Don’t let your mistakes define you

 

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Good morning all and happy Monday!

We are extremely close to Christmas and I am very excited about that, because… rest! That is all that concerns me right now. Food, family and chill (and I don’t mean in the Netflix way lol). I’m looking forward to spending it with my loved ones and eating a lot of good home-cooked food. Only in January will I rejoin the gym. That, my friends, is a promise!


“It’s not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us.”

We all make mistakes. We cannot beat ourselves up for them or condemn others for making them, because we are all human. There are so many cliche quotes popping into my head right now:

“The only good thing that making mistakes is good for, is learning from them” (I’m sure I got that wrong haha).

“It’s not about the mistake you make, but what you do after that counts” (I’m sure that’s not it either, but you all get what I mean. Sounds very similar to today’s quote anyway).

But as cliche as it sounds, and as much as we hate to hear it when we find ourselves in that situation, it’s all true.

Bounce back. Don’t let your faults and failures define you. Let people remember you by the actions you take when you mess up. You’re sure to be respected for how you react positively in bad situations.

Have a great day!

Mich x

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You never know

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Happy Monday everyone! How have you all been doing? I’m not even going to lie. The past few weeks have been hectic, leaving me so tired that the last thing I would want to be doing is writing any blog posts.

I’ve been getting accustomed to my new job and finding my feet. It’s a new environment that I have to get accustomed to, and a whole new way of doing things, which takes a little time. It’s the first day of my fourth week, so I can applaud myself for making it almost a month.


“But if you never try you will never know.”

This quote is all about overcoming the fears and doubts that often plague us when given an opportunity to try something new.

Thoughts such as: “What if I fail?” “What if it doesn’t work?” “What if I embarrass myself?” and the like, become all too familiar. It’s as though we can hear this negative voice loud and clear. Sometimes that voice wins. And sometimes, a softer one says the above.

And when we are more attentive to it, we are propelled to try rather than giving up.

Which voice have you been listening to lately?

Have a great week.

Mich x

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Your comfort zone

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Starting something new can be scary, like how I feel right now and have done for the past few weeks actually (it was such a coincidence that this is the quote I pulled out of my Happy Jar). See, I start my new job today, in an hour and 30 minutes after this post goes live. It took me a while to get here – searching, applying and three nerve-wracking interviews to be exact but, I made it. And I didn’t get here by staying in my comfort zone.

I actually really loved my comfort zone. It was a happy, friendly, fun place, and it made me feel good. But there was always that niggly feeling that I needed to move on. Comfort zones tend to do that – you like them, but you know that they’re not enough.

It took courage to do something about it, and despite the fact that I am nervous, I know it will be better for me in the long run. Yes, I miss my friends and the team that I’ve built such a bond with, but I had to do what was right for me and my future.

Here’s to new beginnings and coming out of my comfort zone.

Have a great day!

Mich x

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Just 5 minutes

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Happy start to the working week!

With this week’s motivational Monday post, I realise that I need to do this a lot more often. Clarity is so important and much-needed in a world where we are always on the go. Even just five minutes alone can make a difference. You may need to take that time at work when everything is just getting too much or, at home in your room to define your plans and goals.

Even if you can’t do it every day, maybe twice or three times a week could help.

I’m going to challenge myself to do this – to switch everything off and just sit, think and clear my mind. I’m sure I could do more than five minutes a day.

Would you like to join me?

Mich x

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You can make it!

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Good morning everyone. I hope you are well.

By the time this post is live, I will be on a flight to Alicante, Spain with my hubby for our third anniversary getaway. I’ve been needing a break for so long.

I’ve realised something about myself – that when I start to become frustrated with little things, or I get snappy and moody for no reason, it is because I’m becoming bored of every-day life and my same, old routine. So, I need to do something or go somewhere to break that chain of repetition. The remedy: Getting out of London. See how I said London and not the UK; because you can still discover beautiful places on this little island.

Anyway, I wanted to leave you all with a little positivity of course, even though it is self-explanatory: “Don’t believe what they say. You can make it!”

And you will. Take all the negative words that you have heard over the years, and let it be the fuel for your achievements. This may be a weak example, but it could still help.

When I was in secondary school, our English classes were split into higher and lower sets. I was in the lower set, and it was the class where people mostly joked around. The highest grade anyone could get for the lower English exam was a ‘C’. I wanted to take the higher English paper. My teacher told me that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I didn’t care. And that negative word – telling me that I couldn’t – is what made me want to do it even more. I eventually got my way, took the higher paper and got a ‘B’.

I honestly can’t even remember if I saw that teacher when I got my results, but even if he did or not tell me that “wow, he was amazed that I actually did it and passed”, I had that validation within myself, and that’s all that mattered – knowing that I could do it.

And you can too!

Have a great start to the week.

Mich x

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Tell someone…

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Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? On Sunday, I tried crazy golf for the first time at Swingers with my hubby and friends. I was a bit nervous because I’ve never done it before, and I was afraid that I’d be absolutely rubbish, but I actually wasn’t too bad. The game was so much fun. There were nine holes and we teamed up — girls against boys, three on each team. The girls lost *insert sad face*, but I still had such a good time. You should check it out (not sponsored).


“Tell someone how much you mean to them.”

I love to compliment people because I’ve discovered that I enjoy making people feel good about themselves. I guess this has something to do with that quote about people remembering how you made them feel.

How people make me feel is certainly a big deal for me. You don’t want to be around someone who makes you feel unwanted, unloved or, unimportant. I know what that feels like and it’s horrible. And one of my worst pet peeves is inconsideration.

My husband is really good at telling me how much I mean to him (I need to get better though lol, but he knows I love him haha). He recently got me a card that said “You’re a star” on it, for no reason at all. He is a man of few words so, I know that his way of showing me how important I am to him, is through what he does.

Why not make someone feel special today? It could be your father, your sister or a dear friend. Let them know how much they mean to you. Have an excellent day.

Mich x

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No comparison

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend.

My sister-in-law convinced me to go to a gym class at 6.20am this morning! Her argument was: at least I’d get to go home straight after work and have the satisfaction in knowing that I’ve still  worked out. I considered it. The class finishes in enough time for me to go home, get ready (I hate the thought of showering in a public place), and be at work on time. The only sacrifice would be waking up and leaving the comfort of my warm bed and brand new 10.5 tog duvet to get to the class. Thus, it called for an early night.

It must be the craziest thing I’ve ever done (maybe) but, I did it! And I’m proud of myself, but I also felt incredibly sick with limp, wobbly limbs because I didn’t eat beforehand. I don’t know how regular this will become but, now that I’ve accomplished it once, it is possible for me to do it again. We’ll see.


“The pain you have been feeling cannot compare to the joy that is coming.”

One thing that keeps me going when I’m facing difficult moments, is remembering that nothing lasts forever. Every problem has an expiry date. So, although you might not see the light at the end of the tunnel right now, it is there and it is coming.

However, don’t sit back and do nothing. The more you do to overcome that problem, the closer you are to seeing its end. So, hang in there. It will be over soon. And, instead of wallowing in your tears and feeling even worse about yourself, try to think about what you can take away from that problem – something that will mould you into a better person. That obstacle can always provide you with a learning experience. Let that be the good that comes out of it.

As always, have an excellent day.

Mich x

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