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4 Quotes That I Guarantee Will Lift Up Your Spirits

Call me cheesy if you want.

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I always knew that words had so much power in them. From poems that came from Enlightenment philosophers to movies and President Barack Obama's speeches, the words managed to be present in this world through their magnitudes.

When I learned how to write in a fancy sort of way (think calligraphy but not really calligraphy), I found a calming activity. I would collect pens (they're on my Christmas list, so like yeah I expect pens for me). Quotes that would stick to me finally became more than reading them- I used this new way of writing to write down some of these quotes.

Reaching university taught me these because behind this lesson was a lesson about my mental health. These helped me stay away from the darkness that clouded my mind (this and my friends, but they already know I love them). They helped take the stress away with every stroke. Time seemed to slow down for me so that I could step back without feeling like the whole world was going to collapse if I did. Below, I have compiled a list of some of these quotes. I really do hope these words help!

1. "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

Ooh magic!

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The character Albus Dumbledore says this in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." This part of the "Harry Potter" series introduces us to Patronuses (mine is a dolphin if you were wondering), which are guardians against dementors. If you've never read or watched any "Harry Potter," Dementors are these entities that, simply put, suck the life out of someone. The only way to get rid of them is to conjure a Patronus, but it's not that easy in that the wizard/witch would have to produce enough positivity within their minds. A way to do this would be to summon happy memories. How powerful is it that your own happiness protects you against darkness? So powerful! The message then becomes clear that in the darkest of times, we have the power to turn on the light through our happiness.

It takes a lot of energy to think of something happy when all the anxiety and stress just outweigh your light. The strength it takes to step back and breathe amazes me. In the midst of midterms, papers, and finals, the stress and its anxiety friend sure do try to cloud my mind. I'd be walking around campus with a head that feels full because of these. Whenever I look at this quote, however, I'm reminded of the happiness that's grown since meeting my friends. I step back with the light telling me that it's okay to do so.

2. "You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are."

Yup! It's so true!

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Quoted from Sierra Boggess, my best friend would always tell me this (well, not always, because yeah I'm a queen on most days). The moment I start comparing myself to others, I would think of this quote. There's no grand story that forms the foundation of this quote shutting off the negativity- it just does.

3. "Do not be afraid, I am with you."

Proud of you, babe

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It's crazy how much of myself forgot my faith because of the stress and anxiety. Especially during finals week, so much was going on that I wasn't able to pause and think of it. Then all of a sudden, those words popped up- I forgot if I saw them on a post in my social media or if it just randomly appeared in my mind. In any case, my mind went in ease. I was with my friends, but seeing those words suddenly made the feeling of not being alone stronger. For me, the quote comforted me in that it told me that God was with me. I wasn't alone, and I've been chanting this whenever I feel anxious. It reminds me that I'm here for a reason and that God and everyone else in my life are here to pick me up.

We got each other's backs!

4. A Poem by Lin-Manuel Miranda

What a precious being

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Long story short, I can be vulnerable to the point of sobbing on the phone heh. My best friend sent me a Tweet from Lin-Manuel Miranda. It was a poem, and it goes like this:

"Gmorning.

I don't know how to tell you this,

but

you're not perfect.

You never will be.

You keep growing and messing up and learning

And your quirks become strengths

You are SO much better than perfect, love"

This is a quote for the imperfections- for the mistakes. When I say that "Spring Quarter finals week was rough," it was rough. Seeing this quote told me that I wasn't alone in making mistakes. It meant that I was okay with choosing to be human first.


I don't know what your situation is. I can't just tell you to just smile. I can't take away all the negativities away, but I hope me sharing these quotes that lifted my spirits lift up your spirits. I can be a bit cheesy, I know; but eh, you love me anyway.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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Being Skinny Isn’t As Great As You Think

A reflection on the struggles that come with a person's body image.

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Body image. It is one of the most powerful and harmful things on a person's self-esteem. Society and media have placed so many images of what we "should" look like. How we need to be eating, exercising, dressing, EVERYTHING. According to others, we always need to change ourselves or second guess how we see our bodies.

For as long as I can remember everyone has called me "tiny". Sure, being small and being able to fit into a lot of clothes is fun, but being tiny or thin isn't always a good thing. I am your typical college kid eating whatever I want whenever I want.

The only difference between myself and other students is that I almost never gain weight. Some girls or guys may read that part and think that I have a gift or blessing. That I can do whatever I want and still stay small and "pretty".

Have you ever finished a meal then looked at yourself and felt like something wasn't right? Some people in today's world and in history will spend time looking at themselves and seeing multiple things that are wrong with their body.

Some handled that by exercising and losing weight or gaining muscle, others have gone as far as throwing up their food or taking pills that force their bodies not to gain ANY weight. Hearing about that from adults or doctors seems crazy but people do it all the time. Possibly the people around you and you would never know.

I went to middle school with a girl that always finished her lunch walking to the trash and then taking herself to the bathroom. She wouldn't come back to our table until the lunch bell rang. Most people didn't give a second thought to this situation, me however, I followed her one day. What I saw next was something I wasn't prepared for as a 7th grader.

Two sinks, a mirror, and three stalls. One was occupied and the rest were empty. I walked into crying and nothing else. The girl had already taken care of her food and was trying to gather herself after what she just did.

People told her that she was gaining weight, that she was "chunky" or fat. She wasn't the only girl around that dealt with horrible comments like that. It's also not just girls dealing with issues like this.

Boys and men are constantly judged and only "ideal" if they are muscular. Young boys are called pigs or disgusting only because of their weight and looking bigger than the "average" person. Men are downgraded to a lesser meaning when they are thin and "stick like".

Even as we grow up kids and sometimes adults say things without realizing the effect. Being called tiny or skinny all of the time can make someone just feel small. Getting comments to eat a hamburger and fries can make someone feel insulted.

Having comments made about your skin or hair and people making assumptions about you can make someone feel misunderstood or judged. Being told that you need to eat more or go tanning because your body doesn't "look right" can torture a person.

There are so many things that play into a person's self-esteem. Average size, too small or too big is simply just words coming out of someone's mouth that don't understand the true beauties in life.

Do you ever look at a big oak tree and say, "You're too fat, you should really lose some weight."

Do you ever see a flower that blooms smaller than a quarter and tells it, "You are tiny! Why don't you go eat a burrito or something?"

No. You probably don't. Just replace the oak tree with mom and see how that feels coming out of your mouth. Replace flower with a teenage girl and see if you can actually say all of those things. Imagine if you were a parent and it was your little girl or boy that you were talking to and you said those words. Would you be happy with yourself? Would you feel guilty? Would you push them to make their body unhealthy just to fit society's standards?

I hope that you wouldn't

There are so many of us out there being told what to do with ourselves in order to be happy with our bodies. How can someone else determine our happiness for us? I have personally gotten to the point of breaking.

I see friends on a daily basis that want to change their body because it's "ugly". Many of those thoughts are because of things society has put in our minds, and not what truly matters.

As a society, we need to push towards total acceptance. Now, I am not meaning the sexuality or ethnicity type of acceptance because those are important on a different level. Respecting each other and our bodies are something that needs to be understood and enforced as much as sexuality acceptance is pushed.

I want to live in a world and raise children in a world that doesn't make people feel horrible about their bodies. It is THEIR body, not ours. The only body we should be worrying about is our own. I want my future daughter to grow and love playing dress up without wondering if her body looks right in what she's wearing. I want my future son to go to gym class and be able to do only one pull up with all of the other boys cheering him on to do better.

Is that too much to ask?

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