I know you are craving peace and I just hope you know: you might find it at the ocean, in the canyons, or perhaps when you take intentional time to breathe. I know that exhaling doesn’t change everything, especially when you’re trying to learn how thrive in the tension of so many things, but the act of release matters. Letting go over and over—it matters.
Let it remind you
you do not have to
There are so many things
so add this to your list:
do something that reminds you
your worth is not attached
to what you accomplish.
There is so much
expected of you
and you only want
to make them proud.
You want to prove
you are capable
and you are the one
who can do this.
And I hope you can keep dreaming
while knowing this to be true:
productivity will shape you
but rest will shape you, too.
You are free to rest,
you are free to rest
right here in the tension of things.
You are free to trust
that you’ll discover
when you slow down
long enough to
b r e a t h e
I started this piece a few hours ago on Instagram Live and finished it just when I finished, and sent it to the person it was for. For everything you see here, there’s a story behind it. Submit your story/topic for me to write about as a DM. Names and stories are kept private. I randomly select people every week. You will receive what I made for you in your inbox before I share it anywhere else ♥️ this is my practice of generosity. Thanks for being a part of it.
This November only: As we enter a season many would consider being a time of gathering and giving, I am giving time to a project I ONLY do about once a year: creating custom pieces you don’t have to wait to be RANDOMLY selected for! This month only (or until I run out of spaces), I will be taking commissions via my shop @garden24co. Link is in the bio, right there on the front page of my website!
Normally, I only do custom pieces for free, and randomly select submissions to write for. However, for a limited time, you can have a piece created just for you or someone in your life, without having to wait to be randomly selected!
How it works:
1. After you place your order, you will receive an email confirmation confirming your order
2. Within 24 hours of your order, you will receive a Custom Art Questionnaire
3. After you complete the questionnaire, I will begin working on your Custom Piece
4. You will receive one round of edits
5. Once the artwork is created and approved, we will send a digital file and Artwork Release Form allowing you to print in any format or size that you would like (for personal use). Lately, I’ve been getting more and more requests to bring this option back, so I’ve decided to do this for a limited time! I know how special it can be to give someone a gift that is personalized just for them (even if the gift is for yourself!) and if I can help make that happen in this way, I’d be honored! I absolutely LOVE making custom work and wish I could offer this all the time, but I will only be able to do a few, this month!
I hope this November you can remember all the ways you have grown in courage, strength, and grace, even in the most subtle ways. You may not be where you want to be just yet, and you may be waiting for so many things to fall in place, but even here, you are still seen by Light. You are free to notice the little things and look forward to greater things. You are free to trust that even here, in the uncertainty, you are being led where you need to be. - Morgan
Even here, you are growing.
When November has arrived
and you feel a little restless
thinking about how
this month might end
this year might end
and how you are supposed to
you are growing,
you are growing,
And it is okay
if it does not feel like it.
It is okay if there are moments
where you cannot see
the way you have grown,
because far beneath the surface
the seeds have still been sown.
The ground beneath your feet
is still a bed for new beginnings.
So much is changing around you
but you are changing, too.
You are so much more than the brokenness
that you were certain would define you.
It has not been easy for you.
You have worked so hard
to be the positive one.
You have given your best
in areas of your life
where the effort was not returned.
And this has made it so hard
for you to keep going,
and there have been days
where you were not sure
if it was even possible.
But after everything,
here you are,
just a little stronger,
holding on a little longer,
and you still found room for hope.
So take heart
you are still becoming
who you were meant to be.
Let October be October.
Let November be November.
And let yourself
You don’t have to fix
You don’t have solve
And you can still
in the wild
of changing things.
is the morning sun
over troubled horizons,
the deep river in the woods
the proof of something good
a place to travel to,
“there is more ahead of you”
but then there are times
where it’s harder to find
and it’s 3 am,
your world spins,
and you’re just breathing,
you’re still breathing.
for hope is
running wild within you,
running wild within you
after everything you‘ve been through,
the wild horse
in barren fields
hope is still
everyone’s got something to say
to tell you how to be okay
but you know there are no words
for this kind of hurt
so have courage,
its okay to fall apart
for the grace that finds and holds you
will never be far.
you are stronger,
you are wiser
than you ever thought
you could be you’re still breathing,
you’re still breathing
and that means everything
that means everything
when it’s 3 am
your world spins
you’re just breathing
you’re still breathing
is hope —MHN
Thanks for reading! As always, each of these pieces was inspired by a real story that someone sent me. I sent them the words and art before sharing it anywhere else. Swipe up to submit a story / topic for me to write about it. I randomly select all the time.
When someone hurts you, it’s hard to trust others, and it’s also hard to trust yourself.
You think to yourself: “if it was possible for me to miss the signs in such a big area of my life, then I will probably also miss the signs when it comes to the smaller things.” And suddenly, any change in mood, any change of season, any change in the wind causes you anxiety. And even though the stress of it all wears you down, all you are trying to do is protect yourself. All you are trying to do is figure out how to keep this from happening again. But the truth is, there is no simple way to prepare for what lies ahead, even when the things that lie ahead are good.
However, you can choose to trust that amidst all of the things you can’t control, you are still whole. Someone hurting you or betraying you doesn’t take anything away from your soul.
and your perspective changes, too.
You start to see where the Light gets in.
You start to see how to make it through.
And one day you will look back on this season of your life at awe of the things you made it through. You will look back with gratitude because you will realize you were stronger than you thought you were. Even though in the moment, you thought you were moving at an impossibly slow pace, you will find that all by grace, you were able to carry on, anyway. Your story was still being written, and the valleys did not keep you from the rest of the journey that awaited you.
So on those days where you feel like your progress is slow, and you feel like you are stuck where you were last year, slow down and count the long nights that led you here. Count the difficult conversations you worked through. Count the little things that no longer bother you. This is progress. Strength. This is how you overcame. Even when there are still tears in your eyes. Even when you still have a heavy mind.
The hurt you experienced that was out of your control does not have the power to keep you from being whole. Trust that you are still worthy of love. Trust that love is greater than fear. - Morgan Harper Nichols
on strength, blooming, bravery, joy and breathing — a few longer reads, for a slower Saturday. I love to share shorter pieces but I also know that sometimes there are slower moments where we’re just scrolling through, and if that’s where you are, I hope one of these words/pieces speak to you! Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite.
And feel free to join me this week in the iPhone app Storyteller (android coming soon) for a new series called “Making Space.” - visit @thestorytellerco to download the free 7 day trial (obligation free - just enjoy the free 7 days!)
Let yesterday be yesterday,
even though so much has changed,
even though there was so much left to say,
even though you are unsure
how to be okay
or what Love will look like
along the way
let yourself believe
is its own new beginning
and you are allowed to hope
things will get better
and you will find new ways
of knowing Joy.
And by “things will get better”
I do not mean things will be perfect.
You are still deep in the forest
and there are many more miles to go,
but it will be better because you are learning
that you are allowed to have peace within it
you are allowed to be present
to your story, to your journey
even without the clarity
your heart desired.
And years ago,
I know you imagined
different people would have been
by your side.
You thought “forever”
and now you feel naive
for ever even hoping for this.
But I just hope you know
Love is still forever.
Joy is still forever.
Grace is still forever:
meeting you here in the forest,
singing softly to you
as dusk arrives:
“do you feel the sun,
when it is setting
it still shines?
Do you see
above the trees
even here, you’re alive.
You have not known all there is to know.
You have not known all there is to know.
You have known heartbreak, regret, betrayal,
but you have not know all there it to know.
stay the course,
for no matter what happens from here,
you will grow.”
Listen to the way
your heart beats
and has continued to beat
through the wild
of all you have been through
proving that there
is still so much more to you,
and you survived
than you ever thought you would be able to.
And on those days where your progress does not feel like very much and you find yourself wondering if you will ever be enough, remember that a few hundred nights ago, you were not sure you’d make it here, but here you are...living on the other side of your fears.
And even though you are still waiting for so many things to fall in place, you are not just waiting. You are growing into who you were meant to be. And maybe...some of the things you thought you wanted were actually rooted in something deeper that went beyond what you could see. And maybe, you will start to see those deeper, richer things when you focus more on growing, and less on worrying...letting everything fall in place the way it’s supposed to, even if it ends up looking a little different than you were expecting.
I know it doesn’t feel like it in the present moment, but you have already lived through so many experiences like this.
Through the highs and lows, surprises and disappointments, you have learned to keep living. You have learned the art of letting go of the way things used to be, while facing new unknowns. You have already been strong. You have already been brave, and all of this is a part of who you are today.
So when you start to feel
you don’t have what it takes,
remember the courage you found last year.
Remember the way
you rose above the fears
that you were not worthy of being here.
Through it all,
your heart persisted,
you learned the ropes
of being brave,
and the courage you found back then
is still with you today.
May you never discredit how far you have come and the courageous inner work you have already done. Acknowledge your own endurance. You are allowed to own your story and the journey of who you are becoming.
Listen to the way
your heart beats
and has continued to beat
through the wild
of all you have been through
proving that even here, after everything,
there is still so much more to you.
Come and enter into the mystery
and be surprised
by the peace you find.
You are allowed to breathe deep
and take time come alive here.
You are allowed trust
that these unknowns
will shape you
in meaningful ways,
even with your questions
and all of the things
you have not figure out
how to say.
You are allowed to know grace
and believe that the burdens that found you
do not hold you
and even when the sun sets
on the statues
of your fallen dreams,
you are free to go dancing
in their shadows.
You are free to let go and just be
no matter who you think will be watching.
please, just be present
to the mystery.
Let your hope
run wild and free
over absolutely everything.
You might feel alone at times,
but I promise, in time,
you will find
You will meet other travelers
who have their own questions
as we all practice the art of trusting.
And even if some of the people you meet
are the authors and poets
whose words speak to their songs and books
I hope that any little flicker of hope reminds you:
you were never alone in the mystery
and you are free to find peace,
no matter what is unknown.
—Notes to my 13-year-old self
Last night I had the honor to be a part of an event by @TWLOHA called #HeavyAndLight. I was reminded of the hope and community that can be found in the depths, in the shadows. Thanks to all of the kind souls who were a part of this. Enjoyed sharing the stage with my sister @jamiegrace and also @thepianofarm@swimm_music@dessa@matthewsantos@jamietworkowski@anthonyraneri@keithtuttii@k0ok0okach0o And thanks to @jonforeman , the artist whose songs were a huge part of learning how to be in the mystery when I was a teenager, feeling alone in a busy world. Thanks for allowing my sister @jamiegraceh and I to sing with you! —
And I know I haven’t posted in a while, but after walking away so incredibly inspired last night, I want to do the thing again where I write for you, right here in the moment. So leave one word that has been on your mind lately and I’ll select people to write for, right here in the comments. This is just my way of saying thanks for being here, and may you find hope this week 🙏✨
May this new season
help your heart
begin to see
letting go can be
a beautiful, healing thing
You might have to carry on
without the answers
you thought you would need
but you will be led
you need to be.
You will not miss out
on what was meant for you
no matter who carries on without you
Love will look differently
in the days to come,
but it will be meaningful
all the same.
You will find
that you still matter
so much has changed.
I hope you can learn to be okay
with all of the change.
I hope you can celebrate what was
while fully anticipating what is to come.
I hope you can remember:
through it all,
you still matter.
We still need your presence,
And not everything in this season
will fit together perfectly
but you will still be whole
you will still be able to find peace
despite all you could not control.
Things will look different here,
things will look different here,
but no matter what October brings
you will still matter here.
Thanks for reading! If you’re new here, welcome! All of my work is inspired by the stories and topics people share with me. You can submit a story any time (link in the bio). It can be about anything, or any length. Every week I randomly select people to write for and then I send them what I create before sharing it here. All stories and submissions are kept private. 🙏✨ —
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"There is good and you will find it, I promise.” - Jon. These are the words from the character Jon on the show @millionlittlethingsabc and I couldn’t agree more. I remember being drawn to the show for its emphasis on mental health, and these words stood out to me. It is so easy to feel like you won’t be able to find the good, especially when you’re in a low place, but here’s what’s also true: it’s normal to feel this way, too. Even the happiest, cheeriest person you know could be struggling to find the good in their everyday. Sometimes we look to others who seem like they have it all together not realizing that those are the very people who are giving their everything to keep from breaking. I don’t know how everyone will find the good in life, but I do know that no one deserves to go looking for good alone. We are all on a journey looking for good, for hope, and for a reason to keep going. And even though it is so hard to find these things, it is worth it to keep searching, never alone, always together. “There is good and you will find it, I promise.” Watch the Season 2 Premiere Tonight at 9|8c only on ABC #ad #AMillionLittleThings
Maybe you could try to prove yourself to them or maybe, you could just try to come alive right where you are. Maybe you would only ever make it so far if you poured all of your energy into trying to keep up. I hope you never empty yourself over someone who never filled you up. I hope you never wear yourself to the ground for those who never offered a hand to lift you. I hope you can make peace with knowing that you’ve been underestimated, misunderstood, and overlooked and you are free to have the audacity to shine on, anyway.
Please let this be the season you become that version of yourself that you know you will be proud when you look back. You do not have to climb their ladder to be happy. You do not have to fall in love with them to know what it means to be loved at all. Loneliness is a strong presence, but Love is even stronger, and one of it’s strengths is finding creative ways to remind you: you are seen.
Say goodbye to worry. Trust: you will be fine. You can brave this new season one day at a time. Trust you are so much more than the sum of what your critics said you would be. You are shining beautifully and brightly, no matter that ones that seemed to look through you.
And as you wait for the moment where you feel truly loved and seen again, let this be the time you start to look within, and see that right here, all by grace, you are whole. You are not missing anything in the well of your soul. There is still a path beneath your feet leading you where you need to be. - MHN
Trust that the future can still be beautiful even if it looks different than what you were expecting. Trust that even here, more is unfolding beyond what you have been able to see. Even when things have changed.
You may not be able to be everything to everyone, but you can still be everything you were meant to be by choosing to be present and ready to grow at every place on the journey. You have not missed out on what was meant for you because of the one who said ‘no’ to you. You have not missed out on being able to know Love and Peace just because all that fell apart this year. You are still here, and this matters more than you know. You are going to have more opportunities to live, to learn, to grow.
Because years from now, you won’t remember every conversation, every thought or everything you accomplished, but I hope you remember the times you brave chose to love. I hope you remember that when times were hard, you found courage to not give up. I hope you don’t just remember the people who left, but the ones who stuck around. I hope you remember that even after the longest nights, morning Light found you, somehow. I hope you always remember that all along, through everything that was changing, you were changing, too.
So if you have to say goodbye to something or someone, I hope you can trust that in time, you will be fine. Not perfect, but fine, and years down the line, life will be different, but still beautiful. You will still be whole. Even if you’re living somewhere different. Working something different. In a community or in a relationship you never could have even imagined could be possible.
I hope that even here, you can take a deep breath and remember: you are far from finished yet. And as terrifying as that might be, it can also be a beautiful thing. Even here, you will become who you were meant to be.
Morgan Harper Nichols
May the start of October remind you: you are worthy of new beginnings. you are worthy of finding joy in this season, no matter what is still unknown.
You are worthy of being able to look beyond all of the things that did not go according to plan, knowing that no matter what fell apart, there is still more ahead. As sure as the evening sky eventually surrenders to the morning horizon, may you know that the past has surrendered to the present and you are free to live fully, right here, where you are.
Let October be a place of new beginnings. Take what you have learned and apply it to something new. Things will be different here, but all if it will shape you. And perhaps that can be a beautiful thing. Perhaps in all of these unknowns, you will only learn something.
Let your new experiences teach you. Let them remind you: life is a journey. Let them remind you that in all things unknown, there is abundant room to grow, and to grow, exactly in the way you were meant to. And please do not be hard on yourself, no matter the pace you are traveling right now.
There is nothing wrong with taking time to rest, to breathe, and slow down. You only live once, but that does not mean you have to figure it all out at once. You are allowed to take the time to learn here. You are allowed to breathe deep and be human here.
Let the first October sunrise remind you: you are worthy of new beginnings in this new season, no matter your uncertainties.
You are free to start over.
Today is brand new,
and so are you.
You do not have to fix everything
and make everything right
before you lean into morning Light
and embrace what now lies before you.
Even if it means you have to leave old things behind,
not everything has to be solved
before you find a peace of mind.
You are free to start over.
Even here, in the wild of things,
there is room for new beginnings. -This is an excerpt from this week's series in my iPhone app Storyteller called 'Make the Most of Where You Are.' Click the link in the bio to download the obligation-free 7-day trial! (Android coming soon!)
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Full color. Hardback. New poetry. January 21, 2020: “All Along You Were Blooming.” From me, to you, hoping that it speaks to you, wherever you are.
In 2017, I started sharing poetry and art on Instagram when I was experiencing deeply rooted self-doubt. It was a creative outlet when I was running low on hope. Two Octobers ago, I decided to make my work all about writing for people's stories, one person at a time. I realized it was far more valuable to be a writer who focused on just connecting with others, one by one, instead of trying to be successful or profound enough to satisfy the critics (including the inner critic). Little did I know, by making this shift, I would get the opportunity of a lifetime. I would get to publish a book like this.
When I started art and poetry again, I did not know I would be here. But I do know this: I would not be here without your support! Thank you for reading these very words. Just by reading this sentence you are such a huge part of this and I just want to say thank you.
And also, for whatever it is you are waiting for, I hope you can continue to take it day by day. I hope you can see that there is still a way to look back and see: All Along You Were Blooming.
Pre-Order All Along You Were Blooming at the link in the bio!
I’m SO excited (and also a little terrified 😅) for this book to go out into the world and I’m so glad I can finally talk about it! Thanks for the support! - Morgan
I hope that one day you will be able to look back and see that the people you have been looking up to do not hold the golden standard for how to live a “successful” life. I hope you are able to be excited to receive their stories, their wisdom, and the beautiful things they share with the world while also being excited to receive what was meant for you. You were meant to create. You were not just made to consume. You have a voice and story, too.
Read their stories and listen to their music and watch their movies while also knowing: they may have shared more than you, or started working before you, but they are not worth more than you. Your story, your skills, and your presence have value all the same. And you do not have to impact the world the same way they have in order to know this is true. You may never reach the same people they reach or make a mark the way they have, but the way you choose to sow seeds love, kindness, faithfulness...these are the kind of things that last. And that matters more than any amount of fame, success, or accolades.
So keep being faithful. Keep being faithful to garden that lies before you. Continue to water these plants one day at a time. Forget about how fast they are growing, and just focus on trusting that every drop of water you pour onto these anticipating plants brings life. You have the power to bring life, no matter how small or insignificant you feel.
I hope that you can learn to trust that there is lasting significant to the seeds you have sown. Your life might not look like the ones who inspired you, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We are all human beings, traveling together, but the way we travel will look differently. You have a way of noticing things that I will never notice. You have lived through things that only you can tell the story of.
Continue to be inspired by others while never letting their stories become so great in your mind that they cast a shadow over your own. Light is shining through your story all the same. Even in the in betweens. Even when you feel like you are so far from where you want to be. Even here, your story matters. Other people are worth being appreciated and so are you.
Your outer appearance is only one part of the picture. There is an endless depth to you, and even though we see each other in the physical, it’s what lies beneath the surface that allows us to connect in a meaningful, authentic way. You might not feel this way when certain physical characteristics have caused you to feel too different, unnoticeable, not beautiful, or even discriminated against, but no matter how many people have made you feel this way, you are still so much more than what’s on the surface, no matter the ones who haven’t seen it. It hurts to be the one who is judged for the way she looks but no matter what, you don’t deserve that. I just hope you know that no matter how loud those voices are, you can remember: “this person hasn’t even truly seen me. They do not know the depths of me. They are hurting someone else from the depths of their own hurt, and their actions do not determine my worth.” Just in case no one has told you this lately: dearest friend: you are beautiful. It doesn’t matter who does or does not see it. You are free to carry on today as the beautiful being that you are. You are free to love your skin. Your hair. Your laugh. Your sense of humor. Your sense of courage. Your sense of strength. It does not make you arrogant or too prideful to love and accept yourself as you are. The peace and confidence you find in loving yourself is what makes your inner and outer beauty radiate even more.
I hope today is the day you can hold on to the beautiful truth that what makes you beautiful has nothing to do with what others see in you. It starts with the Light within and radiates outward, boldly and gracefully all at once: you are beautiful. - Morgan
Some of the most beautiful things grow in seemingly unlikely places. Plants do not only grow in the fresh soil of rolling green fields that receive the right amount of sunshine and rain. They also grow underwater, in the dark, in the winter, in the desert. They grow in the places most would never think to look.
Even here, in your uncertainty, there is room for growth. There is room for you to look at your failed dreams and figure out what it would mean to start dreaming again.
And it’s true, it won’t be the same when you start again, because you are not the same. You have learned and grown so much since the time you originally began. Now is not the time not to merely pick apart the flaws of the original dream, but to look at why you started and began there. It’s time to take a closer look at the things that are still probing at your curiosity all these years later. Go back to the plants you put in the ground long ago. Go back and identify the withering branches that need to be cut off and the branches that are surprisingly still hanging on. Remember, pruning plants can actually help them thrive.
Reevaluating this season of your life doesn’t automatically mean throwing everything away, even if you just want a clean slate. There are still lessons that you have gathered along the way that will prepare you for whatever plants you decide to plant or nurture today. Not everything has been wasted. You can learn from where you’ve been. Those earlier dreams are still a part of your story, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of it didn’t quite work out. You can still be proud of yourself for choosing to start something. You can still have grace for yourself for the year you took a break. You can still celebrate how far you have come even if it included treading through a valley of failures and disappointments.
You are in a new season now, and no matter what it looks like, beautiful things can still come to life here. You have not missed out on your growth. You have not missed out on what was meant for you. - Morgan
”You Are Worthy Of New Beginnings.” When I was designing this sweatshirt, for some reason I kept thinking about my college-age self. She changed majors 4 times. She transferred colleges 4 times. And somehow, she managed to graduate in 4 years. But at the beginning of every semester, she felt like a failure. This time of year every year, she felt like this was going to be the semester where it would all fall apart. This was the semester her flaws would finally get the best of her.
I write words for others, but I am often writing for myself. “You are worthy of new beginnings” is one of those messages that I needed back then and I still need now. There are times where the new day, month, or year doesn’t feel like a new beginning. It just feels like a continuation of yesterday, in a burdening way.
And I just hope we can all remember that even when we feel this, we are still worthy of new beginnings. The day is still brand new, and we are free to slow down and embrace it for what it is. It is so much more than a continuation of yesterday and it is beautiful and meaningful in its own way.
May October be a month of embracing new beginnings. No matter what you been through, it is not too late for you. And you are free to find peace here. You are free to carry on with courage.
Because just like your younger self may have needed to know, even in the depths of your uncertainty, you kept breathing. You kept waking up, morning after morning and it didn’t feel like it then, but that was progress. That was growth. And for all those years you made it through, that matters more than you know.
Shop this new collection at the link in bio or my shop page, @Garden24co ! ➡️ Sweatshirts are $35 and we have a very limited quantity! Sizes Xs - 3x are available!
UPDATE 10/5/2019 - WOW! That was fast!! Sweatshirts are now on backorder, meaning you can still order, but they will not ship until approximately Monday, October 14.
All the best to you today,
I don’t know what “thriving” will look like for you in this year of your life, but I hope it looks like Peace. I hope it looks like reading good books and having living room conversations right in the middle of your uncertainty. I hope you notice you are thriving in the most subtle ways, on the most ordinary days when it seems like nothing has changed. I hope “thriving” means saying what the heart longs to say, after finally realizing you made it a lot further than you had been giving yourself credit for. I hope you can keep that bold, unbridled hope that there is more in store for you. I hope amidst your uncertainty, you can keep the courage to come alive. I hope you keep breathing deep. I hope you thrive. — MHN
This morning I opened my DMs and started writing to people who have messaged me. These are some of the results. You can submit a word or a topic or a story any time and I randomly select people to write for fairly often. Swipe to the end slide to see a little behind the scenes. Sometimes, I just sent art and a few words and sometimes it turns into a what happened this morning. Thanks for taking the time to be a part of this. Being able to create this way brings me so much joy and I always feel honored when anyone feels connected to these words. Thank you.
Here’s to thriving this week 🍂
May you learn to find joy right here in the mess of things. May you learn to trust that even here, breathing deep and laughing unexpectedly is a sign of progress, release. So much is uncertain but you do not have to hold everything in. You are free to have hope for tomorrow. You are allowed to go dancing in the shadows.
You do not need permission from anyone to have joy. Bold, unbridled joy that shows up in everything, even in the waiting.
You do not have to explain why you choose to hope. Have hope, just because you can. Have hope with the hope that it will have a ripple effect in the lives of the hopeless.You do not have to wait for someone to give you permission to start looking where the Light pours in. So much has changed around you, and so much is changing within you. These new experiences and emotions you are feeling have had an affect on you, and they have also produced courage within...courage to see the beauty even when the unpacked boxes are still stacked up against the wall. Peace to see that in all that that is changing, your soul is still steady. Freedom to know that you are allowed to step into this present season, even while you are still trying to find your place. You are free to thrive in the change, and you are free to find joy here. You are free to find joy here.
Do not be afraid of what is new. It will challenge you, but it will also prepare you for the depths you have been called to.
Keep making connections. You might feel intimidated in this new space at times, but you do not need to shut yourself off from the world. You might not know how you will be received, but never let that make you question what you have to bring to the world. You are still learning, but you do not have to wait until you are older, wiser, more qualified, or more seasoned in order for your presence to matter. Trust that when you choose to show up and be present that your presence matters in ways that you cannot see.
And one day you will look back and be so glad that you chose to stay awake in this season. You will be glad you chose to open your heart to whatever you were meant to learn here. You will be glad that even though it was not easy, you chose to carry on with courage. You chose to step forward with boldness and conviction, even when you were afraid. You will find that you grew in wisdom, and also in grace, and these are the kind of things that will prepare you, no matter what new things come your way.
This season is new, but so are you.
Continue to let it teach you and shape you.
Keep giving your all in this season. Keep showing up with all you have, even when you do not know what is next. If you can begin to show up in these unknowns, then you will be so much more prepared for the unknowns that lie ahead. More than you can ever imagine.
Morgan Harper Nichols
Dare to keep your heart open to love. Dare to trust that through all of the times you were made to feel like you were not enough, you can still know love. You can still see how it can unfold in your life not perfectly, but honestly and beautifully. Even in your in-betweens.
And perhaps love will look differently in this season. Perhaps even when the relationship has changed, you will be reminded you are seen in a new and unexpected way. Maybe the act of simply reminding one another that we are not alone is an act of love on its own.
So please, dear friend, do not give up on love. It may take some time to find but that does not mean you are not enough.
Keep room in your home for music.
Keep room in your heart for friends.
Hold onto abundance, over scarcity.
Love is real and knows no end.
Through the wild of all your worries
and things you wish you could have said,
the fears from long ago
that refuse to leave your head,
in the reckless, gritty chaos of things,
you are loved and you are seen,
and even here, at 2 a.m.,
you can know boundless peace.
You will find the strength you need
one breath at a time
and you will learn that "being fine"
is not always being all right,
but of slowly slouching toward the Light
letting your tired soul be tired
as your body bends toward rest,
knowing this is what you need,
my dear friend
is what you need.
Even in the depths
of that decade-long
where it is getting harder
to fight the inner cynic
screaming at you:
“no one even cares,”
your room is filled with more than shadows
the dullest blue
of the distant moon
and maybe, even reminding you
from 238,000 miles away
you have not been forgotten,
you are still wrapped in grace.
In the reckless, gritty chaos of things,
you are loved and you are seen,
and even here, at 2 a.m.,
you can know boundless peace.
just a few short reminders for the weekend 🍂
You are free to start over,
even though you are waiting.
It doesn't matter how long you have been here.
or how many times you feel like you have failed.
Today is brand new, and so are you,
and it is filled with a thousand opportunities
to let the Light pour through.
And here's what I mean:
You might have moments this week that look nearly identical to moments from last week. Maybe your routine will look the same. Perhaps you will spend most of your time with the same few people or in the same rooms. Even here, there is room for a new way of seeing things. Even here, there is time to begin to look beyond the lies that your life is too uninteresting, stagnant, or dull.
Because no matter how eventful our lives are, there is always the possibility that we will feel stuck. There is still a chance that we feel like we can't move forward with a dream, or the process of healing, or anything else because it seems like the walls are holding us in a tight space. And when we feel like this, everything starts to feel the same. And before we know it, the walls around us feel less like safety and more like a prison. The season we're in feels less like preparation and more like punishment.
When these feelings arise, one of the best things you can do is make room in your life for contemplation. Contemplation is the ability to gaze as something until you see the inherent beauty in it. Look at the trees outside your window a little longer today. Listen to the lyrics of the song you love listening to a bit more closely. Pay attention to the distinct taste of the natural sugar in the fruit you just took a bite off. You may wonder what this has to do with starting over, and the answer is: a lot. Contemplation allows you to see things in a new way. And when you see things in a new way, you start to realize that after all, every day is still a blank page. Every moment is still a chance to start over, begin again. There is still newness here. There is still space for possibility where a change of course or a change of perspective seemed impossible.
You are worthy of starting over.
And I hope that gazing upon to the little things in a new way can remind of this. ☀️
There are so many places left to go,
but you are free to travel slow.
The world is waiting for you
and this present moment is waiting too:
for you to give all of your attention
to all that lies before you.
Because even though you thought you would be
traveling a little differently
and you thought you would make friends and find
community a little more easily,
you are still finding he courage
to take this day by day,
and you are learning to see Light pour in
in quiet, subtle ways.
You are learning
amidst the noise,
there is music
there is laughter,
and when you notice it, it matters.
Yes, it truly matters.
Because just for a moment,
in these new unknowns,
you are reminded that you are not alone.
And maybe we are all on a journey home,
more connected than we think.
Even when we don’t speak,
together we are traveling.
all different, but together
each a storyteller
folding in and out of chapters
hoping for better ever-afters
despite all we are missing,
we are learning
there is more than what we see,
and we are free to believe in hope,
abundance over scarcity.
So I hope the very best for you.
I hope you find places and people that welcome you.
I hope you can be loved as you are,
without having to travel far,
but if you do have to hit the road,
exhale in new unknowns.
Learning as you go,
forever learning as you go,
knowing you are not alone.
If you’ve been made to feel like only the big moments of courage matter, I hope you know that every single breath you breathe is proof that you are finding your way in this. You are doing more than just existing. You are filling this space with life. And every moment you choose to hope is a moment you choose to thrive.
Because just when you thought you could not get any stronger, you woke up this morning and realized: you managed to hold on a little longer. You managed to make it a little further than you ever thought you would, even on the days where it was a fight to notice the good. And by grace, you are still here, through the wild of all those fears. You made to October 15th. You made it another year.
And even though you cannot make sense of the shadows that always seem to find you, you are still an example of beautiful truth that Light has this way finding you. Even when you do not feel seen or heard and you struggle to put the feelings into words, breathing, merely breathing, is a sign of hope all on its own, and even in the most loneliest seasons of life, you are never breathing alone. You are never breathing alone. Somehow, we all exhale. We all sing that song.
So may you always know it’s okay to know you’re strong even when you do not feel that way, knowing in the moments where you feel your weakest, you are still wrapped in grace. Grace that reminds you:
you were made for this life:
terrifying and beautiful as it may be
holding on in troubled times
finding Light in little things.
Perhaps fear has taught you how to stay alive, and perhaps courage can teach you how to come alive more than ever before.
Perhaps saying “yes” to this adventure will be the most terrifying thing you could ever do, but what if your heart is beating for more, and all of this is going to shape you. Maybe this is the time to say what you have been meaning to say, and to go into the depths of “I don’t know what will happen, but I will carry on, anyway,“ as you choose to live and love boldly even without the closure of yesterday.
You have been letdown before. You have practical reasons for being afraid. But I hope you know: there is still a life to be lived beyond your fears. There is still time and space to come alive, as you are, right here.
And remember, sometimes courage is subtle. Sometimes it’s climbing a mountain and sometimes it’s a gradual softening into forgiveness. Sometimes it’s creating boundaries. Sometimes it’s putting up walls. Courage will look, taste, and feel different for us all.
The important thing is: do what you do for love. For joy. For peace that goes beyond understanding. Do what you do with a mind ready to learn, a heart ready to grow, and a soul ready to be still, despite all of the chaos you cannot control. You will not be able to travel this path perfectly, but grace will meet you here. Every day, you will be free to begin again, no matter what you have feared.
I believe courage can be many things for us, and one of those things is our teachers. When we take the leap of faith, we do not know the outcome, but we know that we will learn and grow, anyway. And perhaps it is through our courage to live and love we mature and grow in wisdom. and slowly, we begin to see that even though a healthy dose of fear kept us alive, it was courage that helped us thrive.
Morgan Harper Nichols
you think. Even in
the most subtle ways
you can see. Every
mountain you have
climbed and every
valley you have
tread through have
all been integral
parts of how this
life has shaped you.
Never discredit yourself.
You have learned
so many things
and through the wild
of where you have been,
you are stronger than you think.
Perhaps, in the waiting, you are not wasting time, but doing the hard work of finding new rhythms in a quieter, slower version of life. Though the clock ticks loudly to the left, and the world moves quickly right before you, and all you can seem to think about is all that should've been figured out by now, may you whisper, 'Be still,
I am whole'
Because after all the time you spent
trying to make this work
going over every conversation
questioning your feelings
doubting your worth,
wondering what you missed,
why none of this makes sense,
was still in place,
you were learning,
you were growing,
at a gentle, graceful pace.
Even though you still wake up some days
facing all the change,
moments no longer shared,
rooms that don't feel the same,
you are not missing out on what was meant for you
you are not missing out on what was meant for you
Light is still pouring through,
for the long, yet beautiful journey
into the depths
of the life
you have been called to.
Here are a few pieces I created this morning. There’s no particular “theme” because they were all written and sent to different people, but I’d love to know in the comments if you see a common thread running through them?
For some reason it’s so hard for me to see how the pieces weave together, if they even weave together at all. And as I write this, I can’t help but think: isn’t life this way? It’s so hard to see how everything connects, especially when it comes to our own experiences.
The previous job can feel completely unrelated to the new one.
The sudden change in a relationship can feel random and sudden.
The pieces of our lives can feel fragmented, and nothing like a “story being written” at all.
This is why I think we need each other. Other people can notice patterns we might not be able to see. I hope everyone can have at least one or two friends in their life who notice the ways they’ve grown in strength, courage, and grace, even though so much has changed. I hope that we can all be reminded that Light is pouring in, even while wait. - Morgan
Even when you are waiting for certain things to fall in place, may you know there is still room to:
Accept that this is true: as long as there are days ahead, there is more ahead of you. No matter how many days have felt the same, you have never lived the same day twice. You have not been in the same exact place for a single moment of your life. Each day is different. Believe that each day is different. Trust that there are all of these little places where Light gets in. And any flicker of hope you find, let that be your motivation. Let it become your inspiration. You do not need to have a grand experience or move to a new city in order to take delight in the world around you. Believe that even in the waiting, your story is being written and you do not have to remain hidden. You are allowed to come alive here.
I know things haven’t always worked out for you but you don’t have to put childhood wonder behind you. That little girl who was brave and ready to take on the world has not disappeared. She has only been silenced. Let the simple act of dreaming give agency to her voice again. It’s not too late for you to just dream for the sake of dreaming. Life is hard enough, and you do not always have to appear hyper-organized and tough. Dream for better things. For yourself and those around you.
You were not just made to consume. You are not just here to scroll through other people’s art and music and poetry and articles. Not everyone is an artist or a writer but I believe there are a LOT more artists than what we have seen in museums. There are MANY more great songs than what we see charting on radio. There is an ABUNDANCE of creativity running wild in all of us in a billion different ways. Creativity looks different season to season, job to job, year to year, and even day to day. Creativity is poetry and art and it’s also preparing a meal, creating a five year plan, creating space for friends to gather, creating conversations around things that matter. Create twice as much as you consume. There are so many things waiting to come alive from within you.
And you can do all of this, absolutely all of this, while you’re waiting.
1.You are worthy of the same love you give
2.The same Light you see in others in shining on you, too
3.You matter just by being here
4.You are not worth any less if you need time to rest
5.Your presence alone is a symbol of love all on its own
You do not have to work to prove you are worthy of love. You do not have to make everything write or fix problems in other people’s lives in order to matter. By being here, you have value. Your life has meaning. And even though the “how” can’t easily be put into words, that only means there’s more to you.
This world obsessed with certainty and quick solutions. We’re expected to progress in perfectly linear lines and if anything gets messy or out of order, we’re considered less worthy.
You may not be considered worthy to a certain person, or a certain group, but there is more to life than trying to climb their ladder, even when it seems like the only ladder you’re fit to climb.
And perhaps, instead of trying to climb a ladder, you can go climb a mountain. Go and choose a trail that leads you through the highs and lows, because you know it is there, you will grow. You will learn to be present to yourself and to the world around you, and you will be able to just be, no matter what others say or think.
Let any little bit hope you see in today’s sunrise or in this evening’s flicker of light pushes through the falling leaves remind you: even here, you are seen. You are noticing these little things because hope is still burning wild within you, even while you’re waiting.
Pay attention to the slow and gradual change in your life. Pay attention to the moments you felt welcomed or like you belonged, even if it was only for a second.
The clerk in the shop said ‘hello’ to you.
Someone slowed down to let you in front of them on the interstate.
You heard a song that you felt like was written for you.
You might be waiting on others to notice you or return the love you give, but in the meantime, you are free to live. You are free to trust that Love runs wild and abundantly, and finds you, even in the chaos of things. - MHN
She’s the same age as you. And when you look at all she has accomplished in the same amount of years you’ve been given, you can’t help but wonder what you missed. Or were you just not good enough? Pretty enough? Interesting enough?
You know she isn’t perfect because no one is. But some people, like her, seem to turn their flaws into music. And not just the kind of music made to bounce off bedroom walls but the kind of music that other people want to listen to over and over again.
Over and over again. You hear the music over and over again. In parking lots and hallways when you were only trying to take in air, you notice hints of how everyone else is better than you absolutely everywhere.
And you want to have the heart to notice the little things but your mind is set on the calendar. “You’re not getting any younger,” they say. “You’re not getting any younger.” She’s the same age as you. And when you look at all that she has accomplished in the same amount of years you’ve been given, I hope you know that you have been given something too: a brand new day that builds on all of the struggles of the days before this one.
Your song will sound a little different because it is layered with a different kind of grit, and what makes your music real are all of the imperfections.
And it is then, when you sing your own song, you will finally begin to see: you can only be content when you have the courage to be who you were meant to be.
Honesty, even when it’s hard.
You learn to love and accept yourself
by being present to who you truly are.
She’s the same age as you,
but no one’s worth can be quantified.
What makes you matter is timeless
and you were meant to be yourself:
never compared to anyone else
you were meant to be yourself
and sing your own song.
Tag the one whom you want to remind to sing her song 🎵
How you have grown since October of last year
1. You are a year older than you were last year (and that matters, because not everyone makes it this far).
2. Relationships have changed in your life, and you’re still here.
3. You found the courage to keep holding on.
4. You made it all the way to October, once again.
5. You laughed on a day you weren’t planning on it.
6. You have photographs in your phone that you might not even remember that captured light in the smallest thing (a plant, a tree, architecture, smile from a friend...).
7. You made the choice to use your voice, even when you weren’t sure how you’d be received.
8. You worked really hard on something even though you didn’t know what the results would be.
9. You overcame the lie that you’re weren’t good enough by choosing to show up (at work, at school, in your community, or in your relationships...).
10. You learned an important lesson you did not know this time last year.
11. You found strength to exhale over and over again.
12. You woke up to a new day that serves as proof: you are more than where you have been.
There are so many ways you are still growing but I just hope you can take time to have gratitude for your progress. Slow growth is not a weakness and every day you are continuing to unfold into your bloom which is beautiful, grace-filled proof: all along, there was more to you. All along, there was more to you. MHN
Which of the 12 stand out to you the most when you think about how you’ve grown? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!