I don't know you and I don't owe you a thing.

Riley. 19. Feminist. Momma to my sun, my moon, and my stars. Lilly was born on March 30, 2014. She had to have heart surgery a week after birth which resulted in a damaged vocal chord. I can't breastfeed because of that but we aren't giving up hope that it will heal soon.

These things make me smile or something.

  1. raychillster:

    i try to take self portraits that can one day be turned into classic paintings.

    (via strawberreli)

  2. "

    The Israeli news site Mako posted a story featuring the various ways in which pets have been reacting to the sirens, with some experiencing difficulty sleeping, others whimpering and reports of some running away.

    Veterinarian Dr. Lili Raviv told Mako that she has received calls about dogs who are shaking nonstop and others who won’t stop following their owners around the house.

    “They experience it [stress] at higher levels than us, because of their sharp senses. They sometimes hear the sirens before us. Many times dog owners say the dog ran to the shelter before they [the owner] heard the siren,” Raviv said.

    Israel’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals extended an invitation to residents of southern Israel to house their pets at their shelter in Tel Aviv, which has been impacted less by rocket attacks.

    "
    over 1,000 civilians have been killed in Gaza (via sexhaver)

    (via strawberreli)

  3. This isn’t the best picture but my mom just sent it to me and it’s exactly what I needed to see to get me through tonight. I’m at work running on less than 6 hours of sleep in 48 hours. My roots need touched up somethin’ fierce. My face is broken out. I’m trying my best to be all that she needs me to be. I needed this reminder. I’m doing this for her. I haven’t had the time or energy to fix my hair or my face and that’s okay. You’re my motivation, little love. And you’re worth every bit of this.

    This isn’t the best picture but my mom just sent it to me and it’s exactly what I needed to see to get me through tonight. I’m at work running on less than 6 hours of sleep in 48 hours. My roots need touched up somethin’ fierce. My face is broken out. I’m trying my best to be all that she needs me to be. I needed this reminder. I’m doing this for her. I haven’t had the time or energy to fix my hair or my face and that’s okay. You’re my motivation, little love. And you’re worth every bit of this.

  4. Anonymous said: why do black women feel the need to wear weave?

    esteemsters:

    black--lamb:

    hmm

    idk maybe because of shit like this

    or this

    ……

    *sigh*

    noticing a trend….

    instead of asking “why black women feel the need to wear weaves” let’s ask “why black women have been made to feel that they need a weave in the first place”….

    for centuries the standard of beauty has not been that of the black woman…(we all know who i’m talking about)  instead we have been pushed to ‘conform’ to those standards without any second thoughts…i mean “white is right”…right….

    black women are the only group of people  who have been unmercifully criticized for the hair that grows naturally from their scalp…we have been told that our natural locs are “uncivilized’ “ugly’ undesirable’…that in order to be anywhere near beautiful we’ll have to rock straight european hair or permanently straighten our own..it’s all psychological from years and years of conforming..sadly the ideas and stigmas still have an effect on black women of today… 

    it’s sad that the number of us who have gone natural are looked up to as ‘being brave’ or ‘being a leader….the fact that black women even had to “go natural” shows how much we’ve fucked up and how society has brainwashed us into believing we are less than on the beauty scale because of something God blessed us with…

    what’s even more saddening, is not only do black women have to deal with the ignorance of other races not understanding our hair, but we also have to deal with the comments of black men who have fallen into the “bash black hair’ trap….the cycle never ends…

    Even though the stigma behind wearing a weave is thought to be fueled by self hatred, on the complete opposite side of the spectrum some women wear weaves to better their natural hair…the elements can be SO harsh on black hair and sometimes it just needs a break. wearing a weave helps maintain hair growth while protecting it from the weather for months at a time.

    Also some black women just love to change up their looks every once in awhile and they do so by wearing a weave because it’s much easier than dying, growing, or cutting their natural hair…so let them have fun expressing themselves…

    in my experience, i’ve had multiple white women strictly assume that black women wear weaves to “get like them” 

    nope

    nuh uh

    don’t

    flatter

     yourself

    honey

    i mean because

    black

    women

    are

    the only

    ones

    who

    do

    this shit

    right?

    Omg the last one

  5. "This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to figure it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time."
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood, (via wordsnquotes)

    (via a-skeleton--tea)

  6. "

    I’ll never punish my daughter for saying no.

    The first time it comes out of her mouth, I’ll smile gleefully. As she repeats “No! No! No!” I’ll laugh, overjoyed. At a young age, she’ll have mastered a wonderful skill. A skill I’m still trying to learn. I know I’ll have to teach her that she has to eat her vegetables, and she has to take a nap. But “No” is not wrong. It is not disobedience.

    1. She will know her feelings are valid.
    2. She will know that when I no longer guide her, she still has a right to refuse.

    The first time a boy pulls her hair after she says no, and the teacher tells her “boys will be boys,” we will go to her together, and explain that my daughter’s body is not a public amenity. That boy isn’t teasing her because he likes her, he is harassing her because it is allowed. I will not reinforce that opinion. If my son can understand that “no means no” so can everyone else’s.

    3. She owes no one her silence, her time, or her cooperation.

    The first time she tells a teacher, “No, that is wrong,” and proceeds to correct his public school, biased rhetoric, I’ll revel in the fact that she knows her history; that she knows our history. The first time she tells me “No” with the purpose and authority that each adult is entitled, I will stop. I will apologize. I will listen.

    4. She is entitled to her feelings and her space. I, even a a parent, have no right to violate them.
    5. No one has a right to violate them.

    The first time my mother questions why I won’t make her kiss my great aunt at Christmas, I’ll explain that her space isn’t mine to control. That she gains nothing but self doubt when she is forced into unwanted affection. I’ll explain that “no” is a complete sentence. When the rest of my family questions why she is not made to wear a dress to our reunion dinner. I will explain that her expression is her own. It provides no growth to force her into unnecessary and unwanted situation.

    6. She is entitled to her expression.

    When my daughter leaves my home, and learns that the world is not as open, caring, and supportive as her mother, she will be prepared. She will know that she can return if she wishes, that the real world can wait. She will not want to. She will not need to. I will have prepared her, as much as I can, for a world that will try to push her down at every turn.

    7. She is her own person. She is complete as she is.

    I will never punish my daughter for saying no. I want “No” to be a familiar friend. I never want her to feel that she cannot say it. She will know how to call on “No” whenever it is needed, or wanted.

    "
    Lessons I Will Teach, Because the World Will Not — Y.S. (via 07-22pm)

    (Source: poetryinspiredbyyou, via judgernaut)

  7. thistlemag:

S O P H I E ° L é C U Y E R

    thistlemag:

    S O P H I E ° L é C U Y E R

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  8. excessunrated:

s0rrym0m:

I CANNOT BREATHE

OH MY GOD.

    excessunrated:

    s0rrym0m:

    I CANNOT BREATHE

    OH MY GOD.

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  9. swanfarts:

Peter Pan, 1953.

    swanfarts:

    Peter Pan, 1953.

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  10. achievement-hunter:

    miggylol:

    pumpkin spice candles soon

    pumpkin lattes soon

    pumpkin everything

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