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The radical self love manifesto

Strive to always be thankful and optimistic. Focus your gaze on what is good and positive; never dwell on the negative. Do not allow life to make you cynical or closed off. Remaining open and true to yourself is a life-long adventure and the only one worth having. Choose to see the best in people. Strike up conversations with strangers. Never be afraid to ask for what you really, really want. To love, purely and fiercely, without agenda, is the most terrifying and rewarding thing you’ll ever do. Travel is essential to the spirit. A pair of great shoes means nothing if you have an ugly heart. Try your hardest not to judge anyone else; it never leads anywhere good. Always avoid tabloids and gossip; they destroy the soul. Be kind and loyal. Always trust your intuition, ALWAYS. Rescue animals, it will strengthen your heart. Never delight in anyone else’s misery. Trust in others. You are your own best investment. Believe in the magic of a new day and a fresh start. Follow your bliss. Do more of what you love. Always do the best you can. Create your own family and care for them ferociously. When people offer you opportunities that scare you, say yes; it’s the very best way to grow. You are never as stuck as you think. Stay eager. Love yourself. Say yes to the adventure of life.

In the beginning there was the void
And a duality of being
Flowered from darkness
To set the world ablaze.

     i. (Nahui Ocelotl)

When a sacrifice was made
and a half light was born,
the gods made an attempt
to reach out for life
that grew too tall.
But who would take the crown,
their claws were too sharp
and there was nowhere to run.

                     (no good can come from this)

     ii. (Nahui Ehécatl)

Another took the throne
and flesh and bone
sprang up from the ground.
Then a shadow crossed their hearts,
a mockery to the gods,
a blasphemy,
a wind of destruction.

                     (they were humans after all)

     iii. (Nahui Quiahuitl)

Water became salvation
but it couldnt wash out
the grief of a stolen love.
And though he cried
and others did too,
the world was kept dry
with a god’s wrath,
until fire came
to help forget.

                      (foolish are those who give everything for love)

     iv. (Nahui Atl)

Thus the time came
for a change of plans
when a goddess arose
to shine upon all.
But the others wouldn’t take it,
they said it was a joke,
and in an act of cowardness
they shoot her out of the sky.
In the end it was funny,
what they should’ve known
is that she wasn’t going to leave
without drowning them too.

                       (down with the patriarchy)

     v. (Nahui Ollin)

Our time began with a hero
and the jealousy of a brother
and two bright lights
one soon to belong to the night.
The gods weren’t satisfied,
they knew their sun was weak,
so they gave it their blood to drink
and now travels the skies,
from east to west.
There is a trick in it, though
and we can only hope
the earth won’t remember it yet.

                       (we are nothing but dust)

In the beginning there was the void,
a duality in the world,
the suns have prevailed
and so has the blood
but how long will it take for us
to finally take this sun down
with a machine gun?

—  when i was younger, they told me a story [the creation myth] / e.a

Hey Hey Hey taylorswift !!

I’m Natalie, I’m 15, and I’ve been a Swiftie since 2006

I’ll be seeing you on JULY FOURTEENTH at NATS PARK in WASHINGTON DC in WONDERLAND - oops, I mean the 1989 Tour(but hey, they’re close enough, right - whimsical and chaotic and magical and beautiful) and I’m so so so excited!!

This will be the FOURTH time I’ve seen you in concert, as I’ve been to Fearless, Speak Now, and Red.

My outfit is based on your tweet “Summer. Sundress. Sweater. Sunset.” with you being the sunset.

I’ll be going with my 13-year old sister, Victoria, who’s decorating a shirt for the tour. We’ll both make signs that you’ll (hopefully) be able to see at FLOOR 1, ROW 6, SEATS 13 AND 14.

I’d like to thank you, Taylor, for so much. This concert has given me something to look forward to for awhile, and it’s really kept me motivated. I wish I could show that with a better costume, but unfortunately I had some conflicts that prevented me from creating the costume that I had originally planned that was much more creative (for example, lack of dyeing, sewing, and fabric decorating talent). Regardless, I’m going to dance my heart out and sing at the top of my lungs and I know that I’ll have the time of my life. Can’t wait to see you, Taylor!!

Love, Natalie tree-paine taylorswift

1st Place:
Cool Jazz Cosplay
Nagisa from Free!
Photo by Eurobeat Kasumi

2nd Place:
Fai from Tsubasa
Photo by Washu Otaku Photography

3rd Place:
Mami Tomoe from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Photo by ConWanT Photography 

Honorable Mention:
Avatar Group 
@lipstickgiraffe as Suki, Charlie McCann as Aang, Jenna Scharnechi as Tai lee, Aubrey Mc Cann as Mai, Kim anderson as Toph, Kyle Van Sweden as Sokka, Sana Cosplay as Katara, Jessica Sullivan as Azula, and Ryan Mcnaughlty as Zuko
Avatar the Last Airbender

Congratulations to all the winners! This was by-far the hardest category to judge. You all looked awesome!