You know when you have those days that you say to yourself “there has to be more to life” and you try to figure out what’s wrong with yours? I’ve been feeling like that lately about my day job and all I can think of is how to make things better. I know we may all have different reasons for feeling low (in the dumps) and sometimes we just get stuck in a rut, but I hope (in my case) that is not the case. I want to believe that the career choice I’ve made, and that I have worked so hard at, was for a reason; but it gets harder and harder to keep believing that.
I began searching for answers, what could I do to make me feel better and see things in a positive light and get me out of this funk I’ve been in? I had gone to the book store with my daughter to get her a book she needed for school and as I walked in the book store this book caught my attention. The book is “52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life” and as I read the summary I was sold. I had to get this book that seemed to be calling to me. I felt that it would help me gain to clarity on how to change the things I’m not happy with and to live the Kick-Ass life I deserve.
This book has 52 short chapters of insightful advice to change the things in your life you don’t like and live a kick-ass life instead. The author Andrea Owen gives it to you straight (no hold barred) in a serious, yet humorous way. She is witty and real, no tip toeing around the issues and mistakes we make that deny us the life we are meant to live. I began reading this book a day I stayed home from work because I was sick and I couldn’t put it down. Well needless to say I finished it in a couple of days. There were so many chapters I loved and related to all too well. Here are just a few of my favorites.
We all have that inner voice that we tend to ignore and not listen to, but how many times do we do the opposite of what our instincts (or inner voice) says to us to then end up regretting it later (I know I have). I know now that the voice is trying to steer us in the right direction if we only stop long enough to listen we could avoid so many disappointments and mistakes in our life.
We all have a passion. That one thing that we love to do (that doesn’t feel like work) and we actually enjoy doing, it’s what makes us happy. That passion for me is crafting, whether its making wood signs or creating home decor, it makes me happy. That is what I would love to do full time.
Hahaha! I love this chapter because how often do we find ourselves on diets (it seems like always for me). I can’t think of any woman or man that hasn’t dieted in their lifetime. This chapter is all about making positive changes so that we don’t have to use that 4 letter word DIET again.
We are all unique in our own special way. Could you imagine living in a world were everyone was the same…BORING! I read once that normal is a setting on a washing machine. How true that is! I don’t want to be normal, I know I am unique. My husband can attest to that.
Going back to your passion. As I stated before, my passion is creating things not only for myself, but for others as well. My dream is to be able to leave my day job and make signs and other items as a full time business. I plan on starting my own etsy shop to be able to sell said items, but I also have the same fears that everyone faces when wanting to start their own business venture. I have to work past my fears and get started because life will pass me by and I don’t want regrets.
Reality is that misery loves company, and if you are around people that are always complaining and miserable, guess what you will be to. Ditch the drama and find yourself people that will raise you up and not bring you down. This one is tough because I’m sarcastic by nature and optimism is often hard for me. I’m not saying that I’m always negative the opposite is true. I’m the first one to say that everything that happens to us happens for a reason, and that there are lessons to be learned from our experiences. But people that are blind to the deceptions of others, well those people can really get on my nerves (I just want to literally slap some sense into them). What I’m trying to say is find friends that have the same things in common as you, but most importantly, that value you for your uniqueness.
This book was a real eye opener for me because it allowed me to realize that life is what you make of it. I know I have changes to make not only in my life, but also in myself. I guess I am a work in progress and it is up to me to make myself happy. I can’t blame others for the way I feel, I have to change the way I deal with what life throws at me. So if you are working on making changes to yourself or on creating a better life for whatever reasons, I recommend you pick up this book and give it a read. It will help you start feeling better about yourself and the things you can accomplish. They are “52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life.”