I love beautiful things.


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Chocolate (Acoustic) - The 1975

I think genuine smiles are the most beautiful kind. When I say genuine, I mean the type of smile that scrunches up your face and turn your eyes into slits - the type of smile that radiates unrestrained happiness - a decidedly “ugly” smile. What’s beautiful about these clumsy, face-scrunching, eye-narrowing smiles is that they’re joyous, unfiltered, and vulnerable, so unlike those selfies in which we coldly calculate each angle and muscle placement meticulously to create a mask that is appropriately and moderately cheerful (but not desperate looking), all to show everyone that you are really, truly happy.

You can hide sadness. That’s easy to do, purely an exercise in restraint and people tend to blindly take your smile for what it’s supposed to represent. But you can never hide real happiness no matter how hard you try, despite your “ugly” smiles that are the natural outflow of your true, unguarded heart. Sadly, we when look back all we focus on is our beautiful, ugly smiles and we forget all about the things that made us so happy.

I find myself disliking social media more and more. I’ve come to realize it’s all a cry for approval - our profiles are our highlight reel, publicly proclaiming how fulfilled we are but missing, sometimes actively hiding, all the struggle and insecurity that gives depth to life. And that’s what it is - a facade, filled with selfies that all look the same, Instagram brunch dates, and birthday wishes that took all of five seconds to compose. In the end, isn’t it all just a mechanism for the self-validation that we crave? Yet we can’t tear ourselves away. At least I can’t. Social media is where we live our lives now, documenting events in real-time, sharing everything and nothing and living vicariously through the lens of a Valencia filter.

Our lives are utterly flawed and beautiful. We are utterly flawed and beautiful. Acknowledging this and being honest with ourselves is the most beautiful thing of all.

I want to go on adventures with you. I want you to show me what your life is like, the places that feel like home to you and the things that have made you who you are - the places your memories exist in and the places where you want to make new ones.

I want to travel and experience the world with you, to see things that we only ever thought existed through a television screen, far away from reality. To know that the world is so much bigger than we could ever imagine and to know that through it all, we’ll be together and love the way that we’re in love with the world.


❝I’ve learned that nothing and no one can give me closure. There’s no magic pill. There’s no yoga retreat that cures. There’s no set guide of instructions. There’s no allotted time that suddenly makes the sadness go away. Closure is a process, and often a long, drawn out one. And during that process, the only things that heal are time, reflection and going through the emotions. And hopefully, as healing progresses, you reach a point of forgiveness and compassion. I still have a long road ahead in this journey of getting back to good, but I know I’ll get there. Slowly, but surely.❞
❝The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.❞
— Elizabeth Kubler Ross


Seashell fireplace detailing beautiful enough to move you (or at least me) to tears from the Theodore Gaillard (Gaillard-Bennett) House, c1800, Charleston, South Carolina - currently for sale.


Seashell fireplace detailing beautiful enough to move you (or at least me) to tears from the Theodore Gaillard (Gaillard-Bennett) House, c1800, Charleston, South Carolina - currently for sale.
❝Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.❞
— Psalm 143:8  (via godmoves)

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❝I want to say somewhere: I’ve tried to be forgiving. And yet. There were times in my life, whole years, when anger got the better of me. Ugliness turned me inside out. There was a certain satisfaction in bitterness. I courted it. It was standing outside, and I invited it in.❞
— Nicole Krauss, The History of Love (via quoted-books)


The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.

Ernest Hemingway 
Add It Up - Andrew Belle
❝I wonder how many times you compared me to her.❞
(via unintelligently)

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