Ideas For Your Personal Brand

White dress iced coffee
Pete Bellis

* Have a baby.

* Have a succulent.

* Have a kitchen backsplash.

* Sponsor a curling iron.

* Live in an apartment that doesn’t have carpet.

* Wear a trench coat when it drizzles or is April.

* Post pictures of you eating fettuccine alfredo once a week.

* Stand in front of a brick wall always.

* Use ‘thrifting’ as a verb.

* Thank restaurants in your Instagram photos even if they never knew you were there.

* Have a mug that says ‘Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee.’

* #Thankful

* Post a paragraph-long caption on Instagram that starts with ‘I’m not perfect.’

* Figure out how to become iced coffee. TC mark

Kim Quindlen

I'm a staff writer for Thought Catalog. I like comedy and improv. I live in Chicago. My Uber rating is just okay.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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