Thursday, October 30, 2014

question of the day: what did you want to be when you were younger?

Growing up, I wanted to be a lot of things.

At five, I wanted to be a Singer. You know, like a famous child singer? I know... FUNNY right?

Then I wanted to be a teacher. I even forced my mum to buy me a medium-sized blackboard with chalks and all. Not happy with that, I then asked my mum to buy a medium-sized whiteboard (but in the nineties, blackboard was more widely-used).

As I entered my teens, I wanted my own magazine with my name on it (yeah, yeah, trying to emulate Oprah Winfrey). As of now, I do not have enough money to publish my own magazine but since we're going digital now, having this blog and my food blog is like publishing my own (web) magazine.

I asked friends of @motivationMY on Twitter what they wanted to be when they were younger. Check out their answers:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

question of the day: at what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

Oh. This is a tough one. I have to dig deep in my memory bank to answer this one!

It has to be when I was a television presenter for a morning talk show at Bernama TV. Yes I was a TV presenter years ago. Not a famous one but I've had my share of on-screen moment.

Photo Credit: @syaz6787

During the first few episodes, you could tell how scared I was with my non-stop hand movement as well as talking really, really fast. After a while, I got used to it. I just love the morning rush pre-LIVE, when everyone - the producers and technical crew - are just scrambling around the office to get everything done before LIVE. I miss that adrenaline rush when the studio director would do the countdown through my earpiece. "5... 4... 3... 2... 1... ON YOUUU". 

Ahhh, I miss that moment. It wasn't about the fame or glam (hello? how many of you actually watch a morning show?) but I just love the teamwork and that rush! Once it's all done we would all adjourn for breakfast!

Well, that's my 2 cents for the question! @motivationMY friends on Twitter share their moments too!

Monday, October 20, 2014

question of the day: what is your favourite way to say 'thank you'?

I wasn't creative in today's Question of the Day, which was posted on @motivationMY Twitter early this morning. The question was featured in the November 2014 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine's contributors page.

Sometimes saying Thank You is more than uttering two words. It is in the action as well. In the how. Is it the eye contact, a wonderful gift or just a warm hug?

Our friends weigh in!

Monday, October 6, 2014

success: we aren't done yet

Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert made her debut appearance on Oprah Winfrey Network's Super Soul Sunday show and shared this note, which was originally posted on her Facebook Page.

For the past month or so, Elizabeth Gilbert has been travelling with Oprah on The Life You Want Tour. She took to Twitter to share her gratitude.

Let me share with you an excerpt from the note:

I was thinking today about something my friend Rayya Elias told me once, about when she was a junkie, and she kept thinking she had hit rock bottom....but there was always another rock bottom below that rock bottom, "always another trap door." There are times in our lives when we feel like this — when we feel like we just keep tumbling down through defeat after defeat after defeat...and there is no end to it. I have been there, too. (As Rob Bell said in his talk today, "The definition of despair is the belief that tomorrow is going to be exactly like today.")

But I realized today that it works in the other direction, too. There are just as many endless levels up as there are down. There are moments when we feel like we are pretty happy, that things are going well, that we are lucky and blessed, that we have learned our important life lessons, that we have settled into ourselves. But we aren't done yet. There is always a higher plane to which we can ascend. There is always another staircase going up. There is always more goodness to learn, more darkness to shed. More truth to realize. More room to grow. More wonder to be grateful for.

Inspiring, no? Rise higher people!

Check out the Super Soul Sunday episode with Elizabeth Gilbert here.

Love and hugs. -SS

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

5 steps to overcome shyness

Photo: Flickr/Lucio R

I was watching a reality show on TV recently, where they did a segment on a contestant's shyness "problem". The hosts and judges kept asking why is he so shy, worrying that something must be done.

True. You're in a singing reality show, how can you be shy? You need to some fixing ASAP!

As a shy person myself (or at least back in my childhood/teenager years), I didn't particularly like how the issue was approached.

Asking someone who is shy WHY s/he is shy will make s/he MORE shy. (Trust me, I've been there!). Telling someone off about his/her shyness in a worrying tone, will make it even more comfortable. It could potentially backfire, causing him/her to just hide even more.

I am not an expert or a personality researcher, but here are some tips based on my experiencing being a shy person for years:

#ThatAwkwardMoment. The thing about being shy is that we appear timid or nervous about meeting people - whether strangers or business associates. We're fine with meeting friends (right?). Based on my experience, shy people feel #ThatAwkwardMoment all the time with people we don't know. Sometimes we over-think stuff to: Am I Ok? Does he like me? What if I said something wrong? There's just so much going on in our mind. We just need to relax. Forget about being so self-conscious. Who knows, what we might have to say will add value to the conversation.

Rise up to the occasion. When the situation needs you to rise to the occasion (by talking and interacting with people), we just need to do what we gotta do (TALK!). This is especially essential during a job interview (very important!) or when we have to do a presentation at work! Heck, I need to rise up to the occasion when I'm doing my speaking engagement. I did it because I love to share my ideas and experience.

Make the first move, first. Instead of waiting for someone to initiate the conversation at the office's pantry, you start the conversation. Remember, everything starts with that simple "Hello!".

It takes times. I feel that non-shy people think that it's so easy to be un-shy. It's definitely easier said than done. I'm not expecting you shy people to suddenly say hello to all strangers that you meet (then again, that's a bit awkward). Take baby steps.

Embrace who you are. Don't view it as a problem that needs major fixing. Yes, as we share this world with 7 billion people, we need to interact with each other. We need to do so at work, in our business or when we're with friends and family. When we're out there in the world, we need to crack the shell. But you know what, when you're in the comfort of your own home - just be yourself. Embrace who you are.

Do you have any tips to "overcome" shyness?



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