We love ourselves a good quote and so we asked our community to share their favorite quotes and affirmations with us and we’ve highlighted some below.

Angela Rohr | Flowering Artist and Designer

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” Zen Shin When I started my business 10 years ago, I looked everywhere for inspiration and direction. I watched and admired local florists who were booming with business. I constantly compared what I was learning and building with the success of what they were doing and posting. The fun and especially the creativity quickly changed; and I was no longer creating what was in my heart, but rather a reflection of what I thought others would want based on what I was seeing. It’s hard when you start a new business because you want to be sure you are relevant and sought after in your market and field. This quote reappeared one day in the most perfect way, and I was rocked. Read more>>

Erin Bosik | Copywriter, Creative Director, Namer, Strategist and Brand Architect

I’m constantly reminding myself: “You can only worry about so much.” I tend to be a worrier — a needless and reckless one for the most part. I stressed myself out through all my years of school in my quest to be an exceptional student, and then the self-imposed pressure continued when I worked in agencies, and then started my own business. It’s taken me a decade of operating my company to really improve how I handle and grow from stress, and I like to remind myself that I’m better when I see things for what they are: opportunities instead of agitations. There are so many things to be afraid of when running your own business. The financial obligations…compliance and accountability…being a good partner and resource to clients…not to mention delivering solid creative work. Read more>>

Gili Wolf | Artist & Graphic Designer

I have a couple favorites quotes or affirmations, the first is “My heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me, and that what misses me was never meant for me.” – Al-Shafi’i This reminds me of another quote with a similar concept: “What you are seeking is seeking you.” These quotes give me a little peace, particularly when something doesn’t work out they way I had wanted or hoped it would. This idea helps me to surrender and to have confidence that there is something else I’m meant for, that is also meant for me, I just might not see it yet or it may appear in a way I’m not expecting. Another idea that I refer to a lot is “What’s the problem you want to have?” This is from the book “Essentialism” which has become a bit of a personal bible for me. It’s asks what is it you want to spend your life energy upon, and then suggests “Focus on that.” Read more>>

Dr. Amber Hollis | Doctor of Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

My favorite quote was delivered to me while sitting in a classroom in Chinese medical school by my favorite teacher of all times, Dr. Caylor Wadlington. His words were often poetry. He captured my attention like a flow state so easily reached. My mind didn’t wander when he spoke. One day he said, “Wisdom is the ability to see the connectedness in anything.” Boom! He just described the essence of Chinese medicine and what conventional medicine is so profoundly lacking. Which confirmed my choice to take the Eastern route of medicine. Our culture has erroneously given so much credit to the conventional system and considered some of the wisest doctors to be “woo woo”. I don’t entirely discredit our much needed Western medical system. They excel in emergency medicine. Read more>>

Sam Banola | Owner of Warrior Playground & Creator of Warrior Performance Training Method

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all – Alfred Lord Tennyson What I really love about this quote i how Dr Wayne Dyer re-interpreted it to say “tis better to have acted & fallen than to have never acted at all” This captures the meaning of what I believe is important in life for myself and what I try to teach to all my students. Fear of Failure is a big thing for too many people & that Fear, stops them from taking action on pursuing their dreams & goals. Whether it is the fear of looking, feeling, or sounding silly or foolish in school, work, personal life, or on the sports field… many people hesitate or change how they truly want to act and some (too many) don’t even act at all. Read more>>

Kevin Hoth | Artist and University Lecturer

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” by Albert Camus. This quote always reminds that no matter how bad things get there is something inside us that is pure potential, pure light, and pure love. It’s easy to forget this when we are faced with the constant barrage of daily human tribulations. Especially during this pandemic. Even when I barely feel like standing up, I remind myself that I can still make something original and compelling that might inspire someone. You just need to get on the mat, sit down at the desk, or pick up the camera. It’s got to be habitual like breathing, which artmaking has become for me. Read more>>

Jason Sirois | Realtor

“You got this. Make it count.” This is simple but immensely powerful to me. The phrase is engraved on a small stone on a bracelet I wear everyday as a reminder to have confidence and not waste time. To me this is coming from two voices. One is the voice of my family. The other, my own. I am fortunate to have a family pillar as strong as iron in my life. My parents, siblings, extended family, and friends make up this pillar and when I read this phrase, I feel them and hear them rooting for me. When I wear this bracelet I feel unstoppable and the feeling is rooted in love. I’m a firm believer in mindset and taming negative self talk, yet I’m by no means immune to it. “You got this. Make it count.” shuts the monkey mind up and re-centers me to remain focused on doing just a little bit better than yesterday, everyday. Read more>>

Chelsea Blumenshine | Creator and Event Coordinator

Say a prayer and do it afraid. I remember the day I created a Facebook page, an Instagram account, and all social platforms that I thought would help me get Lumen started. I created the pages and they sat there for almost a year, unpublished. I told myself that I was waiting for the right time, waiting until I was ready, waiting until my life slowed down, and waiting until it no longer felt daunting. That day did not come! Fast forward almost a year and I was at home under “stay at home restrictions” due to Covid-19 and I decided I was just going to do it. Nothing in the world felt right and there was no more normal, so I decided to go for it. I opened up those apps and remember being worried about how people would react, what they would think of me when I shared my new business venture. Read more>>