Don't Let Life Intimidate You. Take the First Step.

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Life can be very intimidating. We're all used to the life we know and everything outside our bubble naturally is outside our comfort zone. To many, the next stage of life is an unknown jungle, where sometimes the very fear of leaving our comfort zone puts us in a form of paralysis. Most of us can get over this paralysis, some of us get stuck there for a while, and unfortunately, some of us stay there for the rest of our lives.

This is why we have dreams and goals. We have wild dreams that fulfill our hearts and souls. Our dreams give us hope for a better life ahead and remind us not to stay complacent. Our goals guide us towards our dreams. Our goals are more specific, have deadlines, and keep us on track.

It all starts with a start; you have to take a step forward to begin your journey towards your dreams. Being complacent or staying still for too long doesn't serve you. It's okay to pause and reflect, but don't get stuck in that spot for too long. Forward momentum is key, but you'll never get momentum if you never start.

Taking that first step may be intimidating, but it's necessary. If you never start, you never finish. Having self-confidence helps, but not necessary. You'll be able to build it through the process, especially through the challenges. The trials and tribulations are learning experiences and opportunities for growth.

If you're not satisfied with the life you live because you're not living your dream life, I highly suggest you do something about it. The next steps may be uncertain. It may take time.


The process may be frustrating. But in the end, it'll be all worth it. Start now.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at Nourishment Notes about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

You Have Permission To Be Your Unapologetically-Weird Self

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We're all a little weird. There is no true definition of "normal." Normal is just a social construct that we've created in order to have society comply to a general set of behaviors. We all deviate in some form or fashion from what we consider "normal."

Don't get me wrong, there is value to having some kind of "normal." What we consider normal defines our social norms, which are a sort of social rules that we abide by. Social norms define what behaviors are socially acceptable and unacceptable in specific social situations. They help keep our society functioning, well, normally.

The important thing to know is that what makes you weird makes you unique, and you should embrace that. That is what makes you special. That is exactly what makes you an individual. Embrace all the wonderful and quirky things that make you, you.

Take a look inside and embrace who you are. I am an optimistic person with a passion for social justice. I make clever, yet sarcastic jokes. I'm a writer fascinated by almost every topic (productivity, entrepreneurship, life hacks, technology, art, poetry, and more).

I know this is who I am right now. I accept it. It may change later, and that's okay. But for now, I embrace and love who I am. Through my daily journeys, I both defined and discovered myself. I am not perfect, but it can be argued that I am perfect just the way that I am.

So, I say to you, my friend, be your unapologetically weird self. No one else can be you except you, and because of that, you are special. The world needs you to be you.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at Nourishment Notes about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Why Loving Others is How I Practice My Faith

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"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
1 John 4:8 NIV

God is love. By loving other people, I am practicing my faith. That is what I believe. It's simple, yet very complex.

Love isn't just the romantic type that you see in movies; it exists in many forms. It exists in I treat other people. Taking care of my family is one way that I show love. Spending quality time with my friends and loved ones is another. Holding the door open for a stranger is a simple, yet meaningful one. Even something as simple as being present and listening to someone who needs/wants someone to talk to is one way I've shown people love.

It's not always easy to be a loving person. Most of the time it is, but for me, sometimes it's pretty hard. And when it is hard, it's really hard. Sometimes people are ignorant and hateful. Sometimes their words, their posts, or little comments are hurtful. It takes me a lot of self-discipline not to react in the same manner. No matter how other people act, I always try to react with love, understanding, common sense. Sometimes I do a good job at it. Sometimes I don't flop horribly. Sometimes I consider not reacting with hate a win. No matter how well I do at loving other people, I truly try.

As important as it is to love one another, it's also important to love ourselves (not in an arrogant or conceited way). We are all God's children who are deserving of love and it would be contradictory to love other people, but not ourselves. It's perfectly fine to practice self-care. Within reason, I try to take some time for myself each day. Reflecting for a few minutes while drinking my morning cup of coffee is one of my favorite ways. I eat as healthy as I can. I intentionally choose to incorporate as many fresh foods into my diet. I need to ensure that I am physically, mentally, and emotionally okay to take care of my family and also help take care of others.

By loving others, and myself, I am doing God's work. This is how I choose to practice my faith.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

You Have the Opportunity To Change Your Life Right Now

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“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” —Jimmy Dean

We all have dreams, especially when we were little kids. Dreams are what motivates us in the morning, keeps us pushing ourselves in school, and grinding in the workplace. Having dreams help give us a sense of purpose.

If you’re life isn’t where you want it to be, there is good news for you: you can do something about it. In fact, you can always do something about it. There isn’t a law that says you have to be stuck in a rut. You always have the opportunity to do something different to change your life’s direction.

You can choose to be different. You can push yourself to be stronger, wiser, and smarter. Doing what you’ve always done will keep you at the same place you’re at, so in order to improve your life, you will have to improve your habits. You will have to think more positively. You will have to make smarter decisions, hopefully based on data, wisdom from past experiences, and common sense.

You can choose to believe in your dreams. Your dreams help remind you that the present is temporary, and that the future will be better if you’re actively working toward your goals. Big dreams can be scary. Looking at them can be overwhelming. Believing in them can be intimidating. Those are the dreams that are worth it and help make life worth living.


Life is beautiful, but will always be challenging. We can get better at figuring it out over time, but there is only so much we do have control over and a lot that we don’t have any control over. A key thing to remember is that we do have some control in life; it’s our thoughts, decisions, and actions. No matter what life throws at us, we can think, decide, and act accordingly in order to keep us on the path towards our dreams.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Why What You Have Will Always Be More Than What You Don't Have

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“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

I’m lucky. Right now, my kids are at the age where they don’t ask me for things every time we’re at any store. The only thing they really ask me is to go to Chuck E. Cheese once every few days. Other than that, they seem pretty happy with what they have.

When we’re at at any retail store, they want to go to the toy section. They check out the toys, even play with them for a little bit, but they don’t ask me to buy it for them. Thank goodness they don’t cry or throw a tantrum when they don’t get what they want, at least for now.

My kids aren’t inhuman; they do want things. They want to play all the time, especially if it’s bedtime. They want to play with the same toy at the same time (and that’s when my wife or I have to play referee). Sometimes they want to eat a certain food (blueberries or granola) that we don’t currently have at home. But overall, they’re satisfied with what they have.

It’s something I admire about childhood. I wonder if we all were like that when we were younger and at some point, we learned to be greedy and selfish to a certain extent as we got older.

I know too many adults who are bitter because they aren’t happy with their life. It’s a tragedy in so many ways. Maybe we need to somehow go back to our youthful innocence and just be happy with what’s right in front of us.

As adults nowadays, it’s easy to look at what we don’t have because of what’s thrown in front of our faces. We see commercials, ads on TV or on social media, and we see what other people have. It’s very easy to compare what we have to what other people have or what we don’t have, but a lot of it is unnecessary.

Within reason, it’s good to have what we don’t have. Our goals and dreams are based on what we want, where we want to be in life, and the people we want to be. Beyond that, it’s greedy to want everything and envious to want everything that we don’t have.

It’s impossible to have every single physical thing out there, every new gadget, technology toy, or new product. It is possible to appreciate what you do have, which is always more than what you don’t have.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.