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allison jaye



is the kind of girl you want to be in a foxhole with: an artist, daughter, friend. professionally, a stylist at regis & a coffee master. latitudinarian. cosmopolite. crazy happy. michigangster. madly in love with the man of her dreams. struggles w



 



"I didn’t come out of this alone. Life is a big collaboration and when you’re tackling something..."

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:42:27 -0600

“I didn’t come out of this alone. Life is a big collaboration and when you’re tackling something that’s painful and troubling and is causing you such desperate grief that you think life’s not worth living, you need to reach out — reach out before then, actually. Reach out to people whom you trust, people who will reach back and offer you some solace and some guidance. Because it doesn’t happen alone. And if I had been just left alone, well, I wouldn’t be here.”

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Tim Gunn

Today he tells Terry Gross about how he overcame his difficult adolescence when he was bullied and attempted suicide.

(via nprfreshair)




I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU'RE DOING STOP AND READ THIS

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:38:26 -0600

I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU'RE DOING STOP AND READ THIS:

lookintothemind:

Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it leads you to…




fygr: GR 

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:36:57 -0600

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nprfreshair: Is there a much better way to start the day than...

Sun, 29 Sep 2013 23:12:46 -0500

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nprfreshair:

Is there a much better way to start the day than with a little impromtu Beethoven’s 9th?

“i wish our culture would do more stuff like this instead of the tosh.0 bullshit.” - g.




#updo #homecoming #hairbyme #lovemyjob

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:10:06 -0500

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#updo #homecoming #hairbyme #lovemyjob




#colorcorrection #colour #hairbyme #lovemyjob

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:09:12 -0500

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#colorcorrection #colour #hairbyme #lovemyjob




kennyjb: Grand Rapids, MI home home home home home home...

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 23:37:37 -0500

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kennyjb:

Grand Rapids, MI

home home home home home home home.




caleglendening: Places : Grand Rapids, MI. Spent a night there...

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:41:27 -0500

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caleglendening:

Places : Grand Rapids, MI. Spent a night there last week working on a film. I ordered room service and watched the sunset from my bed.




"Choose your friends because you feel most like yourself around them, because the jokes are easy and..."

Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:09:38 -0500

“Choose your friends because you feel most like yourself around them, because the jokes are easy and you feel like you’re in your best outfit when you’re with them, even though you’re just in a T-shirt. Never love someone whom you think you need to mend – or who makes you feel like you should be mended.”

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- Caitlin Moran in her article “My Posthumous Tips For My Daughter”

(Don’t worry, Caitlin Moran is not dead or dying, she wrote this as an humorous, thought-provoking essay)




story.

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:30:37 -0500

i used to spend every friday afternoon at my friend falon’s apartment, passed out on her couch as her kids and cat climbed around me until it was time to go to school.  before she opened her home and life up to me, i would wake up friday morning at 3:45 go until about 11:30pm only to wake back up on saturday at 4:45am.  falon and i were really only supposed to do each other’s hair as minor acquaintances, but the first friday i was in her kitchen two hearts opened and she became my lifeboat for the rest of my time in conroe.  g was my lighthouse, shining the way home, and falon was my lifeboat that made me survive the storms until i got there.  we would colour each other’s hair every three weeks through laughter and tears, and the rest of the time i would throw my laundry in her washer, turn on netflix, and fall asleep.

one of our last fridays together, we turned on “blue like jazz” but didn’t watch it.  i was too busy reminding falon of how don had impacted my life. it was one of those moments that doesn’t mean anything at the time, but has been haunting me since.  i watched the movie alone a couple of weeks ago, and then i started rereading “a million miles in a thousand years” and i began to wonder what story i was creating.

everything in my life just changed, and all for the better.  i’m finally home with my husband.  i’m finally an aunt to the two greatest babies in the whole world.  my dog doesn’t leave my side.  grand rapids doesn’t leave my heart.

i’m anxious to be the best aunt i can be.  it’s no secret that g and i won’t have children, but i look at my relationships with my aunts&uncles and i want that for these precious babies.  i tell people all the time that my aunt&uncles are my best friends, and truly, they are.  we laugh and cry together, cook together, drink together, swim together, email sporadically…and i can’t wait for those twins to understand that no matter  the circumstance, we will always be here with an open heart and an open home.  we will always be a safe place in their stories to run for refuge.  

i came to the realization the other day that i’ve been gone from grand rapids for four years and there literally hasn’t been a day where i didn’t wish i was there.  even after g and i met, i wished we were there, together.  grand rapids is my home in america.  i began to understand myself and therefore love myself when i was there.  i miss my friends.  i miss my apartment.  i miss marie’s! and, of course, i miss mars.  i miss 2661, and the weather, i miss everything.  everything.  i long for an extended visit to see the family i created there.

moving to michigan was a high gamble.  i knew one person in the whole state, and i didn’t have anything.  i didn’t even have faith.  but the reason i’m madly in love with grand rapids is because that’s where i started living a good story again.  i won’t romanticize my time there, but i don’t have to. i know the tears i cried while that story was changing are immeasurable.

my story takes another turn as a newlywed, and i’m determined to make it better again.  we have a million dreams, but no one wants to hear what you wish you had done when you’re dying.  no one is on the edge of their seat when you’re ninety-three, rocking in your chair, telling them how you almost took a chance but got scared.  we are going to live those dreams, we are going to live an amazing story.  i promise, if i make it to ninety-three, you’ll want to hear everything we did, and i’ll be glad to tell you with the stories lighting up my eyes.




"I am not the first person you loved. You are not the first person I looked at with a mouthful of..."

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:35:08 -0500

“I am not the first person you loved.
You are not the first person I looked at
with a mouthful of forevers. We
have both known loss like the sharp edge
of a knife. We have both lived with lips
more scar tissue than skin. Our love came
unannounced in the middle of the night.
Our love came when we’d given up
on asking love to come. I think
that has to be part
of its miracle.

This is how we heal.
I will kiss you like forgiveness. You
will hold me like I’m hope. Our arms
will bandage and we will press promises
between us like flowers in a book.
I will write sonnets to the salt of sweat
on your skin. I will write novels to the scar
on your nose. I will write a dictionary
of all the words I have used trying
to describe the way it feels to have finally,
finally found you.

And I will not be afraid
of your scars.

I know sometimes
it’s still hard to let me see you
in all your cracked perfection,
but please know:
whether it’s the days you burn
more brilliant than the sun
or the nights you collapse into my lap
your body broken into a thousand questions,
you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
I will love you when you are a still day.
I will love you when you are a hurricane.



- Clementine von RadicsMouthful of Forevers (via malice-in-ghandi-land)



"what does it mean, though, to extend love to our enemies? as you think about what it means to love..."

Sat, 08 Jun 2013 23:42:52 -0500

what does it mean, though, to extend love to our enemies?

as you think about what it means to love your enemy, this does not, love does not mean there are no boundaries. love does not mean no boundaries. some of you may have been very, very brutally hurt by someone, and that person is not safe. love does not mean, “i’m going to go live with you.” love may still mean there are boundaries here. love may still seek restitution in some cases. love may seek to protect and defend in some cases.

…what i’m saying is, we have to answer the hard question “what does it mean to love our enemies?” because every situation is going to be unique. and no one from the outside can tell you what it means to love your enemy. that is a condition of your own heart. each of our own hearts as god convicts us as we orient to god and ask the question, “god, you know who my enemy is—how do i go about loving them in light of what the situation is? in light of all the other people that i’ve got to consider? what do i do that best loves in this situation?” we’re asking god that question, and i’m not here to tell you how. i’m here to invite you to the process into a relationship where you ask the question.




fygr: We will miss you Marie Catrib.

Sat, 08 Jun 2013 11:57:34 -0500

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fygr:

We will miss you Marie Catrib.




Resistance Comes Second

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:22:18 -0500

fit2befree:

So if you wake up tomorrow morning overwhelmed with fear, dread, and negative energy, that’s a good sign. The massive shadow that you’re experiencing is being cast by an equally massive tree—the tree of your dream, your vision, your calling. - Steven Pressfield

I highly recommend checking out his book Do The Work




"there are misfortunes we almost expect in life…and then there are other dark moments, moments..."

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:39:53 -0500

“there are misfortunes we almost expect in life…and then there are other dark moments, moments of sudden violence, that alter everything. there was my life before the tragedy. there is my life now. the two have painfully little in common.”

- “tell no one” - harlan coben



Interview with the Atheism Examiner

Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:33:11 -0500

robbellcom:

Thanks to Staks for the great questions. Here’s the link:
Interview: Rob Bell author of ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About God’ 




"what is faith if there isn’t some doubt right there in the middle of the mix? they are, after..."

Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:31:23 -0500

“what is faith if there isn’t some doubt right there in the middle of the mix? they are, after all, dance partners.”

- rob bell



"the gospel is the good news that god hasn’t given up on the world. that the tomb is empty,..."

Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:35:20 -0500

the gospel is the good news that god hasn’t given up on the world. that the tomb is empty, that a giant resurrection rescue is underway, that you and i can be a part of it.

and so, yes, this has a deeply personal dimension to this. jesus is saving me. he’s saving me from my sins, from my mistakes, from my pride, from my indifference to the suffering of the world around me, from my cynicism and despair. the brokenness i see around me is true of my own soul and so he’s rescuing me moment by moment, day by day because god wants to put it all back together. you, me, the whole world.

and so he starts deep inside each of us, with our awareness that we need help, that we need saving, that we need rescuing.“



- “you”, nooma 015.  watch it today for free at http://premier.flannel.org.



fygr: (via Twitter / Cmdr_Hadfield: Grand Rapids, MI, with the...

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:35:50 -0600

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fygr:

(via Twitter / Cmdr_Hadfield: Grand Rapids, MI, with the …)

Grand Rapids from space. An astronaut took the picture.




"You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly..."

Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:56:22 -0600

““You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.””

- Anne Lamott (via loveyourchaos)
replace write with speak.  (via chemicalsbetweenus)