“I think for me, beauty is sincerity. I think that there are so many different ways that someone can be beautiful. You know, someone’s so funny that it makes them beautiful no matter how they look because they’re sincere in it. Or someone’s really emotional and moody and thoughtful and stoic but that makes them beautiful because that’s sincerely who they are. Or you look out into the crowd and you see someone so happy that they’re smiling from ear-to-ear and that sincerity comes through, and I think that’s what makes somebody beautiful. I’ve never felt like there’s just one way to be beautiful, you know, tall or short, straight hair or curly or whatever, some people have definitions of their “types.” You know, for me, I think that when I meet someone and there’s that magical thing about them that makes them unforgettable, it’s that they’re sincere and honest in whoever they are. Be that funny, happy, sad, going through a rough time, sarcastic…I think these personality traits that come through when somebody is really sincere is what makes them beautiful.”—Taylor Swift. (via andthatlittleblackdress)
I’m truly thankful for four great people I have in my life: Rachael, Brittany, Mariah, and Katie. Without them this year would’ve been a total mess and I wouldn’t know what a true friendship really is. We all contribute something to our group thats different and makes it work. Having the same…
“I’m not fascinated by people who smile all the time. What I find interesting is the way people look when they are lost in thought, when their face becomes angry or serious, when they bite their lip, the way they glance, the way they look down when they walk, when they are alone and smoking a cigarette, when they smirk, the way they half smile, the way they try and hold back tears, the way when their face says they want to say something but can’t, the way they look at someone they want or love… I love the way people look when they do these things. It’s… beautiful.”— Josh (via slekes)
The moments that you will remember forever.The ones of laughing until you cried,that perfect night and the feeling of love in your arms.It’s that endless song,that incredible book and most beautiful movie.It’s the moments when you had to be there te feel it.When you randomly bump into someone you…
"That fight that just occured, that was all you. It was all because of you. So when you start to act like I’m the bad guy, just remember it was all because of you. So remember that when you run and tell all of them. That’s another thing, I’m sick of everyone garnering sympathy for each other around here. Especially for you. I know how you are, and I know it’s all an act, I can see it."
I just want to sit with my best friends and catch up. I don’t mean “so what’d you do last weekend,” catch up. I mean I want to know how they are actually doing; I want to know whether or not they’re happy. I want to know how I can try to make them happier if they aren’t. I want to know what is actually going on in their lives; I want to know what is consuming their thoughts. I want to tell them all of these things about myself too. I just miss my best friends and want to both physically and emotionally be with them again.
At the lowest point in my life, I was 99% sure God had deserted not only me but also my entire family. I hated Him. I hated him for putting my siblings and I through so much pain and confusion, I hated him for making my dad feel the deepest form of heartbreak, I hated him for letting her abandon us, I hated him for bringing her back, I hated him for destroying my childhood and my family.
I eventually reconnected with God somewhat, but not I never fully forgave or reconnected with him until this past weekend at SEARCH. I was very weary of SEARCH even though my brother went and loved it, I still didn’t know if I was prepared to share my full self with others. But SEARCH wasn’t anything I expected it to be. I didn’t know I would relate to a girl I barely even knew, I didn’t know that the people who seem to have it perfect endure so much, I didn’t know I would feel a new closeness with God and the human race as a whole, I didn’t know I’d finally find a priest I could relate to and whom I felt could relate back to me, I didn’t know I would have the most fruitful confession of my life, I didn’t know so many people loved me, especially the ones I hardly knew.
I had no idea. But I’m so glad it all came as a surprise to me because I think I got the most out of it this way. I’m so incredibly thankful to have met and become close with everyone I did. I’m so thankful for the adults on staff who work SEARCH three times a year and who actually care about what a bunch of teenagers are feeling. I’m so thankful for Fr. Mike, who taught me it’s okay to be angry at God, because He loves me and He isn’t going anywhere and when I’m ready to come back, He’ll be waiting. I’m so thankful for all of the SEARCH team members who are my age or a just a year older yet are so strong and inspiring.
Thank you all for a weekend I will truly never forget!