Now What?: Inspiration

11. I’m Going to Put Your Heart in an Oven 


Yeaaaaaaaa…that title probably got your attention, didn’t it? Let me just put the impending admonishment to a halt now  before you go full super saiyan on me. If you haven’t caught on to my sarcastic tone by this time, I don’t know where you’ve been! I don’t actually  plan on committing such an egregious act as that of cooking your corazon in an 1,000-watt piece of machinery. For this week’s post, I am going to step just a bit outside the box. Basically, the plan is to dump heaps and hoards of inspirational material on you until you feel suffocated by all of encouragement. If it sounds a bit unnervingly glorious, that’s because it is! Time to finally oil up those rusty hinges on the doors of your hearts. I’m about to stuff a lot of warmin’ up in there; maybe some cerebral strain, if I’m feelin’ sassy.


“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” ― Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.” ― Franklin

“It is only the ignorant who despise education.” ― Publilius Syrus, Maxim

“The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one’s mind a pleasant place in which to spend one’s leisure.” ― Sydney J. Harris

“Men may be born free; they cannot be born otherwise, and it is the duty of the university to make the free wise.” ― Adlai Stevenson

“Some students go to college to learn to think, but most go to learn what the professors think.” ― Evan Esar

“A Harvard education consists of what you learn at Harvard while you are not studying.” ― James B. Conant, Time

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”― Bill Gates

“Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.”― Rick Warren

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”― Zig Ziglar

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” ― Winston Churchill

“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”― B. F. Skinner

“You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you.”― Tony Morgan

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” ― Michael Altshuler

“Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.” ― Alan Lakein

“The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” ― Stephen R. Covey

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” ― Aristotle


Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tiny Fey’s memoir is not only hilarious, but comforting. Providing readers with insight about how our awkward years don’t last forever, Fey’s humble beginnings on her path towards fame are actually just relatable enough to offer pertinent life lessons.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

A beautifully written story about a young man on a quest and who finds his treasure within himself. The moral of its story: work hard, have faith, and believe that your dreams will come true. Destined to be a great source of inspiration due to the empowerment it gives readers.

The Best Advice I’ve Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric

This book compiles essays from some of the most successful people in politics, entertainment, business, sports, and the arts – including Michael Bloomberg, Beyoncé, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Brees and Meryl Streep – to share with readers some of the best advice they’ve ever received and how they overcame challenges on their path to success. Though success is very much so a relative concept,  witnessing perseverance in the pursuit of one’s goals can, for all, inspire the confidence to do the same.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby 

This heartbreaking memoir follows the life of a narcissistic editor turned ward of the hospital after a sudden stroke leaves him paralyzed and unable to communicate. It’ll make you realize how important the people in your life are, and how precious every moment really is.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This book is special because it gives voice to a type of person that often isn’t written about in fiction. That narrator is a 15-year-old boy named Christopher John Francis Boone, and he’s a brilliant mathematician who also happens to suffer from a behavioral disorder. Haddon has confirmed that it is not about any specific disorder, and, with that, this novel will help you think about prejudices and preconceived notions pertaining to all types of conditions.

Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

This disturbing, yet captivating, tale details the story of  a model who gets shot in the face with a rifle and goes on a journey to find the culprit. That being said, the writing and structure, much like the story, proves that nothing is ever as it seems. And ultimately, this is a lesson and exploration of what it is to really love someone.

Mythologies by  Roland Barthes 

Chalk full of  lucid writing and a rich sense of irony, this book demonstrates the power and necessity of  interpretive skills. “All young people, college educated or not, should be able to interpret their society in a skeptical way, and see through the myths of the media-saturated environment.” —Teju Cole, Open City

Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy 

This “bite-sized [War and Peace] substitute” uncannily captures inside a very small frame how it feels to fall in love, and then how it feels to go from being in love to something lesser that still isn’t exactly out of love. As such, it makes for an excellent short introduction to the capability and power of literary art, as well as the vexedness of being human. — Nicholas Lemann, The Promised Land

Beloved by Toni Morrison

This is a  novel that stabs straight at the heart of the American experience. Despite it’s surely paramount lessons about slavery, Beloved is also about  what brings a woman to decide slaughtering her children is better than having them sent back into slavery. It’s also about creating a self after you and your world have nearly been destroyed. Though it’s a tough book, there’s really no understanding the United States, and all who reside here, without it.


“Lovely” by Sara Haze

“Hate on Me” by Jill Scott

“Live Like We Are Dying” – Kris Allen

“This Time” – Verve

“You Get What You Give” by New Radicals


“How to Get Over the Fear of Criticism”

“Live Your Dream”

There are, of course, thousands upon thousands of more material to dive into, all of which could inspire you in unprecedented ways. In the end, my goal is– behind all the sarcasm and jokes– to simply make sure you all believe in yourself and actually learn more than solely how to properly site a reserach essay during these remaining years at Loyola. If I can help you cultivate a confidence within yourself to press on, I will have accomplished all I intended to with starting this blog.

Hope I could supply you with a little inspiration, and I’ll see you next week! :)

Getting over the golden year one post at a time! 

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