beauty

Here's to the good in life.

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I hope you take these moments and how they make you feel and you hold onto them for life. I hope that in this moment as you realize how amazing, how awesome, and capable, and stunning you are that you keep that realization with you forever. It's in this moment that truth is brought to light. It's in this moment that you finally believe in what was inside of you all along: greatness, strength, intelligence, ingenuity and grace. 

Hold on to it all because when bad moments come to try and steal what is so rightfully yours - and they will try - it will be hard to come back to that place of truth and light. It will feel like the darkness and its lies are winning. However, do not fear my dear. Pay it no mind because fear is only False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear knows your worth and tries to distract you from knowing it too. Hold on to the moments of joy, contentment, peace, strength and hope. They are truth and under no circumstance will truth ever fail, flee or falter.

Bea(you)tiful

17 days until my 22nd birthday and Lord, I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that I am beautifully made. I know I was made in a beautiful way but to call myself beautiful is so difficult for me. It’s not about being vein but the fact that some part of me feels it to be untrue. I pause my writing and start to tear up at the sound of your voice inside my head as you whisper over and over and over,

You are, you are, you are, you are, you are, you are, you are, you are, you are, you are beautiful.

Every part of me wants to fight that. Wants to find some excuse (you don’t know the whole me; maybe you’re looking at me from a different angle; it’s the lighting; I have braids in today; etc) that I have become so accustomed to saying when I receive compliments from other people. However, I hear you again and you say,

I am God. I don’t see from angles or from 4-by-5 sized profile pictures. I can see passed your clothes, passed your extensions and even if there was no light I could still see how beautiful you are. I knitted you in your mother’s womb and I’ve watched and helped you grow. My daughter, you are beautiful. My dear you are worthy of the title.

I don’t think I have ever really been more scared of a word like this one before. When I hear it being directed towards me I try to take it in as much as possible in fear that whoever said it is wearing rose-colored glasses that will soon be removed. I end up trying to enjoy it for a few moments then deny it as though it’s a gift and the giver might change his or her mind. However, here comes God again to say, this “gift” of beauty is yours to keep.

Don’t ever feel the need to give it back because there has never been and there will never be a situation where you have to do so.

Not when
you’re standing next to a white girl.
you’re standing next to a black one.
you stand next to a curvy girl.
you stand next to a thinner girl.
you’re in the midst of a crowd of girls.
you stand next to the man you have feelings for.
there’s ‘nothing’ in your closet for you to wear.
someone call you names.
you compare yourself to celebrities.
you compare yourself to your mother, sister, cousin, aunt, or grandmother.
you wear that sweater that keeps you warm even though you think it makes you look frumpy.
you flip through the pages of those magazines.
you forget or don’t have time to put make-up on in the morning.
you take out your braids or twists, straighten your hair or leave it curly.
you decide to do 20 sit-ups or none.
anyone else calls you beautiful and certainly not when I do.

Yes, I have shown you 1 Peter 3:3-4 but even if those words were never written I would still think you are beautiful. You need to realize it and then come to terms with it because that is what you are.

Although I have been struggling internally with this for some years, I share it now just in case you or someone you know is going through something similar. God wants us to know this and He wants us to believe it. He has made everyone of us in a beautiful way and additionally, He has made us all beautiful. Please, don’t ever forget that.

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Paddington, NSW.


Just yesterday I posted a few pictures of the neighborhood that surrounds my campus. However, today, I have just a few more. I’m not sure whether it is the people that have over time affected the architechture of this city or maybe it’s vise versa. Nonetheless, this place has such gorgeous aesthetics. The colors, the shapes, foliage, carvings, all of it. I’m well aware that these pictures do not do Paddington justice but by all means, come and see this place for yourself!

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Paddington, NSW.


Just yesterday I posted a few pictures of the neighborhood that surrounds my campus. However, today, I have just a few more. I’m not sure whether it is the people that have over time affected the architechture of this city or maybe it’s vise versa. Nonetheless, this place has such gorgeous aesthetics. The colors, the shapes, foliage, carvings, all of it. I’m well aware that these pictures do not do Paddington justice but by all means, come and see this place for yourself!

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Paddington, NSW.


Just yesterday I posted a few pictures of the neighborhood that surrounds my campus. However, today, I have just a few more. I’m not sure whether it is the people that have over time affected the architechture of this city or maybe it’s vise versa. Nonetheless, this place has such gorgeous aesthetics. The colors, the shapes, foliage, carvings, all of it. I’m well aware that these pictures do not do Paddington justice but by all means, come and see this place for yourself!

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Paddington, NSW.


Just yesterday I posted a few pictures of the neighborhood that surrounds my campus. However, today, I have just a few more. I’m not sure whether it is the people that have over time affected the architechture of this city or maybe it’s vise versa. Nonetheless, this place has such gorgeous aesthetics. The colors, the shapes, foliage, carvings, all of it. I’m well aware that these pictures do not do Paddington justice but by all means, come and see this place for yourself!