Category: Overcoming Adversity

Alisha Zalkin

“I pray that one day we live in a world where we are encouraged to experience the full human emotional spectrum without shame, guilt, or judgment. Where we don’t have to fear our inner demons, darkness, and suffering, but rather hold one another in the space for true healing. A world where we can stop pretending life has to be perfect every damn day, and we can let down our walls and surrender to the truth. A world where we are encouraged to take the time to breathe deeply in silence without distractions, and connect to our light, because ‘the light gets in through the cracks.'” Facebook

Bethany Mota

“I want to tell everyone here that you are capable of so much. I used to limit myself all of the time and I would think of things that I wanted to do and I’d be like, ‘there’s no way that I can do that,’ and I’d dismiss the thought from my mind. But, making YouTube Videos is one of the things that I just went for and I’m like, ‘there’s no way anyone’s gonna wanna watch my videos, I’m way too weird.’ But I did it anyway and now I have this amazing community. I want to remind you that you are all strong and powerful so don’t allow anyone to limit you and most of all, never limit yourself because you’re incredible.”  Teen Choice Awards





Simon Cowell

 “Every single negative can lead to a positive. Any negative situation …don’t get too down about it – you’ll work it out. You learn it as you go along. You don’t get smart at 17. You just don’t unless you’re one of a billion. It will happen over time and it’s the getting there which will be the most fun.” Master Class/OWN TV

Hillary Swank

“I’m just a girl from a trailor park who had a dream.” 2005 Academy Awards acceptance speech

“There are things about my childhood that I regret, that my mom regrets, that my dad regrets, and I think that my brother regrets, which is that my parents were so troubled in their relationship that we were kind of neglected at times. The other side of my childhood so overshadows that, though, that it’s not something I tend to bring up. Ultimately, my parents did the best they could. A lot of people hold on to something not being the way they think it should’ve been, and they’re messed up because of it. And what’s sad about that is that life will be over for your parents one day, and you can be left with what you could have made of the relationship, but didn’t. My dad wasn’t in my life very much when I was growing up, but I decided that I didn’t want his life to be over and for me to say, “Oh, if I’d only grown up I could’ve had an adult relationship with him.” I’m so glad I have my dad in my life right now. Interview

“One of the first producers I worked with told me I had a horrible forehead and my lips were too big.”  US Weekly