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  1. Beyoutiful says

    Awesome post! People work towards a life with lots of money and CEO career, a huge house and all that, that they forget that happiness is within themselves. We have every technology now but we still aren’t happy. For me happiness, is being healthy,spending time with the people I love, and working on my passions and I believe that is what people should be really focusing on 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl!! I think you have a perfect definition on what it means to be happy! As they say, health is wealth. Money and a career can add to happiness, but I struggle to believe it can create it from scratch. x

  2. Melina Elisa says

    I actually have a post scheduled for tomorrow, where you stated a few things that I’ve come to the same conclusion to as well. Comparing ourselves to others, is so toxic. It’s easier than ever to keep tabs on everyone, which in a lot of ways is not so good. I’ve been keeping who I’m following on social media to a minimum. While I like looking at things that I think will motivate me, I have to consciously remember not to compare my life to theirs. I think, like you said, when you stop comparing yourself to others and doing things for the sake of others, you will find true happiness. Great post Laura ! xx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • LauraJ says

      I’m going to look out for this post!! Thank you girl for your comments. I edited an old post of mine today from last year in March, and I saw your comment and just thought wow – we’ve been talking for over a year! How quick time has gone.
      I think most people now have a social-media life and then a real life. In real life, I don’t take selfies and I don’t spend 24/7 speaking positive. But on a snapshot on Instagram, I look like a 24/7 enthusiastic lol. And I try to remember others will be the same. xx

  3. Jyo says

    Holy Moley, Laura, you have been on fire with all these posts ! Absolutely love this post❤.
    All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them☺.

    • LauraJ says

      You are the sweestest! Seriously, that’s the best compliment!! I don’t know if that belief makes us dreamers or not, but I believe dreams and reality can always connect 🙂 x

  4. questionsfromateenager says

    I absolutely love this post! Will have to check out the article you mentioned. I too have these goals set for myself that fit to the future I imagine myself to have, one I want to have. The thing about being young is that I feel like sometimes you’re given a free-pass. It has its benefits but I have found that “oh go ahead honey, waste the first half of your life by doing NOTHING remarkable or noteworthy at all” actually harmed me more than it did me good. I was like “okay will do, I still have time, I’ll just do it later”. ‘Later’, as in not in the foreseeable future. I wasted so much time! And though I’m still young, it kind of bothers me that I didn’t apply to that internship I really liked the sound of, that I didn’t do that online course I always wanted to do. It’s about those little things that can go a long way. I want my life to be meaningful and I want to be successful. I am doing a semester abroad from September onwards and I think that was the first time that I actively pushed myself to do something with my ideal future (career) in mind. It feels good knowing that I am doing this for myself and that it will help me grow as a person and learn new things that I can later benefit from.

    I also love what you wrote about breaking goals down into bite-size pieces to reevaluate them and heighten your motivation by noticing your progression continuously (even though through baby steps) rather than see it all at the end. As always, you write so well about the things that matter! Really reflective and thought-provoking post, I enjoyed reading this (and thinking about what you wrote and how it applied to my own life after) a lot! xx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you!! I hate how young people are pressured to both do it all because they are young, and then also told to just live and not worry because again – they are young.
      I think it’s fantastic that you have chosen to do a semester abroad. I’ve always said I would love to live abroad for at least a year. I think it can give the best life experience.
      I’m nearly 26, and I’m realising that just because I’m not near my early twenties, it doesn’t mean I can’t change my career or do more studying etc. I don’t believe in society’s pressure that once you hit 30, you’re suppose to have everything figured out.
      I really appreciate you reading and leaving this reply!! xx

  5. Mahalakshmi says

    “I think the trick to truly dissecting our plans, is to drum-out the noise of other people’s aims. We as humans are like sponges who flock towards similarity.”- If that isn’t the truth, I don’t know what is. 🙂
    I don’t believe in the concept of an ideal life, because everything doesn’t pan out the exact way we want them to. But there is a thrill even in that, you know? 🙂 I totally agree with breaking down goals into bite-sized progresses, because it helps us know how far we’ve come and how much further we are yet to go.

    • LauraJ says

      I understand what you mean. I think people can focus too much on the ideal life being one that’s perfect – which is just unrealistic. There will always be problems regardless of how great someone’s life may seem.
      Thank you for reading! x

  6. K.M. Sutton says

    As always you give much food for thought. I think it is easy for society to talk us out of our dreams and “persuade” us towards what we think we SHOULD have rather then what we actually DESIRE. And while yes it is nice to dream. If we go towards what we truly want we can make it happen because we will have that drive to do so. <3

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl! Yes, I find people can treat dreamers and realists so differently. And there is this desire from some, to persuade anyone who has big dreams, to think more realistically.
      I agree – if we go towards what we want, we can make it happen. Thank you for your lovely comments! xx

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