4th of July Quotes

 Independence Day is about honoring our past and celebrating the hopes for the future. As Americans the time has come to push together for a better tomorrow. The use of quotes is inspirational and fun. Are you looking for patriotic sayings or quotes to celebrate the 4th of July?

  1. “America is a tune. It must be sung together.” Gerald Stanley Lee
  2. “Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy
  3. “Liberty is the breath of life to nations.” George Bernard Shaw
  4. “Let’s not forget why we celebrate 4th of July, it is the day Will Smith saved us from the aliens.” Unknown
  5. “The fact is, with every friendship you make and every bond you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world.” Michelle Obama
  6. “You cannot separate peace and freedom. Because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” Malcolm X
  7. “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” Abraham Lincoln
  8. “People in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story is each other. But that is not our story. That is not who we are. That’s not our America. Our United States of America is not about us versus them. It’s about We the people!” Kamala Harris
  9. “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” Bill Clinton
  10. “Laughter is America’s most important export.” Walt Disney
  11. “We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.” Barack Obama
  12. “America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.” George W. Bush
  13. “The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion — it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.” Condoleezza Rice
  14. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln

Inspirational Quotes for Earth Day

Are you looking for inspiration to celebrate Earth Day? Check out the following quotes. Each are perfect for Earth Day, April 22, 2021.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 
  1. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  2. “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”-John Muir
  3. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”-Gandhi
  4. “I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.”– Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  5. “When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.” —Alanis Obomsawin
  6. “Time spent among trees is never time wasted.” —Katrina Mayer
  7. “Most of us are familiar with recycle and reusing, but how often do we think of the third R – REDUCE? ‘Reduce’ is probably the most important of the three Rs because, if we reduced, it would limit the need to recycle and reuse.” -Catherine Pulsifer
  8. “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”-Rachel Carson
  9. The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson
  10. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein
  11. “Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.”Scott Peters
  12. “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” -Henry David Thoreau
  13. “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon
  14. “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” —David Attenborough
  15. “Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”-Walt Whitman
  16. “We need the tonic of wildness—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.” —Henry David Thoreau
  17. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” —Sylvia Plath
  18. “Earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. “The good man is the friend of all living things.”Gandhi
  20. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” Theodore Roosevelt
  21. “Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  22. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall
  23. There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore. There is society, where none intrudes by the deep sea, and music in its roar. I love not man the less, but nature more.” – Lord Byron
  24. “To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.” —Bill Nye
  25. “Man is still the greatest miracle and the greatest problem on this earth.”-David Sarnoff

January Drawing Prompts

Drawing or doodling is a great creative outlet for all ages. If you are spending more time indoors due to social distancing or wintry weather, drawing can easily turn into a family activity. Do you need inspiration? Check out the following drawing prompts for January.

  1. 2021
  2. Shapes
  3. Snowflakes
  4. Eyes
  5. Love
  6. Sun
  7. Signs
  8. Snowman
  9. Tree
  10. Food
  11. Animal
  12. Clouds
  13. Water
  14. Mittens
  15. Snow Globe
  16. Penguin
  17. Self-Portrait
  18. Winter Boots
  19. Door, Lock, & Key
  20. Nature
  21. Building
  22. Winter Scene
  23. Friends
  24. Patterns
  25. Upside Down
  26. Big
  27. Small
  28. 3 Similiar Items
  29. 3 Different Items
  30. Spirals
  31. Windows

Try experimenting with different drawing instruments. Markers, crayons, pencils, colored pencils, chalk, charcoal, or paint pens yield diverse results. But remember, above all, have fun.

 

21 Inspirational Quotes for the New Year

Do you need some inspiration to ring in the New Year? 2020 will definitely be a year to remember—time to move forward with some inspiring words.

  1. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”-George Eliot.
  2. “The best is yet to come.”-Frank Sinatra.
  3. “You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.”-Dr. Suess
  4. “Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.” —Jonathan Lockwood Huie.
  5. “Ring out the old, ring in the new,
    Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
    The year is going, let him go;
    Ring out the false, ring in the true.” —Alfred Lord Tennyson
  6. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” —T.S. Eliot
  7. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” —Benjamin Franklin.
  8. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”-C.S. Lewis.
  9. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” —T.S. Eliot
  10. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” —Paulo Coehlo.
  11. “It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  12. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” —Socrates.
  13. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” —E.E. Cummings.
  14. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” —David Bowie.
  15. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt.
  16. “New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.”-Alex Morritt.
  17.  “Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” —Neil Gaiman.
  18. “Every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all of our lives.”-Steven Spielberg.
  19. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”-Brad Paisley.
  20. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  21. “Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.” —Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

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Rebecca’s Journal Writing Prompts for February

The second month of 2020 is here. Are you ready to continue or start your journal writing? Do you need some inspiration? Try out the following journal writing prompts for February.

  1. Did you accomplish everything on your goal list in January? What was your biggest obstacle or achievement from last month?
  2. What goals do you have for February?
  3. Describe an activity that brings you complete joy?
  4. List the 3 top things in your life right now that you are grateful for.
  5. What quote from a book or movie brings you the most inspiration? Why?
  6. What do you do for self-care? Why is this activity so important for your overall well-being?
  7. What do you do to show kindness to others?
  8. Who is your current role model? Why is this person important to you?
  9. How do you define love? For your significant other? Family? Friends?
  10. What was your first date like? How old were you? Did you end the night with a kiss?
  11. What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
  12. What is your ideal Valentine’s Day date? Family time?
  13. Did you have Valentine’s Day party at your school during your childhood? Did you hand out Valentine’s cards to your classmates? What was your favorite part of the celebration?
  14. Describe you Valentine’s Day in detail.
  15. What obstacle is holding you back from moving forward with improving your self. How can you overcome it?
  16. Describe your entire day in complete detail. What were you doing at 9 am? Noon? 4 pm?  7 pm? Or at bedtime?
  17. What is your definition of happiness?
  18. If you could change your current job to your dream career, what would you do? Why?
  19. What can you do to improve the environment? What changes do you need to make in your daily routine to help the planet?
  20. Write a letter to your childhood friend. What makes your friendship so memorable? (It’s entirely up to you if you want to send it or not).
  21. Visualize your life in a year, 5 years, 10 years. Write your vision in detail.
  22. Who is your current celebrity crush? Who was your celebrity crush as a teenager? How have your tastes changed? Why did you pick the celebrity?
  23. What is your greatest fear for yourself? Your family? Your friends? How can you overcome the fear?
  24. What was your favorite cartoon as a child? Why did you like the program?
  25. If you could have lunch with any person living or dead, who would you pick? Why?
  26. If you could meet any person or character from a book, who would you pick? Why?
  27. What is one personal achievement that makes you proud? Why?
  28. What do you want to achieve in the next ten months of 2020?
  29. Leap Day-What did you do with your extra day in 2020?

Rebecca’s February Photo Prompts

For many, February is known as the month of love. Use Valentine’s Day as an inspiration in your photos. Do you need some help? Check out the following photo prompts for February.

  1. Selfie (Start the second month of 2020 with a new selfie).
  2. Happy Groundhog’s Day! Shadows
  3. Distance
  4. 2 p.m.
  5. Chocolates
  6. Kiss
  7. Red
  8. Heart
  9. Rose or Flower
  10. Meal
  11. Romance
  12. Stuffed Animal
  13. Love
  14. Happy Valentine’s Day!
  15. Up Close
  16. Nature
  17. Signs
  18. Beverage
  19. Current View
  20. Sunset or Sunrise
  21. Happy
  22. Water
  23. Clouds
  24. Weather
  25. Treat
  26. Shapes
  27. Blue
  28. Adventure
  29. Leap Year! Your Choice

Have fun with your photos. Ask family or friends to join. Post your pictures to social media. Or print and frame your images to display proudly on your wall.

July Journal Writing Prompts

Warm weather, the 4th of July holiday, and relaxing summer events are perfect for being outdoors. Take a few moments out of your day to write. Journal writing is a chance to document daily events or explore your emotions. Consider the following prompts to help with your journal writing.

31 Journal Writing Prompts for July

  1. What does the 4th of July and freedom mean to you?
  2. Do you have any family members past or present who served in the military?
  3. What are your 4th of July plans? Are you ready?
  4. Happy 4th! What is your favorite Independence Day memory?
  5. I want to…
  6. What is your idea of a relaxing Saturday afternoon?
  7. What 5 movies would you like to see? At the movies? On Netflix? Or Other streaming services? Why do you want to see these movies?
  8. What was your favorite song from childhood? Teenage years? Now? What do you like about these songs?
  9. What one trait do you dislike about yourself? What steps can you take to improve yourself?
  10. Write about your driver’s training experience?
  11. List 10 things to accomplish by the end of the month.
  12. What is your current biggest obstacle?
  13. Write about your favorite trip as a child? Teenager? Adult?
  14. What’s your current relationship status? Are you happy with your status?
  15. What is something from your past do you miss?
  16. is music important to you?
  17. Do you believe it is important to follow trends? In fashion? For your home? Technology?
  18. If you could learn a new language, what would you pick? Why?
  19. What would you like to do this weekend? Relax? Go on an adventure? Stay home? Why is this choice important to you?
  20. What local tourist spot would you like to revisit? Why? If there’s not one to revisit, what one would you like to view for the first time? Why?
  21. What does your week ahead look like? How busy is your schedule?
  22. It’s Independent Retailers Month. What local shop or service do you like? Why?
  23. What obstacle did you overcome in the past 6 months? Year? Five years?
  24. Make a new playlist. Why are these songs important to you?
  25. What hobby or recipe would you like to try? Why?
  26. What are your favorite summer memories from childhood?
  27. Describe a summer vacation experience.
  28. What was your best idea this week? Why?
  29. What steps did you take to improve yourself this month?
  30. I never…
  31. What are you looking forward to in the month of August?

Happy July! Happy Writing!

March Journal Writing Prompts

Are you currently thinking about starting a journal? Do you need a little inspiration to help you get started? Keeping a journal is an effective tool to learn about yourself, express your emotions, and keep detailed memories of the day’s events.

Writing Prompts for March

  1. What would you like to accomplish this month?
  2. Describe your current view include as many details as possible.
  3. What is your worst habit? Are you taking steps to change the habit? What do you plan to do?
  4. What do you think makes a good friendship? Who is your best friend? Who was your best  friend?
  5. List 10 things you would tell your younger self. List 10 things you would like to tell your future self.
  6. What is your inspiration?
  7. Write goals for the future include 3 months from now, 6 months, a year, five years, etc.
  8. What hobby would you like to try? Why? What do you need to start?
  9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
  10. Could you live without the use of the Internet or cell phone? Why or why not?
  11. What would you like to learn how to do? Why?
  12. Write down a funny memory from this past week? Who was involved? Why did you find the situation funny?
  13. Do you have a current worry? Why does it bother you? What can you do to ease your worries?
  14. What holiday do you enjoy most? Why?
  15. Describe a recent dream. Who was in the dream? What do you think the dream means?
  16. Describe a normal day for you. Using the same day, write from your pet’s point of view.
  17. What does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? Are you celebrating? What are you doing?
  18. Write down your favorite childhood memory. Why does this event mean so much to you?
  19. Write a letter to give to your children their 18th birthday or graduation day. Or write a letter to give to yourself in 10 years, 15 years, or 20 years.
  20. Celebrate the first day of spring by writing a bucket list for the season.
  21. Describe a movie or book character that inspires you.
  22. Describe your idea for perfect weekend? Is the goal achievable? Why or why not?
  23. Do you prefer to watch the sunrise or sunset? Why?
  24. What is your favorite time of day? Why?
  25. List 15 things that bring you joy.
  26. What is your vision for the future? Remember to include yourself, your significant other, your children or pets in your plan.
  27. How did or do you view yourself as a student, employee, a parent or other role in your life?
  28. If you could meet one famous person from the past, who would you pick? Why?
  29. What era would you have liked to live in? Why?
  30. Describe a book or movie recommendation. Why did you like your choice?
  31. What are you looking forward to in April? Why?

 

 

 

Drawing Day: A Chance for Inspiration

Today, May 16, 2017, is Drawing Day. I personally love to draw and sketch. I admit I am completely horrible. But, there’s just something relaxing about drawing. In fact, I have been using drawing to form character inspirations for my writing. The entire process is just another way to enhance my creativity.

As a child, I remember spending rainy days indoors. Enhancing my imagination, my mom would come up with fun creative projects to pass the time. Drawing flowers, rocks, and landscapes were always on my agenda. I fully believe, the art inspired activities helped my creativity.

In today’s technological world, I believe inspiring imagination is vital. Learning creative thinking skills has advantages in every profession. Encouraging your children with art supplies may actually provide benefits to cognitive development. The best part with the various dollar or discount stores, you can create an art supply box at a minimal price.

  • Sketchbooks
  • Drawing pads
  • Construction paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter, if you are brave
  • Watercolors
  • Paint
  • Poster boards

You never know how far simple art inspirations will take you in life.