Born To T.H.R.I.V.E. | It’s A Lifestyle

  • A canceled football (soccer) contract
  • Relocated to another Emirate
  • Communal living situation
  • Toxic work environment (me)
  • A global pandemic
  • No new football (soccer) contract for the new season
  • Stranded over 7,500 miles away from home during a pandemic
  • Job resignation (me)
  • Unemployment at sometime during the year (both)
  • Miscarriage

Ask Hard Questions

  • Should I stay in Abu Dhabi?
  • Stay with Daniel?
  • Should I stay at my current company?
  • What is my next move?

1 | Time Alone

“Research has shown that those who practice meditation regularly begin to experience changes in their response to stress that allow them to recover from stressful situations more easily and experience less stress from the challenges they face in their everyday lives.” -Very Well Mind

2 | Help Others

“[W]hen we help others we can also help ourselves,”…“Stressful days usually lead us to have a worse mood and poorer mental health, but our findings suggest that if we do small things for others, such as holding a door open for someone, we won’t feel as poorly on stressful days.” — Emily Ansell, Yale University School of Medicine

3 | Rest

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

— James Addison

4 | Invest in Yourself

  • I watch an inspirational YouTube video or two.
  • I’m a member of Toastmasters International (leadership and public speaking organization) and an online coaching program.
  • Periodically, I try to learn a new skill. Currently, it’s Arabic & Twi (Daniel’s native language).

5 | Voice Your Confessions

“Every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation (confession). All of our self-talk, our internal dialogue, is a stream of affirmations (confessions). You’re using affirmations (confessions) every moment whether you know it or not. You’re affirming (confessing) and creating your life experiences with every word and thought.” — Louise Hay

6 | Visualize Your Future

“Where the mind goes the body will follow.”

-Arnold Schwarzenegger

7 | Expect Good Things To Happen

8 | Exercise

9 | Eat Healthy

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends eating at least 400 grams of fruit and vegetables per day.

“You should enjoy every day of your life, no matter how long you live. But remember that you will die, and you will be dead much longer than you were alive. And after you are dead, you cannot do anything.”

-5th-century king in his search for wisdom about the meaning of life



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Finding Chalanda Michelle

Finding Chalanda Michelle

PERSONAL GROWTH AUTODIDACT on a journey to discover the highest, truest, fullest expression of herself.