Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Give Yourself a Pat on the Back

Many times I have shared my love of quotes with you. Throughout my home you will see words and quotes decorating my walls, end tables and shelves. They motivate, uplift and inspire me to be my very best.

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” ~ Arthur Rubinstein

My passion for quotes began in High School but really became an obsession during my 9 months of marathon training back in 1999.

I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.
Emil Zatopek's description of the Olympic Marathon win in Helsinki

Through the years I have collected thousands of quotes...
Book of Possibilities by Me
Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)

 I have books, calendars, scraps of paper and notesbooks filled with famous and not so famous words of wisdom. These are my some of my greatest treasures!

I have overcome some of my greatest fears with the help of others words...

Page by Me
 “To overcome a fear, here's all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway.”
 Peter McWilliams

During my 5 years of writing "View from the From Porch" I turned to the inspiration of others words.
Everest Base Camp {}
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.
Helen Keller
Today I find myself not only turning to my books, my notes and calendars but when I'm having real writer's block I end up on the computer, surfing the net which nearly every time leads me to YOUR blogs. Your stories, your words lift me up, inspire me and give me a renewed vigor to keep pursuing my passion.
So today, my friends...give yourself a pat on the back, a high five, a smile. Remember that YOU truly make a difference. The time you spend typing, searching and means something.
It means something to me.


  1. Hi Leslie...just wanted to say that I'm loving this project. I haven't been able to scrap anything yet, but I'm keepin a notebook of thoughts. I also love quotes..I have a 2 up photo album that holds 200 4x6 pics/cards..I've used this for my scripture challenge/quote cards and I LOVE it. The words of me project..I think I'm going to go digi on this and then have it made into a book when done. :D

    Thanks for sharing this project. ..I'll post my layouts on my blog when I get them done!

  2. btw...I liked Wolfman, but I'm weird like that!! ;)
    I did avert my eyes during the more gory parts though!

  3. I love your blog, too! You always make me smile whether I'm reading your blog or a comment you left on my blog and even comments you've left on other blogs. You have such a positive energy. I love it! Thank you for being you!

  4. your blog is so rich
    i was clicking away and yes very inspired by YOU

  5. back at ya...LOVE your blog!

  6. Love the quotes! I'm a sucker for a good quote, too! You have a new follower in me :-)

  7. I have books and albums filled with quotes, words, and phrases. Love 'em.

    Love your blog. So positive and real. Thanks!

  8. I love great quotes too-have a book full of them..they really inspire and allow us to see things from a different perspective.
    Wow-you have never moved??? we have moved so many times...but after this... no more for awhile!

  9. What a wonderful post, I love CS Lewis quote. I'm like you I like finding quotes also have tons posted all over the place.

  10. Oooh....!!!! I love this post!! I LOVE quotes! You have put a smile on my face which is good thing! ♥

  11. what the????my comment didn't goes my novel so love quotes but never use them....i have recenty been exposed to arty journals and really see quotes working with this style, but i am really a scrapper so i am seeing incorperating photos into it too.......i hope to use some of your wonderful quotes you share...your blog is a joy, an inspiration, so, thank

  12. My favorite quote:

    "We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us" ~Joseph Campbell

    It's in my blog's header. Those words have helped me move on to a place I wasn't sure I could go.

    Gotta love quotes!

  13. Thank you Leslie! You put a smile on my face today! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a little kindness for me! :)

  14. I have been thinking about you in the last couple of days - I just had to see what you were up to - Beautiful post and quotes (as always) - I too am a quote collector - I have a dictionary of just quotes and I'm forever looking online for them - BUT your book of inspirations is such a COOL idea, I love it. I hope you are happy and well and enjoying your Thursday, xoxoxo

  15. Online at the same time! How funny - I was cleaning the house yesterday (allll day!) and I just kept replaying your name - hmm. Anyway, I am great (have a real clean house -lol) and am enjoying Willow's Free online class - it is SO cool - it's on my sidebar if you don't know about it already - it is 4 weeks and there are almost 1000 participants!!! Really great experience. Have a great Thursday! xoxo

  16. Aw!!! This is way sweet! I like the picture you chose for the Hellen Keller quote.


  17. I'm another quote lover!! I just don't have them organized in one place. Love your inspiration book. Need to do that for myself!

  18. This was an amazing post - heartwarming and honest. I have loved quotes since high school, too. My mom collected them and when she moved to heaven, going thru her papers was such a wonderous time - quotes copied on scraps of paper, in filing cabinets, stuck in books, on the fridge, and in her Bible. While mourning her leaving, I was still able to connect with her in such a strong way, seeing the types of quotes she kept and how much alike we really were. Thanks for that memory this morning.


I appreciate your thoughts and ideas...they inspire me!! I will be visiting you soon. Have a CREATIVE day!!

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