We asked folks to tell us about their favorite quote or affirmation and to tell us what it means to them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Jeffrey Chen | Artist, Engineer, Maker

One of my favorites is “Some people are so poor, all they have is money.” I know it sort of sounds like it’s attacking certain people, but that’s not what I’m trying to do. I use this quote to remind myself what’s really important in not only my life, but my business. We’re programmed to go to school, get good grades, find a job, and work that job for the rest of your life. We move up the corporate ladder so we can chase that promotion, and in turn earn more cash. Eventually, some people end up working so much to where they have no time to spend that hard earned money. No time to make new friends. No time to make new memories. All they have is money. Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that life – it’s just not for me. Read more>>

DEL GENO DURHAM | Photographer

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky I think this quote rings so true in particularly with me. I could probably fill an Encyclopedia Britannica with all of the shots in my life I didn’t take. I’ve often said to myself, “If I could start my life all over again knowing what I know now, it would look SO different! Read more>>

Angela Perkins | Actress, Director, Producer

I have several favorite quotes one in particular is if you can control your mind, you can control your life. This quote is important to me because once you have control over your mind, you can do anything. A person’s thoughts and emotions aren’t always positive. Once a person is able to recognize it, they will be able to change their focus away from negativity. Positive thinking can reduce depression and stress. Being positive does not mean ignoring your issues but choosing to see the good over the bad. Read more>>

Kayla Blackwell | Owner and body piercer at Body art piercing studio!

“Inhale the future, exhale the past” A lot of times I feel people focus on the past and the hardships that have been through, they focus on the way they were treated and the things others may have said about them, holding them back from a bright future that they deserve, I was once one of those people, as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned that doing what makes you happy and just purely being who you are is amazing and enough, you will touch the people you are supposed to by just being yourself! Read more>>

Derwin Graham | Documentary Filmmaker & Producer

My favorite quote or affirmation that I constantly tell myself is this. There is only one of YOU. That’s an interesting thing when you think about it. That means that no one else in the world thinks the way you do. No one else has the same ideas as you. No one can do what you do, because there is only one version of YOU. Lean into that and trust yourself because you within yourself are unique. Read more>>