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Hello! This is an Inspiration and Encouragement blog. *** I hope you find something here that resonates with your heart and encourages your soul! ***
About Me: I am a follower of Christ. I've been going through a period of growth/having a rough journey lately, so I hope I can both sympathize and empathize with you my friend. Feel free to reach out! *** My personal Tumblr is: GraceOnPaper




these photos were taken earlier this year when I attended school in Tennessee (my 4th year to be exact)

I don’t know if you can tell but I was very sad at the time…

Sad is actually an understatement… I had actually never thought about suicide before going to a religious school… But it’s just something about being surrounded by people who care about everyone else but the ones they are supposed to care about.. I never would have guessed I would be sleeping in my car and in hotels all while trying to get my education at a place that literally hated me… Or the idea of what I represented.

This piece, “Overhead” was one done in response to being told “create a work about how you are feeling”

At the time I felt so empty and lonely that it physically hurt…

"Overhead" represents the idea of a dark cloud overtaking a persons’ life… How the feelings of sadness can have a physical weight of it’s own… A presence if you will…

I spent 5 days/nights (even after the piece was due) to finish this room sized installation. It consisted of over 500 fishing lines attached to a 15 x 20 ft grid and pounds of scrap bubble wrap …
I did not finish the piece on time even when I asked for an extension… I just wanted to do my my mind, it would all pay off…

It didn’t. My professor: a racist homophobic sexist conservative man took it as his opportunity to put me in my place… To break me… At the end of the year he failed me….an advanced sculpture student who had always made A’s and who had received scholarships for my work…

Fast forward to now… I wish I could have told the person I was a couple months ago that everything was going to be ok…

I’m now in NYC. Things are not perfect but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Tennessee broke me… and even thinking about “Overhead” brings back terrible feelings and resentment… But I’m so thankful it did. I was meant to be pushed away from that place.

I’m free.

I’m so very proud of how far you’ve come. And it’s only the beginning.

This piece and this person is beautiful

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“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

Maya Angelou (via aboxfullofdarkness)

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“Are you scared? Or are you not ready? There is a difference.”

Unique Quietness (via uniquequietness)

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“it is a serious thing
just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in the broken world.”

Mary Oliver (via oofpoetry)

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“You’d be surprised what small, everyday things can lift us out of despair. But nobody can do it for you. You’re the one who has to watch for the open door.”

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch (via ablogwithaview)

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“We cannot avoid conflict—conflict with society, with other individuals, and with oneself. Conflicts may be the sources of defeat, lost life, and a limitation of our potentiality; but they may also lead to greater depth of living and the birth of more far-reaching unities, which flourish in the tensions that engender them.”

 Karl Jaspers (via stxxz)

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“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.”

Chuck Klosterman (via m-uir)

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1. Your skin may never be perfect, and that’s okay.

2. Life is too short not to have the underwear, the coffee, and the haircut you want.

3. Everyone (including your family, your coworkers, and your best friend) will talk about you behind your back, and you’ll talk about them too. It doesn’t mean you don’t love each other.

4. It’s okay to spend money on things that make you happy.

5. Sometimes without fault or reason, relationships deteriorate. It will happen when you’re six, it will happen when you’re sixty. That’s life.

Five things I am trying very hard to accept (via aumoe)

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