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"I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life — and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."
"If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs."
"Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in."
"I believe in magic. Subtle, everyday magic. Each morning before I give myself a chance to doubt otherwise, I smile knowing that this day is laced with wonders, and it’s my plan to focus on finding them."
"Rise and shine. I’ve always held such fondness for that sweet old phrase. As though we are all little suns. As though we are all someone’s day."
"She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells."
"Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special."
"Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself — what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Re-create and repeat."
"I’m very interested in truth, in finding ways to be messy and unsure and flawed and incredible and great and my fullest self, all wrapped into one."
"You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world."
"It always pays to dwell slowly on the beautiful things — the more beautiful the more slowly."
"It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see."
"Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another."
"Say ‘yes’ to late-night conversations, jumping in puddles, and giggle fits."
"Learn to pause… or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you."
"Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great."
"I’ve found that if you just throw yourself off the cliff of fear, it’s usually just about a one-foot drop."
"The next time you walk by a vintage store, put on a piece of history and let it live again."
"I want less filler and more real. More real passion and love and more in love."
"Remember the quiet wonders. The world has more need of them than it has for warriors."
"And as she fell apart her shattered pieces began to bloom — blossoming until she became herself exactly as she was meant to be."
"Cloud surfing the skies is music to my soul and feeds my thirst for life."
"‘Do you know," Peter asked, ‘why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.’"
"Luxury, to me, is not about buying things; it’s about living in a way where you appreciate things."
"She always had that about her, that look of otherness, of eyes that see things much too far, and of thoughts that wander off the edge of the world."
"Embrace the glorious mess that you are."
"Everything’s a story — You are a story — I am a story."
"Do more of what brings you joy (and don’t apologize for it)."
"… It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary."
"Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take."
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."
"Accept change as it comes, and embrace change as it goes."
"When there is nothing left to lose, we find the true self…"
"Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quite voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’"
"… Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens."
"I don’t have to be perfect, and it doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to BE"
"The woman who doesn’t require validation… is the most feared…"
"Embrace those things about you that don’t make sense, the things that contradict."
"Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else."
"Never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun."
"There’s a fine line between genius and crazy. I use that line as a jump rope."
"She was a tribe. She, by herself, on her own."
"I think our world needs more acts of kindness, no matter how small they may be."
"Recognize the glory and beauty that’s often tucked inside the ordinary."
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
"We are allowed to have our dreams—big and small and everything in between."
"I learned early that a book could turn off the noise."
"Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love…"
"Life is a pencil. Write your story."
"I dwell in possibility."
"Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows."
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
"While some artists find inspiration in difficult times, I knew that I needed to find beauty."
"If you are born with a gift for the arts, it will come knocking on your soul until you answer, no matter how dangerous it is."
"She allowed herself to step into the space of her whole being, exposing both rusty edges and shiny bits."
"The water is calm the sun is warm, the blue is bluer, and the green is greener."
"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain, but to add color to my sunset sky."
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!"
"Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys."
"When I paint, I paint to the sound of silence … I even like my colors quiet."
"There are 1,000 simple ways to fill your tired soul so you can remember how to be, how to see, and most importantly, how to breathe."
"Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place."
"Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order."
"If this [invisible wind] could pick me up, where would it take me, where would it set me down?"
"Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather, and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know."
"Still life photography is an intimate experience. Me, my camera, the light, the subject."
"The earth has music for those who listen."
"Life leaves gifts everywhere. It is messy and the packages are hastily wrapped, the look-here messages scrawled in shadows."
"I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart, the pulse of my blood and the music in my mind."
"When we catch glimpses into the marvelous, it is a gift."
"The beginning is always today."
"The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away."
"Sleep with your limbs dangling off the edge of the bed to let the monsters know you are willing."
"It is always the simple that produces the marvelous."
"I don’t know what’s in the box, but I love it. Unopened gifts contain hope."
"I believe in pink. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls … and I believe in miracles."
"The journey between who you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place."
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."
"My world may be small right now, but it’s still full of big wonders."
"To her, words were things of beauty."
"She decided to free herself, dance into the wind. And birds fluttered around her, writing ‘yes’ in the sky."
"A full moon always wakes me to come and pay my respects … It silvers the yard and I find a window and watch."
"I assure you, I’m not put together at all. Nor am I broken. I’m recovering
— finding the beautiful in the ugly and stitching it into my life."
"In a sea of gray geometry, I search daily for my yellow umbrella."
"Taking pictures is savoring life intensely every hundredth of a second."
"To live abundantly, you have to race toward the future with arms and heart open wide."
"Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and then suddenly you are doing the impossible."
"Every so often, go where you can hear a wooden screen door shut."
"I know that underneath the mess everything is marvelous. I’m sure of it."
"I gently remind myself that I am worth penciling my name in on the calendar."
"Stones in the road? I save every single one, and one day I’ll build a castle."
"Summer. Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better."
"We’re looking for the sparks, the slivers, the shimmery moments of magic."