You must find your why.
That why that gets you up early in the morning.
That why that has you staying up late.
That why that keeps you going.
If your why does not fill you up with a mixture of emotions, bringing with it both happiness and tears, laughter and anxiousness, eagerness and worries,
then it is not your why.
Keep searching until you find it.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it.
—  Ruthie Lindsey (via OptimisticallyAstray)
Joy is a decision, a really brave one, about how you’re going to respond to life.
—  Wess Stafford (via OptimisticallyAstray)
When events present themselves in your life, try to see them for what they are. Yes, problems may arise, however do not make them any bigger than they really are, for this makes them ample times harder to overcome. So take a breath, truthfully evaluate what it is you’re faced with, and move forward with courage.
Problems do not overcome you, for you are stronger than each and every one of them.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
Remember that you were art long before he came to admire you, and you’ll continue to be art even when he’s gone. A masterpiece is still a masterpiece when the lights are off, and the room is empty.
—  Charlotte Beier (via OptimisticallyAstray

Listen. Listen. It’s okay not to be your ideal person right now. It’s okay not to be anyone’s ideal person right now. I keep seeing posts about like “you’re someone’s perfect person” or “you’re someone’s fantasy” and everyone is reblogging them with “lol I sure wish they’d speak up then because I’m pretty sure I’m not” and it’s so frustrating because of COURSE you aren’t. That would suck. Ideals exist as things to strive toward, and if you were already there you wouldn’t have much to do or anywhere to go.

Allow yourself character development. Allow yourself the full length of a story to get there. You’re still living the story, you don’t need to be at a perfect resolution yet.

The main thing in life is not to be afraid to be human.
—  Pablo Casals (via OptimisticallyAstray)
Yes, you may work until you get tired. However, how hard do you work even once you’re at this point? How hard do you push towards your dreams even when you feel like you cannot possibly go on?
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin