Oct 19, 2011

the survivor


you will survive.  the hurt, the pain, the giant walls standing in your way.  one day, it will all be no longer.  because just as easily as it found its way into your life, it will find its way out.  quietly, slowly, unceremoniously.  but surely.  that I know for certain.

and you’ll wonder how or why this tiny little road bump seemed so big.  because it might be bigger than big right now, but you’ll hop on over it.  you’ll jump or run or skip or even stumble through.  but somehow, you will make it to the other side.  you will survive it.  all of it.  and the next time you look back, this seemingly insurmountable thing will be miles away.  and you, my dear, you will be soaring

{one year later. this time, for katie}

Sep 20, 2011

you are someone’s dream.


to someone out there, you are a dream.  you are everything he’s been looking for.  you are all that she ever wanted.  you are the one.  you are the dream.

(Source: livethelife)

May 20, 2011

you are bright and beaming and lit from within.  shine bright.  shine on.  shine always.  xo

Apr 14, 2011

yes, you.
       you are the tiny grain of sand that makes the world whole.

Mar 16, 2011

right now.


right now, the world is conspiring to help you.

right now, someone you haven’t met is looking for someone exactly like you. 

right now, someone is creating a book or a song or a movie or a painting that will change your life.

right now, someone wants to kiss you, hold you, love you.  someone wants to make you breakfast.

right this second, someone just wished for world peace, in earnest.

right now, a child is discovering the wonder of the sky.

right now, someone is putting her life on the line to ensure your safety.

right now, someone is believing the impossible, curing the incurable, overcoming the insurmountable.

right now, someone is getting a second chance.

{inspired by danielle laporte & my favorite little post, so far.} 

Jan 5, 2011

fall in love with the world & it will swoop you up in its arms & smother you with kisses. you will get all your joy & excitement back a million times over…even when you feel hard & cold & angry, you have more love to give away than you could ever believe possible. it is infinite like galaxies. just give it away. imagine cartoon hearts in hot pink & vivid red floating out of your chest & popping over the heads of everyone, showering them with hope & blessings & encouragement, and your life will begin to change. it will become this sparkling carousel of magic & wonder.



{a special thanks to ashlee, who reminded me about this once-posted quote.}


Jan 4, 2011

what you see = what you seek


so seek the positive.  seek the beautiful.  seek the extraordinary. 

look for it in others.  look for it in you.

because, believe me, it’s there.  begging to be discovered.

Nov 2, 2010

{image by me, yay!} 
{I hope you like it.  I had so much fun making it, and I’m so excited that I finally got it to work!!}

Oct 15, 2010

your worth is unconditional.


it doesn’t hinge on what you do, what you wear, the way you part your hair. 

it doesn’t depend on what you say, where you go, who you know. 

your worth isn’t measured by your grades or your friends or your talents or even by your brains. 

because your worth has no conditions.  it is infinite and unbounded. 

it is, as you are, always,

                 beyond measure.


                                                                                                      {you know, in case you’re wondering…}

Sep 8, 2010

that person who isn’t noticing you


isn’t worth your time.  that person just doesn’t get it.

you are anything but invisible.  you are utterly captivating, spectacularly rare.  you are impossible to ignore. 

and for every person who looks right through you, there is someone who sees the real you.  

for every person who just doesn’t get it, there are a bunch who actually do.

and believe me, the ones who listen, the ones who care, the ones who see you for all that you are.  those are the ones who matter.  those are the ones you want. 

so give them a chance.  you never know what might happen when you finally notice the person who’s been noticing you.

{for anon.}

Aug 16, 2010

do you want to know what you are?


you are beautiful.  you are loved.  you are strong.  you are confident.  you are imperfectly perfect

you are all the things that you hope to be and all the things you have yet to realize

you are just right, just as you are meant to be, just the way you are.     

Aug 5, 2010

when faced with those who doubt


three little words will do: “watch me fly.”

{photo by larajade}

Jun 18, 2010

this is a note from a while ago, but I kind of need this reminder today.

this is a note from a while ago, but I kind of need this reminder today.

Jun 16, 2010

beware of the “too”-ers


you know who they are. those people who say that you’re too tall, too short, too fat, too thin, too young, too old, too inexperienced.  the ones who say that you dream too much, question too much, wander too much, trust too much, giggle too much {yes, I once had a professor who told me that I giggled too much}.  the people who proclaim you to be too nice, too sweet, too good, too tough, too scattered, too smart, too silly, too serious, too driven, too earnest, too vulnerable, too independent for your own good.  the ones who try to tell you that if you want to reach your goal, you’re going to have to stop being too too much.

well guess what?  you aren’t too anything.  you are just right.  just the way you are. 

and you’ll get to where you want to go, by staying true to you.  just the way you are.

May 20, 2010

this is wanting something,
this is reaching for it.
this is wishing that a moment would arrive.
this is taking chances, this is almost touching,
what the beauty is…

this is wanting something,
this is praying for it.
this is holding breath and keeping fingers crossed.
this is counting blessings…

                            { adam guettel, what the beauty is (from the light in the piazza) }