"...that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid." -- Lupita Nyong'o

I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.
— meryl.streep

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It doesn’t matter how far you might rise. At some point, you are bound to stumble. If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher and higher, the law of averages predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to remember this: There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. Now, when you’re down there in the hole, it looks like failure. When that moment comes, it’s okay to feel bad for a little while. Give yourself time to mourn what you think you may have lost. But then, here’s the key: Learn from every mistake, because every experience, particularly your mistakes, are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are.
— oprah.winfrey

07.26.14
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I am thankful. I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings. I am thankful for friends that turned into family. I am thankful for dreams that turned into reality.

I am overwhelmingly and abundantly thankful. 

A weekly check-in with a close friend this morning really shifted my perspective on things. If I’ve never said it before, I love those kinds of conversations — the ones where you can pick up where you last left, open your heart and let your mind just release everything that’s been caged. I believe those are the conversations that spark the most growth; self-reflection and evaluation with the aid of someone you trust.

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