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!
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.
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?”
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!