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#MondayMotivation Quotes from Maya Angelou


Jun. 28 2017, Updated 10:49 p.m. ET

Mondays are a drag especially at the beginning of summer. Having to go to work on a beautiful sunny day is one of the worst feelings ever. During your break you might scroll through your Instagram feed and see friends and family enjoying their summer vacation, taking the day off to go to the beach, or taking a stroll through the neighborhood. You might think, “What is life?” or “Why am I here again?”. Well girl, you are not alone! You and a ton of other women who are trying to get through the work day!

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As you sit at work keeping your eyes open with some duck tape, here are some inspirational Maya Angelou quotes that will get you through the day:

1.”Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

If you think you might be having a rough day, someone else out there is having a rough year. When you stop at Starbucks, open the door the next person walking in. A little gesture of kindness will uplift their spirits whether you know it or not. Be the rainbow and spread the love.

2. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou

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Listen up girly, someone’s gotta do what no one else is doing. You have that spark of fire in you, ignite it and make a blazing trail of success. There are people out there depending on you, whether you work for a law firm, as a janitor, or even as a stay-at-home mom, there’s someone out there depending on you to kickass!

3. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

You know that saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”? Well this is Ms. Angelou’s telling you to keep going. The presentation you thought would go perfectly well turned out to be a total technical disaster and no you are contemplating quitting or waiting to get fired. Screw it. Go to your boss and give him the presentation again or send out an email with a pdf of your slideshow and talking points. Show them your work and stand back up stronger and taller!

4. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” – Maya Angelou

There will always be something that irks you about your job. The way emails are sent out, how a brochure looks, or who gets to access certain things. If you have the power to turn it around, do it! Don’t stand around and complain. Take action!

5. “Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.” – Maya Angelou

If you have a passion, cultivate it, dream about it, and make it reality. You decide what your pathway is in life and if you are not happy with it then change it. As you sit there sulking about Monday, think to yourself, “Am working at a place where I can grow as a person?” Be the girl who climbs the ladder and show everyone your strength.

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