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.

Kim B Miller | Prince William County, VA Poet Laureate 2020-2022

My favorite affirmation is actually a (non-traditional) haiku that I wrote: It’s okay to be scared, do it anyway. Scared people succeed too. What I love about this poem is how it is a reminder that a lack of fear is not the key to success. Success is based on perseverance. It is a by-product of effort. It is obtainable. Success will not elude me or you if we’re scared. This haiku removes excuses. It helps me face my self-inflicted delays. It’s a reminder to just take a chance. Read more>>

Michelle Goss | Horse Guided Coach

“Horses bring us back to simplicity so we can process the complexities of our lives.” This is one of my favorite quotes partly because it is my own quote. I was in my graduate program, on my way to earning my Master’s of Art degree in Counseling/psychology with the concentration of Equine-Assisted Mental Health. I have always had a deep passion for horses and they have been an integral part of my life since childhood. As part of my studies at Prescott College, I had to attend 4 “Intensives” which were part of learning about Equine-Assisted Mental Health. Read more>>

Pearl W. Filani | Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane

Quote: You are beautiful, not because you made yourself beautiful. You are beautiful because you are created beautiful ~ Pearl W. Filani This thought is part of my mission in life. To remind you that you are innately beautiful. Which means you don’t have to strive for it, You don’t have to create your beauty. You don’t have to become beautiful. You are beautiful, so walk in that beauty. Read more>>

Alyvia Ferrel | Character Company Owner & Character Performer

“That old star can only take you part of the way. You got to help him with some hard work of your own” -James (Tiana’s Dad, Princess and the Frog). I love this quote and the messages behind the whole movie of Princess and the Frog. Ever since I was little, I’ve been a big dreamer. I always dreamed of getting the solo in choir, being the lead in the musical, being the fastest swimmer on my swim team, or winning the soccer championship. Read more>>

Alexis Roeckner Ferri, MNLM | Author & Horse Advocate

“The weakest step toward the top of the hill, toward sunrise, toward hope, is stronger than the fiercest storm.” ~ Joseph Marshall III, “Keep Going” I read this quote when I needed it most, during a time when I was deeply struggling with anxiety. Having struggled on and off with both anxiety and depression since I was 13, I had always carried with me the belief that in order to conquer my demons, I had to exert a monstrous amount of energy and effort to make any kind of difference, the kind that required strength I didn’t have. Read more>>