12 Inspirational Quotes for 2017

We’ve carefully selected 12 of our favourite quotes – one for each month of the year – to inspire you as you head into the new year. Some are the words of athletes, writers, poets, philosophers, entrepreneurs or artists; others have been created right here at Expat Nest! Whether you turn to this page for your monthly dose of inspiration or choose one quote as your mantra for the year, I hope you feel inspired, supported and excited about 2017.


JANUARY: “Begin by dropping expectations, and picking up curiosity instead”

Let’s start this year on a different note: by releasing our expectations of how 2017 “should” be and what we “should” achieve.

FEBRUARY: “You are perfect to be loved”

Because what better way to celebrate the month of love than to begin with love for yourself? You don’t have to “become perfect” before you can find love or be loved.

MARCH: “Declutter your life”

Because a change in the seasons is always a great time for spring-cleaning and for eliminating tasks that aren’t actually important.

APRIL: “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray”

For some of us, our calling is clear; for most of us, it is a work in progress. But all of us have unique talents and something to offer the world.

MAY: “Healing needs laughter and fun”

If you are in pain, or experiencing grief or challenges, this one is for you, when you’re ready…

JUNE: “You must gain control over your money, or the lack of it will forever control you”

Because we are used to investing in our relationships with our friends, partner, family, but can forget to examine our relationship with money.

JULY: “Feel your heart fill up with the joy and kindness of a genuine smile”

Let’s pause and remember what’s truly important as we hit mid-year…

AUGUST: “ Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better

Because nature can be our greatest source of joy and solace, if we just stop to spend time with it.

SEPTEMBER: There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher”

Because sometimes the surest way to succeed is to tap into your determination and perseverance.

OCTOBER: “Far / We’ve been traveling far / But not without a star”

A message to all expats, no matter where you are right now…

NOVEMBER: “Taking a risk for love takes remarkable strength”

Because some things, like love, are worth the risk!

DECEMBER: “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind”

As the cycle of life continues, let’s look forward to the great times ahead!


Which of the above is your favourite? Let’s keep inspiring each other – feel free to share your own motivational messages below!


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© Vivian Chiona, Expat Nest