This is a small portion of the books and authors that have deeply impacted me. 

My Antonia

by Willa Cather


“I had only to close my eyes to hear the rumbling of the wagons in the dark, and to be again overcome by that obliterating darkness.The feelings… were so near that I could reach out and touch them with my hand. I had the sense of coming home to myself and having found out what a little circle man’s experience is. For Antonia and for me, this had been the road of destiny. It had taken us to those early accidents of fortune which predetermined for us all that we can ever be. Now I understand that the same road was to bring us together again. Whatever we had missed, we possessed together in the precious incommunicable past.”
― My Ántonia



by Cheryl Strayed

"There’s always a sunrise and always a sunset and it’s up to you to choose to be there for it,’ said my mother. 'Put yourself in the way of beauty.'"

big magic - creative living beyond fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise—you can make anything. So please calm down now and get back to work, okay? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”

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the unabridged journals of sylvia plath 

by Sylvia Plath

"Stretch to others even though it hurts and strains and would be more comfortable to snuggle back in the comforting cotton-wool of blissful ignorance. Hurl yourself at goals above your head and bear the lacerations that come when you slip and make a fool of yourself. Try always, as long as you have breath in your body to take the hard way, the Spartan way, and work, work, work to build yourself into a rich, continually evolving entity."


the poetry of Mary oliver

"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees,  the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”

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rising strong  

by Brene Brown

“The opposite of recognizing that we’re feeling something is denying our emotions. The opposite of being curious is disengaging. When we deny our stories and disengage from tough emotions, they don’t go away; instead, they own us, they define us. Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending—to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes. This is what happened. This is my truth. And I will choose how this story ends.” 


by Nayyirah Waheed

"you do not have to be a fire for every mountain blocking you. you could be a water and soft river your way to freedom too."