When you realise that life is short and that your every breath is a blessing, you stop wasting time on things that you don’t hold valuable. You stop pretending that you enjoy certain functions and don’t lose sleep over things that are petty. You become more intentional in your choices. You are deliberately loving, deliberately kind and you learn to listen. You figure out what is healthy for you (spirit, mind and body) and invest in it. You stop comparing yourself to people who are on a different route and celebrate what you have.

Life can come at you fast and it can come at you messy. Your plans may not always work when you want them to. You may not even be fully sure of what it is that you want to do. But God’s timing is perfect. Smile at the ‘small’ things and take time to be fully present in ‘those moments’. Work hard. Appreciate people more and learn to both give and receive love. Remember that you are beautiful, you are intelligent and capable of learning anything you put your mind to. Pursuit excellence. Pursuit growth. Do you boo! Your thoughts and words are powerful. Here is to finding your truth and becoming a better you.

Marian Isola

On Confidence: Part 1

So … I haven’t written anything for a long time.

I wanted to, but there were no ideas in my head. And when the ideas came, I struggled to transform them into coherent sentences. When I finally put something together, I tussled with the thoughts that my work wasn’t good enough. Had I put the comma in the correct place? Did my argument make sense? Did I even have an argument?!

As someone who started this blog to develop my writing and inspire people to work towards their goals, I have often struggled with confidence and just getting things out there.

Confidence is the belief in one’s abilities. It is certitude. It is swagger. It is the courage to begin when you are not sure what people will think, or if your idea will work. It is the ability to communicate that you actually believe in what you are saying. Confidence often separates those who are skilled from those who are excellent – those who stand out.

The challenge with a lack of self-confidence when you want to begin a new project or develop a skill is that you often don’t begin. And if you don’t begin, you don’t give yourself the chance to learn and become great. You hold yourself back.

Let’s not allow a lack of confidence be a barrier to our success. Who cares what people think? We can make mistakes, learn from them and flourish in our craft. Remember that if you don’t start someone else will. The voice in your head that says you can’t make it is deceptive and needs to be controlled or shut down. Let’s give ourselves a chance to grow.