Dream Focus & 514 Faves
Working at night has always been my preference. Not only do I love savouring the day with tasks and errands in the sunlight (I always feel like I’m missing out if I’m cooped up inside when it’s beautiful out), but my mind seems to switch on effortlessly and mechanically after 7pm, resulting in great productivity long into the wee hours of the night. With my new lifestyle (eating clean), I don’t feel weighed down by fatigue the way I used to (and it will only keep on getting better). I can stay up sixteen hours and feel light when I go to bed (not drunk from lack of sleep). What I love most about my late-night tendencies? Zero interruptions. No ongoing email craziness, no facebook triggers… the world – momentarily stopped. I always like to think of it as being a step ahead of the early risers when it comes to correspondences.
I was always made to feel bad about my erratic schedule. Scrutinized for tiring myself out, for not being an “active” part of society. I tried to conform to the 9am to 5pm mentale and routine, but as a result really didn’t get much done. It just never felt natural with my body. Now I know I will not be able to operate like this forever (especially when I one day have my own family, or go in to work amongst others), but for the moment the beauty of a makeshift schedule is allowing it to cater to you where you deem it fit.
Sometimes I wonder if I’d get anything done if this “work freedom” was taken away from me. As a creative, it’s always a temperamental concern – to lose your drive, inspiration and momentum. Blocks seem to happen too easily, and when writing or art production is the primary factor to your financial progress – overcoming these delays are essential (and with increased speed as your experience grows). This applies in any field… enabling and armouring yourself to effortlessly defeat distractions and wrong turns. So many people hold so many dreams that never end up manifesting (New York and L.A. are perfect hosts to these individual tragedies). So how do you avoid becoming one of these “settlers” of life? Staying on track becomes harder and harder every day – it seems that every moment of our days have become accounted for (or end up falling victim to time-fillers like twitter). How do you ensure you won’t one day wake up at fifty, and wonder how you’ve accomplished absolutely nothing you set out to?
There are so many factors that influence our direction, and unless you are an indifferent mesh mind that lets everything it comes across flow right through, you’re susceptible to outer pulls. As a mindset that constantly needs to be maintained, here are my personal pointers to refresh or face the many forks in the road…
Beware the company you keep.
I have seen it over and over again, experienced it myself, and know many who had to retract from friends to regain balance in their lives. The sad truth, is that rarely is a friend a real friend. It seems that the ones whose loyalty you’d expect, more often than not are the ones who slip away when you really need them. Others will adore you until you surpass their comfort zones in the quest for your own growth. Guilt-tripping, pressure, and accusations are normal when it comes to withdrawal – get used to it, and don’t take it personally. Wether you weed them out now, or find out what they’re made of on your way up – don’t let it distract you from your goal (and always, always remain a good friend in the process). The ones that help you with the load on the way up (instead of making it heavier) are the ones who won’t use you once you’ve become what you’ve set out to be. I personally never really understood the fascination people have with wanting to be accepted by a specific set of others (how could their collective opinion ever outweigh your own?). When you find someone who is truly loyal to you and your personality/success, honour them – they are diamonds in the rough.
Keep records as reminders.
It’s easy to forget your initial goals – so document them! Even though you should never be embarrassed, if you feel the need to hide your “unrealistic” ambition (which doesn’t exist by the way), jot down your wildest dreams in a notebook, on a piece of paper you keep under your mattress, in your phones notepad app, in an e-mail to yourself… it will provide you with a go-to reference for where you stand and if you’re getting closer to your target. Be specific with what you want (I’m telling you, the universe listens), cause when you get it, the lift in your walk will bleed into your every endeavor! Plant seeds of what you want all around you – it will keep your focus sharp.
I think most people set goals (eg. run a marathon), and end up settling for the shortcut version of what they originally envisioned (a.k.a. weekend five mile jog with a social running group). Don’t allow yourself to become that comfortable. You can thank me later when you cross that finish line.
Patience is not only a virtue – it’s a necessity.
Nothing happens overnight (sadly). Even Justin Bieber had ten years experience on him by the time he landed his record contract. Isn’t that something of a relief though? It weeds out the people who aren’t meant to be there, and rewards those deserving of the world’s attention in their field. When you feel like nothing is progressing, work on yourself and come back to the table. Every positive effort you put into your craft will be rewarded in due time.
(Marni for H&M shoes and windbreaker, American Apparel disco pants, Matt & Nat purse)
This hearty concoction magically tastes even better than it looks. Pea soup with dill and chorizo sausage at Olive & Gourmando <3.
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