4 things that have helped me get my motivation back

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Notebook from The Completist

We all have those days when we have zero motivation to do anything.

And with the past few months I’ve had, motivation was not part of my daily vocabulary –  unless the words ‘I have no’ were in front of it.

That goes for everything from my life, my health, my blog and my career.

Everything felt out of my control and I was seriously lacking any motivation to sort it out. 

Luckily I was able to pull myself out of this rut – which is why you’re getting new blog posts, I’m enjoying things more and I’m making an effort to wash my hair and wear something other than a hoodie.

There are a few things that helped me to escape this rut I’ve been in. Some very obvious and some I’m super grateful for. 


The worst thing about being an adult is that September is no longer a month of new beginnings. 

We don’t have school anymore so there’s no new notebook and stationary buy. No new shoes or bag to make you feel fresh and ready to tackle the world head on.

So of course when I was in this rut I turned to the one thing that made me happy as a child. New stationary. (Don’t judge me, we all did it.)

I’m all about a pretty notebook. There is nothing better than loving the book your putting your ideas into. 

I’ve loved the products on The Completist for awhile now so I decided to purchase a new notebook and a to do list pad – because who doesn’t love lists.

The Completist styles and designs are so creative and blogger friendly that you can’t help but take photos with them.

There is nothing better than getting a new notebook. It gives me so much motivation to fill it with ideas and to actually get shit done.

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Now I know that you kinda need motivation in order to get your ass back to the gym. But just taking that first step has made me ready to kick some ass.

The first step is always the hardest, but feeling healthier and happier has really given me a boost in motivation.

I suddenly want to do things on the weekend. I want to go to the gym. I want to cook proper food rather than sticking a pizza in the oven.


I’ve spoken before about the podcasts that really motivate me and they still do.

But I took some time off from listening to them, only to rediscover them the past month.

I found the ‘Letters From A Hopeful Creative’ podcast which features Jen Carrington and Sara Tasker.

I’ve been listening to Sara for awhile now but never really listened to Jen so it was a great way to introduce myself to Jen’s podcast – ‘ Make It Happen’.

And it was great to hear from other people writing letters to the girls, and to know that I wasn’t alone.

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I’ve always been a glass is half empty type of person. But mainly because those are the types of people I’ve always surrounded myself with.

This didn’t help when everything was falling apart in my life the past few months. So I decided to make a change.

I honestly don’t know what I would have done without my friends recently.

Having a few cheerleaders in your corner really helps when you’ve got a lot going on.

But just hearing them speak highly or you, and be excited and happy for you has made the world of difference in my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way now!

When things get tough it can be so easy for motivation to just slip away. Which makes it even hard to get that motivation back. But hopefully the tips above will help you find your mojo.

If you have any good motivation tips and tricks to getting that spark back sure to share them in the comments with everyone.



  1. venus
    November 15, 2018 / 5:58 am

    New stationary always puts me in a better mood 🙂

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