Xeno Hemlock
Author
holding-an-open-book-with-dust-coming-out_rQZ9GJfg0-copy-compressor.jpg

Blog

Posts tagged goals
The Inner Journey is Our Compass

This year, despite the political shenanigans, personal disappointments, career bumps, and even financial setbacks, I will not call 2017 a shit year. I will not look back on it and say, “That’s the year my Twitter timeline was flooding with negative local news.” Also, “That’s the year I got financially fucked because of an ill-planned investment.” Why? Because the world isn’t always a happy and worry-free paradise. That’s the reality.

Read More
Boys Shouldn't Own a Pink Notebook, Let Alone a Pink Diary

Boys shouldn't own a pink notebook, let alone a pink diary.

That thought boomed in my head when mini-me showed my mother what I wanted her to buy. Small. Hardbound. Cute (with a padlock and a pair of keys). And more expensive than the regular notebook. She gave one look at me, whether it was disgust or amusement I could no longer remember. The next thing I knew we were headed home with my very first diary.

Read More
#ThinkAboutIt - Can You Walk Away From Something to Pursue Your Dreams?

I believe in the idea that “we can have it all”. The sky is the limit. Abundance mentality all the way. Some people don’t achieve a lot in their lives because they don’t think they can have a lot in their lives. If I didn’t gain this mindset, I wouldn’t have the courage to pursue my dream of self-publishing my first novel I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me for the entire world to read. After all, I didn’t have any connection to the writing and publishing industry. That alone was enough reason for anyone to get discouraged.

Read More
The 10-Question Test to Verify If You Are Really Living with Purpose

Have you found your purpose in life? Are you sure you did? Here's a 10-question test to confirm if you really are living with purpose. 

  1. Do you prefer staying in bed every morning?
  2. Do you fear failure?
  3. Do you compare your life to those of others?
  4. Do you allow what other people say to influence what you do?
  5. Do you find the weekdays a drag?
Read More
There's No Money In It

“He’s a writer too, an aspiring writer,” my friend told the guy, who I just found out was my friend’s former co-worker and a writer (or perhaps a former writer). He was working in a non-writing related job from the snippet of conversation I heard.

“There’s no money in it,” the guy laughed. “Look at me.” He laughed harder.

Read More
#ThinkAboutIt - Is Your Bucket List Truly Yours?

If you were like me then, you may ask, “So Xeno, what is a bucket list?”

It is a list of all the big dreams and goals you want to achieve in your life before you kick the bucket. Now, there went three keywords that might sound scary for some of us: big dreams and goals, life, and the bucket.

With that, I pose a simple but deep question for you.

Read More
The Most Important Letter in Your Pursuit of Your Dreams

Last year, my new life began to slowly unfold itself. An image of my dream materialised when the first draft of my upcoming novel was completed. My blogging hopped on a roller coaster ride of experimentation: changes, reversion, temporary halt, and additions. My life purpose, vision, mission, and dreams reshaped themselves after walking the path of knowing oneself. I felt on top of the world, figuratively, yearning to scream my excitement in a new found life I had. Then something stabbed me in the back, an unforeseen reality that threatened to turn my nirvana into despair, disappointment, and descent. I watched my friends and family ignore my dreams and me, their silence as painful like a knife to a heart. I felt crushed, I cried, and I cried.

Let's look at the previous paragraph in a different way. What follows next is a list of important phrases I picked from it:

  • my new life
  • my dream
  • my upcoming novel
  • my blogging
  • my life purpose, vision, mission, and dreams
  • my nirvana
  • my friends and family
  • I felt on top of the world
  • I had (new found life)
  • I watched
  • I felt crushed
  • I cried

Let's apply some equality. If my = I (my is equals to I), what do the phrases above have in common?

Read More