Thursday, June 25, 2015

Quotes for this particular season of my life. || June 2015.

“To hell with being ashamed of what you like.”
— Ralph Ellison
“So you chose to stay and called it hope. Until one day you were strong enough to call it what it was and do what you needed to do all along. Walk away.
— Unknown
“Women are emotional in order to feel the divine energy at the highest levels and be supreme healers and lovers and mothers. Not to drive men insane. Her deep spiritual connection to feelings is to inspire a man to his spiritual heights as well. She is not a nag, she is an oracle.
— Raja Khan
“The worst thing: to give yourself away in exchange for not enough love.
— Joyce Carole Oates
“All I ever really want to know is how other people are making it through life—where do they put their body, hour by hour, and how do they cope inside of it.”
— Miranda July
“Don't take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.”
— Don Miguel Ruiz
“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.
— Rainer Maria Rilke
“Time will pass; these moods will pass; and I will, eventually, be myself again.
— Kay Redfield Jamison
“Have patience with all things but first of all with yourself.
— Saint Francis de Sales

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Friday, June 19, 2015

That time I went to the Swedish Royal Wedding...

You guys. Last week I went to Stockholm for the Royal Wedding. Of course, I'm writing all about it over on my royal blog, Duchess-at-Large, if you're into that sort of thing. :)

ALSO: I took that picture of Prince Carl Philip and Sofia with no zoom. I was THAT close. Wicked, right? ;)
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

On keeping your head above water & 'How to Defeat Fear'.

I had a tough week last week. I'm in-between leases and that means I'm sleeping on a mattress on a floor in a big empty apartment. Oh, and there's no internet. So I've been staying late at work to keep that sweet sweet connection to the outside world. 
And after a weekend of being at the receiving end of a lot of hateful words, I'm barely keeping my head above water. 
But the important thing is that I am. And I will continue swimming.
But in the meantime, the Universe and big guy upstairs have been sending me a lot of messages in various forms. 
Last month, I ordered The Pocket Pema Chödrön at the recommendation of my lovely friend Mackenzie. I had forgotten about it (thanks Deustche Post strikes!) but it finally arrived last week, and couldn't have come at a better time. 
Last night, as I crawled into bed--erm, onto the mattress on the floor--I felt a panic attack coming on and reached for the book as a distraction. 

Then I opened to the following passage:
Once there was a young warrior.  
Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave instructions for the battle. 
The day arrived. 
The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful.  
The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?”  
Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.” 
Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” 
Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.” 
In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear. 
It read it over and over again until I finally felt like the attack had passed. And then I thought about all the fear I'm facing at the moment and it felt a little less scary. 

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Monday, June 1, 2015

{Quote of the Week.}

“Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn't have the time to sit around and talk about you. What's important to me is not others' opinions of me, but what's important to me is my opinion of myself.” - C. Joybell C
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