As my blog matures and I find myself writing mostly about style and travel, I would like to add to my repertoire pieces give back in certain ways. Whether that be in the blogging realm (see my first Monday Motivation) or in other realms, I am going to write posts expressing things I believe in and about topics that I care deeply about. I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below.
For my first piece I would like to address the topic of self improvement. It is something I am constantly in search of; to learn new things and grow as an individual. It is a process, and one that cannot be completed immediately or if at all ever. But to me, this is the reason why we are on this Earth- to do be the best versions of ourselves that we can be. To begin this process, one needs to first achieve the right outlook and make self improvement a priority. And that means making yourself a priority. Once that is established, incorporating acts into every day life will lead you in the right path towards self improvement. At times, these small acts can seem selfish, but you must put yourself first before you can give to others.
I’ve been on a weaving path towards self improvement, not always straight since sometimes self doubt and other obstacles can come into play. But sticking to what you know in your heart and what you believe and know about yourself can help keep you on this path. Personally, on my journey towards self improvement, I seek new experiences. I seek to meet new people, put myself in their shoes and learn their story. I also seek to travel when time and budget allows, to immerse myself in new cultures that can really give you a perspective on life and where you fit in it. These types of things do require sacrifices, and sometimes I have made the decision to embark on new journeys that have hurt other people. But those are choices I have reflected on: “How has this affected me? How has this affected people around me? How can I change for the future?” Asking questions like these help me dive deeper into why I made those decisions and ultimately who I am as a person.
Self improvement is also about forgiveness. It is a cliche that we all make mistakes, but it is indeed true. To continue on this journey with a fresh and clean perspective, you will need to learn to forgive yourself. If you are not content with yourself then others will not be content around you and you will not be able to help others. It’s a circle. And with that I’ll ask you all, how have you all led yourselves through self improvement? What have you done on your journey? I am not saying I have figured it all out either, I just wanted to provide some tips that have helped me along the way.
I hope this helps you or someone around you on your journey’s!
Photos: Jack Van Leeuwen