The Best Pieces of Advice I’ve Ever Received

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I always love to ask people “what’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?” I’m not sure why, I just find everyone’s answers so intriguing. It tells you a lot about a person and their beliefs, and it’s safe to say I’ve collected my fair share of quotes over the years from speeches, teachers, books, friends and family. But there have only been a few pieces that really resonated with me – words that I’ve clung onto when times get hard or when I need to give myself a little pep talk.

Sometimes all you need is some wisdom for things to feel a bit better, inspired, or to know you’re not at it alone.

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“Stay in your own lane”

If a swimmer looks over to the next lane to see how that person is doing, they stop paying attention to their race, which slows them down immediately. You can’t get ahead while watching the person next to you.

And it’s the same idea with everything in life. When you start focusing on someone else, you start doubting yourself. As a blogger, it’s so hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers. But in the end, there is absolutely no good that comes out of it. It just drags you down, takes your eyes off the prize & your goals while we glamourise the lives of others. It’s a dangerous trap.

Everyone is on a different path so focus on you & your progress – that’s where you’ll find your happiness.

“Great things never came from comfort zones”

It’s important to push the boundaries of your comfort zone, because as comfortable as it is, nothing will ever grow there. If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. I wrote a whole post on how to live outside your comfort zone, but to put it simply, it is critical to success. It’s something I’m continuously working on – stepping out into the unknown isn’t easy, but it’s so rewarding.

What I’m trying to say is, don’t ever settle or become victim to the complacency trap. Make some room for adventure.

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“Supporting another’s success wont ever dampen yours”

Some people make it seem like there is a limited amount of success to go around, which is not true at all. Instead of becoming jealous, become inspired. You can get there too.

It’s one of the worst feelings to have something good happen to you, only to be knocked down by the person next to you. Who here hasn’t suffered the sting of a snarky comment or workplace sabotage? Could you just imagine what we could achieve if we spent more time building each other up?

Jealously is when you count someone else’s blessings instead of your own. There is no reason to be jealous of another’s success. If one person creates success, it doesn’t mean you can’t.

“Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most under-utilized anti-depressant.”

How many of you eat when you’re stressed, anxious, panicky, or depressed?

Now, how many of you exercise when you’re experiencing those same feelings?

My relationship with food and fitness has been rocky, so this one really hit home for me. It is proven that regular exercise is an excellent way to boost your mood and get in shape. You will NEVER regret a workout. You will never feel bad after a workout. It releases your endorphins – your happy hormones – so why don’t we take advantage of that feeling more often?

While ordering a pizza in after a bad day might make you feel good every once in a while, it certainly wont if you’re doing it everyday. I get it, it’s convenient. But I promise you, a workout will make you feel 100% better after a bad day. The hardest part is just starting.

I’m definitely not saying exercise cures all, but speaking from my experience, I noticed a positive influence on my own mental health when I cleaned up my diet and started exercising regularly.

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“Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect from you”

I really, really love this quote. This reminds me so much of my post on why I never want to settle down. And I still don’t, for anyone wondering.

There are so many people who do things because it’s what you’re “supposed” to do, because it’s what society expects from you. But is it what you really want to do?

I have that many girlfriends who are terrified of being single at 25 or not being married by 30… sorry, but where is this rule coming from? I would rather get married at 75 with someone I have no doubts with, then to get married at 25 from the pressure of society.

Just because it’s what everyone else is doing, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

I have so much admiration for people who can go against the crowds and stand in for what they believe in, even if they’re standing alone.

Do any of these resonate with you? What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

  • Ohhhh, I love ALL of these. And I really needed to hear a couple of them today. Thank you for sharing x
    Sophie Cliff

    • Yayyy! Thanks so much Sophie <3 I'm so glad they could help you a little! xx

  • Sheridan Grady

    Every single one of these is so spot on!! Especially about supporting others not taking from your own success! Love x

    http://www.shayholly.co.uk

    • Thank you Sheridan!! Love that one so much :) xx

  • Thank you for sharing these! They really are great advice I want to try implementing

    Beauty Candy Loves
     

    • You’re welcome Candice <3 thanks so much for reading! xx

  • Thanks for sharing! They were all fantastic pieces of advice. All ones that I have heard but it’s always wonderful to hear them again. Sometimes, it’s those little tidbits that help just in the moments that we need them.

    • I completely agree :) Thanks SO much for reading & commenting Rosie! xx

  • These are all amazing pieces of advise, thank you so much for sharing! Posts like this are some off my favorite kinds.
    xx Dany | The Queens Empire

    • Aw you’re welcome! I’m so glad you liked them Dany :) Thanks for reading xx

  • The last piece of advice really stands out, and I hope to do just that! I always find myself coming back to Baz Luhrman’s ‘Sunscreen’ whenever I feel down or need advice; it just seems to cover all bases and makes you realise that everyone else is going through the same troubles.

    Esmé // CloudEsmé

    • Ahh I just looked up the lyrics to that song and LOVE it so much <3 thank you so much for sharing Esmé! xx

  • I have a very tumultuous relationship with food, too, and I absolutely love your quote about using exercise as an anxiety drug instead of sweets. I’m currently trying to quit sugar, and it’s proving to be one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done! But I’ll keep persevering, because I want to kick the addiction. Thank you for sharing the anxiety drug quote (though all of your quotes are awesome), because it’s something I can use tp remind myself not to give in to ice cream. I’ll go for a walk, instead! I had never considered choosing exercise over food. I can’t wait to try it out! P.S. I LOVE the look of your site. So pretty.

    • Oh I feel you, sugar is the most difficult thing to quit. I try to limit it as much as I can but I have such a sweet tooth! I actually have a few posts coming up on relationships with food & fitness. Thanks SO much Brooke – means the world :) xx

  • YES to all of this.

    • YAY thank you Tatiana! xx

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Holy crap the first quote and last quote has got to my favorite quote, EVER! Especially the last one. I’m so sick of being told what to do because society expects me to do so. Everyone has their life, so if I wanna live it a different way than many other people, then so be it!

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

    • LOVE your comment, Ashley! Exactly!! Each to their own :) So glad you loved the quotes xx

  • I loved reading this post! This is all such great advice.

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

    • Aw thank you Liz!! Means so much to me xx

  • Great post and. Some really good advice!

    • Thank you SO much! xx

  • These are some brilliant pieces of advice! Definitely a post to save and come back to :)

    elwillmer.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

    • Thank you so much!! So glad you liked them :) xx

  • Yes to everything! I really need to keep these amazing inspirational pieces of advice in mind! Thanks for the lovely post!

    xoxo, Truc
    http://livingblissfullybalance.weebly.com/

    • Thank you Truc!! So happy you could relate :) xx

  • Sofia

    Loved every single quote! About the 4th one, I totally agree, I started working out this year and it has completely changed me, physically and mentally, it is so crazy. And the last quote is just so true, I’m tired of seeing how people act a way someone expects them to and not how they really are.
    Loved this post Angela xx

    Sofia | http://www.theglamchapter.blogspot.com

    • Thanks so much Sofia! Working out does wonders for your health, it’s so undervalued! So glad you could relate to some :) xx

  • Oh I love this post and especially the last quote! It’s so important to stay true to yourself. Which quite I also like quite a lot is this one: No matter for how long you’be walked in the wrong direction, you can always turn around! It always reminds me that there are no wrong or right choices in live, there are just things that work and things that doesn’t – and you can always decide to do something different again.

    • Thanks so much Kathi! I absolutely LOVE that quote, it’s so so true. Thank you for sharing lovely :) xx

  • I LOVE the one about comfort zones! It’s definitely resonating with me lately. I want to print out some of these quotes as a daily reminder!

    Lisa
    http://www.theeverdayelevated.com

    • What a great idea!! I’m thinking of framing some in my office :) Thanks so much for reading Lisa! xx

      • I definitely want to frame some! Or maybe just find one on Etsy! :)

  • Wanderlust Girl (kyia belle)

    The last one about living your life, not what other’s expect from you touches me so much- My newest post was even on why it’s hard to accept ourselves. And every bit of it is so so so true. We should be doing what we want, with who we want, regardless of what thoughts run through other people’s minds. It’s hard- you’d understand after my post, haha- but in the end, the grass will only get greener if you put the fertilizer down. Not by watching other people tame their yard :)

    Kyia at WANDERLUSTGIRL// lifestyle & beauty
    Let’s be BLOGLOVIN friends!

    • I completely agree with you Kyia!! I just read your new post & relate so much to everything. Thank you for sharing, you have a lovely blog :) xx

  • I love when you post inspirational things like this – they really resonate with me! For me staying in your comfort zone is detrimental to success – that’s why I like changing things – like countries, jobs or my route to work. Trying new things inspires me to do better!
    I think even if we fail at something, we can still learn a lot – my newest post is all about life lessons from failure :)

    Mili | The Pink Traveller

    • Thank you so much – that means the world! Yesss I am totally with you there. Sometimes comfort zones are scarier than anything! Love your comment, thank you for sharing Mili :) xx