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Therapist Blog Challenge #2: Pick An Inspirational Quote

Blog about your favorite quote and how it can inspire your readers to do something differently.

Thanks for the great response to therapist blog challenge #1! I’m impressed by your creativity and inventiveness. If you’re just joining us for the blog challenge, please continue to post your challenge #1 posts and jump in on this new challenge #2

This one will be easy and fun. Pick your favorite quote and let it be the inpsiration for your next blog post. I’ve posted a handful of my favorite quotes for you to use if you’d like. You are welcome to use the graphics below in your blog posts too. I created these cool, shareable graphics with the iPhone app InstaQuote (my favorite new app). OK, that’s it for challenge #2. Get blogging!

Additional reminders:

  • Write and post your blog article in the next 2 weeks. If you miss the deadline or you read this article months later, that’s OK too.
  • Post a link for this blog challenge in the comment section of this blog post.
  • Read, comment, and share other therapist’s articles.
  • Tweet your post using hashtag #therapistblog and tag @julie_hanks so I can retweet it.
  • Pin it on the challenge Pinterest Board. I’ve invited everyone who posted a comment on the initial blog challenge post as collaborators so you can pin onto the group board.
  • Spread the word and invite mental health colleagues to join the challenge. Articles can be added anytime throughout the year.
  • Write no more than 600 words, make it easy to read, use a conversational tone, and gear your articles toward your ideal client (not other professionals).
  • The goal of a professional blog is to provide value your website visitors, help them get to know your professional perspective,  increase traffic to your private practice website, and build your practice.


About Dr. Julie Hanks, LCSW:
Dynamic self & relationship expert Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW loves to make a difference for women. She owns Wasatch Family Therapy and regularly contributes to TV Shows and her advice has been featured nationally including Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Fox News, and others. Connect on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. Her books The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide are now available. Dr. Hanks is currently accepting coaching clients.


Jessica Neely

This is my first ever blog attempt. I’m a little nervous of posting, but you’ve got to start some where. Our website is not interactive yet. So, I have just included what I will eventually post. Any and all feedback is welcome.

Who’s in control?
“Holding a grudge is allowing someone to live rent free in your mind.”

This is one of my favorite quotes. I always end up talking to clients about taking control of their thoughts, emotions, and lives. Everyone feels anger throughout their life. It is a completely normal reaction to hurt, sadness, fear, pain, etc.

A few things to always keep in mind:
1). Anger is a secondary emotion.
2). You have the choice to hold on to that anger or let it go.
3). You cannot control the actions/words of others.

A perfect example that everyone can relate to is road rage. We have all either been driving or at the very least in the car when another car cuts you off, doesn’t use a turn signal, tries to climb in your trunk. The list can go on forever. What has crossed your mind: “Where did you learn how to drive?” “Women/Men can’t drive!” “You are too old/young to be behind the wheel!”

What you should ask is: “Will I let this ruin the rest of my day?” Get mad. Get frustrated. Then keep going. Think about where the anger came from in the first place. Maybe you didn’t get much sleep; maybe you are late to work/school; maybe you failed a test/just got fired. Remind yourself that the other driver has no idea what has happened in your life and you have no idea what is happening in theirs. Don’t make excuses for them or yourself. Take a deep breath, tell yourself the stress of being angry is not worth your time and decide on your next move.

This is obviously much easier said than done especially when the situation is more traumatic or life changing. We all have things that have happened to us that take a huge toll on our lives (i.e. death/loss, medical issues, abuse, divorce). Life happens and we all need to have the coping skills in place to deal with things as they come. A huge piece of that is being able to accept that something has happened, good or bad, but not allow it to control the rest of your life. There are thousands of people in this world that have experienced horrific events and made the decision to learn from that experience and be a better person because of it.

Telling someone or something that you have moved on with your life, forgiven, and/or accepted the past, does not mean that you are happy about it or condoning certain actions. It means that you are in control of your life and will not allow others to dictate your present and future.

Catherine Tilford, MA, NCC

Hi Julie,

I have followed your blog since I started my private practice almost 2 years ago and always find helpful information. I began blogging a while ago but post inconsistently primarily because I feel pressure to write perfectly. Thank you for the Therapist Blog Challenge and for providing ideas and resources! I really appreciate it!


John Paul Newbury

the life which is unexamined is not worth living


Cheri Armstrong

Thanks for this post Jessica! Excellent reminders!


” Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – RUMI.

jeff brandler

Royce White is “Stuck In a Moment” that he can’t get out of. Read how his mental illness has curtailed his NBA career.

Keely C Helmick, LPC

Thank you for organizing this challenge! I have been a little nervous writing and sharing, but i think that overall a positive experience so far. Pushing myself the same I ask of my clients.

Here is my post


BJ Howell, LPC

Here it is!!! I’m so excited that I was able to stay on topic for the 2nd challenge!

“I am not what happen to me. I am what i choose to become” ~ Carl Jung
Healing Choices


New post up! Salt Water: The Cure for Your Problems?

I really liked this challenge and finding a unique quote to use!


Jodie Gale

Who are you to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Check out my latest post on ‘Repression of the sublime’:
x Jodie


Thanks for this challenge! I was inspired to write about a song instead of a quote, so here it is


How do I pin my blog on your pinterest board?

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