Friday, January 16, 2015

Get Inspired through Failure

I came across this post by Sir Richard Branson this week (he's on my short list of people I'd looove to have lunch with & chat, and a huge inspiration of mine) where he listed his top 10 quotes on failure. This was a much needed read for me as this week I had moments where I felt like I was failing at everything. You know when you get in a funk and things just don't seem to be going the way in which you had imagined, planned or hoped for?? Yeah, that was me this week. 

Let me give you some examples:

Mommy Fail: I vacuumed up my 8 month old's hand, obviously an accident. This kid is just as in-love with the vacuum as I am and follows it around while I go. I didn't realize he was behind me and sure enough my fear proceeded to take place. He barely cried, probably in shock, and is dealing with the pain quite well now. Can you say major case of mommy-guilt! 

Personal Fail: I broke two toes during a workout. Yep, I'm that person who runs into walls and falls off the treadmill, or while on a run outside (very embarrassing). Call it clumsiness or straight-up karma (from hurting baby boy's hand), but that hurt so bad I cried.

Wife Fail: I forgot to make my husband's lunch for him to take to work. Like, how did I forget that? I've been doing this everyday for nearly 9 years! It completely slipped my mind, leaving me in an early morning panic and mad-dash to put something together before he left. 
But while I might focus too much on the things that went wrong this week, my daughter reminded me of the good moments that took place and could be filed under mommy/personal/wifey wins. 

Like letting my daughter and her friends have a (very loud) One Direction dance party after school, or donating 3 boxes of clothes to charity, which led to a huge cleaning overhaul. I guess what I'm saying is that there are always going to be bad moments and failures throughout our life, whether big and life changing or small and insignificant, that are going to make us feel pretty crappy. Trying to embrace the good and learn from our failures will only make us stronger, smarter and more driven to be successful; whatever that means to you. 
Have a wonderful Friday and get inspired by the quotes as I did! 


  1. I love these quotes - especially the one about finding 10,000 ways it won't work. Thanks for sharing! - Louise

    1. I also love this one! It really gets you thinking about how hard we all try!!

  2. I love all of the quotes you chose for this post Ashleigh but Thomas Edison's is my favorite! Sorry you had such a rough week. I hope the baby is okay how scary but totally not your fault so don't feel too guilty or beat yourself up too much. I'm rather clumsy myself it that makes you feel any better. Thanks for linking up to the #BigTopBlogParty tonight. We love having you participate!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus

    1. Thank you for the kind words. It's hard being a clumsy mom, ha, my daughter is always laughing at me. Have a great weekend!! xx

  3. Very true.... and Very wise lol ♡

  4. What great reminders! Thank you for sharing and thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk!
    Sarah (co-host)

  5. Just what I needed today!! The last one being my favourite!!