We love ourselves a good quote and so we asked our community to share their favorite quotes and affirmations with us and we’ve highlighted some below.

Melissa Swanson | Founder

One of my favorite quotes is by Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” This quote resonates beauty, simplicity and truth. Professionally; there are many mistakes, uncertainties and fears that arise from starting your own business and when I feel overwhelmed, I tend to come back to Maya’s teachings. Work hard, be kind to yourself and continue doing what you love all the while getting better as you go. This quote not only speaks volumes in business but also on a personal level. Doing things with integrity and following ones’ heart I believe, is the path to success no matter the financial gain. Read more>>

Terry Hagio | Online Fitness and Nutrition Coach

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop!! In my 20s my friends and I loved shouting “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” as we entered the nth hour of drinking for the night. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop represented the amazing nights of partying with friends til the after hours bars in Chicago closed (bars there can stay open until 4AM or 5AM and I saw those lights turn on way too many times). I loved my life and my friends and had so much fun drinking and dancing the nights away. Until I didn’t. In my late 20s I started to feel like something was missing… there was more to life than the hamster wheel of working and partying. While I loved (and still love!) my day job and loved (and still love!) my friends and family I still felt like something was missing. Read more>>

John Barry | Co-Founder & Executive Director

Mahatma Ghandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. What it means to me is that I must live to create change in my community and through my actions of serving others. Living a life that exemplifies my beliefs of kindness, compassion, tolerance, and love to everyone. I believe that if we all strove to live this ideal the world would be a better place. Read more>>

Nicole Ward | Certified Specialist in Wine, Founder & CEO

I do! My business slogan is, “Taking the Snooty Out of Wine.” This means everything to me because I’ve spent my entire career in the industry before launching Wine Expressions, and there are a lot of people who taint this industry by making wine unapproachable. I have always made it fun and want to educate consumers in the most laid-back way. Wine can be intimidating and not everyone studies it, so there is no reason to be a snob to people. This also speaks about my online boutique, I create really fun and unique wine-themed apparel and accessories. Read more>>

Gabriela Avila | Art Promoter, Curator & Museologist

Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up. (Thomas J.Watson, ((1874-1956)) This particular phrase is one of several that sparks my drive and creativity. I believe that the meaning behind the message carries beyond its pertinence to friends and acquaintances. The message as a whole is applicable to what we do day to day. It is my strongly held belief that one should challenge oneself as often as and whenever possible. The challenge could be as simple as taking part in a challenging conversation and exploring new ideas. I’ve always carried this and other phrases with me throughout my entrepreneurial career and employ them with my team. I try to surround myself with brilliant people who also have that same spark and who love what they do. Read more>>

Marisa Donnelly | Founder & CEO

“You are light — as soft as a flicker, as fierce as a flame.” When I was eighteen, a close “mother figure” friend said to me, “You bring so much light to my life.” And that comment resonated so deeply within my heart. As a young adult, still navigating the world, I realized how powerful it was for an adult to regard me with respect and admiration. I realized that this concept of “being a light” was something I wanted to embody for the rest of my life, both personally and professionally. Flash forward to my mid-twenties, the idea for my business first sparked in my mind. At the time, I was writing and editing for a larger magazine — and loving it — but I desperately wanted to teach people, coach people, write even more authentically, and share the passion I had for words with the world. Read more>>