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Sunday Thoughts

Happiness is an inside job, don't let anyone else take that much power over your life.
 Over the past year or so I have changed exponentially as a person. I spent so many years of my life trying to achieve things for other people's happiness; living, reacting and responding to other peoples choices. It wasn't until someone who was incredibly instrumental in a lot of the changes I've made told me that to care for yourself, to prioritise your own happiness and to most importantly love yourself how you wish to be loved by another is not selfish; it is essential for a mentally healthy and fulfilling life.


Recent weeks for me have been difficult. I had university exams (if you've read any of my other more personal blog posts, you can probably make a good guess about how well I coped with this stress), I faced rejection for something which knocked my confidence, and I was disappointed in myself for my fitness efforts, feeling like the progress I am making does not equate to how important the journey is for me. I'm trying to make changes to both my mental and physical strength; something I have feared for a long time. Sometimes it can be hard to admit that where we are is so far from where we want to be, and that thought can be so disheartening. These weeks have felt like a struggle, moving two steps forward, one step back. I have to remember that that is still one step forward. Still one step in the right direction.

I've learnt, and am still learning that you can't compare your beginning to someone else's middle. Where you start from is unique to you and progress no matter how small is progress. Failure is hard. But without it, we wouldn't appreciate success. The hardest part is not the rejection itself, it is getting up and moving forward. Even more recently I learnt that that in itself is strength. 

So when you feel so far from your goal and the end seems unreachable, remember only to look back to see how far you've come. I may not be where or who I want to be, but I am far from where and who I once was, and closer to getting there than I was yesterday.
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  1. Happiness is totally an inside job! agree x

    NEW POST Jennos Health.

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  2. Thank you for your lovely comment, your blog is absolutely adorable!! love the colours and your posts xx

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  3. This is such an inspiring post, I need to remember this more often when I feel like I'm not where I want to be!
    Jodie // La Lune Song

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  4. Thank you for this post. What you have written is inspiring and is something that I needed right now and I will use these thoughts to help me get over the problems I have in my life right now.
    All the best.

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  5. Keep at it hun, most things in life that are worthwhile aren't usually easy xxx

    The Quick Red Fox- Manchester, UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

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  6. I'm just like this, I find it so hard to have any kind of perspective when things don't go to plan or I'm not dealing with things well. For me, something that helped was cutting out negative people and I to try stop paying attention to stupid little things that don't really matter. It pulls me together and makes me focus on what I'm doing rather than what everyone else is doing - I think when you do that, you realise how much effort you put into things and you reassure yourself as opposed to looking for that assurance elsewhere which can often make you feel worse! I definitely believe that being selfish in your thoughts is probably the easiest way to stay happy and move forward. Such a good post, completely related with this. x

    Chandni ᵔᴥᵔ | chandnimodha.co.uk

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    1. I've done the same recently, I only invest time into people that actually mean something to me xx

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  7. Wishing you the best of luck finding your perfect happy self!

    On a less personal note... are you aware your header redirects to photo bucket? I keep clicking on it for homepage haha. Thought I'd let you know as it's easy to fix!

    X

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    1. aw thank you so much lovely! yeahhh its annoying but theres nothing i can do about it haha xx

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  8. Thank you Amy for your comment on my blog !
    Your blog post is totally inspiring ...

    Much love
    Yousra

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  9. Thanks for your thoughts on my post :) I felt the same way when I gave myself a fitness challenge last summer but you have to remember that slow progress is still progress. Your blog is beautiful by the way! xxx

    http://georgienicks.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. thank you so much lovely and youre welcome xx

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  10. You should never compare yourself to any one, any progress is good progress and some set backs are there to learn from :) xx

    Cheryl
    http://daisycandle.com

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    1. I'm learning to only compare myself to where I once was and not to other people :) xx

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  11. Don't worry Amy, you'll see the results of your efforts soon :) I feel the same way sometimes.
    xx
    Erika
    http://whaterikawears.com/

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  12. Looks like you're doing a great job to me! Lovely blog xx

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  13. we all face some set-backs in life, i know it sounds so cliche, but i really think that its how we bounce back, and what we learn from them, that truly defines how we grow and establish our futures. keep your head up! you're an amazing person, and thanks for your on-going support with my blog :)

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    1. I completely agree, thank you lovely that is such a lovely comment xxx

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  14. I like this post Amy! I know how disheartening it can feel when your hard work doesn't seem to be paying off. But as you said, if you work towards your goals, you are moving forward, even if you're only taking baby steps. And eventually, all the hard work pays off. Good luck with everything, hope the following weeks are a bit easier on you! x

    Claire // Technicolour Dreamer // Bloglovin'

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  15. Love it x

    http://lilliemysel.blogspot.com

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  16. I absolutely loved your post, so proud of you! Sometimes everything in life is a struggle but there always the light at the end of the tunnel!

    xoxo
    A, importedbubbly.blogspot.com

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  17. Thank you for the kind comment on my blog! Life can be hard sometimes but it change so quickly! Nice inspiring post! :)

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  18. I love that positive and forward-thinking perspective. Always good to keep in mind! :)

    xo - Kaitlin from Tea with Jam and Bread

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  19. This is something I need right now. Thank you so much. :)

    Life With Antlers

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  20. This is such an important and amazing post. I feel like I need to do this myself, I need to tell myself is okay to fight for myself. Thank you for writing it!

    Much love xx
    Catarina // ohkori.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you so much and you're welcome xx

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  21. Such a lovely post, really positive and inspiring :) Thank you for leaving such a nice comment on my blog.

    Karis Xx
    karisatkinson.blogspot.co.uk

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