Favorite Alignment Quotes

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This year, 2023, is my Year of Alignment. As we pass the halfway mark, with six months gone already, I’m more aware than ever how important alignment is to me.

I look forward to sharing with you soon what this year has looked like as it has unfolded.

This post brings to you my favorite alignment quotes that I’ve collected the last few months.

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Why Collect Quotes?

Words are powerful. Spoken aloud, written as affirmations, whispered when no one else hears them to bolster the heart and fortify intentions, words have an energy of their own, to bring forth good…or not. Words can raise my vibrational frequency…or lower it.

I’m recognizing just how important this is as I journey through this Year of Alignment. The words I speak are a reflection of the thoughts and beliefs I hold. They are often a mirror, a true reflection back to me of my inner life, especially in an unguarded moment.

I collect quotes that “ring my bell”, as my granddaughter Aubrey used to say when she was younger. Those words were her way of expressing whether something, usually an object, was in alignment with her desires…or not.

During my “years of”…I gather words and quotes that align with who I am and who I am becoming at that time. My journals are full of reflections as I use those quotes as jumping off points into deeper truths. They become markers on the map of my journey, for the year.

Here are some of my favorite alignment quotes for the first half of the year.

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Favorite Alignment Quotes – traveler

Favorite Alignment Quotes

“To turn you dreams into reality, all your resources, efforts and concentration should be aligned in the same direction.” Dr. Roopleen

These words ring true for me. When I join my efforts with a specific focus on my dreams, the reality is born.

It’s not magic. It’s alignment at work and it is powerful.

“In order to live a rich life, everything about who you are must be one, in alignment and in pure harmony.” Suze Orman

I know how painful it feels when my physical body is out of alignment. It affects every part of me. The same is true when my thoughts and beliefs are out of alignment with my words and actions.

“When your passions and desires align you cannot hold them back.” MF Moonzajer

The alignment of my passions and desires led to a new career path this year. More about that in a future post.

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Exploring a whole new world due to alignment.


Favorite Alignment Quotes from People I Respect

“Deep within, you know that the only thing that is truly important is being in alignment with spirit.” Wayne Dyer

For me, my spiritual self and my physical self MUST be in alignment.

“When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.” Albert Einstein

Powerful words from someone I greatly admire. This man of science saw the importance of aligning the spiritual side with the physical.

“When you find that your life is out of alignment with your grandest idea of yourself, seek to change it.”  Neale Donald Walsch

When my reality isn’t matching my dreams and desires, I am out of alignment. The shift happens within, often after deeper soul searching. Then the reality shifts as well.

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Working and living…in alignment.

Favorite Alignment Quotes that Guide Me

“If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows so much more easily.”  Jack Canfield

Experiencing the ease that comes with being in the flow of life is a mirror for me as well. Resistance takes me out of that flow of life…and out of alignment.

“A lot of conflict you have in your life exists simply because you’re not living in alignment; you’re not being true to yourself.”  Steve Maraboli

I am learning to see conflict at a warning that I am not living in alignment with my truest, most authentic self.

“Your goals and the tasks you choose to accomplish your goals either align with dreams and core values or they don’t. It’s that simple.” Julie Connor

I am finding it really is that simple.

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Favorite Alignment Quotes – travel

THE Alignment Quote Taking Me into the Future

This profound quote and the accompanying photo mean a great deal to me.

“Whatever I align myself with are the very things that will create a line into my future.” Craig D Lounsbrough

The time I spent in the mountains of northern Georgia recently…exploring, creating content, working remotely in a beautiful setting, experiencing new things…casts out ahead of me the line I am following into my future.

The photo below of that time in Georgia perfectly captures the energy of the quote above.

I read that quote and look at that photo and they both resonate with me and inspire me.

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This photo captures my year of alignment perfectly.

Your Favorite Quote

Whether you chose a word for this year or not, is there a quote that inspires your journey? Share it with me in the comments below.

As this Year of Alignment continues, I’ll gather more quotes for my own journey. And of course, I’ll share them with you!


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Quigley’s Castle

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During a recent trip to NW Arkansas, Greg and I enjoyed a wonderful overnight experience at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. After leaving the sanctuary the next morning, we decided to stop at Quigley’s Castle, located a short distance from Turpentine Creek, and on our way home anyway.

I’m so glad we did! This unique property was well worth the nominal fee to explore the house and gardens.

How unique is Quigley’s Castle?

I’ve never seen anything like it!

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A Woman’s Dream Home

Elise Fioravanti moved to the Ozarks as a young girl in 1919. Walking to and from school each day, she collected pretty or interesting rocks that caught her interest.

When she was 18 years old, Elise married Albert Quigley. He owned a nearby farm and lumber mill. After their marriage, Albert moved Elise’s rock collection to their home, a three room lumber shack. The hard working husband promised his bride a home someday, built from the lumber cut off of their land.

Over the years five children joined Elise and Albert in their tiny shack. She grew impatient waiting for the promise of a bigger house to be fulfilled. One June morning in 1943, Elise gathered her children after Albert went to work at the mill.

She instructed them to help her tear down the shack. By the time Albert returned home, his family and their belongings were in the chicken house. He agreed to begin building their home.

Elise knew exactly what she wanted: plenty of room for her robust family and a “home where I felt I was living in the world instead of in a box. I designed it in my mind, but I couldn’t tell anybody what I wanted, so I sat down with scissors, paste, cardboard and match sticks and made a model.”

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The rock studded exterior of Quigley’s Castle.

The Construction of Quigley’s Castle

Elise’s house plans called for 28 windows. Albert wanted to wait to build the house. Glass for those windows was unavailable during the war. However, living in a chicken house, as a family of seven, inspired him to begin building immediately. During the three years that they waited for glass to arrive, the family covered the window openings with layers of fabric.

To bring nature indoors for Elise, four feet of earth was left bare between the edges of the living space and the walls. Into that soil, Elise planted flowering, tropical plants that grew up to the second story ceiling. Some of those plants remain. They are over 70 years old now.

The rocks and stones that Elise collected over the years became part of her dream home. For three years she covered the outside walls with rocks, crystals, fossils and arrowheads. She cultivated a perennial garden around the house. And inside, a collection of hand made crafts and favorite items decorate the house along with cherished antiques. Elise’s love of nature is evident in every room as is her creativity.

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Plants growing indoors, in the dirt between the floors and the walls.

Touring Quigley’s Castle

I don’t want to show you everything inside the house. Some things just have to be experienced. However, take a brief tour with me, and appreciate Mrs. Quigley’s Castle.

Lower Level

Albert and Elise are gone, passing away in 1972 and 1984, respectively. However a granddaughter currently lives in the home. She greets visitors at the front garden gate, shares her grandparents’ stories and then allows guests to roam the gardens and tour the house, on their own. She has a private bedroom and bath that is not open to the public, although the rest of the house can be explored at leisure.

The lower level of the house contains a parlor, dining area, living room and kitchen. These rooms are flooded with light from the many windows. And surrounded by the towering plants growing in the dirt around the perimeter.

The downstairs rooms are homey and comfortable, with handcrafted frames holding family photos and lots of natural wood. In one corner of the living room, Elise created a miniature indoor pond that holds fish.

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Quigley’s Castle – comfy living room.
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I loved the country kitchen, with plants growing at the end, in Quigley’s Castle.

Upper Level

Upstairs there are four bedrooms and at least one bathroom.

French doors open to the outdoors, reached by narrow wooden bridges that cross over the gap between floors and walls. Elise could enjoy the experience of sleeping in the tree tops indoors, with her plants brushing the ceilings of the second story.

One bedroom, called the Butterfly Room, contains an extensive collection of butterflies, all mounted on one wall. She completed this project when she was 68 years old.

These bedrooms are quite charming and airy and feel so connected to the outdoors. When we visited in April, the French doors stood open and a wonderful breeze stirred through the rooms.

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One of the upstairs bedrooms at Quigley’s Castle.
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Looking down from the upstairs to the ground floor below.

Quigley’s Castle Gardens

After spending about half an hour exploring the house, we exited through the back door, to slowly walk in the gardens.

I have a special affinity for gardens and Elise’s are beautiful in a wild way. It was fun to walk down the paths, admiring the trees and plants and flowers, the koi pond and the many items Elise made from her rocks. She set up a table just outside the backdoor and did her concrete and rock work there.

Greg and I both felt inspired by her creativity and her dedication. She leaves behind her vision fulfilled as a legacy to her family and all who walk through the garden gate.

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Koi pond in the front garden.
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Wildly beautiful gardens at Quigley’s Castle.

Quigley’s Castle Information

This amazing property is located at 274 Quigley Castle Road, just outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

The house and gardens are open to the public from April 1 until October 31, from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm. The castle is closed on Sundays and Thursdays.

There is a $9.00 tour fee for ages 14 and up. Children under age 14 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. As stated, the tour is self guided although there are photos and information throughout the house.

Quigley’s Castle is not handicap accessible. You must be able to walk over uneven ground and climb stairs.

Check out their website HERE.

When you visit Eureka Springs or Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, add this incredible attraction to your list of things to do. If you appreciate unusual houses and robust creativity, you’ll love Quigley’s Castle.

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Beyond the Open Door

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I knew the next twelve months, this Year of Alignment, might become a powerful, life changing year. It’s April, and I’m already discovering the truth of that premonition.

One of the most surprising events to occur so far, within the first six weeks actually, is an additional stream of income.

Check out how this new opportunity came about and the significance of the name, Beyond the Open Door Travel Company.

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Alignment Statement

My year began with an online class, geared toward alignment. The very first assignment, writing a passion statement, set the tone for the class…and it turns out…the year.

Thinking about what I most desired this year, I wrote:

I am manifesting a life of abundance that funds and supports my passion to travel and explore the world, solo, with family and with friends, trying fresh experiences, delving into different cultures and meeting new people.

I spent the first 21 days in January focusing on, meditating about and dreaming about that statement. In my journal I captured my thoughts around it and I created a screensaver for my phone with the statement.

Plus, I created my vision board for the year. Not surprisingly, the primary focus of the vision board is travel.

Travel IS my passion right now. It’s what lights up my soul. I’m enjoying my journeys and I want to share them with my children, grandchildren, other family members and friends. I absolutely love the process of planning out a trip and then experiencing it.

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My vision board for 2023

A Surprise Opportunity

In early February, I connected with a couple on Facebook, who loves to travel as well. I appreciate their perspectives on life and their enthusiasm. They asked if I had any interest in becoming a travel agent.

I’ve actually thought about adding “travel agent” to my list of jobs, for many years. So my answer was “Yes….I’m interested!” I attended an online Zoom class about becoming a travel agent, on February 10, and after the class, I immediately joined Archer Travel Group.

This action step felt SO aligned with who I am currently, and the passion statement I wrote on January 1. For me, what better way to add to my desires, abilities and finances to fund a life that draws me and connects with me than helping others plan and carry out their dream trips while I continue to do the same for myself.

On February 13 I completed training and received my certification. I was officially a travel agent!

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Beyond the Open Door Travel Company logo

Choosing a Name

I love naming things. Coming up with a name for my new travel company proved a bit challenging, as I needed one not already in use.

After creating a list of possible names and playing with words, I came up with one that so perfectly aligns with who I am and what I’m doing.


Beyond is a powerful word for me. Two blogs have carried that word as part of their names including this current blog, Cindy Goes Beyond.

The simple definition of beyond is “to go farther”. I like what Michael A Singer writes about the word in is book The Untethered Soul:

“Ultimately, the word ‘beyond’ captures the true meaning of spirituality. In its most basic sense, going beyond means going past where you are. It means not staying in your current state. When you constantly go beyond yourself, there are no more limitations. There are no more boundaries. Limitations and boundaries only exist at the places where you stop going beyond. If you never stop, then you go beyond boundaries, beyond limitation, beyond the sense of a restricted self.”

The Open Door

And the open door was my symbol during 2015. For me it symbolizes an invitation to step through…and go on an adventure.

In the Lord of the Rings, Bilbo tells Frodo “It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

That quote captures the mystery, adventure and excitement of the open door.

To go Beyond the Open Door is to accept the invitation for adventure by going farther than you have gone before, both in your explorations and in your life…beyond your boundaries, limitations and self imposed restrictions. Travel is an incredible way to expand beliefs, experiences and viewpoints. It enlarges a person and encourages exploration, growth and thinking.

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Beyond the Open Door – Thirlestane Castle’s open door.

I’ll Do the Work, You Pack Your Bags

I’ve been a travel agent for two months….and I’m loving this new journey. I’m still a blogger, content creator and real estate agent as well. I continue to learn, taking classes, getting designations and familiarizing myself with the travel business.

My first two bookings for clients are to Scotland, and that makes me smile! Plus I have other trips to plan for other clients. I’m excited to see where this journey takes me.

This is my bio for my travel agent website:

Step beyond the open door…adventure awaits. Let me plan and secure your next travel adventure. I can assist you with all types of travel from solo adventures to family and group trips, domestic travels and international, Disney, cruises and travel packages. Have questions? Ask me. I’ll do the work. You pack your bags!

I’m delighted to answer your questions, help you create the trip of your dreams and make all the arrangements.

Adventure is calling! Where to next?

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Beyond the Open Door Travel Company

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Year of Alignment

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A new year brings with it so much anticipation! Fresh year, fresh start, new experiences and new opportunities make every January exciting for me.

Each new January also brings a fresh theme for the year along with a symbol to guide me and a song to inspire.

This is the Year of Alignment.  Learn more about how that word will shape the next 12 months.

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Year of Alignment Theme

My word for 2023 is alignment. By definition, alignment happens when thoughts, choices, actions and beliefs all honor higher purpose and core values. Alignment is the resulting state of agreement or alliance.

The word originates from the Old French alignier meaning “set, lay in a line”. I like that it also refers to a direction or course, such as in life.

Alignment for me is when my inner world…my thoughts and beliefs…line up with my purpose in life. And how do I know that I am in alignment? I observe what is going on in my outer world. When my outer world and the way I am living my life are in agreement with my thoughts and beliefs then alignment occurs, bringing joy, peace and a high level of vibration.

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Year of Alignment – word for 2023

Year of Alignment Symbol

Each year also brings a new symbol to guide me. It represents the theme and when I see the symbol, it is a reminder of what’s important to me this year.

The word “alignment” doesn’t automatically bring to mind symbols associated with the word, beyond perhaps a straight line. However, as I considered what alignment means to me, I realized the importance of recognizing that the world I create and live in is a reflection of who I am, what I think and what I believe.


A mirror seems the perfect symbol.

When I look in a mirror, what I see reflected back is the reality of who I am, in that moment. When I look at the world around me, and whatever is going on in that moment, that is a reflection of my thoughts and beliefs. It doesn’t mean that bad things don’t happen in the world or that I cause them. However, my response to those things, good and bad, and how they impact me, is on me. I can shape my own responses. And I can choose to shift my thoughts and beliefs about what’s happening.

For example, if I believe it is a beautiful day, then my reality shows me that it is, no matter the circumstances. If I’m experiencing a challenging day, my reality is showing me a reflection of what’s going on in my heart, mind and spirit. I need to pay attention to that reflection so that I can shift my thoughts and beliefs back to a higher vibrational frequency.

So not only is a mirror a symbol for 2023, the reality I experience, when seen as a reflection, is symbolic as well for what’s going on in my inner life.

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Year of Alignment symbol – mirror

Year of Alignment Song

Finally, I chose the song for 2023. The song, like the symbol, serves as a reminder of the year’s theme and what’s true for me.

I knew immediately which song represents alignment for me.

A Million Dreams, from The Greatest Showman movie and soundtrack, captured my keen interest back when I watched the film for the first time.

In the movie, PT Barnum (portrayed by Hugh Jackman) grows up with a vivid imagination that guides and inspires him to take risks and create the reality he wants to live in. I love that. It’s a wonderful song to feed my inspiration and creativity as well.

“Every night I lie in bed, the brightest colors fill my head. A million dreams are keeping me awake. I think of what the world could be, a vision of the one I see. A million dreams is all it’s going to take, a million dreams for the world I’m going to make.”

My Year of Alignment

I’m always excited as a new year begins. This year is no exception.

I feel like my theme for 2023 is an expansive one, a deep one. And yet, each year is a progression for me. The words/themes, symbols and songs aren’t random. No, they are a progressive map of my life and each new year provides a hint of what’s ahead on the journey.

This year promises to be life changing, with an intense focus on my inner life and manifesting a reality that matches…that aligns…with who I am at my core.

I’m already amazed, a week into the new year, with all that is showing up as I focus on alignment.

Do you have a word or theme for 2023? A symbol? A song? Please share them in the comments!

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2023 Year of Alignment

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