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Quotable Mondays | Inspirational Tweets Week No.6

Happy Tuesday darlings!

I am working on this extremely needed concept of "getting a routine" and as I work on it, I am reminded that bad habits die hard. Working from home has been amazing but I have sometimes felt like I lose control over my time and that it goes by so fast without actually feeling like I accomplished much. I discovered that it was because I tackled my day with a to-do list but without a routine or strategy in terms of time blocks.  So it's been 2 week since I started forging new habits, little by little. I am not perfect and I still don't follow this rigid schedule to the fullest but I see my behavior changing daily and I call those moments my "little victories". 

Today I am back with my Twittable quotes which is really making my Monday that much more fun. I am sharing some quotes from my Friday post about my desert obsession and how it has shaped me. If you missed it I hope you will go back and read it; it may give you hope. 

"a geography of apparent lack is actually a place of secret nurture" Darling Magazine (Click on this quote to Tweet)

Here's also a quote of my ever favorite character (since childhood) Anne of Green Gables "Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world" (Click on this quote to tweet)

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
1 Corinthians 10:13 (Click on his quote to tweet)

I am also excited to share that on Sunday I was featured on in which I was invited to share about how I started my blog, how a new blogger can grow their readership, and a bit about my blogging routine. It was really fun to do and I am thankful for the opportunity to meet new readers. Hope you will check it out! 

Do you have any encouraging quotes or tweets that you would like me to share on Mondays? Send me an email, I would love to read them! 



Quotable Monday | Inspirational Tweets

Today's quotes are mainly about timing. They are inspirational tweets for when we want to do something but feel like we are too late in the game. I've discovered, however, that you are never too late to learn something new or to take one more step to get you closer to that dream you've been  nurturing for years. I know that it takes guts, sometimes double the work that others put in. Take this post as a little wink of encouragement.

Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle -Jon Acuff (Click the quote to Tweet)

If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives -Lemony Snicket

Big things often have small beginnings -unknown

The secret to getting ahead is getting started -Mark Twain

Above all be the heroine of your life not the victim -Nora Ephron

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. -Arthur Ashe

This last one is my favorite quote. It has helped me stay focused so many times on using and doing my best with what I have as opposed to waiting to have more in order to get busy. Honestly it's an old principle written in my favorite book that basically says that when we are faithful and diligent with little, more and bigger things will be trusted on to us.

And the cherry on this Monday is this passage "But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you" -Psalm 56:3

Did you miss my other "Quotable Mondays"? Catch them all here: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4



Quotable Monday | Inspirational Tweets Week No. 4

Happy Monday darlings!

I love the feeling of a fresh start that comes with Mondays, even though I am often tempted to try and stretch my weekend as much as possible by having an extra slow start in the morning. However, I am hoping and planning for this week to be as productive as this past week. Today, I am back with more Twittables that you can simply share directly from this blog!

I almost finished reading my issue no. 8 of Darling Magazine, in preparation for the new one that is in the mail. That magazine is so full of inspiration, thought out articles and just such a creative and deep thread of thought from beginning to end. 

I am planning a week with a few DIY's that I've been holding off on  and a faith post that I am excited about. 

Have a great week! XOXO



Quotable Mondays Week No.3

hello darlings!

A quick peek from this much-needed break to say that I hope you had a relaxing, long weekend (here in America) or are having a great start where ever you are.Before I go back to my Netflix marathon, I would like to leave you with my


from this past weekend. Hope you enjoy them! 

"Slow down and truly enjoy the things that matter most" -

Val (Tweet it)

"Don't want to reach the end of my life and realize that I was always there but never

present" -Val (Tweet it)

"If He who in Himself can lack nothing chooses to need us, it is because we need to be needed" C.S. Lewis (Tweet it ) 

For more snippets of inspiration, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.



Quotable Week No. 2 | Blog's Birthday GIVEAWAY of Some of My FavoriteThings

Happy Wednesday Darlings!

I've had an intense couple of days, but today I am a tad overjoyed because this week marks this blog's


 birthday. I am so thankful for each and every one of you that faithfully reads this blog and encourages me with your friendly comments. Above all, I'm thankful for the community of creatives that I've met and hopefully will keep meeting and connecting with. 

Also, on Monday I failed to share my second post of Twittable quotes, so here they are for you to tweet away.  

As this blog's first birthday approaches I am celebrating this week in two ways. First, I have written two photography articles (and here) to share some things that I have learned along the way and that you may find helpful and maybe even interesting. Second, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY that you can sign up for at the end of this post. 



Without further ado, here are some of my favorite quotes that inspired me this  past weekend. 

At the end of my days I do not wish to look back on my life and see that I was always there but never "present"- Valerie (Tweet it)

"It is wonderful what you can do when you have to."  C.S. Lewis (Tweet it)

"The difference between winners and losers is that winners kept playing until they won" - Kathryn Jackson (Tweet it)

I liked these quotes because they encourage me to be successful, to press on. However, I don't want to achieve anything in this world at the cost of the most important relationships in my life. As a result, I am presently in the middle of a big media intake assessment, trying to decide how I will diminish that. I will certainly share the journey with you.



The best way to say thank you to some of you that started following this blog from the very beginning and to you, new readers is to offer a giveaway with some of my favorite things. You have seen them photographed in different blog posts, and Instagram pictures because these are truly beautiful items that I use in my personal life.




Quotable | Weekend Thoughts N.1

Happy Monday Darlings!

I often have the greatest intentions of publishing amazing posts on Monday morning, but I often just have a thought or a very short blurb that I want to share, so I usually get on Twitter and participate in a chat or just tweet about it. This gave me an idea to start every Monday from now on with Twittable quotes; these are thoughts I've shared during the weekend and that may inspire you throughout the week and share concisely how they came about.  

Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose- C.S Lewis 
(Tweet it)

You were created with a purpose and you deserve to be loved accordingly. 
Don't settle for less - Me (Tweet it)

To be loved correctly, one must know Love personally in order to discern true from false - Me (Tweet it)

Yes, Love is a risk, but it's never harmful. Some people and memories we must leave behind to move forward- Me (Tweet it)

Lately, there have been a rampant amount of heartbreaks because of broken relationships in my surroundings. And as you know, matters of the heart are things that I feel very inspired to write about. So as I meditated on the different stories and gathered #realgirltalk stories for an upcoming post, I came up with these short quotes. What do you think? Have you had your heart broken before? How did you move on from there? 

Feel free to tweet these quotes and to write your own. I would love to read them. Also, stay tuned as I will be announcing a GREAT giveaway for this blog's upcoming birthday. Have a great week! XOX



The Fault In Our Stars | My Thoughts & Favorite Quotes

Hello darlings!

If you haven't read it, you've probably heard about it. The movie based on the book "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green is coming out in the United States on Friday. I must say there's been some debate about who should have played Augustus but needless to say that there's some excitement around it. I purposely waited to share this post until now because I wanted it to coincide with the release of the movie.

If you haven't read the book, I will try not to spill the beans (at least not in their totality) but I must say it is a sad book, that has been beautifully written. As my husband (who is an english and literature teacher) says it is a piece worthy of a fellow English teacher. The book is full of really great quotes, to the point that I had to withhold myself from tweeting all through it.  

Basically it's the story of 3 teenagers that meet through their terminal illness support group. Two of  which fall in love and we get a glimpse into a specific time of their adolescence or like they would say their "little infinity".  

I found that through the characters many fundamental questions that many people struggle with were exposed. I felt like in this book grief, pain, disappointment, sickness is dealt with and spoken about in a raw and direct way. All the stuff that you can possibly feel uncomfortable about when it comes to terminal illness is addressed and even cleverly joked about without taking away the seriousness of the situation. So here are some of my favorite quotes, and please sure to share yours in the comment section and tell me why you like it so much. 

  • As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly and than all at once
  • You gave me a forever within the number of days, and I'm grateful

Cruel Truth
  • That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.
  • The World is not a wish-granting factory
  • What a slut time is. She screws everybody.

  • You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.
  • Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you. 

  • The marks humans leave are too often scars.
  • You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.
  • Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin. 

  • Without pain, how could we know joy? This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate. 
I love this quote because of how cleverly written it is. However I think the issue is not pain vs joy but rather me experiencing pain so that I can grow and be able to handle the fact that joy is not always lusciously packed, instead it is hidden in the banality of small pleasures of our daily lives. So small in fact that most people miss it and may go a whole life pursuing happiness as if it was a destination, rather than finding it in their journey. Pain has indeed revealed my true character and as a consequence peeled off some layers of shallowness, stretched, helping me mature so that I can then appreciate the accumulation of small pleasures that might've been there all along but that I took for granted. Tears of pain have cleaned my eyes time and time again, revealing what I could not see before that experience. So when life gives me broccoli, I dip it in chocolate! 

I also thought it was interesting how the author compare the life of a person that has faith or believes in the after life like Augustus and the one who doesn't like Hazel. Discussing this with someone made us realize that this mirrors how people deal with grief and illness all the time. Some people, like me, it has been my faith that has literally saved my life getting through pain. But also, I have met people that the burden of pain almost serves as a confirmation that they should not believe. I feel like, underneath the surface, this is a recurrent theme throughout the book. 

Last but not least, I really liked how this book made me rethink the whole notion of time and how precious it is. I really enjoyed reading the passages about the infinity that there really is in small portions of time. I loved how the author developed the story in a way that they enjoyed their short time as much as they could even with all their limitations. As I read I was faced with the fragility of life itself and how our families and friends are gold and we must enjoy them as much as we can because one day they will no longer be. None of us actually. 

Which passage made you think or cry? Maybe when you read it you saw something different. I could write so much more but why don't we talk about it in the comment section.  

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