I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
-Anne of Green Gables
❝ You will hear a song, and it will rest in the back of your throat, making a knot that will hold fast. You’ll feel the hot streaks of tears coming down your face, reminding you of a moment in time when you were in love. The crisp autumn air filling your lungs, the joy of endless possibilities that occupied your thoughts and heart; it all comes crashing down again, as you listen to the melody of a song that once meant something wonderful. It hurts, but you repeat it again and again, hoping that it becomes a happy tune to you once more; because you loved that song, and you don’t want to lose that as well. ❞
— T.B. LaBerge // Things I’m still learning at 25 (via tblaberge
“Leave the broken, irreversible past in God’s hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.” ~ Oswald Chambers
❝ If a train doesn’t stop at your station, it’s simply because it’s not your train. Don’t try to flag down the conductor and convince them to stop there, even if their own map says that they should just keep going. You may not realize it, but there’s another train trying to come toward you, unable to get into your station because a train that doesn’t even belong there is being delayed there by your intensity. ❞
❝ Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen. ❞
❝ Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go. ❞
❝ You cannot be everything to everyone, but you can be you; so be you, and that will be enough. ❞
Ending summer where it started ❤️ (at Coney Island)
❝ Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made, or by dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused. ❞
Bryant Park is so pretty at night! (at Bryant Park)
❝ The greatest thing you can do for any other being is provide the unconditional love which comes from making contact with that place in them which is beyond conditions, which is just pure consciousness, pure essence. That is, once we acknowledge each other as existing, just being here, just being, then each of us is free to change optimally. If I can just love you because here we are, then you are free to grow as you need to grow, because none of it’s going to change my feeling of love. ❞
❝ A quiet girl who wears vibrant dresses and geeks out about the Strand bookstore ❞
— One of my coworkers, describing me —
oh, this feeling.