Today, it’s all about the badass ladies who inspire me on the regular, and a few of their gems that I hope will resonate. In no particular order awesomeness…
You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up.
Oprah Winfrey, What I Know For Sure
Believing takes practice.
Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have?
Cheryl Strayed, Wild
The girl wore her scars the way some women wore their finest jewelry.
Sarah J. Maas, The Assassin and the Healer
You do not have to be good.
Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” – Dream Work
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Hopefully, as you get older, you start to learn how to live with your demon.
Amy Poehler, Yes Please
I know it will be OK because everything is OK in the end. And if it’s not OK, it’s not the end.
Taylor Jenkins Reid, After I Do
Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something you own.
Michelle Obama, Becoming
Side and semi-related note: I recently gave a chat at my alma mater about all things girl power – which even included a few of these quotes funnily enough. Since we all know I love a good list, I used it as an opportunity to share some of my favorite memoirs with the group as “Recommended Reading,” and today seemed like an a-ok day to share here, too.
Go forth and inspire!