Say anything, but say what you mean

I know that life is busy and hard, and that there’s a crushing pressure to just settle down and get a real job and khaki pants and a haircut. But don’t. Please don’t. Please keep believing that life can be better, brighter, broader, because of the art that you make. Please keep demonstrating the courage that it takes to swim upstream in a world that prefers putting away for retirement to putting pen to paper, that chooses practicality over poetry, that values you more for going to the gym that going to the deepest places in your soul. Please keep making art for people like me, people who need the magic and imagination and honesty of great art to make the day-to-day world a little more bearable.
- Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist (via thedelightedpeople)

(via heartswillpraise)


I just wanted everyone to know that in Europe, Cool Ranch chips are called Cool American.


So I don’t want to act like an entitled brat to my parents, but after successfully keeping my iPhone alive for OVER three years, I should most definitely have an upgrade available. But my mother… keeps breaking the dumb phones and my dad now plans to buy her an iPhone with my upgrade probably. And I realize this is such a “first world” problem to have and really doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things, but this is my Tumblr and rant is what I’ll do. They were totally willing to upgrade my phone before I left for Spain, but I didn’t want to risk bringing a new iPhone here to break it or have it stolen… And now, I am regretting that decision cause I’m probably going to have to pay out of pocket for a new phone when mine dies. 



hummingbird, by xtremepeaks
your twenties are a time of exploration, not certainty. get out and try, dont sit at home thinking you should already know
- note to self: dont make the mistake of trying to avoid mistakes.

(Source: phoeni-xx, via underneath-the-southern-moon)





Hahaha this is gold!

These past two days have been a nice change of pace. I feel like I am finally adjusting to life here and feeling more comfortable with my Spanish and meeting people. Granted I am sure there will still be difficult days, but it’s nice to have a night like tonight. The cherry on top was when a young Indian woman asked my friend and I where a metro station was. We were headed in the same direction and offered to walk with her. She’s been travelling through Spain alone and wanted to take a photo with us before we parted ways. We only spent 5 minutes together, but the kindness she shared and the dynamic of speaking Spanish with someone who is not a native speaker reminded me to look at the people I pass by every day.

Belated birthday ice cream always makes for big grins especially when it’s chocolate. @karegrace and I may be obsessed with Da Roma.


"Before he was born, so much of my life was about moving forward. I was always looking toward the next house, the next car, the next job. Having a child with special needs really made me slow down and examine my definition of success. It also opened my eyes to how many people around me were willing to help.""What was your most difficult moment as a parent?""After being strong for so long, there was a moment when my wife finally broke down. And that was very difficult for me to see.""What was your happiest moment?""After months of coming home from work every day, kissing him on the cheek, and telling him I loved him— one day he said it back."


Maine, you are wonderful year round, but Fall has my heart.