Positivity Quotes – Monday Motivation #2


Happy Monday, Wordos! I have some positivity quotes to share with you today, but first I wanted to get a few things off of my chest.

I have a lot on my mind this week but I’m having trouble finding the words to convey it. Ever feel that way?

First, I wanted to touch on the name change of this Monday series. I initially entitled my quote series “Monday Mantras”, hoping to share inspirational quotes to inspire writers and readers alike. As I pondered on it after the first post went live, I realized I didn’t know the source of the word “mantra”. There was a niggling feeling in my brain that perhaps there was a deeper meaning to the word beyond something akin to catchphrase, which is how I had defined it.

A Google search confirmed my suspicions. “Mantra” isn’t a casual word to be thrown around. No, in fact, it is a sacred word. Per Wikipedia, a mantra “is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have religious, magical or spiritual powers in Hinduism.”

I quickly realized that in search of an alliteration, I had selected a word that I didn’t have a right to use so casually. Upon realization of my mistake, I have changed this series to “Monday Motivation”. I didn’t want to just sweep this under the rug, however. I wanted to show that as good as an ally I try to be, I still have a lot to learn.

Over the past year, I have been trying to educate myself on my own privilege and cultural appropriation. It is important to me to learn how to be the best ally possible. I am not perfect, nor will I ever be. But I promise that I will continue to put in the work to be better.


Another topic I want to touch upon is the state of affairs in my country. I don’t often make political statements, because I know I am not well-versed enough in the complexities of politics and social issues to do so. However, I know that silence can be viewed as acceptance or support of the wrongdoers.

I want to say unequivocally that I believe in equality, justice, and progress. These last four years have been like watching a horror show, except that it’s all real. I am excited beyond words for this week’s Inauguration and hopeful that my country can finally move forward, rather than backward. There is much work to be done, changes to be made, and justice to be sought.

Thank you for your patience with me as I sort through how to explain my profound beliefs. It is hard for me to find the right words as it is, but a fear of saying the wrong thing constantly holds me back. I’m working toward finding my voice and appreciate your support along the way.

Now, on to the positivity quotes!

Purple background with the following quote in white text "An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch into something great." by Paulo Coelho. The words "backward" and "launch" are in yellow font.


Indigo background with the following quote in white text "If you are positive, you'll see opportunities instead of obstacles." - Confucius. The word "opportunities" is in yellow font.


Blue background with the following quote in white text "Every day may not be good... but there is good in every day." - Alice Morse Earl. The second "good" is in yellow font.


Blue background with the following quote in white text "Choose people who lift you up." - Michelle Obama


Blue background with the following quote in white text "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." -Eleanor Roosevelt. The words "strength" and "thoughts" are in yellow font.


Green background with the following quote in white text "Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain. The word "right" is in yellow text.

Green background with the following quote in white text "Stay positive. Better days are on their way." - Unknown. The word "positive" is in yellow font.


From one Wordo to another, thanks for tuning in! See you next time! 

Reading Quotes – Monday Mantras #1

I’ll be honest with you – this is my third try at starting a blog. The first one was called “Broke But Loving It” and I started it shortly after college. I didn’t really have a sense of purpose. I honestly just wanted to be writing. Without a niche or focus, it didn’t last long. I ran out of ideas within months. Plus, I really didn’t know what I was doing!

Then last February, I started “Caitlin with the Curves”. This time I sort of knew what I wanted to talk about. After over a year in therapy and taking mental health medication, I wanted to talk about my journey toward self-love. I wanted to talk about my highs and lows during my mental health journey, and provide support to others going through it. I did lots of research, learned new tools like Canva, worked hard on my Pinterest game – everything that I needed to do to create a successful blog.

It started out as a great idea. And then…COVID happened. My mental health tanked. It’s still not great, honestly. I could barely get out of bed and work most days, so the inspiration for my self-love and mental health was pretty much non-existent.

This time, I’m keeping things simple. I created a blog because I want to share my love of writing and reading. I see it breaking down in three ways – my own works, be it fiction or essays; book reviews; and quotes. Different ways of sharing my love of words, all in one place. I do love my words; I am a Wordo after all!

Hopefully the third time is the charm for me as a blogger. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Now, on to the reading quotes!


"She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live" - Annie Dillard


"We read books to find out who we are." -Ursula K. Le Guin


"No two persons ever read the same book." - Edmund Wilson


A blue wooden counter backs against a bright blue painted wall. A stack of nine books sits on the left side of the picture, atop the counter. Against the wall reads the following quote: "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies." -George R.R. Martin


"There is no friend as loyal as a book." - Ernest Hemingway


"A book is a dream that you hold in your hand." -Neil Geimen


This last one really hit home, since we haven’t been able to travel due to the pandemic. With no end to that in sight, I’m really looking to books to transport me to new places this year!

Did I pick one of your favorite reading quotes? Leave your favorite in the comments below 🙂 

Check out other Monday Mantra posts.

From one Wordo to another, thanks for tuning in! See you next time!