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I think when something hurts us it is always meant for our growth. In some cases that may be that it’s time to move away from a person or situation. In some cases it might be we need to re-examine ourselves or our relationships. Maybe it’s just about not taking things personally. Sometimes it might be all of the above. There is always a step to be taken that can bring higher peace, if you allow it. ‘Drink from the well of yourself and begin again.’ There is always a gift. Often we have to give it to ourselves. But those are the best ones.
- Erin Brown (via liquid-diamonds-flowing)
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I can’t stop sticking out my tongue in pictures
I’m going on a mini road trip and I scoured my whole room to find my old Hilary Duff Metamorphosis CD to listen to during part of it hahah I think I’m really funny
last night I was texting with my coworkers and it made me so happy (so so so so happy)
i’m going back to school early
i’m sending out letters today
I just realized this is kind of my last summer vacation?? weird
this post was pointless but if you read this, you are a gem
have a very happy day little butterflies 
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good vibes

It’s so good to uncover how I really like to spend my time. Not how I used to like to spend my time, or how I think I should spend my time. No, finding out what I like to do right now. And realizing that might change too. Maybe in a month, I’ll take up crocheting or meditation or whatever and it’s perfectly OKAY. (because life is giant experiment and hanging onto things is silly)

Normally, I have a subtle aversion to the 3-4 o’clock time of everyday. Unless I’m too preoccupied to notice (example: when I’m at work…) Today I filled the time with so many little bits that I know I love. I just had everything about that confirmed. I sat down to write a list and that soothed me. I made this white tea called “Sense of Peace”, and then I baked. I ended up talking on the phone with a friend and that was really nice. I did everything slowly and carefully and enjoyed every little bit. I love licking the batter when I bake and I love the pattern I fall into of silently promising myself I won’t have any of my creation until after dinner or whatever the next proper meal is. And then breaking that (ha!) I love listening to my music when I bake.  I am going to do a few more things in what’s left of the day. I just wanted to pause and admire what already happened. And write mostly about the confirmation that I really really like afternoon tea and baking. A lot. I think this what this all boils down too hahah

Hope your days have been nothing shy of lovely, friends xx

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one of my mom’s new favorite phrases to say is “my bad”

which I find really funny because back in high school, I’d occasionally be like “My b!” And my parents, naturally, would be confused. So I’d elaborate and be like “my bad…I was trying to say…my bad”

and my mom would go “you’re not bad honey! It’s okay”


i leave this here

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You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.

Eliezer Yudkowsky 

Being a “product of their times” is no excuse. Never let someone off the hook for bigotry. 

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a post about food
  • I tried a new smoothie at jamba juice today that was called “carrot orange fusion” and it was so good. It had chia seeds, soy milk  bananas, mango, orange juice …I kind of forget what else. Obviously carrots too. I’m glad I had a gift card too because it made it feel ~free~ 
  • I went to run errands with my mom in the afternoon and we bought a new flavor of Pretzel Crisps! Because I’m a lame and read up on Pretzel Crisps (i.e. look over Amazon customer reviews and the official Pretzel Crsips Facebook page in my free time) I knew that Jalapeño Jack was a newish flavor and not all the stores had them. That made them super intriguing (am I right) so naturally I had to get them. I have to say, they did not disappoint. Plus I love spicy things sooooo
  • Lol after dinner (my brother came over again YAY YAYA YAYAYAY) my dad INSISTED we try his beloved talenti gelato and my mom put together little sampling dishes for us because my dad has like 3 or so flavors. My brother and dad like the coconut flavor. I like the vanilla one. 
  • Also my mom picked up bagels from this place that we used to always get bagels at growing up aw 3 cheers for nostalgia
  • I really feel like so much of today had to do with food
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Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
- Anaïs Nin  (via voidals)
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A girl just told me that boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider and I had no come back. I just got owned by an 8 year old

She followed this up with ‘girls go to college to get more knowledge’ so this kid is clearly all about smashing the patriarchy through rhyme and I respect that

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I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that - I don’t mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down 3 things that made you happy today before you go to sleep”, and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position - it’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness”. Ask yourself “is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.

Hugh Mackay (via wordsthat-speak)

Well said.

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