Do You Inspire Yourself?

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TimeHop is by far my favourite app! I sometimes get so caught up in trying to be a better me that I forget that I already am! It can be cringe at times (in fact most of the time) but there are often moments that I am in awe of myself.


I often pride myself on being self-motivated, but the extent to which I motivate myself now in comparison to how I used to 4,5,6 years ago is somewhat embarrassing.

The reason for such a drop in fuel levels to me is quite simple. Back when I was in school, I had clear goals: I wanted certain GCSEs, A Levels, University acceptances etc. Times were tough and the struggle was as real as it has ever been but the final destination was clear. But skip forward a few years and the case is different because my long time life goals aren’t as clear. My long-term goals exist but they aren’t specific enough to keep me going. I’m sure you’ve heard of SMART goals before; my current goals are measurable, attainable, realistic and timed, but I have no idea what the hell they are!

Every morning would I take a look at my TimeHop and I was almost ashamed at what I had become- how easily I allowed myself to fall into a system that keeps chugging along with no end goal. But I couldn’t stay down for long. What good is it that I can motivate others yet need to turn to external sources for guidance with my own life?

I am now competing with my old self.


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Simply wanting to be inspired is not enough. I needed a plan and so I made one. As an organised freak, I can tell you my plans for the next 6 months; the next 6 years, however, are a bit more difficult. This ‘life plan’ I made isn’t a detailed document or a contract sealed in blood. I turned to my spiritual father too knowing full well that it was likely that His plan showed no resemblance to mine, but it kept me motivated, it improved my work ethic and it made me proud!

My earthly father always told me that it didn’t matter what I was working on, what mattered was that I did my best! So whether I was doing a job I was unsure about or writing this blog, I needed to give it my all- because anything with my name on it should be the best representation of me possible! I know, I know, my parents are just full of wisdom!

What about you?

Making plans keeps me motivated, but I can’t be inspired but what is yet to happen. My old self-inspired my new self, in this case, to get the ball rolling and make that plan.

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Do you inspire yourself? No? Well, you should! Just in case no-one has told you in a while, you are fxcking awesome! (Excuse my profanity, no other word provided enough emphasis). I’m not just saying that, you truly are an incredible being.

I rarely read my old work, but one day I did and it made me laugh so hard. “Girl you really thought you were killing it with that line!” was what I thought to myself. But what inspired me was how bold I was, how little I cared about who was reading and their criticism. My point is that there must be something you did, whether or not it was successful, that highlighted a trait that you’ve managed to suppress over the years that you wish you could get back. Whatever it is, go and get it!

We grow and change, but not always for the better, so turn to your old self and be inspired by the qualities you admire.

Stay inspired,

Tisha x


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  1. October 8, 2017 / 10:42 am

    i dont want to brag about it but i’m self-motivated person, i dont let my self down at any cost, everytime something bring me down, i push my self to the top. Gotta say this, you are such a great person, great post as well!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 8, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      Please do brag!!! Love this spirit! We have to be our own encouragers!!! Thank you so much!💙

    • October 10, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Wow, talk about willpower and self-discipline. If only I were able to never let myself down at times.

      • TishaKimiira
        October 10, 2017 / 7:09 pm

        Learning from our mistakes and being able to pick ourselves up is what’s most important! 🙂

  2. abbigaylew
    October 8, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Awesome post , I create to do lists and decorate my list in my planner lol I know it sounds strange but it’s therapeutic and it motivates me to actually do the things in my list. 😊

    • TishaKimiira
      October 8, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      I love making lists in different colours so I guess we’re both strange lol! Whatever works best for you! Thank you for reading & sharing!💙

  3. October 8, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    I try to stay away from people who don’t motivate me. Also, I write my goals using the SMART method that I learned in business school so I can see it daily.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 8, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      Great advice- nothing worse than being around people that drain you! Thanks for reading 💙

  4. October 8, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Always good to surround yourself with people who uplift you but its better to uplift others too!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 8, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      100% agree! Thank you for reading!💙

  5. October 8, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Making plans keeps me motivated too but whenever they don’t go as planned… I’m SO defeated! Thanks why I’m thankful for a good blogging community. I get to read things and know I’m not alone.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 8, 2017 / 7:14 pm

      You’re never alone! Sometimes I feel the same way, when I see and checklist less than 50% complete it can be discouraging; but try to let it motivate you instead! Thanks for reading 💙

  6. October 8, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Definitely stay away from people who are negative and bring you down!! I’ve always been sled-motivated, you just need the right people in your circle to support one another

    • TishaKimiira
      October 8, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Wise words- I totally agree! Thank you so much for reading 💙

  7. John C
    October 9, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Nice reading… keep it up

    • TishaKimiira
      October 9, 2017 / 9:41 am

      Thank you 😊

  8. October 9, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Well said! I believe that we should never force ourselves to do any work we don’t really enjoy, as it is almost impossible to work this way for a longer duration. So, I always do things that make me feel cheerful and good about myself! 🙂

    • TishaKimiira
      October 9, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Thank you so much! Glad you could relate!😊

  9. October 9, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Surrounding myself with positive and like minded people has always been key for me but on some days, I try to create my own sunshine. Thanks for sharing what keeps you inspired!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 5:46 pm

      Creating your own sunshine is essential for those ‘quiet’ days when it feels like you have no-one else to depend on. Glad you could relate! Thanks for reading! x

  10. October 9, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Very true and great post! I always think motivation and inspiration should come from yourself that’s how you create healthy sustainable habits too!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 9, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Completely agree!!! Thank you so much for reading, glad you liked it!💙

  11. Kimifanage
    October 9, 2017 / 11:26 am

    You motivate me! xx

    • TishaKimiira
      October 9, 2017 / 11:35 am

      Haha! Glad to hear it! I’m sure deep down yo motivate yourself too! x

  12. rspires811
    October 9, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Such a great inspirational post. There are moment when I look for inspiration outside of myself. However only I can truly motivate myself to take action towards the things I want out of life.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 9, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Exactly! External motivation can only take you so far! Thank you for reading💙

  13. October 9, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I try to encourage myself, sometime I’m my own worst critic. Ive learned to celebrate my small victories, which lead up to big victories. Thank you for sharing and encouraging others.

  14. October 9, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Motivation comes from within or may be from another individual by seeing or following him

    • TishaKimiira
      October 9, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      Valid point- thank you!😊

  15. October 9, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Life is constantly changing despite our long term plans. The Creator has his own plans for us and I personally had to be still and listen to His plans for me. I’ve also learned that I have to be my biggest cheerleader.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 9, 2017 / 5:18 pm

      This is very true! Listening to God should always come first! Yes- be your biggest fan! Thanks for reading 💙

  16. October 9, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Everyone gets their motivation in different ways. Inspired or not the important thing is to stay disciplined!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 9, 2017 / 10:23 pm

      This is a very good point- inspiration/motivation without discipline is pointless!

  17. October 9, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Great post! I actually love creating to-do lists. Something about checking things off is so fulfilling!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 9, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      I agree! Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for reading x

  18. October 9, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Such a motivational piece! Thanks for the words of wisdom. 🙂

    • TishaKimiira
      October 9, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you! Glad it inspired you! 🙂 x

  19. October 10, 2017 / 1:50 am

    I love this, so true as well! We are responsible for our own actions and choices. We can choose to grow and learn or we can blame external influences and stay where we are. It is up to us and us only to make our lives thrive x

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 7:19 am

      So glad you could relate!!! Ultimately it’s always up to us! Thank you so much for reading!💙

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 7:18 am

      Thsnk you!😊

  20. October 10, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Love your post. It really motivated me and it was really looking lovely❤️❤️

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 8:38 am

      Glad to hear it!💙

  21. October 10, 2017 / 9:33 am

    I try to remember what a gift each day is, which keeps me motivated and inspired every day. Now that I have decided to find my bliss, I have clearer goals. My plan is to spend energy every single day toward what I want and stop complaining about the stuff that’s not right. When I remind myself that happiness is a choice, that helps motivate me no matter how I feel to do more of the stuff that I want to do. Thanks for sharing !

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 10:37 am

      This is a great way- gratitude can take one far!!! I definitely need to work on the complaining 😂 Thank you so much for sharing your tips!!!💙

  22. lacyngo
    October 10, 2017 / 9:35 am

    I love this!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 10:36 am

      Thank you!😊

  23. October 10, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    Love this! Perfect read for 6 am on a Tuesday morning…let’s goooo. 🙂

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      Good morning!😂Glad it was helpful!

  24. October 10, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    One thing I’ve learned during a short, young life: life is never linear! It’s okay if things didn’t work out, as long as you keep persevering and finding ways to move forward! I believe in you.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      This is such a powerful phrase- thank you for sharing it! I completely agree, the ups and downs are what makes life interesting! Thank you for reading 😊

  25. October 10, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Interesting post! I’m a little different because I am motivated by thinking about my future. I have big plans for myself and I look at it as, every day I am one step closer to achieving one of my goals. It’s awesome that you’re finding new inspiration. Thanks for sharing this!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      I love your perspective and I think many, myself included, can benefit from this! Setting future goals is a must for me! Thank you for reading 💙

  26. October 10, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    this is a really interesting post, thanks for sharing, it’s a real booster! It’s really good that you’re looking in to different ways of inspriing yourself and working towards a more confident you! Thanks gal xoxo

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it💙

  27. October 10, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    This was a great post. I try my best to always be inspired and find people and things to draw inspiration from. Though I do think I do a pretty good job at inspiring myself. Great read.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      Thank you so much- glad you enjoyed reading!

  28. Autum Love
    October 10, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    I love this post! I actually think about my younger self alot mainly when I was like 15 LOL!! I was so bold and confident then even if I sucked at what I was trying to do. But that’s something that I’m slowly trying to get back being confident. I do inspire myself my younger self inspires me alot!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      I’m so happy you feel the same way! It’s crazy how fearless we were when we were younger! Thank you for reading!x

  29. October 10, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    What keeps me motivated and inspired is not wanting to be in the same place today as I was a year ago or even a month ago. Being stagnant is downright scary and I refuse to fall into a trap that trap!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Love this! Always aiming to be better than the you of yesterday- thank you for sharing!x

  30. October 10, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    I love inspirational post, they’re so motivating! Fun read.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 10, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      Happy to hear that you liked it- thank you so much!

  31. October 11, 2017 / 1:51 am

    Great post, I’m trying to become self-motivated but I get so overwhelmed. I always want things to happen overnight.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 11, 2017 / 7:50 am

      I think everyone is like that lol! Balance is key😊

  32. October 11, 2017 / 2:38 am

    I don’t really look to inspire myself or inspire others. I don’t even know if I inspire others. I hope to be an inspiration.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 11, 2017 / 7:51 am

      I’m sure you are an inspiration to someone- you just don’t know it yet!!! Thanks for reading 💙

  33. October 11, 2017 / 6:36 am

    Awesome post! I’m really self-motivated but I’m working on having patience and just focusing on being diligent in the meantime!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 11, 2017 / 7:52 am

      Thank you so much! This is a very valid point, there always has to be some form of discipline and balance!💙

  34. October 11, 2017 / 11:35 am

    This is a really good question to ask yourself. Most of the time, I always hear the question “Who / what inspires you?” or “Who / what is your inspiration?” but we forget to look within ourselves. Thanks for reminding me that reaching goals need to have a solid and organized action plan! 🙂

    • TishaKimiira
      October 12, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      This is very true! We forget how much power we possess over our own lives! Thank you so much for reading- glad it was helpful! :)x

  35. October 11, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    This is such a great reminder. I am definitely a self inspired person. Sometimes it seems like I am my biggest inspiration? Hopefully that doesn’t sound conceited!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 11, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Not at all! That’s how it should be! Thank you for reading luvie!💙

  36. October 11, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I really am my own inspiration. Trying to know myself everyday so that I can work on my own flaws.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 11, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      A great way to be! Thank you for reading 💙

  37. October 11, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    This post is so for me, I really need to find the girl I used to be, the one that did whatever she wanted , that didn’t care so much for approval or disapproval, she just did it! I think I got too sensitive as I got older.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 11, 2017 / 11:57 pm

      I think we all fall victim of this, we get older and more self aware and in some cases we lose our confidence. So glad you found this helpful!💙

  38. October 12, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    I pride myself on being self inspired or motivated and also I would do that for others. However, I found that I’ve been getting lazy mentally and that in itself made me not as self inspired or motivated as I am. I’m back to working on that because if I can’t inspire myself who will?

    • TishaKimiira
      October 12, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      Exactly! It has to come from within! Glad it was helpful! I know exactly what it feels like, but it also feels so good to be able to pick yourself up!

  39. October 13, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Girl YES to all of this! FB memories make me cringe lol but i never thought of it as a measuring tape of how far ive come 😊 great post!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 13, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Haha they’re horrible at times!!! Thanks for the support 💙

  40. October 13, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    I love the energy and positivity in this piece!
    You are sooo right about all of these points. I’m now tempted to explore Timehop and see what I can see about myself from the past. I’m a little scared, though, haha. I don’t know what I will find.

    Being inspired takes action and it all begins with a plan. I totally agree!
    Thank you soo much for this!


    • TishaKimiira
      October 13, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      Haha don’t be scared! Be inspired! So glad you enjoyed this post- thank you so much for reading 💙

  41. October 13, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I needed this! So 1. I don’t think I motivate myself or hold myself accountable after setting goals. Often times I push things off until tomorrow or the next day and then it never gets done. I needed to read this; it’s good to know I am not the only one that slacks off but you are right it is necessary to stay motivated and set goals, realistic ones at that!

    • TishaKimiira
      October 13, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      We ALL slack off! But as you’ve said it’s always helpful to be able to pick yourself up too- can’t wait on others to do that for you! Happy it was helpful! Thank you!💙

  42. October 13, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    I’m my biggest critic. I’m always striving for better but learning to put down my list and enjoy reaching my short term goals as I make efforts to finish the long term goals. I found making lists keeps me motivated as I can see where I started and where I need to be. Oh and I also laugh reading my old material. Smh Nice post. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses from time to time.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 13, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      This is so important, the ‘small’ wins are what keep us going! Thank you for reading 💙

  43. DeAndrea
    October 14, 2017 / 4:08 am

    I also found it difficult to be inspired when I did not know exactly what I was working towards. High school is more straight forward because you know what you are trying to accomplish but as you get older it gets less structured.

    • TishaKimiira
      October 14, 2017 / 8:38 am

      Much less structured- but it’s taught me to be more adaptable! Thanks for reading💙

  44. October 14, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    I have never been the most organized somehow I managed to make it through lol . I just write some goals in my little book and knock them off one by one . Sometimes life gets me a little down but On those days I try to remember what I am grateful for , my good points and just keep chugging along 😄 I think I need a vision board

    • TishaKimiira
      October 14, 2017 / 3:21 pm

      A vision board sounds like a great idea! Sometimes when our thoughts are all muddled up it can be easy to lose sight of the goal and feel discouraged. Thanks for reading! 🙂 x

      • October 14, 2017 / 6:27 pm

        You are so right. My thoughts are on steroids atm . The vision board really is an excuse for me to buy more art supplies .lol . Have a great weekend.

        • TishaKimiira
          October 14, 2017 / 7:02 pm

          You too! 💙

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