Third Month of 2017

Hold on to your seats! We are nearing the third month of 2017!

Such fast! Such time! Whatttttt!

It truly felt as if time flew past by too quickly. I still have yet to get my bearings right though I’m glad I can finally allocate more time to my studies.

Unfortunately, however, my mid-terms are coming up next week and 5 weeks-ish after that would be my Finals thus, there really isn’t much time to waste.

I guess this post is just to check in with what I have achieved thus far, to reflect on the two months that had passed.

I’m sure some of you already know that I set New Year’s Resolutions. This year, however, is just an extension of last year’s which is to continue to improve my creative skills and be more proactive in seeking out knowledge and volunteering. So, I did just that. In the first two months (more of a continuation of last year), I was a part of Islam Awareness Series 2017 and coming soon, Rihlah 1438H. Both I consider as volunteering. I also joined FOC 2017 (I just couldn’t resist) which is currently in its planning stages.

I’m still pretty active in Silat (hmm… though fitness has yet to improve). However, I’ve begun to neglect my powerlifting training, pushing time and effort into the ad-hocs and my studies.

Deep down, I guess what I’m trying to find are opportunities, opportunities to go higher in university and in life, opportunities that will make me into a better person and bring me closer to my dream.

Well, all of that looks fine and dandy but I have to always remind myself that I’m a student first and studies should always be prioritised.

Okay.

Just a small update on lifestyle. I’m still trying to get a hang on the long days and short nights (coffee helps a bit). With regards to creativity, I’m falling short and missed an amazing opportunity to shoot for a competition because of the upcoming examinations. However, I’m sure there’ll be much more to come.

Exercise is currently on a seesaw. Fitness dropping, stamina too. I would need to revise on my scheduling.

I guess that’s all for now. I have a few projects coming soon and I will keep this blog updated.

It’s All About The Hustle. Always.

 

 

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Priorities = Time

 

Recently, I have been complaining about time, the lack of.

But what I realised is that it isn’t because I don’t have enough time to do the things I need, want or expected of me but it is because I didn’t prioritise my tasks properly.

I have several responsibilities on my hands right now and I’m constantly juggling between all of them. And because of this, I’m constantly getting confused about dates, times, locations and the like.

Furthermore, it felt as it these tasks were also taking up my studying time which later on eats up my sleeping / alone time (which I truly need to stay productive).

Multitasking, that’s it. I have been multitasking, never spending enough time to be in DEEP WORK which is crucial. Thus, causing the problems I’ve stated above.

I didn’t prioritise my tasks properly, always mixing and changing about between tasks whenever they come up. Note to self: not good.

I need to have a keystone task that will keep me grounded and onward towards balance. I think that would be my studies.

In the last semester, I made it a goal to study at least 5 hours a day. It was a mild success (a success, nonetheless). That was my keystone task as anything I do during the day is towards reaching and striving that goal (which kept me focused and neat).

I think I will still keep that goal in mind this semester.

Priorities. Priorities. Priorities.

 

We Can Do a Great Many Things

We can do great things. We can do so many great things.

If you’re reading this, it means that you’re given the chance to do something great. What do I mean?

Have we ever stop to think about how wonderful the devices in our hands are? Have we ever stop to think about how powerful these devices are?

And yet, we procrastinate away.

I call myself an artist, even though the art side of me is pretty subjective. Thus, I see everything through the lenses of creativity. When I look at my Macbook, I don’t just see a Macbook, instead, I see a key to success, an outlet for my creativity. I use it to write, to edit, to research, to work, and do many other amazing things. I see an opportunity and I grab it.

I guess, now, it becomes somewhat of second nature to do something worth my time every single day. Maybe it is the byproduct of blogging every day. Whatever it is, I put the opportunities that were given to me to good use.

Sometimes I think to myself how fortunate we all are and I would get emotional too. Why? Because many of us don’t see it.

People ask why successful people become successful and how to emulate them. It is a valid question and one that I have heard many times. But the true reason they’re asking that question is because they want to know ‘THE SECRET’, something that does not exist. There is no secret.

Don’t worry, I too had fallen into that downward spiral of questioning but I quickly realise that successful people are successful because THEY GRABBED OPPORTUNITIES WHEREVER THEY GO. They don’t procrastinate and wait. They don’t idle around with friends. Instead, they go out and DO.

It may sound simple, maybe too simple that most would just shove it aside but it is so true!

What I’m trying to say is this, that device in your hands is a gem of the Technology Era. Use it. Abuse it. Find success.

Do great things with it because we can.

 

 

Once we’re sad…

can we then begin to appreciate the emotion of happiness.

What is happiness without sadness?

I believe that one has to understand and recognise sadness as much as they want to feel happiness for they come hand in hand.

By tasting the saltiness of a tear, the feeling of wet cheeks, the uncontrolled trembling, can one begin to appreciate the adrenaline rush of a smile, the warmth of a laugh, the elation of the heart.

 

 

I’m Humbled.

I’m humbled by the fact that there were so many people that recognised me with certain traits that I do or by a certain style of my posts, be it on whatever social media platform that I’m on.

I’m humbled by the fact that people actually gave attention to some of the work I did, e.g. vlogs, photographs and the like.

I’m humbled by the way people are sometimes willing to open themselves up to one another, even though they do not know the person they’re talking to that well.

I’m humbled by the fact that things happen and we’re at the mercy of fate.

I just feel sometimes, incidents happen, or life just happens, and it reminds us of how powerless and weak we are. That sometimes, our work can go unnoticed but during a few rare occasions, they were.

It reminds me of what my intentions are for putting my work out there, not for the recognition (only), but to improve my creative side and my craft.

There’s so much more wonderful memories to be made and so much more work to be done.

I can do this!

 

Maybe, it isn’t time.

When you’re at this age, you will soon realise that you may no longer be in the same phase of life as your friends. Some of your friends might have gotten engaged, while others are succeeding greatly in life, and then there’s you, still struggling through university. At this age, you will realise that some of your friends are ahead of you in life, while there are others lagging behind. At this age, you will realise that it is okay to be in your own phase of life, that it is okay to sometimes be slower (or faster) than other people, that things happen at your own pace.

At this age, you will realise that some of your friends are ahead of you in life, while there are others lagging behind. At this age, you will realise that it is okay to be in your own phase of life, that it is okay to sometimes be slower (or faster) than other people, that is it okay for things to happen at your own pace.

I guess, at this age, I realise that sometimes, some things are just not happening because it isn’t the right time yet and that one shouldn’t rush them.

We just need patience.

No Permission Needed

I am obsessed with Casey Neistat’s vlogs so when he said that he’ll be stopping them, I was crushed. His daily vlogs were daily doses of inspiration for me, motivating me to live the hustle life and to always put in the work.

So, I began to watch his interviews with people, his advice on life and success, and something he said resonated with me. It is that we no longer need the permission to create.

We no longer need the permission from other people to create.

Through his videos and vlogs, you can see him actualising that statement. He will do anything to get the shot, to film first and apologise later, to do the things that he set his mind to.

I suggest that you watch his interviews to truly appreciate the genius that is Casey Neistat.

I am definitely going to miss his vlogs but his decision to quit because it no longer brings any creative benefit to him is something that I totally admire and respect.