Over the weekend I was involved in an Instagram campaign with Feel Good Drinks, spreading the word about their new drink infusions which are pretty delicious. There was lots of talk over on IG about the various ways to feel good this summer. I shared this image below of my feel good afternoon spent in the garden with cookbooks and some good food and drink.
And it got me to thinking about the other things, not necessarily in the summer but all year around which make me feel good. And one of those things is motivational or happy quotes. I know that these quotes are a bit like Marmite. You either love them or hate them and I am in the LOVE them camp. Yes I am a little soppy, a little idealistic and yes a little cheesy at times. These are just a few of the quotes that have made me smile recently. I hope you enjoy.
A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms.
How many times have you looked at the lives of others and felt insane jealousy? Wanted what they have, wondered why they have it and you don’t. Stop it, stop it now. And don’t just stop, celebrate for them, with them. Support your friends successes, don’t be jealous and help them when you can. Stand alongside, stand tall and bloom.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss
I think worrying about what others think of you is entirely natural but it is all too easy to be consumed by it and even to make important decisions entirely based on whether you think others will approve. I am not sure if it is just something that you grow out or whether you really need to work on it but I know that since I stopped overthinking how every move I made seemed to others it felt like a load had been lifted. The only person you really need to answer to is yourself. If you want to do something then do it. Obviously when you have a family or commitments then things have to be considered more carefully of course but there is a difference between considering others and letting others influence your life decisions. Stop overthinking what others think of you and you will feel better.
Choose to be optimistic, it feels better – Dalai Lama
I know what you are thinking, that is far easier said than done. There were times when I was in the midst of post natal depression that these quotes made me want to punch a wall. Yes you cannot always force happiness. You cannot always choose happy. But there is definitely some truth in the fact that if you try as hard as you can to be optimistic then it will start to shine through.
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be – Maya Angelou
There is a certain comfort in being normal, being just like everyone else and not drawing attention to yourself. We have probably all done that at some point, hidden our true personality or fire to just fit in with the crowd. By doing that you can escape scrutiny, often avoid huge failures and disappointment but what you are doing at the same times at the very same time is dulling your shine and stopping yourself from fulfilling your true potential. Let all of your extraordinary bits show.
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention – unknown
There is nothing like being randomly kind without any kind of intent or expectation behind it. To strangers, to loved ones. Try it one day, you will be amazed at how good it will make you feel.
- The Instagram campaign was a paid collaboration.
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