Introspective End to the Week

I had an interview this morning, and dare I say, I felt good about it. Frankly, it took me a while to feel this way. I've been job hunting for a while now, and the breaks between jobs and moving around have made me feel incredibly inadequate for any role I've applied for. We find inspiration in different places and for me, I found it through my family, my network of extremely supportive girl friends and books, namely Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I know both books have had their fair share of negative reviews but both spoke to me personally.

Sheryl Sandberg's book was incredibly empowering and eye opening. We often assume that people in position of power don't deal with struggles like everyone else, but truth is, they do. They are just better at keeping it all in check through a good support network and a strong determination to move forward. My mother was a highly successful career woman in multinational companies and as a young girl, I thought she was superwoman. I couldn't figure out how she did it all. Reading Sandberg's book gave me a glimpse and better understanding of the struggles my mother probably had to face and the hard decisions she had to make to walk the fine line between a successful career woman/"bad" mother. I think everyone (man and woman) should read this book. It is so insightful and as Sandberg mentions, it is an issue worth talking about. The pivotal lesson I took with me is, "What would I do if I weren't afraid?" It is an incredibly powerful question, and one everyone should ask themselves everyday. 

The Secret was given to me as a birthday gift this year. I've never really been into spiritual books but I appreciate the messages. We are often so trapped by our own fears and negative thoughts that they become reality. What we need to do is understand that what we think, we become. Positive people aren't the way they are because happy things happen to them all the time. Good things happen because they are positive. As the book suggests, think of yourself as a magnet. You attract what you project. When we pick ourselves up and face the world with positivity, we naturally attract and invite positive responses. Just as surrounding yourself with negative people doesn't inspire you, being negative about a bad situation doesn't solve the problem. All of this is much easier said than done, but give it a shot. The next time you feel unhappy or frustrated about a situation, take a step back, breathe and force yourself to smile. Surround yourself with happy thoughts and actively seek activities that perk you up. This is something I struggle with every day but I'm working on it a day at a time.

Hope your week has been going well. I'm feeling much more relaxed and happily looking forward to the weekend! x