5 Things I am Most Grateful For

I cannot believe it’s been so long since I’ve written! Nearly 2 months!! Yikes. Life has been pretty hectic – studying for exams, renovating and whatnot. Phew! I’m glad it’s all over!🙂

I have contemplated over and over about what I should write. However, recently, my friend was in a pretty nasty car accident (the other car ran a stop sign when she was driving 100km/h on the motorway and totally wiped her out) but luckily, came out of it with only a few cut and bruises. Her parents were furious about the whole situation, and rightly so, as it was negligence on the other driver’s part).

After speaking to her, it made me realise of significance of the situation and that I take a lot of things for granted. Sentimentality is not something I am capable of at great lengths, but these are the things I am grateful and thankful for.

1. Parents

I am grateful to have both parents who are so flexible with us when it is not in our culture to do so. They are always there when we need them, no matter what the situation is. They’re constantly working to provide for us when we’re already capable of earning our own living – it is nevertheless a grand gesture to let us know that they’ll always have our back. I know a lot of people who do not have this – the world is tough and cruel for many. As such, I am very thankful to have both parents who are alive, well, and treat us like diamond – well, instead of wrapping us up in cotton wool of course!🙂

 

2. Friends

I am very introverted and antisocial on most days of the week. I don’t have many friends – you can probably count them on 2 hands, if that. However, the friends I do have are great people – ones who I can relate to and understand. Ones who I can go for years without talking to and still know that if we caught up with each other tomorrow, it would just be the same as it was before. Ones who will always be there if I ever ask them to come. Regardless of where they are, there are unexplainable ties that binds us – irrevocably and permanently.

 

3. God

There are many things in this world can be explained scientifically but I personally believe that there is some higher existence out there. Someone that will always help us if we ask for it, enough to guide us into the right direction, but just so, without interfering with our free will. There are no coincidences in this world. For many people, the belief in their God, no matter the religion, gives them hope and faith. Who am I to take that away from them?

 

4. Books

Words are a wonderful thing. They can be as sharp as swords, inflicting pain and drawing blood, powerful and unyielding or eloquent and dazzling. A combination of this with a creative mind will make possibilities limitless. It always amazes me the world the authors create – from Middle earth by JRR Tolkien, to the wizarding world of Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Oceania by George Orwell. I am forever grateful for being able to read and stepping into these worlds created by the many wonderful authors out there. They have provided me with comfort on many rainy days.

 

5. Internet

The internet is a blessing and a curse. It has made the world borderless, allowing people to reach out to one another across continents, seeking friendship, assistance and love. It has allowed people to share ideas, thoughts, feelings, information and opinions where they would not normally do in real life. However the internet also has its fair share of unsavoury tales as well. Regardless of people’s intentions, the internet has been a major step in technological evolution, keeping people well informed and competitive – and for that, I am grateful.


Statute of Limitations on Blaming the Bully?

There is something I want to get off my chest for some time now – and I don’t think anyone’s actually posted about this – it’s the reactive responses of the bullied person. Over the last few years, there has been a rise in awareness on bullying at school across Australia. It is on the news at least on a weekly basis, if not more.

What has really set me off is the way they make out how “victimised” the bullied person is. Not too long ago, they were advertising “Say No To Bullying Day” on 97.3fm – I listen to the radio on the way to and from work, and every time I hop in the car, I have to listen to the same advert over and over – with one lady claiming:

“I was constantly bullied at school. I have grown up being afraid to go anywhere or do anything. I am so scared I don’t even have a driver’s licence. I am also unemployed because of it.”

Firstly, I want to make it clear that I do not like bullying, nor do I condone it. I am well aware of the fact that bullying and victimisation can have detrimental effects on people – especially school aged children. It causes a whole host of problems, including self-esteem issues, inadequacy, lower grades, etc – the list goes on.

What I don’t understand can’t wrap my head around, is the progression of these problems to adulthood. It is okay to cry out for help and raise awareness for children whom are defenceless against bullies. However, by adulthood, you should have the means and knowledge to stand up for yourself and protect yourself. That’s right – YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEFEND YOURSELF PEOPLE. The Anti-discrimination Act is always there to protect you lawfully from victimisation as well, if you need it.

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Twenty Twelve: Take that leap this leap year

Too often we fall into a routine – doing the same things day in and day out. We become comfortable in our zone and motivation starts to leave us. We become floaters – drifting through life with no real aim or purpose. Nobody wants this, but how do we change it?

Albeit this may be a little late, since we’re in the middle of April, but let us change our lives this year for the better. Take that leap!

Be a little bit more selfish and look after yourself this year. Nobody will love you more than you love yourself. We only have one shot at life and one body – make use of it, look after it and it will look after you. Be happier. Throw out bad habits. Work smarter, not harder. Play more, not less.

Always envied the beautiful photos/dance moves you see? Do that photography/dancing class you’ve always wanted. Want to lose weight or become fitter? Join that fitness club you’ve always noticed on your way to work. Life is a constant whirlwind of busy schedules/meetings or resolving family/work related problems? Take that time off for yourself every Sunday, even if it is just an hour, to unwind and relax before the next hectic week starts. Always wanted to open up that business and work for yourself? What are you waiting for?

Still think you are not ready? Nobody is ever 100% ready for anything and opportunities don’t come around very often so Take. That. Leap.

Take baby steps if you’re afraid – change has to start from somewhere. As long as you acknowledge it and accept it, you are half way there already. Become proactive rather than reactive. Set yourself short term goals – for a week, a fortnight, a month, mid-year, till the end of the year and strive to reach for it.

What have you started doing this year that will change your life for the better? Better yet, what will you do this year to make yourself a happier you?

These are some sites I’ve bookmarked and refer to whenever I become unmotivated:

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself by Marc @ Marc and Angel Hack Life

50 Life Secrets and Tips by Jordan Lejuwaan @ HighExistence

21 Habits of Happy People by Cindy Holbrook


One Giant Leap for Blogging

“The only race you have to win is the race against yourself – there will always be someone faster and stronger but there will never be another you, so look within and push your own personal boundaries.”

When I first started blogging a couple of months ago, I never thought it was possible for me to reach even 400 views a day. Even up until about a week ago, when I was setting myself goals (with one of them being “to get 400 views or more per day by the end of the year” – you can read more here), I still didn’t think it was possible.

Today, for some unfathomable reason, I reached a massive milestone – out of nowhere, I’ve already had 1, 070 views! I was completely taken by surprise. This has far exceeded my expectations. To some, 1, 000 + views & 50 odd comments may be an everyday natural thing, but to a novice blogger like me, it means a great deal. It kind of reminds me of the feeling I got when I first got my real pay check after being registered as a pharmacist – ecstatic and elated.

You all have provided me with the confidence to continue what I am doing, and for that I am thankful. I am glad you have found my blog useful – useful enough to refer, relink and share on facebook, twitter and any other social media sites you use. There is so, so much more I would like to share so feel free to come back sometime for another random babbling.

Have a good weekend everyone,

Kaz


Top 10 Destinations I Want to Visit This Year

I think I have caught the travel bug again; and instead of studying, I have been procrastinating on the internet, looking at places I want to explore. These are my top 10 destinations I want to visit this year (in no particular order):

Kremlin - seriously, doesn't this look like something out of a fairytale?

1. Russia

Ever since I saw a picture in a travel magazine of the Kremlin with fireworks going off at night in the background, I have always wanted to go there. The Kremlin is what I would imagine the candy house to look like from the fable Hansel and Gretel… seriously, the monstrous castle looks like an upper class biscuit house!

Always wanted to rub shoulders with royalty

2. Egypt

Pyramids, Pharaohs, mummies, tombs, curses and sphinxes… what more can I say? One of the greatest marvels of civilisation.

Norway Northern Lights - isn't it just spectacular?

3. Scandinavian Countries

They say not everyone is lucky enough to see the northern lights. The northern lights is one of my top 50 things to see/do before I die, and I am hoping I would be lucky enough to see it when I do go… otherwise I will be camping out every night in the cold until I do! And why not limit myself to just 1 of the 3 countries? I may as well go to all three – Norway, Finland and Sweden!

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A Standing Ovation to all the Dancers out there

“If dancing were any easier it would be called football.”
– Anonymous

I have always admired the professional dancers on tv, movies and in theatres. However, like every other profession, I just assumed they are really good at what they do because they practice… A LOT. Boy, was I wrong.

Not too long ago, I went and saw the ballet Swan Lake with my good friend. I must admit, it was my first time watching a ballet performance (sometimes I am afraid to go to plays and theatres as their singing/music puts me to sleep; shocking, I know) and no, I did not fall asleep. In fact, I sat there flabbergasted the whole time. I was in awe of the spectacular dancing that was being performed on stage – it was magnificent, to say the least. At one stage, Odette was doing so many pirouettes I lost count – regardless, one minute she was on one side of the stage and in the next, she was on the other side – it’s a wonder she could still stand straight after all that spinning – I would be on the ground after two spins, I think.

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To Inspire Others is Extraordinary

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To be able to write, is a gift. To be able to express yourself in such a way that compels others to comment, is a miracle. To be able to inspire others, so they are willing to set their goals and try to reach for their dreams, is extraordinary. I aim and strive to be like that one day.

In one of my management courses I am taking, we study/analyse large corporations, and how they came about. Toyota, General electric, Outback Steakhouse, Just Cuts, Google, Apple… the list goes on. Regardless of what the industry is, they all have one thing in common – They all have long term and short term goals that they set, and they strive to reach those goals and targets in a certain time frame.

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