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)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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