20 inspiring quotes from paulo coelho

Keep reading to be inspired by the writer who helped shape my spiritual journey.


One of the most inspirational books that I’ve read thus far has been ‘The Alchemist’ by 9780062315007_p0_v2_s192x300Paulo Coelho. I personally feel that it takes a unique kind of person to read AND understand what this book means. It’ll only resonate with you if you are on some type of spiritual journey. So it only made sense that this book landed on my lap right before my 23rd birthday. As I read this book, I remember feeling .. indescribable, awakened, free, positive … like I could conquer the world.

This book inspired me to be my best self and gave me proof that my spiritual journey was just beginning and would be filled with much enlightenment and understanding. However, it also inspired me to look up the artist of this classic piece of work -Paulo Coelho. I was so intrigued by the story itself, that it made me wonder about him and how he came about writing such a pivotal story.

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So I took to google … because I’m a google nerd and I can’t help it, lol. And while I found some incredible facts about Mr. Coelho, the most interesting things that I found were some of his quotes. Quotes from The Alchemist and quotes from his other books (which I am definitely in the process of getting). I decided to share these quotes with you because reading them reignited the feeling of hopefulness and prosperity and light that I felt while reading The Alchemist. So I hope you all appreciate these quotes as much as I did.

  1. When we strive to be better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.

2. Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.

3. The act of discovering  who we are, will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.

4. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight.spiritual journey the alchemist paulo coelho

5. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of

6. One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.

7. Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?

8. Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.

9. When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.

10. Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

11. When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.

12. Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their miserable lives.

13. Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.

5634b33025af02bd6ed24e45cec15b5814. This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you.

15. When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.

16. There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.

17. Your eyes show the strength of your soul.

18. The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.

19. Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.

20. To realize one’s destiny is a persons only obligation.




Update: Graduation, The Party, Memorial Weekend & Why My Camera Sucks !

Where to start?

Well, graduation was May 19th. Graduation was … words can’t really describe the feeling that I got while walking across that stage to receive the fake diploma that they had out to everyone during commencement, lol. Nevertheless, it was NOTHING short of amazing. It was one of those few times that I saw EVERYONE at my college come together in celebration .. whether we all talked during our years together or not. We all took pictures, shared laughs and memories and moaned together as the sun beamed down on us and were waiting for the ceremony to be OVER (well because it was HOT! and our graduation was outside). Funny enough, the memory of actually walking across the stage is nearly gone. What I can remember however, is how I felt during those moments leading up to having my name called to walk across the stage. It may sound as if it came straight of a movie but honestly, my time at St. Francis flashed right before my eyes. I thought about all the times I felt like quitting, stopping and slowing down. I thought about the friends I lost, the relationships I gained, the SFC family I have grown to love. I thought about how much I complained about St. Francis (and while I still HATE financial aid) but I couldn’t imagine the person I would be if I didn’t go there. I thought about all the people that fought for me and helped me during that time of discouragement and how happy and horribly terrified I was that this was finally my time .. and then … they called my name. grad4grad And just like that, I graduated. Although, I won’t technically be a graduate until July, lol. Thankfully, I was able to walk and was given the opportunity to finish up the 2 classes I need during the summer to make up for the elective credits that I was missing. And well, for that I am grateful ! .IMG_4125 grad11grad10grad6    grad 2grad 5grad7   grad8grad 3

To celebrate my graduation, I decided to throw a non-party party .. just to kick off summer and congratulate everyone that has done something successful thus far. There was good food, great dj’s and even better drinks ! I didn’t get to capture a lot from that night, but here’s a few flicks I did manage to snap. IMG_4231IMG_4216IMG_4229   IMG_4215IMG_4205

It kind of seemed that graduating from undergrad was the best thing ever because the weekend leading up to memorial day was GREAT. For my party, one of my bestfriends took a road trip down from Boston (along with her cousins) to celebrate my graduation. We ending up going to Coney Island the day before they left and had a great time. IMG_4326IMG_4296IMG_4329 Then on Monday, my bestfriend and fellow blogger Shandy and I (along with our boyfriends) decided that instead of participating in the usual BBQ rampage or ‘turning up’, we would just have our own little picnic by Brooklyn Bridge Park. And, I’m glad we opted to do so. The day was nothing short of amazing and to be honest we didn’t do too much. We hung out, drank wine, played games and ate homemade sandwiches and of course Shandy and I took A LOT of selfies. Here’s a re-cap of our night … IMG_4351IMG_4332IMG_4367 IMG_4345IMG_4357IMG_4428

Last but not least …

Oh dear camera … I had so many pictures on my camera. I mean from MY GRADUATION, from the time my aunt came from Jamaica and we had a huge family day, from pictures of my baby brother, to D.I.Y cap decorations 10408836_10202941647061298_2082470820595928911_n that I wanted to share with the viewers of my blog, to my new hair style that I also wanted to share with my blog …

and guess what?

They’re all gone. So here’s what happened: I tried to back up my images from my camera onto google drive and for some reason the upload failed (I tried to do this because I don’t have a flash drive .. although I am going to get one NOW). Anyways, the upload failed but for some reason my entire folder full of all of those amazing pictures also deleted from my computer. BOOM. GONE. ZIP. And just like that I lost so many good memories and great pieces of work that I wanted to share with you all.

With that being said, I was kind of down in the dumps for a few days and decided not to post. However, excuses no more .. I am back in action and I think that I will give myself a schedule for posting. That way I still have time to write but I also have time for other important things in my life as well.

It’s all a balancing act and I’m still learning.

Anywho guys, I know this post was lengthy but I hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for some more posts!

xoxo Cielo.