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Feeling safe in someone’s energy is a different kind of intimacy. That feeling of peace and protection is really underrated.

Shoutout to all the men going through a lot, with no one to turns to, because this world wrongly taught our males to mask their emotions and that strong means silent.

You don’t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding.

Maybe it’s time for the fighter to be fought for, the holder to be held, and the lover to be loved.

I wish everyone I’ve met on my journey nothing but peace and love. Whether we separated on good, bad, or indifferent terms, I wish you well. I wish you success. May you find what you’re looking for.

When people are rude, harsh, critical, or argumentative, recognize it’s not really about you and resist the urge to react emotionally. Don’t allow their behavior to dictate your mood or steal your peace.

Transmutation: Grapes must be crushed to make wine. Diamonds form under pressure. Olives are pressed to release oil. Seeds grow in darkness. Whenever you feel crushed, under pressure, pressed, or in darkness, you’re in a powerful place of transformation and transmutation. Trust the process.

Love like someone’s life depends on it. Be compassionate, understanding, and kind. You never know who’s crying inside or this close to giving up.

Don’t personalize or internalize other people’s behavior. What they do is not a reflection of you. Their actions represent them and where they are in their growth. Just observe instead of getting caught up and overreacting emotionally.

Take a little time to be amazed by something you won’t enjoy unless you consciously choose to focus on it. See the things you can’t see when you’re rushing. Hear the things you can’t hear when you’re stressing. Get so caught up in your senses that everything else seems to stop for a moment—because things don’t actually stop. So we have to be the ones who do it.

You know how every once in a while you do something and the little voice inside says, ‘There. That’s it. That’s why you’re here.’ …and you get a warm glow in your heart because you know it’s true? Do more of that.

If you feel like you’re losing everything remember that trees lose their leaves every year and they still stand tall and wait for better days to come.

Build someone up. Put their insecurities to sleep. Remind them they’re worthy. Tell them they’re magical. Be a light in a too often dim world.

If you remember anything of me after I leave this world, remember that I loved even when it was foolish. That I cared even when it was unwanted. When my body is gone remember my heart.

Finally I realized that I was never asking too much. I was just asking the wrong person.

If you don’t love yourself, you’ll always be looking for someone else to fill the void inside you, but no one will ever be able to do it.

Detox your timeline, your page, your home, your refrigerator, under your counters, your closet, your ride, your phone, your life, and your mind.

It’s true: people can change. People can learn, grow, and surprise us. But if someone does the same thing, over and over again—if they keep hurting, disrespecting, or disappointing you—it’s time to accept the way things are and ask yourself if you can really live with this. You can’t make someone change their pattern if they’re not willing or ready, but you can stop participating in it.

You owe yourself one hour a day of self-maintenance. It can include reading, writing, yoga, exercise, dancing, meditation, painting, or whatever, but you owe it to yourself. One hour, 1/24 of your day. That is less than 5%. It matters, it really does. Make it count.

You just never know what someone is dealing with behind closed doors. No matter how happy someone looks, how loud their laugh is, how big their smile is, there can still be a level of hurt that is indescribable. So be kind. Even when others are not, choose to be kind.