The Best Motivation For Your Monday

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In my experience, motivation is undeniably an ‘ebb and flow’ thing.

I always want it, but I don’t always have it. Sometimes it’s there and sometimes it’s just not, no matter what I do (which was definitely confirmed, again, when I did my end of semester exams last week).

But even though we can’t be motivated all the time, I think we can be inspired. And this is why I love Youtube. And Will Smith.

I wonder if there’s a specific word to describe the feeling you get when you find out that someone you didn’t expect to be super inspirational and wise is actually super inspirational and wise. This is the word I need to describe the feeling I had when I found out that Will Smith is wise beyond belief.

Who knew Will Smith, singer of ‘Gettin Jiggy Wit It’, could be so inspiring and so damn relevant?

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Practising Imperfection: Why I Screw Up On Purpose

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So this is just a quick post to share something I’ve been doing that might help you if you have any kind of struggle with perfectionism. If you ever get the feeling that if you can’t do something perfectly it’s not worth doing at all.

I’m an ‘all or nothing’ person. If you struggle with this stuff, chances are you are too. And while that expression is often used as something positive, I don’t really think it is.

I really, really struggle to keep doing something once I have a blemish on my perfect record.

I’m either going to the gym every single day or not at all. I’m either totally obsessed with eating healthy food or I’m not at all. I swing from all to nothing to all to nothing. I can’t deal with obstacles. I can’t deal with real life.

I think that being able to keep going in circumstances that aren’t ideal is SO underrated. I mean, it’s great that you can do something perfectly in perfect conditions, a lot of people can’t. But can you keep going when an obstacle comes up? When something unexpected happens?

Can you keep going in circumstances that aren’t ideal?

Once I realised I couldn’t, I started thinking about how I could get a little better at persevering. And I found my answer.

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Coming Soon: The Smart Twenties Book Club

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So maybe you’ve noticed I haven’t shared what I’m reading for quite a few months… it’s not because I haven’t been reading anything.

It’s because I’ve been reading a lot.

Over the last 3 months I’ve finished reading more books than I have in the last 3 years. 

I’ve read 16 books since August (and holy shit, I can’t believe I can actually say that). All I will say is this: amazing things happen when you stop telling yourself you’re too busy.

Since I’ve been reading so many books I’ve been trying to think of the most helpful way I can share what I’m reading with you.

I want to create a place where you can find the kind of books you won’t be able to shut up about. I want to create something that is more than a list of the same old classic books people ‘should’ read in their twenties. I want to help you find intriguing, inspiring, amazing books (some of which you may have never heard of).

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How To Find Your Genius (And Yes, You Do Have One)

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There are two things we believe that really mess with our heads:

  1. We should have everything ‘figured out’ by now
  2. We’re the only person who hasn’t already got everything ‘figured out’ by now

These aren’t fun things to believe, so let me just comfort you a little. These things are not true and you’re not the only one who believes them – this is at least a party of two (I know this blog is about ‘how to make the most of your twenties’ but I’m really nowhere near an actual answer yet, sorry if you believed otherwise).

While I have no idea how to actually ‘figure it out’ (or what that really even means) I LOVE sharing things that have helped me have breakthroughs. And that is what today’s post is about.

About two hours ago I was at the gym, having just successfully convinced myself to go even though I didn’t really feel like it. I was standing on the treadmill scrolling through podcast episodes on my iPhone, hoping to see something inspirational jump out at me. And it did:

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The 5 Apps Every Twenty Something Should Know About

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You know when you find something that is just so good you want to tell everybody you know about it? 

Those things that have such a big impact on your life that you don’t even know how other people function without them?

Well, that’s what this post is.

These are the apps that gave me that ‘where have you been all my life?’ feeling. They make me happier, more productive, more organised. They teach me. They entertain me.

These are the apps I just can’t live without, and maybe you won’t be able to either.

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My New Counter-Intuitive Saving Plan

None But Ourselves Can Free Our Mind

Money is important.

Not the most important but important nonetheless.

If you have any doubt about this, just think about whether you’ve ever done something for money that you wouldn’t do for free. If the answer is yes, money is important. If the answer is no, you probably don’t need to read the rest of this post.

I haven’t talked about money for awhile on this blog but that’s definitely not because I’ve lost interest. If anything I’m even more interested than I was before. I’ve been reading a lot of books to start changing the way I actually think about money (none of these books had the word ‘budget’ or ‘spreadsheet’ in them) and I’ve been putting what I’ve been learning into practice.

And there’s one thing  I’ve been doing that I really want to share with you – my new saving plan. Well, I say ‘my’ new saving plan but it’s really from the book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker (with a little bit of adaptation on my part). And I want to give you a proper overview so this post gets pretty in-depth.

Before you scroll down to see what my new plan involves, a little bit of context is needed.

Don’t follow the crowd

The majority of people aren’t good with money, so why do we try to do what the majority are doing?

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Why You Will Never Be Perfect

My Polaroid Camera <3
I’m sure you’ve done it before.

I’m sure you’ve been scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr or whatever it is you unconsciously scroll through and come across a photo of someone else that just makes your insides ache. 

I’m sure you’ve seen a photo that has made you, if only for a brief second, wish you had their life. Or their career. Or their discipline. Or their body. Or their cute little puppy.

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