‘Fixer Upper’: These 5 Joanna Gaines Quotes Will Make Your Whole Life Better

Joanna Gaines has become a true American hero. Beyond just being the reigning queen of farmhouse chic style, the 41-year-old domestic goddess and former Fixer Upper host is also a real role model as a working mom, a devoted wife, and a thriving business owner. Is there anything Joanna Gaines can’t do?

Thanks to her enormous popularity, fans turn to Joanna Gaines for wisdom on a variety of topics, from questions on parenting to insight on how she stays sane with so many projects percolating at any given moment. And she’s not afraid to share some of her best bits of wisdom with her adoring audience.

Want to become the next Joanna Gaines in your community? It’s easy. Follow some of the best advice she’s ever given and get ready to revel in your shiplap-covered life.

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Keep trying and you’ll find success

“Don’t quit, and don’t give up. The reward is just around the corner. And in times of doubt or times of joy, listen for that still, small voice.”

Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story

Joanna Gaines isn’t the first successful person who stuck to the old adage ‘If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again.’ But the reason everyone says this same advice is because it’s worth hearing.

It’s not like Gaines found fame and fortune the first time she tried something. Instead, she was persistent and kept trying new things until she found something she loved. Eventually, HGTV came calling. Agreeing to have a show on the network was a huge leap of faith — but it’s one that paid off, big time.

Make a mess sometimes

“I always thought that the ‘thriving’ would come when everything was perfect, and what I learned is that it’s actually down in the mess that things get good.”

Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story

It’s true that Joanna Gaines’ projects look perfect on television. But before any renovation is finished, there has to be messy, hard work in between. Joanna Gaines has always said her standards decreased significantly after having kids. Letting go of that standard of perfection was when the real magic happened.

There’s no use trying to plan everything

“If I had planned my life, it never would have ended up like this. So maybe it’s kind of fun not to plan. Maybe it’s more fun just to see where life takes you.”

Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story

When Chip and Joanna Gaines first got married, they had very simple goals. Buy a house, make some money with their projects, and start a family. Money was tight at the time but they made these modest plans anyway.

Everything changed when producers from HGTV stumbled across a renovation project the Gaineses worked on and asked if they’d be interested in shooting a pilot for a TV series. Even though Joanna Gaines didn’t know she wanted to become a reality television star, being open to new experiences ultimately led to more than she ever dreamed of.

Contentment has nothing to do with circumstance

“Whether you are in an eight-hundred-square-foot home or living in a dream house on a lake, contentment is found on the way.”

Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story

Joanna Gaines still claims that her favorite home ever is the first house she and Chip renovated when they first got married. It’s certainly not the largest or the grandest — but Gaines wisely knows that true happiness doesn’t come from having more stuff, it comes from being happy with the things you do have.

Some failures make way for greater triumphs

“Even locked doors can be unlocked in time.”

Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story

Joanna Gaines was heartbroken when she decided to close down her small retail store and focus on motherhood instead. But she wouldn’t have been so sad if she’d known what the future held — an even bigger retail emporium, restaurants, a television network, and even a hotel. Sometimes even the saddest endings can make way for better pathways.

Joanna Gaines knows better than most, great things happen when you follow your dreams.