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Before “Beautiful” (5/3/14)

“Not because I don’t think you’re beautiful but because I need you to know you’re more than that”

You are beautiful yet you should know you are more than that.

The acknowledgement that everything is important about you. The first word I say to you when you walk past shouldn’t be “beautiful.” Maybe I should start with, “Wow” or “Amazing” or “Outstanding” before the term “beautiful” even crosses my mind. And even if “beautiful” had crossed my mind, I should still wait till it’s been so thoroughly established that your looks are only a fraction of what is important to be seen. That I’m not staring at the light in your eyes because I solely find them beautiful but because I find them Captivating. You are Captivating. You are Stellar like Shooting Stars. You are Beyond Measure. You are Incredible. You are Bright like the Sun. You are Resilient. You are Intelligent. You are Brave like the smallest animal in the jungle who still fights to live. You are Strong. You are what looks can’t begin to describe. And after what you’ve come to know of you to be more than merely “beautiful,” then I will tell you – You are Beautiful.


An outline for loving relationships, a doctrine for intimate revolutionaries and a reminder to myself to live each day authentically.

•I respect that each connection in my life will find its own right place, time, and spirit – with an appreciative understanding that each connection evolves in unpredictable ways.

•I realize and value that there are all kinds of love, and not all of them are sexual. I will be open to all expressions of love.

•I do not believe in placing arbitrary limits on myself or others based on an understanding of love as a finite commodity. I firmly believe that the more love I give, the more it grows and that people have an unlimited capacity to love.

•I will strive to be aware of how social conditioning is affecting my responses to love, and work towards breaking bad habits so that love can be redefined, explored, and expressed without hindrance.

•I appreciate that each expression of love is special. I recognize that all love has value and that one kind of love can never be better than another.

•I will keep my heart open to receive love. I will keep my heart open to give love. I will be open to vulnerability and intimacy. I will lower my shield to let love in and will slow down and listen when my shield goes up.

•I understand that people have varied needs, that one person cannot fulfill all needs of another, and it is our responsibility to express and get our own needs met. I recognize that this builds community and connection, which is the goal and helps to spread love.

•I will encourage those I love. I will be supportive when someone I love finds love or expresses love. I will look inward if any expression of love causes me to feel threatened or insecure. I will be open to being told I am not being supportive.

•I will examine my own fears and strive to not let them get in the way of expressing and experiencing love. I will listen with an open heart if someone’s honesty hurts me. I will strive to always respond with grace and speak authentically.

•I believe in being open to change and fluidity in relationships, even when it hurts. I believe love is the absence of guilt and fear. I believe love is acceptance that love involves choices.

•I recognize that love can become strained, love can be withheld, and love can be painful. I will strive to be honest with myself and others in order to remain compassionate to myself and others.

•I respect that love fosters deep bonds, and that expressions of love should be encouraged without the fear of threatening someone else’s comfort. I believe that compassion, safety, trust, and respect are essential to maintaining love.

•I believe that self-love is essential, and without it, love is impossible.

Ilya Parker

Everything about THIS gives me life  thank you Ilya for your #wordsoftruth#wordsofwisdom #wordsoflove

Dance, Love, Sing, Live (4/10/14)

Dance, Love, Sing, Live (4/10/14)

This is my rendition of the quote:

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey

I don’t want to pretend or act like I won’t face struggles or that the wonderful parts of life exist in seclusion from everything else I experience. Every moment is happening no matter where I am in life and who is or isn’t watching.

This is what true expression is about to me. This is what truly living is about to me ♥