Be resilient. Try again. And again. When things don’t go as planned, make a new plan. Know your strengths. Understand your weaknesses. You know what you are and what you aren’t. Use that knowledge to assess your situation. Just try again. When you fall down or come up short, know that isn’t the end of you or your journey. You can do anything. You can get through anything.

“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having 'too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.” -Anthon St. Maarten

Yes, you are strong enough. You’ve gotten through a lot and you will get through this, but shit gets tough sometimes. If you struggle, that doesn’t mean you’ll fail. You are smart enough to understand that nothing worth having comes easy. Keep going.

Yes, you love yourself. You’ve practiced self love for years and you know you’ve got this, but sometimes you’ll feel like there is something wrong with you. Like you’re not good enough. But there is nothing wrong with you. You are more than good enough. You don’t need to wish that you’re someone else. You know that bad times exist, but that will never erase your recovery. You’ve come so far. Keep going.

There is a part of us hidden deep.

It is the portion of us untouched by our difficult circumstances, our cutting-edge need to belong, and the all of the outside forces that morph and mold us.

The sensitive, artistic, generous, whimsical, outlandish parts of us have slowly buried themselves against the steel we have created against the harshness of this world and all of its expectations.

We feel it ache whenever we see a hungry child or a piece of art on the street. An unexpected pang. “Hello? I’m still here. I’m still with you. You haven’t forgotten, have you?

That is the part, those are the parts, this world yearns for.

All of those soft parts that are so sensitive to the blade of criticism and rejection are what this world craves.

Do me (and you, and your neighbor, and the child you love, and your local grocery store clerk) a favor: do what you’re afraid to do.
Turn over to the underbelly of all of those things you’re afraid to show and brave the weight of the world.
Yield all of those quirky parts of you against the winds.

Be still. Be vulnerable. Be open. Be funny. Be soft. Be all of those things you never thought you could let yourself be.

Because Jesus made you that way. He crafted you, knitted you, and transformed you to be who you are.
And it’s okay to be you.

Because it might save someone.
It just might save you.

-31Women (Ansley)

My legs are definitely one of the main parts of me I’ve always felt super insecure about, but working out has given me confidence in the body I have and I feel so much stronger! :) #bodypositivity I’ve also wanted to focus on my arms lately and am loving the results of my hard work :) I took this when trying out a new gym on Saturday :D

You are not a platter. Your personality is not something to be picked apart. People cannot simply choose what parts of you they’d like. You were not put on this earth to be an offer to others. You are not a packaged deal. You are not a product or an item. You don’t have to bring your very being to the table. You don’t owe anyone yourself.