27 Feb 2018

Today I woke up so late, at 11 a.m. I got so upset because I didn't set an alarm clock last night. I am so frustrated because I don't have a good wake up schedule! I sleep a healthy amount of hours and don't have trouble sleeping, but I have trouble sleeping in the right hours. My sleep schedule is from 1 or 2 a.m. until 11 and that needs to change.

They say "the early bird catches the worm" and I should start acting like that. Later I went to school and to cafe with my best friend and everything was fine, but still I was anxious about which college should I pick, what will be my job in the future etc.

My other problem is that I lose motivation easily and I know that I had this blog for only a week, but I already feel like failing which I shouldn't. I should just continue working on it and achieve the results that I want!

Do you know what I mean? Another thing is my weight. I've been conscious about my weight since I was thirteen or fourteen and I've been on million diets and million regimes and I feel lost in that sense. I am not sure what should I do next. I said in a few posts before that I will be on a 1200 calorie diet, but I did it for couple of days and even though I ate in that range, I didn't eat the healthiest.

So, today's post isn't sugarcoated or the most encouraging one, it's more personal, I want you to see that I still have struggles to overcome, but there is always light!

Here is a lifestyle I am working to have:

Wake up early. Eat healthy. Go to school. Study. Workout. Do yoga. Be productive. Drink your water. Have fun. Be with friends. Relax. Sleep. Repeat.

25 Feb 2018

The past week for me was maybe the best week of this year. Nothing extraordinary has happened and yet everything did! I realized one thing that was a key to unlock my free spirit and beat fear. I will talk about it more in a post tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Last week I promised I would read one book and it was The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, I almost read it until another book stole my attention.

I'm talking about Meditations, a book that changed my life and made me realize my priorities. No matter at which point of your life you are at right now, even if you are doing great or had hit a rock bottom, this is a must-read.

And here is a new week so new challenges are ahead of us. It's time to make some changes.

Think about it... What do you want to achieve in long-term? What is your goal a year or five years from now? Do you want to graduate or get that job you've been wanting for a while now? Or maybe you want to lose or gain weight, but you've been putting it off for tomorrow or Mondays? Guess what, it is Monday and even if you had a doughnut for breakfast, you can still have a veggie soup for dinner.

Don't get overwhelmed! It definitely can be when today we are pressured to succeed more than we are thought to calm down and stay present. That is why for this week I challenge us to meditate. I challenge us to get into our souls and realize our true desires, our dreams and how we can achieve them.

Many say meditation equals to stop thinking, but as I've been practicing it, unfortunately on and off for a few months now still, I've come to realize that meditation isn't clearing your thoughts, it is focusing on them and realizing the solutions on your problems and negative energies around you.

Let me clarify, you are sitting on your couch or a chair (because you don't need to go all Avatar on it, but there's no problem if you do) and you maybe turn on meditation music on YouTube or any calming melody in your background and you close your eyes.

The first thing you should do is breathing. Breathe, breathe as if your life depends on it because it does! I'm not talking about regular breathing, but some deep breaths, some counting. Three seconds inhale, five seconds exhale, focus on your breaths for the first few minutes and then start visualizing the things you want to change and trust me, slowly, but surely, you will see the solutions to your problems because at the end of the day, your mind does know what you need to do, it will show you the right path naturally.

Are you ready to start living and stop surviving? Then start meditating!

And remember, no matter what your goals are, have fun in the meantime.

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24 Feb 2018

Ever seen a movie where a protagonist witnesses something that motivates him or her to change instantly?

Maybe it was an act of kindness they saw on the street or a father who told them that they can't do it or they got bullied at school and said it was enough.

So, what does it take for you to see to become motivated enough to start living the life of your dreams?

For me, it wasn't an action of someone else, an insult or an advice or better to say, of someone living, it was an ancient book that made me realize how nothing has truly changed and at the same time everything is changing. But what does this mean? When you think about it, we can't live in this world if we are not willing to change. And even if we are not willing to change, we must change. It's not that we must change, but we will change no matter what.

Life is not a circle, it's a road with countless paths, but still there is something that has never changed, a desire that is not a sinful one, something that stays in the core of every human.

After all inventions, wars, epic love stories and everything that humans had witnessed in the past few millenniums, we still long for one thing only - improvement.

Is it because of our own will or the pressure of others? We are animals who had settled for change only and tricked it with an act of improvement.

No matter what happens in our lives, we never truly give up even if we think we are about to, we always want something better, no human truly wants to be miserable and still most are.

You see where I'm going with this? Everyone wants improvement yet everyone is scared to take action in order to improve. And so was I, until I read this wonderful almost two thousand year old book.

If you follow my personal  Twitter, you probably know which book I am talking about and if you're not follow it now!

The book is called Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, a series of personal writings by a Roman Emperor from 2nd century.

Here is my point, Marcus talks about how unnecessary some philosophers of his times (we have them still in ours) waste their lives trying to finding the meaning of life instead of focusing on the present, on the improvement, of the well-being of others and themselves. He also talks how they let desire and sins get in the way of their happiness and achievements, but the part that triggered the change I witnessed in myself and felt overnight was when he said that besides giving ourselves in desires, we give ourselves in pain and anger.

We waste our precious moments while living in a decaying body, knowing there's only one life and we waste it on pain, suffering and sadness. We are the ones that are responsible for our lives and tears gets us nowhere. Don't get me wrong, I know it's hard, I've been there, but if we decided to choose happiness, choose success and joy and to stop grieving, we can absolutely take our lives back and stop letting anything else to control us.

I highly recommend you to read this book, I was never a reader myself, but after this one, I challenge myself to read one book a week and so can you!

Don't be afraid, this book  is ancient, but it's translated in modern English so, you will understand everything.

Just one more thing, isn't it funny how he is saying everything today's psychologists are saying? It seems that at our core we still are the same.

Thank you for reading!

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20 Feb 2018

Yesterday I wrote that big post about what is the task for this week, I wonder if anyone read it, but I didn't even do proper advertisement and keeping this blog as my diary is not a bad thing either. However, here on day 2 I am going to write down today's tasks that I must fulfill. It's February 20th, 2018 and 10:24 a.m. I woke up about twenty minutes ago. Before I start planning the day ahead I have to say a happy birthday to the most iconic singer in pop culture since 2006, Rihanna! The woman is the best selling digital artist of the decade in the times when everyone listens to music for free. Let's choose her as an inspiration for the week ahead!

February 20th, 2018
What are your plans for the day/week ahead, anything big? No matter how small your goals might seem at first they will become great achievements in time. If you would like me to talk about my bigger goals feel free to leave a comment and ask me, it's still a tough topic to discuss, but I will eventually.

Best of luck with your progresses,

19 Feb 2018

I created this blog in order to motivate myself and maybe once in future it will make others motivated.

Let me explain the purpose of 'Project Headway'.

  • Project (noun) - an individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned to achieve a particular aim.
  • Headway (noun) -  forward movement or progress, especially when this is slow or difficult.
It's time to get my life back on track and yours, too! Join me with this crazy project of empowering each other, it's time to see some sunshine and happiness and eventually, success. . For the first week, since it's Monday, I challenge you to do the simplest thing in the world: read a book.
Yes, that wordy papery thing. It doesn't even have to be papery, you can read online. Pick anything, I believe the best choice would be perhaps a self-help on a current issue you have whether being a book about having better social skills or managing your anxiety or maybe how to flirt better.

Here are 20 suggestions I copied from this site that you can read online on PDF by clicking on each title:

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell uses real-world examples like Bill Gates and The Beatles to illustrate the journey from obscurity to mainstream success and how it is possible for anyone who executes the right strategies. His ability to break down some of the greatest success stories of modern pop culture into actionable steps for the regular reader makes Outliers a motivational read.

The 7-habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people has been helping people become more efficient for over 25 years. Originally published in 1989, Covey boils down the common habits of the most successful people into 7 easy to implement habits for the reader to incorporate into his or her everyday life.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture is a lengthened version of the Final lecture professor Randy Pausch gave before he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”. The book focuses on core principles for his children to embody as part of their everyday lives. It highlights the importance of a mentor, as well as paying it forward by being a mentor towards others.

The Purpose-Driven Life (What the Hell am I here for) by Rick Warren

The Purpose-Driven Life has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated into more languages than any other book except the Bible. Warren has called his book the “anti self-help book” because it focuses not on improving the self but instead focuses on discovering and following God’s plan for a fulfilled life.

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran 

With over 100 million copies sold in over 40 languages since its 1923 publication, The Prophet is one of the best selling personal development books of all time. The plot is structured around a prophet named Almustafa who has conversations with townspeople on a variety of topics while waiting to board a ship. The information is delivered in 26 separate prose poetry essays, blending the world of poetry and self-help.

The Power of Habit: Why do We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit gives the reader a road map to put the habit loop theory into practice and start consciously observing which routines are triggered by which cues, and the rewards for these routines. Establishing new habits is just a matter of consciously assigning a cue and reward to each routine you wish to establish.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now has been assisting readers on their journey to spiritual enlightenment since its publication in 1997. This book blends psychology and spirituality in a quest to teach the reader how to see through the illusions created by the false self.

The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama XIV (Tenzin Gyatso)

The Art of Happiness embodies the foundational concepts of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy towards life. The main focus is on the idea of happiness as a state of mind. Tibetan Buddhism teaches how to surrender the feeling of attachment towards ideas and objects.

The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck

This book differs from most self-help books on the market in that it does not promote any “quick-fix” formula for growth. Instead, Peck promotes self-discipline as the foundation of sustainable personal and spiritual development.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

Predictably Irrational dives into the factors that make up our decision-making process. Ariely begins by defining rational thought and how what we think of as rational thoughts are often irrational. The first chapter sets up the rest of the theories by discussing how humans use relatively to make their decisions. The negative side of this thought process causes us to feel inferior because we constantly compare our lives to others.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power of Positive Thinking paved the way for the self-help book centered on the theory of positive thinking as the sole determining factor in what we get out of life. It set the groundwork for books such as “The Secret”, which deals with the Law of Attraction.

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

This 1984 self-help classic has sold over 35 million copies worldwide in over 30 languages. You Can Heal Your Life teaches readers how to re-think their view of disease. She teaches her readers that most physical disease is a manifestation of emotional and spiritual unwellness.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living has stood the test of time as one of the most popular self-help books on the market over 60 years after its first publication. Carnegie’s book defined how a generation of readers faced the worry controlling every aspect of their lives.

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

This book highlights the role storytelling plays in the development of the human psyche. It is a companion to the 1988, six-part documentary series on PBS, in which Campbell discusses the role of myth throughout human history.

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

The Magic of Thinking Big was first published in 1959 and its philosophies on setting goals still hold true. The book’s most important philosophy is thinking highly of oneself. It preaches the importance of setting lofty goals and embracing the power of positive thought to achieve these goals.

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

The Seat of the Soul provides a unique take on life that blends science, philosophy, and spirituality. The main message Zukav stresses is the idea of humans going through a psychological and spiritual evolution.

 The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

An interesting fact about The 48 Laws of Power is it is one of the most requested books among American prisoners. It is also a favorite of world leaders like Fidel Castro and hip-hop superstars such as 50 Cent. It has been dubbed by critics as a cult classic for its widespread success among America’s rich and famous.

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Taleb opens with 2 basic fallacies of our perception of randomness. The first is that we tend to over-estimate cause and effect. Our brains are wired to make connections between events to formulate a reaction. The second fallacy is we view the world as explainable when in reality there is no explanation for the succession of independent and random events that make up reality.

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge

The Brain That Changes Itself is a personal development book on the topic of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the idea that the wiring of the brain that controls our habits and thought patterns are constantly changing.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

 Murphy uses scientific research to back his claims regarding the power of the subconscious. This scientific basis makes “The Power of Your Subconscious” a great choice for the rational skeptic. With these benefits it is no wonder Murphy’s book on the power of the Subconscious has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
You can choose any, it doesn't even need to be from this list! My choice: 

Last, but not the least; The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. To be honest, I am intrigued by half of these books, but for the week one of Project Headway I'm reading this one.

So, this blog is for the purpose of achieving goals. It is time to get our lives back together and what better way to start then with reading.

From now on, each week there will be a new challenge that we need to do together. And for the debut we are reading! You can choose whatever you want. If you feel that you don't need any help, go to fantasy section and read Tolkien or George R.R. Martin. It's all up to you. If you lack romance read some Shakespeare or more modern muses such as my namesake Nora Roberts.

To further detail, my name is Nora and I want to change my life and if you feel the same, you're anxious, you're sad, you're depressed or overweight or really at low point in any area of your life, join me in this online adventure. Leave a comment and read a book!

With luck,
Project Headway CEO (doesn't this sound cool and also why do all self-help books need to have a twenty word title?!)