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3 Days 3 Quotes Tag: Day 3

I’ve been tagged by Kathy from Pages Below the Vaulted Sky in the 3 Days 3 Quotes Tag. Final day of the series. Hope you are having a great weekend. 🌞


Day 3

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Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Liz Gilbert‘s Big Magic is a wonderful book for all those creative souls out there who crave making things.

We often celebrate our successes and beat ourselves up for our failures. This quote stood out for me as there is another option: we could celebrate our dedication to our cause no matter what the outcome of it happens to be.

We can focus on how hard we work towards our mission. How often we show up and how consistent we are. Isn’t that something worth acknowledging as the outcome is always uncertain? 🙂

Love both this quote as well as the book. 🙂 ❤


Fancy giving it a go?

Don’t feel pressurised to participate though. 🙂

And anyone else who would like to do this tag. You’re It!


Happy Sunday! 🌞

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. And please do let me know what you think of this quote. 🙂 

Bookish

3 Days 3 Quotes Tag: Day 2

I’ve been tagged by Kathy from Pages Below the Vaulted Sky in the 3 Days 3 Quotes Tag. I’ll keep it short given it’s the weekend. 🙂


Day 2

Educated quote
Tara Westover, Educated: A Memoir

I can not stop thinking about Educated (my review)

I think people may think it’s about survivalists.

To me, this book is all about having courage to belong nowhere but to yourself.

To be strong enough to say goodbye to those toxic and hurtful relationships.

If you haven’t read this book yet, I recommend giving it a go.


Fancy giving it a go?

Don’t feel pressurised to participate though. 🙂

And anyone else who would like to do this tag. You’re It!


Hope you are having a great weekend full of sunshine and happiness.🌞

What do you think of this quote? 

Bookish

3 Days 3 Quotes Tag: Day 1

I’ve been tagged by Kathy from Pages Below the Vaulted Sky in the 3 Days 3 Quotes Tag.

Kathy writes passionate, extremely well-thought-out as well as funny reviews. Her posts also address diversity topics and I sincerely recommend checking her blog out if it is not known to you yet. 🙂 Thank you Kathy for the tag. ❤️

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day

Day 1

vulnerability quoteDr Brené BrownRising Strong


Some of you may know how much I love Dr Brown’s work.

Her books always make me cry. They are told via relatable stories, which deeply resonate with me.

Vulnerability is, as Brown says, the first thing we seek in others, and usually the last one we are willing to show them.

Vulnerability is for example:

  • picking up a phone to hear our medical test’s results
  • saying ‘I love you’ for the first time
  • seeing our child growing up and knowing we cannot protect her / him all the time
  • telling our partner we need help
  • opening up that fragile part of us that is usually so well guarded…

Vulnerability connects us, it brings us closer. It is never ever our weakness, in fact it is one of our biggest strengths.


Fancy giving it a go?

Don’t feel pressurised to participate though. 🙂

And anyone else who would like to do this tag. You’re It!


Fancy sharing a favourite quote of yours with me?

And what do you think of this quote? 

Bookish

T5W – Favourite Teachers / Mentors

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

This week’s topic is: Favourite Teachers / Mentors

I thought long and hard about this one.

Off the top of my head, my quick answers were Gandalf the Grey in LOTR, Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter, Yoda in Star Wars, Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men… More I thought about that though, more I felt that all of those mentors fitted a certain archetype.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those characters. I think they are wonderful – full of wisdom, strength and kindness and I see them as having a prominent and well-deserved place in their stories.

However being a female, I wanted to show some female representation. After some thinking, I came up with following list:

Side note: I may have cheated as used fictional characters from both literature as well as movies. 🙂 Oh well.. 😉

  • Aibileen Clark, The Help 

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Aibileen’s wonderfully complex character is one of my favourite mentoring characters.

The Help is set in 1962 with Aibileen being one of the main characters. She is a black woman who has been taking care of white babies since she was a teenager. She has raised many children.

In the book, Aibileen taught Mae Mobley to value kindness, intelligence and fairness. Mae Mobley is an abused child that would have not have any self-worth had it not been for Aibileen.  She also made her aware of racial equality and civil rights – something very dangerous but extremely important during that time.

One of my favourite quotes of this book is:

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” 

  • Sarah Connor, The Terminator

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Another flawed and interesting character is Sarah Connor, originally a meek college student with no confidence who is barely surviving.

Then, she stumbles upon some cyborg assassins sent from the future to kill her son, John Connor, destined to be the future resistance leader fighting against domineering machines.

And she is raises to this challenge.

She mentors her son, John, to prepare him for what is to come in the hopes of changing his destiny. Her tapes and lessons gave John the knowledge to stand up to the machines and help humanity survive the trials ahead.

She balances that line between masculine and feminine traits. A tough soldier but also a protective and loving mother.

  • Katherine Watson, Mona Lisa Smile

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We are at Wellesley College in the 1950s. Katherine Watson’s female students’ predominant aspirations are to marry well and to become excellent housewives. I enjoyed how Katherine teaches her students to think for themselves.

“I don’t even want you to like it. What I want you to do is consider it.” 

The lesson I personally loved the most was:  marriage and career are not mutually exclusive. Side note: this was 50’s! 🙂

  • Mary Poppins

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I adore her “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” metaphor. I interpret the “spoonful of sugar” as a love metaphor.

I also enjoyed her lessons on how to have fun and enjoy life:

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and—snap—the job’s a game!”

Mary used humour as well as kind firmness to instil a sense of wonder and values of love and zest for life to young Michael and Jane Banks lives.

  • Gandalf the Grey, The Lord of the Rings

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He is an extremely powerful mentor as he is… well quite frankly extremely wise. 🙂

He drops his nuggets of wisdom to anyone in his proximity and helps them evolve.

Equally, he disappears now and again to allow characters to grow based on what they learned.

It’s that mixture of presence and sometimes absence that makes him a great mentor as sometimes the greatest lessons are unfortunately learned ‘the hard way’.

My favourite quotes of his:

“I have found that it is the small everyday deed of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”


Now over to you my friends.

Do you have a favourite fictional Mentor / Teacher? Fancy sharing them with me? 🙂

Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Book Quotes

UNFILTERED TALESThis week’s topic for That Artsy Reader Girl‘s Top Ten Tuesday is:
“Favourite Book Quotes”.

I love quotes!

Narrowing them down to only 10 has been quite a challenge. 🙂

Side note: I mostly read eBooks because I pretty much never re-read them. Books that I love and which I know I will want to be coming back to are my precious gems. I own physical copies of all the books from below and I am so happy to share some of their quotes with you today.

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

  1. “Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don’t belong. You will always find it because you’ve made that your mission. Stop scouring people’s faces for evidence that you’re not enough. You will always find it because you’ve made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.”

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

  1. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
  2. “Worrying about scarcity is our culture’s version of post-traumatic stress. It happens when we’ve been through too much, and rather than coming together to heal (which requires vulnerability) we’re angry and scared and at each other’s throats.”
  3. “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

Rising Strong by Brené Brown,

  1. “I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.”

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  1. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

  1. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
  2. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

  1. “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”

How to Be Here by Rob Bell

  1. “It’s important to embrace several truths about yourself and those around you, beginning with this one: who you AREN’T isn’t interesting.”

A question or two for you, friends: 

have you read some of these books and if so, which ones?