𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂, 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘆.
Your environment and the people you come into contact with is everything. It can either make or break you. I was surrounded by an extremely negative energy that was draining and sucking the life out of me day after day. In addition to that, working in a cluttered space at my parent's house was doing nothing more than killing my productivity. I quickly started to grow more hostile and depressed without realizing it.
After officially moving to Toronto and breaking free from that negative energy, I immediately felt better and happier.
𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀.
In my case, I suffered through the worst case of acne I ever had. The financial & emotional stress I was going through was throwing my hormones out of whack causing a hormonal imbalance and acne flareups. This in turn also caused me to eat more junk food which didn't help either. I read up on so many ways in which to fight my acne but I could never figure it out. I tried so many products which in turn, made my skin worse. I was desperate so I decided to go for a facial and tried out chemical peels in the hopes of healing my acne. That helped my skin for about a week but it didn't prevent new acne from forming.
I found out it was mostly due to stress and eating unhealthy foods. A lot of the food my parents cooked contained high amounts of fish sauce and sodium. In addition to that, I wasn't getting enough vegetables and fruits in my daily diet and was eating out far too often. Only after moving to Toronto did I start to see a significant improvement in my skin after eating healthier and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my diet.
𝗠𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁.
You have to constantly remind yourself of your goals each and every day. This is when you'll realize how much of an impact it is to surround yourself with driven, like-minded goalgetters. Every week, I would meet up with a few of my business besties for mini work jams. These sessions helped keep each other accountable, push our asses to the gym and keep ourselves motivated to get shit done.
𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝟴+ 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗿𝗮 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘆𝗲𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂'𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹-𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗷𝗼𝗯.
Keeping track of the time you spend on every task and learning how to effectively manage time is extremely crucial. Even though you now have more hours within the day, doesn't mean all those extra hours will be put to good use. Knowing I now had practically the whole day to myself to do whatever I wanted actually made me lazier and procrastinate harder.
One way I was able to remediate this was to start clocking my hours using an app called Clockify and planning out my goals & tasks in a planner on a daily basis. Also, keeping my to-do list to a minimal with the goal of completing only 3 tasks helped to keep things going.
𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗱𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗶𝘁.
We had some savings but week after week we saw our bank account go down as we continued preparing for our move to Toronto.
Having an excel sheet to record your expenses on a weekly basis will help you keep track of where your money is going and help you to figure out where to cut costs to survive longer. As my money began to diminish, I actually found myself neglecting this exercise more and more. That's why I need to emphasize the importance of making this into a habit for yourself. Put reminders on your phone to spare 10 minutes once a week to review your excel sheet and record the numbers. Being strict about doing this on the regular will help you attract more money into your life and improve your relationship with money instead of being ignorant about it.
What were some of the things you learned after leaving your corporate job?