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By a random way of events the past few days I noticed the date today as it had some significance a year ago and now none. So I had one of those fun Ah ha! moments and noticed how people can come and go in life, and how the world for me at least was very kind in having ones who shouldn’t be there, end up not being there by that same date a year later. There are so many people in the world and I like to think everyone is a good person, but even so, keep only the people who are good TO you in your life but also good FOR your life. I’ve not really experienced cutting anyone from my life so I’ve never really understood any of those kinds of quotes but (by noticing the date and reflecting on the past year) I realized now I do! Some people do come into your life for a greater purpose and aren’t meant to stay. I’ve been so lucky and blessed with everyone in my life where even if we’re not close/as close now, I think you’re amazing! And I know we could catch up again with ease! Anyways, now that I really do understand those quotes- my hope for everyone is that anyone that shouldn’t be in your life, end up not, so that you have only ones who are good for you and good to you. Don’t settle, don’t ignore your feelings or your own issues thinking they’ll magically disappear, don’t just go through the motions, but if you accidentally do I hope you get a chance to correct it💗 I feel lucky and appreciative that I have some great memories, while everything that happened ultimately was for me to learn how to balance out my life, learn more about myself and correct some skewed perspectives I’ve had for forever. It’s amazing how much more of “life” I have figured out compared to exactly a year ago. I truly do believe if you love the world it will love you back and this year proves it since it’s given me all of this and set me up for an even greater year/future as long as I stay on this course. #todaysramble #twoflowersinabush #yearoldselfie #oneyearlater #epiphanymoments #feelingbalanced #easiersaidthandone #serendipity #selfawareness #blessed #lifeworksinthebestmysteriousways
By a random way of events the past few days I noticed the date today as it had some significance a year ago and now none. So I had one of those fun Ah ha! moments and noticed how people can come and go in life, and how the world for me at least was very kind in having ones who shouldn’t be there, end up not being there by that same date a year later. There are so many people in the world and I like to think everyone is a good person, but even so, keep only the people who are good TO you in your life but also good FOR your life. I’ve not really experienced cutting anyone from my life so I’ve never really understood any of those kinds of quotes but (by noticing the date and reflecting on the past year) I realized now I do! Some people do come into your life for a greater purpose and aren’t meant to stay. I’ve been so lucky and blessed with everyone in my life where even if we’re not close/as close now, I think you’re amazing! And I know we could catch up again with ease! Anyways, now that I really do understand those quotes- my hope for everyone is that anyone that shouldn’t be in your life, end up not, so that you have only ones who are good for you and good to you. Don’t settle, don’t ignore your feelings or your own issues thinking they’ll magically disappear, don’t just go through the motions, but if you accidentally do I hope you get a chance to correct it💗 I feel lucky and appreciative that I have some great memories, while everything that happened ultimately was for me to learn how to balance out my life, learn more about myself and correct some skewed perspectives I’ve had for forever. It’s amazing how much more of “life” I have figured out compared to exactly a year ago. I truly do believe if you love the world it will love you back and this year proves it since it’s given me all of this and set me up for an even greater year/future as long as I stay on this course. #todaysramble  #twoflowersinabush  #yearoldselfie  #oneyearlater  #epiphanymoments  #feelingbalanced  #easiersaidthandone  #serendipity  #selfawareness  #blessed  #lifeworksinthebestmysteriousways 
Trying to organize/rearrange a room with a 20month old and 4 year old be like 🙄. I get something cleaned up and a few moments later it’s messed up again. Looking at the bright side of things, they are nicely playing with each other. Lol #momlife #lovetoorganize #wherehasthisdaygone #prettysureallmomsstrugglewiththis #thatwaslong 😂
Hi 👋🏻 I have a lot of new friends on here so I figured I’d hop on the bandwagon and do a #fridayintroductions post.. since I have this new baby to formally introduce too 😻 
SO, I’ll try and keep it short haha •My name is Kate, short for Katelyn. •I am 28 years young - as of yesterday!
•I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 2.5 years but we have been together for almost 10!❤️ •We have 2 beautiful & crazy kiddos who light up our life; Owen and Anna (And takeover my newsfeed 😆) •I love getting outdoors with my family whether it be camping, hiking or a quick trip to the beach
• I am a coffee addict through & through. Can spend too much money on makeup- that I wear twice a week 🙄 and I love more than anything being a momma to my babies 💗 
Oh! And this is my newest baby #Juniperrose or Juni for short! 
Thanks for following & I look forward to getting to know more of you 🤗 #thatwaslong #mybad #helllooo #babykitty #happyfriday
Hi 👋🏻 I have a lot of new friends on here so I figured I’d hop on the bandwagon and do a #fridayintroductions  post.. since I have this new baby to formally introduce too 😻 SO, I’ll try and keep it short haha •My name is Kate, short for Katelyn. •I am 28 years young - as of yesterday! •I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 2.5 years but we have been together for almost 10!❤️ •We have 2 beautiful & crazy kiddos who light up our life; Owen and Anna (And takeover my newsfeed 😆) •I love getting outdoors with my family whether it be camping, hiking or a quick trip to the beach • I am a coffee addict through & through. Can spend too much money on makeup- that I wear twice a week 🙄 and I love more than anything being a momma to my babies 💗 Oh! And this is my newest baby #Juniperrose  or Juni for short! Thanks for following & I look forward to getting to know more of you 🤗 #thatwaslong  #mybad  #helllooo  #babykitty  #happyfriday 
Made it! Off our flight on the way to the house! #car #flight #thatwaslong
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 💭 
A topic so important to speak out about and bring attention to, something I’ve struggled with a lot as do so many others, something that people don’t notice others struggling with every second of every day whilst they appear fine on the outside, I find it ironic I’m posting this at almost midnight when I have to be up at 6 because that’s my reality when it comes to mental health, too much anxiety in my mind to sleep until I can’t possibly hold my eyes open any longer, only to wake up 5 hours later an hour before my alarm feeling sick to my stomach with pains in my chest of pure anxiety, and yet even after an hour of lying awake with this feeling it somehow still feels physically impossible to drag myself out of bed, sometimes so difficult it brings me to tears with no other explanation other than “I just can’t do it” and that’s just to get out of bed, with a whole day ahead of me to face.. one thing I’ve always been lucky with though is being able to talk about it, as uncomfortable as it is and as weak and pathetic as I feel, talking about it helps so much, so as embarrassing as this is knowing how stupid it sounds to people who don’t understand, if I can help people who can relate to feel a little less alone, a little more comfortable to open up about their struggles, it’s worth it 💪🏼 #thatwaslong #clearlypassionate #worldmentalhealthday
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 💭 A topic so important to speak out about and bring attention to, something I’ve struggled with a lot as do so many others, something that people don’t notice others struggling with every second of every day whilst they appear fine on the outside, I find it ironic I’m posting this at almost midnight when I have to be up at 6 because that’s my reality when it comes to mental health, too much anxiety in my mind to sleep until I can’t possibly hold my eyes open any longer, only to wake up 5 hours later an hour before my alarm feeling sick to my stomach with pains in my chest of pure anxiety, and yet even after an hour of lying awake with this feeling it somehow still feels physically impossible to drag myself out of bed, sometimes so difficult it brings me to tears with no other explanation other than “I just can’t do it” and that’s just to get out of bed, with a whole day ahead of me to face.. one thing I’ve always been lucky with though is being able to talk about it, as uncomfortable as it is and as weak and pathetic as I feel, talking about it helps so much, so as embarrassing as this is knowing how stupid it sounds to people who don’t understand, if I can help people who can relate to feel a little less alone, a little more comfortable to open up about their struggles, it’s worth it 💪🏼 #thatwaslong  #clearlypassionate  #worldmentalhealthday 
R.R.E 📸
(Rippled Rainbow Effect)
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Ya like jazz???🎶🎷#what #latenightthinking #whyamihashtagging #livingggggggg #ok #weirdo #10billionhashtagstomakeitlookimportant #thatwaslong^ #saywhatyafeel\/ #imdone
• WHERE •
Is fall temperature??
Lots of you guys have asked for an update on what I’ve been doing so here is an
UPDATE:
October -
My last fall choral concert is tomorrow at 4 pm in the Chapel
I’m going to NCTC (Greensboro) to audition for jobs
I’ve created an e-portfolio talking about my experiences at Catawba [ STILL in DRAFT mode but it is published ]
I’ve begun a new side job. I’m an ambassador for several companies that you’ll be seeing me post about in the NEAR future.
• SO BE ON THE LOOKOUT •
Oct. 23rd, I will have directed a short 5 minute scene, and be in the midst of beginning to direct a 10 minute scene.
I’ve watched • HOCUS POCUS • about 50 times
I am applying for several grad schools ( WHAT )
I’ve been introduced into voice over work AND film!!
I purchased the iPhone XS MAX (I love her a lot already)
I got to celebrate my beautiful Momma’s 40th birthday
My oldest nephew is peeing in the potty, the next oldest is talking, and my niece is beginning to speak her first words. 💕
I will create my very first ever playbill for Lee Street Theatre
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(COME SEE LITTLE WOMEN - I’m in it as little dreadful Beth) [NOVEMBER 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, &10th]
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So there’s my update. 😊
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#thatwaslong #needaglassofwine #ambassador #ambassadorswanted #littlewomenmusical #senioryear #undergrad #goodbyeundergrad #ineedtostophashtagging
• WHERE • Is fall temperature?? Lots of you guys have asked for an update on what I’ve been doing so here is an UPDATE: October - My last fall choral concert is tomorrow at 4 pm in the Chapel I’m going to NCTC (Greensboro) to audition for jobs I’ve created an e-portfolio talking about my experiences at Catawba [ STILL in DRAFT mode but it is published ] I’ve begun a new side job. I’m an ambassador for several companies that you’ll be seeing me post about in the NEAR future. • SO BE ON THE LOOKOUT • Oct. 23rd, I will have directed a short 5 minute scene, and be in the midst of beginning to direct a 10 minute scene. I’ve watched • HOCUS POCUS • about 50 times I am applying for several grad schools ( WHAT ) I’ve been introduced into voice over work AND film!! I purchased the iPhone XS MAX (I love her a lot already) I got to celebrate my beautiful Momma’s 40th birthday My oldest nephew is peeing in the potty, the next oldest is talking, and my niece is beginning to speak her first words. 💕 I will create my very first ever playbill for Lee Street Theatre ••• (COME SEE LITTLE WOMEN - I’m in it as little dreadful Beth) [NOVEMBER 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, &10th] . . So there’s my update. 😊 . #thatwaslong  #needaglassofwine  #ambassador  #ambassadorswanted  #littlewomenmusical  #senioryear  #undergrad  #goodbyeundergrad  #ineedtostophashtagging 
Me after a 3 hour flight with Collin....#thatwaslong #hewon #toddlersdontlikesittingstill #collinsmom
Ieri sera ho fatto un po’ di biscotti, ma a forza di “danne un paio a uno, un paio ad un altro”, mi sa che spariranno presto 😅🍪 #cookies #cookie #cookies🍪 #biscotti #biscotto #bakestagram #baking #sweet #pasticceria #food #thatwaslong #homemade #homemadecookies
Pics from this weekend. It's a family affair #Cousins #Nephewson #StillMadHeLooksLikeMyCousin #ThatWasLong #FawkIt
Another image from the crypt in Madrid. I'm pretty sure that the ghosts come out at night and mingle and dance here. #latergram #criptaneorrománicadelacatedraldelaalmudena #whew #thatwaslong
Have I some good news and some bad news. Which one do you want first? Good news? I think you should hear the bad news first, so that the good news will make you feel better about what I'm going to tell you. Trust me, I know how you can get some times. 
The bad news is that there's no all new episode of Edible Ed's this week or maybe even next week or the week after that and so on. So this is the thing. This week has been crazy. Well, a lot of the past weeks have been crazy but this one might take the cake. So I'm working as hard as I can to get back on track and I promise I will. That leads us to the all important good news.

I got some amazing new gear to hopefully make even more awesome videos! Not only am I really behind on some personal stuff but I need to learn how to use my new computer and camera. I haven't had or even regularly used a computer or camera in years. I've made every episode of Edible Ed's on my cellphone! Crazy right? But I'm older and new tech frightens me because I think it constantly judges me. No, that's my non-existent cat. I digress.

So hang with me! PLEASE! Some awesome, fantastic, SOUPER content is on the way! Thank you! I appreciate you! I love you! I'd also like to send a special shout out to Canon and Dell for the awesome gear! I hope I can make you proud with the art I'm able to create with your stellar products! Keep up the great work! I will too! 
#edibleeds #edibleed #thatwaslong #mybad #sorrynotsorry #dellxps #dellxps15 #marvel #dc #superhero #canon #powershot #tripod #ad #sponsored
Have I some good news and some bad news. Which one do you want first? Good news? I think you should hear the bad news first, so that the good news will make you feel better about what I'm going to tell you. Trust me, I know how you can get some times. The bad news is that there's no all new episode of Edible Ed's this week or maybe even next week or the week after that and so on. So this is the thing. This week has been crazy. Well, a lot of the past weeks have been crazy but this one might take the cake. So I'm working as hard as I can to get back on track and I promise I will. That leads us to the all important good news. I got some amazing new gear to hopefully make even more awesome videos! Not only am I really behind on some personal stuff but I need to learn how to use my new computer and camera. I haven't had or even regularly used a computer or camera in years. I've made every episode of Edible Ed's on my cellphone! Crazy right? But I'm older and new tech frightens me because I think it constantly judges me. No, that's my non-existent cat. I digress. So hang with me! PLEASE! Some awesome, fantastic, SOUPER content is on the way! Thank you! I appreciate you! I love you! I'd also like to send a special shout out to Canon and Dell for the awesome gear! I hope I can make you proud with the art I'm able to create with your stellar products! Keep up the great work! I will too! #edibleeds  #edibleed  #thatwaslong  #mybad  #sorrynotsorry  #dellxps  #dellxps15  #marvel  #dc  #superhero  #canon  #powershot  #tripod  #ad  #sponsored 
I tend to pick myself apart a lot. I'm the type of person who would rather have everyone thinking that I'm okay, and the truth is I'm not. I've struggled with self love for so long, and accepting how I look and who I am. However, I'm much better than I used to be. 
A couple of years ago I'd spend every waking moment making sure that I looked just right. I had to have a full face of make up and straight hair at all times, and now it rare to see me with straightened hair and tons of makeup. And I know some of you think,"oh she's really let herself go" but is that such a bad thing? Is it a bad thing to finally be okay enough with yourself to look in the mirror one day and not want to change every single thing about you? Having low self-esteem sucks. Not liking how you look (body and/or face) sucks. Thinking that people aren't going to like you because of how you look or act sucks. 
And as I said, I still have my moments. They're pretty regular actually. And I don't have it all together, and honestly I'm a hypocrite for trying to always put on a front and tell people to "love themselves and I love myself" but the reality is that it's not always true. 
I may not love myself completely. I may not like my complexion all of the time or how I respond to certain things, but I do love the person I've become from that scared little girl from just a few years ago. And I know that one day I'll be totally okay with who I am.

#nomakeupselfie #curlyhair #selflove #inspiration #thatwaslong #sorry
I tend to pick myself apart a lot. I'm the type of person who would rather have everyone thinking that I'm okay, and the truth is I'm not. I've struggled with self love for so long, and accepting how I look and who I am. However, I'm much better than I used to be. A couple of years ago I'd spend every waking moment making sure that I looked just right. I had to have a full face of make up and straight hair at all times, and now it rare to see me with straightened hair and tons of makeup. And I know some of you think,"oh she's really let herself go" but is that such a bad thing? Is it a bad thing to finally be okay enough with yourself to look in the mirror one day and not want to change every single thing about you? Having low self-esteem sucks. Not liking how you look (body and/or face) sucks. Thinking that people aren't going to like you because of how you look or act sucks. And as I said, I still have my moments. They're pretty regular actually. And I don't have it all together, and honestly I'm a hypocrite for trying to always put on a front and tell people to "love themselves and I love myself" but the reality is that it's not always true. I may not love myself completely. I may not like my complexion all of the time or how I respond to certain things, but I do love the person I've become from that scared little girl from just a few years ago. And I know that one day I'll be totally okay with who I am. #nomakeupselfie  #curlyhair  #selflove  #inspiration  #thatwaslong  #sorry 
Last week I published my first collection of all ages' short stories. 😀 (one of my dreams. The next is to publish my debut kids' novel) The stories feature diverse characters and cover friendship, love, self-consciousness, and even ice.

Link to the book in my bio
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#photooftheday #picoftheday #words #writing #writingcommunity #quotes #quote #story #stories #blackgirlmagic #diversebooks #diversity #short #shortstory #read #fiction #pic #excerpt #moody #moodyacollectionofshortstories #whoa #thatwaslong haha #artsydest #amazon #creative #kindle #ebook #bookstagram
Last week I published my first collection of all ages' short stories. 😀 (one of my dreams. The next is to publish my debut kids' novel) The stories feature diverse characters and cover friendship, love, self-consciousness, and even ice. Link to the book in my bio . . . #photooftheday  #picoftheday  #words  #writing  #writingcommunity  #quotes  #quote  #story  #stories  #blackgirlmagic  #diversebooks  #diversity  #short  #shortstory  #read  #fiction  #pic  #excerpt  #moody  #moodyacollectionofshortstories  #whoa  #thatwaslong  haha #artsydest  #amazon  #creative  #kindle  #ebook  #bookstagram 
Okay. I’m bored because the kids I nanny are in tennis lessons. So here are some pics from the past few months. Enjoy. But I should probably get back to watching the kids cuz one time I wasn’t watching and the little girl yelled “NANNY!!!! Watch me!!!” So yeah🙄 PS. For friends and family who care- we are happy healthy and loving life! Spence is in school and works at a research lab. I, other than nannying, I am at school and interning for a marketing company. Life is blissful! #thatwaslong
Okay. I’m bored because the kids I nanny are in tennis lessons. So here are some pics from the past few months. Enjoy. But I should probably get back to watching the kids cuz one time I wasn’t watching and the little girl yelled “NANNY!!!! Watch me!!!” So yeah🙄 PS. For friends and family who care- we are happy healthy and loving life! Spence is in school and works at a research lab. I, other than nannying, I am at school and interning for a marketing company. Life is blissful! #thatwaslong 
Some bear sketches for a new project I’m starting. I guess the sketch a day thing didn’t work out to well because I stopped 3 days into it but oh well
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#bearsketch #bear #sketch #pencil #drawing #sketchadaymorelikesketch3days #thatwaslong
Day 109: Last long run before my race and I’m so excited it’s over! Thanks to @chriswharder #fortheloveofmoney @robmurgatroyd #workhardplayhard and @lewishowes #theschoolofgreatness for providing awesomeness for me to listen to and digest while running! 
Now it’s time to eat!!!! #run #marathontraining #sundayfunday #eat #thatwaslong #proud #runnowwinelater #lastlongrun
I was away this week at a work conference and I went to a workshop on diversity. This got me thinking, Who am I? Am I diverse? I was born and grew up in New Zealand. My parents moved to New Zealand from Scotland. Move on a few years and here I am living in London with my dual citizenship.

Growing up I was a first generation New Zealander, well I still am. People would think I’m a New Zealander, which I am but we didn’t have the family history and knowledge generations of New Zealanders have. I didn’t and don’t know any other way and just got on with me life learning about New Zealand. I felt special, I was different I had a grandmother that lived in Scotland and my parents weren’t born in New Zealand. 
To look at me, I’m white and you would think I’m British (which I am, it’s my birth right) only to open my mouth and I don’t sound like everyone. I have been teased and mocked for the way I talk and how I say my name. But you know what I say my name just right and maybe it is just the way people hear. I do get my friends to say my name sometimes because that is just easier if people don’t understand what I am saying. I also forget that I have an accent and wonder why people are looking at me funny.

We are all different and it doesn’t matter what you look like. You could look like most people but be so different. Let’s enjoy everyone and there differences. .
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#WhoAmI #diversity #diverse #dualcitizenship #newzealander #1stgeneration #british #loveyouself #loveothers #enjoydifferences #thatwaslong #longpost #longpostalert #debtfreejourney #debtfreecommunity #debtfreecommunityuk #debtfreejourneyuk #fitandfree #fitandfreeat40
I was away this week at a work conference and I went to a workshop on diversity. This got me thinking, Who am I? Am I diverse? I was born and grew up in New Zealand. My parents moved to New Zealand from Scotland. Move on a few years and here I am living in London with my dual citizenship. Growing up I was a first generation New Zealander, well I still am. People would think I’m a New Zealander, which I am but we didn’t have the family history and knowledge generations of New Zealanders have. I didn’t and don’t know any other way and just got on with me life learning about New Zealand. I felt special, I was different I had a grandmother that lived in Scotland and my parents weren’t born in New Zealand. To look at me, I’m white and you would think I’m British (which I am, it’s my birth right) only to open my mouth and I don’t sound like everyone. I have been teased and mocked for the way I talk and how I say my name. But you know what I say my name just right and maybe it is just the way people hear. I do get my friends to say my name sometimes because that is just easier if people don’t understand what I am saying. I also forget that I have an accent and wonder why people are looking at me funny. We are all different and it doesn’t matter what you look like. You could look like most people but be so different. Let’s enjoy everyone and there differences. . . . . . #WhoAmI  #diversity  #diverse  #dualcitizenship  #newzealander  #1stgeneration  #british  #loveyouself  #loveothers  #enjoydifferences  #thatwaslong  #longpost  #longpostalert  #debtfreejourney  #debtfreecommunity  #debtfreecommunityuk  #debtfreejourneyuk  #fitandfree  #fitandfreeat40 
I was away this week at a work conference and I went to a workshop on diversity. This got me thinking, Who am I? Am I diverse? I was born and grew up in New Zealand. My parents moved to New Zealand from Scotland. Move on a few years and here I am living in London with my dual citizenship.

Growing up I was a first generation New Zealander, well I still am. People would think I’m a New Zealander, which I am but we didn’t have the family history and knowledge generations of New Zealanders have. I didn’t and don’t know any other way and just got on with me life learning about New Zealand. I felt special, I was different I had a grandmother that lived in Scotland and my parents weren’t born in New Zealand. 
To look at me, I’m white and you would think I’m British (which I am, it’s my birth right) only to open my mouth and I don’t sound like everyone. I have been teased and mocked for the way I talk and how I say my name. But you know what I say my name just right and maybe it is just the way people hear. I do get my friends to say my name sometimes because that is just easier if people don’t understand what I am saying. I also forget that I have an accent and wonder why people are looking at me funny.

We are all different and it doesn’t matter what you look like. You could look like most people but be so different. Let’s enjoy everyone and there differences. .
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#WhoAmI #diversity #diverse #dualcitizenship #newzealander #1stgeneration #british #loveyouself #loveothers #enjoydifferences #thatwaslong #longpost #longpostalert
I was away this week at a work conference and I went to a workshop on diversity. This got me thinking, Who am I? Am I diverse? I was born and grew up in New Zealand. My parents moved to New Zealand from Scotland. Move on a few years and here I am living in London with my dual citizenship. Growing up I was a first generation New Zealander, well I still am. People would think I’m a New Zealander, which I am but we didn’t have the family history and knowledge generations of New Zealanders have. I didn’t and don’t know any other way and just got on with me life learning about New Zealand. I felt special, I was different I had a grandmother that lived in Scotland and my parents weren’t born in New Zealand. To look at me, I’m white and you would think I’m British (which I am, it’s my birth right) only to open my mouth and I don’t sound like everyone. I have been teased and mocked for the way I talk and how I say my name. But you know what I say my name just right and maybe it is just the way people hear. I do get my friends to say my name sometimes because that is just easier if people don’t understand what I am saying. I also forget that I have an accent and wonder why people are looking at me funny. We are all different and it doesn’t matter what you look like. You could look like most people but be so different. Let’s enjoy everyone and there differences. . . . . . #WhoAmI  #diversity  #diverse  #dualcitizenship  #newzealander  #1stgeneration  #british  #loveyouself  #loveothers  #enjoydifferences  #thatwaslong  #longpost  #longpostalert 
Today was weigh in day, I know. But guess what, it’s 10:25pm & I haven’t weighed in. “What happened?!” you ask?! Life. Life happened today. I worked all night last night, and just before I climbed into bed this morning my baby woke up & I noticed she had some symptoms of respiratory distress 😰 so we spent the majority of the afternoon seeking medical attention for her... chest X-ray, steroids, breathing treatments, the usual & then she was acting good as new! It also, happens to be one of my sisters’ 50th birthday today & she had a surprise party I wasn’t missing out on (which I happily made my favorite bacon jalapeño poppers for)! So there you have it... my first day of September in a nutshell- I’ve been awake for almost 36 hours straight & my bloating definitely reflects that 😒 I’ll jump on the scale in the morning after some much needed beauty sleep! Nighty, night 😴💤 •PS if you’ve made it this far, you deserve an award or something for hanging on till the bitter end! #thatwaslong #whenlifehappens #rollwiththepunches #theresalwaystomorrow
Today was weigh in day, I know. But guess what, it’s 10:25pm & I haven’t weighed in. “What happened?!” you ask?! Life. Life happened today. I worked all night last night, and just before I climbed into bed this morning my baby woke up & I noticed she had some symptoms of respiratory distress 😰 so we spent the majority of the afternoon seeking medical attention for her... chest X-ray, steroids, breathing treatments, the usual & then she was acting good as new! It also, happens to be one of my sisters’ 50th birthday today & she had a surprise party I wasn’t missing out on (which I happily made my favorite bacon jalapeño poppers for)! So there you have it... my first day of September in a nutshell- I’ve been awake for almost 36 hours straight & my bloating definitely reflects that 😒 I’ll jump on the scale in the morning after some much needed beauty sleep! Nighty, night 😴💤 •PS if you’ve made it this far, you deserve an award or something for hanging on till the bitter end! #thatwaslong  #whenlifehappens  #rollwiththepunches  #theresalwaystomorrow 
What a sik little surprise my phone gone and did with this file. It feels like my brain did towards the end of last night's Elliott Smith tribute show I attended at the Corner hotel. Thanks @jms.harrison for organising that, aside from the girl that bit my head off for talking to her boyfriend, it was tops. Even that bit was hilarious. Then I went home and slept for 12 hours, a personal best effort, in recovery from a huge week where I actually *worked* full time. Yes, #sketchanddestroy isn't the cash cow it appears to be, and when I can, I sell hours of my life to THE MAN for the lowest rate allowable by law in this great country. Which is actually much better than in most  countries. So I haven't destroyed this one yet, although my phone kinda tried, and tbh I'm spending the rest of the day in bed so if you want this to be yours or just spared from being wiped from this physical plane, speak now or bare that burden of responsibility. $20, or share it on your socials (fb & insta) to bring more followers into my art guilt-cult and maybe I'll just give it to you. When I wake up. Tomorrow. ❤️ And anxiety
#thatwaslong
#followerwhore #buymyart #imhungry #yesireallydestroythem #howsthatforasalesmodel #melbourneartist #experimentalart #instaart #glitch #gouache #nature #fairylight #forest #draw #paint #destroy
What a sik little surprise my phone gone and did with this file. It feels like my brain did towards the end of last night's Elliott Smith tribute show I attended at the Corner hotel. Thanks @jms.harrison for organising that, aside from the girl that bit my head off for talking to her boyfriend, it was tops. Even that bit was hilarious. Then I went home and slept for 12 hours, a personal best effort, in recovery from a huge week where I actually *worked* full time. Yes, #sketchanddestroy  isn't the cash cow it appears to be, and when I can, I sell hours of my life to THE MAN for the lowest rate allowable by law in this great country. Which is actually much better than in most countries. So I haven't destroyed this one yet, although my phone kinda tried, and tbh I'm spending the rest of the day in bed so if you want this to be yours or just spared from being wiped from this physical plane, speak now or bare that burden of responsibility. $20, or share it on your socials (fb & insta) to bring more followers into my art guilt-cult and maybe I'll just give it to you. When I wake up. Tomorrow. ❤️ And anxiety #thatwaslong  #followerwhore  #buymyart  #imhungry  #yesireallydestroythem  #howsthatforasalesmodel  #melbourneartist  #experimentalart  #instaart  #glitch  #gouache  #nature  #fairylight  #forest  #draw  #paint  #destroy 
I just witnessed wild life preservation today 🐢🤭 #lioncountrysafari #wildlife #nature #tortoise #matingseason #thatwaslong
Yay!!! Finally I have a bed 🛏 #bedroom #newbed #thatwaslong #lookingmorelikehome
Who says you can’t go home? 
In case you did not notice..every summer, I take my children for a visit with their grandparents to where I grew up in Pennsylvania. They walk in my footsteps to experience the memories I enjoyed during my childhood. It is a blessing and a joy that we are able to do this. Gatherings, like the one above, are common. Neighbors enjoying home cooked food, music and beer! Lots of beer. 🍻
{Note the rebel lady sitting in the ‘Giants’ chair in Eagle country! 🦅Actually, the newest Giants’ star - Saquon Barkley grew up just down the street. 🏈 I actually saw him perform in his high school play. That would be my high school!} #whew #thatwaslong
Who says you can’t go home? In case you did not notice..every summer, I take my children for a visit with their grandparents to where I grew up in Pennsylvania. They walk in my footsteps to experience the memories I enjoyed during my childhood. It is a blessing and a joy that we are able to do this. Gatherings, like the one above, are common. Neighbors enjoying home cooked food, music and beer! Lots of beer. 🍻 {Note the rebel lady sitting in the ‘Giants’ chair in Eagle country! 🦅Actually, the newest Giants’ star - Saquon Barkley grew up just down the street. 🏈 I actually saw him perform in his high school play. That would be my high school!} #whew  #thatwaslong 
Yesterday was #nationaldogday, so I wanted to share my 2 dogs as if I don’t do it weekly. Lol I’m sure this will be long because I am a writer by nature and obsessed with them. •
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Yesterday was #nationaldogday , so I wanted to share my 2 dogs as if I don’t do it weekly. Lol I’m sure this will be long because I am a writer by nature and obsessed with them. • • • 1st pic is Dungey. He is my keeper. He hardly lets me out of his sight, accompanies me at the odd hours I can’t sleep, will come running at the first sound of a sniffle and will not hesitate to crawl his 90lb ass into my lap during one of my full on mental breakdowns. He makes sure every solicitor and strange box knows that he will protect me at all costs. Lastly, he is the best snuggle smuggler. I think everyone gets that one dog they just have a strong bond with, he is mine. • • • • 2nd pic is Wednesday. She is loud, energetic, stubborn and loves Adam more than she does me. Lol She’s scared of everything but will display extreme bravery when exposing herself to the elements to hunt sky raisins aka flies. Wherever you sit, she will find a way to sit next to you and take 90% of the space. She’s sweet but don’t let that fool you, she runs this house. Lol • • • #dogs  #nationaldogday  #thatwaslong  #ilovethem 
Discovering Victoria by bike #YarraValley #glenyarra #niceweather #thatwaslong!
“You showed me I have reasons I should love myself~”
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YEEEEETTTTT I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A POOR TIME TO POST BUT WAH I DONT MIND IM JUST EXCITED TO SHARE THIS OKAY OKAY SO-
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I already ranted about this on my story but here’s another reminder, we all go through losses. It hurts. But they show us that we are worth so much and that loving ourselves first is so very important. I LOVE YOU!!!! :•:
Rah it’s took Shinies a while to love herself after Chhaya died BUT HE WAS SUCH A STRENGTH TO HER!!! So she continues onward :’) :•:
BTW NEW KIDS- they are SIBLINGS and there’s a lot to say about sibling love <3
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Just saying these songs are so important to me AND THE ALBUM COVER COLORS KINDA MATCH THEM LOL YEEET
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Go give it a listen if you’re curious pls it’s so good I cried
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#dragon #art #dragonart #bts #lya #loveyourself #btsly #answer #answerishere #theanswerishere #loveyouselfanswer #kpop #idol #answer #answerlovemyself #iloveme #ilovemyself #youcantstopmelovingmyself #youshowedmeihavereasonsishouldlovemyself #lol #thatwaslong #imlearninghowtolovemyself #btscomeback #army #btsarmy #btsdragon
“You showed me I have reasons I should love myself~” :•: YEEEEETTTTT I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A POOR TIME TO POST BUT WAH I DONT MIND IM JUST EXCITED TO SHARE THIS OKAY OKAY SO- :•: I already ranted about this on my story but here’s another reminder, we all go through losses. It hurts. But they show us that we are worth so much and that loving ourselves first is so very important. I LOVE YOU!!!! :•: Rah it’s took Shinies a while to love herself after Chhaya died BUT HE WAS SUCH A STRENGTH TO HER!!! So she continues onward :’) :•: BTW NEW KIDS- they are SIBLINGS and there’s a lot to say about sibling love <3 :•: Just saying these songs are so important to me AND THE ALBUM COVER COLORS KINDA MATCH THEM LOL YEEET :•: Go give it a listen if you’re curious pls it’s so good I cried :•: #shiniesocs  :•: #dragon  #art  #dragonart  #bts  #lya  #loveyourself  #btsly  #answer  #answerishere  #theanswerishere  #loveyouselfanswer  #kpop  #idol  #answer  #answerlovemyself  #iloveme  #ilovemyself  #youcantstopmelovingmyself  #youshowedmeihavereasonsishouldlovemyself  #lol  #thatwaslong  #imlearninghowtolovemyself  #btscomeback  #army  #btsarmy  #btsdragon 
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[Credito a 'na tizia che si chiama Naru..? boh ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ]
Hope is not boring tho -
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I feel like everytime i post something there is a meaning in it, even when it's random-y and silly -
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I just looked at this and thought << "Don't force others into the only emotional states that are 'conventional' in our society" >>
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Being drammatic in the bus while it pours rain, is just much of a feeling as being comfortable with your favourite person on the couch,
Or screaming... out of shear repressed anger, because you know you failed at something.. is as valid as needing to hug someone and cry on their shoulder to finally forgive yourself.
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And just like feeling bored contemplating life: "bah.. I am pretty sure, cats would make the world a way better place if they were sentient and took command, I mean... they would optimise us to the best, just so we are happy and they can nap and get food all they desire... OH SHIT THE PIZZA!"
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Forcing, repressing and flattening  the range of our emotions and feelings makes us... less than human, sick and drains us.
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I want to say:
Dont.. DO IT! It's in your right to feel, what you feel and be proud of it, it's your essence and NONE... can take that away.
Thanks for reading this and have a good time living your day yoo .
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Feel free to tell me anything, (Opinions and critiques) i'd like to improve the way i express myself tbh, oh and some of my ideas could be disgustingly wrong too -
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Since when did i decide to start low-key like a hosting speech thing guy wannabe..? Idk it's fun, I just know that's what i want to do now
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#motivational #emotions #oursociety #vibe #rights #human #bewhatyouwanttobe  #standup #itsmessyiknow #shiiiit #thatwaslong #thatswhatshesaid #sharing #ideas #whytfareyoustillhere #isanyonerreadingthis
. [Credito a 'na tizia che si chiama Naru..? boh ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ] Hope is not boring tho - . I feel like everytime i post something there is a meaning in it, even when it's random-y and silly - . I just looked at this and thought << "Don't force others into the only emotional states that are 'conventional' in our society" >> . Being drammatic in the bus while it pours rain, is just much of a feeling as being comfortable with your favourite person on the couch, Or screaming... out of shear repressed anger, because you know you failed at something.. is as valid as needing to hug someone and cry on their shoulder to finally forgive yourself. . And just like feeling bored contemplating life: "bah.. I am pretty sure, cats would make the world a way better place if they were sentient and took command, I mean... they would optimise us to the best, just so we are happy and they can nap and get food all they desire... OH SHIT THE PIZZA!" . Forcing, repressing and flattening the range of our emotions and feelings makes us... less than human, sick and drains us. . I want to say: Dont.. DO IT! It's in your right to feel, what you feel and be proud of it, it's your essence and NONE... can take that away. Thanks for reading this and have a good time living your day yoo . . . Feel free to tell me anything, (Opinions and critiques) i'd like to improve the way i express myself tbh, oh and some of my ideas could be disgustingly wrong too - . Since when did i decide to start low-key like a hosting speech thing guy wannabe..? Idk it's fun, I just know that's what i want to do now - @mir.spin Various taggos #motivational  #emotions  #oursociety  #vibe  #rights  #human  #bewhatyouwanttobe  #standup  #itsmessyiknow  #shiiiit  #thatwaslong  #thatswhatshesaid  #sharing  #ideas  #whytfareyoustillhere  #isanyonerreadingthis 
Camila was a Team player today. She helped hold Ares while we helped her get her water shoes on. #nobabieswereharmedwhiletakingthispicture #thatwaslong#cousinluv #playdates#splashpad
Waiting for @bennyharlem s #VeggieKit like ... The black race is the only race that is questioned about the length of their hair ... if a black female has long hair hanging down her back it’s assumed it is extensions (which often is true) but why? do we not have the same potential to grow ours like every other race? but why ,why do we seem to be the ONLY race that is questioned when the length of our hair passes down  the length of our neck? Why do we cut it off each time it grows? Why don’t we allow our hair to see its maximum potential. As a black female I’ve seen my hair go through multiple textures,lengths and thickness. I love wearing wigs it allows me to explore colours and products I would NEVER put on my real hair, sometimes we get lost in the fact that a wig/extensions are  are temporary ...our crown is sacred and lasts forever ... Our crown is sacred and carries the most wisdom we’ll ever know ✍🏿 #Blackhair #Takecareofyourhair #Thatwaslong #Bedtime #MelonieHamiltonOnline
Waiting for @bennyharlem s #VeggieKit  like ... The black race is the only race that is questioned about the length of their hair ... if a black female has long hair hanging down her back it’s assumed it is extensions (which often is true) but why? do we not have the same potential to grow ours like every other race? but why ,why do we seem to be the ONLY race that is questioned when the length of our hair passes down the length of our neck? Why do we cut it off each time it grows? Why don’t we allow our hair to see its maximum potential. As a black female I’ve seen my hair go through multiple textures,lengths and thickness. I love wearing wigs it allows me to explore colours and products I would NEVER put on my real hair, sometimes we get lost in the fact that a wig/extensions are are temporary ...our crown is sacred and lasts forever ... Our crown is sacred and carries the most wisdom we’ll ever know ✍🏿 #Blackhair  #Takecareofyourhair  #Thatwaslong  #Bedtime  #MelonieHamiltonOnline 
After a long day I Finally get home and can take my face off. #thatwaslong #thequestion
Ahhh ma belle Constance, je t’aime trop trop TROP et je ne veux pas séparer encore ‼️‼️
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This girl pulled off an epic surprise on me, after not seeing for her 11 years. I was so confused and in actual tears. 😭🤭🤗That was so much fun and it was like we were never apart. Shocking? Not at all.
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#girlfriendsforlyfe #lexiandlily #gilkeylife #welcometogoodburgerhomeofthegoodburgercanitakeyourorder #thatwaslong #hashtag #hashtag
Ahhh ma belle Constance, je t’aime trop trop TROP et je ne veux pas séparer encore ‼️‼️ • This girl pulled off an epic surprise on me, after not seeing for her 11 years. I was so confused and in actual tears. 😭🤭🤗That was so much fun and it was like we were never apart. Shocking? Not at all. Thank you for making it happen. I LOVE YOU. • #girlfriendsforlyfe  #lexiandlily  #gilkeylife  #welcometogoodburgerhomeofthegoodburgercanitakeyourorder  #thatwaslong  #hashtag  #hashtag 
Well didn’t make it on the trail today, but still got it done. ✅ ✅ ⤵️
Long Slow Distance (LSD) is meant to be long and slow (shocking). However, many people run too fast for this type of training. So if your sucking wind (excessive mouth breathing) 4 miles into 10 mile+ run, ease back. #triathlon #aerobic #run #50k #trailrunning #running #triathlontraining #thatwaslong #fitness #paceandmaintain #exercise
Cleanse DAY 1:
So far so good. Not feeling hungry or deprived. But I feel like day 1 is always easy when it’s filled with excitement. 😋
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I was going to opt out of working out for the three days and do some stretching and yoga, I thought I’d get too hungry if I worked out. But, what can I say? I’m an addict now.. I needed to get moving.. and so I did just that!
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Also, had to take a shot of my pre even though it isn’t “technically” approved on my cleanse. But that’s the ONLY thing I WON’T live without & it won’t tank my results in the cleanse.. it’s just a little powdered motivation to hammer out my workouts.💛💪🏾
#cleanseday1 #needtomove #workout #stayingstrong #feelinggood #alsowhyarentyoudoingthisprogramwithme #thatwaslong #butseriously #athomegym #busylife #worklife #athomegym
Cleanse DAY 1: So far so good. Not feeling hungry or deprived. But I feel like day 1 is always easy when it’s filled with excitement. 😋 . I was going to opt out of working out for the three days and do some stretching and yoga, I thought I’d get too hungry if I worked out. But, what can I say? I’m an addict now.. I needed to get moving.. and so I did just that! 😝 . Also, had to take a shot of my pre even though it isn’t “technically” approved on my cleanse. But that’s the ONLY thing I WON’T live without & it won’t tank my results in the cleanse.. it’s just a little powdered motivation to hammer out my workouts.💛💪🏾 #cleanseday1  #needtomove  #workout  #stayingstrong  #feelinggood  #alsowhyarentyoudoingthisprogramwithme  #thatwaslong  #butseriously  #athomegym  #busylife  #worklife  #athomegym 
And that’s a wrap! Last week, I finished putting on a media event, inviting dignitaries, local digital influencers and of course, the press to kick off another fundraiser. • Last year, I attended this exact event as a guest, specifically as the nonprofit’s digital marketing consultant/strategist. • Time is always a gift and with the right support and determination, anything’s possible. Inside and by myself I am celebrating a wonderful year of growth within my career and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. • Lesson learned: Always be your own number one fan, even when sometimes you’re the hardest on yourself. AND always have the right support around you - friends who keep you accountable and motivated. We all need help and affirmation sometimes, even if we don’t want to admit it.
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And that’s a wrap! Last week, I finished putting on a media event, inviting dignitaries, local digital influencers and of course, the press to kick off another fundraiser. • Last year, I attended this exact event as a guest, specifically as the nonprofit’s digital marketing consultant/strategist. • Time is always a gift and with the right support and determination, anything’s possible. Inside and by myself I am celebrating a wonderful year of growth within my career and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. • Lesson learned: Always be your own number one fan, even when sometimes you’re the hardest on yourself. AND always have the right support around you - friends who keep you accountable and motivated. We all need help and affirmation sometimes, even if we don’t want to admit it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks for reading 🤗🤗🤗 #thatwaslong  #tootingmyownhorn 
Tonight I will be disconnected as we celebrate my cousin @mackenziebuyck! I am SO excited to celebrate her new chapter!  Let the fun begin!!! #bachelorette #naperville #mexicanfood  #mysisterhasalltheotherpictureswithherinthem #thatwaslong #signingoffforthenight
Background: I credit University of Good to @terrycrews. On his YouTube channel he talks about relationship stuff, keys to being disciplined, and workout advice. The most powerful thing, however, was his video on taking action.  In a nutshell, he said that if you have a dream, pursuing it does not have to be some massive singular effort.  You just need to take one little step towards what you want to do. .
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I knew I wanted to help people like me who were struggling with discipline and a lack of self worth, so I took his advice and just started recording things on Snapchat like I was DJ Khaled. I had a lot of friends make fun of me for it (justifiably) but it lead to me coming up with the idea and name for my podcast. .
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Once I had the name, I took one small step again and went and bought a mic stand. Then I bought the mic. Then a computer to record and mix the podcasts.  I took tiny steps just like that, and continue to do so. I have seen the value in taking action manifest itself not only in the creation of this podcast, but in making new friends, and getting into the law school of my dreams. .
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Background: I credit University of Good to @terrycrews. On his YouTube channel he talks about relationship stuff, keys to being disciplined, and workout advice. The most powerful thing, however, was his video on taking action. In a nutshell, he said that if you have a dream, pursuing it does not have to be some massive singular effort. You just need to take one little step towards what you want to do. . . I knew I wanted to help people like me who were struggling with discipline and a lack of self worth, so I took his advice and just started recording things on Snapchat like I was DJ Khaled. I had a lot of friends make fun of me for it (justifiably) but it lead to me coming up with the idea and name for my podcast. . . Once I had the name, I took one small step again and went and bought a mic stand. Then I bought the mic. Then a computer to record and mix the podcasts. I took tiny steps just like that, and continue to do so. I have seen the value in taking action manifest itself not only in the creation of this podcast, but in making new friends, and getting into the law school of my dreams. . . As such, TAKE ACTION is the first core principle of the University of Good, and I hope that you internalize it and use it to make that first step towards whatever goal you have. . . #thatwaslong  #motivation  #discipline  #takeaction  #keepgoing  #positivity  #happiness  #focus  #effort  #hardwork  #riseandgrind  #mentalhealth  #wellness  #fitness  #dieting  #universityofgood  #terrycrews 
Leave the bike in Bonneval-sur-Arc and crutch up the last 13km, it's a well known tradition mate. Highest paved mountain pass in the Alps and still sweating proverbial buckets🤔 I'm done. Off to Milan tomorrow to get pissed👍🏽 #crutchdrop #needswork #preseason #fitness #imnotnormal #thatwaslong #thatwashard #thatswhatshesaid #crutchparty #snowparty #cloudparty #tookawhile #coldeliseran #alps #lonewolf #frexit #ohhelloitaliayouspicygoose
Knock knock - who’s there? 😂⚔️
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. Will I ever be able to put my feet together before my knees touch? 😂nope (and please don’t ask me🧘‍♀️). Am I in pain? Nope (but I do need to care for myself to stay that way and can feel the difference when I don’t). Can I go about my daily life like cycling, going up and down the stairs, getting out of the car, etc... yep 🚴🏻‍♀️... And you haven’t even seen my wicked Elvis impression 😂🕺
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Knock knock - who’s there? 😂⚔️ . . . I was born with knock knees and while I was teased in school by kids who called me x-legs (kids are cruel, but that’s for another post 😉)I never saw my different knees as a deformity; in fact I am proud of them because my dad has those same knees... 😍 . . . I haven’t thought about my knees until I recently received a request from someone on Instagram to post about how to help with knock knees... i’m no expert and not a doc or physio (and if you’re in pain please go see someone), but as the proud owner of those knees for 42 years I have my opinion🤔 . . . I have found that stretching/reducing tension in the groins (adductors), internal rotators (especially the TFL which for me is rather stiff) and hamstrings, as well as strengthening those same myofascial tissues (plus gluteus medius, a key stabilizer of the hips) has helped tremendously, as has taking care of my lower legs and feet (so yeah pretty much the whole lower body, and on a regular basis)🧐💡 . . . Will I ever be able to put my feet together before my knees touch? 😂nope (and please don’t ask me🧘‍♀️). Am I in pain? Nope (but I do need to care for myself to stay that way and can feel the difference when I don’t). Can I go about my daily life like cycling, going up and down the stairs, getting out of the car, etc... yep 🚴🏻‍♀️... And you haven’t even seen my wicked Elvis impression 😂🕺 . . . Oh too much to say for an insta post and as I get to the end of this I realize I should really write a blog with more information and some research... Coming 🔜 on @themindfulbody.ae 🖋 . . . #phew  #thatwaslong  #yogadubai  #cycling  #yogaforlife  #breathe  #themindfulbody  #massage  #therapeutic  #knockknock  #kneehealth  #blogpostcomingsoon 
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

This experience was more than an experiment, I learned and laughed and grew. It was hard and good and tough and worth smiling about even if you think about how many times I gave you a serious look or just didn't give you any response. You guys are funny and sweet and I'm glad I met you and learned with and from you. We were in a good place together and we did good things together; I don't just mean that Sde Eliyahu is a nice or beautiful kibbutz or that learning Hebrew or working the land of Israel is a good thing. We were in a safe environment for growth and learning where there was support and care and we built friendships and that is a good thing. Thank you.
Kind regards, 
Keep in touch 
Gavriel.

If you read all of that and you weren't on the program then at least now you know a little about it and the people I met there. Only a few small things but they are important ones.

#thatwaslong #lotsofwords #truth #quotes #meaning #itsashotashellhere #surfaceofthesun #sweatingevennow #good #nice #beautiful #supoort #care #kibbutzlife #israel #friends #experience #experiment #learn #grow #advice #life
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. This experience was more than an experiment, I learned and laughed and grew. It was hard and good and tough and worth smiling about even if you think about how many times I gave you a serious look or just didn't give you any response. You guys are funny and sweet and I'm glad I met you and learned with and from you. We were in a good place together and we did good things together; I don't just mean that Sde Eliyahu is a nice or beautiful kibbutz or that learning Hebrew or working the land of Israel is a good thing. We were in a safe environment for growth and learning where there was support and care and we built friendships and that is a good thing. Thank you. Kind regards, Keep in touch Gavriel. If you read all of that and you weren't on the program then at least now you know a little about it and the people I met there. Only a few small things but they are important ones. #thatwaslong  #lotsofwords  #truth  #quotes  #meaning  #itsashotashellhere  #surfaceofthesun  #sweatingevennow  #good  #nice  #beautiful  #supoort  #care  #kibbutzlife  #israel  #friends  #experience  #experiment  #learn  #grow  #advice  #life 
Got on top of the middle sister like it's no ones business! 
#thatwaslong
#ouchmyknees
#thethreesisters
Drumroll pleeeease..... so there’s  this idea sparked by my cousin @marysecrettks (follow her) to start vlogging my random mom stuff. I loved the idea since I’m on here anyway showing you all my glamorous and amusing life as a stay at home mom💩🤦🏽‍♀️😂. .
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Buuuuut, I dont want to necessarily “vlog” because I’m not tryna edit anything, I most likely won’t brush my hair for the videos (hence the photo choice for this post), and I tend to get the most feedback when my stories are random thoughts 😳😂
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Sooooo, I’ve decided that every Monday I’ll share something on my page (instead of only on my story like in the past) w/the hashtag #MondayMomLife *But, 1st of all I need to see if I’d even have an audience (💀😂) TAG your mom friends so they can follow me & lookout for my 1st #MondayMomLife next week and COMMENT below w/the color shirt you’re wearing & some topic ideas you’d like me to share or expand on (i.e giving a Father’s Day shoutout for more than 1 baby daddy🤷🏽‍♀️😂 or the skin routine I have for my son’s eczema, etc). PS, if you’re wearing the same color shirt as me right now, you’ll get a prize before my #MondayMomLife next week!🦄 K bye!
#ThatWasLong #AlsoBrave #SomeonePlsComment lmaooo 
#Mom #MomLife #MomHack 
#LifeHack #MondayMomLife
#Vlog #Vlogging #Vlogger #MomVlog #DanceMom #Kids
Drumroll pleeeease..... so there’s this idea sparked by my cousin @marysecrettks (follow her) to start vlogging my random mom stuff. I loved the idea since I’m on here anyway showing you all my glamorous and amusing life as a stay at home mom💩🤦🏽‍♀️😂. . . Buuuuut, I dont want to necessarily “vlog” because I’m not tryna edit anything, I most likely won’t brush my hair for the videos (hence the photo choice for this post), and I tend to get the most feedback when my stories are random thoughts 😳😂 . . Sooooo, I’ve decided that every Monday I’ll share something on my page (instead of only on my story like in the past) w/the hashtag #MondayMomLife  *But, 1st of all I need to see if I’d even have an audience (💀😂) TAG your mom friends so they can follow me & lookout for my 1st #MondayMomLife  next week and COMMENT below w/the color shirt you’re wearing & some topic ideas you’d like me to share or expand on (i.e giving a Father’s Day shoutout for more than 1 baby daddy🤷🏽‍♀️😂 or the skin routine I have for my son’s eczema, etc). PS, if you’re wearing the same color shirt as me right now, you’ll get a prize before my #MondayMomLife  next week!🦄 K bye! #ThatWasLong  #AlsoBrave  #SomeonePlsComment  lmaooo #Mom  #MomLife  #MomHack  #LifeHack  #MondayMomLife  #Vlog  #Vlogging  #Vlogger  #MomVlog  #DanceMom  #Kids 
Physical element: Earth. Aka: avocado. Because really, it now looks like the innards of an avocado. That's art for you. In your head it's one thing, then you get it out of that marble filled mess only to have it translate into something else. It's cool. I like avocados. Elements Air and Water will have to wait till my ribs migrate themselves back into their rightful locations, my hands stop cramping and my right eye lid stops twitching. Beading is for young people. Apparently at my age there are ramifications.
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#earth #greans #ombre #fringe #iranoutofbeadsagain #imnotreallythatold #butyeahmyribsarewhack #sometimestheymovesomuchifeellikethereisanelephantsittingonmychest #thatwaslong #handmade #handwoven #creamcityrocks #eatyourveggies
Physical element: Earth. Aka: avocado. Because really, it now looks like the innards of an avocado. That's art for you. In your head it's one thing, then you get it out of that marble filled mess only to have it translate into something else. It's cool. I like avocados. Elements Air and Water will have to wait till my ribs migrate themselves back into their rightful locations, my hands stop cramping and my right eye lid stops twitching. Beading is for young people. Apparently at my age there are ramifications. . .. #earth  #greans  #ombre  #fringe  #iranoutofbeadsagain  #imnotreallythatold  #butyeahmyribsarewhack  #sometimestheymovesomuchifeellikethereisanelephantsittingonmychest  #thatwaslong  #handmade  #handwoven  #creamcityrocks  #eatyourveggies 
It was so peculiar that I wondered on this post when I did because I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I remember who I was when I was a little girl, and how at the core of my identity I still am just the same. I have always loved makeup, music, spooky things, horror movies, fashion, and writing since I was a little girl. Nothing about me has changed. The only things that changed me were the things I've been through from other people who were hurting. Sometimes it makes me quite sad to remember the peer pressures I faced in middle school because I was so innocent and I let people hurt me because I didnt know any better. I have been going back to my core. I am still that little girl. Before all of the trauma, before all of the bad friends, abusive boyfriends and bad decisions...I was just that girl. I was happy and joyous. I wanted to spread it to everybody. I was caring and free. When people were mean to me or did bad things to me it hurt more than it should have because I didnt understand how cruel people are, I was used to being kind and having a kind family. 
I love myself. I wont ever let the little girl inside of me be disappointed again. I want 8 year old me, 12 year old me, 16 year old me to be proud of who I am. Because I am still that little girl and I always will be. I let others hatred and chaos change me. But I am back to my roots and I am settled in. -Britney
#thatwaslong #wowifureadthat #childhood #trauma #change #ptsd #youareimportant #kind #positiveaffirmations #positivevibes #spreadlove #spreadkindness #showlove #goodvibes #mentalhealth #anxiety #depression #hypersensitive #selfcare #selflove #selfhelp
It was so peculiar that I wondered on this post when I did because I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I remember who I was when I was a little girl, and how at the core of my identity I still am just the same. I have always loved makeup, music, spooky things, horror movies, fashion, and writing since I was a little girl. Nothing about me has changed. The only things that changed me were the things I've been through from other people who were hurting. Sometimes it makes me quite sad to remember the peer pressures I faced in middle school because I was so innocent and I let people hurt me because I didnt know any better. I have been going back to my core. I am still that little girl. Before all of the trauma, before all of the bad friends, abusive boyfriends and bad decisions...I was just that girl. I was happy and joyous. I wanted to spread it to everybody. I was caring and free. When people were mean to me or did bad things to me it hurt more than it should have because I didnt understand how cruel people are, I was used to being kind and having a kind family. I love myself. I wont ever let the little girl inside of me be disappointed again. I want 8 year old me, 12 year old me, 16 year old me to be proud of who I am. Because I am still that little girl and I always will be. I let others hatred and chaos change me. But I am back to my roots and I am settled in. -Britney #thatwaslong  #wowifureadthat  #childhood  #trauma  #change  #ptsd  #youareimportant  #kind  #positiveaffirmations  #positivevibes  #spreadlove  #spreadkindness  #showlove  #goodvibes  #mentalhealth  #anxiety  #depression  #hypersensitive  #selfcare  #selflove  #selfhelp 
Waiting for lip sync battle!! #jojosiwa #imagoodmom #thatwaslong
Officially made it to Barcelona ! #travel #thatwaslong
When you've been too busy to shave and missed your barber appointment. I tried the whole schedule an appointment and failed. Luckily, I'm his self proclaimed best customer and he's getting me in first thing. Have a fantastic weekend everyone🍋

#thatwaslong #selfiesunday #lovinglife #businesslife #710society #herdnation
Packing and discarding. Holding onto, letting go. The rhythm of leaving a place. Seeing the physical contents empty out and the psychology of the space become crystal clear and bright. I just found this photograph of Betty. She gave it to me years ago. Through a story far too long to share here, we became close friends and traveled through Vietnam together. She was a force, unlike anyone I had ever known. Passionate, smart and caring and fiercely determined. And not always easy. She challenged me and everyone around her in ways that would take me years to understand. Betty helped orchestrate one of the greatest humanitarian events of the Vietnam war. For years she used her holidays and vacation time from her secretarial job in New York City to volunteer her time helping Dr. Tom Dooley care for orphaned children in Saigon. She told me stories that kept me awake at night, of unspeakable tragedies and the suffering that she witnessed in words that my heart has never forgotten. She taught me how to help, how to see. She educated me about the war. She loved both the Vietnamese and Americans, and especially loved the children, the tiniest ones who were orphaned and maimed by the atrocities of war. Just before the fall of Saigon, she helped secure two planes to evacuate over 200 orphans from the An Lac orphanage in Saigon. The first plane crashed over a rice paddy not long over takeoff. The second plane took the children to Columbus, Georgia, where they were eventually all adopted. She often wondered aloud if she should have done it differently. She feared a blood bath, she told me, and did what she felt she had to do to save the children. Her work continued and I was fortunate enough to accompany her many times back to An Lac, the leper villages in Kon Tum, to Pleiku, and to help families affected by Agent Orange. She had an enormous impact on my life and helped expand my heart.  She died in 2015. When I looked at the photo today, I could hear her voice in my mind, so clearly. I wished at that I could talk to her again. To make sure I thanked her for letting me in on part of the journey. The children in Vietnam called her “The angel of Saigon.”
#thankyou🙏🏻
Packing and discarding. Holding onto, letting go. The rhythm of leaving a place. Seeing the physical contents empty out and the psychology of the space become crystal clear and bright. I just found this photograph of Betty. She gave it to me years ago. Through a story far too long to share here, we became close friends and traveled through Vietnam together. She was a force, unlike anyone I had ever known. Passionate, smart and caring and fiercely determined. And not always easy. She challenged me and everyone around her in ways that would take me years to understand. Betty helped orchestrate one of the greatest humanitarian events of the Vietnam war. For years she used her holidays and vacation time from her secretarial job in New York City to volunteer her time helping Dr. Tom Dooley care for orphaned children in Saigon. She told me stories that kept me awake at night, of unspeakable tragedies and the suffering that she witnessed in words that my heart has never forgotten. She taught me how to help, how to see. She educated me about the war. She loved both the Vietnamese and Americans, and especially loved the children, the tiniest ones who were orphaned and maimed by the atrocities of war. Just before the fall of Saigon, she helped secure two planes to evacuate over 200 orphans from the An Lac orphanage in Saigon. The first plane crashed over a rice paddy not long over takeoff. The second plane took the children to Columbus, Georgia, where they were eventually all adopted. She often wondered aloud if she should have done it differently. She feared a blood bath, she told me, and did what she felt she had to do to save the children. Her work continued and I was fortunate enough to accompany her many times back to An Lac, the leper villages in Kon Tum, to Pleiku, and to help families affected by Agent Orange. She had an enormous impact on my life and helped expand my heart. She died in 2015. When I looked at the photo today, I could hear her voice in my mind, so clearly. I wished at that I could talk to her again. To make sure I thanked her for letting me in on part of the journey. The children in Vietnam called her “The angel of Saigon.” #thankyou 🙏🏻
H A P P Y!  B I R T H D A Y!  to my two best friends in the world. Sophomore and Senior—oh god. I love and miss you two to the MOON and I wish I were home celebrating right now.
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Honor Charlotte, my FGF, you’ve been with my cat these past few weeks and I am SO THANKFUL, what would I do without you? Through my, “Oops I did it again”-s and my chicken cakes, I don’t have a clue how you’ve dealt with me for so long. Smile and nod right?? I love you and your stars, your obsession with Elon Musk, and your drive to accomplish anything. I can’t wait to get home to celebrate with you and Brie!!
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Cam, my mom (or my cameroon macaroon), I’m an hour late because you’re having the time of your life in NYC (and you met @christyaltomare YAY)! Thanks for exposing me to so many different types of music—who knew Fidlar could be such a bop? I love you and your vintage shopping, your mom-abilities, and your carefree smile. Have lots fun at Fordham (don’t die), and be home soon!!
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#thatwaslong #sorrynotsorry #behappy #happybirthday
H A P P Y! B I R T H D A Y! to my two best friends in the world. Sophomore and Senior—oh god. I love and miss you two to the MOON and I wish I were home celebrating right now. ••• Honor Charlotte, my FGF, you’ve been with my cat these past few weeks and I am SO THANKFUL, what would I do without you? Through my, “Oops I did it again”-s and my chicken cakes, I don’t have a clue how you’ve dealt with me for so long. Smile and nod right?? I love you and your stars, your obsession with Elon Musk, and your drive to accomplish anything. I can’t wait to get home to celebrate with you and Brie!! ••• Cam, my mom (or my cameroon macaroon), I’m an hour late because you’re having the time of your life in NYC (and you met @christyaltomare YAY)! Thanks for exposing me to so many different types of music—who knew Fidlar could be such a bop? I love you and your vintage shopping, your mom-abilities, and your carefree smile. Have lots fun at Fordham (don’t die), and be home soon!! ••• #thatwaslong  #sorrynotsorry  #behappy  #happybirthday 
Get you a dad who takes candid photos of you on your car •
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So normally I’m not a huge fan of sharing or “showing-off” online, or making my captions longer than some cheesy quote, however, I think this time around I’ll make an exception. 
For the past 7 weeks, I’ve been spending my summer restoring and rebuilding a 2004 Jeep Wrangler, and I thought I would share some of the experience. 
We bought the car after it had been in an accident, destroying the fenders, grill and hood, bending the frame, and knocking the engine off its mounts. The second photo is what the jeep looked like before I started. 
I started by completely stripping out the seats and interior to replace the carpet with a painted truck bed liner.
Then I youtubed my way into learning how the dashboard went together, since when we got the car every piece of the interior was in a pile in the passenger seat. 
Next, my Dad engineered a way into straightening the frame using a bottle jack (thanks dad) and we were able to add the front bumper. 
Over the next few weeks, we did a combination of big projects like buying a green hood and fenders from the junkyard, completely sanding them down, and having it painted, and countless little projects that just kept popping up like adjusting the third brake light so the spare would fit and replacing the track bar. 
My favorite parts came next, which were adding new suspension, tires, lift kit and body armor. 
And after all this hard work, today I can happily say that my jeep passed smog tests, and that i can (finally) (almost) successfully drive a stick shift. 
This has been such an awesome experience for me, and I am so grateful that I’ve had this opportunity. I’m so excited for the knowledge that I’ve gained and I’m very proud of myself for the work that I’ve done (and i can now say that I’m familiar with all the employees at the junkyard and auto parts stores in my areas) 
I also wanted to include a huge thank you to my dad for helping me and teaching me through out this process (and let’s be honest, supplying the funds) and to my mom for being okay with this and thinking it’s cool (because come on, we bought a car on craigslist)
#thatwaslong #jeep
Get you a dad who takes candid photos of you on your car • • So normally I’m not a huge fan of sharing or “showing-off” online, or making my captions longer than some cheesy quote, however, I think this time around I’ll make an exception. For the past 7 weeks, I’ve been spending my summer restoring and rebuilding a 2004 Jeep Wrangler, and I thought I would share some of the experience. We bought the car after it had been in an accident, destroying the fenders, grill and hood, bending the frame, and knocking the engine off its mounts. The second photo is what the jeep looked like before I started. I started by completely stripping out the seats and interior to replace the carpet with a painted truck bed liner. Then I youtubed my way into learning how the dashboard went together, since when we got the car every piece of the interior was in a pile in the passenger seat. Next, my Dad engineered a way into straightening the frame using a bottle jack (thanks dad) and we were able to add the front bumper. Over the next few weeks, we did a combination of big projects like buying a green hood and fenders from the junkyard, completely sanding them down, and having it painted, and countless little projects that just kept popping up like adjusting the third brake light so the spare would fit and replacing the track bar. My favorite parts came next, which were adding new suspension, tires, lift kit and body armor. And after all this hard work, today I can happily say that my jeep passed smog tests, and that i can (finally) (almost) successfully drive a stick shift. This has been such an awesome experience for me, and I am so grateful that I’ve had this opportunity. I’m so excited for the knowledge that I’ve gained and I’m very proud of myself for the work that I’ve done (and i can now say that I’m familiar with all the employees at the junkyard and auto parts stores in my areas) I also wanted to include a huge thank you to my dad for helping me and teaching me through out this process (and let’s be honest, supplying the funds) and to my mom for being okay with this and thinking it’s cool (because come on, we bought a car on craigslist) #thatwaslong  #jeep 
Now I’ve got to put it out there because it’s been cause for discussion the last few days and if I don’t I will scream. (It also explains quiet patches) 
So recently, more than normal, I’ve been struggling with my inner voice. With seeing social media, people on tv and even in the street. 
Living with an eating disorder is hard. Even when you’re not harming you’re always hurting. I know I’ve put on weight and I haven’t punished myself for over a year and I’m so proud of that. But it doesn’t mean I’m not hurting every day. 
Every post I see. Every photo I find. every ripple of skin or fat on my body I catch a glimpse of. 
It tears at me inside. It breaks a piece of my self worth and I hate that every day I bite back the urge to punish myself for enjoying food a little too much maybe. 
But should I? Why should I be doing this to myself? Why was that 14 year old girl made to feel that punishing herself for eating was the only way to go. Why, 15 years later do I still feel the same way about my body as I did then. 
I don’t ever want my girls to feel this way but the rate that social media and society is going I am in no doubt that they will as well have some depth of body shaming tainting their minds. 
Surely our sons and daughters deserve to grow up and feel the best about themselves. About their minds and bodies. That their paths are their paths and no one should make them feel like they’re worth any less for any decision they decide to do with their lives. 
After 15 years I’m now having to rebuild my teeth. It could be worse but it’s still not fun. 15 years later, I still don’t look in the mirror and feel happy with what I see. And 15 years later I still have to make that daily decision to keep my food down. 
I hate living this way. I can’t express that enough. 
So even those people that don’t look like they have an ed because of the way they currently look doesn’t mean they aren’t fighting a massively hard battle. Because, they probably are fighting the hardest one they’ve ever faced. 
I really wish we can burn every body shaming social media post or news article and start lifting people up. Start promoting healthy self worth, Self esteem and self confidence!
Now I’ve got to put it out there because it’s been cause for discussion the last few days and if I don’t I will scream. (It also explains quiet patches) So recently, more than normal, I’ve been struggling with my inner voice. With seeing social media, people on tv and even in the street. Living with an eating disorder is hard. Even when you’re not harming you’re always hurting. I know I’ve put on weight and I haven’t punished myself for over a year and I’m so proud of that. But it doesn’t mean I’m not hurting every day. Every post I see. Every photo I find. every ripple of skin or fat on my body I catch a glimpse of. It tears at me inside. It breaks a piece of my self worth and I hate that every day I bite back the urge to punish myself for enjoying food a little too much maybe. But should I? Why should I be doing this to myself? Why was that 14 year old girl made to feel that punishing herself for eating was the only way to go. Why, 15 years later do I still feel the same way about my body as I did then. I don’t ever want my girls to feel this way but the rate that social media and society is going I am in no doubt that they will as well have some depth of body shaming tainting their minds. Surely our sons and daughters deserve to grow up and feel the best about themselves. About their minds and bodies. That their paths are their paths and no one should make them feel like they’re worth any less for any decision they decide to do with their lives. After 15 years I’m now having to rebuild my teeth. It could be worse but it’s still not fun. 15 years later, I still don’t look in the mirror and feel happy with what I see. And 15 years later I still have to make that daily decision to keep my food down. I hate living this way. I can’t express that enough. So even those people that don’t look like they have an ed because of the way they currently look doesn’t mean they aren’t fighting a massively hard battle. Because, they probably are fighting the hardest one they’ve ever faced. I really wish we can burn every body shaming social media post or news article and start lifting people up. Start promoting healthy self worth, Self esteem and self confidence!
I love you so God damn much @shamwhich I can't wait to be your wife. 
#bridetobe #love #dashpointstatepark #briergohl #vintagering #maytwentyfithtwothousandnineteen #thatwaslong #foreverindever #iloveyou #wedding #misstomrs #beach
Salted Cream Cold Foam Nitro Cold Brew. #starbucks #saltedcreamcoldfoamnitrocoldbrew #thatwaslong #ontrend
Ghosting our way around the island yesterday on the Tokoloshe. Photo by @_jamestomlinson_ @fast40class @roundtheislandrace #smashtag #thatwaslong
Ghosting our way around the island yesterday on the Tokoloshe. Photo by @_jamestomlinson_ @fast40class @roundtheislandrace #smashtag  #thatwaslong 
✨Let’s hike around the lake - ok - how far is it ?- ummm about 2 miles.... Huh....um....... Oops I mean 5 miles kids - Did I say 5 miles? 😬 #hiking #liar #judgementfailure #thatwaslong #hikingwithkids #lake #beauty #optoutside #beon12 #lookatthat #funanyway #instagramaz #instagramaz_water
LoLo it's your birthday shuga and that's rich!! Because of everything behind what a natural eye can see, YOU are so very wealthy. Your heart is gold: your yearning for knowledge and wisdom is deep, your well that you pull from to love well those you love, and give to those in need is never ending, yet you seek to evolve more and more each day into the woman you were created to be. Thankful for your life. Thankful there are places you can find peace in the midst of what can be a doggy dog world. And I pray that this year & every bday ahead you'll do like your big sis (yes I'm older than you😜) and age gracefully. "Like the wine from the vine baaaby this fruit gets better with age". #vintage #dang #thatwaslong #shudajustsangasong #uknow #imawriteabook #luhu #birthdaygirl @tasiasword HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me and Noa!!
LoLo it's your birthday shuga and that's rich!! Because of everything behind what a natural eye can see, YOU are so very wealthy. Your heart is gold: your yearning for knowledge and wisdom is deep, your well that you pull from to love well those you love, and give to those in need is never ending, yet you seek to evolve more and more each day into the woman you were created to be. Thankful for your life. Thankful there are places you can find peace in the midst of what can be a doggy dog world. And I pray that this year & every bday ahead you'll do like your big sis (yes I'm older than you😜) and age gracefully. "Like the wine from the vine baaaby this fruit gets better with age". #vintage  #dang  #thatwaslong  #shudajustsangasong  #uknow  #imawriteabook  #luhu  #birthdaygirl  @tasiasword HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me and Noa!!
Sums that up 😂😂😂
Sums that up 😂😂😂
Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore 🐕 ✈ 🇬🇧 #electrician #onholiday #upsidedown #downsideup #fused #longhaulflight #madeit #thatwaslong #london #uk #nz
It’s funny how having one goal actually has multiple ingredients and then turns out to fulfil five times more goals than just the one that you thought you had.
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 Like, for example, the vain / fanciful one I had when I got started in March really sorting my food and heavy lifting out, which was “I guess I want abs.”
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I’ve cut my bodyfat by about 7% and gained muscle, and now on a good morning with the right lighting (😆) I’m beginning to see abs. Which is nuts. I NEVER thought I’d get there. I only had ‘em once before, which was after months of unhealthily restrictive eating. Whereas I got here by being KIND to myself. How the eff did that work?? .
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But yeah. As things stand now - my digestion and GI health could win prizes, whereas when I started out it was cringingly bad. My skin has cleared up from the blotchy red patchiness it was developing. My core stability has soared - I can do about ten different advanced yoga postures that weren’t remotely possible months back. My ENERGY is indecent. I’m more productive in work. I’m a better friend, I’m a better girlfriend, I’m more patient, more calm, more reflective. I take failures better. I have more patience. I’ve developed a really chronic salmon habit. (Does that count as good?) .
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My body image doesn’t occupy me every five seconds the way it did when I was eating and drinking badly. Like - yeah, abs - but my MIND. Like woah. It strikes me that before, I felt like I had no control over my body, the options were exhaustion and restriction or heaviness and anxiety. I have a sense of certainty and confidence in myself now that goes way beyond abdominal muscle. And that’s what is so vastly more valuable. I’ll shut up now. . #thatwaslong #smallbutmighty #vanfitfam #fightme
It’s funny how having one goal actually has multiple ingredients and then turns out to fulfil five times more goals than just the one that you thought you had. . . . Like, for example, the vain / fanciful one I had when I got started in March really sorting my food and heavy lifting out, which was “I guess I want abs.” . . . I’ve cut my bodyfat by about 7% and gained muscle, and now on a good morning with the right lighting (😆) I’m beginning to see abs. Which is nuts. I NEVER thought I’d get there. I only had ‘em once before, which was after months of unhealthily restrictive eating. Whereas I got here by being KIND to myself. How the eff did that work?? . . . But yeah. As things stand now - my digestion and GI health could win prizes, whereas when I started out it was cringingly bad. My skin has cleared up from the blotchy red patchiness it was developing. My core stability has soared - I can do about ten different advanced yoga postures that weren’t remotely possible months back. My ENERGY is indecent. I’m more productive in work. I’m a better friend, I’m a better girlfriend, I’m more patient, more calm, more reflective. I take failures better. I have more patience. I’ve developed a really chronic salmon habit. (Does that count as good?) . . . My body image doesn’t occupy me every five seconds the way it did when I was eating and drinking badly. Like - yeah, abs - but my MIND. Like woah. It strikes me that before, I felt like I had no control over my body, the options were exhaustion and restriction or heaviness and anxiety. I have a sense of certainty and confidence in myself now that goes way beyond abdominal muscle. And that’s what is so vastly more valuable. I’ll shut up now. . #thatwaslong  #smallbutmighty  #vanfitfam  #fightme 
FFEMALE FEATURE SATURDAY: @theforeverexpat .
A little bit bout myself! My name is R.C. Which stands for Rekya-Cordelia cause my mom wanted me to fail kindergarten. I was born in the states then, at 6 months old my mom took me back to west Africa (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire) where I lived until I was 8, and where I learned French, my first language (coucou les Français 👋🏿)at 8 I moved back to states, first to Maryland, then to West Virginia where I was ALWAYS the only black person... alwaaaayyyysssss.... my mom started an international company and was out of the country a lot so she relinquished her parental rights and 6 months out of the year I lived with a southern, white, Catholic Deacon’s family (so If you follow me and i post a pic of a white person and say “my sister” don’t be alarmed!) so after getting my BAs in WV (and moving to London for six months) I worked in Virginia. I later moved to Boston for my Masters in international business... and THEN with two bachelors and a masters I waited tables... I decided this wasn’t for me and gave myself two months to sublet my apartment  and put all my belongings in storage and buy a oneway ticket to Côte d’Ivoire where it all started ❤️ I’m currently in Lome, Togo visiting my mother and will be going back to Côte d’Ivoire, then Ghana, then South Africa and Egypt... so follow me for some more crazynesssss ❤️ T #femalefeature #thisgirlcan #fem2 #girlgang #lifteachotherup #wanderlostcampaigner #thatwaslong #mybad #blackblogger #blackandabroad #femmefatale #melanated #blackisbeautiful #africanqueen
FFEMALE FEATURE SATURDAY: @theforeverexpat . A little bit bout myself! My name is R.C. Which stands for Rekya-Cordelia cause my mom wanted me to fail kindergarten. I was born in the states then, at 6 months old my mom took me back to west Africa (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire) where I lived until I was 8, and where I learned French, my first language (coucou les Français 👋🏿)at 8 I moved back to states, first to Maryland, then to West Virginia where I was ALWAYS the only black person... alwaaaayyyysssss.... my mom started an international company and was out of the country a lot so she relinquished her parental rights and 6 months out of the year I lived with a southern, white, Catholic Deacon’s family (so If you follow me and i post a pic of a white person and say “my sister” don’t be alarmed!) so after getting my BAs in WV (and moving to London for six months) I worked in Virginia. I later moved to Boston for my Masters in international business... and THEN with two bachelors and a masters I waited tables... I decided this wasn’t for me and gave myself two months to sublet my apartment and put all my belongings in storage and buy a oneway ticket to Côte d’Ivoire where it all started ❤️ I’m currently in Lome, Togo visiting my mother and will be going back to Côte d’Ivoire, then Ghana, then South Africa and Egypt... so follow me for some more crazynesssss ❤️ T #femalefeature  #thisgirlcan  #fem2  #girlgang  #lifteachotherup  #wanderlostcampaigner  #thatwaslong  #mybad  #blackblogger  #blackandabroad  #femmefatale  #melanated  #blackisbeautiful  #africanqueen 
Why yes, first day back to work after carpal tunnel surgery and I decided to plant some BLACK WALNUT when I got home! Couple notes... 1) I was “careful” with my hand, but this was still dumb and too early to do stuff. 2) I have like zero space and thus these will probably never grow to timber grade. 3) Yes, it’s a little late in the season for bare root planting. 4) I heart Black Walnut and will be content to enjoy my Charlie Brown trees that will probably never produce nuts or lumber. 5) I love the Evergreen state, but as a woodworker, am envious of you whose forests are filled with more deciduous than coniferous.🌲 🌳 #ThatWasLong #haventpostedinawhile
Why yes, first day back to work after carpal tunnel surgery and I decided to plant some BLACK WALNUT when I got home! Couple notes... 1) I was “careful” with my hand, but this was still dumb and too early to do stuff. 2) I have like zero space and thus these will probably never grow to timber grade. 3) Yes, it’s a little late in the season for bare root planting. 4) I heart Black Walnut and will be content to enjoy my Charlie Brown trees that will probably never produce nuts or lumber. 5) I love the Evergreen state, but as a woodworker, am envious of you whose forests are filled with more deciduous than coniferous.🌲 🌳 #ThatWasLong  #haventpostedinawhile 
Might have got her a tad lost this time #wheresthegps #dontfollowme #thatwaslong
I chose to do some backgrounds with simple animations so I don't have to spend too much time on this project. Well, I might've made a slight miscalculation...
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#study #building #illustration #dailyillustration #dailyartwork #digitalart #digitalillustration #fun #messy #background #dailypostchallenge #dailypost #balcony #tv #artist #render #light #dayandnight #tests #bluesky #waiting #cheap #animation #timemanagement #thatwaslong #perspective #building #grain
I chose to do some backgrounds with simple animations so I don't have to spend too much time on this project. Well, I might've made a slight miscalculation... . . . . . #study  #building  #illustration  #dailyillustration  #dailyartwork  #digitalart  #digitalillustration  #fun  #messy  #background  #dailypostchallenge  #dailypost  #balcony  #tv  #artist  #render  #light  #dayandnight  #tests  #bluesky  #waiting  #cheap  #animation  #timemanagement  #thatwaslong  #perspective  #building  #grain 
Feeling 🤘🏾-after that 1st place  pro women podium finish at the big brushy enduro-part of the Arkansas enduro series!  The stages were fast!  Avoiding those sniper rocks at high speed-a test of not only fitness, but of endurance!  Congrats to my fellow competitors (friends) ya’all the best!! Good times with old friends and new friends alike!  Huge shoutout to @mrkouper 🧦for coaching me and supporting me-being a mama-he holds down the fort ALOT!  My trusty ol @trekbikes for getting me to that finish line in one piece!  And my friends back home- specially @ibisdee  @carmenator76  @mel_e_mel2 -my sisters-Always encouraging me and mentoring me on the gnar!  Thanks to all the sponsors and organizers of this top notch event!  Who’s ready for the next one??!!! 🙋🏽‍♀️Cant wait!!! Bella Vista is July 22-part of the @arkansas_enduro_series ! .
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#enduro #mtb #trekbikes #ladydudeskc #imashorty #arkansasenduroseries #timeforanewbike #haleywasgonnaletmetakeherbiketothepodium #lol #everyonewasamazing #racing #sohot #iworkedhard #bestpeanutbutterjellyyoulleverhave #ageaintnothingbutanumber #stillgotit #needbikesponsor #thatwaslong 😍❤️🤷🏽‍♀️
Feeling 🤘🏾-after that 1st place pro women podium finish at the big brushy enduro-part of the Arkansas enduro series! The stages were fast! Avoiding those sniper rocks at high speed-a test of not only fitness, but of endurance! Congrats to my fellow competitors (friends) ya’all the best!! Good times with old friends and new friends alike! Huge shoutout to @mrkouper 🧦for coaching me and supporting me-being a mama-he holds down the fort ALOT! My trusty ol @trekbikes for getting me to that finish line in one piece! And my friends back home- specially @ibisdee @carmenator76 @mel_e_mel2 -my sisters-Always encouraging me and mentoring me on the gnar! Thanks to all the sponsors and organizers of this top notch event! Who’s ready for the next one??!!! 🙋🏽‍♀️Cant wait!!! Bella Vista is July 22-part of the @arkansas_enduro_series ! . . . #enduro  #mtb  #trekbikes  #ladydudeskc  #imashorty  #arkansasenduroseries  #timeforanewbike  #haleywasgonnaletmetakeherbiketothepodium  #lol  #everyonewasamazing  #racing  #sohot  #iworkedhard  #bestpeanutbutterjellyyoulleverhave  #ageaintnothingbutanumber  #stillgotit  #needbikesponsor  #thatwaslong  😍❤️🤷🏽‍♀️