What Motivates Me?

When someone asks me the question ‘what motivates you?’, it’s not something I can ever actually answer on the spot. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been jotting down all the little things that have motivated me to be more creative, get out of my comfort zone a little more and just generally procrastinate less. The biggest thought I have about everything is ‘what if it doesn’t work out?’ even about the smallest things.

So what actually motivates me?

Complements: such a minor aspect of life and relationships with people, but the littlest complement motivates be to keep doing whatever I’m doing, and do it even better. For example, posting content I’m not sure about and somebody commenting to say it helped them/they loved it, or something as small as walking into work/college and my outfit being complemented. That pretty much makes my day.

My boyfriend: Let me not be cheesy here, but having someone that supports you in whatever you choose to do, it’s a pretty good feeling. I mean lets be honest, a lot of my time revolves around nails and fashion/lifestyle blogging, something which doesn’t interest him in the slightest really, but whenever I’m feeling demotivated, he’s always there to keep me up so I don’t feel down or doubt myself. It genuinely does make me a stronger and more motivated person.

Small new products: Such a silly obsession of mine but buying new stationary. I can’t even explain how much this motivates me. New notebook? I’ll jot down a bunch of blog ideas, on the spot (not something I can usually do). New desk? I’ll be type type typing posts all day sitting at it. New nail polish? I’ll recreate a bunch of designs for my website using it. All the little things that encourage me that little bit more.

Spontaneous picture taking: If I’m out just going for a walk, going somewhere I haven’t been before or for a while, anywhere out of the norm in my life. I always take pictures of random things. For some reason, those random pictures always have a follow on effect that triggers a blog post idea. It’s weird how just being in a new scenery can do that.

To do lists: I write my next day to-do list each night, and it motivates me because I know that I have to do it. Rather than just thinking it the day before and telling myself ‘oh you should do that if you get the time’, no. Having a list actually makes me do it, because I’m really forgetful otherwise.

Putting time into something I’m actually enjoying: This is specific to blogging unlike the other reasons I’ve mentioned. Blogging is just such a positive and happy thing to do with my time, and I’m glad I put so much effort into it.

Positive quotes: Ever see a quote/message and think damn, I need to do that/be like that. I do all the time. Sometimes quotes can be the most motivational push that you need, all because of a bunch of words that are put together to make you feel positive.

Have a lovely week,

With Love C x

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  1. I love this. It’s amazing the different things you learn about yourself in blogging. I’m the same with so many of these points!

    Chloe x


  2. I love this post, positive quotes has always been something that motivates me too, I used to have my bedroom wall filled with printed out quotes to help me through the day!

  3. I loved reading this and found myself nodding a long with everything. I feel the same way about complements, it’s not like I am always looking for praise but I do feel they are important, especially if you have done a job well done. It might be a simple ‘thank you, you’ve worked really hard today’ at work but it makes me feel good, when I know I’ve busted my butt. A small acknowledgement can really put a pep in your step! Yes to the spontaneous picture taking too, it’s funny what can prompt a blog idea, or just the taking a cute picture alone and liking it myself can motivate me to be happy and take more just because! πŸ™‚


  4. I love this! To-do lists do me the world of good and I love finding things to take pictures of as well, always give my mind something new to think about it!

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.uk

  5. Ahh, this post is the motivational push I needed. I created my Instagram purely for the ridiculous amounts of random photos I take, they’d just stay on my phone otherwise x

  6. This is a great positive post πŸ™‚ I can honestly say lots of things motivate me too, everything from what I see, what I feel, what I think, who I’m around. Main motivators are my boyfriend as well, and music! Love music so much.

  7. Having small things that motivate you doesn’t sound silly at all! I always feel so much more motivated to study if I have a nice new notebook (even just a cheap one from Primark), so I totally understand the stationery thing! That your BF motivates you too is super cute!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  8. Lovely post Charlie, I always like taking photos of things, but I also leave my camera at home and have to rely on my phone. I’m a big to do list kinda girl, it makes me actually get work done and I rely on doing one nearly every day during term time

  9. Buying new stationary must be one of the most motivating things especially when it comes to doing work! I love pretty new stationary it makes me wants to use it! Great post x

  10. Oooh I love this post! You learn so much on yourself while blogging. BLogging made me realized how much I loved writing and social media and now I am working in that field! xx corinne

  11. I love this post! I relate to a lot of these things πŸ˜€ I agree I definitely find taking random pictures can spark a new idea for a post πŸ˜€ and I’m an avid to do list maker haha! I’d be lost without my daily list of things to do :’D


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