Love Letter to Self

Photography: Luigi Ghirri

Photography: Luigi Ghirri

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.” – Rumi

There is only so much that we can control. I have learned to stop forcing things. Often times we just need to find the patience to wait. -tM

Worth the Knowing

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

“There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.” -Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

In Peace

Artist: Renata Janiszewska

Artist: Renata Janiszewska

Whether you celebrate or not, my wish is that you enjoy this work free day (for most us) to rest, relax, and find some time for yourself.

Peace and love,

-tM xo

“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.” -Einstein

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The Power of One

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If you are able to believe in a higher source of power, with faith being at the core of that trust, then why not believe in yourself? There is evidence of your existence, and the proof also lies in your very ability to have moved through life thus far, so why not believe in your own potential? -tM

Repeat After Me…

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There is duality in repetition, yes, it can be monotonous, and some believe it to be the death of art, however, it can also be liberating in the long run, especially if you are breaking old habits and creating new brain pathways. The same action can make you feel something completely different by the end. I am a fan of certain practices repetition. -tM

Finding it & Learning it

“If you have a voice: Learn it. Believe it when it shakes. Activate your humanity somewhere between building and repairing trust with it. Emotionally prepare it. Rest it. Grieve old language. Anticipate the loud thunder of new language. Fund it with love. Use it.”

-Melissa M. Tripp

What a process the above has been for me. My voice still shakes sometimes when standing up for myself and my beliefs, but I do it, because there is so much that using my voice is symbolic of: courage, strength, self-acceptance, growth, vulnerability, trust, self-worth, love, healing, intelligence, self-care, & moving forward with the knowledge that there is still work to be done.

I hope that we all find a way to learn and use our own individual voices singularly and collectively to make changes in the world when necessary. Micro or macro, every step is a step. -tM