This is the face of courage; this is the face of bravery 🙏
I've spoken these words - in my head, out of my mouth, on paper and in text....today I am speaking them to you...maybe you are a mom like me wanting more, maybe you are tired of putting your dream on the back burner while you watch everyone else go after theirs. Maybe you want freedom and financial independence, witjout sacrificing the job you love the most; being a full time mom 😍
In life, when we choose a different path, when we decide to do something big, when we move forward imperfectly, with passion, excitement and hope for something better, not only for ourselves, but for others who are also looking - we put ourselves on the front lines of public opinion.
And it's never easy being on the front lines; in fact, it's only made for those strong enough to love anyway, to be that wonderful person anyway, to smile anyway 😀
And people don't really know your story.
Some people will doubt you. Some people will make assumptions
Some people will not understand. Some people will refuse to try and understand. Some people will say hurtful things. .
That's Just how it is.
But we choose not to live there - we have decided to live in the world of possibility 🌍
Here is what I need you to know - the Universe has a big plan for you; because you are hungry to play big and this is hard for some people to understand - it's ok. We can still love them; but we aren't doing this for them 💚
Today I have the monochromatic blue vibes!! Isn’t @twocupsflour blood orange cake is making you hungry!!! I love how she styled our Woo’s blue plates with the orange cake!! .
What a week we have had over here!! Today we installed our newest kiln addition- doubling our cubic foot firing space!!! We couldn’t be more excited and can’t wait to share double the amount with you!! .
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Bali is full of miracles 😍 Tag your significant other! 🌼👇🏼
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Silly ears only in this Fam Fam 😂
I got Embers Embark results back and I am shocked at how similar these 2 kids are. I’m sure everyone is dying to know so if you have a fun way to reveal her breed results let us know in the comments! .
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"Do not wait. If there is something you wish to do, go do it.
Death comes for busy people too. It will not pause and return at a more convenient time." @jamesclear
Whatever it is you want, make it happen 😊 or work towards while enjoying the process. Or fail at it and learn something else from that failure... Whatever just do something about what it is you want 💕
The day we found out we were pregnant was the day after I launched my holiday line—October 23rd. (Ps swipe to see announcement outtakes 😂😂) I remember that day clearly. I mean, I was 4 days late so I had a feeling and Knox was still napping and Joel had just arrived home from work. I asked him if we should take a test, he was reluctant but willing 😂...so we did. I remember waiting & I told Joel to look and then he said “wait, is there supposed to be two lines or one?”...so I obviously looked and there were TWO dark lines. I screamed. He cried. Knox woke up. We walked over to my parents house, got pasta for dinner & told Knox right away. It was simple and special and really scary too. We had been praying and waiting for this babe for a few months & that season felt like an eternity. The last year was a year of a lot of pain and growth for me, but here’s what I learned: sometimes God’s goodness comes in the form pain. And while it’s hard, there’s comfort in knowing that He is there and willing to carry the burden with you. I didn’t walk that season perfectly, but I do believe it helped me become more resilient and gracious. And I believe it formed me into the mom I need to be for this next little one. I *know* that seeing one more pregnant person online can be incredibly triggering for some of you. And I’m so sorry. I want to be open and honest with you about how this season came about for me and how it continues to challenge me. I know that the season you’re walking is HARD. But trust me when I say: there is light ahead for you. And for me, pregnancy didn’t fix it all. I am still walking the road of overcoming anxiety and fear. It’s messy and gritty. So here’s your reminder that you are never, ever alone. And I wish I could hug you and remind you that you are so loved. 💗
If the water wasn't so cold, I'd be tempted to jump in it. 💦
There was a time when I was living in Brasil as an exchange student and we went on a trip to the ocean. I remembered enjoying it for the most part until there was one wave that toppled over me, crushing me beneath it and I ended up getting dragged out into the sea a ways.
It was the most terrifying experience I have ever had in my life. Thankfully, I grew up on the lake with the vision in white in this picture and we spend a lot of our free time in the summer boating, tubing, swimming, etc and I was able to fight against the waves enough to get back to shore.
Ever since that day, the ocean has 100% terrified me. Not only because of the waves and the unpredictability, but also because of sharks. Now I know you're more likely to have a million and one other things happen you to you before actually getting bit by one, but I'll take my chances.
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It’s Friday. Sorry if you came here not looking for a picture of some wine. But it’s probably time to get into the spirit, unless you still have a whole day left at the office [ insert white wine emoji ] #sorrynotsorry
Hello 👋🏼 It’s @neda week. If you met me within the last year, you many not know this about me. I used to have an eating disorder. My life radically changed seven years ago when I took the first step toward recovery — treatment. I got uncomfortable. I put in the work. I got to the roots of my chaos. I took ownership over my life. Every year I pause around this time of year, asking myself if my words are needed. It was around this time seven years ago that I was still in a psychiatric hospital fighting for a real life. Sometimes I give expression to what this time of year means to me, other times I let the months pass by holding tight to how sacred this time of year feels. It’s sacred because it reminds me of the time of year I chose to do the most uncomfortable, I chose to begin the process of undoing what kept me safe for so long.
Undoing is likely the hardest process we will ever step into. It marks the journey toward wholeness, toward acknowledging that a change is needed to be made in order to take hold of the life you envision living. Big city dreams floated in my head. I dreamed of impacting people in a personal way. I thought I had to be sick enough to do so. I thought that being tethered to my eating disorder was safer than living, and it was — but that’s the lie that eating disorders tell.
Let me shatter some misconceptions you may have. Eating disorders have nothing to do with losing weight. They are mental illnesses. Body size and the manipulation of a size is only a symptom. Recovery is a process. Being recovered is real. And so I’ll always be a champion of treatment. I’ll always champion therapy, medicine when it’s needed,friendship, forgiveness, and the local church. These principles changed my life. There are so many facets of this disease and so much I would love to share + educate on, but my mission in life is not to be an advocate for Eating Disorder Awareness. Yes, it’s one slice of my story. Yes, I’ve lived a large part of my life in the trenches. Yes, I’ve lived a large part of my life on the other side. So if you have questions, I’m here. If you need support, I’m here. If you need a kick in the rear, I’m your girl. (Continued in Comments)💬
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returning back home to myself & creating again ˎˊ˗
this is me manifesting my love for nature into something more tangible that I can share with you all!
the powerful beauty of creation
how even throughout storms,
the rain only waters our garden,
and when the skies clear
and sun ascends,
We’re still able to bloom
once again 🌷
Thank you to all the loving responses I’ve received so far & the support of mi comunidad y familia que me inspiran diario ♡
One of my goals for 2020 has been to get more into skin care, so I’ve been trying out new products to understand my skin more and see what does and doesn’t work for it! #hempzpartner#gifted I was gifted the new @hempzofficial CBD oil skincare set and here are my first impressions:
I have oily skin, and a lot of this is made with Hempseed oil, so some of the products did better than others for my skin, but overall, I think it’s It’s SUPER hydrating, leaves my skin feeling soft + silky, and makes it super smooth under my makeup.
Products That didn’t do so well for me: CBD hydrating toner, and the CBD balancing act hydrating serum
Products that I absolutely LOVED: the CBD eye candy eye cream makes me look like I’ve gotten 8 hours of sleep (and I haven’t), and the CBD clean sweep foaming cleanser cleans off ALL my makeup
Conclusions: I LOVE this set as a whole, and think it has a ton of benefits, however, I think this particular collection is better for people with dry skin 💓
from last week—early morning selfie to finish off a roll before developing
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A couple days after I got back to Virginia, this sweet man left this world to enter that great beyond. It shook my family to the core for the days following and still continues to bring massive ripple effects these weeks later, but only some of those are negatives. By this, I mean, the loss of a dear loved one brings the opportunity for massive healing between friends and family where there otherwise was not. It has opened eyes to the need for much closer relationship; to a current lack of intimacy and the chance to rebuild. Mourning and loss is a painful and heart wrenching experience, but I am thankful for family members that saw the open door to a new start and a fresh awakening in love. If you are going through a season of loss or hurt, take a moment to step outside, breathe the fresh air, and take an aerial view of what ways this may be an opportunity for further healing and spiritual, emotional and mental growth. I miss you dearly, Grandpa, and am saddened by the many conversations we never got to have about recent adventures, but I stand knowing how equally thankful you would be for the growth that has happened since your departure. You are so loved.
There are no need for filters when God paints your life with real unworldly beauty. The Ateam is back together for a bit again. #Ateamhits
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// clearly the squinty-eye smile + vogmask combo makes it super easy to look happy...*sigh*
i really am happy, though, because we’ve been waiting SO long for this & it finally happened. please Jesus, let it work.🤞🏻//
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Weekend coming up 🍃
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F R I D A Y JUN!OR: Having one of those days, weeks... maybe it’s January slump month. When you just feel like you don’t know what to do where to go, everyone in your world feels incompetent and not pulling their own weight —-(today at work I had to actually tell another company what their job is with our client WOWZER) and it’s time for a getaway to refresh your headspace. 〰️ But at the end of the day I do feel grateful ending the night in this little place I built that I can call home, it’s mine, everything in it I worked for, it’s my shelter, my safe place. ❤️ #justkeepswimming
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ON BEAUTY AND ENOUGHNESS
There are days when I enjoy putting makeup on and styling my naturally curly hair.
And there are days where it feels like a huge burden; last week I had one of these days.
I was feeling overwhelmed with work and I knew I had a meeting to attend in the evening. Nothing super formal but something I kind of wanted to look cute for. As someone who works from home and doesn't have the most social of social lives yet, it's nice to actually shower and not look like I haven't left my bed in months sometimes 😂. I had reserved time in my busy day to straighten my hair and do my makeup. It was just a given. No thought went into it. I had a meeting, so it meant I MUST do these things.
So I begrudgingly pulled out my flatiron, heat protectant spray, and brush and headed to the bathroom to get it over with. Before I could even plug the iron in, I decided I was enough. I decided I was exhausted and fed up with the standard of beauty than most of us women feel the pressure to live up to. I decided that the world would fucking survive if I have frizzy hair, big pores, uneven skin, and dark circles under my eyes. I decided my time was much better spent on my self-care practice and the work that I'm so passionate about (and dancing if you saw my IG stories on Sunday!) than on making my face and hair look different. Or "better" according to society.
It's not like it's the first time I've ever done this; I can comfortably go out in public without being done up. And it's not that I hate my natural traits and appearance; I actually enjoy them and I'm grateful because it's taken a lot of work to get to that point. And privileged cause let's be real: I'm a thin, white, able bodied woman with traits deemed attractive by our society.
It’s that despite all the work I've done to not care, I still do sometimes. I still feel pressure. Society still controls me to some degree. And it's got to stop.
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My first email username ever was "stargirlsylvia" ⭐ #shineon
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from one of the few snow days we’ve had so far this winter ❄️
❤️ Keep palm and carry on.
❤️ Dream bigger for yourself.
❤️ Life is better in a hammock.
❤️ You are not alone.
❤️ You are loved.
❤️ Hold your ground.
❤️ Work on you, for you.
❤️ Aim higher.
❤️ Don’t stop until you’re proud.
❤️ Listen more.
❤️ You are allowed to take up space.
❤️ Everyone’s journey is different.
❤️ Nothing ever stays the same.
❤️ You are important.
❤️ Choose people who choose you.
❤️ You’re a limited edition.
❤️ What is yours will find you.
❤️ Pressure makes diamonds.
❤️ All you need is love. And pizza.
❤️ Live every day like Elle Woods after Warner told her she wasn’t smart enough for law school.
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Is it spring yet? Today is going to be 85 degrees so I'm spending the day in my @albionfit bikini. It's kind of funny to look back on this time of year when I was growing up in upstate New York. I would wait for a day that was above 45 degrees, shovel out a patch of snow on the back deck, & lay out in the sun for as long as I could before I got too cold. 😂 Then I'd count down the days until I could spend all day in a bikini under the sun. I guess not much has changed except the fact that I finally listened to my grandmother & started wearing sunscreen everyday. Always so thankful for the people I love, days like today, & of course the sunshine, 🌼✨🌈🌿 #goingplaces#albionfit
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Nesta praia não existe rede mas há uma conexão infinita.
Uma conexão com a natureza, comigo própria e com o próximo. Há a certeza que aqui, estando sozinha ou acompanhada, ligamo-nos interiormente na forma mais pura e leve possível.
Aqui, é apenas isto. O ritmo abranda, o mar acompanha e a alma tranquiliza.
Ser completa na sua forma mais simples 〰️💙