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Image of Bob Ross ; Credit – Wikipedia 
Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Ross

Recently, my boyfriend reminded me of an old childhood favorite – Bob Ross.

If you’re unfamiliar, Bob Ross was a famous oil painter who used to host his own TV show, The Joy of Painting, on the PBS network. I used to watch him off and on as a kid, right along with Mr. Rogers who I also watched right along with Wishbone and the Magic School Bus.

So anyway, my boyfriend is an art student and we often watch a lot of different artists online together, especially on YouTube, but what’s funny is we keep going back to Bob Ross’ old PBS segments because they are seriously relaxing, optimistic and encouraging which got me to thinking – I want my childhood optimism back!

Somehow, I feel like we’ve all lost this childhood optimism and curiosity somewhere along the way.

I don’t know, maybe every generation feels this, but the 90’s seemed to me a more optimistic time than the present, though maybe that’s only because we no longer have Mr. Rogers and Bob Ross or perhaps the fact that I am no longer a child.

Who knows?

So then I thought about how inspiring Bob Ross has been to me, not even because of his painting (though I like that too!), but just because of his philosophy and attitude in life. For instance, he had famous lines such as “If you believe, you can do it,” and “We don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.”

In childhood, this never really made any sense to me. I simply enjoyed watching the show and listening to Mr. Ross’ calming voice, but looking back at the videos now, I am so moved, encouraged and inspired by it. I know a lot of people might look at it and mock it or maybe laugh and think it’s a joke, corny, or stupid, but I find it really touching, inspirational, optimistic, a little nostalgic and, most of all, uplifting.

After growing up and becoming an adult, I’ll be the first to admit I’ve lost a bit of my childish optimism to jaded sentiments, but each time I watch Bob Ross’ soft spoken painting advice, I feel a bit of that happy inner child returning.

Thanks for listening to my /rant.

For your troubles, here’s an awesomely composed Bob Ross’ clip mash up video that’s been autotuned into a really inspiring song & some of his famous quotes!

[Direct Video Link: http://youtu.be/YLO7tCdBVrA ]

Bob Ross Quotes: 

  • “We don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.”
  • “You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy.”
  • “…Gotta give him a friend. Like I always say ‘Everyone needs a friend.” [on painting more than one tree]
  • “…And just beat the devil out of it.” [on cleaning your paintbrushes]
  • “…In our world there lives a happy little tree over there.”
  • “You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.”
  • “The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.”

Inspiring Quotes on Beauty and Confidence!

Sometimes, it can be really difficult for me to see myself in a positive light. As a woman, I am my biggest critic and it’s no wonder. As women, we are raised by mothers who were raised by their mothers to high expectations that we are not only expected to meet, but actually exceed and we are therefore always coming up short, at least in our minds.

That being said, I really want to promote positivity and happy, healthy minds and body images here on Storybook Apothecary because it truly is so important to love yourself as you are, accept yourself for who you are and what you look like and not compare yourself to others.

With those thoughts in mind, here are some quotes on beauty and confidence that I have found especially inspiring and optimistic today! I hope they inspire you to laugh, live and love yourself just a little bit more.

Enjoy ❤

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot. – Eleanor Roosvelt

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. – Helen Keller

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
– Dale Carnegie

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.- Norman Vincent Peale

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. – Mahatma Ghandi

For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.  – Sam Levenson

When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them. – Karen E. Quinones Miller

What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail? – Eleanor Roosevelt

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. – Leo Tolstoy

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. – Confucius

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. – Elisabeth Kbler-Ross

And lastly, just a quote I really like! :

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. – Oscar Wilde