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What’s Stopping You?

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People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily

I was binging on YouTube videos yesterday about a particular topic that I am obsessing over and heard someone said the above quote. It really struck me. An oldie but a goodie for sure.

I guess that’s why the motivational industry is booming.  People purchase one book after the other because we all need to get a little push now and then to continue on our path. Dreams are big. They are forever expanding and sometimes they can feel way out of our grasp. Whenever I feel like I have bitten off more than I can chew, I just take a step back and start to read. Learning calms me. When I grow, it makes me feel like I am in control. And when I am in control, I lose the urge to quit.

I am aware of myself. I can sense when the tides are starting to rise and when I need to do a little bit of self-care.  But I never stop walking. I might slow down… but I always continue down that same path.

I refuse to let anything stop me when I have a goal in mind. The only thing in my way is myself. Thank goodness for that! I am in complete control of her. 🙂 Well, sort of.  LOL!

We are so blessed to live in a day and age where information is seeping out of our laptops. It is oozing into our bedrooms and just waiting to be consumed. I want it all. The energy ignites me.

One of my favorite places to go to read motivational articles is Once I’ve had my fill over there, I usually head over to YouTube and search for whatever topic I am interested in along with the words “success” or “hits” attached to it. So, for example, if I was interested in cupcake baking, I would search “cupcake baking success” or “cupcake baking hits.” At that point,  it’s a blind leap down really dark rabbit holes that can take up my entire day if I let them.

As far as timeframes are concerned, I typically do this around 8AM or around 10PM. I can’t start midday because I will LITERALLY DO NOTHING BUT WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEOS ALL DAY. That won’t pay my mortgage. I mean, it might pay the YouTubers mortgage…  but not mine.

How do you seek out motivation? What are you aiming for these days?

Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.