The Sunny Days Project: Quotes To Live By
When I write my Reasons To Be Cheerful posts I try to end each one with an inspirational quote to keep me (and anyone who reads the blog) inspired for the following week and onwards. I am a real sucker for words and how powerful they can be. In my day job as a content writer, I use words all the time and adding an appropriate quote can add some power to a marketing campaign if used in the right way. I also like to share my favourite quotes on social media (and yes I know that Instagram is not the right place to do this, but I can’t help myself sometimes).
My love of quotes and affirmations comes from my mum. Growing up she was a keen fan of the very first self-help books and would turn to Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale for positivity. In later years we both would turn to Susan Jeffers and Louise L Hay for inspiration, particularly during the hardest times dealing with my mental health issues.
Last week I chose this quote:
My New Career
I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Having worked in the education sector for most of my career I have always found the end of the academic year as a time of great reflection and planning for the future. How can I be more organised? How can I improve my life? What could I do differently? I have become increasingly aware of how much I am my only limit and the barriers that I sometimes put in my way. I am by nature a positive person, but I do struggle with really throwing myself wholeheartedly into my business endeavours. I find self-promotion quite difficult as I can be quite an introvert. I am aware though that I need to get myself out there, but there is always a little voice in the back of my head that worries about being too out there! I’m a victim of worrying too much about what other people think about me.
I have become self-conscious about tweeting, posting Facebook messages and generally promoting my blog and my content writing services. It’s daft really because I know that even if people became sick of seeing something else from Siena Says they could just unfollow or block me. I love reading people’s success stories about how they have succeeded in business or studied hard or just made a bloody good go of parenting and I feel inspired by them, so what is holding me back? I think it’s time I just stopped limiting myself and from now on I will let people know I’m here and I have something to say!
For a long while now I have been unhappy with my general fitness and body shape. Prior to having Siena I got myself into a really good exercise routine and followed a path of mindfulness in regards to eating. There is only one thing that stops me getting back to that healthier me and only one limit in place and that limit is me! I am the world’s greatest excuse maker and I have made all of the following excuses over the past three years to avoid getting into a healthy exercise and food routine:
- I have an injured arm, foot, hand (all true as I have had various joint issues since having Siena owing to my EDS (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) including Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow and broken toes).
- It is quicker to go in the car than walk (usually because I have left everything to the last minute and have no option but to get in the car to avoid being late)
- I have already had my shower and doing exercise will make me all hot and sweaty and mean I have to wash my hair again (I use this one a lot)
- I’m tired so I need sugar
I do wonder why I make all of these excuses, perhaps it is easier to do so than to fail at something. In fact perhaps the whole reason I limit myself is because I feel that I am protecting myself from failure in various aspects of my life? Today is the start of the school holidays and I am embarking on a fitness and healthy eating regime. Not just for the six weeks, for life. If I don’t do this now, I’m worried that I won’t ever do it.
I suppose looking at it, the only limit is me and the only person who can remove that limit is me. Which is exactly what I’m going to do! What limits you? I’d love to know!
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