We asked the community to share their favorite quotes and affirmations with us. Check some of those out below.

Jennifer Nealon Garone | Ceremonialist & Wedding Officiant

A current favorite is actually a mini poem by Gregory Orr: “To be alive: not just the carcass. But the spark. That’s crudely put, but… If we’re not supposed to dance, Why all this music?” His succinct words remind me that no matter how much ugliness there might be in the world, there is so much more that is breathtakingly beautiful. Whether the simple delight of a nice walk with a friend, or watching a robin splash in a bird bath, or gazing at a spectacular sunset… there are many reasons to dance when you’re paying attention to the music. Some days (months…years….?) I have to dig deep to hear the joyful music of life, but it is always there. Read more>>

Stephanie Lehman | Home Goods Creator & Marketer

“Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” -Jerry Rice When I first heard this quote, I was standing in the gym trying to decide if I should continue with the CrossFit plan I’d been working on for a few months at that point. I was on the verge of giving up. And when I saw this simple quote, I thought “If there’s one thing that can keep me here, it’s knowing that I’ll have an ability and strength and I wouldn’t have if I stop.” I feel the same way about my growing business. It’s hard to give up evenings or Netflix binge time, but ultimately what I do today will affect tomorrow. I want to work on my business, even when it’s tough, so that I can build it to a success level and profitability that I otherwise wouldn’t have. I’m doing all of this for my future self. Read more>>

David Tatham | Photographer

“Lest I keep my complacent way I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer was I worth dying for?” ~Eleanor Roosevelt~   The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. Eleanor Roosevelt Both of them resonate with me as they teach me to 1) never take life for granted, to make sure I am living for those that died, be it military, cops, or my grandparents.. I am here today because of them. The other one is to just go out and do, be that yes man to adventure, I have tried and failed at many things but the biggest take away has always been the connections I make and lessons I learn. Read more>>

Alexandria Agresta | Thought Leader

Things don’t take time, they take courage. This philosophy took root in my soul many years ago and has changed my life ever since. It reminds me that I have the power within to break free from the construct of time and step into the flow of courage. When we’re in the flow of courage, ultimately, times stop mattering. Time starts to bend and we do remarkable things in record-breaking time. Courage is the catalyst to being who we want to be NOW, and doing what we want to do NOW. Time is simply a witness. This philosophy means so much to me that I did a TEDx talk on it. Check it out! https://www.alexandriaagresta.com/alexandrias-tedx-talk. Read more>>

Phillip DeMarlowe | Musician & Artist

One of my favorite quotes is by American author and mythologist Joseph Campbell, where he says to “follow your bliss.” I think too often in life the last person we consult about our happiness is ourselves, which seems crazy, but I’ve found it to be true with many of my friends and sometimes even myself. When relating this to Campbell’s quote, it’s very liberating to think the only explanation we need when pursuing something is that it makes us happy. Read more>>

Dedrick Sims | CEO | Sims-Fayola Foundation

“What one man can do, so can another” is a quote that has always resonated with me. It reminds me that no matter an individual’s level of success, we all have the ability to achieve the same level of success. Sometimes we look at individuals or accomplishments that we admire and think they must have some special powers that we don’t. The truth is that we can reach those same levels of success if we put in the hard work to do so. We have to believe that we can. Read more>>

Natalie Beck | Wedding and Portrait Photographer

I love the quote “What if I fall? Oh, but Darling, what if you fly?” by Erin Hanson. So many times, I hear people of all ages criticize themselves for not looking good enough. It breaks my heart that as humans we are so hard on ourselves, to me everyone is beautiful and to hear them talk about themselves that way is so disheartening. And this quote reminds me that we all have fears and that little voice that says we aren’t good enough, but we’ll never know if we are good enough until we try. When clients see themselves in their images and they are wowed by what they see, I know that they are flying. Read more>>

Mackenzie Tamayo | Writer, Community Advocate, Mother, Sister and CEO

“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.” ― Joan Didion There is so much that goes into building something new. A new life, a new company, new friendships, new perspectives and ideal. The way we transition in these spaces requires acceptance for our life. We can’t move forward without a thoughtful approach to the way we live in our stories and realities. We simply can’t do the next right thing without accepting the here and now. This breeds self-respect and confidence. We need more individuals with this ownership of their lives. This attitude curates better mentors, employees and overall advocates. Read more>>

Lindsay Davis | Life, Business & Performance Coach

One of my favorite quotes in the world is, “Do or do not. There is no try.” Yoda told the young Luke Skywalker this when confronted with his own perceived limitations and self-decided reality. (And yes, I’m unapologetically aware this reference outs me as a Star Wars nerd!) I love to follow up that quote with the words of the mountaineer William Hutchinson Murray: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all actions of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that is the moment one definitely commits to oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Read more>>