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Something On My Mind

I know I promised not to post anything on here until I got my shit together, but some things have been bugging me.

Like how I had starting this blog to trace why I am the person I am today and what I am going/trying to do to be a better person. And how this has been misinterpreted by others as being passive-aggressive to other people and how I somehow managed to come across as victimizing myself in the process.

Like how a former friend who thought they were telling me all the things that are apparently were wrong with me was actually pointing out stuff they were doing and who then proceeded to tell me that I was going around in circles and repeating stuff to them because they wouldn’t open their eyes and realize they were doing the same thing (or actually having the flaw themselves and trying to tell me it was my flaw and not theirs). Seriously, if you’re going to have a go at someone over their flaws and they point out that you’re doing the same thing as them or even pointing out that it is YOUR flaw and not THEIRS, don’t get angry or frustrated at them. What did you expect to happen when you start doing something like that? The other person to act happy and be like, ‘Okay, thanks for telling me that. I’ll stop doing that’ in a grateful and appreciative tone and give you a pat on the back for pointing it out? Don’t ask someone to change something about them if you don’t want to be told you’re doing the same thing/s and if you don’t want to change said thing/s.

I am going to sign off. I will be continuing to focus on making myself a better person. Hope you are all well.

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Life tips from a writing class

Live to Write - Write to Live

It’s the end of another semester. My Professional Writing and Presentation Skills students are getting ready to fly from the proverbial academic nest.

blackboardWay back, on that first day of class, I told them all that this course would be one they would remember for the rest of their lives. I promised they would be getting life skills that would help them going forward. Of course I saw many eye rolls when I said that, but I told them to stick with it, come to every class, listen, and participate – and at the end of the semester, they could tell me if they agreed.

It’s now the end of the semester and every single student agreed that they learned important life lessons from the class. Oh sure, I taught them how to organize writing and incorporate best practices when formatting documents, but because *I* was their instructor, they also…

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Thirty Lessons Learnt Before the Age of Thirty

Nine months ago, news.com.au published an article called ‘Susie Moore shares 30 life lessons she learnt by age 30’ (click here to see the whole article). Susie Moore has made a few good points in her list. It’s definitely something that I need to work on and figure out.

If you can’t be bothered reading the whole article, here’s a recap:

1. It’s never about where you start

2. Take your dreams seriously

3. The best money you can spend is on travel experiences and time with family and friends

4. Live in the moment

5. Kindness counts above all else

6. Don’t let not doing something perfectly stop you from doing anything at all

7. We are highly adaptable beings

8. Always be de-cluttering

9. It’s OK to lose some friends along the way

10. Date with intention

11. Don’t listen too much to others when it comes to making decisions — including the opinion of your parents

12. Have confidence in your talents

13. Stop thinking happiness is anything but an external condition

14. Saving your money is essential!

15. How you speak about others is how you feel about yourself

16. Read like a maniac — biographies especially

17. Generosity matters

18. Live where you want to live

19. Forgive others no matter what they did to you

20. Nurture your closest friendships

21. Take care of your body

22. You don’t have to work for a boss you hate (for long)

23. Develop your talents

24. Time cures heartbreak

25. Be comfortable with yourself

26. You cannot please everyone, so please yourself

27. Know your strengths

28. Don’t let people intimidate you

29. Failure is not final

30. It’s OK to not follow a conventional path and to ditch the plan you had in mind