Every one of us has those times we just need some encouragement. Whether school has you down, work, relationships or lack there of, here are quotes by women of color to lift you back where you belong!
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Maya Angelou
In life, things are out of our control. We all make mistakes, but we choose whether to let it change us, hurt us or as Angelou said – reduce us.
“There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move – and he, in turn, waits for you.” Marian Anderson
Be the first to make a change, do not wait to see someone else do it, then follow. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take so, shoot girl! Do what you know is right and good things are bound to follow you into your life.
“I will not dim my light for anyone, and anyone that asks it of me is my enemy.” Lorraine Toussaint
Never dim your light. Your mother didn’t carry you in her womb for 9 months for you to not shine as bright as you can. Shine brighter than the stars and NEVER let anyone convince you that you should turn down your brightness!
“If I don’t love myself, I won’t survive.” Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes
Loving yourself is the most important thing you can do. Even on your “off days” you are still deserving of the most love and respect the world has to offer.
“It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful, I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” Warsan Shire
Women often feel the need to look a certain way, act a certain way, talk a certain way because they think thats what makes them noticeable. This is not true. Your job is not to be desirable, it’s to be happy, successful, and reach for your own goals. Nothing looks more beautiful than that.
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” Oprah Winfrey
Surrounding yourself with a motivated and focused group of people fuels the positive energy you need to keep pushing further and further. You don’t need people who don’t want to see you reach your full potential in your life.
“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Ida B. Wells
In life, people will wrong you, people will disappoint you, and it sucks. That’s life though. The best thing you can do is notify them of what they did and hope they learn from it. Don’t let it hurt you too much, make it a learning opportunity for them
“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” Beyoncé
Women, we cannot wait for someone else to make it happen for us. We have to take the reigns and do it ourselves. Listen to Queen B, take the lead for not only women as a whole but, yourself in general.
“Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.” Sadie Delany
We all love the sweeter things in life, so make yours a sweet one too! Easy enough for us ladies, we’re already made of sugar, spice, and everything nice.
“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” Alice Walker
Waiting is the last thing we have time to do, life is too short. You can’t seek happiness in other people, you gotta create your own! That way it can’t be taken away from you.
Live on strong, motivated, and happy queens!