Posts tagged ‘Goals’

What is your PASSION statement?

Last week a friend and I were leaving the “You Can Touch My Hair” social experiment in Union Square (separate post coming about that) and we decided to just hang out. We found our way to Argo Tea and had some delicious tea and great conversation. As we were chatting, I noticed this on the wall:


I’ve seen many companies list their mission statements for customers to see, but what stood out to me was that Argo chose to call their’s a “passion statement” and that got me to thinking.

Whenever you write a resume, the first item after your contact info is always your objective, or mission statement. What is your mission. What do you plan to obtain. But what about your passion? What would you do for free without complaining? We are so caught up with just surviving and making sure bills are paid that we forget to actually sit down and ask ourselves:


There is nothing more rewarding than doing what you’re passion about. We often times wonder how someone can be so rich yet so miserable, and yet the broke filmmaker is the happiest person in the universe. That’s because the broken filmmaker is satisfying a part of their soul that money could never touch. They may not have to dopest shoes or brand new jeans, but they are fulfilled and are doing what THEY want to do, not what someone else is telling them to do.

Take some time out this weekend to sit down and figure out your passion. When students tell me they are having trouble figuring out what they want to do in life I ask them, “what is the one thing you would do for free? That one thing that will never feel like work.” That is your passion. Figure out how to do it and make a living off of it and you will be surprised at the amount of joy you will feel.

To be clear, following your passion isn’t always easy. It will be difficult, but nothing worth having comes easy. And that hard work you put in makes your success that much sweeter. If you want something, TRULY want it, then you’ll do what you have to do to achieve it. It’s human nature.

So what’s your passion statement?


Doing What You LOVE!!!

Cuba after Sandy. Pic from The Telegraph

By now we all now of the devastation Sandy left on the East Coast and Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and other islands in the Caribbean as well. As a result, New York’s Public Transit was a complete and utter mess. The 1st few days after the storm, there was no transit except for a few limited buses. Gradually, bus service was restored as was limited train service. However, no trains where running between Manhattan and Brooklyn as a result of the East River flooding and the area around 34th Street having no power. To compensate, MTA offered free shuttle buses between Manhattan and Brooklyn, from Atlantic/Barclays Center to 54th and Lexington Ave, and from Jay St. – Metro Tech to 54th and Lexington as well.

It sounds nice and simple, and it did flow well. MTA did the best they could with what they had. However, many New Yorkers rely of public transportation therefore they depended on those shuttle buses. Granted there were other modes of transportation; drive if you have gas and 2 other people in the car, bike it (which I need to seriously start considering) or stand at the bridge and try to be the 2nd or 3rd person in the car to cross the bridge (I’m not joking, Bloomberg made it a temporary restriction). There were also dollar vans charging $5 and $10 to get across (if you’re ballin’ like that). Still, for thousands or NY residents like myself who didn’t want to spend $20 round trip, or jump in a strangers car, or have a stranger jump in their car, free shuttle buses where the only option. And they where a time-consuming option.

Here’s what my trip looked like:

  • Catch the bus from home to Atlantic/Barclays Center
  • Catch the Shuttle bus from Atlantic/Barclays Center to 42nd and Lexington
  • Walk to Times Square
  • Catch the 2 train to 125th Street

Sounds relatively simple right? Let me add the time to it.

  • Catch the bus from home to Atlantic/Barclays Center (1 hour)
  • Catch the Shuttle bus from Atlantic/Barclays Center to 42nd and Lexington (If you lucked out like I did, 45 mins, if not, 2 1/2 hours)
  • Walk to Times Square (10 mins)
  • Catch the 2 train to 125th Street (40 mins because it ran local)

That was going TO work. Coming BACK? Make that shuttle bus trip 3 hours.

And there you have it. My Thursday commute came to a grand total of 8 hours of travel for 4 hours of work (I work part-time).

I spoke with my Director and he agreed to let me work from home (or the library in my case) because the travel time in correlation to my work time made it useless. Friday came. I get to the library, get on the PC and an hour later they all go offline. So guess who ended up making that journey to work?

While I was calling my Director to let him know I was coming in after all. I had an epiphany. Actually, I saw a picture on Instagram of a person smiling after traveling 5 hours to get to work. Then it hit me…..

If you love what you do, then having to travel 5 hours will may be a small inconvenience, but you’ll gladly do it because you are invested in what you do and are fulfilling your goals and/or ambition. You do what you love and nothing will stop you from doing it.

How many of us have jobs that we need in order to get by? Because we have bills? I know I do. I don’t hate my job. I actually like it, but I know this isn’t what I truly want to do. As a result, while I was making my treck to Harlem, I made the decision that I need to do what I love. But how am I going to achieve that goal? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Sit down and write out what you want. 
I am a visual person. I comprehend things and remember things better when I see it. So writing what I want helps me visualize my goals. Make a list of everything you want. Don’t worry about organizing it. Just get it out your brain and on to paper. You want to own a car? Write it. You want to start you own business? Write it. You want to go back to school? Write it. You’ll be surprised how much comes out your head once you get those juices flowing.

2. Re-read your goals, define, organize and assign due dates.
Once you’ve gotten all your goals out your head, begin to organize them by what’s more important to you and what can be accomplished quicker. For example, let’s say your list looked like this:

  • Get financially stable
  • Start working out
  • Apply for grad school

Short and sweet. Once you’ve gone back over your goals, defined, organized and assigned due dates, your new list may look like this:

1. Start working out
– Join my local gym
– Begin working out 3 times a week minimum
Join gym by: November 21, 2012

2. Get financially stable
– Re-do my budget
– Identify which expenses can be eliminated
– Pay $100 on credit card monthly
– Save $100 monthly
Have credit card paid off by: April 2013

3. Apply for Grad School
– Research 2-3 schools that offer my program of interest
– Contact admissions office for more information
– Research Scholarships and grants
– Contact possible references
Completed Application by: May 2013 for 2013 – 2014 School year.
– Begin classes September 2013

This is just a basic example. You can be more thorough if you like. I actually recommend it. Be specific about your goals and when you want them done so you can focus and work on them. You can make this into a Honey-Do list. I also recommend making a vision board. Whatever you create, make sure you place somewhere that is readily visible i.e. the fridge, your bedroom door, the apartment/house door.

My vision board. I’ll probably re-do if for the New Year.

3. Put your plan into action!
This may be the most difficult part. We may say we’re going to do something yet not follow through. I’ve fallen victim to that pesky trait known as procrastination. That’s why it’s important to post your goals. It serves as a constant reminder to yourself that you’ve made a commitment to yourself. Sometimes it helps to have a really good friend or family member who can act as a stakeholder. This person can join you in creating a plan of their own and you all can hold each other accountable. You may have similar goals (i.e. working out) that you all can accomplish together.

We’re nearing the end of 2012 so this is a perfect time to start figuring out how you’re going to do what you love. Good luck on those plans!!!

New Year = RE-New You

Happy New Year Queens AND Kings!!! I hope everyone enjoyed their festivities and had a productive 2011!! 🙂

Every year, people make New Year resolutions. I want to loose 30 lbs. I want to save more money. I want to open my own business. We make these resolutions, but do we really follow thru with them?

In my life, I don’t know how many resolutions I’ve made……and not kept. Every year I tell myself all these things I want to do and come the end of the year, I’ve done none of them.

At the end of 2010, I decided I want to make New Year resolutions. The difference this time, I wanted to actually keep them. But what could I do differently the assure I kept my word? First thing, I decided to change the concept all together. I didn’t make New Year resolutions. I made RE-New Year Resolutions. The concept of becoming a new person every year seems a little taxing on the soul and could lead to a small case of schizophrenia (Just kidding). All jokes aside, by creating a “new you” you run the risk of loosing the essence of the old you. You don’t want to complete forget the “old you”. However, by re-newing yourself, you are taking the lessons you’ve learned and productively applying them towards you future. Look at it this way, creating a “new you” is starting from scratch, then a “re-new you” is starting from scratch with a users guide filled with notes.

So how do you work towards a re-newed you? Well, here are the steps I take:

1. Re-read last year’s resolutions and evaluate.

Did you really accomplish all you want to? If so, congrats!! If not, why? Were your goals unrealistic? What prevented you from achieving them? Did you really want to accomplish it or did you just say it to say it?

2. Write down what you want to accomplish.

When writing down your goals, make sure it’s something that you want to accomplish and make sure it’s realistic.

3. Write down HOW you’re going to accomplish your goals.

This is why it’s important to make sure your goals are realistic. If your goal is to own 5 Bentleys, and you have 0 jobs, how do you plan on getting them? You want to make a road map to get you to your goal. If your goal is to lose 30 lbs, how are you going to change your eating habits? How many times are you going to work out? Say what you want to do AND how.

4. Post your goals. Create a vision board.

It is important to see your goals everyday. It helps to re-enforce it to yourself. Create a vision board. You can add pictures and colors to make it more festive. Put it in your refrigerator, your closet, your front door any place you know you’ll see it everyday.

Here’s an example of Re-New Year Resolutions…actually this is a real one. This is mine. 🙂

1. Enroll in Grad School
How: Complete admissions application by January deadline, FAFSA application and apply for scholarships.

2. Add more fruit and vitamins to my diet
How: Buy fresh fruit and fruit cups. Take my vitamins out of my medicine cabinet, place them by my keys so that I can remember to take them every morning.

3. Update blogs regularly
How: Create monthly schedule for posts (what the post will be and when they will be posted).

4. Exercise regularly
How: Purchase a Yoga mat and practice Yoga videos found on YouTube until I can fit going to the gym in my schedule

5. Save money
How: Allot a certain amount of money to be deposited into a savings account ever pay check. Open a savings account at a Credit Union.

I hope you are successful in completing you re-new year resolutions!! What are some resolutions that you’ve made and how do you plan to keep them? Let me know below!!