18 Jun Introduction
We’ve all heard the saying – Find three hobbies you love: One to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.
If you haven’t heard the saying, well, now you have and it is found in almost any “life hack” book or web page. As simple as it sounds, not many of us have all three hobbies. I certainly do not have all three hobbies.
The whole point of that little intro is to get to why I decided to start a blog. The hobby I am lacking in (the most) is something that allows me to be creative.
I used to have a very pessimistic outlook on life and struggled to stay happy; I was unproductive. You’ll notice in future posts that I believe happiness and productivity are closely linked!
I decided to try and change this about myself. I owed it to myself to at least try. Quite frankly, I imagine I was not exactly a joy to be around during my gloomiest phases so I owe it to the people around me as well. This started a journey to self-improvement and sparked an interest in philosophy.
Books, podcasts, social media pages, and simple daily practices transformed and continue to transform the way my brain works. I quickly learned that happiness (whatever that means) is something that needs to be practiced.
Whenever I get too comfortable and let that laziness creep back in, it doesn’t take long for the melancholy Yulia to start clawing her way back.
OK GET TO THE POINT. So really, why the blog?
There are a few main reasons. I’ve set a goal to post at least once a week. This will keep me accountable, force me to continue to learn and grow, and maybe even play a large role in keeping me happy.
I like being able to summarize what I’ve read or listened to and come to my own conclusion.
Why not just start a diary then? Because it’s 2019 and diaries aren’t a thing anymore (just kidding; people who like to journal, don’t get butt hurt by that comment).
The real next reason – the more I talk to people, the more I realize so many of us are just, for lack of a better word, sad.
A lot of us wallow in that sadness. If I can help at least one person be a tiny bit happier in their everyday life, or at least a little more productive, then why the heck not!?
I just spoiled my last reason. The last reason is simply because why not!?