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.




snow daze

I’m frequently asked about some of my self love/self care methods. Today was the perfect day to indulge in just that. Taking advantage of Brooklyn’s snow day, I decided to cuddle up and tell you guys just how I catered to myself today.

Happy February beautiful souls! I’m a few (well, more than a few) days late for the start of the new month but that’s okay -better late than never, right?

Here in New York, we’re having a pretty intense snow day. Schools are cancelled, work (for some) is too and everyone is pretty much cuddled up, watching Netflix, eating ice cream and drinking wine.

If you’re like me and have approximately 0 baes then this day can/might be a drag for you. I allllllmost found myself feeling kind of down about that. Then (as always), I snapped out of it and decided to use this day as a day of self-care and self love. So I thought it would be pretty cool to give you guys a little insight on how my day has panned out thus far.

My day started pretty early (around 8:30 am). As per usual, I woke up and checked social media (a bad habit, that must be stopped in 2017). Then I did a quick 15 minute yoga session before heading to the supermarket (with my mommy) to gather some things for my day/night in.

On the way to the supermarket, I decided that I would do a little home cooking -since I haven’t reallllllyyyy chef’ed it up in a while. (Btw, I love Bitmojis)


After searching through a few recipes, I decided on a Vegan Alfredo Pasta and Salmon with a caramelized sauce. I threwwww down, okay!

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After relaxing and enjoying my meal  (and netflix) … I took a nap. Lol. Butttttt, when I woke up, I hopped in the shower, washed my hair .. got real sneaky clean. I lathered myself in some soft body butter (shameless plug coming up .. now – which is available at SKYBRITNEI) and I turned on some good music, lit some candles and meditated whilst repeating positive self affirmations.

Whenever I’m taking the time to just BE, my music choice is always Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill and India Arie (among a few other artists). As for the candles, I have really been into soy candles lately and I have been loving the scent of Lavender & Vanilla (mixed). These two combined, made it extremely easy for me to relax and enjoy the tranquility and stillness of my afternoon.

Winding down, I indulged in a bit of journaling via my #ANote2Self Meditation Journal by Alex Elle. I also read a few pages of my WordsOF Gratitude book.  These are just some things that help me center myself and gain some peace of mind.

After centering my thoughts and emotions .. here comes a little bit of the ratchet. I heard via Twitter that VH1 was replaying old episodes of Flavor of Love! And I had to indulge for a little while -I couldn’t help it lol.

Sidenote| Can we discuss WHY Trey Songz is doing a dating show? Why? Why? & Why? Lol.

Anyways – then, I thought to myself ‘people are always inquiring about my self love methods’ and without me realizing today was all about self love and being okay with solitude soooo, I decided to write this for you guys. A nice drink sitting next to me and Bob playing in the background .. now is where I’ll sign off to enjoy the rest of my night.

Keep in mind that self love is more than just what I do. It is different for each person. The only thing that should be transitional in self love is that it IS INDEED self love and is built on positivity.

Be well guys and always practice self love -everyday!


Btw – as I was fixing up my site, I realized that I have over 2,000 followers. I don’t know when that happened but I am extremely grateful to all of you. I appreciate it more than you  know! Besitosss mis amores!

Positivity Everywhere 5 – The Fluffy Angel

Name: Tenesha Thomas
Nickname: Fluffy
Age: 35
Name of your website: WWW.FLUFFYANGEL.COM

Q: Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
A: To start I’m a mother of 4. A hair stylist. I also love fashion and anything unusual that has to do with fashion.
I love to dance (mostly dancehall) and I lllooove to travel and meet new people .. these are just the basics, can’t give away the good stuff ..lol.

Q: Tell us a little bit about what it is that you do.
A: Well I’m the CEO of WWW.FLUFFYANGEL.COM.  It is a fashion accessories website where women can get unique and affordable accessories for any and all occasions. At my customers request, I also provide a one on one consultation to ensure the order of the perfect accessories for that perfect outfit if it is not available on the website. I’m able to get any style, colour or design my customers need…😊

Q: How did you know that creating an online store was something that you wanted to do?
A: Well, I started off by going to salons and selling to people that knew what business I was trying to get into … until I realized ‘hey I have a computer that I do nothing with really’ …. so I started to do my research on how to build a website.  Getting the name was a real funny story (that I’ll leave for a next time😈) lol … but once I got the website up and the name out there it was a rap … I love shopping, so buying and selling these beauties was all I needed and the benefits are GREAT!

Q: How did you get started with your business? For example, how did you chose which platform you would use to sell your items? How did you know what you wanted to sell?
A: It was pretty easy. Coming from a dancehall background, I look at these ladies and myself.  The outfits they wear, colours and hairstyle it was a no-brainer as to what I needed to provide to my customers .. without leaving out my customers in the day to day world that just want to look fabulous whether they’re going to the supermarket, interview or just taking a walk.

Q: Who or what would you say is your biggest motivator?
A:Wow. One of my biggest motivators would be Rachell Payne. And I’m not sure if I’ve ever told her, but one of my biggest motivators would be Carla Babb of strictly babbzy. .. she has been my #1 supporter since day one. There were times I felt like ‘what’s the point?’,  then I would read her blog and see a big up (big up = shout out for the non West Indian readers) to me and my website WWW.FLUFFYANGEL.COM.

 Q: What about inspiration?
A: My mom, she’s my greatest inspiration. When I need someone to tell me like it is without hesitation, I call on her. She is a hard working woman and fun to be around.

Q: Have you had to overcome any struggles on your path to success? If so, what?
A: Definitely,  it was crazy at the  start.  It’s still crazy now, but I’ve learned how to deal with it. I realized that the struggle is what makes everything work. There would be weeks I would only have 3 or 4 sales, but at the end of it I’m thankful for those 3 or 4 customers.  Now it’s busier but I love what I’m doing.

Q: There are always people that doubt our abilities, that have negative things to say and/or wish for our downfall. In my opinion, sometimes it can be discouraging. So, how do you deal with the negativity that is sometimes being thrown your way? And, does the negativity ever affect your confidence or you ability to promote your store?
A: I’m a firm believer in what you give is what you get. I pride myself on being a very positive woman, I try my best to be uplifting to others and what they do. For those who know me, they can say that I’m a down to earth person, I try my best to be around people with respect, purpose and understanding.  Negativity really doesn’t bother me at all though; I look at it as you can’t have the good without the bad .. yin and yang.

Q: How do you successfully juggle being a mother/raising four beautiful children and dealing with the hustle and bustle of running a business?
A: It’s hard at times. Dealing with four different spirits, then dealing with customers request and their personality,  it gets crazy .. but I’ve learned to separate my mommy mode from my fluffy mode.  It’s easier now and actually fun..lol.

Q: How long has your business been up and running? What have you learned so far about owning your own business?
A: WWW.FLUFFYANGEL.COM is now 3yrs old as of this past January. So far I’ve learned that owning your own business, whether it’s big or small as a tremendous award. To know that I get up every day doing something that I love and it’s all mine is the greatest experience one can have.

Q: What is it that you hope to accomplish with your business?
A: I hope to provide the best and most affordable unique fashion accessories to the world. Lol, I like to think big.

Q: Besides getting into business for yourself, do you have any other goals that you want to/plan to pursue? If so, what are they?
A: Besides running a website, I am also a hair stylist. I’m looking to getting into the fashion world to do hairstyling for models on the runway or magazines. My ideas are endless I refuse to keep them to myself 😆. Besides that, I am also in the medical field. I’m looking forward to going back to school to pursue a bachelors degree.

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