Struggle comes before success.
Conflict comes before resolution.
Incompleteness comes before completeness.
Night comes before day.
Darkness comes before light.
Rain comes before a rainbow.
Winter comes before spring.
Questioning comes before finding answers.
Embrace the snow and be glad it's not ice.
Embrace the hills and be glad they're not mountains.
Embrace the lakes and be glad they're not oceans.
Embrace the drizzle and be glad it's not rain.
Embrace the rain and be glad it's not a downpour.
Embrace the flurries and be glad...
I've been trying to write all day and realized there's nothing much to write about anymore. Since I've been doing the work, my perspective is changing so much. As my mother told me it might. I can't play the victim anymore because I'm figuring out the reality of things, of life...
Others see setbacks. I see challenges.
Others see a wall. I see a million ways around it.
Others see a dead end. I see a yellow brick road that just hasn’t been built yet.
Others see chaos. I see patterns.
Others see destruction. I see new beginnings.
Others see flaws. I see...
world. Fix it.
Don’t wait around for someone else. Do it yourself.
Don’t take. Give.
Don’t let your self-interests blind you to the needs of the world. Put others first.
Don’t let anything get in the way. Work around it.
Don’t let anything hold you back. Push past it...
She was only 30 years old. That's almost two decades younger than I. We met 14 years ago. She was 16 and pregnant (I think there's a TV show now with that title), her soon to be mother-in-law had brought her over to my house for medical advice. The young woman (hah! let's be...
The dark days are behind me now. Struggles will still come and my strength will be tested. No longer is can't a part of my vocabulary. I'm choosing to focus on what is good in my life and make it even better. Surrounding myself with people and things that make me happy, make me...
dreams. Hold onto them.
Don’t let the road tell you which way to go. Pave your own road.
Don’t let the mountains block out the sun. Climb up to the top of them.
Don’t let the valleys scare you. Build bridges to the other side.
Don’t stop walking when you reach the ocean...
Set the trends.
Don’t squeeze yourself into other people’s boxes. Embrace the open air.
Don’t hide who you are. Show the world.
Don’t hate who you are. Embrace it.
Don’t change who you are. Change how other people see you.
Don’t let the world define you. Define the...
and I'm proud to say that I got rid of most of the things that I finally stopped struggling with.
I've stopped cutting, I'm not depressed anymore, I don't feel like suicide, I'm not as completely broken and a mess as I was.
I feel a lot better about myself as well. No longer...
Just because you make mistakes doesn’t mean you’ll never get it right.
Just because you’re lost doesn’t mean you’ll never be found.
Just because you’re confused doesn’t mean you’ll never figure it out.
Just because you’re vulnerable doesn’t...
Sometimes, the finish line is the start line.
Sometimes, there is no finish line.
Sometimes, it’s not a race.
Sometimes, it’s about the journey.
Sometimes, you need to stop and smell the roses.
Sometimes, you need to look back and see how far you’ve come.
but you gave me meaning.
I didn’t ask for change but you changed me.
I didn’t ask for direction but you guided me.
I didn’t ask for forgiveness but you forgave me.
I didn’t ask for empathy but you understood me.
I didn’t ask for company but you were there for me.
Don't hide your inner beauty behind borrowed clothes.
Don't hide your strength behind your fear.
Don't hide your talents behind your imperfections.
Don't hide your love behind your insecurity.
Don't hide your heart behind your mind.
Don't hide your feelings behind your poker...
It’s about roses.
It’s not about darkness. It’s about light.
It’s not about waves. It’s about water.
It’s not about rocks. It’s about the shore.
It’s not about who you are. It’s about what you do.
It’s not about power. It’s about drive.
It’s not about...
Watch me run.
You told me I couldn’t jump. Watch me fly.
You told me I couldn’t swim. Watch me dive.
You told me I couldn’t fight. Watch me conquer.
You told me I couldn’t see. Watch me believe.
You told me I couldn’t think. Watch me understand.
You told me I couldn...
looking at life in a whole new perspective. I've started to see beauty, yet disgust, in the world. The Earth is a beautifully disgusting place that I no one should have to live in, but should feel great-full to be leaving in it.