Still Beautiful - "Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes don't see as well and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. "But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand" The Velveteen Rabbit
stop worrying about your life and how you look and start thinking about this...how many people would you impress if they world were blind? would they still know how much you love God? would they "see" a change in you? etc...just something to think about.(:
I personally always cringed when people said "don't settle" because I genuinely believe that no one is "better" than anyone else. A friend however clarified that the phrase is actually about not settling for anything less than all that you WANT. This can apply to anything really... love, your career, how and where you want to live your life. It is a standard we should all hold ourselves to :)
I do NOT owe anyone any explanation for my boundaries. I'm caring, understanding, loving, and I'll listen and help when I can. The need to prove anything beyond that because it's put in constant illogical doubt is toxic. Enough.