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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5 Incredible Artists You've Been Ignoring

Opening up your musical horizons, or at least trying to.

Be honest. We have all found ourselves finding that one song or artist that we just fall in love with and listen to every single day. Creating a tunnel vision for that one artist. We have all been there, in fact as you’re reading this you’re thinking about that particular artist. But in this article, I want to get you out of your musical comfort zone. Here are five artists you totally shouldn’t have ignored on the Apple Music 'new music' playlist.

1. Hiatus Kaiyote

Described as Multi-Dimensional, Polyrhythmic Gangster Sh*t. This awesome funky Australian band was first introduced to me at a Chance the Rapper concert where they were his openers. Their music was unlike anything I have ever heard before and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. The lead singer Nai Palm’s voice can honestly not be compared to anything heard on the radio it's special and it draws you in immediately. If you really love SZA or The Internet then Hiatus Kaiyote will be right up your alley. You can also find a sample of Hiatus Kaiyote’s “Building a Ladder” on Drakes “More Life” album. I highly suggest listening to their “Choose Your Weapon” album on whatever your favorite music streaming app is and expanding your mind to this truly out of this world band.

2. Blackbear

One of my absolute favorite artists at the moment. You might know him for his song “Do Re Mi” that has been blowing up recently, but he is so much more than that. He actually helped write Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” and is an impeccable songwriter with lyrics that almost everyone can relate to. He has albums that I can listen to start to finish like “Cybersex” and “Digital Druglord”. Blackbear is without a doubt someone you want to keep your eyes on. If you like G-Eazy or Tove Lo then you will love Blackbear and find yourself knowing every word to every song after a week.

3. Daniel Caesar

Easily the most beautiful voice I have heard in a new artist in a long time. Daniel Caesar’s music is exactly what it sounds like to be in love with someone. His music just makes you feel so good and relaxed while at the same time having flawless songwriting abilities and meaningful lyrics. Songs like “Get You” or “Japanese Denim” make you really feel something while you listen which is extremely refreshing. At the same time being catchy and easily getting stuck in your head, his album “Freudian” is a MUST listen. Like seriously, stop reading this go hit play and come back and finish this read!

4. Kelela

I was first introduced to her on Solange’s album and I was taken back by how beautiful her voice is. Then upon listening to her “Take Me Apart” album I realized she was everything! Her song “LMK” is the definition of a perfect pop song. Not only catchy but it is incredibly relatable. The talks about how she is looking to have fun so he needs to let her know what is going on with them before she just leaves the club. It talks about how he’s been staring her down all night so she wants to know what’s up before she leaves with her girls. Honestly, who can’t relate to that? Don’t waste Kelela’s time let her know!

5. Vulfpeck

Last but certainly not least Vulfpeck has to be one of the most interesting bands I’ve ever come across, and I’m obsessed with them. Soon, you will be too. I first heard them in a coffee shop and ever since then I find myself as well as all my friends listening to them all the time and even playing them in the pregame! This all-American funk band is like no other. Listen to “Back Pocket” once and it will be stuck in your head forever. With such feel-good music it's almost infectious. And this is my guarantee once you start listening to them it will be hard to stop.

I know sometimes we all can sort of become trapped into whatever music or album we really connect with, speaking from personal experience I’ve probably listened to Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” album an unhealthy amount of times. It’s nice to break out of your own musical shell and see what else is out there in the beautiful world of music and I hope this article helps you do that! Explore away!

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Desert Island Games, Episode 2: Movies.

What do I do when I can't sleep and it's too dark to leave my shelter? Watch tv.

After we're done getting beautiful, we go out to discover parts of the island. While out exploring, we find a television set in the jungle. Crazy, right?! Almost unbelievable. Luckily, in these wild, unexpected circumstances, I brought my top five desert island movies with me. TG.

1. The Breakfast Club

Personally, my absolute favorite movie. I know every word, watched it on probably every flight I've ever been on, (which is probably why it ended up on this desert island), and I will never get tired of it.

2. Moana

Another movie that I know every word to. And after I'm on the island, and I build myself a boat and sail out into the wide open water, I will be belting out the entire Moana soundtrack. You can guarantee that.

3. Breakfast At Tiffany's

A classic, and another movie I could never get tired of (exactly why I'm bringing it to the island.) I'm craaaazy about Audrey Hepburn.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy.. 1 and 2.

First off, Baby Groot. Second, Chris Pratt. Need I say more?

5. Despicable Me.


Steve Carrell. That is all.

Stay tuned for more episodes of Desert Island Games.

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