We asked folks to tell us about their favorite quote or affirmation and to tell us what it means to them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Candace Nicholas | CEO/Creative Director/ Author/ Producer/ Chef

My favorite quote is “May the work I’ve done, speak for me.” I love it because we can all talk about what we want to do or what we want to see but until we actually do it it will remain undone. I want to be able to look back on my life and be amazed at the goals I set and accomplished. I want to be known for my actions. Read more>>

Amber Lauren | Founder & Creator of WavyWMN

My favorite affirmation is, “I release the fear of being seen.” I first heard it on the Clubhouse app during a morning meditation group. It stuck with me ever since. Being an entrepreneur, it’s hard to deal with impostor syndrome and self-sabotaging. It reminds me that it’s okay to be seen—no matter what. You don’t have to experience things alone, especially learning how to create community. It helps me understand that it’s okay to be yourself, for the sake of yourself. It’s okay to self-care. It’s okay to be free! Read more>>

Amber Perryman | Entrepreneur ,Cosmetologist & Artist

My favorite quote is “when life deals you lemons make lemonade”. Growing up my dad used to say it to me all the time and it wasn’t until he passed away and i got older that it dawned on me what it really meant. What it means to me is a few things: First it makes me realize that life is always changing and a lot of times those changes are out of our control. Second it makes me stop and tell myself instead of getting mad and frustrated when situations don’t go my way, think of ways to make it positive or ways to fix it or even ways to make the best of what you have. Read more>>

Yazid Smith | Entrepreneur/Brand

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” is probably one of my favorite quotes. I have this tattooed down my spine, which was my first and currently my only tattoo. I live by this because I truly believe that you have the power to control and/or create your own future. If you have goals you want to achieve, a lifestyle you want to live, a career you wish to possess, you have to be intentional on making that happen — CREATE that future for yourself and work hard at it. There has been times where I’ve lost focus and sight of that, but I’m focused now! Read more>>

Teresa Blount | Helping Professional

I like the scripture verse about getting “beauty for ashes” as this was the driving desire behind starting the nonprofit organization. haIve a heart for restoring hope to those who have experienced life impacting situations by connecting them with available re​sources and resource information needed for successful recovery. I seek to fulfill their area of need in food, shelter, education, arts & entertainment, by collecting supplies, resources, donations and volunteers and distributing those services directly to them. Read more>>

Amai West | Plus/Curve Model

Yes one of my favorite affirmations is something that I came up with myself while I was in my most depressing times in my life and it goes like this I am too big too hide and I shine too bright to go unnoticed -coco I came up with that because it’s true I am a bigger woman everything Is big And because everything is proportionally big why try to hide it into when I walk in the room and I don’t even say anything that’s not in but shining star energy Read more>>

Jeffrey Foster | Agent of Change | Educator | School Leader

“The function of education is to teach one to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This quote has so much meaning to me! During my graduate studies, I had the opportunity to examine the true function of education versus schooling. A wise professor, Dr. Greg Wiggan proposed the question of what is the difference between education and schooling. I then thought critically and found that schooling is attending lessons, doing activities, and hopefully learning. The purpose of schooling in the United States was to prepare students for their “place” in society. Education has a deeper meaning! Read more>>