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120 Best Quotes About Life To Inspire You Everyday

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start. I’ve stopped dreading Monday because I found the secret to love everyday is to do what you love. If you still don’t like Monday and are feeling time is going to fast, don’t worry. There’s a saying September is the new January so I’m compiling a list of best quotes about life to keep us motivated for the rest of the year.

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” If you’ve failed to keep ALL your New Year’s resolutions, you still have 4 months and about 17 weeks until the end of this year!  How about making the most of the feeling of renewal and fresh start of September? Now is the perfect time to sit down and start considering the small changes you could make to improve your life day after day. Feeling uninspired? A little depressed? Maybe those can help you. Here’s a list of best quotes about life for your dose of daily motivation.

Best Quotes About Life To Inspire You Everyday

Week 1

  1. “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” -F.Scott Fitzgerald
  2. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”-Chinese Proverb
  3. “But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” -Ernest Hemingway
  4. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
  5. “There is nothing permanent except change.” -Heraclitus
  6. “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” -George Washington
  7. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” -Napoleon Hill

best quotes about lifeWeek 2

  1. “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” -Thomas Carlyle
  2. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” -Walt Whitman
  3. “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” -Aldous Huxley
  4. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”-Lao Tzu
  5. “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” -Henry David Thoreau
  6. “The best reparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  7. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” -Samuel Beckett

Quotes About Life To Inspire You Everyday Week 3

  1. “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” -Voltaire
  2. “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” -Simone de Beauvoir
  3. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” -Theodore Roosevelt
  4. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas A. Edison
  5. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain
  6. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney
  7. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” -Swami Vivekananda

Week 4

  1. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw
  2. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” –Socrates
  3. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” -Theodore Roosevelt
  4. “Do all things with love.” -Og Mandino
  5. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill
  6. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” –Buddha
  7. “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” –Joseph Campbell

Week 5

  1. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” –Aristotle
  2. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” Napoleon Hill
  3. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein
  4. “Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” Marilyn Monroe
  5. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”-Jim Rohn
  6. “If you haven’t found it yet keep looking.” –Steve Jobs
  7. “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” –Mark Twain

Week 6

  1. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” -Steve Jobs
  2. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” -Og Mandino
  3. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” -Maya Angelou
  4. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford
  5. “Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” -Helen Keller
  6. “Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt
  7. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon

Week 7

  1. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” -Marcus Aurelius
  2. “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” -Benjamin Franklin
  3. “Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.” -Samuel Butler
  4. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln
  5. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” -Omar Khayyam
  6. “Get busy living or get busy dying.” -Stephen King
  7. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” -Mae West

Week 8

  1. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha
  2. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Steve Jobs
  3. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” -George S. Patton
  4. “Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” -Albert Einstein
  6. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” -Babe Ruth
  7. “Keep calm and carry on.” -Winston Churchill

Week 9

  1. “The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive.” -Indira Gandhi
  2. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” -Oscar Wilde
  3. “When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” -Marcus Aurelius
  4. “In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.” -Albert Einstein
  5. “Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow.” -Neil Strauss
  6. “If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way.” -Henry Ford
  7. “When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” -Marcus Aurelius

Week 10

  1. “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” -Walter Hagen
  2. “Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.” -Napoleon Hill
  3. “Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” -H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  4. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela
  5. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”-Thomas J. Watson
  6. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” -Christopher Reeve
  7. “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” -Marilyn Monroe

Week 11

  1. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” -Norman Cousins
  2. “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”-John F. Kennedy
  3. “Life is trying things to see if they work.” -Ray Bradbury
  4. “Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one. Don’t hope for a life without problems. There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.” -Mark Manson
  5. “The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.” -Frank Sinatra
  6. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” -Maya Angelou
  7. “In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.” -Peter F. Drucker

Week 12

  1. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.” -Ferris Bueller
  2. “Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.”-Paulo Coelho
  3. “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them―that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” –Lao Tzu
  5. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Nelson Mandela
  6. “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha
  7. “Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.” -John Wooden

Week 13

  1. “It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.” -Sigmund Freud
  2. “Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” -Oscar Wilde
  3. “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” -Grandma Moses
  4. “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” -Benjamin Franklin
  5. “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” -Aristotle
  6. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”-Helen Keller
  7. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” -Mark Twain

Week 14

  1. “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. ” -William Shakespeare
  2. “I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” -Herbert Bayard Swope
  3. “Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.” -Helen Keller
  4. “He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” -Benjamin Franklin
  5. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” -Lucille Ball
  6. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” -Leonardo Da Vinci
  7. “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”- J. K Rowling

Week 15

  1. “If you want to be happy, be.” -Leo Tolstoy
  2. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas A. Edison
  3. “Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen.” -Dax Shepard
  4. “You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.” -Maya Angelou
  5. “Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.” -David Rockefeller
  6. “May you live all the days of your life.” -Jonathan Swift
  7. “You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.” -Jason Mraz

Week 16

  1. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”-Jim Rohn
  2. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-it; third, common sense.”-Thomas A. Edison
  3. “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”-Bob Dylan
  4. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”-Henry Ford
  5. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” -Robert H. Schuller
  6. “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”-Aristotle
  7. “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” -Joe Namath

Week 17

  1. “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”-Leo Burnett
  2. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. ” -Oscar Wilde
  3. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ” -Omar Khayyam
  4. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”-Albert Einstein
  5. “Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth. ” -Mark Twain
  6. “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Viktor E. Frankl
  7. “Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” -Henry van Dyke

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Weekly Motivation: Making Exercise A Priority.

Prior to year 2012 I didn’t know or care about the concept of setting New Year’s Goals (or Resolution). Five years ago in 2012, inspired by someone on the internet, for the first time in my life I scribbled some lines down on a piece of paper as my New Year’s Goals. Since then it’s become a tradition for me to write down my goals for every brand new year but sadly I’m not good at reaching my goals in any of those 5 years. The problem, now I realised, is because I don’t take sufficient actions to achieve my desired results.

For example, the past 5 years I’ve almost always had “be fit and healthy/lose weight” on my list. But instead of losing 5 kilos as wished, I’ve put on 8 more kilos. Why? Because I don’t like exercise and don’t exercise. If I could sit down, I wouldn’t stand up; if I could lie down, I wouldn’t sit. I’m a naturally a big eater and can never resist the temptation of food. As reluctant as I’d like to admit, the age factor is catching up – I’m no longer able to eat enormous meals, stay sedentary and maintain a lean body built.

Since 2015 I’ve becoming more and more aware of my long list of personal weaknesses and decided to build good, long lasting habits gradually. One of the good habits I’d like to have is exercising regularly. The common saying is it takes 21 one days to form or break a habit, but for me the process is definitely much, much longer. I think it took me roughly about 2 years to make it a habit to exercise first thing in the morning. My form of exercise is to just simply stretch and do pushups at home, instead of going to the gym, fitness classes or going for run etc.

What motivated me to exercise regularly?

Because:

I want to be a better person. I don’t want to stay lazy, sluggish and undisciplined all my life.

I want to be stronger and have more energy.

I want to get rid of my excess body fat, tone my body and most importantly, be fitter and healthier.

My actions.

Incorporate exercise in my morning routine:

Put on yoga gear and lay down the yoga matt the first thing after I get out of bed.

Start with gentle stretch then do 20 push ups and 90 seconds of plank.

Only in the last 2 month, have I seen myself doing this regularly and diligently (a sign of this habit is finally formed?) I even feel something is missing and slightly agitated if I don’t do my 20 push ups in the morning.

The result?

I feel less tired after my morning exercise. As a matter of fact, I start to feel energised and happy after it.

A few month ago, no matter how hard I suck my stomach in, my waist line are not visible. Now I can see my waist line clearly in the mirror when I suck in my stomach.

You might be expecting the next line of report, something like I’ve lost xx kilos because of my morning exercise. Sorry to disappoint everybody, myself included – I’ve put on extra weight in 2016. They say losing weight is 80% of diet + 20% of exercise. I think they are right. The large portions of food consumed by me certainly contributed to my continuous weight gain. So my next goal is to really eat healthy meals in smaller portions.

But for now, I want to keep making exercise a top priority. Maintain the habit of morning exercise, no matter how busy or reluctant I could be. I haven’t had a quote on the blog for a while, so here is one for this purpose:

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

-Jim Rohn

There are some great places for inspiration and assistance if you want to add more exercise to your routine. For example, nourishedenergy.com.au is a good place to start for those interested in yoga.

Here’s to a year of healthy and happy living!

Habit is what keeps you going

Make 2016 Your Most Motivated Year Yet

The new year is always full of challenges. Fitness resolutions we may be struggling to keep. Emotional health going through a whole new phase of panic and feeling the time pass by. Personal projects that we’ve wanted to complete for a while. Whatever it is you’re looking to do this year, you’re not alone. We all want to make the best of our time and come out a stronger person. Whatever your goals, here are some ways to stay motivated and top on yourself in 2016.

Write your personal manifesto

What is it you want to do? Who is it you want to be? This isn’t something for you to put on your social media page or you blog. This is something to read to yourself, to reaffirm your beliefs and your motivations. Examine your life and tell yourself what you’re going to do about it. Write a personal manifesto for you to read every time you’re feeling unsure of yourself. Even writing it will have tremendous effect of sorting your head out and understanding yourself better.

Make every day count

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Sure, sure. We hear it every day. Carpe diem and all that. But how do you actually do it? The manifesto above is a good way of getting your life in priority, but the daily slog comes after that. The trick is to give yourself daily tasks that contribute towards living a fulfilled life. Ask what would make your day worthwhile. Do something important. Do something you love. Keep an open mind and actively learn new things every day. Most importantly, have no fear about getting out of your comfort zone. Failure at trying something new should never be your concern. Missing out should be.

Always be ready for new ideas

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Add a new weapon to the arsenal you keep in your purse or bag. Pocket diaries are now your best friend. Be prepared to make plans for anything, anywhere. Always have a space in the margin or the back for new ideas. Set out what you want to do tomorrow, the day after and the day after. Prioritise the diary and make sure the diary prioritises you.

Take time to put it all in perspective

Try waking up early for a change. Take your new time to learn how to meditate. It’s not just for those trying out alternative ways of feeling good. It has proven benefits of compartmentalizing your life.  Want to work on that project of yours? Got a problem you could really use help in dealing with? Meditation can break these difficult aspects of your life into chunks so you’re much more ready to tackle them.

Keep your space organised

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Clutter is the enemy. An untidy space makes an untidy mind. If you have an office where you work or a desk where you sit and plan, get it uncluttered. Prioritise notes that are important and get to ridding yourself tasks instead of adding new ones. Organise your stuff and find that your life follows suit.

 

Weekly Motivation: Don’t Worry

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My Chinese name is 欣 (pronounced sin) which means happy and prosperous. Yep, my parents had all the good intention for me.

But man, I was miserable and a consistent worrier. I worried about every little thing and complained so much.

When J found out about my Chinese name, he said quietly: “Hmmm. You have the wrong name.”

God love him. He is so honest.

Remember the saying? — The truth always hurts but it will set you free. 🙂

Nowadays, I always try to calm down and worry less though it takes a lot effort on my part.
This blog is a good place for me to sit down, collect my thoughts and get it all out.

Worry less, because happiness is really a choice.

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Weekly Motivation: Build Good Habits

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One of my goals for this year is to build good habits and keep them. Good habits like getting up early in the morning, being persistent & living a healthy life.

Old habits die hard. The good news is: they do die. 🙂

 

 

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Weekly Motivation – Travel Often

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Today is the beginning of my trip to Whitsundays QLD. I’ll be taking on  a few boat & seaplane trips to discover whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef region.

Travel is that one dream can come true easily. All you need to do is to make a plan then buy your tickets and off you go!

The reward from travel is always enormous.

Weekly Motivation – Have Patience

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Learn to be patient, please. Don’t hope there’s always a short cut!

It takes time to have any result. Don’t give up on everything too early.

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Weekly Motivation – Don’t Ever Get Comfortable When…

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“Don’t ever get comfortable when you have the ability to achieve more.”

Photo taken at the Floriad.

I’ve promised myself to keep motivated & be disciplined for the whole year by taking on self imposed “plank challenge” & “21 jump rope challenge ” since the beginning of the year. It’s coming to the end of February and I think I’m still on track.

The next challenge I’d like to take on is “30 days eating with a plan challenge”. Not sure if it’s possible for me but I’ll give it a go.

For the next 30 days, I’ll cook at least 5 times a week and design the dinner menu for the week beforehand. We are going away for a holiday for 8 days in March which means we’ll eat out every meal but as soon as we come back, I’ll stick to my plan again.

So here goes for next seven days meal plan:

Have smoothie every morning and sandwich for lunch

Day 1 Wed dinner: Thai stir fry + egg tomato omelet

Day 2 Thur dinner: Grilled Salmon + chips & green salad

Day 3 Fri: Roast duck + Spanish & orange salad

Day 4 Sat: Pork ribs + Oven baked sweet potato

Day 5 Sun: Eating out

Day 6 Mon: Dumplings

Day 7 Tues: Curry chicken + Roti

 

 

 

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5 Reasons Why It’s Better to Be An Optimist – Weekly Motivation

I used to regard “be optimistic”& “have a positive outlook” as cliches and decided I’m much more free spirited than that. For years, I’ve allowed myself to be negative and pessimistic all the time. But life experiences have taught me that being negative and pessimistic are just pure self indulgent. It is an essential life skill to be able to maintain a positive outlook and there are so many reasons to be an optimist over a pessimist.

Before laying out the benefits of being an optimist, I couldn’t help but to look up the definition of “Optimist”:

“An optimist is a person who engages in positive thing, or “looking on the bright side” of things. Optimism is the outlook that good things will happen, even if the situation may not appear totally positive at the moment. This is the opposite of a pessimist.”

Sure, being an optimist doesn’t mean things will always turn up the way you’ve expected it to be. But optimists are stronger and handle setbacks much better. Here are 5 Reasons Why It’s Better to Be An Optimist:

Optimists are positive.

An optimist tends to focus on the positive side of things in life. Optimists expect favorable outcomes and they generally feel good about themselves and the decisions they’ve made. Negative people usually concentrate on the negative side and bad events. You can tell who’s having a better time here. Do you want to be miserable — all the time?

Optimists are more attractive.




I’m not talking about physical attraction here. Of course people tend to be attracted to pleasant looking objects initially. But if a good looking person is someone who complains all the time, he/she won’t win many friends. Understandably, who wants to hang out with a winger? Optimists are generally more outgoing & an optimist often has a positive personality. It is the positive, uplifting energy around optimists that attract people.

Optimists are stronger.

It’s so much easier to be negative because it’s safer. Negative people pick the bad points of everything to avoid being hurt by disappointment later. It’s a sign of weakness – believe me, I’ve been one of them. Optimists overcome problems an disappointment more easily. It’s courageous to run the risk of being

Optimists are generally happier.

There are many unhappy people in the world but there’s hardly anyone who declares: “I want to be unhappy!” Studies show that optimists have a lower risk of depression than pessimists. Do you want to be happier? Let go of the bad things ever happened to you.

Optimists achieve more.

Jack Welch once said: Nothing of any importance has ever been accomplished by a pessimist. The only way to achieve more is to do more.

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Very often, optimists are open to more possibilities. Because they expect positive outcomes, they won’t give up easily on the first sign of obstacles. They try harder. They achieve more by trying more and trying harder.

Life is never meant to be easy. But you have your choices through your journey of life. Do you want more out of your life?

If you are not born an optimist, choose to be an optimist.

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Weekly Motivation – Keep Going

It’s been a month since I started doing pushups (my version) and plank pose every morning. From a week ago, I started to jump ropes at night. Though my point of doing all these is not to lose weight, it is still a bit demotivating to see that I’ve actually put on weight one month into sticking to an excise routine. In the past, if something doesn’t work as the way I expected, I would give up all at once. But my job is to keep myself motivated when things are not going so smoothly. I exercise because I want to healthier and stronger so the exercise part will have to stay. There must be something else I’m doing wrong to put on weight. Two of these factors must have contributed to my weight gain.

1. I eat whatever I want and whenever I want until I burst.

The idea of preparing dinner for two makes me stressed. The work involved such as planning our meals, going shopping, preparing, cooking, washing up afterwords is beyond my ability to handle. I’m not a good house keeper, yet. Very often we just eat out and get take away food. As I always have a superb appetite and loathe the word “dieting”, I have never controlled the quantity of my food intake. My diet consists mainly meat and seafood with hardly any vegetables or fruits.

Oh dear, it does look bad when I actually write it down! I need to take control of our food intake and be responsible.

2. I’ve slept less.

Never believed that sleep more can help you to loose weight but looks like it’s true. I’ve been a night owl and late riser for the last five years. I don’t use alarm and wake up whenever I feel like to. As a result I’m never tired enough to go to bed before 1 – 2 am. For the past five years, I always had 9 hours sleep every night. From this year, I decided to shape up & get up earlier in the morning. I’ve been getting up before 8am since the new year but my body clock doesn’t allow me to fall asleep before 2am yet. So I’ve only had 6 hours’ or less sleep every day for the month of Jan.

Knowing what my problems are, I’ve decided to incorporate some new habits in my life starting from February.

  • Plan our weekly meal. Cook healthy meals at least 3 times a week. This really stresses me out but I’ve got to do it. Hopefully, it’ll get easier over time.
  • Eat slowly to allow enough time for the brain to realize that I’m actually already full, no need to eat like there’s no tomorrow.
  • Set alarm at 10:30pm to go to bed and read a book. Don’t sit in front of the computer until after midnight. Again, this will be a challenge as old habit die hard. But again, I’ve got to do it. Hopefully bywaking up before 7:30am every day will adjust my body clock to enable me to fall asleep before midnight therefore retain at least 7 hours’ sleep every night.

I am so not proud of my sloppy old habits! But I’ll keep steering myself to the right direction!

Keep going.

 

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Motivation Of The Week: Get Up & Do It.

 

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It is raining outside. I woke up with chronic headache & still felt nervous about my unpleasant dreams overnight.

“Stay in bed, there’s no need to get up. ” A little voice inside me started to tell me what to do. “It’s Sunday morning and it’s raining — perfect for sleeping in.” But I got up anyway.

There are new price lists needed to be set; a whole set of sample materials needed to be designed and produced with a tight deadline. There’s really no time to lie in bed for extra long hours. Besides, I’ve had other commitments.

Let’s just get up and do it, shall we:)

“You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.”

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Sunset @Sydney Centennial Park

The sound of silence lyrics

The Sound Of Silence

Some songs just take my breath away and give me goosebumps. The Sound Of Silence is one of them:

Simon And Garfunkel:The Sound Of Silence Lyrics

Hello, darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools,” said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence”

The sound of silence lyrics

Oh captain, my captain

It’s been a whole day & night. I’m still deeply affected.

Carpe Diem… he reminded us to seize the day. But it’s easier said than done. He took his own life, at the age of 63.

Robin Williams is no longer alive and it’s too hard to believe.

Never a fan of his comedian roles; never  thought his fake laughs and exaggerated facial expression were the true reflection of him. But two of his movies are my all time favorite:

Dead Poets Society

Goodwill Hunting.

He was unique, strong and able to see beyond mediocre people could see in these movies. But movies are just fantasies:(

Nobody can be that strong and smart at all times…

I kept thinking about the movie Dead Poets Society and I wanted to cry.

The reality is even harsher.

Life is a gift. Life is a beast. Life can be a struggle for everyone.

Farewell Robin. You had enough and it’s time for you to rest in peace.

Today is another another day –

Keep beating on:

“Seize the day, boys… Make your lives extraordinary…”

 

 

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Stay Motivated

Dreaming is a good thing as long as there are actions too.
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Try to do something that seems impossible to you.

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Never get too comfortable, otherwise you step backwards in life without knowing it.

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not quit

Your body is a reflection of your lifestyle. Strive to be stronger.

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Five Life Lesson Lessons Your Can Learn From Chanel Quotes

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Chanel Quotes – On Self-Invention

Though Gabrielle Chanel, known as Coco (1883 -1971) was born poor and not a natural beauty, she was confident, witty and provocative. Coco Chanel got it. Picaso said Chanel had the most sense of any woman in Europe. She was the only fashion designer to appear on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. I’ve heard so many girls say that they wanted a Chanel 2.55 Chain bag “like forever”.  Customers still queue madly in Chanel boutiques to pay over $2,000 for a string of plastic pearls ( which do peel off and discolour over time).  Needless to say, Coco Chanel was a style icon and marketing guru. The founder of legendary fashion brand Chanel made a name of her own and Chanel quotes are widely popular.

Wonder what made a girl grew up in a convent “founded to care for the poor and rejected, including running homes for abandoned and orphaned girls” become THE Coco Chanel? You should totally read some Chanel quotes. Go on, be inspired.

Five Life Lessons You Can Learn From Chanel Quotes

1. Be different and think for yourself.

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”

2. Make an effort to be stylish.

“One can get used to ugliness, but never to negligence.”

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

3. To live gracefully is a wonderful thing.

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.”

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.”



4. You must be strong, smart and hardworking to be successful.

“Gentleness doesn’t get work done, unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.”

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.”

5. You can reinvent yourself and live on your own terms.

“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”

She’s the master of taking in charge: “I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.”

Got to love this one: “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”