Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur

I feel like over the past few months, I’ve been surrounded by all-things Entrepreneur. Yes, this includes Youtube videos! I personally don’t describe myself as one, well at least not yet. I was introduced to this youtube clip about how to become an entrepreneur, from a wantrepreneur. The first time I watched it, it blew my mind. I mean, who wants to live by ‘What Ifs?’ for the rest of your life? By far, one of my favourite videos from Alex Ikonn.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

Homesick

But probably not in the same way you’re thinking. I went back to London on Wednesday, where my family is and where I grew up. I hadn’t seen them in almost three months (which for me is a long time). When I travel abroad, I don’t usually go away for longer than a month, so this was definitely the longest I had been from home.

Because of work and other commitments I was trying to fulfill, I kept postponing my trip back to London. It however came to a point, that the only way to go home was to literally force myself to.  I forced myself to request some leave from my supervisor ,and to pack a suitcase the night before. As I had been in Leeds for much longer this time, my feelings were fluctuating worse so. A part of me wasn’t excited to be back at home and I wasn’t particularly keen on leaving. I was missing the people here terribly. It got so bad that as soon as I arrived in London, I wanted to leave again. Everything was looking so alien to me (the day I arrived in London was the day of the terrible terrorist attacks at Westminster) and it felt like for the first time, I didn’t come to the right place.

I knew that eventually these feelings would go away and I’d be ok again. They did and I was. I spent most of the day studying (maybe subconsciously, to feel like I was in Leeds again), and in the evening I’d go out-for example, the cinema with my cousins watching Beauty and the Beast(!) or dinner for Mother’s day. Things felt normal again.

When I travel back and forth, I always get mixed feelings about the opposite location (which I have actually blogged about in the past). As I type this post heading back to Leeds on the train, I listen to one of my favourite Sinhalese singers Pandit Amaradeva, but I know he’s songs aren’t ones I’d typically listen to in Leeds, because I associate them with London and family.  I know these are feelings I’ll have to overcome and get used to. I believe that where I am now is propelling me forward. I just have to keep going, and keep telling myself…

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts-Oliver Wendall Holmes

A Sprinkle of Marigolds

A small, simple post! I recently watched ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, and I wanted to share some of my favourite quotes from it 🙂

Evelyn: Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected.  Muriel: Most things don’t. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.

Evelyn: The only real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment.

Sonny: Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it is not the end.

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Do One Thing Everyday That Scares You

So I do. Thanks to the the inspirations of Eleanor Roosevelt, and later by Baz Luhrmann in his hit song Everybody’s free to wear suncreen, I try and apply this very useful life skill.

I sat on the window sill of one of the rooms on a sunny day, with my feet hanging out. Did I get any looks? Well maybe, but I didn’t really care (I was too engrossed reading). But I took it further, I came out of the house through the window and sat on the roof…

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Excuse me for my unflattering work tights!

This was one of the many things I admired when watching movies, but was afraid to try it myself. But after being reminded of this piece of advice..I thought, why not?

For those who aren’t too familiar with Baz Luhrmann’s song, here it is! It always brings me back to my first year of university, probably my hardest year. This piece of advice always got me through.