words to live by


"nothing of me is original. i am the combined effort of everyone i've ever known.”

chuck palahniuk

and that pretty much sums up my belief about the inspiration we draw from others.  we are constantly exposed to beliefs that challenge our lens.  how intently we listen + how much effort we put in to hearing opinions that oppose our own + whether we allow our mind chatter to take a backseat so that we objectively see what's actually happening (vs. what we think or expect to happen) : the sum of these factors is linked with where we draw our inspiration from.

I draw my inspiration from the magic of others.

I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

rainer maria rilke

people who love to eat are always the best people

julia child

if you love a person, you accept the total person. with all the defects. because those defects are a part of the person, never try to change a person you love, because the very effort to change says you love half, and the other half of the person is not accepted. when you love, you simply love.


history is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation

julian barnes

if you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking

haruki murakami

don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. unfold your own myth.


... more to come <3

Hannah Smith