Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.

The wall above my desk in my room at school this year.
Last year, when I was a freshman in college, I was very, very homesick. I spent the first couple of weeks just sad and unmotivated. I missed home and my family and my friends.

Then one day, my aunt sent me a quote: “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Theodore Roosevelt said that. I kept reading it over and over again. I kept remembering it in the couple days that followed.

Then it hit me: I should make a quote wall. I should gather quotes that inspire me and motivate me and hang them up in my dorm room.

So I did it. And I felt better. And that Theodore Roosevelt quote was right in the middle. Not only was I inspired every time I looked at them and read them, but they just made the room so much more cheerful. They turned the blank white wall above my desk into something colorful and bright and happy.

I was still homesick, of course. It’s not as easy as hanging up a few pieces of paper. But it helped, and that’s all you can hope for.
My quote wall from last year. The Theodore Roosevelt
quote from my aunt is right in the middle.

When I got to school this year, I knew I wanted to do the same thing. But a new year meant I needed new quotes. So I scoured the Internet (aka Pinterest) for cute and inspirational quotes for my new wall.

I wanted bright colors and cute patterns (and something from Harry Potter, of course). And I love the way it turned out.

I’ve made a few additions throughout the year. The first was a Her Campus pennant because I am the Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus at the University of Iowa (HCXO!). The second was the card at the very bottom that my parents sent me for my birthday. I just loved what it said, and it’s yellow, so I obviously had to add it.

What types of things do you hang up in your room or above your desk? Do you have any favorite quotes that you think I should add to my wall?

Thanks for reading! Do something inspiring today!

Lots of love,

Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist"