My teacher loves a good quote or motivational phrase so I feel like I have many in store. The one that is speaking to me most at the moment is
Patience is a singers life.
It's so frustrating to try and stay within my current boundaries. There is such excitement looking at the "next step" that I often get carried away and forget to enjoy what I'm doing now or to focus on what is currently important! So I need to remember to have the patience to let my voice develop at the rate that it wants to and not go biting off more than I can chew.
...and of course there are also all the other kinds of patience a singer needs! Waiting around for trains, waiting for rehearsals to start, waiting your turn to sing, waiting to hear audition results, etc. Waiting really does seem to be at the core of the singing experience sometimes.