Sunday, 22 February 2015

5 Ways to Stay Optimistic



The first step is always the hardest to take and so by doing so, it's right to pat yourself on the back and buy a massive chocolate fudge cake as a reward.  However, something mentioned and discussed a lot less frequently than this great 'first step', is the staying power required for the days, weeks, months or even years afterwards (depending on where your first step is heading).  No matter what you may be plotting and scheming to achieve, the chances are there'll be some waiting time involved and it's at that point you have a choice - to forge forwards, or throw in the towel.  But what about if you're not ready to walk away and you just need a reminder of why you set out on the path in the first place?  Well, that's where these 5 ways of staying optimistic come into play to remind you of why the future is bright!






1. Write a list of all that you have achieved and accomplished (big or small) over the year - remember what you're capable of


2. Envisage your ideal future and version of yourself


3.  Be grateful for everything you have - you're more likely to feel bright about the future when you're feeling bright about the present


4. Create a list of short and long term goals (pretty stationery optional!)


5. Be kind to others and be even kinder to yourself - only good things can come from boosting others up and giving your mind a hug every now and again 




As you may have gathered from my blog, I can be irritatingly optimistic at times, but that's not to say that we don't all have a cut-off point for how many times we're willing to run up to a brick wall and slam into it.  If you feel you're better off walking away.. do so!  Having said that, if you still feel as though you're heading in the right direction and you're willing to wait a little longer (or perhaps have your nose bruised by the brick wall one or two more times), then give these 5 points a go.  Good luck!


You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down - Charles Chaplin


With love,

Gabrielle x


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  1. Hi Gabrielle,
    I love your positivity, we need to have that every now and again. I also love your quote on Charlie Chaplin. Lesson learned - we must always look forward. Thanks for the inspiration.

    thanks for leaving nice comments on my blog too :-) Have a lovely week.

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    1. Hey Jo, I'm so glad you enjoyed this post and the quote by Chaplin is a new one for me as well! You're very welcome and I hope your week is going well :)

      Gabrielle x

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  2. This is such a really nice and positive post. Charlie Chaplin's quote made me smile. Thank you for sharing Gabrielle! :)

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    1. I'm so pleased it put a smile on your face - you're more than welcome!!

      Gabrielle x

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  3. I love this agenda! It's amazing!
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  4. such an amazing post!

    Emma xx
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  5. Great post, Gabrielle, love the positive attitude.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. That's great to hear, thanks for stopping by Lenya

      Gabrielle x

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  6. Great post! In a hectic world, it can be easy sometimes to get caught up in all the negativity. Thank you for reminding me to stay positive! <3

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    1. You're so right, the occasional reminder of positivity doesn't hurt!

      Gabrielle x

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  7. Great tips Gabrielle! Some of them I try to remember everyday, but It´s always nice when someone remind it and give some more tips how to be positive!:)

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    1. Thanks Monica! It's great to hear you're already putting many into practice!

      Gabrielle x

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  8. I really need to follow these tips :) I tend to be a little bit of a pessimist sometimes..

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    1. I hope these tips prove useful for you then, in that case! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Such a great and positive post, Gabrielle! Love your optimism :)

    Jana
    Life of Jana

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    1. Thank you Jana, that's lovely to be told!

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Very nice post! Great tips! :)

    Renee
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  11. Such an inspriring post, I really loved it :) I am a new follower and I really can't wait to read your next post xx

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    1. I'm so glad you've enjoyed this post Alexandra, thanks for your comment!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. What a positive post! Enjoyed reading it.

    xo | The Fashion Forecast

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, have a great week

      Gabrielle x

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  13. Lovely points, thanks for sharing! They will be very helpful!

    Rosa
    Styleyourselfinstyle.blogspot.com
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    1. You're very welcome, I really do hope they are helpful to you!

      Gabrielle x

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  14. This was such a positive post Gabrielle, and has come at a good time for me. I often think of all the things that I have yet to accomplish and often get overwhelmed wanting to throw the towel in. I love your optimistic outlook...so inspiring!

    Keisha xo
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    1. It's very nice to know this post has come at a good time for you. You're not alone in thinking about all that is yet to be achieved, just keep reminding yourself of how far you've come! Oh, thank you Keisha! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  15. Thanks for sharing these, I will definitely start making a goals list, and writing down things that I achieved, or am proud of :)
    It'sMyLife

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    1. Good luck with your goals and accomplishments lists, Miriam!

      Gabrielle x

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  16. Gabrielle <3 I love this post :) It's easy to get wrapped up in your own problems and forget to keep positive I love these tips !

    Serene xoxo

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    1. Hey Serene! I'm so glad you've enjoyed reading this post, keep that head up! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  17. These are great tips! I sometime need to do this too!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  18. great post!!! love that kate spade piece!

    have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

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    1. Thanks, it's a Mac Air sleeve!

      Gabrielle x

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  19. These are super points, there is so much to be happy and optimistic for!! Sometimes writing things down gives us the time to think and see them in front of us!! Happy Monday doll, I hope you have a great week :) xx

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more and you're so right, writing things down also means we can revisit our words whenever and wherever! Thank you and you too! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  20. great post, perfect inspiration! Let's follow each other on G+ and GFC? Or also in other social media if you want?

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  21. Thank you for these tips. I'm also very optimistic and believe that the best is yet to come.

    Jasmine xx

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    1. That's really nice to know Jasmine, it's a great way to live :)

      Gabrielle x

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  22. What can I say? I only agree with you on those 5 points, it's a good thing you shared them with us :)

    xxx

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Melissa!

      Gabrielle x

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  23. Be grateful is one of the most important things to appreciate everything you have. I also read self-improvement book, also the books which are written by the monks about the way of happiness. Very good indeed :)

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    1. You're so right, we can never forget to be grateful. I used to read self-improvement books as well and many prove to be very useful - or at least taking 'parts' from them!

      Gabrielle x

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  24. Hi gorgeous! Love the idea of making a list, I'll definitely do it! Great tips Gabrielle!
    Have a wonderfull week!

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    1. Good luck with making your list! Thank you!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. Wau! This is so great post! All is tue What you say. Thanks for sharing this list<3 Noora/www.noorajatuukka.blogspot.fi

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    1. You're very welcome, it's really great to know you've enjoyed this post

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  26. love the positivity! thanks for a great post! i have to start making a list and using your tips! xo
    Andrea
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    1. I hope your list goes well and that's no problem, thanks heaps for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  27. I'm staying optimistic that I'll own that Kate Spade bag one day! :)

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    1. Haha that's a lovely and attainable goal - good luck!

      Gabrielle x

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  28. Aw, what a lovely post- made me smile!

    I'd also love it if you could come check out my blog. Maybe we can follow each other? xx afashionneverland.blogspot.com

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  29. Such a great post! I try to do most of these everyday! It makes life so much better :D

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    1. I'm so pleased you're already practicing some of these points, I've no doubt they help improve your life! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  30. Loving how positive you are! It's exactly what I needed to read right now, great post! I'm following you on bloglovin'. Would love to hear from you soon!
    xo, Lauren-lee
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    1. That's so sweet of you to say, I'm so glad this has come at a good time for you Lauren-lee! Okay, more than happy to connect with you over there :)

      Gabrielle x

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  31. This is a great post! I tend to be a pessimist so I appreciate hearing some of your tips and tricks for staying positive. Such simple steps but they really make a lot of sense!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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    1. We all go through times of being less than positive, but that state of mind can always be changed! I'm really pleased these points have been of some use

      Gabrielle x

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  32. Great post. I agree. It's not necessarily the first step that is the hardest! It's the 9,854 steps after that where no one's really paying you any mind and you're still nowhere near your destination. Those are the tricky ones ;)

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    1. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who thinks that - those 9,854 steps can be gruelling at times, which is why isn't even more important to remain optimistic! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  33. Wonderful. I find my mood is really linked to my diet, sleeping pattern and exercise too :)

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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    1. That's not surprising, I find that how much sleep I have and whether or not I've worked out that day both have a huge impact!

      Gabrielle x

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  34. Gabrielle -
    Fantastic tips... Sometimes, if you are too lazy to write down the accomplishments, you can just think of all you've accomplished - even thoughts can make us feel better!
    Edita
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    1. That's a great idea Edita for those who may be in a hurry - although it can also be nice to return to our words at any given moment (so as not to forget anything)!

      Gabrielle x

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  35. I loved to go true every step, for me the hardest thing is to keep my mood stable :)
    I recently started my own beauty related blog, I would love for you to check it out, x Josune, Your Beauty Script

    ps: Follow back on Bloglovin if you like? :)

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    1. I really hope that keeping your mood stable becomes easier in the near future! I'll take a look at your blog now..

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Being optimistic is actually a great way to go through life. If only we were kinder to ourselves, I think most of us would actually be quite happier.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. It's really nice to know you think so too, kindness is a necessity and should never be optional!

      Gabrielle x

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  37. I always try to imagine the positive things happening.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  38. You are so inspiring Gabrielle! These are great takeaways especially the last one of being kind to others and even more to self. I am my own worst critic and sometimes I need to step outside and focus on the big pictures -- one that doesn't always circle around me. So thanks for these helpful tips really great way to get me started in a new week! Have a great one hun! :) xo~ Lena
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    1. Thank you so much Lena, you're so lovely - your message has made my day! You're absolutely more than welcome and I hope they prove useful to remember over the duration of this week! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  39. Good for you for being a glass half full... of ice person, Gabrielle!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. Haha oh God, this made me laugh Suze!

      Gabrielle x

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  40. This post is really inspiring and the tips u've given here are really helpful 2 me Gaby xx I've been through tough times and literally I felt lost for a while. Learning how to be optimistic is so important to everyone of us, it's such a good antidote to our problems in life xx Thanks for sharing this and have a lovely week, my lovely xx

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    1. That's really great to know, thank you Lenny. I'm so sorry to hear you've been through tough times and I can only hope things are looking up for you now! You're more than welcome, hope your week is going well :)

      Gabrielle x

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  41. Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely post. It's truly inspirational. I absolutely adored that Chaplin quote!
    Have a wonderful week!!

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    1. I can't tell you how glad I am this has been in any way inspiring for you, and the Chaplin quote sure is a gem!!

      Gabrielle x

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  42. Thanks, I really needed this right now! I've been feeling a little down recently, but I'm hoping it's just winter blues... Take care babe xx

    Bella Pummarola

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    1. I'm really sorry to hear you haven't been feeling great lately, perhaps with a new season will come a new wave of happiness for you! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  43. What a beautiful post Gaby. It is as beautiful as you are, both inside and outside. Loved all your five points especially the one that talks about being kind to ourselves and to others. In my opinion, being kind is super important. It empowers us and revitalizes our hearts. I also think that while traveling the path towards our goals and desires it is super important that we listen very intuitively to the inner voice we all have inside so that we know when to continue moving forward and when we need to step back. I believe that everything in life has a purpose and a divine order and sometimes what we may be going after may not be what our hearts really want. My life experience has proven me such fact. You are super sweet Gaby and I feel so honored to be one of your blogging friends. Thanks again for inspiring us and for sharing your wisdom and positive outlook in life. Staying positive is always important and you are a true example of that. You are a blessing Gaby! Have a wonderful week sweet girl:-) XOXO, Jeannette

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    1. You really such a lovely person Jeannette, thank you for all of your truly heartwarming words. You're so right, being kind gives both ourselves and other strength - it is far more powerful than we realise! I'm with you on believing that everything in life happens for a reason and just as you've said, I'm thrilled to have connected with you via blogging! Thank you again - have a lovely week! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  44. this was so beautiful! excellent advice indeed. i always try and write things down. it visually gives you something to look at and map out a strategy to achieving things.
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    1. Thank you, Kim. It's nice to know you're also a fan of writing everything down - it's a great way of visualising goals!

      Gabrielle x

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  45. I've recently been learning the power of #1- it's so easy to want more for yourself, expect more out of yourself, and forget just how far you've come. One of my go-to quotes for when I'm feeling crummy and like my life isn't going anywhere goes something like "You're not where you want to be, but you would kill to be where you are now about a year ago." So, so true.

    xo marlen
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    1. It's really great to know you already practice number one, especially as it's one point I'm relatively new to. Your quote is lovely, I'll be remembering that one most definitely! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  46. I agree with the cake buying and patting yourself on the back! Love this post and think these words are something to live by. I always try to see the positive in every day and situation! Agree with all of your ideas! Hope you had a lovely Monday!

    Denise
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    1. Hooray for cake buying! ;) Seeing the positive isn't always easy, but it's always worth it.. and I'm so glad you think so too!

      Gabrielle x

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  47. I love the positive vibes I get reading your posts gabrielle.. I try to stay optimistic but I somehow dont..May be I am afraid of what is going to happen in the future.

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    1. This has really put a smile on my face, thank you for letting me know this, Purva! I really hope some of your fear with regard to the future leaves you, remember, ''yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift''! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  48. Beautiful post dear!!! It's almost too easy to stay pessimistic, but I love your advice for staying optimistic! It's definitely important to see how far you've come :) Love your bag and notebook too!

    be the plebeian

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    1. Looking back and seeing how far you've come is essential to staying positive! Thanks Jasmine, the Kate Spade piece is a Mac Air sleeve!

      Gabrielle x

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  49. What a lovely post! You have no idea how much this one brightened up my day :) I just had an awful baseball injury two days ago that's left me with 4 stitches on my face, needless to say I haven't been too optimistic! This helped cheer me up a bit :)

    Marta
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    1. Thank you! I am ever so glad this has brightened your day, Marta, and I'm so sorry to hear you've had a terrible baseball injury lately - I hope you're treating yourself with some TLC right now!! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  50. You're sooo awesomely positive, babe!! Can I just say I really needed this? Right now, I am going through the toughest period of my life...but it's ok, because I chose that path! :p So no regrets or turning back now! But thank you so much for this post!! Really needed it!! <3

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    1. That's really lovely of you to say, Anshul, thank you! I'm really glad this post has come at a good time for you, although I'm sorry to hear life is tough at the moment - just keep reminding yourself of why you've made the decision that have you seen you arrive at this point in your life! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  51. I love your positivity Gabrielle! It's definitely important to pat yourself on the back sometimes and reflect on your achievements!

    Tina
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    1. Thank you, Tina! Self-improvement is great, but only if you're patting yourself on the back along the way!

      Gabrielle x

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  52. I love the photos you have used to illustrate your positive thoughts with. and I know it's ALWAYS important to think those positive thoughts but when times get tough I just forget about it and sad thoughts make their way around me. it's a problem I seriously have to work with!

    Maiken,
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    1. I find photographing flat lays to be so much fun! The fact you've identified this as a problem is a really great sign though Maiken - good luck with your path to thinking positively!!

      Gabrielle x

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  53. Thanks for this post Gabrielle :) You seem like such a lovely, positive girl!! I need to work on being more positive, especially since I am away from my family, I sometimes feel myself getting more and more down. I'm going to write a list of what I've accomplished right now! And I might just get a chocolate fudge cake too...

    Rachel xx
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    1. You're more than welcome Rachel and thanks ever so much for your kind words - you've brightened my day! Family can be so helpful in lifting our spirits, I know what you mean, although working out a way to stay optimistic/positive on your own can be pretty liberating too! :) haha yay, I'm glad someone else is up for the slice of chocolate fudge cake!!

      Gabrielle x

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  54. Like the positivity of the post! It encourages to take some steps by yourself! Nobody will remove you from the position you are now in, except yourself.. It is always power from inside that should be feed...
    Kiss, Sily
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    1. You are 100% right, the power of change is entirely in our own hands!!

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  55. Seems like Im already using some of your tips. They really do work. Great post :)

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  56. I love how optimistic you are. Amazing tips dear :)

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  57. Nice thoughts, sweetie! Stay sweet & cheerful always. xoxo

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  58. I so agree about being grateful for everything you have. I have also realised that I need to stop comparing myself and life to others... 'Comparison is the thief of joy' after all.

    PS. I LOVE that Kate Spade bag/clutch xx

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    1. 'Comparison is the thief of joy' - that is so wonderful, I'll be sure to remember that saying! We're all guilty at one point or another of comparing ourselves to others, but we absolutely shouldn't be! Oh thank you, it's a Mac Air sleeve! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  59. These tips are so good!! We find that being kind in all things is always crucial for staying optimistic. Love it!!

    xx 365Hangers

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  60. Such a nice outlook. Love the Chaplin quote too! x

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  61. Great post! Inspiring!! Thanks for sharing!
    Love Emina

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    -> New post is up - Check it out - I would love to hear your thoughts on it!

    Would you like to follow each other, let me know :)

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      Gabrielle x

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