Hi everyone, it’s me!!! As you may have noticed I don’t post a lot of personal images, or stories- but I figured that maybe it was time to say hello since it’s been a little while! This is me a few months ago meandering along the tributary and narrows of the 200 million year old walls in Grand Staircase. 2 year old in tow.... This is me, learning to navigate my way through my insecurities and fear of what I thought I wasn’t capable of doing. Of course this is both a metaphor for something greater, as well as a literal physical achievement- go out in nature, get dirty, be uncomfortable. Oh, and chase a toddler while doing it!! I am flushing these thoughts as I write, and realize I am also navigating my way through my creative world too- learning to transcend what I think I am capable of, pushing away fear and insecurity. Putting my whole self in. A little self reflection before I head out the door again for some dirty adventure with my dear friend @brightline.sasha Thanks for listening guys!!! #athenakalindi#athenakalindiphotography#backpackers#grandstaircaseescalante
There are so many amazing people in my life and since we decided to adopt, I have discovered even more. It means the world to me when people (some I don’t even know!) give financially to our need (because, let’s admit it—adoption is so dang expensive!!), say they are praying for us, and inquire about our journey.
I have been trying to write notes of gratitude but feel like I can never pen the words to fully express what the generosity of others means to us.
I wish I had about a hundred of these beautiful @papyrus greeting cards to send all the people who have blessed us. I just recently discovered them and they are the bees’ knees! Each card is so meticulously designed and artistically beautiful. Josh and I strolled the card aisle at Target the other night just browsing their gorgeous collection. It’s hard to pick a favorite but this one came pretty dang close. 🌿
Did I mention that I love sending snail mail? #LovePapyrus#WhyISendPapyrus#Sponsored
Fall is right around the corner + we have a new release coming to the online shop soon ✨
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We are all overtired and in need of a few days to catch up on sleep and get back to the normal routine. BUT....Tanner has a whole new house to explore now that he’s crawling...and putting everything in his mouth now that he’s got two teeth! I recently snagged this wooden teether and handed it to him first thing this morning- it’s been a huge hit! Use code P2Pshare20 to save 20% on your @pebbletopeak order 🙌🏻
I grew up in foster care so for a long time I never had a place to call my own. My biological parents struggled with addictions and poverty and those generational curses were heavy on my shoulders. But even heavier was the driving desire I had to be different from them.
When I was 14 years old I sat on the deck of our pale blue trailer and I dreamed about what else might be out there for me. I wanted more. Not just in a materialistic sense of the word. I wanted to go to Paris, kiss a boy, get a college degree. (Spoiler alert, I did all of those things. Just not in that order😋) I wanted to stop feeling my eyes well up every time I heard the phrase “trailer trash”. Find your why, that’s what the people of the business world say. Mine?
That 14 year old version of myself. The one who wondered if she would ever have a beautiful home to call her own. The one who wondered if she could ever have a life she would feel proud of. My why is all for her. And dang it, if I could find that 14 year old version of myself I would hug her tight, maybe give her some hair advice, and let her know big things were coming. Because this life, this job, it’s the more I always hoped for.
Thank you guys for being here with me while I grow this little business of mine. Thank you for investing your time into me. It sounds silly but every “like” and every comment you give me here is special because I know you could be spending your time doing anything, ANYTHING! And you shared a little of your time with me here on Instagram. You get excited about my projects and value my input. You guys remind me of my why all the time. You will never know how much your continued support means to me, but that won’t stop me from reminding you❤️
8 months + 1 day | he’s so big!! 😭 and doing all the things. crawling all over the place, picking up and eating food, and two front teeth are poking through - we just can’t keep up with our little boy!
You love happily waking up early (definitely a morning person like mama), following your puppy ruby around, bath time, waving your arms around, mama holding you, drinking water from a big glass, and baby signing time.
missing my baby already.. it’s like I closed my eyes for a few minutes and it’s all over! 🤯❤️ #babyhollis#8months#whyis8suchabignumber
Hiiiii 👋🏼 I never do Friday introductions, so it’s Thursday and I’ll do a mini one. I’m Courtney and I’m the face of CKD 😇 my husband Alec and I own and operate this vintage shop + our restaurant @paesanospizzeriadsm. Last year we were married in Positano, Italy and we’ll be going back for our anniversary next month! Which brings me to the point I wanted to make, if you haven’t been to the shop the past few weeks to see the signage posted please note that we will be CLOSED Sept 24-Oct 18th with one day in there open for a big event (to be announced, thanks mom for holding down the fort). Anyways, thanks for following along our vintage journey and accepting this weird mirror selfie I took this morning as relevant content. Love ya bye!!! 💓 #CKDintroductions
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Seeing how fast my little man is growing is making me really upset! // He’s 12 weeks old today but gosh has it flown by! People aren’t wrong when they tell you that! I want to capture so many memories in my albums and clog up my phone because I never want these times with him to end haha😪 Any other mamas in the same boat?
So tonight I was in the running for ‘Woman of the Year’ at my @slimmingworld group, some sneaky mcsneakerson must have voted for me last week!! I didn’t win and rightly so, the woman that did is SO inspirational and has done SO well on her journey I would have been upset if I had won! But it got me thinking...even if we don’t think we are inspirational ourselves, we may be inspirational to others and that in itself is something to be proud of. If you can touch or affect or inspire someone’s life in one way or another than that’s such an achievement. Basically I guess I’m saying you should be proud of who you are no matter what your shape or size or where you are on your journey, you are all winners! Mic Drop 🎤
Having a bridal session is a great way to perfect your bridal look and hey you get to wear your dress an extra day! That’s a total win! Downside you have to wait to share them till your married 😜🤣 Today’s bride will be waiting till October to share! Until then I get to share one of my favorites from Katie’s session! 😍#christinaforbesphotography
Q&A video on the way! Ask in our stories to remain anon to the community or leave something below! I’m an open book, I’ve spent the last few years expressing successes and not-so-successes as they happen. I’ve started and left behind many an idea along the way.. always riding the wave! Ask about the candles, the process or life in general.. ❤️ #gimmeallyagot#ama#shopfoxhound
I can’t believe this wedding is only 17 DAYS away! Coming home for the bachelorette means I get to hand deliver these custom vow cards!
Bespoke vow cards will be an add on to my wedding stationary packages when my website launches! I’m beyond excited to offer custom day of options that add a beautiful, personalized touch to every part of the day. When it comes to your wedding, NO detail is to small!
Speaking of websites, WOW is it hard! Any other creatives out here work through SquareSpace?! Any new or self-proclaimed web designers out there?! Let me know below because this may be a job I leave to a pro! (Dr. Seuss rhyming unintended 😅)
Here is the marine animal like petal of the Ceiba tree flowers. The tree fibers are a classic go-to for paper making. You can find some at the local Hollydale Park on Monroe. ☺🌾 I'm looking out for more flowers to press so if you have some you'd like to part with (other than roses), let me know and I can give you store credit for the exchange. 🙏🏻
Took the cousin to Downtown Sanford today 🛥🌴
By the way, I created a link page that you can find in my profile. There you will find everything from my blog posts, to my Facebook page where I livestream almost daily, as well as my free private community called “The AstroHIVE”. I’d love for you to join!
I’m in the process of getting my YouTube channel back in track, what would you like to see?
Piano lesson day! 🎹🎶 Where are all my pianists? 🙌 Where are all my want-to-be pianists??? Send me a message, I would love to teach you how to play!! Do not worry if you are long distance because #skypelessons ! 👩💻
This child oh my goodness. Benjamin is in the high 90th percentile for his weight, length, and head. He is a happy guy and is usually smiling, chuckling, or squealing. He loves people watching, music, peek-a-boo, being held above dad’s arms, motorcycle mouth sounds, books, smacking his lips and playing with his tongue, and being outside. He sleeps a bit less consistently than he used to overnight, but still gets at least 6 consecutive hours in. He still rocks at car rides and will usually stop crying or fussing as soon as he’s put in the car (and will quickly fall asleep soon after). We loooove being his parents.
Expectations are a funny thing. Sometimes you don’t even realize you have them. They can leave you feeling disappointed or frustrated, and sometimes you come out on the other side filled with more joy and happiness. I’m learning over and over again that expectations can hurt, especially when going unchecked. •
I went to Stay Golden this morning to get some work done. They’re the new kids in town, and located less than 10 minutes from my house. To say I was excited is an understatement. Could this be my new workplace?! Is my part of town finally catching up to the trendiness of the rest of the city?! My experience wasn’t what I had hoped, and I left feeling discouraged and even kind of embarrassed. As silly and trite as it may seem, this experience made me reflect on what was wrong. My expectations. Of what should’ve been, what it should’ve looked like, and how it should’ve felt. •
So today I’m working on having an open mind and an open heart, working on keeping my expectations in check so that my days can be filled with new, genuine, and joy-filled experiences. ✨
Benjamin experienced a lot of firsts today: first ferry, first long car ride, first time in the forest, first time seeing a waterfall, first time meeting a bunch of John’s extended fam, & first time spitting up (what looked like) an entire feeding’s worth all over mom.
Makiela and Isaac are super adorable! I had fun scouting the place and running into them before the session 😶 lol. I totally recommend visiting Sequoia. The trees, the air, and the views getting up there is perfect!! What place do you recommend?