#10DBC [Day 6] – Finding Your Tribe


The 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge.

The 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge is about taking small actions and moving forward on a path that to building the momentum towards living life on my own terms. In other words, a more focused path, taking small steps toward a bigger goal.

In the fifth day post, I wrote about ways of setting up myself for success which includes 3 major changes to make, in my life. “Read #10DBC [Day5] – Setting Yourself Up for Success “.

The next challenge for Day 6 is about finding your tribe. My mum is constantly advising me to be with people who would push me up, to be successful. It not only makes us happy, being in the company of people with positive vibes, but it will also make us feel more confident in pursuing our dreams. It’s important to have a strong support system who will be there to mentor, guide and be the light of what it is that I want to do in life. In this case, it is of course, my family.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” – Zig Ziglar

As I move into different stages of life, my source of inspiration also changes with it. In school it was Eddie Vedder, the lead singer of Pearl Jam for his music and personality. Then it was Oprah where I spent a few years making big changes in my life. At the moment, I’m leaning towards people with genuine personality and who doesn’t give up in achieving their goals in life. These mentors are the my current inspiration pot at this point of juncture.

Inspiration 1: Oneika the Traveller

In the early days of blogging I was inspired by a few travel bloggers but then as I started living in Cambodia, I read more about Oneika’s travel stories and show she still manages to go around the world, even though she works as a teacher during the day. Her tips on how to make the best of what you have, is what motivated me to manage my financial goals to do the things I love. She’s also sassy (and badass), tells us honestly about her traveling experiences as it is (the good and the bad). When I meet her in person I’d like to ask her secret or tips on work-travel balance in life. 

I've been a fan of Oneika since her expat days in Hong Kong!

I’ve been a fan of Oneika since her expat days in Hong Kong!


Inspiration 2: Zahariz Khuzaimah

I met Zahariz through Dian as I wanted to know more about his solo adventures across China and Mongolia. He has since, produced travelogues for these travel experiences which was aired on Al-Jazeera TV station. What I love about Zahariz is his humbleness and patience in fronting with challenges that came with this journey. He never gave up hope and left fate in the hands of the Almighty while he trekked on desserts, snow, flatland, hills to see a different world than what we live in. When I meet him in person again, what are the key traits of having a nomadic lifestyle. 


I am amazed at Zahariz’s perseverance and commitment in all of his travel journey.


Inspiration 3: Seth Godin

I’ve been reading Seth’s blog ever since I joined Linkedin and I love the fact that he’s not only a marketing Guru but also a person with a sense of humor. His motto in life which is basically about “Make Something Happen”, is exactly the reason why I’m still still pursuing the things I love and not giving up on them. He shares everyday insight through his observation and how it can be turned into something useful (or marketable). His power of observation is amazing and this is what I’ve been adopting ever since I landed in Cambodia.

Seth Godin has good observations and uses this for marketing purposes.

Seth Godin has good observations and uses this for marketing purposes.


What’s Next?

This exercise gave me an outlook on relationships with people and how we should surround ourselves with people who will help bring us up in life. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be there for those who need us. At the same time there will be a balance of both worlds where as we climb up, we also help others to go up the ladder as well.

“This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6


About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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