I Believed I could, So I Did

‘She believed she could, so she did’. This really became my mantra in life. It didn’t matter what obstacles and hurdles were in my way. If I wanted to achieve something I was to go for it. It wasn’t always easy. Exhaustion, recovering from treatment, self-doubt, worrying about the future, sadness, overcome with grief all tried it’s hardest to stop me in my tracks. That’s why this slogan became so important to me. It helped me when times got tough. A few simple words that mean so much. A thought process that gave me oomph, confidence, faith in my abilities and more importantly helped me stay focussed on the positive wonderful things in life. She believed she could, so she did, is very much in line with my slogan ‘Live life to the max’.

From my experience I try to live by the following. This philosophy has helped me so much with my behaviours and how I approach life.

🤩 Opportunities can present themselves at any given moment in time. You could take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. If you’re thinking ‘I can’t’, try to turn it to ‘you can’. Believe in yourself. Go for it. Live life! Say ‘yes’ when you might have said ‘no’. Live the life you aspire to live.

🧗‍♀️ Be adventurous. It’s not all about marathons and big events. It can be as simple as going camping. If you want to try something new, jump in. Go for it. Don’t be afraid to fail or to get things wrong. Challenges in life are the best. Especially when trying new things. Train for an event if you want to. Try a new hobby. Do something that pushes you. Make the most of the Great Outdoors.

🦸‍♀️ Be brave. But know that it’s ok not to feel this way too. You are your own person. It’s a good thing to go out of your comfort zone if that’s what you want. Trust your instincts. Take risks if you want to. If you can tackle problems and issues head-on or ask for help. Be strong. But also know you don’t have to be strong all the time. Take ownership of your life. Be your own superhero. Be strong in the face of adversity. Know that bravery comes in many different forms.

🕰 Our precious commodity. If you think you don’t have time, try to make time. We can’t control time but we can choose wisely what we do with it. Be creative with time and live the life you want to live. Every second in our wonderful lives counts. Make it count. Savour every moment. Downtime and relaxation is just as important as movement and activity. Give time to your mind and your body to switch off and recuperate.

🥵 Focus in the important stuff. Try not to let smaller or less important things absorb your entire thought processes. Easier said than done but it’s possible. Life is too short so no time for unnecessary woes. Don’t beat yourself up if lots of things are getting too much. Focus on looking after yourself in how you deal with all that comes your way and talk.

🙅‍♀️ Block out negativity. Focus on the good. Don’t allow yourself to absorb any toxicity. Flip negative thoughts into positive ones whenever you can. It’s hard but you can do it. You are in charge of your feelings.

🔓Unlock your potential. Address those barriers and obstacles. Be you. Make it work. What’s stopping you? Make changes. Dream big. Stick to plans but allow those that don’t work out to ‘just be’. Learn to say ‘no’.

🤔Focus on what you can control. It’s so easy to get swept away with parts of your life where you need to put your faith and belief in others. You have the power to focus on what you can change. Look at your life and what you can take charge of.

😴 Sleep and rest if need be. It’s crucial. If we love our bodies we will listen to them. They will thank us. We won’t batter them to keep up with others or to do things we don’t want to do. Allow the body to recuperate after illness or injury or trauma.

😢 If you need to cry, then cry. Life can be so hard. Accept that. It’s ok to feel low or sad. Allow that to happen and be you. It’s ok to grieve. To feel low. Acceptance will come from allowing the mind to be at one with emotions.

❤️ Love is a precious gift to give and receive. Treasure always with all your heart. Make the most of that love whilst you can. Tell those you love, that you love them. Never neglect seeing those that you love. Relish in the moment everytime someone says they love you. And when you have the chance to tell someone else that you love them, tell them.