You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch. Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.

You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.

If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.

Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.

Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.

- Julien Smith  (via lipfused)

(Source: wordsnquotes, via peachoooolalong)



Carried Away by (Nicole Cochis Photography)
Learn to be your own safety net.
- (via c0ntemplations)

Everything shapes you to be the person you are today. Sometimes hard lessons pay off dividends.
- Al Jourgensen (via infamoussayings)

(via infamoussayings)


Writing is mentally stimulating; it’s like a puzzle that makes you think all the time.
- Stephanie Zimbalist (via infamoussayings)

(via infamoussayings)


My solitude is my treasure, the best thing I have.
- A.S. ByattPossession (via wordsnquotes)

(via bottledmemories)


I’m still learning to love the parts of me that no one claps for.
- Rudy Francisco (via fuckyeahrudyfrancisco)

(via californiagirlwearingpearls)


with-grace-and-guts:

Marte Marie Forsberg // Instagram
maddieonthings:

Nashville you’re full of gems…digs this abandoned airport hangar ✈️
You grow every moment you are alive. And on days that you fail and fall, that is probably when you grow the most.
- (via c0ntemplations)

thouswell:

skylight dining room
lotsofinspiringfood:

Brownie cake with nutella on Gotuje bo lubi

Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.
- Margaret Mitchell (via kushandwizdom)

(via ttibokatt)


harperandbray:

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