Take the Risk and Blossom

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"

Kiersten. Feminist. Believer in Recovery. Lover of Quotes. Finding my Voice. Overcomer.

An Open Letter to Sam Pepper

lacigreen:

Hi Sam!

Thanks for taking the time to read this letter. As fellow YouTubers, we have much respect for others who put so much hard work into building their channel. It’s not easy, and you should be proud! That said, we’ve noticed that in your success, there has been a lack of respect in…

positivelifetips:

There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.

positivelifetips:

There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.

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lilkittygrl:

you-can-call-me-carl:

How come a girl can wear guys clothes and look cute or wear a suit and look hot, but when a guy wears a dress or a skirt it’s weird?

because our society thinks it’s degrading to be feminine

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yourethegreatchicagofire:

depressednmoderatelywelldressed:

afro-dominicano:

humansofcolor:

angrywocunited:

This is so sad. :(

so young….Call me sensitive, but watching things like this makes me tear up. I used to be like this.

baby no :(

"Kids don’t notice race!!!"

Are you kidding me? This is honestly catastrophic.

Because I’ve learned that it’s okay to reach out for help. We aren’t meant to go it alone. Seeking help was the best decision I’ve ever made. If I hadn’t, I might not be here today. #100thingsrecoveryhasgivenme #22

And, of course, we have rather grand and indulgent ideas about what women in abusive relationships should do. We have opinions about what we would do in her situation, as if our hypothesizing bears any resemblance to lived experience. She should leave him, we say. She should press charges. She should get a restraining order. She should go to a shelter. And when a woman doesn’t make the choices we approve of, she, rather than her abuser, must bear the responsibility for her suffering.

We demonstrate so little empathy or kindness for women in abusive relationships. We don’t want to hear real stories about what it’s like to endure such relationships. We don’t want to hear how love and fear and pride and shame shape the decisions we make in abusive relationships. We don’t want to hear the truth because it is too complicated. We leave these women with nowhere to go. We force them into silence and invisibility unless they make the choices we want them to make.

In a perfect world, yes, a woman should leave an abusive relationship. She should have the emotional, physical, and financial means to do so. She should be supported by law enforcement and the justice system. She should receive counseling and emotional support. She should be given safe passage to a new life. The perfect world is made up of so much should.

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 Roxane Gay “Why I Hate Writing about Janay Rice”

"There are so many folks who understand nothing about Meeting people where they’re at, empathy without trying to judge or fix or condemn (these are all synonymous in these situations, by the way), people too busy saying END IT to even humor the idea of Harm Reduction (how can we make a dangerous situation as safe as possible), or Self-Care *while* in a hardship (how can you take steps to love, value and nurture yourself to survive a hard/traumatic/trying situation).

People who don’t understand the complexities of choice and risk, who don’t understand the privileged stance of saying ‘just go’, who would rather demonize and dispose then deconstruct and rehabilitate and know nothing about healing anger or soothing pain- Just send them off away and she’ll forget about it hopefully, maybe, one day.”

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Aug 14th, Sophia Bush on SVU set in New York City

hell yeah!

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micdotcom:

Photos of Keke Palmer’s debut as Cinderella will bring tears to your eyes

Keke Palmer took the stage Tuesday night as the title character in Broadway’s Cinderella, marking the first time an African-American actress has played the role on theater’s biggest stage. 

"Dreams do come true" Follow micdotcom

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