"As we close out 2014 don't get stuck looking at the past, but focus on the future." -checktheshades
"They are not poor that have little, but they that desire much. The richest man, whatever his lot, is the one who's content with his lot." -Dutch Proverb -checktheshades
"Look in the mirror. That's your competition." -Unknown -checktheshades
"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?" -Psalms 42:1-2 -checktheshades
"Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's." -Billy Wilder -checktheshades
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." -Thomas Paine -checktheshades
"The magic of Christmas is not in the presents but in His presence." -Unknown
"The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory." -Blaise Pascal -checktheshades
"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." -Henry Ford -checktheshades
"Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." -Muhammad Ali -checktheshades
"An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come." -Victor Hugo
"Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." -Romans 8:24-25
"We often discredit ourselves. If your semester didn't go well, focus on the things you learned, rather than the mistakes you made. Don't beat yourself up on things you cannot change, but use them as a platform for the things you can. (the same goes for anything else in life)" -checktheshades
"Stay on top of things, because the moment you slip someone, or something, is going to try to keep you down." -checktheshades
"I keep my head high.
I want my dreams to rescue me.
I keep my faith strong.
I ask the Lord to follow me👑."
"So often we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to enjoy the journey." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." -Henry Ford
"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible." -Arthur C. Clarke
"Thank God for checktheshades.com being a year old today." #OneYearVisionStillInSight -checktheshades
"My brother J.Cole dropped his album today. Notice how he put the stop sign on his track list. Notice how his release date is one day before mine. It's not a coincidence, we discuss these things." -checktheshades
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." -Jimmy Dean
"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it." -Margaret Thatcher
If I shall die before they wake, I pray the Lord my shades are safe.