For 10 weeks this summer, Worcester’s streets, parks and open spaces are being brought to life by giant giraffes and giraffe calves. Individually designed, beautifully created, majestic giraffes as you’ve never seen them before!
Why a giraffe?
Giraffes are majestic, but elegant, gentle but giant. They are sociable creatures but do not form herds, instead they meet in changing groups each day, rather as we do in our own communities.
Giraffes are the tallest mammals on earth and the collective noun for a group of giraffes is a tower!
Worcester Stands Tall will inspire creativity and generate plenty of fun for all as you follow the giant giraffes on their journey around the city.They will then be auctioned to raise fund for St Richard's Hospice. .
« do not let the outside world control your inside world » 🌿
Happiness comes from within. 🌞
People have been asking me lately WHY I am on a mostly vegan diet. It all started when I watched the documentary: « what the health » + it changed my world! So if you don’t wanna go vegan, don’t watch it 🤣. It’s not for everyone! .
One of the reasons why I started fueling my body with more plant based and vegan recipes is because it makes me feel more alive and vibrant. I’ve noticed my energy levels are higher, + I don’t crave food as often, and my skin has cleared up. .
It’s also helped me make more recipes. Swipe left for my new favorite raw vegan AVACADO smoothie! #goraw#rawvegan
Our work is never done.
A new exhibit featuring original collages by @krista_dedrick_lai , a plexiglass mixed media installation titled “Women’s March” by @blankru7 , Resist🥀 tees by @rachael.amber and @__littlefiercepress tees reminding us to #standtall and #fightthepatriachy
Have you had a Midlife Bikini Moment?
Mine literally happened last month. A few months ago leading up to my 50th birthday, I wrote down that I wanted to start modeling again. I had done some modeling in my 20’s but not much success came out it. I signed up with an agency and went on a few auditions but no callbacks. In July I received a call to model a swimsuit on live tv for National bathing suit day. (July 5th) I was excited and said yes.
After responding I became nervous. I said to myself “Oh my! Wearing a swimsuit on tv no longer sounded exciting”. ‘I’m 50 what I’m I thinking?” I had to ask myself why I no longer felt excited. And it boiled down to what others would think. I even remember reading in a British newspaper that said women in Midlife shouldn’t wear bikinis and should cover up. Well I quickly coached myself out of that thought and replaced it with “this Midlifer is going to rock whichever bathing suit I’m given” and “Midlifers rock bathing suits of all types in all sizes” and I rocked it at least that’s what the King (aka my hubby) said, He was watching it live at home.
Your Midlife Bikini moment might not be a bikini but I’m sure you’ve had a moment when you wanted to do something and your age stopped you, what others would think stopped you or you felt society would disapprove. That’s what happens in Midlife we get all these brilliant ideas and sometimes we are so worried about what others would think that we don’t take action. The ideas excite sand thrills us but we fail to choose us. Midlifers its never a wrong decision to choose yourself.
What’s the worst that could happen ? It doesn’t work out but I’m sure that won’t diminish the amazing feeling you’ll experience from trying. I know without a shadow of a doubt that you can’t compare it to the awful feeling of regret if you didn’t try.
Go get your Midlife Bikini Moment!! If you’ve had one or planning one I’d love for you to share down below so that I can congratulate you. Midlife Rocks!
Comme beaucoup de personnes, j’ai commencé à «struggler» avec mon image dans mes teenage years. Les hormones, la poussée de croissance, le boom des réseaux sociaux, you name it... ce doux mélange m’a été fatal.
Je suis passée d’adolescente complexée au complet rejet de ma personne. J’m’en suis rendue malade, littéralement.
Je ne me sens pas de rentrer dans les détails mais j’ai mis plusieurs années à me rendre compte du mal que j’avais laissé me ronger et quelques années de plus pour m’en départir.
Une fois sortie du déni dans lequel je m’étais murée, le plus dur restait à faire: me reconstruire à partir des mêmes roches qui m’avaient détruite. Je sais bien qu’on est beaucoup à être passé(e)s par ce champ de bataille et j’voulais juste te dire: j’espère que t’es ok.
J’espère que t’as réussi à demander (/trouver) l’aide de laquelle t’avais besoin pour te rendre compte à quel point t’es awesome.
J’ai l’goût de vomir quand je repense à l’état d’esprit qui m’habitait. À la façon que j’avais de me percevoir et donc de me parler. J’mets ça au passé comme si c’était définitivement derrière moi et c’est faux. Archi-faux. But I’m ok now. Tout va bien parce que j’ai décidé de ne plus me laisser brainwasher par une société qui me fera toujours sentir comme si j’étais «trop» ou «pas assez». Peut-être qu’aujourd’hui t’avais besoin qu’on te rappelle que t’es pas seul(e) et que t’as pas à te conformer à un quelconque standard. Ça ne mène à rien, cette guerre imaginaire.
Sois bienveillant(e) avec toi. T’as pas à atteindre un idéal avant d’embrasser la personne que t’es.
PS: J’ai pas mal hésité à écrire ce post. Tout d’abord parce que c’est personnel. Ensuite, je suis consciente de mon privilège de rentrer dans les « standards » (kind of. D’ailleurs ça ne change rien). Enfin, je sais que t’as déjà probablement lu 108 posts de body positivity cet été et que t’es peut-être tanné(e). Maintenant que c’est dit, je tiens à mentionner que c’est un sujet qui me tient à cœur et que j’avais le goût de partager ne serait-ce que des fragments de mon expérience sur cette plateforme. T’en fais ce que t’en veux 😚
Love my @primate.co posture brace. I often find myself hunched over my computer at work. This brace is a great reminder to sit up straight and not slouch (a habit I do all the time). Thanks primate.co for making a comfortable and affordable product.
I think when our hearts are broken, like truly shattered, that stays with us forever. I’ve been waiting a decade, and then another half decade for some hurts to stop resurfacing. Yet I’ll still find myself go through days where my shoulders slump, my heart aches softly, and it takes a lot of effort to stay present. Grief is a lifelong relationship, so it seems.
If you’re having a hard day, keep breathing, hang on, you’ll make it through. There’s always brighter days ahead. 💙💙💙
I’ve started to be seriously selfish... like ridiculously selfish. I’ve just decided my priorities are my body, resting if I need to rest, eating when I need to eat & everything around that - work, social events, keeping up appearances, they just don’t matter as much anymore 🤙 it got me reflecting on the past 18 months & the #infertility rollercoaster. I’ve never known such despair, I’ve never cried so many tears, I’ve never hated myself more - generally I’ve just felt weak, pathetic, like I’m not bossing life & as a modern age woman that’s exactly what’s expected of me. ✊🏼 if I were to go through it all again, my big learning would be
1) don’t be afraid to ask for help - there are people who love me, they can support me emotionally, in actual life doing jobs & they want to.
2) put me first. It’s ok to be selfish. It’s ok to carve out time in the day just to do something for me.
3) appreciate what you do have. Much easier said than done but I have a wonderful life (infertility aside 🙄) with friends & family who love me - I shouldn’t take that for granted - ever.
4) mental well-being is just as important as physical. Yoga, walks, reading, meditating are all critical to manage stressful lives nowadays
5) the insta #ivfcommunity is epic & if I could create some kind of award for each & every one of you warriors I would. I have never met a group of women who empower, love & support each other, it blows my mind daily & I feel honoured to be a part of it. You’re all rockstars 👊🏼
DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
✨Ah, the profound second agreement.
🔥This agreement is one of the more difficult ones to keep in mind. Why? Because most of the time when something is said or done that we do not agree with, we take it personally, we feel offended, and our reaction is to defend our beliefs and create conflicts. But what you say, what you do, and the opinions you have are according to the agreements you have made, and these opinions have nothing to do with the people around you. Your point of view is something personal to you. It is no one's truth but yours
▪️I believe that what I do and say is a projection of my own thoughts and how I perceive reality. And striving to improve my mindset and approach to the world around me will encourage me to rise up and transform my perceived reality into a more positive one. For me, it is about finding peace. And I feel that so often I hold onto unnecessary tension, brought upon by my own beliefs or expectations, and then I find ways to justify that tension rather than letting it go. Can anyone else relate?
✨I have been focusing on me lately, diving deeper into my own journey and eliminating agreements I may have set for myself long ago that aren’t serving me or others. Agreements that take away from the here and now. Not taking anyone else’s poison and making it my own. Miguel Ruiz says, “When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”
☀️When it comes down to it, all you can do, is do you. We must not base our feelings, decisions, expectations, thoughts, or actions on what other people do or say, because they have a different belief system that is part of their own journey and projection of their reality.
🙏🏻Be strong, stand tall, remain open, and don’t take anything personally.
Whether you believe it or not, you have the strength inside of you to deal with all of lifes issues. .
There is a situation around you which you have been avoiding. It is not going to go away so prepare to take action. .
Sitting back and waiting for others to take the responsibility is just not going to happen ... because it will deliver the wrong outcome. .
It is time for you to stand tall, take a deep breath and know that you are being guided and helped at this time ✨ ✏️comment below if this message has helped you 💜