There’s Only One Step

“There’s only one step to ever take in this lifetime. Listen to your heart. You’ve got an inspired success strategy within you. You have an alchemy that will alter every single circumstance and spin iron into gold. Let’s be real. There are no pre-packaged steps to a singular destiny. You have never been here before. Your lifetime can be a regurgitation of the limitations of society. Or it can be an initiation into something creative, healing, and alive — for which you came. It’s your choice.”

-Tama Kieves

Remind Yourself

“Remind yourself, in whatever way is personally meaningful, that it is not in your best interest to reinforce thoughts and feelings of unworthiness. Even if you’ve already taken the bait and feel the familiar pull of self-denigration, marshal your intelligence, courage, and humor in order to turn the tide. Ask yourself: Do I want to strengthen what I’m feeling now? Do I want to cut myself off from my basic goodness? Remind yourself that your fundamental nature is unconditionally open and free.”

-Pema Chodron

The Way to a Full and Healthy Life

“I do think the way to a full and healthy life is to adopt the sensible system of ‘small helpings, no seconds, no snacking, and a little bit of everything.’ Above all–have a good time!

What a happy task you have set for yourself! The pleasures of the table are infinite. Toujours bon appétit!”

-Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking

You Don’t Have a Career. You Have a Life.

“Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet.”

-Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

In the Midst of Winter

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

-Albert Camus