I'm not a big quote person, I mean, I like them as much as the next person, but I don't have a book of them or anything.
I love to pull quotes out of books I'm reading (the ones you find on your own are the best!) but I almost always forget to write them down and have only just recently started starring them in the books I own.
When I was younger (and I mean, tween/teenager age) I was obsessed with the "If you love something set it free..." quote. You know which one I'm talking about, right? What fourteen year old didn't love that quote and think that whatever you "set free" was going to come back to you because it is "yours"? Yep, that was me. Oh, puberty and teenage dreams... Blech.
Lately, I haven't been thinking of quotes. I've been thinking about the mottos I tend to live my life by. There are several that I kind of repeat to myself over and over to get me through something "tough" but there are five that really stick out. So, today I am going to share those with you!
1. Fake it, till you make it.
I don't care who you are, everyone lives by this motto. Don't even try to deny it. To me, it's the equivalent to "sink or swim" and I never want to sink, so many many many times... I'm fakin' it.
2. What goes around comes around.
Karama, baby. I believe in it. 110%
3. Mind over matter.
I have repeated this to myself in so many cases (@missoakly, I'm looking at you) and it has gotten me out of many sticky situations. Let's back up... My junior year of high school my AP English teacher taught us The Secret. You know, the book, The Secret? It wasn't out at that time, but it's basically the same thing. The secret says, what you put out there, is what you get back. If you say you're going to get sick - guess what? You're gonna get sick! Don't say it, if you don't want it to happen. This phrase is also helpful on a particularly tough run or workout... just repeat, "mind over matter, mind over matter..." It works for me.
4. Be the best you can be.
This one came from my dad. Oh, and Abraham Lincoln. He said, "Whatever you are, be a good one." (It also came out of the book, American Wife, which is one of my top three favorite books of all time. Ofcourseyoualreadyknowthat). My dad always told us that whatever we were doing, whether it was scrubbing the floor or writing that term paper - do the best you possibly can.
5. Count your blessings.
It's too easy to get all down and all "woe is me...boo hoooo hoooo" But, let's face it, things can always be worse. Don't try to control what is out of your control.
Those are my top 5 mottos. What mottos do you live by? Do you have a favorite quote?