zodiac and moon signs

What is My Zodiac and Moon Sign?

Growing up, particularly in my high school years, I used to obsess over zodiac signs.

I found them to be intriguing and quite spot on. Or maybe I just had too much time on my hands as I wasn’t into sports nor felt like I had any other talents. Binge watching Lost got kind of old and I headed towards a different obsession and that was zodiac signs.

Many people don’t give zodiac signs the time of day because they think they are not real and are made up. Especially in high school, I felt like no one cared and there was little me trying to talk to people about it and no one cared. So, I decided to keep it to myself. Now, a lot of my friends are into it, I’m like really, you couldn’t have cared when I was obsessed with them!? Continue reading “What is My Zodiac and Moon Sign?”

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What I Wish I Knew Before Turning 25

You don’t just turn into adulthood with grace… you kind of tumble into it. Not really sure where you’re going, what you’re “supposed” to be doing, or where you’ll go next. Welcome to your 20’s. A moment in time where NOTHING makes sense and everything is anxiety induced.

A lot of people don’t understand the struggles of being an almost adult. It’s the situation where the cup is exactly half full and half empty. It’s truly confusing. When you tumble into your mid-twenties, it’s like a hurricane coming your way which you had no idea was coming. Would’ve been nice if there was a warning…

Quarter Life Crisis is So Real:

Going through a quarter life crisis is a trial of confused identity, misguided purpose, and hopeless days. You feel lost, anxious, and panicked. We are all desperate to hold onto our youth which is slipping through our fingers, and yet are excited for the stability adulthood brings.

Quarter life crisis is a gut-wrenching feeling of fear, uncertainty and hoping things will get better. The monster in our head is constantly questioning: “Am I pursuing the right career? Should I have stayed at my last job? Will I ever be happy with my career?”. It’s all confusing and there really is no right answer. The positive side is, this is completely normal (yay?) and you are not alone!

Even if everything feels impossible now, there are plenty ways to make the ride a bit easier and enjoyable.

Purpose:

The times are changing and what our parents did is not necessarily what we are meant to do. As a millennial, we want more adventure and a bigger purpose. We want to feel like we are making a difference, while enjoying the ride. Due to this characteristic, most of us are struggling to enjoy the 9-5 lifestyle. We are all trying to move away from the typical: stay with a good company for 20-30 years, retire and then enjoy your life. We may be somewhat selfish in that we want to enjoy our life NOW. Not when we are at an old age and may not be in the best health condition to do all the adventurous things our little heart’s desire. We are coming up with more creative ways to make our future brighter and don’t necessarily want to be tied down to something that will drain our energy and creativity.

What I wish I knew…

What I wish I knew before turning 25 is that you don’t need to follow one path to “success”. There is no one path. Stop feeling like you must do all the right things — everything will unfold like it’s meant to. All the tribulations and struggles you are going through now are truly part of the process. Think of yourself as a masterpiece that hasn’t been perfected yet. It must go through many tests to become a braver, stronger, more resilient, and smarter human being.

Being a constant learner is part of the ride and you must look at it with young eyes as you did when you were a little kid. See everything like you are for the first time, which keeps things interesting and allows you to feel most alive, and always welcome whatever comes your way. Most importantly, don’t forget to always get rid of anything that bursts your happiness.

What I have noticed about being 25 so far is….

  • Quarter life crisis is so real
  • Life isn’t all sugar and plums and struggles are real part of everyday life
  • Anxiety is very real and very annoying
  • Rush through life and you have missed the small miracles that happen each day

If I could go back in time, I would tell little me that you need to look at life with curiosity, awareness, and awe. Never lose hope or sight of who you are. Stop letting people take control of your life. Learn to say no and learn to keep your head up no matter what. Smile at every opportunity, don’t ever take anything too seriously. You got yourself a ticket to the best show you’ll ever experience and that is this amazing life. Don’t waste it trying to live it like how somebody else wants you to live it. This is your show, don’t ever waste it being anything but happy. Always ask yourself, what would make me happy today? If the answer isn’t clear, then it may be time to make changes and adjust accordingly.

How To Survive Quarter Life Crisis

What comes next?

The only thing that is guaranteed in this life is death. We all know that is inescapable. So, don’t ever act or do something because it might be guaranteed. Experience it, try it out, look at it, feel it, smell it, but know that it is temporary.

Life is a crazy ride, who knows what will happen today, tomorrow, or next year. It’s truly amazing for that reason. It’s filled with so many adventures that awaits at the end of our comfort zone. Always live for the moment. Don’t fill your days with anxiety waiting for better days to come. Keep your inner peace by doing things that your soul is yearning for. Even something small as choosing the type of coffee that makes you happy is an enough reason to smile and be happy.

The Phases of a Quarter Life Crisis:

The phases of going through a quarter life crisis is necessary and it will get better within some time. Dr. Oliver Robinson at the University of Greenwich did a recent study and wrote about Emerging adulthood, early adulthood, and quarter-life crisis: Updating Erikson for the 21st century, in which he talked about the 5 phases of going through a quarter-life crisis:

  • Phase One: You feel trapped by your life choices, like your job, relationship, or both. You’re living on “autopilot.”
  • Phase Two: You get a sense of “I’ve got to get out of this” and feel a growing sense that change is possible if you just take a leap.
  • Phase Three: You quit the job, end the relationship, or break the commitment that’s making you feel trapped. Then you detach and enter a “time out” period where try to rediscover who you are and who you want to be.
  • Phase Four: You begin rebuilding your life slowly but surely.
  • Phase Five: You develop new commitments that are more in line with your interests and aspirations.

If you look at it through these phases, you can assure yourself that everything will be fine. You are just trying to figure out your life at such a vital and fragile time. Things don’t have to be perfect for you to enjoy your youth and your life. Every age is special which brings a new adventure and a whole new depth of clarity to your future. Keep listening to yourself and trust your gut feelings, they seem to already know what you are meant to do.

Keep in mind that happy and successful people have experienced exactly what you are experiencing right now, including your parents. It is a time of a whole lot of confusion and unnecessary stress you put on yourself. If you need reassurance, talk to your friends your age, or talk to anyone else that may be going through something like this. They will tell you the same thing. You are going to make it through this, with a whole lot of grace, happiness, good times, and miracles.

Don’t forget, don’t waste your ticket to this show of life on anything that doesn’t align with your values or allows you to be who you are!

Thanks for reading!

Follow me on my journey on Instagram & Facebook & Twitter!

Until next time,

Ozzy

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“Take chances. Take risks. Today is the oldest you’ve ever been. And the youngest you’ll ever be.” – Unknown

How to be a hustler & Stop Doing What is Easy

How to Stop Doing What is Easy

Over the years, I always wanted the moment to come where things weren’t as hard and I didn’t have as many problems. I wanted to reach my full “happiness” like everybody else does. Now I have realized, I was looking at life the wrong way. I changed my perspective and now I understand that happiness isn’t just one moment in the future and life doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger.

I also realized I have greatness in me as does every other individual on this planet. It is how you choose to use your greatness that will yield the best results.

To create a new life for yourself requires patience, persistence and being resilient. It’s never going to be easier. Achievements and failures go hand in hand. But it’s not all bad, because I truly believe the life that is waiting for us is exciting as well as the moment we have now. Being fearless is actually exhilarating. Believing in yourself is part of self-compassion and knowing you are worth so much more is exciting. You cannot help others until you help yourself and you cannot love others until you love yourself. Keep doing things everyday, small or big, to achieve in becoming a better version of yourself. You are an amazing person now, and can become even more astonishing each day you keep trying and you keep hustling your way into your dreams and goals. Don’t forget, we are all waiting on you!

As a finance major graduate, my mind tends to see my process as an investment process. Such as, when you initially invest in a company and have to make improvements on it in order to yield higher returns, you can get caught up wanting for the end results to happen. It is easy to start being impatient, but you have to wait it out. In the process you can’t get discouraged when things don’t go the right way. The end results are waiting for you as long as you do something each day to get one step closer. Michael Phelps didn’t have an overnight win. It was with the help of small wins everyday that got him where he is today. He pushed through his comfort zone, had the mind over matter attitude and celebrated his small wins. It is crucial that each time you have a small win that you celebrate that win. This trains your brain into thinking it is doing something good, and that it wants you to do it again. And small accomplishments over time yield bigger results.

If you cannot grow each day, you cannot become your best self that is possible for you. If you cannot be your best self, then you are belittling yourself of what is possible for you. You still have time. Never give up on yourself and your future. Don’t ever settle for a basic life. I truly believe we were born into this life with a purpose and we were born to succeed. Take inventory of yourself every day, write it down — what can you do differently? Find time to better yourself every day. I want you to leave this earth with a positive impact. I want you to know that because you were born, we are all blessed with your gifts.

I challenge all of you to keep fighting to find your purpose on this planet. Something that is challenging, stimulating, fulfilling and inspiring. I also challenge you to figure out your why. This will help you figure out your purpose. Your why should have your passion embedded in it. Your why should make you want it so bad that you HAVE to have it. It should make you emotional because if you don’t have or do this one thing, then you will forever feel incomplete.

This life truly is so beautiful and one of the best advice’s I have ever gotten is that we owe it to the other 95% who are less unfortunate than us living in the U.S. to become massively successful in order to be in power to help.

Now go take that walk like the champion I know you are. All things are possible and you are so loved.

 

As always, tweet or reach out on Instagram if you have taken your small step in finding out your why or purpose.

Thanks for reading and see you next time!

XoXo

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“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paul Coelho

How to be a hustler & Stop Doing What is Easy

Stop Doing What is Easy And Take Control Of Your Life

Over the years, I always wanted the moment to come where things weren’t as hard and I didn’t have as many problems.

I wanted to reach my full “happiness” like everybody else does.

Now I have realized, I was looking at life the wrong way.

I changed my perspective and now I understand that happiness isn’t just one moment in the future and life doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger.

I also realized I have greatness in me as does every other individual on this planet. It is how you choose to use your greatness that will yield the best results.

To create a new life for yourself requires patience, persistence and being resilient.

It’s never going to be easier.

Achievements and failures go hand in hand. Failing is just part of the process; a process that I think can be quite appreciated. One day you will look back and appreciate it so much more for the lessons it has taught you and the person it has allowed you to be.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” – Steve Jobs

But it’s not all bad because I truly believe the life that is waiting for us is just as exciting as well as the moment we have now. This is why they say to enjoy the process because the process is what makes up your life. The process is what becomes your life. Follow that heart of yours and never give up because of a little bump along the road.

Being fearless is actually exhilarating. Believing in yourself is part of self-compassion and knowing you are worth so much more is exciting.

As a finance graduate, my mind tends to see my process as an investment process.

Such as, when you initially invest in a company and have to make improvements on it in order to yield higher returns, but you can get caught up wanting for the end results to happen. It is easy to start being impatient, but you have to wait it out. In the process, you can’t get discouraged when things don’t go the right way.

Small wins….

The end results are waiting for you as long as you do something each day to get one step closer. Michael Phelps didn’t have an overnight win. It was with the help of small wins everyday that got him where he is today. He pushed through his comfort zone, had the mind over matter attitude and celebrated his small wins.

It is crucial that each time you have a small win that you celebrate that win. This trains your brain into thinking it is doing something good, and that it wants you to do it again. And small accomplishments over time yield bigger results.

Keep doing things everyday, small or big, to achieve in becoming a better version of yourself.

You are an amazing person now, and can become even more astonishing each day you keep trying and you keep hustling your way into your dreams and goals.

Don’t forget, we are all waiting on you!

Grow each day….

If you cannot grow each day, you cannot become your best self that is possible for you. If you cannot be your best self, then you are belittling yourself of what is possible for you. You still have time. Never give up on yourself and your future. Don’t ever settle for a basic life. I truly believe we were born into this life with a purpose and we were born to succeed. Take inventory of yourself every day, write it down — what can you do differently? Find time to better yourself every day. I want you to leave this earth with a positive impact. I want you to know that because you were born, we are all blessed with your gifts.

I challenge all of you to keep fighting to find your purpose on this planet.

Something that is challenging, stimulating, fulfilling and inspiring.

I also challenge you to figure out your why. This will help you figure out your purpose. Your why should have your passion embedded in it. Your why should make you want it so bad that you HAVE to have it. It should make you emotional because if you don’t have or do this one thing, then you will forever feel incomplete.

This life truly is so beautiful and one of the best advice’s I have ever gotten is that we owe it to the other 95% who are less unfortunate than us living in the U.S. to become massively successful in order to be in power to help.

Now go take that walk like the champion I know you are. All things are possible and you are so loved.

As always, tweet or reach out on Instagram if you have taken your small step in finding out your why or purpose.

xx, Ozzy

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paul Coelho

Chia Seed Pudding 3 Ways

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Guys, we’re talking all about ch-ch-ch-chia seeds today! I’ve explained all the health benefits of chia seeds in my previous blog post, which you can check out here if you haven’t read it yet. These amazing super foods are so easy to incorporate into your daily routine in so many unique and different ways. I think one of the best ways to enjoy them is making them into a pudding form. It’s especially great, since here in Boston the weather is getting nicer and it’s nice to enjoy a nice cold healthy treat like this. It is easy to make and very delicious. Best part? They are healthy and provide many nutrients for your beautiful body 🙂 You can have them for breakfast, dessert or as a snack!

If you didn’t know this already, chia seeds form a paste once mixed in with liquid. The best way to ensure it’s the right consistency is to leave it in the fridge overnight. The traditional chia pudding would usually be milk of your choice, chia seeds and some type of sweetener, but I’ve made these a little more interesting for you, and you can pick the one that you crave the most 🙂

Kiwi and Coconut Chia Pudding:

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Kiwi and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of coconut or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh rasperries
  • 2 Kiwi
  • Coconut shreds

In a jar or bowl, mix in milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract and sweetener of choice. Refrigerate overnight. Next, in a blender, blend two kiwis until its a thick consistency. Start layering! Kiwi and coconut will be in the middle. Top with fresh raspberries and coconut!

Okay, guys I think I just cured your chocolate addiction with a healthier, good-for-your-body option. If you give any of these a try, make it be this one! It tastes like chocolate ice cream and Reese’s cups combined. Probably sounds weird, but it tastes amazing!! Great as a dessert option. I made this one with 2 tbsp of sweetener instead of 1/4 cup (which is a little less), and still can’t believe how great it tasted!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding:

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Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey or sweetener of choice
  • 2 tbsp Peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • Banana Pieces
  • Sliced almonds

In a jar or bowl, mix in milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract and sweetener of choice, cacao powder and peanut butter. Refrigerate overnight. Top with bananas and sliced almonds!

Acai Chia Pudding:

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Acai Chia Pudding

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  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup or less of maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp acai powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Toppings: blueberries and walnuts

In a jar or bowl, mix in milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract and sweetener of choice. Refrigerate overnight. Next, in a blender, blend frozen banana, blueberries, acai powder and a little milk for consistency. Start layering! Acai will be in the middle. Top with fresh blueberries and walnuts!

I honestly don’t think you could go wrong with any of these options – just depends on what you’re in the mood for! I’ve made it easy for you guys, so if needed you can print out the recipes. Let me know if you try any of these options on twitter or Instagram!

Thank you for reading and I hope I’ve made your day even sweeter 🙂

xoxo, Ozzy

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Life is too short

How to Take Action for Success

One of the best ways to start your day, or to start off your week in a good note is to listen to some of the best motivational speeches from the most inspiring, successful speakers.

I have incorporated these into my daily routine for many years now and I truly believe it has trained my brain into always pushing myself out of my comfort zone, to always go after what I believe in/ want, to never make excuses for my own actions and to never blame my circumstances for my misfortunes.

I think we all need daily reminders to take chances, that it is okay to make mistakes and to always get back up when things have not gone the way you want them to be. It is discouraging to not be where you want to be, but never stay at that state of mind, always keep moving forward and most importantly ENJOY the process. Nobody can guarantee your success or your path, only you have the power.

Success can have so many different meanings for so many different people. I think that’s the beauty of it – we all have different things to offer to this world. Don’t worry about the competition or what others are doing – you and the person next to you didn’t come on this earth to accomplish the same things. You have a different gift than the person next to you.

You are truly a miracle and have so much to offer. If that doesn’t encourage you, then think of it scientifically; your DNA is the most unique out of billions out there! You are extraordinary and are meant to be here. You have something to give back to this world, and if you don’t take action today, then who knows what we all miss out on and could have gotten from your gifts. Your potential is so much greater than you think. What’s the prize? I think human beings are naturally driven and meant for success. We are not meant to lay around and do nothing, we are meant to take action and create opportunities.

Your future self is counting on you and I am rooting for you!

Some of my favorite speakers are Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, Wayne Dyer and Tony Robbins.

If you haven’t watched Tony Robbins’ movie “I am Not Your Guru” on Netflix, I would highly suggest that you consider it. It is amazing and puts into perspective of how so many people struggle with so many different things and that you should always be grateful. Warning: keep tissues handy.

Thank you for reading!  Here’s another video, if you are feeling up to it

xx, Ozzy

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“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

The 5 Best Self-Help Books of All Time

If you haven’t taken the leap into the self-help world, then allow me to introduce you to the world that reaps more benefits than a 4-year college degree….

Okay, that is not to say a Bachelor’s degree or any other degree isn’t helpful, I think school teaches us things conceptually, but none of that matters without putting your knowledge into action. Also, learning about the nitty-gritty details of facts and concepts aren’t always what you need to excel and succeed in your career or life goals. Doesn’t mean education isn’t important, I am so grateful for my Bachelor’s degree – it’s something no one can take away from me.

What I’m trying to say is some of the most successful people didn’t even receive a college degree. To name a few: Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple), Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin brands), Dave Thomas (Wendy’s CEO), Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft), and Henry Ford (Ford Motors). The reason they are/were successful is because they were persistent, made quick decisions, knew what they wanted, and failed their way into success. Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualities yet, this is where the self-help comes into place!

Top 5 Books to Help You Grow And Achieve Your Best Self:

  1.   Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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This one I kept seeing mentioned in places and kept reading about it, but I didn’t want to make the leap because I thought it would be all about money. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get rich because sometimes that’s when you can offer the most to others. I mainly thought this book would be superficial and didn’t think it would be helpful. This book is so much more than that. This is the book they were referring to when they said “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This book is pure gold. It pushes you into a mindset of thinking your way into success and into realization that nothing is impossible. It’s all in your head and your happiness sometimes is on the other side of fear. It gives you so many concepts you can put into action for your life. It teaches you how to go after what you want, to never doubt yourself and to decide. It has the concept of law of attraction embedded in it, which is very interesting and worth learning more about. I read this one last year and plan on reading it again this year and maybe once a year (it’s that good!).

  1. The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg

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This one is interesting in that it teaches you why we do some of the things we do embedded in our habits. If you are looking to kick away a bad habit, this book is for you. It also teaches you how companies convince consumers of buying their products by utilizing people’s habit patterns. I have found it super interesting and an eye opener for how our brains work. If you were ever wondering why you go into Target with the intention of only buying one thing, but end up with several items, then read this book to understand why. It shows you how Target gets its consumers to spend more by strategically keeping track of habits. I think this book is also great because it will keep you mindful of your habits and make it easier to be in the moment. Habits are a strange part of life, but in a way really cool if you can use them to your advantage. I highly suggest you give this book a chance. I will probably read it again soon.

  1. Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

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This book is a miracle, like the title states. Hal Elrod also has a podcast, if you want to get started there: “Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod.” This book teaches you 5 important routines you can incorporate every day with a series of steps called S.A.V.E.R.S. It urges and encourages you to wake up one hour before you usually would. It pushes you out of your comfort zone of saying “I’m not a morning person.” Sometimes, your situation might not allow you to wake up early and he says you can also incorporate the routine at night. In my experience and opinion, it has worked the best for me when I do it first thing in the morning. The first S in S.A.V.E.R.S. is silence. Hal says to sit in silence for at least 5 minutes the first thing in the morning. You can either use meditation apps such as headspace, or you can just sit there focusing on your breathing. Trust me, I know it’s not easy at first, but this is the most crucial one out of all 5. The A is for affirmations. To start off, if you are at first uncomfortable with this, you can write it down instead of saying it. But ideally, you would do an affirmation routine for 5 minutes staring at yourself in the morning and saying positive things about yourself (even if you don’t believe it), such as “I am good enough, I am smart enough, I am beautiful, etc.”. I tend to say the things that I need the most at that moment in my life. If this is uncomfortable for you, you can also listen to something from YouTube and repeat after them. V is for visualization. For 5 minutes, Hal wants you to visualize either your goals, your aspirations or whatever you might need in your life at that moment. E is for exercise. He wants you to exercise for 20 minutes first thing in the morning. I think even with a busy schedule, 20 minutes can be do-able. He then has you read for 20 minutes which is the R in S.A.V.E.R.S. Lastly, he wants you to reflect by writing for 5 minutes. It could be about anything. It’s a way to dump all your thoughts into paper – this is the S in S.A.V.E.R.S. He calls it scribe. I think S.A.V.E.R.S. is a good way to get organized with your morning and you will feel so accomplished after you have completed it, all before 8 a.m.!

4. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, PH.D.

5 Best Self-Help Books of All Time

This one took me a little longer to read because I thought it would be the same concepts as “Think and Grow Rich”, but it was very different in many ways. This one gives you more concepts and exercises that you can do on your own. It also makes you question the things you do from your daily habits. It changes your thinking; whether that is thinking small or thinking negatively, it allows you to change your perspective on a lot of subjects. It allows you to be on a goal-setting mindset and allows you to achieve your small wins, daily. This one was a little “lighter” read than “Think and Grow Rich” as it wasn’t as intense, but I would still highly suggest you read “Think and Grow Rich” first.

5. Hustle by Jesse Warren Trelow

In my experience, I have found it helpful to read books to keep me in a particular mindset. This one is a short and easy read. It teaches you that anything is possible with determination, focus and drive. The author, Jesse, wrote this book in 7 days to prove that point. Don’t let that discourage into thinking this book is nothing but great, it is truly amazing. It gives you, once again, great concepts to embed into your daily routine. It has many useful resources that you can use including a fast 20 minute workout you can do in the mornings. This book is also only $0.99 on Amazon, which is insane because it’s a gem!

Some pretty cool hustlers to date: Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates, Charles Darwin, Elon Musk, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, John Lee Dumas, Sigmund Freud, Tim Ferris, Tom Brady, Tony Robbins, Tom Hanks….. & maybe you’re next on the list!

Thanks for reading.

xx, Ozzy

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“Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” – Les Brown

5 Best Self-Help Books Of All Time

If you haven’t taken the leap into the self-help world, then allow me to introduce you to the world that reaps more benefits than a 4-year college degree….

Okay, that is not to say a Bachelor’s degree or any other degree isn’t helpful, I think school teaches us things conceptually, but none of that matters without putting your knowledge into action. Also, learning about the nitty-gritty details of facts and concepts aren’t always what you need to excel and succeed in your career or life goals. Doesn’t mean education isn’t important, I am so grateful for my Bachelor’s degree – it’s something no one can take away from me.

What I’m trying to say is some of the most successful people didn’t even receive a college degree. To name a few: Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple), Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin brands), Dave Thomas (Wendy’s CEO), Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft), and Henry Ford (Ford Motors). The reason they are/were successful is because they were persistent, made quick decisions, knew what they wanted, and failed their way into success. Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualities yet, this is where the self-help comes into place!

Top 5 Books to Help You Grow And Achieve Your Best Self:

  1.   Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This one I kept seeing mentioned in places and kept reading about it, but I didn’t want to make the leap because I thought it would be all about money. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get rich because sometimes that’s when you can offer the most to others. I mainly thought this book would be superficial and didn’t think it would be helpful. This book is so much more than that. This is the book they were referring to when they said “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This book is pure gold. It pushes you into a mindset of thinking your way into success and into realization that nothing is impossible. It’s all in your head and your happiness sometimes is on the other side of fear. It gives you so many concepts you can put into action for your life. It teaches you how to go after what you want, to never doubt yourself and to decide. It has the concept of law of attraction embedded in it, which is very interesting and worth learning more about. I read this one last year and plan on reading it again this year and maybe once a year (it’s that good!).

  1. The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg

This one is interesting in that it teaches you why we do some of the things we do embedded in our habits. If you are looking to kick away a bad habit, this book is for you. It also teaches you how companies convince consumers of buying their products by utilizing people’s habit patterns. I have found it super interesting and an eye opener for how our brains work. If you were ever wondering why you go into Target with the intention of only buying one thing, but end up with several items, then read this book to understand why. It shows you how Target gets its consumers to spend more by strategically keeping track of habits. I think this book is also great because it will keep you mindful of your habits and make it easier to be in the moment. Habits are a strange part of life, but in a way really cool if you can use them to your advantage. I highly suggest you give this book a chance. I will probably read it again soon.

  1. Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

This book is a miracle, like the title states. Hal Elrod also has a podcast, if you want to get started there: “Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod.” This book teaches you 5 important routines you can incorporate every day with a series of steps called S.A.V.E.R.S. It urges and encourages you to wake up one hour before you usually would. It pushes you out of your comfort zone of saying “I’m not a morning person.” Sometimes, your situation might not allow you to wake up early and he says you can also incorporate the routine at night. In my experience and opinion, it has worked the best for me when I do it first thing in the morning. The first S in S.A.V.E.R.S. is silence. Hal says to sit in silence for at least 5 minutes the first thing in the morning. You can either use meditation apps such as headspace, or you can just sit there focusing on your breathing. Trust me, I know it’s not easy at first, but this is the most crucial one out of all 5. The A is for affirmations. To start off, if you are at first uncomfortable with this, you can write it down instead of saying it. But ideally, you would do an affirmation routine for 5 minutes staring at yourself in the morning and saying positive things about yourself (even if you don’t believe it), such as “I am good enough, I am smart enough, I am beautiful, etc.”. I tend to say the things that I need the most at that moment in my life. If this is uncomfortable for you, you can also listen to something from YouTube and repeat after them. V is for visualization. For 5 minutes, Hal wants you to visualize either your goals, your aspirations or whatever you might need in your life at that moment. E is for exercise. He wants you to exercise for 20 minutes first thing in the morning. I think even with a busy schedule, 20 minutes can be do-able. He then has you read for 20 minutes which is the R in S.A.V.E.R.S. Lastly, he wants you to reflect by writing for 5 minutes. It could be about anything. It’s a way to dump all your thoughts into paper – this is the S in S.A.V.E.R.S. He calls it scribe. I think S.A.V.E.R.S. is a good way to get organized with your morning and you will feel so accomplished after you have completed it, all before 8 a.m.!

4. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, PH.D.

This one took me a little longer to read because I thought it would be the same concepts as “Think and Grow Rich”, but it was very different in many ways. This one gives you more concepts and exercises that you can do on your own. It also makes you question the things you do from your daily habits. It changes your thinking; whether that is thinking small or thinking negatively, it allows you to change your perspective on a lot of subjects. It allows you to be on a goal-setting mindset and allows you to achieve your small wins, daily. This one was a little “lighter” read than “Think and Grow Rich” as it wasn’t as intense, but I would still highly suggest you read “Think and Grow Rich” first.

5. Hustle by Jesse Warren Trelow

In my experience, I have found it helpful to read books to keep me in a particular mindset. This one is a short and easy read. It teaches you that anything is possible with determination, focus and drive. The author, Jesse, wrote this book in 7 days to prove that point. Don’t let that discourage into thinking this book is nothing but great, it is truly amazing. It gives you, once again, great concepts to embed into your daily routine. It has many useful resources that you can use including a fast 20 minute workout you can do in the mornings. This book is also only $0.99 on Amazon, which is insane because it’s a gem!

Some pretty cool hustlers to date: Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates, Charles Darwin, Elon Musk, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, John Lee Dumas, Sigmund Freud, Tim Ferris, Tom Brady, Tony Robbins, Tom Hanks….. & maybe you’re next on the list!

Thanks for reading.

xx, Ozzy

“Someone’s opinion of you does not

have to become your reality.” – Les Brown

 

Mother’s Day Songs

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!

I am not a mother yet, but being an aunt to two beautiful babies makes me feel like I understand the love, dedication and patience our mothers give us a little more.

Here’s a day to celebrate our mothers who have sacrificed their lives for our own happiness. And shout-out to all the mothers who still let us live with them after college! You’re the real MVP, Mom. Thanks for loving us and caring for us. I have seen the hard work and how selfless being a mother is through my sister and I can only imagine what my mom must have gone through.

Hope everyone is with the ones they love today, whether that is with your mom or not.

Here are some songs you can share with your mom or listen on your own to appreciate the woman who has shaped you into being the person you are today!

  1. Like My Mother Does by Lauren Ailana
  2. Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood
  3. The House that Built Me by Miranda Lambert
  4. Because you loved me by Celine Dion
  5. Somebody’s Hero by Jamie O’Neal

Thanks for reading!

XoXo

10 Quotes to Guide Your Life

10 Quotes to Guide Your Life

Quotes have the power to change your perspective, visualize a goal and to lead your life to live it the best possible way.

They have gotten me through a lot of good days and bad days and I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes that could potentially help guide and shape your life.

The older I get, the more I understand the most cliché’ d quotes and the people who have spoken those words were really just trying to shed some light into our lives. I enjoy reading quotes because in some sense it can help change your outlook of the moment, open your eyes, and help you take action.

  1. “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” – Ralph Marston

Most of us live for tomorrow or waiting for that one specific moment to start something. It’s so important to make the jump today – the most important day in your life. Today is the most crucial time to start to live and do what matters most to you. I think we all forget the powerful effects of small wins, which we can incorporate into our daily lives.

  1. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

You can either spend your time accomplishing the things you have always dreamed of, or you can let the time pass not doing anything and feeling stuck. The choice is always yours. A life spent as a passenger rather than a contributor to help the world, is a life not fully lived.

  1. “Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.” – Ralph Marston

This is a good reminder to stop waiting for that one specifying moment to feel “happy”. You’ll never get there if you keep waiting for that moment because it’s not coming. Rather, happiness is how you choose to perceive things, how compassionate you are, and it’s always living each moment as they come.

  1. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

In this day and age, we see so many people doing great things and some are becoming millionaires or billionaires at such a young age, but it’s important to realize that is not how you can measure your worth. You are worth so much more than your success. Your beautiful heart and mind are amazing and you never know how much someone needs and appreciates you.

  1. “The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens. Don’t give up!”

This one is a tough one. We all have been there when quitting is so much easier than going through with what’s difficult. But if you repeatedly do what is easy, I think your life will become hard.

  1. “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was a lucky man living out his dream job on this earth. He left this earth with an impact because he followed his passion. If that’s not inspiring to go out and figure out what you are meant to do on this earth then I don’t know what is.

  1. “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Theodor Seuss Geisel

It’s important to remind yourself of this daily to appreciate the people around you. Those people won’t always be around and someday you won’t either. This quote is over-said, but I think not over-done. Many of us forget to appreciate each moment as they are and to be in the moment every day. Technology makes it harder for our generation, but it’s not impossible. It is quite simple to be there for someone, be mindful of their feelings and cherish every moment of it.

  1. “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”

It’s good to have a self-care routine, because let’s be honest, we can’t go back to our parents past a certain age to take care of us. Not even our partners, or loved ones can help us, you need to improve yourself on your own. It’s crucial to do so because you can’t help others before you help yourself. And if you can’t give back, then we are all living poorly because we are missing out on what you could have given back to this world.

  1. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss

A lot of times, we tend to overthink things and over-analyze questions rather than think through the answers one small step at a time. You don’t need to worry and over-analyze a situation, just take it as what it is and look at the big picture. It doesn’t need to be solved today and is crucial to be resolved over time. So, stop worrying and start looking for the simple answers.

  1. “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Going back to the first quote, yes sometimes the most important day is today, but sometimes, some days suck. Some days are awful and you don’t know how to deal. It’s important to know they don’t last forever and tomorrow is always a brand-new day. Sometimes, you have done all you can do for that one day and just need to shut your eyes, sleep and wait for your second most important day – tomorrow.

If you are feeling to get more inspired, here’s a clip of Steve Jobs’ speech at Standford commencement.

As always, thank you for reading!

xx, Ozzy

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