A New Routine and Goals for 2017

“Perhaps that is where our choice lies—in determining how we will meet the inevitable end of things, and how we will greet each new beginning.” —Elana K. Arnold

Hi there! It’s been a while since my last post, and a lot has happened in that span of time. The biggest change has been our relocation to St. Petersburg, Florida—my husband and I made the big move at the beginning of January. Our journey to Florida started out a bit rocky, beginning with a seven-hour delay with the moving company, which forced us to drive our gigantic moving truck directly through a snowstorm and almost miss our move-in window with our new apartment building. Our careful planning and meticulous organization prior to moving day only went so far, and it was certainly a good exercise in keeping perfectionism in check. Moral of the story: while it's wise to prepare and keep organized, some things are simply outside of our control, and it's the way we handle those obstacles that matters most. (Thankfully, everything smoothed out once we arrived in Florida, and we are very happy here!)

The middle of January brought the unexpected passing of a close family friend, a loss that has shaken our family to the core. A loss like this is a jarring reminder of what really matters in life and of the importance of doing what makes you happy with those who make you happiest. My husband and I have been blessed with family visit after family visit since moving here (I guess Florida is a much more enticing vacation spot than DC ever was!)—we’ve had visitors eighteen of the past twenty-one days.

With a new environment and a fresh start, I’ve taken more time than usual to reflect on my business (and personal) goals for 2017. Each year, I write a short business plan—usually in January. It’s essentially an outline of what I’d like to accomplish during the course of the year (nothing fancy), and I break it down into categories such as administrative goals, continuing education goals, marketing goals, networking goals, monetary goals, and so forth. I also take a look at what my goals were for the previous year to see if there is anything that can be carried over. Here are a few of my business goals for 2017:

Administrative

  • Review and update editorial contract and confidentiality agreement (I met with an amazing lawyer in the Tampa area—let me know if you need a recommendation!)
  • Write one to two blog posts per month

Continuing Education

  • Complete one copyediting test per month in Amy Einsohn’s The Copyeditor’s Handbook
  • Take a least one EFA or Copyediting webinar or class

Marketing

  • Post more regularly to social media accounts

Networking

  • Attend at least one editorial conference (I'm scheduled to be at ACES in a few weeks!)
  • Check out new networking opportunities and events in the St. Petersburg area (I’ve been to one so far!)

Here’s to a wonderful year. What are some of your business goals for 2017?

An Editor’s Favorite Tools for Productivity

Working from home can be quite the challenge at times (especially if, like me, your bed is situated fewer than five steps from your desk), so it’s important to have tools to help keep you on track. In this post, I share my top five favorite productivity apps.

Calm

Meditation is part of my daily morning routine, and I've been using Calm for about eight months now. Calm is a simple mindfulness meditation app that provides both guided and unguided mediation sessions. You can start off with a free version, but I ended up liking it so much that I opted to pay for the yearly subscription ($39.99, which works out to be $3.33 per month). The app offers specific guided meditation sessions (e.g., Calming Anxiety, Deep Concentration, Emergency Calm), timed or open-ended unguided meditation sessions, and multiday programs (e.g., 7 Days of Focus, 7 Days of Managing Stress, 7 Days of Gratitude). I normally do a guided meditation centered on focus or deep concentration in the morning to get myself ready for the day, and sometimes I add another session later in the day if I find that I'm losing focus. The guided meditations are usually about ten to twelve minutes long and are great for everyone, whether you are new to meditation or already have it as part of your daily routine.

Noisli

I was introduced to Noisli at the 2016 EFA National Conference in August, and it has been a great addition to my productivity toolbox. Noisli is a customizable background noise generator. It has preset sound combos, categorized as "Random," "Productivity," and "Relax," or you can make your own combos and save them for future use. Some of the nature sounds are rain, thunderstorm, wind, and seaside, and others include fireplace, fan, train, and white/pink/brown noise. There is even a coffee shop sound if you want to replicate the feeling of being at Starbucks without actually leaving your home office (it's one of my favorite sounds). You can listen to the sounds individually or layer different sounds and change the volume of each (e.g., one of the ones I created is called Rainy Day Coffee Shop and is a mixture of a lot of thunderstorm and a little bit of coffee shop). It's free and easy to use via Noisli's website or as a Chrome extension. Get creative!

Spotify

Spotify is a digital music service that gives you access to tons of music. You can search for a specific artist, song, or album; check out the latest charts and new releases; or discover new music once a week with a personalized playlist. Spotify has a radio option, too, in case you just want to sit back and relax to some good tunes without having to put in the work searching. I cannot listen to music with lyrics while I edit (unless I am editing endnotes or references, in which case I'll blast some Britney from time to time), so I generally opt for an instrumental playlist. Some of my favorite playlists for productivity are: Deep Focus, Productive Morning (thanks, Barbie!), Atmospheric Calm, and Mellow Beats, all of which were put together by Spotify. I switch between Noisli and Spotify, as needed, to keep me engaged, and I love having the two options. I have Spotify Premium ($9.99 per month), but there is a free version you can try out first to see how it works for you.

Strict Workflow

This is by far my favorite new app, which I also heard about for the first time at the EFA conference this year (thanks, Sarah!). Strict Workflow is a time management extension for Chrome that enforces a workflow of twenty-five minutes followed by a five-minute break, otherwise known as the Pomodoro Technique. Once you've installed the extension, click the red tomato icon in the upper-right corner of your Chrome browser to start the first twenty-five-minute timer. The app is set up to block popular distracting websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) during your workflow and will only allow you to access those sites after the work timer is up and you've started the break timer (this is accomplished by clicking the green tomato icon in the upper-right corner of your browser). You can tailor the list of blocked sites according to what distracts you, but I've found that the basic list has worked fine for me. Repeat the timers as needed until you get the job done! Super easy (and free)!

Toggl

Toggl is a time-tracking app and is really easy (and free!) to use. This app not only keeps me organized but also keeps me on task. I use Toggl alongside my Strict Workflow app, and it acts as another layer to keep me engaged (mainly because I don't want to stop and restart the timer a million times). Toggl allows you to keep track of all your hours worked, all in one place, and it works both online and offline (if you use it offline, it will sync those hours the next time you're back online). For more on Toggl's organizational features, click here.

I hope you find these apps helpful! Let me know in the comments section below if you have any favorites that aren't on this list or if you enjoy any of these apps already!

Book Review: My So-Called Freelance Life

Michelle Goodman’s My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire was the first book I purchased after making the decision to pursue a freelance career. It came highly recommended by two editor friends, and I was excited to read it based on what they had shared with me. Almost five years later, I still reference this book from time to time, and I always recommend it to other freelancers.

This 221-page how-to book is entertaining and packed full of useful information on starting (and growing) your freelance business, from writing a simple business plan and calculating your rates, to choosing clients and marketing yourself, to figuring out tax stuff and what to do when a client doesn’t pay you.

If you are considering a freelance career or are an established creative professional who would like to pick up a few pointers, I highly recommend snagging this book. In the meantime, read on for a few of my favorite takeaways.

Writing your business plan.

Goodman suggests simply getting a few freelance goals on paper, along with ideas for how you will achieve those goals, what she calls a “business plan to go.” Many new freelancers start off without a plan, and then end up lacking direction and jump on every opportunity that lands in their lap. If you have your goals in black and white, it’ll be easier to efficiently decide whether a new project will align with your goals or if you should pass on it to pursue something that will. It’s easy to say yes to every opportunity that comes your way, especially as a new freelancer, but it pays to have a plan. I make a list of business goals each year (usually in December) for the following year and try to check in at least quarterly to see how I’m doing.

Setting up your freelance space.

Goodman talks about the importance of marking your territory, should you decide to work from home. This includes setting up a space where you can be productive, a space with enough room for your projects and preferably one that is not located in your relaxing/sleeping quarters. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries with your roommates/significant other; it’s easy to get off task when you work and live in the same space. If you can set up in a separate room with a door that closes, great, but as a new freelancer you might need to find a corner of your living room to set up shop—and that's okay. Check out your local cafés for a change in scenery when needed, but try not to make it an everyday event—the money spent on those extra coffees and snacks adds up!

Naming your price.

In an early chapter, Goodman instructs readers to make a personal budget, and later, in chapter 6, she gets into the nitty-gritty of determining freelance rates. Goodman suggests having two separate budgets (business and personal, which has worked really well for me) to avoid confusion when it comes time for tax time. Then, she provides a few simple equations for naming your price (after accounting for taxes, expenses, and desired vacation time). Later in the book, she discusses negotiating your project terms and rate, as well as the pros and cons to billing per hour or as a flat rate.

These items just scratch the surface of all the great advice Goodman has to offer. Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments section below!

Just Breathe

After a particularly stressful week, I thought I'd share some tried-and-true ways to relax. The reality is, we live in a busy world, especially as freelancers, and it can be a bit overwhelming at times. No matter how superhuman we think we are, we must learn to take breaks.

Relaxation Technique #1: Meditation

When your mind is racing and you need a break, try to find a quiet environment to spend a few minutes. If this is not possible, throw in some earbuds and listen to calming music to drown out the noise (I love the "Deep Focus" playlist on Spotify). Start by finding a comfortable seated position. Sit up nice and tall, rest your hands on your thighs, and close your eyes. Take a minute or two to notice what's going on in your mind, what's going on with your breath. Don't attach any judgment, just notice. Take a few deep breaths and focus only on that—breathing. After a few minutes of mindful breathing, think about one thing that makes you happy or one thing you want to accomplish and focus on that for a few minutes. As outside thoughts come in, acknowledge them, then let them pass and come back to your intention. When you're ready to move on with your day, gently bring your awareness back to the room and open your eyes. I use the Calm app for meditation, and I absolutely love it!

Relaxation Technique #2: Massage

In an effort to bring a little balance into my life, I schedule a one-hour massage once a month. Working in front of a computer is really hard on your body, so it's important to take care of yourself, and one way to do that is with regular massage. To help with the cost, I signed up for a massage membership.

Relaxation Technique #3: Lavender and Sea Salt Bath

I love to do this right before bed, and I find I sleep better on nights when I make time to soak. All you need to do is draw a warm bath and add a cup of sea salt and about ten drops of lavender essential oil. You can also look for a bath salt that already has lavender in it (I use this one). Light a candle (or six) and grab a book!

Relaxation Technique #4: Yoga

Yoga has changed my life when it comes to handling stress and learning to let go. I normally prefer to practice in the evening for relaxation, but morning yoga classes are a great way to get focused. Just do what works best for you. Yoga is a great form of exercise for the mind and body. If you don't belong to a gym that provides yoga classes or have a yoga studio nearby, there are many good yoga DVDs out there (let me know in the comment section if you'd like recommendations!). Eagle pose, or Garudasana, is particularly good to release tension in the upper back and shoulders.

Relaxation Technique #5: Reach Out

Sometimes, we just need someone to listen to our frustrations and tell us that it’s going to be OK. When I’m stressed, confused, or upset about something, I call or message a friend. Talking it out usually ends in one of two situations: (a) you find that you might have been overreacting or (b) you were rightfully pissed off and can then discuss your next course of action with someone you trust.

Bonus! Check out this TED talk on looking at stress in a different way, and feel free to share your relaxation techniques in the comments section below!

An Editor's Favorite Grammar Books

My collection of grammar books has been growing steadily since becoming a full-time freelancer, and I'd like to share some of my favorites with you!

1. The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition

I use this book every single day I edit, and it is widely used among the publishers I work with. While I'm still figuring out the most efficient way to organize the material I use most often (tabbing the pages turned out to be a nightmare, with rainbow-colored tabs bending every which way and/or falling off when the book was placed back on the shelf), The Chicago Manual of Style has been my primary source for all things grammar and formatting.

2. Garner's Modern American Usage, Third Edition by Bryan A. Garner

Although I normally default to grabbing CMoS off the shelf, Garner’s has helped me immensely as I’ve developed as an editor. This book is a usage dictionary/style guide and has so much valuable information. When I can’t locate something in CMoS, it is very likely in Garner’s. This essential reference is very dense (as one would expect from a usage dictionary), and as such, I am unlikely to pick it up just to read it, although I do try to flip it open to a random page every now and then to see what I can learn.

Update: A fellow editor has informed me that a new edition of Garner’s (Garner's Modern English Usage, Fourth Edition) is available as of this year. I’ve just ordered my copy, and I wanted to make you all aware of this newer version (thank you, Michael!).

3. The Copyeditor's Handbook, Third Edition by Amy Einsohn

This was one of the first books I bought when I started freelancing, as it was recommended by a colleague. It has since been assigned as required reading for two advanced copyediting courses I've taken, and it is full of helpful example edits and editing exercises (if only I could make more time in my schedule to complete all the exercises!).

4. Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mary Norris at the Editorial Freelancers Association's national conference in August, and what a treat! Mary was one of our keynote speakers, and she even took the time to sign books for those who bought them (I was first in line!). I was so inspired and intrigued by her keynote speech that I began reading Between You & Me on the bus back to Maryland that very same day (I will be sure to include a review in a future blog post!). This charming book is part memoir, part language guide and has been called "the most irreverent and helpful book on language since the #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves."

So what about you? What are some of your favorite grammar books? I will include business books in another post, so stay tuned for that one!

Keeping Perfectionism in Check

I have been a self-proclaimed perfectionist for as long as I can remember. I've cried over "B" grades, my concept of "messy" doesn't match the norm, and I've been known to completely tear myself apart at times after receiving "constructive criticism."

Common traits of a perfectionist are:

  • You are eager to please.
  • You are a procrastinator.
  • You take everything personally.
  • You obsess over every little mistake.
  • You get extremely defensive when criticized.
  • You are exceedingly critical of others.

It's obviously okay, and encouraged, to want to excel, but chasing perfection can negatively affect your well-being, which in turn can negatively affect your business. So what do we do about it?

Dr. Edmund Bourne, who has specialized in the treatment of anxiety and other related disorders for the past twenty years, suggests the following guidelines for keeping perfectionism in check:

  • Let go of the idea that your worth is determined by your achievements.
  • Recognize and overcome perfectionist thinking styles (instead of “I should be able to do this right,” “I will do my very best”).
  • Stop magnifying the importance of small errors.
  • Focus on positives.
  • Work on goals that are realistic.
  • Cultivate more pleasure and recreation in your life.
  • Develop a process orientation (“the journey is more important than the destination”).

It’s okay to set high standards, but they must be realistic. If not, you'll be forever reaching for something that is unattainable, setting yourself up for a lifetime of disappointment. Perfectionism is an "all-or-nothing attitude" that can increase stress and put a damper on productivity, creativity, and, ultimately, profitability. Don't let it! 

Start Your Workweek on Sunday

Weekends—we love them and we hate that they never seem to last long enough. So how can we get the most out of our precious two days of freedom? While it is so important to decompress from the previous week and recharge for the week ahead, I find that a weekend of sleeping in and avoiding responsibility has a negative impact on my productivity during the following week. Without a little balance and productivity during the weekend, I feel as if I am spending most of my Monday getting a kick-start on the week, which can set my whole week off balance.

Like most things in life, balance is key. You don’t have to go so far as to set an agenda for every waking moment of your weekend, but it’s good to have an overall game plan to ensure you get yourself set up for the coming week. Aside from relaxation, here are some ways you can make the most of your weekend:

Clean the house (or have it cleaned for you if you are so fortunate). While doing the dishes and laundry aren’t my favorite weekend activities, I find that having a clean house to start the week makes a big difference on my mood and productivity. I can start the week knowing that my husband has at least five clean work shirts to wear, all the towels are clean for the bathrooms and kitchen, and everything is back in its proper place, making 6:30 a.m. a lot easier to stomach come Monday morning. Do a few chores each day during the week so you don’t have to spend your whole weekend catching up.

Plan your meals. My husband and I always spend part of our Sunday preparing meals for the week. Packing your lunch is a great way to ensure that you are eating healthy, balanced meals while you’re at the office (or working from home), and saving some cash is always a plus! I also find that organizing meals on Sunday makes dinner prep during the week much easier. At the very least, set yourself up by making a list of possible dinner choices for the week and make sure you have all necessary ingredients on hand.

Mark the calendar. I always use a bit of time on Sunday to take a look at my calendar. What deadlines, appointments, events, and/or travel do I have scheduled? Is there anything that needs to be added/updated on the calendar? Prioritize work projects and take a few minutes to mentally prepare for the week. Most importantly, make sure your week is balanced between work and play. If you’re seeing mostly deadlines and meetings, schedule a massage, a happy hour, or just a window of time to do absolutely nothing.

Set the alarm. Yes, I know. Saturdays and Sundays are your days to “catch up” from a week of waking up before the sun comes up—I get it. But research has shown that sleeping in on the weekends can do more damage to your sleep routine than good and often makes waking up on Monday much harder than it has to be. The best method is to try to go to sleep around the same time and wake up around the same time every day—weekends included.

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I hope you can use a few of these tips this coming Sunday! Any other favorite ways to organize yourself for the week?

Sleep Well for Increased Productivity

One of the many great things about being your own boss is having a flexible schedule. There's no one to tell you when to start work in the morning or when to end the day (except you). This can be both amazing and useless, depending on how you manage your time. I find that sticking to a schedule helps me be most productive, and that starts with getting good sleep. I try to go to sleep around the same time every night and wake up around the same time each morning—for me, around 10:30-11 p.m. and 6:30-7 a.m works best.

Sleep doesn't come easy for some, but it is so important for our health and well-being. On the nights you find yourself tossing and turning, try some of these “get sleepy” tips:

Make yourself comfortable. Being comfortable is one of the most important things for getting a good night’s sleep, and although it seems obvious, many people’s sleeping arrangements are not suitable for relaxation. For example, I choose not to bring work into my bedroom or have a desk in there. The last thing I want to look at while I’m trying to fall asleep is that five-hundred-page manuscript I’m currently editing and need to start again as soon as I wake up. Additionally, when decorating your bedroom, choose a calming, neutral color scheme. Check your thermostat, too. Ours is programmed to drop a few degrees at night.

Keep a schedule. It’s best for our bodies if we fall asleep and wake up at or around the same time every day—even on weekends. While I realize that this isn’t always possible, try to create a schedule for yourself based on when you naturally feel tired and when you naturally wake up, that is, if your work schedule allows. Check out this article by Lifehacker on how to find your perfect bedtime.

Turn off electronics. Research has shown that it’s best to turn off electronic devices one to two hours before bed. Studies illustrate that the “glow” from electronic devices keeps our brains stimulated and delays the release of melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone. So instead of scrolling through Instagram or checking your Twitter feed for the hundredth time, try reading a book instead (and no, not on your Kindle—an actual book). If you find yourself burning the midnight oil, try an app called f.lux, which makes the color of your screen's display adapt to the time of day to be easier on your eyes.

Wind down. Once you’ve turned off your electronics for the night, try a lavender and sea salt bath (one of my favorites), read a book, and/or meditate. Lavender essential oil is most commonly used for relaxation, so it’s perfect right before bed. If you aren’t up for a bath, you can rub the oil directly onto your skin (temples, feet, and wrists are common places) or use a lavender pillow spray.

Keep it dark. If you find that you’re having trouble sleeping, check out your lighting situation. I live in an apartment in a pretty busy area, and there are always lights on outside, some of which shine through my upper windows at night. Keep blinds closed and curtains pulled, and if you find that it’s still not dark enough for you, try an eye mask.

Do you have other tips for getting a restful night's sleep? Leave them in the comments below!

My Journey to Building My Brand (So Far!)

Hi there! It’s been a few weeks since my last post, and a lot has happened in that time, including my rebrand! I thought it’d be fun to recall my branding journey up to this point, and then show you my website mood board!

Let’s backtrack four years—to May 2012. I had just started my company, Ford Editing, and was copyediting and proofreading in my spare time alongside a full-time desk job. My idea of branding was a simple website template through Microsoft and plain (but professional!) business cards.

After a year or so of dealing with my cookie-cutter website, I started to do some research. Not quite feeling like I had the funds to hire a professional, I ended up purchasing a template from Bludomain, and although it was still a template and wasn’t fully customizable (at least not for my skill level), it was a step up from my previous one.

Next came my logo, which was designed by my wonderful friend, Sharon. I absolutely love the logo and still use it to this day.

So, I had a well-designed website with a shiny new logo (and matching business cards!), but my journey doesn’t end there. After finding out from a couple SEO-rockstar friends that my site wasn’t being read properly in Google (sigh), I took the next step in my branding journey. Because my site wasn’t being as easily read by the Google “crawlers” (bots that essentially scan websites), it wasn’t ranking as high as it could be in search results. So, I started to research again and decided that Squarespace would be a good fit for my new platform, and this time I would hire a professional to design my site. Don’t get me wrong, Squarespace is easy enough to navigate, but sometimes it’s worth letting a professional help so you can spend your time and energy on other tasks—plus you’re likely to get better results in a fraction of the time.

Holly did an amazing job on my site, but I realized soon after it was finished that I had been focusing too much on the site and the logo and not on my brand identity. I didn’t have a full color palette, specific fonts, or other design elements nailed down, and I wanted to pull everything together. After reading one of Holly’s blog posts and doing even more research (I hope you’re seeing a trend here), I came across some “website mood boards” on Pinterest.

I had a chance to sit down with Sharon a couple weeks ago, and this is what we came up with:

Let’s just say, I’m in love. The color palette is fresh and relatively neutral, I love the fonts, and just looking at this mood board makes me proud of my business and how far I’ve come. We updated my existing logos and website according to the new color palette, too. I now have consistency, and this board will serve as a reference when making decisions regarding my website, business cards, social media sites, and so forth. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past four years, it’s that a business should always be evolving and growing. You are never really “there,” but that’s the fun of being an entrepreneur. It’s about celebrating each step up and enjoying the journey (while, of course, bringing in the bacon).

What do you think? Are you working on something similar? Let me know in the comments section below!

Thirty Days of Motivation

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Happy first day of June! I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine—I’ve actually taken my “office” outside a few days this week (one of the many perks of working from home). As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, I thought I’d share some inspirational quotes I’ve come across lately. In this post, you’ll find thirty motivational quotes, one for each day of June. Many are focused on business and success, and some are focused on overall well-being and happiness. I hope you’re able to come back to this post throughout the month when you need a little extra motivation. Enjoy!

1. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” —Maya Angelou
2. “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” —Mark Twain
3. “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” —Art Williams
4. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” —Jim Rohn
5. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed.” —Tony Robbins
6. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” —Michael John Bobak
7. “Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” —Anonymous 
8. “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” —Ella Wheeler Wilcox
9. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” —Mark Caine
10. “There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.” —Roger Staubach
11. “Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.”                       —Anonymous
12. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”                 —Albert Einstein
13. “If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.” —Ecclesiastes 11:4
14. “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.”      —Pablo Picasso
15. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas A. Edison
16. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”                               —Ralph Waldo Emerson
17. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” —Diane Ackerman
18. “We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams. We are the movers and shakers of the world forever, it seems.” —Arthur O’Shaughnessy
19. “You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” —Deepak K. Chopra
20. “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” —Lao Tzu
21. “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”                                 —F. Scott Fitzgerald
22. “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”                   —James N. Watkins
23. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” —C. S. Lewis
24. “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” —Theodore Roosevelt
25. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” —Thomas Jefferson
26. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by, and that made all the difference.” —Robert Frost
27. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” —Dale Carnegie
28. “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” —Jane Smiley
29. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” —Francis Chan
30. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” —Anatole France