“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

Authenticity is a daily practice. Choosing authenticity means: cultivating the courage to be emotionally honest, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable; exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle and connected to each other through a loving and resilient human spirit; nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we let go of what we are supposed to be and embrace who we are. Mindfully practicing authenticity during most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives.” Brené Brown

“Because her original pattern was so worn, the last time she flew apart she was forced to let the pieces reattach as they pleased. Once the shock wore off, she welcomed the change.” Susan Mrosek

“The most confused we ever get is when we try to convince our heads of something our heart knows is a lie.” Karen Moning

‘I’m not interested in competing with anyone. I hope we all make it.” Erica Cook

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” e.e. cummings

“We danced too wild, and we sang too long, and we hugged too hard, and we kissed too sweet, and howled just as loud as we wanted to howl, because by now we were all old enough to know that what looks like crazy on an ordinary day looks a lot like love if you catch it in the moonlight.” Pearl Cleage

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living In better conditions.” Hafiz

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” Marianne Williamson

Forgiveness is taking the knife out of your back and not using it to hurt anyone else, no matter how they hurt you.” Anonymous

Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past.” Anne Lamott

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth it would look like complete destruction.” Cynthia Occelli

“And if I asked you to name all the things that you love, how long would it take you to name yourself?” unknown

“Though I may not know where I’m going, I’m not lost, I’m exploring.” Explorer’s Creed by Jana Stanfield

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela

“I don’t need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves.” Shirley MacLaine

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” Carrie Fisher

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin

Truth is a hard master, and costly to serve, but it simplifies all problems.” Ellis Peters (aka Edith Pargeter)

unravelling is not a bad thing in this context. It’s not coming undone or losing control. It’s letting go in the best possible way, untangling the knots that hold you back, unwrapping the gifts you’ve hidden for too long, unearthing the potential that’s always been there, finally ditching the labels and should-haves, and letting yourself be what you were meant to be.” Susannah Conway

“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she had always been.  But she had wings.” Dean Jackson

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”  Albert Camus

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone should be.” Elizabeth Gilbert (and Ernest Holmes)

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