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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.

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

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

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Oprah Winfrey

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

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

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

– Aristotle

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

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

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

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

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

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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

– Avenida Margarita

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

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

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz