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10 Inspirational Quotes for Growth

April 23, 2020

Is it possible to go through the most difficult time of your life, while simultaneously experiencing a period of immense spiritual and personal growth? Not only are those two things not mutually exclusive, but they are also intrinsically linked. That’s why I’ve put together these inspirational quotes for growth to help you through these trying times.

Shilagh Mirgain, Health Psychologist at the University of Madison, Wisconsin says in relation to trauma and hardship:

“We can shut down emotionally and let ourselves become hardened by it, or we can grow from the experience.” 

It can draw our attention to the ways in which we take certain aspects of our lives for granted. It challenges our very identity and beliefs we’ve formed leaving us to ask questions we never thought we would have to.

When we are willing to ask and explore those questions —who am I? What really matters to me? What do I want my life to be about?— we can begin to rebuild and construct a new foundation, often from the ground up, that is more authentic and based on who we really are and what’s important, rather than on the values others have placed on us.”

Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, The Surprising Benefit of Going Through Difficult Times, 03/21/2017

Have you ever experienced a period of personal growth during or after a tough time? If you feel comfortable sharing, I’d love to hear your story.

10 Inspirational Quotes for Growth

“Wherever life
plants you,
bloom with grace.”
—Unknown

“It is an act of
bravery
to feel your feelings.”
—Gayle Forman

“Ask for what
you want and
be prepared
to get it.”
—Maya Angelou

“There’s a future
version of me
who’s proud I was
strong enough.”
—Khanos

“And here you are
living
despite it all.”
Rupi Kaur

“I know this
transformation
is painful, but you’re not
falling apart;
you’re just falling into
something different,
with a new capacity to
be beautiful.”
—William C. Hannan

“Stop shrinking
yourself to fit places
you’ve outgrown.”
—Unknown

“Keep taking
time for yourself
until you’re
you again.”
—Lalah Delia

“Vulnerability is not
a weakness; it is our
greatest measure
of courage.”
—Brene Brown

“And too often
we forfet we are worthy
of our love too.”
—Dhiman

If you’d like to read a larger selection of quotes, make sure to check out my Pinterest boards for Coping and Growth quotes. I’m always updating it with words I find inspirational, thought-provoking & healing.

For more of my illustrated quotes, see my posts 10 Positive Quotes for Tough Times and 10 MORE Positive Quotes for Tough Times.

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10 MORE Positive Quotes for Tough Times

April 6, 2020

Right now the world is looking a little bit scary. Maybe you can’t stop watching the news or scrolling through social media threads, wondering how and when you will start to feel normal again. Or if anyone feels the same way that you’re feeling. Enter: more positive quotes for tough times!

Quotes have a way of really putting things in perspective. If you are struggling right now or feeling alone, reading words that encompass exactly what you are going through can really make you feel like someone out there gets it. This can be extremely therapeutic and I’ve relied on positive quotes for help during times where I’ve felt super low.

Another way I cope with anxiety, stress and sorrow is throwing myself into a creative project. That brought me to these illustrations of some of my favorite words. I hope the words and the art bring you comfort and strength during the hardship you are going through!

10 MORE Positive Quotes for Tough Times

“I hope this season of change
takes you to the place where
you need to be, where your
heart will be allowed to grow
and free to feel.”
—Dhiman

“You have been assigned
this mountain so that
you can show others
it can be moved.”
—Mel Robbins

“Kindness
begins with the
understanding that
we all struggle.”
—Charles Glassman

“Even the darkest
of night will end
and the sun will rise.”
—Les Miserables

“I am not what
happened to me,
I am what I choose
to become.”
C.G. Jung

“There is nothing in nature
that blooms all year long,
so don’t expect yourself
to do so either.”
—Anonymous

“May the petals
teach me
the art of
letting go.”
—Xan Oku

“Because no matter how
tough the world becomes,
you must never
run out of sweetness.”
—Bernado Kath

“Just because someone
carries it well doesn’t
mean it isn’t heavy.”
—Anonymous

“Sometimes all that
matters is that you’re
still trying.”
—Wilder

I hope these additional curated positive quotes for tough times bring you some sense of calm and relief during your time of uncertainty, grief or trauma. Trust me when I say you are not alone in how you are feeling. Just know that each day you will adjust a little more, and find those little things to be grateful for. It’s okay to not have it all figured out yet. You are strong and capable and you will get through this!

If you’d like to read a larger selection of quotes, make sure to check out my Pinterest boards for Coping and Growth quotes. I’m always updating it with words I find inspirational, thought-provoking & healing.

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10 Positive Quotes for Tough Times That Really Helped Me

March 27, 2020

Could you use a pick-me-up right about now? How about some positive quotes for tough times? Me too! There’s something magical about reading someone else’s words that seem to get inside your mind and what you need to hear.

Look, life looks really weird right now. The recent worldwide pandemic has caused a lot of turmoil, pain, and uncertainty for everyone, especially those who have been impacted directly by the illness or by losing their job/way of life due to it’s spread. There have been feelings of denial, shock, sadness, and despair and overall just a sense of unease as we adjust to our “new normal.”

And justifiably so. This is what we call trauma. Personally, the past 20 months leading up to this time have been incredibly challenging as I’ve navigated the terminal illness and passing of a parent at a young age (the latter part while I was in the first trimester of my first pregnancy). Before this, my life had been “relatively” normal.

Going through this particular trauma did give me a crash course in “Life Doesn’t Always Go as Planned and Often Isn’t Fair 101”. While it was never a class I’d sign up for voluntarily, I’ve noticed the skills I’ve used and lessons I’ve learned during my grieving process helped prepare me for future traumatic situations, like a global pandemic.

While it may seem like something small, I hope reading through these quotes and taking them in has a positive effect on your psyche and outlook and that you come through this stronger than ever.

10 Positive Quotes That Helped Me Through Tough Times

“Staying positive doesn’t mean you
have to be happy all the time.
It means that even on hard days
you know that there
are better ones coming.”
—Anonymous

“Do not lose hope,
please believe
that there are a thousand
beautiful things waiting for you.
Sunshine comes to all
who feel rain.”
—R.M. Drake

“I’ve learned as time passes,
all the things that you’re afraid of
will come and they will go
and you’ll be alright.”
—Stevie Nicks

“I survived because
the fire inside me
burned brighter than
the fire around me.”
—Joshua Graham

“At the end of the day,
we can endure much more
then we think we can.”
—Frida Kahlo

“Owning our story and
loving ourselves
through that process is
the bravest thing
that we’ll ever do.”
—Brene Brown

“Flowers grow back
even after the
harshest of winters.
You will too.”
—Jennae Cecelia

“The silence after the rain…
how quickly the sky
pulls herself together.”
—April Green

“Perhaps the butterfly is
proof that you can go
through a great deal
of darkness yet still become something
beautiful”
—Beau Taplin

“The universe buries
strange jewels deep within
us all, and then stands back
to see if we can find them.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert

I hope these curated positive quotes for tough times bring you some sense of calm and relief during your time of uncertainty, grief or trauma. Trust me when I say you are not alone in how you are feeling. Just know that each day you will adjust a little more, and find those little things to be grateful for. It’s okay to not have it all figured out yet. You are strong and capable and you will get through this!

If you’d like to read a larger selection of quotes, make sure to check out my Pinterest boards for Coping and Growth quotes. I’m always updating it with words I find inspirational, thought-provoking & healing.

Do quotes help you through tough times? I’d love to hear some of your favorites in the comments! Stay healthy and stay safe friends.