9 MEDIAGIRLS quotes to motivate you in 2017!

Got motivation in 2017? Don’t worry, we do. We asked our Youth Advisory Board to select some of the quotes that inspire them to be their best self, and tell us why. Hopefully they’ll motivate you too to be brave, bold and kind this year. Need more inspiration from MEDIAGIRLS? We’ve got plenty.


Sola’s pick: “I don’t feel adequate/Thinking I’m a monster in disguise/…Caught up with the fact that life will be dark/But can we handle being kids?” (From the song “Gravel to Tempo” by Hayley Kiyoko).

Reason: Kiyoko has explicitly stated that the song is about the crushes that she had on girls when she was growing up, and that “the only validation [you] need is from [your]self.” This quote motivates me because one day I want to be able to live in a world where everyone feels accepted and safe throughout their entire lives. The amount of hate going around right now saddens me, and I hope that one day girls growing up won’t have to be afraid if they realize that they might not be as straight as society’s heteronormativity has lead them to think they are.


Sofia’s pick: “Decisions are made by those who show up. Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world.” (Aaron Sorkin, 2012 Syracuse Commencement speech)

Reason: I find this quote very inspiring because it is a constant reminder that everyone has a voice, and that one’s voice, while seemingly insignificant amongst the 7.4 billion others in the world, is actually a very powerful thing. I also appreciate the call to action component of the quote, as Sorkin is encouraging everyone to do something very simple: to show up. This component I think is especially powerful, as many people, myself included, take our voices for granted. This quote also serves as a reminder that in order to exercise your right to make decisions, one does, in fact, have to show up.​


Amita’s pick: “Stare them all down/If they come back around/You’ll be alright/
And when the journey gets tough/Just know that you’re enough/You’re like a warrior/Keep up the fight” (“Don’t Wait” by Joey Graceffa)

Reason: I think that this quote is very inspirational and could make the world better. Because of the controversial and mixed reactions to the change of President, the world is very divided at the moment and it’s helpful to remember this quote.​


Thenica’s pick: “If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong

Reason: That quote motivates me to make the world better, because it shows inspiration to try new things and to be willing to take the risks. New things could mean consistently studying biology and genetics. If I keep at it, I could maybe find the cure to cancer, if I don’t, my research could contribute to someone who will. I would regret not trying in the first place way more than all the time I spent trying and failing. At least I made efforts to do something, and such efforts could go a long way into making the world a better place; I hope one day, this world is a cancer free place. I lost my grandpa to cancer earlier this year. Therefore, I appreciate scientist who are trying and searching for the unknown. If they weren’t trying, not taking the risks, more lives would have been at stake… less time for me to get to know my grandpa. So in all, this quote motivates me to work at what seems impossible, to make the world better, healthier, and safer. ​


Annie’s pick: “I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.”

Reason: I love this quote because, first of all, it shows how poised and professional Hillary remains even after losing the election, but, secondly, it says: Don’t give up. It encourages young girls to follow their dreams and make a difference and break stereotypes. I think it’s particularly motivating and encouraging especially right now in the aftershock of a crazy election, and really inspirational also.​


Sasha’s pick:“It’s a journey and the sad thing is you only learn from experience, so as much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn.”  (Emma Watson)

Reason: This quote inspires me to be a better person and make the world better because it reminds me that everyone is going through something and the best thing you can do to help them is to be kind.​


Risa’s pick: I chose the quote “Don’t call it a dream. Call it a plan.”

Reason: This quote may seem very straightforward, but it really makes you believe in yourself. If you have a dream, you will make it happen. You will do it so make it a plan.​


Maisie’s pick: “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” (Malala Yousafzai).

Reason: I think this quote is perfect for right now because it does seem like the whole world is silent in the face of injustice, and if one person pushes back, it makes a great difference.


Shira’s pick: “Speak up because the day you don’t speak up for the things that matter to you is the day your freedom truly ends.”

Reason: This quote motivates me because it teaches an important lesson; if you don’t say anything, know one will know what you believe, therefore there is a possibility that you lose what matters to you. If something truly matters to you, speak up to protect it from being taken away. By speaking up for what you believe in the world becomes a better place because all people opinions are heard.