Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
A lot of things can go wrong in a week...but then again a lot of things can also go right! The way you look at things can change your perception of a whole situation: it's the difference between looking at the glass half full or half empty. When I view a situation sometimes I don't always have all the answers. However I do strive to find the hidden meanings and resulting implications that every situation brings. What is admirable is a person's first reaction and aiming to get it right each and every time.
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There I was with my whole plan for how my week should run...little did I know how absolutely fabulous it would turn out in the end. Last Sunday I finished planning my 'big project' I was working on from late last year and most of this year and all I needed to do was add the finishing touches. However Monday found me in all sorts of moods...for no possible explanation! I was feeling fine for the most part, but just felt uninspired....lacklustre. You know what I mean...it was just one of those days. The result was me dialling a couple of my friends...of which only one had time to actually talk me out of my black hole. I'm not sure what exactly she told me, but somehow it worked!
I got out of my funk and decided to get back in front of my computer to do something meaningful...I opened up my manuscript that I hadn't touched since January and suddenly had a creative spurt...the result was me writing 3000 words in just a few hours...By night time I had written an entire chapter...By the following day I had written three chapters to my new book!! YaY for me:)
The next day I received a call for another fascinating opportunity that I was expecting and that same morning my article was also published on Elite Daily. I was on a roll. The mind is a very powerful thing that can create anything we desire. Many things can play a role in the way we choose to carry out our daily lives but we cannot allow to get sucked in by the distractions and negative energies around us.
Our minds are also very volatile and whether subconsciously or not we absorb a lot of things in our environment that are not always good for us. They come in many different disguises and have an impact on our psyche. If we do not channel or thoughts in the right way we can end up down a road that we don't want to travel.
It is important to remember that true and lasting happiness comes from within and is not dependent on any external factor(s). A lot of times we attach significance to people, situations and random things for our peace of mind, when in actuality these things should not play a role in our happiness. The sad part is that they do most of the time. When we are able to apply this rule to our own lives and live up to this ideal, we can change the way we perceive the world around us and conduct our affairs so that we can really focus on carrying on with this business of living a full and productive life.
This moment is important. I intend on guarding my thoughts which have the potential to transform my words and actions. I am thankful for all my special friends and family that help with this process. I am learning every day.
LIFE, LOVE, LEARN, LAUGH...
Peace & Love.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Hope your week ends with a bang!
I've survived an almost near meltdown as my computer mysteriously crashed and more! (Luckily I found a back up and all is not lost:)
Book #2 is under way but admittedly it’s not getting as much attention as it deserves. As I try to make a sprint to the finish line so as to meet my personal and professional deadline, I keep in mind that the race is not always to the swift. I have much to do in order to get to that place and it has only just begun. I think my experiences this year can only add value to what my next book has to offer....so patience is key...
Last year was a growth period and as always life is a continuous evolution. Many things were revealed to me during that time during my daily meditations and reflections on the things and people I hold dear. The direction I am headed in is one of upward mobility as I prepare to cross the mental, emotional and psychological hurdles that present themselves every now and then. Whether they come in the form of people, situations or my own inner demons, I resolve that I will conquer and slay those dragons one by one. Where it all leads is as exciting as the climb to my destination…
Working from home has been a dream so far as I get to manage my time more effectively and do ALL the things I always wanted to simultaneously. As an added bonus, I also get to spend more QUALITY time with my family (especially my dad) as this time is certainly precious to all of us especially having been gone for 12 months prior. You would not believe the things that can happen in a year...
As I drove through the city this week, my location suddenly hit me all of a sudden like never before and I realize I am no longer in sweet Bago land…aka Tobago…I’ve grown so accustomed to Scarborough during the day and Crowne Point and surrounding cities by night…even my Tuesday, Friday and Saturday movie nights (and my random cocktails nights in between! :)…if I don’t check myself I can even get a little teary eyed! Lol…Although Trinidad is ideal for my business and so many more opportunities even socially, the simplicity and serenity of Tobago makes one long for retirement or when I can afford to jet away to a vacation home on the beach…Ahhh…one can only dream!
So my lovelies…Love is beautiful…Hope your Valentine’s Day is special and each day thereafter twice as nice as you take time to appreciate the one you love…if you’re not in love…make that day special for your mom, dad, sister(s), brother(s), son(s), daughter(s), cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends or yourself! If that special person doesn’t know it yet, make today magic…you might even be in for a surprise…
I leave you with a quote from my first book - Thinking out Loud:
Chapter 3 - Love or Something Like It – Part II
"Whether you’re in love, once in love, or want to find love it’s important to look within and find out if you’re capable of not only giving love but also receiving love, for it only takes a moment to fall, but a lifetime to forget that one true love… or the one that got away."
Love, LOVE, LOVE….xo
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Thursday, February 6, 2014
So I’ve discovered that working from home can be even more rigorous than working from the office! I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion based on my own blogging and writing pursuits, but I am now embracing the full effects of being an entrepreneur. There…now I’ve said it…without even realizing! The secret's out: I have decided to start my own business this year among many other things.
I have several projects pending – two of which are very personal and dear to my heart. One of which is the completion of my second book which should be due out hopefully later this year….maybe by my birthday. The other projects I will reveal to you in time.
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When the year began I thought about doing a schedule but because of some personal commitments I did not quite get that far.
Now I am more settled and structured, I decided to devote 3-4 hours a day to my book and 3 hours on another important project I hope to launch by March. The rest of the time will be split among research, social media marketing, meetings/site visits etc. So now I’m off to a good start!
I have lots to do still and indeed I am enjoying every minute of it. It may seem that I have all the time in the world, but believe it or not, sometimes I feel as though there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I want to get done. I’m a perfectionist and overachiever and most times I go to bed in the wee hours of the morning…My friends often scream when I send them my blogs at 3am interrupting their sleep…But luckily there would be less early morning emails for a while as I decided to cut back and get some sleep in by at least midnight.
I haven’t even resumed the gym and walking since my most recent hiatus to the sister isle. I guess I am still recovering and adapting to this lifestyle. I’m still processing all of the advice and information I’ve gathered and assimilating it all into my existing material. As I tweak, research and brainstorm, I am mentally preparing myself for what lies ahead.
Indeed it takes discipline, patience, fortitude and courage. It requires long hours, less sleep and large doses of inspiration for the kind of creative work I’m into. I need to be my own personal cheerleader when I hit a stumbling block or disappointment (luckily I haven’t faced that yet!). And I need to resist all the distractions like sleep (esp. on a rainy day like today), food/cooking, IM and social media overload…Sometimes there are so many things to do -- which in itself is a distraction as you try to prioritize which ones to do first.
I’ve also realized that waiting is sometimes the hardest part. However you can use this time to better prepare for what lies ahead. There’s no such thing as too much preparation however TOO much can also prove to be a nerve racking experience as you begin to have doubts like “what am I doing…can I really pull this off?!” But when I do complete a speaking engagement especially, it’s like an adrenaline rush to see the results and get the reviews and I can’t imagine life without it.
I was discussing with my mom earlier that…who knows where December will find me…I hope to be in a totally different place professionally, spiritually and emotionally….maybe even physically…the sky is the limit. My wish is that all of my planning and dreaming would have paid off and I can reap the rewards and fruits of my labour.
What do you hope to accomplish by year’s end? ANYTHING is POSSIBLE!
Continue to DREAM your BIG DREAMS because you never know where it can take you. You might just end up amongst the stars…
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Sunday, February 2, 2014
So we're one month into the new year already...my oh my!
What can we say we have done to position ourselves to invest in the future of our dreams? So okay, you are not exactly where you thought February would find you...don't worry...consider January to be like a test drive for a new car. You have an opportunity to try it out first and make sure it runs just the way you like before you invest in the real thing.
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No taxis, buses or trains, no standing in lines or waiting on anyone, no running late for work and appointments...you can just pick up and touch your starter any time you like with no pre-meditated planning and thought. Ahhh! Yay! The freedom and independence of owning your own vehicle...Wow!
So it is with our life. We must plan and take charge. We must sacrifice and commit to a plan so as to enjoy a certain lifestyle with rewards. Yes we want to fulfil our purpose and help others, but we also want to live comfortably and securely. So whether it's landing that job of our dreams, starting our own business or acquiring those new contracts we must have a plan of action and stick to it. Lofty are our goals but steadfast are our intentions that wins the race.
I am amazed and humbled by God's work in my life. I am thankful for my gifts and I will use it to the highest good to fulfil His deeper purpose for my life. I have been getting great reviews over the past few weeks in particular about my blogs and I thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to comment. Please keep them coming!
As I am back home, I am thankful for the past week and all it brought my way...the people, the situations, the revelations. I am glad to be home again and grateful for family and friends. I feel blessed to be able to be living my dream at last. I take this time to pause and silently release my intentions for February and the rest of the year unto the Lord and ask for strength, foresight, patience and wisdom.
I also pray for each of you reading these words that your are able to visual and mobilize your intentions for the year. This is your year that your dreams take shape and come true. Don't let anyone or anything stand in your way...This is the year that you LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE YET!