Pick Me Up

I’m a sap.
Take, for example, when I have a “melancholy” day, or week for that matter.
That’s when you can find me scouring the pages of pinterest into the wee hours of the night searching for words of encouragement and strength.

The power of words always astounds me.
How one simple sentence can change my entire perspective,
alter my frame of mind,
get me back on track,
and remind me what matters most.

Often I find those words when I read my scriptures,
or in a moment of pure humility,
or when I have a heart to heart with my oh-so-wise Ben,
or when IΒ listen so very carefully for the still small voice in my prayers.

These are the moments
when words have the power to change me,
for the better.

And I believe in using words to do good.

What inspires you to do good, or be better?

Source: via Ashley on Pinterest

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    September 11, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Thanks for posting! Loved them all and I’m feeling inspired by all the “goodness” πŸ™‚

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    September 11, 2011 at 2:34 am

    thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ i’m having a melancholy night, but these helped a bit πŸ™‚

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    nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma
    September 11, 2011 at 2:37 am

    autism has inspired me to be a better mother and woman.

    it has forced me to reevaluate everything I know about life, health, nutrition, and doctors.

    it has inspired me to change the course of my life and career.

    rather than wallowing in bitterness of what could have been, i look at my son’s autism as a gift because without it, i would have never taken my own health as seriously as I have.

    it has taken me 2 years to accept it and mold it into something positive.

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    September 11, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Too true, I love looking at inspirational quotes the most. They {as they do you} give me so much perspective, and most of the time I find myself saying “that is so true”! I am loving the last one here too =)

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    September 11, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I love being a follower of yours on Pinterest. Your style is delicious but your heart is so apparent in some of the quotes you pin. Praying for you from one occasionally melancholy mama to another.

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    September 11, 2011 at 3:00 am

    You are SO inspiring!!! I echo what Cori, above, has said…. “praying for you (and me and those mommas who need it) from one occasionally melancholy mama to another” . Thank goodness for wonderful women like YOU to know that we are not alone! I hope you have a great day tomorrow, cause you have made mine better today! <3

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    September 11, 2011 at 3:00 am

    I’m right there with you, Ashley! I love finding inspiration to pick me back up. I love (@TheDailyLove on Twitter). They have the best quotes and inspiration that seems to always say what I need to hear most. Thank you for sharing these great quotes- they resonated with me tonight. πŸ™‚ xo

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    September 11, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Oh my goodness…I JUST did a post like this…are we twins?!

    p.s. I love that quote from President Uchtdorf…I love him.

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    September 11, 2011 at 3:13 am

    This was just what I needed. I too love to scour Pinterest for encouragement. Sometimes words make all the difference.

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    September 11, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I do this same thing! Quotes are amazing. They can bring a little light onto any grey day, or they can offer a little confirmation to any current thought. Love it!

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    September 11, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Love these! Thanks for sharing! My favorite pick me up that we just added to a wall in our house is from Mother Teresa: People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
    Forgive them anyway.

    If you are kind,
    people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
    Be kind anyway.

    If you are successful,
    you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
    Succeed anyway.

    If you are honest and frank,
    people may cheat you;
    Be honest and frank anyway.

    What you spend years building,
    someone could destroy overnight.
    Build anyway.

    If you find serenity and happiness,
    they may be jealous;
    Be happy anyway.

    The good you do today,
    people will often forget tomorrow;
    Do good anyway.

    Give the world the best you have,
    and it may never be enough;
    Give the best you’ve got anyway.

    You see, in the final analysis
    it is between you and God;
    it was never between you and them anyway.

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      Ashley @ Little Miss Momma
      September 11, 2011 at 4:09 am

      woah, that is quite possibly the most inspiring thing i have read in a while! i need this for my home too! thank you for sharing!

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      September 11, 2011 at 4:28 am

      That is awesome! Is the whole thing from Mother Theresa?

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    Jessie K
    September 11, 2011 at 4:12 am

    There must be something in the air today. Both the hubs and I woke up pretty melancholy and energyless today. Thanks for such an uplifting post. It helps!

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    September 11, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Ash I love these! A couple of them really hit home! (I love them all of course)
    Thanks for being so inspiring πŸ™‚

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    September 11, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Thank you for posting this. It was exactly what I needed.

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    Stephanie @
    September 11, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Wow Jessica, thank you for sharing those words from Mother Teresa. I agree with Ashley, I think I need those words in my house as well.

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    September 11, 2011 at 6:47 am

    thanks for this. it was much needed πŸ™‚

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    September 11, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I am a long time reader however a first time poster and I just need to say thank you. This is just what I needed to read after the night I had of just pure hurt and sadness. Thank you for reminding me that I am wonderful and if someone does not want to see that or wants to degrade me and bring me down they are not worth it!

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    September 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I loved this post! So inspiring! We all have those melancholy days and sounds like you have just the right idea – find quotes to pick yourself up again!!!

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    Angela Alzina
    September 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Those are great cuotes, Ashley. I just love reading your blog, you’re always so inspiring. At first sight, I thought we had nothing in common (I’m a spanish 20 year old girl who doesn’t even have a boyfriend) I first met you via Brooke White, one of my favourite singer- songwriters of all time and now I’m getting to know you. I have this strange feeling that we are kind of friends.

    Just wanted to say Thank you

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    Lindsi Wolf
    September 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I love ALL of these! I do the exact same thing…look for inspirational quotes, words and sayings. And it does help! The ones that you have posted, are exceptionally good! In fact, I may just have to “steal” them! πŸ™‚

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    September 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I am huge quote girl. I hang them in my work space to be reminded…. Cant wait to hear about your trip xo

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    Samantha Grey
    September 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    people like you inspire me. thank you for sharing your ups and downs in life! reminds me that I am normal when I feel most abnormal!

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    Mindy Harris
    September 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    i like the “hey you” one the best. since giving birth twice i am a rounder gal than my 115 pound college days and that’s SO HARD!

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    September 11, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I feel very inspired by words as well!! I like quotes for that same reason. I also find that books will put me in a good mood too!!

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    September 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I love when I see something written and it is just what I needed to hear to pick myself up, dust off and move on. One of your quotes did that for me so thank you! One of my all time favorites is “Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out”

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    September 12, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Thanks for the pick me up. I needed that! I was just sitting here crying over ‘stuff’ and trying to snap out of it. Katharine

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    September 12, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I read your blog for inspiration. I’m a new follower and I love the joy you put into your posts and your love for your family. The time you spend here clearly has such a positive impact on your readers. Being vulnerable and sharing your lows too keeps it authentic and real for us. Thank you.

    To Anonymous. I’m sad that you spent your energy using hateful words on such an emotional night for many people who were using this post and others’ comments to be uplifted. I’m sad for you. For that, I hope both our comments get deleted.

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    Maureen Polderman
    September 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Well, now that’s not using words to BUILD people up now is it(Anon**)?? Ashley, keep up the inspiring posts! You make us smile <3 I love the Hey You quote…just what I needed to read today!

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    Anna @ The Guiltless Life
    September 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    This is why I love following you on Pinterest – because I, selfishly, get to profit from all those hours you spend scouring it late at night. Such wonderful images, thank you! The words are fantastic (my fave is the comparison…joy one).

    It’s also why I called my blog The Guiltless Life – I feel as though society is constantly trying to put guilt on us, as women, as friends, as daughters/mothers/sisters/girlfriends etc. It’s just too much, we really need to try to free ourselves from those chains. They do exist out there but they can’t exist within us if we banish them from our mind. Thanks for the inspiration Ashley!

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    September 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Wow! All of the quotes you posted are ones I’ve spotted myself and have meant so much to me! I too am amazed and humbled by the creativity and gift of others who are good with words…they can just speak right to your HEART. Of course, I think you are one of those people as well! So many of your posts resound with me-having a little boy the same age, going through the same trials and challenges! Don’t ever stop blogging!!!

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    September 13, 2011 at 12:30 am

    You are truly amazing, and although I do not know you, I can tell what an incredible mother, daughter and friend you are. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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    Zsa Zsa
    September 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Aww, thank you so much for the inspiration! Love all these quotes. These should be something up on our walls to remind us to be thankful everyday. πŸ™‚

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    September 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Just what I needed today πŸ™‚

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    September 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

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    September 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    never heard of Pinterest until this post. Such a fun site!!

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    September 19, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I really needed to read these, its exactly where I am at right now. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    xoxox~ Misty

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    September 21, 2011 at 12:25 am

    pinterest is the best go-to website for inspiration!
    I’ve been visiting your website for a few months and you’ve been a huge source of inspiration for me as a new blogger.I love the way you write- so personal and entertaining.

    and your son is the cutest!

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    November 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    A friend just posted a link to your post on FB and I must say, I could have written it myself. Truly. Words straight from the heart that I have felt so heavily lately. I definitely pinned many of your quotes. Thank you for your inspiration, as a few of the quotes seem to have been answers and words of encouragement I was seeking during my morning prayer today. πŸ™‚

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