I write. A lot. So it is no surprise that I love reading. Although I have to be honest, most of what I read nowadays is non-fiction. Selected solely for its purpose to both inspire and educate me. I rarely read fiction – excluding Julia Donaldson and the Biff, Chip and Kipper series every evening at 7:30. But kids’ books aside, I have so little time to read that when I do, I want it do have a dual purpose and motivate me to make small changes and to reach my goals. I’m a woman that likes to multi-task.
And this is why I love reading quotes. They are a snippet of text that can make you feel like someone understands your feelings, or even change your mood. My home is absolutely littered with powerful and motivational quotes and I not only see them every day, but read and hear them. They settle in my subconscious and alter my mindset. Because words, positive or negative, are powerful and these 5 quotes are almost like my mantra for positive living so I thought I’d share them here.
This quote uttered by the Fairy Godmother in the Cinderella movies is my absolute all time favourite quote. No surprises there, I am completely obsessed with all things Cinderella – it’s my favourite ever film. I love this quote so much that it is incorporated into one of my most visible tattoos. It means something me.
The reason I like it so much, and I guess the reason that I love the film so much, is that it gives me hope. Hope that no matter how difficult things may be, or how challenging things are, the ‘miracle’ is slowly building itself and getting ready to appear in my life.
Now, by miracle, I don’t necessarily mean an actual miracle performed by a fairy godmother. I’m still waiting for that. I’m realistic. I mean instead that things will get better and if you work hard enough, persevere and believe in yourself, that your dream and will come true even if it’s not quite what you expect. And that will be your miracle.
Firstly, who doesn’t love Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel? Her story is inspirational and her achievements are completely unrivaled. Even now. For me, Coco Chanel is an ultimate role model for all women regardless of whether they are interested in fashion or not and this quote is so important.
This is one of the quotes that I have in my home. It’s positioned in my bedroom right next to my dressing table and one of the first quotes that I see when I wake up. I love this quote as I used to need the reminder, but for anyone who still needs it, it’s giving you permission to be yourself. It’s a reminder that it is perfectly acceptable to be yourself and it’s only then that your true beauty shines through. I used to need this. Now, I’m more than happy to express my own brand of crazy and me. I’m happy. SO what if I want to rock a full face with Converse and jeans.
If I’m honest thought, I think being committed to being yourself ensures that you radiate happiness. You glow and it’s that happiness and confidence that makes you appear more beautiful.
I’ve only recently come across this quote and it’s amazing! I mentioned before in the post about my mum’s passing that I am a person who likes rules, logic and order. To me everything needs to be explained. Losing my mum and the love of support of others around me had made me realise that this isn’t always the case.
I read this quote when I was struggling to find the new rules for my vastly altered life. What I’ve learnt from this quote is that as long as you aren’t hurting others or yourself, it is okay to not always follow the rules. It’s okay to have grey areas and often it is those grey areas that provide the most fun and happy memories, something I’m definitely discovering right now.
I am the biggest fan of Maya Angelou. Everyone knows how much I adore her work. She was an incredibly woman and an incredible writer. It’s so hard to choose just one quote of hers as she said so much and was so utterly amazing. In my home I have two of her poems (Phenomenal Woman and And Still I Rise) displayed proudly on my wall. I have read the complete collection of her poetry so many times. She is an icon.
This quote stick in my head because it reminds me that my interactions with others are important. I might not remember what I say or do, they might not even remember the exact words that I’ve said to them but I want them to remember that I made them feel positive and left a positive imprint on their lives.
My own experiences of negative and unkind people have reinforced this fact. I can’t remember every single unkind thing that exes might have said or done, but I can definitely remember the hurt and betrayal. I don’t want to do that to others.
I love this quote because it genuinely impacts on how I interact with others on a daily basis. It makes me more mindful of how I am with other people. But also it reminds me to trust my own instincts. If someone makes me feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, my feelings are usually right, no matter what they might say to the contrary.
I’ve saved the most important message for last. Self-care is the most important task that you can do for yourself. As women, and particularly mothers, we tend to put ourselves last. Everyone else comes first.
The trouble with doing this is that quite simply, we can’t give from an empty cup. Inevitably we crash and burn. I’ve learnt that the hard way. I can’t be the best that I can be without making sure that I feel happy first. My daughters deserve the best. That includes me being the best mum that I can be. I can’t do that without if I’m not looking after myself. It’s not selfish to priotise my needs and to look after myself. It’s essential.
And that’s it. My list of all the quotes that I love. Honestly, I could have included at least a dozen more but that would be a book and not a blog post!
Do you have any favourite quotes? Which ones do you live by?