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“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir
Spring is well and truly here.
The blossom from the trees makes every day feel like you’re at a wedding and the clocks going forward (in the UK) means brighter evenings. Awesome huh!
April not only marks the start of a new month, but also the end of the first quarter of 2015 and the beginning of quarter two. It’s also my birthday month! Most definitely my favourite month of the year!
So what better time to start making changes?
I’m making some change in my life and I am aware of how challenging personal change can be. Therefore to kick start this new period in 2015, I’m sharing 30 quotes to keep you motivated throughout April.
Although they haven’t begun as yet in London, this month is typically associated with the infamous April Showers, so hopefully these quotes should prevent the weather putting a dampener on your spirits and keep you moving forward with any changes you are making.
1. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
2. “When in doubt, choose change.” – … Read more
“The future depends on what you do today.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
You’re unhappy in your career and you want out.
You are grateful your career has got you to the position that you’re at – the house, car, savings, holidays, and overflowing wardrobe but it’s not enough anymore.
Material wealth can no longer numb the pain of your dissatisfaction.
You want more. In fact, you need more.
You want to be a contribution. You want to feel as though you have a purpose and you want your life to have some meaning.
You want more time and freedom to make the most of your life. You want to continue to make memories and leave a legacy.
But, you have bills to pay. The job market is still recovering and the cost of living is continuing to increase.
You have responsibilities. You can’t just quit without giving it a second thought. You can’t afford to take a pay cut and you don’t have enough spare cash lying around to retrain or up and go travelling for six months.
Besides, even without the financial constraints, you’re not even sure what you would or could do instead and you have no idea how … Read more
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama
I believe we are all born happy and that we develop a negative and pessimistic outlook over time.
As we grow up we are taught to be fearful, we learn about all the things that can and have gone wrong and the dangers that life presents.
We are relentlessly bombarded with negative images and messages.
To be happy, we need to be positive and in order to maintain a level of optimism, we have to consciously fill our lives with positive stimulus.
Adopting a positive, optimistic attitude takes consistent effort. It’s hard work and is something that needs to be worked on daily.
I avoid the news, I don’t read newspapers or magazines (other than Psychologies), I limit my time on social media and I am conscious about who I spend my time with.
I avoid people who have a pessimistic outlook on life and who live their lives as dictated by the media.
However, despite my efforts to limit the negative energy that seeps into my life, I still catch myself thinking a multitude of negative thoughts every day.
Fear and pessimism have been … Read more
Today is International Women’s Day and if you’re on social media, no doubt you’ll see a constant flow of quotes by prominent women.
Personally, I am normally more inspired by every day women, than by most of the celebrities who are worshiped by the masses. Take the beloved Oprah, she is an inspiration to so many, but Oprah does not make me want to jump out of bed and take on life. She is so successful that I find it difficult to relate to her.
Don’t get me wrong, I totally admire and respect Oprah, her journey and what she has accomplished and she deserves all the recognition in the world, and then some, I just don’t see my story in hers.
With the power of the media, the growth of social media and the accessibility of the internet, many more women are looking to celebrities for inspiration. I think it is important however, not to overlook the every day people in your life who inspire you. I believe they deserve just as much, if not more, recognition as the globally known women.
So this International Women’s Day, I would like to acknowledge 8 every day women who inspire me.… Read more
“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” – Lily Pulitzer
Spring is always associated with fresh starts and new beginnings.
It is a time synonymous with birth and creation.
I believe this is the most optimistic time of the year, even more so than the start of a new year. The days are brighter, the nights are longer and everywhere you look flowers are blooming and trees are blossoming.
Spring signifies hope and represents opportunity.
It offers a cleans slate and reminds us that no matter what has happened in the past, you get another chance. Another roll of the dice and another shot at your dreams and aspirations.
During the Autumn and Winter months I tend to hibernate. I hate the cold, damp weather, the dark mornings and all the layers of clothing I have to wear.
I find Spring liberating. It is a time when nature comes alive again and invites me to do the same.
Spring inspires me to shed my layers, pull back the curtains, get up, get out and grab life with both hands!
Here are 31 uplifting quotes to give you a Spring in your step this month:
1. “Life is either a daring … Read more
“If you don’t change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?” ~ W. Somerset Maugham
Limiting beliefs are like the reigns parents use to control unruly toddlers.
In the same way those little people try desperately to wriggle free from those reigns, I too long to break free from the reigns of my limiting beliefs.
Over the past few months, I have been feeling extremely frustrated with myself. In 2009 I took voluntary redundancy, and despite it being bang smack in the middle of the global recession, I was feeling positive and full of optimism. I had a big vision for my life and lots of goals I wanted to achieve. I was finally free of the corporate environment and I was ready to take charge of my life!
Fast forward almost six years and the vision for my life hasn’t changed much, however the timeline I had in mind has been totally blown out of the water.
Limiting beliefs can be like poison ivy to a dream. Once they take hold they can spread like wildfire and overtake any drive and optimism you have for achieving your goals and realising your life aspirations.… Read more
“Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” – Shannon L. Alder
I love quotes and if I allowed myself to, I would easily spend hours on Pinterest and Instagram re-posting and sharing quotes. In fact I have several boards on Pinterest dedicated to quotes and my Instagram is a beautiful collage of the quotes that touch, move or inspire me in some way.
No matter what mood I’m in, there is always a quote to match how I am feeling. Sometimes a quote cheers me up, other times a quote lets me know that I am not alone. A quote can also provide the motivation I need to keep going and overcome obstacles, give me faith when I am faced with life’s challenges and inspiration when I’m feeling lost or disillusioned.
As February is commonly regarded as the month of love, I thought it would be great to kick start it with a selection of inspiring quotes to encourage self-love.
Women often try to be all things to all people, and spend most of their time trying to … Read more
“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.” ~ Melody Beattie
First off let me wish you the happiest of New Years!
I hope you enjoyed your NYE celebrations and you are not feeling too fragile today.
Over the past few years I’ve had a very low key NYE night, spent with family watching the Jools Holland NYE special, listening to great artists perform; a calm, peaceful and loving start to the year.
Despite my simple celebrations to mark the start of the new year, I’ve been putting in a lot of work over the past few weeks to prepare for this new chapter.
I have spent time reflecting on 2014 and planning for 2015 using a combination of the Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook and Find your Word email class by Susannah Conway and the Becoming Who You Are Advent Calendar email prompts.
I’ve also created my 2015 vision board (you can see a glimpse on Instagram – oh yeah did I mention that I’m … Read more
“Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself …nothing is impossible!” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
As we approach the end of the year, and the build up of Christmas has passed, thoughts turn to the New Year and resolutions.
I’ve said several times on my blog at this time of year that I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions as I know how fickle and unrealistic they can often be.
Recently I attended a women’s circle run by a friend of mine at Alternatives and she asked us how we want to feel each day in 2015. My friend Mary, is also not a fan of resolutions and suggested it was much more effective to focus on how you want to feel every day.
Normally resolutions are focused on what you want to achieve or gain whereas this approach is much more about you and is much more within your control.
Mary’s words were “Every day is New Year’s Day.” and I thought how true. There is so much expectation and pressure at the start of the year often followed by disappointment and … Read more
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Mark Twain
Motivation is like a superpower. When you have it, it’s seems all things are possible. You’re energised, focused and creative. No obstacle or challenge is too great. However, when that baby leaves the building, forget it! You’re back to a dull and frustrating existence.
With one month of the year left and thoughts turning towards the big “C”, yep Crimbo, it can be easy to launch into the new year with ambitious resolutions but absolutely no thought to what went well this year, what flopped and what you need to do differently to move even closer to living a career and life you love.
If you subscribe to my newsletters, you will know that at the end of September I was suffering from burn out and felt an overwhelming need to retreat. Ideally I would have taken a trip somewhere but as that was not practical at the time, I set up my own version of a retreat.
I still worked, but other than that I stayed home. I spent a lot of time alone reading, writing in my journal, watching films and generally just taking time out. I … Read more