Monday Motivation!


If you need a reason to just keep going….

This is by renowned artist Alex Ross. One was drawn when he was 6 and the other slightly older!

Progress needs time.

They’re both kinda cool huh?


Are you struggling a bit with the old blogging?

Or are you struggling to keep another dream alive?

Firstly, KEEP GOING!.. But let me know below!


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60 thoughts on “Monday Motivation!

  1. Hey Madam Ed,
    I’m so happy I found this blog of yours! I’ve been away for a while, and due to the many blogs I follow, there’s like over a thousand to read, which I cannot possibly deal with, so sadly I have to delete them and start again. (something about brain clutter LOL)..I love this. I don’t know what you mean by ‘tired of the old blogging’? You mean how we blog?
    I’d love to add some kind of spice to mine. I’m sick of talking about mental illness. It’s just a waste of time. Everyone sees us as mad, so what the hell…
    On a happier note, I’m working towards building a retreat for the ‘broken’ of society. Not catering for the wealthy, who demand all sorts of crap, just simple stuff, nutritious food, and being in nature. Some people to talk to about the pain, who CARE and don’t dish out prescriptions, lie in hammocks and just BE. Take blankets out at night, lie on your back and star gaze. Silence and beauty in one.
    I intend doing this in Portugal on a farm there.
    Is there anyway, that I could blog about this, that is of interest, serving humanity, by blogging to reach a wider audience?

    Just thought I’d ask, since you’re the Professor of all things smart, and I’m like trudging behind you, dragging my blanket. πŸ™‚
    Big love
    Deborah x x

    1. First of all….Hey you! I noticed you had gone! i sent you an email and everything, been very worried and most sad not to hear from you anymore. You are one of my stars! So let me just get that out of the way. Very happy to have you back fighting fit, determined and ready to box ’em all on the nose!

      I broke my schedule to write this cos I was so pleased to hear that you are alright – I’ve read what you said briefly but let me re-read it when I have more time later. But it sounds right up your street! : )

      Welcome back!

      1. aah how do I LOVE you?

        my new email address is ‘
        I got rid of the old one. Too much spam and crap I couldn’t handle!! So I never got your email. Oh no, that’s so shit!! I would’ve loved to hear from you. I don’t know how to email you, so just waited for new posts.

        Thanks my love. Truly truly grateful for you x x x x

    2. Yes of course you can blog about this. It sounds fantastic! But I will remind you as I have in another reply…the retreat you are describing is one thing – along with any issues (and pleasures) that may come with it, eg buying / renting / maintaining property in another country etc.

      The BLOGGING about it is a separate issue – along with any issues (and pleasures) that may come with it, eg writing, marketing, promotion, etc

      They are both different disciplines that require a lot of work and patience to be successful. In the same way that running a store online is different from BLOGGING about running a store online.

      They can certainly work together and help each other i.e the retreat can draw people to your blog. The blog can draw people to your retreat. But they are different sets of work. Fear not, a lot of folk get this confused. πŸ™‚

      And they don’t get special treatment or extra attention because they serve humanity – anymore than someone whose blog is about doing their hair and nails. That’s the straightforward blunt truth to acknowledge if you want to get into this exciting venture. You probably know that I don’t BS or sugar coat. Haven’t got the time!

      Your audience size depends on the work you put into it, not the subject or worthiness of your intentions or blog.

      Realise the time and effort the separate projects will both need – even if the 2 are related eg ‘Here Is My Blog About My Portugal Retreat.’

      If you will be blogging just for pleasure and your focus is this amazing sounding retreat then no problem. As opposed to blogging to bring the crowds who will then book your retreat. Do you see the difference?

      These are just practical truths. In no way should it put you off your dream. Just take in the information then work with it in mind to make the dream happen!

      Professor Of All Things Smart! (Lol). πŸ™‚

      1. Thanks so much for your sage advice, Madam Ed,

        Yup I realise the two are separate, but hadn’t really thought about the amount of effort both will need. Thanks for pointing that out, or I would’ve crash coursed into a wall, which is not unusual for me.

        So now I’m blogging about various things, but should I stick to one topic and expand on it? Or continue to write about what inspires me, when I start writing? What do readers prefer?

        A β€œgo to” on information on a specific subject, or the way one writes?

        What you think?

        Professor of all things interesting. Xxxx

      2. Well a good starting point is always what inspires you or you’ll run out of steam.
        A blog can be successful on pretty much any topic or variety of topics.
        If your readers come for you they will ‘prefer’ whatever you write for them. That’s why they come.
        The other thing you can do is just ask them what they prefer, but initially it makes sense if YOU set the tone.
        I know some people like to know what the most popular topics are and I did a post about that some time back – but remember if topics are popular the competition for readers is very high. Writing a popular topic does not automatically = audience.
        So I think just be you and go find the audience that will appreciate you.
        Does that make sense?

        Your next move as ever comes down to what you want to do with your blog now you are back.

        Because if it is a hobby, then just write and enjoy. If it is a tool for something else with concrete goals then you’d take it more seriously and would require to ask yourself a lot more questions to hone in on exactly what to do next. Only you can answer that.

  2. All the struggling and demotivation and what not are all I have gone through and still am going through. But I have developed a system now. I have a theory formed from many motivational books I have read that we need to strengthen our WILLPOWER. Because that is the bridge/glue that connects/holds your motivation and inspiration together. It is what makes you go the distance on days you just wanna stay in bed and eat rum& raisin icecream and watch all the things up with pornstars.

      1. increase willpower? I did this: for 21 days straight, I’d take the stairs on the way up to my home instead of the lift. We were living on the 5th floor and I’d come back home after 12 hours of work. But despite being tired, I did take the stairs 18 of the 21 days. Especially on days, I had my boss taking the lift & I’d to tell him I am taking the stairs(he was my neighbor). This, later on, helped me be consistent with working out every morning and do my daily work required to be at peace. Like learning to code, design, read, meditate and practice gratefulness. I am doing the same now. But with 11 flight of stairs each night for the last 18 days. This helps me do the work necessary on days I wanna do something else. Like have fun.
        Also eliminate all the small decisions you take throughout the day to reduce depletion of the willpower/energy. Like what to eat, wear etc etc. I do not know if all these will help you or not but it has certainly helped me to be better at managing my willpower and energy.

      2. Love it! I just wanted to see if you are one of those copy and paste folk who throw stuff out there with no backing.

        I did the stair thing (still do) – it’s good, it’s free, it’s aerobic, it builds stamina, it’s private… and anyone who needs exercise or weight loss and is able to do it physically or health-wise and doesn’t do it is looking for excuses.

        I do the 2nd part of your feedback too although I particularly like the way you phrased it.
        ‘…eliminate all the small decisions you take throughout the day to reduce depletion of the willpower/energy.’ Like it! πŸ˜€

      3. I have been doing self experimentation and a lot of readings to on this. And ya stair climbing at the end of a hard day builds all your muscles. Head to Legs!

        And thank you πŸ™‚

  3. We all wish success would happen over night. The truth is, it does. If you map out short term victories with a bigger long term victory in mind, success can happen every night. Great Post.

  4. What a cool picture. The Spider-Man drawing by Alex Ross as a 6 year old is better than I can ever do. Such an admiration for people’s gifts and the hard work that goes into it to become great. πŸ™‚

  5. Yes and yes…. Hello Ms. Ed… Been a while!! Life has gotten super stressful so I’ve been away from my blog desk. But I’m going to slowly get back at it… Love this little motivation!!

  6. Wow, just look at the difference. I am finding the blogging a bit of a drag. But I do like Dory and ‘just keep swimming’. πŸ˜‰

      1. I just feel like I’m not really getting anywhere, I guess. I genuinely like the exercise of blogging and putting ideas and tips online that might be useful to other writers, particularly young writers. And, I don’t blog to make money. But I would like to interact more with people. I often feel I’m talking to myself and you know what they say about people who do that!

      2. I don’t know how. I try to produce the best content I can but if people don’t see it, and the people who do see it don’t comment, then I really don’t know what to do.

      3. Okay a quick lesson if I may? If Madonna made ‘Holiday’ and ‘Borderline’ (all her early hits) and then played them in her bedroom we wouldn’t know who Madonna is today.
        Instead she took herself out there to tell people about her music.

        I’m not suggesting that you are not out there because I don’t know, but if you are and you are not getting the results you want then you are not doing enough.

        It’s not about your content. it deserves an audience, but only you can go and find them, or pay someone to as in advertising, coaching or marketing. You would only pay if this was a prospective business for you.
        If not and it is a side hobby, then you have to work organically, methodically and slowly getting out there and saying howdy doody to people in any number of ways.
        I’m not going to pretend it’s just easy peasy but you will be constantly motivated and re-invigorated by identifying what you want out of it – once you have clarified to yourself what that is.

        Any of this make any sense?

      4. Took a peek at your blog. It looks fab! Love it! And I’m in at the very beginning it seems. Can’t wait to tuck in to some beefy motivational posts on my reading day!
        Excellent stuff!

      1. Oh my god you remember It? I m do honoured. Would you like to form a blogger pyramid with me.. mine is a popular blog with good alexa rank etc…. it ‘ll be great if we could exchange some back links…. I insert your link to my post n you mine? It s extremely good for blogs.

      2. Of course. You have some great posts! Re link swap, I’m a bit swamped at the moment Swapnil. I never find link swaps that inspiring or even truly valuable in terms of SEO, particularly on a no follow blogging platform. Let me get back to you if there’s something I see we could do at a much more useful level.

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