Pushing Pushy Thoughts

“Sometimes our thoughts try to push us around.
It’s time we start pushing our thoughts around.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry
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Leaving Bad Situations

“A fear of the unknown keeps a lot of people from leaving bad situations.”
~ Kathie Lee Gifford,
Television Host, Singer, Songwriter, Author< Director, Producer & Philanthropist

That Color on Purpose

“People are valuable regardless of the color of their skin.
You can be open about it and talk about it. You don’t have to pretend that you are not different,
but you can learn about those differences God didn’t say, ‘Ooh, I made you brown on accident.’
He made them that color on purpose. And if you do not have friendships with other races,
then ask God to bring you some. He will.”
~ Nicole C. Mullen,
Singer, Songwriter & Choreographer.

Other Peoples’ Money

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”
~ Margaret Hilda Thatcher,
(Baroness Thatcher), 
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (May 1979–November 1990)
Leader of the Opposition (February 1975–May 1979)
Leader of the Conservative Party (February 1975–November 1990)
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment (March 1974–February 1975)
Secretary of State for Education and Science (June 1970–March 1974)
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science (January 1967-June 1970),
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions (October 1961–October 1964)
Member of Parliament for Finchley (October 1959–April 1992)
~ Image via Wikipedia

True Repentance

““True repentance isn’t just saying, “I’m sorry.” It’s. saying “I’m sorry, I’ll never, ever do that again
because my relationship with you means more to me than anything.””
~ Serita Jakes,
Author, Speaker & Potter’s House Executive Director:
God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program,
Distinctively Debs Youth Program & Starting Over

Your Prayers Answered in Wondrous Ways

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.
The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Author

Precious, Valuable Treasures

“Our relationships are precious, valuable treasures from Heaven,
and we should handle them carefully, always looking for ways to build bridges to each others’ hearts.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Work That You Love, Work That Fulfills You

“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”
~ Oprah Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Your Own Definition of Beautiful

“Never try to be someone else’s definition of beautiful.
You have to define beautiful for yourself.’
~ Zendaya,
a.k.a. Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
,
Fashion Model, Dancer, Actress, Singer, Author

Your Biggest Success in Life

“Failure: Is it a limitation? Bad timing? It’s a lot of things. It’s something you can’t be afraid of, because you’ll stop growing. The next step beyond failure could be your biggest success in life.”
~ Debbie Allen
a.k.a Deborah Kaye Allen
,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Prime-time Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

Never Be an Imitator of Another

“Never be tempted to become an imitator of another.
No one is better than you at being you. We all have something unique to give.
Do not compare yourself with anyone else. Dare to maintain your uniqueness and divine originality.
Set the standard, be an example, raise the bar—when you do, you give others permission to do the same.”
~ Dr. Cindy Trimm,
Author & Executive Life Coach

Your Shared Future

“A ring means a commitment. But more than that, it means that you’ve talked about
your shared future and have decided together on a shared vision of it.”
~ Patti Stanger,
Businesswoman, Matchmaker, Author &
Founder & CEO – Millionaire’s Club International, Inc.

Organic Versions of the ‘Dirty Dozen’

“Be sure to buy organic versions of the ‘dirty dozen:’
the fruits and vegetables that, when grown conventionally,
are loaded with pesticides and chemicals:
Grapes, apples, lettuce, bell peppers, carrots, nectarines,
peaches, strawberries, pears, kale, and celery.”
~ Suzanne Somers,
Actress, Author, Singer, Businesswoman & Health Spokesperson

You’re Famous for What?

“There are so many famous people now that are
not really gifted or talented at doing anything
other than getting made up, putting on tight dresses, acting badly, getting married.
I mean, what the hell? I don’t know where we are
going with this here in America. And we are setting a tone
for the world, because everyone looks at what we do.”
“There was a time when fame meant that you were either
someone who is really gifted in your field or you were making an impact,
or you are famous because you were a really horrible person, you know?
But now, you can become famous by eating a frog. It’s just not the same thing.”
~ Debbie Allen
a.k.a Deborah Kaye Allen
,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Primetime Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

Experiences Beyond Your Imagination

“What’s in front of you is a whole world of experiences beyond your imagination.
Put yourself, and your growth and development, first.”
~ Phylicia Rashad,
Actress, Singer, Stage Director, NAACP Image Award,
Tony Award (2004) & Drama Desk Award

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Looking for Things to Smile About

“I actually look for things to smile about.
If I’m going to a concert later that night and I start to feel in a bad mood,
I think about the wonderful melodies I’ll be hearing later. I make a conscious effort to be positive.
And if you want the most joie de vivre in your life, that’s what you must do as well.
Negative thoughts will pop into your head, as they do to me and everybody.
But why give in to those thoughts and allow your mood to be dragged downward?
My suggestion is to fight off the temptation to go negative and work at being positive.
Try it out and see what happens. I’m willing to bet you find the experience worth repeating again and again.”
~ Dr. Ruth Westheimer,
Sex Therapist, Media Personality,
Actress, Voice Actress & Author

Grace & Confidence

Beauty is grace and confidence. I’ve learned to accept and appreciate what nature gave me.”

~ Lindsay Lohan,
Actress, Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Singer, Kids Choice Award (2006), Capri Awards (2007),
Teen Choice Award (4X), MTV Movie Award (3X), Hollywood Film Festival Award (2X),
Radio Disney Music Awards (2004) & 2nd SoHu Fashion Achievement Awards (2014)

That’s the Moment to Rejoice

“That moment when you think you just can’t take it anymore, that’s the moment
to rejoice as that is when your body & mind grow stronger to carry you through.”
~ Nicole Curtis,
Investor, Realtor, Author
& House Restorer, Host – Rehab Addict

Just Because One Thing Went Wrong

“The world doesn’t end just because one thing goes wrong.”
~ Shelley Duvall,
Actress, Producer, Writer, Narrator Singer,
& Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress (1977)

Let Go of All the Bad Stuff

“You can’t go into something good until you let go of all the bad stuff
because you’ll find yourself steady bringing up all the old in a new situation.”
~ Fantasia Barrino,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, North Carolina Music Hall of Fame (2014),
Grammy Award (2011) & Theatre World Award (2007)

The Best Things

“Sometimes the best things are right in front of you; it just takes some time to see them.”
~ Gladys Maria Knight,
Singer, Songwriter, Author, Actress, Businesswoman,
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1996), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1995) & Society of Singers ELLA Award (2007)

All Things Glittery & Sticky

“I don’t know about other mamas out there, but my children love all things glittery and sticky!
I made the mistake of buying an expensive rug once…it was destroyed in 6 months.
So the idea of having a washable rug is genius to me!”
~ Tamara Day,
Interior Designer, Actress & Co-Founder – Growing Days

Sand Curves

“We all have hourglass figures; your sand just settles in different places.”
~ Octavia Lenora Spencer,
Actress, Author,
Awards Recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG,
Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (The Help, 2011)
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The Desire to Help

“It hurts me to see others hurt and the desire to help inspires me to go the distance to provide
to them the strength, the wisdom and the guidance they need to survive and overcome.”
~ Taketa Williams,
Pastor & Author

Everyone Has Highs & Lows

“Everyone has highs and lows that they have to learn from,
but every morning I start off with a good head on my shoulders,
saying to myself, ‘It’s going to be a good day!’.”
~ Lindsay Lohan,
Actress, Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Singer, Kids Choice Award (2006), Capri Awards (2007),
Teen Choice Award (4X), MTV Movie Award (3X), Hollywood Film Festival Award (2X),
Radio Disney Music Awards (2004) & 2nd SoHu Fashion Achievement Awards (2014)

Perfumed by Success

“Success is a great deodorant.”
~ Elizabeth Taylor,
Actress, Businesswoman, Humanitarian, Philanthropist, Founder – House of Taylor, Academy Award (3X),
BAFTA Award (2X), Golden Globe Award (2X), New York Film Critics Circle Award (1966) & Screen Actors Guild Award (1997)

When Envy Rises

“When you feel that envy rising up in you,
that should be your cue to intentionally bless that person;
it sort of fixes that in you.”
~ Priscilla Shirer,,
Author, Inspirational Speaker & Actress,

Focus on Your Answer

“Look forward and focus on your answered prayer and breakthrough
instead of focusing on the difficulties of today.”
~ Lisa Osteen Comes,
Associate Pastor – Lakewood Church & Author

The Size of Your Battle

“The size of your battle often times determines the size of your blessing.
So many people have had battle after battle, now get ready for blessing after blessing after blessing.”
~ Taketa Williams,
Pastor & Author

Divine Answers & Solutions

“God has answers and solutions. God has more answers than you have questions.
God has more provision than you have need, and God has more solutions than you have problems.”
~ Sarah Bowling,
Bible Teacher, International Speaker, Author, Pastor, Global Humanitarian & Founder – Saving Moses

She’d Take Out Her Dentures …

““Boy, I remember on the farm, when we’d get depressed, Grandma could always cheer us up.
She’d take out her dentures and take a healthy swig of the aquarium and then hold a flashlight under a chin,
so we could watch the goldfish swim from cheek to cheek.
Boy, we could have watched them all day, but visiting hours were only from 10 to 4.”’
Make the most of it!”
~ Rose Nylund, The Golden Girls TV Series character acted by
Betty Marion White
,
Actress, Comedian, Singer, Author, Producer & Radio Host

The Architect of Your Future

“You are the architect and building contractor of your future. Use your thoughts as an architect uses a blueprint.
Think about every detail. An architect not only thinks about the rooms in a h
but also the types of windows, the size of closets, the location of outlets, and so on.
Nothing is too insignificant. Think big and think detailed!”
~ Dr. Cindy Trimm,
Author & Executive Life Coach

Crises: Motivation for Innovation

“Crises provides the motivation for innovation. It is a call to change the way you do life.
The most important challenge will be to change yourself as well as to reinvent yourself in the process!
Go ahead! Make the change! Your future self will thank you!”
~ Juanita Bynum,
Singer, Author & Pastor

Glorious & Powerful

“We should all do what we can in our daily lives to remember that we are glorious and powerful.”
~ Tracee Ellis Ross,
Actress, Model, Comedian, Director & Television Host

Glamorized Youth & Marginalized Old Age

“Society may glamorize youth and marginalize old age,
but your season of life doesn’t limit God.
But in order to have confidence that God will fulfill your dream,
you must know that it was born of His Spirit:”
~ Jentezen Franklin,
Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, & Author

Goals for Your New Year

“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year.
This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.”
~ Melody Beattie,
Author

The Sower of Dreams

“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
Believe in yourself, and believe that there is a loving Source –
a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Author

Being Good to One Another

“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things.
It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.”
~ Carrie Fisher,
Actress, Writer, Comedian, Activist, Saturn Awards (1990),
Grammy Awards (2018) & Teen Choice Awards (2018)

Giving is A Really Big Thing

“Giving is a really big thing around Christmas, as well it should be.
Christmas is about giving, and it all stems from the greatest gift
the world has ever received – the gift of Jesus Christ.”
~ Monica Johnson,
Television Writer, Screenwriter, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay (1985) &
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay (1996)

The Incarnation of Perfect Love

“Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star,
the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees
in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.”
~ Lucinda Franks,
Writer, Journalist & Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (1971)

Reminding the Kids

“You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas.
Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

One Night by the Christmas Tree

“Faith is salted and peppered through everything at Christmas.
And I love at least one night by the Christmas tree to sing and feel the quiet holiness
of that time that’s set apart to celebrate love, friendship, and God’s gift of the Christ child.”
~ Amy Grant,
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Author, Media Personality,
Grammy Awards (6X), Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (22X)
& Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Not Ahead, Nor Behind

“One of the things I have always said about the man-woman relationship is
that I don’t want anybody to walk ahead of me, and I don’t want anybody to walk behind me.
I want a man who will walk along beside me.
And that’s how I feel about equal rights.”
~ Cicely Tyson,
Actress, Fashion Model, Tony Award – Best Actress in a Play (2013),
BFCA and SAG Awards (The Help, 2011), SAG Award nominations (4x, The Help, 2011)
NAACP’s Spingarn Medal (2010), Primetime Emmy Awards nominee (12x)
Drama Desk Award & Outer Critics Circle Award – Outstanding Actress in a Play
Academy & Golden Globe Awards – Best Actress nominee (Sounder, 1972), Continue reading “Not Ahead, Nor Behind”

You Are One of His Masterpieces

“You are God’s own masterpiece!
That means you are not ordinary or average;
you are a one-of-a-kind original.”

~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Others Are Going Through It, Too

“Just because you don’t know if other people are experiencing the same thing as you are,
it doesn’t mean that it’s not happening. Everybody doesn’t necessarily share everything.
Just know that what you’re going through, other people are going through it, too.”
~ Tyra Lynne Banks,
Television Personality, Talk Show Host, Producer,
Author, Actress, and Model

A Sense of Humor Can Save You

“It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself
and the problems you face in life. Sense of humor can save you.”
~ Margaret Cho,
Stand-Up Comedian, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author & Singer-Songwriter.

Sticky Little Fingers, Piled Dishes & Mortgages

“Still, I wonder if more women artists, musicians and writers aren’t household names
because we don’t have enough faith in our own pursuits to give ourselves the time we desperately need
to be transformed by a creative vision. Maybe that glass ceiling isn’t really made of glass at all,
but of sticky little fingers, dishes piled in the sink, and mortgages that demand two incomes.”
~ Holly Robinson Peete,
Actress, Talk Show Host, Author, Singer,
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (2011),
Quills Award in Sports (2006), Co-Founder – HollyRod Foundation
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You Don’t Have to Do Everything Together

“We decided that you have to let the other person do whatever he or she loves, and not intrude on that.
You don’t have to do everything together.”
~ Connie Chung “,
a.k.a. Constance Yu-Hwa Chung,
Journalist, Anchor & Reporter

Choose Positivity

“In this life, I’m always going to choose the positive.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, ACE Awards (2X)
National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award (1993),
American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Songwriters Hall of Fame (2X) Billboard Spirit of Hope Award (2011)
Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

No One’s Enemy Nor Anyone’s Victim

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”

~ Maya Angelou,
Poet, Civil Rights Activist, Dancer,
Film Producer, Television Producer, Playwright,
Film Director, Author, Actress & Professor

A Brainy, Fit, Self-Respecting, Confident Guy

“I definitely think that, for a woman, the biggest turn-on is the mind.
Otherwise, obviously you want someone who
keeps up with himself and has self-respect and self-confidence.”
~ Jennifer Nettles,
Singer, Songwriter & Musician

Better Things

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer, Humanitarian & Film Producer

Everyone’s Beautiful in That Zone

“I think if people are passionate about something, it could be real estate or biochemistry,
and that spark gets turned on in them, everyone’s beautiful in that zone.”
~ Cindy Crawford,
Entrepreneur, Model,
Actress, & Television Personality
~ Image via Pixabay

The Greatest Victory

“In the end, the greatest victory we can know is the result of all of our
hard work, discipline, and dedication: the realization of our dreams.”
~ Cheryl Burke,
Dancer, Model, TV Host, Author, World Cup Professional Rising Star Latin Champion (2005)
San Francisco Latin Champion (2005), Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Latin Champion (2005),
Dancing with the Stars Champion (2x), Prime Time Emmy Outstanding Choreography (2006)
Filipino/American Library Gala Role Model Award (2007),
& Asian Excellence Awards Viewer’s Choice Award (2008)

Being an Asset

“We all have a gift; we all have a passion – it’s just about finding it
and going into it. Being an asset to your family and community.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe Award & Black Reel Award

Whole-Hearted

I’m wholehearted about whatever I do.
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

All the Things I Love

“All the things I love is what my business is all about.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Know What You’re Voting For

“Young people need to vote. They need to get out there.
Every vote counts. Educate yourself too.
Don’t just vote. Know what you’re voting for, and stand by that.”
~ Nikki Reed,
Actress, Screenwriter, Singer-Songwriter & Model,
Nantucket Film Festival – Screenplay Award (2003),
Young Hollywood Awards (2X), Independent Spirit Award (2004),
Solstice Film Festival Award (2006), Delray Beach Film Festival Award (2008),
Method Fest Independent Film Festival Award (2008) & Teen Choice Award (2010)