20 Quotes to motivate you to read/write!

There’s nothing I love than a good quote to help get the motivation going or the feelings expressed. I thought I’d create just a fun little post showing all my favourite quotes (these ones aren’t written by me, perhaps one day I’ll share mine. For now, I’ll share the brilliance of others.

Quotes that’ll motivate you to read/write:

(1). “Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” ~ Lisa See. This quote I keep writing on a piece of paper that keep tucked away in my most used notebook. Being a writing and an aspiring author, I feel as though this is encouraging you to read it’s also inspiring you to write. The more you read, the more you’ll write!

(2). “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” ~ Terry Partchett. Again, another quote I love that inspires writers to keep on writing and it’s something I can relate to so much.

(3). “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”~ Jodie Picoult. How truer could words be? A blank page does no one any good, fill it words even at first it seems messy, you can edit and fix it later.

(4). “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap & thinking its good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” ~Octavia E. Butler. This quote is as good as it is long and something that I keep beside my laptop when researching/ writing a blog post. This one keeps me blogging, reminding me I will get better at it if I keep at it.

(5). “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” This one I like because it inspires outer activity other than sitting there getting writer’s block (something I’ve been getting a bit of lately).

(6). “A room without Books is like a body without a soul.” ~ Marcus Tuilius Cicero. I must agree with Marcus here, you can’t have a happy looking room without some books.

(7). “She reads books like one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” ~ Annie Dillard. Oh, how I love to read this quote!

(8). “I like cups of tea and reading books and poetry and old people things.” ~ Bindi Irwin. Don’t we all?

(9). “Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up heart and soul.” ~ Joanne Harris. I’ve come across my fair share of books like these and they forever hold a special place in my heart.

(10). “The world was her’s for the reading.” ~ Betty Smith. This hands down have to be the best one for me so far. It’s simple yet empowering!

(11). “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” ~ Frederick Douglass. I think everyone should go out of their way to read a book at least once a week. Even if you only read one chapter, through the entire week. Because it really can be freeing.

(12). “Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvellous adventures that anyone can have.” ~ Lloyd Alexander. So true!

(13). “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” ~ Garrison Keillor. I’ve often thought this myself, so if anyone is ever struggling on gifts to buy me…HINT HINT!

(14). “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ~ Haruki Murakami.

(15). “I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” ~ J. K Rowling.

(16). “Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind: it forces you to stretch your own.” ~ Charles Scribner .Jr .

(17). “I was born with a reading list I will never finish.” ~ Maud Casey. This speaks to me on a deeper level.

(18). “Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.” ~ Stephen King.

(19). “The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.”

(20). “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” ~ Jhumpa Lahirl.

I hope you have enjoyed reading through these quotes, and please comment on your favourite down below. I would love to read through them.

Glad to be out of January? You are not alone!

I won’t lie, I got a rough start to the new year and I’ve pretty much sworn off drinking forever and coming from someone who probably drinks 3 times throughout the entire year… that pretty much means never ever again. Although I have been known to change my mind at times.

Although I wouldn’t really say that January was a total loss. I had two really great weeks where the mood was positive and the energy high. My workouts were going amazing and yoga has become my home therapy.

But more than the good vibes that were going around during those two weeks I had also accomplished a few personal goals of mine that have made me rather proud of myself.

But for me, two good weeks do not make up for the beginning of the year and the rest of the month being so terribly… chaotic. And with that being said I am so glad to finally have seen the light of February!

Personally, for me, February is one of three of my toughest months to get through and I usually find myself spending most of my time dreading the moment February comes around the corner but after last year I have made it my personal mission to change all the routinely bad things that go wrong in my life and find a way to make it positive.

This February I have decided to change what it means to me, I have decided to not let the bad things overrule a month that could hold a lot of potential for new opportunities that I usually miss out on due to self-pity and wallowing over things that can’t be changed.

                    A week or two before I was due to release my blog!

The first step to adding something positive into February was to finish setting my blog up and then releasing it out into the world. I originally planned on doing this a year ago but sometimes life has a funny way of ruining your plans and so I had to hold it off for a year.


The second thing was to start my yoga back up. Ever since things started going bad in January I strayed away from yoga, but now I’ve committed myself to doing “yoga therapy” at least once a day. I have to say that it has really helped a lot, it has helped me to take a step back and centre myself. Not to mention the physical benefits of it. I’ve created muscle I never knew I had, become more flexible than I thought possible and my back pain & leg pains that I’ve suffered with since I was really young is almost none existent!

The third thing I’ve done to help add a little positivity into my February happened by chance. I received a message from my mam telling me that my favourite stall had come back to the shopping centre but she wasn’t sure if the man doing it was still selling the incense sticks that I got really obsessed with three years ago. Also, Iceland started selling unicorn nuggets… so of course I bought some! Since my younger sister shares my love the mythical creatures we both ate the unicorns together (after taking pictures).

The same day I went to that shopping centre to have a little look and instantly spotted my favourite incense sticks, without hesitation I pick them up ready to purchase them but then stopped in my tracks. I wanted to get myself another one but with a different scent to it and so I stood there for another ten-to-fifteen minutes smelling and trying to decide which one I was going to pick next. I ended up deciding on ‘Mermaid Love’ which instantly reminded me of those small colourful sweets, FIZZERS and couldn’t resist buying them along with my ‘Unicorn Grace.’

Number four was when I bought a new notebook along with a new journal for myself. I can’t speak for everyone but I am simply obsessed with notebooks! I’ve loved writing ever since I was a little girl and I can never have too many places to jot down my thoughts, ideas, feelings, novels plans / (attempts) and so much more, there really isn’t anything I don’t or haven’t written about. If I love it, if it interests me or my family/friends/readers then I’m writing about!

The fifth to help me on my journey to a better February was to engage with more people, to put myself out there a little more and connect with other bloggers/authors. It’s really amazing what talking to other people can do to help the creativity to flow through you. 

Doing this was so incredibly hard for me, due to me extreme and sever anxiety and you are probably wondering how someone like me was able to do such thing. Well it’s pretty simple, I turned to social media, I created accounts for my blog and reached out to other like –minded people who then introduced me to other lovely people with different opinions, goals and hobbies. Some of the social sites I  used to achieve this is- INSTAGRAM \ TWITTER \ PINTEREST

We are almost half way through February and I plan to continue this journey of better days and better months. I feel the more you try to implement positivity into your life the more you start to notice all the positive things in life that you tend to miss during the bad moments.

I have also decided to buy myself a notebook, one I will use to dedicate to all the positive changes I want to make this year, as well as the goals I want to achieve.
I’ve also started writing novels again and I’m currently working on one that I have plans to publish once finished (I’m super duper excited for that). I want to get back into my photography and I’ve started the reading challenge on GoodReads that I’m really excited about. I’ve been a little out of touch with my reading & this has already motivated me to get back into. On top of that, I plan on taking more nature walks with my partner & enjoying all the little moment life has to offer. My notebook collection is only going to go up and I’m determined to stick to my new healthy lifestyle.

Baking, Candle making and therapy yoga is something I am going to be doing with my younger sisters and posting about our progress! I’m also going to be attempting a lot of fun DIY things with my younger brother and I’ll be posting our progress/results on that too. For the first time in a long time, it seems February has something to offer other than pain and bad memories.

I hope this has inspired some of you to go out there and make your month a better month or at least helped some with ideas on how to add some positive things/ changes into your life. My main advice for adding positive changes into your life is to do what makes you happy, what makes your heart feel light and what puts a smile on your face.

Thank you all so much for taking time out of your day/night to give this post a read and I’d appreciate it so much if you could give this post a like or share. If you have any advice of your own you’d like to share, please feel free comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Why getting a pet could be the best decision you made for your Mental Health

At some point or another we all get depressed and fall into some dark hole in the hopes of it swallowing us whole. And I would say that the large majority of us suffer from some kind of mental health illness that we try to keep to ourselves out of fear of being ridiculed in some way.

Like a lot of you, I too suffer from mental health issues that at times had and still does cripple me to the point of being an nonfunctional human being with no passion or motivation for anything.

But a lot of that changed the day I got a cat (pictured down below). In September 2013 I – with the consent from my mam – introduced Kitt-Katt to the family. Since that moment we have had a crazy/strange but close relationship between owner and pet.

And by crazy/strange I mean I don’t really feel like Kitt is my pet but more like…A spirit animal. Spirit guide, maybe? He seems unusually in tuned to my emotions to the point where at times he mimicked them or displays the same kind of emotion or vibe that I am displaying that day.

He helps me through my bad days just by coming up to me when I am upset and I don’t want to be around everyone. He always has a knowing look to him in those moments and gets extra affectionate.

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Me and Kitt

He helps me to get out of bed in the mornings when I don’t have the will to get up and do anything. One look at his face with his big green eyes and hearing his little demanding meow for breakfast and I’m up, in the kitchen and feeding him.

Since getting Kitt-Katt six years ago I have added two more additions to my furry family (pictured down below) and now I have three little demanding meows to get me out of bed in the mornings.

There’s something about knowing that you have a tiny little creature walking around your house helping you when your emotions take flight, rely solo on you to keep them alive, happy and healthy that, helps keep me grounded. It reminds me that even on the days where I feel unwanted, where I feel not needed and worthless that there is a creature that needs me.

And it’s always good to feel like you aren’t alone, even on those days/nights where you are. They are a constant company that I personally find relaxing. Not to mention they make for a great reading buddy!

But as relaxing, calming and soothing as they can be, they can be just as much of a distraction from the terrible thoughts running through your head or distract you from the crap that is going on right at that moment.

Sometimes I would just lock my self outside or in a room with Kitt-Katt and play with him for hours on end. His favourite toy is a feather tied to the end of a fishing line that was attached to a plastic red handle (I think they are £4.99 in B&M but please don’t quote me on that).

Of course, I’m not saying you should just go out there and get yourself a cat, but what I am saying is that if you find yourself in the position where you can get yourself an animal then I totally recommend you do! Be that cat, dog, fish, parrot, bunny, hamster and so on…

It isn’t about the animal it’s self but rather the connection you and your pet share together. It’s that bond and weird understanding between owner & pet, between animal best friend and human best friend.

There are so many positives to getting an animal to brighten up your home and life. But before I thank you all for taking the time to read this post I want to leave you all with one thing.

When looking into getting yourself an animal, a pet, a new family member for your home and furry friend, I do implore that you look into getting yourself a rescue pet from the RSPCA.

There are so many loving animals that have been placed in there because their owner could no longer keep them or no longer wanted them. There are so many out there who have been abused, dumped and abandoned, who have not been shown the love that the deserve, that you could give to one of them. There’s virtually nothing wrong with them other than the scars left on them by someone else. The love is still the same from them, if not more extraordinary for an animal who has experience nothing but pain and heartache.

The RSPCA is very good at caring for the animals but they can only do so for so long. They train to the best of their abilities and even handle all their medical care. They need loving, caring people like yourself to take them & show them what love is. The love they can give back is so rewarding!

In my experience, they have been the best “emotional support pets” a girl could ever wish for. Of course, that isn’t to say people who go out and buy their pets are bad people, there isn’t any shame in wanting something. But in a case like this or for a second pet, a surprise present for someone (although I personally don’t like to refer to pets as “presents” it feels almost too…impersonal to talk about an animal in that way?) I really would implore you into looking at getting a rescue animal.

To find your local RSPCA Centre near you, CLICK HERE.

If you enjoyed reading this then please like, share and comment you’re thoughts! I would love to read what some of you think on the subject. Or if you have any tips, advice or even some constructive criticism, thank you all for reading!