What Deserves Your Energy?

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Another good one from @itscatharriss on Instagram. I have to say, the closer I get to 40 (still have a few years to go), the easier this gets. Partly because I don’t suffer from the same insecurities I once did, but more so because I am acutely aware with each passing day, just how few things in life really, truly matter. And those that DO deserve all the energy I can give them. What DESERVES (not just demands) your energy?

How To Turn Fear Into Success

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Wow, I just had to share this great thought from @jennscalia on Instagram. I’ve become somewhat of a ‘worry wort’ in recent years, allowing all of life’s problems, big and small, to overwhelm me to the point where I feel helpless and stuck (and in turn, accomplish very little). I know I can be better and that I shouldn’t let my insecurities keep me from reaching for my goals. Time to face the facts and work harder!

Never Stop Learning

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Allow yourself the freedom to have your perspective altered by new people and experiences. Feed your mind – you will be richer, wiser and happier because the human brain’s capacity to learn is unlimited. Don’t ever forget that.

Kindness = Happiness

Martin Luther King Jr. quote about finding happiness in helping others. Inspirational, motivational & positive encouragement for daily life.

This pic from@quote.nicheĀ on Instagram really struck a chord with me today…one of those days when you feel like it’s taking all of your energy to keep your head above water, meanwhile the waves just keep coming…how do you keep up the positive, ‘can do’ attitude, you will need to survive the trials ahead? I don’t have all the answers (which is one of the reasons I like to collect quotes), but I do know from experience that whenever I’ve felt the most downhearted, the one thing that lifted me out of my funk faster than anything else was to do something kind for someone else. So, that’s what I’m going to do. And if you’re feeling a little blue, I encourage you to try it too. Let’s make the world a better place together.

We All Have The Same 24 Hours

24 hours in a day motivational time management quote by Shalom Schultz Designs. Do what you love & follow your dream. Daily challenge for artists and entrepreneurs. Inspiration for small business, women & those who work from home.

This has been my daily challenge for this year. As a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom (who also holds down a part time job to help pay the bills) it is much harder than it sounds. But I’m learning that if I make it a priority (the dishes can wait for an hour while I sit down & sketch something) more often than not it actually happens. I’m making progress towards my big life goals and I’m happier for it.

Happy Mind Happy Life

Happy mind happy life quote from @itscatharriss on Instagram. Happiness. Just be. Live in the moment. Motivation. Inspiration. Wise words. Quote of the day. Positive thinking & energy. Hope.

Such a great thought @itscatharriss on Instagram has shared. And what a difference it can make in your day when you choose to focus on the positives. If you’re in need of a mood boost, try taking some time out to write down & reflect on what you have to be thankful for (no matter how small). If you’re anything like me, once you get started it will be hard to stop.
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Motivation vs. Discipline

Motivation vs. Discipline Inspirational Quote

Excellent advice from @1000lifelessons . This is something I really struggle with when life gets hectic. But by identifying specific goals & committing to working on them every day, I’ve achieved more than I ever would have by simply waiting for the ‘mood’ to strike.
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Just Keep Going…You’ll Get There

Confucius quote. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Inspirational, motivational.

The other day I was taking an ‘Insta-break’, while I scarfed down my lunch before resuming work on a design project with a looming deadline, and when I came across this quote I just stopped. Could that really be true? I mean, nice thought, but I’m pretty sure my paying customers will mind quite a bit if I suddenly decide I need twice as much time as I originally told them to complete their project. Then it hit me. Yes, some things in life do need to follow a specific timeline, but when it comes to the broader goals I have for myself – both personally and professionally – no matter how many roadblocks I keep coming up against, I’m only a failure if I decide to quit instead of pressing onward. And some days it really feels like I’m making zero progress, but deep in my heart I know that’s not true because I haven’t stopped. And I’m not going to.

Create, Create, Create

Create what makes you happy inspirational art quote by Shalom Schultz Designs. Creative motivation.

As a lifelong artist, I’m constantly seeking new sources of inspiration (sometimes consciously, sometimes not). I have within me a NEED to create, which tends to pop up at rather ‘inconvenient’ times – like when I’m halfway through a project and suddenly get an idea for something else I just HAVE to try out. Now. On any given day, you can walk into my office and see several different works-in-progress in various stages of completion…I used to consider this one of my biggest setbacks as an artist, but I’ve come to accept that this is just how I work. Eventually I will circle back to each piece and finish it. And more often than not it turns out better than I originally envisioned. I just needed to take a break so I could return again with a fresh perspective and renewed energy. As it happens, this applies to quite a lot of other things in life as well.