Don’t Be Afraid To Dream, Girl

“It’s alright to feel scared, but it doesn’t mean you don’t do it.” – Clara Villarosa 

Hello lovelies.

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of taking the Rhyze bus to a screening of Dream, Girl, a documentary telling the stories of five female entrepreneurs. It was an evening filled with lots of laughs and even more inspiration, and I want to share some of it with you today. Because, as we all know, inspirational community events turn me into a pile of mush.

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First of all, let me say a huge thanks to The Rhyze Project for putting this together, and to Faith for being my movie buddy for the night. The bus ride there was awesome because Faith and I just talked about life, boy drama, and blog drama (both equally important). Upon arrival in Palmerston, we picked up our popcorn and candy. But do you want to hear the best part? There was wine. But not just ANY wine! My favorite kind, so clearly it was meant to be. With a glass of wine in hand, and the two new friends we had just made, we headed into the theatre to see Dream, Girl.

Enough about me though, let’s talk about the movie. Dream, Girl (directed by Erin Bagwell) is a documentary about female entrepreneurs and shares the stories of several incredible women. The first thing I loved about the film was how all the interview subjects varied in age, ranging from women in their 20’s to women in their 80’s. In fact, the quote at the beginning of this post is from Clara Villarosa, one of the entrepreneurs interviewed in the film. Clara is a co-founder of Villarosa Media, a publishing company specializing in publishing the work of African-American authors. Clara’s story was one of my favorites, because she was filled with so much spunk and wisdom. Every single woman involved in the film had their own unique story and they shared it with such passion. Dream, Girl makes you feel like you are just talking about your big dreams over coffee with a friend, a friend who is encouraging you to dream big. Oh, and did I mention it was an entirely female crew? Please, go see this movie.

Dream, Girl leaves you with a sense of empowerment that you may not have walked in to the theatre with. And leaves you asking yourself “Why not me? Why not now?” because knowing there is an entire support system of women behind you makes taking the leap a little less scary. Even in the tiny theater of Palmerston, the camaraderie between all of us as we watched this documentary was certainly there, and I was definitely rooting for every woman there (on screen and off screen). When women support other women, incredible things can happen. We are half the population, after all.

Have you seen Dream, Girl? Do you plan to? Let me know in a comment below or you can tweet at me!

I hope you all have an amazing week, and I will talk to you soon.

Katie

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What To Do When You Feel Unmotivated

“Don’t half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing.”
– Ron Swanson

Hello lovelies!

In my last post I talked about how I am an extremely motivated person, which gets in the way of my ability to relax. But how do I stay so motivated? How do I find the effort to get up and work on my side hustle when I am exhausted from my full time job? In this post I will talk about the steps I take to keep my motivation from wavering, even on the toughest of days.

Create an ‘Impossible List’

So I definitely stole this idea from Josh (check out his blog Short On Beer HERE) but I’m completely obsessed with it. The concept of a bucket list is super morbid to me and those can be SO specific. What I love about an ‘impossible list’ is instead of being a list of dreams, it is a list of goals you want to complete. Making them more realistic to you and then allowing you to break those big goals down into smaller steps that will help you to cross it off your list.

What are a few things on my ‘Impossible List’?

  • Unlock the Toronto YouTube Space
  • Attend San Diego Comic Con
  • Go on a yoga/meditation retreat
  • Learn how to play the guitar

All manageable, but will take some time and work. Looking at this list from time to time keeps me on track and motivated to take on the day-to-day tasks to achieve these goals.

Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People

If you tell your friends about an idea you have (an idea you think it is just the greatest things since sliced bread), and they respond with “that’s stupid” or “why would you do that?” on repetitive occasions, it may be time to surround yourself with more positivity. Especially when it comes to your work. I can not tell you how many ideas I threw away because I was afraid people would think it was silly, or make fun of me if it failed.

By creating a support system of motivated and like-minded individuals, you put yourself in a position where you can share your ideas freely and be supported or offered constructive criticism. In one of Sawyer Hartman’s most recent videos, he said that one of the best compliments he every received was, after showing a short film of his to a friend, the friend said “you can do better”. Not taking away from his hard work, but reminding him that he was capable of way more, so why was he not doing that? Those are the kind of people you want to be around. People who believe in you and your work so much, that they won’t settle for anything less. And want to help you achieve the highest level of AWESOME you possibly can.

And if you’re going ‘well damn, where do I find those people’? Hi, hello, yes, I am a person right here. Tweet at me, tell me what you’re working on, and I will cheer you on!

Keep Your Mental and Physical Health Intact

Listen, you won’t want to get ANYTHING done if you feel like crap. If you are so focused on the hustle that you forget proper sleep/diet/exercise, your work will suffer. End of story. In order to put out the best quality work, you have to make your health a priority. I’m not saying you have to shut your laptop right now and run a marathon (actually, I very highly recommend against that…because running sucks…I’m just looking out for you here…) but get out of your chair and do some stretches! Walk to the kitchen and get yourself a glass of water, take a walk around the block, blast the Lion King soundtrack and dance around like a madman/woman! Whatever it is that gets you up and moving, go do it!

In addition to this, get some sleep. This is the pot calling the kettle black, because I really don’t sleep much. But I am working on it! Other ways to keep your mental health in check? Writing in a journal, meditation, or yoga (I’m actually doing a 30 day yoga challenge right now, join me!). I guarantee that if you put some effort into your health, motivation and creativity will come to you. Not only that, but you will have the energy to turn that motivation into BETTER work. That seems like a pretty solid guarantee.

You can take my word on this one, I ate spinach today.

I also ate chicken nuggets, but LET’S FOCUS ON THE SPINACH.

And there you have it, three tips on how to keep yourself motivated! Let me know how YOU stay motivated in a comment below. If you do end up creating an impossible list of your own, tweet one item of it to me! I’d love to hear what one of your big goals is and help you get there! I’ve also listed a few extra resources below to give you that extra little boost of motivation, check them out!

You got this!

Katie

I Don’t Really Relax…And That’s Okay

“Hey, what did you do today?
“Nothing.”
“Awesome!”
I just filmed and edited two videos and cleaned the bathroom.”
“God dammit, Katie.”

Hello lovelies.

There is a running joke between my roommate and I about how I am just terrible at relaxing. I complain about being exhausted at the end of the day, but then I set out to do more work. I’ll clean an area of the house, work on a YouTube video, or brainstorm new blog posts. As opposed to her (and most other people’s) version of relaxing, which is doing ABSOLUTELY nothing. Nothing wrong with doing nothing, it just isn’t for me.

But just because I am continuously moving and working, doesn’t mean I’m not relaxing. Some of my favorite activities require me to be very focused or active, but they calm me down nonetheless. So instead of lounging, I’ll work on something for YouTube. Instead of laying on the beach, I’ll take a two hour walk through the park. And I love my crazy, never-ending mind for constantly keeping me inspired to do more. Sawyer Hartman (YouTuber/Filmmaker) summed it up pretty perfectly in a video, saying that he had the day off and to him having a day off meant “only working on the things he really wants to”.

In my opinion, if you enjoy what you do enough, it doesn’t feel like that hard of work. 

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This doesn’t mean you should go burn yourself out and not practice self-care simply because you want to hustle. No no no no no! Just prioritize. If you work a full time job (like me), maybe spend an hour or two on that side passion project of yours instead of 2 to three hours of Netflix. You hold all the power to change your life, but it requires hard work and the willingness to put the time in. To each their own, but just know that even though it seems like a bit nutso crazy, I’m actually completely sane. Well, sometimes. Sometimes you end up dazed out staring at a hydro pole, forget how you got there, and realize you are insanely sleep deprived. Not that that has ever happened to me or anything….

What about you? Do you relax with work/hobbies? Or do you lounge and relax with a Netflix marathon? Both are A+ options. Let me know in a comment below!

Katie

Why I’m Meditating Every Day for #MayHealth

Hello lovelies.

I have no internet at home so I am blogging at Tim Hortons, and it feels wrong to be writing about May Health while I munch on a donut. But hey, my challenge isn’t to stop eating donuts, now is it? It’s to take time to meditate every day.

If you don’t know what May Health is, it is a month long event where you choose a small habit to improve on every day and everyone involved supports each other online/in person. Okay, did I explain that right? Go check out the website, where they explained it so much better! It’s my first year participating and I am very, very excited.

So why did I choose to meditate every day? Well, it’s simple. I got to the point where my brain was so clogged up full of stress, anxiety, and OCD habits, that something had to change. When you have a conversation with your roommate and the next day you can’t remember if it was real life or a dream, it’s time to try something different.

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What are some of the benefits of regular meditation?

  • Decreased symptoms of anxiety/mood disorders
  • Improves focus and attention span
  • Decrease in restless thinking/tendency to worry
  • It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate
  • Helps in building sexual energy & desire (bow chicka wow wow)
  • Grows a stable, more balanced personality

So here we are on May 3rd, and I have been meditating for the past two days. The immense amount of support I have seen flying around Twitter in the #MayHealth hashtag is amazing, and everyone’s challenges are so interesting! Again, go check out the website and stalk the #MayHealth hashtag on Facebook and Twitter to learn more. I’ll be posting regular updates on how my challenge is going on Twitter, so don’t forget to follow me there if you aren’t already.

Alright, time to go do the third day of meditation. Ommmm…… 

Katie