because i take a million

Children. They were teaching children

Rowena, Godric, Salazar; they tended to forget that. They saw young minds, young acolytes - eyes that would look up to them. Not innocence. Not childish wonder.

Toughen them, said Godric.

Make them smart, said Rowena.

And ambitious, above all, said Salazar.

But war and the real world; that was not where children belonged. Aye, they would belong one day, but it was not their part to turn them cruel, make them hard, make their eyes dart sideways always looking for ways to twist the world to further their own ends. They were to protect them. Shield them from the worst so that some good, some kindness would find its way into an ever darkening world. To give them weapons and teach them how to use them, but never tell them that those weapons were their only hope.

She’d seen in all the battles she’d rode out to just how dark the world could be. Was it not their duty to bring light into this world? To fight darkness with light; not with more darkness - with divisiveness and strife and hatred?

I will take them all, she said. 

I will protect the ones you will not. I will save them. I will give them a home. They will be the last rays of all that is good in this world. I will teach them kindness. I will teach them loyalty. I will teach them selflessness.

I will teach them how to be the backbone, the heart of this world. I will teach them how to stand steadfast, when all hope is lost. 

I will teach them how to be human, to be more than just one single word.

No, she knew, theirs would not be an easy path, or a glorious one. They would have no songs. No great tales in books. No laurels. No consolation, no thanks.

But they would be the reason why, when the darkness finally came, all of them in all their different colours would stand shoulder to shoulder and draw their wands as brothers in arms.

Not for achievements. Not for trophies. Not for power.

For goodness. For hope.

And when the time came for them to choose the words that would forever guide the children that would come to them, Helga smiled and engraved, upon a bronze plaque, these words:

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.

(But her students remembered a very different set of words. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.)

(Helga Hufflepuff requested by boney-eyes-jefferson)

advice for the signs based on people i know
  • aries:when under heavy fire, deflecting the bullets into allies isn't always the best idea.
  • taurus:not all your problems can be laughed off or bottled up. the smile is bound to crack, and the jar is bound to overflow. why are you so scared to open up?
  • gemini:don't play games with people. stop sending so many hints and start telling people what you really want.
  • cancer:be more daring. stand up for yourself. try new things. don't be afraid to go after what you really want.
  • leo:at times you can just be a porcupine looking for a hug. learn to let people go if they don't have enough padding, and find people who are more suited to the job.
  • virgo:not everything is a puzzle. even if it were, figuring yourself out is a better place to start than everything else.
  • libra:what you're looking for isn't always far away. take a closer look at what's around you and you might be surprised by the chances that are already laying at your feet.
  • scorpio:nothing is permanent. when you're caught in a storm with no turning back, adjust your rain boots, zip up your coat, and just push forward.
  • sagittarius:your problems will not fix themselves. don't complain about how they aren't getting better if you refuse to work on them yourself.
  • capricorn:find the balance. don't throw yourself into only one thing at a time and neglect all the other things around you during it. sometimes you need to take breaks.
  • aquarius:numbness can't kill, but when you can't feel a severed arm, it can be a problem. start thinking about your feelings, and start thinking about the feelings of others around you. keep the good intentions, ditch the blindfold.
  • pisces:coping mechanisms can kill. stop running away from everything that troubles you. being a hypocrite hurts others more than it does yourself. take a deep breath. some things take time.

Christmas Rhett: 2008 vs. 2014


Root/Shaw Parallels: 4x11

‘Die for something that you love’

Just by being apart of the body positive community has made me feel so much more comfortable with my body and opening myself up to people. It’s not a quick fix, there’s still days where I hate the way I look and wish I was thinner, my hair was less frizzy, my skin would be even and ance free..etc. But I realize now, that’s no way to live. I should be enjoying my life and accepting the way I look.

And it’s funny, because never in a million years would I see myself taking pictures of myself in my underwear, let alone letting the world to see. I used to experience anxiety for doing this, but it really does help me. I encourage you all to atleast try it, it’s actually liberating to show your body off to people and really just own yourself.

Oh and if you’re wondering, the socks are from sockdreams. If you’re a bigger gal like myself, definately try them out! They have a variety of styles and fabrics, and most of all they are plus size friendly. I sound like an ad, but I really just like this store.

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Help With a Script?

Hello, Lovely Readers!

I am writing a script for next week’s video, called “How to Achieve Your Childhood Dreams,” and I would love it if you’d take a look at it. It’s a first draft and I’m not sure if I’m really nailing the info in the way I want.

Is it clear? Does it come off like I’m dodging the question or like I’m giving a helpful and honest perspective? Too long/too short? Which parts? (Keep in mind, there aren’t a ton of jokes in it, because I usually just improvise the funny bits.)

Thanks a million for taking a look!

- Mike

Here’s how it goes.

You’re born.

You’re a kid, and the world is a sphere of discoveries. It feels huge but also comfortingly small, like it was built with you in mind: After all, when you’re out at night, the moon follows your car home.

You’re a little older, and realize there isn’t a fairy tale forest in the back of that wardrobe.

You’re nearing adulthood, and it seems like all the people who told you to shoot for the stars are now telling you to be realistic, whatever that means.

You’re an adult, and sometimes you feel like you’re going in the wrong direction. Maybe you ask yourself, what happened to that beautifully hopeful kid?

Was he full of crap?!

Here’s the question of the day: How do you achieve your childhood dreams? I’m here to tell you, I think it is absolutely possible, and easier than you imagine, if you approach them the right way.

Now, before we start, it’s helpful to know exactly what we mean by the term “childhood dreams.” If your childhood dream was to be Lance Bass, I don’t want to be jerky, but short of finding yourself in an ‘80s body-switch comedy, you cannot be Lance Bass. There’s a difference between a dream and a fantasy.

Of course, that leads to the question: How do I tell the difference? We’ll get there in a minute.

For now, Step One: Identify the Dream. Whether it’s to be a stay-at-home dad or WNBA MVP, write it down.

Step Two: Examine the Specific What. What is it about that dream, specifically, that makes you want to pursue it? If you want to be a music journalist for Rolling Stone, is it because you love music, because you love to write, because you want to hang out with famous people?

Step Three: Examine the Specific Why. Why do you want to fly like an astronaut? I’m here to tell you that there are secrets within your childhood dreams, some of them maybe counterintuitive. But here’s the thing about dreams, goals, etc.: I don’t think we’re motivated by actual stuff; I think we’re ultimately motivated by how we believe things will make us feel.

So ask yourself, what emotion or meaning are you really pursuing? Significance, love, excitement? From there, you can go to ….

Step Four: With the Why and the What, Widen the Target! Listen, the truth is, there are some jobs—let’s say, being an astronaut—that are very hard to get. And it would be incredibly sad if you lived your whole life telling yourself that the only way you can be happy is if you go to the International Space Station.

Your job as an adult who wants to be happy is to find ways to get versions of those feelings you’re longing for. Maybe you’re looking for is probably wonder, excitement. Maybe you can take a zero-G flight, or go to Space Camp, or do something counterintuitive like go white-water rafting. If you want to be at Rolling Stone, maybe you can work toward that by starting a blog on the local music scene. Or maybe you’re looking for significance you think will come from being around famous people. Try volunteering—the best way to feel good about yourself as a person is to help somebody else.

I often ask myself when I’m writing: What is the least amount of work I can do to make this awesome? So you might ask, what is the easiest path to accomplish my meaning and happiness?

Step Five: Give Up. J/K. Kinda.

Here is a very inspiring adulthood secret: A lot of adulthood is about cost/benefit analysis. If pursuing something is making you miserable, there does come a time when you have to pivot—not “give up,” but pivot—to another dream. Corny as it sounds, sometimes you have to let go of your dreams to find your destiny. And if any single thing comes to represent all hopes of happiness, that is dangerous territory.

But Step 5 is also known as: Make new dreams! We need goals as humans.

If it seems like I’ve spent this video telling you to achieve your dreams by changing them, well, that’s not entirely the point. We should just get to know ourselves well enough to not be beholden to a single vision of joy. As Hank Green said, Past You didn’t know as much as Present You. Let Present You be the awesomest it can be.


I’ve got to say, even though he’s only at the forefront of the sixth book and kind of the seventh, Dumbledore is definitely one of my favourite characters, only second to Hermione! I would love to have a whole book dedicated to his backstory, because the little bits and pieces of it that we did get were some of my favourite parts!
Who’s your favourite HP character?

But anyway, Happy Publication day to Winter, the final book in the Lunar Chronicles! My copy still hasn’t come yet, but that’s okay because I’m still reading An Ember in the Ashes. Hopefully it comes tomorrow though, because I need to take a million and one pictures of that beautiful book asap!

Oh and also, there are almost 9 thousand of you now, who’ve decided to stick around for my photos and I just really wanted to say thanks, before I forgot hahah!

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anonymous asked:

Congrats on your wedding! Will you be posting any photos?

Thank you! And yes, probably! I mean, at the very least I’ll take, like, one million selfies.

because u asked: this is one of my favourite shots from our engagement shoot.

photographers: wear something you feel comfortable in

me: hey partner you should wear a nice suit

me: i’m gonna wear a leather jacket and a ragged chiffon dress and sneakers