Monday, 27 January 2014

Motivational Monday #4


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Merry Monday to you my lovely Sprinklerinos. Have you had great weekends? I certainly hope so!
Today marks the last week of January, which I think to a lot of us is a relief. January, in my opinion is one of the dullest months and February brings daffodils, birdsong and the promise of Spring, hooray.

(Mmmmm thanks Blogger. I made this white but blogger wasn't having any of it!)

Today's inspirational quote is one I found myself writing in an email to my friend Faye (more on her soon) who is venturing on a couple of big plans with her Husband. 

I chose to use it this week because it's something I have been trying out for the last few months and really finding to have positive results.

I wouldn't class myself as a brave person. I don't like to push comfort zones and I don't like to cross boundaries of unknowns, they frighten me. Lately though, on a couple of occasions a month, I force myself to do something I feel a little nervous about. For example, last October I was asked to give a speech a large conference for Wired Magazine and before I could talk myself out of it, I said 'alrighty'. This then led to doing another talk to a large household name health and wellness brand and then one by one, like dominos, new opportunities sprang up because of the previous brave move. I'm starting to see that being a bit brave here and there really does pay off. 

It may 'pay' in money, it might be rewarding in experience or enriching relationships but more often than not, being brave and going the extra mile is worth it. Now I'm not suggesting you quit your job, sell your belongings and backpack across the world (unless of course you want to!), but to quietly assess where your natural boundaries lie and then take just one step out of them. And then, if you feel able, another. 

Put aside five minutes today to think about what you could do to push yourself that little bit or make an active effort to be open to new opportunities that might pass you by. You never know what exciting things could happen! I'll be checking up on you next week!

This week's homework- Comment below with what you might try out this week to demonstrate bravery and also let me know which areas of life you were kinder to yourself in last week. If you see anyone in the comments with similar experiences to you or things you feel you could help with, say hello and spread good vibes. The comment section is a friendly place y'anno!

Toodlepip!

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130 comments:

  1. I was so excited to see that you posted! The first brave thing that I did was decide to go abroad to Australia. The thought alone is terrifying, but i'm sure that it will be an amazing experience. The second brave (for me) thing that I decided to do was post vlogs about it. That is the brave thing i'm doing this week, because i'm introverted and the thought of posting a video scares me. Thanks for the motivation!

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    1. Wow, Australia! I'm planning on going to the USA this summer which terrifies me, but at the same time I'm thrilled about it!! I was also thinking about maybe vlogging about it, but I don't have the guts to do that, yet. I'm always afraid of what others think of me when I do things like that, especially the people that know me. That's also the reason why I haven't told anyone I've got a blog. But you should really vlog about it! If you tell me where I can find your vlogs, I will watch them :)

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    2. Australia's pretty great , have an amazing time at your stay here x

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    3. I wish you all the very best in your adventure!! It will be great and you will learn so much! :)
      If you want, you can check out my post on the 10 best tips for moving overseas, maybe you will find something that would help? http://happylifeofacitygirl.blogspot.com/2014/01/10-tips-for-moving-overseas.html

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  2. Umm I'm going to try to talk for once in class... hahaha yeah I never do:) anyways I love that you post these kind of post that help me get motivated throughout the day
    p.s. if you would like to check out my blog you can but only if you want to:)

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    1. Me too! For some reason it really scares me. If a teacher picks on me in class, I turn the colour of a tomato. Not. Cool. :)

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  3. I'm going to try and stand up for myself more. Its something I really need to do, and hopefully this blog post will actually make me act on my thoughts <3

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    1. This is one of my goal as well and I'm already acting on it. People including our close relative tend to take advantage of us. Once we stand up and let people know that they cannot walk all over us, you will feel great and others will learn to respect you. I'm speaking from personal experience.

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    2. I'm totally with you. It's not okay for anyone to treat you like rubbish and we shouldn't stand for it! Good for you. <3

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  4. sorry I forgot to put the link http://beyourself134.blogspot.com/

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  5. I can totally what you mean there. Lots of people dont want to get up in the morning, not only because they are tired but mainly because they dont like the job they are doing. Society tells us that money is more important than happiness, so people do jobs so they get money every month, not bcs they LIKE their job... a couple years ago, I said to myself "do nothing what you like, do everything you love" and I pretty much stick to that since then.. of course sometimes you need to push your bounderies, just to take a look whats across the pond..

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  6. I am going to push myself a little bit harder at work. I've been doing the same thing for 4 years and I feel like lately I've had a bit of the "January Blues" at work....kinda in a slump. So I'm gonna push myself to get out of it! I have definitely made the decision to be kinder to myself as well. I'm a pretty good person and it's about time I let myself be that pretty good person! :) Thank you for your Monday posts. They always get me thinking!
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    Vanessa
    www.justcallmeness.blogspot.com

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    1. I LOVE this 'I'm a pretty good person and it's about time I let myself be that pretty good person' - definitely something I think a lot of us need to remind ourselves from time to time :)

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  7. I will be pushing myself today by going on a job interview and possibly switching jobs. I haven't been at my current job for a very long time but it's stressing me out and quite frankly making me unhappy. So when a company I applied with before taking my current job wanted to talk to me, I figured I might as well go listen to what they have to offer. I'm a very loyal and nice person so I feel terrible about possibly leaving my current job behind and leaving my co-workers and boss in a mess but I gotta think of myself too at times...

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    1. Good luck to you! Although it's important a lot of the times to think of yourself, this time is DEFINITELY one of those times. I hope you find happiness in your next adventure!

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  8. Morning Louise, I've been thinking for a while about doing something that pushes me from my comfort zone, but thinking of ideas seems difficult itself. If anyone has any ideas they would be much appreciated! If you have a spare minute Louise I'd love for you to check out my blog, of course don't worry if you can't. Thank you for a lovely post, I love reading Motivational Monday before school!

    Lauren xx

    www.totallylola2013.blogspot.com

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  9. I am currently in the scary position of having to look for jobs and getting a lot of rejection in the process. This week I am just going to jump in there, not caring about rejection, and apply for anything that looks like it would suit me!

    Izzy x
    My Blog | My YouTube

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  10. Ah this is so so true. If you don't take the chance it just becomes another missed opportunity that could have led to 'fortune' and such. I don't have anything in particular in mind that I will do but I do want to speak up more just in general situations- at home, at school, at work and such. Sometimes even the simplest of things take bravery and courage but really do pay off.
    Xanthe xxx
    http://essenceofxanthe.blogspot.com.au/

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  11. I will try body bike class this week. Probably gonna die there, but than I will blame You, Louise! :)

    A

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  12. I will always struggle with standing up for myself but now i have gotten better at it :)

    Berrie-Blogs: Beauty Blog x

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  13. Trying to get to know people better rather than struggling to just remember there name is my goal!
    http://comeexploring.blogspot.com.au/

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  14. This week I'm going to try and just put myself out there more! I'm a pretty shy person, so I'm going to try and do simple things like raise my hand more in class and share my thoughts when I would usually sit there quietly with a bunch of unsaid ideas in my head! Last week with finals, I just told myself before every test test that I had prepared enough and I had done all that I could. It was nice to go a little easy on myself after working so hard!

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    Kendra | It's a Bug's Life

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  15. Being confident about who I am. I am always worried about what other people think of me and so I hide away and never think I am good enough. I am trying to change that starting with little things like walking taller and asking shop assistants about things and being able to small talk with people. I have also started a blog which freaks me out because it is so easy for people to judge me but I have been writing it daily for almost a month now and I feel like it is helping me express who I am and what I am all about. Thank you so much for everything you do. I love your blog and your YouTube channel. I really look up to you and I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU!!! xx

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  16. I've actually tried to do this myself recently and doing my blog is one of the things I have been contemplating for years but finally went ahead with it! Happy Monday!

    xxx

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  17. Very inspiring Louise.
    My blog is about something tough, but i knew i wanted to do it so had to push myself! xox

    child abuse survivor blog;
    thelittlestladyxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Very inspiring Louise.
    My blog is about something tough, but i knew i wanted to do it so had to push myself! xox

    child abuse survivor blog;
    thelittlestladyxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I've won tickets for an exhibition, which did not interest me. Normally I would have stayed at home (because I don't want to leave the house on weekends), but this time I decided to go there and be a little bit more open and I really had fun! To be a little bit more open-minded is one of my "goals".

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  20. I'm having real trouble with my housemate (I'm a second year university student) and it's got to the point now where I'm receiving nasty messages over social networks, and I'm afraid to leave my room if they're in the house. It's ridiculous. This week I'm going to be brave and stand up for myself, to find out what her problem is. Hopefully, it's a misunderstanding that we can move past. If not, at least I will have stood my ground and confronted the issue. xx

    chloesthoughtts.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think you're brave just for posting this :) Best wishes

      theunironicnerd.blogspot.com.au

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  21. love this post, i was brave and posted my first outfit post on my blog, something i was incredibly weary of doing.

    Jess x

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  22. I have been asked on a date by someone I met very recently. I haven't been on a date in over 5 years as me and my boyfriend split up last May. I'm so nervous about the idea of actually putting myself out there in such a potentially awkward situation. Feeling nervous about what I need to reply with, I came across this post. And now, after reading your words of inspirational motivation, I feel like I have no excuse to say no. Why have you done this to me!! Totally fate.

    http://marthamayrose.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  23. This week I am going to get over my shyness and go and to the mall and ask if someone wants to hire me for work!! I was supposed to go today, I woke up early and went to the shower and suddenly felt like I was going to pass out so I'm afraid of leaving the house but I am deff going to do that tomorrow!! Wish me luck! x

    http://stellaioannouu.blogspot.com/

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    1. Good luck! It's all worth it in the end! x

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  24. This is such a great post, Louise! I'm giving a presentation about my uni dissertation on Wednesday and I'm dreading it! Just thinking about it now turns my stomach - buuuut I'm going to bite the bullet and do it as I know only positive things will come out of it in the end as it will give my supervisor a chance to check my understanding of the topic and make sure I'm approaching things in the right way, so not doing it would only mean I'd be missing out on what could potentially be vital help with my work. Wish me luck! Let's hope I don't panic and turn bright red and get all weird and shaky in front of everyone haha.

    www.madeleineslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I'm pushing myself to go into more classes in school this week. I deal with anxiety and panic attacks so i have taken alot of time off school and now i am finally ready to start getting back in there!! Thank you for the motivation Louise! x

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    1. Anxiety and panic attacks are a horrible thing to deal with, as long as you remember one foot in front of the other you'll get it under control! :) Good luck! x

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  26. oooh this is a great one this week. i'm just trying to get out of bed. i've been really off lately! :(
    xxx
    http://eleanorcos.blogspot.com/

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  27. Great post Louise, and pretty much sums up how I'm feeling at the moment :) I'm currently reading 'Feel the Fear... and Do it Anyway' - such a great book. 2014 is looking pretty bright so far! Samantha xx

    www.samantha-davis.com

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  28. i am pursuing photography and this year i am going to start a project that will force me to tell people that i am a photographer and ask if i can take photos of them. scary but i know it will be good.

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  29. I am going to try and be brave and tackle my mountain of revision! Last week I was kind to myself by ordering a nice big cheesy pizza from dominoes...oops:)

    disneyandpizza.wordpress.com

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  30. I'm going to look into dropping out of high school and starting a college course in either photography or Digital Media xx

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  31. Love this post! I just joined the local YMCA yesterday so I am going to challenge myself to do some of the group classes and hopefully meet some new people! :)

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  32. My second semester of uni starts today, I am going to push myself to be more confident and take part more in seminars. :)
    xxx
    messing with a dreamer

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  33. This week I'm going to try and do more walking and meet up with some friends who I haven't seen in ages! Not very brave but still! Haha X

    amylaurenxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. This is a great way to start off the day :D Thanks Louise!
    Jasmine at rabbit-wood.blogspot.com
    xo

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  35. I'm going to push myself to talk to more of my work colleagues. I have social anxiety and for the past three years have worked from home, this is my first step back in to working as a team. The reason I got a job that wasn't at home is also so I could travel to L.A for Vidcon this year, which is going to take a lot of bravery as I'm terrified of flying and not knowing my way about a new place. But it's all going to be worth it, as much as it's scary I'm pretty excited for the end results! x

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  36. Not this week, but this year: I am quitting my secure job, and moving to New Zealand (where my hubby is from) to raise our 3 y.o. in a better environment. We are both incredibly excited about the move!!! But it is damn scary, too
    See my post on 10 tips for moving overseas, if you are thinking about doing it :)
    http://happylifeofacitygirl.blogspot.com/2014/01/10-tips-for-moving-overseas.html

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    1. Oh wow, that does sound exciting! Looks like you'll be going on a major adventure, good luck and I wish you lots of happiness when you move to your new home! :) x

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    2. That sounds amazing! I hope everything goes well and you will have alot of Happy years in New Zealand:)

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    3. Aww, thank you very much, gorgeous ladies!!! the best for you too!! :)

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    4. Loved reading your blogpost :) I hope you and your family love living here!

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  37. Louise! This is such a lovely motivational post! I got the end really thinking about what I could do to be more brave and feeling really excited about it all. You really are inspiring, thank you. Have a lovely Monday! Ellie x

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  38. This sounds like a strange one, but I'm actually going to be brave and NOT say yes to every night out I get invited on. I always make myself so tired by saying yes to every event, just because I have such fear of missing out! But I'm going to be brave and have at least one duvet evening this week, where I won't worry that my friends will forget me!

    http://kissandmakeupbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. Love this Louise! I worked on "losing my fear" as a resolution last year, and my life is so much better now because of it! Great post :)

    Undeniably, me

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  40. i really really love this motivational monday feature!

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  41. I'm going to start looking into moving out and getting my career started; i'm about to be featured in a magazine and i'm hoping this will lead to great things
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  42. Literally all I needed after a long long day at Sixth Form! :-)

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  43. This week I need to send out a couple emails to some professors I want to talk to about my life after college (since I'm in my last semester. Gah!). I've always been a little intimidated by them, but I realize that's a dumb way of thinking about it. They're there to help students like me!

    Lovely as always, Louise.
    xxTanya
    minacoleta.blogspot.com

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  44. Hi Louise!
    I had issues with blogger the whole of last year where my images where like a grey colour but then i found out it's a glitch so if you make something like this in the future, save it as png. instead of jpeg. It's a glitch blogger has!

    Great post though! Love your blog so much!

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  45. To be brave, I'm going to try to be really sweet to everyone I know, and If I don't do that, I'll tell them one of my most embarrassing stories! :)

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  46. I love your Monday posts, I always read them to jee myself up for work! :)
    http://amyleannebeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  47. I'm going to ask about our school musical/theatre production and see if i can audition for it. I've always been intimidated by people and their constant judgment (or at least thats what i think they do) so even auditioning is an extremely nerve racking thing for me. And if i get it in some way, being able to perform in front of so many people omg. *deep breathes* i have to do this. to prove to myself that i have the confidence and to prove to myself i have some kind of talent in singing. Hahah anyways, thanks Louise for giving people the motivation and courage to try new things. much love x

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  48. I've been having the monday blues today, so i was very happy to see this on my facebook newsfeed! Recently, I've been feeling like my friends have been putting me down, so I'm going to stand up to myself, because I've realised that I have the right to feel happy every single day! Thank you Louise

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  49. Louise, I absolutely love motivational mondays! It is such a good idea and you advice is very much needed on a lousy monday!

    Because I thought it was such a lovely idea I decided to create my own series similar to this. Please, anyone reading this, I would be very appreciated if you could hop along over to check my blog out because I have only just started blogging and it would be lovely to know that others are enjoying and reading my content xxx thanks :)
    Tallulah xx

    http://lulabelleblogg.blogspot.co.uk

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  50. On Thursday I have my college interview, I'm planning on taking a course there for after Year 11. All my GCSE's are in May so this is a big year for me and because I'm not the bravest person to walk the earth, I'm happy that I'm not worrying to much about the interview!

    http://megansworldofloveliness.blogspot.co.uk/

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  51. I am going to sign up for a 5k run and try to convince my best friend to do it with me!

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  52. I think I'll try to get out more, which doesn't sound so brave but takes a lot out of me.

    I really do love that quote.

    Christina
    http://kissesandflowers.blogspot.com/

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  53. I love thoses posts :)
    they make my mondays so happy (now I'm not even scared of sunday night blues :)
    I have an history talk wednesday and I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can

    xx
    Emma
    http://bubblyfrenchemma.blogspot.fr/

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  54. Thank you so much Louise you've inspired me to say something to someone that I've wanted to tell them for 2 years! Xxx

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  55. I have braved through so much homework its unreal. I can't wait to finish year 11.
    anyways, how was everyone elses week? I've had a goodun'
    yay!
    Make sure to check my blog out:
    majotron.blogspot.com

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  56. Loved this blog post!
    2 weeks ago my Grandad sadly passed away after suffering from cancer for 4 years and I'm reading the eulogy at the funeral this coming Friday.I'm usually confident with public speaking (that's why my grandad wanted me to do it) but I'm going to try be brave and really use my emotion and memories of my grandad to give the best possible reading of the eulogy I can! Thankyou for inspiring me to be better and feel happier x

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    1. I'm so sorry about your loss :( You'll do amazing xx

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    2. I'm very sorry for your loss. It takes so much bravery to do something like that, you've inspired me! You will do great xx

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    3. I am genuinely so sorry for your loss, i know it is one of the hardest things to let go of someone you love but i promise it gets easier eventually, just think of all the amazing times (sound obvious but its easy to forget)xox

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    4. I'm sorry for your loss sweetie, I've gone through a similar situation, but hold on, things will get better! And also, don't worry- I'm sure you'll do your granddad proud! :* best of luck:) xo

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  57. I'm going to push myself to actually participate in my lectures and make new friends. I am quite a shy person and when I have lectures where I don't know anyone and none of my friends are in, I just keep to myself. I really want to try participating more and talk to the people around me, I think that would help make my university experience a lot better :)

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    1. I can definitely relate to this. I've always been a very shy and quiet girl, never dared to talk to anyone, afraid that what I would say might not be interesting. I still have that feeling though, but the only difference is that I don't care about it anymore. This made me start talking to people more and I can tell you, the first time it can be very difficult to participate in a conversation, but the more you do it, the more comfortable it feels. You just have to do it, there's nothing to lose! Good luck, Stephanie!

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    2. You can do it! Just think about what other people talk about. It's usually nothing special, just day to day stuff, but still it's interesting to you, so why wouldn't they find it interesting what you have to say? That's what I usually say to myself, so hope it helps you as well! xx

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  58. Attempt to speak to new people and create my donut of friends into a even bigger donut of friends:)

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  59. Next week, I'm going to learn how to drive a car. I'm already 23 years old but because of the fact I'm still a student, I didn't have enough money to buy a car when I was younger. I never complained though, because I'm scared to death to drive in today's trafic. So now, time finally is there and I'm taking the leap. I know I must be brave and just do it! This may all sound very silly but I'm terrified!

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

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  60. I am going to try and rekindle a friendship that has strayed. It takes a lot of bravery for me to be the person to suggest meeting up but I certainly want and need to.

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  61. I'm going to try and talk to more people I wouldn't usually talk to. Congrats on you healthy lifestyle new years resolution Louise, you're doing great. Lots of internet hugs and kisses, and best wishes (lol that rhymes, I'm soo coool hehe) to you and Darcy and Matt!<3

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  62. I'm going to challenge myself by being more open about my blog. I've never once told anyone about, so it's somewhat of an online diary if that makes sense. I love your blog Louise, Motivational Mondays series always make my day. It's brilliant, you're like an online sister :)

    http://signorased.blogspot.co.uk/

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  63. I'm going to try and talk to people I don't usually, and make new friends!

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  64. These are always so inspiring Louise! I'm still at school and I always to try push myself out of my comfort zone, sometimes it's hard buuuuut it feels so good afterwards!

    Sharlotte // Sharlotte

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  65. You are such an inspiration!

    BLOG ABOUT THE YOUTUBERS!
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  66. Love this!
    I tried to wallpaper my lounge today, surely that is bravery at its finest phaha!
    I bought some beautiful new makeup brushes to be kind to myself last week :)

    Carly
    xoxo

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  67. You are honestly such an inspiration to me Louise, thank you so much for always making me smile through your blog posts and videos- im astonished by how positive you always are, even when you aren't necessarily feeling your best! <3 I'm going to sign up for The Challenge by NCS! I'm really nervous but so excited! <3

    -Ambika xxxxxxxx

    www.a-small-infinity.blogspot.co.uk

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  68. well!i love makeup and beauty in general and taking care of myself...so i've pushed my self to start a blog and share the loveliness and with everyone !

    http://sarazbeautytonic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  69. at the moment I am considering starting my own company or becoming a consultant for another company in my field. Both are huge risk but will let me make my own schedule and both are doing things I love. But it is also very scary, and part of me doesn't want to be brave. Yikes!

    Thanks for the encouraging post!

    xo
    brerogers.blogspot.com

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  70. I was at the Wired talk!!! I was invited by a friend and seeing you there was a massive high. That in itself made me try to change things around in my life seeing all these people doing amazing and innovative things at the Wired convention. Anyway this week I will try and actually apply for a job and not just sit there fantasising about it :)

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  71. One of the bravest things I've ever done was to go for a job that had no career path really, I just wanted to do it to have fun! You can image how disheartened I was when they rejected me. I went back again for the same job a year later and now people ask me things in the job despite mostly starting at the same time. It feels good and all worked out in the end! :)
    Ellie,xx
    Elephant stories and more

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  72. I love this post! I've been thinking recently that I've kind of drawn back up into my shell(I was doing so well for a while last year!). I think that I just need to go out more and accept people's offers to go places, even if it's not the most exciting. I know that sounds silly, but my social anxiety gets me down...

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  73. I love this post! Since the start of the new year I joined a cheerleading squad but decided it wasn't for me. Ive signed my daughter up for drama classes. Im booking a holiday to Disneyland paris next week for me, my husband and our three daughters aged 2, 5 and 10 months.. iv never been abroad and im terrified! I have also started a blog and hope to buy the house we're living in as well as pushing my business as much as I can. Not bad going for a 23 year old though. Good luck all

    Please check out my blog

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  74. Thats so sweet to think of your friend Faye

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  75. Hi Louise :) so I woke up this morning, on the day of my dreaded driving test, feeling nervous and scared. I checked my Facebook, as I do most mornings, and saw that you'd shared a link to your latest blog post. I decided to read it before I got up. This was an excellent decision, if i do say so myself, as being brave is something I really needed to be today. The test I took today was my 5th driving test...(I'm not as bad a driver as I sound...honestly!) I'm a really nervous person, and crumble when put under any kind of pressure. So, the more I failed, the more pressure I felt. It's like I have a kind of mental block when I have to do something important. However, once reading your inspirational blog, I told myself that I WOULD be brave today and that I would go to my test and pass. I stayed positive all day and when my test arrived I was in a really good frame of mind. It went swimmingly, and I finally passed :) with only one minor! And even though you couldn't control my actions on the road today, you certainly helped me feel positive and brave, and helped me finally overcome my nerves! I just want to say how much this means to me. I really hope you read this comment, as I want you to know how much you've helped me today, with something I've been getting worked up over for a long time. You're a true star, thank you :) xxxxx

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  76. I've also started a blog, which is something I've wanted to do for ages, but I've felt too nervous to do so- you have inspired me Louise!<3
    a-small-infinity.blogspot.co.uk

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  77. I'm a terrible traveler and get so so nervous! And this week I'm travelling from devon to portsmouth to see my boyfriend :) If i can do it all by myself unscathed i'll be pleased with my self :) Love reading your motivational mondays! xxxxxxx

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  78. it's great how you motivate people... you inspire and pass on all of your positive energy <3 thank you so much :))))))
    http://juliasting.blogspot.com/

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  79. I have already taken a massive step this and quit my job because it had a massive impact on my health and my anxiety and stress level went up the roof, it led to depression. I continue for a year but things went from bad to worse and I finally accumulated the strength and handed my resignation to concentrate in my health and do things that I love. Money is not everything, yes it does play a very important role in our life but if you have money and don't have the health or the peace it doesn't count for anything, that is what I feel

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  80. This is a great little series. Keep it up! I'd love to work for myself one day... that's my long-term plan.


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  81. I'm in college now, and this semester is shaping up to be extremely difficult. I was beginning to doubt myself and question if I was on the right path, but this post has reminded me that I just need to be a little braver. I really do like the material I'm studying right now; the course work, however, can be quite overwhelming. I know how satisfied and happy I will be if I push through it, so thank you, Louise, for the little nudge!

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  82. I am going to vlog in public for the first time ever, it's quite nerve racking but i hope it goes well :)

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  83. Love the post! I'm trying to be braver with the things that I do and take a few more chances to get involved with all aspects of my life - whether it's school or blogging or when I'm out and about. So far it's already paid off with the blogging (I gained another follower!) and I'm hoping to do one thing a week which scares/frightens me a little and makes me crawl out of my comfort zone. Ooo Just writing about it is making my heart beat a little faster! haha

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  84. Loved this! I'm trying to start my own blog, which is quite scary for me because I've never really shared any of my writing before, but I'm excited, nevertheless!^.^ Thanks for the motivation to be brave!
    ~Bay

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  85. I love this saying, it's not this week but this year my boyfriend and I are upping sticks and moving to Manchester. Being from the north this is really scary for me as I don't know anyone but I'm willing to give it a go for the sake of new and exciting career opportunities. Ever so slightly terrified!
    ~Katie

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  86. Just read this at 11pm and it's given me the determination to wake up early tomorrow and do all the things! Let's see how long that lasts...

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  87. Truly inspiring Louise. I would have to say I've been very motivated to up keep my blog and strive to deliver better post quality and reviews. I've even taken the plunge and started a YouTube channel.

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  88. I love your Motivational Monday posts! :)
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  90. Check out my latest reviews and posts on drugstore staples and supplements for clear, glowing skin.

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  91. Love your motivational monday posts! Think I'm in need of a motivational Wednesday right now though.. My brave thing this year, I applied to Camp America, went to the recruitment fair in Manchester last week, and got hired!! :O I'm going to be the photographer of a camp in Wisconsin! 3 months this summer! I'M TERRIFIED! But I know it will be worth it :) Just hoping I don't break down in the airport when I say goodbye to my parents! xx

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  92. love these
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    daniella
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  93. I really love your motivational Monday's post Louise! it makes the start of the week very nice ;) I think my brave move will be ... I think I'm going to make my plans of going to studying abroad true, I'm very nervous about it but I think it's time!
    Wish me luck!

    From Making Things Alive

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  94. Wow thank you SO much for your blog, I was feeling pretty gloomy but your pure loveliness cheered me up :) I'm quite a shy person so I think I'm going to make more of an effort to talk to people I don't know very well and putting my hand up in class more. Scary but good!

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  95. The brave thing I am about to do is go on Outward Bound which is basically a 3 week course without an contact to the outside world besides letters where you push your boundaries both physically and mentally. I have a feeling it may kill me but if I survive I imagine I will be a way happier and more radiant person

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  96. I love this post, I've been really brave recently & blogged about my Post Natal Anxiety on a guest post, it was hard & I made myself vulnerable, but like you say fortune favours the brave. I LOVE your philosophy Louise, this is a great post. Have a great weekend L xx

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  97. I love this post! Exactly what I needed to read :) I think I'm going to finish updating my CV and sign up with a recruitment agency. I've been in my current job (and first ever job) for 5 years and I always say that I need to find a new job but never do because the idea of being the new girl is so daunting!

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  98. So funny that you posted this. I've been feeling a bit stunted.. maybe it's because I haven't been brave enough!

    ~Sherine
    Confessions Of A City Girl

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  99. I want to be a journalist. I could stand in front of a room full of strangers and talk/interview them all/sing for them/show them my work etc but I can't do this in front of a single friend, family member or acquaintance. I have a real issue showing anything I do to people that I know. I have huge break downs.

    This week, I might try to show my blog to my boyfriend. Last time, I cried, ran home and deleted my blog. It sounds dramatic and childish but I have a real issue with people I know. It's my little thing. I want to change it but I don't know how! Hopefully, I won't delete my blog this time!!!

    http://lorrieloves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  100. I've always wanted to make a blog, so that's what i've done. Check it out :D http://thelittledancerx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  101. Aloha Louise! so something brave that i've done is probably creating my blog..very few people know abotu it (just family and close friends) because i know that some people at school might make a deal about it..ahh, high school.

    I am going to tour around france next month, MY FIRST TIME IN EUROPE and i am so so excited! but something brave i really want to do is VLOG about it. I have a youtube channel but no videos as i haven't worked up the courage to film yet and only a couple of people know of my desire to enter that realm. i've been wanting to be a youtuber for years and I absolutlely LOVE you and Zoe and Alfie, etc...but i haven't mustered the courage to start my own journey. i guess i am scared of being judged, especially going off to college next year..but i shouldn't care what people think if it makes me happy right? so i plan to Vlog in france. that'll be one courageous act... all my love, Laurie :) xxx

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