Do things your way. Your brilliance is what we need in the world.

Laugh. A lot.

Say yes when you mean it. And no when it’s not a 100% yes.

Fail. Often. Then dust yourself off and move on.

Don’t get stuck in how things should be. Accept them as they are. And do your thing from that place.

Make your own rules. And break them when they no longer serve you.

Rest. As if your life depends on it. (It does.)

Don’t expect people to know when you need something. Just ask.

Give. Because you want to, regardless of what they’ll do with it.

Indulge in what makes your energy soar.

Let your fascination lead the way.

Play. Abundantly.

Give yourself permission to be who you are.

Give others permission to be who they are.

Some will like you. And some won’t. Be cool with that.

Don’t use harsh words to make you feel bad.

Appreciate praise. But don’t need it to feel good about yourself.

Allow yourself to feel the way you feel. Because you know there’s wisdom to be found in there.

Allow yourself to do the silly thing. Because you know there’s freedom to be found in there.

Dream. Like a child.

Ditch drama. Choose to empower yourself instead.

Apologize for the things you regret doing. Don’t apologize for who you are.

Embrace imperfection. And thrive because of it.

Give it your all. Always.

Honor your unique style. And show it.

Listen to your unique voice. And use it.

Get out there and do your thing. Because it inspires you.

Inspire yourself.

Be you. Unapologetically.


Photo by me.  The crazy hair too.



4 Responses to The manifesto

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  2. An- I found you through your stunning words on Kind Over Matter. I am a new follower! I have a healthy addiction to words and messages and powerful mantras in our lives. So much so that I built part of my custom jewelry business with these Simple Truths. I am mesmerized by your words and your message and it is exactly the same message that I want to impart to people. And I also want to get unstuck myself. I would love the opportunity to share your poem from Kind Over Matter with my blog readers, and links back to you, if that is acceptable. It is what I call ‘Random Acts of Wisdom’ and was exactly the message that I needed to hear today. Thank you for your passion and inspiration. It is my ‘something good’ today! Enjoy the day! Erin

    • An says:

      Aww, thanks so much, Erin! Of course you can share my guest poem for Kind Over Matter with your readers! I’d be honored if you would! When you link back to my site, just make sure to also mention Kind Over Matter (with link) as the site on which the poem was first published. Big hug! An

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