1. Thinking…

    A lot lately… of how I often feel the pressure from many people to be a certain way. To conform to what everyone else is doing. If I’m living my life in a way that makes me happy, I’m creating, helping others, being nothing but kind and compassionate to those who respect me and filling my own needs and desires, don’t waltz into my life acting all enamored by me or this idea you have of me, then self-project your own issues onto me. I have plenty of my own that I’ve been trying to understand since early childhood and I’m finally, in my mid twenties feeling like an individual. 

    I think a lot of it has to do with being a young, attractive woman living smack dab in the middle of the country. I’m not going to try and fit anyone’s mold of what that person is supposed to look or behave as. I’m a  pretty open book and if you ask, I often tell. If I offend you, try looking inside yourself for a change to figure out why. I don’t think I’m anything special but I respect myself to stay true to my own morals.

     
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  5. "We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive."
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    Thich Nhat Hanh (via thatkindofwoman)

    (Source: psych-facts, via thatkindofwoman)

     
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  7. Rooftop Sunrise

    Got up at the crack of dawn to meet my friend/neighbor Dominic on the roof for some coffee, avocado toast and a gorgeous sunrise over our city last Friday. We’re pretty fortunate with a cool spot on the Westside of town. I’m realizing I need to take advantage of the early hours of the day. I started my yoga teacher training this same day and we even touched on the benefits of waking up early. More time, productivity, better sleep habits, better health and happiness all around. I’m pretty excited about this training. Not only to learn more about yoga’s history, anatomy and how to instruct but we’re going to be diving so much deeper over the next twelve weeks into the overall yogic philosophy and how to lead a more peaceful and compassionate life. Keeping daily journals, meditating, practicing, reading and being mindful in everything you do down to every bite of food you eat. It’s all basic principles I’ve been wanting to enforce into my daily life; meditating being a big one and now I’m being required to do it. It’s all about getting into healthy habits and I know I have plenty of bad ones to replace them with.

    (Source: kccousa)

     

  8. "It’s sort of weird if you think about it. We live in a pretty apathetic age, yet we’re surrounded by an enormous amount of information about other people. If you feel like it, you can easily gather that information about them. Having said that, we still hardly know anything about people."
    — Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage  (via larmoyante)
     
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  10. Myself, Los Angeles, by Lou Noble

    August 2013