There is only so much time in my day and only so much time in my life. After learning some large lessons in mine lately, I realize it’s more about enjoying life and the people around me then what I do. The more I work the less happy I become. The more I stress, the more unenjoyable I become to be around. This weekend brought me back to a place, that made me realize I just need to enjoy life. I need to learn to sit back, relax and feel the wind on my face and the sun burn my skin (I am not so happy that half my body looks like a lobster despite SPF, but that is beside the point). Even if I did get “burned” while enjoying life, I still enjoyed it in the process. It’s tough to get away sometimes; from the hectic life style and the constant pull to to do something. But, I am a human being, not a human doing. I may have to learn to enjoy life and not take things so seriously. It’s the little things, like a seafood boil at a friends house or floating around in a pool for 2 and half hours sipping orange soda. Chilling with friends chatting or laughing is what living is all about. It also could simply just be putting my legs in the water splashing my feet. It’s those things, that allow me to decompress and truly enjoy life. Lets also not forget about watching My Little Pony in the morning while cooking breakfast and dancing around the kitchen to their theme song. Life, simply cannot get more enjoyable than that!
I’ve been watching TED Talks lately. I felt like feeding myself mindless TV shows and other excess noise wasn’t really benefiting my mind or heart. I decided to take a turn and watch at least one inspirational video a day. I love TED Talks because they are not long at all and usually really hit one of my heart strings. This talk in particular really moved me and I just had to share. I realize sometimes how selfish I can be and that I do want to make an impact with my life. It’s the fire that molds the clay, not the clay that molds the fire.
Despite my blog being about design and fashion, I also try to merge in my personal life sometimes. Lately I have had a lot of things I want to get on my mental “To Do” list. But haven’t done anything concrete about it. I figure if I write about it, post it online and make myself accountable, it will happen a lot of faster. Plus, it’s always great to have goals. So, here are mine!
Buy a sewing machine
Learn how to sew a dress
Run the SF half Marathon – 13.2 miles
Focus less on freelance and more on music
Release my fashion app in the App Store
I used to sew a lot in high school. I would modify my clothes often and miss how relaxing it was. I think its good to have a sewing machine in general, but want to know how to use it for more complicated patterns.
I’m running the SF half marathon in July, I am so excited. Finally a big race that will be a huge check in my list.
I love freelance, I have been fortunate to have great clients. Although I think that it’s time to focus less on working for others and get some of my own personal things accomplished. I’ll be my own client for once!
My fashion app has been in development for about 3 months now. Still a lot of UI and engineering to be done but it’s nice that it’s finally an actual usable app on a device. There is a lot more to go, but I just need to get it done.
What are your goals for the next 6 months? I think it’s great to set both short and long term goals. It keeps life interesting and makes me even more motivated.