Confidence Is Key

You guys, if there’s any 2 things that I can take away from 2018 thus far, it’s that 1. if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will and 2. confidence is EVERYTHING.

2 majorly important things, that which are not at all easy to achieve for some. In fact, for some (many…..most?), these 2 things are things that take YEARS to master.

You need to believe in yourself in order for other people to, and not in a “you have to please and/or prove anything” to them type of way, but more of in a “oh he/she is not only serious about what it is they’re doing, but they’re also owning the heck out of it,” sort of way. There’s a major difference.

I’ve learned that doing that (along with your actual work obviously) is going to end up not only attracting more people to you as a person, but also whatever work it is that you’re trying to put out there to the world.

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As I said, I’m fully aware that confidence like this doesn’t happen overnight, in fact, it’s something that may take YEARS for you or anyone to perfect, but that’s okay.

People are going to talk regardless if you’re succeeding or failing at whatever it is that you want to do with your life. There are ALWAYS going to be haters, critics, and people who just generally don’t care about the work you’re putting out into the world. Which, for a long time it’s going to suck to see, but as long as YOU know that you’re working hard and being the best version of you and your work possible, that is ALL that should truly matter.

Although most times it’s easier said than done, you need to do your best to ignore any and all negativity that may be blocking you from doing your best work. Being insecure about putting yourself out there and receiving negative or no feedback at all can be REALLY discouraging, that’s normal, but you can’t just let those feelings take over and win.

Take those feelings and use them as motivation to add fuel to your fire to want to do TEN TIMES better than you were before, because if you keep trying your hardest to put that all aside and putting your best work out there, I promise that slowly but surely you will begin to see results.

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I’m not an expert, and I’m obviously still learning with each day that passes, but I’ve dealt with this SO many times, so speaking from experience, take it from me. I’ve been doing this blogging thing for a little over a year now, and similar to doing YouTube, sometimes it gets REALLY hard, harder than people may think. That’s because there are so many bloggers out here trying to make it and trying to do what I’m doing that it gets discouraging to see sometimes when I don’t get likes, views, comments or followers on my post.

I used to take it SO hard, to the point where it would stop me from wanting to write altogether, and don’t get me wrong, every once in a while it still happens, but after reading various bloggers’ advice/tips on how to see results and get better with your blog, PLUS this book I read (which I’ll speak more about later on) and other things on the internet, I gained my confidence back and learned a few things…

  1. How do I ever expect to achieve a fraction of the dreams/goals I have for myself if I get discouraged and just stop altogether? I told myself that although it may be a little difficult right now, that I knew what I was capable of with my writing and reminded myself about what exactly I wanted to do and get out of this one day.

And 2. Although there may be a lot of people with similar blog themes, topic ideas, etc., no one will EVER have the exact same way of thinking, writing and/or expressing their thoughts as me. Everyone, including myself, is different in how they do things believe it or not. We may all have similar ideas, but we express them in unique ways. NO TWO PEOPLE ARE THE SAME!!

Obviously I specified these examples for my specific case with writing and my blog, but it’s equally the same with any other field as well. It’s all about finding what you’re good at, making yourself stand out from the rest somehow, and just perfecting it from there. It IS do-able!

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I mentioned earlier that there was a book I read that actually REALLY helped me gain some of my confidence back. The name of the book is “YOU ARE A BADASS; HOW TO STOP DOUBTING YOUR GREATNESS AND START LIVING AN AWESOME LIFE,” by: Jen Sincero. It’s actually a pretty popular book, so many of you may already have seen/heard of it before and I’ve actually spoken about it before in my ‘Top 5 Favorite Motivational Books’ post (which I’ll leave linked here if you guys wanted to check it out), but if you haven’t, I HIGHLY recommend that you pick it up.

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Just based off of the title alone, I think it’s self-explanatory, but it really is a great and super-relatable book. Anyone that’s read it before I’m sure can vouch for that. It’s also not a complicated book at all, in fact, it’s full of quotes, examples and personal stories from the author that really help to break it down for anyone that may be lacking the confidence in themselves to succeed and conquer their dream(s).

I’m attaching the link for you guys here to be able to purchase it. I also am posting a snippet of it for you guys to determine for sure if you’d be interested and want to actually buy it.

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Rome wasn’t built in a day and hard-work never goes unnoticed (believe it or not). Believe in yourself, keep working hard no matter what and own the shit out of whatever it is that you’re most passionate about and want to do and watch the positive outcome for it happen sooner rather than later.

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I hope this was helpful to someone out there to some extent, if not I hope you at least thought it was an interesting read. Thank you guys so much for taking the time out to actually read my stuff. Please follow, like, share and comment, and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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4 Podcasts to Listen to When You’re Looking For Inspiration

This post is sort of going to be piggybacking off of my last 2 posts.

If you read my 8 Tips to Staying Motivated post a few days ago, you would’ve saw that one of the things I recommended and have been loving doing myself lately is listening to podcasts.

Now, I know that in the day and age that we live in everything is digital, and because of that, kids, people, etc. are more inclined to read and/or listen to something on their phone or tablets then they are to doing it the old fashion way of picking up an actual book or even listening to an actual record, which is why I think listening to podcasts is great.

If you happen to be one of these people, then keep reading…

Podcasts are really similar to eBooks, and are a great way for people to listen to speeches, motivational speakers, some of your favorite celebrities gossiping, etc. It’s pretty much like a radio on your phone haha.

In my ‘8 Tips’ post, I mentioned that recently whenever I’m heading home at night from the gym, I tend to listen to them now. I found a few that seemed really interesting to me, and from there it just kind of snowballed, so I figure I share my favorites with you guys for those of you that may be interested and looking for some extra inspiration in your life.

I found that these podcasts are SO good at giving you the little extra push you may need to push through whatever struggles you may be dealing with at the moment, or if you’re at a stand-still for one reason or another, etc. But, I find that one of the best things about them all is that it’s not pushing or motivating in an annoying, forceful way like jamming the “need” for school and work down your throats; it’s in a way that’s realistic and really makes you think and put things into perspective in your life.

That being said, I’m going to share with you guys the 4 different podcasts that I’ve been LOVING lately, and I’m sure you will too. (*Totally not planned to have 2 of them be from women and 2 from men btw lol*).

  1. Don’t Keep Your Day Job by: Cathy Heller

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You guys…..to say that I’m OBSESSED with this podcast is a complete understatement. I don’t even remember how I came across it, but I’m SO glad that I did. When I first discovered Cathy’s podcast, I literally was on a binge of like a week straight listening to all her recent episodes. They were SO good and so freakin’ interesting. I can’t even tell you guys seriously how inspired I felt after listening to her, specifically, the 2 episodes that I would recommend listening to THE MOST, if any at all, are the ones she did titled “What They Don’t Teach In School, Part 1 and 2.” Those are the episodes that really got me hooked. 1000000% recommend to anyone looking for inspiration and trying to find themselves.

2. Bucci Radio by: Amanda Bucci

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This is a podcast I found because I just love Amanda Bucci in general. Amanda is a fitness and lifestyle entrepreneur. I was actually introduced to her entire platform by Diego a few years ago, when she was primarily focused on fitness and competing. Literally she was my fitness goals guys (and still is). But, what I think is AMAZING about her, is how much she’s expanded not only herself, but her brand waaaay past fitness, into something so much bigger and better now (not to say what she was doing before wasn’t great), into what she is today. AND SHE’S ONLY 24 YEARS OLD!! How crazy, but awesome at the same time. Her entire podcast is dedicated to “igniting your fire” and trying to help you figure out not only what your passionate about it, but also how to actually DO something about that passion. If you haven’t heard of and/or checked it out, I seriously recommend that you do ASAP.

**These next 2 podcasts that I’m going to mention are fairly new to me still, but I still have been really enjoying them so far and inspiring just like the first two do.**

3. This Is Your Life by: Michael Hyatt 

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This is another great show for not only motivating, but also just trying to open your eyes and realize that everything you need for your future is ultimately right in front of you. He teaches how to not just SIMPLY live your life, how to work hard for things that make you happy and proud, how to lead by example and be a GOOD leader at that, and ultimately tips on how to start and create your own personal brand.

4.  And finally….The School of Greatness With Lewis Howes

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Obviously all of the podcasts I’m recommending are intended to inspire,  so in that aspect, this is just like the others. However, they all do it in such similar, yet different ways. Lewis’ podcast is all about speaking on the different types of passions he has in his life, while also covering serious topics like people’s mental well-being, breaking through their fears and how to not just work hard, but work smart. He really makes you question all aspects of certain things, which I don’t know about you guys, but I love to have that happen. I love to be challenged and force myself to really think about something even if it may seem obvious. It stimulates your mind to question things about yourself and the things around you instead of just completely accepting them for what they are.  And because of this (among other things), I strongly recommend that you guys check him and his podcast out ASAP if you haven’t already.

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One of the biggest things I love about all of these podcasts is that like I said earlier, they’re not forceful and annoying motivation to the point where it’s like okay….we get it, shut up. Everything all of these people speak about in each one of their episodes is actually REALLY interesting and engaging.

Plus, although they are all AMAZING at what they do on their shows, it’s not like just them talking the entire time, all the time. They all tend to bring guests onto their show every so often to further prove the points they’re trying to make. And yes, occasionally they will be celebrities, but most times they’re not. Most times it’s real people, that have gone through real shit and have genuinely worked hard at whatever it is they love to do to get to where they are today, and that more than anything (to me) is the most inspirational part of it all.

I know that celebrities usually all have their own stories to share and they tend to go through real-life issues of their own obviously, but personally, I don’t want to hear about any of that. I want to hear about these real people that were really sick or dirt poor and how they never lost faith that things were going to get better for them, and never stopped working towards their goals until they got to where they wanted to be (which includes the hosts of these shows too obviously). And ALL of these podcasts never cease to disappoint in that aspect, which is what makes them my favorite and why I so badly wanted to share them with you guys.

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So there you have it. Hope you guys enjoyed this post and end up checking out some (or all) of the podcasts I recommended! Let me know in the comments or on social media which podcast ended up sparking your interest, OR if you have any of your own to recommend for me to check out. I’d love to hear from you guys about it!

See you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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8 Tips to Staying Motivated

I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently, because I know that there are always certain days more than others that I tend to need and/or seek that bit of extra motivation in my day to day routines. So, when I sat down to really think about it, I realized that these 8 tips are ones that almost always seem to help me when I’m lacking that motivation. Sometimes I’ll do all of them at some point of my day, and sometimes I’ll just do a few of them.

Nonetheless, these tips always end up being my go-to on those motivation-less days to help get me through the day. These are obviously things that tend to work for ME, and I am well aware that what works for me, may not work for everyone, but I figure I share them because you never know who could end being benefited by them.

So let’s get started! 🙂

  1. Do things you love and that make you happy. Pretty straight-forward and obvious, no? There’s a reason I mention this, because as obvious as it may seem, a lot of people tend to not do it very much. Some people are super strict in their day to day routines. They mostly only do the things that NEED to get done during the week, like going to work, getting errands done, etc. But, try not to be so serious all of the time. Make sure that you’re making time throughout your day to do things that make YOU happy; whether that’s during your lunch break at work, after work, a night-time routine you have, etc. It’s extremely important and needed in order for you to keep yourself going, and actually WANT to carry-on with the rest of your day.

2. Listen to music that hypes you up & makes you feel good. I don’t know about anyone else, but on my way to work every morning (which is about a 20-30 minute train ride and 5-10 minute walk afterwards), I always try to listen to particular songs that I know are not only going to really wake me up, but also hype me up to start my day. And 9 times out of 10, it works. The only “downside” to this is that by the end of it, I’ve got the beats stuck in my head, and all I really want to do is dance throughout the day, but ya gotta pick your battles right? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂. (*I’m planning on doing an entire post on the music that always ends up hyping me up and making me feel good, although it was going to be more so of a gym playlist kind of post, but I definitely want to incorporate this in there now*).

3. Wear clothes that you feel good in. I know this one can be a little tough, more so during the week because most people are working and what not, but who says you can’t look and feel cute at work? Screw what everyone says that you’re not there to impress anyone, I mean you’re not, but you should be impressing YOURSELF and make yourself FEEL good in whatever it is you’re wearing. Chances are if you look good, then you’re going to feel good, and if you’re feeling good, then you’re definitely going to want to kick ass and conquer the day.

4. Listen to podcasts. This has been SUCH a big one for me recently. I more so have been listening to these at night, on my way home from the gym, but nonetheless, it helps SO much. The inspirational podcasts I’ve been listening to in recent weeks has really become such a huge part of my night-time routine, and I’m SO glad that it has. Believe it or not, listening to motivational podcasts can really spark something in you to find what you’re passionate about in life and attempt to take whatever steps necessary to get where you want to be. (*I’m also planning on doing an entire post dedicated to my favorite motivational podcasts that have been inspiring me SO much lately, so stay tuned for that!*)

5. Go to your favorite place(s). You’d be surprised what going to some of your favorite places could do for you in sparking your motivation. There are 2 places in particular that I absolutely LOVE to go to, that almost always not only spark my motivation, but also my creativity and if I were lacking inspiration as well. It kind of helps me release any stress that I may have, clears my mind and gets everything rolling again.

6. Reading & looking up motivational quotes. Am I the only one that does this? Anytime I’m lacking motivation wherever I am (whether at home, work, etc.), I will legit sit and just look-up motivational quotes on Google. Believe it or not, it really does help (me anyway). It helps because it shows me that whatever I’m feeling, I’m not the ONLY one feeling it, and there’s a weird sense of comfort in that. I’ll look at different websites and images for motivational quotes, post and/or screenshot a few that I like the most, and viola I end up feeling the slightest bit better and more motivated then when I first started my day. Google never fails me!!

7. Thinking about the future and where you’re going to want to be in 5-10 years. This one is super important. Anytime that I am feeling unmotivated and like I’m at a stand-still in my life, I take just a few minutes to think about where I am right now and where I eventually know that I want to be in my life, in a few years, everything I want to have, everywhere that I want to go, etc. and I INSTANTLY feel better and more motivated then ever before. If you have goals that you want to achieve, and remember that everything you’re feeling and going through at the moment is just temporary, and keep in mind that you WILL get to where you want to be one day, I guarantee you that will spark your motivation more then it probably ever has. I don’t know about anyone else, but thinking and/or planning (to some extent) my future, from the smallest things to the biggest, is such an exciting feeling to do and makes me never want to stop working towards all of those dreams and goals that I have.

8. And finally, Go to the gym and workout. Is anyone else surprised that this one managed to get thrown in there somehow? 😂 But seriously, personally, being able to get a good sweat in everyday at the gym (even though it’s almost never at the very start of my day like many people typically tend to suggest), always makes me feel motivated after the fact. It makes me feel good in all aspects and makes me want to do more (not workout-wise). Again, this is one of those things that will make you look good, as a result make you feel good, and as a result of THAT make you want to continue to kick ass and push for more!

I hope these tips were helpful to you guys in one way or another and you find your motivation to keep going, because once you spark that, you can only go up-hill from there!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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