i think i need this effort for school

❉ = fluff / ✥ = angst / ✱ = comedy / ✺ = 😏

admins favorites = 🍑 / 🥝


JIN

YOUR WORSE THEN NAMJOON

i don’t mind people finding out

pancakes

you ruined my pickup line

unrelated topic, did you like what you saw ?

okay, i give you permission to kill him, but please wait until Thursday 🥝

guess who loves you

DO YOU NOT WANT ICE CREAM ???


i take you out one time and suddenly i’m the local delivery guy ?? ❉ & ✱

i like you too, like a little… little lot. ✱ & ❉

👉🏼👌🏼 ?

i’m not kidding tho where does he live i’m already in the car angry and ready to go

if i have to listen to management nag about weight one more time i’m marching straight out of this building

YOONGS

i am not cute

i don’t want to talk to you anymore

come help me out here ?

if it makes you feel any better ur a great chair

roasting you is like the best part of my day

i need lady stuff

what happend to the yoongi who doesn’t take shit from anyone ? ❉ & ✥

are you texting me song lyrics ?

come to the studio and sit on my lap ✺ & ✱

text me, call me, email me, send a letter; for all i care it could be by pigeon

i promise i only type like this when i like the person i text

completely giving up, starring me.

he’s just not hitting anything other then my knees

i was thinking about making out with you all day

not the pillow part you one celled creetin

lets get another doggo

thank god, i’d thought you’d never leave me alone

yeah being as short and mean as you is a real gift.

soft min family™️

HOBI

fuck the fuck off

can i have like five of you ?

ur so pretty

have fun with math

but hobi wants some love ❉ & ✱

that’s cuz im trying to communicate with u

jung hoseok you’ll be the death of me

i wanna kiss your face every time i see you too

you know i support everything you do right ?

where did all that wisdom come from ?

stop talking to the small man

series : big bro hobi

i’m disowning you.

BOYS WILL EAT YOU ALIVE

JOON

you still up ?

yeah i can rap like the entire thing

right, and what does your mom call you ?

sure, have fun with my bras

that’s because you don’t speak Korean

i see you’ve had a few drinks ❉ & ✱

i miss your face

I’m not wearing any fucking underwear, because you never put the fucking laundry in the fucking dryer like I asked you to 100 times ✱ 

i better be ✥ & ✱ 

the company told me not to go but i couldn’t disappoint you like that

i have to go look for a new job

CHIM

ur such a loser

but you dont like shopping

the disrespect in this one is strong

it was supposed to be a surprise

you mean my singing ? ✱ & ❉ 

he’s just jaelous his dongsae had a child before him

very funny babygirl ✱ & ✺

we’ll go wherever you want

yoonmin : you’re like a candy bar jimin, half sweet half nuts.

you want me to come over ? we can cuddle

i cant sleep, are you up ?

is little jimin mad ? or should i say regular jimin ? ❉ & ✱

TAE

Hey ! i bought you ice-cream

the inventor of snapback look™

tae don’t you think the pillow wall is a bit of an overkill ?

thank god at least one of you know how to make a move

you’re not disappointing anyone by eating breakfast and lunch ❉ & ✥

did you do the english assignment ?

it’s just like 99.999% your fault

vkook : THIS IS A SHARED DORM

you’ll send me letters everyday right ?

are you telling me you’ve been smart this whole time ?

it’s in my job description

JK

wassup dudette

ayo ladies and gentleman

send nudes

what are you doing right now ?

look how cute we are

i just have a strong disliking to your personality

i like our bickering

babe i need your opinion ✱ & ✺

i’ll buy you food for a week if you tell me i’m your favorite

you could pay me a million and i still wouldn’t consider it

i didn’t want to leave your side that night because i wanted you to feel safe

stop kicking my chair

what does oppa mean ?

i miss every little thing you do

i’ll give you three breadsticks and a goat if you give me jimin

in your dreams

jk he’s not lord voldemort

i didn’t think this one through

good job, guk 

i’ll always be your kookie

some of us actually need school jk

the village called. they want their idiot back, you better get going.

happy removal day

2 OR MORE

yeah and i’m just implying that i want to take you out on a date

what are you an owl ?

jin just made the worse recipe ever and i doubt he put ANY effort into it

i don’t like going outside

absolute soul mate has 16 letters and so does fuck jungkook asap

you’ve both got the same mental age

you are pure evil

i’m so whipped, this is incredible

for now i’ll have your lovely messages to look forward to ❉ & ✥

dont mess with me park ✱ & ❉

i like to send nudes ok ? if that’s my biggest flaw i think i’m ok.

if you were any thicker you’d look at the weather app outside

don’t start with me pindick

i’m not related to you anymore

we don’t want him

he really wanted to be in the picture

softie.

i can’t believe you saw mini nochu

i gain 3k for every shirtless picture

the power of jjang jjang man

next time you plan on rapping verse1 invite me

i’ll tell them to stop bothering you

okay, but if it attacks my dog i’m giving it to jimin ✱ & ❉

CRUSH CANCELLED ✱ & ❉

way to ruin the mood loser ✱ & ✺

dont act so smug you little shit

tell him to drop dead, with my compliments

you use that meme when you get nervous ✱ & ❉

was i your second choice ? ✱ & ❉

he’s a little small, but he’ll do ✱ & ✺

bring me some vodka and condoms ✱ & ✺

your butt rights have been invoked

one can never know too many counting systems ✱ & ❉

all he’s done to me with his 10/12 looks

i’ll take you out on a real date when ur older

i dont know what your problem is, but i’m guessing its hard to pronouce

that was my… goldfish.

you did not just call me your dog

STOP ASKING THINGS I WANT TO HEAR

i’ve been staring at the wall for the past hour

HORSES DONT EAT PEOPLE

cheating series :

hold on imma go beat his ass

i told him the only thing smaller then him is his dick

this bitch gonna die tonight

i’m going to jail when i see his ass

when u gotta kill your hyung

dumped him so hard he probably got whiplash

losing a member series : 

we bangtan 6 now 🍑

how is it you’re the smartest and dumbest person i’ve ever met

YOU LOST HIM DIDN’T YOU

how do you manage to lose a human being ??

gang au series :

you act like you’ve never been shot before !

but did you die ?

is everyone alive and not in jail ?

mafia gangs dont have facebook pages.

one little girl thought it was cool i was covered in blood

teasing members series :

confess or i’ll set your mattress on fire

namjoon i will call your mother

so when are y'all getting kids

i will literally launch you into the sun

VIDEOS

footage of me at the club

footage of me at a house party

footage of me in the kitchen

footage of me with friends

why i shouldn’t be allowed to edit part 1

why i shouldn’t be allowed to edit part 2

My Father Was Like You

Request: “Omg thanks can you do one where Teddy meets a loner Gryffindor girl that disappears every now and then and then find out that she’s a werewolf and like he feels that it’s some kind of “sign” from his father. Pretty pretty please, I so love your writing 💕”

Pairing: Edward “Teddy” Lupin x Reader

Word Count: 1848

Warnings: None

A/n: I literally know -67826% about this character so I hope I portrayed him alright :) thank god 4 the harry potter wiki


“Why do I do this to myself.” Teddy spoke to himself, running up the Grand staircase. His hair transformed into a darker shade of blue as he puffed up the stairs, taking two at a time. He was head boy, but that didn’t mean he didn’t accidentally sleep in once in a while. As he whizzed through the corridor he had almost made it to his Potions class, only to stop abruptly at the door. He was still, trying to pick up the hurried voices that were echoing through the empty hallways. He followed them, knowing he was getting nearer, as the voices went from a hushed echo to a loud whisper. He recognised the Headmistresses’ voice, but the other was unfamiliar. He had his back against the wall, not daring to peer down the hallway, in case he would get caught.

“We will take care of you, no need to worry.”

“But Professor, what if I hurt someone? I don’t want to put anyone at risk.”

“My girl, we have a hefty supply of Wolfsbane potion, and I will watch over you in my office, with the door locked and guarded.”

Teddy had to prevent himself from audibly gasping with shock. Wolfsbane potion? But that was only used by…

“You must prepare for the full moon this coming week. Don’t miss a day, make sure of it. It’s your responsibility to take a potion every day of the week.” Headmistress McGonagall instructed.

His suspicions were proved true by that final sentence, and he pulled himself away from the scene after it was revealed. He had heard stories about how his father attended Hogwarts, being aided by Dumbledore during full moons. And now there was another werewolf student that was being hidden.

A student at Hogwarts was infected with Lycanthropy.

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ATTENTION!

Okay so I just had an idea that i think would be AMAZING for the PJO fandom that I would love to create as an ongoing project throughout this school year or possibly even next year. I’m not sure if it has been done before BUT i would like to put this idea out there so y’all can give me feedback and maybe I can start getting this plan in action. 

Okay I’ll just say it.

I was thinking of making an “Apollo’s Guide to Self Care”. The name basically tells you all that you need to know. I wanted to make a “Self Care Guide” for people that might need it and I figured, why not make it a group effort with the Percy Jackson fandom? And who better to deliver these tips than Apollo himself?

So here’s my plan. If i choose to go through with this, I will be making a separate account where everyone, no matter who they are, can submit their personal self care tips on how to take care of your body and try to view yourself in a different way. It can be stories even, based on experiences that you’ve been through, and methods that helped you get through it. I will put all of these in a list and keep the full on stories separate. 

Now here’s the fun part. For the pieces of advice that are things like “drink water,” I will recruit any artists that are interested to choose what pieces of advice they’d like to draw Apollo giving. Each piece of advice will correspond with a day within 365 days (hopefully if I come up with that many. If not then probably a couple months) and that will be the artist’s deadline to have their drawing either submitted to me or posted with me tagged in it. And every day, since the moment I start posting for as long as I have drawings coming in, I will post the advice corresponding with that day. 

What about the stories? Well that’s the special part. Every week there is a special day for just stories of people’s experiences. They won’t be in drawings unless that specific person wants there to be. This day is probably going to be every Monday or Friday, depending on what works best. On that day, instead of getting the usual advice from every day, I will post someone’s story, if they want me to. The person can say how they got through it, how they’re getting through it, or how they’re planning on getting through it. And if they don’t know how to do any of those things, then the blog would be an open space for people to try and give their own advice for how to help with the problem. These stories can also be submitted anonymously. 

And if I were to make this blog, my plan is for it to just be a safe space for any half-blood out there. People will always be free to send asks for advice, and me and probably a few other mods will try our best to come up with some advice or people you could refer to. People can also come up with advice for certain people in certain situations. 

Basically, I just want to create a safe place for people that need it and somewhere you can find someone to talk to no matter what time of day it is. If you think I should create this blog, please reblog this post to not only spread the word, but to give me your stamp of approval. 

I would like to get at least 100 notes on this before I start it. The number may go down depending on the reaction

EDIT: The blog is up and running! You can find it @apollosguidetoselfcare

Giving Too Much

Generosity, both a curse and a blessing. I was raised to give because giving was never viewed as something unwanted. My parents always told me to be more considerate towards my brother, continuously giving him the last piece of cake, letting him win an argument, and at times doing his errands for him. I was built up thinking that the more I give, the better I’ll be as a person. I was too young and naive, never knowing what’ll do to myself later on. In school I’d always join volunteer clubs, consistently lending a hand to my peers. I tried so hard, trying to satisfy everyone’s needs, never putting my own first. And people will think, what’s wrong with being selfless? There’s nothing wrong with being humanitarian, but everything has its limit. I gave too much of my time and effort to the people I cared for. In friendship, I’d always put my friends before school, trying to keep a consistent balance between the two. I’d spend countless hours, creating something I know my friends would enjoy. I baked for their birthdays, I made them videos for their laughter, and even packed them lunch, in hopes to see a smile appear on their faces. Nobody told me to stop, nobody told me it’s okay, you’ve done enough. So there I was the girl that would cross the ocean for my friends when they wouldn’t even cross a puddle for me. They always accepted my kindness, taking it for granted. And of course, deep in my heart I always hoped that when my turn comes, they would do the same for me, yet I was wrong, thinking that would happen for years. Until those friends who I’ve cherished so dearly left me. I was confused, asking myself if I’ve done something wrong. It hit me, I wasn’t the problem, I never was, it was always them. They had the easy end of the friendship, unfailingly getting want they want. Like a servant, I fed them too much of my love and compassion, filled them up to the rim and so they got full, satisfied with what I’ve given them, packed up their stuff and left. In a way, I was glad they left me. I was able to learn a lot from the heartbreak. That sometimes it’s okay to be generous to me, that sometimes it’s okay if not everybody is happy, and that it’s okay to let things go. Although too much generosity had its toll on my relationships, I will never stop being generous. Because I know a small kind gesture can heal someone else’s pain and brighten their days. It’s just that through life, you’ll have to figure out who’s worth your kindness and generosity and who’s just taking advantage of it. 

I’ve met a lot of really cool people on here over the years and a lot of the time I talk with someone for the first time it’s cause they need help. It could be gif questions, photography related, to really intimate and personal matters. At the end of the day, a few of you have trusted me, many of you without even knowing my name, to hear you out and reciprocate with some kind of feedback. I’ve grown to feel socially responsible for helping and enlightening others in any way I can. 

I’ll get right to it cause there’s no grand backstory to this. This is me somewhere just above 400 lbs. I think the one on the left is around 410 and that was taken spring 2010.

And this is me now around 190.

I’m making this post for a slew of reasons but mainly as an added source of encouragement for anyone that may need it. For anyone curious about the timeline, when I started losing weight, or rather, making an effort to lose it, I lost about 100 lbs. I managed to stay to around 300 for about a year, year and a half, then I was done with school and back at home looking for jobs. The market was pretty ass at the time so I wasn’t getting many replies. So I was at home, depressed cause I wasn’t getting call backs and turning to food for comfort. I must’ve put back on maybe 60 to 70 lbs in a year. My weight went up and down constantly, though. Half assed spurts to work out a week here, a week there, then right back to unhealthy eating habits wasn’t doing any any favors. 

The biggest chunk of progress since that initial 100 lbs loss happened in the last year. I don’t have a good reference for where I was last year this time but my weight and pants size has always been pretty consistent so I mustve dropped 110 lbs since last August, with about 80 of that happening since this March. It could be more but I try not to focus much on numbers they’re not what this has been about for me. 

Look, things take time. Nothing worth having is gonna come overnight. You’re gonna have to make up in your mind that you want something and commit to it. No amount of support from people will matter if you yourself don’t want it enough. I’m only here typing this because I made the best use possible use of all the free time I used to have on my hands. Countless mornings, evenings, nights, I’d be like “eh, I can skip the gym today and go tomorrow.” Nah, stuff like feeds into the mentality of putting off something for tomorrow that you’re fully capable of doing today, even right now. 

And don’t expect to see results overnights. This entire thing took seven years, and at one point I can wiped away almost all of the progress I made. This took sacrifices, as will anything you’re striving for. It’s not easy, and for many people, they simply don’t have the time or money to make the changes necessary in their life to take on healthier habits, and I’m entirely aware and respectful of that. But if this is something you’ve been wanting to do or thinking of doing, go for it. If you have the time and resources, go for it. Don’t worry about the energy, that’ll come. Progress is the biggest motivating factor. I continue to shoot because I think I’m better than I was a year ago, babies try to run right after they’ve learned to walk and they’re doing that innately. We’re wired to feed off of our own accomplishments, so that first 5 lbs or first pants size you drop could very well power you to levels of success you never thought you’d attain. 

Whatever you’re after, the second you can, the moment you’re in the right headspace to give it a shot, do it, and do it for you.

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3.15.18 / 4:37 pm / magdalene- bear’s den

it’s spring break!! midterms were last week, so i’ve been giving myself the break to NOT think about schoolwork. it’s been exactly what i’ve needed.

i tend to forget about being a person when the pressure gets really high in school, so i’ve been taking the time to cook for myself, read for fun, watch guilt-free netflix, apply to jobs, catch up with friends i haven’t seen in awhile, & even put effort into my appearance.

i’m feeling much more ~myself~ again, & i’m ready to make the most of the days of break i have left. i spent part of today in grace street coffee drinking a matcha latte & re-reading the handmaid’s tale.

Not a One Time Thing (E.D.)

Requested prompt : “Mine.”


Ethan Dolan was the bad boy of our friend group. He had stories about sleeping with girls from all over the world once and never calling them again, he had stories about running away from the cops at house parties and finding his way into bars even though he was underage. Ethan Dolan was an enigma. No one quite understood him or what was going on in his thoughts. A bad boy but not a bad guy, he was special and strange and uniquely different. Both standoffish and warm and welcoming, Ethan Dolan was a complete and utter mystery and I wanted nothing more than to watch him and understand him, but as all enigmas work, he was not simple and to study him took more effort than usually needed.

We were sat around the campfire in the backyard of some random girl in the rival school of ours. Go figure, Ethan knew her.

“She’s pretty nice, but I think she just really wants a round two and was hoping I’d drink enough so that I’d sleep with her again.” E said before taking a sip of his beer. “She should know better by now. I mean come on, you want me to sleep with you again so you invite me to a party in which there are more scantily clad women rather than guys all crammed into a sweaty house? That isn’t gonna help her at all.”

I scoffed, “Your ego never seizes to amaze me. You really think you could get any girl in that house?”

Ethan looked at me from across the fire, the flames lighting up in his eyes. He didn’t say anything he just raised an eyebrow at me and got up, downing the rest of his beer. He looked back at me before heading into the house. The rest of our friends and I followed him into the back door of the small suburban house.

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ok so like i was just laying in bed thinking about how amazing ASTRO is because half of their group are still very young yet they put just as much effort and work so hard?? and right after school sanha needs to go straight to practice because he’s an idol and i can just imagine how tired they all can be but they still manage to be sunshines and smile and laugh and make us all laugh and that’s just so important to me … they’re such a golden group with such a golden fandom i love ASTRO

omgliterallysokawaii  asked:

flood of MC headcanons where she's poor and can't afford a lot and the guys help her out but she's too stubborn to accept.

( ͡ᵔ ͜ʖ ͡ᵔ) ;;; Phew I really punched out on this one given I’m running on very little sleep and I’m a sore bean. I really enjoyed this headcanon so thank you @omgliterallysokawaii for suggesting it ^^


Yoosung

  • he has set foot in your apartment before
  • how can you live like this???
    • there’s a major rodent problem and you NAMED each of them
    • YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE A KITCHEN!!!
  • whenever you two go out he tries to pay for your meal too
    • but you two end up fighting over the check
    • at first submits because you just had that look in your eyes that said you would chop his fingers off if he even reached for his wallet
  • avoids places where you would have to spend money
  • makes you dinner and meals throughout the week
    • Zen makes jokes on the messenger how good of a husband he is
    • (ノ*゚▽゚*)
  • honestly, you can’t deny good food so you accept it
    • plus your precious bf puts a lot of effort in it and you would be the worst person known to man if you refuse it
  • offers you his old backpacks if yours is falling apart
  • when you keep denying his generosity, he gets creative
  • one time he bought extra school supplies and lied to you that they were for him
  • but the day before the semester began, he would say, “Oh it turns out I don’t think I need this folder…or these pens…or this binder…”
  • AND YOU FALL FOR IT
  • he bamboozles you so hard
  • you don’t even catch onto his little tricks until you two went out for dinner
  • then when the check came around, you two followed through your ritual of fighting over who paid 
  • but this nugget compromises that he would pay for the check and you would pay for the tip
  • once the check is paid, you put down the tip, and you two leave the restaurant
  • then it just suddenly clicks in your head
    • (」゜ロ゜)」 “J'accuse Yoosung!”

Jaehee

  • Jaehee completely understands
  • when she was in college she was thrown into the deep end
  • now that she has more money, she wants to help you with everything
  • but you’re so stubborn
  • it is it for her when you say, “I’m going to live off of ramen and rice the rest of my life”
    • bUT YOU’LL DIE FROM MALNUTRITION
  • SHE only eats garbage because she doesn’t have the time versus you eat garbage because you can’t afford it
  • and your apartment???
  • it’s practically a prison cell
  • she seriously cannot stand to see you in this state when she cAN DO SOMETHING
  • you don’t want her money???? OKAY THEN
  • she creates an efficient financial plan for you
    • manages to properly allocate money into food and necessities
    • woah who knew you can make a nutritious meal for $4!
  • you follow that plan to a T
    • you were really looking forward to that instant ramen but she threw it out ;-;
    • come on that’s a waste
  • the moment you get some cushion money, you spend it on your amazing girlfriend
  • “NO MC THAT MONEY WAS MEANT TO BE SPENT ON YOU NOT ME!!!”
  • “But you deserve it!”

Zen

  • you two play the stubborn game so hard
    • it would start to form into arguments
    • becomes a toasted marshmallow sometimes 
  • he knows how it feels to be poor af and not accept any handouts
  • he completely gets it
  • 100%
  • but not with you
  • finds out when you two are hanging out and you forget something at your apartment
  • his warning sirens are already going off when you’re in a bad neighborhood
    • WAS THAT A PROSTITUTE ON THE CORNER???
    • I-IS THAT GUY ALIVE???
  • in your apartment, it’s a thousand times worse
    • it’s only one room with a futon, a toilet, and sink
    • wtf
    • it looks like the only thing you bought was the futon
    • THIS MAN IS S H O O K WHEN HE SEES A FEW PEEPHOLES IN YOUR WALL
    • “He made new ones??? Damn, I’m going to need more posters.”
    • (ノ°益°)ノ 
  • that was the last time you ever set foot in your apartment
  • he was not playing any games when he told you to move in with him
    • his apartment sure isn’t a palace but it was better than that shit hole
    • honestly, in a relationship or not, he still wants you to move in
    • because big brother Zen isn’t going to let your innocence wither away
  • you want to help pay rent but he’s just like,”I got this boo”  ( ̄З ̄)
  • but you want to earn your keep so you end up being the maid and cook
    • he’s not complaining
    • you make some pretty decent meals when you have the right materials ^^

Jumin

  • if Zen throws a fuss when you don’t want his help
  • Jumin gets 9000 times worse
    • because he.will.not.stop.until.you.accept.
    • THERE’S A REASON WHY HE’S BEEN ABLE TO CLOSE SO MANY DEALS
    • HE CAN BE CONVINCING AF
  • he doesn’t understand how you can just skip meals
    • he doesn’t really skip meals but he always eats light at least
  • you once sent him a picture of you in your apartment eating a bowl of rice as proof you were eating
    • did not satisfy him
    • in fact after seeing your one room apartment, he was appalled
  • when he first met you he noticed your clothes were worn out
    • your sweater was faded, jeans had tears in them (especially around the inner thighs because those holes are bitches), your shoes had holes in them
    • you were a fucking mess but honestly, those were your favorite clothes to wear
  • asks Seven for your financial report and is shocked how fucking poor you are
    • super peasant
  • yet he could not fathom how you were so resourceful and HAPPY with your life
    • you—so poor but happy
    • and him ballin’ but in a constant state of self-loathing
  • the moment you set foot in his world, all he wants to do is TREAT YOU
  • THIS SCARES THE SHIT OUT OF YOU BECAUSE HE’S GOING OVERBOARD WITH IT AND YOU FEEL LIKE IF HE BUYS YOU STUFF YOU’RE IN DEBT TO HIM OR YOU FEEL OBLIGATED TO GET HIM SOMETHING BUT HOW CAN YOU GET THAT DAMN DONUT ANYTHING WITH HIS REFINED TASTES
    • *breathes*
  • you keep telling him “no I don’t need this really expensive thing” but he always come back with a swift rebuttal or he just does it anyway
  • (╥﹏╥)
  • eventually, you learn to negotiate with him
    • “okay you can buy me ONE thing, but I get to pick it”
    • of course, you end up picking the cheapest thing in the store >>
  • EXTRA HC WITH SIMPLE MC
    • when you’re alone in his apartment you make a bracelet from Elizabeth 3rd’s ball of yarn
    • when he comes home you give it to him
    • it’s so simple and plain but you made it with the thought of him in mind
    • NO ONE HAS MADE A GIFT FOR HIM BEFORE AND HIS HEART GREW TEN SIZES THAT DAY
    • I WANT THIS DONUT TO BE HAPPY FIGHT ME

707

  • now he knows he doesn’t have the best diet
  • and that he was blessed in so many ways to have someone to clean up after him
  • with a job that paid big enough bucks to fund his car obsession
  • he feels like a class A douche bag when he finds out just how poor you are
  • it was very subtle
  • you dropped a few times how you the only meal you eat is dinner with a few snacks with change you scrounged up from your bag
  • or when you talked about how you liked to take your showers at the gym
  • or the fact that you didn’t even own a laptop
  • Seven did some digging and his suspicions turned out to be true
  • this jellybean wanted to do a good thing for you so he added a shit ton of money into your account
  • when you check it that morning you’re just (゚ロ゚) !
    • you KNOW Seven had something to do about it
    • and you tell him to take the money out (minus the amount you had)
    • ultimately, he takes it out and apologizes
    • you realize he had good intentions so you don’t hold it against the precious jellybean
    • a part of you can’t believe how much integrity you have to have turned down all that money
  • yet Seven is smart
  • he learns you don’t like to have things shoved to you on a silver platter
  • Jaehee suggests making a care package for you
  • so that’s what he does!
    • sends you a box with different things every two weeks
    • one box you got had an electric tea kettle, with a box of assorted herbal and earl gray, some groceries, a bag of honey buddha chips he puts stickers on it, a calico plushie, and cat mittens
  • he makes it anonymous but you figure it’s him because of his precious chips
  • while you didn’t want to accept his help at first, you couldn’t bear making him feel bad for a good deed
    • you think back to the whole money fiasco and you could never forget how SAD he was on the messenger after that
    • no sad Seven
  • you take his care packages with the thought in mind that they were being put to good use

Rose Colored Lenses  - Reddie

Richie is the school’s bottom of the line scum. A no good loser. He knows what it’s like to not be wanted. He knows he’s no good. He knows he shouldn’t get involved with anyone. Even if that means he might hurt a few people in the process, he knows its for the best. 

Chapter One - My Name

Smoke dances in the air above Richie’s dark curls before disappearing into the air. With a cigarette in his mouth, a pack of cigs in his pocket, and a single notebook in his backpack, Richie heads to the first day of his last year of high school. Richie arrives in the front of the school where some of the school’s students are loitering around. All in their little cliques. One of the many things Richie hates about high school.

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Kyoya Needs a Vacation

Kaoru:  Hey Hika, you know how we usually have fan mail from the guests to answer every month?

Hikaru:  Yeah, why?

Kaoru:  Well, I don’t think we got any this month.  

Hikaru:  WHAT?!  No way.  We’re the most popular hosts!  Of course we got fan mail.  It’s probably just gotten lost in the office.  I bet Haruhi knows where to find it.  Oh Haruhiiiiiii!

Originally posted by shokasonjuku

Haruhi:  Yes Hikaru?

Kaoru:  We didn’t get any fan mail, so it’s probably lost somewhere in the office.  Right!?

Hikaru:  We just don’t want to disappoint our fans.  That’s all!

Haruhi:  Uh, I just cleaned up the office, guys.  There’s no fan mail. 

Twins:  NO FAN MAIL?!?!?!  

Originally posted by relatablepicturesofouran

Haruhi:   But don’t feel bad, I didn’t get any either!  

Honey:  Hey Haru-chan, what’s all the commotion?  

Haruhi:  They’re upset because they didn’t get any fan mail this month.  

Honey:  Hey, come to think of it, Usa-chan and I didn’t get any, either.  What about you, Takashi?

Originally posted by haruhinwonderland

Mori:  Nope.  

Hikaru:  I bet the boss stole it all and wrote back stupid responses in French about how much better he is.  Hey Tamaki!  Did you get any fan mail this month?

Tamaki:  Alas, I did not!  I fear the worst is upon us - my looks are fading!  My popularity is dwindling now that my beauty is fading away.  Curse old age!!!! Why did you betray me???  Are these not my golden years???  

Originally posted by loveandjustice

Haruhi:  You’re literally 16.  I don’t think you’re getting old and ugly just yet.  

Originally posted by loveandjustice

Tamaki:  *internally* Is that a compliment?  

Haruhi:  Let’s see if Kyoya senpai got any mail.  He usually has a steady number of fans.  Hey, Kyoya senpai!  

*Kyoya, featuring unusually dark circles under his eyes, briefly looks up from his laptop* 

Kyoya:  *sigh* What is it, Haruhi?  I’m rather busy at the moment, so make it quick.  

Haruhi:  Sorry to bother you, but did you get any fan mail this month?  None of the rest of us did and we just thought it was odd.  

Kyoya:  *crickets chirping*  … It appears that in my efforts to maximize my efficiency during tax season that I forgot to open the ask box.  That would certainly explain the lack of correspondence between the guests and ourselves.  

*host club is shocked and frightened*  

Originally posted by wuts-going-on

Kaoru:  Kyoya…

Hikaru:  FORGOT???

Honey:  I’m scared, Takashi!  

Tamaki:  MAMA!!!!  Are you well?  Do I need to call one of your family’s doctors?  You must recover at once!  How will the Host Club function without you?  How will I go on without you?!?!  And what will happen to our precious daughter without a maternal figure in her life?!?!?!?!?!

Originally posted by loveandjustice

Haruhi:  Uh, Tamaki, calm down.  I think what would be best in general is just a vacation.  Thankfully, spring break is next week so he should be just fine soon.  

Originally posted by loveandjustice

Practical Magic: Practice for the Busy Witch

Seriously, Josh? You’re going to lecture us on the merits of practice? When did witchcraft become sports?

Woah! Easy! Witchcraft isn’t a sport! I’m just -

And for the gods’ sakes, if you tell us that it’s an art…

But it is!

Why are you lecturing us on practice?! We see it all over the place!

Calm down! Goodness!

It’s true that sometimes people get all up in a huff when they’re told that they need to practice something. Sometimes this is a result of upbringing, or a result of having been in sports or visual arts for so long. (I can understand… I was in soccer teams growing up, in concert band and marching band, in a handbell choir, and am trying to become a chef… all of which require significant amounts of practice in order to become proficient.)

So when the new witch is told that he or she should practice every day, it’s understandable that it may not be very… encouraging. Between school, work, and life, when is there time in the day to break out the altar and cast a spell? Let alone on a daily basis?

But that’s what I want to address. Now, I’m not one to say “stop practicing.” That would be bad advice, and very hypocritical of me to say, given that I’m casting spells regularly as well as testing new recipes and cooking techniques all the time. Instead, I want to provide encouragement and some tips on how to practice your magic on a daily basis. It’s much easier than many books and websites make it out to be. I don’t think even “Wicca for Dummies” really simplifies practice as much as it should.

What do you mean? How do you simplify practice? Don’t you have to practice each technique in order to master it?

Technically speaking, yes. But that’s if you’re approaching your personal training like a sport or like a culinary course. Spellwork isn’t a kitchen knife, but it does need to be kept sharp. Keeping it sharp is a matter of daily maintenance. Unlike sharpening a knife, however, magic doesn’t require a lot of equipment or physical effort on your part. We’ll break it down a bit, starting with the “why” and moving on to the “how.”

The Importance of Practice: The “Why”

Don’t you think this is a little obvious, Josh? Why would you need to tell us why we need to practice?

Simple. Knowing why is half the battle. For many individuals, practicing something does nothing if they don’t know why they’re practicing. When I picked up the clarinet in grade school, I was told to practice. I didn’t know why, and for the first couple of years, I had made no progress. It wasn’t until my mother explained that I needed to develop coordination in my fingers as well as learn how to read the music that I began to make much progress.

The same principle can be applied to magic. It is one thing to read theory, lore, history, and books on cultures and tradition. It’s another to implement all that you’ve learned. Like many witches, the first thing I learned about was energy work. I needed to understand what energy felt like and how it moved. However, it wasn’t until I talked with another local witch that I learned why I needed to practice working with energy, let alone maintaining my personal tradition.

First, there’s the fact that working magic is the art of moving energy and using it to manifest an intent. Second, there’s the fact that magic is also a relationship. It’s the art of looking into yourself and how you are interconnected with the world around you and with whatever spirits or divinities you honor. Tibetan monks didn’t start meditating overnight. It took days of actively trying to center themselves and exploring that relationship.

Another great example of this is found in nearly every town. Each week, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism has a Sabbath, or sacred day. On this day, worshippers gather in one spot to study, pray, and honor their god. This isn’t done simply because it is mandatory. Each member of that faith is trying to bring themselves and their relationships closer to their divinity.

Magic is the same thing. In itself, it is secular, but it comes from within yourself first. For those of us who are pagan, working magic every day and practicing isn’t just a matter of honing skills. It’s a matter of nurturing our relationships with Goddess and God, whatever the names may be.

Practicing magic is beneficial for several reasons: 1) It brings us closer to ourselves and trains us to be honest and open with who we are; 2) It brings us closer to the divinities we honor, allowing us to understand our place in the world and universe on a grander scale; 3) It helps us develop the spiritual “muscle memory” that can help us work magic when meditating for thirty minutes to an hour isn’t practical.

Busy Witch, Practical Witch - The “How”

Any witchy website you come across might give you a whole list of what you “should” do in order to practice and become a “more powerful witch.” That said, I have a couple of things to say. First, you’re not becoming “more powerful.” You’ve always been powerful. You’re learning how to reach your potential. Second, there is no right way or wrong way. It isn’t their tradition. It is yours and yours alone. So instead of telling you what you should do, I’m going to tell you what I do, and what I recommend that you try. If something I recommend doesn’t feel like it’s working after daily attempts over three weeks, drop it and pick up some other method. What works for me might not work for you.

Visualize - Before I get out of bed every morning, I like to encourage myself to use my imagination. For everything. It may seem childish at first, but it is invaluable and has always helped me to become better at visualization. So the first thing I do is mentally pretend that I’m some other creature. A dragon. A robot. A cat. A clay golem. As I begin to move, I see myself as that creature moving. I stretch out my limbs, and I breathe fire and smoke as I yawn. I unfurl my wings and writhe my tail. I see the air swirl around me as I displace it by moving around and getting up, like I’m pushing water around in a bathtub or a still pool. This is simple, requires very little energy, and allows me to more easily visualize on a regular basis.

Devotion and Affirmation - This is something that varies from witch to witch. I’m pagan and feel the need to do a mental devotion each day. Affirmations may be different by the hour, by the day, by the individual. A devotion is a small conversation between yourself and your deity. It’s establishing a personal goal for the day. “Today, I will devote my energy toward making others smile.” It can be as simple or as complex as you’d like, but it also has to be practical - something you know that you can do, but need to turn into a habit. “Today, I will be more organized. I will not procrastinate.” Often, devotions and affirmations go hand in hand. Affirmations are positive cheers for yourself or for the day. “I am calm and collected tonight.” Like working with intent, it is a phrase that can easily be visualized and is seen in the present and not as something in the future. The devotion enhances your relationship and shapes your mannerisms, while your affirmation hones your ability to focus intent and work in the present.

Energy Play - We always have a little bit of time to play. And this is something that can be done discreetly. Each day, try making little energy balls in your hand and manipulating their shapes. Visualize them. Are they solid, well defined spheres of energy, or are they wispy and trail out of your fingers like heavy fog? Try absorbing them or moving them around the room. If you feel comfortable enough, focus on an intent or purpose for it before sending it off into the world in order to create a very basic thought-form. If you’re like me, you’re working with energy constantly. I feel it in and around me all the time, and use that to my benefit. The first sip of coffee in the morning is loaded with magical energy that I’ve channeled into it - the first potion of the day. I do this at work, too, seeing the energy in the food I’m making and allowing myself to funnel feelings of happiness and satisfaction into every dish. The more you do it, the better you get. Since magic uses energy, this helps you to work with it instinctually, making on-the-fly spells simpler and quicker to cast.

The Daily Spell - Once again, every witch is different here. Some witches like myself are constantly casting. Others have more difficulty doing so. If you have the time, set aside a few minutes to do a simple spell. It doesn’t need to be complex. It could be stirring confidence into your coffee, or happiness into the jar of cookies in the kitchen. It could be sweeping negative energies out of the house while you clean. The more you do this, the more reflexive and natural it becomes.

The Meditation - Some will definitely disagree with me on this. Some people are more inclined to feel that meditation must be done every day and must require having a clear and empty mind. That’s completely acceptable for those individuals’ practices. For me, the meditation isn’t clearing the mind. It’s relaxing the mind. Letting my thoughts flow, my limbs relax, and my breathing to become deep. It’s letting go of the past and relinquishing my concern for the future and simply being in the moment. Everyone has a different way of doing this. There are many who find that driving gives them that release. Others find that it’s sitting in a quiet room, or losing themselves in music. For me, it’s the daily shower. With the hot water, the music in the background, and having my body fully exposed so I don’t feel restrained, I allow myself to simply be me, in the moment, without any concerns. My mind can run its course until it is capable of focusing on one thing, and one thing only. That’s what meditation is mainly geared toward - helping narrow focus and training the brain to stop multitasking so that all processing power is trained on one topic. This helps train the witch to focus intent. With all of that processing narrowed on the intent during spellcasting, distractions are less likely to have an impact.

The Joy - This last one is easy in concept, but difficult in action. It’s finding joy in the simple things. And honestly, this is one that you’d have to learn how to do on your own. But I started by choosing one thing each night that I felt went well in the day, no matter how large or small, and focused on why it brought me joy. The sizzle of the pan made me think of my mother making chicken cacciatore when I was younger. The trail of ants reminded me of what it’s like to feel accomplished after working hard. The kiss my boyfriend gave me reminds me that I’m loved. The hummingbird at the feeder showed me that life itself is worth living for.

In Conclusion…

Working magic and practicing it daily need not be a chore. It’s something that you develop into a habit by doing small things. These small things all add up and help us to become better witches and better individuals. If you’re a new witch, incorporate all of these little exercises into what you’re already doing with your research or your time spent with your Book of Shadows. Instead of seeing it as work, see it as playtime intermingled throughout the day!

Unlike cooking or playing an instrument, the core techniques for magic come from within you. If you practice loving yourself and practice embracing the childlike nature within yourself, you’ll find the wisdom is much easier to discover and the magic a natural part of life.

Blessed Be! )O(

anonymous asked:

Hello! How do I force my brain to commit to something? I’m always looking for the easy way out and I never finish or even try finishing anything. I started school and after 2 weeks I was already thinking “I should change my major to something easier”. But I didn’t even try to study and to understand. How do I get over this laziness and procrastination that is ruining my life? Thank you!

The easiest answer I have for you is probably going to need the most effort and dedication. Basically, all you need discipline. Discipline fixes laziness, discipline fixes lack of motivation, it fixes the issue of commitment, etc. Here’s a link to one of the posts I did about discipline a while ago: 

http://themachiavellianbitch.tumblr.com/post/159139027464/discipline-101

The harder answer I have to your question is going to require some imagination. It’s honestly kind of weird, won’t work for everyone, and is best used concurrently with the discipline solution  (ergo it probably won’t work just by itself). Whenever I’m losing focus or motivation, I like to do this thing I call “What I am vs. What I could be”. It’s exactly what it sounds like. 

Step 1: Basically you just sit somewhere comfortable and write down what you want in life. It can literally be anything you want, however small, however large, or however absurdly vague. 

Step 2: Then, I like to imagine how I could even get to such a position in my life where I have all those things. I basically create his whole future for myself in my mind. If you don’t have a great imagination, here are a few questions you could answer that could help you map out a good enough scenario in your mind. Try to write down as many things about that “future” you as you can, being as specific as possible.

  • What age are you?
  • What’s your highest level of education?
  • Do you have job? If yes, what is your job?
  • Do you have a house? What does it look like?
  • Do you have a family? Who’s in it? 
  • What are you wearing? 
  • What is a regular day in your future life like? 

Step 3: On another sheet of paper, write down the qualities you have right now. Write down how you spend your days, how often you go out, how often you study, just random things that identify you. 

Step 4: Compare the two lists you just made. You’ve just identified who you want to be, versus where you are at right now. Look at those two lists for a while. In one hand, you’re holding a list of qualities or things that would make you feel proud and accomplished someday. In the other, you’re holding a list of probably lackluster traits that even you would never look twice at. Which person do you want to be? The one who you dream of? Or the one that never stood a chance? That should be enough motivation in itself to get you started with the whole discipline thing. 

anonymous asked:

what characters do you headcanon that would have a crush on or date girls that are younger then them, by 2 years or so?

When I first saw this my instant response was “EVERYONE! Who cares about age?” but then I really had to think of this from their own age and situations. I mean being in your final year and leaving behind a younger significant other is a huge decision to make. So, this is what I managed to come up with! (Which actually ended up being a lot more than I anticipated!)


Sawamura Daichi: he would feel very comfortable about the relationship while they’re both in high school (supposing they started dating as 3rd and 1st year). It would only be when he starts the actual move out to university that he would start to become leery about it. Not only would they not be able to see each other, but the distance in age suddenly becomes more prevalent (now I’m not familiar with Japan’s age of consent laws, but Wikipedia says 13 with parent permission in the case of a serious relationship) so he would need to sit down and really weigh out all the pros and cons. They would need to show him that nothing has changed and that everything was going to work out!

Azumane Asahi: he claims that he wouldn’t end up going to university and I can kinda see the boy spending his whole life in Miyagi, so being in a relationship with someone younger and still in high school wouldn’t really bother him. They’d easily be able to see each other without any distance between them and he would be very understanding when it came to homework and exams - even offering to help them study throughout the years until they graduated. The only thing that could potentially rock the boat a little would probably be any petty drama or rumors (“Becky said that Courtney told Sheyna that Tiffany was sleeping with Julie to get back at Joe”) just, no, he won’t indulge in that.

Tanaka Ryuunosuke: age is not even on this guy’s radar when he’s considering who he’ll be dating. I mean, no doubt he’ll get a hella kick out of being the “irresistible senpai that they fell in love with!” but outside of that he might as well be oblivious that people count the years that they’ve been living. For him, two consenting individuals is enough to validate any relationship he has, if that ever goes out the window then it’s time to sit down and have a conversation. Until then, this boy is just stoked that he has someone he can hold hands with down the street and loudly proclaim that they’re dating to anyone that asks (or doesn’t!).

Hinata Shouyou: once this baby crow loves someone it’s going to be very hard to get them away from him, especially if the only argument is age. He figures that, yes they’re young, and maybe yeah, it’ll be hard, but as soon as they’re both finished with school who even cares anymore? No one would even question it then so why should they question it now? Plus, he would just love being that awesome grown up guy that they were dating every time he went to pick them up from school! Don’t ask him for academic help though, baby just supports from the sidelines in that field.

Yamaguchi Tadashi: he be crushin’ hard! He probably had liked them in middle school but didn’t pursue anything because age can be a tricky thing. But when he sees them again in high school (after he’s gained that confidence from being captain!) he finds it easier to approach. But ultimately, it is up to them, while he may be fine with a two year age gap between them he understands that not everyone is. All he knew is that he couldn’t move on to university knowing that he let the opportunity slip by a second time!

Haiba Lev: it’s not that I think age bothers him but more that he’s just oblivious to it (“what do you mean? They’re pretty so I wanna be with them!”). He wouldn’t mind the extra effort or time put into the relationship with being in different schools or cities, just as long as they both want to be together then what should stop them from that? He’d always insist on walking them home even if it was out of his way and spending as much on school breaks together. This baby gives 20/10 effort and nothing can stop him!

Iwaizumi Hajime: while initially he might need some convincing, once he’s in it that’s it. Relationships are very important to him and so he cherishes each one uniquely (both friendships and otherwise). And in the case of them being younger by a couple years, he just becomes more patient (not that he doesn’t already get enough practice with Oikawa!) to both their own personal growth and for the times that they can see each other again. And there won’t be any need to worry when he goes off to university because his mind isn’t changing anytime soon!

Kyoutani Kentarou: I legit think that anyone that can accept this angry child into their heart whether they be older or younger will get everything with no questions asked. And he’ll be leery at first (what’s this small child doing getting so close to a potentially rabid dog?) but with time and effort given on their part he’ll open up and fall right into a sticky pool of love. And if anyone tries to question either of them about it they better hope their hand doesn’t get bitten off because who are they to understand something so important to them?

Bokuto Koutarou: there’s not much that’ll keep this boy from something or someone he loves and of everything that could, age is at the very bottom of that list. He’d have to problem expressing how he felt to them, his only concern would be how they feel about him. With going to university, he would be worried that they would rather not indulge in a relationship in which they couldn’t constantly be there for one another. And while it may hurt and be hard at times, he’s more than willing to try as long as they are.

Tendou Satori: much like Kyoutani, Tendou would be willing to date anyone that would be willing to accept him the way he is (which as he gets older I think he’ll realize there are more people out there than he thinks that will). But unlike Kyoutani, he would be more willing to jump right in despite the risk it could eventually have on his heart. But he’ll do what he can to dissipate any discomfort that could be there in regards to their age difference because some risks are just worth it.

Mirror-Girl

Twilight

Bella Swan/Edythe Cullen

Femslash, AU

AO3  |   FFN


Vampires, they say, are the only creatures that, when they look into a mirror, do not see their own reflection.


When I was a kid, I was fascinated by mirrors. Not in a vain way—I used to think my reflection was another person. Not me but—someone else. Another little girl, trapped in the mirror.

It must be terrible, I thought, to be the mirror-girl, to exist only as the reflection of someone else.

I always figured that must be why she looked so sad.

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PSG Roundtable #9: Practicing Multiple Traditions

We’ll be talking about our perspectives on being someone who practices in multiple traditions.  Before I start, I want to make it clear that I’m coming at this with a series of biases.  I believe that:

  • The gods are separate, unique agents in and of themselves as individuals (hard polytheism);
  • Objects have, or can develop, their own spirits to varying degrees of animistic complexity;
  • Gods, guides, and spirits can communicate with us in a variety of ways
  • By its very nature, practicing in multiple traditions means acknowledging that no single tradition is the only “true” one;
  • My experiences are not reflective of everyone’s and what works for me and mine may not work for you and yours.  While I do have strong personal feelings on this subject, they’re still only my personal opinion.

I’m also approaching this as an Irish polytheist and Kemetic, among other things, who is part of an (offline) group of hard polytheists from various traditions of their own, including Bacchic Orphic, Gallo-Roman, Heathenry, and Santeria.

What does it mean to be “multi-trad” or practice in multiple traditions?

I use “tradition” to refer to any collection of beliefs and behaviors that is coherent and has a recognizable identity of what it means to be a part of that group.

To be multi-trad, then, is to be able to move between various traditions.  Think of a big, lovely house with a room for each faith tradition: when I’m in the Irish polytheist room, I follow its guidelines for interacting with the Tuatha Dé, leave votive offerings, celebrate the cross-quarter days, understand that words like ‘poetry’ and ‘satire’ have very different meanings in this context.  When I go to the Kemetic room, I might wake up the Netjeru in their statues and worship in specific “praise” postures, share in food and drink (and for me, maybe talk alchemy).  When I visit friends in the Santeria room, I change out of my default black to completely white clothes, greet the Orisha in a way very different from the Tuatha Dé and Netjeru, and try to keep up with a completely different etiquette and sense of hierarchy to show respect for the divine, dead, and living Santo communities.

Can I combine multiple practices?

In my personal opinion, combining multiple traditions into a single “one approach fits all” practice means losing the characteristics that empower those traditions as individual identities.  I mean, you could worship Brighid as a Triple Goddess of Maiden/Mother/Crone, but doing so means taking the Celtic tendency to triplify goddesses to emphasize power and turning it into something that misconstrues much of Brighid’s nature.  YMMV.

That doesn’t mean one practice won’t ever impact another.  Say it’s Samhain and I’m honoring the Morrígan; before beginning my rites for her, I might also acknowledge other deities with whom I share death-related work, like Anpu in his psychopompic aspect, and the spirit allies who help me handle the unhappy dead that come up through my work at the women’s center.  Or perhaps I’ll honor them all in separate rites, not because Samhain has anything to do with Anpu but because my own associations with Samhain overlap with my work with him and doing so doesn’t violate anyone’s etiquette.  In another instance, if you’re oathed to a deity and you agree to a task they give you, you might then turn around to your dead or your guiding spirits and say, “All right, troops, here’s the goal.  I’d like your help to get it done, please,” even if your dead or guides don’t come from that deity’s paradigm.

Can I have events, like rituals, for multiple traditions?

It’s definitely possible to have multi-trad events, but if you try that, you need to be careful that the different entities are getting what they need.  Make sure everyone gets an appropriate offering (within reason, of course - sometimes you have to negotiate, like, “Dude, you can’t have that whole bottle of $50 whiskey, how about a shot of Fireball instead?”) without someone feeling ignored because of another.  Don’t put the shrines of entities who don’t get along beside one another.   Make sure you share the Netjeru’s portion of food, but once you offer something to the Tuatha Dé, it’s theirs.  And so on.  It’s like…having a dinner party with finicky guests of wildly differing temperaments, complete with some cultural barriers.  It can be a lot of fun, especially if you have skillful mediums with you and/or dedicants who are knowledgeable in their respective paths, but it can be a lot of work.  I think it’s well worth it, but I know some people would disagree.

When my own group has multitrad events, we always make sure to have a shrine for each god or pantheon to which the humans have oaths or relationships and plenty of diverse offerings so we can provide proper hospitality for whomever chooses to show up.  We also put a huge emphasis on consent, both human and nonhuman, so we don’t assume who will or won’t be present and willing to work with us - we just make sure the ritual space is available.

If you decide to go the ritualistic route, the hardest part is making sure that your ‘ritual tech’ - that is, your methodology - doesn’t violate the rules of one of the traditions in question.  Some traditions aren’t very strict on some things, like perhaps your method of cleansing yourself spiritually, but there shouldn’t be actual conflict in ideology or application.  Divining for the input of the gods and spirits involved, and maybe asking the opinions of others with knowledge of them, can be invaluable.

How do I switch between the different paradigms?

I think it’s not unlike switching between different environments or groups of people.  When you’re at work, you behave a certain way according to your workplace’s guidelines; when you’re at school, you behave according to those rules.  Even with friends, you probably act one way with a particular group that’s different from how you act with another.  You wouldn’t behave the same way around your conservative grandparents as you do with your mates at the pub.  You’re not lying or ‘faking it’ in any of these scenarios: you’re adjusting your style of communication and behavior to match the requirements and expectations of your environment.  When you’re familiar with the rules, when you have solid relationships with those people, you can start bending those rules a bit and acting more familiar, just as you do with human people.

Does it always have to be so complicated?

Ha, nope.  The things that I do with my group are usually much more involved than what I do privately because there are more traditions being represented, but that also means there are more people present to share the physical and spiritual work.  I maintain only as many relationships as I feel is reasonable for me, my lifestyle, my resources, and my rather limited spoons.  I’d rather have deeper knowledge of a few traditions to make my practice feel that much richer and fulfilling for me than try to juggle many different ones (although having general knowledge is often useful).

But I do take these fewer relationships as seriously as I do human ones, and any kind of mutually beneficial, respectful, healthy relationship takes effort.

It’s too much work and research!

Many of us have busy lives: job(s), kids, schooling, and so on.  Some of us are limited by funds, spoons, or other factors out of our control.  But if your reason for not doing at least some research with the sources you have access to in order to have a baseline understanding of the paradigm from which a specific god is coming is just, “It’s too much work,” I don’t have much sympathy.  Isn’t the relationship you forge with a deity worth that extra effort, which can deepen and strengthen that relationship because of shared language and understanding?  This doesn’t mean you need to go back to school to have a scholar’s understanding, and the gods’ conception of time is different from ours; their sense of ‘hurry up’ is, I think, often very different from ours, and you can take the time you need.  Religion should fit into your life, not the other way around, but you do still have to do the work.

What are the benefits of all this work?

You’d have to ask other people, but for me, some things I’ve gotten out of this include:

  • Showing respect for the gods and spirits and developing deeper, more nuanced relationships because of it
  • Showing respect for the tradition’s ancestors and, if relevant, living culture
  • Enrichment of personal perspective, broadening of horizons, etc.
  • I mean seriously, the world is so weird and people and the gods are so amazing and complex and diverse, why wouldn’t you want to engage with them as they’ve revealed themselves to us rather than try pigeonholing them into something we think they should be?

Do I still need to think about cultural appropriation?

Yes.

Do I still need to be initiated into things?

If initiation is part of the tradition you’re choosing to engage in, then yes.  Hanging out with Santeros, for example, does not make me a Santera myself, nor does it mean I have access to the mysteries of the tradition.  I would still need to undergo the same training and rites that every other Santero in this tradition has had to do.  As it is, I’m perfectly happy just being an invited guest.  Going back to my Big House of Faith metaphor, some rooms have more locked cupboards and drawers than others: initiations are the means by which you earn the keys to unlock them.  There’s actually a lot to be said about initiations, but that should probably be saved for another post.

Here are the “multifaith practice” tag, the resource blog @thepaganstudygroupresourcepage, and our collected links on various traditions and kinds of information.

Now that I’ve talked at great length - do my fellow mods who practice multiple traditions have their own experiences that they’d like to share?

- mountain hound

I don’t have much to add since I think MH covered a lot of the main points. As for my own experiences, you need to know that your discernment may still mean fuck all. If their myths and legends paint them as never getting along (for example, Korean deities versus Greek, though there aren’t any actual myths about that) it’s very fair to assume that if your UPG is that they get along swimmingly and don’t mind you mixing up the two traditions, you’re probably skewing something here. 

Like MH, I make sure to keep my Kemetic shrine in its own space and my Mugyo shrine in its own space. Keep in mind that each tradition may have particular regulations and rules that simply cannot be mixed. Forcing it together is an amalgamation and has a very high risk of offending the gods of both pantheons.

Being properly initiated is a huge deal. No matter what you read or watch as an outsider or fringe-member, you’re kept in the dark about specific hows and whys to the things we do inside the tradition. You’re always going to be missing something, some key information. So if you are able to get initiated into the tradition that you’re vetted for, you should do so.

- trueriptide

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independent.co.uk
Bernie Sanders reveals his plan to beat Republicans in 2018 and beyond
He wants to build a progressive movement from the grassroots up

Bernie Sanders says he’s going to focus on state and local offices during the next election cycle, hoping to build a progressive movement from the ground up.

The Vermont senator plans on focusing his efforts on school boards, city councils, and statehouses — instead of Congressional races — with the goal of lending support to the next generation of activist progressive candidates in the years ahead.

“I look at politics a little bit differently than some of my colleagues in the sense that I believe that we need to build a national grassroots movement,” Mr Sanders told Reuters Tuesday. “So I think my emphasis is going to be more on grassroots politics.”

Mr Sanders sprung to political prominence last year during the Democratic primaries when he mounted a surprisingly competitive campaign against Hillary Clinton. His campaign boasted of small-dollar donations from a grassroots network of organizers — many of whom were intensely loyal to Mr Sanders and his causes.

In that race, Mr Sanders ultimately won 43 per cent of the Democratic primary vote, calling for an end to big money in politics, vowing to fight for universal healthcare, and saying he would usher in free college tuition rates.

Mr. Sanders’ decision to focus his efforts at the local and state level comes as Democrats argue over how to proceed after Ms Clinton’s surprise loss to Donald Trump last November. He says that the ideas he espoused on the 2016 campaign trail are the winning set of ideas for liberals in America to turn to to attract the kind of electoral success necessary for his vision of a future America.

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Originally posted by tomhollanddaily

Tom Holland x Reader

Requested: by @yomahbro

Summary: Tom and the Reader used to date in high school, but the reader broke up with him, and now their friend got invited to a party Tom was having after the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming and brought the Reader along.

Word Count: 1208

Warnings: I can’t remember if I used profanity but it’s me so probably.

A/N: Lmao, my ass listened to My Boo by Usher and a bitch knew she had to. Oh i tried to make this gender neutral as always bc everyone needs heartbreak and love amiright.?OH and i gave up on finding gifs that actually fit cus im a mess lmao enjoy!!

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Baby Girl - Lee Felix Requested Scenario

Genre: fluff

Requested?: yes (anon)

Summary: in which Felix practises his massage skills on you, his girlfriend

Message?: its so short im sorry

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“Ugh, Felix,” I moaned, walking in to Felix’s bedroom as he turned around and gave me an incouraging smile.

“You alright?” he asked.

I shook my head, sitting down on his bed and banging my fist on my shoulders in an effort to loosen them up, “I hate school.”

“Long day?” he chuckled.

I nodded, pouting, “luckily I have no homework. If I did I think I would die.”

“Was it really that bad?” Felix asked, putting his Korean textbook down and turning to face me.

“Three tests, two revision lesson, a club at lunch and an after school club,” I listed, sighing, “I’m done. And my shoulders hurt.”

“Come here then,” Felix said.

“Huh?”

“Come here, I need to practise massaging,” Felix said.

I chuckled, “really?”

Felix nodded, motioning for me to come over and sit on his lap. I walked over and did as he said before his hands started moving all over my shoulders.

“Oh my god,” I muttered.

Felix laughed, “you’re so tense.”

I rolled my eyes, “I know.”

In between massages, Felix leant down and pressed a soft kiss to my shoulder.

“I’m not that good but hopefully it makes you feel better,” he said, stopping and playing with my hair.

I turned around on his lap and wrapped my arms around his neck so I was facing him before nuzzling my face in his neck.

“You’re amazing,” I said, “thank you.”

Felix pressed a kiss to my forehead and held my legs close to him, “anything for my baby girl.”

I felt my face blush and I buried it closer to his chest, “I like that.”

Felix laughed, holding me closer, “baby girl.”

cassidy-adms  asked:

Hey I really liked your post, and I was wondering if you could elaborate on “‘zero tolerance’ policies which punish bullying victims as much as they punish bullies” I wasn’t really sure what was meant by that but I’m really curious about how zero tolerance policies might have the opposite effect than what was was intended. I thought I’d drop a friendly ask to figure out what you meant. Also, what changes do you think could be made to begin to improve school policies?

There have been probably hundreds of articles written about how ineffective zero tolerance polices are over the years and here are just a few that you might want to look through:

Basically the issue with zero tolerance policies are that not only do they not work but they can actually exacerbate the issues they’re trying to address.

They focus on punishment rather than prevention and rehabilitation, in a lot of cases end up treating bullying as a two-party problem where the bully and victim are seen as equally responsible (and therefore equally punished) for any altercation (it’s not uncommon at all for bullying victims who defend themselves to be punished as equally as the bullies are for attacking them), and there’s growing evidence that black and latinx students are disproportionately targeted by these policies moreso than white students and tend to face harsher punishments for the same behavior.

More and more research coming out about bullying and how to best address it suggest that focusing on counseling, education, and solutions that revolve around positivity and improving students behavior rather than focusing on only punishing it via suspension/expulsion would be much more effective and a lot of schools have been slowing revising their bullying policies and revoking zero-tolerance in light of that research.

As far as changes that I think could be made with school policies, I think the way schools address bullying is only one part of a larger issue. The public education system in the US is, quite frankly, incredibly shoddy and broken and ultimately I think it needs to be entirely overhauled and more money needs to be put into funding education—from the physical school buildings themselves which are in disrepair across the country to the curriculum that’s being taught in schools which focuses more on driving kids to pass standardized tests (because higher scores = more funding for schools) than it does teaching them actual information and skills which would benefit students in their lives, there are…so many issues that need to be fixed.

Specifically WRT addressing bullying though, I think there needs to be a great effort to expand counseling services offered by schools (both one-on-one, group, and peer-to-peer counseling) and that we need to implement some kind of classes starting from Kindergarten up which focus on teaching kids good interpersonal skills, how to deal with their problems effectively, and building a good sense of self and self-esteem.

One thing is that when I was in elementary school we had a program where for about two weeks a year our guidance counselors came to our classes for a couple hours a day and essentially taught us a class about how to deal with our emotions and how to work through problems with other students (I remember vividly they used these cute as hell puppets to put on little shows about bullying and lessons about “I feel ___ when you ___” statements as a means of talking to people who have hurt us) and it was full of absolutely awesome, helpful lessons which I feel seriously impacted me throughout my life in a very positive way even now as an adult. I’ve always felt like kids could seriously benefit if we had something like that in every school as a whole class and part of the regular curriculum as much as Math or English or any other core class is, with the lessons becoming less puppet-showy and more serious as you go up through the grades, because teaching children how to recognize their emotions - put a name to them - and critically examine their own thoughts/feelings while also teaching them how to deal with their issues in a non-abusive manner is just as important as teaching them math and science or anything else. And imo when you instill these lessons in kids from a young age onward and keep teaching them, you end up with better adjusted adults later down the road.

Our school system focuses on teaching the “golden rules” and not being an assholes to other kids only in pre-school and early elementary school and then somewhere around probably 2nd or 3rd grade, it just stops. It’s either not taught anymore from there at all or there’s very little focus put on it, and that shouldn’t be the case. Personal and interpersonal skills should be a core class, imo, and taught in schools everywhere from K-12 and then more through college.