Having Feelings Isn’t an Absence of Strength

“Feelings aren’t an absence of strength. I know this for sure. So why should I pretend to have a sense of humor just to allow someone else to take a shot at me?”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Author, Actress, Satellite Special Achievement Award for Outstanding New Talent (2009), NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (2010) & Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead (2010)
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Letting Little Things Crush You

“If you live in an oppressive society, you’ve got to be resilient. You can’t let each little thing crush you. You have take every encounter and make yourself larger, rather than allow yourself to be diminished by it.”
~ James Earl Jones,
Emmy Award (3X), Tony Award (2X), Golden Globe (1970), Grammy Award (1970),
Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2008), Academy Honorary Award (2011),
Voice Arts Icon Award (2015) & Harvard University Honorary Doctor of Arts (2017)

The Kind of Self-Image You Can Live With

“To really live, that is to find life reasonably satisfying, you must have an adequate and realistic self-image that you can live with. You must find yourself acceptable to you.” 
~ Maxwell Maltz
Cosmetic Surgeon & Author
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Self-Esteem is a Necessity

“Self-esteem is as necessary to the spirit as food is to the body.” 
~ Maxwell Maltz
Cosmetic Surgeon & Author
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The Color of My Hair Doesn’t Determine My Joy

“People keep asking me if I am having more fun, being blonde, but I always have fun! Whether I’m blonde, redhead, or brunette! I always have fun.”
~ Kelly Clarkson
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Author, Television Personality & American Idol Winner (2002)
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Our Self-Image & Our Habits

“Our self-image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other.” 
~ Maxwell Maltz
Cosmetic Surgeon & Author
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Getting Ahead of Yourself

“Winning isn’t getting ahead of others. It’s getting ahead of yourself.” 
~ Roger Staubach
a.k.a. “Roger the Dodger”, “Captain America” & “Captain Comeback”
Heisman Trophy (1963), Naval Academy Graduate (1965), Hall of Fame Quarterback – Dallas Cowboys (1969-1979), NFL Players Association Most Valuable Player (1971), Super Bowls VI (MVP) & XII Victories, Founder – Staubach Company (1977), Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor (1983), Pro Football Hall of Fame (1985), Office & Industrial Properties Executive of the Year (1998), Commercial Property News Corporate Services Executive of the Year (1999 & 2000) & NCAA “Teddy” Roosevelt Award – United States Naval Academy Football (2000)
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Your Best Inside & Out

“Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself on the inside and out”
~ Author Unknown
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That Voice Deep Within

“There’s got to be a voice deep within you that is untouched by definitions. And it is there that you become divinely who you are.”
~ Viola Davis,
Actress & Producer

Faithfully Yours

“And being apart ain’t easy on this love affair
Two strangers learn to fall in love again
I get the joy of rediscovering you
Oh girl, you stand by me
I’m forever yours,
faithfully.”
‘Faithfully’ (1983)
~ Jonathan Cain,
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Keyboardist & Author

The Authentic Self

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“You should always be your authentic self; let people love the real you.”
~ Jekalyn Carr
Recording Artist. Speaker, Entrepreneur, Actress, Author, Billboard #1’s (8x), & GMA Dove Award
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Don’t Act Like Dust

“Dust settles, I don’t …”

~ Halle Berry,
Actress, Model & Film Producer

I Cannot Think That We Are Useless

“I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.”
~ Geronimo
Bedonkohe-Chiricahua Apache Leader, Medicine Man & Seer
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We Rise in Spite of the Bitter, Twisted Lies

“You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.”

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

Rejection

“”One thing Hollywood has taught me is to live with rejection. But I have also learned that rejection has nothing to do with me. It’s about business.,” “You can’t get hurt at every rejection; then you couldn’t be in entertainment.”” (1978)
~ Jayne Kennedy Overton,
Miss Ohio USA (1970), Actress, Model, Sportscaster, Emmy Award (1977), NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (1981), Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

We Aren’t Whatever Tempts Us

“Just because we are tempted does not mean that we are our temptations.”
~ Jackie Hill Perry
Writer, Speaker, Author & Artist
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Take the Time to Get to Know Yourself

“When you haven’t taken the time to get to know yourself, be OK
with you, and articulate what it is you want in a relationship,
then you can’t possibly find that person for you
because you don’t even know what you’re looking for.”
~ Keshia Knight Pulliam,
Actress

Body Positivity

“Body positivity is so important because [it’s] time we love our bodies in order to transcend them. It’s our character and the people we are in the world that truly matter.”
~ Ali Tate-Cutler
Fashion Model & Lifestyle Podcaster – The Love You Give
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Not in Rivalry to Man

“To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality.”
~ Indira Gandhi,
Stateswoman & Prime Minister of India (1966–77) & (1980-1984)

The Way You’re Living in the Meantime

“Faith is about how you live your life in the meantime, how you make decisions when you don’t know for sure what’s next. What you do with yourself between the last time you heard from God and the next time you hear from God is the ongoing challenge of a life of faith.”
~ Priscilla Marie ‘Cece’ Winans Love,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Talk Show Host, Speaker,
Author, Dove Awards (23X) Stellar Awards (15X) & Grammy Awards (12X)

Carrying Confidence

“Confident people have a way of carrying themselves that makes others more attracted to them.”
~ Sofia Vergara
Actress, Television Producer, Presenter, Model, Imagen Foundation Awards (2011), NAACP Image Awards (2011),
Screen Actors Guild (2012), Glamour Awards (2012), Screen Actors Guild (2013) & People’s Choice Award (2017)
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Company: Option vs. Necessity

“Someone told me the other day that he felt bad for single people because they are lonely all the time. I told him that’s not true; I’m single and I don’t feel lonely. I take myself out to eat, I buy myself clothes. I have great times by myself. Once you know how to take care of yourself, company becomes an option and not a necessity.”
~ Keanu Reeves
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Your Behind-the-Scenes vs. Their Highlight Reel

“The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our ‘behind-the-scenes’ with everyone else’s ‘highlight reel’.”
~ Steven Furtick
Pastor, Songwriter, Author, Founder & Lead Pastor – Elevation Church
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Finding You

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
~ Socrates,
Philosopher