Motivation Monday

Saturday night the husband and I finally took the plunge and traded in our iPhones. They have been great for the past 5 years, but it was time for something new.

That AND the fact that AT&T was just not working where we are living.

We finally decided on the Samsung Galaxy S4. 

I really was hoping for the white version, but they were out in store. The people were awesome and ordered me one and once it comes in they will exchange the one they gave me for it.

How is that for customer service?


Sunday was a much needed rest day. Of course, my poor husband studied most of the day but we both took it easy.

Thankfully with the weather we have been having I was happy to stay indoors.


Due to the phone switch, I apologize but today’s post is coming to you sans any personal pictures.

I think I have finally worked out all the kinks and will be back to normal tomorrow, but it did take me a bit to figure it all out :) That’s what switching to a whole new phone system after 5 years with the same one will do to you.


I thought I would bring you some motivation for your Monday morning.

There is no better way to start out a new week then with a little pick me up!


I have a folder on my computer where I keep a bunch of motivational quotes and such to pick me up when I need it.

I thought I would share some of my favorites.


Motivation 1

When I first set my goal to qualify for the Boston Marathon some people thought I was crazy. Heck, I even though I was crazy but I had to stop focusing on how far I had to go because it got me no where.  As this quote says, the time is going to pass regardless of the work I put into it and I have two choices:

1. Give it all i’ve got.

2. Give up before I even started.

I realized there is no guarantee that I will ever accomplish my goal, but you can best I will give it everything I have.


Motivation 2

Now I realize this got me in trouble, but regardless in the hardest of times I’ve been through running has always been there for me. It is amazing how much of a stress reliever running is for me.

There is something very personal to me about running. It’s just me and the world and nothing else. I can clear my head and refocus on the important parts of my life all while out on a run.


Motivation 3

This is one that I found after I was injured. When I first started this journey of recovery it seemed like a daunting task.  I said to my husband numerous times “I will never run again” even though I knew that was a crazy thing to say.

Then I started taking this process one day at a time. I didn’t think about a month from now, a week from now, or even a day from now I just focused on the day that I had in front of me. I still do this and no matter what it helps me be in the moment and not worry about all that’s ahead of me.


Motivation 4

I love this quote simply because it reminds me that regardless of the circumstances any of us are in, our happiness and our lives depend on how we carry ourselves.  You are the one who determines your mood, how you present yourself, and what your day will be like.  I had to catch myself many times and rework my attitude. There are so many blessings in our lives and often if one thing gets off track we forget all that we really have.


Motivation 5

This quote was actually a quote that helped me get through my first couple weeks after I became unemployed. Courage comes in all shapes and sizes. In the first couple weeks it took a lot of courage for me just to get up and put a smile on my face and keep pushing through each morning.

This is something that can be applied in any situation and it really helped me a lot.


Tell me, what are some of your favorite motivational quotes?

Do you have certain sayings that get you through hard times?

About Sara

Welcome to my blog! My name is Sara and this blog documents my journey as a wife and a runner. I train hard and put my heart and soul into my running. My life is a crazy journey full of ups and downs, and I am here to share it all with you!


  1. I love the one by Martha Washington! I think that’s so true. We can perceive our lives either through more rosy colored glasses or disappointment. It’s how you look at your situation that makes you happy or miserable. Thanks for the inspiration this morning!

  2. And now you get to work through the joys of Mac-Android interoperability 😉 Never hesitate to ask if you have problems … :) Cool that they are doing the replacement thing – assuming you went with Verizon? The carriers are super-motivated to bring in new customers. Did they take your iPhones as trades? When my brother switched over a year or so ago they gave him a good trade for his iPhone 3GS.

    Here is a motivational quote I remind my wife of when she starts worrying about everything all at once:

    “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time'”

    That thing in front of you that seems impossible and insurmountable … can eventually be conquered the same way you would complete smaller tasks.

    • Yes it is definitely taking some getting used to!! We are going to sell ours ourselves actually we were able to get more than way then through a trade in.

      Haha love that quote! It is so very true!

      • Good plan – reselling Apple stuff is amazing … I just got the iPad Air and sold my iPad Mini for $30 less than I originally paid, meaning I basically paid about $0.50 per week I had it. I have always found that to be true … sadly Android stuff is more like selling cars – they lose 50% of their value when you open the box (an exaggeration, but they lose at least 25% within a month!)

        Also love that Emerson quote from Alexis. That is a great one :)

  3. The courage quote is my favorite – it was my go-to mantra during recovery from bulimia and I still say it to myself almost daily.

  4. Thanks for sharing, these are awesome. The Nike one is interesting, I like it :)

  5. I love these quotes. Thanks for posting these because I really needed to see them this morning.

  6. Great quotes Sara! I can’t think of any specific right now but I like the idea that “doing something is better than doing nothing”- makes me remember that even a 10 minute workout (which could be seriously kick butt!) or a 1 mile run is a success!! :)

  7. I love that quote about how time passes no matter how to spend it. I found it recently on Pinterest and it was one of the motivations that got me to start working towards some goals that I had just been putting off and putting off… Such powerful words!

  8. I LOVE quotes. They just make me feel so good about life. I definitely have to add some of these to my collection!
    My all-time favorite is Ralph Waldo Emerson. It’s a little long, but it gives me chills every time: “Those roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are…There is o time to them. There is simple the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.”
    Just reminds me to be the best version of me and to enjoy every moment of the only life I’ve got.

  9. Oh I love the courage quote, so perfect. i’ll be replacing my obsolete Crackberry in the new year and planned on going with Samsung. How do you like the S4?

  10. I like this quote that Janae ( posted on her blog the other day: “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means its going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”

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