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Competition Versus Creativeness

“Competition attempts to be like. Creativeness attempts to be unlike.” -U. S Anderson I don’t know about you, but I choose to be unlike anyone out there. We were each put on this earth with a unique purpose. In the entire world there is no one like you. Stop trying to be what you think others want you to be. Let’s stop being ridiculous, and embrace the fact that we are each essential in our own way. You have been living in the trap of competition for long enough. Why fight to have the same as everyone else when you can strive to obtain something different? Let go of the idea that the value system of the group is the same as your own. What do you value? What do have you to contribute that is good, and true, and unique?

Just as a painter puts paint to canvas with only his/her imagination and creativity guiding his vision, so too should we lead our individual lives. Paint the life you envision suiting your wants, and needs, not the life you see suiting others. It is only when we see value in our individual existence that we can look at life with creativity and wonder. We will take risks and explore every desire, every question, and every ambition that rises from within our minds. We will trust our intuition and resourcefulness, and know that every move we make manifested because we saw fit to make it so.

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Appreciate your Voice

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Appreciate your voice. It is the reason for your existence.  All of us were put on this earth because we each serve an essential purpose. Regardless of our profession, religion, gender, sexuality, or economic status, we are each powerful in our own unique way. Gifted with a voice to impart our thoughts, ideas, and dreams to impact change, there are no limits to the power we carry within us. Share your voice with the world. Impart upon us your innate wisdom and divinity. What you have the capacity to contribute should not be kept hidden or locked away. Have faith that what you came here to do is something unique unto you. This voice is yours to use everyday. How you choose to use it is solely up to you.

In a world full of comparison, competition, envy, and self-doubt it comes as no surprise that so many of us feel limited in our capacity to use our voice to reach new heights. We lock away what we fear might not be understood by the masses. We keep ourselves small and allow for our voices to become only a whisper among the crowd.  When we lock away these voices, we lock away our own capacity to attain self-actualization. We take on the voices of others and trade our authenticity for a life dictated by the judgments and ideas of others. This is not a life. This is the imprisonment of a soul.

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YOU ARE ENOUGH

“You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”

Louise Hay

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I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring. I challenge all of you to believe these words and really step into them today.

All too often we begin our day with self-sabotaging thoughts that tend to keep us small. We bring ourselves down because somewhere, somehow we have been convinced to believe we are not enough. STOP CRITICIZING YOURSELF!

While no one person is the same, we are all yearning to be accepted. When we accept our authenticity and greatness we leave little to no room for competition. We stop making comparisons, and live fully without fear or doubt of exposing our true selves. Thoughts of not being, doing, or having what others have lose their power and we slowly begin to take pride in what we ourselves can contribute to this world. There is purpose in our individual existence. Stop fighting so hard to fit in when your purpose is to stand out. No one person is more or less than the other. Believe this each and every day and watch as the circumstances of your life begin to change.

Look at yourself in the mirror today. Accept yourself as you are, and love that person with all your heart. You are more than enough!

 “Let today be the day you love yourself enough to no longer just dream of a better life; let it be the day you act upon it.” Steve Maraboli

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

imagesThank you Naresh @ Reflections: Ankit Chhibber’s Blog for this award. I really appreciate this lovely compliment.

The award rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
4. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

And, I nominate these 15 bloggers……

1. Dyan Diamond @ dyandiamond

2. Kikibee @ Thegirlwiththescorpiontattoo

3. Keladelaide @ FreeLittleWords

4. imhotbutimhuman 

5. Dudzi @ Scribbles and Thoughts 

6. Summer @ GrowYourInnerSelf

7. Kerri @ KerriChronicles 

8. Jonae @ VictoriousExhortations

9. Uwana @ Uwana

10. Sashakiana @ Unlockyourself

11.  whocouldknowthen

12. Mary @ lifeisfullofsweetspots

13. Janice @ JANICE

14. Watchfulsavvy

15. Ubiquity 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of my lovely readers. Thank you for all your support and feedback.  Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

A Special Day

Happy Anniversary!

You registered on WordPress.com 2 years ago!

Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!

Didn’t really find my groove on this thing till about 7 months ago but it feels great to be reminded of when the seed for Ambition In The City was planted in my mind. I am so very proud of this blog thus far and look forward to seeing it grow. As I say on my about  me page, both this blog as well as I are a work in progress. I hope that Ambition In The City continues to flourish and impact readers in a positive way.

A big thank you to everyone who takes some time out of their day to visit Ambition In The City.

“I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.” Anne Rice

Dream. Believe. Unlock.

Cristina Reyeros Coaching

Do you find yourself at a crossroads in life and are in search of some clarity and direction? I am looking to build my life coaching practice with open-minded  and highly motivated individuals eager to be agents of change in their own lives. I am offering a complimentary life coaching session to all friends, family and acquaintances interested in unlocking the best version of themselves. If you feel that you are ready and willing to step into your power by awakening your creativity and curiosity then take the first step towards change and email me at creyeros@gmail.com 

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“Magic is a sudden opening of the mind to the wonder of existence. It is a sense that there is much more to life than we usually recognize; that we do not have to be confined by the limited views that our family, our society, or our own habitual thoughts impose on us; that life contains many dimensions, depths, textures, and meanings extending far beyond our familiar beliefs and concepts.” ~ John Welwood

Ponder This

Who are you becoming? 

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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I’d Like to thank kanzensakura for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. This is such a great honor and I am deeply humbled. I am glad you have enjoyed my writing and I hope that you continue to follow Ambition In The City. If any of you aren’t familiar with Kanzen Sakura you should definitely check out her blog. Her south meets east blog posts are just wonderful. I look forward to reading more of her work. Thanks again for this award

Versatile Blogger Award Rules 

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If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell 7 things about yourself

And the nominees are…

1. A LEAF IN SPRINGTIME

2. A Shade of Pen 

3.The New Age Source 

4. Lauren’s World

5. A New Perspective Perhaps

6. Growing Wonder Woman

7. 20’s Inc

8. Pixie Willow

9. Michelle At Play 

10. You Are the Power

11. Bgr8Transformations

12. Studio Mothers

13. Blogging on the Brightside

14. Kurt Reese Poetry 

15. Cori Wong

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1.  I got promoted to an Assistant Director last week. Today marks my first day in the position. 🙂

2. I am looking forward to eating lunch outside today. NY expects to hit a high of 70 degrees today. Finally it feels like spring!

3. One day I hope to live 6 months in Miami and 6 months in NYC. I love both places and look forward to developing a coaching practice in both areas.

4. I was recently gifted with tickets to the June Bruno Mars concert. I am so excited to see him live.

5. With just one month left till I go to Italy, I am committed to eating clean. I have to make room for all the pasta and sweets I plan on eating while I’m over there. 🙂

6. This summer I hope to learn more about meditation so that I can begin a more consistent practice.

7. I plan on starting a dream journal. I have a beautiful notebook ready to go I just have to put pen to paper.

Congrats to all of the nominees. I enjoy reading all of your blogs and I wish you the best of luck as you continue writing about the things that bring you alive.

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Tag You’re it Award

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I’d like to thank Roojay13 from Skillfully Living for the Tag You’re it blog nomination. I really appreciate this wonderful compliment.  I am so proud of Ambition In The City and hope that it continues to flourish and impact readers in a positive way. Throughout these past few months I have really been able to reconnect with my passion for writing. I  would like to thank my readers for this, as they have truly inspired me to develop and grow a passion I have been ignoring for quite some time. Thank you so much for all your words of  support and encouragement. It warms my heart to know that this blog is being received in a such a positive way. It has been such a joy using Ambition In The City as an outlet to share my insights with the world.  Thank you once again to roojay13 for this lovely acknowledgment. Keep reading Ambition In The City! I am having a blast learning and growing with all of you and I’m excited for all that is yet to come. 🙂

Tag You’re it rules: 

1. Post these rules.

2. Post a photo of yourself and eleven random facts about you.

3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.

4. Create eleven new questions and tag new people to answer them.

5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.

Meet Ambition In The City

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While I didn’t intend to post a photo of myself on this blog until I had some professional pictures taken, i don’t see any harm in sharing a photo that brings me back to a place of peace and joy. I am a big fan of capturing special moments with pictures. I started keeping memory boxes a few years ago and its been so much fun. I take pictures throughout the year and collect small little trinkets from special moments i have experienced. I place the photos and trinkets in boxes that i decorate with inspiring quotes or things i have said throughout the year to my friends and loved ones. The project has been so much fun and i am so glad i have been able to keep up with it. I hope one day i can share these memories with my children and help them to create their own little memory boxes. This picture comes from my 2011 memory box. I shared a romantic dinner by the ocean with my significant other as we watched the sunset together. It was the perfect end to a perfect day. Just looking at this picture brings back such great memories of that evening. I like to think my boyfriend captured me in a moment of complete joy. The sunset that evening was just so lovely to watch. I’ll never forget it.

11 Random facts about me: 

1. I really enjoy getting pedicures during the winter months. One shouldn’t ignore their toes just because others don’t get to see them. 🙂

2. I have read more books in the past few months then I think I ever have before.  My reading has always been limited to school and work related topics. Now they are all passion related and that’s a beautiful thing. I love that readers are sharing their recommendations. Keep them coming!

3. I am tough on myself when I don’t post at least once a week. This is a goal I want to keep for myself but it’s hard when life gets in the way. I’m only human though so I am practicing forgiveness even with myself.

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4. I’m addicted to highlighting my books. Every book I own has notes and highlighter marks all over them. I never want to forget passages that resonate with me. I might want to revisit them one day.

5. I am trying to learn Italian with a wonderful online app called the Michel Thomas Method. I love the app and cannot wait for my trip to Italy this May. Amo l’Italia!

6. I cannot wait to go to the gym tonight! I haven’t always been the type of person to say this, but it’s nice when you finally start seeing results. When you see your hard work finally paying off its so motivating.LOUBOUTIN

7. Heels that give me at least 4 extra inches in height make me feel great! 🙂

8. I want to go cliff diving one day. I promise I’ll learn how to swim first.

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9. Today I am wearing my favorite bright red blazer. Happy color for a happy day.

10. I’m obsessed with bubble tea. It’s so delicious.

11. I’m very hungry and need to start thinking about what I’ll be having for dinner. Have a pleasant evening everyone.

My responses to Roojay13: 

1. The most unforgettable moment of your life?

One of my most unforgettable moments happened a few weeks ago when I sat down one Saturday morning to work on a blog post and a few hours later realized I was outlining what appeared to be a book. It’s a work in progress but I cannot wait to see the final product.

2. Who is your favorite writer?

I can’t say I have a favorite writer just yet. I’m reading a lot more and really just enjoying the process. Hopefully I’ll be able to identify a  favorite writer soon.

3. What is your favorite book?9781573241014

I have read so many books that I absolutely love, but if I had to choose one it would by one of my most recent reads. I Will not Die an Unlived Life by Dawna Markova.

4. What is your worst habit?

I tend to take on way too many tasks at one time. It’s something i am working on improving within myself.

5. What’s your favorite movie?

A favorite movie is hard to pick. I have so many that I love. I guess if I had to pick one that I have watched over and over its The Holiday. It’s such a sweet movie about acknowledging what you’re missing in life and going after it. I love stories like that.

6. What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten?

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Like I have mentioned before in my blog, this year I decided to dedicate more time to my writing. I mentioned this desire to a few of my loved ones and over the Christmas holiday I was truly touched by their gifts.  This year I was given several beautiful notebooks from my mom and boyfriend. They knew how important my return to writing was to me that they demonstrated their love and support by giving me one of the tools I would need to cultivate this passion. I was filled with such emotion upon receiving these gifts that I cried.  Their support during this journey truly means a lot to me. I have included  a picture of one of the most recent notebooks i was given. I just love the cover.

7. Why do you like to write?

Writing brings me so much joy. Ambition In The City truly serves as an extension to my coaching practice. While I may never get to coach people from different countries, I like to think I coach them from afar through my writing. Writing provides me with an opportunity to travel to the farthest reaches of this world. To inspire people to make shifts in their perceptions and to find peace and joy in their hearts.

8. What do you like to eat?

I love food! I was a picky eater as a child, but now ill try just about anything. Nothing in particular is standing out for me at the moment but I do anticipate having a Kobe beef burger with truffle fries this weekend at one of my favorite restaurants in the village. I can’t wait!

9. What’s your favorite time of the day?

5pm! I can work out, work on the blog, study for school, or just veg out in front of the TV for a little while before dinner. It’s good to give yourself some “me” time each day.

10. If you could go anywhere for a day where would it be?

You did say anywhere so my response is really going to take things to another level. If I could go anywhere for one day I would love to spend a day with my both my grandfather’s.  They are both deceased but I would love a chance to speak with them for even just a day. 🙂 I would ask them to tell me their life story. To share with me their hopes and desires for the family members they have since left behind. Maybe I could bring a happy message or two for my mom and dad from them. I know it would mean so much to my parents to hear that their parents are doing fine and want to send them their love. If I could go anywhere for the day it would be wherever they are.

11. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An interior designer. I still play around with decorating but it never became a full-time career.

My 11 Questions for the Nominees: 

1. What five words would you choose to describe yourself?

2. High heels, sneakers or flip-flops?

3. What is the most difficult thing about blogging?

4. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

5. Is there a fear you faced head on recently?

6. What will you do to help someone this week?

7. What is the smartest thing you ever did?

8. When did you last hand-write a letter to someone?

9. What blog post are you most proud of? Share the link here.

10. What scares you the most about the future?

11. What is your favorite quote?

And the nominees are…

1. Dreamsyoufollowinspirationyouswallow

2. Nest Design Studio

3. Living The Dream…By Maria Maness

4. The Climb, A Lifetime

5. Train Ride Diaries

Liebster Award: Thank You For This Nomination

I’d like to thank PermacultureProcess for nominating my blog for the Liebster Blog Award. I feel so humbled by this sweet gesture. I enjoyed answering your fun questions and also appreciate having this opportunity to nominate blogs that I have been admiring for the past few months. I am so proud of my blog and hope that it continues to touch people in a positive way. Thank you again.

Rules of the Liebster Award:

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1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 bloggers who you feel deserve to be noticed. These blogs must have 200 followers or less. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated by you.

4. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog. Post all the items listed in item 2 on your blog also.

My Responses to PermacultureProcess:

1. Do you have a  Bucket List… and why?

I do have a bucket list. I have a great many ambitions in life and I hope to work towards each and every one of them. It’s always nice to have your dreams and hopes written down. They serve as a friendly reminder of what holds value for you. Sometimes we need to be reminded of these types of things. It’s very easy to get lost in ones fast paced life and I find my bucket list helps to keep me grounded.  I like to look it over every once in a while to bring me back to the things I want to experience most in life. Whether the items on my list are small or large the feeling one gets from crossing something off of their bucket list is amazing! This year ill be crossing two items off and that’s a beautiful thing.

2. (if YES to no. 1) – What’s the last thing you crossed off your bucket list?

The last thing I crossed off my bucket list was to visit Paris. This came off the list about a year and a half ago. Paris was a place I had wanted to visit since childhood, so it was amazing to finally have the opportunity to go. Since this trip I have added several new destinations I would like to someday see. Anything is possible you just have to believe it. 222721_591009929522_3610874_n

3. What personality trait do you love the most about yourself?

I have to say my ambition is a personality trait I love most. It has pushed me to strive towards making a difference in this world and  it empowers me each and everyday to work at becoming the best possible version of myself that I can be.

4. Do you like where you work right now?

I enjoy where I work very much. No day is the same, which I love, and I get to help children and families to experience positive changes in their lives. No matter where life takes me career wise I will be content as long as the position enables me to help others.

5. What’s the last thing you photographed? (With iPhone or otherwise)

The last thing I photographed was my dog/son Samuel. He turned 12 on February 26th and I just love him to bits. I have had Sam since he was a puppy. He has been by my side through some very tough times. He is just one of those little men that will always have a special place in my heart. 2006_752578380052_555266810_n

6. Why do you blog?

I blog because I want to explore my new-found passion for writing and for sharing my thoughts and life experiences with others. While I aspire to someday be an impactful transformational coach, I have come to realization that my writing may in someway help to coach people whom I may never meet. Whether they are impacted by the content of my blog or by a few comments we might share with one another,  is my lives goal to help others look at life with wonder and curiosity.

7. What’s your favorite hobby?

Writing has become my all time favorite thing in the last few months. I can write just about anywhere so I try to take advantage when inspiration strikes. Throughout my day you can be sure that I always have a notebook and pen handy. I have really come to enjoy this hobby over the last few months and cannot wait to see where this new found passion takes me.

8. How would you “spiritually” describe yourself?

I’m slowly coming into my own when it comes to spirituality. I believe there is power in all of us and that it should be cherished and nurtured. As I begin to dive deeper and deeper into myself I am uncovering a new-found interest in spirituality and wonder. This curiosity is all very new to me but I am embracing it and letting it guide me to unchartered territory. Where the journey will lead me I do not know, but I am excited to find out.

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9. What did you eat for breakfast? 

Oatmeal with strawberries, blueberries, and bananas with a cup of chai tea. It was delicious!

10. What are your minor addictions? (ie. coffee, foodm bloggin…lol)

BREAD!! It’s so bad, but its so good at the same time. 🙂

11. Who is currently your favorite singer/band?

John Legend is my favorite singer. I adore his music. His lyrics are just so beautiful and honest. I can listen to him everyday.

11 Random Facts about me:

1. I will be learning how to swim this summer. (An item that has been on my bucket list for  a while now.)

2. I will be traveling to the Amalfi Coast this coming May. (Another item that has been on my bucket list for almost 10 years now.)

3. I have a 12 year old Bichon Frise named Samuel that I absolutely adore.(Picture above. My little cutie! )

4. I prefer summer to winter. The cold drives me crazy and I dislike wearing layers very much.

5. I am currently reading 6 books. I have never done this before but it feels great! I’m learning a lot.

6. I am a mommys girl all the way. I love you mom!

7. I am the baby in my family. I have two older brothers that I couldn’t live without.

8. I recently celebrated my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend. Love you!

9. I love cycling and cannot wait for spring so I can ride my bike along the West Side Highway again.

10. I love all things Disney. I have visited Disney World at least once a year for the last 28 years.

11. I have a Masters of Science in Psychology and am a certified Child Life Specialist.

My 11 Questions for my nominees are:

1.Whats the best book you’ve read recently?

2.Why do you blog?

3. What have you learned recently that you would like to share with others?

4.If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

5.What would you say is your greatest accomplishment in life thus far?

6.What is your favorite childhood toy?

7.What’s your favorite season?

8.What’s one or your favorite family traditions?

9. What’s one of your favorite guilty pleasures?

10. What did you have for dinner?

11.What do you want to be when you grow up?

My 11 Nominees Are:

1. http://stephaniedunn86.wordpress.com from My Universe Within

2.http://jaymoli.wordpress.com from Echoes of the Heart

3.http://awesomeelo.wordpress.com from Awesome Elo Life, Hope and The Pursuit of Happiness

4.http://bloggingonthebrightside.wordpress.com from Blogging on The Brightside

5.http://inspirationenergy.wordpress.com from Inspirationenergy

6.http://kashaglazebrook.com from The Divine Daily

7.http://thinkrainbows.com from Think Rainbows

8. http://mysteriouslyquiet.wordpress.com from It’s My Life Step By Step Toward Happiness

9.http://marinixwriter.wordpress.com/page/2/ from Marinixwriter

10.http://implicitjoy.wordpress.com from Implicit Joy

11.http://relaxedsoulhappymind.wordpress.com from Relaxed Soul, Happy Mind