I think the key to a better future is effective and early education about important topics such as environmentalism, equality, etc.

Becoming an Effective Person

Recently I read a very popular book about personal growth: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

Just like most books in this genre, the book had nothing new or revolutionary, but I do think Stephen explained it really well and gave some “easy” steps to attain all our goals. Easy to remember, but difficult to follow through with, which is still better than difficult to remember and follow through!

The book discusses a concept I’ve been thinking about pretty often these days. Two people can look at the same thing but see different things. Even when two people think they’re agreeing, they might not be and vice versa.

Check out the Habits below to learn a little more:


  1. Be proactivecirclesStephen talks about the concept of the Circle of Influence and the Circle of Concern. Essentially everything that affects you is in your Circle of Concern, but within that circle is a smaller circle that is full of things you can actually influence: the Circle of Influence. The idea is that reactive people tend to focus on everything of concern instead of taking action in the bubble we actually have an influence on.
  2. Begin with the end in mind
    It is hard to drive to your location if you don’t even know what to type into the GPS. Envision your goals and dreams. He argues that individuals, families and organizations should all have a Mission Statement (essentially the address to type into the GPS that is your life). You can check mine out towards the end of this post. 🙂
  3. Put first things firstquadrants
    A lot of times we tend to put “Important and Urgent” and “Not Important and Urgent” as our top priorities simply because they’re urgent. But as the names suggest, we should focus on “Important and Urgent” and “Important and not Urgent” first. Keep in mind that importance is based on your Mission Statement. Some people might mean they’ll get fired because they don’t think emails or meetings are important, but Stephen argues that if someone who is important to you asks you to do something then the task is proportionally important to you. And if part of your mission statement talks about health or well-being of you or those in your life, keeping your boss happy might keep you on the right path! The main thing I got from this habit was scheduling time for your relationships and personal growth. Once you have those “Important and not Urgent” things scheduled you will be more able to say no to things that would get in the way even if they seem important just because they’re urgent.
  4. Think win-win
    A win-lose or lose-win attitude eventually results in a lose-lose situation every time. Instead, we should push for a solution that allows all parties to win. This is not always possible, which is when we will agree to disagree and not make a deal together. Lose-win and win-lose situations are worse than parting ways for the time being. This concept is not about being a push-over, but it’s also about not stepping on people.
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
    Use empathetic listening to genuinely understand a person, which will likely lead them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This does not mean that the listening can be done just with the end goal of being listened to in mind. Genuinely caring creates an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving.
  6. Synergize
    Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals that no one could have done alone. This is not about compromise, but instead about working together to accomplish all goals and then some.
  7. Sharpen the Saw
    This last habit touches on self-care and the fact that we cannot infinitely continue Habits 1-6 unless we continually improve and reinvigorate ourselves. This is when we realize how important it is to reevaluate your Mission Statement(s) on a consistent basis, to keep up with your physical health, and stay on top of your mental health.



A concept I greatly enjoyed that Stephen spoke about was the Abundance Mentality. He coined the idea of abundance mentality, a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and successes to share with others. This is contrasted with what we see often in the professional world: fighting over happiness and success. People seem to think that by making someone else miserable will lead to more happiness coming their way which is much the opposite. Success and happiness are both increased when shared! We strive to be able to celebrate the success of others rather than feel threatened by it.

I wrote my Mission Statement assuming it will stay with me for the rest of my life, but also acknowledging that I am a living, breathing being so my Mission Statement will be a living, breathing document so it may change along the way!

My overall well-being is my first priority; closely following are my connections such as family and friends.

I don’t want to just listen; I want to hear.

I don’t want to heal the people; I want to teach the people how to heal themselves.

I don’t want to just band together to save the Earth; I want to do so much that the Earth will never need saving again.

I want to share so much and so much knowledge that when I leave this Earth I wouldn’t have any more to give if I stayed a second longer.

Do y’all have a mission statement? If so, what’s in it?

Earth Day: Celebrating Our Mother!

There is a reason we call our planet Mother Earth. She protects and provides for us. Along the same lines, we should not bite the hand that feeds us. We cannot simply return the favor by expressing gratitude for all she has done for us; thanks will not save the planet!

We must work to achieve harmony between the Earth and all those that inhabit her. a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.

On this International Mother Earth Day, I want to encourage everyone to reconsider how they interact with the natural world.

You might be wondering how to help Mother Earth today. Here are some useful tips:

    • The first thing to go should be plastic straws! They are completely unnecessary and aren’t recyclable!
    • Eat local, grow your own food, and incorporate meatless meals if you don’t already!
    • We know fast-food is wasteful, but so is fast fashion. Try purchasing your clothes second-hand and donating or giving away the clothes you don’t wear!
    • When possible, buy high quality items because generally they will last longer!
  2. REUSE
    • Reusable water bottles are a must!
    • Using reusable bags at the grocery store is also an easy way to reduce waste too!
    • If you do find yourself with a water bottle, aluminum can, or other recyclable material, please recycle!
    • Make sure what you put in the bin really is recyclable in the area and is clean. It’s a real bummer if the materials aren’t recycled due to contamination.

These are simple tips, but they could help change your life and lead you to have a positive impact on our planet and those around you! It also won’t hurt when you save money on clothes and water bottles!

Let me know how you are showing love to Mother Earth today!