Last February, I got inspired to declutter my closet (or clean out my closet, or do a closet purge, whichever you want to call it) – for several reasons:
This video is dedicated to people who are feeling lost, stuck, or stagnant in their lives, people who are in jobs that they don’t love, and people who are struggling with finding what it is they’re really meant to do.…
I’ve been teaching goal-setting & mentoring young women for about 6 years now, and I’ve heard many, many stories — and one of the most common things I encounter with my students is this: They start out SO excited with…
“I want to ______ but I don’t have money.”
I’m not exaggerating, but when I sent out an e-mail to my readers asking about their biggest struggle in going after their Big Goals — MORE THAN FIFTY of you ladies e-mailed me that statement above, in some form or the other:
“I don’t have money, so I can’t travel.”
“I don’t have money, so I can’t pursue my dream business.”
“I don’t have money, so I can’t leave this soul-sucking job.”
I don’t know about you, but all those statements sound like you’re letting yourself be ruled by money.
You’re letting the lack of money — dictate what you can and can’t do. That’s money slavery right there. And the bad thing about this is: The more often you say it, the more you believe it. It becomes your Life Mantra. Do any of the statements above sound like a good Life Mantra?
… I didn’t think so.
Here’s the thing: I used to SUCK at earning money.
All my older mentors & business friends would tell me that this was my biggest weakness, and I have to step up.
See, I came from an NGO & social development background. I wanted to do good in the world. Unfortunately, the prevailing mindset is: If you want to do good in the world, you CAN’T earn a lot from it.
So I really really really sucked at earning money in the first 4 years of working. I pursued (and completed!) a lot of very successful passion projects, spoke in huge conferences, got featured in major publications, but — behind the scenes, I wasn’t earning from them. (In fact, I was losing money from doing most of these projects).
I did a lot of that stuff for free, or almost free, largely because I felt guilty about charging. I gave extremely valuable help, my skills, and my time to a person or group, but wouldn’t charge them because I felt awkward and guilty. Whatever skills I had, I felt insecure about monetizing them.
If there is something I’ve learned about my students this past year, it is this: At the end of the day, no matter how many likes and comments and DMs we exchange… so many of us still feel quite LONELY.…
I wonder: They say that millennials are always seeking purpose… but how many people go from surface-level “seeking”, to concretely helping solve problems that matter? I want to share with you a quote, perhaps one of my favorite quotes EVER…
Last week, I was in Siargao (with Jodit, my school manager at The Purposeful Creative) — and we were chilling by the beach, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and sleeping for more than 8 hours a day. That even excluded naps.
And for the first time ever, I traveled without a laptop AND I did not check my email at all. *cue email blasphemy bells*
It was heaven in so many ways. The break reminded me of how important replenishing our body, mind, and soul really is — so that we may continue doing great work, the best way we can.
Read on below for some photos from our trip, and 3 things I’ve done to incorporate self-care in my daily routines, without sacrificing productivity or results.
“How do you choose when you seem to be equally passionate about all your ideas?” I received this email from another podcast listener a few weeks back. She writes: “Dear Arriane, I’m passionate about so many things. I’m into photography, videography, volunteer…
“What are your tips for pricing one’s work? I still feel so clueless about it even after freelancing for quite some time.” Today’s post is inspired by a question I received from a podcast listener a few months back. She writes: What are…
“I want to know, is “pursuing your passion” for everyone? How do I know if I can turn my passion into something that can sustain me long-term?”
Today’s Tribe Thursdays is inspired a letter I received from a reader a few months back. She writes:
I see so many people turning their passion and purpose into a side-hustle (or raket), or a business, and some even quit their jobs to pursue that business full-time. I want to know, is “pursuing your passion” for everyone? How do I know if I can turn my passion (which is painting & illustration, btw) into something that can sustain me long-term — and this is not just a fleeting hobby? What sign posts do I look for?