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Caroline Swickle Lived

Every part of Functional Rustic is inspired by my mom, Carol Swickle. Through her obituary I hope you are able to develop a better understanding of who she was and how her influence on my life inspired the creation of Functional Rustic.

Caroline L. Swickle, 65, of Oxford Michigan, passed away peacefully and comfortably at home with family on September 16, 2019.

Carol was born in Hazel Park on January 15, 1954. She graduated from Troy High School and earned her certification as an X-Ray Technician. She married Robert Swickle on June 3, 1977. Carol worked as an X-Ray technician and then was a homemaker for her 4 children. She was an active member of AA and had a passion for volunteering her time, guiding others in the program, and service work. Besides family she enjoyed golf, gardening, going up north and raising her dogs & various other critters.

Carol with Louie. Louie stayed by her bedside all the way until the end.

Carol was preceded in death by her son Andrew Swickle and both her parents Frederick and Harriet Laws (Grieve). She is survived by her husband of 42 years Robert Swickle, and children Sarah Palmer (David Palmer), Emily Swickle (Jon Dewhurst) & Natalie Swickle, her grandson Waylon Kibler and her siblings Frederick Laws, Marjorie Roth (Dieter Roth) and David Laws.

The Swickle Family: Carol, Emily, Sarah, Andrew, Natalie & Robert.

Public visitation will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm on Sunday September 22 at Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester, MI. Visitation will also be available on Monday September 23 at 9 am before the Celebration of Life service at 10 am. Service to be followed by a processional the White Chapel Cemetery where she will be laid to rest.

Her entire life Carol was an avid reader. From a young age and through adulthood she would take time to regularly delve into the pages of a good mystery novel set in an exciting and far away place. As she read those pages in her youth she could only imagine that she in fact would one day set out on her own adventures around the world.

Carol met Bob while she was working as an X-ray technician at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.  Their first date was to the Michigan State Fair. Considering the amount of critters they would adopt over the years it is quite fitting that their love blossomed around animals. Every year since then they went hand in hand back to the fair and relived the excitement of their first date.

Carol and Bob. <3

Carol loved the outdoors and shared that passion with Bob. They joined friends at camp sites all around Michigan and created memories and traditions that would continue to the next generation. Together they traveled the country and then the world – Carol always looking effortlessly beautiful with her latest scarf wrapped around her head.

Together with Bob, Carol swam in the waters off of Monterey, visited the deserts in Arizona, explored the streets of New York and walked the piers and wharfs of the eastern seaboard. Just as her books took her to far away places – so did her beloved Bob. They visited Monte Carlo, explored the castles & villages of England during the Queens 25th Jubilee and were awed by the stunning views of Scotland and Wales.

Carol Swickle (Laws).
Carol Swickle (Laws).

Carol, ever the nurturer, was ready to start a family after she and Bob married. 1 son & 3 daughters later and she had the family she was hoping to build. Every night she tucked her children to bed and read them a story. Once she taught them to read on their own she always had a book on hand to offer as an afternoon read.

Carol was raised in a house filled with animals (she even once had a pet squirrel!) so she knew better than anyone that house is not a home until animals joined the household. Carol and Bob had cats and tropical fish as a couple but, as parents, the menagerie expanded. Her family has raised cats, dogs, fish, guinea pigs, rabbits, turtles, frogs, geese, chickens and ducks. Not to mention she provided hospice care to many a dying bird brought home by one of her children.

Not only did Carol welcome all stray animals she also welcomed any person that wanted a snack or a place to call home for an afternoon. Holiday meals were always prepared with extra helpings because you never know which of her children’s friends will need a hot meal for the holiday. She was a second mom to anyone who entered her home.

The kids from the neighborhood called our house home too. Carol is pictured with Jenifer, Andrew, Sarah (that’s me!) and Jim.

As a mother Carol was in a league of her own. She maintained an immaculate house, provided a home cooked meal every day that her family enjoyed together, helped with homework and managed to get all four kids to hockey practices at three different ice rinks – Every. Single. Day. If her child was involved in an activity, she was there. She was also the kind of mom you really could talk about anything with. She listened. 

Carol volunteered too! When her kids attended Costello Elementary School she volunteered in the school library. Enjoying that work she next volunteered at the Friends Library in the Troy Public Library. (The Friends Library gathered donated books and sold them for a quarter to raise money for the library) In fact, the City of Troy honored Carol with an Award of Excellence for the work she did with the Friends Library. She also acted as troop leader for her daughter’s brownie troop – leading a generation of girls toward a life of service.

A life devoted to service and her children did allow Carol another chance to travel – this time as a family. Weekend trips up north spent fishing and looking for deer were the high light of every summer. Those camping trips Carol and Robert took with friends while they were dating became yearly memorial weekend camping trips with all of the families.

Mom got stuck in the mud while we were up north at Lost Lake Woods Club.
Mom had quite a productive garden that year!

Weekends were spent watching her son play baritone in high school band competitions and then at Michigan State University football home games. Band season wrapped up just in time for hockey tournaments and out of state hockey games every weekend. She never missed a thing. Once again, Carol was an international traveler – going back and forth to hockey games in Windsor and Sarnia on a regular basis.

Being a hockey parent enabled Carol the opportunity to get to see her children play hockey across the country – Chicago, New York, Boston and Anchorage to name a few. Hockey also took her and the family internationally throughout Ontario Canada and even games in Germany and Italy. She held hands with Bob while walking along the canals of Venice and smelled the musk of the Sistine Chapel with her four children by her side.

Bob & Carol Swickle, Outlaws of the Wild West!

Carol loved golf and played in a league. The winter thaw always started the countdown to the start of golf season. She spoke of her golf ladies often and always with a smile. The friendships she developed with them were truly special to her.

Carol had a passion for plants of all kinds. She had a green thumb and access to full sun so her life was filled with flowers and house plants. The gardens outside were elegant and well-tended and the plants inside were lush and green. Everything she touched grew into something beautiful – plants, food, animals and people.

Due to the anonymous nature of Alcoholics Anonymous, some may not have known how impactful the AA program was on Carol. Not only did it change her life but it also afforded her the opportunity to share her story with others and help guide them toward their personal path of recovery. Her regular meetings were her second home – her second family.

Mom and Dad up north. This is one of my favorite pictures of them. <3

Carol acted as a sponsor for many women over the years. She felt it such an honor and responsibility having that role. She knew what a profound and positive impact her sponsor had on her and she wanted to make sure she provided that same support for those she sponsored. She also led meetings for women in the Oakland County Jail and later the prison thus allowing those incarcerated to participate in the benefits of the AA program.  

It was humbling to know that her story was able to provide comfort and guidance to someone in need. Helping others work their steps helped her to stay focused on living her best life too.

The AA program provided Carol the environment she needed to thrive and live her best life possible. It helped her to live in the moment and appreciate the now. When she was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer just few months ago that ‘live in the moment’ mind set became a necessity.

Mom on the porch appreciating the warm, soft breeze.

Fortunately for Carol, her lifetime of loving others enabled her to see her final months surrounded by beauty and knowing she was loved by many.

She spent her final months at home with plants she started growing when she and Robert were only engaged, with dogs and Muscovy ducks and a family of deer living in the yard. She spent her final months with her grandson Waylon and even met her grandniece Waverly. She spent her final weeks sitting on the porch admiring her flowers and the lawn she mowed herself on the zero turn. She lived in the moment. It was absolutely beautiful to witness. Her final days were spent in her home with family always close by and proud to be giving her whatever she needed to be comfortable. Her final moments were spent with her children by her side and Bob holding her hand.

Caroline Louise Swickle Lived.

Carol with her family. Front: Natalie, Waylon, Waverly, Amanda, Emily, Claire. Rear: Dave, Carol, Bob, Sarah.
When we still though treatment was an option mom was ready to face it head on. We all cut our hair so that we could donate it to make a wig for mom. It arrived the day she died.
Mom and I showing off our new hair!
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.21.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. If you judge people you have no time to love them.
If you judge people you have no time to love them.
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2. Goal: To make an income while making an impact.

Goal: To make an income while making an impact.
Goal: To make an income while making an impact.
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3. Kindness is a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.

Kindness is a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.
Kindness is a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.
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4. Don’t set yourself on fire to keep others warm.

Don't set yourself on fire to keep others warm.
Don’t set yourself on fire to keep others warm.
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5. You learn nothing from life if you think you’re right all the time.

You learn nothing from life if you think you're right all the time.
You learn nothing from life if you think you’re right all the time.
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6. To be happy is a choice we make.

 To be happy is a choice we make.
To be happy is a choice we make.
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7. Never let your feelings get too deep, people can change anytime.

Never let your feelings get too deep, people can change anytime.
Never let your feelings get too deep, people can change anytime.

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8. Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.

Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.
Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.

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9. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
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10. I bent until I damn near broke. But that’s that thing about resilience…It shows up just as your soul begins to cry, and catapults your strength into over-drive.

 I bent until I damn near broke. But that's that thing about resilience...It shows up just as your soul begins to cry, and catapults your strength into over-drive.
I bent until I damn near broke. But that’s that thing about resilience…It shows up just as your soul begins to cry, and catapults your strength into over-drive.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.18.19

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  1. The choices we make reveal the true nature of our character.
The choices we make reveal the true nature of our character.
The choices we make reveal the true nature of our character.

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2. You kinda owe it to yourself to do all the things you’ve dreamed.

You kinda owe it to yourself to do all the things you've dreamed.
You kinda owe it to yourself to do all the things you’ve dreamed.
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3. Know this: Some people will not hear you regardless of ho much, how loud, how truthful, how loving, or how profound you speak. Wish them well and let them go.

Know this: Some people will not hear you regardless of ho much, how loud, how truthful, how loving, or how profound you speak. Wish them well and let them go.
Know this: Some people will not hear you regardless of ho much, how loud, how truthful, how loving, or how profound you speak. Wish them well and let them go.

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4. I just want to tell you, at some point it doesn’t matter who was right and who was wrong. At some point, being angry is just another bad habit, like smoking, and you keep poisoning yourself without thinking about it.

I just want to tell you, at some point it doesn't matter who was right and who was wrong. At some point, being angry is just another bad habit, like smoking, and you keep poisoning yourself without thinking about it.
I just want to tell you, at some point it doesn’t matter who was right and who was wrong. At some point, being angry is just another bad habit, like smoking, and you keep poisoning yourself without thinking about it.
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5. If you don’t want anyone to find out, don’t do it.

If you don't want anyone to find out, don't do it.
If you don’t want anyone to find out, don’t do it.

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6. Every situation in life is temporary. So, when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life is not so good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way.

Every situation in life is temporary. So, when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life is not so good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way.
Every situation in life is temporary. So, when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life is not so good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way.

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7. Be the person who breaks the cycle. If you were judged, choose understanding. If you were rejected, choose acceptance. If you were ashamed, choose compassion. Be the person you needed when you were hurting, not the person who hurt you. Vow to be better than what broke you – to heal instead of becoming bitter so you can act from your heart, not your pain.

Be the person who breaks the cycle. If you were judged, choose understanding. If you were rejected, choose acceptance. If you were ashamed, choose compassion. Be the person you needed when you were hurting, not the person who hurt you. Vow to be better than what broke you - to heal instead of becoming bitter so you can act from your heart, not your pain.
Be the person who breaks the cycle. If you were judged, choose understanding. If you were rejected, choose acceptance. If you were ashamed, choose compassion. Be the person you needed when you were hurting, not the person who hurt you. Vow to be better than what broke you – to heal instead of becoming bitter so you can act from your heart, not your pain.

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8. Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us.

Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they've given us.
Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us.

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9. She is a paradox. She is faithful and yet detached. She is committed and yet relaxed. She loves everyone, and yet no one. She is sociable but also a loner. She is gentle and yet tough. She is passionate but can also be platonic. In short, she is predictable in her unpredictability.

She is a paradox. She is faithful and yet detached. She is committed and yet relaxed. She loves everyone, and yet no one. She is sociable but also a loner. She is gentle and yet tough. She is passionate but can also be platonic. In short, she is predictable in her unpredictability.
She is a paradox. She is faithful and yet detached. She is committed and yet relaxed. She loves everyone, and yet no one. She is sociable but also a loner. She is gentle and yet tough. She is passionate but can also be platonic. In short, she is predictable in her unpredictability.

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10. You are not everyone’s cup of tea. The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, no matter what you try, will simply not like you. But the world is also filled with those who will love you fiercely. The ones who love you: they are your people. Don’t wasted your finite time and heart trying to convince the people who aren’t your people that you have value. They will miss it completely. They wont but what you’re selling. Don’t try to convince them to walk your path with you because you will only wasted your time and your emotional good health. You are not for them and they are not for you. You are not their cup of tea and they are not yours. Politely wave them along and you move away as well. Seek to share your path with those who recognize and appreciate your gifts are not yours. Be who you are. You are not everyone’s cup of tea and that is OK.

You are not everyone's cup of tea. The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, no matter what you try, will simply not like you. But the world is also filled with those who will love you fiercely. The ones who love you: they are your people. Don't wasted your finite time and heart trying to convince the people who aren't your people that you have value. They will miss it completely. They wont but what you're selling. Don't try to convince them to walk your path with you because you will only wasted your time and your emotional good health. You are not for them and they are not for you. You are not their cup of tea and they are not yours. Politely wave them along and you move away as well. Seek to share your path with those who recognize and appreciate your gifts are not yours. Be who you are. You are not everyone's cup of tea and that is OK.
You are not everyone’s cup of tea. The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, no matter what you try, will simply not like you. But the world is also filled with those who will love you fiercely. The ones who love you: they are your people. Don’t wasted your finite time and heart trying to convince the people who aren’t your people that you have value. They will miss it completely. They wont but what you’re selling. Don’t try to convince them to walk your path with you because you will only wasted your time and your emotional good health. You are not for them and they are not for you. You are not their cup of tea and they are not yours. Politely wave them along and you move away as well. Seek to share your path with those who recognize and appreciate your gifts are not yours. Be who you are. You are not everyone’s cup of tea and that is OK.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.17.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. How you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you.
How you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you.
How you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you.

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2. Stop shrinking to fit places you’ve outgrown.

Stop shrinking to fit places you've outgrown.
Stop shrinking to fit places you’ve outgrown.
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3. Be happy not because everything is good, but because you an see the good side of everything.

Be happy not because everything is good, but because you an see the good side of everything.
Be happy not because everything is good, but because you an see the good side of everything.

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4. The problem with putting others first; you’ve taught them you come second.

The problem with putting others first; you've taught them you come second.
The problem with putting others first; you’ve taught them you come second.
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5. The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.

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6. The sunrise, of course, doesn’t care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no one bothers to look at it.

The sunrise, of course, doesn't care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no one bothers to look at it.
The sunrise, of course, doesn’t care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no one bothers to look at it.

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7. I choose to believe things are possible, even when I don’t know how they will happen.

I choose to believe things are possible, even when I don't know how they will happen.
I choose to believe things are possible, even when I don’t know how they will happen.

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8. To the woman reading this with a restless soul and an aching heart, I want you to know that sometimes you have to break down in order to break through.

To the woman reading this with a restless soul and an aching heart, I want you to know that sometimes you have to break down in order to break through.
To the woman reading this with a restless soul and an aching heart, I want you to know that sometimes you have to break down in order to break through.

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9. One day it just clicks. You realize what’s important and what isn’t. You learn to care less about what other people think of you and more about what you think of yourself. You realize how far you’ve come and you remember when you thought things were such a mess that you would never recover. And you smile. you smile because you are truly proud of yourself and the person you’ve fought to become.

One day it just clicks. You realize what's important and what isn't. You learn to care less about what other people think of you and more about what you think of yourself. You realize how far you've come and you remember when you thought things were such a mess that you would never recover. And you smile. you smile because you are truly proud of yourself and the person you've fought to become.
One day it just clicks. You realize what’s important and what isn’t. You learn to care less about what other people think of you and more about what you think of yourself. You realize how far you’ve come and you remember when you thought things were such a mess that you would never recover. And you smile. you smile because you are truly proud of yourself and the person you’ve fought to become.

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10. I’ve learned, through my own shit, that when you’re genuinely ready to be the woman that you want to be, for yourself, you’ll drop all of the excuses you once had, and start making the moves that you need to make to become her.

I've learned, through my own shit, that when you're genuinely ready to be the woman that you want to be, for yourself, you'll drop all of the excuses you once had, and start making the moves that you need to make to become her.
I’ve learned, through my own shit, that when you’re genuinely ready to be the woman that you want to be, for yourself, you’ll drop all of the excuses you once had, and start making the moves that you need to make to become her.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.16.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Don’t forget to shout “Jenga” when everything falls apart.
Don't forget to shout "Jenga" when everything falls apart.
Don’t forget to shout “Jenga” when everything falls apart.

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2. Intuition is the GPS of the soul.

Intuition is the GPS of the soul.
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3. If you see beauty in something, don’t wait for others to agree.

If you see beauty in something, don't wait for others to agree.
If you see beauty in something, don’t wait for others to agree.

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4. She builds others up because she knows what it’s like to be torn down.

She builds others up because she knows what it's like to be torn down.
She builds others up because she knows what it’s like to be torn down.

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5. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

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6. I stopped fighting my inner demons. We’re on the same side now.

I stopped fighting my inner demons. We're on the same side now.
I stopped fighting my inner demons. We’re on the same side now.

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7. Nobody tells you it is okay to call yourself beautiful, it is okay to smile at mirrors and it is perfectly fine to say your own eyes are pretty. It is wonderful to love your waist and your legs regardless of their size and you are not conceited if you use your fingers to list everything you’re good at rather than point at all your own flaws. You can acknowledge you’re smart and that you will go places and you will be someone greater than your mistakes. You can’t always expect other people to believe in yourself for you.

Nobody tells you it is okay to call yourself beautiful, it is okay to smile at mirrors and it is perfectly fine to say your own eyes are pretty. It is wonderful to love your waist and your legs regardless of their size and you are not conceited if you use your fingers to list everything you're good at rather than point at all your own flaws. You can acknowledge you're smart and that you will go places and you will be someone greater than your mistakes. You can't always expect other people to believe in yourself for you.
Nobody tells you it is okay to call yourself beautiful, it is okay to smile at mirrors and it is perfectly fine to say your own eyes are pretty. It is wonderful to love your waist and your legs regardless of their size and you are not conceited if you use your fingers to list everything you’re good at rather than point at all your own flaws. You can acknowledge you’re smart and that you will go places and you will be someone greater than your mistakes. You can’t always expect other people to believe in yourself for you.

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8. Me: *stares into the void*. The void: *stares back* Me: *winks*. The void: *blushes*.

Me: *stares into the void*. The void: *stares back* Me: *winks*. The void: *blushes*.
Me: *stares into the void*. The void: *stares back* Me: *winks*. The void: *blushes*.

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9. Once you carry your own water, you will learn the value of every drop.

Once you carry your own water, you will learn the value of every drop.
Once you carry your own water, you will learn the value of every drop.

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10. You need to read this. There is no glory in making yourself small and timid. Build yourself up. Know that you’re destined for greatness. Believe in your abilities, be vulnerable, show the world who you really are. Know your worth and value. Care for yourself. Love yourself fully as you are and where you are. Turn your dreams into goals and plans, and take action with courage and enthusiasm. No more hiding away, holding yourself back or putting things off. No more being apologetic or trying to please and impress everyone. This is your life and your time, don’t waste it.

You need to read this. There is no glory in making yourself small and timid. Build yourself up. Know that you're destined for greatness. Believe in your abilities, be vulnerable, show the world who you really are. Know your worth and value. Care for yourself. Love yourself fully as you are and where you are. Turn your dreams into goals and plans, and take action with courage and enthusiasm. No more hiding away, holding yourself back or putting things off. No more being apologetic or trying to please and impress everyone. This is your life and your time, don't waste it.
You need to read this. There is no glory in making yourself small and timid. Build yourself up. Know that you’re destined for greatness. Believe in your abilities, be vulnerable, show the world who you really are. Know your worth and value. Care for yourself. Love yourself fully as you are and where you are. Turn your dreams into goals and plans, and take action with courage and enthusiasm. No more hiding away, holding yourself back or putting things off. No more being apologetic or trying to please and impress everyone. This is your life and your time, don’t waste it.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.15.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Best way to earn respect is by treating others with respect.
Best way to earn respect is by treating others with respect.
Best way to earn respect is by treating others with respect.

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2. You wanting a sign is a sign.

You wanting a sign is a sign.
You wanting a sign is a sign.
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3. Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers.

Silence isn't empty, it's full of answers.
Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers.

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4. It’s better this way. A little lonelier but better.

It's better this way. A little lonelier but better.
It’s better this way. A little lonelier but better.

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5. You gotta believe it’s already yours. That’s the secret of manifestation.

You gotta believe it's already yours. That's the secret of manifestation.
You gotta believe it’s already yours. That’s the secret of manifestation.

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6. When you’re filled with self love you make better choices.

When you're filled with self love you make better choices.
When you’re filled with self love you make better choices.

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7. Always listen twice first what’s being said then who said it.

Always listen twice first what's being said then who said it.
Always listen twice first what’s being said then who said it.

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8. When you know yourself, you are empowered. When you accept yourself, you are invincible.

When you know yourself, you are empowered. When you accept yourself, you are invincible.
When you know yourself, you are empowered. When you accept yourself, you are invincible.

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9. They start missing you when they fail to replace you.

They start missing you when they fail to replace you.
They start missing you when they fail to replace you.

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10. It takes years to learn the difference between who to let go and who to be patient with. The same way it takes years to know what you deserve and what you don’t. So hang in there, growth and experience come with time.

It takes years to learn the difference between who to let go and who to be patient with. The same way it takes years to know what you deserve and what you don't. So hang in there, growth and experience come with time.
It takes years to learn the difference between who to let go and who to be patient with. The same way it takes years to know what you deserve and what you don’t. So hang in there, growth and experience come with time.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.14.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Be selective in your battles. For sometimes peace is better than being right.
Be selective in your battles. For sometimes peace is better than being right.
Be selective in your battles. For sometimes peace is better than being right.
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2. Time: The healer and The killer.

Time: The healer and The killer.
Time: The healer and The killer.
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3. I don’t pay attention to the world ending. It has ended for me many times and began again in the morning.

I don't pay attention to the world ending. It has ended for me many times and began again in the morning.
I don’t pay attention to the world ending. It has ended for me many times and began again in the morning.
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4. Don’t worry about the people who aren’t happy for you; they probably aren’t happy for themselves either.

Don't worry about the people who aren't happy for you; they probably aren't happy for themselves either.
Don’t worry about the people who aren’t happy for you; they probably aren’t happy for themselves either.
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5. Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.

Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
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6. When things change inside you, things change around you.

When things change inside you, things change around you.
When things change inside you, things change around you.
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7. The universe will give you what you need, but you must have the guts to believe in what it has given you.

The universe will give you what you need, but you must have the guts to believe in what it has given you.
The universe will give you what you need, but you must have the guts to believe in what it has given you.

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8. Always be kind. If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them. If someone is being ignored, find a way to include them. If someone has been knocked down, lift them up. Always remind people of their worth. Be who you needed when you were going through hard times. Just one small act of kindness could mean the world to someone.

Always be kind. If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them. If someone is being ignored, find a way to include them. If someone has been knocked down, lift them up. Always remind people of their worth. Be who you needed when you were going through hard times. Just one small act of kindness could mean the world to someone.
Always be kind. If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them. If someone is being ignored, find a way to include them. If someone has been knocked down, lift them up. Always remind people of their worth. Be who you needed when you were going through hard times. Just one small act of kindness could mean the world to someone.

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9. This is the part of my life where I silently remove myself from anyone who hurts me more than they love me, drains me more than replenish me, brings me more stress than they do peace, and tries to stunt my growth rather than clap for it. I think that I’ve done more than enough talking and trying to make things work with certain people… I’m done.

This is the part of my life where I silently remove myself from anyone who hurts me more than they love me, drains me more than replenish me, brings me more stress than they do peace, and tries to stunt my growth rather than clap for it. I think that I've done more than enough talking and trying to make things work with certain people... I'm done.
This is the part of my life where I silently remove myself from anyone who hurts me more than they love me, drains me more than replenish me, brings me more stress than they do peace, and tries to stunt my growth rather than clap for it. I think that I’ve done more than enough talking and trying to make things work with certain people… I’m done.
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10. Enough is enough. Seriously, be strong and know when enough is enough. Take your stand, speak up and refuse to let others hurt you. Throughout your lifetime some people will discredit you, disrespect you and treat you poorly for no apparent reason at all. Don’t consume yourself with trying to change them or win their approval. And don’t make any space in your heart to hate them. You don’t have control over what others think about you, but you do have control over how you decide to internalize their opinions. Leave them to their own judgments. Let people love you for who you are, and not for who they want you to be. Or let them walk away if they choose. They can’t harm you either way; it’s their understanding that is faulty not yours.

Enough is enough. Seriously, be strong and know when enough is enough. Take your stand, speak up and refuse to let others hurt you. Throughout your lifetime some people will discredit you, disrespect you and treat you poorly for no apparent reason at all. Don't consume yourself with trying to change them or win their approval. And don't make any space in your heart to hate them. You don't have control over what others think about you, but you do have control over how you decide to internalize their opinions. Leave them to their own judgments. Let people love you for who you are, and not for who they want you to be. Or let them walk away if they choose. They can't harm you either way; it's their understanding that is faulty not yours.
Enough is enough. Seriously, be strong and know when enough is enough. Take your stand, speak up and refuse to let others hurt you. Throughout your lifetime some people will discredit you, disrespect you and treat you poorly for no apparent reason at all. Don’t consume yourself with trying to change them or win their approval. And don’t make any space in your heart to hate them. You don’t have control over what others think about you, but you do have control over how you decide to internalize their opinions. Leave them to their own judgments. Let people love you for who you are, and not for who they want you to be. Or let them walk away if they choose. They can’t harm you either way; it’s their understanding that is faulty not yours.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.11.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. No one is coming to save you. This life of yours is 100% responsibility.
No one is coming to save you. This life of yours is 100% responsibility.
No one is coming to save you. This life of yours is 100% responsibility.

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2. The first step of change is to become aware of your own bullshit.

The first step of change is to become aware of your own bullshit.
The first step of change is to become aware of your own bullshit.
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3. But the thing is, even if I could go back, I wouldn’t belong there anymore.

But the thing is, even if I could go back, I wouldn't belong there anymore.
But the thing is, even if I could go back, I wouldn’t belong there anymore.

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4. No, you’re right, let’s do it the dumbest way possible because it’s easier for you.

No, you're right, let's do it the dumbest way possible because it's easier for you.
No, you’re right, let’s do it the dumbest way possible because it’s easier for you.
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5. “As fuck” is my favorite unit of measurement.

"As fuck" is my favorite unit of measurement.
“As fuck” is my favorite unit of measurement.

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6. Calm her chaos, but never silence her storm.

Calm her chaos, but never silence her storm.
Calm her chaos, but never silence her storm.

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7. I will rise. I will always rise. Don’t you doubt that even for a second.

 I will rise. I will always rise. Don't you doubt that even for a second.
I will rise. I will always rise. Don’t you doubt that even for a second.

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8. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.

I can't think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.
I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.

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9. One day you will look back and see that all along you were blooming.

One day you will look back and see that all along you were blooming.
One day you will look back and see that all along you were blooming.

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10. If you do not make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness. #readthatagain

If you do not make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness. #readthatagain
If you do not make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness. #readthatagain
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.10.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Be humble, you could be wrong.
Be humble, you could be wrong.
Be humble, you could be wrong.

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2. Supporting another’s success won’t ever dampen yours.

Supporting another’s success won’t ever dampen yours.
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3. The mind replays what the heart can’t delete.

The mind replays what the heart can't delete.
The mind replays what the heart can’t delete.

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4. If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough.

If your dreams don't scare you they're not big enough.
If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough.
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5. Life is short. Spend it with people who make you laugh and feel loved.

Life is short. Spend it with people who make you laugh and feel loved.
Life is short. Spend it with people who make you laugh and feel loved.

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6. It’s been very rare to have known you, very strange and wonderful.

It's been very rare to have known you, very strange and wonderful.
It’s been very rare to have known you, very strange and wonderful.

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7. You know those goals you keep quiet? Those big plans you tell no one about even though they’re on your mind every single day… These are the goals you absolutely must pursue. Stay silent. Catch the stars. Leave them wondering how the hell you did it.

You know those goals you keep quiet? Those big plans you tell no one about even though they're on your mind every single day... These are the goals you absolutely must pursue. Stay silent. Catch the stars. Leave them wondering how the hell you did it.
You know those goals you keep quiet? Those big plans you tell no one about even though they’re on your mind every single day… These are the goals you absolutely must pursue. Stay silent. Catch the stars. Leave them wondering how the hell you did it.

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8. No one warns you about the amount of mourning in growth.

No one warns you about the amount of mourning in growth.
No one warns you about the amount of mourning in growth.

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9. Be so fucking committed to what’s best for your heart that you’re willing to sit through the most uncomfortable pain of growth and change, that you refuse to accept anything less then complete love and alignment.

Be so fucking committed to what's best for your heart that you're willing to sit through the most uncomfortable pain of growth and change, that you refuse to accept anything less then complete love and alignment.
Be so fucking committed to what’s best for your heart that you’re willing to sit through the most uncomfortable pain of growth and change, that you refuse to accept anything less then complete love and alignment.

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10. Everything will happen for you all of a sudden and you will be thankful you didn’t give up. Blessings are coming. Believe that.

Everything will happen for you all of a sudden and you will be thankful you didn't give up.  Blessings are coming. Believe that.
Everything will happen for you all of a sudden and you will be thankful you didn’t give up. Blessings are coming. Believe that.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 10.9.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Thank you for showing me that there are people like you in this world.
Thank you for showing me that there are people like you in this world.
Thank you for showing me that there are people like you in this world.

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2. Your future needs you, your past doesn’t.

Your future needs you, your past doesn't.