Self-acceptance is a choice. You live in your body every day, and I live in mine. Some days it’s difficult to live in my body, as I imagine it’s difficult for you to live in yours. I used to hear a voice in my head every day telling me to obsess about my thighs. That voice is still there, but now it whispers instead of screams. I told the voice I wouldn’t listen to it anymore. I told the voice, I refuse to let you win.
Crystal Renn, Hungry (via mihaliko)
Peggy Oki - She is known for being the only female member of the Zephyr Skateboard team in the 1970s. She is also an artist, surfer, yogi, rock climber, and an environmental activist. She went to college at the University of Santa Barbara where she received a degree in painting. She currently works with different organizations like the Origami Whales Project which tries to stop countries like Japan, Norway, and Iceland from killing whales.
There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
Victor Hugo (via itsquoted)
From a holistic perspective, disease is generally considered the integrated result of all cosmic, environmental, chemical, electrical, mental, physical, emotional, attitudinal and spiritual stress. Thus, there is no single “cause”. Similarly, any given cause may produce either no illness or any conceivable illness, depending upon the weakest spot in an individual’s constitution.
Caroline Myss (via liquid-diamonds-flowing)
You don’t owe your family affection if they are being abusive and treating you poorly. I know that it’s so difficult not to feel guilty for holding back that love. I know that there are people who will tell you that you should just grin and bear it because they’re family. People who will shame you for the way you feel. People who will try to convince you that wanting to take care of yourself in this way is selfish and unjustified. But the truth is that it’s not your responsibility to be kind or loving to people who have consistently hurt and mistreated you — especially when these people continue to disregard your feelings, ignore your boundaries, and refuse to take responsibility for their behavior. Just because the person hurting you is family doesn’t make them an exception.
Choosing not to be affectionate with family who have abused or mistreated you doesn’t make you a bad person. It isn’t selfish or disrespectful. It’s a form of self-care. It’s about you honoring your feelings and holding people accountable for their abuse. It’s about you standing up for yourself and your needs. It’s about you making your mental health a priority. So if getting distance from certain family members is what you need right now, or permanently, then you have every right to withhold your love and leave. You don’t have to sacrifice yourself for the sake of maintaining a relationship. And you don’t ever have to apologize for creating a safer space for yourself.
Daniell Koepke (via internal-acceptance-movement)
You can get me these ‘flowers’ any day…
Spray can tops… clever.