We live in an age where we find ourselves getting carried away by the constant hammering of societal pressures. Our minds get spindled into this web of never-ending discord, perpetually grasping for air because we lose focus of what truly matters.
Before I started exploring the world of blogging back in 2011, I was first a freelance creative writer and a virtual assistant. I was assigned projects to work on poetry pieces, children’s stories, contemporary romance novels and even erotica. I enjoyed the process of drafting a novel and writing down plot points. Back then, I earned a decent amount from merely writing novels but as I started branching to lifestyle, fashion and beauty articles, I realized I could potentially earn more by tapping onto these niches.
With opening up to a new style of writing, I ultimately launched my own blog entitled, “Pretty Little Dreamer” and was able to connect with different bloggers from different walks of life. It was a fulfilling experience being a part of a community that empowered and motivated you to become the best version of yourself. But alongside new opportunities coming my way, I had to embrace another significant change in my life – moving to a new country.
Leaving my grandparents and the life I’ve always known behind was hard enough for me, let alone adapting to a new country. I had a lot of questions at the time whether I will survive or not but then there was this small voice inside me saying that I finally have a chance to make my dreams a reality. This same determination led me to decide to pursue Journalism.
During my last two semesters for my Associate’s Degree, I remembered feeling burned out on a constant basis as I was under the pressure of producing content. At that point I realized that as a Journalist, I should learn how to thrive in a fast-paced environment or I won’t survive a day. That’s when things got worst as I was always on the edge, anxious, tensed and felt lost and disconnected.
I would go to school but it didn’t feel like I was there physically. Like an off-switch in my brain, I shut down on all my school responsibilities for about a month and decided to take a break. At the time it didn’t feel right to just leave everything hanging but I had to do something to refresh my brain and that’s when I started being more aware and more mindful of my mind and body.
After graduating from my Associate’s Degree, I realized I needed time to just rewire my entire being before I jump back into the scene. I needed time to recollect why I’m pursuing this career path when I know for a fact that I can make a living out of something else.
My relentless pursuit of creating alternate worlds and breathing life onto characters fueled by my imagination has provided much comfort in my life. Piecing words together and constructing poetry and narratives were not a mere hobby, but an illuminating realization that this is who I am. This is the passion that defines me from the very beginning.
To help me remember and acknowledge the need for mindfulness, I wear this bracelet from EvaDane. I chose the Libra charm to remind me of my strengths and to utilize them to my fullest potential. Likewise, the beads I chose were Rosewood as its energetic properties are known to shield the bearer from negative energy and helps manifest your dreams and desires. Made from semiprecious stones, EvaDane crafts these bracelets with mindful attention and care as each piece of jewelry reflects your life’s journey, beliefs and the energy you want to attract.
We all have days where we feel lost and disconnected but after going through a slew of ups and downs in the past, I realized the importance of mindfulness and living with intention. We currently live in an economic climate where individuals operate in an atmosphere with increasingly extra pressure to do more. Being fully attentive and enhancing our awareness equates to a productive mindset. We can hustle all we want but then we must learn to understand that our bodies are only capable of so much stress until we break down. In the rush to accomplish necessary tasks, we find ourselves losing our connection with the present moment. Fast forward to this day, I’m spreading my wings onto other career areas but from time to time, I touch base with the creative writer living inside me.
She heaved a weary sigh as she let her heavy eyes droop. The four gray walls and four gray towers that overlooked a space of flowers had held her captive for an eternity. She craved freedom and yet she was terrified of the shadowy world that lay beyond her castle walls and the banks of her river. So she sat in her castle on her river and watched peoples lives unfold before her. Sometimes when she was too tired to watch she closed her eyes and listened instead to the rush and the gurgle of the river all about her. It was then that she would let her imagination run down the castle steps to be carried away by its unending flow. That river would carry her where she could never go herself.
I hope this inspires you to practice mindfulness no matter what it is you do:)
P.S. Thank you to EvaDane for generously sending me the Libra charm bracelet. Feel free to check them out on Amazon and EvaDane.com for their collection of beautiful and meaningful jewelry pieces to guide your journey, no matter what path you choose to take.