of these pages that I was seeing, pages run by these influencers that young men and women were looking up to, people these young kings and queens aspired to be, we’re not painting a fair picture. Now let’s backtrack.

There is nothing wrong with having an Instagram page that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It’s no easy feat! If it was, everyone would do it. I am here for the content creating, the brand partnership, the documentation of good things to inspire others. There is a problem with painting an unrealistic picture of how your life is lived. I say this because that same picture you are painting is what these young leaders are buying and hanging up in their house of trust, trusting that you are who you say you are, and no one else. That perfect picture may or may not be the whole story. Privacy is a must; I’m all for keeping certain parts of your life just for you; it’s when you allude to living a perfect life with no worries, or when you get to a certain place in life and don’t share the struggles it took you to get there is where it gets tricky.

See, these young men and women, they are looking to you, to me, to us, to guide them. It’s a heavy burden to bear- you want to stay true but sometimes the truth may not get 10000 likes, it only gets 400. Or it’s scary. Maybe your management isn’t down for it. But we’ve taken this job on, and we have a duty to not only to them- to readers, supporters, fans even- to urge ourselves to be our most authentic. I remember 4 years ago scrolling on social media thinking, ” Wow, I could never do what they do,” or “I wish I could be her, maybe just for a day. What’s that like?” I never wanted to feel that way again.

Which brings me to my new mission of #Raw Influencing. I curated this hashtag to stand as my pledge and promise to always be my most authentic self on and off of social media. It means that while influencing, I will be me, and only me. I don’t want to paint a picture of this perfect life where it’s all glamour and fun minus a bump in the road because let’s just real– my life is sometimes a mess, and you know what? That’s okay. #Raw  I am a young woman, still figuring life out, wisdom comes in trials, failure comes with success. All days are not good hair days or skin days #Raw — trust me we’ll talk about that–  and there are even days where I simply don’t feel like posting or writing or creating content. But I’m a big sharer. My parents and friends tell me that sometimes I share too much, and to an extent, yes, but there are times when the bit of over sharing is just enough. I’m happy to do so. Living a double life is not for me, that’s a whole other job that I’d have to take on and I simply will not. Some days it’s hard to stay true. To remain authentic. To tell the whole story, but you know what? When you become the person you were always meant to be and let that bit of fear go that is holding you back from truly shining, God will show you favor, the universe will treat you kind and breathing will come easy. I have faith in me to do this; I urge all of you reading this, wherever you are, to hold me accountable. Challenge me- push me further –  all in love of course. I want to be more. Thank you in advance for being an active part of my journey. I’m so excited to grow with all of you.

Sending you hugs through the internet waves.

xoxo, Subi

Back for the Long Haul

Hey there,

My my my has it been a while. The seasons have changed, the world has changed, and so has the year. I met all my goals for 2017, finally committed to creating content as an influencer, I wrote more, and then stopped writing. In 2017 I came face to face with my biggest insecurities and turned my beauty into strength. In October I had my first car accident that almost took my life, and since changed my outlook on living ever since. When I look back on all that has happened in my life, the good, the bad, I’m reminded of the importance being in tune: mentally, physically and emotionally. Today I’m here to make a pact with myself.

I will not run myself dry. — In the past two years I have learned so much about myself. Throughout the year I check, in with my closest friends and ask if there is anything that I could work on, to be a better friend, person, and better me. One of the biggest realizations that I had, thanks to a friend, is that I had FOMO. Jeannette if you’re reading this, thank you. I had no idea what this was, never heard of it or even remotely familiar with the phrase. Fear of Missing Out. For so long I had prided myself on always being busy and staying busy that I didn’t understand that all busy is not good busy. When an opportunity would come my way, I would take it. I told myself that “when will I get an opportunity like this again.” Or “I can move somethings around and make this work.” Maybe it was the people-pleaser in me, but I could not bring myself to decline an opportunity, even if it meant giving up essential things I needed to thrive. I became overwhelmed, stressed, and tired as hell. Having that conversation, with someone who knew me so well, was refreshing and so necessary. She saw right through me and was able to act as a mirror, to let me know that sometimes that tiredness I’m feeling should not be ignored, and taking care of me was important too. So this year I plan to keep my cup full and remain in tune with myself so that when the time comes to say no, or yes, I will do it wholeheartedly and be sure of myself.

I will not accept less than what I know I deserve. — There is no big story here. Just a fact that women, and men, everywhere should say aloud on the daily. There is no reason why anyone, anywhere should have to compromise a part of themselves or take less than what is written for them. If only you would have fought for that raise, maybe you should have been upfront with that brand about what your rates for promotions were, maybe you should have told your significant other/ person where you truly stand. Anytime you find yourself willing to make a decision to please someone else and you are not at peace, repeat the phrase in your head, aloud even. “I will not accept less than what I know I deserve.”  Apply this to your relationships- business and professional – and the rest will fall into place. As Drake would say, “Know yourself, know your worth.” This mentality is one I will say daily.

More Creating.  — Albert Camus said, “To create is to live twice.” When I came back from France two years ago, everything fell into place. I started writing and documenting my travels, my journey through life became a story that I had no trouble sharing. I was on a roll, my happiest times were documented and I felt alive and free, I was doing school, and writing for a magazine, and doing it well. Somewhere along the way I just decided, eh, kinda want to be a hermit right now so no more. I’m good. But I missed it. And I’m making a pact with myself to keep going. Keep doing. More creating. Because it makes my heart sing, because new experiences fuel me, and adventures bring me joy. So I will continue to do what I love – whether that be to write, to sing, to dance, to love, and document it all. To have a space to look back on this wonderfull life and say, “yea, I did that.”

No more dreaming. — “Be. Don’t try to become.” – Osho   For all the people in the world who say, “man I would love to go to Europe,” or “If only I had the courage to start my youtube channel.” Maybe you’re the one in the room who makes promises to yourself. “I’m going to try to be better at this,” or “my biggest dream is to go to Martinique.” There are people in the world who took wishful thinking and turned it into a plan of action. They’ve been to Europe. Your favorite blog? Yea, they run that. Mozambique? They went there last week. What I mean to say is that while you are sitting there and dreaming, someone has already done, or is doing it. And you can too. You want to go to Istanbul? Make a plan, do your research, talk to people who have been there, save that money! Easier said than done, but if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I have a saying that I’ve started saying often, and it’s growing on me. “Nothing will happen unless you make it so.” No longer am I going to dream about what I want my life to look like, but rather make it so. If I want to have a good day, I’m going to get up and head to the gym, because I know that’s what gets me moving and ready to be awesome. If I want to feel good, I’m going to listen to my body and stay away from dairy and meat, because I know it doesn’t make my body feel good. I want to work with a brand? I’m sending that email, trying their products so they know I am an active customer and am genuinely here for more than just the perks. So no more dreaming, instead I will do.

Trust The Process. — Quite possibly one of the most important things to keep in mind in order to live a life of peace and well-being. I always say that what is for you, God has already written. So there is no need to fear for the future. I remind myself of this every day. To put forth the work and effort on my part, and then give the rest to God, because past that point there is nothing else I can do. All of my triumphs, my greatest moments are because of Him. So that is my promise, my mantra for 2018; my mantra for life.

 

Sending hugs through the internet waves,

Subi