Words by people I admire or am inspired by mean so much to me. Today I’m sharing a quote by one of my favorite characters.
Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can pretty much change your life forever.
When you want to change your life it can be easy to try and go for gold, to go for the big thing but it isn’t always necessary. Sometimes its the smallest decisions -like choosing to take a walk, talking to a stranger instead of ignoring them, saying yes instead of no or choosing to go with your gut instinct instead of thinking things over (and over and over)- that make the biggest difference.
So don’t hold out for something big, embrace the little things and change your life!
Today I had a mini revelation about spending time by myself. After a day of classes I stopped off at a park on my way home. I walked down the path and sat on a bench, then proceeded to listen to a podcast and gaze at the pool of water before me.
I hadn’t had a particularly stressful day but I just felt compelled to have some intentional alone time. I spend time by myself on a regular basis but the majority of the time I’m completing some sort of task like doing food shopping or running errands. However, I’m learning that there is great significance in spending time alone without an agenda. Sat on that park bench, I felt relaxed and at peace. It gave me time to reflect on my day. When I left the park I felt refreshed as though I’d just finished meditating. When I looked up at the sky I saw a rainbow and immediately felt a sense of bliss, as though it was a sign that I was exactly I was meant to be.
Sometimes it’s the little things that do you a world of good.
I’m a big fan of sharing quotes and whilst scrolling through my phone I came across one by Bonhoeffer. It perfectly answers something I found myself wondering a little over a year ago. In the spring of 2016 I found myself wondering why I wasn’t managing to do the things I wanted to and when I did start I couldn’t fully commit.
“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I’ve always been a big thinker but this quote made me realise that to think is not enough. Action will come from you being ready to take responsibility for yourself and for whatever you need to accomplish. I think it’s important to sometimes just admit to yourself that you aren’t ready to take responsibility yet. There’s nothing wrong with that because honesty is important.
But the most important thing is that you do take action at some point. If things don’t work out you can try again (and again and again!). Just don’t get too caught up in waiting until you’re totally ready because that time may never come.
A writer once encouraged me to share what I wrote because it would make me a better writer. In theory I knew that he was right but in practise my anxieties took over. I would suddenly become capable of coming up with 101 reasons why I’m not confident enough to share things I’ve written. Things like ‘I’m not good at it’ and ‘I’m worried about what people will think’ are always some of the main factors.
I’m currently feeling extremely unwell. I woke up with a terrible pulsating headache which is surprising since I spent last night watching Harry Potter and McLeod’s Daughters whilst eating popcorn.
I want to start of this year by letting you know that a new year should not be your sole reason for setting goals. All throughout the year you should be in a constant state of growth and self-improvement. I will admit that in the past I’ve been very ‘new year, new me’ and declared on January 1st that I’d get fit and eat better which was rarely turned out as much more than empty words.
What do you want this year to consist of?
Summer of 2016 is coming to an and and autumn is fast approaching. But before I go into this summer lets take a walk down memory lane.
So June 18th marked one year of this blog. So much has changed on here over the past year from the name to the appearance. There has also been some ups and down. At one point earlier this year, I had become fairly disenchanted with blogging and thought of stopping. However after taking a little break I got back to blogging and I’m enjoying it, once again.
One of the biggest things that has changed for me with blogging is that I’m making more of an effort to get involved in the blogging community. I was pretty nervous at first but it got easier and this year I actually met up with a few other bloggers for dinner which was really cool.
Over the weekend I decided to look back on my first blog post just to remember exactly how this all began. When I wrote my first blog post I was really excited, full of hope and good intentions. Below is some of what I wrote:
My goal for this blog is to create a place where I can express myself and you can share your thoughts.
It doesn’t matter who you are, you have the ability to connect with people and have an effect on them, no matter how small.
Even though I’ve changed quite a bit over the past year my intentions are still the same. I’m looking forward to the next year of Jimi the Phoenix because I am a lot more confident than I was a year ago and I think I’m finally ready to carry out my grand plans.