May 7, 2014
March 16, 2014
for him.

for him.

March 8, 2014
March 6, 2014

It’s time to toss the shame

That moment when you’re flipping through old photographs of yourself, in embarrassment, wondering, “WHO was I?!”

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I made myself a deal today:
I’ve decided to look back at my early 20’s with compassion for the girl I once was, rather than shame. I’m going to forgive her for all the promises she made to herself that she never kept, for restlessly seeking happiness in all the wrong places, for making mistakes time and time again, and for drinking a little too much on the weekends..
In fact, I want to THANK her; the girl who always thought she was prettier puckering up her lips for the camera than actually showing a genuine smile.

You, young Brandy, have helped me grow into the person I am today: a more compassionate daughter with an unbreakable faith, a woman who has become aware of her self-worth, refusing to settle for “MEH” relationships, a woman who has finally absorbed the bravery to let go of emotionally toxic friendships.. a woman who became courageous enough to explore the world without reservation, never giving up the hard work until the job that allowed me to realize that dream was mine..
Thank you for mustering the strength to pull yourself back up every single time you took a fall, and for being a little scared to be true to yourself, because hey, what 21 year old doesn’t struggle with a little identity turbulence? It’s ok. Insecurity pumped through your veins more often than not, but you know what? You did good, kid. You lived careless and free and supplied me with memories to last a lifetime.

If there is one thing I’ve learned throughout my travels and endless wandering, it’s this— Home isn’t a place. Home is WITHIN. Don’t be afraid to face yourself for ALL that you are - its a courageous act, almost always daunting to do so, but we owe it to ourselves to toss aside our masks and get real. Forgive yourself, let go of the impossible ideals, and don’t put your happiness in the hands of others. Own your life. Once you come to terms with and accept all that you are - the good AND the bad - that home within you will, with time, become the only refuge you’ll ever need. No matter where you physically are. And there’s nothing more content than knowing you’re finally home.

-Brandy Massoglia

February 11, 2014
January 30, 2014
Tell everyone you know: “My happiness depends on me, so you’re off the hook.” And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they’re doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel - and then, you’ll love them all. Because the only reason you don’t love them, is because you’re using them as your excuse to not feel good.
Esther Hicks (via justfannyaround)

(Source: ladyjungle, via lukefazak)

January 29, 2014
The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person—without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other.
November 3, 2013
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Jen and I in Miami Beach, Florida.  October 2013.

Jen and I in Miami Beach, Florida. October 2013.

October 1, 2013
September 9, 2013
Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people; before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children; before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as I am in how you choose to live and give.
September 5, 2013
bare faced in north carolina.  sept 2013.

bare faced in north carolina. sept 2013.

August 4, 2013
My Dad always tells me he has faith in me. He believes I’ll do great things one day. I never believed him.. Until now.