Is Complacency Masquerading as Productivity?

“When you waste time, you disdain God’s gift – the present – which He, in His infinite goodness, relinquishes to your love and to your generosity.” – St. Padre Pio Have you ever spent consecutive weeks jumping from party to party, movie after movie, or going out every night – only to come home feeling oddly…

6 Quotes to Welcome the New Year

It’s New Year’s Eve! For some people, reflecting on the past year gives them a feeling of triumph—they’ve made great strides, accomplished important goals, and overcome many challenges. But for others, reflecting on the past year can feel wearisome, filled with regret and disappointment. Here are some quotes to help you look up instead of…

Don’t Let Fear of "Not Knowing" Stifle Your Growth

Being okay with “not knowing” has always been difficult for me, as it is for many. There’s just something uncomfortable about it. We fear taking risks because we can’t foresee the future. We want to be able to plan, to predict, to prepare, and to control. We want to be certain and we want to know….

Fear: Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs Fear is a funny thing — it protects us from potential dangers, but also keeps us from seeking things that might actually be good for us. It causes us to avoid things that could be harmful, but also keeps us from the very things that could make us happy. And…

5 Ways to Kiss Perfectionism Goodbye

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsI never took the possibility of being a perfectionist seriously, never really considered myself as one. But after putting a ridiculous amount of effort on school assignments last week that weren’t even worth much to begin with — especially at the expense of my own happiness, well-being and personal goals —…

Living in Abundance (Part 4): LIFE DIRECTION

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs This is probably drilled in your head by now since I’ve repeated it over the past few weeks, but here it goes again: The difference  between living in ‘abundance’ or ‘lack’ depends on perspective. The same thing applies to the direction of our lives. Why care? Because life never stops…

Benefits of WAITING: One’s Worst Enemy & Best Friend

It’s easy to feel discouraged when bad things happen in our lives, but it can be just as hard when good things don’t happen — when we wait for better things to come around, but they fall short of reality. We keep our chins up, trying to stay positive, but deep inside, a mounting feeling of…

Spring Cleaning Your Life (Part 3): GOAL SETTING

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsReviewing our journey, Part 1 was about plucking weeds of unnecessary baggage from our lives, Part 2 was about planting seeds of the right mindset, and now, Part 3, is about nurturing the direction of our growth by setting goals. This is probably the most technical I’ll ever get with my…

Spring Cleaning Your Life (Part 2): RIGHT MINDSET

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs Last week’s post (Part 1) was the weed-plucking stage: removing the negative baggage from our lives to make space for the new. Now with the soil cleared up, it’s time to plant seeds — seeds in the form of the “right mindset”. THE 4 MINDSETS … Mindset #1: Embrace Discomfort It sounds…

Spring Cleaning Your Life (Part 1): LETTING GO

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsAhhh Spring has arrived–the season infamous for goal-setting and “fresh beginnings”, sort of like the second chance after failing at New Year’s Resolutions (jokes!). But now that the weather’s warmer and the flowers are blooming, it makes sense that we want to be synonymous with nature: we crave for growth and…

PURPOSE: Who Am I & Why Am I Here?

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday routines of life. But somehow, beneath dragging our butts off to work, attending school, and tackling relationships, we lose sight of a question that often gets overshadowed by these distractions: Who am I and why am here? We search for our purpose….

One Brick at a Time

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  “I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.” We all have ambitions, goals, and dreams, but too often we give up on them because it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The irony is that the higher the prize, the harder it is to achieve. Many…