The Non-Conformity Files: 3 Reasons Why a ‘Real’ Job Isn’t Necessary

The Non-Conformity Files: 3 Reasons Why a ‘Real’ Job Isn’t Necessary

You sit at work day-in and day-out feeling a sense of emptiness and longing for something beyond the office. You tell yourself that working this job is what you are supposed to be doing with your life. Somehow, still, you still can’t accept that this is what it is going to be like until you retire…if you are lucky.

The good news is that there is life outside of the box. You don’t have to be confined to a cubicle or office to be a successful or contributing member of society. Though many people may not grasp the concept of this and, therefore, look down upon you for not pursuing a “real” career, know that you are doing what’s right for you. And you’re probably a whole lot happier and satisfied with your life than they are.

There are so many other opportunities outside of a normal profession that will fill the void it leaves, emotionally, financially and personally. Ingraining a specific profession into your image is the easy way out. True thinkers and achievers maintain a sense of self outside of what they do for a living. You are more than a job. You are a person, a person who has thoughts and feelings that fall outside of a field of knowledge. Remember that.

10 Ideas to Shed Negativity

10 Ideas to Shed Negativity

There always seems to be a point in your life where you just can’t seem to shake off the negative cloud that follows you around. It’s there – day in and day out – and regardless of what you do, it will not leave. You may feel like you are alone – that no one really understands what you are going through. Guess what – we’ve all been there. It’s hard to believe, but each and every one of us has gone through a period where we just couldn’t pull ourselves away from negativity’s grip. And that’s completely normal.

Negativity is an innate part of being alive. With the good comes the bad. Sometimes things in your life will be amazing. Sometimes they won’t. It’s all apart of the rhythm of life. How you deal with the negatives often dictates how you’ll feel about the positives. It’s important to always be aware of all the good in the world, even if there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel. You have to be the beacon of change. You have to be the one to take control and initiate a new plan when things get bad. You have to be the one to change your perspective in order to shed that negativity. It’s all in your hands.

Moving your mind out of that pessimistic attitude and into a frame of mind more welcoming to positives is the first step in ridding your life of negativity. With a little effort and forethought, it is possible to shake that negative feeling you’ve been carrying around. You have to be the one to realize that you are dwelling on the negative before you are able to move on. Once you’ve made that decision, the sky is truly the limit. These 10 ideas will help you shed negativity today:

7 Ways to Appreciate Every Day

7 Ways to Appreciate Every Day

Life is a precious commodity. It’s there and then it’s not.

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to get swept up in the in’s and out’s of daily life and not get a chance to really savor the splendor of the everyday and ordinary. Our lives have become a continuous race. We need to learn how to slow down, take a deep breath and understand how amazing it is to be alive.

You never know what will happen tomorrow, so it is critical to appreciate every day as if it were your last. If you knew that today was the end, what would you miss about your life? That’s what you need to value now.

Find 7 ways to appreciate life each and every day right here:

8 Simple Tricks for Making Tough Decisions

8 Simple Tricks for Making Tough Decisions

Every day we make decisions. Some are trivial: what do I wear, which shirt should I buy, or what should I eat for lunch? However, others are far more critical in the grand-scheme of life.

When we face substantial decisions, they can feel incredibly daunting and evoke numerous negative emotions. Even though we make many big decisions in our lifetimes, somehow they don’t seem to get any easier to make. We can waste so much time and energy trying to make the “right” choice, and we sometimes even refuse to make a decision altogether. This list is meant to make your decision-making process a little simpler with some straightforward tricks to making those tough decisions.

Don’t rely on others

What do you do when you have a difficult decision to make? For most of us, a phone call to a friend or family member is a logical first step. We tend to search for guidance or some type of advice, but in reality, it is likely that we just want someone to confirm what we already know in our hearts. Many of us are bad at taking advice from others—even when it makes perfect sense.  We usually decide what we feel is best, not what anyone else feels is best for us.

18 Ways to Always Have Fun

18 Ways to Always Have Fun

It’s so easy to get tangled in the logistics and complicated web of life, yet we all find ourselves completely engulfed at one time or another. Life should be uncomplicated and, frankly, fun. When did we lose sight of this?

Okay, sometimes we do need to be serious and approach situations with care, but, generally speaking, you should strive to enjoy yourself in as many areas of your life as possible. If you aren’t having fun and taking advantage of all that life has to offer, why are you here? It may sound a little hedonistic, but fun is the light of life. It gives meaning and excitement during even the darkest hour and makes everything worth dealing with. Fun is our lifeline.

Take these ideas and try to implement them in your everyday life. You’ll be surprised how much more fun you’ll have. Check out these 18 ways that you can always have fun:

12 Thoughts That Will Bring Clarity in Dark Times

12 Thoughts That Will Bring Clarity in Dark Times

When the cloud of melancholy descends on your life, which happens to all of us from time to time, it’s important to remember that the despair is only temporary. Though this is hard to do when you are in the moment, it’s a vital cornerstone in coming out of whatever hardship you face as a better version of yourself.

Bad things will always happen, there is nothing you can do to control that. What you can control is your attitude towards them and how you deal with each situation. Maintaining a balanced sense of good and bad, right and wrong, and positive and negative provides the leverage needed to propel you out of any troubles.

As C.W. Lewis once said, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” Check out these 20 thoughts that will help bring light and clarity to your life during difficult times:

Forming a Positive Habit in 7 Straightforward Steps

Forming a Positive Habit in 7 Straightforward Steps

Practice makes perfect, right?

If you ever played a sport or musical instrument as a child you probably heard that mantra over and over and over again. Because, after all, it’s kind of true.

The more you do something the more it becomes committed to memory and becomes part of your routine. If it’s part of your routine, you’re more likely to keep doing it. And the cycle continues. Simply, that’s how a habit is formed.

In theory this all sounds good. But it seems so much more difficult than that when you get down to actually trying to form a new positive habit.

We see these habits every day – losing weight, exercising more, becoming better at a specific activity – but we often don’t see the days, weeks and even years of dedication that goes on behind the scenes.

Take the Olympics as an example. The top athletes in the world come together to compete against each other. During that two-week period, we hear the media-ready stories of hope and encouragement, perseverance and determination, and dedication and a load of hard work.

Still, we generally focus on their moment of glory or defeat – glossing over the endless days of waking up at 4 a.m. to train in the freezing cold or the days when they thought they would never make it. It’s in those times that the most progress is made. That’s when their habits are formed.

It’s a gradual process filled with many steps. These are some of them: