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How to Not Let Things Eat You Up!

Good morning everyone! It’s Peggy, Jillian’s mama, here again. If you missed my last few blogs that I contributed to the site, make sure to check them out here. Today I am SO excited to be back on Jillian’s blog sharing a few quotes that have allowed me to remain in a positive frame of mind on some of my hardest days, and I hope that they will inspire you as well!

Inspiring Quote
Motivational Quote

I recently overheard Jillian sharing with her team members that one of the things that she admires about me is that I’ve always tried my best to look at any situation with a positive attitude. Even though there were times throughout my life where chemically I was down, I knew within my soul that life ALWAYS improves. Two quotes that I would always lean into for motivation and positivity were “If it’s out of your control, it shouldn’t be on your mind” or “Sometimes it may hurt to let go, but can hurt even more to hold on.” I knew I only had to endure what was plaguing me at the time, and having hope and faith always seems to bring brighter days on the horizon.

Since the last time I spoke, my life continues to be on track, and I continue to embrace every second, minute, and hour of each day! My wellness journey began on October 29th, 2019, when I was blessed enough by my doctor and myself and finally found the right combination of drugs to enable me to go forward with faith, optimism, motivation and a lot of love in my heart! I’m grateful for science to have the opportunity to live my life as I was intended. Let me stress this to anybody out there that has struggled with depression or any other mental health disorder; there truly is hope. I urge you to never give up on your plight to find a solution and remedy to find the right path, whether physical, mental or simply just the change in your attitude to live your life peacefully. 

Mary Engelbreit Motivational Quote
Peggy Harris Inspiring Quote

There were countless defining moments in my life, some happy, some sad but for some reason; we tend to dwell on the negative moments. A quote that I read that has helped me to let go of negative thoughts more easily is “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way” – Mary Engelbreit. How true is that? All we truly have is the present. Life is precious and short. So, to ease your preoccupation with whatever is stressing you out, ask yourself, “In 100 years from now, will this matter?”

Mike Murdock Motivation Quote

Another great (and free!) resource that I’ve found helps me destress and cope, is physical exercise – I walked daily for 45 minutes and love each and every walk. There was a time in my life where I simply did not have the energy or capacity to do this but like it always does; it too did pass! A healthy diet for your body and mind. “The secret to your future is in your routine!” – Mike Murdock. If you’re still in your working years, as many of you are, time management is so important! Just like Jillian who just said to me this morning that what continually helps her is that I’ve always told her to “just take one task at a time, one day at a time” and she said that has always helped her move forward with clear direction. 

It’s always fun doing these blogs, it gives me a chance to reflect and realize how far I’ve come and the lessons I’ve learned through some of my mistakes or situations I’ve been in – negative or positive. Always remember, you would be surprised at who is watching your journey and being inspired by it. Don’t give up! 

Until next time! 



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  1. One your daughter told me – “Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction” 🙂 And I’m so happy to hear that you’re still doing great!!

    Amanda Panda

  2. Your mom shared some great tips! Yes! I agree time management is very important, I struggle with balancing work and home. I love the quote ‘”Just take one task at a time, one day at a time”‘ that’s a good quote to keep in mind. I hope to see more of your mom on the blog .

  3. Love this so much. Thank you so much for sharing. Definitely a good reminder. I love the one task at a time. I’ve been trying to do that more and more lately. Not stress over what I didnt do or didn’t have time to finish.

  4. Awe, Peggy… thank you so much! I love this so much! I just want to keep reading… please keep writing It’s perfect. It’s everything I needed to hear. I haven’t dealt with mental health issues (my mom has though). Either way I just hope I can continue to find your blog posts here! Thank you for sharing a part of who you are and allowing me to learn from you! I am humbled. 🤎

  5. One of my favourite quotes that keeps me going is one that your daughter sent to me – “Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction” 🙂 So happy that you’re doing so well Peggy!!

    Amanda Panda

  6. I always love reading these blog posts. Peggy, you’re an inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Your outlook is so refreshing!

  7. Great quotes and information Peggy. Especially, “take one day at a time and keep moving forward”. I like making lists to help keep me on track. Thank you for sharing.
    ❤ Susan

  8. Thank-you, I needed to read this today.
    It took me 55 years to find my magic potion, life doesn’t feel quite as heavy anymore.
    I love these quotes and will incorporate them in my daily self pep talk.
    Now I’m going to go read your other blogs. 🙂

  9. Peggy, I admire you SO much! Thanks for sharing your hard-won wisdom. I’m a mom of 4 little ones, and some days it can exhausting. These quotes energize me and help me keep a better perspective. I”m going to print them and tape them in my office and bathroom.
    Love and hugs from snowy Minnesota!

    P.S. Gorgeous photo!!!

  10. Beautifully said. Growing up my dad suffered from depression . I am 43 and I remember each day clearly. Thank you for sharing

  11. Dear Peggy, thank you for sharing this today. Four months ago I left my husband of 49 years. Our differences are irreconcilable although until yesterday I continued to believe that I could change our circumstances. This morning I woke up determined to move on with my life. I just read this post and agree 100% with every word you have written. Life goes on whether we want it to or not. Thank you for your words of wisdom.

  12. Thank you Peggy, I truly love to read your blogging and it seems to be just what I need to hear at that moment in my life. I too take medication for depression and thankfully also have the right combination to live the life I’m supposed too. You are an inspiration to many…keep up the fabulous work you do for yourself and please keep sharing, it does help others when you don’t even know it. Hugs 🤗

  13. Awh Peggy. ❤️ you, your sister your daughter and hers. (Hope I’m getting the Family Tree correct). All this is true but tough in the moments of ‘please pick up your toys’ and ‘ please watch your online teachers’….but ❤️ and appreciate your disposition. Still working on mine. Favorite quote currently…’The days are long but the years are short!’ Where’s my pause button? Congrats on the KITTEN!!!! Jill’s circle seems to be dogs…We have 5 cats and are soon to launch Your kitty will love it! Tabbies are the best! 😻😻😻😻😻

  14. Peggy,
    You look awesome! Thank you for the good words!
    Where do you buy your outfits? I love your style!

    A mother of a grown daughter trying to stay in the LOOP!

    Judy xo

  15. Wise words of wisdom, Peggy. So glad you are contributing to Jillian’s blog – I love your perspective and outlook. Hope you are doing well in these crazy times!

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