you cannot change what you are only what you do

How to get the most out of life

1. See each day as a fresh start and a new beginning.

2. Don’t be a copy of anybody else – enjoy discovering and being your true self.

3. Be proactive, take control and look for opportunities. You’ve only got one life so make sure you stay in control.

4. Don’t focus on the obstacles or things you cannot change. Just ask yourself “What next? or else “What can I do instead?”

5. Appreciate your limits and then set clear boundaries. You need to care for yourself to be the best “you” you can be.

6. Decide on your values and what matters most to you. Then live in a way that’s consistent with those values.

7. Don’t put life on hold as the months turn into years … and there’s always the chance that some important doors will close.

8. Set goals for yourself – then plan the steps to take you there.

9. Learn from other people that you value as role models – but ignore the naysayers and the hypercritical.

10. Let go of the past, and old hurts and grievances. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or to see a counsellor.

Is this the stark reality? It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how qualified you are, at the end of the day, you’re not a man? Is that what we just learned? This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men.

I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this? It’s a genuine question that we all need to ask ourselves. We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets. We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past.

If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it. If you’re worried about racial violence love your neighbor more than you’ve ever tried to before—no matter what they believe or who they voted for. If you’re afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it.

If you’re a woman and you’re worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don’t really know what to say. I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future.

We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t be defeated. We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail. And like Hillary, it might not work.

But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. Do not let this defeat you—let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman—don’t be afraid, be loud!

—  Jennifer Lawrence open letter after Trump’s presidency 

HOW DID I DO IT?🤷🏼‍♀️ Seriously. There is no secret. None at all. I changed my diet, started working out and changed my MINDSET.👊🏼

The only limitations we have are the ones we set for ourselves. There is nothing that you cannot achieve once you commit your mind to it. Yes, I am physically very different between these two photos, but what you can’t see is how much my mindset has changed. If you told me a year ago that I would think the way I do now, I wouldn’t believe you. 🙌🏻

On that note, it does not matter what anyone says or tries to make you believe - as long as you believe in yourself you can do anything!💭

If you plant the seed that you won’t be able to do something, then, of course, you won’t be able to. But if you plant the seed that you CAN … then you WILL. Keep replacing the negativity in your head with positivity and watch it grow and multiply!🌻

And please, stop asking for a secret or quick fix. This is real life, it is forever. It is not a race and there are no secrets to leading a healthy and fulfilling life.💖

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Jennifer Lawrence 's open letter after Donald Trump win: "Don't Be Afraid, Be Loud"

Is this the stark reality? It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how qualified you are, at the end of the day, you’re not a man? Is that what we just learned? This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men.

I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this? It’s a genuine question that we all need to ask ourselves. We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets. We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past.

If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it. If you’re worried about racial violence love your neighbor more than you’ve ever tried to before—no matter what they believe or who they voted for. If you’re afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it.

If you’re a woman and you’re worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don’t really know what to say. I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future.

We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t be defeated. We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail. And like Hillary, it might not work.

But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. Do not let this defeat you—let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman—don’t be afraid, be loud!

“The Golden Compass” sentence starters
  • “You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”
  • “That is the duty of the old, to be anxious on the behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old.”
  • “You are so young, too young to understand this, but I shall tell you anyway and you’ll understand it later.”
  • “When a little boy is growing, he thinks he is immortal.”
  • “Each time becomes more painful, until finally your heart is broken.”
  • “You speak of destiny as if it was fixed.”  
  • “We are all subject to the fates.  But we must act as if we are not, or die of despair.”  
  • “When he’d sworn at her and been sworn at in return, they became great friends.”  
  • “All good things pass away.”
  • “Human beings can’t see anything without wanting to destroy it.”
  • “I’m going to destroy it.”
  • “Death is going to die.”
  • “Being a practiced liar doesn’t mean you have a powerful imagination. Many good liars have no imagination at all; it’s that which gives their lies such wide-eyed conviction.”  
  • “Death will sweep through all the worlds; it will be the triumph of despair, forever.”
  • “When you live for many hundreds of years, you know that every opportunity will come again.”  
  • “If a coin comes down heads, that means that the possibility of its coming down tails has collapsed. Until that moment the two possibilities were equal.”
  • “If there is war to be fought, we don’t consider cost one of the factors in deciding whether or not it is right to fight.”
  • “ What would it matter if you did?”  
  • “When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don’t take are snuffed out like candles, as if they’d never existed.”
  • “One moment several things are possible, the next moment only one happens, and the rest don’t exist.”
  • “We feel cold, but we don’t mind it.”
  • “Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season.  We love them; they are brave, proud, beautiful, and clever; and they die almost at once”  
  • “It doesn’t work like that.”
  • “What’s happening is that the Shadows are responding to the attention you pay them.”  
  • “I didn’t have anything in mind, and you well know it.”
Don't Be Afraid, Be Loud: Jennifer Lawrence on What We Do Now

Is this the stark reality? It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how qualified you are, at the end of the day, you’re not a man? Is that what we just learned? This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men.

I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this? It’s a genuine question that we all need to ask ourselves. We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets. We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past.

If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it. If you’re worried about racial violence love your neighbor more than you’ve ever tried to before—no matter what they believe or who they voted for. If you’re afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it.

If you’re a woman and you’re worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don’t really know what to say. I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future.

Do not let this defeat you—let this enrage you! We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t be defeated. We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail. And like Hillary, it might not work.

But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. Do not let this defeat you—let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman—don’t be afraid, be loud!

Dont be afraid be loud: Jennifer Lawrence on what we do now

In the face of a Trump presidency, the Oscar-winning actress reflects on turning our anger and fear into hope.

Is this the stark reality? It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how qualified you are, at the end of the day, you’re not a man? Is that what we just learned? This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men.

I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this? It’s a genuine question that we all need to ask ourselves. We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets. We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past.

If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it. If you’re worried about racial violence love your neighbor more than you’ve ever tried to before—no matter what they believe or who they voted for. If you’re afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it

If you’re a woman and you’re worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don’t really know what to say. I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future.

Do not let this defeat you—let this enrage you!
We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t be defeated. We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail. And like Hillary, it might not work.


But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. Do not let this defeat you—let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman—don’t be afraid, be loud!

Do Me a Favor (Part 10)

Summary:  AU! Bucky Barnes and you are neighbors and close friends. As a huge favor, Bucky asks you to pretend to be his girlfriend for a relative’s wedding and you agree.

Word Count: 2,887

Warnings: Drinking. Angst.

“Do Me a Favor” Masterlist

A/N: Here’s part 10, guys! Yes, this is Let’s Pretend all over again, I am only making minor changes.


Originally posted by shhhh-no-ones-home


You felt your heart constrict at seeing him right in front of you. “Buck, what are you—”

“Excuse me, what are you doing?” T’Challa suddenly burst out. His voice was dripping with rage, but you could tell he was trying his hardest to contain himself, to not just stride over to Bucky and deck him in the face. “You cannot walk in here and tell my girlfriend these things.”

Bucky scoffed. “This is none of your business.”

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Patreon Rewards

Just ball-parking some ideas around here after doing some research. My idea was to set up a patreon for my original work, since i cannot really do it for fanfiction (oh the legalities!) However, as some of you may know, I’m way more into fanfic than my original ideas. This is to sort of give me a boost, in that direction. Uh. Sorta.

So anyway, I was coming up with pledge ideas. I’m hoping you can change that as things progress, but we’ll see. Here’s what I’ve got so far: (What do you think of prices? Too much? Seem right. Need more rewards?)

  • $1 Access to my patreon only posts
  • $3  As above  plus a monthly q&a session (maybe video but ugh do you really want to SEE me?)
  • $5 As above plus personal email from me (Ugh, maybe? I have no idea if that’s something people want, but Seanan McGuire offered it. Obviously I am not half as well-known as Seanen, but it’s an idea. If you have a replacement $5 idea please tell me!
  • $10  As above plus access to advance previews of my work (rough drafts of chapters, one-shots etc.)
  • $25 as above plus a free electronic copy of any and all final versions I produce. (Which will at least make me write the damn thing because OMG people have paid for it.)

After this it gets tricky, partly because I’m not established and don’t know what to offer. Partly because I’m not sure how much people are likely to pledge, and partly because I don’t know how much of what people want is access to me and how much is access to my work. Looking over other authors on patreon it’s things like hard copy (which I don’t have yet) etc.

The pledge amounts appear to be variable. One author I looked at went $50, $100, $500, $1500

Looking at other people’s ideas it’s things like a blog post on the topic you decide or a personal letter or, towards the top end a commision of the kind of short story you would like to see or something.

Any notions what you guys would expect for pledging that kind of money? (I will never, ever hold you to this. I’m just trying to work out what’s reasonable!)

Nohrian Festival: Beruka and Camilla Conversation Pt. 1 & 2

This conversation is kind of like Dwyer and Kamui’s married conversation in the Hoshidan Festival, because Camilla suggests that they change positions for the day, so that Camilla is the retainer and Beruka is her liege. It gets really romantic fluffy at the end, so it’s pretty cute to read~ 

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Consider this . . . the story of Cursed Child literally could not happen according to the rules of the magical world.

SPOILERS. Keep reading at your own risk.

But, yeah. I don’t understand how this storyline happened, because it is absolutely impossible. First of all, time travel stories are cliche and that in itself was disappointing, but that’s not what I’m discussing here.

I’m talking about the alternate timelines that were created. I’m talking about how Albus and Scorpius went back in time and quite literally CHANGED the past, effectively changing their own present as well.

That’s not how time travel works in the magical world! We learned all of this in Prisoner of Azkaban. You cannot change what has already been done! You can only go back in time and do what has already happened, because essentially you have already done it. In PoA, Sirius needed saving. So did Buckbeak. The trio thought that Buckbeak had been executed because they heard the thump of the axe. In reality, this was Macnair throwing the axe in anger when he discovered that Buckbeak was gone, because Buckbeak had already been saved. Future Harry and Hermione had already saved him. They went back in time to do what had already been done. They did not change anything. You cannot change what has happened with a time turner, you cannot create alternate realities. That’s not how it works.

Which is why Cursed Child reads like a bad fan fiction, because bad fan fictions try to make things happen that simply do not work. They don’t take into account the rules of the world, they include unrealistic details and inconsistencies. They make characters act not like themselves. Cursed Child did all of the above, unfortunately.