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14 Inspiring Quotes for Women Doing Life On Purpose

In college I used to hide myself in bookstores.

As much as I loved the escape of fiction and the storytelling in a good memoir, the aisle that drew me in most held the journals and sketchbooks. I loved flipping through those empty pages, breathing in the smell and imagining who would fill them up.

I also kept my own notebook on me, so that if I came across an inspiring quote (often printed in journals), I could jot it down and keep it forever and ever!

Now I scribble my collection of quotes onto our family chalkboard, and I make images for The Life On Purpose community on Facebook. I love doing it… almost as much as I love sequestering myself in a bookstore. 😉 (Introvert much?)

14 Inspiring Quotes for Women Doing Life on Purpose

These are for the word lovers. For the women trying to do a little better every day—and to love themselves while doing it. Sending love and fist bumps!!

1. So much of what we take in is about bigger, better, and more. But for some of us—calm, small, and quiet are all we need. “It’s okay to be happy with a calm life.”

2. It starts with you.  Be kinder to yourself, and let it spill over from there. {photo credit}

3. Do you agree? “We can only love others as much as we love ourselves.” Brené Brown {photo credit}

4. A listening ear for a friend, a compliment for a stranger, a phone call to your mom, a hug for your child… Sometimes the small things ARE the big things.

5. Solid wisdom for both our kids and ourselves! “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” (Choose wisely.)

6. Be willing to tell your real stories “Vulnerability is not weakness. It’s our greatest measure of courage.” Brené Brown 

7. Choose happy. “There’s no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” {photo credit}

8. Be you, and good things will follow. “No one is you, and that is your superpower.” Elyse Santilli

9. Treasure the people who really see you. “When you start to see your worth, you’ll find it harder to spend time with people who don’t see it too.”

10. The best kind of workout!! “There’s no better exercise for the human heart than reaching down and lifting someone up.” John Holmes

Related: 22 Tiny Acts of Kindness You Can Do in the Middle of Your Day

11. Today, remember this: You are stronger than you think. “Maybe you’ve been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.”

12. Who doesn’t love that Emma Stone??

13. This has been my battle cry for years, and I’m going to keep at it! You don’t have to measure up to anyone else. You are already amazing. (Now go tell everyone around you!) Read here for more on finding the courage to live this way.

14. Such a powerful mind shift! {photo credit}

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Top image: Apple of Our Eye Photography


  • Reply
    Angela Strand
    August 10, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I love this post so much, Erica! Thanks for sharing! Pinned to remember!

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    Laura C.
    August 11, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Thank you Erica, this is very nice. I ‘m new on your newsletter, and I find you helpful and refreshing. Greetings from Europe!

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      Erica Layne
      August 12, 2017 at 11:46 am

      I’m so glad to hear that, Laura! Thank you!

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    August 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Beautiful and soul stirring quotes… all of them… especially the one about being happy with a calm life… it connects so much… greetings from India

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      Erica Layne
      August 14, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      I’m happy they resonated, Sangeeta! All the best to you!

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    Thet Munoz
    January 17, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Erica! 😄 Keep them coming!

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      Erica Layne
      January 18, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      I’m so happy to, Thet! Thanks for reading!

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    January 20, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for sharing your quotes.

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      Erica Layne
      January 22, 2018 at 10:30 am

      I’m so happy to, Lisa! Thank YOU!

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    January 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Beautiful start to a day that was feeling like a struggle THANK YOU

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      Erica Layne
      January 30, 2018 at 9:09 am

      I’m so glad to share a little hope. All the best, Sharon!

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    January 28, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Beautiful reminders that life is beautiful!

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    January 30, 2018 at 6:36 am

    My personal mantra. “Happiness is an inside job”.

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      Erica Layne
      January 30, 2018 at 9:09 am

      I love that, Polly! I think I’m going to have to make it into an image like one of these! Thank you!

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