I love who you've become and I'm so grateful that you hung in there. →

yournotetoself:

Dear 13-Year-Old Me:

I’m proud of you. At the young age of 13 you knew who you were and were
unapologetically unique and full of character. Your sense of fashion was impeccable. Cargo shorts? Linen? Bucket hats? Fuck yes. Your loving demeanor and compassion for others made the world orbit you….

Reason To Stay Here:

The difference between knowing something with your head and *knowing* it with your heart…and the process of closing that gap until whatever that something is clicks

Please stay here with us. 

Mellow Music Break: Birdy’s “People Help The People”

Mellow Music Break: Birdy’s “People Help The People”

Dear SHWM,

Hello! Thank you for being here today!

We hope you’ve had a good week so far. We are in the mood for a music break and wanted to share this song by Birdy with you all. We hope you like it. It makes us think of this community — thank you for all the ways you help us. <3

 Birdy, People Help The People

We care about you.…

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Reason To Stay Here: 

Even when it feels like you’re stuck or moving backward, you are still really pushing through and moving forward.

Please stay here with us. 

Silence can be ominous and overwhelming, carving scars into your flesh, Or it can be beautiful.

Hello SHWM! It’s Monday! Do you know what that means?!?! A new Note To Self!

Please stay here with us. 

http://yournotetoself.tumblr.com/post/95745990782/silence-can-be-ominous-and-overwhelming-carving-scars

yournotetoself:

Girl, embrace the silence.

Too often you remember silence in its darkest sense,

The silence of every suicide letter and every heart-felt sob,

When you curled on your floor to sleep, too broken to crawl into bed.

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I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community.
— 

Janet Mock

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Checking In.

Dear SHWM,

Call anytime you need to:

Source: suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Source: suicidepreventionlifeline.org

We care about you and hope you are all having a good week. Thank you for being here. We are so glad you’re alive.
Please stay here with us.

In Kindness,
Andrea and Kelsey

Let Us Know:
What is one piece of art you’re currently loving?

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Reason To Stay Here:

Reading used books, and seeing all of the highlighted places and notes in the margins from previous readers.

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Dear High School Karen, you are not alone.

A new Note To Self is up! We are so in love with this project and so in love with all of you! 

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yournotetoself:

Dear High School Karen,

It’s going to be okay. I know, that’s so trite that it almost holds no meaning. You like to think of yourself as a good writer, so I imagine you’re annoyed that I’m speaking in clichés. I mean it though, that pain will end.

 I still remember how it feels to truly believe that I’m fundamentally unlikeable. Your friendships drifted away into the woodwork. It happened so quickly that you missed and blinked the fall out. It happened so slowly that you’re still not sure whether or not they’re truly gone. I know. You write passive aggressive poetry and publish it in the school’s literary magazine. They’re all on the board and you’re not sure whether or not they notice that you are too. You’re physically present though they never seem to quite acknowledge you.

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We need a little gentleness and healing from one another. Healing in words, healing beyond words. Like gestures. Warm gestures. Like friendship, which will always be like a mystery. Like a smile, which someone described as the shortest distance between two people.
— 

Ben Okri

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