Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotes. I’d say I’m a pretty reflective person. I’m the type to highlight meaningful text as I read, keep a note on my phone of inspirational quotes, and just take to heart words of wisdom. So, here are some of my favorite quotes that inspire me, make me think, or just ones I like to keep in my back pocket to turn to in times of needs
I listen to Landyn‘s podcast quite frequently, and one of her episodes was sharing tips for parenting teens. She shared a few pieces of advice, but the two quotes from her that stuck out to me were:
1. and 2.
When people show you who are you, you listen.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Both of these quotes are definitely ones that can apply to life, let alone being tips for a teen.
The first quote is definitely something I’ve had to learn the hard way in life. I try to see the good in people and have been burned. It’s hard when a relationship gets lopsided or you want to trust so badly that you settle. I will remember to share this with my kids…and, actually, believe it or not, I could probably share this advice with them now…even in the 5th grade.
Her second piece of advice can certainly be applied in various areas of life. One of the reasons I chose to continue to work after we had the kids was because I didn’t want to lose the side of me that that was a professional who contributed income to our family. Also, of course, this advice could apply to friendships, relationships, and much more.
While there are times I feel spread a bit thin, it’s worth it knowing all my eggs aren’t in one basket.
We watch a lot of baseball in this house, and are KC Royals fans. One of their announcers is former player Rex Hudler. You will often hear him say:
The only two things you can control are your attitude and your output.
I love this one, and I certainly point it out to Hayden when Rex says it during the game. I remind Hayden that this applies to sports and to life!
Forward is a pace.
Whether it’s during a difficult season of life, or just after a bad day, it’s important to remember to put one foot in front of the other and carry on as best you can.
Patience is a form of action.
Patience is not my strong suit, but actually, I’ve gotten better with pausing, reflecting, and being patient as I’ve gotten older.
One of my top reads in 2018 was I Liked My Life. A quote that stuck out to me was:
You have a head and a heart and I expect that you make choices that account for both.
This quote was from a parent to their child, and certainly applies to how I hope to raise my kids. There will be tough decisions in life or decisions you don’t want to make, but you to persevere anyway. In life, I’ve often thought, ‘I needed my heart to match my head,’ in making decisions like letting go of our beloved pup Shiloh and when it was time for me to get my hysterectomy.
I wish I could remember where I heard this next quote, but I love it.
When you lose, say little, When you win, say less.
I know adults who need to follow this piece of advice!
We are a collection of our choices.
I love this one. Of course, with parenting, I feel like I’m always preaching to the kids about the choices they make. This quote certainly sums up a great message in life.
This next quote isn’t necessarily a piece of advice, but I love the message. One of my all time favorite books is To Kill a Mockingbird, and in it, Scout says:
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
I hope to instill a love of reading in my kids. There’s not greater past time or therapy for me than reading a good book. Hayden’s my book worm…I’m still working on Hadley!
Of course, this next one is a classic quote, but I will never forget going through a really sad time, coming back to school, and my principal sending me a sweet email that ended with:
Always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you will every know.
This one is a classic for a reason. It’s a good one to remember as I encourage my kids, but it’s also a good reminder to myself!
I think I saw this next one shared on social media.
If you want more freedom and energy, start saying no.
I’m certainly still working on this one…but, again, with age comes wisdom…and I’m learning. I’ve definitely learned to prioritize my time to align with my heart and values, so that has made saying ‘no’ easier at times.
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. –Hemingway
Just a reminder in the ups and downs of life that we often learn more in the tough times, and, in turn, cherish the good times.
Do you have any words of wisdom or inspirational quotes that are of meaning to you? I’d love to add them to my list!
I hope you are having a great week so far! Don’t forget to check out the other ladies’ posts too!