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Words I live by

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Chiaki Creates - Happy Crochet CoasterIt’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of cognitive behavioural therapy and positive psychology. Quite recently I also started practising mindfulness and doing yoga, and my mind has never felt so clear. The words I live by are a mixture of all these things as well as many, many quotes. You can read more quotes on my Pinterest board Lovely words.

○ Live in the present, don’t dwell on the past and don’t worry about the future. The only moment that exists is now. Focus on it.

○ The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. – Sylvia Plath

○ Make the most of what you’ve got. (My mum instilled this in me from a very early age.)

○ What you think decides how you feel and how you feel decides what you think. Notice your negative thought processes and behaviour patterns. Find productive patterns to replace them with.

○ Set goals and work towards them. Don’t dream it, be it.

○ Avoid using self-imposed demanding words such as ‘should’ and ‘must’. Avoid using vague words such as ‘wish’ and ‘hope’.

○ Own your feelings. Don’t let them own you. You are responsible for your (re)actions because no one else can control how you feel or behave.

○ Ask yourself what “problem” you have right now, not next year, tomorrow, or five minutes from now. What is wrong with this moment? You can always cope with the Now, but you can never cope with the future – nor do you have to. The answer, the strength, the right action or the resource will be there when you need it, not before, not after. – Eckhart Tolle

○ They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. – Andy Warhol

○ Don’t play the victim of your circumstances. You are not what has happened to you anymore than you choose to be. Learn from bad experiences, forgive and move on.

○ Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.

○ Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. – Andy Warhol

○ Communication is the key, with yourself and the outside world. Most arguments are just misunderstandings.

○ Be aware of idiosyncratic thinking. People interpret experiences differently.

What words do you live by?

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8 thoughts on “Words I live by

  1. I love these words! Particularly Andy warhol’s. I always appreciate your positive thinking posts, they’re so constructive and inspiring! Btw, sorry I still haven’t bought anything from your etsy shop! I cannot decide in which colour I’d like the Geometric wooden necklace in xD also, will you be selling tasles and pompoms alone? Because I’d really really love to get myself some, hehe! xx

    • Thank you so much, Nol! There are SO many brilliant Andy Warhol quotes aren’t there. :) Aww, you’re too kind! I kept one geometric wooden necklace for myself and I struggled to decide between green and orange so I very much understand what you mean. ;) I ended up keeping an orange in the end. I wasn’t thinking of selling tassels and pom-poms alone but I’m planning to use more in my upcoming designs. I’d love to do a reserved Etsy listing just for you though. Send me an email outlining what you have in mind and we’ll work something out. :) I have loads of the pastel rainbow yarn and loads of yarn in bright colours. xx

  2. This is a gorgeous post. I recently started doing yoga (I am not as flexible as I thought!) and I’ve been meaning ot try mindfulness – seveeral people have reccomended it to me and it’s good to hear that it’s working for you. I find it hard to strike the balance between being ambitious – setting myself goals and working hard to achieve them – and living in the present. Working towards goals always involves looking forward, and I guess it’s easy to do things as a means to an end and forget to enjoy the process sometimes. “Don’t dwell on the past and don’t worry about the future” is so important! xx

    • Thank you so much, my dear! Yay! I’m not either. ;) Mindfulness is fantastic and I highly recommend it! There are meditation directions and loads of great articles on this magazine’s website: Mindful. I find it hard to strike that balance as well and I completely agree with everything you’re saying! I’m trying to focus on the smaller steps that I’m taking in the present rather than focusing on the bigger goal which is really in the future somewhere, but it’s difficult. I find that I tend to enjoy the process more than actually achieving the goal. It can be an anticlimax because once I get there it’s rarely as amazing as I imagined that it would be. I don’t know if that makes sense? But it does help me focus on the present. :) xx

  3. I’ve been meaning to start yoga… putting it off for weeks..but I’m taking this as a sign to get off my behind and just do it. I’m certain it will help calm my mind!

  4. Brilliant quotes. The Sylvia Plath one speaks to me in particular at the moment. Might have to nick it!
    Andy Warhol was king of the soundbite before the term was even invented, wasn’t he? However, given all the stories about how fucked up he was I would say its probably a case of do what I say, not what I do!

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