Each week we change the words/quote/saying that we are displaying on the noticeboard in our kitchen; these are the words we try to live by individually and as a family that week. Some weeks may focus on lifting our mood, others may be about motivation or attitude to life; something that speaks to us on some level and that we can directly apply to our lives. Changing the words each week stops them from becoming just another thing you walk past without really seeing, it keeps things fresh and stops them losing their power. This series is where I share those words with you in the hope they may help you and your family too. If you a new to the series and want to learn more, you can read the first post here, or check out the Words To Live By tab in the top menu.

Without further ado, this weeks words are:

words to live by walk tall

 

We were all a little overtired this morning and I found myself walking my son to school a little hunched over and generally feeling pretty grim. Then the strangest thing happened. I took a deep breath and as I did so my upper body naturally lifted up. Normally I may have let my body slump again on the out-breath but this morning I didn’t. This morning I lifted my head and kept it there. The rest of the walk to school I felt my body straitening itself out, in more ways than one. By the time I got home I didn’t just feel more awake, I felt more energised.

On a normal morning I get back from the school run and sit for 10-15 minutes, perhaps having a cup of tea, needing to take a short break after the morning rush before heaving myself back out the door with the dogs. This morning though I didn’t feel like I needed to. I grabbed the dogs and headed straight back out, making a conscious effort to ‘walk tall’ the whole way round our usual route.

Not only did I enjoy the walk more than usual but the dogs were somehow better behaved too. Now maybe that’s coincidence or maybe it’s not, but one thing is for sure, I haven’t felt tired once all morning and that’s a first for me in a VERY long time.

When I got up this morning I had no idea what today’s ‘words’ were going to be, but with that one small action on the way to school I knew.

If my anecdote isn’t enough to convince you, here are some great quotes about walking tall to help inspire you.

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” – Helen Keller

“Never look back, walk tall, act fine.” – David Bowie

“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” – Zen saying

“Walk tall, or baby don’t walk at all.” – Bruce Springsteen

Try it for yourself. Take a deep breath and lift yourself up tall. Not only will you feel more confident and energised, you will look it to, and thats always a good thing.

Have a great week everyone x

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102 thoughts on “Words To Live By #7: Walk Tall

  1. virtual high five mama!

    #bigpinklink
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    Posted on 14 November, 2016 at 2:50 pm
    1. Aww, thank you x

      Posted on 14 November, 2016 at 2:57 pm
  2. This is lovely! I shall certainly try to walk a little taller! #bigpinklink
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    Posted on 14 November, 2016 at 3:03 pm
    1. Thank you, hope you feel the benefit x

      Posted on 14 November, 2016 at 3:20 pm
  3. Walking tall ,walking straight does have an effect on our moods .
    Having a weekly quote every week is really nice.Going to do that .
    Hopping over from #mg linky loved the post

    Posted on 14 November, 2016 at 5:10 pm
    1. Thank you, it really does. Glad you enjoyed the post x

      Posted on 14 November, 2016 at 5:45 pm
  4. Thank you for this. I feel like I need to be reminded to so this. It is easy for me to feel / look tired and then that brings the day down and drag on sometimes. Walking with pride, high spirit will make me feel better about myself, Im sure. 🙂
    This is a wonderful series. Love it. I am glad I founs your blog. #Sharingthebloglove

    Posted on 14 November, 2016 at 5:26 pm
    1. Thank you, that’s really kind of you to say. Our body language really does have a big impact on how we feel and how we seem to others. Hope you enjoy the rest of the series x

      Posted on 14 November, 2016 at 5:47 pm
  5. Oh how we can use a little taller walking around here! Thanks for this post! I will do it! #mg

    Posted on 14 November, 2016 at 9:37 pm
    1. Thank you, good luck x

      Posted on 15 November, 2016 at 12:33 pm
  6. Back from #MarvMondays – feeling taller! 😉
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    Posted on 14 November, 2016 at 9:39 pm
    1. 😄👍

      Posted on 15 November, 2016 at 12:34 pm
  7. Great quotes! I especially loved the one by David Bowie; this is what I do every day. And even though during difficult situations it’s an act, no one’s the wiser and I always feel more confident.
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    Posted on 15 November, 2016 at 1:24 pm
    1. Thank you, its even more important when you feel low as it does help lift you up x

      Posted on 15 November, 2016 at 3:13 pm
  8. Very good advice, and something I struggle with. I tend to slouch and kind of hide in myself…I want to look confident and ready to take on anything! great post! #DreamTeam

    Posted on 15 November, 2016 at 1:51 pm
    1. Thank you. I’m a definite slouched and hider too but I felt so much better I’m going to try harder to do this all the time x

      Posted on 15 November, 2016 at 3:14 pm
  9. You should make motivational posters and booklets!
    #dreamteam
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    Posted on 15 November, 2016 at 2:14 pm
    1. Aww, thank you 😊

      Posted on 15 November, 2016 at 3:15 pm
  10. There are loads of benefits to this. For a start you get the oxygen deeper into your lungs which would perk you up! I try really hard to sit up straight now but slumping is my natural form I think! 😀 Thanks for linking up with us. #bigpinklink
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    Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 11:13 am
    1. Of course, never thought of it like that, makes perfect sense now! Thank you x

      Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 12:04 pm
  11. Another great one! I think this is my favourite series x

    #BestandWorst
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    Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 1:36 pm
    1. Aww, thank you so much. You’ve just made my day x

      Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 1:52 pm
  12. Great inspiration. I have severe back pain and often stop and realise I’m totally hunched over and crunched up. It’s amazing what straightening out can do! It’s a good metaphor too. #FamilyFun

    Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 5:14 pm
    1. Thank you. Back pain can be so crippling and yet a lot of the time we’re the ones making it worse for ourselves. Walking tall definitely helps on a number of levels x

      Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 7:05 pm
  13. LOVE reading your takes on quotes each week. #mg
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    Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 7:43 pm
    1. Aww, thank you x

      Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 10:19 pm
      1. Back again courtesy of #bestandworst Can’t stay away from a great post x
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        Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 10:02 pm
        1. 😘

          Posted on 19 November, 2016 at 6:52 am
  14. Oooo I feel so motivated after reading your post & quotes! Walk talk for sure! You know it makes such a difference doesn’t it? Our body language says so much to ourselves & to others. Fabulous post lovely, thanks so much for sharing it with us! #candidcuddles x
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    Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 8:02 pm
    1. Thank you, it is amazing how much a change of posture can change your outlook x

      Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 10:20 pm
  15. Another great phrase! I’m glad it had such a positive effect on you. I completely agree that just giving yourself a strong and assertive posture can have a massive impact on your mood! #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 9:19 pm
    1. Thank you, it’s amazing the difference it makes x

      Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 6:23 am
  16. This is a great quote, I am going to walk tall and look the world straight in the face – I love it xx #candidcuddles

    Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 9:50 pm
    1. Thank you, and good for you x

      Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 6:24 am
  17. i really love this words to live by idea. I like these words. I know what you mean about feeling overtired and grim. I’ll tell myself to walk tall when I wake up feeling sluggish tomorrow 🙂

    Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 2:32 pm
    1. Thank you. Hope it works for you x

      Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 7:28 pm
  18. Breathing fresh air is so simple but makes all the difference. And anything that makes me feel taller is a good thing, I’m a short-ass. #SharingTheBlogLove
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    Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 4:06 pm
    1. It really does. Walking tall also makes you look slimmer and I’m definitely all for that! x

      Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 7:30 pm
  19. I love this – I always associate walking tall with confidence. I feel like if I hold my head up and walk tall into a room I come across as more confident and as if I feel I have the right to be there… that probably sounds strange but I often think women in particular sometimes feel the need to apologise for their presence or try and blend in… well it’s something I studied anyway so that was just one theory! #ablogginggoodtime
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    Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 4:30 pm
    1. It doesn’t sound strange at all, in fact I think it’s pretty spot on, for me anyway x

      Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 7:32 pm
  20. Another fab piece of advice – very in keeping with Mindfulness 🙂 #familyfun
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    Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 8:35 pm
    1. Thank you so much x

      Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 6:48 am
  21. I’m definately going to try this. Just did while sat on the sofa with my computer and felt like it would. Thanks for the tip and thanks for linking up to #familyfun!
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    Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 8:40 pm
    1. Thank you, hope it works for you x

      Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 6:48 am
  22. I love these! I often remind myself to “walk tall”, it makes me feel so much better and so much more confident! #momsterslink
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    Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 9:41 pm
    1. Thank you, it’s amazing the difference a change in posture can make to the way we feel x

      Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 6:50 am
  23. Great advice! I’m going to try this tomorrow and see if I feel more energised! #CoolMumClub
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    Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 10:45 pm
    1. Thank you. Hope it works for you x

      Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 6:50 am
  24. EXCELLENT words to live by!! #momsterslink
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    Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 11:47 pm
    1. Thank you lovely x

      Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 6:51 am
  25. oh wow I love this post! On a day where i feel terrible this is great to remind me to keep my head up. Loving the Zen quote! #mg

    Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 5:27 am
    1. Aww, thank you. Hope you feel better soon x

      Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 6:52 am
  26. Returning from #momsterslink
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    Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 10:59 am
  27. I truly love this! My self esteem was always low and I was always walking slumped and trying to hide. Standing tall and looking ahead makes me feel confident! 🙂

    #PicknMix

    Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 1:19 pm
    1. Aww, thank you. I was always the same, I always had long hair that I hid behind too until one crazy day and I had it cut pixie short and couldn’t hide anymore. It’s been various lengths since but I don’t hide behind it anymore. I still find myself slumping every now and then though but as soon as I stop and raise myself I instantly feel more confident x

      Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 2:41 pm
  28. I love this! I do believe in faking it til you make it or really just being the person you want to be…and walking tall seems to be the perfect way of doing so! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

    Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 2:20 pm
    1. Thank you, fake it till you make it is my motto in life x

      Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 2:45 pm
  29. I love that you change the quote each day. What a great idea for motivation and reassurance. 🙂
    #fabFridayPost

    Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 2:20 pm
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 2:47 pm
  30. What a great idea to display quotes and sayings in your home, might try this! I find that when I remind myself to walk tall it really does make a diference, makes me feel more ‘present’ and in tune with the environment around me x #PicknMix

    Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 2:22 pm
    1. Thank you. Its amazing how much a change of posture really does alter how you feel x

      Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 2:48 pm
  31. I tell my daughter every day to walk tall, as you say it completely alters the way you feel about yourself as well as the way you present yourself to the outside world. Great quotes #mg
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    Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 4:22 pm
    1. Thank you, its great advice to give x

      Posted on 19 November, 2016 at 11:02 am
  32. I read this, and took that Walk Tall to heart today. Took on my day like a champ =) Came back to say mahalo! #momsterlink

    Posted on 18 November, 2016 at 10:03 pm
    1. Thank you, glad it worked for you x

      Posted on 19 November, 2016 at 6:52 am
  33. Another inspiring word of the week. Someone told me that walking tall also helps with weight lost. I’ve been trying it and somedays it works. 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost xx

    Posted on 19 November, 2016 at 11:48 am
    1. Thank you. Yes, the change in posture makes you look slimmer, always a bonus x

      Posted on 19 November, 2016 at 12:15 pm
  34. What a beautiful idea! I love your choice for this week–it is something to remember all our lives. I walk a lot and truly enjoy it. We are lucky to have a huge terrace where we can enjoy seeing a variety of birds, the sunset and fresh air, Happy to meet you! #FabFridayPost

    Posted on 19 November, 2016 at 1:04 pm
    1. Thank you. Your terrace sounds beautiful x

      Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 6:57 am
  35. I love this. I wish I had read it before I went out this morning cause god knows I could of done with those words in my head today as I begrudgly dragged my double pushchair out the house just to get out! Thanks for sharing with us at #familyfun

    Posted on 19 November, 2016 at 1:42 pm
    1. Thank you. You’ll have to employ it today instead, push that buggy like a god damn rock star ⭐️

      Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 7:00 am
  36. Ahh what a lovely and positive post. Thanks so much for linking up, please do stop by again! #bestandworst
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    Posted on 19 November, 2016 at 10:00 pm
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 7:01 am
  37. That David Bowie quote encompasses it all doesn’t it? The Zen saying is beautifully poignant. Really enjoyed reading this, thank you! #ablogginggoodtime

    Posted on 19 November, 2016 at 10:11 pm
    1. You’ve gotta love a bit of Bowie, he certainly knew how to walk tall x

      Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 7:03 am
  38. I love this! Sometimes the simplest quotes are the best quotes. I used to do yoga and there are forever telling you to straighten your body out and hold an upright posture when you are standing, very much in the same vein as walking tall, and its amazing what a difference it can make to how you feel. Reading this reminded me of that. Definitely something I am going to make a more conscious effort to do this week 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays

    Posted on 19 November, 2016 at 11:34 pm
    1. Thank you. It really does make a difference, have a great week of waking tall x

      Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 7:05 am
  39. Definitely something I need to do more of! Great idea to have this somewhere at home and changing regularly. #KCACOLS

    Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 5:01 pm
  40. Ah, I’m really loving this series. I think posture and confidence go hand in hand and it seems positive thinking follows, and the dogs picked up on it too! 😀 Thanks for sharing such positivity with #PoCoLo

    Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 6:00 pm
    1. Thank you so much x

      Posted on 22 November, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  41. Thanks for this – this is advice I need to follow at the moment, I’m constantly shattered and don’t have the most positive attitude right now. Must try to walk tall this week! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 7:22 pm
    1. Thank you, hope it helps x

      Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  42. Sending a big thank you for this post from #momsterslink M’wah! <3
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    Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 8:10 pm
    1. Thank you right back x

      Posted on 20 November, 2016 at 9:01 pm
  43. I love this series and always enjoy seeing in on Dream Team! This is something I feel strongly about too – when I was at Uni in Newcastle, I always walked looking down as a shy and under confident teen…but then as I looked up, I noticed so many beautiful buildings and things I had never noticed before. I also think that walking tall gives you an inch more confidence too…Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x
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    Posted on 21 November, 2016 at 9:04 pm
    1. Thank you. Newcastle certainly has plenty of beautiful buildings when you take the time to notice, I lived there myself for a year and loved it. Anything that can give you a confidence boost has to be a good thing x

      Posted on 21 November, 2016 at 10:53 pm
  44. Great words to live by! I am going to have to try this myself!

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x
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    Posted on 22 November, 2016 at 7:04 pm
    1. Thank you, hope it works for you x

      Posted on 23 November, 2016 at 10:00 am
  45. Sometimes this can be a really hard thing to do but its something we should all strive to do

    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime
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    Posted on 23 November, 2016 at 4:28 pm
    1. You’re so right x

      Posted on 23 November, 2016 at 6:23 pm
  46. I will try to remember this! #KCACOLS
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    Posted on 23 November, 2016 at 10:26 pm
    1. Thank you, it really does help x

      Posted on 23 November, 2016 at 10:32 pm
  47. What a fabulous idea and one that we should all embrace. I love the concept. I also love the quote “walk tall” and I completely agree with it by showing who’s boss. I need to do this more and I’ll put it into practise tomorrow. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 5:27 pm
    1. Thank you, hope it works for you x

      Posted on 25 November, 2016 at 10:47 am
  48. Having done a lot of ballet when I was younger I always remember the being pulled up by a bit of string saying. I find I feel more ready for things if I stand better. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix
    Eilidh x
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    Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 9:30 pm
    1. It’s so true, it does help prepare you whatever is ahead x

      Posted on 25 November, 2016 at 10:53 am
  49. I never want this series of yours to end! Each post I read lifts me up and gives me something to think about. And you are quite right about the benefits of standing tall. Automatically you feel a sense of pride. #fabfridaypost
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    Posted on 25 November, 2016 at 2:12 am
    1. Aww, thank you. I’ll definitely be walking taller after that comment x

      Posted on 25 November, 2016 at 10:53 am
  50. Love those words! You’re so right, walking tall can help so much. I’m trying that! 🙂
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo
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    Posted on 27 November, 2016 at 10:07 am
    1. Thank you, it really can x

      Posted on 28 November, 2016 at 4:14 pm
  51. This is a wonderful series. I landed on the page while searching something on the internet. Read the 1st post as well.

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