Quotes and Inspiration

SUNNY DAYS

Sunny days are a mindset. This I have learned first hand from torrential rain. There is always going to be a storm somewhere in the world, and the hardest days are when that storm is raging inside your own head. Thunder booming in the background and lightening repeatedly striking the parts of you that make you, well – you. It seems as if the storm will never pass until one day it just… does. The clouds open up to reveal the bright blue sky that, to be truthful, was there all along. Maybe you didn’t see it through the downpour, or maybe you simply didn’t realize the power to calm the winds was within you the whole time. And darling, it was. So yes, sunny days are a mindset. Sunny days are the result of constantly reminding yourself to think sunny thoughts. Author: Renee Mills Email: ev...

PRONE TO ENGINE FAILURE

Hayley’s invitation arrived in the form of a Facebook message on a Monday afternoon. “Are you sure you don’t want to go to Nashville on Wednesday?” Hayley and Sammy, two of my closest friends, had been planning this road trip to see our friends studying in Nashville for nearly two months. I’d received these invitations weekly, but hadn’t taken them seriously. Of course I wanted to go, but carving out a week of time in the middle of the semester seemed impossible. But this time—the last time she’d be asking—I was feeling impulsive. Five hours after receiving her message, I was googling the weather in Nashville, mentally preparing what to pack. I’d said “f*ck it,” pushing aside my responsibilities; the mental reprieve was a bigger payoff than an A in the class I’d be blowing off. Hayle...

HOW DO YOU LOVE YOURSELF?

Loving oneself is essential in order for us to show and appreciate the love of others.  Giving yourself the best treatment possible is not only a necessity it’s a requirement. Although, sometimes because of past relationships we forget how valuable we truly are.  We allow insignificant people to break us down.  Our soul and our spirit are the ones that suffer the most.  Even though we truly know our worth, our spirit doesn’t allow us to love ourselves the right way. In my personal experience, I have learned to say to hell with those people who choose to break my spirit because they will not have control over me any longer.  The mistake we make is giving someone that much control because we think they love us.  Our life is our own and we are the ones in the driver’s seat. ...

IT’S JUST A DREAM

On days like today I feel as if my feet are stuck in the mud and I can’t move. I have accomplished so much in the past few years with battling my depression and anxiety. I found a job that I like, a man that I love and in general, I’m feeling good. But I can’t move… Even though I love my job, I come to work every day, sit down at the same desk and stare at the same computer screen. I like knowing what to expect, but, on the other hand, I am bored out of my mind doing the same thing over and over again, every day. It’s a good job, great benefits and decent salary, but there is no surprise. This is my first real job outside of college, and I am so thankful it is with a great local company, but I’m not happy, even though I like what I’m doing. Make sense? Right now, I’m a corporate travel age...

KNOW THYSELF

Today was a good day. I’ve learned to recognize that even in the aftermath of anxiety attacks. Yep. I experience crippling almost life-threatening  anxiety pretty regularly. Otherwise I’m generally pretty happy with my life. I recently published my 3rd book. I have a fitness routine that basically allows me to eat whatever I want. I love my body. And I’m in love. Don’t compare or despair just yet. RULE #1: NEVER EVER compare you life with someone else’s. You’ll always sell yourself short. It took me a very long time to realize that in this world I have to sometimes be my own cheerleader. And if cheering for yourself is something new it doesn’t help if you’re also teaching yourself self-doubt.    RULE #2: When self-teaching, only one lesson at a time. And choose wisely. Now, about the books...

MY GYPSY SOUL

She will always believe in magic. She believes in fantasies and miracles and beautiful surprises from the universe. She believes in fairy tales and she vows to live a life that keeps her eyes sparkling. She embraces and finds beauty in the chaos of life, she can’t help but wander to try to find her happy medium. She can’t peace being locked and controlled, she was born to roam. She makes no apologies for her wild heart, but she is gentle. She is a paradox, predictable in her unpredictably. She has an old souls and wander through many lives. She is a dreamer and a free spirit. She is scared to love. She’s scared to give her heart away because this is truly all she has. She’s scared to give her freedom up. She loves unconditionally but it takes her a while to trust someone becaus...

HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL IT GIRL

For 22 years, I have been surrounded by a number of astoundingly successful women. These women have been my coaches, bosses and mentors. They have inspired me to hold myself to a higher standard, which has made an enormous impact on my personal and professional life. I’ve been graced with these women, to look up to and to be surrounded by their words of wisdom. These marvelous role models have shown me that an “it-girl” is not just some glamorous film character made up to be a confident, stylish and wealthy superhuman. However, a woman of true “it-girl” status is one who is well-prepared. She is motivated, driven and fearless. Thus, I have decided to discuss some of the habits I have learned from these amazing women in my life. These habits will hopefully help...

FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT

The day Donald Trump because our President, I was terrified. I was convinced all my rights were going to go away. I have always been unafraid to speak my mind, but as soon as Trump came in the Oval Office, I was silenced. Until I saw my 14 year old cousin, my aunt, and my mother. All of these women are strong, powerful women, and I thought to myself, “Where did I go?” I was already heavily advocating for help for drug addicts and those with mental health issues, but I added women’s and human rights to my list. I wanted to make a world better for my 14-year-old cousin. So I went from a woman to a BAMF. Every time I saw someone comment on abortion rights and the defunding of Planned Parenthood, I defended it. I started being open and honest with myself about previously being sexually assault...

CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN (CONTINUED)

Author note: This is the last tidbit I am going to release of the book I’m writing. I hope you’ve enjoyed Adelaide’s journey thus far. If you’ve missed the first few pages, search “Chapter One – World Unknown” on Harness Magazine or click ALD at the bottom of the page and it will take you to my writing. Adelaide’s journey is just beginning and I can’t wait to see where she ends up.  XX A.L.D., @harnessmagazine @adrelli CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN (CONTINUED) ✪ “I don’t believe we’ve had a formal introduction.  I am Finn, your grandmother’s protector.” Protector? What in the world does that mean? My head started to buzz. “Hello, I’m Adelaide.” I started to move forward to shake his hand. As his palm touched mine, I felt a sudden su...

CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN

Author Notes: I’ve wanted to write a book ever since I could remember. Pages filled with fantasy, wonder and excitement. About a year ago – I decided to take that plunge and start writing. Life has gotten in the way and the pages remain unfinished. I am hoping by sending this out into the universe – it will somehow breathe magic and life back into this goal. I hope you like this excerpt from Chapter One. XX A.L.D. – @harnessmagazine – @adrelli CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN ✪ Click. Pop. With the flick of the wrist and fiddle of a hairpin the mysterious door popped open. I stood there in complete awe. The entire room was filled with mirrors – antique mirrors of all shapes and sizes. Nothing else hung on the walls. No rugs on the ground. No curtains to camouflage ...

IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY, TRUST THE UNIVERSE

I know for a fact that life doesn’t always bring you what you want. We all go through issues in our lives. We may think it’s not fair, we deserve better, or sometimes we may ask ourselves why this other chick has such a perfect life. Well let me tell you that everyone is struggling with something. And struggle is good. Yes, because without struggle we wouldn’t even think about improving ourselves or our lives. Struggle brings questions and doubts. Fresh starts are the only way to grow. I believe our purpose in life is to grow. Without growth we can’t find out who we are, what our talents are or what we want out of this life. Every human needs purpose and accomplishment, and to have that we have no choice but to go through struggle. Struggle is eye-opening. I have never heard stories about ...

WHY QUITTING DOESN’T MAKE ME A QUITTER

College degrees. Extra-special certifications. Bells and whistles. I had it all, but, I still wasn’t getting ahead. — And I had no idea why. In the beginning, I thought I needed even more credentials. Proof that I knew what I was doing. In the corporate world, the more degrees you have the better you look. The better the school you attend, the smarter you are. It seems like a good valuation system, right? Wrong. In the real world, we know that the size of our “success factor” doesn’t always correlate with the size of our brain. Just because you know how to study and ace a standardized test doesn’t make you any smarter than a person who doesn’t. Book smarts, I’ve learned, only get you so far. — Intuition. — Now, that’s the thing will take you to the...

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