Say it once or twice or a million times if you need to. I am strong. I am powerful. Capable. Brave. Intelligent. Beautiful, beneath my beating chest and outside of it. Repeat this back to yourself. I am valuable. Insightful. Wise. Enough. More than enough. Regardless of who has eyes observant enough to see it. Regardless of who has awareness enough to appreciate it. I am all of the things not that I tell myself when I am weakest but when I am strongest. When I am climbing and moving mountains rather than carrying them. - TPeil 📷: @craigpeil
When you have “health stuff,” things that most people take for granted can be painfully, exasperatingly, indescribably difficult. Today, I hiked (or more accurately climbed at times) Mt. Tallac and while we didn’t have time to make it to the top, we did 9 miles and 85 floors round trip. Then, I picked up my dog and drove straight back to the bay. After a full day of hiking and activities yesterday. So, today I became my own motivation for Monday and every day. And today, I felt pretty darn strong. (Also, the feeling up there is like nothing else and I’ll be riding the high of this weekend for a while.)
“One morning she woke up different. Done with trying to figure out who was with her, against her, or walking down the middle because they didn’t have the guts to pick a side. She was done with anything that didn’t bring her peace. She realized that opinions were a dime a dozen, validation was for parking, and loyalty wasn’t a word, but a lifestyle. It was this day that her life changed. And not because of a man or a job but because she realized that life is way too short to leave the key to her happiness in someone else’s pocket.” ~ unknown
Today, I had the privilege of meeting and having a casual conversation with Bumble’s Chief Brand Officer. I asked her for advice and she asked me about my app idea. Her response: “love it and protect it.” I don’t always feel like I fit the Bay Area archetype or mold but living here provides me opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise and I know that right now, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. #nbd
I’ve been told that my face has a language of its own and says it all before I do. Sometimes it doesn’t accurately reflect what I’m thinking or feeling. Today though, it does. 📷: @em_eff_84 styling: @___shellywhite
The ones that look like socks.
Aside: I made it out of Nordstrom without buying anything else but the Nars foundation I went in for (because I moved to the bay, started hiking like a cliche, and got “tan”). Also, I haven’t worked at Nordstrom in years but the smell still gets me.
The quality of the company we choose to share ourselves and our lives with says a lot about who we are and dictates a lot of our happiness and fulfillment. So you better believe I shared this beauty with some darn good company. #foodforthought
Those days when personally, professionally, physically, and emotionally, the stars align. When it seems as though luck or life is on your side and nothing goes wrong and everything falls into place. When you feel rested and rejuvenated and it’s as though you’re waking up to life and coming up for air. As though for the first time in years, you’re fully present, alive, and seeing clearly. As if everything is the same but something is different. And the warmth of your own sunshine has lit a fire within you. Those days when it all makes sense. - TPeil (Not even circling the seemingly busiest Whole Foods parking lot in the bay for 15 minutes after work searching for a spot fazed me. Who knew a couple good night’s sleeps could do wonders?) #ijustwantedasalad#notheretostay
Repeat after me. I will do big things with my darkness. Not in spite of it but because of it. I will wear it and share it with pride. Why? Because it forced you to become your own type of hero, a survivor of a story no one else can tell. And because of it, you now have something that some people never will. Something that requires a reality outside of a screen. Something that neither fame nor fortune nor followers can buy and that no amount of schmoozing or convincing will get them. Because a life of only smiles and laughter, sunshine and success cannot arm someone with the power that is the wisdom you possess. Why? Because it was earned. -TPeil
Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like voicing your thoughts, opinions, and/or feelings is you being dramatic, thereby reflecting a characteristic projected onto your gender. Especially if you’re coming from a place of deep reflection, self-awareness, and the state of being woke.