The task of staying positive and finding beauty in everyday life has been top of mind for me for the past several months. Put good in, get good out, right? But it’s been even more important since I embarked on the journey toward receiving my 200-hour yoga teacher certification a little over a month ago. Two hundred hours is a lot more time than I realized before I started this training, and there are days – multiple times every day, if I’m being honest – that weariness gets the better of me and I find myself focusing on negativity created in my own mind by my own inner critic. We all have one or more of those inner critics, and boy, are they harsh.

So, how can you, as a working professional, stave off negative energy and feelings of low self-esteem that often come with tight deadlines, unproductive meetings and gossiping co-workers? Well, to borrow from the sports adage, the best defense is a good offense. I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a good inspirational quotation. There’s something very humbling about finding a quotation that seems to speak directly to a situation I’m facing. I think it’s remarkable how another person’s words can serve as a reminder that I’m not alone and I’m (probably) not the first person to face a certain challenge or roadblock. 

One of my all-time favorite quotations is from Dr. Brene Brown, vulnerability researcher, best-selling author and speaker. During one of her appearances at the TEDx Houston Conference, Brown advised listeners to “talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” Recently, I wrote that on a small piece of paper and taped it to the corner of my vanity to serve as a daily reminder to quiet my harsh inner critic. As I carefully copied Brown’s words – in my loose interpretation of calligraphy – I started thinking about how great it would be to fill my cubicle at work with some of my other favorite phrases. Which, in turn, led to a eureka moment in which I realized I could share those words with all of our dedicated readers. Below you’ll find a selection of downloadable PDFs, designed by yours truly, that you can hang in your office, living room, bathroom, wherever you feel your inner voice needs a little pick-me-up. Whether you choose to print every design or decide you’d rather save them on your computer (I fully support saving trees!), I hope you’re able to find a connection between the words and your life.

What are some of your favorite uplifting quotations? Please share them in the comments below.


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Annika Peick
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