Recently, in a book I’ve been reading, the main character was struggling with herself. She was far from perfect but the only people that had a problem with her so called imperfections were those around her. When she really thought about it; she liked herself. She liked herself a lot. The advice she was given resonated with me, although I’ve grown in to the ‘screw you if you don’t like me’ attitude in recent years. She was told that if you don’t like something about yourself change it, and if you do like it, even when everyone else doesn’t, OWN IT! I love that. Own your quirks, idiosyncrasies, and uniqueness. Be you.

Never be bullied into silence.  Never allow yourself to be made a victim.  Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.  ~Harvey Fierstein


About Magnolia Beginnings

Just when you think you have it all down it changes again or... “Reshaping life! People who can say that have never understood a thing about life—they have never felt its breath, its heartbeat—however much they have seen or done. They look on it as a lump of raw material that needs to be processed by them, to be ennobled by their touch. But life is never a material, a substance to be molded. If you want to know, life is the principle of self-renewal, it is constantly renewing and remaking and changing and transfiguring itself, it is infinitely beyond your or my obtuse theories about it.” ― Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

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  1. Think I’ve embraced the weird…own it! And I love that you’ve put some R. Waldo on here too. Here’s to owning our weird Mo…I mean really…I think squash is weird but I don’t expect it to turn into filet mignon because i’d like it to. Go Squash.
    love you

    • Gotta love Waldo. I have a necklace with his quote “Live ever in a new day” and I wore until I could really feel like I could do it. It took over two years. Seriously, it was a process. Hey I’m a vegeterian so please don’t turn that squash in meat. Love you and your weird squashy self.

  2. I like this. I like this a lot. “When she really thought about it; she liked herself. She liked herself a lot.” Now that must be one of the most self-defining moments in life. I think I have become so accustomed to the notion that most people don’t seem to like themselves and it seems rather superior to admit anything else that this sentence is SO refreshingly wonderful!!! Thank you for giving voice to what I perhaps have always felt to be so simply and comfortably true. Oh hugs you for this one!!!! Sharon

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