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20 Inspirational Quotes and Mantras from Blogtacular

29th June 2016

20 Inspirational Quotes and Mantras from Blogtacular


On Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June, I attended Blogtacular, a conference ‘for people who create vibrant and original content to discuss their work, fill their minds with new ideas and to collaborate with fellow bloggers.’

The two days were super inspiring and I returned to Oxford full of ideas. I’ll admit to initially feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the information, but after a few days of reflection and discussion, I began to feel excited about the road ahead.

I thought I’d post a few of the inspirational quotes and mantras shared during the conference. Many of the ideas could be applied to blogging, business or even life in general, so I hope you find them useful. I certainly intend to refer to this post on the more challenging days!

20 Inspirational Quotes and Mantras from Blogtacular


‘One of the joyful things about getting older is you care less and less and accept yourself more and more.’
Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon, artist, illustrator, author and keynote speaker spoke openly about her insecurities and how she’s adapting her life following a burnout. I was interested in learning about the vulnerability hangover, something that can arise when we share our ideas and creativity online. After all, it can feel a little terrifying to share our life and thoughts. 

Lisa also spoke about Brené Brown who has spent the last thirteen years studying vulnerability (if you haven’t seen her talk why your critics aren’t the ones who count I can thoroughly recommend it). She said we all have something we’re ashamed or embarrassed about but by opening our hearts and sharing our story we can make heart-warming connections with others. Lisa ended her keynote with what she called the third life metric and posted a few mantras that are helping her to live more intentionally.


I move my body every day.

If the answer isn’t “HELL YES,” I say no.

I attempt to approach everything as a beginner.

I am creating space for relationships.

I am embracing my imperfections.


These simple mantras really resonated with me because finding routine and balance in my freelance work has been a challenge. It was a good reminder to nurture relationships, approach each day with curiosity and wonder and most of all say no to the projects that don’t excite. Oh, and make time to regularly walk and swim.

20 Inspirational Quotes and Mantras from Blogtacular


Following Lisa’s keynote, I attended some motivating talks and I even managed to squeeze in a couple of mentoring sessions with Allison Sadler and Pinterest UK. Here are just a few of the things I jotted down.


A blogging business is about balance.
Define your brand and goals and understand the wider industry.
Be adaptable and know your worth.

Kristabel Plummer, Blogger of I Want You to Know


Be passionate about your subject, keep learning and follow influencers.
Write short and sharp headlines integrating Google search keywords.
Treat your blog like an interview – first impressions count.

Ella Williamson, Television Presenter and Blogger of Gadget Girl Ella
and Andrew Trotman, Head of News at Microsoft


The role of the writer is to engage the reader in their own creativity.
All content needs to add value.
Writing is actually re-writing.
Sentences are like bottoms – all shapes, sizes and weights are welcomed.

Laura Jane Williams, Author and Blogger of Superlatively Rude


Define and focus on what you want to build.
Have a process to help you deal with change.
You don’t have to chase everything you see others doing.
Your time and energy are your most precious resources.

Enid Hwang, Community Manager at Pinterest


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  • Reply Old Fashioned Susie (@OldFashionedSus) 29th June 2016 at 9:03 am

    Ah what a great post Natasha! These quotes are timeless aren’t they. Hope to see you again soon

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 29th June 2016 at 10:47 am

      Thanks Susie. It was lovely to spend the day with you, I hope to see you again soon! x

  • Reply Just Anomalies 29th June 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Great Post! Love your blog! Please check out our blog!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 29th June 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you! x

  • Reply Alison 29th June 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Oh this is just BRILLIANT. Love these mantras and bits of advice. Especially the top graphic – something we should all remember when trying to decide whether to say yes or no! Also love Laura-Jane Williams’ quote above too. So true.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 29th June 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks so much Alison for your kind comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. x

  • Reply Eva 29th June 2016 at 10:39 pm

    What a inspiring post Natasha! All these quotes are amazing, I really enjoy read all this advices! xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st July 2016 at 10:02 am

      Thank you Eva, have a gorgeous Friday. x

  • Reply whynotblog 30th June 2016 at 9:45 am

    such an inspiring positive post!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st July 2016 at 10:02 am

      Thank you. x

  • Reply laurasidestreet 30th June 2016 at 10:38 am

    Really enjoyed blogtacular last year and really wish I had managed to go again as it’s such a creative and positive place – thanks so much for sharing all of these motivational quotes

    Laura x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st July 2016 at 10:03 am

      Thanks Laura. Maybe I’ll see you there next year? x

  • Reply Lottie | Oyster and Pearl 30th June 2016 at 11:21 am

    ‘Sentences are like bottoms’ – that made me laugh! Brilliant post and a great capture of the day. Was lovely to hang out with you at Blogtacular x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st July 2016 at 10:04 am

      Thanks Lottie.. And I enjoyed our London mews photowalk yesterday too! x

  • Reply laura redburn 30th June 2016 at 12:05 pm

    big love for lisa! love the quote about sentences/bottoms, too!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st July 2016 at 10:04 am

      Thanks Laura. Lisa was truly inspiring! x

  • Reply Lucy 1st July 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I do love your inspiring posts, Natasha. I totally agree with Enid Hwang because it’s sometimes tempting to try and follow what others are doing but it’s not necessarily for us. Great quotes all round. Have a good weekend. X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 2nd July 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks Lucy, I hope you have a great weekend. x

  • Reply Kelly Sean 3rd July 2016 at 7:11 am

    Love your inspiring post!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 3rd July 2016 at 9:27 am

      Thank you Kelly. x

  • Reply Kate Davis 4th July 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I know what you mean about feeling overwhelmed, I haven’t looked at the notes I made yet. I’m going to wait until I can be sure I’m not interrupted by children and I can really focus. You’ve picked out some great quotes and I’ve pinned your post so I can easily them again when I’m looking for some motivation or reassurance that what I’m doing is good enough 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th July 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks Kate for stopping by and for pinning the post. It was nice to meet you! x

  • Reply Polly Davies 4th July 2016 at 10:43 pm

    oh this is amazing! I’m going to pin this so I can come back and be re-inspired x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 5th July 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you Polly. x

  • Reply Adele at Beautiful Tribe 5th July 2016 at 3:26 pm

    All of this is gold! I really need to remember so much of what you’ve shared here. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 5th July 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you, I’m pleased you found it useful. x

  • Reply Katie Albury 22nd July 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Brilliant post, thank you for sharing this! I was so gutted that I couldn’t attend it this year, but I remember that feeling when I got home from it a few years ago- so inspired but a little overwhelmed on where to start with everything I had learned. Loved these mantras, definitely a few I need to focus on with my blog x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 22nd July 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks so much Katie. Maybe I’ll see you there next year? x

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