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Hey everyone! I've been in taekwondo for almost 6 years--the last three years I've spent competing all over the west coast, from local state tournaments to USAT National Qualifiers and Championships. I've trained with a handful of Masters and Coaches, but the school I call home is quickly comin...

Hi guys! Please check this out/share if you can! For those of you who’ve been around me for a while or have seen how much I love Taekwondo and Martial Arts, this won’t really be a surprise, but I’ve set up a fundraiser to help me get to competitions. The Jimmy Kim Invitational, specifically. 

The Taekwondo school I work in/call home is coming under new management, and myself, current Master, and fellow instructors won’t be sponsored by the school anymore. Meaning that I have to come up with the money for competition fees myself. Being in school kind of drains all my income, so any kind of support or donation will help me tremendously. 

Thank you!

The engaged couple in love - Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich and Princess Dagmar of Denmark. 

Sadly their happiness was short-lived with Nicholas “Nixa” succumbing to an illness mere months after the engagement. One of the last letters Dagmar “Minnie” wrote to him show her concern over the lack of correspondence she received from him, not fully realizing how bad his state of health was:

Copenhagen, April 7, 1865

Dear, beloved Nixa, I am completely despondent that my dear little Nixa writes to me so rarely; I feel quite unhappy and forgotten; not even a telegram! Why this awful silence, what is the reason for it? I have had no news since March 20, and today is the 8th of April [confusion in original dating], is it not disheartening for me, poor little me, who only lives for those letters!!! Dear, dear Nixa, now lovely spring is beginning and the time for us to meet again is coming with it, you cannot imagine how much this occupies my thoughts, and how much I long for news from you so that I will know what you think about it, whether you are happy about it or not, for otherwise I greatly fear that you have become enamored of a lovely Italian girl with big black eyes who had made you forget your poor little fiancée in the north!!!!!

The 8th - Today, on my dear Papa´s birthday (undoubtedly the last that I will celebrate among them in my dear fatherland), I have only a few minutes in which to entertain myself a bit with you, my angel, but I can no longer do without news from you, which is why this morning I telegraphed in an attempt in this way to get an answer, is it your chest once more that prevents you? I would be sorry if this were the case, but I cannot find any other reason unless it is because I have been forgotten, and I cannot believe this of my dear little Nixa, whom I love more and more, whom I adore! … 

Dear Nixa, I ask you with all my heart to kiss you dear Mama from her daughter, I have not yet written to her and thanked her, for I am afraid to bother her by writing too often, so I ask you, my angel, to tell her. 

Never leave me without news for so long, it makes me far too unhappy, dear Nixa. Now farewell, my dear, do not forget me completely, and always keep a tiny little corner of your heart for faithful Minnie.”

Dagmar would eventually marry Nixa´s younger brother Alexander and have a happy, contended marriage by his side. She never forgot Nixa though, his photographs were carefully kept in her posession until her death in 1928.

john and sherlock: meet
us: it’s a love story
mofftiss: it’s not!
john and sherlock: look at each other longingly
us: its! a love story!!
mofftiss: no its not!
john and sherlock: are committed to each other and know they will die together
mofftiss: no!!!!!!!!!!!
john and sherlock: long to be together, defy death to return to each other, care about each other more than anyone else, smile at each other so softly and gently, feel alive only when they’re together
us: okay, you have GOT to admit its a love story
us: why didn’t you say so?!
mofftiss, writing the mirror breaking scene: BECAUSE I HATE YOU

What’s a girl to do when a bunch of dudes have just told her, in front of an audience, that she’s wrong about what it’s like to be herself? I could talk to them, one by one, and tell them how it felt. I could tell the panel organizers this is why you never have just one of us up there. I could buy myself a superhero costume and devote the rest of my life to vengeance on mansplainers everywhere.

Instead, I round up some girlfriends and we spend hundreds of dollars in a hipster bar, drinking rye Manhattans and eating tapas and talking about the latest crappy, non-gender-blind things that have happened to us in meetings and on business trips and at performance review time. They toast me for taking one for the team. And when we are good and numb we Uber home, thinking Look at all we’ve earned! That bar with the twinkly lights. That miniature food. This chauffeured black car. We are tough enough to put up with being ignored and interrupted and underestimated every day and laugh it off together. We’ve made it. This is the good life. Nothing needs to change.


Later that night Penelope received a call from Eliza. It seemed everyone from work decided to go out clubbing.

Penelope: Clubbing?  What is that?

Eliza: Going to a nightclub?  Seriously Penny, get with the times!

Penelope: Well the term ‘clubbing’ is usually used in reference to-

Eliza: Please just get dressed and meet us here!

Penelope: Okay, but what is the dress code?

Eliza: *hangs up*

8hrs and a half, completely soak from the rain, freezing cold and sore. Confident that I wasn’t going to get the chance, accepted and respected the choice of Chris and Tom not coming out. I waited though obviously hopeful and I tell you what, every ache, every teeth chattering moment and every minute was worth it. I honestly can’t thank @chrishemsworth and @twhiddleston enough for coming out to meet us tonight after a miserable day of on and off rain. I am so so grateful for the opportunity you’ve given us all. #thorragnarok #tomhiddleston #brisbane (at Brisbane, Australia)

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Carolina Wren 2016 22 – Zen Glen, Indian Land, South Carolina, August 23, 2016

Carl Jung said, “We are who we always were, and who we will be.”

The seed, the core, the kernel has been there from the start,

And will be there all the way, but.

What Carl Jung did not say,

But is equally true,

Is that who we are is different from any way we have been,

And is who we have yet to be.

There is always more to us than meets the eye.

We live our way into our own unfolding, emerging.

We surprise ourselves.

Live so as to be amazed

At who you discover yourself to be.

honestly? the significance of the mai.ko ‘reunion’ in the finale is completely negated by the fact that zuko just took a bolt of lightning for another girl