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Overwhelmed. Defeated. Uninspired.

Overwhelmed. Defeated. Uninspired.

Do you want to beat overwhelm, take back control of your life, and get sh*t done?

Honestly, same.

We all experience overwhelm in our lives. It’s unavoidable especially if you have a busy schedule, which most of us do. Wanting to do a huge list of things, but having no time to do it?

Yeah, I feel that way every single day.

However, I have learned that you can’t have this kind of attitude if you want to be productive. It will make you feel defeated before you even start and you’ll lose all motivation. So if you feel this way often, I have some great tips to share with you that will guide you in the right direction in order to beat overwhelm and get sh*t done!

Beat Overwhelm, Take Back Control, and Crush Your Goals {Dreaming With Love}

Before you learn how to beat overwhelm, you need to identify the why.



Being unorganized is a great way to feel overwhelmed easily. Your mind is constantly racing and you have so much to do, but no plan or no clue where to start. Sound familiar?

Whether your entire life is unorganized or just part of it, this WILL contribute to the feeling of overwhelm.

If in the past you have been well-organized and now you aren’t, maybe it’s time to make a few changes to gain back some motivation. Change up your daily routines, get yourself a new planner, or start a new daily habit. Changing even the smallest thing may spark your motivation to get organized again.

Wanting Perfectionism

You need to accept that you are not perfect, you will never be perfect, and nothing you do will ever be perfect. If you strive for perfectionism, you will end up falling short, and you can’t let that discourage you.

Aim for your best possible, but know that your best is not perfect.

Priorities aren’t Defined

If you have a huge list of things to complete, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Especially if you don’t know which ones are more important to you than others. Knowing what your priorities are and what to complete first will help you feel more accomplished at the end of the day.

Too Many Things on your Mind

One of the main reasons we feel overwhelmed is because there are just too many things on our minds. Constantly new things come up and our mind is wandering from one to the next.

Beat Overwhelm, Take Back Control, and Crush Your Goals {Dreaming With Love}

Now that you have identified the reason you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are my best tips to beat overwhelm!


Take a Step Back, Make a List, and Prioritize It

First things first just take a step back from everything and set aside time to get yourself organized. Now make a list of everything you have to do, little or big put it on the list. At this point, you may feel worse because you’re seeing everything you have to do on paper.

I find it nice to put my things in categories (cleaning, school, work, etc.). The next important thing to do is number your list according to what are your top priorities. I also like to put the things that will take less than 5 minutes into a category. Personally, I do these first because crossing things off my list help motivate me to do more.

Plan Ahead

One huge way to avoid feeling overwhelmed is by planning ahead. I still need to work on this because I am always finishing things last-minute.

Planning ahead allows you to feel so much less stressed and overwhelmed. This isn’t always possible (if I do my dishes twice today, I’ll still have to do more tomorrow) but you should take advantage of it wherever you can in your life.

Take Small Steps

You won’t be able to completely turn your life around in one day, one week, or even one month. It will take time, a lot of time, to make a lifestyle change. Take small steps to get closer to where you want to be. If you try to change or do too much at once, this will cause even more of an overwhelming feeling.

So if you’re trying to be more organized start with making a daily to-do list. Once you have this down you can start planning out a week in advance. Then you can begin organizing specific parts of your life (cleaning routine, side hustles, etc.).

Work Smarter Not Harder

Yes I know, it’s cliché, but it’s true. Find ways to work smarter and be more productive.

Eliminate any and all distractions. Turn off the tv, put your cell phone in another room, disable email notifications and social media notifications, and get rid of anything else distracting.

Delegate any tasks that you can. Have the family help how with cleaning, cooking, and other chores around the house. If you’re overwhelmed with your business, consider hiring someone. In any parts of your life that you can delegate, take advantage of it.

Finally, pay more attention to how you’re managing your time. Are you spending it doing things that need to be done or are you wasting a lot of your time? Pay attention and fix what needs to be fixed.

Beat Overwhelm, Take Back Control, and Crush Your Goals {Dreaming With Love}

Find Your Passion and Make Work Fun or Find Motivation

Easier said than done, but if you enjoy doing your work it will be so much easier to do. Plus you won’t feel as overwhelmed if it’s less “work” and more “fun”. Remind yourself why you started and why you’re doing what you’re doing.

If it’s for something like cleaning or something else you truly don’t want to do, then create a reward. Write down some sort of reward you can have once you finish your tasks. Whether it’s something as small as a candy bar or something bigger like getting your hair done. Base the reward off of how large and time-consuming the task is.

Learn from your mistakes

My final tip for you is to learn from your mistakes during this entire process. I cannot stress how important it is to reflect on the things you’ve done! Check out this post for more information (it’s so important I have an entire post on it). Look back and see what worked, what didn’t work, and what you can change to make next time go smoother.

Reflecting and learning from your mistakes will help you avoid feeling as overwhelmed the next time life gets crazy.


I hope that these tips will help you next time you need to beat overwhelm and get sh*t done! I’d love to hear what your tips and strategies are for when overwhelm sneaks up and takes over.


<3 Manda Mae

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This One Thing Will Completely Change Your Life for the Better

This One Thing Will Completely Change Your Life for the Better

The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection

So far during this year, I have been focusing on bettering myself in little ways every single day. Creating good habits, being conscious of what I put in my body, destroying bad habits, chasing my dreams, focusing on my future, and doing what makes me the happiest. One of the main things I have learned during this lifestyle change is how important it is to have daily self-reflection! Without it, goals are near impossible to achieve, bad habits are harder to break, and you’re unable to improve upon your mistakes.

So my question for you is:

The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection and how it will help you achieve your goals {Dreaming With Love}

After you make the decision to go after your dreams, the next most important thing you can do is start practicing daily self-reflection. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you exactly why you need to practice daily self-reflection. I’ll also give you some ideas on how to get started.

I talked a little about daily self-reflection in a previous post on how to improve your mood on a bad day, but I decided it was such an important topic, it needed its own post.

If you begin daily self-reflection, I promise you, you will get positive results out of it and it will change your life for the better. So let’s get into it!


The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection and how it will help you achieve your goals {Dreaming With Love}


It’s so easy to set New Year Resolutions and monthly/daily goals, however for whatever reason most of us are unable to stick to our goals. We never end up achieving them because we don’t follow through. We write down the goals and then forget to look at them ever again.

Self-Reflection fixes this problem!

All you have to do is write down your goals (I recommend having yearly, monthly, and weekly goals along with daily objectives) and put them somewhere that you can see them every day. I keep mine in my life binder that I use every single day and I write down my daily objectives in my planner.

Now that you have a designated spot for your goals, you need a designated time to review them each day. I’ve found that either the beginning or end of the day (or both beginning and end) are the ideal times.

During this designated time, you should reflect on your daily objectives and see what went good and what went wrong. Where can you improve? What is your biggest weakness of the day?

This time can also be used to get your focus ready for the next day. What do you need to accomplish to get closer to your overall goal? What can you do to make sure you stay productive and on task?

Reviewing your goals daily will increase the probability of you achieving your goals! You just have to stick to it, no matter what.


This has been a HUGE goal of mine this year and it’s so difficult! They are called habits for a reason. Without implementing daily self-reflection, it would literally be impossible to change them.

One of the best things I’ve ever decided to do is start a ‘daily habit tracker’. It’s just a sheet with a list of daily habits I’d like to start/stop. Each day I check off each one that I either did or didn’t do.

This allows me to look back and see my progress and it’s also super motivating because I LOVE checking off things I have completed. I keep my daily habit checklist in my life binder as well, right next to my goals. HIGHLY recommend this!


This one is a HUGE reason to start practicing daily self-reflection. We only have one life to live (YOLO) so why wouldn’t we strive to have the most fulfilling life possible?!? It’s a no brainer!

The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection and how it will help you achieve your goals {Dreaming With Love}

Of course, it sounds much easier than it is, but it is SO WORTH the hard work! Plus this can apply to so many things in your life. If you’re a rather lazy person and want to become more motivated, self-reflection can help. You need to find things that get you motivated. The best way to do so is by reflecting daily on “what went well, what didn’t go well, what can you change”. Then make the changes and learn from your mistakes.

Self-Reflection is all about being aware of your strengths and weaknesses and learning from them.


“Retrain your brain” sounds really weird, I know… but I didn’t know how else to title it. Retraining your brain is actively teaching yourself to focus on the positives in life, even the little ones.

The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection and how it will help you achieve your goals {Dreaming With Love}

This honestly works so well. Throughout the day or at the end of the day think about what you’re grateful for. When something goes a different way than you wanted, try your best to find a positive result, even if it is super small. Life is too short to let things ruin your day. Dwell on it for a little bit if you need to then move on. I’m not saying to suppress your emotions, just keep moving forward and never give up on finding a solution.

The Importance of Daily Self-Reflection and how it will help you achieve your goals {Dreaming With Love}




Daily journaling can be beneficial for so many reasons and I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s a place to write down all of your thoughts, failures, and dreams. Plus I really enjoy looking back in my journal to see how I’ve changed as a person or to remember certain memories. There are so many benefits from keeping a journal!

Writing about your day and thoughts is a great way to take time and think about every little aspect of your life. Things you want to change, things you love, ideas you have, dreams and goals, and everything in between. Seeing it all on paper helps put more reality into it.

For a little motivation, get yourself a cute journal!


I talked about this already, but it’s seriously the best thing you can do if you’re struggling to achieve your goals. It’s so easy to set a goal, even write it down, and then never look at it again. As I mentioned before, you need to write down your goals and put them in a place where you will see them every.single.day.

Take action to do something each day that gets you closer to your goals. You need an action plan and you need to review your goals every day.


If you don’t do anything else then do this. Start or End your day with time set aside for you to reflect and plan. Look back on yesterday and pick out the main positives and negatives of the day. What would you like to change, how can you improve, and what do you want to continue doing?

Now plan the next day. What are your main objectives? Which goals do you want to focus on? What can you do to better yourself and your future?

Take the time to really reflect on yesterday and plan out the next day. This will change your mindset to be more positive and motivated!


Start Small.

If you’re anything like me then you have a huge list of things in your life that you’d like to improve. Well not to break your heart, but perfection is impossible. You will NOT be able to completely change your life in one day or even one month and you will never ever achieve perfection. It will take a lot of time and dedication to make any changes. If you try to make too many huge changes too quickly, you will get overwhelmed and end up being right back where you started.

I had to learn this the hard way. PLEASE listen to this tip even if you don’t listen to anything else!

The best way I’ve found to start small is by taking everything day by day. If you make even slight progress, it’s still progress and is so motivating as long as you focus on the positives. Also keeping track of your progress is extremely inspiring to keep going. When you’re feeling defeated, look back on your progress and think about how far you’ve come rather than how far you have left to go!


I’d LOVE to hear what things you do in order to better yourself and get closer to reaching your goals!

<3 Manda Mae

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How to Brighten Your Mood on a Bad Day

How to Brighten Your Mood on a Bad Day

A Bad Day is NOT a Bad Life

We are all bound to have bad days but a bad day does not have to mean a bad mood. When life doesn’t go the way we want it to, we can easily fall into a negative mindset. Life happens and things happen that are out of our control. However, the way we react to situations and our overall mood is in our control. Sometimes it may feel like you have no choice but to be in a bad mood, but I promise that isn’t true! I want to let you know ways to improve your mood on a bad day! It’s easier than you think and it is honestly all in your head.


ways to improve your mood because a bad day does not have to mean a bad mood


Falling into a hole of negativity can be easy to do and can happen without you even noticing. The first and most important step to brightening your mood is to be able to recognize when you’re falling into a bad mood. 

Once you have realized that you are slipping into a negative mindset, it’s time to find out why.


Self-reflection is such an important thing to have in our everyday life. It is extra important when you are trying to improve your mood. Sometimes you really have to dig deep to understand your negativity, other times it is an obvious reason. Whatever the case, you need to take some time and reflect on what has led you to this bad mood.

Some of my favorite ways of doing this are

  • Write It Down

Personally, I have a journal that I write in daily. If you don’t keep a journal, you can just write it down or type it somewhere. The point is writing down how you’re feeling and possible reasons why. Seeing everything on paper (or screen) may help you understand better to either fix the problem or just improve your mood.

  • Have Quiet Time

This is one of my favorite things to do and it really helps to put everything into perspective. Life gets overwhelming at times so a good habit to develop is having daily quiet time. Find a spot you’re comfortable in, away from people and distractions, and just spend time thinking about everything. Your problems, weaknesses, future goals, where your life is compared to where you want it to be.

Spending time with your thoughts often allows you to thoroughly think through everything.

  • Talk About It

Having a listening ear or someone else’s perspective and advice can be very beneficial. Just speaking about your problems out loud can help you realize things you didn’t before.

Once the problem has been identified, you can begin improving your mood! Yay!


The next question to ask yourself:

Can I control the situation and fix the problem?

If the answer is yes, then make a plan and fix the issue!

If the answer is no, then stop worrying and distract yourself with something that makes you happy!

  • Get Active

    • Go on a nature walk
    • Go for a run
    • Stretch, yoga, Pilates
    • Workout

If you need workout ideas or inspiration, I really like the app Sworkit. Also, THIS is my favorite website to get inspiration and workouts from. Blogilates has a ton of videos plus a new calendar for every month so you know you are working out every part of your body throughout the month. It’s perfect for all levels and has a huge variety of options to choose from! && no this isn’t sponsored, I just really love it!

  • Treat Yourself

    • Take a Bath
    • Spa Day (Facial, Nails, Etc.)
    • Bake your Favorite Dessert
    • Buy Yourself Something Nice
    • Order Delivery or Take Out

Find something you enjoy doing, but don’t do often because of time, money, health, etc. and JUST DO IT! Every now and then you need to do something special for yourself and you deserve it anyway!  Plus it’s the perfect way to distract your mind from any negativity.

  • Get Organized/Tidy Up/Yard Work

    • Deep Clean
    • Garden/Pull Weeds
    • Declutter

This may not sound appealing to some, but personally, I rarely get time to do these types of things. When I finally make the time I enjoy it so much and afterward I feel 100% better. Something about cleaning, organizing, etc. is so soothing and stress relieving for me! && checking off something from my to-do list is the BEST feeling!

  • All Things Media

    • Watch your Favorite Movie
    • Put on some Upbeat and Fun Music
    • Read a Book
    • Binge watch Netflix, Youtube, etc.
    • Play your Favorite Video Game

Media can be such a useful resource to help distract us from our everyday stresses and problems. It can be uplifting, inspiring, and motivating and can be one of the best ways to improve your mood!


These ways to improve your mood are meant to distract you for a period of time from problems that are out of our control. Or even from one of those days where you’re just in a bad mood for no reason. They can help you reset and get ready to tackle the next day. In no way am I telling you to ignore your problems, but there is zero reason to worry about something out of our control.

Life is way too short to be in a bad mood any longer than necessary! 

I hope these tips and ways to improve your mood help you on your bad days! I’d love to hear what your best ways to improve your mood are!!

Sending Positive Vibes to You Always

<3 Manda Mae


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Motivational Disney Quotes to Help you stay Determined

Motivational Disney Quotes to Help you stay Determined

There are some super motivational Disney quotes that I absolutely love! So I decided to make a list of my favorite ones to read when I need a little help staying determined and focused on the bigger goals.

My Top Ten Favorite Motivational Disney Quotes

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

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

  3. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

  4. “Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through.” –Cinderella

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

  6. “Ah yes, the past can hurt, but the way I see it, you either run from it or learn from it.” –Rafiki (The Lion King)

  7. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –Christopher Robins

  8. “The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting. If you never quit, you’ll never truly lose.” –Walt Disney

  9. “There are those who say fate is something beyond our command, that destiny is not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us… you only have to be brave enough to see it.” –Merida (Brave)

  10. “They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.” –Sleeping Beauty

Bonus Quote: “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.” –Mary Poppins


Let me know what some of your favorite motivational Disney quotes are!


If you love these motivational Disney quotes then also check out my list of daily inspirational quotes perfect to start your day or my list of inspirational quotes for all my queens out there!

Motivational Disney Quotes

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15 Inspirational Quotes for Queens

15 Inspirational Quotes for Queens

International Women’s Day was last week and it got me thinking. We as women need to start empowering each other more rather than nitpicking and tearing each other down because incredible things happen when women support each other. We all face struggles everyday and being a woman is so hard in today’s society. No matter how hard you try to “not care what others think,” you still will care at least a little (if you don’t, congrats and please share your secrets). Everywhere in society people are judging and comparing women. It causes us to be more self-conscious when in reality we all need to let our confidence shine through. We are QUEENS and we deserve to be treated as such!

When you’re having a hard day, these inspirational quotes for queens will help you remember how amazing you are! Share these with the special women in your life to let them know just how amazing they are!

*Disclaimer: These are not my own quotes. The authors are unknown unless otherwise noted.

Quotes for Queens

1. “No girl should ever forget that she doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.”

2. “I won’t cry for you, my mascara is too expensive.” – Adriana Lima

3. “I know what I bring to the table so trust me when I say that I’m not afraid to eat alone.”

4. “The only thing more beautiful than a woman who knows what she wants is a woman who isn’t waiting on anybody else to get it for her.”

5. “A queen knows how to build her empire with the same stones that were thrown at her.”

6. “One day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

7. “Think like a Queen. A Queen is not afraid to fall. Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

8. “The MOST important thing a girl can wear is her confidence.”

9. “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

10. “If at first you don’t succeed, fix your ponytail, and try again.”

11. “One woman can make a difference, but together we can rock the world.”

12. “A girl should be two things: WHO and WHAT she wants.” – Coco Chanel

13. “To feel like a queen is as simple as believing you are one.”

14. “The woman looking back at you in the mirror is worthy of love and respect and deserves every good thing that life has for her.”

15. “Let me adjust my crown and get my day started.”


Share these Quotes for Queens with the Queens in your life! Also let me know what quotes you love for keeping you inspired!


If you liked this post, you may also like my Daily Motivational Quotes or Fitspirational Quotes!

Quotes for Queens

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What to Give up for Lent: 15 Ideas

What to Give up for Lent: 15 Ideas

It’s the time of year when I start thinking about what I am going to give up for Lent 2017. I always want it to be something selfless and that will help me glorify God. You don’t have to only do these things during Lent 2017 season, but its a great start!

  • Social Media: I gave up social media last year for lent and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. No snapchat, facebook, twitter, instagram, or pinterest. It was difficult in the beginning, but by the end I felt more free and learned so much.
  • Candy and Sweets: This is a very common one to give up. With anything like this I just say, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Don’t do it to “be healthier” or to “diet,” do it so you have more time to spend with God.
  • Sugary Drinks: Same goes for this as for candy and sweets. Make sure your intentions are good.
  • Meat: I’ve personally never given up meat, but it is very common. It’s a way to fast during the lent season.
  • Time spent getting ready: Make yourself spend less time getting ready everyday and spend the extra time with God. Praying, reading the bible, praising him, or quiet time.
  • Elevators: This one may sound silly, but I love it. If you use elevators on a daily business for work or apartment access, give them up for the lent season. While you walk the stairs, be intentional and spend that time praying or listening to music or sermons.
  • Throw away/Donate 40 Things: Explains itself and is a wonderful thing for so many reasons!
  • No eating after dinner: Same as candy, sweets, and sugary drinks. If you give this one up, make sure it isn’t just because you want to lose weight.
  • Turn off electronics @ 8pm: Spend the time you normally would on electronics, with God instead. Highly recommend the TV show, The Bible!
  • Bad Language/Inappropriate Jokes: I do this one for every lent and I try to continue it even outside of lent season.
  • Fast food and/or frozen meals: One more time, don’t do this just to lose weight.
  • Anything getting in the way with your relationship with God!!


  • Daily Journaling
  • Reading Scripture/Bible Study
  • Prayer

Lent 2017: What I am Giving Up

  • Bad Language/Inappropriate Jokes
  • Fast Food, Candy, Sweets, and Soda: Every time I have a craving for one of them, I will pray instead.


What things are you giving up for Lent 2017?

Lent 2017


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17 Daily Inspirational Quotes to Help you Start your Day

17 Daily Inspirational Quotes to Help you Start your Day

Mornings can be difficult and sometimes they seem nearly impossible. These daily inspirational quotes have helped me find enough motivation in the morning to get up and face another day. I love writing them on sticky notes and placing them around my house because then they are always a reminder to me. On the fridge, on the mirrors, on the coffee maker, or anywhere you will see them often. Let me know what some of your favorite quotes for the morning time are!

*Disclaimer: These are not my quotes. The authors are either anonymous or unknown.

17 Daily Inspirational Quotes to Help you Start your Day!

  1. Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

  2. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a blessing.

    I like to remind myself of this one daily. I have a hard time letting go of the past and worrying about the future. It is okay to do a little bit, but our main focus needs to be on the present.

  3. Every morning starts a new page in your story, make today a great one!

  4. Don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every morning we wake up is the first day of the rest of our life.

  5. No matter how good or bad your life is, wake up each morning and be thankful you still have one.

    This is so important!

  6. Dreaming or Doing is a choice that will mean the difference between Failure or Success.

    I have been a dreamer for years now and I won’t allow it anymore. The only thing standing between you and your dreams, is yourself.

  7. You will never have this day again so make it count

  8. A great attitude is just like a cup of coffee, don’t start your day without it.

  9. Wake up. Kick Ass. Be Kind. Repeat.


  10. All things are possible with coffee and mascara.

    My two must haves.

  11. If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.

    There will always be something that you can use as an excuse. Don’t wait for the “right time” to get started on your dreams. Do it now!

  12. Failures are part of life. If you don’t fail, you don’t learn. If you don’t learn, you’ll never change.

  13. Tough times never last, but tough people do.

  14. When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.

    It will all be worth it! You didn’t come this far to only come this far!

  15. Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it all.

  16. Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

  17. The secret of getting ahead is getting started.


I hope you all have a great day! Get out there and make progress towards your goals! Check out my 6 tips and tricks to sticking to your New Year Resolutions or any goals you have!

Let me know what daily inspirational quotes help keep you motivated!

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