No. 27

Inspiration Keyword: Believe

I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last two and a half days. I’m trying everything I can pull myself out of it, but I sort of just want to go home, put my pajamas on, and wrap myself in a blanket (which makes no sense in mid-August). It’s not that there’s anything particularly wrong: I’m just feeling a bit emotionally and spiritually depleted at the moment. Of course, this means that all planned posts are on the back burner. So I thought I’d find some good quotes to serve as a little pick-me-up while I recharge and recenter.

What’s your favorite “believe” quote?

And how are you feeling this week? Where have you been finding inspiration?

{artwork found on etsy from Mira Doson, Susannah Tucker, Classicology, and Lauren Rowden, respectively}

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

13 thoughts on “Inspiration Keyword: Believe

  1. I was just telling Jeremy yesterday morning that I feel like a crazy person because I waver so often between feeling confident and kickass and inspired, in business and life, to then feeling totally insecure, overwhelmed and depleted. I think that’s growing pains. The moments of rest between the contractions. At least that’s what I’ll choose to believe today. ;)

    1. I’m choosing to believe that too. The best pieces of music have crescendos and decrescendos — why should we expect life to be any less marvelous?

      1. Or, to change the metaphor, there’s nothing like a quarter rest to set off a measure of sixteenth notes!

  2. I’ve been in a constant battle between positive and negative. The emotional roller coaster of looking for a job is wearing me down slowly but surely. Friday’s are the only mornings I really spend with Jake, as I don’t work Friday’s and he goes to work at 3 PM. Last Friday I finished breakfast and sat on the couch. He asked what was wrong and I just started crying. Like end of a relationship, your dog just died, someone ate all the chocolate ice cream crying. All I could say was that my positive energy for this week had run out. I think in the end I was okay, I just needed to get all that emotion out.

    If you need to go home, slap some PJ’s on and burrito yourself in a blanket? I say turn that AC up girl! Make it blanket weather, shut out the sun and enjoy your company for a while. If it stretches on for weeks, however, you may need some back up.

  3. My life mantra is “Come what may, and love it!” It comes from a fantastic talk, found here (http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/come-what-may-and-love-it?lang=eng&cid=NEAug12) and I know it’s church-y, but I think it’s wonderful).

    Here’s the full quote:

    “When I was young I loved playing sports, and I have many fond memories of those days. But not all of them are pleasant. I remember one day after my football team lost a tough game, I came home feeling discouraged. My mother was there. She listened to my sad story. She taught her children to trust in themselves and each other, not blame others for their misfortunes, and give their best effort in everything they attempted.

    When we fell down, she expected us to pick ourselves up and get going again. So the advice my mother gave to me then wasn’t altogether unexpected. It has stayed with me all my life.

    “Joseph,” she said, “come what may, and love it.”

    I have often reflected on that counsel.

    I think she may have meant that every life has peaks and shadows and times when it seems that the birds don’t sing and bells don’t ring. Yet in spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser, and happier as a result.”

  4. I hope things start shining again, Brandi!I’ll be rooting for you. I have days like that too. I’ve been thinking, maybe it’s just a mental sick day. The body occasionally takes them. It gets worn down and needs a recharge.. day of sleep and comfort food. The mind is under the same kind of constant pulling and battering so maybe we just need to take a mental sick day and do something carefree. haha get in the blanket and watch Xfile marathons. I have a hard time doing that, but my friend who’s very productive freelancer does that sometimes and comes right back to big productivity, so I’ve been thinking about it. Anyway, I hope the clouds clear!

  5. Aw. I feel you. The day before my birthday, I was a mess. Not for getting old. Just was feeling depleted. I totally get it. Tank was running on empty.

    My believe quote isn’t really a quote. It’s just something I think about when I am feeling at my best and remind myself about when I am not.

    I BELIEVE IN EVERYTHING.

  6. I’ve been feeling a weird mix of both really happy and way overwhelmed. I love the thought of just curling up in a blanket with a good book. All the time.

    What helps me believe? I pray. I study. I just think about possibilities.

  7. This week I’ve had a lot of late nights and early mornings doing university work around ‘real’ work, where my boss is, shall we say, a bit of a character. There’s a couple of extra tools I’ve had to draw upon to stay centred, like making sure I do stretches whenever I feel particularly overwhelmed. Another thing I’ve been working on is caring less about certain things, like the work that the company I work for put out, and this relates to perfectionism. It’s a bit complicated and something I am trying to work on. Mainly I’ve just been thinking about this concept a lot and how I can manifest it everyday.

    I think you’re awesome in taking such a pro-active and open approach- it can be exhausting to pull yourself out of these things, so it is really admirable.

  8. Sometimes, you just feel like it’s high tide (or is it low tide) and energy levels are depleted. A good long conversation with friends can really help. That accompanied by a few glasses of wine has always helped pull me out of a funk. Let me know if you wanna chat, particularly if it’ll help

  9. I read this as I’m having a little moment myself… It’s been a long week dealing with getting used to the new job, not really liking living here and dealing with the hurricane/apt from the long distance. I miss my friends so much… The real ones… The ones who really cared about me! Despite all that I’m sure I’ll find my way back!!!!!!!

  10. Oh my goodness, last week I was feeling just like this too. I’ve been feeling insanely lonely. I’ve been single most of my life, but I’ve never felt quite like this. The last few months I’ve been feeling like I’m getting closer and closer to finding the man I’m going to marry and I think I’ve been impatient lately. And then I kind of fixate on celebrities like I need a face to put on this ideal I have in my head because I don’t have a real one….
    But yesterday I got super excited because I decided that I was going to start acting on all these goals I’ve had for some time. I just said I’m going to quite playing things so small and safe and just DO IT! I’m still pretty excited about it.
    I hope you’ve gotten out of your funk too.

  11. So happy I came here today and read this post. That first comment by Kathleen is perfectly written. Take great care of yourself and give in to what you need. “She believed she could, so she did” is one of my favorites believe quotes.

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