hello, world.

Yes, a man is a dangerous thing. So is a scalpel. It can wound you or it can save your life. You don’t make it safe by making it dull; you put it in the hands of someone who knows what he’s doing.

John Eldredge, Wild at Heart  (via creatingaquietmind)

(All day): struggling to stay awake
Nighttime: awake




Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let…

1. Catcher in the Rye (so cheesy, omg… don’t judge)

2. Pride & Prejudice

3. Halfway to the Sky

4. Millicent Min

5. How to Read Literature Like a Professor (or something like that)

6. Twillight (oh hush. I know.)

7. Lessons of a Turtle (it’s a mini book lol and what my miniature brain can think of right now)

8. Series of Unfortunate Events

9. Notes from Underground (is this even a “book”….haha… read it for one of my classes and loved it)

10. The Metamorphosis (not sure if this is a book also… probably more like a short story.. maybe?)

I’m really not well-read. Can’t believe you tagged me lol. And can’t believe I did this! it’s really oh-so-very personal, in my opinion at least.

Tagging: alamoroso, concourthecity, denisegemini007, flowerishing, given-a-wayofescape, hiitsmarie, itsalwaysimagination, jazonymous, thelearningcurves, vysaninja

1) The Name of the Rose

2) The Bell Jar

3) Heaven is for real

4) Animal Farm

5) Lord of the Flies

6) The Great Gatsby

7) Heart of Darkness (especially this one.)

8) The Lovely Bones

9) The Hunger Games

10) The Holy Bible (most of all.)

“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”
Mother Teresa

Loves like a hurricane, and I am a tree. Oh how He loves us, how He loves us, oh.

So we were walking the loop when we hear a car roll by … “Hey Monica!”


Fear doesn’t shut me down. It wakes me up.

Be kind to yourself. Stop telling yourself that whatever you are struggling with “should” be easy. If something is hard for you, it is hard for you. There are probably Reasons, though those may just be how you are wired. Acknowledge these things. When you finish something hard, be proud! Celebrate a little.

And really, just stop saying “should” to yourself about your thoughts and feelings in any context. You feel how you feel. The things in your head are the things in your head. You can’t change either directly through sheer force of will. You can only change what you do. Stop beating yourself up for who and what you are right now–it isn’t productive. Focus on moving forward.



clean bathroom tips
organize your closet
how to fix a leaky faucet
how to keep a clean kitchen
removing stains from your carpet
how to coupon
what to do when you can’t pay your bills
see if you’re paying too much for your cell phone bill
how to save money
How to Balance a Check Book
How to do Your Own Taxes
how to take care of yourself when you’re sick
things to bring to a doctor’s appointment
what to expect from your first gynecologist appointment
how to make a doctor’s appointment
how to pick a health insurance plan
a list of stress relievers
how to get free therapy

how to remove a splinter

how to avoid a hangover

what to do if you get pulled over by a cop
a list of hotlines in a crisis
things to keep in your car in case of an emergency

how to do the heimlich maneuver

recipes that take 30 minutes or less
Yummy apple thing
Brownie in a cup
Cookie in a cup
French bread pizza
Egg tacos
panera mac n cheese recipe
different salad recipes
harry potter recipes
healthy recipes
various cookie recipes
chocolate cupcakes w/ eggless cookie dough topping
s’mores pie 
nutella hot chocolate
peanut butter nutella swirl cookies
cookie in a mug
starbucks holiday drinks
fruit leathers 
brownie in a mug
how to make ramen 1000x better
eggless cookie dough (not to bake, just to eat)
make recipes using things you already have
how to put together a very fancy cheese plate 
make different flavored lemonades
various desert recipes
make tiny chocolate chip cookies
20 dishes every cook should know
learn how to make your own tea
Macaroni and cheese in a mug
Study snacks (2)
40 on-the-go breakfast recipes
what the hell is a mortgage?
first apartment essentials checklist
how to care for cacti and succulents
the care and keeping of plants 
Getting an apartment
time management
create a resume
find the right career
how to pick a major

how to avoid a hangover

how to interview for a job

how to stop procrastinating

How to write cover letters
Traveling for Cheap 
Travel Accessories
The Best Way to Pack a Suitcase
How To Read A Map
How to Apply For A Passport
How to Make A Travel Budget
Better You
read the news
leave your childhood traumas behind
how to quit smoking

how to get a book published

how to knit

how to use a polaroid camera

how to solve a rubik’s cube

how to stop biting your nails

how to stop procrastinating

how to stop skipping breakfast

how to stop micromanaging

how to stop avoiding asking for help

how to stop swearing constantly

how to stop being a pushover

learn another language
how to improve your self-esteem
how to sew
learn how to embroider
how to love yourself
learn how to do yoga
100 tips for life
learn how to make your own cards












Better You


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