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’re Born Worthy

“There’s no prerequisites to worthiness. You’re born worthy,
and I think that’s a message a lot of women need to hear.”
~ Viola Davis,
Actress & Producer

I Can Do That!

“My first job was being a page at ‘The Tonight Show.’
I saw Jack Paar come out one night and sit on the edge of his desk
and talk about what he’d done the night before. I thought,
‘I can do that!’ I used to do that on a street corner in the Bronx with all my buddies.”
~ Regis Philbin,
a.k.a. Regis Francis Xavier Philbin,
Media Personality, Actor, Author, Singer, Daytime Emmy Awards (4x),
Walter Camp Distinguished American Award (2003), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2003),
Guinness World Record for “Most Hours on Camera” (2004, 2008, 2009),
National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2006), Television Hall of Fame (2006),
Golden Mike’s Broadcast Legend Award (2010) & Disney Legends Award (2011)

The Fool

“You’ve got to learn to accept the fool in you
as well as the part that’s got it goin’ on.”
~ Tyra Lynne Banks,
Television Personality, Talk Show Host, Producer,
Author, Actress & Model

Still Not Retired

“I’ve retired so many times now it’s getting to be a habit.”
“I’m always announcing my retirement. I’m still not retired.”
~ Dick Van Dyke,
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Writer, Producer, Author,
Tony Award (1961), Emmy Awards (5X), Grammy Award (1964),
People’s Choice Awards (1976), American Comedy Awards (1994),
Television Critics Association Career Achievement Award (2003) &
Screen Actors Guild Award (2013)

Being Dark

“It was rough being dark. I got heat from my own people more than anyone else.
I remember going to my mom and saying, ‘Why am I so black?’ And she said,
‘Because I’m black. You just gotta always work harder than the average bear.'”
~ Bernie Mac,
a.k.a. Bernard Jeffrey “Bernie” McCullough
Stand-up Comedian, Actor & Voice Actor.

If You Don’t, Then Who Will, Sweetie?

“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.
Keep trying, hold on and always, always, always believe in yourself,
because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer & Film Producer

Saying the Right Words

“It’s one thing to stop saying the wrong things,
but you’ve got to start saying the right things.”

~ Joyce Meyer,
Author & Speaker

Something Bigger Was Waiting

“I always felt like something bigger was waiting for me out there.”
~ Jonathan Cain,
Musician, Singer, Songwriter & Author

Oppose Those Stifling Fears

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation.
I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure.
Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.”
~ Charles Stanley,
Founder & President – In Touch Ministries, Senior Pastor – First Baptist Church,
Theologian, Author & Photographer

Comfortable in Your Own Skin

“I have a lot of friends who say that one of the freedoms of being older is
you don’t care what other people think, which I don’t think is right.
You care what other people think, but
if you’re comfortable in your own skin, that doesn’t bother you.”
~ Dick Van Dyke,
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Writer, Producer, Author,
Tony Award (1961), Emmy Awards (5X), Grammy Award (1964),
People’s Choice Awards (1976), American Comedy Awards (1994),
Television Critics Association Career Achievement Award (2003) &
Screen Actors Guild Award (2013)

Your Impression of You

“I’ve certainly experienced racism, but it has not made a great impact on me.
I have always thought, as I got older and older, I was more in charge of who I was.
What someone thought about me or said about me
made less of an impression on me at very vulnerable times.”
~ Robert Guillaume,
Actor: Stage, TV & Voice, Emmy Award (2X), Grammy Award (1995),
St. Louis Walk of Fame Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1984)

Writing Yourself Off?

“There are enough people in the world who are going to write you off.
You don’t need to do that to yourself.”
~ Susan Boyle,
Singer, Actress, Author, Philanthropist, Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award (2009),
World Music Awards (2010), Japan Gold Disc Award (2010), Scotscare (2010),
Scottish Variety Awards (2011), Radio Forth Awards (2013), Scottish Music Awards (2013),
Philanthropist & Guinness World Records (6X)

Do You Appreciate YOU?

“You need to love your life; you have to appreciate yourself.”

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

I Can Listen to Myself, Now

“I’m my worst critic,
and I like the fact that I can listen to myself, now,
and make fun of myself, listen, make changes –
‘Oh, man, that’s messed up. Okay, I need to work on that;
I need to work on this.'”
~ Mary J. Blige,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress,
Grammy Awards (9x), Multi-Platinum Studio Albums (8x),
Founder – Matriarch Records, Fragrance – Melodies by MJB,
Fragrance Foundation FIFI Awards (2x), World Music Awards Legends Award (2006)
& ASCAP Voice of Music Award (2007)

Do the Best You Can

“Do the best you can with yourself and hope for the best.”
~ Loretta Lynn,
Singer-Songwriter, Author, Commercial Spokesperson, Actress,
Number 1 Albums (10), Number 1 Singles (16), Grammy Awards (3x), American Music Awards (7x), Broadcast Music Incorporated Awards (8x),
Academy of Country Music (13x), Country Music Association (8x), Music City News Awards (26x), Country Music Association “Entertainer of the Year” (1972),
Academy of Country Music “Artist of the Decade” (1970s), Country Music Hall of Fame (1988), Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame (1999), Continue reading “Do the Best You Can”

Be Unapologetic That We Excel

“I think we should be unapologetic that we excel –
and look beautiful while doing it.”
~ Tyra Lynne Banks,
Television Personality, Talk Show Host, Producer,
Author, Actress & Model

We Are Our Choices

“In the end, we are our choices.
Build yourself a great story.”
~ Jeffrey Preston “Jeff” Bezos,
Business Magnate, Investor,
Founder, Chairman & CEO of Amazon.com

When YOU Think You’re Good

“When you think you’re good, you will play at that level.
If you doubt yourself, you will play like crap.
~ Kurt Russell,
Actor

Put Imagination to Work

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work,
and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.”
~ Ken Robinson,
Educator

For Your Blessings, …

“Be true to yourself,
help others,
make each day your masterpiece,
make friendship a fine art,
drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible,
build a shelter against a rainy day,
give thanks for your blessings and
pray for guidance every day.”
~ John Wooden,
Basketball Player, UCLA Head Coach (1948–1975), Author,
Lecturer, The Sporting News “Greatest Coach of All Time” (2009)

Not Being Perfect

“It’s been hard, but I’ve finally
come to the realization that it’s okay to not be perfect.”
~ Jessica Simpson,
Singer, Actress & Philanthropist

Realize Your Own Value

“We many times sell ourselves short,
not only in relationships
but throughout our own lives.
Hopefully, we come around at some point
and realize our own value.”
~ Jennifer Nettles,
Singer, Songwriter & Musician

When Things Aren’t Perfect

“You have to be reasonable with yourself
and not feel guilty when things aren’t perfect.”
~ Jaclyn Smith ,
Actress, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Award (1989) & Businesswoman

Our Best Days are Ahead

“I seriously feel like the best days are ahead,
and I like the idea of getting to do everything I did before but with
more knowledge, experience, and street smarts. There’s a certain love,
appreciation, and gratitude that you have at 40 that you don’t
have when you’re younger, and it makes every accomplishment feel so much better.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez,
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer, Dancer, Producer & Singer