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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:


You are your only limit


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!

My Self-Image

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!

I’ve linked up with

The Pramshed


The Diary of an 'Ordinary' Mum


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  • Sonia

    July 30, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I love inspirational quotes too. Just take a healthy lifestyle change slowly with achievable goals and you will get there xx #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. Siena Says

      August 22, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Yes I totally agree its all about patience and moderation, I really believe that is the only way to change things. Thanks for your comment x

  • mindfulmummy

    August 2, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I can t TOTALLY empathise with all your ‘reasons’ for not being healthier – I am exactly the same. I also use the end of the academic year as a time to reevaluate life as I am a teacher too and I always consider how to improve my work/life balance for the next academic year!! I’m a sucker for great quotes and love this one. #fortheloveofBLOG x

    1. Siena Says

      August 22, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Aw thanks for commenting. Yes it’s good to have another New Year to make resolutions for. Whether I will stick to them or not is another thing, but the intention is there x

  • The Pramshed

    August 2, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Hi lovely I think that we are all guilty of putting ourselves down, and not feeling positive or wanting to cut corners. Like you I can completely relate to the quote about limiting ourselves, sometimes I wish I had more confidence to be better and also to be more positive, or just to have more energy. I think a lot of women feel like this, I wonder if men do too? Well done for doing a 6 week health and fitness plan, I hope that eating fresh and doing some exercise makes you feel better. Good luck with it, and thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    1. Siena Says

      August 22, 2016 at 8:16 am

      I think a lot of it has to do with energy, most of the time I’m too tired to do all of the things I say I will do or perhaps that’s another excuse ha ha. I think men often feel the same, they just hide it better. Still working on the healthy living plan 😉
      Thanks for having me x

  • Emma

    August 3, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I can really relate to this post because I am similar – over worry, over think and make up continual excuses as to why I wont exercise and continue to eat and drink junk. and yes, the only limit is ourselves. thanks for linking with #fortheloveofblog ! Hope you enjoyed it and can join this weekend!

    1. Siena Says

      August 22, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Thanks for having me!
      Still working on all of it, it’s a slow transformation ha ha x

  • Hannah G, The ‘Ordinary’ Mum

    August 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I can completely relate to having an excuse for everything, I’m in the same position with my fitness and diet and I couldn’t agree more- my only limit is myself. I think a lot of us find it easy to put ourselves down and limit ourselves but I know we are all capable of great things if we put our minds to it. Good luck with your fitness plan, I’m sure you’ll do amazing. I’m going to spend the next week reminding myself not to limit myself. Thank you for linking to #bigpinklink x

    1. Siena Says

      August 22, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Thanks for your comment. I’m still reminding myself each and every day, but not sure how far I am getting. Can I use the summer holidays as a valid excuse ha ha x

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