Barriers to Motivation

What's stopping you?

Last week I went to a motivation workshop at my university. I’m always looking for ways to keep myself motivated and on track to following my dreams. The workshop ended up talking mostly about SMART goals (which you know I love and follow) so it was nice to have a refresher.

One thing mentioned in the workshop that I really felt the need to share, was a list of possible barriers to motivation. Since I read this list the first time, whenever I would feel very “blah” and un-centered, I would think back onto the list and try and determine my barrier.

Here are some possible motivation barriers:

  1. Overwhelmed/Too much work
  2. Unclear career goals
  3. Peer pressure
  4. Homesickness
  5. Personal or family issues
  6. Stress
  7. Financial stress
  8. Overly involved (giving yourself too many responsibilities)

These barriers are aimed at students but they can be applied to non-students as well with a few tweaks. Last week I was in a stupor and realized my barrier was being overwhelmed. I needed to give myself a little break. So, I took the day off. Now today I feel much more rejuvenated and ready to start over.

What truly promotes change.

This quote really inspired me yesterday. I hope you find it inspiring as well.

What keeps you motivated? 

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{Guest Post} Inspiration: Kindness

Hello! I am Chloe Jacqueline from I am really excited to be here at today! I am so lucky to have made a friend as sweet as she is! I, like Rebecca, love inspiring people and making others smile. I like to share special moments in my life, a bit of beauty, and things that make me smile. You can find out more about me here.

Everyone who knows and loves Rebecca, such as myself know that “kindness is the best accessory,” and I agree. I believe a little bit of kindness can go a long way.

It is easy to let a bad mood effect us, and mostly for good reason. However, a smile from someone else can turn the whole day around. What if you were to be the one to share that smile? Hold the door open? Help someone in need? Every act of kindness, no matter the size is important.

Being kind is not about the reward. It is not about the personal satisfaction, even though being kind to others does make us feel good, and it is not about the reaction of the other person. People are not always going to respond in the way you think they should, however you never know the effect you have had on their day.

The world can be a hard place, and maybe just sharing a smile might help someone feel just a little bit better. Know that you can make a difference, and it isn’t about the reward for yourself, but the difference you can make by just sharing a smile. Remember, no act of kindness goes unnoticed. Every bit of kindness changes the world, and makes it a better place.

Sharing Smiles, Making a difference, Changing the world

Chloe’ Jacqueline.

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Thank you Chloe for the guest post!

Make sure to check out Chloe’s blog to see more inspiring posts and to see my guest post (a new addition to the 100+ Reasons to be Happy series).


Kiss Nail Dress Nail Stickers Review

Kiss Nail Dress Review

Earlier this month I received the Influenster Love VoxBox, a fun service where you get to try out new products for free. Inside the box was this month I’ve recently become obsessed with nail stickers so I was happy to try a new brand.

So here I have a review of the nail stickers, Sexy from Kiss Nail Dress.

The prices of these nail polish stripes average about $8 at local drug stores, which is much cheaper than Sally Hansen Salon Effects I normally purchase (They range from $8-12). It also comes with 28 stripes, enough for three manicures (if you use two accent nails), so the value is amazing. They also aren’t vacuum sealed like the Salon Effects strips so they won’t go bad if you don’t use them right away.

Wearing Kiss Nail Dress stickers

First application.

As for application, they apply just like Sally Hansen Salon Effects. You make sure your nail is clean of all polish, find a sticker that fits your nail as closely as possible, rub it onto our nail, and then file off the excess. The stickers themselves feel  thicker than I thought they would be. The only problem I had with application was that when the nail sticker was too big for my nail I had a hard time taking off the excess sides. With other brands I was able to get off excess sticker parts by pushing down on the area with a cuticle stick but the stickers were so thick so I actually had to cut them off with scissors.

Kiss Nail Dress after one week!

Kiss Nail Dress after one week!

After about two days two of my nail stickers came off. I think this has to do with me putting on those two nails incorrectly though because the rest of my nails barely chipped. The picture above is after seven days! Barely any chipping at all.

The nails are supposed to last for 10 days but I got antsy for  a change after day seven so I changed them early.

All in all, I think they are a very good value and I would choose the Kiss Nail Dress over the Sally Hansen Salon Effects if they had more of a color range.

What nail sticker brands have you tried? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!