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We all have ‘issues’ because we all have a story. And no matter how much work you’ve done on yourself, we all snap back sometimes. So be easy on you. Growth is a dance. Not a light switch.

The introvert empath: Sometimes they want to be left alone. Sometimes they want to be included. But most of the time they want to be included with the option to be left alone.

You ARE good enough. (Actually, you’re probably overqualified. But let’s start the week off humble.)

I don’t want to fix you and I can’t heal you, but maybe I can help you see just how beautiful your broken is. Each cracked piece fits in to the masterpiece of who you are right now. And right now, I see a beautiful soul.

The problem is, everyone is looking for unconditional love, carrying a bag full of conditions.

Sit with it. Sit with it. Sit with it. Sit with it. Even though you want to run. Even when it’s heavy and difficult. Even though you’re not quite sure of the way through. Healing happens by feeling.

Sometimes all you can do is accept there’s not much you can do. And sometimes all you can control is how well you let go of control.

In this life we are all just walking up the mountain, and we can sing as we climb or we can complain about our sore feet. Whichever we choose, we still gotta do the hike. I decided a long time ago singing made a lot more sense.

Being okay if it happens and okay if it doesn’t happen is a very powerful place to be.

Let it hurt. Let it bleed. Let it heal. And let it go.

Be kind to past versions of yourself that didn’t know the things you know now.

Confidence isn’t thinking you’re better than anyone else, it’s realizing that you have no reason to compare yourself to anyone else.

Never apologize for being too much. Too passionate. Too strange. Too curious. Because no, you’re not normal, and that’s a blessing.

You’ll never have to negotiate your way into a heart that wants you there.

You can’t be everyone’s hero. You can’t take away everyone’s pain, solve all their problems, and make them feel happy with themselves and their lives. All you can do is love them, and that’s all you have to do. Just love them in their messiness, their confusion, their grief. See them, hear them, and accept them without judgment. Then let them know it’s okay to be right where they are, and if and when they need you, you’ll be there.

Be the person who breaks the cycle. If you were judged, choose understanding. If you were rejected, choose acceptance. If you were shamed, choose compassion. Be the person you needed when you were hurting, not the person who hurt you. Vow to be better than what broke you—to heal instead of becoming bitter so you can act from your heart, not your pain.

Sometimes you just have to take a step back, take stock of your life, and recognize what isn’t serving you. It might be a relationship that causes you nothing but heartache, a pattern of behavior that sets you up for disappointment or failure, or even just a refusal to accept reality for what it is. Whatever it is that causes you pain, find the self-awareness to be honest with yourself and the strength to let it go. Nothing will change till you do.

Sometimes the only closure you need is the understanding that you deserve better.

Don’t waste your time looking back on what you’ve lost. Move on, for life is not meant to be traveled backwards.

When you find no solution to a problem, it’s probably not a problem to be solved, but a truth to be accepted.