Notable Quotes from #BlogHer16 | Experts Among Us

Happy Monday!

I’m still digesting the massive amount of information from this past weekend (and recovering from cross-country jet lag), but running through a first pass at my notes, I thought it only fair to share my favorite quotes from some of the fabulous people I was surrounded by this weekend. From bloggers, to celebrities (turned bloggers), to accidental activitists, moms, and makers or all of the above…I was inundated with brainfood all weekend. I will definitely be writing more about it, but here are my favorite quotes from #BlogHer16:


“I wanted to do more.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar, on why she started

“I went from being an awkward child to an awkward teenager to an awkward public adult.” – Mayim Bialik

“We are the makers and the makers are who make change.” – Aisha Tyler

“If you spend your life worrying about your legacy and what you’re trying to do, you’re going to miss the moment.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“As bloggers you have a platform, use it. You don’t have to change the world, just change something.” – April Reign

“The investors don’t decide whether or not you get to build your business. You decide whether or not you build your business.” – Adda Birnir

“I don’t think – ‘Am I being authentic?’…I just do my life.” – Mayim Bialik



“There is power in knowledge.” – Sheryl Crow

“The point is not to make science sexy. It is to make science for everyone because IT IS for everyone.” – Mayim Bialik

“I’m happy to say I made it to TV, and I didn’t do it in a bikini.” – Heather Hardy

“Hollywood is not as progressive as it likes to think it is.” – Matt McGory

“Failure is just your first attempt in learning.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“We have to be putting ourselves out there and standing in the way of issues.” – Matt McGory

“The world gets really, really big and really, really small with every passing year.” – Mayim Bialik



“I like to surround myself with people I can always count on for advice.” –Kim Kardashian West

“Build your own business. Build your own culture. Build something great.” – Sallie Krawcheck

“Failure is just your first attempt in learning.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“Meditation is a practice.” –Sheryl Crow

“Deciding to join the military is one of the most intentional choices a person can make in this country.” – Barika Edwards

“People don’t connect to perfection. Vulnerability is powerful.” – Courtney Nichols Gould

“Our show is about outsiders and underdogs…our show is a show about people who are different and EVERYONE has that experience.” – Mayim Bialik

“We have to have peace within ourselves…sometimes in means being quiet without iPads and toys and stimulation.” – Sheryl Crow, on parenting


“The decision to dress modestly does not mean we are oppressed or dull… [It is] the choice to define beauty in our own terms.” – Zahra Aljabri, Founder Mode-sty, Winner of the 2016 “The Pitch”

“I wasn’t put on this Earth to win an Emmy. The reason I do what I do is to find my purpose on this earth, not to look pretty on a red carpet.” – Mayim Bialik

“Learning to do it yourself is incredibly empowering.” – Adda Birnir, on any skillset, Founder of Skillcrush

“Being empowered means seeking…” – Sheryl Crow

“Remove your ego to get to where you want to go.” – Terri Trespicio

“You want to do your friend a favor? Buy her a massage.” – Lucrecer Braxton, On friends asking for business favors

“What is the road to invention? Creativity.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“The retirement savings crisis in this country is a woman’s crisis. Why? Because we live 6-8-10 years longer than them  and we make 2/3 of what they do.” – Sallie Krawcheck

“People keep saying, why are you talking about so many things? Because I think about all of those things – because I’m allowed.” – Mayim Bialik


“I’m a crunchy, hippie, granola Mom.” – Mayim Bialik

“You need to believe you are good enough.” – Lucrecer Braxton

“Sometimes we have to go through a pretty big upheaval to get to Hope.” – Aisha Tyler

“You are enough just being you.” – Lizzie Valasquez

“Moments lead to forever, not expectations.” – Michelle Dowell Vest

“We may be ignorant about a cause until it becomes personal.” – Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“As allies we have to be ok making mistakes because we are going to make mistakes.” – Matt McGory

“Stories of failures will make us far less fearful of them.” – Samantha Skey, on failure as a learning tool

“I’m here because I didn’t want to wait for someone else to tell me I can be and say and create who I am.” – Aisha Tyler


“My whole thing is non-judgementalism…if that’s a thing.” – Kim Kardashian West

“No one knows what to do with me. It’s the story of my life.” – Mayim Bialik

“I have evolved into an accidental activist.” – Lucy McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis who was shot and killed for his music being too loud in FL.

“A lot of times when I get out there and say things, I’m starting a conversation because people have no idea that things are even going on.” – Heather Hardy, on equal pay for women in sports

“That’s the difference in making your own video…false eyelashes.” – Mayim Bialik

“Our intentions don’t necessarily matter…the small things add up and create the culture that makes certain behaviors acceptable.” – Matt McGory, on being aware of our actions & attitudes

Such. A. Fantastic. Weekend. More later as I process through the information! Best wishes for a creative week!


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