How I Stay Happy & Motivated

Despite living in a cramped dorm and a cold city, it’s very important for me to be positive. Over the past few months here, I have collected things I love to make myself feel more at home. I have pictures in cute frames that remind me of all my great adventures and the people that I love. I have a bamboo plant and a little pumpkin for decoration. But, my favorite things are the quotes that grace my window sill and wall.

Without these beautiful but simple things, I would have probably wanted to give up by now; they truly keep me going.
One quote I taped up to my wall was given to me by Brandon, it reads:
What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what gets you out of bed in the mornings, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.
-Pedro Arrupe, SJ
When I read it, it reminds me why I am doing the things I do. It reminds me why I focus on my blog so much. It reminds me why I am here, away from the people I love the most. It keeps me going and it keeps me positive because I know there are a lot of people that love me, but I also know that there are a lot of people that don’t get me, and that’s okay. What matters is the people who bring you up, support you, and love you.

This one isn’t on my wall or anything, but I like it. I made the graphic for it. Just like the “I can and I will” quote at the beginning of this post, this one shows me that I can do anything I set my mind to, but I have to realize it will take work and time. If you love something, though, you have to make goals to get it. Put yourself in situations that allow something good to happen.

For example, when I went to the blogger conference last week, I knew I was doing something good for myself and my blog. It was a bit of a step outside my comfort zone (considering I was one of the youngest people there), but none-the-less I did it and had a fabulous time. I met many women who brought me up with positive words like “keep kicking ass!” or “you’re going to go far!”. Just a few simple words like that made my life.

On the flip side, I try my best not to put myself in bad situations. This could be as simple as not going somewhere when I have a lot of homework to catch up on. It could also be not doing something that you wouldn’t normally do. Once, I had a bad gut feeling about something so I decided to steer away from it and, looking back, I’m very glad I did.

Follow your heart. You don’t need to do what’s “cool” to fit in, trust me. I have a lot of great friends that love me and accept me for who I am. Because I’m the girl who is striving toward a bigger goal, the one who would rather go to a coffee shop than a party; the one that will never give up her dream, no matter what anyone else says. 

As an end note, I know being positive is often very difficult, because, in all honesty, there is a lot of negativity out there. There’s a lot of drama too, you know this, especially if you are a high school girl. When I escaped my all-girls high school (pause for a moment and think about all the drama), I thought I was going to be free of it all for the rest of time. Wrong. It’s a harsh reality, but there will always be drama and negativity. You just have to find ways to handle it and block it out. 

Just remember: don’t let anyone pop your happy bubble.

Stay beautiful.




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  1. November 6, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    I love this post, and it has so many good quotes! I love using quotes to help me stay motivated and keep working hard to achieve my goals.

  2. November 7, 2015 / 12:57 am

    This is excellent and just what I needed to hear today. Thank you. Love the second one–great things definitely take time. Great to connect with you via HCBN.

    Julie | Making Mindfulness |

  3. November 7, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    Thank you so much, Zoe! I'm so happy you like the quotes and it's great to hear that you love them as much as I do! <3 Have a great weekend!

  4. November 7, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    Hey, Julie! I'm so glad it could help you! 🙂 You have a fantastic blog! Keep up the great work!

  5. November 8, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    Positive quotes are such a good thing to have around your room to keep you happy and inspired! You're so brave to go to the blogger conference, I'm 18 next month and I still feel way too young to go but I definitely need to get out of my comfort zone like you have! x

  6. November 8, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    i love this, i try to live by these things as well but it's always nice to have a reminder 🙂

    danielle | avec danielle

  7. November 8, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    Hey, Georgia! Happy almost birthday! I hope 18 treats you well! 🙂 Your blog is incredible; you are beautiful and have such amazing style! Definitely go out there and promote yourself. Don't be afraid to do it because there are so many great things that will happen for you if you do! Followed you on bloglovin' so I can keep up with your posts <3

  8. November 8, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    So glad you enjoyed this post, Danielle! By the way, your blog is great! Followed you on Bloglovin' <3

  9. November 9, 2015 / 2:31 am

    What a wonderful post, Jillian. Staying positive is definitely something hard to do, but I'm making an effort to be as positive as I can this month. Quotes are a wonderful place to start. Thank you for sharing!

    May | THE MAYDEN

  10. November 9, 2015 / 2:46 am

    I'm so glad it could help! Love your blog, you have great taste in shoes! <3

  11. November 9, 2015 / 2:48 am

    Hey, May! It really can be difficult, we all go through ups and downs. But yes, trying to be as positive as possible is a great goal to have! <3

  12. November 9, 2015 / 6:10 am

    I love your post because it's true it's hard to stay positive in a world where people can have such a negative outlook on life. Whenever I feel down, I always look at positive quotes or mediate! I loved the quotes you put! You're so right though it's good to have people who accept you for your true self.

    Lots of love,
    Kayla <3 Xx

  13. November 9, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Hi, Kayla! Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad you found the post helpful. I've been thinking a lot about having great people surrounding you. Even if that means just one or two people that truly love and accept you, that's ok! I think it's a misconception that we as people have to have numerous friends or we aren't "liked" or something. I think it can definitely be the other way around sometimes, because true friends are the only ones that really matter. <3

  14. November 10, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Love the quotes! I have some Pinterest boards where I keep the quotes that motivate me. When I'm down I just go there 🙂

  15. November 10, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    Hey, Maria! I'm so glad to hear! Pinterest is THE BEST! That's where I keep many of my quotes too!

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