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How to follow your passions? I’ve been on a journey of working full-time whilst trying to figure out what fuels me. Then, I started thinking about what I would like to do with my life next. Join me in today’s article as I will be sharing my story and the techniques that are proven to work. Furthermore, get ready to follow your passions and start your own journey.

How to Follow Your Passions | My Journey

List Your Passions

Firstly, to be perfectly honest with you, it all starts with your deep interests. Actually, I would recommend that you come up with at least 20-25 interests on a piece of paper. Then, ask yourself this:

‘If I were to choose my favourite ten, which would these be?’.

So, go ahead make the list even shorter. Also, you will start to notice that these interests are not always monetisable. From these ten, choose two that you can one day live off. Also, they will need to cover at least your living costs to begin with. Ask yourself:

‘Which of these two have a business potential?’

Next step, make Google your best friend. I use Google a lot and there’s so much information on there for everything and anything. Furthermore, there are so many business ideas online and places where you can take inspiration from.

How to Follow Your Passions | My Journey

When it comes to me for example, I decided that I love marketing, fashion and travelling. Therefore, I launched my own marketing agency and still run this blog, these are my current sources of income. Additionally, I’m passionate about travelling, so I will be soon launching my experience city break business, Glam Away. So, I’m very excited and can’t wait to make some travellers happy!

Find a profitable business idea

As mentioned, it’s highly important for your business to cover your costs. It will be your passion yes, but it needs to make financial sense for you. Also, in your search for business ideas based on your passion, make sure that this business has been done before in one way or another. Moreover, this means is profitable.

It’s not the time to reinvent the wheel. Moreover, do your own research for profitability, but if there are various similar businesses of that type is good. Competition is great in this case. Just ensure you find a point of difference for your business when you launch.

How to Follow Your Passions | My Journey

Get into the entrepreneurial mindset

Get ready to feel discomfort. Great things happen out of comfort zones. Also, get to understand that this new territory and that you will feel challenged. I guess it does take a little bit of guts to be able to go into business.

Feel the fear and do it anyway

Besides the discomfort you will feel, you will also feel fear. Furthermore, it’s IMPORTANT that you don’t stay in that same spot of worries. Sometimes, you just need to feel the fear and do it anyway. Moreover, I’ve included so much more of this topic in my latest book ‘Create a life you love’.

Get ready to follow your passions and be very patient. Everything will work out in the end. Lastly, keep believing.

How to Follow Your Passions | My Journey

Lots of love,

Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

Successful people’s habits can seem a little bit extreme to the rest of the population. However, that doesn’t mean that these don’t work for them. Also, if these habits got them to be where they are now, well, all of us should inspire ourselves from them.

It still amazes me how we all have 24 hours to do something, but it’s what we do with them that matters. Some people manage to fit so many things in their day. While others prefer to be unproductive. Will you take on a new challenge or will you go back to your old ways?

Tony Robbins’ Morning Ritual

The legend! Besides the fact that he doesn’t sleep too much, Tony Robbins is fitter than ever. His morning ritual is very thorough. Firstly, he performs a breathing exercise – about three sets of 30 breaths. In addition, he lifts his hands up in a shoulder press motion. Then, he practices three minutes of gratitude – remembering and reliving three moments in his life. Following this, he visualises a light entering in his body. This light will connect him to the Universe, his loved ones and even with people who’s never met. In particular, I’m a big supporter of this following routine. Tony visualises success: he imagines achieving three of his goals. He visualises how much this will help him, but also others.

Also, I recently started to visualise my success as well. I was VERY SURPRISED to witness amazing results – just like how I’ve envisioned them.

Maria Hazistefani’s Liquid Ambition

Maria is one of the most successful founders from the beauty industry. Also, she is the founder and CEO of her own company, Rodial. Moreover, her other brand, NIP + FAB is equally successful, targeting a younger market.

Successful People's Habits: Top 10 Routines

Over the years, she developed a very productive daily routine. One of the things she loves to do is to wake up early. In effect, that will offer her time for herself. In particular, I love that she is drinking hot water with lemon and a shot of organic espresso first thing in the morning. With this in mind, I started doing the exact same thing! I feel peaceful and super ready to action my day. You should definitely try it for yourself.

Gary Vee’s 3-4 minute meetings

Yes, you’ve read that right. Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder of Vayner Media, holds three-four minute meetings. In fact, he runs a very busy daily schedule. No wonder he needs to be productive. If three minute meetings sound a bit extreme for you, try to reduce your 1h meetings to 30 minutes and your 30 minutes ones to 15 minutes.

Nevertheless, your time is money. Your time is precious. Don’t allow others to waste it in endless meetings or other circumstances. Focus on increasing your productivity.

Focus on being productive instead of busy

This one’s from the master of productivity, Tim Ferris. He recommends that you measure the results of your actions – time and money. Handling e-mails for countless hours does not make you productive. Although, you might feel like it. Instead, he is checking emails once every few days and came to realise that his business CAN run without him. Also, he did build a business that can survive without his immediate input by giving more ownership to his employees.

Successful People's Habits: Top 10 Routines

Nevertheless, try to trust people more at work. If you’re not a business owner, even as a manager, trust your colleagues more. Great leaders empower others and let them take their own decisions. You will enjoy time to focus on being more productive and creative while sharing the workload.

There is a lot to be learned from successful people’s habits, so keep on reading to get more inspired ✨

Successful people don’t give others the opportunity to say ‘No’

They are their biggest supporters. They would not take no for an answer. Furthermore, they will do everything they can to influence people’s answers and turn them in their favour. Or they will try again another time.

That means creating more opportunity for themselves. If a door slams now, successful people will not give up. They will try again, again and again. Until they succeed.

Yes

Avoid things in excess

These people avoid anything in excess, including the fun things. Excesses are just going to bring you down. Furthermore, they will make you lose sight of the things you already have. Some people associate success with excess buying or excess working – none of these are healthy for you.

Instead, focus on having a good balance in your life. Eat healthy, but have your cheat days as well. Exercise, but rest when your muscles require you to do so. More importantly, work but know when you need to take breaks. You will feel so empowered and ready to action your day.

They are open to criticism

Successful people created a habit of being open to criticism from qualified individuals. I don’t believe that everyone has the entitlement to criticise someone’s work, contrary to the popular opinion. Also, taking opinions from everyone will only confuse you. Instead, take feedback from people who’ve already made it or from people who have knowledge in your industry. It will help you so much more! We all have an opinionated friend. But, that doesn’t mean we should listed to him – most of the times these people have no clue about what we’re doing in our work anyway.

They work when they’re most effective

This is one of the most important successful people’s habits. They work when they’re most effective. This links to the tip above about focusing on being productive instead of being busy.

Furthermore, working when you’re most effective will improve your performance and will make you happier. Although, this might not be applicable while in the office, it is to your side projects.

They throw themselves out there

Successful people don’t spend time questioning themselves. They feel the fear and do it anyway. Also, there’s something so powerful in this statement. Focus on your end goal and try to not spend too much time thinking why you can’t do it.

Successful People's Habits: Top 10 Routines

They have multiple incomes

Remember this: most successful people have multiple income streams. Besides running their own businesses or being employed by huge companies, successful people might be involved in Real Estate, investments, online courses and many other streams.

I would highly recommend to start thinking about your options. What are you good at, besides your day job / career?

These were successful people’s habits that I find super inspiring. I hope these will help you achieve your dreams and create a life you love.

P.S: Don’t forget to check-out my new e-book, ‘Create a life you love’. This book will show you how to create a life you love. Will give you brand new reasons to get up in the morning and feel extremely ready to action all of your dreams. You’re capable of wonderful things! Why not shape your life in the way you want it to be?

Love,

Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

Career Motivation is on everyone’s lips right now. It’s absolutely normal not to feel as driven during this time. However, it’s highly important that you keep going and don’t feel deflated. These are five smart tips that you need to keep moving, even when the world is somehow stuck.

5 Smart Ways to Successfully Motivate Yourself

There are certain times in your career when you might feel down or not driven enough. Most people do change jobs when that happens. At any rate, I personally don’t find that to be the solution. It might work for the short term. Also, it seems just another way of running away from the problem. Career motivation is key when battling these feelings. But, how do you tackle it?

Career Motivation | 5 Smart Tips You Need

Get the head space you need

When you’re working full-time, there is not too much time for yourself. Create an early morning routine (I know, I said EARLY) that will get you valuable time to plan. Also, World leaders, CEOs, Founders – they all have early morning routines.

During this time, before you start work, you can either: learn something new, meditate, workout and plan your day ahead. Equally, it’s important to have some time for yourself to bring yourself back to your motivated self. After all, you will feel that you’ve accomplished something for yourself as well. A great start to your day will already make it more interesting.

Moreover, especially if you learn something new maybe about skill improvements at your day job or other technical skills, you’ll want to apply them straightaway. It will make your workload more fun because you’re learning something new that can be tested at your company. No company will refuse you doing more things, so just go ahead and ask if you can implement some tweaks here and there. They’ll really like it because it will benefit them as well.

Subsequently, finding this valuable time for yourself will do wonders to your career motivation. As a result, you’ll be more creative, more willing to try out new things and assess your career journey.

Make room for amazing resources

Here, I’m both referring to physical room and ‘room’ in your own life. Keep on reading to find out what I’m talking about.

Generally, they say that ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’. I remember sitting in this giant conference call at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. Tai Lopez was the next guest speaker. If there’s one thing that I took away from his keynote is how important reading books is. At any stage of your career or life. He reads everything online, but his main focus are books. As a matter of fact, reading entrepreneurial books or career oriented ones really inspire me. It stayed with me because I’ve had completed reading seven books in one month (January), so it reminded me of my habit.

Therefore, make room in your life to read. Squeeze in a chapter during that quiet time in the morning or before you go to bed. Put your phone on the side and focus on reading. However, if you prefer physical books, ensure you already have the space to store them.

In addition, there are so many motivational resources that you can use to lift your spirits up. I personally love podcasts! Two of my favourites are The Audio Experience by Gary Vee and the Overnight Success by Maria Hatzistefanis.

Career Motivation | 5 Smart Tips You Need

Follow your favourite mentors EVERYWHERE

In today’s World, it might be challenging to find and have a mentor that you’ve personally met. I’ve been lucky enough to look up to someone at my workplace, but now I have to use digital resources that my online mentors produce.

Nevertheless, looking up to someone who ‘has made’ it is such an easy way to motivate yourself. However, remember this, if he can do it, you can do it too. It’s all in the mindset.

Furthermore, search everything that they’ve produced: YouTube Videos and interviews, podcasts, their own websites, follow their content on social media.

Curious to know who inspires me?

@mrsrodial

@garyvee

@tonyrobbins

@marinadegiovanni

@tailopez

@grantcardone

@therealkiyosaki

Just go out there and do it

At the same time, I know it may be hard and it may feel very challenging to get your career motivation back. Not to mention motivation doesn’t happen overnight. So, you might feel like giving up. It’s important to acknowledge that.

But, being in that state of mind all the time will tremendously impact you. However, what can you do about it?

Firstly, you need to realise that this state does not define you. Therefore, acting upon it should become easier. So, don’t identify with this. It’s just a phase and with your help it shall pass.

Secondly, after you’ve identified your mentors and came up with a plan of action to boost your daily activities, don’t give up. Nevertheless, continue to educate yourself, to read and network with others.

Career Motivation | 5 Smart Tips You Need

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Lots of love,

Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

Self-isolation shouldn’t get you all bored. In fact, some of you might not have the working from home habit or are used to being on the go very often. But, being stuck at home can be quite entertaining and productive, if you know how to make the best out of it. I’m sharing with you some easy ways to make self-isolation enjoyable that will change the way you do it.

Self-Isolation at Home – The New Norm?

Who would have thought that in 2020, when the world is at its speediest rate we would have to stay at home? Well, definitely not myself and perhaps not yourself either. Since this situation is becoming quite the norm, we all have to adapt. How you want to view this situation, it’s entirely up to you. One of my favourite quotes says that life is a sum of how we react to things. So, how will you react to this?

If you’re doing this, then stop

If you’re thinking that your current situation is painful and you’re staring to lose your ‘sanity’, then think again. The truth is, your situation is really not that awful. The whole thing can be flipped. What you get is: more time for yourself, more time to be productive, save money on transportation, moments to breathe, a positive change in your life and a moment to assess your life situation – were you truly happy before this happened? Be ambitious.

Easy ways to make self isolation actually enjoyable

Self-isolation can be quite enjoyable if you know how to approach it. I’m sharing some easy ways to make self isolation actually enjoyable that work for me.

Have a clear agenda for each day

Having no plan of action can get you stressed and bored in the same time. Keeping yourself busy with your daily plans is a great way of both being productive and entertained. Include different categories here: your side project (eg. blog, content creation), your skills building (re-creation of yourself), your mindfulness plans (eg. meditation, yoga, painting). I keep a weekly & monthly planner – a more organised agenda to plan out everything I want to achieve daily. When I used to go to the office, I would even have these tasks planned by time, but now I can be more flexible, so I’m really grateful for being able to feel less pressure. Get yourself a smart planner, it makes a huge difference.

Wake up one hour before starting work

You might love your sleep, but there’s research showing that getting straight into working after you’ve woken up, it’s harmful for your wellbeing. Instead, wake up one hour before starting work and get ready for the day ahead.

Drink hot water with lemon & propolis

That’s the first thing that I do in the morning. I drink about half a cup of hot water with lemon & propolis to wake my body up. It’s a great source of vitamin C as well. It became a ritual for me. Trust me, you’ll love it.

Prepare a healthy breakfast to kick off the day

Forget having breakfast on the go or eating late at the office. You have all the means to prepare a healthy breakfast at home to kick off the day and actual time to sit down and have breakfast. Isn’t that wonderful? Prepare a healthy breakfast rich in protein and kick off the day. I like to have protein cereal with fruit (banana, strawberry, pomegranate, blueberries), or avocado toast.

Take time to prepare for the day

Take time to prepare for the day. Do 5-10 minutes of guided meditation, do some stretching or yoga and get your day to a great start. See? You’re busy (good busy) already!

Design your perfect, most flourishing environment

Even though you might be working the most part of your day, creating a flourishing environment is key. Scientifically, aromatherapy is the art of utilising plant based essences to harmonise and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It has a deep connection with our spirit, so why not take opportunity to work from home next to a melting wax candle that will lift your mood? Whenever I want to give my living room an uplifting smell, I either choose a Sand & Driftwood scent (Woodwick) or Vanilla Cupcake (Country Candle). I wish you could smell these right now.

Lighting up a scented candle can have the same effect, however if you want to change the smell quite often, wax melts or essential oil might be the ones for you. I would usually light up a candle when I read or meditate before bed, my favourite ones being manufactured by DW or Yankee Candle.

Take useful breaks

Taking breaks while working is key. You can either enjoy a cup of coffee / tea (I vow for my coffee), apply a relaxing face mask, listen to a podcast or read. I’m absolutely obsessed with skin care and masks, so for me, a break looks something like this: face mask, coffee & magazine in my hand! Some people enjoy colouring too, so choose something that works for you.

Exercise or practice yoga

Make sure to include a form of exercising while staying at home for at least 30 minutes every other day. Open the windows wide (who cares about what your neighbours think?) and get on with it. I have some favourite trainers I follow on YouTube for both working out & yoga. Better yet, if you have a back garden you can give that a go.

Avoid scrolling on your phone for hours

Obviously, avoid being glued on your screen for no reason what so ever. Use your time wisely 😉

Hobbies exploration

Now it’s the perfect time to explore some hobbies, who knows maybe you will enjoy new activities that you didn’t know you would before? Come up with some exciting things that you could be doing at home: English / Italian afternoon tea ‘party’, build an indoors den, have an Italian food night and so on. On the hobbies side of things, I decided to explore video making & editing while I have more time on my hands and actually love watching good quality videos. So, expect something fresh & different on my Instagram channel.

Easy Ways to Make Self-Isolation Enjoyable

Invest in your skills

Take this time to invest in your skills. Work won’t look like this anymore, with the work – life line becoming even thiner. Be prepared for the change and become even better at what you do, regardless of your career path.

Be grateful

Be grateful for the life you have. You have a home, loving family and loads of opportunities ahead of you. Remember how lucky you are to be alive and enjoy life.

Plan for the future

Although we might not know how the future looks like, it’s important that we prepare for a new economy, in a way or another. Some will win and some will lose. Use this time to brainstorm how you plan to use it to your advantage.

So, how to make the best out of your self-isolation situation?

Make the best out of your self-isolation by practising some of the tips I’ve shared in this article today. These are 100% working for me at the moment and if some of these will work for you too, then you can call me a very happy person.

Enjoy your time during this uncertain period and never forget how lucky we all are to be alive.

Sending lots of love,

Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

5 tips to make you your most AMBITIOUS self: We’re seeing a difficult time and as much as I might not want to admit it, the situation is currently affecting me on different levels, but I’m trying to remain positive and resilient to the upcoming changes.

If you are like me, I’m sure you’re planning out your near future and adjust your plans to adjust to the situation. Ambition is one human quality that makes us move forward and not stay stuck in a rut. Here are my 5 tips to make you your most ambitious self!

Building networks will change in the next following years, considering the shift towards building up start-ups, towards individuals working for themselves and people simply seeking support in their career or personal lives (as these become busier for everyone due to the on the go lifestyle). More and more people acknowledge that their network support is actually very much needed in their own development. I’ve too realised that if I really want to succeed, I need to develop my own supportive network. Keep on reading to find out how to build your supportive network in 2020. 

Tired of taking decisions or of feeling like all the decisions you’ll take, will have a tremendous impact on your future? It’s the way we look at decision taking that makes you  feel anxious. We’re going to change that today – I trust you. Just keep on reading my top five tips to help you make important life decisions.

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Eliminate your inner fear 

When faced with an important life decision, you might be feeling fear. It’s normal. When the brain shifts between what it knows (the common known – your life as it is now) and the future, you might experience scary thoughts. You might even ask yourself ‘what happens if…?’ without expecting or having a rational answer. That’s just your inner fear breaking through. It’s very important that you acknowledge that and be aware that you’re so much more than a person being paralysed in fear. 

5 Tips for Taking the Most Important Life Decisions

I would suggest to come up with a list of your best resilient qualities by answering the following questions: 

  • When was I last resilient?
  • How did I show strength while in a similar situation?
  • What are my best qualities?
  • Do I consider myself powerful?

Ask yourself the right questions 

When you ask yourself the right questions, you get the best answers, RIGHT? 

So, why not do just that? Start by asking yourself a set of right questions in relation to the specific decision you are about to take. Scrap the ‘what happens if…’ BS and focus on the right things. You’ll notice how confident you’ll soon become.

5 Tips for Taking the Most Important Life Decisions

I’m going to include some examples below, some might apply to your case, but some might not:

  • What percentage of the decision is an absolute yes?
  • What holds me back? (we know it’s fear, so think about the practical things that might hold you back)
  • How will this decision contribute to the lifestyle I want to achieve?
  • Would I break away from my comfort zone if I take this decision today?
  • Will my intangible assets (such as skills) improve if I take the decision?
  • Will I become more independent?
  • What is the outcome I’m after?

The Fear Setting Excercise 

This exercise belongs to the lifestyle guru Tim Ferris and if you’ve read my new e-book ‘Create a Life You Love’, I’m sure you’re now the master of this exercise. It will teach you how to define your fears, instead of your goals.

The premeditatio malorum or pre-meditation of evils is a Stoic concept which aims towards preventing the bad in your head from happening in real life. As Stoic Seneca noted ‘It’s not because things are difficult THAT we dare not to venture, but we dare not to venture that they are difficult’. In essence, fear is your biggest enemy. The one thing that will set you back when you want to finally do it. Fear is responsible for not going for that job you were unqualified for, for you not following drama school, for you not learning how to code and many others. Fear is just what’s happening inside our heads when we’re not ready to make ten million dollars a year or when we’re put in front of something so big that will change our lives. 

5 Tips for Taking the Most Important Life Decisions

How do you go about eliminating fear and discovering the strength within you to take action? It’s really straightforward but after you identify what you’re scared of you have to make a priority list. You’ll notice that you’ll be scared of the impacts of your actions; for instance, having to go to learn code after work three times a week will mean that your relationships can suffer. You won’t be saying “Yes!” easily when your friend / partner want to hang out, because being busy for three times a week, means that you need to run your errands during the days you have left. Or you won’t be able to look after your brother’s kid after work, because you’re actually doing something for yourself. Take action now and create a life you love!

It will help you define your fears and come up with solutions. Grab a pen and create your three columns:

  • Define – get detailed about the worst things that can happen if you’re going to take that decision (between 10 and 20 actions)
  • Prevent – answer what you could do to prevent each of the worst things from happening
  • Repair – list down ways of repairing the potential damage

After you identify these, ask yourself what may the benefits of an attempt or partial success be? Imagine how your life would look like. Write them down. 

The last step is to assess your cost of inaction. What can happen in 6 months, 1 year, 3 years if you don’t take action? You can look at it from an emotional, physical, financial perspective. Note these down as well.

At the end of this exercise, you’ll be able to have a clear view of what scares you out and how you can prevent the bad things from happening, even for a little.

Go with the flow

Accept that some things need to happen in a certain way and it’s okay. Start to go with the flow and you’ll feel less pressure to come up with the ‘right’ decision.

In fact, all decisions you will take will be right because they will lead you to a certain place in your life, leading you to other opportunities. Just don’t forget to practice self-care while on your journey.

Don’t regret your choices

Another important piece of advice that I can give to you is not to regret the decision you’ve made, constantly wondering what would have happened if you went the other way?

I’ve constantly came across this when speaking to different people. I’ve heard so many times statements such as ‘I shouldn’t have chosen to get into Med school, working in advertising would have been a much better choice for me’ or ‘Ah if only I’ve chosen to go for that interview yesterday, I’m sure I’d have gotten something out of it, instead of going to that other meeting which proved to be a waste of time.’ 

Sometimes you might feel so disappointed because you get stuck in the feeling of regret. I’m sure the doctor guy will come to discover that Med school was actually a good choice after graduation or even if not, the choice is his to go study / work in another industry. Getting glued to feeling sorry for yourself and not doing anything about it will kill all your dreams and impact your life in a negative way. Not happy with the outcomes? Change your course, but remember you must have learnt something new along the way. No decision is bad, as long as you know how to influence it and adapt it to your latest needs. 

5 Tips for Taking the Most Important Life Decisions

These were my five tips to help you make important life decisions. I hope you’ve found these useful and as always if you have any specific questions, let me know in the comment section below.

Until next time,

Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

Hello there beautiful people,

I’m still talking about 2020 as we’re still in January, but that’s because it still is the beginning of the year. We still have so much time on our hands to make things happen and smash our goals, right? Drawing from my experience in 2019 when I was involved in perhaps too many projects at once and I did manage to finish the work in time, I’m now sharing 10 ways to be more successful in 2020.

Hello there gorgeous ladies,

The beauty of being strong women stays in the fact that we can think strategically and strive to motivate ourselves, but also we’re preoccupied with our beauty rituals. I see a powerful woman as a force able to be herself and look her best at all times. How to choose the right perfume has been a topic that I’ve always wanted to share with you because I’m basically obsessed with smelling good and got to know quite a bit about these wonderful products over the years. I feel that February 2020 is the perfect time to invest in a new fragrance to last you over the colder months of the year, don’t you?