Kimmy Schmidt's 12 Most Empowering Quotes
Kimmy Schmidt is hard not to love. Played by Ellie Kemper, the lead character on Netflix's deceptively dark comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt spent half her life trapped underground in a cult, but refuses to be a victim to the terrible circumstances of her life. Even when times get tough, she always manages to approach life with unbridled positivity.
As season 4 — potentially the show's last — gets underway, here are some of the most inspiring quotes from our favorite mole woman.
(Photos via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"Life beats you up. You can either curl up in a ball and die, like we thought Cyndee did that time, or you can stand up and say, 'we're different. We're the strong ones, and you can't break us." (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"Just take it 10 seconds at a time. Everything will be okay." (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"I have hope! Hope that got me through 15 years in the bunker. I don't quit." (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"You can’t put a price tag on your self respect." (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"But I survived, because that’s what women do. We eat a bag of dirt, pass it in a kiddie pool, and move on." (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"Don't worry about me. I'm like a biscotti. People act like I'm this sweet cookie, but I'm really this super hard thing that nobody knows what I am or why I am." (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"Smile until you feel better. I call it Kimmy-ing." (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"Be you. Be what you want. And then become unbreakable." (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"Age doesn't matter. You can die at any time." (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"We're just covering up our problems. In order to fix ourselves, we have to start right here. Find that small unbreakable you inside yourself." (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"You’re okay. You’re okay. You are a person." — season 1, episode 1 (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
"I still believe the world is good, bunnies are nice, and snakes are mean, and that one day, Sandra Bullock will find someone who deserves her." (Photo via Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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