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Robin Tierney, Travel Writer

COLUMN = TRAVEL

About Robin Tierney

Robin is a full-time freelance writer who covers art and artists, health, cuisine, and the outdoors. When traveling, this avid (some say intrepid) cyclist looks for offbeat, intriguing places, inventive eco-friendly ventures, and hiking, biking, and water trails that provide communion with natural wonders.

Side projects have ranged from writing canine-care guides, veganized recipes, and mindful living tipsheets for nonprofit groups to building a near-net-zero Earth-friendly homestead by the ocean in Florida. Robin’s articles have appeared in regional and national newspapers; travel, business, and arts magazines; and other media (including very short works etched on sand, ice, and random signposts).

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

– Optimism rules

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

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

– Chinese proverb

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

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

– Helen Keller

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

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

– E.B. White

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

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

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Martha Beck

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

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

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

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

– Erica Jong

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

– Jim Butcher, White Night

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

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

– Anais Nin