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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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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Poetry On Odyssey: I Inherited Blue Eyes And I Fell In Love With Them

Those blue doors sparkle / Those blue doors shine / Once in a lifetime / Yes, they are mine.


Those Blue Doors

Those blue doors sparkle

Those blue doors shine

Once in a lifetime

Yes, they are mine.

Those blue doors

Give me a peace

A sense a treasure

This sense of mist.

To me an angel

To you is nothing

Together the blue doors

Give us more something.

That calm stare, ravishing

I felt my heart go

Beating at such pace

No one will know.

Those blue doors opened

Letting silent words speak

Reading thy loving thoughts

Matchable to my heartbeat.

I hear your love

As blue doors blink

Hands on the chest

Myself incapable to think.

Is this love worthy?

Blue doors speak, please

My questions are blank

Not sure I'll breathe.

Those blue doors

Those blue doors

I beg don't stop

Stare through my wounds

The beat may stop.

Those blue doors.

Yes, those blue doors

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