We asked folks to tell us about their favorite quote or affirmation and to tell us what it means to them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Jaime / Yonatan Anderson / Elkayam | Coach & Reiki Healer

Jaime: I come back to this quote often. In an industry so focused on healing and health, we often hear terms like “find the light” and “high vibration” . While this is an important part of the work that we do, it doesn’t paint a complete picture. When this becomes the only focus, it can start to give us a negative perception of the darkness. The reality is that no one is free from their shadow or darkness & some of our most profound lessons show up in the moment’s we’re brave enough to look at our darker parts. Yonatan: There is no good or bad, the mind makes it so. Because of our culture & upbringing, we feel like something low must not be as good as something that is high, but the reality is that the low is the support system for the high; they need each other. The low provides the foundation for the high. In an orchestra, the low frequency is the bass, the cello, the tuba, etc. They’re all vital parts of the music. Without the earth, there is no sky. Without this relationship, it’s all just space. Read more>>

Bernadette Macias | Cosmetic Tattoo Artist

A long time ago I heard this quote “You could be the ripest most juiciest peach -but there will always be someone who hates peaches”….. and it stuck with me because at the time and for most of my life I always felt like I needed to make everyone around me love me… which is quite the task lol and it always took a toll on me constantly trying to figure out how to make those around me accept & love me… and when I read that, something clicked in my mind…. not everyone is going to love you, or like you, or accept you -no matter what you do. And in that moment I decided that I needed to just do and be what makes me happy and some will love me, some will like me, some will tolerate me lol and some will despise me and that’s ok. I honestly remind myself of this quote all the time. It’s kind of like when I graduated rehab, I was given a coin that says “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the strength to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”. Read more>>

Brianna Keaton | Entrepreneur & Creator

“Adjust, adapt, overcome.” A quote I often heard growing up from my dad when things didn’t go as planned or wanted. As a kid it was one of the worst things to hear because of course I had my heart set on whatever it was at the time, and super disappointed when those words were spoken. As an adult, repeating those words mean so much more, because there is a strength in understanding each word. Adjusting your perspective or attitude, adapting to whatever changes you may have to so you can overcome and see another perspective from where you once were. It helps tremendously when dealing with disappointment. Instead of becoming bent out of shape because one thing didn’t go your way, or feeling faced with a situation you do not have much control over, repeating to yourself “adjust, adapt, overcome” is just a stronger version of your regular “oh well, it is what it is” quote. It helps you realize that you are not settling for less, just for what is in that moment. You are also learning how to problem solve once you apply it to any situation you find yourself in. Read more>>

Stephanie Peraza | Writer/Filmmaker

“Keep swarming”. I am a devout fan of the Wu-Tang Clan. They have a saying that appears throughout their music: “Killa bees on the swarm”. Outwardly, it may seem trivial, just something they came up with that sounded cool. I have extensively researched the group’s history and collective philosophy. I have come to find that the de facto leader of the group, RZA, tailored their success strategically. He played their conquer of the music industry as if he was methodically playing chess: each player had their part. Ultimately, the term “swarm” became transformative. It encapsulated the power of consistency, of artistic tactics. It is an almost militant way of looking at life. So often when life gets us down, we feel the urge to give up and give in. The world plays tricks on us, no doubt. To keep swarming is to maintain a positive outlook and push forward, despite the gravity of life. “Keep swarming” means to find solace in like minds and build something together. Read more>>

EJ Neri | Actor

One of my favorite film quotes is from Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), “Forget it Jake. It’s Chinatown.” Meaning you can’t change things regardless of how much you try. Sometimes it’s just the way things are and the way they were meant to be. This quote ultimately ties up the entire film but on a personal level it liberates me. I can try so hard at something but if it’s meant to be it will be. In the film, we see J.J. Jake Gittes, played by Jack Nicholson, try so hard to help out Evelyn Mulwray, played by Faye Dunaway, and ultimately leads to a failure. The amount of effort Jake puts in was inspiring and heartbreaking to say the least. Read more>>

Debra Hintz | Fine Artist & Graphic Designer

Being a landscape painter who loves trees, one of my favorite quotes is by poet Rainer Maria Rilke because it truly captures what my art is about. The quote is this: “Being an artist means: not numbering and counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap, and stands confidently in the storms of spring, not afraid that afterward summer may not come. It does come.” This quote speaks to me as both an artist and an anxiety sufferer. Painting is where I seek healing from my struggles and Rilke’s words remind me to be patient not only in my creative process and development as an artist but also as I try to manage my anxiety. Concepts of resilience and hope amongst struggle are underlying themes in my work. At its core, my art is about finding refuge and strength through my storms and celebrating the light when it comes. Read more>>

Catherine Seifert | Inventor of The Car Caché

Abraham Lincoln, ” I don’t like that man. I need to get to know him better. ” Life is full of situations where one has to work with people that are not. Read more>>

Elizabeth Quiroz | Human Trafficking Survivor and Co-Founder

“We can move on with our lives and never speak of what God has brought us out of, or we can go back into the burning building and save as many souls as we can and bring them to freedom with us. This is the path I choose today.” I love this quote because I am using my pain for purpose and not allowing my traumatic experiences go to vain. Read more>>

Nick Gomez | Musician and Educator.

One of my musical heroes, John Coltrane, said “invest yourself in everything. There’s fun in being serious”. This is a sentiment that I try to organize my life around. My convictions and passions are what make my life worth living, so I hold those above the accumulation of wealth or status. Trane was the embodiment of this statement. He continually evolved past the expectations of critics, the public, and even his peers, pushing for a deeper and more complete relationship with his craft. He believed that his music could heal people or motivate people to do great things- more important ends than monetary or critical success. My most peaceful movements in life have been when I had the time and energy to dive into my passions: family, music, and lately, activism. I try to instill this understanding in my students, encouraging them to leave the rat race behind and devote that energy to the things that bring them peace. Read more>>

Miki Gilmour | Freelance Video Editor (Commercial, TV, Film)

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison Patience. I will become what I know I am. – Michael Jordan. These are 2 of my most favorite quotes that kept me going throughout my career. Working in the entertainment industry can take a long time until you get where you want to be. In my case, it took me about 10 years to become an editor. I started as a post PA once I graduated from college, and then became an assistant editor. There are thousands of Assistant Editors in LA and I met so many of them that are way more talented than I was. Whenever I meet those people and my confidence was defeated, I remember the quote “Patience. I will become what I know I am.” This quote reminds me that no one is great from the beginning (except some geniuses), but everyone is working hard to get where they want to be. The quote by Thomas Edison works in a similar way, every time I fail with something (which happens a lot to this day) and wonder if I should stick with my career or quit, this quote kept me going by encouraging me to try “just one more time.” Read more>>

Baret Boisson | Artist

I have a lot of favorite quotes and Gloria Steinem’s “Empathy is the most radical of human emotions.” is definitely one of them. Empathy, putting oneself in another human being’s shoes, is something we don’t seem to value in our society, and was entirely lacking from the previous administration’s rhetoric and policies. What I love about the quote, though, is the idea that empathy, kindness, and attempts to understand the other, require fortitude and resolve. It isn’t weakness, but demands courage. I created a portrait on a cigar box of Ms. Steinem and the quote as a reminder of this. Read more>>

Akis Konstantakopoulos | Director of Photography

“Work hard at your job and you’ll make a living. Work on yourself and you’ll make a fortune”. This is a quote that I try to live by everyday; it means the world to me. It’s easy to get lost in the daily work routine and to put all your energy in checking off all the to do tasks. At the end of the day, your work is only a small part of who you are. The focus should really be on yourself. You need to constantly be developing new skills and exploring your talents. And if you focus on developing and improving yourself in every aspect, then everything is possible!. Read more>>

The Blue Dolphins | Roots Pop Rock Band

“Follow your bliss”- Joseph Campbell. This phrase is an absolutely perfect compass for life. Find something you feel good about and keep doing it. It will lead you on a terrific adventure. Read more>>

Wendy Watson | CEO & Founder, Clearstream Agency

I am always inspired by the Rumi quote ‘Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.’ And as the mother of three teens, this is my mantra as they seek to find their own path in life. I firmly believe that if you follow your passion, success will follow, and best of all you will never feel like you worked a day in your life. Read more>>

Dusty Schlabach | A.K.A Curl Vision / Curly Hair Specialist / Thairapy Salon Owner

In today’s society we are sold an abundance of products that we don’t actually, need which turns into addiction and/or an ongoing dependency. Everything we actually need are the things we already have (for the most part when we are talking about hair), we don’t need to be sold anything and as soon as we realize that we will break the chain and can become healthier and happier for it. So when I say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, i’m referencing what I tell my clients all of the time, which is that they don’t need to be sold all of these products that are marketed to them. Their hair in it’s natural state is going to be the best and healthiest version of their hair. Keeping things simple and taking a less is more approach will not only benefit their hair but themselves as a whole. Read more>>

Stephen Small-Warner | Filmmaker | Vertical Cinema Specialist

“Walk by faith, not by sight”, I’m more spiritual than religious, so I didn’t first hear this from the Bible. Before I picked up a camera, I was thinking about dropping out of college. In discussion with my mother, she told me this quote, and as a person who visualizes everything, this just hit different at the time. I literally picked a camera up a week later. Eventually, I tatted this on the back of my arm as a reminder that you don’t always have to see things for them to exist. There have been times that it would slip my mind, and strangers would stop me and say ‘I like your tatt,’ instantly reminding me to leave room for faith. It bridges the gap to our most powerful visions. Read more>>

Thou Romeo | Musician / Performer

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” – Oscar Wilde Everyone begins the race of life at the starting line and if you have dreams and ambitions I believe success will be a path, if you want it. Read more>>

Joan of Angels | Visionary Life Guide & 420 Spiritual Living Events

I have always had a sense of destiny and purpose, that I was here to assist others to step into their personal power, their visions. This sense of meaning and purpose has always guided my work. When my children(ages 10 and 8) and I lost everything, we began to mastermind together, and formed a group we called the Miracle Makers Club. Everyday, we changed, meditated and used positive affirmations as we became magnets for miracles. Our prayers were answered far tetter than we could have envisioned and several years later, we moved into a beautiful house with a swimming pool and basketball court, their dreams had come true. We were magnets for miracles and launched the Miracle Makers Club!. Read more>>

Lauren Tannenbaum | Music-Maker and Herbalist

“At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.” It’s a quote by Goethe, but I heard it for the first time by way of Barbra Streisand, via my mom. It is a quote I keep coming back to when I need to remember to make a bold choice, or to recommit to my wildest dreams. It reminds me to move in directions where my commitment, heart, and action is in alignment, because that is when magic inevitably happens…that is when adequate space is made for synchronicity and spirit to do their thing. I like that these words have been an anchor for the better part of two decades, and that the very words have become their own special kind of charm. Read more>>

Dipali Patel | Entrepreneur, Mother, Fitness Junkie, Feminist

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey. Self confidence is not letting the opinions and thoughts of others affect how we feel about ourselves when really our own opinion is the one that matters the most. It’s being confident about yourself, your worth, and what you are doing. Self Confidence is knowing that you are much more than the negativity eluded from others and to just be yourself and own it! Sometimes we have to fall before we can learn to walk and similarly, we have to fail at times to grow. It’s about learning what went through in our pasts and using to shape our future. It’s about stepping out of stereotypes/cultural norms and break barriers to help shape a newer perception of strong women today. Read more>>

Nikki Green | Creator

“Yesterdays the past, tomorrow’s the future but today is a gift.Thats why it’s called the present” Bill Keane This quote amplifies the meaning of living in the present. To enjoy the now and live each day as if it was your last. I learned to enjoy the moment and make memories. To live in the now and capture opportunities that present itself. To not be afraid to live my dreams and pursue each day with a new mindset. By incorporating this into my daily life I was able to have a different outlook on how I wanted to live and approach my day. Together with my viewpoint and approach; I am now mentally free to allow my creativity to flourish. Read more>>

Kenny Carkeet | Mulit-Platinum Producer / Former AWOLNATION Member

I once did a 3 day writing session with Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins. When we were talking about negative press he had received in the past he told me this: I refuse to meet an expectation that I did not set myself. This has stuck with me forever as my entire career i spent trying to appease other people so that my voice would be heard. I tried to live within the barriers of success aka what the ‘suits’ would tell me i needed to do. Once i started living AND creating for myself and no one else, I started making my best art. Read more>>

Tiffany Collins | Creative & Entrepreneur

“Everything in the Universe is subject to change and everything is right on schedule.” -Anonymous is one of my favorite quotes. I use it to ground myself when I am feeling anxious and overwhelmed. I take a few breaths and remember that I am safe and all is well. Read more>>

Reece Cross | Business Owner & Hip Hop Artist

That quote has gotten me through some of the most challenging times of my life when it came to my career aspirations. Speaking for myself, I was never the most talented person in anything I pursued. However, I always had the drive to work harder than anyone else to achieve my goals. Was I always the best? No. But, I can always be proud of the fact that I put in the work necessary. Read more>>

Brett Copeland | Singer-Songwriter-Entertainer

“Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.”
This is one of my favorite quotes. I have come to learn that the objective of life is to prosper and to thrive. To be in excellent health both mentally and physically, to pursue that which pulls us and inspires us, and to do what is right and kind to ourselves and to others. Unfortunately, there are a LOT of distractions in life that pull us away from authentic joy and peace. These distractions and pitfalls of life are typically disguised as successes and happiness, when – in truth, they are the enemies of success and happiness. In time, though, hopefully – we all realize this and grow into that which is truly best for us and brings us the best quality of life. Read more>>

Gisele Silva | Professional Dancer, Choreographer & Educator

As a child my dream was to meet Disney, so I grew up and read things about it. And this quote has always motivated me, my dream has always been to become a dance professional and live on my art. Time has passed and today I’m proud to say that I worked at Disney, you need to believe what you dream of. Read more>>

Theresa Christine and Suzanne Schmedding | Travel, Culture & Feminism Podcast Co-Hosts

Theresa Christine: A book I love to revisit is Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please, and as a writer I value her thoughts on the craft of writing—although her advice could apply to almost anything. She said, “You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.” This quote speaks to how it’s so tempting to complicate things. I spent too long thinking about becoming a travel writer, thinking about writing a novel, and thinking about producing The Wild and Curious Podcast, but now that I’m doing all those things I only wish I’d started sooner. I’m prone to worrying and overthinking, but that doesn’t get me anywhere. At the end of the day it’s all about doing the thing. Suzanne Schmedding: I have many that I love, but I think my favorite quote is “Begin Anywhere,” attributed to the late composer John Cage. I’d first heard it about 10 years ago while I was going through a rugged time, and it was one of the few thoughts that reached me when I felt I was at the bottom of a well. Read more>>

Jessica Yoon Ji Chung | Graphic and Motion Designer

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Most things I learned in life that I remember were either from life experiences or from connecting with a certain moment. If you want to spread a message, through any type of art form, the quickest and most successful way to do it is to make the audience relate to it somehow. Read more>>

Nick Lamar | Recording Artist, Producer

One of my favorite quotes is “F the majority” I started using that in college at a time when I felt like I needed to let everyone know I was my own person with my own mind. Even in music sometimes I have to shut-out the noise and opinions and get back to the dreams and visions I set. Read more>>

Raffi Tachdjian | Founder of Children’s Music Fund, and Allergy and Immunology Professor at UCLA

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do” This is a quote by UCLA Basketball Hall of Fame Coach John Wooden. On 2 occasions while I was high school senior, I served him his Sunday donut which was one of his rare indulgence. Read more>>

Louis Wu | Owner of Ohana Ukuleles

My favorite affirmation is to “Always Ask Why, and Why Not”. As an entrepreneur, asking myself the question WHY enables me to continuously be inquisitive about things around me and to explore new opportunities. It helps me seek out alternatives and to find solutions to challenging issues. Asking “why” allows me to learn from others and to understand different people’s perspectives. Asking the question WHY NOT also helps me seek out alternatives to difficult issues, and encourages myself and others not to give up until a solution is found. It helps me think differently and often unconventionally in order to remain innovative and creative in our business and industry. I often encourage my staff to ask the same questions to themselves and to others, certainly in a genuine and respectful manner of course. Asking WHY and WHY NOT are essential to our paths to creativity, innovation, excellence, understanding others and personal growth. Read more>>

Luci MacNair | Actress, Writer & Singer

I have many quotes that influence my life on the daily. I have a whole wall in my front room covered from floor to ceiling with framed quotes from people that I admire, or with words that move or inspire me in some way. I have a mini version ‘wall of quotes’ in my bedroom as well. (Seems eccentric perhaps, but I love these walls very much). I have filled my home with joyful words. Quotes are very important to me. Maybe because my love language is words of affirmation or maybe because seeing one can change my mood, but mostly, I believe, because when someone’s words resonate with me, I feel less alone. I feel more seen, more connected to the world, In quotes, I have found that my hopes, my dreams, my feelings and my truths are not only mine, but in fact bigger than me. That I myself am a universal being. Words have become mirrors for something deep and important within me that perhaps I was unable to voice myself or that I was unable to put into words myself. Read more>>

Falecia Dunn | Actress/Entrepreneur

“All you have is all you need”. This is a powerful quote that I heard and live by. It’s a real understanding that there’s nothing external that you need and what’s within is enough. When it comes to starting a business, think first what do you already have? What ideas, materials, time, equipment, resources, do you already have and then take the next step from there. Read more>>

Candace Writes | Author & Mental Health Advocate

S.C. Lourie wonderfully wrote, “Let your heart breathe, sweet soul. Breathe deep until you remember life’s beauty again. Breathe as much as you need to until you remember your own beauty again. Take as much time as you need. The world can wait.” When I reflect on this quote, it reminds me that it’s okay not to be okay because I am human. Though I carry many roles, I have to care for myself by prioritizing my needs with the same level of care and attention that I attend to others’ needs. For this reason, no, I’m not always happy. There are times where life knocks me down, and in those moments of pain, despair, and anguish, it’s perfectly okay for me to unplug, breathe, and take up space for myself to refuel until I get back to that place of equilibrium. I have battled with depression and anxiety for quite some time, and I have learned that breathing techniques have been a part of my wellness toolkit, and breathing is a reminder of life. Read more>>

Morgan Sorne | Composer, Performer, Multimedia Artist

“He who has a why to live can bear any how.” -Friedrich Nietzsche Early on in my career, I found this quote while doing the introspective work of asking the hard questions of, “Why do I NEED to create art? Why do I NEED to compose music?” Finding this quote by Nietzsche came at such a fortuitous moment in my life, for it affirmed the process by which I was practicing to create compelling art that served the need to take responsibility for my own mental, emotional, physical and spiritual healing. Virtually all of my art, be it music, performance, or visual pieces, has been the byproduct of a life-long dedication to processing my internal landscape of life experiences. Read more>>

Chelsea Pope | Actor & Comedian

My favorite quote is “How you do anything is how you do everything,” and I really feel that’s true. Consistency in my professional and creative life has been a priority that has taken me some time to fully learn and appreciate. It’s important to reflect the values you have in the actions you take on a daily basis, from taking care of your health to actively improving on your creativity and relationships each day. I like that this particular quote encapsulates that the choices you make each day are made with intention. It motivates me to consider how I approach all my decisions, both large and small, and that self-improvement is a constant habit. Read more>>

Andre Paradis | Relationship Coach

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” To me it means that anytime I have to do or learn something new, something I know nothing about, something scary even, it simply means that I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, stepping out of the box. I figured out early that I never learned anything when I’m comfortable. So I create this habit. The more I don’t want to do something, it becomes something I must do. This builds my confidence every time and helps me become the powerful, versatile, flexible and knowledgeable man I want to be. Read more>>

Allison Darling | Brand Photographer + Mentor

I recently heard this affirmation from Kathrin Zenkina and have implemented it in my daily routine: “My success is inevitable and I am always on the right path.” For the past couple of years, I have learned how deeply rooted my scarcity mindset truly is. I am constantly doing the work to become more abundant in all aspects of my life and business. I don’t always trust myself and therefore I am sometimes a terrible decision maker. I question my gut and I am constantly second guessing decisions I make in my business. Learning about manifestation and how to live the life I truly want has made me realize that I need to get to a mindset that already believes and knows that my dream life is coming my way. Rather than hoping for the life I want, I know it will be. Repeating this mantra to myself daily reminds me that my success IS inevitable. I will achieve my dream life and business. The Universe already knows this to be true. Read more>>

Raundi Moore-Kondo | Artist& Writing Coach

We were born to create! We are here to create ourselves. We are each unique beings who are capable of creating love and beauty and usefulness and happiness and entertainment and, for goodness sake, bittersweet, every day! As humans, creating is our purpose. Without creativity we can’t thrive. We droop and we fade. And the truth is, if we want to be healthy and happy, we can never stop being creative, no matter how long we live. It can be likened to creating the perfect candy bar, your dream candy bar, and then having to eat only that candy bar for the rest of your life. The same perfect pie, the same sensational stew…whatever you do, if you aren’t finding a way to be creative, innovative, or of use, you will wither. If inspiration isn’t surging through your marrow, at least once a day, you might find yourself in inexplicable misery. If you aren’t scratching that itch, telling you to paint or write or make music, you are relegating yourself to living in a state of self-torture. This creative deprivation is insidious and can be debilitating. Read more>>

Pharren Evans | Chef, Teacher and Beauty Lover

My favorite quote is, “If your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough!” This quote reminds me to always shoot for my dreams despite fear and or adversity. At one point in time or another, I believe we all face imposter syndrome or get discouraged by big aspirations. There’s an underlying feeling that we have to better, bigger, or compare ourselves to others in todays society. Sometimes that creates doubt and we tend to let go of the unique attributes that we possess. The funny thing is, its those same doubts and uniqueness that would push us to the next level. There’s only one you. So when you feel most afraid is when you should lean further into your greatness. Don’t give people what they want, give them what they never knew they needed and that’s YOU!. Read more>>

Abigail Bankston | Actress & Singer

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.” -Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle This quote is from my absolute favorite book which I highly recommend to all artists out there. I love this quote because it always reminds me that this fear I have inside me is mutual between all artists and I’m not alone. And that I have the ability to turn this fear into creativity. Anytime I find myself feeling bad or negative about what I’ve achieved so far in life, I pick this book up and it always motivates me to do what needs to be done. As an actress and an artist, it’s so easy to let our fears take over us and it can get in the way of creativity and work. We have to work through that fear and not allow it to get in the way of achieving our dreams. It will be hard but it’s so worth it. Read more>>

Andrew Puente | Actor

“Don’t talk about it, be about it.” It was something my sister always used to say to me growing up. As a kid she would pick me up from school and I’d hop in her car and tell her all about my day and the ideas that I had for what I was gonna do and be when I grew up and she would say “Don’t talk about it, be about it. Don’t tell me about it, show me what you’re doing to get there.” She was always pushing me in the most loving way, and it reminds me to walk the walk and not just talk a big game, because trust me, I have a big mouth, and especially had one as a kid. Read more>>

Celine Ordioni | Visual Artist

I have two. “Do you and love everyone else” This is something I think about daily. I have always struggled to make space for myself before making space for others and this serves as a constant reminder that it’s important for me to do what’s best for me before I can give any part of myself to anyone else. The second one is “Things don’t happen to you, they happen for you.” What I like about this quote is that it is about changing your perspective. Similar to when one door closes, another opens, it works on a more interpersonal level and helps ease the pain of when things go wrong so you can have more gratitude for the opportunity that follows. Read more>>

Nina Concepcion | Actor, Writer, Comedian

My favorite quote (which can also be an affirmation) is “working actors work whether they are working or not.” I think this can also be applicable to other art forms, but for me as an actor this is so important. Work begets work. If I were to sit around, waiting for auditions to come in, I would go absolutely crazy. I am the best version of myself when I’m in the work – whether someone’s calling me into an audition or not. Creating my own projects, writing, being in class, being in community with other actors – all of this is so important to me. I believe that you receive what you put out. If I’m putting out creativity, if I’m enjoying this journey and creating my own work, I know work will come to me. I have said work so many times in this paragraph. Read more>>

Chef Sanny | Entrepreneur

Yes! “Control what you CAN and what you CAN’T control, let go and allow the universe to handle it.” Too many times we try to handle problems and control situations that aren’t meant for us to control. Instead we get stressed out and become overwhelmed. When you decide to let go it gets better. Read more>>

Chaz Caprice | Master Hairstylist, Momprenuer, Salon Owner

Failing to plan, is like planning to fail. What I take from that quote is just to simply know your route, know where to going and don’t procrastinate getting there. . Just do it. It keeps me going , keeps me on my toes and motivated. Always helping me to achieve the goal , the mission. Keeping my goal and plans first and simply helping me execute. Read more>>

Taejun “TJ” Lee | COTA/L, Offset Med, Health & Wellness Professional, Adaptive Athlete

“One day at a time”. Being present and bettering myself in any aspect from the day before. Every day is another opportunity to go forward. During my time in rehab from my spinal cord injury, being told what I could do and couldn’t do from my diagnosis I made sure I did whatever I was able to do. Read more>>

Hayley o Novack | Account Manager, PVIS & Shower Ambassador, The Power of a Shower

“I may walk slowly, but I never walk backwards.” – Abraham Lincoln This quote crossed the stage with me on my cap as I graduated from Sonoma State University in 2019 after 6 years of attendance. I share this extra detail because I have accepted that not everyone in life goes at the same pace. The saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” has some similarities, but maybe different people would have built Rome faster. Who knows? All we can do is move at our own pace, and keep moving. To put not so lightly, if you stop moving, you’re dead. Everything I have done in life, everything I have accomplished, I did in my own way, at my own pace, and I don’t believe the joy I had in completing these journeys would have been greater just because I completed them faster than others. If anything, I savored the moment more by taking my time to fully appreciate each of those journeys. I can’t wait to spend as much time as I need to savoring the next one. Read more>>

Shaka Omari | Actor & Producer

I actually have three. First one by Samuel Becket, “Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better. ” For it gives me the freedom and fearlessness to press forward. You actually learn more in failure than you do in winning. Success and Failure are hand in hand. Second one: “When where you are is more uncomfortable then where you need to go… then you will move.” For me this is a reminder that it’s usually fear or anxiety that stops us from pressing forward. We like comfortability, routine and easy are safe, but sometimes to get to the goals we want, we have to be willing to being uncomfortable for a bit. Third one my parents said in two different ways: “Everything you do you leave your signature on, so might as well do it well.’ or as they would say affectionally, “Bloom where you are planted”.