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Quotespiration # 20: Audre Lorde

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”

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– Audre Lorde (An openly gay, award-winning writer, feminist and civil rights activist)

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Quotespiration # 19: Michael Jackson

“In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream, and in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.”

– Michael Jackson

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Who else cried watching his hologram perform at the 2014 Billboard Awards? Despite what anyone might think, to me, he is still the King of Pop. An innovator, dreamer and artist who inspired millions of people around the world.

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Quotespiration # 18: Jennifer Lawrence

“None of my friends took me seriously. I came home and announced, ‘I’m going to move to New York,’ and they were like ‘OK.’ Then when I did, they kept waiting for me to fail and come back. But I knew I wouldn’t. I was like, ‘I’ll show you.'”

– Jennifer Lawrence (Award-winning Actress; holds record for youngest performer to have been nominated for an Academy Award three times)

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Quotespiration # 15: Meryl Streep

“I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.”

Meryl Streep (Award-winning Actress; holds the record for most Oscar nominations in Hollywood history)

You’ve got to let it go. It’s not about you, it’s about the character and the story. You can’t do them justice if you’re preoccupied with yourself and how you look. Sometimes easier said than done, I know.

There’s an unequivocal beauty in raw honesty.

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Quotespiration # 13: George Burns

“Everything that goes up must come down. But there comes a time when not everything that’s down can come up.”

– George Burns (Award-winning Actor; one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned Vaudeville, film, radio and television)

Time is of the essence. If you’re going to pursue a dream, do it now while you’re still young and lively and daring! The rest can wait, they’re not going anywhere.

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Quotespiration # 12: George Burns

“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”

– George Burns (Award-winning Actor; one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned Vaudeville, film, radio and television)

I know it’s not easy when you have to worry about bills, rent, mortgages, food on the table, tuition or class fees and societal expectations on top of all that but I truly believe with the right balance and determination, you CAN find a job you enjoy that provides you with all that and be able to support your dreams financially as well. Sleep is for the weak anyway…(says the girl who was a hibernating bear in her previous life) :).

Ask yourself this, “How much do I really want this?” and “Can I live a full, happy life if I don’t have it or stop pursuing my dream?” If you can live a fulfilled life without it or through other things, then by all means. At the end of the day you are the one who has to live with your decisions, so do what you can within your means and do what makes you happy.

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