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5 Georgia O'Keeffe Quotes That Totally Nail What It Means To Have A Meaningful Life

In this photo provided by Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, a 1929. Gelatin silver print of Georgia O'Keeffe is shown.   National Gallery of Art photography curator Sarah Greenough leafed through 25,000 pieces of paper exchanged by Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz to produce My Faraway One: The Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Volume I, 1915-1933,  an 800-page tome as big as the Chicago phone book. Despite its girth, the book represents just one-tenth of their correspondence during this period.  (AP Photo/Copyright Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Albuquerque Journal)  NO SALES
In this photo provided by Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, a 1929. Gelatin silver print of Georgia O'Keeffe is shown. National Gallery of Art photography curator Sarah Greenough leafed through 25,000 pieces of paper exchanged by Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz to produce My Faraway One: The Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Volume I, 1915-1933, an 800-page tome as big as the Chicago phone book. Despite its girth, the book represents just one-tenth of their correspondence during this period. (AP Photo/Copyright Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Albuquerque Journal) NO SALES

How do you define a meaningful life?

We're constantly in the pursuit of purpose, but reaching that goal means a different path for everyone. However, there is one consistency as we navigate our way to a meaningful existence: We must love and rely on ourselves in order to get us there -- despite the fact that we're notoriously bad at self compassion.

If you're looking for a little empowerment, read on for a little inspiration from artist Georgia O'Keeffe, whose quotes totally nail what it means to follow your heart while using your mind. Everyone's journey to joy is different -- but the key is trusting yourself.

"Untitled (Red and Yellow Cliffs)," 1940
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"€œJimson Weed/White Flower No. 1," 1932
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"Pelvis Series Red With Yellow," 1960
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"Evening Star No. VI," 1917
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