Good morning inspiration

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“If you’re someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that’s a sign of a life lived honourably” – Rachel Maddow. “When you embrace your difference, your DNA, your look or heritage or your religion or your unsual name, that’s when you start to shine”- Bethenny Frankel. “if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing”-Margaret Thatcher

Backpacking 28 countries for 8 months…

Erika Y
 

“I told a lie to my father that I was going to travel in Korea for a week. That’s how I started backpacking 28 countries for 8 months alone. As growing up in a conservative family, that’s the only way to convince them. At that time, I was stuck in the situation of my family’s obligation and working pressure in Japan. One day, I lost my family member after long care, and then I felt that I need some break before losing myself. At the beginning of my trip, I didn’t know how to enjoy my first freedom that I haven’t got for long time. For example, whenever I felt happy, my tough memory in Japan flashed back. I felt that “old me” was monitoring me with jealousy from the sky, and it made me feel guilty about my decision. In China, people mistook that I was a lost child, so a lady kept holding my hand. In Wales, I missed a bus in mountain; my first hitchhiking attempt was succeeded because a kind family picked me up. In Laos, when I visited a small village without electricity, the moon was bright enough to allow me to walk in the forest at night, and rice fields were shining all over place by reflection of the moon. The great nature and people were enough rehabilitation for me to heal. In Vietnam, I had a motorbike accident and lost my memory. In Morocco, I was chased by young guys with knives. Although I faced dangers in my trips, I didn’t regret my decision, because every single moment was precious for me. It was my first and biggest rebellion in my life. Looking back now, I never thought that I had a hidden power to continue 8 months backpacking. Before the trip, I was very weak, powerless, and I sacrificed my life for somebody’s sake. But what I believe now is- you are the one who find your hidden power inside you, not by someone. You have to be bold and courageous to change your situation even if it looks impossible to do so. During my trip, one traveler told me such “Don’t live somebody else’s life”. This still keeps motivating me. Women tend to sacrifice their life for somebody. But you have to be a main character of your life”.

The power of your passion

“I believe it is important for everyone to find something they are passionate about. For me, it is team sports. When I was younger I became a synchronized swimmer. It taught me about teamwork, dedication, friendship, sacrifice, expression and probably every good quality that makes me who I am. I just loved the water and always felt safe there. If I had a bad day at school, or when my boyfriend broke up with me, or when my cat died, or when I was feeling stressed out, as soon as I jumped into that pool all those problems seemed to disappear. It was my outlet. I didn’t realize how important a role it played in my life until I stopped swimming when I was 18. Continue reading “The power of your passion”

The courage to share with the world…

“Empowerment – the word means different things to different people. For me, the road to empowerment means challenging and overcoming my fear of criticism. Looking back over my younger days, I remember some crucial moments when I let my fear of criticism get the best of me. Literally my BEST evaporated under the stress of fear and humiliation. My younger, less confident formative years were filled with a debilitating fear of criticism. But around the age of 15, I started to find my courage. In our high school, we had a Friday night coffee house set up in the library, for aspiring folk singers like myself to take the stage and entertain the crowd with a couple of songs. Continue reading “The courage to share with the world…”

empowerment quotes

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right-for you’ll be criticized anyway. You will be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t” – Eleanor R.

“The giving of love is an education in itself” – Eleanor Roosevelt

women’s empowerment

“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult” – Charlotte Whitton

“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say. “She doesn’t have what it takes”. They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes”- Clare Boothe Luce

“The best protection any women can have ..is courage”- Elizabeth Cady Stanton heres-to-strong-women

Quotes and sayings

Don’t let your struggles become your indentity. You are helpful, and you are loved, and you are forgiven,  and you are not alone.

“Nothing is more beatiful than a smile that has struggled through tears”- D.Lovato

“The most beatiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity,  and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beatiful people do not just happen.”- Elizabeth K.R.

“Confidence comes not from always being right but not fearing to be wrong”
“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny” – Albert Ellis