Encouraging Quote – It Takes Courage

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

This quote is helping me to stay focused on my progress this year:

‘It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.’ E. E. Cummings.

It Takes Courage layout by Jennifer Grace

I like this quote, because it’s not just about who you want to be, it’s also about who you are already.

It Takes Courage layout by Jennifer Grace

One of the things I’ve come to understand this year, is that to make progress I also have to accept my shortcomings or personality quirks, so that I can adapt my goals to fit around them, rather than always hoping I will miraculously overcome them. For example, believing that I will suddenly get better at housework will not help me progress, but admitting I need help with it, and drafting in some assistance gives me time to focus on other progress that is actually achievable!

It took courage to ask for that help, and to accept that I can’t do everything (I like to believe that I can), but now I’ve come to terms with it I’m feeling more at peace with myself.

It Takes Courage layout by Jennifer Grace

What quirks of your own do you think you ought to accept are part of your personality? How could you work around them rather than letting them hold you back? It’s your time to grow…

Be Inspired:

Write down some quirks of your own and ideas on how to adapt your goals around them

Create a project without worrying about it being perfect – I didn’t worry whether the title was straight, and it ended up a little wonky, but I had so much more fun creating it than I normally would!

Ask someone for help – with a goal or a project!

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See you again at 9pm! x

  • Julie

    I’m the same way. I know I can’t do it all, but I absolutely hate asking anyone for help. What is really helping me right now is that I am minimalizing. I am slowly…very slowly going through and getting rid of whatever I can. It’s a work in progress for me and I’m still waiting for results to show. But at least I’m moving forward. HEY, why didn’t I think of this when I was pondering what to post in this hop? Now, I think of it!

    I Create Purty Thangs

    May 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm
  • ooh interesting post…. I have lots of quirks…… I hate housework…….I am definitely a hoarder and I am trying really hard to literally ‘let it go’ as there is too much stuff which makes it harder to find things and therefore difficult to actually make a LO sometimes as I am at my worst with crafty stash! Food for thought for sure xxx

    May 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm
  • Your long mixed title is fantastic!!! I have many quirks as well one being that I am very harsh on myself (and on others) sometimes… growing means being less judgmental…

    May 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm
  • Louise

    all the alpha fonts and colours look so effective…oh my it’s too late at night for me to think about my quirks and how to work around them. There’s far too many!! x Will sleep on it x

    May 10, 2013 at 11:40 pm
  • Pam Sohan

    Love the mix of fonts on this layout !

    May 11, 2013 at 5:33 am
  • Annie

    I love this page – the title looks fab, the journaling is very meaningful and the photo is very cute! I have discovered that if I am stuck on just the last finishing touch for a scrap page, my husband has a knack for spotting just what it needs, so I often ask him for advice these days. I think he’s secretly dying to have a go himself but he won’t admit it! :o)

    May 11, 2013 at 9:17 am
  • I’m sure I’ve got lots of quirks!! Being a procrastinator is one of the worst ones…..and very hard to change!!

    May 11, 2013 at 10:30 am
  • LOVE this quote <3 and the layout that goes with it!

    May 11, 2013 at 10:51 am
  • Jackie Edwards

    What a lovely quote…and super layout!!

    May 11, 2013 at 11:16 am
  • Aah Jennifer, what it is to be older and wiser ;0) Some of us are older and never do find the necessary knowledge to accept help!! One day……maybe! Love this layout…the title work is smashing (I like the wonkiness!) love the composition and that feather is a bit special too :0)

    May 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm
  • Karen

    I love the quote and your layout – you have inspired me to use my favourite quote for a layout and I am going to attempt to use up a lot of almost dead packets of thickers and do a title like yours x

    May 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm
  • Joanne

    Great use of letters

    May 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm
  • This is getting creepy, we have so many similar tastes. I love E E Cummings and my favourite poem is about love. My favourite line from it is ”I carry it in my heart”. Poetry can be a true inspiration to me when I am down and feel lost in the dark,
    Jo xxx

    May 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm
  • Annette

    Love this. I love the quote and I love the use of all the different letters.

    May 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm
  • Love all those different alphas – especially the glittery ones.

    May 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm
  • Zahra

    Fabulous LO! This week, I’ve referred to “What got you here won’t get you there”

    May 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm
  • I adore this layout, your title quote look stunning.
    I have far to many “quirks” to mention here but I may do a page on them!

    May 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm
  • A great quote to keep in mind Jennifer. Love the idea of a letter for my younger self … I think I’d say “loosen up”!

    May 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm
  • Love this quote. Will definitely be pinning it somewhere prominent in my house as accepting my ‘quirks’ is a bit of a work in progress at the moment

    May 11, 2013 at 10:57 pm
  • Bethany Hardy

    Your title work is very inspiring. I need to mix mine up more.

    May 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm
  • That’s a great quote and I can relate to what you are saying. I find it hard to ask for help, not because I am too proud but because sometimes it is just easier and you get the job done as you want it! I also push myself a lot and have high expectation. I am my own worst enemy sometimes but I would want to be any different – I like who I am and I have a good full life. I also just need to remind myself sometimes to be kinder to myself and to take time out to play and just rest.

    May 11, 2013 at 11:05 pm
  • Frances

    I simply LOVE your LO! I am working on creating a LO of my son around this quote and my version of your style. My husband and I share all of the housework. I am in charge of bathrooms. I have been sick with a yucky flu this week and wanted to bathe in a freshly cleaned tub but did not have any energy to clean it. It took me a lot to ask my husband because I didn’t want to bother him with it. He jumped up; cleaned it; and did a much better job than I could ever do – but then again he is better at house-cleaning by a long shot. Thanks for this weekend!

    May 11, 2013 at 11:32 pm
  • fantastic quote! I LOVE those gold letters and the papers with that photo!

    May 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm
  • Becky

    Great quote – I need to pass it on to my daughter 🙂

    May 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm
  • Marilize K

    I love this quote and how it inspired your art

    May 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm
  • thanks for the reminder about not worrying to be perfect. I need it, being something of a perfectionist who fusses over everything on my page

    May 13, 2013 at 2:36 am
  • A great way to use a mix of letters. I do that sometimes.
    As it turns out, a friend is facing a court case soon (someone contesting her husband’s will). I’ve bought her a little gift for the day before she goes and will enclose this card.As you can see,the circle I’ve cut is not perfect and over-inked but she won’t mind because we are best friends.It is the thought that counts.

    May 13, 2013 at 5:24 am

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