Life is like paintings. As much as I’d like to show you a gallery of beautiful paintings, I can’t. The truth is, behind each painting are countless sheets with blotches, rather than art. If life is a journey, then the roads I have taken were not always straight. But you know what? The blotches and potholes made me who I am today, living and loving life!
The Art of Life.
For the last ten years, I worked for the US government as a human resources professional. I am grateful for everything I learned and the new skills I acquired even as I continued to improve in other areas. From a career perspective, the valuable experience I gained has made me marketable. As proud as I am for receiving several prestigious recognitions, it came at a price too.
It is not always easy working with people. Each person is distinct. While I have met a lot of great people, there are others who could suck the air out of the room. Like a black dot on a sheet of blank paper, toxic people stand out and can make life miserable.
Where had the beautiful world I envisioned as a child gone to?
Did the world around me change?
And then I had a realization. The world did not change. Human nature did not change. What changed was how I thought and saw the world. You and I, we both live in the same world, but we do not see it the same. Wouldn’t it be great if we could both see how wonderful it is?
Painting a Beautiful World.
I savor all the good things that happened to me. But I treasure all the negativity because that is how I started to change and grow. Instead of focusing on the externals, I looked inside myself. Who am I? What makes me happy? What is it that I desire? These are some of the questions I asked myself and thought about.
It may have taken a while, but the more I understood myself, the more I was able to adapt to the world. It would not have been possible if I had not invested in growing myself. It’s not about going philosophical and pondering the questions and mysteries of life. What I learned is that personal development changed my attitude. From the way I think, to the way I see the world, everything changed.
As the process of growing myself continues, I am blessed to have the opportunity to help. Clients and friends, it doesn’t matter who. So as long as I can help people, I feel an immense sense of fulfillment. I care about people and my advocacies.
When all is said and done, I’d like to be remembered as someone who has changed the lives of people positively.
Writing is an excellent way to impart knowledge. I am privileged to have contributed to several top personal development blogs including Pick the Brain, Dumb Little Man, Mogul, Success Story, Thought Catalog, The Minds Journal, Just Be Real, Steven Aitchison, Thinking Minds, Self Growth, Proud Stories. Writing can make me live for many centuries after my death. And I wanted to create a blog that would build a legacy that would outlive me.
So I created this blog to allow me to serve you, my friend. This is where I can take you on a journey to self-discovery. Let me share my experiences with you as I experience them. Allow me to tell you the things I learned that changed the way I look at life and career.
I believe that you have greatness within. Begin your journey to that greatness just by subscribing to my newsletter.
My name is Ane Krstevska. It is my honor and privilege to have you as a reader of my blog and friend forever.
In parting, I’d like to leave you with the words of Oprah Winfrey, a remarkable woman I truly admire:
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”
About Self Develop Shop
Self Develop Shop is a growing Personal Development Website. Focusing on all areas of your life: Self-Improvement, Health, Money, Success, Motivation and Relationships, we help you become a better you. We offer practical life tips and advice from a real experience for a better prosperity. We bring you inspiring stories that will stay with you forever. Once in a while life thumbs you down, but all you need to do is to get up because happiness isn’t in the absence of problems but the strength to overcome. The change you want to see in this world starts with you. Being happy is important for us as I am sure it is for you. But being happy alone is not real happiness. It can only be so if we can share the happiness, the positive energy, and the wisdom. It is our belief that even though fairy tales are fictitious, they made us believe that dragons exist and you can overcome them.
Here at Self Develop Shop, we understand the everyday problems that exist and strive to help you better handle all situations. When the outlook looks bleak, there are still many things to be thankful for and you can continue to love yourself while loving those around you unconditionally.
All life changes begin inside of us.
Once we know ourselves and our emotional needs, physical needs and financial needs then and only then can we begin to make the positive changes we want to see around us.
Whether it is self-esteem issues or relationship problems, it begins within ourselves. Here at Self Develop Shop, we help others nourish and take care of themselves. There is such a vast amount of good in everyone and many do not know how to identify all of the different feelings going on within oneself.
Learn how to read our emotions and handle them in the healthiest was possible. Learn how to be your very own best friend because no one will ever know you as well as you do. Learn when it is time to refuel ourselves and take much needed breaks.
Learn that although giving is a good thing, we can do ourselves harm when we give too much of ourselves. Setting healthy personal boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced but can be achieved. Understand why saying no to others demands is not a bad thing.
Never compromise your own integrity to make others happy.
Understand that we are just as important as those around us. Understand that continually giving and not receiving in a relationship is not healthy.
All too many times people search for a happiness that they just cannot find. Having the perfect job, home and vehicle is still not making that empty feeling go away. This empty feeling is something that is born inside of us. And, we are the only ones that can make this feeling subside and be replaced with happiness.
Learning life-changing skills is not something that can be mastered overnight. There will be questions and even blockades thrown into the path at times. Self Develop Shop is here to share those stories and let people know that hurdles happen to all of us. What is different is the new way that we all can handle the hurdles and hardships.
Have questions or want to share life experiences and the changes brought about with ourselves? Welcome to Self Develop Shop!
Developing a positive thinking lifestyle has its health benefits too. We will discuss how to relieve stress, and obtaining the long sought after work-life balance. Sometimes just a nudge in the right direction is all we need.
Having Self Develop Shop to share our stories allows others to understand that all things are not rosy all of the time. We are here to support each other when the skies darken. After the clouds pass we all learn that they sun will shine again.
Getting in touch with our most feelings allows us to do the work that needs to be done within ourselves. Breaking away the barriers of self-doubt is a life experience that will never be forgotten. Learning to be the best and happiest we can be will have us smiling and helping our health and stress levels.
Whether your disappointment is financial, emotional or physical we are here to offer the best advice on conquering those dragons. Loving ourselves allows us to face the world (and dragon) without the fear and self-doubt that has crippled many. We are armed with swords of self-love, gratitude, and humility.
Self Develop Shop offers the best in management skills and exercises to help us grow to the fullest extent possible. We are a friendly bunch and welcome others with open arms. Self Develop Shop will help to plant the seeds of wisdom and happiness while you feed and water them.
They say from the ugliest of plants come the most beautiful of flowers. We are all diamonds in the rough just waiting to have our edges smoothed over. Being happy with ourselves allows our smiles and love to be passed to our partners, families, and friends.
With one smile, you can change another person’s day for the better.
Learning to change the way we view ourselves and the world will help us flourish and prosper in all areas of life. Digging deep within ourselves and unearthing the tools that we have had within us all along will be a life altering experience. The inner peace is not something that can ever be replaced with anything materialistic.
Self Development is a lifelong journey and we learn new skills each and every day. Welcome to Self Develop Shop and we hope you stay for a while. Share your stories so that other can learn from what we go through in our lives.
Empowering ourselves and each other will reap many rewards. We are a friendly bunch who wants to share our love of life with those around us. Learn how to deal with negativity in a healthy way while remaining happy with ourselves.