maki e

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Kintsugi or kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.”

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on my blog before, but in my non-nail-art life I am a psychiatric nurse, and I work with children and adolescents struggling with severe mental illness.  Some of the kids dig my nail art, so lately I’ve been trying to paint designs that I think they’ll enjoy.  This is one of those, because it embodies the hope I have for all of them (and for myself as well): that we can find a way to live with our broken bits that makes our lives more beautiful, not less.

HA-NA-KO!!!!!

(Inspired by a certain scene from a certain Disney classic ;^))

I thought this quotation perfectly explained the best way I’ve changed this year, learning to see my blank pages as opportunity instead of an anxiety. Day 8 of the December challenge by @journaling-junkie

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one gifset per episode
(07/12) 七分の一の痛みのそのまた七倍の正体に触れる戦い

We share our pain, we share our hearts…and that makes us even closer than friends or lovers, doesn’t it?” (if remembering me becomes too much for you to bear… you can forget me whenever you want. because I love your smile.)