Motivation Monday, Brought To You By Disney

Motivation Monday, Brought To You By Disney

“It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.” – Eeyore

I have yet to meet someone who says that their favorite days are Mondays, especially Monday mornings.

Whether you're ages five, 15 or 50, everyone needs a little motivation. Parents, children, students, doctors, teachers ... everyone!

For all of the college students, now is the last stretch of the semester. One month left to go andwe are almost there. At this point, we had more motivation to get things done our senior year when we were full from head to toe with senioritis.

For the rest of you, summer is just around the corner! Hang in there.

So, whoever needs that push to start their week, here's a little motivation, brought to you by Disney for the last month that will feel like a Monday every single day.

1. “The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work.” – Tiana

2. “Hakuna Matata …” – The Lion King

3. “If you’re scared, just be scarier than whatever is scaring you!” – Thumper

4. “Oh, yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” – Rafiki

5. “I’ll rise like the break of dawn.” – Elsa

6. “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.” – Walt Disney

7. “The very things that hold you down are gonna give you wings.” – Dumbo

8. “Ladies don’t start fights. But they can finish them.” – Marie

9. “It’ll turn out all right in the end. You’ll see.” – Mrs. Potts

10. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Frozen

11. “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney

12. “But only the fearless can be great.” – Ratatouille

13. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

14. “What could be more important that a little something to eat?”— Winnie the Pooh

15. “See that line where the sky meets the sea. It calls me. But no one knows how far it goes.” – Moana

16. “You just need to believe in yourself.” – Rex

17. “It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.” – Eeyore

18. “Are you really going to let fear control your life?” – Frozen

19. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.” – Mulan

20. “When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles.” – Pooh Bear

21. “The difference in winning and losing is most often … not quitting.” – Walt Disney

22. “I never look back darling. It distracts me from the now.” – Edna Mode

23. “If today is the worst day of your life, then you know tomorrow will be better.” – Rafiki

24. “Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.” – Judy Hops

25. “Let’s start by taking a smallish nap or two …” – Winnie the Pooh

26. “The way to get started is to quit talking & begin doing.” – Walt Disney

27. “All it takes is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust!” – Peter Pan

28. “If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.” – Alice in Wonderland

29. “To infinity and beyond!” – Buzz Lightyear

30. “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” – Peter Pan

31. “Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow.” – The Jungle Book

32. “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true." – Cinderella

33. “Remember who you are.” – The Lion King

34. “Reach for the sky.” – Woody

35. “There’s the whole world at your feet.” – Mary Poppins

36. “Don’t just fly, soar.” – Dumbo

37. “Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.” – Winnie the Pooh

38. “If you’ve got a little tiny dream, all you have to do is think about it, work on it every day and you’ll get it.” – Sebastian

39. “Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” – Walt Disney

40. “Just keep swimming.” – Dory

41. “You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin

42. “Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Alice in Wonderland

43. “First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.” – Walt Disney

44. “Even miracles take a little time.” – Fairy Godmother

45. “Just think of happy thoughts and you’ll fly.” – Peter Pan

46. “Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?” – Ariel

47. “Get a good idea and stay with it. Do it, and work at it until it's done right.” – Walt Disney

48. “There’s always a way to turn things around!” – Joy

49. “Use that big brain of yours to think your way out.” – Big Hero 6

50. “There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day.” – The Carousel of Progress

Cover Image Credit: Walt Disney World News

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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In Real Life, 'Plus Size' Means A Size 16 And Up, Not Just Women Who Are Size 8's With Big Breasts

The media needs to understand this, and give recognition to actual plus-size women.


Recently, a British reality dating TV show called "Love Island" introduced that a plus-sized model would be in the season five lineup of contestants. This decision was made after the show was called out for not having enough diversity in its contestants. However, the internet was quick to point out that this "plus-size model" is not an accurate representation of the plus-size community.

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It is so frustrating that the media picks and chooses women that are the "ideal" version of plus sized. In the fashion world, plus-size starts at size 8. EIGHT. In real life, plus-size women are women who are size 16 and up. Plunkett Research, a marketing research company, estimated in 2018 that 68% of women in America wear a size 16 to 18. This is a vast difference to what we are being told by the media. Just because a woman is curvy and has big breasts, does NOT mean that they are plus size. Marketing teams for television shows, magazines, and other forms of media need to realize that the industry's idea of plus size is not proportionate to reality.

I am all for inclusion, but I also recognize that in order for inclusion to actually happen, it needs to be accurate.

"Love Island" is not the only culprit of being unrealistic in woman's sizes, and I don't fully blame them for this choice. I think this is a perfect example of the unrealistic expectations that our society puts on women. When the media tells the world that expectations are vastly different from reality, it causes women to internalize that message and compare themselves to these unrealistic standards.

By bringing the truth to the public, it allows women to know that they should not compare themselves and feel bad about themselves. Everyone is beautiful. Picking and choosing the "ideal" woman or the "ideal" plus-size woman is completely deceitful. We as a society need to do better.

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