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Mantra Monday // Hope Smiles

hope-smiles hand lettering by Lisa Congdon

How lovely is this Alfred Tennyson quote hand lettering by Lisa Congdon? I always find that quotes like these speak to people differently, carrying a different meaning to all of us and touching us in different ways. For me, I see it as meaning hope and promise for the future. Every challenge I face, every good day and bad day I live, and every memory I make becomes etched into me. It would be silly to pretend I don’t cry or get sad, but what really keeps me going is this hope and overwhelming sense of joy. Continue Reading

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Mantra Monday // Don’t Look Back

don't look back Click here to download this custom iPhone wallpaper from Ban.do

I’m trying really hard to focus on the idea of not looking back. Whenever I’m feeling down, looking back at the past is what comforts me. I hold on to my happy memories that are so close to my heart. This is all well and good, but sometimes it makes me wonder if I’d be happier as my past self. I miss my home, my family, and my high school best friends. This is when I stop and remind myself to be present in the here and now. How happy I am with my boyfriend, how lucky I am to be traveling all the world, and how proud I am of my success with very own my small business. These are all things that make me, well me. And I couldn’t be happier.  Continue Reading

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Mantra Monday // Work Hard Dream Big

work-hard You never get anywhere without hard work. I’ve learned this lesson time and time again whenever I try to take the easy or lazy route. Sure, there are shortcuts out there, but it’s only through hard work and determination that I’m ever able to reach my goals. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from running my own small business in Hong Kong, it’s that you have to really work hard in order to find success in this competitive world. You can’t give up easily or be discouraged by small setbacks. If being an entrepreneur was easy, everyone would be doing it!

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