Things have been getting on top of me lately but every time I look down at my wrist I always have a reminder of how strong I really am. It's always good to have a reminder of things to get you through a hard time. #iamstrong#pma#strength#tattoo
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Petit mot juste pour vous dire que si je fais aujourd'hui le métier de mes rêves, que je rencontre des personnes incroyable, et plus cool les unes que les autres, et bien ce n'est pas par chance! C'est parceque j'ai travaillé dur pour en arriver là! Tout ça pour te dire de ne pas baisser les bras, n'abandonne pas et va au bout de tes aspirations et de tes rêves! La vie est trop courte pour ne pas en profiter et faire ce qui te fais vibrer!
Par contre je mesure la chance d'avoir une famille qui m'a toujours soutenu et aider dans mes choix et aujourd'hui, et depuis 8 ans déjà, un mari qui me soutient et m'épaule et bien sûre les amis et les collègues photographe (Oui oui, des amis photographe à leur compte comme moi) qui me relève et m'encourage quand j'en ai besoin! 🖌 ineverything.ca
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I respect myself far too much to let people take me for granted. I chose to close the door on that part of my life eight years ago and do you know what? I’ve never looked back!✨
I have grown so much as a person since then and along the journey, I have realised that people will only treat you one way: the way you allow them.
I no longer see people in shades of grey. People are either there with you or against you. They either love you or they don’t. They either care about you or they don’t give a shit. They either make excuses not to be in your life or find reasons to be in it.
I no longer make excuses for rude, selfish and nasty people. I know my worth and I refuse to settle. ❤️ After all, you can't put a flower in an asshole and call it a vase. 🤷🏻♀️😜💐
BIG Love, Carmen x
you were born with a fire inside you,
and this world is determined to stamp it out.
You will see it when you stand up for yourself
and you are told, "It isn't ladylike to raise your voice". You will hear it when you wear something that hugs your body
and feel the uncomfortable sensation of being stripped naked
by the eyes of men who call you names you are still too young to understand.
You will know it when a man tries to use his strength
to have his way with you the first time,
and you need to use your fists/teeth/legs to get him off.
You will understand it when you see
your mother's eyes filled with terror
because you are an hour later than you said you will be home.
But you must never let them take
those flames from within your soul,
Instead, you must burn brighter than ever
because you are a Daughter of the Sun,
And you belong only to yourself, not to this world. -Nikita Gill
In the past, I've 100% been paralysed emotionally by other peoples words.
I have had to learn the hard way that actually it's in my own power to decide what I take to heart and what I let go of.
It's a fairly new concept for me to just let words be words. Other peoples opinions, especially of me have no real value to me personally unless I assign value to it.
Somedays are just tougher than others... I've always known I suffer from depression but what I did not realize was that I also suffer from anxiety mostly brought on by stress... I try really hard to not let this stop me from smiling and being positive... BUT today I feel like I failed. I've been so stressed out that my anxiety has caused my hands to shake and my emotions to be all over the place. One minute I'm really grumpy and mean, the next I'm crying uncontrollably followed by depression and the need to just sleep. I broke down in front of my son and cried... I felt like I'd failed him as his mother... he hugged me and wiped away my tears and told me it would be ok. As much as it hurts to put that on my young child I needed his faith and positivity. .. he's absolutely right... everything will be ok... and these days full of stress, anxiety, and depression will pass and I will come out stronger on the other side. Just know you are not alone in your struggles and mental illness... just know you have someone looking out for you... just know that you can get through this... just know that you are enough! #mentalillnessawareness#iamenough#iamstrong#icangetthroughthis#iwillsurvive
In the last three years I have moved seven times. I’ve been broken into pieces. I’ve rebuilt myself about four times now. I’ve made lists upon lists. I’ve cried. I’ve celebrated. It’s been frustrating and confusing and scary sometimes.
I’ve edited my list of goals and dreams about 12 times. I use each transition, as like a reason to change my ways.. eat healthier, run more, start going to the gym, go back to classes in a studio, sleep more, study more, etc.. and then I get mad at myself when the next transition comes along and the things I want to incorporate are the same as the last time..
My life is changing once again, and this time a three year chapter is closing. It feels odd and unsettling, yet at the same time freeing and exciting. I’ve already moved once again, and this will be the longest stretch I’ve had in one place since I make my trek from Connecticut to Virginia.
It feels selfish to say that this new chapter is going to be all about me. I’m going to dive into my yoga practice, I’ve set new goals for my health and fitness. I finally feel like this chapter I’m about to open is going to be a long-lasting one, and I’m ready. I’m officially out on my own, I am proud of how far I have come, and I am determined to keep going forward 🖤
I have lived and gone through a lot. I have survived a lot!
I have lived, loved, messed up, resurrected, built, destroyed (mostly myself),
But I have also risen to each and every challenge. Grabbed the bulls by the horns, took responsibility..made her my slave, reinvented myself time and time over again, with the faith that so long as I get another day, I have a chance to try it again!
No parent ever wants to deal with losing a child. Yesterday, at just shy of 15 weeks pregnant I had to do just that. My baby would have never made it to term, and if he had, he would be suffering. I carried you for a short time, but I will love you for my life time. Thank you for being my angel baby. For teaching me sacrifice. True love. And real heartbreak. You will forever be my baby. Mommy loves you Cael Benjamin Lalonde. 8/16/18 forever mommy's angel 😇😔❤❤ #infantloss#iamstrong#icangoon#angelbaby#thestormbeforemyrainbow
So thankful for my good friends who understand that my anxiety won’t let me leave the house some times. Anxiety isn’t always just worrying about what others think, worrying about how things will pan out, or worrying in general. It’s a major variety of things.
-nervous fidgeting -cancelling plans because you can’t leave the house -not being able to explain what you’re feeling -feeling the need for normalcy -needing comfort or needing alone time -and so much more
Any way that you feel your anxiety, it is NOT wrong. It’s just simply YOU. Taking medication is not bad. Taking care of yourself before others is not bad.
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I Mostly drink hot coffee 99% of the time but every now and again I’ll get a hankering for something cold.
Hi, this is Maddie, what can I get started for you?
*i stared and blinked at the Starbucks menu. Vanilla Creme Frappuccino.
Remembering a time when I could order and enjoy a Vanilla Creme Frapp.*
Hello??? This is Maddie, what can I get started for you?
*oh, sorry! ill have a grande iced americano with coconut milk please*
Vanilla Creme Frapp....it’s a trigger now.
It would have tasted so good on a hot summer day but the truth is, I haven’t been brave enough to enjoy one since Kira died. It was her favorite Starbucks drink. I never would have ordered one if it wouldn’t have been for that one time we were in her car in the drive thru on our way to work together and I couldn’t decide so she ordered for me and handed it right to me. Switch things up and live on the edge a little, she told me.
Now, its all I see on the menu, like its highlighted above all the other items and my eyes just go right to it and it’s so her. When I read the words I can see her. Perfect messy bun, sunglasses way to big for her face, winged eyeliner, messy car with her keys hanging on a long lanyard so she wouldn’t lose them.
Now, It’s a trigger for me to remember what it felt like to talk and laugh and enjoy a frapp with my sis.
Now It’s a trigger of the hard reality that I’ll never be able to do that again.
Now It’s a trigger of so many flashbacks that start to flood in until Maddie reminds me she’s waiting to take my order and I quickly order some random cold ice coffee drink because I never get cold coffee.
The most important truth? I serve a good good father and he loves me SO much which makes days like this much easier than they used to be.
But Ugh, I miss her so much. 6 years later and sometimes my loss still feels 6 days new.