It is safe to say that 2016 brought its fair share of trials and triumphs. But as 2016 comes to close, it is time to shift your perspectives into a new year, new season, and fresh opportunities. Whether your hope for 2017 is to start a new business, move across the country, or quit your 9-5 job, let 2017 be YOUR year. Despite all the highs and lows, 2016 has brought, I am hopeful. Check out these powerful quotes by a few Black women and you too can slay 2017!
1. Taraji P. Henson
"I didn't have a car. I did not have a job. I did not have a SAG card, which would allow me to actually work as an actress. I was the ultimate hustler, and by hook or crook I was going to be a star."
2. Vanessa Williams
"You have to go through the fire. Avoiding the pain is why most people never resolve it."
3. Tracee Ellis Ross
"I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me."
4. Alice Walker
"Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself."
"What I know for sure is this: you are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up."
6. Gabourey Sidibe
"Your body is your temple. It's your home. And you must decorate it."
7. Janelle Monae
"I believe it's time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change."
8. Maya Angelou
"What is a fear of living? It's being preeminently afraid of dying, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself--for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don't know what you're here to do, then just do some good."
9. Lupita Nyong'o
"No matter where you are from your dreams are valid."
10. Ava DuVernay
"Ignore the glass ceiling and do your work. If you're focusing on the glass ceiling, focusing on what you don't have, focusing on the limitations, then you will be limited. My way was to work, make my short...make my documentary...make my small film...use my own money...raise money myself...and stay shooting and focused on each project."
11. Gabrielle Union
"We give a lot of others significance in our lives even when they don't deserve it. It doesn't matter if they're family or if you've known them forever. If they're not good for you, they've got to go."
12. Sanaa Lathan
"I've never gotten any complaints about my headscarf from a man. You can be sexy with a headwrap!"
13. Nicki Minaj
"You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don't make moves and when you don't climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you're not competition."
"Success for me isn't a destination, it's a journey. Everybody's working to get to the top where is the top? It's all about working harder and getting better and moving up and up."
15. Queen Latifah
"Putting on your crown is really like accepting the fact that you are a queen. You're a great woman. Wherever you are in life, just keep on that path, and so for me, sometimes as women, we forget--we forget that about ourselves. So putting on your crown is sort of reminding yourself that, hey, I'm a queen, and I can do what I want in this life and take it."
16. Tyra Banks
"Don't chase the money...chase the passion. Because that's what is going to keep you happy and motivated and jumping out of that bed Monday morning."
17. Naomi Campbell
"I don't get depressed. When I feel an attack, withdraw. I disappear, I replenish, and then I come back."
"Don't be afraid to walk away from things that are just not right for you."
19. Viola Davis
"The only thing that separates women of color is opportunity."
20. Michelle Obama
"We need to put ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list."
By: Ajea Nicole
Ajea Nicole is a 20 something from Boston, MA who craves anything style related. Though her love of style originated from scouring her mom’s closet, she often gleans style inspiration from Solange and June Ambrose. When she is not catching up on Project Runway, she can be found working out at the gym, reading a good book or somewhere in a sushi restaurant. Connect with her! Twitter: @ajeanicole Instagram: @ajeanicole