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On The Power Of Reasons

Quote of the day

“Reasons come first, answers second. It seems that life has a mysterious quirk of camouflaging the answers in such a way that they become apparent only to those who are inspired enough to look for them — who have reasons to look for them.” – Jim Rohn

I am grateful for:

The UK government for increasing ILR charges 800% since the fees were introduced and, thus, forcing me to hustle harder than I’ve ever hustled in my life (not a completely sarcastic comment).

What did I discover new about myself?

That I have this unique tendency to wallow in self-pity for a bit of time and then come back up swinging.

My mind seems to need to say, “God, I can’t do this. This is too much. blah blah blah blah”


And then, even as I’m saying this negative speech, my mind is already arguing and saying, “Screw that negativity. If I can’t do this, what can I do?”

This dialogue then triggers sudden and massive action, which usually results in me getting everything I want.

I find it fascinating.


Why do I do that?

What was the best thing that happened to me today?

Me realising my time to save money for my visa is running out and I better start moving faster to make sure I get my goal.

What or who made today unforgettable?

LS, as usual.

I showed him this photo, which made him giggle.

Me: Why were you sleeping sideways anyway, LS?
LS: Because I love dad!


Awwww, right?

3 amazing things that happened today

1. Edited, keyworded and published a guest post by 9 AM – complete with graphics.

2. Also managed to start my long-pending goal setting exercise for this decade. It’s still a work in progress but I now have a greater knowledge of what I want to see show up in my life – especially this coming year.

3. I was making a cheese toastie for dinner whilst husband and LS were in the bath and was absentmindedly thinking that I really wish this period of uncertainty regarding my legal status in the UK would end soon – and end positively, quickly and with minimal stress. I looked at the time 19:19. 


For those who aren’t into numerology or angel numbers (I’m not either but I l, 1919 apparently is a signal from the universe that something is ending but that I shouldn’t think of it as a loss but rather as the beginning of a brand new adventure.

It might be too woo-woo for some but seriously, my life has been pretty woo-woo especially around 2012 onwards.

I’ll have to write about it later.


So, call me crazy, but that’s really helped. I’m actually more excited than worried now.

How much stress did I experience?

After an initially calm day, I experienced a lot of stress after making my calculations and realising that I’m running out of time to save for my ILR application.

Cue me writing frenetically like a madwoman in order to generate enough income.

I’m going to spend a bit of time tomorrow to really visualise this whole visa process as amazingly easy and worry-free.

Did I do something that was out my comfort zone?

Yes, I started looking at the mechanics of my ILR application, which I normally hate doing.

But hey, I gotta start adulting, right?

What can I do better tomorrow?

Really, polish my plan for my visa application.

Also, get everything sorted by mid-day.

No naps for LS today!