Ira Glass on the creative process.
Ira Glass on the creative process.
They say your 20’s are the defining decade of your life. During this 10 year period you are supposed to design a blueprint for you life and map out how you will get from this blueprint to tangible results. No pressure or anything, but every decision you make during this decade will define how the rest of your life will play out…or so they say.
The reality of the matter is that if your 20’s were really the decade where you’re supposed to get your shit together then TV shows like Friends, Seinfeld and How I Met Your Mother wouldn’t exist or be so successful.
Gaby Bernstein gives us a step by step guide on how to turn our passions into out paychecks.
So does this mean that I should devote my life to reading magazines and working out?
On January 1st its impossible not to talk about new year’s resolutions. We spend the days before new year’s eve making mental notes about how we are going to become better people, lose weight, find true love, get our dream jobs and become the ultimate version of ourselves. We examine our lives and take all the aspects we dislike and decide that next year will be the year we will get rid of them. However all these resolutions generally end up being empty promises since by the end of January most of us will have thrown in the towel and stopped working toward the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the new year.
So lets talk about the reasons why we generally fail to make these resolutions come true:
They are too vague – Saying “I want to lose weight” is not the same as saying “I want to lose 10 pounds by March.” If you don’t set up a very specific goal it becomes hard to know what you are working towards and it makes it even harder to hold yourself accountable for making your resolution come true.
They are too aspirational – Yeah its great to make a resolution such as “I’m going to lose 100 pounds” or “I am going to be a famous writer” but realistically speaking it is very unlikely you will achieve something so big which may end up discouraging you from pursuing these goals once you come to the realization that they are almost impossible to attain. Instead aim for something doable such as “I am going to write 500 words a day” or “I am going to lose 5 pounds a month.” You will then realize that these little goals will add up to huge results by the time December rolls around.
Lack of planning – Making resolutions such as “I will travel the world” or “I will work out every day” will not happen if you don’t plan accordingly. For the former you need to figure out where you want to go and when you will have enough vacations/ample funds in order to make this trip happen. For the latter you will need to join a gym, figure out which classes you would like to take and how to fit them into your schedule. This applies to pretty much every resolution, if you don’t plan accordingly you are more likely to drop the ball on whatever promise you made to yourself.
You are delusional – I’m sorry but finding true love is not something you can resolute to and you will never become Taylor Swift, no matter how hard you try.
You shouldn’t have to wait until January 1st to become a better person – Most of the time the things we put on our resolution list are things we’ve had on our minds for a long time. So why wait until January 1st to finally make them happen? Why not make them happen December 1st, October 31st, on the first day of summer or on Valentine’s day? Don’t put off anything you truly want to accomplish because you fear you will not make it come true.
So this year I have decided that instead of making a long list of things that I am going to change once the new year starts, I am going to set a new goal or two every month and accomplish it. The thing about starting small is that once you start making small changes you will see huge results, and by the time the year ends you will definitely be
Taylor Swift that improved version of yourself you so wanted to see.
Here is my January resolution: I will start writing again (being specific here) I’m aiming at 3 blog posts per week and at least one published article a month (being realistic here) since I spent the majority of 2014 trying out basically every workout and boutique fitness class in New York I will begin by reviewing every single one of them (oh hey, a plan!) and I will start by reviewing my absolute favorite class in the city Physique 57.
Stay close to things that make you feel grateful for being alive.
What I have learned wished I had learned and have yet to learn after a year of attempting to be an adult.
-Always check your bank account. No really, debit cards have made us believe that we hold a key to infinite money. Truth be told, adult life is expensive, you will often find yourself in situations where there is way too much month left at the end of your money. You don’t want your overdraft email to be the one deciding whether or not you are going out this weekend.
-Always keep your phone charged. This isn’t college anymore where coming home after a party was a group activity. So for the sake of your worried friends trying to find you at 4 am, please keep your phone charged at all times. Also, you can’t really make a booty call with a dead phone.
-No job is beneath you and you are not overqualified for anything. Having a college degree doesn’t make you a super hero, it just makes you part of the 92% of Americans who have a college degree. That being said, if you’re at a job you feel useless at, where day and night you question your reasons for existing and makes you feel so shitty you can’t even live up to your fullest potential then get the fuck out of there. FAST.
-On that note, clean up your language. It’s really embarrassing to be post-collegiate and have a vocabulary so poor you need to curse every three words just to make a point. Also, it doesn’t look cute when a girl curses so often.
-Learn to make decisions. Follow your dreams even if it means defying conventions. Yes its super scary to take risks knowing there is a good chance you will fail, but you want to know a sure way of failing? Abstaining.
-If at first you don’t succeed do as your mother told you. That’s right, as much as we hate to acknowledge this Mamma is always right. In 24 years of experience I can say that I could have saved myself a lot of time and energy if I would have listened to my mom more often.
-Know and accept that not everyone is going to like you. You are not fucking Nutella, you can’t please everyone in this world. On the other hand, don’t spend so much time hating on other people. The reality of the matter is that hating isn’t going to make others like that person less and you are very likely wasting energy on someone who doesn’t even stop to think twice about you.
-What Susie says of Sally says more about Susie than about Sally. When people talk shit about other people they are usually criticizing what they hate about themselves. Next time you catch someone engaging in such activity, hand him or her a mirror.
-Love comes in all shapes, sizes and varieties. Just because someone doesn’t speak the same language of love as you do, doesn’t mean they don’t love you deeply in their own twisted way. However, you know what language IS universal? Respect. Never love someone who doesn’t respect you.
-Never buy a non-refundable ticket to Mexico. In fact never buy a non-refundable anything to anywhere. Life throws us curve balls, plans change and when they do you will be really mad at yourself because you deliberately threw away money you could have spent on going to see someone worthy of being visited.
-People have sex with strangers all the time; it doesn’t really mean anything. However standing in front of a person, looking at them in the eye and telling them you love them, now that’s being fucking naked.
-Don’t forget you get to write your own story. What plot twists would you include if you had the power to write it the way you would write a script? Think about that one.
Keep it sloppy,