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Kathleen McCarthy, senior editor, Be Inkandescent magazine

A freelance editor and writer in the mental health field for the last 20 years, Kathleen McCarthy is the senior editor for Be Inkandescent Magazine, and also writes the magazine’s Parenting column.

In 2012, Kathleen became the manager of the new speakers bureau, InkandescentSpeakers.com, an international organization of small business experts that travel around the globe to provide best practices to entrepreneurs.

She also handles the editing, design, and layout for the monthly online newsletter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

As a freelance writer and editor, her clients have included government agencies, corporations, and universities. Before becoming a freelancer, she worked for several nonprofit associations, including the American Psychological Association, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the American Association for Engineering Education.

A deadline fanatic, Kathleen is zealous about the virtues of the serial comma and admires writers who can translate dense topics into artful prose. In her spare time, she likes to diagram sentences.

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein