Archive | July, 2013

Live By Qutoes – Be inspired by the inspiring

9 Jul

What’s life without a good quote? I love my quotes, and this one resonates with me quite well. 

‘Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing’. –Benjamin Franklin 

I hope to do plenty of both in my lifetime. What’s life without a good story, especially if it’s yours to tell!? There’s big things happening all the time, if only you stop long enough to notice. It’s time to dispose of the setbacks and start noticing the things that matter. Here’s one big tip – you’re certainly not going to find any motivation by watching TV at 6 o’clock. But what if you could change the headlines? 

I’m all for appreciating the positives in life. For too many of us, we focus way too much attention on the negatives. Myself included, but that’s about to change. “I don’t have enough money, my thighs are too big, my colleague doesn’t like me” are all examples of the negative thought processes that enter our heads. How about being grateful for having a job, having functional legs and realising nobody likes your work colleague either. Still feeling down? If you really don’t like something, change it. Look for something a little bigger, maybe just a touch more inspiring. Quit eating the crap if it makes you feel big, do more exercise. Avoid your annoying colleague. Most things we complain about can be fixed. And all you’re doing by complaining is sending negative vibes, bringing yourself down and making yourself feel even more miserable than you should! The sooner we cut the negatives the sooner we can start living, and really identify the positives right in front of us. I recommend taking a look deep inside yourself, I bet you’ll be surprised. Ever heard the phrase “Everyone is good at something” and thought, “Pfft, yeah right, bullsh!t!” Well I’m a firm believer in this, and I’m going to prove it. Because being good at something doesn’t have to be so clear cut. It doesn’t have to mean that you’re a good athlete, that you’re ace at maths, or that you’re a wonderful drawer. Try looking a little deeper than that. Maybe you’re a really good listener, maybe you’re great at identifying those who need a hand, maybe you’re even better at identifying what someone needs help with, when they’re uncertain themselves. Or maybe you’re extremely calm under pressure, maybe you have a wild imagination, maybe you’re one of few who can see the positives in a difficult situation. While they might not seem like amazing abilities and you might think they’re unlikely to get you anywhere, think again. Because these traits are what make you, you and that makes you uniquely special. So dig deep, find that inner you and utilize what you’ve got.

 I know people who might not have what it takes academically, but they are some of the happiest people I know because they know how to enjoy life and see the good in things that others don’t see.

 So, with the negatives out the way and focusing on the ‘good stuff, be prepared to get out there and live life to the full! I have such a stronger outlook on life and a far greater appreciation for it, when I’m in a positive mind set. So follow the deep desires and dreams within you. I’ve only just walked out the door on my long journey, but I can see the light, and let me tell you it’s bright. If you’re not gifted in the writing sense, you better start doing something that’s worth writing about! Believe it and it can be yours.

Alana’s Tip of the Week: Make time for the things you enjoy

3 Jul

Caught up with work, worry, stress over money? Is this all getting you down? Are you feeling overwhelmed, like the weight of the world is on your shoulders? 

It’s time to sit back, take a time out, and breathe. Think about what makes you happy. What releases that stress? What gives you a moment of peace? It might be reading a book, seeing a friend, watching your favourite sitcom. Whatever it is, you need to make sure you find the time to do it. Even if its just for 15 minutes. Go for a walk, if seeing friends is what eases that stress but they’re too busy for a catch up, call them! Skype them. Most people can find 15 minutes to spare in their day. 

It’s so important to make sure you are finding time to do what you love and what makes you happy. Because if you don’t find that time, you just might go crazy. 

So take a break, ease that stress and indulge in that moment of happiness. You will feel that much better for it!