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.




The beauty of LOCS

Locs are much more than just a fashion statement. However, nowadays people wear dreads locs because it has become a trend. Yet, I’m almost certain that none of the people who wear them know what they symbolize or what they mean. You see, Locs carry a very spiritual meaning that has become nearly instinct in our society today.  To slightly elaborate, locs are a symbol of people that are on spiritual journey. Locs have been a part of the history of every spiritual system. From Christianity to Hinduism, locked hair has been been a symbol of a highly spiritual person who is trying to come closer to God(s).

What’s sad though is that while locs are becoming a fashion statement they are also extremely looked down upon. I know many people that have had difficulty finding jobs because they have locs. I know many people that have been grouped into a negative stereotypes because they have locs. People think “oh, they must smoke weed” “they’re dirty”.. or in Giuliana Rancic fashion “they must smell like patchouli oil”.

Woah! What’s my point in bringing this up?

Well as you may or may not know Zendaya wore a particular hair style to the Oscars this past Sunday:


And well a little certain someone had this to say:

Not only was the comment Ms. Rancic made stereotypical but it was extremely offensive with underlying racial tones and I can see why Zendaya reacted as passionately has she did.

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What’s my take on this? I completely agree with Zendaya. More than half the people in my family have locs and none of them fit into the ‘stereotypical’ view that people have embedded into their minds. Furthermore, I plan on getting locs, can’t wait to start that process and I am 1000% sure that I do not smell like patchouli oil or weed.

Having locs doesn’t mean you’re less than ANYONE ELSE and it sucks that people of high stature (that children/others look up to) would even contribute to spreading such negativity around.

Woman (especially WOC) already have so many people telling us that we aren’t good enough so for a comment like that to be made for millions of people to see is just unacceptable.

And yea she apologized but like I’ve said before “sorry means nothing”. She shouldn’t have done it in the first place. There’s no way that she can say that she didn’t know those comments would be offensive. And if those comments were made to be taken as a joke than she has VERY poor taste as to what is considered funny. It’s just not cool.

This situation made me think of Kylie Jenner. Yea, she’s been in the news for a lot but I’ll focus on a hairstyle that she recently debuted.


She got locs and the fashion community went wild. And when I say went wild … I am mean they loved it. She was making a “fashion statement”. It seems so odd to me that this white girl can walk around sporting locs but as soon as a black girl does it shes looked at as dirty. And this is where the problem lies .. not only in this (with hair) but with our society.

I will say this: one positive thing that came from this is seeing other WOC stick up and stand by Zendaya. That shows our unity, progression and willingness to continue to fight for others to see our worth. I can’t be mad at that.

“Black women’s body, hair, and style are being stolen by the same system that oppressed it in the first place, and then are told they are being “selfish” when they’d rather not share a culture that they were told they couldn’t have.

And they were told they were ghetto, imperfect, and ugly but when worn by the oppressor its “new”, “fashionable” and “appropriating”

xoxo Cielo .