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Striking the Right Life Balance

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There are two types of people: those who spend money on things and those who spend money on experiences. Scrolling through Facebook a few months ago, I saw an image with this statement. It has stuck with me since. Yesterday, I was discussing the concept with one of my best friends. We were bemoaning the fact that our lives have become consumed by two things: work and stressing about the future. We made a decision; we have to start enjoying life while keeping our goals in check.

We are the type of women who are concerned about owning a home, building a family, and maintaining our independence. These lofty life goals come with immense pressure. At the end of the month, after I've paid all my bills and put away a little savings, there really isn't much left for me to do anything with. Nevertheless, I have been resolute in my resolve to find ways to save towards my lofty life goals. My resolve has facilitated my natural inclination to enjoy my own company. Why spend all of this money to spend time with my friends when I can stay at home and watch tv? The conversation I had with my friend yesterday has helped me answer that question. I've come up with 3 tips to help me focus on finding a balance between life of experiences and attaining my goals.

Tip #1: Budget Wisely

Budgeting is key to finding the right life balance. I believe in the principle of paying yourself first when you get your paycheque. However, this money is air-marked for accomplishing my lofty life goals. So, my entertainment money isn't coming from that source. This, therefore, means that I have to now decide to set aside an additional sum for entertainment. I work best when these outings are planned. Planned outings help me budget better, but I know that there will be times when my friends want to be spontaneous. I'm now going to make a small allowance for that in my budget.

Tip #2: Know that Some Experiences will be Worth the Price Tag

The main reason for me not having more fun life experiences is that these experiences are often quite pricey. However, with the right budgeting I know that I can enjoy some of these pricey experiences. Sometimes we just have to close our eyes and fork out the cash. Most of the times we don't regret it.

Tip #3: Always Keep Your Main Goals in the Spotlight

Have sensible fun. Don't succumb to the temptation to spend frivolously. Always keep your goals in sight so that you know when to reign yourself in. I know that I often do this at the expense of truly letting go and having fun, but I also know that I need to keep those goals in sight.

The road to success is going to be littered with many challenges. It's easy to become overwhelmed by the challenges. Therefore, it is important for all of us to be able to  value acquiring experiences. Having awesome experiences with your family and friends on a budget is possible and can lead to a happier life. I'm hoping that by following these tips, I will be able to find the right life balance. Hopefully, the same will be true for you.

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Following Your Dreams

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Dreams make the world come alive. They provide us with hope and give us a reason to live. It was Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to see his children live in a society of racial equality that ultimately resulted in greater freedom for blacks in America. It was Steve Jobs' dream to create a high quality product the world could enjoy that resulted in the creation of the technological giant, Apple. It was God's dream to create a species in His image that resulted in you being here today to read this article. However, our dreams can often seem like fantasies that are far beyond our reach. The more we think about the obstacles in our path is the more our dreams seem more like fantasies. If you are realizing that your dreams are slowly becoming mere fantasies, hold on to the following tips that can give you the courage to move forward.

Your Contribution is Valuable

The central principle from Dr. Myles Monroe's book Understanding Your Potential that has stayed with me from the first day I read it over 5 years ago is the fact that the richest place in the world is the graveyard. In graveyards worldwide there are thousands of people who have died not realizing who they were truly meant to be. Some of their ideas could have been the things that changed the world. Similarly, your idea could be something that greatly impacts the lives of others. Never give up on your dream because you never know the difference you could make.

Obstacles are Only Temporary

Think about an athlete who competes in the 400m hurdles. Each of those hurdles is an obstacle between her and the finish line. She knows that if she does not clear the hurdles correctly, they can cause her to stumble. Nevertheless, she doesn't let this deter her because her eyes are on the finish line. Eventually, those hurdles become surmountable obstacles that take her towards her ultimate goal. Similarly, every obstacle you face is a challenge you can overcome. My major obstacle is finances. I want to do an MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin, but the tuition fee is something I could never afford in my lifetime. However, I am determined to find a way to source those finances and enter that program. I will not allow finances to prevent me from becoming who I know I am meant to be. When faced with the challenges of finances, fear, health, or lack of support, develop the courage to find a way to leap over those hurdles and make it to the finish line.

View Your Dream as a Reality

If you view your dream as unattainable, you will never achieve it. Instead, view it as your present circumstance. Claim it and believe that it is yours. For instance, if you want to be a doctor, begin calling yourself Dr. [insert name here] and read books and articles related to medicine. I am not suggesting that saying these things means that they must happen.  After all, if you don't put in the work you  won't be able to achieve much. However, when you begin to believe that it is possible, it is more likely that your dream will become a reality.

 

If we all failed to dream, there would be no hope in the world. Everything would lack meaning and life wouldn't be worth living. Don't allow fear to squash your dreams. Instead, follow the tips I have outlined to keep your dream alive. One day, it will become a reality.

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My Book

My Book Hello followers! My book is presently available in the Lulu bookstore and I would love for people to start buying, reading, and reviewing it. Click on the picture to be redirected to the Lulu bookstore where you can purchase the ebook. Within a month or two it will be available on the major ebook distribution sites. I'll keep you posted.

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Building the Grass Roots- March 2014- Kimroy Bailey

jljkljljl Where a seed is planted is where its harvest should be reaped.  Very few people understand this concept.  As a result, numerous educated youth leave their roots in search of what they deem to be “better” opportunities.  Kimroy Bailey has chosen to challenge this brain drain by investing in the deep rural community of Litchfield in which he was raised. Charming, passionate, and self-motivated, Kimroy has used his engineering degree to create an innovative concept that can change Jamaica’s economic landscape. His business, the Kimroy Bailey Foundation, strives to utilize renewable energy to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. This admirable young man can be described in three dimensions: his early years, his business, and his impact.

Early Years

Kimroy understands how to appreciate the simplicity of life.  Growing up in a rural community meant that he didn’t have the luxuries that many people enjoy.  There were days he didn’t know where his next meal was coming from, but he never allowed his circumstances to make him bitter.  Instead, the pristine environment of his community gave him a passion for the environment. Also, the people he grew up with birthed within him a desire to make a difference in the lives of those around him.

The Kimroy Bailey Foundation

As a young boy, Kimroy grew up to admire a JPS employee called Mass John. In the early days Kimroy’s community had frequent power outages for prolonged periods.  As a result, Mass John would visit the community regularly to troubleshoot the issues that caused the disconnection. Community members would gather around and watch Mass John climb the light post, work his magic, and make light reappear. Mass John was their hero. However, Kimroy, being the witty and creative person he is, viewed Mass John as more than a hero; he viewed him as the representation of a challenge that needed to be solved. As the years progressed, Kimroy began to wonder “How can we harness the power of nature to provide energy in a renewable and eco-friendly and sustainable way”?

Kimroy sought to answer this question in his final years as an engineering student at the University of Technology (UTECH). For his research paper, he presented a thesis that reflected the potential of using tropical wind storms to generate electricity. His research was nominated by the world’s largest professional body, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in their Global Research Competition 2012 . Against countries such as India, New Zealand, America, UK and Australia; Jamaica was placed second globally competition and gave Kimroy the fuel to pursue a solution to Jamaica’s energy crisis. So, in December 2012 the Kimroy Bailey Foundation was formed. The Foundation’s community center will soon be  fully powered by a wind turbine and currently provides internet access, training on renewable energy, and printing services to people in the community.

His Impact

Kimroy’s life has been an inspiration to several people. Over 8,000 people have become fans on his website http://kimroybailey.com/ and he has received several emails from people who are encouraged by his work. Furthermore, he has been able to set up the Kimroy Bailey Robotics Project in which he has employed three local people.

Experience teaches wisdom and Kimroy has a lot of tips to offer to young people who are considering entrepreneurship in Jamaica. These tips are listed below.

  • Make a decision, make a mistake, then apologize. Believe in your dream and make a decision to follow through with it regardless of what everyone around you says. Yes, you will make mistakes but don’t allow this fact to sway you from moving forward. Go for it!
  • There is a breaking point where your goals have to become your priority. You will have to make several sacrifices, but they will all be worth it in the end.
  • Prepare NOT to be paid. The financial struggles of a young entrepreneur are very real and there will be times when you are beyond broke. However, learn from your mistakes and put in the work necessary to make your business grow.
  • Wrap your mind around God. Make Him the heart beat and centre of everything you do. Once you allow Him to be the focal point of your life, He will give you direction.
  • Surround yourself with like-minded people. You need people around you who will encourage and support you.
  • Be strategic. Yes, it may seem more practical to do all of the work for your business alone in the initial phases since you have limited funds. However, you will end up either never reaching your goal or reaching it after several years. Also, you will be very stressed and ineffective. Start with someone you can share your ideas with and who is willing to assist you on a part time basis. It may cost you a little bit more than you want to spend at the moment, but it will be worth it in the end.

Kimroy is determined to make a difference in not only is country, but also in the rural community in which he was raised. His story encourages us not to give up on our dreams and use our dreams to make a positive impact. What can you do today to make a difference in the lives of others?

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