When I saw the self-addressed stamped envelope from the Florida Review, I could tell by the thinness of its contents that they’d accepted my story. The editor said it will appear in their summer issue and they’ll pay me $90. After six months and a dozen rejections, this story finally got accepted.
We both know that I deserved better.
You warm my heart, nourish my soul, and bring just the right kind of excitement, realness, and honesty to my life.
Our lives totally changed that summer and fall of 2006. It is most noticed during the holiday season. Rather than dwell on what has past, we have made new traditions.
I want to change, and I want to grow. I want to be the best version of myself possible with you because you make me want to be a better person.
One day, it will all make sense and you’ll realize that everything happens for a reason.
Our grandparents are the story-keepers of the family.
I miss you the way I would miss a limb. It feels like I’m walking around missing something essential to my being, something I’m meant to be with.
Life is all about resolving the karma that our souls incarnated with here on Earth.
I realize that as incredible as it is to have a thriving career, to be financially well, or to be physically fit, I crave connection the most.
For the hearts that have suffered, it can be difficult to love and be loved. But your heart is still alive, and so must you be.
Could the cliche that opposites attract have some truth to it after all?
Being successful requires saying no to the wrong things — the wrong money, wrong relationships, and wrong life choices.
Having chronic pain in my twenties has been a hard journey, but in many ways, it has had its rewards.
Being able to notice what’s good in your life even when everything else feels like it’s crumbling is a skill, my friends. A learned skill.
Middle names. People made middle names and then didn’t tell others what it was because in order to put a curse on someone you need their full name. If someone has a legal middle name and you don’t know it then you can’t curse them.
I’m not over the man that showed me what being loved meant.
I felt like I should not, and could not, enjoy certain things.
Maybe I was fooled by your sensitive, open-minded, sweet guy game, but I seriously thought you would be willing to cross that racial threshold for romance’s sake.
You don’t have to settle for what society might tell you is normal.
If you never reach out and seek opportunities to grow and work with experts in your field, then you’ll most likely remain where you are.
You are giving away too much of your energy for free.
It was an ornament. A sphere made out of clear glass. A hand painted picture of a mouse in a Santa hat curved around the front. It was adorable. But I’d never ordered something like this.
The time I had once spent talking with you I suddenly had to fill, and nothing was enough.
I’ve come to realize that I must always love myself more than any person I date.
Don’t text your ex.
You didn’t fail to make that relationship work — it was never going to.
Can you see yourself with this person for the rest of your life?
Sometimes you need a good old fashioned slasher with hot people and a ridiculous plot.
TAURUS: Sometimes, your answers are too short and kill the conversation.
Look how not excited I am to take my own picture.
The way they hurt you is not your fault. But the person you become afterwards is your responsibility.
There’s nothing redeeming about dating a person who does not give anything back to the relationship.
Do you really care about the environment, or are you just enjoying the attention that supporting righteous causes brings to your social media feeds?
The three survivors who were able to positively identify him—among them a foreign diplomat and a famous entertainer—refused to do so for fear of being outed as gay.
As I head into the new year, so many things come to an end.
A relationship is a tricky place to allow your self-worth to reside.
We are always a work-in-progress. There are always ways we can grow and expand.
You can make a difference to someone in a big way by just appreciating what they do.
Have you ever noticed that it’s always when you’re out having fun, working, or otherwise busy and distracted that you receive a text or call from the person in question?
Tell them that you love them. Tell them that they mean the world to you.
Sitting with trauma, looking at it, making seeing every part of it a priority and not running away from any part of it is a process.
Just because something has always been done a certain way doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for change, growth, or a shift.
Scorpio is a water sign. Water signs are most prone to depression because they are very emotionally sensitive. Water is an element that is all about looking at the deeper emotional and subconscious currents in life that control our waking actions and behaviors.
We hide our light in the shadows. We become so entrenched with the shadow that we begin to think it’s who we are.
You are not unlovable. But you are not invincible either. You are human.
What is the limiting factor in your life? What is the main reason why you can’t live the lifestyle you want?
Thank you for loving us when we weren’t so lovable. Thank you for being patient with us as we grow, as we heal.
You may not have children, whether that be by choice or by circumstance, but there are little ones who you can still give your love, hugs, and joy to.
He died, and the way he saw me died, too. And I was left only with my reflection, only with my own unforgiving camera angles. Only with myself.