hard battles.

those of you who have followed tulip louise since the beginning have no doubt taken notice that i rarely share personal facts about myself on the blog anymore. . . i could say that it's because i "just want to focus on the fashion" or that i "don't want to bore anyone with my life stories," but that wouldn't be the whole truth.  sugar coating aside, 2011 has been a really shitty {pardon moi} year for me personally.  typing those words makes me feel exposed, sad, and free all at the same time.  there's something so beautiful and sometimes painful about the reflection of the past 365 days, but the hope that comes with a new year keeps us going.  as cliché as it may seem, the love + support that i've felt from all of your comments has truly sustained me at moments.  so thank you for making me feel safe, as i fight with the idea of just erasing this entire blog post!  :)  now, for those of you fighting hard battles {big or small}. . . keep going. . . don't erase what you want to say {or do}.  i am hopeful for 2012 and hope you will be too! 
LOVE  this >> "It's difficult to be around people who are trying to be perfect- perfectly healthy, perfectly polite, perfectly poised, perfectly controlled. Remember that being human means being imperfect, being flawed. Let yourself be. Let others be... Stand up and reveal who you are and know that you are good enough. Stop worrying that people will find out who you really are. Instead, hope that they do. Help them by openly sharing yourself and being not who you think you should be, but who you really are. 

Freedom is just a small step away- a step into self-love and acceptance. When you take it, others will follow. And they'll be grateful you led the way." -Melody Beattie

yours truly-