Make this the last year you say next year!

In the past there were numerous of times where I kept telling myself that this year I'll stop doing this & that. In my specific case it's usually been about what my parents told me to do because I believe they thought that life was all about that.

Things like:

  • "๐‘ถ๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’• ๐’‚ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’…๐’†๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’ ๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’” ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’๐’” ๐’‚๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’•."

  • "๐‘ถ๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’…๐’๐’๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’”๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’, ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’๐’…."

  • "๐‘ถ๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’”๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‹๐’๐’ƒ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’†๐’๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰ ๐’Ž๐’๐’๐’†๐’š ๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’Š๐’…๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’…๐’ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’…๐’."

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I am not saying that not having a college degree doesn't bring you any further, & not having any money on the side isn't the smartest idea but what I am saying is that in that present moment that you are in,

โžผ if you feel like

โžผ going backpacking through australia right now,

โžผ taking time off work,

โžผ quitting that one particular job because it's not good for your mental health,

โžผ not getting a college degree because you have a hard time following through,

โžผ this is the moment where you want to start your business journey,

then I think that you should just go for it.

๐’€๐’๐’– ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’๐’…๐’'๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’Š๐’• ๐’–๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’™๐’• ๐’š๐’†๐’‚๐’“.

Heck you don't even know what tomorrow will be like. So who says that next year everything is going to be so much better? Or next year you will finally be able to do all the travels you wanted when all the hard work you have to do is RIGHT NOW.

NOW is when you have to put in the work to be able to say that this is the last year you say next year. Because let's face it. Otherwise "next year" is never going to happen. It all starts within you.

And besides that:

๐‘ฐ๐’‡ ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’…๐’๐’๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‘๐’†๐’.

Meaning that there will always, always, always be opportunities to work things out one way or another!

So, how many times have ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ told yourself that this year will be the last year you said next year?!

-xo, Chantal

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2 simple tips how to change your negative mindset

"๐‘ฎ๐’๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’‰๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’…๐’‚๐’š." โฃโฃ

I am the type of person who usually gets too caught up in a negative type of mindset. *I plead guilty*

โฃโฃThese are some of the phrases that I would usually say:โฃโฃ

โ˜ Why is this happening to ME??

โ˜ What a shitty day!!

โ˜ This sucks!!!โฃ

โ˜ Can this get any worse??!โฃ

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What I didn't realize until recently is that while I spent ๐’š๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’” & ๐’š๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’” focusing on this type of mindset I was creating a shitty life.

โฃโฃSo what I've learned is, in order to live a happy life & in order to work on my mental health I have to switch off my negative mindset & focus on the good things that happen to me throughout a day.

โฃโฃOf course we are all going to have shitty days but what's important is how we deal with shitty days.โฃโฃ

We can either choose to pity us & have that shitty day that we ๐’„๐’๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’„๐’† ourselves we are having.โฃโฃ


We can accept in that moment, that this very moment isn't how we have pictured it but at the end of the day it was still a good day ๐’“๐’†๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’–๐’“๐’”๐’†๐’๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” that have happend to us throughout that day.โ™ฅโฃโฃ

I have been working on this for a while & what I usually do is I ask myself whether this will still bother me five years from now. If it won't, then I learned to let go of it.

โฃโฃA new method I recently learned is to take a moment at the end of the day to ๐’˜๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’…๐’๐’˜๐’ all the good things that have happened to me that day.โฃโฃ So that when I have a shitty day or when I feel like my mental health is shifting into the wrong direction I can just take out my notebook & remind myself of the good.โฃโฃโฃ

What do you usually do on a shitty day? - Chantalโฃโฃ

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Learning to trust yourself in your business journey.

Trust - "Think for yourself. Trust your own intuition. Another's mind isn't walking your journey, you are."โฃ
Sometimes that's all we really have to do. To just trust ourselves. โฃ

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๐‘ป๐’“๐’–๐’”๐’•, ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’† ๐’…๐’ ๐’•๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’šโฃ
โžธ will bring us forward.โฃ
โžธ will change our lives.โฃ
โžธ will bring better days.โฃ
โžธ will help us reach our goal in the long run.โฃ
โžธ will make life easier for us.โฃ
โžธ will bring us happiness.โฃ
Most of the time we get so caught up in our negative thinking, that we don't see what really matters. And while we are so caught up we get discouraged. We mistrust ourselves and go back to our old habits because it's more comfortable to stay that way.โฃ
Having trust in myself is something I am still learning. I feel like it's part of growing mentally but I also feel like this is what every business owner goes through? Or is it just me? - Chantal

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Be the girl who decided to go for it!

Something I am still learning is that if I really want to chase my dream I have to stop listening to what other people say - especially if they talk negative about my dream. Just because they talk negative about it, doesn't mean I am not allowed to follow my dream or that my dream doesn't make any sense and that I should stick to a normal 9-5 instead.โฃ

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In the process of my self-employment journey as to what it is, - ๐’‚ ๐’‹๐’๐’–๐’“๐’๐’†๐’š - I am slowly learning that no ones opinion matters besides my own.โฃ
โžธ Opinions that don't bring me any value ๐’…๐’๐’'๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“.โฃ
โžธ Opinions from people who don't understand my passion, my drive, ๐’…๐’๐’'๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“.โฃ
โžธ Opinions from people that have a negative mindset ๐’…๐’๐’'๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“.โฃ
โžธ Opinions from small minded people ๐’…๐’๐’'๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“.โฃ
โžธ Opinions from people who aren't in my shoes ๐’…๐’๐’'๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“.โฃ
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผPro tip: this can be applied to any situation and is also a great way to work on your self awareness ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผโฃ
The only opinion that matters in this journey of self-employment is my own unless there are actually people that I can truly learn from.โฃ - Chantal

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The key to success

โ€œThey key to success is to start before you are ready.โ€โฃโฃ

I used to think that one day there will be this ONE perfect day where I will have everything set up and then I will be ready to go.โฃโฃ On this specific day I would have made enough experience in the "real world", I would have saved up a lot of money and most likely this would have taken me years before I could pursue my dream by then.โฃโฃ

And while I think you should have a backup plan, or at least some money on the side that you can live off for a while once you quit your job, this one specific day won't just magically appear out of the blue. You will never be completely ready, to be honest.โฃโฃ

Actually, if you continue to wait for years and years because people tell you so BECAUSE they don't know any better unless they know what they are talking about, you will miss out on so many great opportunities.

And chances are that you won't go after your dreams after all because you simply accepted the fact that you will never become your own boss and you will convince yourself that your current situation is just fine.โฃโฃ

But why would you want to put your dreams on hold years after years?
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Why would you want to continue living a life that others want you to live?

Why would you want to put your happiness as the last point on your list of priorities?

I mean I get it. Maybe there are circumstances where you have to put it on hold, where you can't pursue your dream...at least not just yet.โฃโฃ

BUT if there is nothing that serious that is holding you back, then why not at least TRY to go after your dreams?โฃโฃ

I mean if all fails, you can always go back to what you used to do.

You have nothing to lose.

But at least you had the courage to try. You will always be one step ahead of the ones that never tried these things.โฃโฃIf you never try, you never know. And if you never know, years..or decades from now..you start to wonder what could have happened if you actually listend to YOURSELF and YOURSELF only and have pursued your dreams, living the life you always wanted to live. -xo, Chantal โฃโฃ

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Why your close ones don't believe in your dreams.

The truth about your loved ones.

Let's talk about the people who you THOUGHT they would believe in your dreams just as much as you do.

โฃโฃLet's imagine these two scenes right here:โฃโฃ

Scene 1:โฃ

You are pretty convinced by your business idea and you are already hustling hard for it. You are excited, you wanna share it with the world and just tell everyone around you how proud you are of your business /business idea.โฃโฃ

Scene 2:โฃ

You talk to your loved ones..can be your parents, close friends, your s/o...whoever is dear to you, and you drop the "I want to quit my job and become my own boss" bomb.

โฃโฃIdeally this is what happens:โฃ

They are just as excited as you are, they are proud of you and encourage you to go after your dreams and will support you no matter what.

9 out of 10, this is not going to be their reaction.

โฃโฃBut let's face it:โฃโฃ

Instead they are shocked; wondering why the hell you would want to do that and maybe "you should try it some other time", telling you that your business idea is complete BS. And that you will have a lot more financial stability when you stay in your corporate job, or whatever that is that you do.โฃโฃ

This can be pretty hurtful. And if you are a sensitive type of person (like me, btw. Where are my sensitive girls at?! ), you will start to convince yourself that yes "they are right. It is a dumb idea. Maybe I should just wait. Maybe I should stay in the corporate world."

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HOWEVER, the reality is that they are NOT right and that you really shouldnโ€™t give a f*ck about it.โฃโฃ

They don't know any better, because they don't have the drive that you do. They don't have the courage that you have. They feel secure in THEIR corporate job, with their 9-5, five or sometimes even six days a week. They are perfectly fine in their own bubble. They probably don't even have the guts that you have.โฃโฃ

So all I can say is:โฃ

Don't listen to them.

Don't even argue with them. Just do your thing and once they see that you succeed they will change their mind.โฃโฃ

-xo, Chantal

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Believe. โฃโฃ

What I have learned is that when you want to turn dreams into reality you have to believe.

Believe in YOURSELF. Believe in your DREAMS. Your GOALS.โฃโฃ YOU honestly just have to BELIEVE.

You have to ask yourselfโฃโฃ

"What can I do to get closer to my dream?" โฃโฃ

Once you figured that out you have to put in the work. And while doubt will creep in every now and then, all you really have to do is to believe and to remind yourself why you started this journey in the first place.

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When you look at it, It's that simple.

BUT, the reality is that no one is going to do that for you.

YOU have to make things work.

YOU have to keep believing.

YOU have to keep going.

โฃโฃBELIEVEโฃโฃthat whatever you do while working towards your dream will pay off. That however crazy your business idea is, you will succeed. That you will succeed either way.โฃwhen no one else will because trust me, there are people that won't believe in you and your dreams.โฃโฃโฃ

But most importantly, you have to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. โฃI can't say this enough.

โฃYou wanna know why? Because I am really good at not believing in myself. I KNOW what that feels like. But ever since my mind started to shift, believing is what keeps me motivated. โฃโฃAnd if I can do it, you can do, too.โฃโฃ

What do you do that keeps you motivated to keep going? Let me know. -, xo, Chantalโฃ

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Do what is right, not what is easy.

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Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular.

I think the quote I mentioned couldnโ€™t be any closer to the truth. All my life I did what was expected I should do. Go to school, get a bachelors degree in a field where you can make lots of money and never complain when work gets tough.

Well, I went to university. But only for a short while. I decided to study tourism management. And while I was interested in that, deep inside I knew I only picked it because it meant Iโ€™d make a lot of money after my studies & because this was expected of me. Was I enjoying my studies? No. Thatโ€™s why I quit college. What I would have wanted to do instead was choosing a creative field. I even wanted to study photography nce. But due to the pressure I felt, I didnt. I never went after my dreams.

That is why this year will be different. This year I will do whatโ€™s right for me & what feels right to ME. I will go after MY dreams.

Because that is more vital to life than anything else. Living YOUR best life. Doing what YOU love doing the most. To me, it also means having to be brave at the same time & having to step out of my comfort zone. So my plan is to work on that!

Let me know what you think: would you rather stay in your comfort zone or are you working on stepping out of your comfort zone & how so?

-xo Chantal

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Old ways won't open new doors

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Life is all about learning. In order to grow we have to be willing to learn.

Life is all about learning. It's a never ending learning process. In order to grow we have to be willing to learn. But not just life is a learning process. Even starting a business or finding out who you are is a learning process. In the past I have endured a lot of trial and errors both on a personal level as well as on my "business level". I don't have anyone around me whom I can really talk to about this whole entrepreneur adventure or whom I can talk to in general. I can only learn from the ones that inspire me and by testing things out for myself.

Like today when I actually sat down, went through my insights, analyzing the hashtags I've been using and then creating a whole new list of hashtags that I will try out.โ €

I don't know where all my energy is coming from at the moment but I love how driven I am and how happy and content it has made me these past weeks. I hope it will stay that way because it feels really good.

-xo, Chantal

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Make time for yourself

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Make time for yourself.

The best thing I did for myself during this week so far was when I went on a three hour walk through a nearby forest passing the outsides of a - what they call - forest zoo.

The weather was crazy. It rained, it was very windy and it even snowed for a little while!

Along the walk I got to photograph faded plants and flowers like this one and I also got to explore more of the city I live in.

But what I enjoyed the most was how happy this made me. It almost felt like a little vacation to me, even though the forest is basically just a five minute walk away.

What's the best thing you did for yourself this week so far?โ €

-xo, Chantal

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