A Few of My Favorite Quotes: Let’s Do This 2015

It SNOWED here yesterday, you guys. And right now, it’s 21 degrees out (ok, I know, not as cold as Chicago) but you get the point. In case you stopped by on Monday, I shared a few of my resolutions for 2015. Rather then creating a check-list that is never going to happen (guilty), I’m focusing on larger resolutions that hopefully will help me create a more well-balanced life in 2015.

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I need every bit to help me stay motivated so today I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite motivational quotes – 20 to be exact. From Helen Keller to Steve Jobs, there’s so much great inspiration out there and who doesn’t love a good quote!? And side note, not all of them have authors so if you know who they should be let me know! I’ve collected all of these over the years and at the beginning, I really didn’t care who said it, I just wrote it down. You know?

Let’s get started, shall we?

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1. “Most people never pick up the phone, most people never ask. And that’s what separates, the people that do things from the people that just dream about them. You gotta act. And you gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.” Steve Jobs

2. “In the first 30 years of your life, you make your habits.  For the last 30 years of your life, your habits make you.”

3. “If you want to live your life a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much.  You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.”

4. “What are the ten things we should be doing next?  Write them down then come up with ten.  Slash the bottom seven and announce, we can only do three priorities at a time. It helps turn off the noise that is going on around you.  It allows you to focus a few things and say no to many things. The focus is always the future.”

5. “When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” Steve Jobs

6.”The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.”

7. “You have nothing to lose, so forge ahead at full speed.”

8. “Self centered is uninteresting.”

9. It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” Lucille Ball

10. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

11. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney

12. “Don’t worry about being worried. You’re heading out on an adventure and you can always change your mind along the way and try something else.” Tracy Kidder

13. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone whokeeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford

14. “Every single cell in the human body replaces itself over a period of seven years. That means there’s not even the smallest part of you now that was part of you seven years ago.” Steven Hall

15. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

16. “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” Steve Jobs

17. “Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

18. “There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.” Franz Kafka

19. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

20. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

Do you have a favorite quote? Xo. Lauren

Happy New Year!

Hello, and Happy New Year! Welcome back.

 

 

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The first Monday after the holidays can always be a little rough. Mike and I got back from our trip on Sunday morning. We had quite the adventure in Puerto Rico (more to come on that this week) but it was amazing to have down time on the ocean to reflect on 2014 to see how things have changed over the past 12 months. Like many, I set goals in the beginning of 2014 some of which I kept and a few more that I didn’t, but I think it’s more important to focus on your highlight reel vs. everything you didn’t end up doing this year – agree? I truly believe that this can only help you form what you really want to get done in the upcoming year.

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With that, this year I want to focus on larger goals on how I can improve my life rather than creating a list of well-intentioned resolutions that will most likely go down the drain.

Here are a few things that I hope to keep top-of-mind:

1. Prioritize: Instead of saying yes to everything (I’m most definitely a people pleaser), I only want to say yes to things of importance (including this blog). My calendar so quickly books up with events, work commitments, and friend duties that more often than not, it makes it hard to do life things such as laundry, work out, etc. So with that, I’d like to focus on prioritizing the right people and things that will only improve my life vs. fill up my calendar.

2. Focus On My Financials: I’m in sales so you think I would be really good with numbers (not so much in my personal life). Although I had a great year in 2014 both personally and professionally, I really want to focus on saving vs. spending. I think this can be applied no matter what your income. I often find myself swiping my card without thinking twice – an $80 dollar brunch? Eeep – those mimosas sure were delicious! $200 pair of sandals? But I really really needed them!

My biggest downfall for sure is shopping. So here is my solution: I’m jump starting the new year with Frugal January. I have a bet with my boyfriend that if I buy anything that is truly unnecessary I owe him twice the amount of the product. I know this is not going to last all year but it’s a great start and I believe it will really help me focus on essentials vs. “just because” items. I’ll have a full report back at the end of the month on how this pans out but please wish me luck because I REALLY need it. :)

3. Travel More: 2015 is my year of travel. Any long weekend, I’d like to be out of town. Rather then spending my money on “things” I’d like to focus on adventures and experiences. Puerto Rico was a great start to the year.

4. Stay On Track: Par the course. Life doesn’t necessary always turn out how you plan. All you can really do is stay focused. If the current track works out, great. If it doesn’t, reroute – find a new course of action. More often then not I’m always looking for a next step when it comes to many facets of my life, this year I want to take it day-by-day. Rather than focusing on end results, I will try to appreciate the process.

5. Health: This year I’d really like to focus on my health. And by health, I don’t mean working out every day of the week (although that would be nice). I’m talking more about mind, body and soul. Instead of constantly doubting and comparing, I will focus on only the things I can control – how I think (good vibes only), what I do (staying active) and what I put into my body (you are what you eat, you know what I mean?)

CHEERS to happy and healthy 2015. What are your goals for the upcoming year? Xo. Lauren