“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” ― Barbara De Angelis

You are allowed…
to be sad, 
to feel helpless, 
to be tired, 
to be scared, 
to cry, 
to be depressed, 
to be lonely,
to be angry,
to ask why,
to scream, 
to feel overwhelmed, 
to grieve,
to feel like no one can relate, 
to feel lost,
to hide under the covers,
to see a counselor, 
to wish this never happened to you 
-or to others, 
to feel out of control, 
to feel betrayed,
to wonder “what if?”, 
to long for simple things, 
and simple times… 
to wish for more.

But on the flip side —

You are allowed…
to be grateful, 
to feel loved, 
to find the joy,
to be surrounded by people who care, 
to feel nurtured,
to be hopeful,
to realize you are not alone,
to laugh, 
to be inspired, 
to be motivated, 
to be filled with faith, 
to do what you can, 
to be the victor, not the victim, 
to learn to ask for help,
to breathe,
to let go of the past,
to believe in yourself,
to not be defined by others,
to never, ever give up, 
to find “you” again, 
to write your own story,
to make today count,
to be YOU-tiful,
to realize you are stronger than you ever thought!

Whichever side of the card are you on today, you are allowed.

The only thing that makes summer coming to an end less depressing, is picking up your #frye boots from the shoe repair shop. $119 later… All soled & insoled, and polished up! #notvegan #bestinvestmentever #10yearsandstillgoingstrong

The only thing that makes summer coming to an end less depressing, is picking up your #frye boots from the shoe repair shop. $119 later… All soled & insoled, and polished up! #notvegan #bestinvestmentever #10yearsandstillgoingstrong

This car #selfie pretty much captures the sum of #schufest. My hotmess self, sleeping bag, cooler & a much needed Slip N Slide float. Such a beautiful day with the sunroof back, windows down, and open roads on the drive back from Shamokin to Philadelphia. And I think I just might admit to loving #camping. #stuffwhitepeoplelike

This car #selfie pretty much captures the sum of #schufest. My hotmess self, sleeping bag, cooler & a much needed Slip N Slide float. Such a beautiful day with the sunroof back, windows down, and open roads on the drive back from Shamokin to Philadelphia. And I think I just might admit to loving #camping. #stuffwhitepeoplelike

Saying good-bye to this chic is always the hardest, @liveseasoned. I’ve been so lucky to have seen this beautiful young woman three times this summer in 3 locations, for 3 excellent summer celebrations. My fellow July baby, I love you, miss you already & thank you for throwing the most amazing #schufest! Until next time… #summer2014

Saying good-bye to this chic is always the hardest, @liveseasoned. I’ve been so lucky to have seen this beautiful young woman three times this summer in 3 locations, for 3 excellent summer celebrations. My fellow July baby, I love you, miss you already & thank you for throwing the most amazing #schufest! Until next time… #summer2014

Be kind. Always. #schufest

Be kind. Always. #schufest

Brooke launching a #waterballoon. Sunday Funday. #schufest #shamokin #summer2014

@saleemahmed killing it in the #slipnslide. This is how everyone spends their Sunday morning, correct? #schufest #shamokin #summer2014

It’s crazy to think there’s 16 tents, a camper and a van sleeping ~50 people at #schufest. #summer2014 #shamokin

It’s crazy to think there’s 16 tents, a camper and a van sleeping ~50 people at #schufest. #summer2014 #shamokin

Because wearing animal #onsies while #camping is totally normal. Plus a #photobomb. @danni_p4 #schufest #shamokin #summer2014

Because wearing animal #onsies while #camping is totally normal. Plus a #photobomb. @danni_p4 #schufest #shamokin #summer2014