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“Don’t ask why someone keeps hurting you, ask why you keep letting them” – Karen Salmansohn #mentalhealth #selfcare #choice #relationships #hurt #mindfulness #energy #anxiety #awareness #change #motivation #resilience

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

We are only human…and what that means is that we gravitate towards others and feel lonely in isolation.  When someone hurts us, it’s easy to over think, get stuck on what was said and let it affect you personally, emotionally, etc.  When people hurt us, we always play a part even if we are just the audience.  Ultimately we have a choice…we can choose to change our perspective and become more resilient, we can be assertive and let this person know we are being hurt or we can be creative and find another way to attempt to work through or leave a hurtful situation.

The challenge this week is if you are hurt by someone, decide what you are going to do about it.  For example, if your boss is in a sour mood and minimized your work on a large project, reassure yourself that you did a great job and leave those thoughts at work so when you go home you can focus on other priorities.  Your time and energy, even in your mind is valuable.  We don’t want to waste precious energy on the people who bring hurt and negativity into our lives.  Shift your focus to your goals, dreams and the people who make you smile. 🙂

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men”-Willy Wonka #selfcare #inthemoment #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #play #inspiration #motivation #beyourself #fun

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Here we are in the middle of summer, a cherished time here in the Northeast.  Are you having some fun?  If not, this is your wakeup call…play is important not just to rejuvenate your mind and spirit, but creativity can help you think up solutions for work, feel happier and even inspire you in ways.

The Blogspiration challenge this week is to do something fun you wouldn’t normally do.  Whatever it is, make the time for it and when it’s done let your mind wander.  I hope you are inspired and motivated to take your inner being to the next level whether it’s completing a project at work, putting yourself out there to date or doing something you’ve always wanted to do. Have fun with it and be yourself!

“We suffer less when we let go of planning ahead to feel poorly”-Hale Dwoskin #selfcare #selftalk #motivation #mentalhealth #anxiety #awareness #mindfulness #anxiety #bepositive #letitgo

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

The Blogspiration challenge this week is to stop talking down to yourself, telling yourself that things will not go well, you are going to mess something up or you are sure something isn’t going to work out!  If you can let go of any negativity and be open to the present you may surprise yourself.  Imagine how different things would be if you only told yourself that everything would most likely work out and gave yourself compliments?

Sometimes people like to psyche themselves out, planning in their head for the worst so that when life happens it either doesn’t surprise them or they believe negative words will act as motivation.  Let’s experiment…be nicer to yourself, take solace in that you do not know what exactly to expect. Stop planning for the worst if  you do and take things as they come in a confident and open way. Whatever happens you can handle, will work through and can let go of the negativity.

“One moment can change a day, one day can change a life, and one life can change the world”-Buddha #buddha #mentalhealth #kindness #moments #mindfulness #change #motivation #goals #zen

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

This is a very powerful quote that works from the place of the present, bringing a perspective that each moment is something to be cherished.  Of course when you are sitting in traffic on the parkway and someone just cut you off when you are already late,  zen like moments seem like they are only for yogis living in another country meditating on some cliff overlooking the sunset while your shoulders are up to your ears in tension and coffee just spilled on your new expensive white pants.

My point here is that not all moments can be great and change lives, but some can.  Be aware of when those moments arise to take 30 seconds for 1 deep breath, 1 minute to give your kid a hug, 5 minutes to ask your partner how their day way, 10 minutes to call a friend, etc.  Translate whatever moment for whatever time for you, your family, your friends or even for strangers.  It’s not costly to say hi, open a door or just smile passing by, but it is rich.  The Blogspiration challenge this week is for 7 days to “catch” a moment each day of kindness to yourself or others.  I’m hoping you find that a moment goes a long way…

“You must stop thinking that just because you are working hard, you are accomplishing something”-Sheri Riley #mindfulness #mentalhealth #accomplishment #burnout #selfcare #awareness #effectiveness #priorities #timemanagement

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

At times, we may feel like we work hard and at the end of the day do not feel accomplished or valued for our efforts.  There are millions of articles and books on time management these days, but not many that focus on our own rhythms of energy or how to use our strengths effectively.  For example, if you are night owl, but your job requires you to be at the office at 6am, you may not be operating at the most effective level.  If you are a full-time parent, when you put your kids to bed at night you may not be able to see the results of feeding them broccoli instead of pizza, etc.

The Blogspiration challenge this week is to take a look at your daily habits vs. your daily goals and figure out what gives you energy and drains your energy.  Is there anything you can do to make things easier?  Maybe it’s asking for help, maybe it’s not making your kid’s bed because you’re the only one who cares that it’s made, maybe it’s crossing out most of your to do list and keeping only the top 3 priority items.  Whatever it is, remember that you are human and not a machine.  You simply cannot do everything and most of us have things we do that do not matter in the long run.  What are your top 3 priority matters today?-if you focus only on those I think you’ll feel like you’ve worked less for more. Being burnt out and feeling drained will not help anyone or yourself.  By working smarter, figuring out what matters most and making time for what gives you energy will make a valuable difference in how you feel and how you value your time because YOU matter!

“There’s no future in the past”-Anonymous #selfcare #selftalk #motivation #takeaction #mentalhealth #anxiety #drama #thinkdifferent #perspective #mindfulness #motivation #control #awareness

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s all too easy to dwell on the past.  We think of what we could have said, thought or done differently.  We certainly learn from our mistakes or accomplishments, however sometimes these thoughts take on a path of their own and keep us from moving forward.  Thoughts are powerful and so the Blogspiration challenge this week is to build awareness of when we are dwelling on the past so that we can take control of our future.

When you find yourself dwelling on the past, you can reframe your thoughts to the future with the following examples:

-“What have I learned form this experience that I can do differently next time?”

-“How is my thinking right now helping me accomplish my present goals?”

-“If I wasn’t thinking about the past, what could I be doing to help my future?”

It all starts with realizing how much effort and time you are giving the past.  Try to meet yourself in the present so that you can pave the way to the future you desire.  It all starts with your thoughts!

“When nothing is done, nothing is left undone”-Lao Tzu #doingnothing #selfcare #priorities #makinglists #hobbies #mentalhealth #anxiety #mindfulness #schedule #overwhelmed #simplicity #simplelife

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

It is officially summer!  So this week’s blogspiration challenge is to do less.  With only a few months of great weather it is easy for a to-do list to grow with places to go, people to see and things to do.  Remember this quote when you find yourself tacking on extra lines to that list.  When you have less on your list: you have less to complete, so that means less overwhelmed feelings, less anxiety, less stress…it’s a win-win for you to take a moment and just be.  Most of all, you have more moments of being in the present, allowing yourself to experience all that is happening around you.

Life will slow down in that moment, I promise you.  In American society, it is easy to get caught up in the 60 hour work weeks, the running around to activities and traveling to see family.  To be in the moment, we need you to take your mind off of what is next and be in the now.  This is not easy, so it will be the challenge this week as we kick off the summer months being more mindful not only for ourselves, but for our families and for the reassurance that’s it’s simply ok to do less.

 

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long & so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us” Alexander Graham Bell #opportunity #awareness #mindfulness #closure #moments #change

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

There are many opportunities in life where doors close and open.  I love this quote because it reminds us to look and see what else is around us.  When something ends in our life, whether it’s a job, a relationship, one’s passing, a graduation etc., we tend to stay focused on the closure, reminiscing of times and often allowing the negative emotions to hang around past their welcome.  As you reach closure in a part of your life, allow yourself to remember and feel, but then turn around and see what’s around you in plain sight.  Sometimes it’s a friend waiting for your call, a new job around the corner, a message from the universe or it could be as simple as a bed because you need some sleep!

Opportunity presents itself in many ways, often catered to what you need.  Look around and you’ll find it, whether it’s a sign to start your new hobby or that phone call from a lost friendship.  Moments of closure are temporary just like moments of opportunity, don’t let them pass by.  Embrace what is next, give whatever closure it is meaning for a more promising future of happiness, awareness and being present for yourself.

“My life has great characters; I just haven’t figured out the plot”-Ashleigh Brilliant #mentalhealth #selfcare #relationships #awareness #mindfulness #friendships #life #positiveenergy #value

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

We have people in our lives that we feel we cannot live without…and then there are others who we dread seeing at family functions or purposely avoid by taking a different path to the break room at work.  Sometimes you may have enough drama in your life that you wonder if your life could be written into a sitcom because situations just seem unreal, strange or mostly laughable.  The good news is that for the most part, you are the author of your life and decide who gets to be a character in it and what role they play.

The challenge this week is to start thinking about who adds value to your life and who doesn’t.  The ones who add value, let them know and give them the time they deserve.  Those that seem to only add frustration, let’s give them minor roles in your life and see where we can start to remove them…for example if you are angry at a coworker and can’t stop thinking about how they botched up a presentation this morning…think about someone or something else positive.  You are giving them a starring role by giving them space in your head!  Who you let into your story and the role they play can greatly impact your wellbeing.  Build awareness of who is draining you versus who is bringing you sunshine and let’s bring more joy into this chapter of your life.

“Comfort is popular, but courage changes lives”-John O’Leary #mentalhealth #courage #change #positiveenergy #mindfulness #selfcare #purpose #goals #dreams #results #comfort

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Each one of us have innate tendencies and behaviors that seem to continuously happen with the expectation of a different result. For example, you are working in retail and believe your life would be better if you were a nurse working 4 days on and 3 days off…except you’ve now been in retail for 12 years and have not enrolled in nursing school.  Perhaps you are dreaming of losing 5 pounds at the same time you are thoroughly enjoying the comfort of your cheeseburger after sitting at a desk for 9 hours today.

Whatever it is, our Blogspiration this week wants you to take 1 risk outside of your comfort zone and see what happens.  It can be something small like saying hello to someone while walking your dog when usually you speak to no one.  It could be driving a different route to work or walking while talking on the phone instead of sitting down.  Although this challenge might seem small, if you accomplish it-what’s next?  The limits are endless as your courage and confidence grow outside your comfort zone and into making your dreams a more approachable reality.