“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”
Rumi
“Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are.”
John Green

A Note About American Women

     ”Giulio and Maria have a beautiful apartment, the most impressive feature of which is, to my mind, the wall that Maria once covered with angry curses again Giulio (scrawled in thick black magic marker) because they were having an argument and “he yells louder than me” and she wanted to get a word in edgewise.

     I think Maria is terribly sexy, and this burst of passionate graffiti is only further evidence of it. Interestingly, though, Giulio sees the scrawled-upon wall as a sure sign of Maria’s repression, because she wrote her curses against him in Italian, and Italian is her second language, a language she has to think about for a moment before she can choose her words. He said if Maria had truly allowed herself to be overcome by anger-which she never does, because she’s a good Anglo-Protestant- then she would have written all over that wall in her native English. He says all Americans are like this: repressed. Which makes them dangerous and potentially deadly when they do blow up.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Cheese for days. Rather, cheese for 15 minutes. Definitely worth breaking my veganism for this deliciousness. Also, #sangria by the pitcher. Quality girl time, some amazing grub in this beautiful city. What more can a girl ask for? #philadelphia #notvegan #hopingwishingprayingidontgetsinusitis  (at Talula’s Garden)

Cheese for days. Rather, cheese for 15 minutes. Definitely worth breaking my veganism for this deliciousness. Also, #sangria by the pitcher. Quality girl time, some amazing grub in this beautiful city. What more can a girl ask for? #philadelphia #notvegan #hopingwishingprayingidontgetsinusitis (at Talula’s Garden)

“That’s the thing about human life- there’s no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

-Maya Angelou

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Beyond #thankful for my friends, especially @dwros3. How I became so lucky to have her in my life is something beyond my comprehension. Picking up this package was such a pleasant surprise! All #vegan goodies: candle, cream, bath salts, chocolate, and of course, toof care product. #friend #friendship #carepackage #hugsfrommilesaway

Beyond #thankful for my friends, especially @dwros3. How I became so lucky to have her in my life is something beyond my comprehension. Picking up this package was such a pleasant surprise! All #vegan goodies: candle, cream, bath salts, chocolate, and of course, toof care product. #friend #friendship #carepackage #hugsfrommilesaway

My niece melts my heart. So #thankful that I was able to spend the evening with this curly haired cutie. #thosebootsthough #niece #love #family

My niece melts my heart. So #thankful that I was able to spend the evening with this curly haired cutie. #thosebootsthough #niece #love #family

Post #poledancing picture. We were bruised, bumped and beaten by the pole. And it was fucking awesome!  (at Flaunt Fitness, LLC)

Post #poledancing picture. We were bruised, bumped and beaten by the pole. And it was fucking awesome! (at Flaunt Fitness, LLC)

Make that #booty pop! #Poledancing is a serious twerkout, ladies.  (at Flaunt Fitness, LLC)

Make that #booty pop! #Poledancing is a serious twerkout, ladies. (at Flaunt Fitness, LLC)