No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again. — Buddha
365 days around the sun flew by so quickly. From yay moments like getting my first car, to rough spots like failing tech interviews for my dream companies, I learned a lot.
If you are new to my blog you will soon realize that I like to share my annual self-performance review with my top lessons.
You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. -Vernon Howard
This year, I had a plan. I had to figure out how to separate myself from material things and stop spending money on things I don’t need. First thing on the menu, my living space. My thought was that if I can focus on the things I see every day, I can appreciate them more.
With my interior designer friend, we decided to go for a simple theme. White walls with some wall art, plants and a small dresser. I could clutter my room with so many things, but ultimately it would affect my mind.
My takeaway: You have to start somewhere to live a frugal lifestyle. Start with your living space, and it will affect your life immensely.
2. You can work out anywhere.
I’m not a gym person.
I’m a team-sports kind of guy. However, with lockdown and sports cancelled, I had to find a way to stay in shape. During the summer of 2021, I was a software engineer intern. This meant 8 hours of sitting down coding or in meetings.
Thankfully, I found the Nike training app (I know I’m late 😆), and it changed my routine completely. I was able to do lower and upper body workouts with no equipment!
My takeaway: Stop finding excuses to avoid working out. With a mat and some motivation, anything is possible!
3. Stop trying to get everything now.
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. — Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace.