Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
- Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman”, 1978
"A society that cuts off from its youth [and women]* severs its lifeline.” Former U.N. Secretary General and Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan *insertion by MOCCA Mums

“You will feel unwelcome, numerous times, numerous occasions. It is okay. They will feel threatened by your light, the kind of love you ignite. It is okay. You are an earth angel, a game changer, a soul communicator. Keep shining your heart. It is your mission. It is why you are here.” Ben Okur

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou

“One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”  - Albert Chinualumogu Achebe (Chinua Achebe)

“If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you wont give up. If you give up, you're not worthy. ... Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” - Bob Marley
"Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?" - Marianne Williamson

The stone that the builder refused shall be the head cornerstone.” Bob Marley (1945 - 1981)