13 Inspiring Quotes on the Power of Lifelong Learning

Hello friends! Happy Sunday!

Can you believe we are about halfway through August already? It’s truly amazing how quickly time seems to pass as you get older.

Many kids are heading back to school this week and I thought it would be the perfect time to share more of my favorite inspirational quotes this week on the topic of education.

Learning is truly a lifelong journey and although it sounds cliche, the older I get the more I realize how little I actually know.

Isn’t it funny how we can hear our parents’ and grandparents’ voices in the back of our minds every now and then during different times in our lives?

I will say that it is infinitely harder for me to focus and learn something new now that I’m older. When I was younger, learning came so easy. Now I have to actually work for it.

But one thing remains the same, my love for the library. It is still one of my favorite places to be; I could spend all day just browsing the shelves and picking out interesting titles, perusing a few books here and there. That’s my idea of an amazing day!

Anyway, without further ado…

Let’s jump right in.


The capacity to learnis a gift.The ability to learnis a skill.The willingness to learnis a choice.


“Being educated is the difference between wishing you could do some good and being able to do some good.”
-Russell M Nelson


“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
-Malcom X


Learning is the only thingthe mind never exhaustsnever fearsand


“Education is not preparation for life; Education is life itself.”
-John Dewey


“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.”


Never forget that intelligence rules the worldandignorance carries the burden.Therefore,remove yourself as far as possiblefrom ignoranceandseek as far as possibleto be intelligent.


“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
-Malcolm Forbes


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
-Nelson Mandela


I amthe wisest man alive,for I know one thing,and that isthat I know nothing.


“Education isn’t something you can finish.”
-Isaac Asimov


“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
-Albert Einstein


Knowing yourselfis the beginningof all wisdom.



For more inspiration check out:

13 Quotes to Inspire a Life of Learning

Read This When You’re Feeling Discouraged.

Good morning Friends! Happy Sunday!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your summer! We’ve had a little break from the rain and have enjoyed a few days of sunshine and comfortable temperatures.

Our days are spent trying to enjoy our last weeks of summer before school starts. But this past week, I had a little setback. First, I somehow hurt my ankle. Not sure how or why. I couldn’t blame the weather and I hadn’t done much in the way of cardio that day. But, these things happen. I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older that all it takes is moving wrong to upset something in my body. And by wrong, I mean just simply moving. haha. This issue was easily fixed by wrapping the ankle. And then I ended up wrapping both ankles because they were both sore… fun times. I always joke that if some part of my body didn’t hurt, then I would think something was seriously wrong. hahaha!

Then, I woke up earlier this week with a sore-ish throat. It wasn’t allergies.. It was that nice inkling, “Hey! You’re about to get really sick unless you ease back..” Because I don’t want to get sick, I immediately started taking precautions. I drank the free samples of Ester-C I got from BzzAgent, I popped some ibuprofen, gargled salt water, sprayed the red sore throat spray all over, and enjoyed some fisherman’s friend drops. I also eased back on my workouts a little and tried to rest more.

Seemed to help. The throat thing went away.

Today is also supposed to be measurement day. Hahahahhaha…. sigh.

I can feel the bulkiness in my body. This happens every challenge around week 3 and 4. Combined with having to take it easy this week, and a ravenous appetite.. yeah. No.

Ten years ago, this would have left me pretty discouraged. I would have been upset and l would have let it ruin my day.

But time, perspective, and a sense of humor give clarity.

It’s not the end of the world.

I’m pretty fortunate, it could always be worse.

And, my favorite, in the grand scheme of the universe, this is a blip and completely insignificant.

At some point, we all face setbacks. And it’s easy to become discouraged.

You’re not alone. We all feel this way at one point or another.

So today, I wanted to share some of my favorite nuggets of wisdom to help inspire you to rise above whatever you’re facing in your life, and move forward with a new perspective and a little humor.

Almost everything will work againif you unplug it for a few minutes...including you.


You cannot always control what goes on outside,But you can always controlwhat goes on inside


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You either get bitter or you get better. It's that simple.You either take what has been dealt to youand allow it to make you a better person,or you allow it to tear you down.The choicedo


Beware of giving up too soon.Our emotionsare not reliable guides.


No matter the situation,neverlet your emotionsoverpoweryour intelligence. (2)


You ought to be thankfula whole heaping lotfor the people and placesyou're luckyyou're not. (1)


Don't take life too seriously.You'll never get out of it alive.


Manyof the great achievementsof the worldwere accomplished by people who were tired and discouraged...peoplewho kept on working!


Maybe swearing will help.



9 Inspiring Quotes to Let Go and Move Forward

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday!



I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing weekend. Here in Ohio, we finally have a stretch of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. It’s fantastic!

This summer has flown by.. Here we are at the end of July already! A new month of opportunities and possibilities await. It’s the perfect time to let go of anything that is no longer serving us. Any anxiety, stress, worry, material items, emotional baggage, negativity, etc.. let it go.

Start the new month fresh, feeling uplifted and rejuvenated. I’ve compiled some of my favorite quotes to inspire you to do just that!


The root of all sufferingisattachment.


“Let go…
How would your life be different if you learned to let go of things that have already let go of you? From relationships long gone, to old grudges, to regrets, to all the ‘could’ve’ and ‘should’ve,’ to the dead friendships you still hang on to..
Free yourself from the burden of a past you cannot change.”
-Dr. Steve Maraboli


One of the happiest moments in lifeis when youfind the courage to let go of what you cannot change.


“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”
-Dr. Steve Maraboli


When you forgive,you heal.When you let go,you grow.


“Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go.”
-Anaïs Nin


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“If you can’t do anything about it then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.”
-Tony Gaskins


Let goorbe dragged.

Seize the Day | 9 Empowering Quotes to Inspire Success

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

Can you believe we are nearing the end of July already? I’m looking at my calendar as I type this and thinking, “Where has the summer gone?” Between the rain, storms, various appointments.. it’s just flown right by!

Because of the wet weather, in fact it’s raining right now, we haven’t been able to get up to the Lake in awhile… so I’m craving a Lake/beach/picnic/swim day. Hopefully soon. *fingers crossed*

But looking on the bright side of things.. it is the start of a brand new week. New possibilities and opportunities lie ahead. Let’s make the most of it! 🙂

Today I am sharing 9uo of my favorite quotes and affirmations that will empower you to – seize the moment, seize the day, seize the week – and achieve your goals!

Let’s get started!


Do what you canwith what you havewhere you are


One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you cannot change.


Great Things NeverCame FromComfort Zones.



Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm.


Life is a giftwake up everyday and realize that.


“Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem.”
-Jonathan Mead


No matter the situation,neverlet your emotionsoverpoweryour intelligence.


You don’t always get what you wish for. You get what you work for!


-We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.-


Have a wonderful week, friends!


Waking Up to Negativity | Saturday Morning Coffee Chat

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend thus far.

Last week, I woke up to some rude, mean comments on a few of my Instagram pictures. Now, this wasn’t the first time I’ve experienced this, nor will it probably be the last time I experience this.

It’s par for the course, right?

Admittedly, I was annoyed for about 5-10 minutes, mostly in trying to figure out who the person was and why he or she was commenting.

But the truth is you’ll never truly know why. And honestly, it doesn’t matter.

“People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.”
-Abraham Hicks

The internet is a great resource and for the most part it’s a pretty great place. There are plenty of people who are kind, supportive, and encouraging. People who are friendly and helpful.

But there is that percentage of the population who feel emboldened and empowered with anonymity. Sitting behind their keyboard, they thrive on negativity,  taking every chance to tear others down.


Negativity is commonplace. It is easy and cheap to be mean. It takes little effort to type out a derogatory, rude comment.

But those words live on forever – both in cyberspace and in the minds of the people affected.

As children we were taught that words can’t hurt us.

But that was a lie.

Words are powerful.

“Words so innocent and powerless as they are standing in the dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
-Nathaniel Hawthorne

Life is short. We only get so many trips around the sun.

Why waste your time and energy making someone feel bad, when you could spend it lifting people up? It takes the same amount of effort to be decent, but has much better consequences.

There is enough negativity in the world.

Don’t be common.

Be kind.

Be remarkable.

Be a light.

Encourage. Support. Love.

And if you cannot be nice, it’s probably best to just be silent.



7 Uplifting Quotes to Change Your Life

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

It’s bonus inspo week! Check out Inspiration for the Ages for some timeless wisdom.

I love Sundays because they give us a chance to pause and reflect. Also because they signify the beginning of a brand new week, filled with new opportunities and new possibilities; a fresh start.

It may sound cheesy, or cliché, but it’s true.

So, in honor of the Summer Tone Up Challenge, which starts tomorrow, I wanted to share a little inspiration and motivation for new beginnings.

Let’s go!

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For what it's worth,It's never too lateto be whoeveryou want to be.I hope you live a lifeyou're proud of,And if you findthat you're not,I hope you have the strengthto start over.



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Don't feel sorry for yourselfif you have chosen the wrong road.Turn around.



Don't worry about failures,worry about the chances you misswhen you don't even try.



Start now.Start where you are.Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking.Start with voice trembling, but start.Start and don't stop.Start where you are,



May the next few monthsof your lifebe a periodof magnificent transformation..jpg


Have a fabulous week, friends!




Inspiration for the Ages

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday! How was your week?


We recently took a spontaneous trip up north and had the best time! It was exactly what I needed! (And get this.. no make-up, no coffee.)


Yep. haha! 😉

We ended up visiting the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. It was interesting to learn about the life of our 19th President, as well as a little bit about the history of Ohio, and our government.

Set in the original part of the building, on the main level of the museum is the beautiful Rotunda. It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you first enter – awe, impressed, intrigue, humbled – all jumbled up.




It’s absolutely beautiful, but what really struck me were the quotes on the walls. It’s interesting how relevant those words are today.

This week I wanted to share some of that timeless wisdom with all of you. I’ve added in a few bonus quotes from around the center that I loved, too. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend stopping in for a visit. It’s well worth your time.


“He serves his party best who serves his country best.”
-Rutherford B. Hayes



“Our government…is a government founded on the consent of the governed…It is not the government of the native born, or of the foreign born, of the rich man, or of the poor man, of the white man or the colored man— It is the government of the freeman.”
-Address, “Union and Liberty,” Lebanon, O.



“War is a cruel business and there is brutality in it on all sides.”
Rutherford B. Hayes letter to Lucy Webb Hayes



“I disliked news accounts about my attire and that of my guests, so I often would wear the same gown, knowing that society editors would avoid the subject so as not to bore their readers with repetitious descriptions.”
-Lucy Webb Hayes



“When I may appear negligent in writing, recollect, ‘Where the treasure is there will be the heart also.'”
-From Lucy to Rutherford



“Let him, like every good citizen, be willing and prompt to bear his part in every useful work that will promote the welfare and happiness of his family, his town, his state and his country.”

A little section where visitors can write words of encouragement and hang them on the wall. My son wrote, “Change your attitude. Change your life.”



Summer Tone Up 2017 | Tone It Up Fitness Challenge for Women | #TIU

Hello Friends!

Happy Thursday! How is your week going so far?

I’ve been a little distracted the past two weeks… between not feeling well and having a bit of an existential crisis, it’s definitely been busy. I’m blaming it on the full moon and the stormy weather. haha!

And that is why I’m so excited about the Summer Tone Up Challenge! Fitness is excellent therapy and can solve many problems. In addition, I have two months until I turn 30, and I am ready to close this chapter and move on to the next one. I know it’s all symbolic, and nothing really changes (except a lower car insurance rate, right?) but I want to enter my 30’s feeling my absolute best!

Much like with the Bikini Series, I will do a weekly check-in post to help keep myself accountable, and hopefully inspire you on your fitness journey.

We start on Monday and I would love for you to join us! It’s a completely free, 4 week fitness challenge and it’s going to be amazing! The workouts are challenging and fun, and the TIU community is filled with incredibly loving and supportive women!

I joined Instagram last month and I was blown away by all of the support and inspiration from my fellow TIU girls!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up at ToneItUp.com

Leave me a comment and let me know if you are joining!

And stay in touch! Follow me on Instagram for daily inspiration, laughs, yoga, and lots of coffee!


See you soon!



Ignite Your Fire: Fitness Inspiration to Get You Moving

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday!

Summer is in full swing and isn’t it fantastic?

Since the Bikini Series wrapped a few weeks ago, I’ve been in full workout mode.

And I’m proud to say that I am not only looking and feeling thinner… but the tape measure reflects my hard work – 2.5 inches down.

Woot Woot!


As I’ve gotten older, my perspective and my priorities have shifted. Fitness is less about looking good and more about being healthy. 

With that in mind, I wanted to share a little extra fitness inspiration this week. 

Let’s workout!


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“You’ve got to block out all distractions when you train. You’re focus has to be 100% into the rep. You’ve got to get into a zone…”
-Mike Matarazzo

Fall in love with taking care of your body.

“You’re far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way. ”
-Jennifer Freeman


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“It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.”
-Dennis Waitley


Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.


The difference between your body this week and next week is what you do in the next 7 days to achieve your goal.


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“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.”
-Jillian Michaels


You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent.


Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.


Make progress.Not excuses.


I’ll leave you with a little music. Have a wonderful week friends!

9 Timeless Thoughts to Inspire Your Week

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

There was a beautiful sunrise this morning.

What a week!

Last year, I wrote 29 Life Lessons in 29 Years, and I was blown away by the wonderful feedback I received. 29 has been a whirlwind… numerous events have reminded me of the thought, Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to learn. (-Pema Chodron)

It seems fitting to share some timeless thoughts this week as we relax during this long weekend in the U.S., and as we embark on a brand new month.

Without further ado…

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” -Thomas Jefferson


“Don_t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each


If something is wrong,fix it if you can.But train yourselfnot to worry.Worry never fixes anything.


No matter the situation,neverlet your emotionsoverpoweryour intelligence.



To be beautifulmeans to be yourself.You don't needto be accepted by others.You need to accept yourself.



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Each of us is herefor a brief sojourn;for what purpose we know not,though sometimes we sense it.But we knowfrom daily lifethat we exist for other people first of all,for whose smiles and


Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin,and an antiseptic.


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Have a great week friends!