Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be


Becoming who we were born to be is a lifelong process. As we go through life, making mistakes, living through the good times and the not so good times, coming together and falling apart – we are continually shedding our old skins, revealing the new. Regardless, there are times when we could all use a little bit of encouragement. So! Here’s a round-up of words uplifting, witty and wise, courtesy of 10 amazing women…

“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
— Susan Sontag

“I began to understand that all of life is practice: writing, driving, hiking, brushing teeth, packing lunch boxes, making beds, cooking dinner, making love, walking dogs, even sleeping. We are always practicing. Only practicing.”
Dani Shapiro

“If you are gracious, you have won the game.”
Stevie Nicks

“To me it is really important to live in what I call the spaces in-between. Bus stations, trains, taxis or waiting rooms in airports are the best places because you are open to destiny, you are open to everything and anything can happen.”
Marina Abramovic

“Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure..”
Jane Austen

“The most important relationship in your life is the one you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.”
Diane von Fürstenberg

“I cured myself of shyness when it finally occurred to me that people didn’t think about me half as much as I gave them credit for. The truth was, nobody gave a damn. Like most teenagers, I was far too self-centered. When I stopped being prisoner to what I worried was others’ opinions of me, I became more confident and free.”
Lucille Ball

“Think of yourself like a captain, and you’ve got this little boat. And sometimes the weather’s good, and you’re just sailing, and sometimes big storms hit, and you know, you’re in a stormy sea, but just ride it out, ride it out. Because it’s good to be alive.”
Patti Smith

“Once we give up searching for approval, we often find it easier to earn respect.”
Gloria Steinem

“When at last I took time to look into the heart of a garden, it opened up a whole new world; a world where every country walk would be an adventure, where every garden would become an enchanted one.”
Grace Kelly

What are your words to live by?

L xoxo



  • Ayana


    It’s definitely hard as a mom to find my identity at times. Sometimes all I am is ‘wife’ or ‘mom’. It’s important to remember to be who I really am!!

  • Ashley


    Thanks for the inspiring quotes. As a mom we get lost in our day to day and often disregard we are and our needs. It is important to remember who we are!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries


    The Diane von Fürstenberg one is the best. I need to have a good relationship with myself. It’s something I work on constantly!

  • Amanda Maxwell


    I love the one about giving up seeking approval and in turn gaining respect.

  • Jehava


    Such beautiful and encouraging quotes!

  • Justine @ Little Dove


    Yes! It’s a lifelong process, thank you for sharing that friend. And I love that quote from Lucille Ball!

  • Emily


    I love the Lucille Ball quote. It’s so true – others aren’t thinking about us or analyzing us as much as we fear they are. It gives so much freedom when you realize this!

  • Tabitha Blue


    Love that… “Once we give up searching for approval,” Great list! I needed this inso today.

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