We asked the community to share their favorite quotes and affirmations with us. Check some of those out below.

Taran Findling | Floral Designer

As a child, I spent a great deal of time with my grandparents while my parents both worked full time. My grandpa grew up in a very small town in South Carolina and went on to be an airplane mechanic, traveling the world with the U.S. Air Force. He exudes this very unique, very calming sense of wisdom that always resonated with me. One of his favorite sayings is “if it is to be, it must be me.” In other words, if something important needs to be done or said, you can’t sit back and wait for someone else to handle it. You need to be the one who steps up and does what needs to be done. I’ve always kept this saying in the back of my mind, and have tried to embody it in my actions in all aspects of my life – from starting my own business to speaking out about social injustices. Read more>>

Diamond Spratling | Founder of Millennials 4 Environmental Justice

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for” by Sean Patrick Flanery. This quote has stuck with me since I was in high school actually. I was at my last practice before my dance competition when my coach blurted it out. Back then, to me, it meant that if I just gave it my all the next three hours of practice, my team would do well in our competition. It worked. We scored really good, but today, that quote means so much more to me than a competition did. It means that I have to keep working hard and keep pushing toward my goals no matter what. Read more>>

Jelonnie Smith | Artist & Business Owner

A phrase I think about a lot is, “All it takes is one.” In a sense, it’s my twist on “quality over quantity.” This is applied in multiple ways when it comes to the business. All it takes is one sale or one painting to keep the business going. All it takes is one person to love what I do. All it takes is one brushstroke to finish a piece. All it takes is one painting to put a smile on someone’s face or bring them to tears. All it takes is one person’s support. This being a business that is in the creative field, it’s important to remember that it’s not all about a million sales and a million pieces getting done (although it is nice). It’s really about appreciating the small things and people. And just as important, is the quality of these things and people. This is also why I want to continue to make quality work. Read more>>

Corey Bell | CEO, Philanthropist & Mentor

My favorite quote, “The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.”~ Barack Obama This affirmation and/or quote is one of inspiration to me. It’s a reminder to stay focus, be intentional and continue in forward motion. Read more>>