hello gorgeous

smile. for me, would you? you see, your smile, it does more than just light up the room. it warms my heart and rids the room of the dark shadows that frighten me so.

your smile fixes it all. it is the sun that provides the light and warmth and energy without which i wouldn’t be able to go on. it lights up your face, and mine in turn.

i just want you to know that when you smile, nothing can be wrong. so, smile, often, without apprehension. you are the most beautiful creature i’ve ever seen… even moreso when i can see those crescent lips upturned, and those kind eyes glistening.

pump, pump

i can see the rhythm of your heart pumping through the blue thread veins so easily seen from outside your paper thin skin. with every beat, my love for you grows; for every tiny cell traveling through your magnificent body, i fall in love with you infinitely more. an eternally, infinitely expanding adoration is what i promise to you forever. tangled heartstrings and tangled limbs, the thought of us together is just the very best thing.

WOW! (Week 12)

Harmonious: Exhibiting accord in feeling or action. Having component elements pleasingly or appropriately combined

In a sentence: I seek to make my existence with those around me as harmonious as possible, which in turn amplifies the positivity in my life.

Mission: Seek harmony in your life! Look for harmonious balances all around you, and think about what you can do to make the various aspects of your life as harmonious as possible.

WOW! (Week 11)

Tremendous: extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree

In a sentence: When I look around, I am reminded that despite everything, there is tremendous good in people.

Mission: Look for the tremendous good in your life! Find things that are particularly positive and fixate on them!

WOW! (Week 10)

Elegant: refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style, marked by elegance; of a high grade or quality

In a sentence: The elegant nature of the girl shone for all to see, whether she was dressed up and ready to go out, or just out of bed.

Mission: Look for elegance in everything and remember to keep this word in your conscious mind all week! There is elegant beauty everywhere you look!

shapes

do you have a favorite shape? mine is a person shape. no single one is exactly like another; bodies like fingerprints… unique to each and every one of us. all so varied, but all so beautiful in their own magnificent ways.
is there any other shape in the world that keeps you up at night? one that, once you finally stop your tossing and turning, haunts your dreams, in the best and worst ways.
some person shapes have particularly fantastic arms shapes, and legs shapes, and behind shapes, and face shapes, and oh, how i could go on. they feel better than anything else in the world as well. there is nothing better than to touch the soft skin of another shape, or to have another person shape lightly drag their hand shapes over the peaks and valleys or your own magnificent shape. the history of all worship reduces to people shapes touching other people shapes.
and, oh! the wonderful things these shapes can do! they breathe and speak and create and move in the most magnificent ways.
person shapes; there are no better things to behold.

WOW! (Week 9)

Contented: satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are

In a sentence: Although things may not always turn out as I want or expect, I remember that life is beautiful and try my best to remain contented with life.

Mission: Remember that life is good and try to be contended with what you have. What things make you feel particularly content? Make efforts to draw these things into your life and manifest that positive energy!

Katie West Interview

Katie West is a photographer best known for her primarily nude, honest, raw, sensual self portraits. Her work is NSFW (see: nude), but that shouldn’t deter you from checking it out.

What is love (baby don’t hurt me)?
Love is a choice you make. Because love is hard and you decide what to do with it once you figure you might’ve found it.

Who is the most remarkable person you know personally, and why do you think so?
My mother is the most remarkable person I know. I think this because more than anyone I’ve ever known, she knows how to live. Really live. She truly lives each day like it’s her last. And she has faults, she has a lot of faults, and makes a lot of mistakes. But she’s still managed to raise two good kids, has a good husband, many people who love her and doesn’t let anything get in the way of her good day. It annoys me how optimistic she is sometimes, but she’s got the right idea I think.

Where does love hide?
I don’t think love hides; it’s everywhere, right? Looking for it is pointless, and will never work. The only thing you can do is close your eyes to it, and then there’s no one to blame for a lack of love in your life, but yourself. Open your eyes and bam. Mother fucking love.

When was the last time everything felt perfect? Tell us about it! Honestly, this happens to me often. I will be sitting in my living room with Matt, and we’ll be watching some sort of marathon of Supernatural, or BSG or something, drinking tea, trying to get enough couch space from my two cats who for some reason think they own the place and I think to myself that yes, I would have no problem doing just this for the rest of my life. Family makes for a lot of perfect moments for me. Friends too.
When you think of the word ‘beautiful,’ what’s the first thing to come to mind?
I think of my friends, mainly. I have a lot of very good friends and always feel lucky about that. And they’re all so good-looking too. And to top it all off, they have these ridiculously good souls under those beautiful skin suits that just exacerbate their beauty to the nth degree.
What is your favorite thing to do to keep warm on a cold day?
Oh, it’s actually a freezing cold day here in Toronto today. It’s snowing and my house is cold! I am wearing my pajamas and these amazing slippers I have that make me feel like a Yeti and am under two blankets. And tea, of course. I have this really great Holiday Chai tea. I don’t know why it’s holiday, but that’s what the box says. It’s good regardless.
What is your favorite part of your day to day routine?
At the moment, I don’t have much of a routine. I really like eating though. Lunch is my favourite meal of the day and to have a really satisfying day, I need to have a good lunch. I also like the part of the day where I cuddle with my cats.
Who in this whole wide world would you most like to be friends with (who is alive and who you are not already friends with)?
I’m thinking Patrick Stewart, but I’d rather just have sex with him, honestly. Okay, this is gonna sound kinda nerdy (ha! nerdier than the Patrick Stewart comment? Maybe), but there’s these shows called Reviews on the Run, and Electric Playground. They’re nerdy shows about video games mostly and hosted/created by Victor Lucas. And I’d like to be friends with him.

Obviously, it takes a tremendous amount of self-esteem to take nude self-portraits and put them online for the whole internet to see! What are some of your tips and tricks for keeping your self-esteem high?
I’ve never had a problem with my self-esteem. For some reason, from a young age, I’ve just never cared what anyone thought. I’ve never had to fight with myself to put something of myself out there for people to see. I’ve never been scared of being naked online. I think being a woman is fucking awesome, and I love everything about it.

So tips! 1. Don’t give a shit about anything anyone thinks about you. Just do what makes you happy. Dr. Suess said it best actually: Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. and 2. Realize that you are worth loving. Don’t buy into that narcissism is bad mantra; there is nothing wrong with believing you are totally awesome and loving yourself a lot.

WOW! (Week 8)

Sophisticated: finely experienced and aware; having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire

In a sentence: Through experience, I have become sophisticated; the world is mine, and I know that I control my reactions to all that happens.

Mission: You don’t need to have traveled the world to be sophisticated. This week, think about what makes you feel sophisticated, and look for sophistication in the seemingly commonplace.

WOW! (Week 7)

Flawless: without imperfection

In a sentence: Though we all have our flaws, don’t ever let that stop you from being flawless.

Mission: Remember that we are all human and we all have our flaws. But really, that’s what makes us perfect. Look for the flawless good in your life this week.

if you have ordered a book…

sorry babies,

but if you have ordered a book you will have to wait just a teency bit longer to receive it. due to a family emergency, it’s just going to take a few more days before those magnificent little things will be mailed and on their ways to you.

deepest apologies.

WOW! (Week 6)

Comfortable: affording or enjoying contentment and security; free from stress or tension; encourages serenity and well-being

In a sentence: I feel most comfortable when I’m being silly and carefree with my best friends.

Mission: What makes you feel the most comfortable? Share it with us and this week, look to surround yourselves with things and/or people that make you comfortable and content!

crushing

yes yes, i believe in hope. i believe in these good things, and these unfaltering smiles. i know those butterflies that beat their wings so hard, there’s a storm warning in your stomach. nervous becomes a tangible thing, a brick, so heavy and exciting, more than just a word describing a feeling.

i know these things. my heart is beating, and my mind is racing. there is so much good ahead.

WOW! (Week 5)

Inspiring: stimulating or exalting to the spirit

In a sentence: Her unfaulting ability to remain to true to herself was inspiring.

Mission: Seek the inspiring in your life! Got some of your favorite inspiring words and quotes? Share them with us in the comments! Do you know some truly inspiring people in your life? Tell them what you think of them. Look for inspiration around you, and you will be sure to find it.

WOW! (Week 4)

Exquisite: marked by flawless craftsmanship or by beautiful, ingenious, delicate, or elaborate execution; pleasing through beauty, fitness, or perfection.

In a sentence: Just like every snowflake, or every flower, we are all unique and uniquely exquisite.

Mission: Seek the exquisite in your life! It’s there waiting to be found!!

WOW! (Week 3)

Staggering: So great as to cause one to stagger; astonishing, overwhelming

In a sentence: Today, I was overwhelmed by the staggering nature of the beauty in my life.

Mission: Remember that you don’t always  need to look far to find the awe inspiring in your day. Staggering. Remember to keep this word in mind and actively seek to use it to describe things in your life!

smile, go on now

“Back in my old life, I was never much of a smiler. A girl may win hearts with a coy grin, but it seemed to me that a wry smirk and jagged comment opened all the doors I wanted (and tightened the lock on a few that I really, really wanted to keep closed). When confronted with a perma-smiler, I would vacillate rapidly between suspicion and pity.

Increasingly over the past ten months, though, I’ve become more of a natural smiler…

Other people are miracles. It’s easy to forget that, but so worthwhile to remind yourself….”

Not That Kind of Girl (YOU NEED TO CHECK HER OUT. STAT… YESTERDAY IF POSSIBLE.)