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31 Awesome Quotes by Women on Celebrating Life

31 Awesome Quotes by Women on Celebrating Life

“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.” - Drew Barrymore

As both my birthday, and May Day are this week, I thought the theme for May’s motivational quotes should be about celebrating life.

It’s not always easy to look on the brighter side of life, with all your daily demands, challenges and responsibilities so here are 31 quotes to remind you to celebrate each day, no matter what else is going on.

1. “Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.” – Joanne Harris

2. “The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” – Elbert Hubbard

3. “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.  Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.  Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.  Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and … Read more

6 Effortless Ways to Regain Your Enthusiasm When You’re Dreading a Milestone Birthday

dreading a milestone birthday

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” ~ Ausonius

I thought I would have been settled down by now…

I should be settled down by now.

If I was more committed I might have been financially free by now.

If I was more organised I could have been location independent by now.

I probably should have moved house by now.

These are just a handful of thoughts that have been swirling through my mind over the past few weeks.

I turn 35 in ten days and over the last year or so I have become increasingly aware that 35 is a milestone number for many women, particularly women who have not yet had children.

Initially I was excited about my birthday, as I am every year. I planned to be away somewhere nice or at least do something significant to mark the day.

35 did feel like a milestone to me, but at first it was a positive one. Gradually however I started to feel crap about my upcoming birthday.

I started thinking about all the things I say year after year that I want to achieve, yet … Read more

5 Super-Effective Steps for Achieving Success on Your Terms

5 steps for success on your terms

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. – Mario Andretti

Every person you meet is striving for success in some, if not all, areas of their life.

We all want to be successful and most people want more success than they currently have.

What is Success?

Success means different things to different people, however many of us are governed by the image of success portrayed by society and the media.

The Cambridge dictionary definitions of success are:

  • the achieving of the results wanted or hoped for
  • something that achieves positive results

The Oxford dictionary definitions of success are:

  • the accomplishment of an aim or purpose
  • the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status

The Oxford dictionary definition of success aligns perfectly with society’s idea of success – “the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status” – so it’s no surprise that most of us spend much of our life working towards this.

Neither dictionary definition mentions anything about happiness or fulfillment, so why on earth would we associate success with either of these … Read more

Top 5 Places in London to Learn Something New (and Grow Personally, Professionally and Spiritually)

5 places in London to learn something new

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” – Sarah Caldwell

Don’t you just love a long bank holiday weekend! Especially when the sky is blue and the sun is shining.

However, no matter how long weekend or how lovely weather, as it comes to an end, many people start to feel anxious at the thought of returning to work.

I know you don’t necessarily hate your job, you’re bored and want to do something different, you’re just not quite sure what. You know you want to do something you enjoy and ideally you’d like to do something meaningful and that makes a difference.

Life feels mundane and you’d like to inject some excitement, energy and adventure.

Attending talks and workshops can be a great way to develop new skills, gain new personal insights and meet new people – all of which can lead to new opportunities, in both your career and life. They can also be fun, enjoyable and a welcome change from your normal routine.

Here are 5 places in London that offer talks, classes and workshops that can help you … Read more

30 Positive Quotes by Women to Motivate Personal Change

30 Positive Quotes by Women to Motivate Personal Change

“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

5 Places You Can Go For Career Change Inspiration

5 places you can go for career change inspiration

“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