No Motivational Monday

Hey everybody,

This last week has not gone according to plan. We had a big scare because we thought my father might have had another heart attack last week. Thankfully, he did not. He is sore in his chest and taking it slow.

But this has affected my mental health and I have been more anxious than I have been in a while. I am dealing with it, but the call I got this morning that my mother and nephew have been spending time with someone that might have given them Covid makes me more anxious. And therefore I am not going to post a motivational post today. My mother is taking a test since she has cold symptoms. So we will have to wait and see what happens.

I am trying to deal with everything the best way I can and this blog will probably not be as active for the rest of the year. Not that it has been really active for a while.

Nevertheless, I wanted to wish you all an amazing week. And a Merry Christmas.

Love, Nea

Motivational Monday ~ 13th December

We are less than two weeks from Christmas and today we celebrate Lucia in Sweden (Click here to find out more about what Lucia means). I spent my morning watching a Lucia celebration on tv and now I trying to get my week started. I have so much to do this week that I am going to write a to-do list so I won’t miss anything.

The closer I get to Christmas, the less motivated I feel to get my studying done, which sucks since I have a paper due the 28th of December and then another one due the 2th of January. Many years ago someone told me this quote that I have chosen to be today’s Motivational quote:

Just like one step at a time still is a step, I try to remember that success and working towards something is a process. It motivates me to keep going and for me it works to put up goals of what I need to do each day.

Now I am going to write my list and dive into getting it done, but I just wanted to add one thing. On my list for each day I put something that has to do with taking some time for me and I try to do that each day. Self-care is important.

I wish you all a magical week.

Love, Nea

Motivational Monday ~ 6th of December

Monday again and we spent the weekend getting things done at home. It was so nice to see things get crossed off the list. Now we don’t have so many big things left to do this year. Just some ordinary things like dusting and cleaning and decorating, but the ceiling is finally up in the bathroom. Two kitchen cabinets are over the fridge and freezer. More isolation around the patio door. One of the closets has gotten shelves so now I can use the whole closet. It just feels amazing and it is a great start to the new week.

This week I got a lot of smaller things to do around the house, and I got a lot of studying to do. I feel pretty motivated at the moment, but I know motivation can disappear pretty fast. So this week’s motivational quote is the following:

I think it is important to remember that you are in charge of your own day. You can make goals or plans for the day. If you want to take a day of rest, take a day of rest. If you have a list of things you want to do, then do it. I have a list of things I want to get done this week. I will try and get them all done, but most important is to do the things I need to do. But on my list, there are also things for me. Like, take time to read. Take a walk with the dogs. Enjoy the snow.

It is important to take time for yourself. Self-love and self-care are important. Don’t forget that. Now I am going to continue on with my school work.

I forgot…

It was Monday yesterday, and I forgot to do a Motivational Monday Post. I don’t know how it slipped my mind, but it did. I just remembered now that I did not post. I am kind of mad about it, but that is just how things are. I am forgetful and if I don’t write something on a list, I will forget about it.

This past weekend was a lot of fun. We had my brother, sister-in-law, my niece, and nephew here. We ate lunch together and just spent time together. It was just what I needed. There was a lot of laughing and it got loud a couple of times, and I was exhausted when they went home. But I was tired and happy.

Sunday was the first of Advent and my husband (with some help and guidance from me) had made me a Advent-calendar with packages to open every day. I opened the first on Sunday and got a book. Yesterday I got a letter board, something I have wished for a while.

And before you say anything, I have made my husband an Advent-calendar as well. I have done that on and of since we moved in together. His will mostly be different beers to try and mine will mostly be books, but also other things that are practical or something we want.

Making my husband advent calenders is fun for me. I also feel that it is a great way to show him how much I appreciate him. I know Christmas is not his favorite time of the year and that he does a lot of Christmas things for my sake, which I am very grateful for.

Now I am going to cozy down with the dogs and read my book. I wish you all an amazing week!

Love, Nea

Motivational Monday ~ November 22

Monday again and we have had a pretty sleepless night here at home. Zelda, one of our dogs, got sick last night. She has probably eaten something bad outside. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious, but we are keeping an eye on her. So far today she has been eating and playing as normal, so that’s good.

But over to getting motivated. I need it today. I have a lot of things I need to get done, and not a lot of motivation to get it done. I remembered this quote from another time I was looking for a quote so I decided to use it for this week. I hope it motivates you.

I think it is important to remember that things take time, but to do something today is progress. Just take it one step at a time, and one day you will have moved your “mountain”.

I wish you all an amazing week.

Love, Nea

Lists

I guess I am not the only one who is forgetful. And I know that there are more people with depression and anxiety who need to have goals of what to do during the day to be able to get things done. This means that I write a lot of lists. Lists of things I need to do, like the dishes or laundry and watering the plants. But also lists of what groceries are needed, what we are going to eat that week, as well as lists of what I want to share on this blog and my Instagram linked to this blog. As well as on my bookstagram and book blog. I also write lists of what I am thankful for and the top three things that have happened in a week. This helps me find the light in the dark.

I think I write lists of almost everything and it helps me. Helps me remember, helps me get things done, and helps me focus on good things. I know some people get annoyed when I talk about my lists, but they help me. Therefore they are important.

Today I started once again on a list of what I am thankful for. This is a list that never really changes, only smaller things on it or seasonal things. But it helps me. I want to share this list with you. It might help you or give you the idea to try your own list. So here goes:

What I am thankful for:

  • My Husband
  • Oracle (my corgi)
  • Zelda (my second corgi)
  • My family
  • My friends
  • My house
  • My happy childhood memories
  • My writing
  • My books
  • The food I eat
  • The clothes
  • My warm and comfy bed
  • My time
  • My garden
  • The woods around me
  • The animals that I see living in the woods
  • The sun
  • The smell of the warming fire in our fireplace
  • My stubbornness
  • The hope of a white winter
  • The happiness I feel when I watch my husband
  • the happiness I feel when my dogs chase each other on the frosty ground in the garden
  • The happiness I feel when my nephew or neice wants to play or just be with me
  • Having somewere to share my struggles

This list is shorter than the real list. But this is what I wrote in about five minutes. And looking at it makes me feel thankful and blessed. I also have hope for the future. I have so much love and support around me and I know I can make it through. Just as I know that you can make it through.

Love, Nea

Motivational Monday ~ 15th of November

It’s another amazing Monday and am taking a short break from studying. I have been studying the whole morning, which is why this post is a bit later than usual. I have been thinking a lot lately of what I want to do with my time and my goals. Because I have kind of lost my goals for the future, more just focusing on surviving right now. But now I think it is important to try and set goals for myself again. Both short and long.

I will write more about this later. However this kind of fits with the motivational quote I have decided to use for this week.

It is important to not listen to people who talk shit about you or that don’t support your dreams or goals. Just as Michelle Obama says, stay true to you. If you want to start a band and tour the world, then go for that goal. If you want to study to become a doctor, go for it. You can do it. Follow your dreams and don’t let people destroy your dreams.

I have let people destroy my dreams, but when I started to feel more secure about myself I have also used their words as motivation. Like he says I can’t do this, she says I am too sick to do that. I will show them I can. And then I did it. Every time I was close to giving up I remember their face or their words and it spurred me on.

I hope you find this motivating and that you will have an incredible week!

Love, Nea

Motivational Monday – November 8th

Hello everyone. It’s been a while since I was on here as some of you might have noticed. And the truth is I just have not been up for it. My mental health has been bad and I just had to take some time to get my legs back under me. I was planning on doing a post this weekend, but instead, I changed some furniture and things around upstairs. It took two days and in the evenings I was so tired that I fell asleep fast.

But that is not why I am posting today. It is time for a motivational Monday post since it’s Monday. I am starting a new course today and I need some motivation to keep up with my studies as well as get my home more organized.

I think a lot of us are waiting for everything to be perfect or for everything to feel all right. I know I am sometimes. I just sit waiting, but life is what is happening around me now. I need to live it and I need to go after what I want. I need to get things done and I need to work on my health and well-being. And I think more people are in the same position as I.

It is important to take time for yourself. It is important to take chances and go after what you want. It is important not to let just pass you by. And I am going to work on doing this for myself.

I wish you an amazing week.

Love, Nea

Motivational Monday – 18th October

It’s Monday and I feel totally unmotivated. It could be the fact that I currently have a bad cold and high fever. Either way I am going to try and find my motivation now to study. I have an exam in one week, an important exam for my future. I am going to spend this whole week studying both for the exam and for a group project, while I am also trying to get over this cold.

To find a motivational quote for this week I googled and found the following quote.

I figured it was a good quote and something to remember. Because nobody is perfect and at least to me its more important to make progress than to make everything perfect. However, I have to admit that I sometimes wish I was perfect, but then I need to remember that nobody is perfect. Nobody!! So do your best and try and make as much progress as you can. And be happy. You are doing the best you can. You are not competing with everyone else, you are competing with you.

I wish you an fantastic week.

Love, Nea

Motivational Monday ~ 11th October

A late Motivational Monday post today. I was going to ignore posting today, but I wanted to post it so here I am doing it anyway.

Last week was both a great week and a hard week. I will not go in to the hard parts of the week, more than I got to know how long the waiting list to see a psychologist in my county was. Some other things also occurred, but I am choosing to keep those private, because they are not really mine to talk about.

But the great things that happend, or the greates was that I finallly got the results of my Master Thesis. The week before I defended my thesis and last week I got the news that I passed. My thesis was accepted and now I am one step closer to getting my Masters Degree. I am so happy I could burst. I have worked so hard on this and it paid of. Even times I wanted to quiet I still continued to work.

But now its time for this weeks Motivational Quote.

I choose this as I thought it was fitting to my situation and not giving up made my master thesis become finished and now accepted. So don’t give up. Keep on fighting. You can do it!

I wish you all a fantastic week.

Love, Nea