Quote roundup, February 2015…

This is just a selection of the quotes I had posted in February on myfitnesspal.  So many of them have similar meanings, I picked my favorites to put here.

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

“Live your life as an exclamation ~ Not as an explanation.”

So important to love yourself.  I firmly believe that if you don’t love yourself unconditionally, how can you expect anyone else to.

“If Plan A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 other letters!”

Hell yeah!  Never give up on your goals.  You might not have picked the best method at first for achieving them, so just keep trying.

“I am stronger than my challenges and my challenges are making me stronger.”

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell

I had posted these these quotes about challenges on separate days.  Obviously, I’ve needed to remind myself that I am able to overcome anything thrown at me.

“Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow don’t walk behind me I may not lead just walk beside me and be my friend”

“Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.”

These two quotes complement each other.  Find the people in your life who will support and encourage you.  They will be the ones who feed your inner need for love and companionship.  Do the same for them.

“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” – Mary Lou Retton

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

I’ve said this before, but am always the optimist.  I try to see the best in people and in every situation.  If you radiate happiness and optimism, then it will be attracted to you like a magnet.

“When you’re not sure, flip a coin because while the coin is in the air, you realize which one you’re hoping for.”

“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.”

“Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning.”

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

Set those goals and stick to them.  Some self-introspection will help you figure out what it really is that you want.  Go for it!!

“Don’t let perfection get in the way of excellence.”

Or “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good” or whatever your version of this quote is. It seems that many of us struggle with this.  We all are taught to do our best and I often find myself telling others (and me too) that they should give 110% to whatever they are working on.  But where does that really get us?

I’ve seen projects at work never come to fruition because of the desire to get to perfect.  I see my son so frustrated and crying because the homework he is doing is not exactly as he had imagined it.  I see on fitness and weight loss sites people so upset if they eat a cookie.  Who cares!  I bet it tasted good and it was just one cookie.  It doesn’t derail the entire day or overall goals.

There should be a balance between doing your best, but not making yourself and others upset or even crazy, while constantly redoing work and making tweaks.  I haven’t quite found that happy medium yet.  To be honest, my “medium” leans heavy towards perfect, but I want to find this place.  This is something I continue to work on and I know I will be significantly less stressed if I just learn to let a few things go.  And hey, my almost perfect is better than a lot of peoples perfect!

Quote roundup, January part 2…

Here is part 2 of quotes I posted on MyFitnessPal in January.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

I really liked this one as a management tool.  A reminder to involve everyone in the steps of creating new process.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn

Growing up, my mom always said to me “you will never know unless you try.”  It’s okay to fail as long as you have tried and given it your all.  I still struggle with this.  I’m Type A and hate to fail at anything and I especially don’t like others to know I failed.

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho

Create your bucket list and don’t wait to start doing the things on it! (Nudge, nudge to myself here.  Must start working on some of my dream travel plans.)

“Why you? Because there’s no one better. Why now? Because tomorrow isn’t soon enough.” – Donna Brazile

It isn’t selfish to put yourself first.  You must take care of you in order to fully be there for others.

“Take a moment to appreciate how awesome you are.”

I think this ones speaks for itself. Love yourself and all your great qualities.

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

This serves as a reminder to me to not always gets caught up in being perfect. Enjoy the process, learn from your mistakes. You will get to your goals even if you take a meandering path to get there.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

Don’t forget to live life to the fullest. Hesitation and fear can lead to missing out on some great experiences.

Quote roundup, January part 1…

Starting in early January, I’ve have been posting motivational quotes on my MyFitnessPal feed.  I thought I would do a monthly roundup of them here as well.  Partly as a way to keep track of what I’ve posted and partly as a reminder to myself of what inspires on particular days.

“I am stronger than my challenges and my challenges are making me stronger.” – Karen Salmansohn

I found this one on a particularly trying week.  It’s been snowing here which isn’t an issue on it’s own, but it has caused a school closing, delayed opening or early closing in 5 of the last 7 school days.  It creates a lot of childcare issues for me and while I can easily work from home, it is not the same as being in the office.  Work of course is busier than usual during this time.  And, my babysitter quit this week, so I have the added stress of finding a new one.  I am an eternal optimist, so I know that I will make it through this test, but right now it is not fun.

“I must be a mermaid… I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”-Anaïs Nin

This quote didn’t relate to anything specific I was going through.  It’s just a great reminder to not live life on the surface.  Whatever you choose to do, whether for your career, hobbies or personal life, give it 110% effort!  Always.  Nothing less.

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou

Love, love, love Maya Angelou!  I was introduced to her writing during 9th grade English class.  I’m not sure what she intended by this quote, but I interpreted it to mean “embrace your quirkiness!”  Be yourself and don’t try to conform to how others think you should be.

“Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I found this one on the day of the blizzard.  Enough said.

“There is a certain happiness in being silly and ridiculous.”

I love to laugh and smile.  There is a special pleasure in the type of laughing so hard that it leads to crying.  Don’t take life too seriously – make sure you have good childish fun!

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”  – Confucius

My weight loss has plateaued for January and this was a reminder of how far I’ve come and that I will still meet my ultimate goals.  It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get there.  I’m still healthier than I have been in many years (and dare I say, my entire adult life).

“Sore. The most satisfying pain.”

Killer workouts are the best!  No need to explain more.

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” –Thomas Jefferson

I’ve heard complaints from people that they are never lucky — they can’t find the right jobs or relationships or something else.  I have found though that you need to create your own luck.  Well, maybe not create it, but at least go through life with your eyes open to see the opportunities that might be right in front of you.

“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.” – Byron Katie

My grandma taught me that everything happens for a reason.  You just need to figure out what that reason is and what the lesson is to learn.  I have found that everything does work out in the end.  Of course, that’s the optimist in me again!