April 5th, 2014
Reblogged from Population-E
March 25th, 2014

you deserve better.

it was a phrase my dearest people expressed over and over and over again. in the pit of my soul i knew it was true, but my heart kept me from believing its simplicity. when salty tears, deep hurt, and blunt evidence can’t shake you from accepting those three words, perhaps you can cling to another overused truth, “time heals all wounds.” it’s taken me eighteen months to experience how it should feel, and never have i been more grateful for a glimpse into the other side. the simplest actions swell my heart, the kindest gestures capture my attention & the most sincere words ignite the most genuine of grins. 

you deserve better,” are words i never want to hear again, because better is quite possibly on the horizon, & a taste of the reality feels pretty damn good.

March 12th, 2014

daylight saving is not for everyone, but i will say that on Sunday, i had a pretty decent kick off to the spring event.

granted, i was up well before i would have liked to rise, i soaked up the peaceful time while i could. i headed outside in my pajamas to retrieve the paper, i brewed a massive cup of coffee & i read & clipped some coupons before hopping in the car for pedicures with Mama. turns out, Sunday morning is one of the best times of the week to get a pedicure if you’re not into crowds. we were two of five clients and we relished in that hour of time together. however, in true nature, after a calm must come a storm and we found the storm of people out & about at brunch. no surprise to anyone, we followed suit at one of my favorites, Ruth’s.

a twenty minute wait & we were in for the most delicious egg white omelet & made-from-scratch bread & jam. the rest of the afternoon was spent soaking up time with family, disregarding all the grading i should’ve been doing, & catching up on GIRLS from the previous few weeks. i headed home after a solid family dinner, & couldn’t believe the sun setting to the west. it was the right way to end the day— using the fifteen minute drive home to reflect on recent events, recent heart tugs, & recent norms. 

even though Sunday was primarily planned out, the unexpected gratefulness of the day, & of the last couple weeks, was most definitely not something i could have predicted,

but that’s when you know it’s good, right? the genuine nature of a day’s happenings. that’s the stuff life is all about.

March 11th, 2014
Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.
Kid President

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Reblogged from Raisons d'Être
March 11th, 2014
If nothing else, one day you can look someone straight in the eyes and say, ‘But I lived through it. And it made me who I am today.’
Iain S. Thomas

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Reblogged from {lux et amor}
February 27th, 2014
The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
Unknown

(Source: psych-facts)

Reblogged from Sterling Style
February 26th, 2014
be kind whenever possible. it is always possible.
dalai lama
Reblogged from kate + camera
February 21st, 2014
hide the good you do & make known the good done to you.
imam ali

(Source: graceinplace)

Reblogged from Population-E
February 8th, 2014

10 Easy Things That’ll Make You Happier

  1. Exercise more // Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it’s actually been proven to be an effective strategy for overcoming depression.
  2. Sleep more // Sleep affects our sensitivity to negative emotions.
  3. Move closer to work // The fact that we tend to commute twice a day, five days a week, makes it unsurprising that its effect would build up over time and make us less and less happy.
  4. Spend time with your friends & family // Social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving our happiness, even for introverts.
  5. Go outside // Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage.
  6. Help others // 100 hours per year (or two hours per week) is the optimal time we should dedicate to helping others in order to enrich our lives.
  7. Practice smiling // Workers who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts – such as a tropical vacation or a child’s recital – improve their mood and withdraw less.
  8. Plan a trip // Planning a vacation or just a break from work can improve our happiness.
  9. Meditate // Clears your mind and calms you down.
  10. Practice gratitude // The gratitude-outlook groups exhibited heightened well-being.

(via Cup of Jo)

February 5th, 2014

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Reblogged from Lattes & Lullabies
Hi! I'm Brooke. Indianapolis is my home & I welcome you to my little nook. I'm a twenty-something girl who was born in the land of corn (Okl.), attended undergrad in the true Sea of Red (Neb.), & eventually found her way back home again after picking up a couple letters behind her name (Kan.) while clinging to an adorable Maltipoo named Bentley. Thank you for stopping by & please feel free to leave a comment (or ask a question) under the "Be Kind" tab at the top... xo, B