We love ourselves a good quote and so we asked our community to share their favorite quotes and affirmations with us and we’ve highlighted some below.

Barbara Blalock | Founder & Executive Director

“Teaching is the one profession that teaches all others” When you think about a teacher and the difference they make from this quote, teachers are valued in an even greater way. I think about where I would be today if it wasn’t for a teacher and I would honestly have to say that I could have never achieved much without the guidance, support and compassion from teachers in my life. Read more>>

Jackie Lee | Cookie Baker & Decorator

Stay true to myself- I live by these words. I’ve always remained true to my style. I don’t compare myself to others and try not to get caught up on what others are doing- it’s too exhausting. Read more>>

Tracy Brown | Visual Artist

The quote that has always stuck with me is a quote by Henry Thoreau, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” My college professor Irv Taran actually said this quote during a painting class in the early 2000s. For some reason, it struck me deeply and I still think of it often. It reminds me that we all have our own unique vision and way of seeing the world and that art is not about perfection but the path of self-discovery and voice. Irv also uses to always say, “nothing is precious” which is so true and allows you permission to screw up and learn from your mistakes. Making bad art is part of the process and sometimes you just have to walk away from a piece and start over. Read more>>