| Washington Sunsets |
We spent our last night in Edmonds, WA with new friends and this sunset! After running around Izzy’s favorite waterfront playground, we ate a delicious dinner of Fish Tacos, Fish and Chips and Clam chowder. After dinner we decided to catch one more gorgeous PNW sunset. So blessed to have been able to spend so much time exploring this part of the country! Wonder if the East Coast sunrises can match these West Coast sunsets. 🤔 Only time will tell. T-Minus 30 days until we spend our first night in Boston, MA
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Growing up as an immigrant without ever assimilating into the western culture, I found solace in books. When assigned a long reading list and told to read three books from that list, you’d bet I’d read three books for school...and the rest for myself. And my parents instilled the importance of education and took us to the library almost daily to check out and read books. In elementary school, I shared a bunk bed with my sister and I had had claimed the top bunk from day one. I was older, so I was definitely entitled to have the first pick. The bed was placed near the kitchen and the living room, but out of sight of both. But it’s location was perfect as part of the light from the kitchen also shone on part of my bed. This was crucial, you see, because we had a bedtime. And despite my family’s love of books, my parents knew that we had to sleep too.
But when everyone was sleeping, that’s when I seized the extra opportunity to sneak out the book I was hiding under pillow and read. Books took me to places I’d never imagined. They allowed me to envision something completely different from how my sisters and friends saw them. And that was okay. If there was a chapter describing a house, I saw the house different than my classmates did. Books taught me that everyone has a different perspective to everything in life and that there’s nothing wrong with that.
My mom probably wondered how I finished those books so fast, and one day I’ll tell her it was because of the kitchen light that we left on at night.
One thing we see time and time again is lack of self-respect. If you cannot respect yourself, don’t expect others to respect you either. Women especially, need to set themselves at higher standards and not take bullshit from friends or significant others. Positive criticism is good if it helps you improve as a person. But if someone is constantly belittling you and making you feel unworthy, you need to step aside and leave this toxic relationship. Even if this person claims to be your best friend. Your true friend is the one who encourages and motivates you. If they aren’t happy at your small steps to success, they’re not your friends.
Once you learn to respect yourself, you’ll be better able to identify what’s right for you, what makes you happy. After this, you can take all steps necessary to achieve an environment that surrounds you with only positivity and people who truly care for you. Don’t take bullshit from anyone!