Change is good :-)

I always enjoyed change. Whether it was trying something new in a restaurant or reading a new book, I’ve always embraced the not so common in my life. Last year I decided to teach in a foreign country, meet new friends and travel the world. For me, change has always brought the best out of me, and given me ways to learn more about myself.

Yes, it was completely out of the ordinary to move and teach in Kuwait. But if you stay with the status quo and do things that have been already been done, how will you create a legacy for yourself. If you are content with being similar to the person next to you, by any means continue to stay normal. If you ever want to be extraordinary, do things people think you can’t do.

When I think about change, I think about why I am doing it, and what I can get from it. From there, I think about whether or not this change is going to be good for me in the long run. Some people create drastic changes right away without doing the research first, or really thinking about their decision, which is fine but very risky and leaves no room for error.

Opportunities to change help your critical thinking skills. It demands deep thoughts and a rough sketch of your ideas. The changes in my life have allowed me to grow as a person, learn from my mistakes and begin to make decision on my own. Here are 3 reasons why change is good:

One: Change is an adventure

Adventure

I can definitely be the person to tell you that change is an adventure. It takes you outside of your comfort zone and makes you figure out things on your own. With that said, you do receive some help along the way, but for the most part, the final say goes through you. The idea of this adventure is to explore and see what is out there, what can you use from this experience to create a better you.

Two: Change is learning

LearningBlocks

Some people run from change. A regular way of living is to just go with the flow, allow things to happen, and simply do what ever you are asked. That said, change creates learning experiences that you can only receive on your own. At the end of the day, you need to be able to adjust when things are thrown at you from different angles. You are not always going to have someone to help you. You are not always going to have the pitch right down the middle. Change allows you to work on these skills and start doing things truly because you believe in them.

Three: Change is Opportunity

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When I think about opportunities, and the possibilities of doing exactly what I want to do in life, I become overjoyed and excited for the changes that are about to happen once I pursue them. Opportunities come and go, the tricky part is deciding which one or two (or even three) you want to pursue and go with. Change allows you to explore these options. It opens many doors, and closes many as well.

Conclusion

You can probably think of a variety of reasons why change is good. The more you grow and explore, challenge yourself to do new things, you will realize the learning and growth that happens when you decide to make changes in your life. Ask questions and take risk. Be careful and mindful of your thoughts, and embrace difference.

Put your BIG BOY pants on!

If you had the chance to read my last blog you probably know that I’ve been really busy. School is wrapping up, and ever day it feels like I have something else I have to  complete. A bit overwhelmed to say the lease. With that, I found myself thinking to often, and spending too much time on negative thoughts and energy. How can I do this? What if this doesn’t work? I spent a lot of time worrying about the what if? and how comes? These are all questions that make our bodies and minds think negatively or upset about something instantly. We carry these questions with us for days and until we find answers. Some of us carry these questions for months and years.

I started acting different. My response to simple conversation. Daily interactions with others. Emails. Phone calls. Everything. And you know what, it wasn’t me. I spent one day apologizing to everyone I thought I made upset. All because of one or two things I was unsure about. Then I thought, why am I making these individuals suffer because of my problems. Or my issues. What do I need to do to get out of this slump?

To do this, I normally tell myself “Put your Big Boy Pants on” and stop complaining. Take a look at the bigger picture, and realize that things aren’t so bad. For starters I look at my surroundings and block out anything that bothers me. Anything that is negatively affecting my goals or dreams. If you have a goal you need to protect it. Some people do not realize when they are stopping others from doing what they love. You need to harness that mindset and make changes that are going to affect your future in a good way.Block out the frustration by looking forward to the big picture. Life is about taking the necessary steps to reach your ultimate goals. Everything in between is called a “lesson” or “experience”. You should never allow a lesson or experience that is taking place, overcome and shadow your ultimate goals.

Take a look at the BIG PICTURE. Once you have this picture in your mind, you can always find ways to benefit from negative experiences you go through in life. That worry (or thought) that continuously plays in your head. The negative emotions and feelings you have about something or someone. Once, you “flip the script” and make it into a learning experience, your mindset and mood should change. Think about the advantages you have, privileges, opportunities and blessing. Is that moment of frustration worth more than all of that? I highly doubt it. We get lost in conflict, and disappear in what we call “life”. We start to see it and talk about it, but forget to live it.

“Next you need to pull up your big boy pants and tap into a mindset that allows you to block out the frustration”- Kobe

#KobeMeanMug

#KobeMeanMug

My thoughts came from Kobe Bryant on this years 2012-2013,Los Angeles Lakers, and Pau Gasol. Kobe speaks on Pau, “Put your big-boy pants on,” Kobe said with a trace of disgust in his voice. “C’mon … just adjust. You can’t whine about it or complain about it. Heck, I’m 34 years old, and I’m running screen-and-rolls out there because Steve is out, and my ass is running up and down the court more than I ever have in my entire career. But you have to adjust to it”. One thing I always find about great pro athletes are that they are able to overcome incredible odds and disfavour by simply adjusting the way they think. 

There comes a point and time in life were you simply have to stop all the complaining. Feeling sorry for yourself. Making excuses as to why things are the way they are. Making other individuals lives miserable because you think yours is as well. Take an oath, and start creating and environment that allows you to exceed beyond expectation. Stop thinking negatively about yourself. Stop allowing others to dictate what you do and how you do it. Put your big boy pants on and lead your future. Hey, if this does not interest you, others will gladly do it for you. That is all for now.

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-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #317 How to Accept #Criticism

BeAwesome: #317 How to Accept #Criticism

ItsNotThatBad

If dogs can take it, we can too!

Criticism is not for the weak

What is the meaning of criticism? The expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes. An analysis and judgment of a literary or artistic work. To be critiqued or reviewed.

Criticism is something we all have to deal with. Some of us are good at it, and some of us flat-out stink. Growing up, I never really noticed when I was being critiqued or reviewed. In school (university), teachers would watch my presentations. While playing sports, coaches would critique my play. When others would give me feedback, I would never take offence to what they were saying. I never really thought about it as criticism (but it was). I embraced the facts, and use it to get an A+ instead of a B. 5 more points to make 10. I was blessed with the idea that it was simple help (which it truly is/depending on how you take it). I never really thought about it as anything else.

Unfortunately this is not the case for everyone. When someone speaks to us about our skill, we act different. People “take offence”. Many of us show anger. Some of us go as far as physical involvement. Our body language changes and our tone of voice becomes different. Why? We often forget what others are trying to do for us. We forget how to act like professionals amongst one another. When being reviewed | critiqued | judged | in a proper manner, we need to sit back and take it all in. How do you get something from this experience? Here are some simple things to remember:

Feedback

FeedbackDog

FeedbackDog

Know matter what is said you must consider it some form of feedback. This can be tough. What if it is not what you want to hear? Guess what? It very may well be. BUT you need to suck it up and use the feedback to better what ever it is you are doing. Feedback is what makes you approve. Feedback allows you to see what you need to practice or work on. Accept feedback and use it to keep the motivation alive

Be a good listener

:-)

#GoodListener

The point of criticism is to get feedback (see above) and you can’t receive good feedback if you are not listening. You will run into people who you do not like (that is life). You will not want to listen to these people. Matter of fact, you may possibly not stand to even look at them. BUT. You still need to be a good listener. A friend use to tell me, “take something out of every conversation you have, and use it to your advantage”, and this is exactly what you have to do with criticism. Give your undivided attention even if it hurts. You will receive something that will benefit you, if you listen.

Reply with manners

LeaveAGoodImpression

LeaveAGoodImpression

Sometimes your trigger instinct is to respond in defence. In a different tone or manner. If you want to really get something out of this experience you need to reply with manners. Who cares, if it is not what you wanted to hear. Be a professional and take it like a grown-up. Why add more fuel to the fire. Even if you disagree with everything they are saying, say “thank you”. You do not have to go and do what ever they say. They are giving you ideas and suggestions for next time. It is up to you to put them into place if you think it will influence the results for the next time. If you want to be respected by others, you should probably do the same to them (even if they do not show it to you. Be the bigger person)

Criticism is the pathway to success

AndyMurraysPups

AndyMurraysPups

Criticism builds character. It gives you an idea of what you need to do to get better at what you love or need to get done. You can ask questions. Find out what others think about your progress. Everyone who is successful, used criticism to build on what they have to get what they got. It takes a lot to stand there and listen to someone critique you. Talk about you, and review what you’ve done. Know matter what they say, you should benefit from the conversation. Whether it causes you to work harder or change a few ideas, it is all-beneficial in the process of being successful.

-BeAwesome

ImInKuwait: Week21 (Today & Holiday Update)

Kuwait: Week 21(Update)

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Today.Jan28th/2013Kuwait

TODAY

Life in Kuwait has been great (so far) ahah Everything has been going smoothly. I am blessed again, to have a great support group at home. And a core group of friends around me in Kuwait. Thanks everyone!:-) This week has been really busy for me in school, with international week coming up. Along with report cards. We’ve already been through 2 weeks since the holiday break? Time is flying. We have another break next week. A long with a February break as well. Not to mention the holiday in April. Not sure where I will end up, but I am now thinking Turkey or Lebanon. Possibly some place in Africa on the way from after school is over. I have friends that are currently living there (Lebanon & Turkey). So it may be my next destination. Africa is on the back burner for now. but I will see you soon:-)

UPDATE

Before anything I would like to apologize for the lack of updating on my Kuwait experience. The past few weeks along with the past holiday has come and gone so fast. I’ve been able to update the blog, but not necessarily allowing everyone to join me on my journey.

The last time you checked, I was watching camels and hanging out in the desert. Since then a lot has happened. I will and cannot give you everything in great detail, but I will give you a short burst of highlight, of the past couple of weeks (PS: it has been approximately 38 days since I posted) Again, terribly sorry. If wondering, I am still in Kuwait. And I am still teaching grade 2.ahaha

It’s been a while but here is what my holiday looked like:

PS: I suggest clicking on the links to other websites that explain some of the experiences I had (ie. Food, places)

BERLIN

DAY1

Arrived in Berlin during the morning. From looking out of the airplane window I could see the snow on the trees. The cold in the air. Crazy thing is, I was kind of excited. In a nutshell. I got lost. Not technically on purpose. But I went for a walk from my hostel. And ended up on a lovely street with shopping, christmas lights and markets. Went to a few stores. Saw a variety of cool people. Ate a fabulous sausage (obessed). First time in a hostel. Right away, I could tell Berlin really celebrated the holidays. Lights and happy cheers EVERYWHERE.

LotsOfLights

LotsOfLights

LoveSausages:-)

LoveSausages:-)

DAY2

We did A LOT of walking. It was fine. I definitely needed the work out. But boy did we walk. On the second day we went to the Holocaust Memorial. If you are unfamiliar with your history. It is a place dedicated to the Jewish victims during the Holocaust. It was a very intense moment for me. Again, with all of the new surroundings and such. It was a lot to take in. It snowed today. And lots of it. And wet. It was yucky! Went to the market. Ate another sausage (obsessed) and tried to find mittens (The mitten hunt begins!) Overall, successful day! PS: went to a pretty cool café that serve some tasty pastry’s as well (See pictures below)

HistoryLesson

HistoryLesson

HelloFriend:-)

HelloFriend:-)

SoGood

SoGood

DAY3:

It was Christmas day. Even though it really did not feel like it at all. Missing everyone from home. But we tried to just enjoy ourselves throughout the duration of our travels. What do you do on Christmas? We went to the Zoo! And was it ever fun. I got to see an elephant for the first time! Tigers. Rhinos. Penguins.  Sharks. And lots of other cool animals. It was really fun. We also went back to a different Christmas market. If you want to really celebrate Christmas. I suggest Berlin. The markets are absolutely amazing! Ate dessert. And packed for Barcelona in the morning.

LittleGuy

LittleGuy

SoBeautiful

SoBeautiful

ISPYAPenguin

ISPYAPenguin

ChristmasDinnerDuck&Dumplings:-)

Duck&Dumplings:-) Taste like chicken..

Market

Market

ChristmasDessert

ChristmasDessert

BARCELONA

DAY4

Our flight was for 8am. Flight time seemed like 45mins to an hour. It was very short. Went to another hostel. Only this time we ended up waiting at least 3 hours before we actually made it to our apartment in the city. Overall, the lady was extremely nice. And overly welcoming after she arrived 3 hours late. And the apartment was great. SO it all worked out. Saw mountains from a far. And of course the Sagrada Familia. Again, not to sure about my history. But this was an extremely large Roman Catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926). You’ll have to research more. Our hostel was about 10minutes away from this beautiful church. It was our landmark to get home from our walking destinations each day. It is still not completed by the way. But it is absolutely amazing to see. The pictures do not show its justice. Not even a little. I also tried this nasty dish (see image below). All I can say is eww. At least I tried..ahaha

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SagradaFamilia

BlackSensation (Ew)Black Rice and Seafood?

BlackSensation (Ew)
Black Rice and Seafood?

DAY5

Went to Barcelona famous Market Place: Mercado Boqueria. Very nice to see. Amazing food. Fresh and taken care of. Every fresh fruit possible. Every meat and fish in the sea. Side note: Lots of women butchers. Loved that! Love to see people going against the norm. Or maybe that is a North American thing. Anywho..The Picasso Museum was amazing. I love art. And I appreciate hard work and talent. And definitely imagination. Looking at some of the actual pieces from his work was absolutely amazing to see. He is by far my favorite artist of all time. This just put the icing on the cake for me.We walked to Barcelona Cathedral Church. Again, another amazing Church in this beautiful city. Outside we caught up with some street dancers who put on a slick and fun performance. Bought a wallet from a great store called Vaho. Absolutely amazing concept and idea. Hopefully I can hold on to this wallet for a very long time. Thank you guys! Walked some alley ways. Loved Gothic Quarter. Amazing people. Fun Shops. Lots to see!

Mercado Boqueria

Mercado Boqueria

AmazingViewFromTheBoardWalk

AmazingViewFromTheBoardWalk

NewWallet!

NewWallet! Vaho!

DAY6:

Woke up late. Must have been tired from all the walking. Feet hurting. Note to self: Need  better traveling clothing and shoes. SMH. Starting to feel like an old man TODAY. Our morning routine included a local Starbucks for internet and planning for the day. It was a great way to start the morning. Went to FCB stadium. Very cool. Walked on the field. Saw the team bus. Went inside the locker room. Amazing. Just plain amazing. Ate some tapas. Apparently they only eat small meals in Barcelona. Well that is what it seemed like. I love the idea.lol Expensive but really good. PS: they serve potato chips with everything here. Not a bad idea either.lol

MorningStar

MorningStar

FCBTeamBus

FCBTeamBus

DAY7

Starbucks. Park Guell. Bread And Chinese Food. Can’t say this was a bad day at all. Note: Park Guell is the nicest. Most beautiful park I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Can’t say I’ve been to many parks. But this place was AWESOME. Again, designed by Antoni Gaudi. Enough said.

ThePark

ThePark

CrazyView

CrazyView

SoManyPeople

SoManyPeople

DAY8

Starbucks of course. And New Years. To keep it short. Again, being away from home and not celebrating the holidays was tough. But I thank Barcelona and Berlin and friends for making it a great time. Barcelona celebrates New Years like no other city in the world. I am definitely sure of this. If anyone knows me. They know I am not a big party person. I like to have a good time but I am very calm and relaxed. But the Champagne in the street. The town clock. The grapes (follow link to understand). The Razz ( Razzmatazz)(see link) closing at 8am. It was a crazy New Years in this city. Unforgettable.

NewYearsStreet

NewYearsStreet

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UnexplainableTime

PS: This is a real picture if you are wondering..lol No photoshop. This is live and in person!

BERLIN

DAY9&DAY10

Back to Berlin for the final leg of the trip. Literally ate, slept and read books the entire time. Was able to finish two books. Daymond John “The Brand Within” and Eric Thomas “The Secret to Success”. Great reads. Caused some super motivation. And crazy work ethic to look forward to in the new year (2013)

Finally arrived back to Kuwait

This was my holiday in a nutshell.

Again, sorry for the late post. But enjoy.

And if you take anything from this.

Honestly. I know this is an old saying.

And yes I hate saying it as well.

But really.

You only live once.

Be nice to people and believe in yourself.

-BEAWESOME

BeAwesome: #296 Alive

296. Alive

 Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun’s shining or not- Marty Robbins 

YouAreAlive

YouAreAlive

PERDAY

If you are looking for a reason to be happy. I am going to give you the simplest most important reason you’ve ever heard of today. You may think it is silly. Or not that important but. The statistics and thoughts about life can really put things into perspective for you. We live in a world that is full of different people. Environments. Food. You name it. Our interacts with all of these different forms and things. Cause a passing. Things happen. We grow up. Some of us have different plans that we cannot control. But we need to start being thankful. And more grateful. For simply being Alive. Of course some of us are sick. Or some of us do not live the best and most glorious life. But over 6,000,000,000 people passed last year because of health issues. This is not counting other causes. If you are ALIVE today you are blessed. You are privileged to stand on the ground you walk. Some of us forget how time flies. On average  151,600 people pass each day. As a society we need to start taking better care of ourselves and understanding the importance. And happiness for simply being Alive.

ALIVE

Living, not dead. Continuing in existence. Keeping hope alive. Quick. Living. Brisk. When we talk about being alive. We talk about having a life. Really existing in this world. Wanting to be aware. Filled with living things. Taking a moment or second for granted is what we are used to doing. Until suddenly it happens. And you have little time lift. And you’ve wasted it on. Things and outcomes you really do not care about. Take life. And be alive in it. Understand and believe what you are doing is going to benefit you in the future. Breathe the air you walk through. Love the life you’ve been given. And cherish the people around you. In the blink of an eye it can be taken from you. So enjoy it. Again. Be Alive in it.

ReallyThough..

ReallyThough..

BEAWESOME

Those who are AWESOME are alive. Never take for granted a second of the day. We have fun but at the same time understand/trying to understand our meaning and purpose for being here. The only way the world is going to become a better place is if we find what we love, be nice to people and believe in ourselves. If you are reading this post. You are Alive

-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #293 Wrong

293. Wrong

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none- William Shakespeare 

UnderstandTheProblem

UnderstandTheProblem

MathClass

I never really enjoyed math. I guess I was “okay” at it but it was nothing something I enjoyed doing. It never made sense to me. It was something I gave up on before ever really trying. I got through grade 12 math and decided I was finished with the subject. Until University came around and it decided to enter my life again. This time I really ran from it. I took it in parts. And never really wanted anyone to know I was bad at it. It was statistics. Everyone around me thought it was a joke. Me. I thought it was death in a classroom. I was never comfortable. I always felt like I could never get it. After failing. And barely passing numerous test (with a cheap sheet) I decided to swallow my pride and ask for a tutor. I found a tutor online. And I must say. She was absolutely amazing.  She made the numbers make sense. And she allowed me to mess up and get things wrong. When I was finished in stats I got an “A”. Which I was super proud of. My fear was the “x”. Knowing that I had to get the answer exactly right was stressful for me.  Being wrong taught me a lot about how to be right.

WRONG

Not correct or true. In an unsuitable or undesirable manner or direction. An unjust. Incorrect. Mistaken. False. Possibly an  error. When one is wrong it is okay. I repeat it is okay. When you mess up. Or make a mistake. Or try something. And have no idea what you are doing. Remember it is a process. That takes time and lots of commitment. Know one wakes up and becomes a doctor. Star athlete or entertainer. Know one is given anything. Sure, some people get breaks. And your break will come. Only if you fight through the wrong. To get to the right. Being wrong is a part of life. We need to start dealing with it in a positive way, so our thoughts and emotions are not affected by this idea of wrong. Or incorrect. Mistakes are good. Understand its meaning. And what you are trying to get from it. WRONG

BEAWESOME

Those who are AWESOME are wrong. Not all the time. But we do things wrong. We mess up. We do things that are incorrect. And we learn from them. We take difficult situations and stand up to them. And take them as a learning experience. Being wrong is how we create our path to success. We plug away until we correct.

TrueStory

TrueStory

-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #292 Rescue

BeAwesome: #292 Rescue

I’d like to think that I’m brave. That’s a really wonderful personality trait to have. I would love to think I’m the type of person to go rescue someone. Actually I am that type of person- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 

RescueDog

RescueDog

DOG SURVIVES

So I stumbled across this story in the paper (Nova Scotia, Canada) the other day via Ross Simmonds. And I was reading. And it happen to be one of the most interesting articles I’ve read in a while. It was short. And It was about a dog. Not exactly what I was looking for. But I started to read anyways. A dog who survives a terrifying ordeal on the Halifax Bridge. In short this is what happen. It was early morning and traffic was starting to gather on the bridge. A lady noticed cars slowing down. And some cars literally driving over something. In a flash, this lady, stopped her car, jumped out and look to realize it was a dog. Without even second guessing, she ran back to her car and wrapped this dog into a blanket she had in her backseat. With her day already tangled, because of her courageous act, she transported the dog to a near by clinic. The dog was reported to have badly fractured jaw, head trauma and inured paw and tail. The vet bill was 2,500$. (And it was not even her dog). Needless to say, this lady asked social media (Facebook) to help out and she ended up finding the owner and raising enough money for the bill. What does this mean. Why did she rescue this unidentified dog. Why did others, continue to pay zero attention to this living thing.

RESCUE

Sometimes we get wrapped up in life. Mine you. A lot of the time we get wrapped up. We so focused on ourselves that we forget about the people and things around us. Rescue; Save someone from a dangerous situation. An act of saving. Escape. In life sometimes we have to be selfish. Yes. That is an important part of success. But not to an extent were we are hurting others physically or mentally. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to swallow our pride and do the right thing. Rescue those who are in need. Who need help. I am not asking you to jump into a burning building. I am not asking you to dive into an ocean of sharks. Making the right choices and showing you care about something or someone is important. Being nice and what it entitles is often forgotten in our busy lives. Not only. To your friends or coworkers. A commitment to being nice is year around. And towards anyone/thing you come across. Do you have to like everyone. Or hang out with them every weekend. Of course not. But being nice is the key. Never let a distraction stop you from helping. Or being there. Or recognizing what should happen in a situation. Take care of yourself. The people and things around you. And your future will be bright.

Purpose:Direction

Purpose:Direction

BEAWESOME

Those who are AWESOME rescue. We take it upon ourselves to do what it takes to help others. When we can. If we feel comfortable. We like to assist our helping hand. We consider the feelings of others. We look out for the human being, not just the group of friends. Family. And coworkers. We are a unit of rescuers.

-BEAWESOME