Rebirth, Surrender: A Manifesto

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It was Sunday evening and I was energetically spent from another one of my funks that I could only attribute to cosmic attack. I intelligently decided to reach out to some friends rather than wallow in my depleted emotional state (which is my usual unhealthy course of action). My angelic friend just happened to be heading to church in 45 mins and I knew that seeing her was my best bet for salvation from my inexplicable emotional spiral.

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The Anatomy of Stuckness

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I opened my email this morning to the treat of a quote that pretty much sums up the biggest life lesson I’ve learned over the past 3 months. Bear with me as we may all breathe a sigh of exasperation at how seemingly obvious it is.

Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.
― Joan Didion, On Self-Respect

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Embrace Being Awkward AF

I think we need to get away from this model of success porn. That success is sexy and perfect! It’s an image of success that men have put on us, in a way. It can’t be that the only way that you can show up to a professional situation is if you spend four hours getting ready that morning. Men don’t have to do that! That is not equality. That you have to pay $300 for a glam squad to get you suitable for public consumption is garbage! And we have to get away from it.”

– Jenn Romolini on Why You Should Embrace Being Awkward AF In The Workplace

The Practice

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Growing up, I’ve always felt like I had to change for the people in my life – myself included – to become more this or more that in order to fit in and just feel like I belonged somewhere. From family to friends, I rarely felt good enough as is.

I’m not sure if this is something that everyone experiences while growing up or if I subconsciously sought it out and manifested it into my life, but I was stuck in a loop of always trying to please everyone else. In the process of rearranging yourself to other people’s needs, it’s easy to lose sight of yourself.

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Perfection

“Perfect is just another way of saying ‘not finished.'”

That’s what my cousin said to me last night as she was giving me a dose of tough love when I told her I was drained and decided to bow out of completing an application for a fellowship program which was due today at noon and was an AMAZING opportunity.

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