Eyes of Beijing https://eyesofbeijing.com Invest in yourself! Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:56:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Finding your childlike sense of possibility! https://eyesofbeijing.com/finding-your-childlike-sense-of-possibility/ https://eyesofbeijing.com/finding-your-childlike-sense-of-possibility/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:16:51 +0000 https://eyesofbeijing.com/?p=5600  

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” 
― 
Mahatma Gandhi

As children, we dreamt all the time. Before we understood anything about “real life”, we were little beings that ate, slept and played all day long. As time passed, we took our first steps. Then we “googoo-gaga-ed” our way to formulating sentences, telling the world we were here to stay.

Soon after, we were shipped off to begin our schooling. When asked what we wanted to be when we grow up, some of us screamed things like astronauts, firemen, scientists, movie stars, preachers—all worthwhile professions. However, what was most profound about our responses was that we had no idea if any of it was possible. It did not matter. Without thinking about the when, the why or the how, we simply stated our case. We were dreamers, and made no apologies for it.

But, somewhere along the way we did away with dreaming. Little by little we began to fashion ourselves to fit into the world we were born into. Our environments, communities, culture and belief systems demanded that we keep our heads out of the clouds and live in our present reality. We were encouraged to dream, but only dream those things that were at arms reach. Logical. Normal. They said things like, “the world is your oyster”, but censored our explorative nature. And so, we stopped believing in the possible. We stopped dreaming.

It is a fact that the environments we grew up in were not spaces curated for our imagination to thrive. Consequently, we lost our passion and zeal for the things that made us come alive as children. Though we’re not inclined to admit it, it is also a fact that many of us are living someone else’s lies, fears and ideas about life and what it should be.

To be blunt, all that we have experienced up to this point in our lives is as a direct result of the accumulated decisions we’ve made over the years. Certainly, our parents, guardians and environment are partly to blame. After all, we didn’t raise ourselves. But, the same time, if you’re 21 and still blaming your parents or your environment for your current state, then you’ve got some growing up to do. Fast.

No matter what you’ve gone through in your life, the fact that you’re reading this article is proof that you’re an overcomer. This morning you woke up. Your lungs filled with air and remembered to inhale and exhale. Your eyes opened. The scents of your surroundings entered your nostrils and you felt the crisp breeze brush across your skin. Imagine all the universe orchestrated to make today possible.

Similarly, take a moment to reflect on your road. The journey you’ve made so far. Think of all the lessons and experiences. Friendships. Failures. Successes. Think of all the miracles that happened that you don’t even know about. Now, take a moment to reflect on where you are now in your evolution. Are you where you want to be? Does your life mirror the life you imagined when you were a child overflowing with dreams and ideas? If not, what would it take to make that life a reality?

A few years ago I made a conscientious decision that no matter what, I was going to dwell in the space of possibility. As expected, this has not been an easy thing to achieve with consistency. And I’m okay with that. Because I understand that life is not summed up in any one circumstance or experience, but that it is the total sum of our decisions, thoughts and actions day in and day out. I know that this idea of possibility is the foundation upon which my ideals, beliefs, values and principles rest. I know that this is the space where authentic power is cultivated and thrives.

The belief in the possible is a life changing idea that will transform your life if you embrace it. It means to look past your adversity to see opportunity. It means getting rid of the victim mentality and taking charge of your own life. It means being responsible for your energy and for the space you occupy in this world. It means to speak up, to be a light and a force for good. It means to dream big and pursue your passions with the confidence that the universe, God, is always working in your favor. It means to fulfill the highest expression of yourself as a creative being.

This is the road I’m on. Will you join me?

Dwell in possibility, always!

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How To Start Your E-commerce Brand in 10 Steps https://eyesofbeijing.com/how-to-start-your-e-commerce-brand-in-10-steps/ https://eyesofbeijing.com/how-to-start-your-e-commerce-brand-in-10-steps/#respond Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:24:55 +0000 https://eyesofbeijing.com/?p=5572 Is it me or is everyone trying to start their own e-commerce brand? You are probably reading this because you want to start one too, or probably have already started one… Am I wrong? hehe.
Well… If you know me at all, you know one thing to be true… I like to tell you like it is! A Bahamian expression my people like to say when we want to be as real and truthful with someone as possible.
Having said that, my E-commerce journey wasn’t all roses and rainbows. I like to imagine it as a rollercoaster of a lifetime. Imagine my tongue, hands, and feet all dangling in fear when I’m headed toward the lowest point of the ride and taking big gulps at a time when rising to the rollercoasters’ peak. Oh, what a mix of emotions one can have on a 5-10 minute ride.
Contrastingly, the ride of life doesn’t last until 10 minutes. So, you better strap on your seatbelt and endure the speed of the rollercoaster ride until the good Lord calls you home.
Well, bringing it home to my Eyes of Beijing E-commerce Lifestyle Brand, oh how I’ve lost time, money, wits, faith and my dignity… Just kidding! I didn’t lose my dignity, I simply thought it sounded nice with the idea I was trying to convey. However, through those downhill valley moments, I gained a whole lot as well. I gained new friends, followers, supporters, experience, ideas, creativity, sales and most importantly, purpose!
The Eyes of Beijing journey began as a blog on the last day of 2013, as an 18-year younging. I started it because I was headed to Vina Del Mar, Chile for a study abroad programme and I thought it was the best way to relay my stories and experiences to my loved ones. After a while of blogging, it became a hit. Well, at least in the Bahamian hemisphere. And after one month in on the programme, some buddies and I decided to travel to one of the 7 wonders of the world located at the south of Chile called, “Torres Del Paine.” And for some odd reason, I had the audacity to want to film my experience. Know I had no past experience with video or editing. And long story short, I am now a Youtuber with 880+ subscribers and more on the way.
Watch my 1st Youtube video, enjoying the beauties of Chile’s natural wonder, “Torres Del Paine”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCUCLHbKQ6g&index=23&list=PLo0h4q3MavdKJ8G7XmuwJf7gGdlMm0OTT&t=1s
Back to the point….
Starting anything you have never done before, or having no prior experience or knowledge on requires you to WAKE UP & DEVIATE from the norm. What does it mean to wake up & deviate from the norm? To step off the path society expects you to take, to step into the greatness you were created for!
So if you haven’t already…
Join me on this journey to step off the path society expects you to take, to step into the greatness you were created for by clicking this link: https://eyesofbeijing.com/product-category/books/5-path-book-series-wake-up-deviate/
And maybe, just maybe, you were created to start an E-commerce brand.
Below is a list of 10 steps I personally, I PERSONALLY, ME, BEIJING RODGERS, I personally took for my E-commerce brand to be what it successfully is today.
  1. Define the name of the brand
  2. Define your target market
  3. Define your value (products? Services? Events? Conferences?)
  4. Create your brand identity
  5. Take professional photos 
  6. Build your website
  7. Choose e-commerce service (woo commerce, Shopify)
  8. Define your social media platforms
  9. Create content & engagement marketing strategies (video, modeling photos, inspirational posts, fan pages, your YouTube channel, live video, podcasts)
  10. Stay disciplined, balanced & prioritise 

I am 99.9% certain, that if you implement these 10 steps within your action plan to execute your E-commerce Brand, you shall not fail.

Oh & don’t forget… YOU WILL FAIL if you don’t take #10 seriously.

If you need extra guidance on implementing these steps, seek the help you need by clicking this link: https://eyesofbeijing.com/coaching/

To achieve a life of freedom… Invest in yourself now by waking up & deviating from the norm!

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Pt. 1: Why No One Likes Christians https://eyesofbeijing.com/pt-1-why-no-one-likes-christians/ https://eyesofbeijing.com/pt-1-why-no-one-likes-christians/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:57:56 +0000 https://eyesofbeijing.com/?p=5578 ‘Hypocritical’, ‘judgmental’, ‘fake’, are just a few words used to describe Christians worldwide.

A message that was meant to restore relationships, reflect love beyond measure, and bring hope to the hopeless became the opposite of what it stood for.

How did we get here and how can we restore the significance behind what it truly means to be a Christian?

Before we can answer this question, we must ask: ‘Who is a Christian’?

There are many ways one can answer that question, but in sum, a Christian is a child of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God. God is the King of kings, therefore Christians are royalty because their heavenly Father is a King.

Every child has some semblance of their mother, father or family in some way. Therefore, Christians were made to reflect God’s character in the earth.

God is love, God is forgiving, God is just, God is faithful, God is loyal, God is everything that we need and want to be fulfilled beyond measure.

So then, if God is love, Christians too are to be ‘love’ as well, because as the Lord is, so are [Christians] in this world (1 John 4:17).

Christians who do not reflect God’s love in the earth simply do not know the God they say they serve.

Sure, some may hate Christians because they hate God, but if they hate Christians because they do not look like God, that’s where the problem lies.

It is better to be hated for fully representing God in the earth, than to be hated for being the opposite of who we were made to be.

Now, back to the original question: How did we get here and how can we restore the significance behind what it truly means to be a Christian?

We got here since the Fall of Man when Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent in the garden. Basically, in the Garden of Eden, the serpent deceived Gods first children to question their identity and the faithfulness of their heavenly Father.

The serpent warped their identity; therefore they did the opposite of what their Heavenly Father told them to do. As a result, humans were disconnected by God and struggled with their identity.

However, the story did not end there. God had a different plan.

God sent his only begotten son, Jesus the Christ, to come down to earth in human form to conquer the identity crisis in the earth and restore the relationship of humans with their creator and Heavenly Father.

Why am I repeating something many of us already know?

Do you realize, there are many things we say we know, but we don’t apply to our own lives.

You and I know that we need to exercise to have a strong body, but do we all exercise regularly simply ‘knowing’ about this fact?

Simply knowing about the story of Jesus and God restoring us back into His family is not enough.

If we say we know God, it should reflect. If we hate our neighbor or struggle to love another person, this shows us that we do not understand God’s love for us.

If we know we are loved beyond measure and forgiven no matter what, shouldn’t we then extend this same love to others?

If we are not extending such a love and forgiveness to others, perhaps we ourselves feel unloved and unforgiven. Perhaps we believe that God judges our every move wanting to condemn us for every little thing.

Basically, if we struggle to love and forgive others, it means we simply do not believe in love.

We have been taught not to love by watching others around us gossip about other people.

We came to Christ looking for love, but many of us never received a revelation of this love simply because we became blinded by following a set of rules to be a ‘good Christian’.

How about starting over?

Shift your mindset from trying to follow a set of rules, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

The Holy Spirit will help you discover God’s love for you when you are intentional about your relationship with God and getting a revelation of His love.

Here are a few steps you can take each day:

  • Wake up earlier to pray before you do anything in the day
  • Before praying, welcome the Holy Spirit
  • Wait for the Holy Spirit to guide you as you sit in silence
  • Think about the goodness of God and worship Him
  • Find scriptures on God’s love to meditate on

Let us go back to the foundation of Christianity through meditating on a few selected scriptures:

  1. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16)
  2. We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19)
  3. But God demonstrates His love for us in this, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)
  4. ..even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love, he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has [accepted] us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:4-6; emphasis, mine)
  5. Other scriptures to study in depth: Psalm 139, Romans 8, Ephesians 1.

My prayer is that the Holy Spirit directs you in how you should go about discovering the depths of His love for you. There’s only so much I can say without using too many words, but life is simpler by allowing God’s spirit to direct you.

Take care and update me on your progress!

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To Explore Yourself You Must Explore The World https://eyesofbeijing.com/to-explore-yourself-you-must-explore-the-world/ https://eyesofbeijing.com/to-explore-yourself-you-must-explore-the-world/#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2018 20:35:00 +0000 https://eyesofbeijing.com/?p=2672 Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences that one can undergo. The change of environment, new air, scenarios of immeasurable beauty, creates a climate conducive to contemplation, re-posing postures, and reflection.

I have acquired the habit of traveling on my own in the last three years, and personally, since then it has not ceased to result in a transformative experience.

Imagine standing in the sky itself. You try to make out the horizon line, but you cannot identify it. Just as the firmament is confused with the terrestrial surface, reality seems to merge with the oneiric and the overwhelming silence that engulfs the vision, it functions as an enhancer of experience. That’s the least you can expect when visiting the Salar de Uyuni. With an area of 10,582 square kilometers (4085 square miles), the Salar de Uyuni is crowned as the largest salt desert in the world. It is located at 3650 meters above sea level and is located in the highlands of the Cordillera de los Andes, in the Potosí department of Bolivia.

In addition, it accumulates the largest lithium reserve in the world, concentrating approximately 70% of this resource, El Salar not only stands out in extension and wealth. It is undoubtedly one of the most sought after and visited tourist destinations in Latin America due to the dream scenarios that we can only see having penetrated some kilometers in the salar.

Among the main attractions, we found a hotel made entirely of salt, you are not reading badly, even the beds are made of salt found in the salar. And the main attraction of this natural wonder, the gigantic mirror, which is lost on the horizon, that forms the waters races of the salar placed on the white canvas of saline minerals. It is certainly a sight that leaves you breathless, and surely the world we live in is full of fantastic places that seem to be drawn from a fictional story.

That said, what is the purpose of traveling?

Is it simply the experience of assimilating the unknown?

Returning to the thesis raised at the beginning of this post, we can affirm that the experience of traveling and exploring the world in which we are inserted has hidden levels of depth, which we discover in the course of this milestone.

Traveling is an experience of self-knowledge. When you prepare your backpack, your feet are no longer at home, you enter a different culture; you’re coming out of your comfort zone. The uncomfortable challenge of moving in a strange environment from your routine is highly effective, especially when acting under pressure, what your attitude becomes regarding the problems that arise and how your character is reflected in the way we solve those setbacks.

This same criterion can be applied when knowing your fellow traveler. The change of mind and the confidence that is generated when traveling as a group, is conducive to the emergence of the most profound aspects of your personality and character.

For me, that was the experience I encountered when visiting the Salar de Uyuni.

I remember the moment when I was walking alone in the watery mirror of the sky. The only noise was that of my thinking and I asked myself deep questions about my character, my way of seeing and facing problems, the way I relate to my environment.

By way of conclusion, I invite you to travel. Arrange your backpack, make your preparations, and bon voyage!

If there is a creator, He wants us to know this world. Let us discover its character and beauty that is also reflected in cultural manifestations and natural scenes scattered throughout the world. The worst thing you can aspire to is to find yourself, and have a deep talk with yourself. Not to magnify you, but to work on those points where you are falling and, through these repairs, to build a more pleasant environment and society.

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Less Habit More Intention https://eyesofbeijing.com/less-habit-more-intention/ https://eyesofbeijing.com/less-habit-more-intention/#respond Sun, 24 Jun 2018 03:28:22 +0000 http://eyesofbeijing.com/?p=1174 Hayy everybody! My name is Kelly Duvoisin. I am from California, Palm Springs to be exact. But when you ask someone where they are “from”, what does that actually mean? Does it mean where you were raised? What if you were raised in multiple places? Does it mean where you were born? What if you don’t live in that place anymore? Do you answer by stating the area where you live in now? Or do you just tell them everything all in one go??

We as humans have so many complex, intricate, beautiful parts to us. When someone asks me where I am from, I say Palm Springs but if they really wanted to know, I identify myself being fully Swiss and fully American. My dad was born in England, and my mom in Los Angeles. Long story short, I was born in Geneva, Switzerland where I went to school, learned another language, and skied in the Alps until I was about six years old. This part of me is just as important as the California, Palm Springs side, even though living in Switzerland was only for a small duration of my life.

It’s hard to learn about someone in just one go. Learning in general takes time. Learning about people takes even more time. We have things we hide, things we share with only certain people, and things we are willing to share with the whole wide world. We can learn a lot if we stop thinking about ourselves and really listen to what others have to say. There are some incredible people out there with radical life stories and experiences waiting to be heard. We need to get off our phones and off social media. We need to start having those meaningful conversations again with the ones we love. Or if we never have had those yet, we should really start to.

2018 is a new year. It doesn’t mean we need to change right away because in reality, we won’t. Change comes gradually just the same as it is to get to know that new guy at work or that girl who sits across from you in English. But little by little we change and grow and learn about ourselves and others slowly. To work on ourselves takes time and effort. We have to be willing to take those initial steps and challenge ourselves to be better. For myself, I want to go to bed thinking, “Man, today was a great day but tomorrow I am going to be even a better version of myself!” Aiming to be the best YOU is important not only for yourself but for the people surrounding you, like your friends and your family or even that person next to you in line at Starbucks every morning.

I had the privilege to be meet one of the most inspiring people during the semester of Fall 2014 in LA Term through Azusa Pacific University. Her name……Beijing Rodgers!! She empowers the youth through her organization IOT- It’s Our Turn, headquartered in the Bahamas. Through IOT she encourages people, particularly young adolescents, to deviate from the norm and create a positive spiral effect to impact the community in all kinds of ways. IOT focuses on tackling social injustices, global issues and poverty predominantly located in the Bahamas. The hope though is to expand one day to all nations.

This crazy lady I call one of my best friends has followed the Lord’s calling for her life and is changing lives through IOT. I believe in IOT and what it stands for. They deviate from the norm. They go against the grain, against what society has told us is okay even though in reality it might not be. We live in an individualistic fast-paced world where everyone is looking down at their phones instead of talking to people or admiring their surroundings. Instead of getting outside and appreciating our planet we stay indoors tucked away with our precious technology.

The take away from this post is that life is beautiful. I can’t keep watching people get sucked into the social media mess and addictiveness it entangles you in, when there are beautiful days passing by and people to talk to. Don’t get me wrong I’m guilty of it as well. But to recognize it, is the first step, then comes change. We need to deviate from the norm, step over those boundaries and start asking others about their story instead of focusing on ourselves.

Personally, I do not particularly like being out of my comfort zone but through my experiences I’ve had at APU and talking to people, I learned that deep growth can only stem from vulnerability and being uncomfortable. Jesus challenges us to be the difference in society and to stand for what is just. Let’s go into this new year 2017, with a full spirit, positive actions and loving heart. Let’s see more intention and less habit. Cheers to 2018!!

– Written by Kelly Duvoisin

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