Twitter #hashtags for #Bookbloggers revisited — Fictionophile

A while back I composed a post which gave some suggestions on which Twitter hashtags were the most useful for bookbloggers. What is a hashtag, and what are they used for? A hashtag is a label for content. It helps others who are interested in a certain topic, quickly find content on that same topic. […]

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November is Native American Heritage Month — Be a Seed for Change

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Native American Heritage Month is the opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges our Native American people have faced both historically and in the […]

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Live the Life You Truly Want To

Many people assume that if they start living they life they want to that they will be outcast from their friends and family. This is actually false, you can still live the life you feel that you should be living without this happening to you. Let’s look at how you can manage this. 

No one expects you to always have the exact same viewpoint as them. When you do find yourself in disagreement just be careful about how you show this. While expressing your views, don’t become headstrong and forceful. Instead learn to listen to both sides of the argument or discussion. There doesn’t always have to be a clear winner. 

While you may want to dress in a carefree manner, again do this with discretion. If you are visiting your parents or grandparents give them a little respect. In this instance dressing down may be more appropriate. You can still dress however you wish once your visit is over. 

Living your own life and being your own person is wonderful. Who doesn’t want to feel carefree and have no boundaries placed upon them? This doesn’t mean that everyone around you will want to do the same. Allow your friends to conform to the majority if that is what they wish. Don’t force actions on them that would make them feel uncomfortable. 

When your friends and family see you as authentic this means that you really are being true to yourself. You are not afraid to share your views, raise objections and stand out amongst the crowd. 

An authentic person is someone that means what they say, says what they mean and walks the talk! You know the type of person who you are, and you are extremely comfortable living in your own skin. 

When you are living the life you want to live you share honestly with others. You are not vulnerable and yet, you know who you can be vulnerable with. You have an inner strength that is often admired by others. You genuinely know how to love, trust and respect the people in your life. Plus you can leave that ego of yours in the background if and when necessary. At the same time you seize every opportunity to learn, grow and explore everything around you. 

Follow Your Heart

If you want to be your own person then you will need to learn how to follow your heart. We all have those tugs and feelings that pull at our hearts, telling us where we want to go. Having the strength to follow them is different case altogether. In order to follow your heart you have to learn how to let go of certain things, and start acting upon your instincts and your desires. 

So how do you start following your heart? First you have to learn how to trust yourself, this means learning to accept you for who you are. Take a look at your life and see what circumstances have led you to where you are today. Is this the path that you want to be on? If not it is time to change course, and only you can give yourself permission to do this. 

It will not always be easy to follow your heart. You may end up upsetting or disappointing your family. May be you really don’t want the career your parents had hoped for. Or you heart’s desires may lead you to moving away from your family and friends. These decisions may not always be easy and it will take a good amount of soul searching in order to make them. This is when you know whether or not you are being true to yourself or not. 

Life is not perfect for anyone, even if you are following your dreams. Life gets in the way and circumstances arise that are out of your control. You have to learn how to deal with them one by one. While still staying on course. 

Following your heart doesn’t mean that you have to live the life of a missionary or live in a remote cabin. It means just allowing yourself to be that person that deep down inside you know you are. This means not being worried about what others think. It means airing your views openly without hiding. Plus it means being happy and content with the person that you have evolved into. 

Being your own person is also never complete. It can be viewed as the journey of life. As you go through life your focus may shift and you change course. The life you led in your twenties and thirties may not be the one you want as you enter your fifties. 

Are you currently following your heart? If not what’s holding you back?