5 quotes for when you need a bit of inspiration

I’m not ashamed to admit that I love a good inspirational quote (yepp, even the cheesy ones!). Whether it’s to encourage us to pursue our career and life goals, make it through a tough week, give us the power us think positively about our lives and ourselves, or just provide a quick pick-me-up, a good inspirational quote can prove to be a great source of motivation!

Over the years I’ve found a few that have resonated with me at different points and stages  of my life (and a few that haven’t, like the old ‘you have as many hours in a day as Beyonce’ which might be true, but I certainly don’t have the money for many of the conveniences that she probably has, like a personal trainer, chef, private jet…).

So I’m sharing a list of my 5 favourites in the hope that at least one of these might help inspire you too – even if you didn’t know you needed it!

1. Be the hero of your own story. I’m not sure where I first heard this, but I remember being instantly attracted to the idea of embracing opportunities, being confident, and taking risks. I was lucky enough to win a competition a few years ago and have this quote immortalised in a framed print by none other than the inspirational Jasmine Dowling.

2. The limit does not exist. I don’t care that this is a Mean Girl’s quote, I still love everything it represents: not putting yourself in a box, being brave and trying new things, and not being afraid to reach for the stars. Clearly Collective Hub agree!

3. Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. This quote by Pablo Picasso was my mantra when I was completing my PhD. My research involved writing a 100 thousand word thesis, and there were some days where I felt like I just had nothing to write. This quote helped remind me to push through the writer’s block because I couldn’t just sit around all day waiting for a muse to strike! And surely enough, nine times out of ten the creative juices started flowing after persevering one word at a time.

4. Be in love with your life. Every minute of it. Jack Kerouac’s famous quote is a great reminder that if we don’t like something in our lives, most of the time we have the power to change it. While this may not always be the case, when we’re in a rut it can be easy to coast along without thinking about what we can change.

5. Wabi-sabi. Ok so I admit that this is not quite a quote, but it’s a great source of inspiration nonetheless. Wabi-sabi is an ancient Japanese artform of finding beauty in imperfection. It’s typically used to describe pieces of art (from Japanese gardens to poetry), but I think it’s something we can all use in our everyday lives – because life is rarely perfect but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it!

I hope these quotes helped to inspire you, and if you have any of your own favourites I’d love to hear them!

E x