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Welcome! My name’s Lidia and I’m super glad to have you on the Learn.Inspire.Share.Thrive. page!
I have dreams and goals, just like you, and more often than not, on my way to achieving them I face challenges, lose focus and motivation, and need that little kick which can get me back on track. This tiny web space I’ve created here is to share with you stories, experiences, hacks, musings, and tools, which we all sometimes need to help us stay inspired, productive, organized and determined to get where we want to be.
As you explore this site you’ll find useful articles on self-growth and productivity with applicable tips and practical solutions on how to create more balance and live a life that is uncomplicated, affordable and sustainable, as well as concrete tools, systems and recommendations on how to keep yourself more efficient, both in your professional and personal life.
Everything I post here aims at bringing the readers fresh, insightful and unique points of view. My hope is that when they leave this site, they can take a piece of new knowledge, an idea, or a feeling of encouragement, which they can share with the world.
LiSt Contents is constantly changing and growing as I learn more about blogging, and I hope that during this process you enjoy the blog as much as I like creating it.
If you are on this page, you have probably been reading some of my posts on how to be more efficient, achieve your goals, organize your space and time and free from clutter, and you must be wondering … what exactly are my qualifications and why should you beliеve me and follow my tips?
The truth is, I don’t have formal qualifications on productivity and self-improvement and I am not an expert, a coach or a professional in that. I am still figuring out how to find more balance in life through trail and error and I am not the most organized and productive person in the world.
What I am is a regular girl with dreams and goals, just like any of you. But, over the last couple of years, I have started making changes in certain aspects of my life, that have helped me to achieve some of my dreams. I have adopted habits and some productivity systems that now help me to be more efficient in what I do, to have more focus and to get closer to where I want to be. And along the way, I have learned a lot.
Here is what I have accomplished since I started to pay more attention to personal productivity and self-improvement in my life:
♦Became organized. As a fresh graduate hungry for life, back in 2011, I wanted to have time for everything. Yet, as you probably know, when the responsibilities push you, you can’t keep on being chaotic and carefree.
With a full-time job, a professional course, a university and the challenges of living on my own at hand, this was the time I decided to create some simple systems to keep me organized.
I researched, read and watched a lot about how to free myself from clutter, how to stay on top of my paperwork, manage my time and have some general order at home, at work, and at Uni. Of course, I am far from perfect but now I am much more in control of my space, my time and my focus. And I love it.
♦Shifted to healthier food choices. As someone, who wasn’t paying much attention to what I stuff myself with, I came to a point where my body started to betray me. I didn’t have the energy to carry on with my busy days, and my frequent headaches and stomach aches started to take their toll on my mood and performance.
This is when I decided I need to change my food habits and stuff myself with something healthier. I began cutting back on fast foods, fried, salty and sweet comfort snacks and started to include more veggies, fruits, healthy fats, whole grains and good quality meats in my meals. It felt great!
♦Stopped living paycheck-to-paycheck. After facing some periods of financial difficulties with paying home bills, university tax, health emergencies, and unexpected bigger purchases, I decided I need to change my approach to money.
Taking control of my finances was a deal breaker. I learned how to create a budget, stick to it, spend less, plan ahead, save up and pay bills on time. So far, this is one of the smartest moves I’ve ever made. I now live debt-free and have reduced my unnecessary spending wherever possible.
♦Simplified my life. My journey to simplicity started with the idea to have more order, more free space, more meaning, free time and less stress. So far, I have reduced a lot of clutter in my life and in my belongings and little by little I am gradually getting better. I left behind some toxic relationships and made space for new people and new experiences.
♦Began waking early. In order to find some “me time”, I decided to start waking early and spend those few hours on some personal activities like reading or listening books and music, planning my day, working on my goals, doing my morning planks and enjoying my breakfast on the slow. I made the shift naturally, and once I began waking early on my own, I discovered the joy of the quiet morning hours.
♦Started the Learn.Inspire.Share.Thrive. page and made it a constantly growing collection of helpful resources, supporting many people like you in their journey to becoming more productive and better versions of themselves.
♦Spent one year in India. This was a life-changing experience, which put my positivism, my minimalism, my skills and my understanding of the comfort zone to their limits. I had a clash with a new culture and had the chance to explore the city life of India’s Silicon Valley, as well as the lifestyle of the locals from up close.
If you have a chance to spend some time abroad or away from home – do it. You won’t believe how much one can grow from such an experience.
That may not sound like a lot for some of you, but looking back on it, I have learned from each small achievement and I was able to grow from the challenges I faced.
Of course, I have no claims to be perfect. I still face difficulties and fail all the time but I don’t let this stop me. Maybe I didn’t eat all healthy today or didn’t wake up early, but that doesn’t mean I won’t do it tomorrow. And I believe that, over the long run, I’ve made incredible personal progress in my productivity and self-improvement.
How have I achieved all this?
Well, there is no magic tricks to it. Just a healthy dose of determination and some simple methods, like those that I talk about on this site, which I have applied over the last couple of years.
The change is a journey, my friends, and on that journey we all constantly need to learn, inspire, share and thrive. Join me.