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Quotes of the Week, August 24th 2015

Happiness is the theme this week. I want people to be happy, is that such a bad thing? If you’re not happy, make a change!

‘Don’t educate your child to be rich. Educate him to be happy, so when he grows up he knows the value of things not the price.’ ~ Author Unknown

Society values money over happiness. At school we’re educated to have high-flying jobs, not jobs that make us happy. Not one teacher taught me that happiness is what matters. It’s sad, but true.

There is a particular period in my school life, at around age sixteen, when I felt pressured in the wrong direction. I embarked on a business studies course because, and I quote, ‘You are more likely to make a decent salary in a business environment.’

I took the business studies into higher education, and graduated with an abundance of qualifications. Then, I went to work in an office, and hated it; hated it with every ounce of my being. I became a carer on a lower income and loved every minute of it. My happiness meant more to me than a fat pay packet.

‘Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.’ ~ Mandy Hale

It’s funny how we have preconceptions of a life we haven’t lived before. We get one shot, one chance to experience life, and one opportunity to appreciate what we have. Enjoy yourself.

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Quotes of the Week, August 17th 2015

It would be a heinous crime to do quotes of the week every Monday and not dedicate a post to the legend that is Dr Seuss.

‘I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.’ ~ Dr Seuss

As a writer, I particularly like this quote. I sometimes feel like the chaos in my head is a load of nonsensical whimsy, but I agree that fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. Looking at life through a different perspective can be enlightening.

‘Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.’ ~ Dr Seuss

Because I love this quote so much, I made it into a wall hanging for my daughter’s bedroom. It is a positive message for children and teenagers to be themselves and appreciate their individuality.

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Quotes of the Week August 10th 2015

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Parenting is the most important, rewarding, seat of my pants, incredible job I will ever have. Here are my parenting quotes of the week.

‘Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do.’ ~ Matt Walsh.

When I first stumbled across this quote I had a little chuckle to myself. Every parent has been in a situation where someone has judged them for whatever reason. If you don’t know the story, if you don’t know the facts, keep your nose out and your mouth shut. Every child is different, and we all parent differently.

I’m reminded of the time when I had taken my daughter to a playgroup session. She asked for a banana, took one bite, and chucked it in the bin. My exact words to her were: ‘That’s wasting. There are children in the world without food in their bellies, and you should be ashamed to waste food like that.’

Another parent looked at me with her mouth agape and said, ‘You can’t tell her things like that! It was just a banana.’

My reply, ‘Why? It’s true. I want my child to grow up grateful for what she has, and empathetic towards those who aren’t as fortunate. It’s about more than just a banana.’

‘One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.’ ~ Forest. E. Witcraft

I hope my daughter grows up to be a responsible, forward- thinking individual. Isn’t that what all parents want? And I hope that I can be her guide, and biggest encourager.

I’m going to get all gushy Mummy now and share a sentence from my daughter’s nursery report she had at Christmas.

‘She is a wonderfully kind little girl.’

There it is. That seven word sentence made me swell with pride. Those seven words meant more to me than any academic achievement. Don’t get me wrong, I am chuffed with how well my daughter is achieving at nursery, and fully understand the importance, but hearing that my child is wonderfully kind just melted my heart.

I hope she takes that kindness into adulthood, and that she will use her kindness for great things. I will be behind her every step of the way.

(The image featured is the property of K.J.Chapman.)


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Quotes of the Week August 3rd 2015

Happy Monday!

As a writer, I’m partial to a quote or two. Hence, why I do these posts every Monday. My favourite quotes are those from books. There is nothing better than reading a sentence or description and falling in love with it.

This next quote is my ultimate favourite quote from the Charlotte Bronte Classic, Jane Eyre.

“I have a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. And if you were to leave I’m afraid that cord of communion would snap. And I have a notion that I’d take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, you’d forget me.”

Mr Rochester says this to Jane Eyre to describe his feelings towards her. As a teenager I swooned over this quote, and as a twenty eight year old I still swoon over it. It is understated, but the only quote I have read that sums up love in five sentences.

My second choice is from another of my teenage favourites, Little Women by Louisa Alcott. Perhaps, my most memorable quotes are from books I read during my teen years because I was opening myself up to the world and using books as the key. These books had an impact on me then, and still do to this day.

“There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.”  

I think we all need to look outside ourselves, and appreciate everyone in our life who is there for us unconditionally. As the quote says, ‘no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping’. This quote is important. Life is not infinite, people are not infinite, and we should appreciate our little crickets while we still have a chance to tell them just how much we do.

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Quotes of the Week July 27th 2015

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Last week I chose female empowerment quotes, and as an empowered female it wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t give the men a mention. So, this week I have picked two male empowerment quotes.

‘A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.’ ~ David Brinkley.

No matter what life throws at you, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move forward. It is exactly as they say- ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’.

‘The successful warrior is the average man with a laser- like focus.’ ~Bruce Lee.

With strong determination and inner strength you can be anything you set out to be. Set your mind to something and keep your laser-like focus…Why? Because Bruce Lee says so.

Happy Monday.

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Quotes of the Week July 20th 2015

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I have chosen to focus on female empowerment quotes for this Monday morning. I’m in need of some motivation to kick start my writing session today.

Kicking off the quotes is Madonna~

‘I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.’

Well said, Madonna. There is nothing wrong with knowing your own mind. Work hard, play hard, and as long as you treat people how you wish to be treated, then you can’t go wrong. People who think strong women are bitches are ignorant.

Here is a link to Madonna’s new song, ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’, to set us up for this Monday morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hPMmzKs62w

My second quote of choice is by an anonymous author (if anyone can shed light on the source of this quote, please let me know).

‘Be the kind of woman that when her feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, “Oh crap, she’s up.” ‘

Motivational and simply fantastic. I think this quote is mug worthy… Christmas list!!!! I can picture myself drinking my morning tea in such a mug and thinking- ‘Hell yeah, I’m up!’

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Quotes of the Week- July 13th 2015

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I’m a sucker for good quote. The power of words is incredible. Hence, why I have decided to choose two quotes each week for my ‘Quotes of the Week’ blog post.

This week I have chosen writing quotes, and next week…who knows? That’s all part of the fun.

Let’s get the ball rolling with a Victor Hugo quote~

‘A writer is a world trapped in a person.’

This quote sums up my feelings exactly. Did you ever feel like characters, plot twists, new worlds, are all but sprouting from your head like vines? I have to write to empty my mind, to give my characters a voice, and in summary… to keep me sane.

My second choice is, of course,  a Jane Austen quote~

‘I was quiet, but I was not blind.’

Writers must observe. I have to admit that I am not particularly quiet, but I observe. Listening to natural dialogue, or witnessing subtle body languages can all aid in writing believable worlds and characters.

There you have it- my two quotes of the week. What are yours?