Trials come to those who God deems strong in the faith. God will never throw anything at you that you can’t handle.
And things will ALWAYS get better.
So just keep your head up and know that He has has your back :)
Honestly, bestfriend, at the end of the day, after a really rough day/week/month we can just tell ourselves, “I still have my duties, I still have my faith, I still have God by my side”. So even when things aren’t going smoothly, we are still blessed.
This weekend was like everything that has been making me happy lately compressed into a few days. I can’t even begin to describe it. But it has me to tears.
Slow dancing will always be one of my favourite pastimes.
[talking about narrative psychology]
… and usually, the way we portray ourselves is as the protagonist in our own story. And oftentimes, the hardships we go through, are like obstacles we must overcome. It’s a difficult task, especially when you’re doing it alone. But the thing is, it doesn’t have to be you against the world. You have to realize that there are people who will be there for you. And it’s always good to know that you have that netting to fall back upon.
The kicker is recently: we all go through a time when you’re going through life and constantly wonder why things happen to you at a certain time; you’ve been in the game the entire time, and when you’re put back into play not knowing why but you play anyways- its that very moment when you finally get it. You see it how it can finally all come together and in that instance is the window where you’re given the ball- you can either catch it and run with it as far as you can, or you drop it and ruin your chances of victory. The only thing that keeps you going is faith in God that he will guide us through it :)
I’m about to enter a job where I’m the only girl in the room with three dudes. Our jobs have more or less equal standing and are all positions of power over a group of about 40 people (men and women represented almost 50/50). These are all dudes that I respect and trust and who I know respect and trust me in return. I’m not worried about harassment or sexism per se, but I’ve been alive long enough to know that it would be foolish to think that gender wouldn’t play a role in some ways.
These dudes identify as feminists, and we’ve already talked about trying to make sure that we’re aware of our gender dynamics, particularly with regards to the other people we’re responsible for. I’m just wondering if you think that gender is always a presence in power dynamics, and if so, what things I (we) should do to make sure we’re being good people with regards to gender in a work space.
I wouldn’t say that gender is always a presence in power dynamics, but I would say that power is always a presence in gender dynamics. It’s a subtle distinction not to be overlooked.
If the three dudes you work with identify as feminists, then you’re already way ahead of the game in terms of workplace ethics. Feminism is about equality, after all, and if you’ve already established an open dialogue with your co-workers about gender dynamics, then I’m sure you’ll be able to deal with pretty much any situation that comes along.
Here’s hoping that everyone stays cool.
If you sell the Western ideal of beauty (as you don’t buy into it) and we can’t afford it, what happens?
The Western ideal of beauty is not a commodity that can be bought or sold. It is a form of embodied cultural capital that can only be transmitted or acquired by those with privilege.
To say you can’t afford the Western ideal of beauty is to suggest that you want to possess it, but you don’t have the means to acquire it.
If you want to know what happens when you want something only available to a privileged few, it’s the same thing that always happens: envy.
I’ve come to the realization that my whole life, I’ve been nothing but an imitation of all the things I see and experience around me. I’m not interesting or extraordinary, like I deluded myself to think. I don’t think it’s too late for me to stop being boring and unoriginal, add the things I lack from my life, and find hobbies I enjoy. The real question here is, how do I find myself?
If you really want to find yourself, try coming to realizations without using the words “I,” “me,” or “my.”
like a freight train you
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Charles Bukowski (via thechocolatebrigade)
This is lovely, in a disconcerting kind of way.
“i had a dream that you ran a business where people would write letters to loved ones that they never want them to read and bring them to you and you would tie them to a balloon and send them away into the sky and i really wanted to come work for you but you wouldnt let me so i started a bootleg business but i didnt get that many customers so i got mad at you and went and filled up one of your balloons and then it carried me away out of the window and into the sky and when i looked up, the balloon had your face on it and it was as if my brain recorded our conversation about vet school because that’s what your balloon face was talking about
ps. was that annoying to read? what a difference punctuation makes huh!”
- My sister
I would like to start posting my favourite mixes from 8tracks.
This one is good for tonight:
Tags: #indie #acoustic #indie folk #study calming relaxing nice reading
Two puppies badly burned in an accidental fire in early February have beaten the odds and soon will be well enough to leave the specialist veterinary facility that’s been caring for them in Thousand Oaks.
Veterinarian Bonnie Werner of the Pet Emergency Clinic and Specialty Hospital on North Moorpark Road said the staff is planning a puppy release party for April 23.
“It will be really wonderful to see them both go to a real home and a real family,” she said. “We’ve learned just how amazing dogs can be, and they’ve exceeded our expectations in every way.
“We worried about how much pain they were in and whether this was the right decision for them, and now we know it was absolutely the right thing to do.”
Natalia, a black-and-white pit bull terrier mix, and Phoenix, a brown Dachshund mix, suffered third-degree burns over more than half of their tiny bodies in the blaze in Kern County. They were so severely injured, it wasn’t known whether they would survive.
Zach Skow of the Tehachapi-based rescue group Marley’s Mutts came to the aid of the puppies and on Feb. 13, nine days after the fire, he brought them to Thousand Oaks because the Pet Emergency Clinic has a hyperbaric chamber that can be beneficial in the burn healing process.
The clinic has been treating the dogs for free with the help of one of the world’s leading burn experts, Dr. Richard A. Grossman.
Grossman, who founded the Grossman Burn Centers and is based at West Hills Hospital, volunteered his expertise after hearing of the puppies’ plight.
He and his team carried out several procedures on the dogs, including the pioneering use of bovine dermis to cover the wounds, since skin grafts using the puppies’ own skin weren’t possible.
Grossman has visited once or twice a week to check on their progress and bring special supplies.
“It’s awesome. He’s a really cool man, and we’ve learned a lot for sure,” said veterinary technician Chelsea Cummings.
Now 4 months old, Natalia and Phoenix, nicknamed Natty and Phe Phe by the staff, are happy, playful and ready for the next phase in their already eventful lives.
Both dogs have large scars where burns have healed. Natalia still has a small wound at the base of her back that has yet to fully close. The scar tissue makes her skin so tight right now that she cannot fully straighten her growing long back legs and will need more procedures to release the scar tissue.
Werner said the outpouring of support from the community has been tremendous.
“We’ve had people ask to adopt them, but there’s a very long line,” Werner said.
Skow visited the puppies at the clinic on Thursday, and said, “Everybody’s clamoring to be a part of their future.”
As a result of his new friendship with Grossman, Skow has been visiting the burn center at West Hills Hospital, showing patients photographs and videos of the puppies and sharing their story.
He said the plan is to make sure the puppies stay in the area and serve as therapy dogs visiting burn patients at the hospital.
“Their story is miraculous from beginning to end,” he said. “The sky’s the limit as far as what they’ll be able to put back into society.”
Skow said he hopes the public will come out and celebrate on April 23.
“It’s such a community effort, and there’s been so much love and appreciation. We just want to get as many people here as possible,” Skow said.
More party will be forthcoming in the next week or so.