November is a time when the leaves begin to turn, and the sun sets before dinner even starts. It is a month when bone-chilling cold fronts swoop in out of nowhere. But most of us think about the holiday season setting in. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, November is a time to relax by the fire and really reflect on the year as it comes to close. I, personally, like to take a quick scroll through all the inspirational quotes I posted on my Pinterest board throughout the year. Groups of quotes about fitness, kindness, job motivation, and friendship show exactly how I was feeling at a certain point during the year. While I am not one to outwardly display my emotions, I am surely one to seek advice via friends, family, or yes, the Internet.
With that being said, I returned to my inspirational quotes Pinterest Board and found quite a few quotes from well-known women. Who’s quotes were the most abundant, you might ask? The great Oprah Winfrey. After watching reruns with my mom growing up (and the live stream of Oprah’s Favorite Things Holiday Special), I really drew inspiration from her show. Unfortunately there is no “Quote of the Day” calendar solely containing Oprah quotes, but I have decided to create one of my own for the month of November. Each represents a time in Oprah’s life; a life filled with struggle, but one that truly sets an example for the world. As a woman, success was not handed to her on a silver platter. We young women are apt to face many challenges in life, and to have a role model whom you can draw inspiration from is quite an advantage. Scribble, highlight, paint, or post your inspiration, as the more you read it, the more likely you are to live by it.
1st: Surround yourself with people who are going to take you higher.
2nd: With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.
3rd: Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try it again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.
4th: Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
5th: Your job is to find your flow. This was a huge lesson for me. Everything else is gravy.
6th: The greatest miracle is to still be alive.
7th: Happiness is a living thing. You have to feed it.
8th: I was once afraid of people saying, “Who does she think she is?” Now, I have the courage to stand and say “This is who I am.”
9th: At the roll call of your life, at the end of your life, what really matters is who did you love and who did you offer love to.
10th: What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.
11th: The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
12th: Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
13th: I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.
14th: This year I am choosing to live beyond my wildest dreams. I wonder where they’ll take me.
15th: You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.
16th: We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
17th: I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.
18th: Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
19th: I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.
20th: Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.
21st: You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not get paid for it.
22nd: What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your life, but in other people’s lives.
23rd: Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.
24th: The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant—and the success will naturally follow.
25th: I think that whole world would be a better place if everyone loved each other a little more.
26th: As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you—the first time around.
27th: If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.
28th: Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
29th: I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.
30th: Do not waste your time with people who have shown you they really mean no good for you.
Hopefully one resonates with you as much as each does for me.