1. "I would look at my younger self and just say don’t doubt yourself too much, and don’t let the one terrible thing you hear negate the hundred great things that you’ve heard. You matter because you exist.”

    (Source: waltzingwithfire, via awesomely-incredible)

     

  2. green-tea-rex:

    It’s 1am so I’m sorry for the people who won’t see this. But if you want confidence and don’t know how to get it, a really good way is to be confident in other people. When you walk into Starbucks, think, “damn, that barista’s hair is da bomb!” Or when you go to school, think, “my teacher is rocking that skirt!” When you start seeing everyone as being beautiful, at some point you realize that you’re everyone too.

    (via theytookmyluna)

     
  3. (Source: cheese3d, via ravenclaw5vr)

     
  4. valeriekeefe:

    "You don’t have to look like an Under Armour mannequin to be an athlete. People probably think I don’t even try to work out, but I do. Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you can’t be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn’t mean you’re going to have a 12-pack."

    - Prince Fielder

    (via internal-acceptance-movement)

     
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  6. (Source: dutchster, via crayolaoctopus)

     

  7. "

    You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.

    Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.

    "
    — 

    Danielle Laporte (via tr4pezeswinger)

    You change the world by being yourself, Smart Girls!

    (via smartgirlsattheparty)

    (Source: chelsieautumn, via smartgirlsattheparty)

     

  8. hannibals-souffle:

    I wish we could all think of our bodies like dragons. Like, would a dragon complain about being too big? Or having rough skin? No, and they’ll just burn down anyone who tells them otherwise.

    (via hannibals-souffle)

     
  9. (Source: stay-yourself-0)

     
  10. Continuing the trend of great music videos this week, here is John Legend’s new one for his song “You & I (Nobody in This World).”

    I love this. It shows a hugely diverse group of women in the most amazing light, celebrating them all as beautiful. I may have teared up a little bit… A few of its best qualities:

    • When I say the women are diverse, I mean it not just racially. There are women of different sizes, shapes, physical ability, sexual orientation, level of health, age, religion, occupation, etc. It represents the real range of women out there in the world who are so often shut out of mainstream media.
    • Not all of the women are happy in their segments. We are so often told to smile, as if happiness must be our default setting. Women should not have to smile to please men, and I think that is just one of the things this video gets absolutely right.  
    • I usually get annoyed with songs like this, because they make it seems as if a man’s validation that “I think you are beautiful” is all a woman needs to live her life. But I felt like the video showed the story differently, as if everyone sees you as beautiful even if you don’t recognize it yourself when you look in a mirror.

    What do you think?