Hello again! A while back I came across this blogpost, called "The life improvement tag", of a Dutch blog. Now, I know not everyone here understands Dutch, so let me explain what it is about. It's basically a list of questions about your goals and dreams and what you do to achieve those. And I thought it'd be fun to answer those questions! (In English, of course). So without further ado, here's The life improvement tag!
1. What is your biggest dream; what do you want to accomplish in life?
I think that would be happiness. And that doesn't mean I'm not happy right now, but I would like to be happy throughout my entire life. I don't want to be 80 and look back at my life and wonder where it went wrong. I want to be 80 and be grateful for the wonderful life I have lived.
2. In what way are you working on making this dream come true?
By just doing what I love and staying true to myself. I know from experience that being someone you're not and doing stuff you don't want to do makes you really unhappy. So that's why every day I'm working on just being me, even though I'm not always sure who exactly I am. But I know that as long as I continue being myself and doing what I love, I will be happy.
3. What is the most important goal you want to achieve this year?
That's a tough one.. But I think it would be something along the lines of having learned new things. I like learning things and I think that if by the end of the year I have learned a couple of new things I will be proud of myself. Whether that is a few words in another language or an improvement of my current skills, I would love to learn it all.
4. What is your #1 tip for accomplishing your goals?
Probably to just believe in yourself, and to not give up too easily. Always give your goal a second chance. You are the only one who can stop yourself from accomplishing your goal. If you really want it, fight for it. If you don't feel like fighting for it then it's probably not important enough to you and you should find a new goal.
5. How do you make a day plan/to-do list?
I usually don't, actually. I like keeping my planning in my head. Though, when there are too many things to do I write them down, but I don't add times to it. The times are also in my head. I don't know, I just don't like being tied to a planning.
6. What do you do in a busy period?
I just write down everything I have to do and arrange the tasks by their deadlines. Then all I have to is work down the list. Other than that I just try not to force myself too much to do things. Because I know that forcing myself only gives me more stress. Usually I work better when the deadline is nearing because the pressure then motivates me to actually do something,
7. What is your #1 planning tip?
I guess it's just do find a way of planning you are comfortable with. There are so many techniques out there, but those never work for everybody. For me it works to work with deadlines, even when something doesn't have an official deadline. And I try to avoid a strict planning, it only stresses me out. But once again, you should just try different things and find out what works for you.
8. What is your morning ritual?
Uhh.. it's mostly laying in bed for as long as possible. I'm very lazy and I love my bed very much. After I finally got up I eat something and watch tv, and then I go do whatever I'm supposed to do that day. Pretty boring, eh?
9. What gives you energy?
(Consuming the soul of another human being.) Being creative gives me the most energy. Like I said before, doing what I love makes me happy, and when I'm happy I'm energised. So when I feel down I don't force myself in doing chores or homework, but I go do something that makes me happy.
10. What do you do when you have a mental breakdown?
I guess I just accidentally answered that question the in answer above.. But yeah, I try to take good care of myself when that happens. I don't try to suppress any emotions, which means I'll cry if I feel like it. I also go out and buy myself all the food I want, no matter how unhealthy. I wear something comfy, watch my favourite shows, and I try to avoid everything that I don't feel like doing. Usually it really helps. So my tip is to just take good care of yourself.
11. Which book inspired you or motivated you? Why?
I think that would be the book "Animals in translation" by Temple Grandin. The writer is autistic like me, and she described how her autism helped solving problems that involved animals. According to her autistic people sometimes find it easier to understand and bond with animals because they think a bit like them. When I read the book I just was amazed by the amount of things I could relate to. And it inspired me to not let my autism stop me from doing what I want.
12. Which move, tv series, or documentary inspired or motivated you? Why?
Recently I watched a documentary called "The Sunny side of spirit", in which a Dutch women (Sunny Bergman) went to different countries to see how they treat mental illnesses there. It really inspired me because it's so different from the Western culture. It really made me think about how we treat such things here and whether or not that is the good way to treat them. It sort of opened my mind.
13. Which blog inspires or motivates you the most? Why?
In all honesty, I don't think I can just name one blog. But I do get inspired by blogs who post their own content, and not because everyone is doing it. I like blogs who are unique and do post what they like. I just admire that.
If you want to do this tag feel free to do it! Just make sure to mention Streets Ahead!