by Faith Monson
I love quotes. For years, I’ve compiled hundreds of quotes that speak to me and created more than 20 small books, which I can tuck into a purse or suitcase.
For me, these books of quotations, hand-chosen to be voices that are especially meaningful to me, have been a positive voice whispering in my ear, like having a motivational coach in my briefcase.
The quote books I’ve compiled have different themes, and they vary depending on the phase of life I was experiencing at the time I put the books together. They’re nothing fancy: just a blank journal that I’ve personalized with quotations and photos to help me get through the challenges of everyday life.
These little books might not be coffee-table-gorgeous, but they have brought me enormous joy. They’ve inspired me when I was facing a challenge, surviving a loss, starting a business, or taking a leap of faith. They’ve soothed, rewarded, jump-started and encouraged me. They’ve been a friend and a valued business partner, a confidant who always “spoke my language.” No matter what I was facing, I could count on my quotation books when the going got tough, when someone disappointed me, or when I ran into an obstacle.
I created books for every mood and need. Some books were designed to get me energized for success, while others helped me toughen up mentally. Some were comforting, while others took a “tough love” approach to help me put disappointments in perspective. There were books to inspire and motivate, and books to make me laugh. Books to encourage me to celebrate wins both big and small, and books to feed me emotionally and spiritually when the going got tough. There were even books to remind me to forgive and move on, lifting me up when the world didn’t seem like a friendly place.
Why not start your own quote book? You can even create a digital version, if your packing space is always at a minimum, and collect your quotes in Word. Try it and see the difference a good quote can make in your day!