Be brave.


If you’re also thinking about doing a challenge every month, here is a TED video by Matt Cutts that will encourage you to start:


Today the post isn’t a link, it’s a thought.

If I could wave a magic wand over your life, how would it be fixed?
Write it down.

Now how could you make that happen?


Here’s a great TED Talk by Rick Elias. It makes you wonder what would be going through your head, and how would you live differently after?

I recommend you try this, I’ve been doing it for a while and it’s always a pleasent surprise when one pops into my mail box:


Love this website’s visual quotes:


Here’s one of the most helpful “how to change your life for the better” articles I’ve ever read (in my long nights of Stumble Uponing). It’s written by Julien Smith, the bestselling author of “Trust Agents” and “The Flinch”:




I really hope it helps!


Well, as it’s only three days into the project, there’s not much to tell!

The blog started the same day as the Bath Spa University Summer Ball, and I must admit I was half dreading going. Usually I hate attending clubbing-related events, but this had just the right mix of fun fair, the Hoosiers and dancing. The main reason why I don’t like clubbing is down to by self confidence issues, but it helped that I had a talk with myself before arriving. I took on board that I was going to be one of the ugliest people there, and told myself to forget it. I reminded myself this time next year I will have lost over three stone, and so I should just enjoy the night for the friendship and memories, and not worry about what people would think about my appearance. In fact I was quite pleasantly surprised; a lot of my friends exclaimed over the fact I was wearing a dress (and made me realise that my wardrobe is literally T-shirt, hoodie and jeans based).

It’s given me something to think about. The key to confidence in myself is my appearance. I can’t lie to myself anymore; I actually do care what people think and I can’t believe in a fairy-tale notion that Prince Charming (or Mr Rugged and Capable) will fall in love with me no matter how I look. And whilst this year is in no way about finding a man, it is about feeling better about myself. So I’m making a change. From now on, I’m not going to step outside my door without at least one thing I feel is special: fancy eye make-up, a nice top, a hairstyle with a little effort put into it. So sue me for being realistic and giving into peer pressure and for propping up a system that places emphasis on appearance not substance. I just don’t want to be the lonely fat girl anymore.

I drove back to Kent after work on Saturday, and stayed for the first time at my Dad’s new house. It was lovely to see him and his fiancée so relaxed and happy in this beautiful home. I’m at my Mum’s for the next few days. It’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Mum, her fiancé and I spent the day watching the Thames pageant. It’s been a lovely relaxed day. It just confirms how important family is; and how family can be all you really need. I hope I don’t forget this in later life.

I’m 17 st 2 lb today, so I have 44 lbs to lose in just under 52 weeks. My June challenge is to take a photo a day- and here they are so far:

Hannah, Jenny and I before Summer Ball 01.06.2012

Dad and Debs with the mini feast Dad made for when I came home for the Jubilee Weekend.

The scones my Mum’s fiance, Tim, whacked out with cream and his homemade jam to eat whilst watching the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant.

So that’s it for this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed the Inspiration Posts so far; I’ve certainly enjoyed researching them. Em x

Here is the inspiration for today; it’s a quote by the New Zealander writer Katherine Mansfield:

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”

What truth should you face?

This is an old one, and quite famous, but no less inspiring. Whatever you think of the man, he knows how to give a damn good speech: