Life Updates + 10 Inspirational Quotes

Hey, everyone! I hope your week has been off to a good start. For those of you following along my Instagram and Snapchat, you already know I spent the weekend visiting my family in Erie and have, since then, safely returned to Pittsburgh. I was knee deep in cleaner, helping my mom get the house ready before she starts her second to last class of her Masters, and nose deep in the newest Harry Potter book. 1,000% recommend a read! You won't regret it.

Before that, though, things had been pretty quiet on the blog front and that is because earlier this week my grandfather passed away. It was a difficult time for my family, as I’m sure anyone who has lost someone close can understand. At first, I thought I would be able to keep up with my usual two posts per week, but as time progressed I knew this was not something I would be able to accomplish. Certainly, no one blames me, but one thing this week has taught me is that when life happens, sometimes you have to put things on hold and focus on yourself. And that’s OK.

If you don’t take the time to take care of yourself, everything else will slowly start to slip.

As much as I like to think I am, I’m not superwoman. I can’t do it all.

So today’s blogpost, along with being a mini update on the life and times of Rachel Lynn, is a reminder that even though you can’t do it ALL, there is still so much you can accomplish. Taking a few days, or weeks or months off is not a bad thing. People will honestly respect you more for it because we’ve all been there at some point in some capacity.

Below are a few of my favorite inspirational quotes. Whether you’re going through a tough time, just got out of the woods, or ready to take life full on, there’s something here for you.

When nothing is sure, everything is possible. -Margaret Drabble

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. -Lao Tzu

Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. -Thomas Edison

The harder I work, the more luck I have. -Thomas Jefferson

The best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. –Theodore Roosevelt

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. -Erich Fromm

If you're doing your best you won't have any time to worry about failure. -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. -E. E. Cumings 

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain

That's all for today! I just received a few packages in the mail, so be on the lookout for a few outfit of the day posts. Be inspired, do wonderful things, and never forget even if you can’t do it all, there are so many wonderfully exciting things you will accomplish!



  1. I love placing inspirational quotes around the office and home. Will be adding them to my collection. Thanks!!

  2. I love adding inspirational quotes to snail mail to friends!

  3. That Margaret Drabble quote was just what I needed today. Loved your post!
    xx, E

  4. Love these quotes! The hardest thing is showing yourself grace & saying it's ok to take time for yourself.

  5. So sorry for your loss, hope you're doing okay! Thanks for sharing the quotes :o)

  6. Take care of yourself, friend. So important!

  7. Great quotes! I love "the harder I work, the more luck I have" because it's hard to put in a lot of work without feeling immediate satisfaction, but luck does seem to come easier ;) Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. i love a good inspirational quote. these were great! :)

  9. Love all these quotes. So inspiring -- especially the ones by Theodore Roosevelt and Erich Fromm.

    Emma |

  10. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather, love. Sending you love and hugs.

  11. All photos are very amazing here . Thanks .