Blog Guest Contributor: Marianne (Author of Second Chances)


Have you ever noticed how overwhelming life can be at times?  Time flies and before you know it, you find yourself trying to catch your breath and make sense of the world around you. You pretend that everything is dandy and rainbow-tinted in your world.  It is quite okay to be honest with yourself. Life is tough and often leaves you battered and bruised. You often question who you are and where your place is in this world.

Sometimes all you need is to quieten the mind and become still. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and remind yourself of some nuggets of wisdom that will help you navigate life just a little easier.

Different journeys

“Not all who wander are lost” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Do not measure your journey and its progress against someone else’s. Every pathway is different. That is what sets you apart from anyone else.

Keeping the faith

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase” ~ Martin Luther King

It is important to remember that you matter. You are enough just as you are. Trust your instinct and keep moving forward. Baby steps if you must.


“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” ~ Lao Tzu

No matter what new adventure/job/relationship you’re embarking on, it starts with a decision to do something new or different.


“Choose to be optimistic. It feels better” ~ Dalai Lama

By changing the way you look at things enhances the feeling of positivity. Vision over visibility and new possibilities are possible.

Dare to Dream

“If you have a dream, don’t waste your energies explaining why” ~ Paulo Coelho

It is YOUR dream. You don’t have to justify or defend them. They are yours for a reason. You have what it takes to make them happen.

Life is a journey

“Map out your future but do it in pencil” ~ Jon Bon Jovi

Do not be too rigid with your plans. Life happens. Things change and so does the course of your life. Be flexible and adjust your sails.

Let your voice be heard

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for” ~ Oprah Winfrey

You are worthy. Speak your truth. Own your dreams and ideas. Be bold. Be brave. Take a leap of faith.

Be committed

“Do or do not. There is no try” ~ Yoda

Once you’ve made your decision, go full steam ahead. Let your dreams take flight. Believe you have what it takes.

Stay unique

“Life is a song. Sing it your way” ~Unknown

Be original and remain true to who you are. Your song is unlike anyone else’s. Enjoy composing every note of your melody and sharing it with the world.

Taking knocks but moving forward

“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward” ~ Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone)

Life may knock you sideways. Be prepared to hit back. Adjust your vision. Change your plan. Have faith

More than you think

“You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think” ~ Winnie the Pooh

We tend to look up to others and notice the beauty and goodness in them but forget about ourselves. Acknowledge your worth and remember that someone else might look up at you for guidance and inspiration.


You see, life is for living.  I leave you with this parting thought:

Don’t take life too seriously.  You will never get out of it alive” ~ Elbert Hubbart