"My vision is to inspire people to live a purpose and passion driven life and to find happiness from within"
- Mo Seetubtim -
Founder of The Happiness Planner
Since little, I dreamed of having my own inspirational brand that people love - where I get to write to inspire and design beautiful inspirational products that help people cultivate happiness and foster personal growth. Now my dream has come true and this is just the start of the journey.
In March 2015, I launched The Happiness Planner, a beautiful planner/journal that embraces the power of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development. I believe that happiness is a state of mind; it lies in the way you look at things - and this can be practiced, influenced, shaped and changed based on these 3 principles;
The way we look at something affects how we feel about that thing. When we change our focus or our attitude about something, our feeling about that thing also changes.
Our brain subconsciously picks up things. We are subconsciously shaped and influenced by our environment - whether we realize it or not.
Changing the way we look at things and the way we think is basically a habit change. We can't just adopt a new mindset, change a habit or an attitude overnight. We have to practice it over and over until our mind is trained.
I believe that if we increase our self-awareness, cultivate positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and personal growth, we will increase our happiness level and will be okay no matter what happens in life.
The Happiness Planner is designed to help you cultivate these 5 key elements. By practicing these over and over, one day they will become a part of who you are and no matter what happens in life, you will always find joy and peace from within.
People often ask me what sparked my interest in personal development and how I got started with the idea for The Happiness Planner. Several years ago when I was just a young teenage girl who wanted to experience life to the fullest and explored all parts of me, I found myself struggling to grow up as an independent young girl because my mother and I are very different - I am very independent and liberal, however, my mother is very strict and conservative - the ultimate of a Tiger mom. Hence, we argued a lot. Luckily, my father helped me get through the emotional turmoil I had. Whenever I had an argument with my mother, I'd turn to him because he's the only one who understands.
"Your mom has been that way for over 40 years. It's almost impossible for her to change or to even understand your point of view. But you're only 14. You can learn to change your attitude and how you look at situations that are outside of your control. Whenever you feel upset and frustrated, remember that the only thing you can control is what you focus on and what you think about. See this as a opportunity to train and strengthen your mind."
This was just one of the things he said to me which taught me to realize that I have the power and control over my attitude. Changing one's attitude is not easy. You have been living a certain way for all your life. But with determination, willpower, and an open mind, you can. Slowly. One day at a time. Make notes of what it is you want to change in your attitude or your outlook on life. If you have been somewhat negative, try to look at the positive side of everything. It will be hard at first. But over and over, your mind will be trained and it will become automatic to look at the positive and feel grateful for life challenges because they teach you to grow. Our Happiness Planner is specifically designed for this - to help you put yourself into the positive frame of mind, to plan your life around things that make you happy, and to make changes to the things that don't.
Born in a Buddhist country where meditation is a part of school curriculum and being calm is culturally preached, I put mindfulness to practice everyday. Whenever I wanted a toy, my father would tell me to wait as he wanted me to practice patience. He said, "Patience is one of the most important skills you should master in life. You will realize later on how valuable this skill is." At the time, I didn't completely get what he meant. But now I realize that it is through a cultivation of patience that we become better parents, powerful teachers, great businessmen, good friends, and live a happier life. I have encountered so many difficult, hot-tempered, and stressed-out people in my life either through work or through personal experiences that I now highly cherish the value of being patient.
My father also introduced me to several self-help books. Some of my favorites are Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Magic of Thinking Big, Staying OK, and Rich Dad Poor Dad. Besides marketing and business, I also took psychology subjects like Developmental Psychology and Personality Psychology which got me hooked on human psychology even more. Whenever I read something, if it's not business, then it's motivational, self-help, and psychology books. Personal growth has become one of the things I highly value in my life that I feel like your life stops the minute you stop growing.
My real desire to inspire people actually started when I was in my last year of high school. I went to a selective school so all of my friends were pretty smart. I asked them what they wanted to become when they graduate. Most of them had their minds set on careers that seem most decent and well-paid that they absolutely had no passion for. That moment really inspired to want to inspire people to follow their passion. Not everyone has found their passion, but I would love to help and inspire people to at least understand themselves and find their life's purpose because that's when you'd feel happy, fulfilled, and inspired everyday waking up to do something you love and something that gives your life meaning.
So not long after, I decided to start my own blog, BRANDMENTALIST : The Art of Passionate Living, an inspirational blog about modern life wisdoms. Initially, it was just a place for me to keep inspirational words and quotes I came across. However, as the blog grew, my love for it grew. I started writing more and more. At that point, it attracted over 30,000 monthly readers and several articles were being shared on The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, The Good Men Project, Your Tango, and Addicted2Success.
One day I decided to ask my blog's readers "If I could write about one thing that makes your day, what should I write about?"A lot of people replied and said they wanted to learn how they could become more positive and happier. So I thought to myself that I have written a few posts on such topics, however, positive thinking is not something you can magically adopt overnight. It's something you need to practice over and over until your mind is trained and it becomes natural to focus on the positive and feel grateful for life's simplest joys. You can't control everything that happens around you - neither should you run away from problems in life. What you can control is your attitude, your mindset, and your focus. You can choose to look at the positive, instead of the negative. You can choose to grow from setbacks, instead of feeling sad for yourself. You can choose to move on from the past and leave the bad things and negative people in life behind, instead of being stuck in the same place.
Combining my purpose in life with my passions, strengths, and skills in personal development, marketing, business, branding, and design, I gave birth to the idea of The Happiness Planner.
I want to help people who are struggling learn to be positive and happy. I want to help people move on from the past and live in the present. I want to help people shift their focus and mindset from the negatives to the positives. I want to help people stop searching for validation from outside and start looking from within. I want to help people get rid of their limiting self-belief because the only thing that holds you back is you.
I want to help people understand themselves better because everything you want and need in life is within you. You just need to listen to your intuition.
I want to encourage people to follow their passion and dreams and become a life-long learner because you only live once and potential means nothing if you don't do anything with it. I want to inspire people to adopt a growth mindset because everything around us was made, created, and invented by someone - and you, too, have the power to change the future.
I hope The Happiness Planner will not only bring more joy, inner peace, and happiness into your life, but also love, inspiration, passion, and excitement for whatever comes.
Founder of The Happiness Planner
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