Reason To Stay Here:

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

Please stay here with us. 

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! 

Please stay here with us. 

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

Please stay here with us. 

Hope is not about proving anything. It’s about choosing to believe this one thing: that love is bigger than any grim, bleak shit anyone can throw at us.
— 

Anne Lamott


Please stay here with us.

Something You Can Do When You’re Sad:

Curl yourself up into a ball and keep hugging yourself like that until you feel better.

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Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.
— 

Neil Gaiman

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Connection and Growth.

Dear SHWM,

Hello! We’re so glad you’re here.

There have been a lot of neat things going on at SHWM recently – we did a video for the wonderful folks at The Ally Coalition, shared a great new letter on Note To Self, and our FB community surpassed 6,000 likes! (Also great – Andrea did an AMA at Reddit.)

One of the things that inspired…

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We’re Here Together.

We’re Here Together.

Source: theloveyourselfchallenge.tumblr.com

Source: theloveyourselfchallenge.tumblr.com

Dear SHWM,

Thank you for being here tonight. We know that many of us have heavy hearts right now and we wanted to say that we’re here with you. We’re all in this together and that is something bright we can hold onto when we’re struggling. Please be gentle with and take such care of yourself. There are resourcesavailable for you whenever, if ever, you…

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Reason To Stay Here: Eradicating Stigmas  Dear SHWM, You all are so special and we’re thankful beyond words that you’re alive. Thank you for this safe space.  Please stay here with us. <3

Reason To Stay Here: Eradicating Stigmas

Dear SHWM,
You all are so special and we’re thankful beyond words that you’re alive. Thank you for this safe space.

Please stay here with us. <3

You are a survivor and I love you. →

yournotetoself:

Dear 11 year old Ericka,

What happened to you wasn’t ok. It wasn’t silly, or stupid, or ridiculous, or
embarrassing. It was abusive. It was degrading and exploitive and traumatic. It was not your fault. Let me remind you that you are in 6th grade. You watch Lizzie McGuire religiously every…