My name is Ipek Williamson, and I am a perfectionist. We all have seen the scene in movies or shows where the character says this sentence at Alcoholics Anonymous, though instead of “perfectionist” they use the word alcoholic. Even if you are sober for years and years, you still call yourself an alcoholic. It’s the same in my case. Because I’m not as big a … Continue reading Perfect or imperfect? That’s the question.
Do experiences make people happier than material possessions? It’s the first sentence on the research report prepared by Leaf Van Boven, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Thomas Gilovich, Cornell University. And according to the outcome of their research, they’ve found out that experiences beat material possessions by far. How and why? Here’s the explanation. Let’s say you have bought your dream house or … Continue reading What would make you happier?
Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you. – Unknown Being your real self takes guts. You have to stand strong and don’t care about what others say. But even though you try plugging your ears to other people’s comments, how can you mute the sound playing between your two ears? Well, I have a secret for … Continue reading Is it really that hard to “Be Yourself”?
In every disaster, there are also blessings. In every crisis, there is hope. People wake up to what is important, and they come out of the crisis with new, stronger energy and resolve. You need to understand that the trauma was there to teach you a lesson, acknowledge that lesson, and then thank and forgive the messenger (the person you believe caused you harm) for … Continue reading The answers you need are in you
I have just completed the Mind Mastery 101 course by Sean Webb with whom I’m connected through LinkedIn. He generously offered this $1000 worth online course for free to everyone who would like to take it during the pandemic period. And I was one of the people who were lucky enough to catch this great opportunity. It has been a nine-week course with 45 days … Continue reading Becoming the Master of Your Mind
It has been a little more than a year since I became interested in spirituality and mindfulness. The change I have been witnessing in my way of thinking has been phenomenal. I have never felt this calm yet creative and productive in my life. Also, one of the main changes I have been noticing is in my reactions. Maybe because of my Mediterranean background, I … Continue reading Conscious Reactions
“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” Vernon Howard The other day, on the radio, I’ve heard a grocery store manager say that the most selling products in their store since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis were baking goods. Why? Because people who would never have time to bake, now had time to do it. They … Continue reading Even a disaster could have a silver lining
Would you ever willingly harm yourself, your property, your relationship, or your success? You certainly wouldn’t. And if you somehow do, you’d never think it was intentional. You would say, just an accident or a mistake. Well, what if other things are lying underneath the surface? What if behind every failure there is an underlying reason? Maybe you took that job, but you were not … Continue reading If you think you have never self-sabotaged, you are wrong
One of my highschool friends mentioned last week in our WhatsApp group a book that she read. The name of the book was; Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. As it sounded quite interesting, I decided to read it. But when I checked our library, I have found out that there was a waitlist for it. … Continue reading What is your Ikigai?
Your life partner whom you can never run away from is not your spouse, your child, your parent or your friend. It’s yourself. If this is a reality, which you and I both know it is, then why not to have a better relationship with yourself? Because, as you deepen your relationship with yourself, your self-love grows. And accordingly, the quality of your life improves. … Continue reading Tips to Improve Your Relationship with Yourself