Maria Shriver’s Speech at #TWC2010

Maria Shriver is known for her inspiring speeches and empowered spirit. As the First Lady of California, the former broadcast journalist and mother of four has hosted the annual Women's Conference for the last seven years. But now that her husband's run as Governor is coming to an end, so is her reign heading up the incredible conference that she has spearheaded. And so we're happy to report that her final speech did not disappoint. She had the audience of women moved to tears and laughter. Here are a few of our favorite quotes…

“It has been seven years and seven speeches – seven years that have had a major impact on me and my family, but now it's time. ‘It's Time' of course is the theme of this conference and those words mean all different things to different people. For some it's time to go back to school or get a new job or get out of debt, or it's time to get married or time to leave a relationship that just isn't working anymore or maybe it's time to reinvent yourself.”

“I think of myself first and foremost as a woman standing on her own two feet… I don't have to fill anyone else's shoes. It's enough to fill my own shoes.”

” I've also grown incredibly comfortable in my own skin – growing comfortable in my own contradictions. Because the truth is: We don't have to be either or any more . We can be both sides of the same coin. Strong and vulnerable. Tough and shy. Confident and insecure. Smart and sexy. Wise and innocent. I'm also over beating myself up for being complex. Because the truth is I am.”

“Being outside your comfort zone doesn't mean you can't handle it. It doesn't mean you can't do it. It doesn't mean you're powerless. Being outside your comfort zone just means you're uncomfortable.”

“I'm going to let go of my need to jump into action and have a plan. I'm going to take a deep breath and open my heart and open my mind to the unknown – because when you step out into uncertainty it's not a disaster. It's not the end of your life. It can be the beginning of a journey that forges a stronger, wiser, more confident you.”

“I came into this job [as First Lady] bitching and moaning about everything. I moaned very loudly about losing my job at NBC. I whined that I didn't want to be called the First Lady. I thought I'd pass out if someone asked me to cut a ribbon. And I burst into tears when I was told my job was to design the Governor's Christmas ornament. The role of First Lady – which has no job description or manual – forces you to define not just the role but yourself as well. In other words, I got to figure out what kind of First Lady I wanted to be and what kind of impact I wanted to make. It challenged me to figure out what was important to me. I learned plenty about myself.”