We asked the community to share their favorite quotes and affirmations with us. Check some of those out below.

Laurel Elders | CEO / Coach / Trainer

For years this passage in “A Course In Miracles” intrigued me. It states, “You need do nothing.” This one passage stumped me the most. When I read the words, “You need do nothing.” I felt anxious. I have gotten through life taking action why would I not take action to fix it? If something is off, why should I not takes steps to correct it? I feel safest when I taking action. In prayer, I asked for the meaning of this message. I waited. I waited. Crickets…. I thought, “Well, I guess this is one that just won’t ever makes sense to me.” I left it at that. Yet, there was a part of me that knew that some of my action taking was so knee-jerk it had the potential to do more harm than good. This was an area in my life I had to contend with. What happened next was interesting. Over the next two weeks I kept receiving flashbacks of life regrets. Things I have done or said that if I could do it all over again, I would. I thought it odd since I had mostly made peace with my life, regrets and all. Read more>>

Mallory Fox | Doctor of Health Science & Movement Specialist

“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” —Maya Angelou I love this quote because I suffered a traumatic brain injury and vision loss in 2018 after a motor vehicle accident. My life changed suddenly, without my consent. I went from being fiercely independent to needing help with nearly everything. There is a lot of stigma around brain injury, disability, and mental health and I had to face those preconceptions in myself as well as others. I learned that I am so much stronger than I ever thought. I also learned that I will never judge myself or another person by what they have experienced. Read more>>

Bethany Fortner | Artist

I don’t know if this came from a quote I heard elsewhere and internalized or from my own compilation of experiences, but I like to remind myself to ‘make art however I can make it.’ My philosophy for the past few years has been to metaphorically follow around my inner child as she wanders from idea to idea, enjoying her own creativity and exploring whatever sparks her curiosity. That means that sometimes I’m making art out of toilet paper and sometimes I’m watercolor painting. I’ve learned not to tell that inner child, “No we don’t know how to do that well enough” because she has her own kind of wisdom and her own level of stubbornness. What I learn by following her lead despite whatever experience I lack has been incredibly therapeutic. I find what I’m working on often parallels what I’m learning in therapy or what I’m experiencing in my relationships and, in fact, the art process deepens my understanding of it. Read more>>

Jaclyn Nishihira | Vegan Home Chef/YouTuber

I’ll paraphrase a little, but my favorite quote goes something like this, “Don’t let people’s compliments go to your head nor their criticisms to your heart.” (Original quote is by Lysa TerKeurst). I love this quote because it reminds me that no matter what other people think of me, whether they love me or hate me, agree or disagree with who I am or what I do, it doesn’t matter. My value comes only from God. What others think about me does not change my worth. This quote means a lot to me as an online creator because it’s so easy to fall into the trap of tying my happiness to outside validation. I’ve definitely been there before. To me, this quote is about staying humble and also about not giving other people power over the way you feel about yourself. Read more>>

Liz George Fesch | University Professor

My perspective shifted in my professional life this last year with the challenges that we all seemed to face. The idea of freedom as an artist was a reoccurring theme for me with respect to how essential and connected freedom is in striving for excellence in my work, in addition to most effectively and genuinely interacting with dancers in the studio. The below quote is one that reminds me of this. “The purpose of liberty, is to allow a free people to be creative to release the creative energy that we need. And also, to strive for excellence and virtue. That’s what life is all about.” Ron Paul Freedom, liberty, and diversity of thought, are essential to finding balance in my opinion and “releasing the creative energy that we need.” I have made it even more of a priority recently in my classes and rehearsals to create an environment where young artists feel free to ask questions and speak freely in combination with investing in their rigorous technical training. Read more>>