I have a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt pinned to my noticeboard. It goes like this. “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”
I cut it out of a magazine many moons ago simply because it made me smile and it’s remained above my desk ever since.
I spent much of last year grieving for the sporty, action-packed lifestyle I once led. I felt isolated. I was a shell of my former self and intensely fearful for the future, especially as doctors were unable to pinpoint what was going on. But eventually I found solace in motivational quotes.
Before long my mindset began to shift
I appreciate this may sound daft to some but it’s the truth. I made a conscious effort to jot down my favourites and most evenings before bed or whenever I felt a little down or struggled to see a way through I’d revisit them.
Before long, my mindset began to shift. Instead of resisting what was happening and longing for my old life, I began to accept what was happening to my body.
Those quotes – along with mindfulness – helped me focus on the here and now and taught me to take each day as it comes instead of worrying about how the future would unfold.
Positive about the future
Those quotes helped shine a light through the dark times.
Those quotes helped me count my blessings. After all, without this experience, my blog would not exist.
For the first time in 24 months I’m feeling positive about the future, so I’ve rounded up some of my favourite sayings below in the hope it might help others experiencing difficult times.
PS) Roosevelt’s words are still pinned to my noticeboard. If ever I start to doubt myself or feel weak I just glance up at that magazine clipping. It’s a pertinent reminder as to how far I’ve come.
“The best view comes after the hardest climb”
“So far you’ve survived everything you thought you wouldn’t”
“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”
Soooo feeling this quote today ❤️Sunday is traditionally a day for relaxation but for the past three hours I've been a busy 🐝 researching (again) & contacting various specialists & support groups in a bid to get to the bottom of what's going on with my body. I'm feeling hopeful! When my system went into meltdown 22 months ago, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome was dismissed yet having researched this further and speaking to fantastically informed people including @healing.histamine I'm seeking a second opinion. If you're suffering with histamine intolerance or mast cell issues and haven't done so already, please take a look at her brilliant, extensively researched blog. Thank you Yasmina for being such an inspiration and guiding me through this confusing maze. #smallsteps #iwillgetwell #sundayvibes
“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
And because AC, as I affectionately call her, talks SO MUCH SENSE, I thought I’d throw in a couple of her inspirational nuggets of wisdom too!
“No matter how long the night, dawn always breaks”
“Don’t wait for the light at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself”