My beautiful girls,

There are so many things I want for you in life, and advice I want to share with you about life. I know that I won’t always have inspirational words of wisdom of my own to share with you, but luckily for me there are others who have already said it quite perfectly. And although these words are not my own, I hope that when you read them, it is my voice that you hear speaking them to you.

Photo by C. Corrigan

Photo by C. Corrigan

Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
– Anne Frank

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
– Amelia Earhart

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
– Ethel Barrymore

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
– Dr. Seuss

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.
– Byron Katie

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor touched but are felt in the heart.
– Helen Keller

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
– Coco Chanel

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
– Anna Quindlen

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.
– J. K. Rowling

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.
– Maya Angelou

Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.
– Rosalind Russell

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
– Buddha

I hope these words will act as a reminder when you lose sight of what’s important, give you strength when you feel insecure, provide you with comfort when you feel lost, and inspire you to be the best YOU you can be. I would just like to add a few thoughts of my own. They may not be quite as eloquent, but they are still some very important truths that I have learned during my thirty year journey here on planet earth.

Live life to the fullest. Remember that you can do anything you put your mind to. Find happiness in everything you do. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. Laughter truly is the best medicine. You are stronger than you think. Trust your instincts – they’re usually right. Work hard but don’t forget to have fun. Love others. Love yourself. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Don’t try to be perfect – perfect is boring. Always be yourself. Stand up for what you believe in. And always believe in yourself.
– Mommy

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