Note to self:
You can’t control how other people receive your energy. Anything you do or say gets filtered through the lens of whatever they are going through at the moment, which has nothing to do with you. Just keep doing your thing with as much love and integrity as possible.
-Marc And Angel (@marcandangel)
Do the things that light you up from the inside out. Write the book you want to see written. Male the pottery that you want sitting on your shelf. Cook the delicious meals that you want to enjoy. Fill your walls with art that you adore. You are meant to live your life beautifully and entirely yours. You are meant to fill it with all of the colors and art and wonderful things that fill you with delight… You are meant to live in a way that lights you up from the inside out.
– Nikki Banas ( Walk the earth)
To work on yourself is the best thing you can do. Accept that you are not perfect, but you are enough. And then start working on everything that destroys you. Your insecurities, your ego, your dark thoughts. You will see, in the end you’re going to make peace with yourself. And that’s the greatest thing in the world.
to begin your story today. Those mistakes you’ve made along the way are lessons, not failures. You were meant to get back up and find a way that resonates with you. There is no expiration date to reinventing yourself.
for a moment and take in all that life has taught you. You’ve overcome heartbreak even when you felt like your world was falling apart. You’ve loved and lost but still had the courage to keep going even when the pain was unbearable. You’ve feared change but didn’t give up because you knew of the potential that was on the other side. You see, life is hard and challenging, but at the same time life can be beautiful and full of wonderful things. It’s never too late to pause and reflect on your life with a grateful heart.
You are the books you read, the movies you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, and the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of the fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in.
Tell your story. Shout it. Write it. Whisper it if you have to. But tell it. Some won’t understand it. Some will outright reject it. But many will thank you for it. And then the most magical thing will happen. One by one…your tribe will gather. And you will never feel alone again.
-L. R. Knost
The only way to heal from the pain of the past is to walk through that pain in the present. It’s terrifying. I know. It feels safer to just let the pain continue to smolder in the darkest parts of yourself. But the dark parts need tending, too, my friend. Don’t be afraid to breathe life back into those embers of old pain, to rekindle the fires of unhealed hurts. The flames aren’t there to burn you. They are there to light your way through pain to healing. You can walk through courageous and confident or shaking in your boots. It doesn’t matter. Just walk through it. Hurt will transform into hope, wounds into wisdom, suffering into scars that tell of battles won and lost and of a human who survived it all.
-L. R. Knost
When you’re at a low, remember that that’s exactly what it is: a low. It’s not permanent, it’s not forever. It’s a low because things are about to turn around and lead you to so many better things. It’s a low because it’s a new beginning for beautiful times ahead. Things will start looking up. Light is coming your way, beautiful friend, remember that. And know that it’s okay to be at a low; it’s okay to be struggling. But it’s not okay to think that this low defines you. It’s not okay to think that this low is all you are. Because it’s not. This low will pass. These tough times will end. Beginnings are coming.Light is coming. Joy is coming. Peace is coming…This is just a low and before you know, you’ll be soaring again. I promise.
– Nikki Banas (Walk the earth)
World Mental Health Day 2020
Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.
When you fill your mind with thoughts of
kindness, love, faith, hope, & joy,
your reality will become all of these things.
You will start to see kindness in the world.
You will start to feel love as you go about your day.
You will notice more of the little joys of this life.
You’ve tried listening to your fears and doubts and they’ve never brought you happiness.
It’s time to start choosing love.
It’s time you start choosing faith.
– Nikki Banas (Walk the earth)
It is not beauty that endears, it’s love that makes us see beauty.
– Leo Tolstoy
I lied and said I was busy.
I was busy; but not in way most people understand.
I was busy taking deeper breaths.
I was busy silencing irrational thoughts.
I was busy calming a racing heart.
I was busy telling myself I am okay.
Sometimes, this is my busy-
and I will not apologize for it.
– Brittin Oakman
Be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe.
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
– Sylvia Plath
The one thing you have that nobody else has is you.
Your voice, your mind, your vision, your story.
So, write and draw, dance and live,
build and play, as only you can.
– Neil Gaiman
Invest in people who invest in you.
Every season is one of becoming.
But not always one of blooming.
Be gracious with your ever-evolving self.
Maybe it’s out imperfections which make us so perfect for one another.
– Douglas McGrath (Emma)
Life is amazing.
And then it’s awful.
And then it’s amazing again.
And in between the amazing and the awful
it’s ordinary and mundane and routine.
Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful,
and relax and exhale during the ordinary.
That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing,
awful, ordinary life.
And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.
– L. R. Knost
Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean “me first.”
It means “me, too.”
You matter. Your happiness matters. Your health matters.
Your dream matters.
Today do at least one thing for you.
Take a walk in the rain.
Meet a friend for coffee.
Read a book. Plan a trip. Hug a tree. Help a stranger.
Create something. Sing something. Learn something.
Whatever it is that makes you smile, do a little of it each day.
Your children are watching.
Let them see you happy.
-L. R. Knost