Thursday, May 19, 2011

One of my Favorite Quotes

May's topic for the Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank Group....
What is your favorite quote?

"Maybe our favourite quotations say more about us
than about the stories and people we're quoting."
~ John Green
A few weeks ago I came across this quote in short blog post named Wisdom by Alison "TeenAngster" ..... it rang so true to me.
While most memorable quotes have a universal appeal,
we tend to find them just when we need them.
That day I decided to participate in this months
Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank,
so that I could share one of my favorite quotes by Anais Nin
and why I connect to it.

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
~Anais Nin

Nature has so many lessons to teach me when I pay attention......
Flowers are one of the natural wonders of the world I learn from and love to investigate & reflect upon.
When I read this quote by Anais Nin the first time, it made me think
that the blossoming of a flower is akin to becoming the best version of myself that I could possibly be.
Blossoming is a natural process, each petal revealing a part of my self.
While complex and layered, I would like to allow my blossoming to just happen freely.
No longer do I want to hold tight to old ways of being that keep me stuck. I do not want to be bound by the idea that I "should be" a certain way instead of revealing who I really am inside.
I want to continue to take the risk of blossoming.....a life long unfolding of all of my petals, that reveals my beauty.

When I add flowers to my jewelry designs, I often have this idea in mind and use flowers as a representation
of constant growth (or blossoming as a person).

:: Follow the links of my fellow Blog-o-Sphere Think Tankers
to enjoy inspiring Quotes & discussion.
:: May's participants in the Blog-o-sphere Think Tank ::

Andes Cruz:
Brad Severtson:
Kathleen Krucoff:
Wendy Kelly:
Mary Spencer:
Stephanie Clark:
Barbara Donovan:
Beth Cyr:
Thomasin Durgin:
Shaun Young:
Kathryn Cole:
Natsuko Hanks:

more flower photos from my neighborhood....


  1. loved your quote Laura! I could not agree more! we have to emerge!

  2. Love that quote! It's one of my absolute favorites. I hadn't thought of Anias Nin for over 20 years, and recently her quotes seem to be popping up everywhere. Thanks for the inspiration this morning!!

  3. Such a thoughtful and lovely post!

  4. Beautiful, lovely, poignant. That quote is a favorite of one of my dearest friends too. Loved your post and all the thought you put behind it too. Thank you so much.

    ~ Kathleen Krucoff

  5. Wonderful quote. I loved your thoughtful comment about it. Thank you!

  6. Beautiful quotation - just put it in my journal and it may make it to the studio wall!

  7. Hello Laura, Just stopped by to say hi from the fish bowl. Your jewelry is amazingly beautiful. I also make silver jewelry. I work with precious metal clay. I am looking forward to getting to know you at the fish bowl. xo Stacie