I think that it can be very simple to lose sight of what you really want. Some people have become experts in telling themselves what they can’t do and what they can’t have.
So many times, I’ve heard people say “I don’t have time for hobbies because I have to work. I have to earn a living.”
But, when you are immersed in your hobbies and doing what you love, you are happy, and you feel satisfied and accomplished. That’s how you are supposed to feel.
Too many people think that waking up “hating Monday’s” and counting the days until the next weekend is just how its’ supposed to be. That, my friends, is so far from the truth.
The worst part is how much time we lose being miserable or stuck. You look back at how much time has passed and how much progress you could have made or how many opportunities you are missing out on because you think that the things that make you the intricate being that you are, are just things.
I’m here to tell you otherwise. I’m here to tell you that it’s time to refocus. Turn your attention and channel your energy into the things that make you happy.
Look in the mirror. Ask yourself what it is you really want. It doesn’t matter how big. Now, take a breath…And tell yourself that you can have it. Don’t take no for an answer. Don’t take ‘I give up’ as an answer because the truth is, the power to be more has always been yours.
What are the Ands in your life?
They are the things you do or have done to express yourself. It is the art form that fascinates you, the activity that inspired you and stoked the fires of creation within you. The ‘ands’ in your life are the puzzles and pencil sketches and watercolors and creative writing and books and bike rides and video games and anime and so may more!
Don’t you remember how much fun it was and how happy you were doing those things? Activities, hobbies, call them what you want to, but they mean something. They are a representation of who you are, what makes you happy, and your talent. Don’t you miss it? Don’t you wish you could do it more?
You can, you know.
Find a way to take the things you love and share them with the world in a way that others can relate to. Present it in a way that is innovative and different. Find new and interesting ways of bringing attention to those things.
The best part? You don’t even have to try and choose which one to use. You can use each one of them in some way. The things you love allow others to see different sides of you. From your creative side to your daring and bold side, you can express one or five of them!
I created Ampersand Squared because I was tired of trying to figure out what it was I wanted to do or be. I was sick of hating my job and just trying to get through the day. I was sick and tired of trying to choose one field in which to excel. Did I want to be in customer service? No. Did I want to be a secretary? No. Did I want to move up the ranks in the hospitality industry? No!
I wanted to be at home with the freedom of waking up with an inspired thought that I could express on paper or with visuals or sound. I hated when a great idea came to me, but I couldn’t do anything about it because work always got in the way.
I wanted to use each of the things that I liked and to share them, not with a Facebook post, but in a way that would intrigue people. The problem came because I had so many interests that I was, one again, stuck as to which one to focus on. Then, I decided not to. I didn’t want to chose one over the other.
So now, Ampersand Squared is a representation of all those people out there who are just like me and are sick and tired of feeling stuck. Turn your attention to the things that you wish you had more time to do because when you make your hobbies and your interests a big enough part of your life, you’ll have more than enough time to do anything you want to.
That is my goal and I’m here to share my journey with you.
Ampersand Squared means to take those Ands in your life and use them to raise yourself to the power of you.
There’s an Ampersand in all of us. It’s time to refocus on yours.