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Great Quotes on Overcoming Obstacles

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“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” -Helen Keller

“Others can stop you temporarily- you are the only one who can do it permanently.” -Zig Ziglar

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” -Michael Jordan

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” -Henry Ford

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” -Christopher Reeve

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

If you are going through a difficult time right now, know your situation will change. You will not feel like this forever. Depending on your situation, your life may be permanently altered, but eventually your pain will decrease, opportunities will present themselves, and you will find joy again.  xoxo Kristin



Want Superpowers? Smile.


This isn’t the first time I’ve touched upon the incredible happiness smiling can bring, but it’s a topic worth revisiting every day!

Today I fell upon a TED Talk posted by Louisa Jewell of Positive Matters that I’m excited to share with you. In it, Ron Gutman likens smiling to a superpower that studies have shown can confer a variety of health benefits, from reducing the effects of mild-to-moderate depression, to increasing life expectancy and lowering blood pressure. In fact, according to Gutman, “Smiling stimulates our brain reward mechanism in a way that even chocolate, a well regarded pleasure inducer, cannot match.” 

At roughly seven minutes in length, this video is the perfect lunch break (or any break!) pick-me-up.

Here’s a link to the video as presented on TED’s website with a full transcript of Gutman’s talk.

Today, make an effort to take inventory of the good that surrounds you rather than the bad. Take a moment to reflect on what you’re thankful for. If you’re still feeling down, “fake it till you make it” by smiling anyway. You might be surprised by how your mood improves!

xoxo- Kristin

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Plant Your Own Garden


Here is a lovely poem by Veronica A. Shoffstall that I found on Barefoot In the Burbs:

“After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security,
And you begin to understand
That kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head held high and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.
You learn to build your roads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much,
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure, that you really are strong
And you really do have worth.”

–Veronica A. Shoffstall

Source: Barefoot In the Burbs 

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When You Face Difficult Times

1jKEiUdUU9uSMNEACYivHzl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBXEejxNn4ZJNZ2ss5Ku7CxtWhen you face difficult times, break through opportunities will present themselves- if you are willing to see them. If you are willing to embrace the pain, refuse to give up, and continue to move forward- doors will open- doors to amazing possibilities.

When you are facing tremendous adversity and the obstacles seem insurmountable, when you are feeling defeated, hopeless, and just want to give up- it is then that you must remember that your situation and your intense pain are temporary.

After a death, a break up, a financial hardship- after the loss of a job, the loss of a marriage, or the loss of a dream, your life may be forever changed. But new doors will open. And if you are willing to be patient, have faith, keep going, and remain open to possibilities, you WILL find joy again.

Graphic Quote Source: http://toddlohenry.com/2013/04/09/when-you-face-difficult-times/