Inspiration for the New Year (and Decade)

Cheer’s to the New Year & Decade! May it be your BEST one yet!

 

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No matter where you are today or what you may be thinking, today symbolizes a fresh new start and opportunity. Today is the FIRST Monday of not only the year, but of the new decade! We could sit and grumble over the fact that it’s “Monday”, but let’s face it…we all need to look outside of the box from time to time and see things from another perspective. I’m here to offer just that and a bit of inspiration to boot!

 

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Whether you’re smashing your new year goals so far without the slightest bit of hesitation or grimace or you’re in serious need of a pick-me-up and ready to throw in the towel. You’re not alone!

 

Everyone has their own specific and personal goals in mind for what they’re bringing to this new chapter in their life and once again (the new decade). Hey, that’s pretty exciting stuff and you should be excited about it, too!

If there is one thing I love, it is to bring inspiration and cheer to others. No, I may not be able to say that I have walked in your shoes or felt what you’ve felt, but empathy is not lost on me and I, too, have had my share of grief in this life.

 

So cheer up, Momma!  You’re going to kick ass in this new season of your life & make your dreams come true!

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Whatever the past decade has dealt you, don’t be afraid to reshuffle your deck!

 

 

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There is so much beauty in your life and though it may be hard to see it now, the storms will begin to clear and the sun will come out again! Take heart in knowing you aren’t alone in your troubles or fears and you’re truly blessed to wake to see another day. Yes, your life is probably sometimes a crazy mess, but in the end you will see all of your beautifully broken pieces mended together in a masterpiece!

 

 

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It’s okay to take time and just breathe. Just be in the moment and not worry about the things that need to get done. Take time to relax and recharge your batteries and indulge in self-care. Because that is so very important to making everything else fall into place.

 

 

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LIVE. CREATE. SPEAK. HUG. SMILE. HOPE. LAUGH. SEEK. INSPIRE. LOVE.

 

 

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Sometimes not getting what you want may seem disappointing in the beginning, but can turn out to be your biggest blessing in the end. Not all roads are meant to lead you to your final destination. So enjoy the detours along the way!

 

 

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Get your creativity flowing again and reignite your passion. Whether it be writing, drawing, painting, singing, etc. Today is your day and this is your sign! Get started!

 

 

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You got this, girl! There will be speed bumps along the way, but don’t let that stop you from pursuing your goals and making your dreams come true! Rome was not built in a day! Every time you quit and start over, you’re only delaying your own progress in life.

 

 

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Do something great today that your tomorrow self will thank you for!

 

 

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Thank your past self for the lessons learned and tell your future self you’re ready!

 

 

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Thinking outside the box is crucial. There is a reason they say old ways won’t open new doors. Don’t be afraid to shake it up a bit or even to reinvent yourself.

 

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I believe it! The question is, do you? And what are you willing to do to bring your dreams to fruition?

 

 

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Grab the bull by the horns and look the devil in the eyes and while you’re at it, punch today in the face! This is your time to shine and you will succeed because you’re crazy enough to think so! Let’s make it happen. I’m ready! Are you?

 

 

 “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” —Neil Gaiman

The Lessons I Learned In 2019

The time has come to bid farewell to this year, and what a year it has been. So many wonderful and disastrous things happened almost seeming to go hand in hand. Alas, we have made it to the last few days of the year. Hallelujah!

 

As we get ready to raise our glass to ring in this New Year, take a moment to reflect on the lessons that 2019 taught you. Although, nothing is perfect or grand in life every single day, there is always something to be taken away from those less than ideal experiences.

 

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Earlier this year I lost my job and although it wasn’t heartbreaking in the least, there were still many lessons it taught me on who my true friends were and who only cared to take advantage of my kindness and generosity. I truly believe that if you learn something valuable and gain more respect for yourself in the process, then nothing was ever a waste of your time.

 

Wisdom comes from growth & growth is painful, but the outcome is always beautiful…

 

Fast forward a few months and I had the opportunity to accept a temporary job helping to serve my community. I was never one to believe that when one door closed another would open. That’s how doors work, right? However, great things happen sometimes when we least expect it. I am grateful for the friendships I made and the knowledge I gained which helped make it worth the sad parting goodbye as my contract came to a close this past week.

 

What can seem like a bitter year end is all in how you choose to look at it, and I choose to see the positive in my life every chance I can. This year has many of them.

 

I gained new friends to share laughs with and silly inside jokes.

I gained a new respect for our emergency first responders and the trauma they encounter on a daily basis.

I learned it’s okay when people walk out of your life, because it leaves room for better people to walk in.

I forgive myself more when I fall short and allow myself grace to improve in my weak areas.

I learned just because other people are bitter and spiteful doesn’t mean you have to participate.

I learned that when people say hurtful things that aren’t true about you that it shows their true character and not yours.

I learned to be okay with people not knowing my side of the story.

I learned that forgiving others is never for them, it is always for you.

I learned that not everyone is your friend and its okay to remove toxic people from your life.

I learned that not everyone is going to like me and to stop forcing things that aren’t meant to be.

I learned that some of the most unlikely people turn out to be the ones who care the most.

I learned that there are no shortcuts in life, but consistency will help get you there quicker.

I learned that if you want something bad enough you will find a way to make it happen and not an excuse.

I learned that everyone falls short and there are no perfect people and that most of us are all in this life trying the very best we can.

 

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No matter what this year took you through, I pray you find peace in knowing that you are not alone and you are loved.

As I close this yearly chapter of my life and prepare for the next one, I realize that even though I have lost jobs, friendships and experienced heartache along the way, I am blessed to have woken up this morning and given the chance to be a better mother, wife and human being and that is priceless.

 

Tomorrow is never promised and today is a gift. Life is a journey and a roller coaster at that. So enjoy the ride and make the most of it!

 

Welcome 2020! Here’s to the next decade!

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30 Quotes to Inspire Success in Your Life

Everyone has a passion and a purpose in life, and it’s up to each of us to discover what exactly that is. No one can tell you what it is or who you are. That’s a journey you must take for yourself…Are you bold enough to start?

I was inspired recently by a Katy Perry song. Laugh all you want, sometimes the silliest and most simple of things are what can ignite the hottest flames within ourselves.. For me, a lot of times, I find my solace in music and others, it’s the wisdom I find in inspirational quotes, books and stories of those who have lived and learned before me. (For those who are curious which Katy Perry song that was, it’s called Rise! Look it up! Good stuff!)

I’ve put together a list of my top 30 favorite inspiring quotes (in no particular order) that have helped me in all areas of my life during the highs and the lows…ENJOY!!!

 

1.) “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ― C.S. Lewis

2.) “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” ― Will Rogers

3.) Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” ― OG Mandino

4.) You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Maya Angelou

5.) “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” ― Lance Armstrong

6.) A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ― Winston Churchill

7.) “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ― Henry Ford

8.) Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” ― Denis Waitley

9.) “Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.” ― John Wooden

10.) Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ― Confucius

11.) If you believe it will work out , you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.” ― Wayne Dyer

12.) Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” ― Thomas Carlyle

13.) If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” ― Les Brown

14.) Experience is the teacher of all things.” ― Julius Caesar

15.) “It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.” ― Jillian Michaels

16.) You’re a fighter. Look at everything you’ve overcome. Don’t give up now.”  ― Olivia Benson 

17.) “There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” ―Oprah Winfrey

18.) If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.James Cameron

19.) Believe you can and you’re halfway there.― T. Roosevelt

20.) Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.Les Brown

21.) You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough.― Mae West

22.)  Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

23.) The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” ― Confucius

24.) Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” ― George Herbert

25.) By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

26.) The hardships that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future.” ―  Philip Emeagwali

27.) All you have to do is know where you’re going. The answers will come to you of their own accord.”  ― Earl Nightingale

28.) If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”  ― H. G. Wells

29.) It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ― Nelson Mandela

30.)  You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” ― Babe Ruth

 

50 Inspirational Quotes for Mother’s

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As a mother of three, I know that being a parent is hard. It will take everything you have and then demand for more. Day in and day out you rise to take care of these beautiful souls you have brought into this world.

Their needs and wants fill your head all day until you begin to wonder if you have any thoughts of your own. They argue with their siblings and make messes left and right. You plead for quiet and calm and they respond with loud and chaos.

You begin to question your sanity and wonder if you can make it 5 more minutes without totally losing it. Then it happens. Bedtime has arrived. You tuck them into bed, kiss their heads, tell them you love them and wish them sweet dreams.

I see you there now, gathering your wary thoughts in silence and recapping your day. Wondering if you did everything right as a mother. Did you spend enough time with them? Lose your cool too much? Are you screwing this parenting thing up?

 

Every mother wonders these things. You are not alone! 

 

You check on your sleeping children and wonder how such calm and precious little faces can be so loud and demanding. They are so peaceful and sweet while they dream. It’s hard to believe hours before they were up running through the house screaming at their siblings and asking for their 50th snack of the day.

 

I’m here to tell you, you’re doing an amazing job! You’re wonderful, appreciated and loved. They may not see all that you do for them now, but one day they will look back and see that you always had their back. No matter what! You were there for them, cheering them on at school events, helping with homework and encouraging their dreams.

 

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Here are 50 Inspirational Quotes to remind you that you are an amazing mother and your irreplaceable love is one of a kind. ♥

 

1.) “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” ―Agatha Christie

2.) There will be so many times you feel like you’ve failed. But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child, you are super mom.  -Author Unknown

3.) “Finding balance as a mother means accepting your imperfections.” – Mary Organizes

4.) “A mothers’ joy begins when new life is stirring inside…when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.” -Author Unknown

5.) “A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.” -Anonymous

6.) “No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” -Edwin Hubbell Chapin

7.) “A mother is someone who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” -Unknown Author

8.) “There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.” -Jill Churchill

9.) “All mothers are working mothers.” -Author Unknown

10.) “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” -Robert Browning

 

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11.) “Behind every great child is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.” -Author Unknown

12.) “Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways. You learn to deal with crisis. I’ve become a juggler, I suppose. It’s all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage, but sometimes I do.” -Jane Seymour

13.) “Motherhood is wonderful, but it’s also hard work. It’s the logistics more than anything. You discover you have reserves of energy you didn’t know you had.” -Deborah Mailman

14.) “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

15.) “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” -Gail Tsukiyama

16.) “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” -Princess Diana

17.) “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” -W.R. Wallace

18.) “The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly—indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” -Arianna Huffington

19.) “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” -Sharon Jaynes

20.) “Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” -Donna Ball

 

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21.) “In the end…I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life.” -Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard

22.) “I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” – Oprah

23.) “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C. Garretty

24.) “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver

25.) “One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” -Jim DeMint

26.) “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” -Honore de Balzac

27.) “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”  -Ricki Lake

28.) “The best part of being a mom to me is the unconditional love. I have never felt a love as pure, a love that’s as rewarding.” -Monica Denise Brown

29.) “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.” -Meryl Streep

30.) “Mothers are all slightly insane.” -J. D. Salinger

 

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31.) “Moms are life’s number one cheerleaders without uniforms.” -Richelle E. Goodrich

32.) “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” -Washington Irving

33.) “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” -Jane Sellman

34.) “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope out lives them all.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

35.)  “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” -Victor Hugo

36.) “She raised us with humor, and she raised us to understand that not everything was going to be great—but how to laugh through it.” -Liza Minnelli

37.) “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark … to have been loved so deeply .. will give us some protection forever.” -J.K. Rowling

38.) “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.” -James Joyce

39.)  “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” -Tina Fey

40.) “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” -Tina Fey

 

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41.) “I see myself as mom first. I’m so lucky to have that role in life. The world can like me, hate me or fall apart around me and at least I wake up with my kids and I’m happy.” -Angelina Jolie

42.) “You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.” -Kevin Durant

43.) “There’s something that just happens to you when you have a baby, and you look at their little eyes for the first time when you’re holding them. They’ve been safe inside your belly for almost 10 months, and now they’re in your arms. Intuition kicks in, where you will do anything for them and you have all the tools inside of you to take care of them.” -Hilary Duff

44.) “If I’ve learned anything as a mom with a daughter who’s three, I’ve learned that you cannot judge the way another person is raising their kid. Everybody is just doing the best they can. It’s hard to be a mom.” -Maggie Gyllenhaal

45.) “There’s no such thing as a supermom. We just do the best we can.” -Sarah Michelle Gellar

46.) “A mother understands what a child does not say.” -Jewish Proverb

47.) “A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” -Honore de Balzac

48.) “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” -Charles R. Swindoll

49.) “To a child’s ear, “mother” is magic in any language.” –Arlene Benedict

50.) “Mother’s love is peace.  It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” –Erich Fromm