1. pinkprincess17 replied to your post: Personal Empowerment turned 1 today! W…

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  2. Personal Empowerment turned 1 today!

    Weird that this blog is only a year old.


  3. cucumissacris tagged me! Thanks!

    1. Always post the rules.
    2. Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write 11 new ones.
    3. Tag 11 new people (I’m going to skip this part since I’m technically on a break from tumblr).
    4. Message the people you’ve tagged to let them know that you’ve tagged them.

    My questions:

    1. Would you describe yourself as a feminist? Why or why not? Definitely. I am a big believer in the idea that we all have certain destinies to fulfill in our lifetimes, and having systems in place that limit or interfere with that is wrong. Not to mention that inequality has negative consequences for everyone even the people it is supposed to benefit.
    2. What are your favorite foods? My mother’s enchiladas, Navajo tacos, pinto beans with cornbread, corn dogs, key lime pie, all Thai curry dishes with chicken, Chicken Tikka Misala, paneer pakora, olives with feta, and mashed potatoes.
    3. Do you shop at farmer’s markets (if they exist where you are)? I did more when I lived in Baltimore. I recently moved to Oregon and haven’t yet. It’s on the list of things to do, though.
    4. Are you picky about the company you keep? Yes. I didn’t used to be when I was younger and I ended up with a lot of friends who used their friendships to project their issues. It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve figured out who should be close, who should be an acquaintance, and who should be avoided altogether. Took a lot of trial and error.
    5. How social would you say you are? I’m social enough. I need to be around others pretty consistently, but I do better when I spend more time with the people I consider to be close and limit the time I spend with acquaintances. When I’ve done the opposite, I end up needing more time to recharge and hibernate. The people I’m close to renew my energy while the acquaintances take a lot of energy even for short outings. I’m highly sensitive so I have to be aware of the energy of other people or I’ll take it home with me.
    6. Do you initiate or engage in conversation with strangers? Yes, depending on the setting. I actually initiate conversation more on public transit or while traveling than when I’m at a party or bar. Maybe because at a party or bar there is the idea that this person might become more than a stranger, but when traveling, the odds are I will never see this person again. Some of my more intimate conversations have happened with the person seated next to me on a plane. I have one of those faces people like to confess to, so I’ve learned a lot of secrets about others while in the air.
    7. Where do you fall on the Kinsey scale? I took an online quiz last year that said I was a 2, but in regards to actual experiences, I’m a 1. I’ve liked peen more often than vageen, but I’m open to a connection with anyone. I am wired for monogamy either way, though.
    8. Do you like comic books? To be honest, when I was growing up comic books were my brother’s thing so I never really explored them. I think I subconsciously wanted to be unique from my other siblings, so I chose activities they didn’t do.
    9. Who are your favorite actors, male or female? I don’t really have a favorite actor or actress. I get more attached to the characters they play and how that character resonates with me than I do to the person playing them. This might be because I despise celebrity culture and the Hollywood machine, though.
    10. Have you ever been in love? Yes, more than once and sometimes with the same person more than a few times. I’ve definitely experienced different variations of what love can be, but I haven’t experienced a love I would want to express and feel for a lifetime yet. I try to appreciate the love that comes into my life for what it is, though, and not discount it just because it has an expiration date. I think that when love is put on a grading scale it takes away from our experiences in the present and appreciating the kind of love we actually need right now. I hope I don’t forget that if and when I do find a love I want to maintain for a lifetime.
    11. Have you ever had a profound spiritual experience? (This has nothing to do with religion, necessarily, and could be a psychedelically-induced one) I have. My most profound experiences have been through dreams, meditation, prayer, and connecting with another person. Some of my dreams are prophetic and very vivid. Ones like that only happen every year to two years, and I take them very seriously. Even though I’m no longer religious at all, I’m still a big believer in prayer and have seen it work in my life and the lives of others. I think meditation and connecting with another person are two sides of the same spiritual coin. Both allow ourselves to open up and be vulnerable without judgment and shame. I think when we’re in that open and vulnerable place we create a safe space for magic to happen.
    Those were great questions! Thanks for asking me!

  4. "

    sometimes recovery doesn’t mean
    more treatment
    more therapy
    more medication

    sometimes you don’t need to
    learn more coping skills or
    make meal plans or
    identify emotions.

    sometimes you need
    more time in the sunshine
    more hugs that mean something
    more drunken conversations on a sunday night

    because sometimes you can understand recovery in your head
    but not feel recovery in your heart.

    sometimes your heart needs a little extra time to catch up.


    I am waiting (via tessa-rae)

    After having some life-changing paradigm shifts in the last few weeks, I’ve decided to spend some time being present with my new perspectives and really apply them to my life. To do that, I’m going to be spending less time tumbling over the summer and possibly the remainder of the year. I’m feeling a pretty strong shift in the right direction and I’d like to come back to tumblr after I’ve evolved through that process. Partially, to really sit with these shifts without a lot of extra noise, but also to have time to make the changes that coincide with my new perspective. I feel really lucky to be in a position where I can start creating the life that brings me the most happiness. For a long time life felt like it was happening to me, but I’m finally in a position where I feel like I can happen to life.

    I want to thank everyone I follow and everyone who follows me for being such positive influences on my life and helping me to gain clarity. Tumblr provided a safe space for me to express myself anonymously and openly when I needed it most. I appreciate all of you for contributing to that space.

    I will occasionally check my messages on here, so feel free to stay in touch with me over the next little while.

    (via empowerevolve)


  5. "Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go."
    — Cheryl Strayed (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
  6. youngblackandvegan:

    the world wasn’t ready for his talent or honesty

    (Source: serfbwort, via siontamu)

  7. ikaythegod:

    Watch the exclusive full lecture here.

    (via seen-the-other-side)