When you tryna watch SVU and somebody keeps talking to you
I remember when I used to stand outside of that stage door and watch all these girls come out of there, with their eyelashes and their make-up and I’d think: “God I’ll never be that old. I’ll never be that old. I’ll never be old enough to come out of that stage door.” But deep down inside I knew I would, and goddamn it, I’ve come this far and I’m not giving up now.
Judy Chicago - Purple Atmosphere #4, 1969.
Yesterday, I learned a very important lesson. I learned that pleasing everyone around you is virtually impossible, and sometimes, you don’t get what you want, no matter how badly you want it or how much effort your put into attaining it. With that being said, I refuse to be ashamed of who I am and I refuse to put myself in situations where there is a possibility that I will feel less than ecstatic about being me. This past year, I have undergone more heartache than I ever have in my almost nineteen years on this earth. I have been physically and emotionally ripped apart in every direction, and it ends now. The most fundamental concept you can internalize is the idea of loving yourself. Loving who I am and what I embody has been a constant struggle for me since I was a little girl. I have always been insecure and unsure of myself, and repeatedly being told I wasn’t good enough only enhanced my insecurities. And to have that weight on your shoulder for so long takes its toll. I mean how can it not? But that sense of self-doubt and self-deprecation stops here —it has to. Because in a world of “no’s” you have to be the one that says, “yes, this is who I am and that’s fucking okay.” I care a lot. About my family, about my friends, about my teachers, about my schoolwork, about music, about theatre, about art, about books. I’m passionate and loving and smart and scared and silly and clumsy and witty and sarcastic and awkward and just a little bit insane. I’m a good person. I stick up for the underdog, I do volunteer work, I stand by the side of my friends. I love deeply and cry a lot more than I should but that’s okay because all these traits and quirks are what makes me, ME. And those who can’t see how truly great I am don’t deserve to have me in their lives.
God bless whoever actually took the time to read this.
I held my breath at the last one.
IT WAS COOL AND THEN IT GOT SCARY AS SHIT
i’d say this is a very effective message
Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald
Six simple rituals:
1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh.
2. Define your top 3. Every morning ask yourself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” Prioritizes your day accordingly and don’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete.
3. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Spend your 10 minutes getting away from your desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water.
4. Move and sweat daily. Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress.
5. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness. Each morning, think of at least five things you’re thankful for. In times of stress, pause and reflect on these things.
6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Asks yourself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?”
(Source: Fast Company)