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Age and Wisdom

"Events that used to leave me reeling, with my head in a bag of chips, no longer even faze me."

"I feel my greatest work is yet to come."

"Every birthday, you decide whether to mark it the end of your greatest days or the beginning of your finest hour."

"Reading gives you the ability to reach higher ground."

"When you know who you are and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom."

"Your gut is your inner compass."

"All these years I've been feeling like I was growing into myself. Finally, I feel grown."

"Every 'for sure' I've known in recent months, I've had to abandon because life keeps getting in the way."

Confidence and Self-Esteem

"I know that I am more than my personality, my body, and my body image."

"You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more."

"You're not your body, and for sure you're not your body image."

"This is the body you've been given; love what you've got."

"The same questions follow every woman through girlhood and adolescence: Can I really do this? Will I get it right? Am I okay?"

"A lack of intimacy is not distance from someone else; it is disregard for yourself."

"Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms  and refusing to abide by the judgments of others."

"When you get the chance, go for it.  You can't accomplish anything worthwhile if you inhibit yourself."

Excellence

"Use what you have to run toward your best —that's how I now live my life."

"A year ago I was writing about my great hope for the school. That hope is stronger than ever."

"There's been so much talk of getting back to normal, but I really hope we don't. I pray we transcend what was normal  for many of us."

"Live so that at the end of each day, you can say, 'I did my very best.' "

"What have you done today to make you feel proud?"

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