“I Want it More Than I Can Tell”

Today I added a little gem to the back of my car:   

I got it from the esty shop “Happilyevertees,” but I believe it was just recently discontinued. 

I love how it turned out! This quote is one of my Disney favorites, and it is so fitting for a car. Just remember that having adventure doesn’t always mean scaling a mounting or trekking through the rain forest. Having an adventure could mean venturing to the “great wide somewhere” of your grocery store and creating something wonderful out of the mundane. Adventure is what you make it. 

I hope everyone has a magical day! I hope you all find adventure in your own special “great wide somewhere.” 

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Classic

My last quote for the “3 Days,  3 Quotes Challenge” is a Disney classic:

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” 

Who wouldn’t love this quote? It’s hopeful and optimistic, something I try to be every day. Sometimes it gets hard, but when I’m feeling a little down, this quote can help me see the sunshine again.

Keeping on laughing, imagining, and dreaming, my friends. I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

 

I’m Feeling “Wicked” Today

Today I’m combining a “mug shot” with the “3 days, 3 quotes challenge.” I couldn’t wait to show off this mug I just recently received from one of my best friends (hi, you! You know who you are!). She just got back from a trip to New York City and was so thoughtful to pick up THIS mug at the actual Gershwin Theater where my most favorite musical of ALL TIME plays eight shows a week:


Any other Wicked fans out there? I absolutely love it. I’ve seen it twice as it has made its way around the country on traveling tours, and I can’t ever get enough. The soundtrack is wonderful, and the morals we can learn from this musical are superb: “good” isn’t always good, and “wicked” isn’t always wicked. Not everything is as it seems, and we must be smart enough–be good enough–to recognize this.

It’s also all about harnessing your inner strengths, and learning to “defy gravity” with those strengths.

Here’s where I tie in my second quote of the challenge. It’s near the beginning of Elphaba’s showstopper “Defying Gravity”:

“I’m through accepting limits ’cause someone says they’re so. Some things I cannot change, but till I try I’ll never know.” 

love this. I’d like to think I’m through “accepting limits” because someone, or society, holds them in place. I also love how this quote is about making the decision to try, something I think is so important. No, we cannot change everything, but until we try we can’t ever know.

I hope everybody has a “wickedly” wonderful day. Remember, try “defying gravity” each and every day, and always remember to travel by bubble.

 

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge

I got nominated to do my very first “blog challenge” thingy by Disney on my Mind (Marywdw) (she writes an awesome blog, by the way), and I couldn’t be more excited! This challenge involves picking three of my favorite quotes and posting them for the next three days. I also get to nominate three other bloggers to participate in the challenge. The three bloggers I nominate are as follows:

It’s A Great Blog After All

How Savannah Smiles

Witty ‘N’ Pretty

I enjoy reading all of these blogs, so I thought it might be fun to nominate them!

Now for the hard part: picking which quotes to post. I’m SUCH a quote person (click here for an old post dedicated to the subject) so it’s hard for me to pick just three. Your favorite quotes can help define what you believe in and who you are.

It’s an important decision, as you can see.

After a lot of debate, here’s the first one:

“The very things that held you down are gonna carry you up and up and up!” {Timothy Mouse from Disney’s Dumbo}.

We all have things that hold us down–fear holds me down, anxiety holds me down, and my one-track mind holds me down. What I love about this quote is that it gives me hope that one day I’ll be able to overcome the things that hold me down and soar.

I hope everyone has a great day! “Believe and soar” today and every day.
 

Quotables

One of my favorite pastimes is scrolling through my Pinterest feed and carefully pinning quotes that I can directly relate to. I read and I write–of course I love when words are able to adequately express something so real yet so vague in a beautiful or concise way.

People can rely on words to inspire them, to motivate them, to stir hidden emotions deep within them, to make them smile. Isn’t it incredible that words– just different combinations of twenty-six characters–can actually influence the human experience? I think it’s just amazing.

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite quotes that I’ve discovered on Pinterest with you, possibly give you a dose of inspiration for the day or make you smile. I’m not one to like quotes about woe and suffering–enough of that goes on in the real world. Why not focus on things that help alleviate the yucky?

Enjoy some small doses of inspiration and happiness, my friends:

  • “My words sound better coming from my hands than from my mouth.”
  • “Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the hell out of never trying” {Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy}.
  • “Giving up is for rookies” {Hercules}.
  • “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our  most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it” {Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter}.
  • “The impossible is possible if you’re awesome!” {Bolt}.
  • “I hereby arm myself with coffee and willingness to be wrong.”
  • “The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it” {Peter Pan}.
  • “I’m an optimist, but I’m an optimist who carries a raincoat” {Harold Wilson}.
  • “Well done is better than well said” {Benjamin Franklin}.
  • “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself” {Glinda the Good, The Wizard of Oz}.
  • “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is” {Mark Twain}.

I hope everyone has a great day, and remember my little motto when life gets you down: When in doubt, Pinterest it out.

“Behind Every Successful Woman is Herself”

Isn’t it funny how a little quote can get your mind racing and your heart inspired?

I found this nice little quote while perusing the Zulily shopping app last night, a guilty little pleasure of mine. It was a print I found in the “For the home” section–a glossy, simple print with messy letters and artfully placed smudges and imperfections.

I could care less about the design of the thing. I fell in love with what this decorative piece had to say.

I am all about being independent. I’m single right now, which is honestly the best thing for me at the moment. I can focus on myself and myself alone, be a little selfish when it comes to doing the things like to do. Nothing is tying me down after I graduate–I can go anywhere and do anything without having to compromise or justify myself. Of course, I don’t plan to swear off men forever. Every little girl dreams of marrying the man of her dreams, her own prince charming.

I just don’t need a prince charming at this very moment. I’ve got all the time in the world.

I am in no way saying being in a relationship is a bad thing–I think it’s an amazing thing if it makes you truly happy and content. I just don’t feel the need for a relationship at this precise moment in my life.

Now. I didn’t just derive the word “independence” from this quote–it’s just one of the few things that started circulating my thought process when I happened upon one of my new favorite mantras. Here are the some of the other facets I believe successful women possess:

  • Belief in oneself. You and you alone have the power to write your own incredible, fulfilling life story. You have to believe you can create a bestseller.
  • Bravery. Being successful means being brave enough to try. And fail.
  • Work ethic. Working your tail off day in and day out for the things you want.
  • A voice. Having the gall to know what you want and what you believe in.
  • Knowing that you’re on your own, for the most part. Your parents and loved ones want your dreams to come true, but the rest of the world could care less. Go for it anyway.
  • Loving yourself. Every little bit of yourself.

I think that last bit is the key to acquiring those characteristics I listed before–how can you go after what you want without loving who you are and what you’re becoming?

I’ve been into watching Sex and the City lately–definitely not for the, well, scandalous bits. What I can’t help but love is Carrie Bradshaw and her authentic voice when she writes. Some of the bits of wisdom that come out of that show amaze me. As I was thumbing through Pinterest tonight, I came across a classic Carrie quote:

“The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you that you love, well, that’s just fabulous.” 

This. I feel like this is exactly what I feel when trying to explain all the thoughts that accumulated when I came across my Zulily find (that I didn’t purchase, by the way–self control at its best). To be successful–and not successful in the conventional money, husband, white-picket fence kind of way, but in a way that you are the own judge of your success–you have to first find yourself and become the person that you and only you want to be. A woman must be her own biggest fan when pursing her dreams.

“Behind every successful woman is herself.” Be your own advocate when it comes to your life. Drive your own car. Write your own story. Be yourself, because only you know what you want. And if you find a person along the way that “love[s] the you that you love,” that’s great.

What makes life fabulous, however, is achieving–no, make that striving for–happiness and success without compromising yourself and what you want.

Be fabulous, my friends. I’ll try and do the same.