Prompted by a good friend- I first set foot in her class over a year ago. It was $3 when I couldn’t afford much more. I hadn’t danced in years and was pretty darn out of shape and in a lot of chronic pain because of it. My friend @theblondemule leaned over and whispered “get ready to see a lot of jelly” and 30 seconds later I was shaking my booty the best I knew how, sweating hard because I was too hype and getting back into communication with my body in a safe, supportive space in a way I don’t think I ever had before. Class became a sanctuary for me to keep coming back too whenever and however I could. Tisha will kick your ass but also always tell you how beautiful and amazing you are. I have wept in this class, I have prayed in this class, I have felt the empowerment of being a full out ass shaking woman for no one other than yourself in this class, I have watched women in their sixties drop down into the splits and twerk it out, I have experienced a sisterhood with a community of women like no other, I have walked my way back to health and fitness and felt so much love, acceptance and support from women of all ages, shapes and sizes. This is so much more than just a class- it’s a COMMUNITY. I thank Tisha from the bottom of my heart for sharing her journey and creating this space for ALL of us. She helps us remember and become who we are- which can be summed up in the mantra we say after every class, sometimes while linked together sweaty arm and arm: “I am a true queen... I have a purpose and a destiny my past does not DEFINE me.... Because I am a true Queen” #womancrushwednesday forever to the Truest Queen there ever was 🙏🏻 @tishawilson0826
Thankful for everything and thankful I was able to capture these portraits of this beautiful soul. 🙏🏻 @elisabethdonaldsoncreative#makeportraits#womensupportingwomen#womenempowerment#womenempoweringwomen#truequeen#queen#community#blackgirlmagic
I took a bit of time last week to start listing out all the things I’m excited for in 2020. In some ways, it’ll be harder to say bye to this year. It was such an unexpectedly beautiful one that reads a bit like a book start to finish. But also- maybe like the kind of book where you can’t wait for a sequel.
When I started thinking of things next year that I’m pretty pumped for, they just kept coming. They include things like:
🇦🇺 Rhys’ first international trip.
📹 New creative energy for making video and podcasting.
⛺️ Getting to have more outdoor adventures now that we don’t have a pregnancy to manage.
🍣 Getting to eat more sushi/poke now that we don’t have a pregnancy to manage.
🗻 My 50th state???
I ended up making a whole video- linked in my profile and in my stories if you’re so inclined.
I can be extremely future-oriented, so I try not to spend too much time looking ahead. But every now and then, I remember why it gets so exciting and easy to do so.
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This color palate is on point! Flat lays are kinda my jam. I just love styling everything!
Pendant longtemps, j’ai eu du mal à demander de l’aide de mes proches et amis.
Je ne sais pas si ça venait du fait que je ne voulais pas « déranger » ou de ma fierté, peut-être des attentes qu’on avait de moi et que j’avais envers moi-même aussi. Sûrement que le fait d’avoir quitté mon pays et le foyer familial assez jeune m’a aussi enseigné à devoir compter sur moi-même.
D’autre part, le sentiment de voir la pitié dans le regard de l’autre me dérange beaucoup.
Mais malgré tout et, car la vie continue de nous donner des tacles, j’apprends, petit à petit, à dire ce que je ressens, où j’en suis, si j’ai besoin d’aide.
Alors j’essaie de me rappeler de ça :
➡️ Tout le monde a besoin d’aide à un moment ou un autre.
➡️ Ça prend du courage de demander de l’aide.
➡️ Ça renforce la relation (personnelle ou professionnelle) de demander de l’aide.
➡️ Être honnête avec soi c’est aussi admettre lorsqu’on a besoin d’aide.
➡️ Tu n’as pas à affronter la vie seule.
➡️ Demander de l’aide n’a rien à voir avec être faible.
➡️ Demander et accepter de l’aide, fait de nous des personnes plus empathiques.
➡️ Une fois son désarroi partagé, on se sent plus léger. Alors offre-toi ce cadeau!
Et vous, avez-vous de la facilité à demander de l’aide et à aller la chercher ?
“Play is not a break from learning.
It is endless, delightful, deep, engaging, practical learning.
It’s the doorway into the child’s heart!” -Vince Gowmon
I love to learn and have done my best to nurture the same desire in the kids. Blame it on my love for Montessori teaching and home learning, but I am all about travel and learning on the go. They’ll be back in school tomorrow and I packed books, workbooks, and flash cards (plus their tablets for visually learning) like I usually do anyway.
The 1st prize winner of our ‘Sense of Place’ Competition is ‘Zen 1’ Photo by Prue Platt-Hepworth.
-A sense of place for me is my home. A quiet room to meditate away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Shooting with stunning Kyndal is PURE JOY, and if you know me you know doodles are my favorite thing on the planet- so you could say this day was a solid 10 ( except we also got to pet two 10 week golden retriever puppies so maybe it was actually an 11?) Kyndalllll I adore you, thank you so much for the best time yesterday!! ❤️❤️❤️