To my little brother,
One day, you’ll miss this. It may not be the actual school experience you miss. But the lack of adulting that is required for these days. The friends that God called home too soon. The teachers that impacted your life in ways you’ll never admit. The memories you never get to relive again. The bad days you’ll never get to change. The laughs you’ll always hear like they were yesterday. The experiences you learned from because God gives you the opportunity to make your own choices. The people you encouraged without ever knowing. Keep your head high, write the best story ever for this last “school year” and know that we may bicker and you maybe taller so I can’t beat you up but I’ll always love you and have your back.
I’m beyond proud of the man you’re allowing God to mold you into, keep God closer than anything else in this life and when it rains you’ll find the JOY within the storm.
Thank you for showing me that a pesky baby bro could become a best friend. Thank you for loving my kiddo like you own. For giving my husband a hard time because he one of the brothers you never got from mom and dad. Thank you for making me a better sister by having to always make sure you know to ADD H2O into the microwaveable Mac n cheese before starting the microwave. Thanks for following me around as a kid way too much. Thank you for choosing to follow God, so that you can be the light in this dark world. Thank you for dancing with me on my wedding day.
Make all the memories one last time 🙌🏻 I could go on, but I’ll spare the really mushy until May when you graduate.
Have the best senior year!
your big sister and probably not your favorite, but close 😉
🚧 Currently under construction to become the best version of myself . 🔨 •
Now is the time to become the person you always wished/ imagined you could be. Stop procrastinating and take a step each day that your future self will thank you for. We have to do thing that make us uncomfortable in order for us to grow. As adults we have to do things we don’t want to do. But at the end of the day it was for a good reason. I’m currently working on being more consistent, sticking to promises I make myself , and letting go of the old negative mindset I use to posses that told me “ you can never do that / be that “. What’s something you’re working that will help you become the best you? #commentbelow 👇🏽
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my neighborhood. Living in a place you love to call home is something I know, with all my heart, is a cornerstone of feeling safe, settled, and content. And I should know; I lived, for 14 long years, abroad, in a country and city that made me feel trapped. I felt trapped because I was. I stayed for my then spouse's job, begging to leave, year after year. There's a hell of a sob story buried between the lines of this post, but for brevity's sake, let's just say that living in Moscow kind of broke me.
Ok, not kind of, it really broke me. I arrived a young, twenty-two year-old, who was naive and excited for a new adventure that was supposed to last 2 years. I left, 14 years later, depressed, with major anxiety issues, with growing kids who needed me less and less, and no career or hope of ever having one, a broken marriage, and no place to call home. I left knowing that I had spent my entire adult life in hiding and sad. I didn't even know who I was, because I let myself slip into becoming a no one. I had completely lost myself.
I landed in Miami on accident, and I found my little neighborhood, Coconut Grove (seen here from across the bay, outside-looking-in style). I found a peace here, and a sense of belonging that gave me the space and security I needed to become the adult version of myself I was never able to cultivate before. And I'm so thankful for my beautiful and full life, and for my little neighborhood for making it possible.
I hope you all love where you live. I hope your home brings you comfort, and joy. And, I hope you take a few minutes to take in the beauty of the space around you. If you do, take a pic and send it me in messages. I would love to see and hear about why you love your homey place!
It's crazy how time flies so fast! I've come a long way since the picture on the left. So innocent and so fragile! First gig ever!! Life hit me like a ton of brick, Ive had some highs and lots of lows, but thats part of being an adult. Yes, the picture represents only the outside and is only superficial, but I know, looking at both pictures, all the work ive done on my person to become a better one, to push myself to a new limit and to love myself.
10 years is long, but yet so short. It's good to be proud of ourselves. To know what we're worth. To know and never forget where we come from.
Thanks for helping me to be a better version of myself everyday with your love and your support. It's means way more than you think ;) ✌🐼💛 #pandalove
Twenty-one years ago today was the first time I knew what it was like to love someone more than you love yourself. Twenty-one years ago my first born came into my life. At the time I was a young college student that was afraid but determined to be a good mother. There was no manual or instructions on how to be a good mom. There were no college majors in parenting. Her father and I raised her the best we could through trial and error. The only way to figure out if you got this parenting thing right, is to see how they turn out as adults. As my oldest daughter officially enters adulthood I can undoubtedly say we did something right. I am so proud of the young woman she has become. She is intelligent, wise beyond her years, a go-getter, hardworking, independent, resourceful, and did I say beautiful. I am so proud of all that she has accomplished in these short 21 years, and I look forward to seeing her develop into the dynamic woman that I know that she is destined to become. Happy 21st babygirl. Love you, and don’t get too wasted....drink responsibly 😂😂 #birthdaygirl#babygirl#21stbirthday#happybirthday#partylikearockstar#adulting#becominganadult#adultingishard#girlboss#bossbabe
Anyone that knows me personally would know that at 28 years old, i still dont have my drivers license. Infact, ive never even had my L's and the few times i have driven cars havent gone so well. Im used to getting myself around on public transport etc but a part of me is scared of driving and the fear has grown as ive gotten older. This is a big deal for me and im so proud of myself!!! I drive slowly as you can tell by all the people passing me 😂 but it feels good to be learning and getting comfortable on the roads. Looking forward to coming home and finally getting my drivers license!!! #lookout#goals#becominganadult#scootervirgin
Looking back, I’m grateful. Grateful for the pain, grateful for the hard days. Grateful for the depression and the eating disorder. Grateful for the despair and for the panic attacks. .
Because thanks to all of that, it made me who I am today. It made me build resilience and acceptance. It allowed me to forgive myself for the many things I was self-pressuring about. I allowed me to forgive other people in my life who have, at some point, hurt me without even knowing it most of the time. It allowed me to meet and bond with so many amazing people who reminded me of who I was and who liked that person better than the one in pain. It allowed me to discover what self-love is. It allowed me to know my own limits, to accept them and to not go above them anymore. .
But most importantly, it made me realize I’m a human. A human who tried her best. A human who can fall and who can get hurt. But also a human who can get up and who can start again. A human who has some scars and who took the time to heal them. A human. Just that ⏸
Welp.. Flash into what ive accomplished and what im headed into. Adulting starts soon and new experiences with new people starts soon as well. More scared than excited but those who've proved themselves to be there will be there. #csusb#becominganadult#newexperience#classof2022
August 21, 2018. My BAR MITZVAH at the WESTERN WALL. Wearing my TALIT and TEFILLEN for the first time. Thank you Mom @wrld_citizen and Dad @kjttwo for an the best BAR MITZVAH that I could ask for. #bar_mitzvah#westernwall#13#becominganadult