Halloween Wings

I love, love, L ❤ VE @lovetofoster‘s page and completely found them by accident (through some other gothic or witch-like page, naturally – it was the wing’ed black beauty I came across first!)

I mean…if winged (black) cats existed, I’d fight tooth and nail to be the guardian – I’m not sure much is cuter (except of course our black cats…and their older siblings…and every other cat on the planet, especially the huge ones…and the black ones. . .)

Anyway, love this page, and love the Halloween inspired images they’ve added lately.  Even better are the wonderful people behind the scenes…because those who rescue and foster have beautiful hearts. ❤

Afraid Of The Dark

There are times in Life when it seems all light extinguishes, leaving blackness, fear, and despair.  

And yet. . .

In the midst of it. . .if we look deep without our inner recesses, we will find the inextinguishable flame we’ve carried all along.

Remember what you have accomplished.  Remember the demons you’ve conquered, the tears and blood you’ve shed.  For you are a warrior, stronger than anyone else can ever know.  You are a survivor, you are beautiful, and you are a beacon of light in spite of all.

Imperfection

I sincerely, and truly believe this. . .

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“Perfection” feels so boring-Ken-and-Barbie-doll.  It’s a plastic word, and sadly one many of us strive for – to our detriment – with ferocity.  

But it’s the IMperfections that add the layers of depth to an otherwise mundane surface. . .and mundane just won’t do.  It is – without question – a matter of how we perceive our surroundings and reality, NOT the surroundings and reality themselves.

We get to choose how we see.  We get to choose the light in which we cast our experiences.  We get to choose “positive,” if we want it.

How beautiful is that?

Be Yourself

A friend of mine posted this on FB and I had to share – because it was “so her.”  It was “so me.”  It was so…so many of my friends.  

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We have our flaws.  We aren’t perfect.  We make mistakes.  We don’t fit in.

But we don’t want to.  Not intentionally, not by design – we just never did fit the mold, and (fortunately) never saw the need to. 

Our World is magical because there is beauty in the most unlikely places.  

There is beauty in imperfection.  

There is beauty in the soul that has fought tooth and nail to overcome painful obstacles, and come out on the other side.

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Be YOU, because there are no others who can take your place, or do what you do the way only you can.  

Be YOU because you are beautiful, and strong, and you don’t need validation to fit in.

Be YOU because you can, and because you are beautiful.

 

h0les Lite Black, and A Beautiful Life

So I got a newsletter from Fab.com and this fancy pair of “goggles” (as my mother affectionately terms her glasses) was among the featured items.  They aren’t totally what I thought, but just the image alone made me smile…

h0les Lite Black look like MY kind of glasses…  (I’d look positively dreadful in THESE, mind you…(my go-tos are Oakley or Maui Jims)…but it’s what they APPEAR to be that struck me.  

They reminded me of the way I really do see the World…

My father calls me a “professional cheerer-upper” – frankly, I am thankful for that designation!  

I don’t see the World through rose-colored glasses, I see it in every color imaginable, and then some.  

I don’t see a glass half empty…EVER.  It’s always FULL (even if part is air…it’s technically FULL!)  

And when it comes right down to it, I’m thankful I have a glass at all.

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I know that there are times during which I need to be a little (or a lot) thicker skinned – and I’m working on it.  Being too forgiving can indeed be a detriment when in the wrong situation (such as abuse) – we do matter, and we have to take care of ourselves.

In this way, I recognize that not everything is peaches and cream – I’m one of those rather-hear-the-truth-than-a-lie, no matter how upsetting kind of people.  So there are times at which having that understanding is appropriate, if not also necessary for self-protection.

But on the whole, my default is that the World is beautiful – it is the song my blood sings as it courses through my veins, and the only one it’s known.  I was born that way.  It’s a magical Life, and I am thankful for it…and all the learning that comes my way.

So even though Life can be rough around the edges, I like to Live thankfully, and as cheerfully as I can.  

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I’m not a saccharine-sweet, sycophantic, rosy type…but I AM looking through some awfully beautiful lenses, quite authentically.  And personally…I really appreciate the view.