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ULTRAVIOLENCE  re-IMAGINED↳5. West Coast

The best coast.
We should’ve built a life from the stars and the sea and the sand. And I should’ve listened to her— she told me almost nothing, but she did give me clues, and I know now that she put signs in her words and expressions that were as clear as the constellations over our heads. But I didn’t listen. It’s a fact of being in love that we often pay no attention whatsoever to the substance of what a lover says, while being intoxicated to ecstasy by the way it’s said. I was in love with her eyes, but I didn’t read them. I loved her voice, but I didn’t really hear the fear and the anguish in it.

- Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (via thechocolatebrigade)

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Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.

- Alan Cohen (via quotethat)

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I let it go. It’s like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home.

- Joanne Harris, Five Quarters of the Orange (via coyotegold)

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I said it before (though perhaps with less grace)
and I’ll say it again:

I want to take the messy parts of you in
like small children, like stray dogs.
Kiss them on the mouth, give them a place to stay.

I can’t believe there are bits of you, at your age,
that are still too young to know
that they are worth taking care of.

If you don’t want to look in the mirror, that’s fine.
We will cover every piece of glass in the house.
We will drape sheets across the bathroom walls
and only drink out of coffee mugs;

but I am still going to marvel at the blessing of your face
at my kitchen table.

- "like small children, like stray dogs" Trista Mateer (via tristamateer)

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And the more deeply I felt
the less able I was to respond.

- Louise Glück, from Timor Mortis  (via versteur)

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Every day, think as you wake up, ‘Today I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’

- Dalai Lama  (via savacioun)

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You can never be overdressed or overeducated.

- Oscar Wilde (via sighes)

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I look up at the sky, wondering if I’ll catch a glimpse of kindness there, but I don’t. All I see are indifferent summer clouds drifting over the Pacific. And they have nothing to say to me. Clouds are always taciturn. I probably shouldn’t be looking up at them. What I should be looking at is inside of me. Like staring down into a deep well. Can I see kindness there? No, all I see is my own nature. My own individual, stubborn, uncooperative often self-centered nature that still doubts itself―that, when troubles occur, tries to find something funny, or something nearly funny, about the situation. I’ve carried this character around like an old suitcase, down a long, dusty path. I’m not carrying it because I like it. The contents are too heavy, and it looks crummy, fraying in spots. I’ve carried it with me because there was nothing else I was supposed to carry. Still, I guess I have grown attached to it. As you might expect.

- Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (via splitterherzen)

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One of my main regrets in life is giving considerable thought to inconsiderate people.

- Jarod Kintz  (via thatkindofwoman)

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I just tried to buy 3 Groupons for my mom, my sister, and I, and it didn’t go through because I said I wanted 3 instead of buying 1 for myself and then 2 more as ‘gifts.’ And now the deal is over! >:[

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