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Quotes

In my book I wrote about some of the things that keep me going when I want to give up. One of the things I love is inspirational quotes. When my goals seem hard or I’m tired, it’s nice to have these quotes where I can see them, or even to think about them to keep me going. So today I want to share some of these quotes with you and why they inspire me. I hope they will inspire you as well!

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I love this quote. I have found this to be true in my exercising. I have found that the more work I put into my muscles, the easier it is to lift, consequently, I bump up my weights to where it gets harder and then, in time, that becomes easy. It’s a great way to measure progress, and I love it. I have also found it to be true when I run. The more I do it, the easier it gets, and the farther I can go. But it doesn’t just apply to exercise. When I am struggling with anything in my life, I have found that often the right decision is the hard one. But when we make those hard decisions because we know they are the right ones, and we see the results, sometimes sooner, sometimes later, it makes the next hard decision a little easier. And when we can continue to do the hard things, to make the best choices, that’s when real progress happens.

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I shared this one on my Instagram page earlier this week. This one I started off thinking about with exercise a while ago, but I think it applies to so many areas of our lives. It seems like in our day and age that people in general are becoming less resilient. When things get hard they just give up instead of persevering. I have found in exercise as well as other areas of my life that not controlling my thoughts can sabotage my goals. When I start thinking things like “I can’t,” or “it’s too hard,” “is it really worth it?” Those are negative and destructive thoughts. We can’t give our mind the option. Just don’t stop, don’t play mind games, stay focused on the end goal and how to get there.

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I love this quote. The devil only has the power over us that we give him. This quote reminds me of who I am, a daughter of God, and that I am meant for greater things than to fall prey to the devils influences. This world is a crazy place, and there are so many influences out there that seem to be swaying us every which way. But when we really look at it, there are only two influences in this world, Jesus Christ and Satan. I have the choice in every situation who I will listen to and who I will follow. I choose to follow Jesus Christ.

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I love Albert Einstein quotes, and this is one of my favorites. There is rarely a point at which quitting is a good idea, and if you never quit, you never fail. In my book I also talk about the data that we collect from our trials and errors. Never is anything we do a failure unless you quit. It’s just data that needs to be viewed, reviewed, and then applied to help us see the next step or adjustment better. Don’t quit.

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So often we have these awesome ideas and we start pursuing great things because of them. Then all of a sudden, either people around us start questioning us, or we start questioning ourselves, and we begin to doubt whether we will be able to succeed. How many times in our lives have we either started on something and quit because we doubted our ability to actually succeed, or we didn’t even start because we had so many doubts. Remember that those things we like to call failures are just data. Weed through the data and figure out how to keep going, but don’t doubt yourself or your abilities to succeed at whatever you put your mind to.

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I love this one as well. I love a lot of quotes. But how many bad days have we each had in our lives, and yet we are still here. Sometimes in the middle of things, when nothing seems to be going right, we can’t seem to do anything right, usually those days our hair doesn’t work right. Traffic, even though it might be the same traffic every day, seems to be especially frustrating. Kids, friends, family, spouses just seem to grate on our nerves. Whatever starts it, sometimes it seems like a snowball effect all the rest of the day. We all have days like that, but those days pass. We can’t truly enjoy the fun, easy days if we never have the hard days, because there would be no way for us to compare and see the difference. And, I have also found that when those days do come, sometimes just a good laugh at something really ridiculous is the best therapy, it usually turns my day around, or at least makes it more tolerable and the next day is usually much better.

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And last of all, the quote that changed my life. I don’t know as that’s totally true, but this quote for me brought me peace, way down deep inside when I heard it. I read it almost daily, it’s stuck to my fridge, the last line is printed on a 3×5 card in the window above my sink. This quote has helped me to have compassion on other people, as well as to press forward no matter what. I don’t have to worry about anyone else’s opinion of me, I only worry about my Heavenly Father’s opinion. It is amazingly freeing it is when you develop a relationship with God and you rely on Him, knowing that to Him your are worth everything to Him. You are loved, you are wanted, you are enough.

These definitely are not all my favorite quotes. I could probably write a dozen or more blog posts about quotes and still wouldn’t have shared all my favorites. But these are some of the ones that help me day to day to stay on track, and to move forward with thoughtful commitment, rather than be tossed about by the world and every wave that comes along. What are some of your favorite quotes?

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Chapter 1

My book is now in the process of being printed. It will be available as an ebook on April 30. I thought the process was going to take a lot longer so I picked a date a little ways off, now I wish I had known it would be a quicker process than I originally expect! But that’s ok. I can add the first couple chapters here so you can see what you think. I will add a link to my ebook when it is available. You can also buy it in hardback book form. I hope you enjoy the first chapter!

Where Am I Going

I don’t think I have ever talked to a person who was 100% satisfied with who they were, every part of them.  Not because they were not good people, but simply because they had the potential to be better, and they knew they did.  We have an innate desire to do better, to be better, to strive for something more.  It is human nature to do so, and that’s a good thing!  Imagine if we didn’t, we would still live in the dark ages.  No new technology, no new inventions, nothing ever changing.

Change, however, is hard.  We get comfortable with where we are, even if we know we need to do better.  Change often makes us uncomfortable because we can’t see where we’re going to end, maybe we don’t know if what we are doing now will give us the desired results we want.  But, however much we hate to admit it, change is happening to us all the time.  But if we aren’t the ones initiating it, then the change occurring is probably not the kind of change we are looking for.

I have thought a lot about this subject, as I want to be better, I want to do better in many aspects of my life.  I am not a perfect person.  But I have learned to embrace change, or at least most of the time.  Over time I have seen the fruits of change in my life.  Some of that change came out of necessity, I didn’t initiate it, but as time went on, I embraced it so that I would change how I wanted, instead of it changing me in ways that were detrimental to me or those around me.  Most changes that I notice differences in however, I have initiated myself on some level or another.   Goals I have set or habits I wanted to gain or get rid of.  Some of these changes have been obvious to others, most are small changes in my character, that I wanted to make, or decided would be good for me, over a long period of time

This book is designed to help you begin on a path that will hopefully never end.  We should never stop growing, never stop learning, and never stop striving for excellence in our lives, because average is the enemy of excellence.  Never settle for average, never settle for almost.  You can become who you want to be, it just takes some work.  This book will help you get started.

Think about your life.  Are there things you are not satisfied with?  Start here and list at least on general thing you would like to change.  It doesn’t have to be specific, and it can be as big or small as you want.

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As you can see it is a work book. There are a number of places to write things down so that they stay all together. I hope you enjoyed the first chapter. I will load the second chapter some time next week, and then hopefully the actual book will be available! Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check back not only for the book, but for my other blog post!

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Book Introduction

I noticed a few weeks ago that I had a theme going with a number of my blog posts. I have thought recently about self-publishing a book and decided I could possibly make these posts into a book. I have been working on that a lot lately. As I near the end of the process I would like to share with those who read my posts a couple of the chapters, as well as the short introduction and “about me” page included in the book. As far as timing, the book is done being written and I am in the process of designing a simple cover and back, as well as the process of uploading to the publisher. The things that I will be publishing are similar to what I have written on my blog, but I have added to them to make them more comprehensive for a book, so if you’ve read my blogs it will be similar, but more in depth. If you see any grammatical errors or places that need punctuation please let me know. I would also love thoughts about how it reads, as well as any random thoughts you have about the content.

Here is the Introduction:

This book is a series of blog posts from my website that I wanted to put together in a more comprehensive and complete form.  It comes from my experiences with priorities, habits, setting goals and achieving them.  This is only one of many ways I have found to help myself improve, and now hopefully to help someone else along in their path toward personal improvement.  We are all unique in our learning and understanding, so this book may not help some, but I believe if you follow the steps, it will give you ideas on how to change and why it’s important.  You are worth the effort you put into making yourself the best you can be, and only you can create the changes you want to see.  I hope you enjoy this book and that it can help you in the next steps of your life. 

And the About Me Page:

Hi, my name is Stephanie Richey.  I live in Alaska.  I am an artist, writer, piano player, and I love the outdoors.  I am also a wife and a mom.  A lot of my time has been spent raising kids and helping my husband with his business until the last few years when I have had a little more time to do some things I wanted to do.  I’ve always played the piano and did a lot of sewing through the years, but in the last 5 or so years I have also learned to paint, learned to make a website, and learned a lot about products.  I have been sharing my thoughts on my blog and recently saw a theme, and so I took a chance at writing a book.  This has been a new learning process, but learning something new is a great thing.  If you enjoyed my book, you can read more of my blog posts as well as see my art on my website at: stephaniericheyart.com