22 Pages Every Girl Should Read From "Milk And Honey"

22 Pages Every Girl Should Read From "Milk And Honey"

Rupi Kaur's magnificent work is good for the soul.

Rupi Kaur's "Milk and Honey" is one of my all-time favorite poetry books, and she is one of my all time favorite authors/poets. She has an incredible way with words that show the true emotions she has experienced. She is compelling and honest, striking and intelligent.

In the book, there are four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. I selected 22 pieces from the healing that I feel every girl should read. I highly recommend buying "Milk and Honey" because not only will you get cool pics for VSCO, you will also have an amazing and enthralling read.

Page 150

“you must enter a relationship
with yourself
before anyone else”

You have to love yourself before you can start loving others, and sometimes that seems hard, but you have you learn how to do this. Otherwise, there will be parts missing in your life.

Page 151

“accept that you deserve more
than painful love
life is moving
the healthiest thing
for your heart is
to move with it”

Always remember this, love shouldn't hurt. Love isn't painful. Love is kind and gentle. Don't get yourself hurt.

Page 153

“loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself"

We all think that surrounding ourselves with people will make things better, but that isn't always true.

Page 154

“you are in the habit
of co-depending
on people to
make up for what
you think you lack

who tricked you
into believing
another person
was meant to complete you
when the most they can do is complement”

You are impressive alone, spectacular and gorgeous and amazing. You have no need to co-depend.

Page 156

"if you were born with
the weakness to fall
you were born with
the strength to rise"

This really means a lot to me, and I think that a lot of girls should learn this. As the saying goes, it's always darkest before the dawn.

Page 161

in love
with your solitude"

This is one of my favorites. Fall deeply, madly in love with the fact that you are perfect just the way you are.

Page 162

"there is a difference between
someone telling you they love you and
them actually
loving you"

This is so important. Genuine love will come over time.

Page 164

"you tell me
i'm not like most girls
and learn to kiss me with your eyes closed
something about the phrase --something about
how i have to be unlike the women
i call sisters in order to be wanted
make me want to spit your tongue out
like i am supposed to be proud you picked me
a if i should be relieved you think
i am better than them"

Since when is it cool to turn on your sisters? These women are meant to make us strong and empower us. It's 2017, girl-shaming is totally out.

Page 165

You are your own person and no man, or woman, should tell you what to do with your body.

Page 169

"i like the way stretch marks
on my thighs look human
that we're soft yet
when we need to be
i love that about us
how capable we are of feeling
how unafraid we are of breaking
and tend to our wounds with grace
just being a woman
calling myself
a woman
makes me utterly whole
and complete"

This one resonates with me. It shows the beauty in things we usually think are imperfections.

Page 172

"accept yourself
as you were designed"

Just another amazing Kaur quote to show you that self-love is so important.

Page 174

"losing you
was the becoming
of myself"

You might think they make your world great, but try losing them. You might learn that the world was great without them, and you were even greater than you thought.

Page 175

"other women's bodies
are not our battlegrounds"

YES, YES, YES! Stop trying to turn girls against other girls.

Page 178

"you were a dragon long before
he came around and said
you could fly
you will remain a dragon
long after he's left"

Remember to stay fierce and strong and mighty, whether you are on your own or not.

Page 179

"i want to apologize to all the women
i have called pretty
before i've called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you're born with
is the most you to be proud of when your
spirit has crushed mountains
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient or you are extraordinary
not because i don't think you're pretty
but because you are so much more than that"

We are spectacular, wondrous, amazing, and so much more. Don't let anyone tell you the outside is what counts the most.

Page 182

"if the hurt comes
so will the happiness
-be patient"

Some people think that darkness lasts forever, it doesn't. The sunshine comes eventually, no matter how long the storm.

Page 185

"the world
gives you
so much pain
and here you are
making gold out of it
-there is nothing purer than that"

Be happy and kind. Make the best out of the worst and good things will come your way.

Page 186

"how you love yourself is
how you teach others
to love you"

If you can't love yourself, then no one will. Self-love is key.

Page 189

are your own
soul mate"

This is easily my favorite page. I live by this. You are meant for you, you are all you need. Yes, there are other people who make life wonderful, but in the end, you only need you.

Page 191

"we all move forward when
we recognize how resilient
and striking the women
around us are"

LADIES UNITE! Girl power all the way!

Page 197

"if you are not enough for yourself
you will never be enough
for someone else"

Just let this one sink in, it will pay off in the end.

Page 198

"you must
want to spend
the rest of your life
with yourself

I've basically been preaching this the entire time, but you don't know how many girls I've met who don't take this as seriously as they should. I hope these are quotes you can look at when you're down or sad. You need to remember that you girl, are more than words can describe, you are boundless.

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Dear Shondaland, You Made A Mistake Because April Kepner Deserves Better

"April Kepner... you're not average"

I'll admit from the first time we were introduced to April in Season 6, I didn't like her so much. I mean we hated the "Mercy Westers" in the first place, so how could we see the potential in the annoying, know-it-all resident that was trying to compete with our beloved Lexie Grey.

But then, we saw her come face-to-face with a killer and thought maybe she had potential.

We then saw her surprise everyone when she proved to be the next trauma surgeon in the making and we were intrigued.

Notice how none of these stories had anything to do with Jackson Avery. Not that we didn't love her with Jackson, but for whatever reason you've chosen to end their very popular relationship. Suddenly, you think that April is not worth further exploration but you've forgotten one simple thing. We fell in love with her before "Japril" was ever in the picture.

We love her because her story was unlike the others and she had one of the best character developments on the show. She wasn't damaged like Meredith Grey or Alex Karev who have been on their journey to become all whole and healed, but she still had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Her story has so much potential for future development, but you've decided to throw it all away for "creative reasons."

I'm sorry, but there's nothing creative about doing the exact same thing you've done to all the other characters who have left the show. We've endured the loss of many beloved characters when you chose to write off George, Henry, Mark, and Lexie. We even took it when you did the unthinkable and wrote McDreamy out of the show - killing off one half of the leading couple. (WHO DOES THAT???)

But April Kepner? Are you kidding me?

She may no longer be with Jackson, but she was so much more than half of Japril. While most of us hate that Jackson and April are over, we probably could have dealt with it if April was still on the show. Now they're done and you think there aren't any more stories to tell about her character. Why? Because she'll just get in the way of Jackson and Maggie?

How could you not see that she was way more than Jackson's love interest?

She's so much more than you imagined her to be. April is the headstrong, talented trauma surgeon no one saw coming. The farmer's daughter started off an ugly duckling who became a soldier because she needed to be one and turned into one big beautiful swan who constantly has to fight for her coworkers and family to see her as such.

She's proven to be a soldier and swan on many occasions. Just take giving birth to her daughter in a storm on a kitchen table during an emergency c-section without any numbing or pain medication as an example. If she wasn't a soldier or a swan before, how could she not be after that?

Yet, you - the ones who created her - still see her as the ugly duckling of a character because she always had to take the backseat to everyone else's story and was never allowed to really be seen.

But we see her.

She's the youngest of her sisters who still think of her as the embarrassing little Ducky no matter how much she's grown.

This swan of a resident got fired for one mistake but came back fighting to prove she belongs. Not only did April Kepner belong there, but it was her talent, her kindness, her strength that made her Chief Resident. This simply wasn't enough for Dr. Bailey or her other residents so she fought harder.

She endured the pressure but always ended up being a joke to the others. When she was fired yet again, your girl came back a little shaken. She doubted herself, but how could she not when everyone was against her.

Despite everyone telling her she couldn't, she did rise and no one saw her coming because she remained in the background. She went off to Jordan broken and came back a pretty risky trauma surgeon.

We've watched for years as she was handed promising stories that we never got to see fully develop because she was in the background. We never got to see her rise. We get the beginning and the end, but hardly ever the middle.

I thought we were finally going to have an amazing story arc in season 11 when she loses Samuel, but what did we really get? Two or three episodes of her coming to terms with the loss of her baby and then April's disappearance from the show while she's grieving off screen so that Dr. Amelia Shepherd can shine her first season on the show. Where is April's life-changing surgeries? What does April get? She's background music.

Now what?

It's season 14 and we finally get the story we've been waiting 9 years for! We get Dark April and her crisis of faith. A story arc all Christians can appreciate. Here's the chance for real character development in the foreground, but wait...

Before her story is even wrapped up, you announce that this season will be her last. So we're forced to realize that the only reason we're getting this story now is that you're writing her off.

No matter how you end it, it's not going to do her story justice. If you kill her off to end her crisis of faith story, you're not reaching the many Christians who watch the show. If you have her leaving Seattle and taking Harriet with her, you didn't know April. If you have her leaving Seattle and abandoning Harriet, you really didn't know April. So anyway you choose to end her story, you lost out on one great character.

You messed up.

Both April Kepner and Sarah Drew deserved better.

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After 4 months of silence, the Queen has returned.

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