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.

Alexis Krystina, CPA | Owner

A quote I live by is “Learn the rules so you can break them”. I don’t believe there are recipes for success and I think rules are often completely made up. The only way to truly be successful is to do things our own way. Before we can start creating our own rules, though, it’s beneficial to learn the strategies and best practices. In my business as a CPA, I empower business owners by removing the overwhelming idea that there are tons of strict rules to follow with their bookkeeping and reminding entrepreneurs that they create their own rules, especially when it comes to their money. Read more>>

Jennifer Hardiman | Small Business Owner & Wedding Planner

“We can do hard things” This one has really hit home in recent months. I read it in one of Glennon Doyle’s books and it has always stuck with me. During Covid I have added to it. “We can do hard things…and we are doing them everyday” To me it means so many different things. Starting a business at age 40 after having an already established corporate career was scary and difficult. I left a guaranteed 6 figure income to start a passion project. Turning that project into a thriving business was a “hard thing”. Being a mom is a “hard thing.” We can talk for hours about the articles written about and for working moms. There is no judgment from me. Every mom has to do what is best for her family. In my business every wedding day is a “hard thing.” It’s an emotionally complex day for everyone involved. It’s a logistically complex day for everyone involved. Read more>>

Cheryl Eggleston | Artist

One of my favorite quotes is by Vincent van Gogh: “If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter’, then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.” This quote, for me, points up the courage it takes to overcome your personal insecurities about your abilities as an artist and to move forward anyway. To begin, I never know how or what one of my paintings will turn out to say, if anything. When I get halfway through the work, I start to wonder what I’ll call the painting. Names are hard. Before the painting is three quarters done, I sit down at my computer. Read more>>