quotes

You are right 

i knew what love was then
i had felt it
i had flown
grown
melted
and burned in it

and while every love
was different
they were all the same
compared to you
you see
they were all wrong
and you
are right

a.absi

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Lovely Words: All About You

I’ve been having to make a lot of life decisions lately. I’m young, I have time, I have chances to make mistakes and grow, but I’m finding my way and trying to make it along my path as bump free as possibly. I’ve been increasingly looking and taking steps to be more present in my own life rather than just in others. Making yourself a priority is the most important and best thing you can do. Do little things for yourself – get your nails done, go see a movie, read a book, get a massage, go to a fashion show. Always look for the next thing you can do to excite yourself and delight yourself. Here are some of my favourite quotes that are the perfect daily reminders to make your life about YOU. And to always stay optimistic. Happiness and optimism are a mindset.

Make yourself a priority. At the end of the day, you’re your longest commitment.”

You don’t need another human being to make your life complete, although in honesty, having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul but cracks to put their love into is the most calming thing in this world.” -Emery Allen

An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.” -Goi Nasu

Ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it.” -Mandy Hale

To those who stay put, the world is but an imaginary place. But to the movers, the makers, and the shakers, the world is all around them, an endless invitation.”

“There’s nothing more exhausting then trying to make the wrong person happy. Make you happy, first. Then eliminate all else that doesn’t.” -Reyna Biddy

Enjoy your weekend.

XO,

A

Lovely Words : What Love Really Is

I found this post on Tumblr a long time ago and wrote it down. The real post has pictures of the written notes from the actual children. It’s one worth sharing…

4-8 Year Olds Describe Love

Rebecca, Age 8: When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.

Danny, Age 7: Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure it tastes ok.

Terri, Age 4: Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.

Nikka, Age 6: If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.

Elaine, Age 5: Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken.

Chris, Age 7: Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he’s handsomer than Robert Radford.

Mary Ann, Age 4: Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.

 

(I’m not sure why I put the picture of the dog, but he’s just so darn cute!!)

Happy Valentines Day!

Enjoy.

XO, A

Lovely Words: Gorgeously Human

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I found this post on Khloe Kardashian’s Instagram and had to repost it. It by far is one of my favourite pieces of writing. You are flawed and fabulous, you’re all gorgeously human.

“Dear Human: You’ve got it all wrong. You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. That is where you came from and where you will return. You came here to learn personal love. Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love. Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love. Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling. Demonstrated through the beauty of… messing up. Often. You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are. You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous. And then to rise again into remembering.”

Enjoy.

XO, A

Lovely Words: With the Sunshine

“AND SO WITH THE SUNSHINE AND THE GREAT BURSTS OF LEAVES GROWING ON THE TREES, JUST AS THINGS GROW IN FAST MOVIES, I HAD THAT FAMILIAR CONVICTION THAT LIFE WAS BEGINNING OVER AGAIN WITH THE SUMMER.`”
• F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, THE GREAT GATSBY (VIA THATSQUOTEABLE)
xo, A

Why a 5 Year Old is the Best Friend I’ll Ever Have

My baby sister turned 5 on Monday and it hit me pretty hard. I remember holding her in my arms in the hospital not too long ago, during my awkward high school years with the grungy black makeup smothering my eyes. Those pictures feel like yesterday. I know it’s silly to say that a five year old is my best friend, but it’s the absolute truth.

While I was visiting for her birthday weekend, I had a dream that our little dog Mojo broke his arm and I told her about it and we laughed. The next night while I was laying in bed I was sobbing. She’s my baby, she’s so big, and I have to leave her in the morning to go back to a boring place where she isn’t in my bed every morning. She had no idea why I was crying but she said to me “Is it because you dreamt Mojo hurt his leg? And he’s old and will probably die soon?” I nodded yes. She cradled my head in her arms and kissed my cheeks.

“It’s okay. That dream wasn’t real he’s okay. Don’t cry. I’m going to be sad when he dies too, he is old, but it’ll be okay. When  he dies we’ll all be able to hold him without him biting so that will be good.”

(he’s a chihuahua he’s pretty feisty sometimes and doesn’t like to be held LOL)

But as I sat there crying, depressed, confused with my life, she held me and told me all the good things about Mojo, how it will be ok when he dies, and not to be sad. I stopped crying and I laughed. She looked me in the eyes, “We’ll carry him to heaven. He will be happy.”

She mended and broke my heart all at once.

She does makeup with me, we drive around town looking for punch buggies when we’re bored. I take her out for coffees, she always tells me I’m beautiful, which of my underwear are her favorite, and is always begging me to ‘smuggle’ her and watch Grease, my favorite movie (and now hers). And we can never forget the popcorn, Doritos and Ben & Jerry’s (all of our favorite snacks). We dance around the kitchen to Grease Lightening, shake our tushies to Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk, and bake vanilla cakes (both of our favorites).

How could anyone have a better friend than that?

And I can’t say it’ll all be the same as she grows older. I’ll hold onto her as tight as I can but she might want to let go, go shopping with her friends, meet boys at the movies, and be 16 and only talk to her 32 year old sister when she gets the annoying calls once a week, but regardless of how she grows she’s my baby. She’s my best friend. And I will never let her go.

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Happy birthday my babe. You’re the light of my life.

xo, your sister and forever best friend, Al.

Lovely Words : The Fight For Respect

via just-the-way-you-arent

This was very touching for me. I hope it can impact you just the same.

“My rapist doesn’t know he’s a rapist. You taught him it wasn’t his fault, I drank too much, flirted and my shorts too short. I was asking for it. He left me in a parking garage staircase. My (ex)boyfriend spit in my face, he called me a SLUT, he called me a whore. I deserved it. My friends gave me dirty looks. They called me trash, not realizing it could have been them. This culture, your culture, my culture, told them, told me, this was my fault. And I suffered. But my rapist doesn’t know he’s a rapist. I am not ashamed. I will take a stand. – SlutWalk, DC 2011”

Here’s some more lovely inspiration that will make your day, or maybe even your week… here

Make a difference.

XO, A

Lovely Words #1: The Future is the Past

I have always been incredibly inspired by writing, and have kept a ‘quote’ journal for many years. So I’ve decided to start posting some daily inspiration from my journals; some beautifully written phrases, and pieces of sweet love I’ve found along the way.

So here it goes….

“Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time? My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.”

-Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

(Image: antonmuller.de)

_A

Dress Like You’re Already Famous

Hey guys!
Sorry I haven’t posted – I’ve been working non-stop! (Literally lol)
Awhile ago I saw this post of a quote on Instagram (via LoveofLabels ) saying, “Dress like you’re already famous”, and I loved it! Then, I got to thinking… I admire all of the celebrities and their streetstyle – casual heels and jeans; crop tops and low rise jeans; skin tight plain/casual skirts and tops… But is this really an acceptable societal normal for the average person? (not that any of you are average, I mean in the way that we aren’t celebrities under the spotlight with high fashion expectations)
To the mall and lunch with a girl friend, is a pair of heels and jeans or a spandex tight skirt, normal?
I guess as an adult, like my mom per say, who is 40 and a working woman and mother of 5, wearing heels with everything on a daily basis is normal. But as myself, the 20 year old college student who aspires to dress the best, is it really an accepted norm?
For instance, Kendall and Kylie Jenner who are even still teenagers, go out in their heels and skirts, crop tops, and majority of their skin showing, but yet still in the most classy fashionable way. They look normal and casual chic. But I can’t get past the fact that as an average shaped, sized, human not walking on the streets of LA or NYC, I don’t truly believe that this is an normal acceptance in society.
Do you think one can dress as a celeb on an average day and pull it off as an acceptable, classy, casual look?

Let me know your thoughts!
– A xo