Keep Moving Forward

Life is Like Riding a Bicycle Quote

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I stumbled across this quote by Albert Einstein the other day and after reading it, I stopped and thought to myself “Wow, isn’t that the truth?”

Life moves by so quickly, but there are always those moments we reach where life just sort of stops at a standstill. Things are moving along just fine, and then all of the sudden we get hit with a giant road block that makes us stop straight in our tracks. Sometimes we get stuck at a standstill for a couple of weeks, sometimes for a few months, and other times we even get stuck in the same place for years.

This can happen to us in both our personal and professional lives, but when this happens we are left with two choices: to either do nothing or to keep moving forward.

I’ll be honest, sometimes it seems easier to simply do nothing. It is easier to just look at a problem and say “Things will never change, so why even bother wasting my time on it?” It is easier to just give up and refuse to move forward in your life. It is easier to just fold up your arms and say “I don’t care”.

But at the end of the day, remind yourself of this: If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. If you just keep doing the same thing over and over, nothing will ever change, and in the end you’ll still be at the same spot in your life, just aimlessly waiting for things to change.

Are you Happy?

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I’ll just go ahead and admit that there are days where I want to just fold in the towel and give up. When I’m faced with situations that are less than ideal and I question what I can do to change things. But then it occurs to me, that in order for things to truly change I have to be willing to break the cycle and do something different.

I have to be the one to step out on a limb, take a risk, and move forward in the direction I want to go. Because when it is all said and done, we are the ones who control our own happiness.

I’ve unfortunately dealt with a bad situation at my work place for about two years now, and without going into details let’s just say one person has made it a miserable environment for everyone. Although it can be frustrating at times and there have been several points where I’ve been ready to just give up, I remind myself of the quote below.

“I am in charge of how I feel, and today I choose happiness.” Nobody, and I mean nobody, can take your happiness away from you, unless you let them. So let’s not let them.


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Today’s post is probably more of a thinking out loud message, but I sincerely hope that maybe this is the very thing you needed to hear today. We all get hit with roadblocks and trials in our life that sometimes get us down and make us not want to get back up. But just like riding a bicycle, you must keep moving in order to keep your balance.

Keep moving forward and know that you control your own happiness. Don’t let the ignorance of others keep you from doing what makes you happy and moving forward in reaching your goals. We’ve got this!

Thanks for stopping by!-Cara

Linking up with  Wonderful Wednesday, Wednesday Blog HopLadies Collective LinkupThursday Favorite Things, and Think Tank Thursday


  1. I love post like this where the blogger is thinking out loud. They are the ones that stick with me and make the most impact. I had never heard the bicycle quote but I love it! Wonderful post!

  2. I remember my mom saying, “Everything is ok in the end, if it’s not ok, it’s not the end.” She went through a lot, and she taught unto just keep going and have faith. And change things up when you can.

  3. how frustrating when that one person makes it miserable for everyone!! can;t stand that! glad you are able to make lemonade out of lemons!!

  4. Take it from this 62 year old, LIFE IS SHORT and it goes so quickly…CHOOSE JOY every day. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  5. It’s so hard to remember that I am in control of my happiness and that I shouldn’t ask others to change when I just need to simply change something about myself (or something I’m doing). I needed to read this, definitely sharing this!

  6. This is such a great post, lady- and especially important for me to read today. I am also experience some work-related stress, to say the least. πŸ˜‰ I’m sorry you’re going through this and it’s such a bummer (and so lame) that someone is acting like an ass- but I love your attitude and how you’ve decided to take control of how you feel. GO GET ‘EM. Keep your chin up! (And this reminded me to do the same.) πŸ™‚

    Le Stylo Rouge

  7. I loved reading this. So positive and really what I needed to hear. Some days seem like such a struggle and I wonder if I am even moving forward.

  8. All of this is so true. I have those “throw in the towel days” too, but they typically turn into “throw in the towel” weekends … or weeks. The best thing is to know there will be bumps in the road and we will not be perfect all the time, but we just have to get back up and keep moving forward rather than focus on the negative, the wrong, the bad moments.

  9. I totally agree with this! Some days when I feel like giving up, I think about what really makes me happy and make sure that I make an effort to do it to cheer myself up!

  10. I definitely needed to read this/hear this today! The message, although simple, is something I think a lot of people forget from time to time–especially when we find ourselves in a rut with moving forward. It helps with putting things into perspective. Thanks so much for this post!

    1. Thank-you, and I’m so glad it helped you today. It can be so easy to get caught up in everything sometimes, but it’s nice to remind ourselves that we control our own happiness. πŸ™‚

  11. I feel like workplace drama is the worst kind of drama! usually at work you can get away from it all, but not in this case. I hope it all works out and you keep on swimming, mama! πŸ™‚

  12. I am currently in your shoes and it is so tough! There’s lots of dread and tears and wine. πŸ˜‰ This helped me today because I’m experiencing a crappy week! Thank you for this and thinking of you!

  13. I love the Albert Einstein quote. I always keep this in mind. As long as I keep moving forward. I’m doing fine.

  14. Yes! I hate those days that I want to give up, but this is such a good reminder! I have been trying to change my point of view on life and remove negativity and choose to be happy and choose to succeed and choose to move forward! Doesn’t mean I am perfect, just means I am a work in progress trying to move forward to the positive! πŸ™‚

    1. Exactly! Nobody is perfect, and we all have those days where it can be hard to stay positive with everything, but it’s good to be mindful that we are the ones who control our own happiness. πŸ™‚

  15. Love this Cara! I could not agree more. There are days where something comes up in my life and I’d prefer to give up. But I ask myself is that really going to solve the issue? Of course most of the time the answer is no. I too previously was completely miserable at work due to someone and eventually it all worked out. Trying to stay positive always helps but it’s so hard to do at times. I hope your situation gets better!

  16. Amen. It’s so hard sometimes to remember that you can stay happy even when life (or a coworker) tries their hardest to make life difficult!

    I’ve found that if I’m constantly setting achievable goals, my happiness is far more stable and little and even big things bother me less.

    1. That’s great advice Katy! I’m definitely a goal-oriented person so maybe that’s what I need to focus my energy more towards. Thank-you! πŸ™‚

  17. Yes, yes and yes. I’m not sure why it take us so long to realize that the only key to happiness is within, but it does. However once we figure it out, there’s no stopping that sense of true happiness. Cheers to a lifetime of happiness!

    1. That’s a great point! It seems like we’re always searching for something or someone else to make us happy, but we’re the ones who control our happiness, not others. Thank-you, same to you! πŸ™‚

  18. i can’t stand those in the workplace who are complete asshats. i have worked with someone who was just awful until i got sick of his bullshit and straight up told him that he needs to learn bedside manner and how to treat people if he wants to get anywhere with anyone or to get anyone to do anything for him. i think it was a wake-up call for him and he apologized and never did that again!

    1. Maybe I just need to borrow you for a week, and you can set this person straight? That or use your muay thai moves on them! πŸ˜‰

  19. I needed this today.
    You’re so right – its so easy to just give up . stop. throw those hands up.
    But life should always be about moving forward – growing – learning.

    1. Glad it was helpful to you. All of your all’s comments are making my day so much better and that is great advice, thank-you! πŸ™‚

  20. Great post, applies to all of us on one day or another. No one is immune to outside influences, but the power to choose how your day is lies within. Some days you make the choice and some days you don’t.

  21. Amen Cara! I think so much about crummy situations was summed up in your last paragraph — your attitude makes a huge amount of difference when approaching any difficult roadblock. I used to work with someone who made me work life absolutely miserable and there are good days and bad days. If you love what you do, it will all work out in the end! Stay positive and keep moving forward. Loved this post! XO – Kim

  22. This is great! I agree, you can only control your own happiness! I have been dealing with some negative energy at work lately as well and have been telling myself the same things. Just have to keep doing my own thing. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Sometimes it can be so hard, but you’re right on. I am in charge of my happiness (as is everyone else). The best way to keep perspective sometimes is to stop and quickly evaluate whether or not I’m happy and expressing gratitude. Change takes struggle and so long as I’m willing to struggle a bit, while still being overall happy, the more likely the change is going to happy a bit easier. πŸ™‚

  24. I can definitely relate to working with someone who makes the workplace miserable. What you said is so true though, we choose our own happiness, so keep moving forward. Great post!

  25. I’ve just started working with someone who is loud, negative, obnoxious and a busy body know it all. I am constantly reminding myself to tune out the daily negative rants and comments. All I can do is control myself and being snarky or rude back to her is only going to make the problem worse.

    1. I hate to hear that you are dealing with a similar situation, but trust me not giving in to their antics is the best route. I constantly remind myself that I don’t want to stoop to their level. Hope it gets better for you!

  26. I’m so proud of you!! Too funny, my BFF and I are sitting here at working talking about this post and how you nailed it!! We have a colleague (I am actually her boss) who chooses to wallow in misery!! No!! I chose happiness!!! You’re so wonderful Cara!! You choose happiness and that’s all you can do!! πŸ˜‰

    1. Aw, thank-you! It is easy to just drown in your own sorrow, but it’s so much better to just be happy! πŸ™‚

  27. Such a good point Cara and all the quotes are extremely poignant. I hope the work situation changes for you. I definitely believe that we must change things in our life if they are not making us happy. So, so true!

  28. I have been there. Where a person and not your actual job is making it miserable. Kudos for you to saying that you are in charge of how you feel. I know some days are going to be harder than others, but hopefully it will get better. Chances are that person is just miserable in their own lives and you know they say misery loves company.

    I love the quote about moving forward and it is certainly something I needed to hear today!!!

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