be your own world

To all the women who put faith in this campaign and me, I want you to know nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. We have still have not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling. But some day, someone will.

To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every opportunity in the world to pursue your own dreams.
—  Hillary Clinton - 11/9/2016
To all the women, especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me. I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. And to all the little girls who are watching this: never doubt that you are valuable, powerful, and deserving of every chance and every opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.
—  Hillary Clinton in her concession speech

Cultivate your own garden and let go of your tendency to examine and judge how others cultivate theirs. Catch yourself in moments of gossip about how others ought to be living and rid yourself of thoughts about how they should be doing it this way, or how they have no right to live and think as they do. Stay busy and involved in your own projects and pursuits.

–Wayne Dyer

Victuuri goes Amsterdam~ 

I saw this post about a world collaboration to draw Viktor and Yuri in your own country and thought it was a really cool idea, so I drew them on a bike date along the canals of Amsterdam! It was a good way to challenge myself to doing a full background.

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Quick Tips for Relieving Stress

1. Go for a walk around the block – and even longer if you have the time.

2. Make faces in a mirror to reduce the muscle tension (and the chances are it will make you laugh as well).

3. Stretch – and loosen the muscles in the shoulders, neck and jaw

4. Make a thankfulness list.

5. Find a place to withdraw from everyone. Five minutes on your own can really make a world of difference!

6. Turn off your phone and any message notifications.

7. Switch off the inner critic in your head.

8. Look for humour in the situation.

9. Have a cup of herbal tea.

10. Eat a banana. It increases your levels of potassium (which are depleted in times of stress) and gives an immediate boost in energy.


After a sobering election, feminists are fighting back with tattoos

According to a number of tattoo artists Mic contacted, there’s been an influx of politically charged requests for tattoos, ranging from people wanting their own personal beliefs now inked into their body, to people simply wanting to be inked with something that reminds them of the good in the world. And that feeling of changing yourself, on your own terms, feels especially important right now as people feel like things are changing around them without their permission. Read more. 
How Buzzfeed Thinks It's Cool To Tear People Down: a response to their recent article on Taylor Swift.

Vulnerability and victimizing are two very different words, and I think you should learn how to use them. There is beauty in being vulnerable and sharing your story with the entire world. So many artists write their own songs about their personal life and relationships, yet the media only chooses to go after Taylor Swift. She’s not playing the victim, you and the media have MADE her the victim. You have been pinning her as a slut, whore, serial dater, etc., her entire career. You have been labeling her with nasty titles instead of encouraging her, a young woman with the strength to use her stories as lessons. You constantly put her down and the minute she tries to speak up, you tell her that she’s the bad guy for trying to defend herself. You look at her music as her complaining about her heart being broken. But have you ever considered to look at it as “wow, a young woman was emotionally abused and she has the strength to share her story and help other people going through the same thing”? Have you ever considered that? Have you ever considered that maybe she’s not the problem? Why don’t you write articles about the people that have hurt her? Why don’t you write about all the other women doing the same thing? Why don’t you write about male artists doing the same thing? Think about that. Think about what you’re doing. Your words reach as many people as Taylor’s music does, but your words leave a different impact. You take anything good Taylor’s done and then turn it into a crime. You look at her being a good artist and her helping people as her “befriending vulnerable fans”. I’m one of those ‘vulnerable fans’. She left me a message when I needed it most and I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. She took the time to reach out to me and help me. And after that, she took the time to watch me online and welcome me into her parents home. She doesn’t befriend us because she thinks it’s a job, she’s there for us because she cares, and she knows what it’s like to feel the lowest of lows. She’s felt that because of you. So next time you go to write a article that invalidates someone’s feelings, think again. I hope you remember that writing things like this because it’s the ‘popular thing to do’ doesn’t make it okay. If you want to criticize someone for writing about their feelings, you should criticize everyone else doing it, too. I’d keep going but I think i’m going to write an article on how Buzzfeed thinks it’s cool to tear people down.

  • <p> <b>Me:</b> Why 100% of my ship are gay??<p/><b>Also me:</b> why am I ruining my life with them???<p/><b>Creepy voice inside her head:</b> because you're a fucking masochist and you want to die young. Then you also want to feel like a worried mum with her babies 'cause they're too precious for this world and you must protect them with your own life.<p/><b>Me:</b> you're damn right... AAAWW LOOK AT THEM, THEY'RE SO CUTEEEEE I'M CRYING<p/><b>Creepy voice inside her head:</b> I KNOW, GIRL. I KNOW.<p/></p>
  • Rowan: Does your heart speed up when you see her?
  • Lorcan: Yes.
  • Rowan: Do you want to kill whoever made her frown?
  • Lorcan: Yes.
  • Rowan: Will you protect her to whatever end?
  • Lorcan: Yes.
  • Rowan: Do you wish her to not be with another male?
  • Lorcan: Yes.
  • Rowan: You would die for her?
  • Lorcan: Yes.
  • Rowan: You would chop up your shirt into linen shirts for her when she's on her monthly cycles and sacrifice your own life for her and damn the entire world just to make sure she's safe and protect her even when you have a separate mission and obey all her orders willingly and slaughter anyone should she deem so?
  • Lorcan: Yes.
  • Rowan: Do you know what this means?
  • Lorcan: No.
  • Rowan: You don't know what's happening to you?
  • Lorcan: I fail to see why this is important.
  • Elide: He fails to see a lot of things.

“To all the little girls who are watching this: never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” -Hillary Clinton.

A young girl at Hillary Clinton’s election night party at the Jacob Javits Center, NYC. Photo by Zak Krevitt for W Magazine.