Don’t Ever, Ever, Ever Give Up

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Never give up. It’s like breathing—once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can’t do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don’t ever, ever, ever give up.
Richelle E. Goodrich

When the day is over, let it go. Don’t dwell on what you could’ve or should’ve done. Tomorrow is another day and another chance.
Mandy Hale

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You Are Made Of Fire

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I do not define myself by how many roadblocks have appeared on my path.
I define myself by the courage I’ve found to forge new roads.
I do not define myself by how many disappointments I’ve faced.
I define myself by the forgiveness and faith I’ve found to start again.
I do not define myself by how long a relationship lasted.
I define myself by how much I have loved, and am willing to love again.
I do not define myself by how many times I’ve been knocked down.
I define myself by how many times I’ve struggled to my feet.
I am not my pain.
I am not my past.
I am that which has emerged from the fire.

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You’re Worthy Of Love Even At Your Lowest

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My therapist told me something meaningful yesterday, she said, “It’s important to remember that when you’re depressed, you have to nurse yourself and be extra gentle toward yourself. Just like an athlete wouldn’t break an ankle then force themselves to run that ankle. They rest as it heals and do not think, ‘I am a failed athlete.’ They think, ‘Right now something isn’t working so I’ll take care of myself until it does.’
Just like a broken bone, depression can change the way your daily life plays out, and pushing yourself too hard and getting frustrated when you don’t feel better is just like trying to run on that broken ankle and getting frustrated when it doesn’t heal.
Jellie Bells

You have this idea in your head that the only time you’re worthy of being loved is when you’re at your best. You’re still worthy of being loved when you’re at your lowest. You’re still worthy of being loved when you don’t want to go on anymore. You are still worthy of being loved even when you don’t love yourself. You are a human and therefore always worthy of being loved and don’t you fool yourself into thinking otherwise.

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Strength And Grace

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The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because their shit worked out. They got that way because shit went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.
Elizabeth Gilbert

The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.
C. JoyBell C.

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