4 Ways to Encourage Motivation

4 Ways to Encourage Motivation | Self-Care

Hey, you. It’s been a while since I posted anything personal(ish) on here, so I figured today is that kind of day.

It’s been such a weird year, and it’s more than half over. Time flies so unbelievable fast, and since it’s not something I can control, I’m just going with it, wherever that is. Motivation has eluded me lately, and if you haven’t read my post about Mental Illness, I’ll just say that I have struggled my entire life. Here are some ways to encourage motivation in your life.

4 Ways to Encourage Motivation

Positivity Wins Always

Instead of going off on a tangent about how I can’t really comprehend my mental state, I’ll share with you this. No matter what it is that I’m feeling, I always try to focus on the things I have been blessed with. By concentrating on the small, itty bitty things that I have in my life – family, friends, safety, a home, food, good health – I quickly get knocked out of the pity party that’s about to form inside my mind.

I really am blessed. Something as small as my family staying safe, especially in this crazy world that we live in, is huge. Being able to put food on the table for my family used to be a challenge. It’s not so much anymore. Money is tight, yes. But I have enough to survive, and I am grateful for that.

4 Ways to Encourage Motivation

Self Care Is Essential

No matter what you’re going through, it is so very important to take time out for yourself. There’s no possible way we can take care of anyone else if we haven’t looked after ourselves properly first. Think about the airplane safety instructions where you’re supposed to put on your oxygen mask before you try to help anyone else. Why? Because in a second, you could pass out from lack of oxygen, and there’s no way you can help anyone when you’re passed out.

Think of simple things that you enjoy and can achieve. Massages are wonderful! Having a walk in the park, people watching, going for a run, creating art, cooking a nice meal for yourself, grabbing a coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in ages, anything. Do something that makes you feel good and happy. Take care of you.

4 Ways to Encourage Motivation

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You Are Enough

A couple of years ago, I adopted this mantra that no matter what anyone else said or thought, I am enough. And I am. It’s something that’s so simple, but completely foreign to most people. Believing that we are enough can be one of the most challenging journeys in our lives, but you must go on that journey and believe.

As a blogger and Youtuber, I see so much negativity going around these days, and people are stooping as low as attacking the characters of people they don’t even know, just to have something to say. If you ever find yourself on the end of that stick, don’t listen to them. Who cares what they think. Who even are they to you? If they don’t know you personally, then their opinions have no place in your mind. Just repeat after me. I am enough. I am enough.

My friend Meg wrote an amazing piece on her blog about being enough, especially in this world where everything can (and probably is) edited to make us feel inferior and that we need things and people. Check it out here.

4 Ways to Encourage Motivation

Just Don’t Give a Damn

For a long time, I’ve been known as someone who couldn’t care less about what anyone else thinks of me. I know I’m weird. I know that I’m different. We all are. Accepting this really helped me not care what anyone else thought of me, and it’s really encouraged me to go out and do things that I wouldn’t normally do – like apply for jobs I want but am too scared because I lack experience or start a blog and a Youtube channel!

Being on Youtube has definitely reinforced my “I don’t really care what you think, person on the other side of the computer screen” thinking. People will waste their time throwing useless words out for whatever reasons. It doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that I enjoy what I do, and as long as I enjoy it, I will keep doing what I want.

4 Ways to Encourage Motivation

I hope you find yourself in a good place this week, and if you’re struggling, take a step back and do something for yourself, even if just for a few minutes. Have a wonderful day.

Ashlynn Cueto

INFJ, Ravenclaw Blogger. Headquarters: Houston, TX. Making this my most creative and rewarding life. This blog is my hustle, and I'm here to help make your creativity yours.



  • Until now, I didn’t even know that you were a Youtuber! I actually just started taking my channel seriously this week, and posted my first video. I really like the words of encouragement you wrote. It’s true, this person could be writing terrible things on the other side of the screen, and I shouldn’t care what they have to say. It might be more difficult to keep in mind when/if someone starts saying terrible things, but It’s something I’m deff going to keep in mind xxx

    Melina |

    • Lol! I don’t do much on YT at the moment, but I’m thinking of vlogging on top of my DIY projects. I’m heading straight to your channel now! I’m glad you liked this post. Maybe we can collab on YT one day! 🙂

  • It is SO SO important to take care of ourselves! I know firsthand how its easy to put ourselves on the back burner in order to cater and please others. But it is not healthy to neglect ourselves. This is something that I actually have learned to focus more on but as a people pleaser I still struggle to not put others before me sometimes. I’m glad that you realize this Ash because you are a very important person to me. Ps- U know I love ya! 🙂

    • You’re so sweet. Thank you. Love you too! I think it’s just something you learn as you get older and go through life. It’s a wonderful journey when you keep your eyes on the positive side. 🙂

  • This is a great post! taking care of yourself is so important! but you must do it for you and not because you feel pressured by others! which is where you’re “don’t give a fuck” point comes perfectly! xx corinne

    • Exactly! Everything we do should be because we want to do it – never for somebody else’s benefit.

  • Sara (1daydreamaway)

    This is a wonderful post and it’s always so important to take care of yourself. Definitely inspired!

    • Thank you! I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

  • Explore a Corner

    Yes!! Great to have a post every now and again to encourage some positivity. I totally agree that you’ve got to accept yourself. I am proud to be me. I do some things awesome and some things not so awesomely but that’s okay. I Am happy with who I am and what I’m doing and don’t care if someone else doesn’t because they don’t have to be me or do what I’m doing.

    • I love that! We are who we are, and we are the ones who make choices for our own lives.

  • This post is so lovely. I forget about self care or I feel guilty like I’m being selfish but you’re right, it’s needed. 🙂

    • Self care is definitely not selfish. It’s a must. It’s easy to forget, but when we do make it a priority, we make ourselves better.

  • This is a really helpful post, thank you for sharing xx

    Kirsty | The Monday Project |

    • Thank you for reading. 🙂

  • I really agree with points two and three and I needed to read this post today! Self care is so essential but so easy to forget x

    • I’m glad it was helpful. Self care is definitely a priority we must set. 🙂

  • The Sunday Mode

    I’m really trying to work on caring less (a lot less) of what people think about me or what I’m doing and just caring about what I think. It’s much more difficult than I expected though.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • It isn’t easy, but trying small steps at a time will get you there. I mean we’ll always kind of care, but eventually it won’t bother us or affect our lives and decisions anymore. 🙂

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