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Life and Direction

I have come to realize and have heard from highly successful individuals that in order to succeed in life, we need to have goals, direction, ambition, dedication and many other “wonderful traits”. However, before all of these wonderful traits, we need to have a very special one and that is: to know where we are going. We need to have a view of where it is we want to be in life and want to achieve if we are to be successful.

Now, I know that this sounds easier said than done, because the truth is that probably less than half of the world actually plans ahead, makes goals, plans their life or their future; myself included at times. I do not always plan my days and then as the saying goes:

“Either you run the day or the day runs you” – Jim Rohn

I can say from experience that this is definitely true. I am sure that you can too. Whether it is daily goals, life goals, yearly goals or any type of goal that you have… If you do not have any or do not plan, make a vision for yourself or what you want to achieve, do not expect to achieve anything great – because there is no sense of purpose, no aim, no vision as to where you want to be, where you want to go.

Sometimes, it is difficult really figuring out where it is you want to be in life, especially when you are young or in your 20’s where you are struggling in between growing up, becoming independent, letting go of childish ways, etc. it is difficult in between all these “struggles” to really understand yourself and what it is that you truly want in life. I assume it is also probably equally difficult as you get older to really follow your heart or do what you want to do when you have responsibilities and all other “every day things that keep you busy”. It seems that as we get older, we often start letting go of our dreams to trade them for our reality. But if we close our eyes and we picture our dream life, we all have a picture of the ‘ideal’ or what we would consider ‘our perfect life’, of where we want to be. Some would picture themselves sipping cocktails on a beach, others picture a life in nature, and others picture living the city life, some picture having a family, a few children, some picture retirement with their loved one on an island somewhere, others picture working at a corporate, or owning a business. We all have all these dreams or ‘pictures’ that we “would like” or hope that one day we can achieve and live them. But how are we to achieve these ‘visions’ unless we plan for them? How are we going to achieve these ‘life goals’ that we want? What are we doing to get there? First, we need to have a vision, a purpose, a direction of where we want to be – which most of us already have, because if you closed your eyes, I am sure you pictured your dream life. If you didn’t, take a moment right now and do it; close your eyes, what are you seeing? Did you picture your “dream life”?

These are some very important and essential questions that we need to ask ourselves if we are to attain what we want out of life. If you want to get that promotion, you plan for it and work towards it by working hard, but you already have your vision or direction of where you want to go and be (promotion!). If you want to go on holiday next year, you plan for it… First, you decide the destination. Where do you want to go (vision/direction)? Then, you start planning the details how are you going to get there (action steps)? Airplane, boat, hitchhike? What are you going to do there? How long are you going to stay there? What will you need? Etc. Just like we plan for these things, for holidays, to get our next job promotion, we need to plan our life. Where do we want to be in our future? What kind of persons do we want to be? How can we be these kinds of persons? What will we need to do in order to become that type of person we wish to be? How are we going to get where we want to be? Then we need to write these answers down and follow through on them. Once you have a vision and a plan of where you want to go, executing will be your next step. Of course, I am making it sound way easier than it probably will be in real life, but don’t fret… you can achieve whatever it is you set your mind to!

And if you don’t believe me, ask all the successful people who have achieved their dreams and are living their goals and their dream life. Everything in life will take dedication and hard work, so you might as well work hard for something you love, rather than work hard for something you hate and hate your job, your life, be depressed, lost and aimless because what you are doing doesn’t fulfill you; you have no purpose, direction or vision of where you are and what you are doing which makes you unhappy.

We all have our own way of going about life, doing things and what inspires us.. So for those reading this and who believe in what I am saying or have a similar view, you are conscious that tomorrow is a new day and that we can always do and be better than we did today – financially, emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, etc. 

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it” – William Arthur Ward

All the greats have been saying this since ancient times, yet only such a few hand of us have actually listened or apply it to our lives or even realize what an impact our mind and way of thinking has on our lives! Maybe I will make a post on this topic next time. So follow me and stay tuned! 😉

As for you, what is your life dream? Have you written it down? What steps are you going to take to get there? Write 10 steps down and make a deadline for each of those. To get you more accustomed, if you don’t already write goals, start simple with “daily goals” and what you want to achieve every day. You will be surprised how much you can get done when you know what you want to achieve, where you want to go and know your direction (vision). What I am saying is not rocket science, everyone knows this; it is so basic and simple – yet ironically, basic and simple are the things we humans tend to forget and ignore the most but are the essentials of life.

Therefore, direction in life is one of the key ingredients that we ALL need if we don’t want to get lost or lose our sense of aim and purpose in life. Always have a vision, a direction of where you want to be, or what you want to do and NEVER forget WHY you are doing something, it does not matter what it is. Your why will always keep you grounded and focused when times get tough. This goes with Passion, which I will also be writing about soon enough! Hehe 😉

So… what are your dreams? What will you be working on? How are you going to achieve them? Are you ready to succumb to your heart’s desire and achieve your goals? Leave your comments, thoughts and opinions below! I’d love to hear what you’re dreaming and aiming for. All engagement is welcome! Of course, as always please keep it respectful.

 

 

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What does it mean to “Be a Man”?

In my last article, Women, what is your role in society? I received a response from a reader asking: “What about men’s role in society?”

I was quite pleased to have a male request it, as it validated my assumption that there is something going on in the male culture that is changing, despite the subtleness of that change. I have come to realize that men are expected to attain a certain level socially, financially, physically and emotionally in our society;  and any man who is not up to this level is often considered to be “less of a man” and is more likely to be undermined by both men and women. I cannot help but wonder, why are we doing this to our fellow men? Why do we have such high expectations of men that we often forget that men are also only human? Why do we, men and women, put so much pressure on men to be a certain way that we do not allow them to be their real, genuine, true selves?

The representation project, an organization that is aiming to destroy gender stereotypes and social injustices created a video that is a serious awakening to society. This video shows how we are wrongfully polluting the minds of our young boys; the same boys who will grow up and become the men in our society. All these diminishing comments and statements that we unknowingly and subconsciously make and throw at fellow men, such as “Be a man”, “Don’t be a pussy”, “Grow some balls”, “Don’t let a woman ….”, “Bros before hoes”, “Stop crying”, “Don’t show your emotions”, “Don’t let them see you hurt”, etc. is diminishing the male gender and deceiving men to become something they are not to prove what they already are – Men. Men are born men, there is no need to prove something that one already is! Women do not need to be feminine to prove that they are women. Men do not need to be dominant and masculine to prove that they are men. The worst thing is that this destructive mentality, behavior and belief system on men is distorting our boys’ views and mindset in what it means to be a man. It has become so embedded in our society and our subconscious, that we expect men to be a certain way… We think this is a norm. We all make comments without even thinking or realizing how we are failing our boys and embedding them with this negative mentality from early on. We are setting a terrible path for fellow men to follow. We force men to put on masks and pretend to be who they are not, because we are not accepting them nor allowing them to be who they are. Don’t you think it is time we change this concept of male and female roles and gender profiling? Isn’t it a shame that in 2016, people still believe that “women belong in the kitchen” and “men are responsible to financially provide for a family”? That if a man wants to be in charge of the kitchen, he is less manly. If he expresses his emotions, he is a “fag”. Why are we pushing men to be cold? Why are we degrading fellow men for their choices? So what if a man loves cooking? What if a man wants to be at home with his kids? What if the wife wants to stay at work? What if both mom and dad want to continue working? Or part time stay with the kids? Isn’t it shameful that we, men and women, are brainwashing and setting up our fellow men, sons, male friends, boyfriends, brothers, husbands, partners, etc. to a belief system that is pressuring them to hide who they really are and to be who we are expecting them to be? That they need to fit a certain “profile” in order to be “considered” a man? A fact that they already are? A mentality that is increasing the depression rate in men? Isn’t it time that we change the mindset and beliefs of our fellow men and young boys? A belief that not only hurts men, but also women and our society? Every time we are throwing words around, we are diminishing our male society! I want to empower women to think for themselves and to realize that they are free to go after what they want just as I want men to break free from the belief that you need to be a certain way or fit a certain standard in order to be considered a man. I want you to break free of the mentality and beliefs that have been set up for you since you were a young boy, a society that tells you, what and how you need to be like in order to ‘be a man’. You are already a man! Break out of that gender defined beliefs, roles, and stereotypes of men and of women, the beliefs you have been placed and forced to believe your entire life. Shatter it. Do not believe it. I do not want to have a son and have him believe that because he is born a male, his fate, and role in society is already predefined. Do you? He should be able to decide for himself how he lives his life.

I truly believe that many of the issues we face in society today between men and women are due to the cultural and social beliefs we have been raised with. We have been raised in a mentality that tells us that men do x and women do y. But who says that this is actually the way we are supposed to be living? Clearly this mentality is working against us. In many cultures, men are taught to believe that women are a weaker gender and that men must overperform in order to be considered a man. There is an imbalance in the way we expect men (and women) to be and the way they really are. This pressure on men and how “men are supposed to be like” is a downward spiral for society, men, women and our culture. Did you know that men are more likely to commit suicide? While there are many factors influencing this, such as depression, I can’t help but wonder whether this societal pressure influences this as well.

See also: Suicide Statistics

It is also said that men and women lie for different reasons and men lie to make themselves look better. This demonstrates the ‘need’ men feel to maintain appearance and attain the ‘status‘ of a man. However, it is this type of thinking that is distorting men’s mind on how they are supposed to be. I recall an event a few years ago where in class we were asked what would be one thing we wished we could change. A male teacher answered:

“I wish I were born a woman”

It was then at that moment that I first realized that men have a lot of difficulties as well for being a man and which are too often unspoken of. In another instance, I spoke to a male stranger who was having issues with his girlfriend; after the conversation, he said to me, “wow! this is the advice I expected from my best friend.” I then asked him, why hadn’t he spoken to his best friend about these issues? Clearly, it was something that was really bothering him. He responded by saying that this is something that “men don’t do… We speak about beer, women, and fun things. But when it comes to real or emotional problems, we don’t speak about that. We have an image to keep.” This is not the first time I have heard something like this. At that moment, I could not help but think, what a pity; this is someone who is supposed to be your best friend, a confidant, someone you should be able to trust, or at least, speak to in such moment of need, but for some reason, you feel that you cannot because “it is not manly” or acceptable. I am sure that he is not the only nor the first man who has experienced this. Shouldn’t you be able to express  yourself and how you really feel without being put down for feeling that way? Aren’t you equally human as the rest of us? Do you not feel emotions, happiness, sadness, pain, love, joy, excitement like the rest of us? So why are we being so hard on other men about how they should be like? Why are you?

In Sweden, the modern man is considered feminist. Now, I know some of you men are probably going to think, “ew, what?”…. But perhaps that is exactly the mentality that is the problem in our society. In Sweden, it is believed that ‘everyone should have, “the power to shape society and their own life”.’Men and women are equally responsible for their life, career, and family. Men are responsible for the raising of children. The government has for many years reinforced the mentality of equality. Father and mothers, both take time off to take care and spend time with their children. It is not only “maternal leave”, it is “parental leave”. There are many men who would love to take days off to spend time and play with the kids, but so many few societies actually reinforce this. Why? Why can’t men also have that? Why are you letting yourself be brainwashed into an image of how a man should be? If you want to cry, CRY! If you want to laugh, laugh! If you want to feel, feel! If you want to ask days off for parental leave, do so! Do not be afraid to ‘be a man’ – a man who is so comfortable in his skin that you realize that you DO NOT need the approval of society to be a man, because you already are a man! So go and be a free man, a man who is real, who is genuine, who is human, who feels, who is aware of his emotions, of his behavior and understands that you need to fully accept and love yourself in order to be able to be happy. Everyone deserves happiness – and you are not an exception. So do not let anyone ever make you feel any less of a man because you are honest – about yourself – with yourself and with others.

This illustration (click here) shows that men are not inherently aggressive and women are not inherently submissive, however, due to the roles played out throughout history, psychological attitudes and forms of conditioning were created. This created the gap between men and women. However, this shows that we are not naturally different in being. We are conditioned and raised by our culture, society and norms that show us how to behave and what to believe in… However, at the end of the day, we are all the same. We are all human. Yes, we differ biologically and in our bone structure and in other ways, however, at our inner core, we are all the same and we seek the same things. Do not be fooled to think that because you are a man, your heart’s desires are any different – to other males or to other women.

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

We divide humans into categories in order to define them, but we seem to forget that we are humans above all. We are complex beings and cannot be put in “a box”. Being placed in a category in no way defines who you are. Definitely not in today’s civilization where globalization is at its peak. Humans are constantly moving, changing, adapting, learning, growing; cultures are integrating as more people migrate. How can we be placed in a gender role, that aims to explain who we are? Especially when we are learning from other men, women, children,  and different cultures who are breaking our barriers, our mentalities and showing us that “how we do things” is not per se the best way to do things or to think or to be. In this article, I am showing you and telling you that “the role of a man” which you have been taught to believe is not the role you need to be. You are the role you choose to be. You choose whether you are a great man or a horrible man. You decide the kind of man you want to become. Be that man respectful, kind, humane, generous, mean, vulgar, rude, abusive, demeaning or whatever, you alone are responsible for that choice. That is your choice. So do not ever think that your future or behavior lies in the hands of another man!

There is a saying that goes “a real woman is whatever she wants to be”… Well, in return to say I will say:

“A real man is whatever he wants to be. A man knows that he does not need to prove his masculinity or manhood to anyone in order to show that he is a man. A man is comfortable in his skin, he is comfortable to be himself, to express himself and above all, to be honest to himself and to others.” – Katherine Granada

Furthermore, in my post on women’s role in society, I also mentioned this which I will mention here as well to you. If you ever decide to be with someone, let it be that it is because you are choosing a partner- an equal to you. Not a subordinate, not a boss – a partner. Someone on your level, someone you see eye to eye, someone whom you will grow and develop with; not a person who will tell you how to lead your life nor you tell him/her how to lead his or her life. It is a partnership of two, where two people clean, two people cook, two people take care of the children, of each other, and of themselves. It is a relationship of two. No one is better than the other, no one is worse than the other, and in any way thinking that you are above or below the other gender or someone else shows the mentality you have been instilled with and try to figure out whether this is the way you wish to continue thinking. This mentality may be holding you back in life and in your success and happiness! Because no one is better than any other person. We are all human. Men are human, women are human and trying to identify a gender as the better, stronger, more dominant one is a losing battle because none are either. They are equal. Until you can grasp this, you will meet many troubles with the opposite sex, you will encounter misunderstandings and indifferences because you are not looking at each other from eye-to-eye but from above or below; in that, there is no partnership.

On that note, dear men, dare to be yourself. Genuinity is a beautiful thing and it is the genuine persons who are most loved. Therefore, do not be afraid to show your true colors. If anyone discourages you or puts you down for being your honest, truthful self, remember that if you hide who you really are, you will never allow yourself the opportunity to find authentic genuine people who will love you for your character, for who you are – because you are too busy hiding behind a mask! Never stop learning. Never stop growing. Never stop developing and becoming a better man. Life is a long journey of growth and while you are on this journey, let that little inner boy come out and be his true self… Only then can you allow others to purely love you and show the world who you truly are. No one is perfect, we are all flawed, but it is exactly this that makes us all so beautiful. If you can’t see that, then allow someone who sees this, show you that.

“I think that we are like stars. Something happens to burst us open; but when we burst open and think we are dying; we’re actually turning into a supernova. And then when we look at ourselves again, we see that we’re suddenly more beautiful than we ever were before!”
C. JoyBell C.

So tell me dear men… will you continue hiding behind your mask? Or will you allow your honest, genuine self to shine and be the man you wish to become? Will you allow your young sons, brothers and friends to shine as well? Or will you continue to be limited by the beliefs of society and their definition of what it means to “be a man!”?

What are your thoughts? You can engage in comments below. Please engage only in respectful commenting.

Women: What is your role in society?

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”  ― Virginia WoolfA Room of One’s Own

Dear Women,

I am writing this to you; to all of you, to each and every single one of you that is a woman, a girl, a lady, female gender.

How far have you come in achieving your dreams? How are you doing in attaining what you want? When was the last time you were fully satisfied with your life? with yourself? with what you do and what you have?

I am writing this to you for many reasons. From being a woman myself to observing other women to seeing women’s role portrayed on television, films, books and in society, there seems to be a pattern that women play time and time again. In very few exceptions have I seen women who don’t fit in or follow the norm, who do not wish to conform and stand out. And these are the few women who get what they want. Of course, this differs throughout the world, however, overall I see women or young girls who are so afraid or intimidated to be who they really are and/ or go after what they really want. Why?

Why are you settling? Why are you choosing for average when you can have anything you want? Why do you place so much emphasis on looking beautiful that you forget to be beautiful? Why is it that for so many a “life goal” is to find a husband? or to marry? Why is it that a life goal is to have kids? Is that the only reason you were born to exist?  Do you not think that as a human being that is something we can all achieve?

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ― Nora Ephron

Did you know that there are 1,826 billionaires in the world? And out of these 1,826 billionaires, only 197 are women. That is only a mere 10%! Out of the richest women in the world, the majority inherited their fortune from their father or husband and are not self-made. Isn’t it time that we change this?

In a world, where women have so much “freedom” and “opportunity”, why are we holding ourselves back? Why are we not pursuing our dreams? Why are we so afraid of failure? of success? to dream bigger? to do better? to be better? Where are our priorities?

This is my call to all of you conformists, who are too afraid to dare, to dream, to do. It is time to change this mentality that keeps holding us back. It is time to change how we see ourselves and our role in society.

A study by Harvard Business Review showed that women don’t apply for jobs unless they are 100 percent qualified. Part of the reason is because, as young girls, we are taught that following the rules is ‘good’ and we get rewarded for this behaviour, to not misbehave and always do what is right. But who says that we have been taught is what is right? Clearly, this mentality is what is holding us back in the real world and the workplace. Why are we so stuck on following the rules and guidelines that we can’t think or be out of the box? Being rewarded for our “good” behaviour as young girls has only restrained our success. We grow up and realize that in the real world, this does not work; it is only the hungry and those who do not follow the rules or those who think out of the box who make it and get what they want. If you aren’t hungry, prepare to sit in the back and starve, or be dependent upon someone to feed you. So if you want anything, you have to go and grab it. Men and women alike.

Women, do not let anyone dictate how you should live your life. Not your religion, not society, not a man, not your mother, father, sister, brother, no one. Think for yourself. “Is this the best way to lead my life?”, “Is this how I want to live my life?”. Remember, in the end, you need to be happy with yourself and your choices. Are you doing the best you can to create a better world? to live a fulfilled? a happy life? I am not telling you to be selfish and to think only about yourself but do not think about everyone that you forget about yourself either. You can listen to advise, but at the end of the day, ensure that your actions are your choice based on what you think is best. No one will live the consequences of your actions and choices but you, so you might as well be the one responsible for them.

You are the director of your life and you choose what you can or can’t achieve. You set your bar. You chose whether to succeed or to fail at life. Do not let others define how you as a woman need to be or put you in a box. Who is anyone to define what a woman should be like?

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”
D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover

I am aware that some (men and women alike) will read this and disagree or think that it is rather rebellious or that I am a feminist, man hater, blah blah blah, but if I don’t question the way that we have been raised as women and what we have been taught, how are we to ever progress? If no one ever questioned all the things that happened in the past, we would probably still be living as we did during the middle ages or worse, being dictated, enslaved or oppressed; with no rights to anything. But never mind that, because in different places of the world, we still are! Now you can say that this doesn’t affect you, but shouldn’t you, a human being, be free everywhere you go? Whether it is in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, Middle East, or anywhere in the world? It is only as of recently that women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to vote or run for office for the first time. While this is progress, there are still things women cannot do simply because of being a woman. Why should we or anyone ever be restricted because of gender? This is why I say do not let anyone oppress you, not religion, not society, not your parents or family or anyone.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

 

In some parts of the world, women still need to learn to be financially independent and in almost every part of the world, they still need to learn emotional independence (although, I can say the same for men).  But as women, you need to learn to take care of yourself, so that if you ever decide to have children, you can take care of someone who cannot take care of themselves. If you decide to be with a partner, it is because you chose this person to spend your life with, not because you need a person to be with (this advice could also be given to men). However, I write this article specifically for women, because we are lacking behind and it is time to stop being so afraid of stepping into the playing field – myself included. Go for what you want. Many women already are playing the game and are succeeding! Look at great examples, Sheryl Sandberg,  COO of Facebook, Jenn Scalia, a woman who went from $0 to $500K in two years after having hit rock bottom due to her mentality of “it is a man’s duty to provide for the family”, and Stacey Ferreira, a 23-year old entrepreneur who at the age of 18 borrowed $4,000 to see Richard Branson, who would then invest $1M in her and her brother’s company.

Therefore, there are women making it and doing what they want to achieve. Why aren’t the rest of us?

Young Girls, stop focusing so much on looks and boys and start focusing on creating something of your own. Focus on your future. Looks will fade, however, an intelligent mind will get you anywhere you want. I am not telling you not to worry about how you present yourself as this is very important in being successful, as well as your health and well-being; I am saying to make sure that your focus in not on the wrong things that do not add value to your life in the long term. In addition to that, stop being afraid to put yourself out there and going for what you want. Do not be intimated or held back by yourself or your beliefs or by what society or your parents or teachers or anyone tells you to be like or what ‘a woman’ should be like. You get to make that choice for yourself.

When I was a little girl, I was very timid, quiet and shy. When I moved countries, my teacher once told me ‘I was very bold’. I never understood what she meant then, however, I now know she meant that I was opinionated and always expressed my truth – which until this day I still do. However, I see that probably as a very young girl, I was never truly comfortable expressing myself, until I moved and was able to be more open and comfortable. I guess this has to do with freedom and the amount we are given as young girls. The less freedom we are given, the more we fear. I see it in myself that on the rare occasions that I do feel intimidated, I return to being that young, quiet, timid girl until I snap back out of it. Therefore, I understand what it is like to be a bystander and see everyone “play on the field” while you watch on the sidelines, however, I now know that “playing on the field” is also a great experience and more women need to be and put themselves out there and stop being afraid to play the game of life! Myself included on the things that frighten me. So go out there and do what it is that you want to do! Do not be afraid to be labeled anyhow, labels will always be there, and no matter how we behave, we will always be judged! So go out there and make a name for yourself. In the words of Laurel Thatcher, “Well-behaved women seldom make history”.

Women in action

Times are changing, especially among the younger generation and we see this in millennials. Women are taking charge, putting themselves out there, opening their own businesses, creating their own opportunities, products and taking charge of their future as well as becoming more entrepreneurial and independent. However, we still do not have enough women in power. See Sheryl Sandberg’s Ted talk on women, leadership and the workplace.

Therefore, my point you women is… do not be limited by the beliefs that you’ve been indoctrinated to believe in as a young girl. What is it that you want to do for yourself? What do you want to achieve? What are your goals? What are you going to do to get where you want to be? What are your plans? What actions and steps are you going to take to get there? What have you so done so far? Make a plan of action and execute it. Do not be afraid. If you never fail, you will never learn. Do not let that mindset that raised you as a kid dictate the success and outcome of your life. No one ever has it right the first time and if you don’t screw up, you will never learn.

Do not fall into the trap of conventional beliefs of what you can and cannot do or are allowed to do. Be a woman with a mind. Educate yourself, read, do.

Dare to break the rules and be different. Be yourself and if you screw up, learn from it and then do better.

I hope with this article I have triggered your thoughts as a woman and take your stand on what it is you want to do. If you want to do anything, let it be that it is your choice, with thoughtful consideration and go and make it happen.

Are you being a front runner or lagging behind?

Women, I want you to think. What role are you playing in society? What are you telling your fellow girls and women to be like? Are you inspiring their dreams or are you placing them in boxes of what women should be like? 

Teach your daughters to worry less about fitting into glass slippers and more about shattering glass ceilings – Stacey Ferreira

What are your thoughts? Leave your comments below or share with friends and family.

Please engage in respectful commenting.

About Me

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing” – Aristotle

So… Who am I?

My name is Katherine and I am a world citizen. I was born and raised for part of my life on the beautiful diverse South American country of Colombia. After a few years, I move to the warm, sunny caribbean island of Sint Maarten, where I grew up and lived most of my teenage years. After having lived 8 years on the friendly island, I moved to the Netherlands, where I studied Business and specialised in Human Resources. Throughout this time, I traveled A LOT. I visited a lot of different countries and learned a lot. Throughout this period, I lived for half a year in the south of Taiwan. Having traveled and lived throughout so many culturally, socially and financially diverse countries as well as having been raised for part of my life throughout many different scenarios led me to question everything that I know, question what society and cultures believe and consider to be true, as well as the values we are taught and what we believe “the right thing to do” is.

Why do we do the things that we do?

Having experienced all these different cultures and having met a few significant individuals that challenged my thinking, belief system, way of being, habits and more forced me to change my perspective and views on life, work, and more. All these experiences forced me to put down my guard to show and be the real me. Although there are still many things I can improve on, I am always me, no matter how that behaviour is.

I consider myself to be very diverse, astute and culturally aware. I am a knowledge and wisdom seeker. I love to inspire and question things. I am curious and ask a lot of questions, especially in new situations. I sometimes believe people question my motives, but those who know me know that I never intend any harm. I adapt extremely easy and learn fast. I love traveling, learning, meeting new people, trying new things. I am constantly changing and I love a good challenge and having fun. Most importantly, I want to positively impact those who meet me and leave a good message every where I go by inspiring others to be better than they were before, which is why I decided to start this page.

Why am I doing this? Why am I here?  For 2 very simple reasons. 1) I want to be great and 2) I want you to be great as well. I want to inspire you so that you dare to be great as well. I want to share my journey, my story with you, so you can see that we do not need to have it all figured out in order to be the best we can be. I want to challenge you, to make you think, to inspire you, to force you out of your comfort zone, I want to disrupt your current mentality and belief system so that you too can be great. You are already great! My goal is to make you see how great you already are and act upon it! We do not need to be perfect to achieve our dreams, we do not need a million dollars to make it work. We do not need all the things that the world and society tells us we need in order to be great! We do need to decide that WE ARE great and that we are going to achieve greatness! We need to commit to being great, to improving ourselves, to being better. We need to dare, to take a risk, to do, to take a plunge into the unknown and hope for the best. At the end of the day, we do not know if anything we do will ever turn out how we hope it will be, so we must dare to do in order to be the best we can be, to discover our potential and be able to grow.

Nothing in life is ever guaranteed, so why not dare to do?

I am daring to write this here for you, to get my message across, to be critiqued and maybe even ridiculed. However, I am daring to be great and that is all that is important, especially if it helps you.

What is the content about?
The content for this page will vary. It is not defined to one topic as there are too many interesting subjects to write about. The intention for the content is to be “insightful”, “inspirational”, “refreshing”, “thought-provoking” or “important to know”. Therefore the content of topics will vary from life, work, knowledge, success, etc. Any topic that I believe is important to share will be written. If there is an interesting subject, you as a reader would like to request or discuss, feel free to comment or share it below; or even better, create something of your OWN so that you can share it and inspire others! Become the disruptor. However, if you are not ready yet, you as the reader can always provide suggestions for new content. Why focus on one topic when there is so much to learn or discuss?

Comments or feedback?
You can leave comments or provide me feedback via the outlets mentioned below. I encourage you to comment or write me :), especially if there is a particular topic or subject you are interested in and would like to discuss. I am a very open person, therefore I am open to different opinions and points of view. The only thing I do request from all my readers, writers, comments, feedback, messages, etc. is respect. I aim to create a peaceful, inspiring, thought-provoking, knowledgeable website where knowledge, inspiration, mutual understanding, love, and respect is shared. No disrespect is tolerated or accepted. Feedback and different points of view are appreciated, and I encourage them 😉

Where can you find or contact me? You can follow or contact me anywhere!  Or… almost everywhere. Based on your taste and needs you can find me here:

  • Goodreads: Katherine G.
  • Twitter: kat_gran
  • Instagram: kathe.reen
  • LinkedIn: Katherine Granada
  • WordPress: kgranada
  • Google+: latinvanity
  • Email: katherine.granada@gmail.com

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