Positive Quotes for a Monday Morning

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Positivity is a necessary if you want to accomplish anything.  So, here are some quotes for you.

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Keep trying, stay positive and don’t give up!

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Motivations for the Unmotivated

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Motivation – I’m just not feeling it, you know?  However, I want to get my goals met, so how do I do that while feeling like this?  I’ve written down my goals, and figured out my steps.  Now, I’ve just got to move!

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Self-sabotage is definitely related to your sense of self-worth.  Do you want to improve your life?  Yes, of course you do.  Do you think that you are worth the work and effort that you need to put into this positive change?  Probably not.  Are you going to let that stop you?  Well, that’s up to you, isn’t it?

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Just as this quote says, either way that you think, you’re right.  So, in my case, I just want to think that I can complete the goals I’ve set out to accomplish.  So, with that thought, and not thoughts of sabotage, I’ll keep putting one foot in front of the other, and I hope that you do the same!

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It’s a Lifestyle not a Diet

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When I decided to change my life, I started with what I thought would be a small change.  I went from eating a Vegetarian diet to eating a plant-based one.  I already “knew” the cruelty involved in eating dairy and meat, but the longer I’ve been Vegan (someone who tries to live as cruelty-free as is possible), I’ve found out more and more about the animal industry that I truly wish I didn’t know.  However, learning new recipes has actually taught me to be a better cook.  When you can’t just throw cheese on something to improve the taste, you’ve really got to know what you’re doing.  I use many more spices than I ever did before, and also spices from different parts of the world.  My cooking has most definitely improved, but most of my meals take longer to prepare.  So, there is the good along with the “bad”.

That being said, I’ve been on a journey that has stopped at more than a few rest areas along the way.  And, being stuck in too many rest areas, I’ve come to the realization that there is really only one way to look at the rather large goals that I have.  I’ve been changing my thoughts on these goals, and thinking of them as a lifestyle, not a diet, and not “just” goals and steps, but as a deliberate way to live my life.  So, every time the alarm goes off and I know that I’ve got to get up and work out, I tell myself it’s a lifestyle.  So far, this has worked, and I’ve gotten up and done what I’ve planned on.

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Part of what has helped me, and might help you too, is that I’ve been making goals for each week and working daily to achieve them.  Some of these goals deal with house-work, and some deal with my goal of finishing the book I’m working on.  I find that if I break them down into smaller steps, I’ve been hitting more goals than not.  This is helping with my confidence, since I’ve been tracking everything and seeing more successes than failures.

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So, how have you been doing with your goals for the year, and what has been helping you achieve them?  Let me know.  You may have great ideas for the rest of us.

Helen Mirren Made me Change my Life

Dreams are great. I usually don’t remember what exactly it was that I dreamed; instead I wake up with a vague notion of a crazy mixed-up madness. However about two months ago I woke up with a fire in my belly and a desire to do just about anything to change my life. What happened, you ask? Well, that question can be answered with one person’s name…Helen Mirren.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering what Helen Mirren has to do with my dreaming…well, here it is; I dreamed that I was at some kind of high-society, black-tie party. Of course I wasn’t dressed appropriately AT ALL in my usual black trousers and green top that I’ve worn to every Christmas party for the last five years. I was standing around awkwardly, by myself on my little island for those not dressed “properly” (not a new sensation), when Helen Mirren came up to me looking gorgeous, of course. She handed me a glass of champagne, looked at me with incredible pity in her eyes, leaned over, solicitously holding my arm, and stated the fateful sentence in that fabulously posh English accent of hers: “Oh, my dear, you have let yourself go.” Then she turned around and walked off. I assumed that she didn’t want to be seen talking with me, since I’d let myself go.

My alarm woke me up right after this, thank goodness, since I’m sure I would have forgotten the dream. Or would I? Since when has Helen Mirren made an appearance in any of my dreams? And, how could I have forgotten that?

So, how has the Helen Mirren of my dream changed my life? Simple, no more excuses. I get up and work out regardless of what time I go to sleep the night before. I’m not mindlessly shoving chips in my mouth like I used to. Geez Louise, when Helen Mirren tells you that you’ve let yourself go, you listen!  And not only that, you do something about it!