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Leader of the Month: Julia Blanchette

Posted on 16 February 2018

Hello! This week, I was asked to blog about three quotes that are meaningful and inspiring. I’m a sucker for inspirational quotes (really, you should have seen my college dorm decorations) but this was more difficult than expected! Here are three quotes I settled on, enjoy!

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse

I’m pretty sure this was the quote I used in my high-school yearbook. Surprisingly, I still live by this quote. This quote has two meanings to me. The first is that there is always hope. Something I have learned about growing up with a currently un-curable, chronic condition is that hope drives passion and determination. Hope brings people together and keeps you going. I have seen hope in this chronic disease because I have wanted to see it. I hope that someday, there will be a cure—this keeps me positive about living with type 1 diabetes. The second way this quote can be interpreted is that perception matters. The fabulous thing about perception is that it can be changed. If one wants to find the silver lining of a situation, change one’s perception.

“At first glance it may appear too hard. Look again. Always look again.” –Mary Anne Radmacher

I really resonate with this quote. Every goal I have accomplished seemed unachievable at one point in time. I often feel overwhelmed, and it is essential to take a step back and revisit what appears overwhelming. When I started nursing school, I wanted to quit so many times just because it took a lot of mental and physical energy. When I had to study for my certified diabetes educator exam while taking Ph.D. courses, I felt like I would never get through the material. When camp almost closed this past spring, I didn’t think it was possible to put together a safe healthcare environment and plan for camp in such short notice. However, I re-looked at these situations with plans to accomplish the goals and the force behind my drive in mind. This quote reminds me that many goals are overwhelming and not to walk away from them.

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” – Michelle Obama

This quote justifies how I have chosen to live my life.  No matter what challenges pop up throughout life, you will get through them... It is so important not to let those obstacles hold you back. They will teach you lessons, make you work harder and lead you to where you are supposed to be. You learn so much from working strenuously to meet your goals. Without adversity, I would be a lost soul. Adversity has been my greatest advantage as it has led me to become the person I am today.

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