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10 Inspiring Quotes to Motivate You

Words have the unique ability to rouse infinite emotions out of the human psyche. They are powerful beyond measure. Carefully crafted sentences and stories can create feelings of utter joy, cause laughter, instill fear, and even fill one with despair.

I look to words for inspiration – often reviewing my favorite quotes and passages from my favorite books in times of reflection. I’ve selected some of my favorite quotes to inspire and motivate my readers (and myself) in all of our endeavors.

“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”

 Elizabeth Gilbert, (Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear)

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

― Frank Herbert, Dune

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

― J.K. Rowling

“My Mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Maya Angelou

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

Ella Fitzgerald

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”

― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

“You never fail until you stop trying.”

― Albert Einstein

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“Life is Art.”

“I think everything in life is art. What you
do. How you dress. The way you love
someone, and how you talk. Your smile and
your personality. What you believe in, and
all your dreams. The way you drink your
tea. How you decorate your home. Or party.
Your grocery list. The food you make. How
your writing looks. And the way you feel.
Life is art.”

— Helena Bonham Carter

Memorial Day 2020

“We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.” – Ronald Reagan

Resolutions for 2020


In this life we are constantly bombarded with negative commentary from all outlets – television, social media, magazines, etc. All provide about a million+, often contradictory, ways that we can be better, do better – and point out all the ways we are getting everything WRONG.

How we look.

How we eat.

How we act.

How we think.

It’s all bull****. It’s all lies. A bunch of crap force fed to you in order to make sales, increase viewers/followers/listeners, etc. We devour the propaganda without question, because we desperately want to perfect ourselves and our lives – preferably in the fastest, easiest way possible. Unfortunately, what the media doesn’t tell you is that regardless of what you buy, you will never be truly happy until you let go of all of the negative unnecessary crap infecting your heart and mind. It’s all useless. The only person on this earth that can decide what’s right for you is YOU. Who knows you better than yourself? Honestly? Nobody.

Stop doubting yourself! The only opinion that matters is your own – and if you are unhappy then it is up to you and only you to make the necessary changes – that includes those of us that suffer from mental illness. I am not by any means saying that you have to stand alone through your struggles, I’m simply saying that you are the only person capable of making the right decision(s) for yourself. You have to take the first step to get help in whatever form is right for you – seeing a doctor, counselor, going to meditation classes, etc. WHATEVER works for you works. All of the excess crap thrown at you through the endless outlets in todays society is nothing but noise. You shouldn’t feel ashamed for not following society’s norms and taking steps to better yourself.

Ending toxic relationships.

Seeking medical help.

Starting a fitness journey.

Changing your lifestyle.

Eating carbs.

Cancelling plans.

Focusing on yourself.

You are the only you on this Earth – take care of yourself. You are the master of your own life. It’s all you. How awesome is that?

The societal noise will never stop – but just because they are there doesn’t mean you have to listen. You don’t have to. I firmly believe that the only real thing that matters in this life is this: are you a good person? If so, then do what makes you happy. If not, then do what you have to in order to make amends.

You have the ability to shape yourself and your life in whatever way you see fit. The possibilities are limitless – you are limitless. You have the ability to make your dreams a reality. So what’s stopping you?

You are capable.

You are deserving.

You are strong.


Don’t be afraid to fight for yourself – you’re the only you there is. So be, unapologetically, you.

Virginia Woolf

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.

Virginia Woolf


In honor of Independence Day I thought it only fitting to share the following transcription of, arguably, one of the greatest documents ever written in human history. Reading it again this morning, truly pulls on the heartstrings. I think there’s a little bit of a revolutionary inside of us all.

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


Button Gwinnett

Lyman Hall

George Walton


North Carolina

William Hooper

Joseph Hewes

John Penn


South Carolina

Edward Rutledge

Thomas Heyward, Jr.

Thomas Lynch, Jr.

Arthur Middleton



John Hancock


Samuel Chase

William Paca

Thomas Stone

Charles Carroll of Carrollton



George Wythe

Richard Henry Lee

Thomas Jefferson

Benjamin Harrison

Thomas Nelson, Jr.

Francis Lightfoot Lee

Carter Braxton



Robert Morris

Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Franklin

John Morton

George Clymer

James Smith

George Taylor

James Wilson

George Ross


Caesar Rodney

George Read

Thomas McKean


New York

William Floyd

Philip Livingston

Francis Lewis

Lewis Morris


New Jersey

Richard Stockton

John Witherspoon

Francis Hopkinson

John Hart

Abraham Clark


New Hampshire

Josiah Bartlett

William Whipple



Samuel Adams

John Adams

Robert Treat Paine

Elbridge Gerry


Rhode Island

Stephen Hopkins

William Ellery



Roger Sherman

Samuel Huntington

William Williams

Oliver Wolcott


New Hampshire

Matthew Thornton

Declaration of Independence (US 1776)

Little Adventures

“Think for a minute, darling: in fairy tales it’s always the children who have the fine adventures. The mothers have to stay at home and wait for the children to fly in the window.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife     

I would say that isn’t entirely true.  Mothers we may be- we can and should still have our own adventures.  After all, we are still women, still individuals, still alive-life doesn’t end just because we have children.  It changes and begins again, but never ever ends.  Free time, I know, seems an impossible thing, but remember-there are small adventures to be had in every second of every day.  Not just the new experiences and surprises that come with motherhood that make it all worth while but the little moments we get to ourselves.  The trips (alone) to the store, the unexpected nap, the cup of coffee or tea, the shower lasting longer than two minutes, getting to wear something other than sweat pants or work attire, the great victory of actually finishing a book, going to the gym, having a date night, or even watching a movie uninterrupted to its end. 

I’ve decided to start this blog as my own little adventure, regardless of whether I am ever published, this is mine-my own adventure and outlet to express myself however I see fit.  And maybe, just maybe I can inspire some of you to have your own little adventures to.