Category Archives: Self-Help

Self-Help Wednesday for the creative mind with a little help from Ray Bradbury


I think I forgot to post this up last week.  I was having one of those moments where I was mentally allergic to doing anything.  Hopefully I’m over that now 🙂

Looking back over the journal/book that I wrote when I was fifteen it is evident that I really loved drawing and art and that sort of thing.  I wrote down a lot of quotes about that subject.  I think the person I most quoted was Ray Bradbury, because he had a lot of good things to say on the topic.  It was sad to read about his death, which happened recently.  He seemed like a wise man, and of course he gave the world ‘The Halloween Tree’ which is one of the most informative and creepy children’s spooky stories around.

The first quote is applicable to all areas of life:

‘Jump and you will find out how to unfold your winds as you fall’

The second is about passion:

‘Love.  Fall in love and stay in love.  Write only what you love, and love what you write.  The key word is love.  You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for’

I think that that can be applied to any area of creativity, or job or whatever you are doing with your life in general.

The final quote of the day is again about writing, but again I think that you can take in any context:

You only fail if you stop writing’

All quotes are of course from Ray Bradbury.


Self-Help Wednesdays Criminal Minds style: New Beginnings and Hope


This week I’m going to do something a bit different.  I’m going with a ‘theme’ of sorts, which in this case is quotes that are from or were quoted on the tv show ‘Criminal Minds’.  I am in love with this show, but more importantly I think that sometimes they quote or say some really great things.

Most recently, and what inspired this post, was the statement Prentiss made at the end of the seventh series. Emily Prentiss has been through a fair bit and came back to the team at the start of the series, but it was growing evident that she didn’t want to be a part of the BAU anymore and wanted to leave.  In the series finale, she made her decision and said this:

I’ve always heard, every  ending is also a beginning. We just don’t know it at the time. I’d like to      believe that’s true.”

I think it is a really inspiring statement, because we all face hard decisions and sometimes we have to walk away from a good thing.  We don’t have to walk away pessimistic and depressed.

Another quote I like was quoted by Morgan at the end of the season four episode ‘The Big Wheel’

“No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.” George Chakiris

In my opinion this is great because it is true, but it is something that when you are in a bad place you can forget.  I know I have in the past.   I think Criminal Minds is a fascinating show and it illustrates that even though the content is dark it also is about the small victories and how without hope the world would be a lot darker.

Self-Help Wednesday


I’ve decided to slightly expand Self-Help Wednesday from just quotes from books to quotes in general.  I actually have a book of quotes that I collected myself when I was about fifteen, so I think it would be interesting to share them here.  I’m going to skip over the (typical?) ‘I hate school so here’s a list of anti-school quotes’ page(s) because I’m not in school anymore, and it’s nearly summer so no one cares.  I’ll probably post them some other time.

‘If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it’ Ray Bradbury

I really like this one.  It is simple and straight-forward.  I find it impossible to follow at the current point in my life, but I think it is sound advice and I wish I’d remembered it a year or two ago.

‘Creative minds are rarely tidy’

I don’t actually know who said this.  For some reason I just never wrote down who coined this one.  I love it though, partially because I’m a messy person 🙂

‘Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself.  If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down get rid of it.  Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out’ Tina Turner

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just purge all the bad things out of your life?  I know I’d love to.

Self-Help Wednesday


Today’s quote is about the power of self-talk.  I stumbled upon it while reading ‘The Pillars of the World’ by Anne Bishop, and really liked the idea.  I struggle with depression and bad self-talk and at the time of reading it just really struck me, because I was in an especially bad place.

Think of something else, she told herself sternly.  Your thoughts are you will, and you bring to yourself what you will.  

Ari, the main character is the speaker/ thinker.

Self-Help Wednesday


Over on my Tumblr blog I like to do this thing where I post quotes from the books that I am reading.  Over time, I have noticed that I tend to either go for quotes that are making a statement, or more commonly are wise.  Usually the quotes I like are relatable  to real life.  So, now that I’m blogging more here, I’ve decided that as regularly as possible I’m going to stick some up here too.

What can I say?  I just really love quotes.

This quote is from the latest Sookie Stackhouse novel – Deadlocked, which I did a reaction to the other day.  While I wasn’t that into the book, I just read this quote and had to write it down, because I blurt things out without thinking sometimes, and I wanted to remember not to because it leads me into trouble!

I thought that was a pity, but I kept my mouth shut.  There was nothing to gain and everything to lose by adding my two cents.  They were grown-ups.  (Page 49)

It is a very simple, but true statement, and I know that it is something I forget way too often.