this is good life advice

Sometimes you’ll have to fight for a dream that no one else can see but you. That’s alright though. Not everyone needs to understand what it is that sets your heart on fire.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
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Sean Pertwee gives advice on how to treat people at Toronto Comicon ‘17 (x)

As requested by @yayume-ladypenguin

Control your thoughts, and you will be able to control the way in which the world appears.
Think highly of events; if it’s good, see it’s beauty. If it’s bad, seek for growth. Everything that happens has a reason, purpose, and difference that it will make. So take a moment, and choose to see the impact that your thoughts have on your life.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
10 Underrated Self Care Things To Do:
  1. Tidy up your bedroom
  2. Change your whole outfit - underwear, shoes, hairstyle, the lot
  3. Scribble with a Crayon as hard as you can on a big sheet of paper
  4. Go to a library and wander around in the quiet
  5. Make a wish list on each of your favorites shops’ websites
  6. Go to sleep as early as you can bare
  7. Play the “would you rather?” game with a friend
  8. Talk to your sibling(s), see what they’re up to
  9. Sit down and study for a bit, then see how you feel
  10. Open a window, sit next to it and smell the fresh air
Support your daughter by overtly telling her that you support her, not that you would still love her “even if she is gay.” When you tell someone, “I still love you even if you are gay,” what you are really saying is this: “Obviously being gay is worse than being straight. It would be an obstacle in the way of my love for you, but I am willing to overlook it.” Say, rather, “I love you, and I’m so sorry that I’ve let you infer by my silence, that I would love you less if you were a lesbian.” […] If you want anything resembling a loving, honest relationship with your daughter, don’t perpetuate the silence and avoid speaking directly about sexual orientation. Be clear, be direct, and be affirming. Your daughter deserves it.
If he loves you, he will make the effort.
—  relationships aren’t always 50/50. There are times when you will get up & feel like giving 10%. Then your partner has to give the remaining 90%. But there must always be 100% love.

Me, 4 years ago: working in a dead-end job, sad all the time

Me, after studying a ‘useless’, ‘pointless’, ‘valueless’ philosophy degree: going to Oxford, lovely allotment garden, reading more poetry, happy

Don’t ever let anyone talk you out of studying what you love. Those people are the worst kind of people and they are wrong. I can’t believe 4-year-ago me ever doubted that doing what I loved was a good idea.

You don’t need anybody else’s approval but your own.

You don’t need an entire army of supporters standing underneath your feet.

You don’t need a million more dollars in the bank.

You have exactly what you need, and you have it all right now.
So take a breath, and go for it.

—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

Honor your own light,‬
‪before you expect someone else to.‬

‪Love your own self,‬
‪before you expect someone else to.‬

‪Vibrate higher your own self,‬
‪before you expect someone else to.‬

‪Be a better person your own self,‬
‪before you expect someone else to.‬

‪May what you desire to see in‬ others,
‪start within you—first. ‬

– Lalah Delia

Show respect to every person you meet in your life, even when they did nothing to receive it. It’s a reflection of good character.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
Dance. Sing. Cook. Do what ever it is that makes your heart sing. Step by step, you’ll discover what you’re meant to do in your life, and with that my friend, you will fall completely in love with. You’ll find it, don't worry. All in good time.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin | Instagram

So what if you’re alone right now. Embrace it. Go get coffee alone. Shop alone. Drive alone. Watch movies alone. Get to know yourself. Nothing bad can come from riding whatever wave to self improvement you’re blessed with in the moment.