6.30.2011

Tie a Knot and Hang On

I think it's common to get to "that point" in any project where you feel like it's not going to work, or your not happy with it. At "that point", it's hard to move on and see the end result. It's then where belief that sticking with it will pay off in the end and a little encouragement can go a long way.


"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."  
-Franklin D. Roosevelt


"Everything will be okay in the end.  If it's not okay, it's not the end."
  -Author Unknown


"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
-Harriet Beecher Stowe


"A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn."
-Author Unknown


"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


No matter what project you are working on, whether it is something at work or a personal goal, remember to push through the hard, discouraging times. You will be so happy in the end that you persevered.


If you are working on any DIY projects, here's an encouraging article for "When Your DIY Seems Doomed".

33 comments:

Sfizi e Sfarzi Moda said...

Grazie mille per il tuo commento. Sono deliziose le mollette. Baci Marcella

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Precious Shawna,

First of all, your photos are so gorgeous. I love my turquoise and aqua, but I see that you marry the color with your signature peach and pink and it is so beautiful. Now for the rest....oh how we ALL feel this way! Anyone who goes out on a limb to DO something daring must gather courage from outside of themselves. YOU CAN DO IT..I also think we need to step away a bit from whatever we are trying to accomplish especially if it is not bringing us the satisfaction that we are seeking. As a writer, there are what I think THREE stages in a cycle, according to Sir Francis Bacon. Here they are paraphrased:

Reading fills you up
Discussing makes you ready
Writing makes you EXACT.

As I see how far I have to go to understand real writing, I am reading voraciously, more than ever, or at least with a PURPOSE for my personal writing goals. I discuss with other writers or any one that will listen. That gives me ideas and helps to shape them. BUt then the scary and LONELY part comes...to sit ALONE and write. But I take all that I have learned about style in reading. I take the ideas developed in conversation, and then I get TO WORK. It sometimes flows, more often than not, it does not and then the REAL THINKING HAPPENS. It is a struggle, but that doesn't mean it is a failure. It is only saying that I am working and getting in shape. I always tell my students that practicing to be good students in all ways is like lifting weights; it is hard, but it makes you strong. At first it hurts, it is heavy, but with practice, it gets easier because you are stronger. I wish you the BEST in your personal journey of finding your muse, energy boldness to BARREL THROUGH and find your success!

email address:

rivani@bethel.edu

Enjoy your day precious friend! Anita

Martina said...

Thank you for these encouriging quotes! I'm living through quite some chalenges and can put them into practise ;) Have a lovely day!

Bela said...

Absolutely LOVE this post, dear Shawna!!!!! Oh, wonderful!!! All the images are super!!!
Sorry for my being far lately, we are searching for a good school for Aila...we are visiting some schools and so...it is time for my princess fly higher...
Much love to YOU!!! Bela

Ana Degenaar said...

So much inspiration! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

photohogger said...

You and your great quotes!! One of them always makes it as my status :)
Love this one:
"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."
-Author Unknown
Thanks for the inspiration!

Annie said...

so true Shawna :) thanks for the reminders! and an early Happy 4th to you too!! xo

Blue said...

ah! all the knick-knacks...how i love organizing them :)

Amanda said...

i'm the worst at starting a project and not finishing it! :( i love these pictures!!!

Josie said...

Know this feeling well. Sometimes you've just got to plow on through.

cb said...

oh man i totally feel that way... my animal portrait pendants have been giving me hell and i have been working on them for almost 2 months...i hate throwing in the towel but i have spent so much time and money on trying to make them work but just can't figure it out! i am moving on to bigger and better things! i see it as a sign that it was meant to be!

xo,
cb

amy b.s. said...

great quote.

Courtney McCormack said...

I love blog, very encouraging

Bad Joan said...

What a cute room and awesome projects! Love DIY projects for the summer!

http://blog.badjoan.com/

Taj Acosta said...

Funny I was just having this convo with my bestie yesterday. More in a way of saying that if God opened the door then walk thru it, only He can open it and only He can shut it, it's up to us to do our best and trust that we are where we are meant to be and headed in a direction of purpose! xo -Taj

Mapleandvine said...

loving that desk and those tulips AWESOME! beautiful quotes.

Krystal said...

i love all these quotes, very uplifting!

this free bird said...

Okay that Roosevelt quote? Much needed....

xo,
C

classiq said...

I'm so moved by this post, Shawna! These quotes are beautiful guidance in life. :) Have a wonderful day! Ada

Carina the Blogarina said...

Such beautiful quotes!

thingsIlove said...

The quotes are very inspiring and so true! HANG ON

tywo said...

You inspire me!
I haven't made anything lately. Now, I want to be creative!!
Have you made anything?
Have a lovely weekend, my dear.



LOVE!

Neus said...

This selection is so nice!! You have a really wonderful blog!

ellie's desk said...

Hope you have a happy 4th! The article sounds great. I know..some of my crochet slouchy hats are better than others when I create them. Sometimes, I just have to find the right individual to give them too.

StephieB said...

I love all the quotes and images - so inspiring! I especially love the quote about the stars. Hope you have a happy weekend and realise some of your goals too! Stephie x

Signe said...

Such amazing images!
Especially loe the tape (I have one of those!) and the old box with the wallpaper samples :)

Hugs and a happySunday to you!

lauren lanza osias said...

beautiful photos. beautiful sentiments. sometimes just pushing through and completing something is the best thing you can do, even if it doesn't work out how you expected it to.

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Diana said...

If its not okay its not the end...I love that! And tie a knot and hang on...great quotes...you are always so inspiring! I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend sweety! <3

PS theres a giveaway on the main blog!

Melissa Blake said...

oooh, what lovely quotes!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

That office is so PRETTY!!!! I do very few diy projects... I REALLY want to start. I need to start with baby steps- love this post.
Have a PRETTY day!
Kristin

About Last Weekend said...

I know what you mean, that's really a metaphor for life, just keep on going...

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh I so agree with you! Once you get there the feeling can't be beat :)

Happy 4th, sweetie! xoxo

georgia~gigi said...

Oh Poppie Gril, I want that office! What a lovely space, my fave colors too! I love the fabric clothes pins too, super cute!
What great qoutes! I think my fave is the " When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on" oh and if it faces a pond jump off into it, he he!!!
Poppie Girl, if anyone will go far and be great it is YOU!!!
Love you lots
gi gi