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This quote helped me when I was going through one of the worst periods of depression I've ever gone through. At the time, I felt like I was at the lowest point in my life. Then one day when I was having the darkest thoughts I ever had, I saw this quote in an automated message in an email that was sent to me. I took it as a sign from the universe that everything was going to be okay. I decided I was going to have it tattooed on me as a daily reminder that the storm WILL pass and my mind WOULD settle. Depression sucks and I still do have my low days, but my good days are always right around the corner. #depressionawareness #endthestigma #vulnerablepost #gooddaysahead #messagesfromtheuniverse #everythingwillbeokay


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A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided and dreams never come true.. • 🔥He is the founder of @key2power and also my good friend ❤️ If you like to learn more about Instagram, go to his BIO and get access to mini course, it’s FREE! Hurry up before he get private 😀 - 😍👇🏻 Follow right now 👇🏻😍 👉🏻 @bartmiasik 👈🏻 👉🏻 @bartmiasik 👈🏻 👉🏻 @bartmiasik 👈🏻 . __ #️⃣ _ __ 👉🏻 _🔥 #key2power #bartmiasik #itsthelittlethings #takecontrolofyourlife #raiseyourvibration #highvibrations #lawofattractionplanner #growthmindset #consciousnesscreatesreality #dailyaffirmation #mindsetiseverything #peoplehelpingpeople #highvibration #letyourlightshine #intention #highvibetribe #mindsetmastery #focus #vulnerablepost #prosperitymindset #followingmydreams #brainhealth #beopenminded #lawofabundance #personalgrowth #brainpower #findyourpurpose #embracechange #selfmastery ❤️


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Just because you’ve had shit relationships doesn’t mean everyone is the same. If you’re not willing to give 100% than a relationship isn’t something you should be seeking. #whathappenedtothis #caremore #lovemore #showmore #vulnerablepost


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In a world that does its best to tell me I don’t matter, I stand flat footed and confidently respond: I matter. Love is the cure for hate, and I believe that includes self-love. — I also want you to know that YOU matter. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re insignificant because you’re too much of this or not enough of that. No, you were fearfully and wonderfully made. You were made for a purpose. Your voice, time, treasure, and life matter.🌻


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Today is a weird day, not only is it my BESTIE’S BIRTHDAY, but it’s also the 6 month anniversary of my dad’s death. I remember the day and the moment he left this earth like it was yesterday, and I imagine I will for a very long time. Today I’m honoring this man (and the one on his right). I wish we could have had you with us for a little longer. I’ll love you forever and I miss you. ❤️🤎 . . . . . #dealingwithgrief #deathofaparent #sharingmystory #mentalhealthawareness💚 #motivational #livingwithpurpose #takeactionnow #novascotiabusiness #theempathyfront #vulnerablepost #personalstory #masteryourlife #dosomethingforyourself #appreciateyourself #determinedtosucceed #copingwithstress #mentalhealthprofessionals #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalhealthcanada #faceyourfearsliveyourdreams #canadabusiness #novascotiabusiness #mydadismyhero #missingmydaddy #lovemyfather #memorieslastalifetime


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There's this idea that judging is either 'good or bad.' I personally feel that making a judgment is something that is important in alot of ways, & to some extent, they keep us alive. Making a judgment for me, is taking information from my surroundings & making a call as to whether it's safe to proceed or not. Judging a situation or environment, like if it's safe to cross the road right now, to dive into that lake, or to walk down that street or not is smart. In these cases I feel making a judgement call is quite important. Being judgmental on the other hand is something quite different. Judging others is unnecessary, but it is so damn useful when we have the awareness & willingness to reflect upon them. Judging others is simply an opportunity & invitation to look at a part of ourselves we are not accepting within us. I believe our judgements show themself to us through others, & they arise because it's usually a part that we aren't acknowledging or owning within ourselves. A part of ourselves we're not creating space for in our lives. When we judge, we're unconsciously telling this part of ourselves that just wants to be seen & acknowledged, that it doesnt have permission to be there.. to exist, & ultimately, that it's not okay for it to be alive in us.. basically that it's not loveable. We find this part of ourselves in others & our judgement towards them says, "I dont accept this in me so I dont like it in you" When we cannot love this part in us then we cannot love it in the other.. This brings me to the realization that we are ultimately judging ourselves when we judge others & we cannot fully love others until we love ourselves. It sounds so cliche I know, but when you look at the psychology behind it makes so much sense. Until we can integrate, love & accept all the parts of ourselves that live within us, we cannot love all of someone else. X Im curious, do I trigger you?  Do you judge yourself through me? Good. I challenge you to ask yourself, When? Is it when I post sexy images or videos?  Maybe that's your sexy self wanting your permission to be seen by you. See her, give her permission to shine, I know she'd really like that 😘


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Current situation- This is ME right now, on May 31st, closing day of my 2nd month with Arbonne... actually day 46 ... and I’m feeling defeated! . I went into May with TWO huge goals ... and as I sit here downing Pizza & White Claw in my PJ’s I’m looking back on what I could have done different to reach BOTH goals. I could have SHOWN UP everyday, but I didn’t. I could have REACHED OUT to more people daily, but I didn’t. So, for now, I’ll write these thoughts down so I can revisit them everyday in June. . But wait... I DID accomplish one goal... I BECAME A DISTRICT MANAGER ✨ this month! I have to remind myself that THIS IS A HUGE MILESTONE! Trust me, I’m super stoked, but I also hate to fail. So for now, I’ll sit here eating my MAC daddy Pizza (yes that’s Mac and cheese on pizza) and drink my white claw and be proud of myself! Thanks to my wonderful team for all the support, don’t know what I’d do without these ladies 💗 . Here’s to June 2020 ... where I’ll qualify for AREA MANAGER and be able to share my love for Arbonne with many more!! 🌿 . There are no guarantees. Results are different for everyone. Annual typical earning statements available at iccs.arbonne.com . #vulnerablepost #speakthetruth #arbonnelifestyle #districtmanager #pizzaandwhiteclaw #entrepreneurlife


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Self love and sunshine ❤️🌞


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⁣Two years ago and one day I had to have surgery on my neck. ⠀ -⠀ Long story, but ever since then I’ve never seen myself the same way. I remember the night after I cried myself to sleep, I felt so little.⠀ ⠀ I couldn’t even shower by myself, dry my own hair, drive, or let my dog out. ⠀ -⠀ After I was healed enough to workout I really started to take lifting seriously. Lifting has helped me overcome so many things. ⠀ ⠀ Lifting has made me feel so strong and feel like I am able to be who I’m supposed to be and not feel fear over it. ⠀ -⠀ I never talk about this surgery or how it was. I still look at my scar in the mirror and feel it everyday, but this is something I have become so much stronger from. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #womenceomindset #mindset #liftingweights #liftingmotivation #liftheavy #motivation #fitness #fit #fitnessmotivation #fitnessjourney #neck #surgeryrecovery #twoyearsago #vulnerable #vulnerablepost #sundayvibes #somethingdifferent #gym #gymmotivation #gymlife #lifestyle #keepgoing #pushthroughanything #wegotthis #togetherwearestronger #strongwomen #strongnotskinny #strongmindset #strongereveryday #stronger


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#vulnerablepost This weekend has been one of the most hardest weekends that I have experienced as a Christian Black American. I felt a pain that I could not put into words, wanted to put into action, but even that didn't feel right in my heart. I tried to stay quiet, paralyzed by heartache, I did not feel the need to protest as I once would have. I poked around social media and even engaged in conversation that went all wrong. I ended up (like most of us) deleting friends, and hoping to never see so and so ever again - and yo, that's not what God wants. . I'm thankful for my friend Karen who texted me these words yesterday "your prayer is very powerful Olivia. please pray from that wonderful heart of yours. I am sending love and gratitude to you dear young one made of sweets and light and human brilliance" MYGOODNESSKAREN - she is a light in my life❤ . I slid off social media - actually, my phone slid to 5% (God knew what he was doing). I prayed, and chilled for the rest of the night. . This morning, a woman who I have never met before but QUARRELED with yesterday on a fb post, reached out to me saying that I showed her a difference in sympathy and support. She said in a rebuttal "I'll pray for you" and I replied "Pray with* me" .. and by the grace of God - thats what we did this morning. . I had to live comfortably uncomfortable (our interaction yesterday left me feeling 😒) to not ignore her, but to do what my heart said was right- pray with* her. I encourage you to do the same, live 'comfortably uncomfortable' (a phrase I learned just this morning!) to do what you know is right, even if its not exactly what you want to do. (Thank you @iammiketodd & @transformationchurch) . Comfortably uncomfortable has to be the new normal. . ❤ (Thank you for taking the time to read this message from my heart) 🎨: Karen


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Shoutout to my past self for putting in work to get me where I am today. Note to future self: I’m working, I’m grinding, I got this, I got you 💯🔥 The beginning of my journey vs. today 🤗 — #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosssupport #vulnerablepost #NSV #hardworkpaysoff #consistency #confidence #newme #fatloss #fattofitjourney #lifestylechanges #losingit #shrinking #fitspo #fitness #beforeandcurrent #becomingabetterme #selflove #selfcare #rawandreal #poundsgoneforever #vegan #veganweightloss #veganlifestyle #plantbaseddiet #dairyfree #meatfree #bodypositivity #plantgirls


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The fear of rejection is common. It shapes the lives of many people. It causes people to hold back in relationships, jobs, and everyday life. People are preoccupied with how other perceive them-myself included. __ But imagine the love and abundance that we could have in life if we weren’t afraid to take the first step, to send that first message, to tell someone you love them. Be vulnerable. __ Vulnerability and authenticity reshaped my adult relationships. Expressing how I feel and being myself has improved the quality of my existing relationships and has allowed me to develop incredibly strong new ones. We all know at least one person who radiates positive energy and joy in our lives That person everyone is drawn to. Since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be that person. Now I am learning to spread joy whenever I go. __ Vulnerability is paving the way for the person I want to become. _ _ #vulnerabilityisstrength #vulnerability #vulnerable #vulnerablepost #authentic #authenticself #authenticity #selflove #selflovequotes #selfloveclub #selfloveisthebestlove #selflovefirst #spirituality #spiritual #spiritualgrowth #spiritualjourney #relationships #healthyrelationships


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𝐀𝐧𝐱𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ ⠀ Yesterday was a normal day but from the moment I woke up I felt it creeping in.. I tried so hard to just get on my stories... make a post... proceed with zoom meetings and team call plans. I tried to do normal everyday things but it was so hard to shake. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ I tried having a shower & getting ready only to make it out the shower & continue going through the motions. I just couldn’t bring myself to get ready. Nothing triggered these feelings .... I had no explanation & I think that’s the hardest part for me.. knowing deep down these feelings are just a battle you’re having within & no matter how stupid you know it is you can’t stop it sometimes... ⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⁣⠀ Eventually I broke down crying, hyperventilating, excessively rubbing my skin & pinching (nervous habits) ugh it’s so scary sharing these things. I honestly DON’T because I’m scared of judgement, of people thinking I’m crazy or I need to be medicated (not that there’s anything wrong with medication it’s just my personal choice to not) I DO have my own ways of coping but every once in awhile it completely takes over... this is my reality, this is a side not everyone knows or sees & I’m sharing because I know I’m not the only one. ⠀ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ I have a great life but not everyday is a great day. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ It’s hard for people who don’t experience anxiety to understand... ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ I’m not talking about first day on the job “anxiety” ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ I’m not talking about having to have a tough conversation with someone “anxiety” ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ I’m talking about REAL take over your day, creeps up on you for no apparent reason & flip turns your life upside down anxiety.... ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ Anxiety is a word so loosely thrown around. I’m not here saying my anxiety is more valid than another’s but when there’s no explanation people look at you sideways. In a time where you feel lost in your thoughts, trapped in a corner and gasping for air unless you have a reason you look... crazy. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ Yesterday was so hard & although it was hard for @__nomofomo to understand I was so thankful he stopped trying to understand & just helped me come back from it....⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣


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Three deep breaths Ten steps backwards Going backwards Now I'm switchin' lanes Tire marks On my heart It don't beat the same, no Rest your weary heart Dry your teary eyes I know you are scarred And torn apart inside, ah Darlin', so am I, okay 'Cause, baby, I was born tired Getting more tired As time passes me by...—@jheneaiko, Born Tired — My level of exhaustion from all the injustices against us is indescribable.🌻


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. . . Shut down and REBOOT . . . 🛑 New post:: definitely not a pause. 🛑 If you enjoyed my last post titled ‘NOT a pause’, you will probably like this one too. Please share and let me know what you think. Link in Bio🤍 #linkinbio #covid19 #quarantine #quebec #theunknown #newblogpost #thoughts #coronavirus #wheretogofromhere #home #liveinthemoment #notapause #shutdown #reboot #next90challenge #saintcharlessurrichelieu #stayhome #sarasadventures #travelgram #shelterathome #travelblogger #madeformore #vulnerablepost #canada #inthistogether #youarenotalone #spring #summer #mindfulness #flowers


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She’s you.. She’s your coworker..your sister in law. She’s your aunt..maybe she’s your mom.. . #mentalhealth Just because you can’t see the anxiety, the endless spiraling thoughts of body hate or the dreaded heart pumping fear of having to go out to eat a meal, DOESN’T mean she isn’t suffering. . #mentalhealthawarenessmonth •Binge eating disorder impacts approximately 2.8 million adults in the United States, according to a national survey cited by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). •33% of people with binge eating disorder are also diagnosed with major depressive disorder. •55-65% of people with binge eating disorder are also diagnosed with anxiety disorder. -NEDA . It’s a nightmare when you’re at war in your mind. •You think that you’re broken and addicted to sugar. •You think that you’ll never escape the dark isolating cycle of restricting and binging. •You’re afraid the box of brownies you’re inhaling is going to give you diabetes or you’ll gain 50 pounds but you can’t stop.. . I know the pain of bloat + extreme fullness , the shame of hiding food in your closet and the disgust you feel when you look in the mirror at your swollen belly because I felt it all, too. . You’re not alone in your struggles. I hear you, I feel your pain and I send you so much love and hope. . #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #bingeeatingdisorderrecovery #bingeeatingdisoder


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Vulnerable post** Starting a business together has been an interesting ride 😂 it’s hard to predict how you are going to work together as it is a completely different dynamic to our normal relationship. Daniel works well when it comes to the website designing and coding, where as I work better when it comes to writing and content creation. But there are most definitely moments when we both have our hands on the laptop fighting over who’s idea should go into what we are working on 😂 It has definitely pushed us to have a new level of patience with eachother. The best part about doing this together, which makes it all worth it is having someone to share the wins with, knowing we have worked hard together to make something happen. What has been quite hard thought is we both feel quite vulnerable moving away from our normal careers that we have worked our whole lives for (as Fashion Designer and Electrician) to do something completely different (Digital Business). It’s been hard explaining to family and friends what we are doing, with some backlash due to a lack of understanding/thinking we are not able to do it, and just general concern for us. At times we also feel like we are falling behind our friends with starting something completely new. Our ‘Why’ keeps us going though. We both have the common goal of wanting to look back at our life and see we have squeezed every bit out of it, filling it with interesting experiences so we are able to spark others curiosity and interest with our own experiences...not stuck working our whole life away. What we are working towards currently is time and geographical freedom- Our first taste of this was when we got our first sale amongst a panic rushing to pack up our life in time to make a flight home from London. We had checked our emails and seen the sale come through - we were SO stoked😄 and to know it had happened without us having to do anything made it all that much sweeter, it reassured us we are on the right path! We are looking forward to continuing to share this journey with you♥️


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✊🏾character.limit🚨 • • • • #moment #georgefloyd #blacklivesmatter #holdyourblueaccountable #processing #mentalhealth #ifyougotthisfar #thankyou #ineedlaughs #acknowledgefeelings #givelove #bethechange #vulnerablepost #poems • • • • Heavy is this heart of an old soul whose people come across countless injustices met by unfulfilled contracts promising better futures. Heavy is this soul that carries ancestral traumas where each tear is filled with rage and a mind that screams “why!” echoed through blood ridden soils that lay beneath power. Heavy is a mind that tries to think of the solution that crawls on its hands and knees through thick grey gas pleading for the outlet for its people Over and over again Heavy are the words that fell upon a younger me “hands on where they can see them, turn your cab lights on and put your paperwork on the dash, listen, answer, comply” making every encounter a whirlwind of boiling anxiety. Heavy are my hands onto my children’s shoulders not wanting to let them go on their own for the day, fearing they won’t come back. Heavy are these pleads of prayer to protect our people. Heavy is a need for this voice to yell Used as a channel for all the pain Enough to make the earth crack The waters tremble The solars flares to turn the world blind Heavy are the pleas of the voices: speak up, show love, feel the pain, hold your blue accountable. Don’t ever give up. • • • • If you got this far please make me laugh. I need it.


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I asked and the universe provided. @ginadevee


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I’ve been struggling with something lately and I’m finely at the place where I can share it. These pics are not flattering at all and are not easy to post but they are real and represent part of my struggle. Oct of last year I started having some crazy symptoms. My Dr referred me to the endocrinologist where I was then, after many tests, diagnosed with hyperthyroidism caused by Graves’ disease. Trying to get my Graves’ disease/thyroid levels under control has been a journey of MANY different symptoms, doctors visits (different medications and dosages) and a lot of learning. The thyroid is responsible for many functions of the body, most important being; heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. Out of all the symptoms the hardest for me to face was hair loss. Middle of March is when I started noticing it-the picture on the LEFT was the amount of hair I was initially losing after washing it 😳 and the one on the RIGHT is from today! As you can see I am losing a lot less hair and it’s starting to grow back! So exciting! I’m hopeful that at my upcoming dr appt my new dosage of medicine is working and that my levels will be in a more normal range 🤞 This has been quite the journey and although this is something I will have to deal with for the rest of my life, I am praying that I can go into remission soon to avoid more aggressive treatment options and to just get back to normal...whatever that means 🤪 #thyroidproblems #mysilentjourney #roadtoremission #lifelongjourney #gravesdisease #hyperthyroid #hyperthyroidism #methimazole #hairloss #thinhair #thinninghair #heartpalpitations #thyroidhealing #thyroidawareness #thyroidhairloss #handtremors #heatIntolerance #silentbattle #underlyingcondition #hypothyroid #hypothyroidism #thyroid #overactivethyroid #underactivethyroid #thyroiddisease #endocrinesystem #beforeandafter #vulnerablepost #autoimmunedisease


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Today is not about hair; today is about you. I have been challenged by @Steelfox123 to cover up my hair and just show my face… So people can see my expression without the distraction of my hair using the hashtag #Theunexpectedchallenge He also asked me to share something about myself so you can get to know me better. The following is a pretty candid share. I don’t like to be touched by anybody other than those who I am closest to, which is my husband, family, and a few friends. However, my friends tend also to not be too touchy too, which I find interesting. However, I am very affectionate with my husband and pets; somehow they broke through. Also, I do eye contact real well. I can hug people, but I have to resist the temptation to snap back and say “Okay that’s enough.” That said prolonged touch is nerve racking to to me. Strangers who touch me cross the line. If a stranger stands behind me, say I am at Target and I am trying to pick out a deodorant or something on a shelf and someone gets behind me to peruse the same selection, all I can think about is their f*cking existence. I want to move, but I also don’t want to be chased out of my space. I just freeze and hold my ground until they leave. Churches (UU) or the like are the worst because they require you to hug people you don’t even know. This seem unnatural and dishonest to me. Touch is something earned and, in order for it to be personally meaningful, is not forced. I love the Silver Sister community because we can express our vulnerabilities and intimacies while maintaining social distancing. Do I like Social Distancing? Yes. - Thank you 🙏🏼 Xavier for nominating me, this is a great and meaningful challenge Now, I nominate: @whitehotwhitehair @littlespottedfawn @rue_gone_gray @meredithregina1123 @the.steel.witch @la_bowden_ @lynndex Please use #theunexpectedchallenge and tag @steelfox1203 🙏🏼 - - #silversister #silversisterchallenge #facesofsilver #vulnerablepost #candidcaptions #eyestothesoul


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⁣⁣Have you been wanting to share your story with others but are too afraid to do so?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ If that’s the case, know that I deeply resonate with that fear, because I too carried it for a very long time.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Let me share some of the thoughts + feelings I had about it before:⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 1. Nobody cares.⁣⁣ 2. There is no point in doing that.⁣⁣ 3. People will think I just want attention.⁣⁣ 4. My story is not that interesting or inspiring.⁣⁣ 5. I am not comfortable displaying my vulnerability.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ After hiring a coach and facilitating this mind/soul transformation for my clients, this is what feels true and beautiful to me now:⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 1. I care about my own story, and that’s all that matters. If it can help or inspire even just one person, that’s amazing.⁣⁣ 2. Sharing my story will help others in a similar situation feel less alone. There is a point!⁣⁣ 3. People will think what they want. It’s a projection, not a truth about me. I know why I am doing this and I am at peace with that.⁣⁣ 4. Who am I to judge that my story is not interesting or inspiring? All life stories matter. Mine may be exactly what someone needs to hear right now.⁣⁣ 5. Displaying my vulnerability may be uncomfortable, but it is brave, and I choose to be brave. I choose to own my story. The more I surrender to the process, the easier this will get.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ By doing the inner work, I was able to experience such a drastic shift in my mindset, that speaking from my heart and sharing parts of my life story have become a second nature.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ No matter what you choose to do with your own story, know that the choice is 100% yours. You are loved and worthy no matter what you decide to do with it.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ My own personal experience shows me that by voicing parts of who I am and what I went through, I am healing my heart while building conscious relationships and connecting with people in ways that I never thought was possible.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ I feel free and safe at the very same time. It’s magical and life altering.⁣ ⁣ You, alone, have the power to create a revolution of love and empowerment.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Your story is important.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ If you’ve been wanting to share your story but don’t know where to start, DM me. Let’s talk.✨


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I want to share a little story with you about this faux-fur coat you see pictured. ⠀ A few years ago, I bought a similar furry coat in black and white and I wore it out to meet a friend for brunch. I was feeling confident and really in love with my style choices, because it felt like me. Isn't that a wonderful feeling, to really feel like yourself and express that through your style? But as soon as my friend saw me, she looked me up and down and said, "Well… that's an interesting coat." ⠀ My heart dropped to the ground. Here I was feeling confident in my own skin, and all it took was a comment from one friend to completely shatter this confidence. After that day, I couldn’t help but start to feel all of these doubts swimming around in my mind, creating darkness. And eventually, I couldn't even bring myself to continue wearing the coat, so I donated it. ⠀ ✨𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰'𝒗𝒆 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑨𝑵𝒀 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒅𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈. If it's a decision aligned with who you are, then you cannot allow any type of criticism to derail you from your path. Looking back, I still miss that black and white coat, and I feel disappointed in myself that I allowed one person's opinion to completely make me second-guess my choices. ⠀ But once I realized this, I unexpectedly stumbled upon this fantastic coat at a thrift shop. And I couldn't be more in love with it. Because it's an expression of who I am and, to me, there is nothing more beautiful than that. ⠀ 🕊️ So I hope you all find your own version of this "fuzzy coat," and never let anyone's judgements derail you from whatever helps you feel like YOU. Sending you so much love, my friends. ♥️ . . . #livelifeonpurpose #captureyourstory #yourstoryisimportant #findyourinnerpeace #wildspirits #befearlesslyauthentic #vulnerablepost #vulnerableisbeautiful #vulnerablemoment #livethelifeyouwanttolive #livinginthenow #findyourpeace #livelifenow #youcandohardthings #inspirationalthoughts #gowithin #youareimportant


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I’m willing to learn about racism, but…⠀ ⠀ are you willing to have a calm, self-controlled, respectful conversation with me? ⠀ I’ll be the first to admit, I have a lot to learn.⠀ ⠀ But in any situation, in person on online, I’m more open to learning if you won’t make assumptions about me, point fingers in my direction, or speak with rage and disrespect.⠀ ⠀ If I promise to listen to you with my full attention, withhold judgment from you, empathize with you, and show you respect, will you do the same for me?⠀ ⠀ Because until now, I’ve been quiet in person and online for fear of getting judged or worse.⠀ ⠀ However, in light of this growing problem in American culture, I need to learn from you. I hope you’ll be willing to learn from me too.⠀ As a hard-wired peacemaker (1w9) and one who has endured emotional abuse, I detest raging conflict. But I welcome civil conversation that does not attack on either side, yet speaks the truth in love... ⠀ This is the intro to a blog post I wrote this morning. I woke up at 1:30 a.m., unable to sleep with all of this on my mind. FYI the shame and vitriol that has hurt me most has come from fellow whites, not blacks. I always try to show compassion either way. ⠀ On my blog, I go first in sharing my stories. But I truly, honestly want to learn from you. Head over to my bio > Blog > I'm Willing to Learn About Racism, But... and digest this long read. ⠀ ⠀ I'd love to hear your thoughts, friend. Please be kind and respectful in the comments.⠀ ⠀ #semowriter #christianblogger #christianauthor #christianwriter #christianwoman #loveoneanother #loveothers #racism #racisminamerica #america #americans #american #christianwomen #womenoffaith #letstalk #honesty #vulnerablepost #vulverable #honestconversation #youmatter #speaklife #speaktruth #speaktruthinlove #speak #sistersinchrist #youmattertoo #bekind #kindnessmatters #kindness #loveandrespect


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So basically FOCUS on important things, not on your weaknesses and failures in the past. Now is the time to start a new life, better and start today!❤️ @bartmiasik - - - Credit to: @bartmiasik ❤️


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💪🏼 CHALLENGE ACCEPTED 👊🏼 ~Sweaty Selfie~✓ 👉🏻 Vulnerable Post👈🏻 💕A little progress each day adds up to BIG results💕 I exercised early today and almost forgot to post but better late then never😊 I have struggled with my weight since 2013 and have gained and lost since then. I have decided to be my own beautiful and notice my stretch marks for their beauty. I am happy to say that I am starting to take better care of my body, my mind, and my nutrition. I am looking for support from my friends and family on this mind, body, and health journey. If anyone would like to join me I would love to workout with you, make/create healthy meals with you, and even learn something new about our mind health. I love you all and hope to create a more confident, healthy, and beautiful ME! 💪🏼 RETO ACEPTADO 👊🏼 ~ Selfie Sudoroso ~ ✓ 👉🏻 Mensaje Vulnerablerable 👈🏻 💕 Un pequeño progreso cada día se suma a GRANDES resultados💕 Hoy hice ejercicio temprano y casi olvidé publicar pero mejor tarde que nunca. He luchado con mi peso desde 2013. He decidido ser mi propia belleza y notar mis estrías por su belleza. Me alegra decir que estoy empezando a cuidar mejor mi cuerpo, mi mente y mi nutrición. Estoy buscando apoyo de mis amigos y de mi familia en este viaje de mente, cuerpo y salud. Si a alguien le gustaría unirse a mí, me encantaría entrenar con usted, preparar / crear comidas saludables con usted e incluso aprender algo nuevo sobre nuestra salud mental. ¡Los amo a todos y espero que voy estar más seguro, saludable y hermosa! #Day1 #beachbody #coach #sweaty #cycling #hydrate #nutrition #stretchmarksarebeautiful #don'thate #positivevibes #mindhealth #vulnerablepost #nervous #bilingual #english #spanish #translatemydailylife


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I hesitated to post this because... I like to be super positive all the time (anyone who knows me closely is nodding their head right now). But this is really hard. I'm packing for a new home, a new life, a new chapter. My marriage is over and now it feels like I'm cleaning up the debris. I prefer to skip over the hard stuff and carry on with a smile on my face because joy is just so much easier. I'm grieving so much... Leaving a home that was custom built for me, by my husband, where I gave birth to two of my kids, where I've made so many memories...I'm downgrading, I'm surviving, I'm doing it on my own. But I'm trusting God and He has something new for me. I have no regrets, only a broken heart, but joy comes in the morning and I can feel it. Isaiah 43:18&19 'Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland..' #yogamom #yogalife #vulnerablepost #honesty #community #breathe #letsbereal #trustgod #somethingnew #newbeginnings #moving


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I look back & wish I could change the times that I didn't stand up for myself & allowed myself to be negatively affected by other people's lack of consideration. I think the hard thing about admitting that is I don't know if knowing that about myself is even going to change anything. I just need to find a way to stop whining & crying about my problems because I look like a child & it gives people permission to be bossy, lose confidence in me, & try to belittle me into doing what they think I should do. ___________________________ #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #createyourlife #changeyourmindset #betteryourself #lovewriting #words #writersociety #quotesgram #writersofinstagram #writersofig #instawriters #wendywistful #mentalhealthawareness #therapistsofinstagram #depressionawareness #selfconfident #speakmytruth #enligtenment #expressyourself #conscious #awareness #mindset #growth #vulnerable #vulnerablepost #vulnerablewomen #vulnerability


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I’m gonna be real + raw with y’all. I AM STRUGGLING!⁣ ⁣ It’s okay to not have it all together all the time. No one is perfect. With moving coming up so fast, it has put my mind in overdrive + I can’t concentrate on one thing for very long. I wake up every morning with a list of so many things that need to get done + have no idea where to start.⁣ ⁣ This has impacted every aspect of my life—my fitness, my business + my personal growth. But the one thing that I will not let it control is the choices I make. I will keep working out + following my nutrition plan. I won’t give in to the stress + I will keep pushing to get back to my normal routine. AND I will put that smile on my face no matter what’s going on around me.⁣ ⁣ During the stressful times, don’t get frustrated with yourself. Know that it is normal to have seasons of your life like this. Step back + assess why you are feeling this way. Take a deep breath + know that you will get through it. Let yourself feel all the emotions because it does no good to bottle them up. Give yourself grace + know that things will get better—you just have to keep pushing. ⁣ ⁣ Help me out! What is something you do to calm a mind in overdrive?⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #vulnerablepost #realandraw #thestruggleisreal #giveyourselfgrace #loveyourself


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“To the girl who hasn’t been herself lately... Your spark will return, and you will shine like you were meant to. It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you feel your whole world falling apart before your eyes.” - @thingsilearnedinlife . . . . 2020 has been a challenging year for each and everyone of us. This week has taken this “challenge” to a whole other level: From personal experiences to watching another innocent black life stolen by a “police officer” to just being plain old sick of covid-19. Even thought this year has been awful I’m praying that the second half redeems for the first. Welp.... we shall see 😊. . . . Jacket: @asos . Shirt: @crossroads_east . Pants: @choosy . Shoes: @aldo_shoes . Bag: @versace . Hat: @forever21 . 📸: @shot_by_her . . . . . . .


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𝙸 𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚍. . . some would say: over shared, our journey to getting Zion diagnosed with autism, up in my stories this morning. . He’s taught me, He’s healed me, He’s grown me. . Before he was diagnosed I convinced myself it was mild, if it was even anything, he was high functioning. He liked to snuggle and give hugs and eye contact, he must be high functioning. What I’m learning is there’s so much more to it than high or low functioning. There’s more to him. I’m learning how he thinks, how he learns, how he processes, how he responds, how he sees the world. I’m learning who he is and why he is the way he is. It’s so freeing. It’s not even about the label. It doesn’t matter where he’s at on the spectrum or what his needs are or if he just eats pretzel crisps (they have to be the crisps) for the rest of his life. It’s about acknowledging who he is to the core and how he’s wired. If I didn’t know that, I wouldn’t be able to connect with him. Knowing now what I know: I’ll continue to be his voice, to create a safe space for him to be uniquely and unapologetically himself. To step into his world and to love him where he’s at. . Because. . . even though this isn’t what I thought my life would look like, I never imagined being an advocate for two different diseases for two different kiddos, with two different significant needs. I know God’s loving-kindness because of these two precious gifts He’s given me. I plan on being a champion for them and giving them all the love I have; forever. #autism #autismawareness #autismmom #specialneedsmom #specialneedslife #godisfaithful #godisgood #thankful #blessed #instagramstories #momlife #raredisease #terminal #vulnerablepost #itsok #momloops


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You know that, right? I’m always here if you need me. But I no longer want to press anyone into my world. Into my thoughts, into my perception of life, into my friendship. You go with your own pace, our own knowledge, your own priorities. I can’t make you feel what feels relevant to me, what I think you should learn, what I think you should try. I’m not gonna force you into my vision, into what I’ve learnt and what works for me. I do think I have a nice pair of ears and pretty eloquent mouth that goes with them. So if you want to talk (about anything, literally) you know where to find me 😉 ___________________ #angiesinstadairy #believeinyourself#picoftheday#instagood#believe#happy#счастье#instalife#instahappy#мысли#мысливслух#thoughts#thinking#findyourself#soulsearching#inspiration#thehappynow#moodoftheday#ig_worldclub#positivevibes#havefaith#selfie#vulnerable#vulnerablepost#grateful


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Okay, I’m laying it all out there! Many of you know how passionate I am about my wine business, that turned from my side gig into my full time job! I am 3 days away from hitting a huge promotion but I need YOUR help! If you need wine for yourself, as presents, for Fathers Day, please order!! If you have wine loving friends, tag them to order! It would mean so much to me! When you order not only do you support my dreams but the small vineyards we source from! Help a pregnant mama out! 😀 #supportsmallbusiness #wineboss #goals #directsalesmommy #endofmonthpromotion #winesales #supportappreciated #supportyoursalespeople #dreamjob #vulnerablepost #friday #pregnantmama


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So far, the biggest challenge I have faced since becoming a mom is trying to love my body. I respect the hell out of my body for giving me Lyndon, but I am ashamed to say that I despise the way it now looks. There are some days where I look in the mirror and think 'yes girl, you've got this' but there are even more days where I find the most loose fitting article of clothes I own and hide from society. It is a struggle. You will notice that my posts have decreased dramatically for that reason. But I am determined to do better, because if I can't love myself, then why should anyone else?


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“I do my best to empathise and not assume the worst in others. I’ve had my share of stupid f*** ups. Everyone has their own private struggles. The more I listen to stories and respectfully ask questions (if they’re ok with it),slowly I start to understand the depth and layers, often things are situational blended with an individual’s particular psychological backstory from probably being unaware of themselves, only knowing one way to do things based on the environment they were brought up in,etc. I believe we’re all moulded differently yet still one in the same. Isn’t that curious? Not really. In each story that we hear from someone there is ALWAYS something relatable in there, ALWAYS. Also, I’m not saying things you hear from others are to always be justified as right or wrong or for us to jump to conclusions, what I’m saying is.....peel the onion my friends. 🧅 “ #sittininthenude #vulnerablepost #storytelling #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #writersofinstagram #sittininthenude #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalwellbeing #mentalstrength #vulnerabilityisthenewstrength #pandemic2020 #pandemic #selflovejourney #selflovematters #vulnerablestorytelling #illustration_ #selflovetips #endthesilence #endthestigma #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #selflove #loveyourself #strongertogether


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Simple does not mean easy. . I know how simple it is to let things go, how simple it is to turn my mood around if it’s low. Even knowing how simple it is, for me, that is NOT easy. . When I get in a funk, I usually stay there a while. I know I don’t want to be in a mOoD, but it’s not that easy to snap out of it. Simple, yes. Easy, no. . Most of us have at least one thing that we know is simple, but can’t seem to do easily. . I replay things over and over in my head🔁 I remember things people said YEARS ago like they said it yesterday. I know how simple it would be to never think about it again, but it’s not easy. I remember a boyfriend breaking up with me because “he didn’t see me as his wife,” and I’ve let that make me think I wouldn’t be a good wife for anyone. I remember a basketball coach screaming at 9th-grade-me in the middle of a packed varsity game, “BRANCH, WHY ARE YOU SO SLOW?!,” & I can still hear that voice if I’m on a run feeling really tired. I remember things way more hurtful than these that would be unfair to those people to share. And listen, I KNOW how easy it would be to stop replaying them in my head when I remember them for a random reason. But it’s not that easy. . We all have something that other people say is “sO EasY,” because it’s simple. But maybe for you, it’s not that easy. . I can track macros and get my workouts in like a boss. But, tell me to “just forget about” something hurtful someone said? Yeah ok... . Maybe something is not as easy for you as everyone else says. But the only👏🏻way👏🏻 you’ll NEVER get to that place you want to be, is to quit trying. . I definitely haven’t mastered ignoring negative thoughts. But I am getting better at recognizing when I’m replaying them and reminding myself who I know I am. . If I’m being honest, the best way I’ve found to ignore them, is fitness. I say all the time that lifting is my therapy. It’s the place I know to go best where nothing negative takes space in my head♥️ It’s the place that I forget negative thoughts the fastest & easiest. Fitness is where I feel my strength & my confidence. Fitness, for me, is about me feeling/thinking a certain way (not looking a certain way).


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this has definitely been a hard week for me. there has been a lot going on and i'm not even sure how to process everything. all i can do is take it day by day and pray i can get through. the first few weeks of quarantine were fine emotionally but these last few weeks have been hard. not being able to see friends or family or even being able to work have not been good on my health. i have been finding it hard to get up in the mornings and even getting ready for the day can be a struggle but i force myself to do it most days. i hope life can go back to being somewhat normal soon! 😊 • • • • • #vulnerablepost #vulnerability #selflove #love #mentalhealth #vulnerabilityisstrength #courage #authenticity #anxiety #healing #compassion #vulnerable #selfcare #emotions #mentalhealthawareness #mindfulness #selfacceptance #emotionalintelligence #feelings #depression #selfcompassion #strength #gratitude #tryingtofindthepositive #smilethroughitall (this is in no way a sympathy post or anything just the honest truth i have been feeling in my heart lately)


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Let me take you back to 2016 for a moment. It was a year of uprooting our lives, hiking the PCT, me having to quit, topped off by a horrific car accident. I was shaken to my core, trauma after trauma. I started to feel deep inconsistencies between my faith and my experience. I started writing “Wash” after meeting with a friend whom I hoped would “fix” the doubts I was having about my Christian faith. I arrived at her house desperate, nearly bursting at the seams with confusion, frustration and fear. I wanted her to tell me I was crazy, so full of sin that I had misinterpreted my own experience. Turns out she was in the same place that I was, questioning everything. That was my last-ditch effort to keep denying what I felt and knew deep down for the sake of what I had been taught to believe. I walked out of her house and felt like I was drowning in the air around me. I was scared to death. To those of you who are embracing doubt and curiosity, sifting through the muck, and overwhelmed by the changes you’re enduring, Wash is for you. You are not alone. Keep digging. It will all be okay...perhaps even beautiful. Thanks for reading this and listening to my little baby, it’s obviously very special to me. I love you all 💙 Thank you to @trh_audio for co-producing with me and mixing this track!


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I’ve been looking inward a lot lately. Maybe a little too much, but that’s exactly why I’m me. During quarantine I’ve really dove into learning more about myself and how/why I am wired the way that I am. I’ve really taken this time to focus on myself and grow through this pandemic, not let it go through me. In life, you are either growing or dying. It’s that simple. Right now, I’m like REALLY growing. I’m taking in knowledge and doing my best to break bad behaviors I have developed. It is not easy, but I have control over my reactions and that is where a lot of your character is formed. I’m not perfect. I know nobody is. But for whatever reason, I keep on trying and it’s the number one (oh the puns) thing holding me back in life. So things I’ve learned about the intimidating person that lives between my ears - 1. ✨ I’m an enneagram 1 - The Reformer… but let’s call it like it is, I’m a Perfectionist. I’m rational, self-controlled and purposeful. I see things for what they can be, not for what they are. 2. ✨ I believe I wing 2 over 9 meaning I am more a “helper” than a “peacemaker.” . 3. ✨ We all have fears, but mine are rooted in perfectionism. My tendency to strive for “better” is actually my way of procrastinating to not face the reality that maybe it’s not perfect, or never will be. As a former gymnast this has been really tough for me to accept. That maybe the sport I loved made me this way, or maybe I was destined to be this way all along? I don’t know, but Pope John Paul II, Tina Fey & Michelle Obama are all 1’s, so I’m pretty ok with this. Many people think I always see what is wrong and not what is right, when in reality, I’m looking at what can be made better to enhance the overall purpose. Now that I know more about myself, I can be more aware and hopefully learn through this process called life. Thanks for coming to my Ted talk 😂. I’ve been wanting to share this for a while, but mustering up the courage to be vulnerable ain’t easy. Do I have any other 1s in the house?!


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Main things about healing: •THERAPY! In a year's time, you’ll be so glad you did. It's hard to do research and set up appointments, and if you can’t start, ask a friend to help! Keeping it inside is even harder and doesn’t allow you to grow. Growing can be painful, but it's truly beautiful. Someday you’ll be doing a mundane task like washing dishes, you’ll suddenly realize you have a new way of looking at something. •My journey with therapy started in 2017. When Andre died, I was seeing a therapist, but after I related the experience to her, the look on her face told me she wasn’t equipped to handle that level of grief. I found a therapist who, over the next year, worked wonders with my brain and tried her hardest to make me realize that Andre was not my fault. By the time my insurance ran out last year, I was pretty close. I have her to thank for a lot of my realizations, self-compassion and curiosity. • Sometimes it's exhausting trying to heal all the time, but keep at it. It’ll feel like a superpower someday. • Listen to “Siren Calls”. When I was in the pits of grief I was obsessed with Riverdale and Tierra Whack and a podcast “By the Book”. I consumed them everyday, became a superfan. I’d revel in the “snack foodieness” of it all. They were welcome artistic expressions that would take me outside my pain, and reminded me how to make beautiful things. I would meditate on them. • Beware of toxic positivity. Gravitate towards people who allow your pain in all its messy glory, but still want to keep you safe and help you (gently!) build yourself into the new person YOU want to be. Grief changes you, be careful of “good vibes only”. We live in a capitalist culture, positivity sells. DON'T LET IT ROB YOU OF YOUR HEALING AND LESSONS. Grief has NO TIMELINE. Someone may tell you to “get over it”. They don’t understand, and it’s ok. Have compassion for them, they haven’t felt what you are feeling. • Also: You have a responsibility to check in on yourself and see if you have the power to be grateful or joyous. If you can't that day, try again the next day. Try not to yell at people. If you do, apologize and be kind to yourself. I love you all. Thank you💖


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This year I have been more active in my self discovery than ever before. I've been more self aware & have taken a lot more time to understand the part I play in the negativity around me. Although there hasn't been as much growth in those areas as maybe I would have liked, me becoming more self aware is a huge victory in & of itself. My hope is that with this new found self awareness, the future will bring a reprieve from the things that I've learned about myself & definitely don't like. I am a negative person who can never seem to be happy & that absolutely needs to change. It needs to change for a lot of different reasons. Obviously it's not great for building relationships or finding opportunities. The truth is that even when I get something I want, I still can't be happy. I realized this when I found a perfume sample that I liked so I bought the full bottle when I was at the airport. I knew that I wanted this perfume to be my signature scent while I was on my trip, but the first day I wore it I hated it & was so disappointed. There was literally no rhyme or reason, I had just built it up in my head & somehow it magically didn't smell the same. This happens to me a lot when I buy things for myself. I'm really excited & then I almost hate it when it arrives. There's a root in my heart that poisons the good things that come to me but I don't know what that root is. _______________________________ #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #createyourlife #changeyourmindset #betteryourself #lovewriting #words #writersociety #quotesgram #writersofinstagram #writersofig #instawriters #wendywistful #mentalhealthawareness #therapistsofinstagram #depressionawareness #selfconfident #speakmytruth #enligtenment #expressyourself #conscious #awareness #mindset #growth #vulnerable #vulnerableisbeautiful #vulnerablepost #vulnerablewomen #vulnerability #vulnerabilityisstrength


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This is me. No makeup, no filter, just me. ⠀ ⠀ Six weeks ago, I never would have posted a picture like this. I was too self conscious about my pore size, lack of eyebrows, chapped lips etc. to show my bare face to the world. I was insecure and lacking the confidence to chase after my dreams. ⠀ ⠀ I have grown so much in only a month and a half, and I owe it all to MONAT. This opportunity has taught me that beauty, true beauty, comes from the inside and radiates outwards. When you embrace your own inner beauty fully, those positive vibes penetrate into ALL aspects of your life, even uplifting those around you! ⠀ ⠀ I have never felt this confident, this beautiful, this capable, this UNSTOPPABLE, my entire life. I have found my GLOW and I want to help you find yours, too. ⠀ ⠀ You are beautiful. You are important. You are WORTHY. Embrace your own unique inner beauty and the world can be yours. 🤍⠀ • • • #beauty #naturalbeauty #empowerment #bodyempowerment #mypractice #mindbodysoul #mindfulness #intention #selflove #selfcare #selfdiscovery #confidence #confidenceiskey #glowup #growth #manifest #manifestation #motivation #vulnerablepost


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H𝕠𝕨 𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕨𝕖 𝕖𝕝𝕖𝕧𝕒𝕥𝕖 & 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕖𝕟𝕘𝕖 𝕖𝕒𝕔𝕙 𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣? ⠀⠀ This little phrase has been running through my head given everything that’s happened the last couple days. ⠀⠀ Remember being a kid in school seeing bullies be mean to other kids and feeling the tension of being afraid + also wanting to help? ⠀⠀ I feel this way right now as a big kid with big issues. ⠀⠀ I never want to be someone that sits on the sidelines. I want to cultivate change + elevate others. To make everyone feel like they have a home. Because we all do. ⠀⠀ Christ died for every single one of us. ⠀⠀ Black, white, male, female, gay, straight, lost, broken & searching. ⠀⠀ We are all made in His image. ⠀⠀ I’m not saying I have everything figured out, and I know there are things I won’t ever understand. ⠀⠀ But He made me + you + that stranger + that neighbor. ⠀⠀ He made our voices. ⠀⠀ He gave us strong spirits to speak up, to help others in need, to extend love, to be generous, to BE Christ. ⠀⠀ I’ve been so freakin’ humbled by how undeserving I am of God’s grace that I want to show everyone else that gift. ⠀⠀ But because of this grace, we also have a responsibility in the way we treat others. It’s not a choice, it’s a duty, it’s love + respect. ⠀⠀ So what are you going to do to create change? What are you going to do with the voice you’ve been given? - - - ⠀⠀ “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” -Isaiah 1:17


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YES. MERMAY DRAWING DONE!! OMG SO GLAD I just made it before May ended 😂😂😂 #mermay2020 I fell into a slump for a couple weeks. I am feeling tired and unmotivated, and this stems from being stressed about everything reopening. I am slowly starting to feel a bit better and am trying to get myself going again. ❤️ #finally finishing this made me feel a little lighter. 🧜‍♀️🧜‍♀️🧜‍♀️ Special thanks to my amazingly talented friend @givicarter for offering her amazing art critique and direction. Please check out her mermay drawing too it’s SO CUTE #myfriendsaresotalented #vulnerablepost #mermaid #mermay #mermaidart #mermaidartwork #mermaidhair #seashells #compactmirror #shellcompactmirror #mermaidhairdontcare #artistblock #artistblocksucks #artistblockgone #limitedcolorpalette #pinkandgreen #adobeillustrator #vectorart #vectorillustration #vectorartwork #quarentinelife #quarentineart #doodleasana #unmotivated #dontknowwhattodo #ughcovid #ughcovid19


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I really wasn’t sure what to post today, but then I decided to just be honest. Today has been a tough day. All of the pressures of the current situation came to a head and this morning I felt like my world was crumbling around me and I broke 😖 It’s in times like this where you really have to dig deep. You really have to find that inner strength, that glimmer of hope and that belief that there is light at the end of EVERY tunnel ☀️Even when we are drowning remember that everything happens for a reason and that you are strong and can handle everything that comes your way ✌🏼 I believe everything will be okay, actually do you know what, they will be great ⭐️ . . . . . . . #lightattheendofthetunnel #staypositive #workhard #lockdown #motivation #honesty #vulnerablepost


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I really struggle with photographing my work. I don't feel at all confident with any kind of photography, but especially when it comes to art. Symmetry is part of the problem, but also just knowing where/when/how to style a shot of artwork isn't easy. If you have any ideas please do let me know?! I would love to give a few pieces out to see how others would photograph my work in their style, any takers? 😂 I watched a class on skillshare with @seandalt about photographing artwork and I definitely learnt a few tricks, but there is always more to learn and I would love to know what you guys think 🤔😊 . . . . . #photographingart #photographyhelp #asimplestyle #verilymoments #visualsoflife #mymagicmoment #flashesofdelights #artandnature #wallartwork #photographyhelp #chattycaptioncommunity #inspiremyinterior #calmversations #slowandsimpledays #theartofslow #mystoryoflight #cornersofmylife #beautyundermynose #vulnerablepost #natureistherapy #instadesigns #designtips #thewildnesstonic


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I feel like every day I take a new favorite photo of her 💖 We’ve been going through some routine changes over here lately. Reese wants to explore her independence more than ever and there are definitely times where she listens and helps out so well, but there are also plenty of times where we face the tantrums and defiance. I haven’t shared this yet but unfortunately something else that we are struggling with is that Reese is 26 months old and she doesn’t have more than a handful of words still. We have an appointment with early intervention set up for next month and I’ve been feeling very anxious about it. It’s hard when she doesn’t have the words to tell us how she feels or what she needs other than by pointing and whining and crying. It takes longer for us to figure it out which means more tantrums overall. I’m also feeling the mom guilt over here. What if it’s something that we as parents either did or didn’t do that’s causing her delay? I can’t help but wonder that more often than I care to admit. I’m a first time mom and I had zero experience with kids before Reese was born, so I’m definitely having a hard time knowing what’s normal and what could be signs of something else. It’s so easy to read the lists of signs for different things online and feel paranoid. I’m hopeful that once we meet with EI we will have a better idea of how to help her and what to do next. Have you worked with a toddler who has or had a speech delay? What tips and tricks worked best for you? . . . . #parenting #mamaplusamini #vulnerablepost #speechdelay #toddlers #parentingtips #photooftheday #instapic #bigsmile #laughter #play #playoutside #parentingadvice #family #momsofinstagram #toddlersofinstagram #girlmom #instagood #picoftheday #raisingdaughters #speechtherapy #earlyintervention #momhelp


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I won’t pretend to know your story. ⠀⠀ I won’t tell you what feeling vulnerable means or is like for you. ⠀⠀ It is private, personal and individual. ⠀⠀ What I do know and what I can tell you is that neglecting your mental health muscle, therefore leaving it vulnerable and at risk of injury, leads to a stiffening up of emotions and a need to control those sad and painful feelings that challenge us all. ⠀⠀ When you stretch and bend your vulnerability muscles, you feel the feelings and build emotional tolerance and resilience. You can practice this through all of your weekly mental health workouts, in therapy, during social events, during exercise and through practicing good internal and external self care. ⠀⠀ Maintaining positive change involves becoming vulnerable, feeling the resistance, the pull, and the tension before you loosen up and find an easy way to understand your mind. ⠀⠀ Being ok with vulnerability Opens up a world of possibility and choice. Vulnerability is your psychological flexibility, bend so you don’t break. ⠀⠀ Check out the weekly workouts at wwww.yourmentalhealthworkout.com ⠀⠀ ✨ ✨ ✨ ⠀⠀ 📸: @alhsnaps 💄: @camillajcollins ⠀⠀ #vulnerabilityisstrength #gettinginshape #bekindtoyourmind #therapythursday #takecontrolofyourlife #vulnerability #instagoals #vulnerablepost #mentalworkout #control #muscleup #gainsfordays #yogisofinsta #instagoals #therapysession #therapyblog #mentalhealthquotes #wholeheartedliving #mindandbody #mindandbodybalance #mindfulliving #zoeaston #smartandsassy #nutritioncoach #vulnerabilities #therapyiscool #healthylifestyle #comewithme


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Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us. 🌸 (Most vulnerable post ever if you care to swipe 👉(and EDIT. It was 2009). Peace ✌️ and love ❤️


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I’ve gotten VERY real & personal on my FB Mystikal Rootz Page in a 10 min video on my health journey. I’m coming clean with some truths on how my diet, others words, & trips to the grocery store have affected me. Essential Oils save the day and regardless of if you purchase anything from me, this is me being vulnerable after only 1 cup of coffee... So just give me 10 mins & go check it out♥️ #realtalk #digestivehealth #essentialoilsaremymedicine #doterraessentialoils #thisismystory❤️ #vulnerablepost #casper #mystikaloils #mystikalrootz


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Vulnerable post guys! This post is very different than most posts on this page. It’s usually pretty makeup and glowing skin, but today I’d like to address the importance of CLEAN skin. Due to poor diet choices, wearing a mask often and my recent cosplay makeup applications..my skin took a hard hit and began developing acne and clogged pores. I LOVE @alumiermdcanada products. My skin doesn’t react well to most product unfortunately, but Alumier MD is a very clean skin care line (based in Canada) that has always been a saviour for my specific skin type: oily, sensitive and dehydrated. I purchased this product at @elegancemed and in exactly 3 weeks my skin had transformed (see before and after) from simply using a cleanser day and night and changing diet. I highly recommend the Purifying Gel Cleanser if you’re suffering from oily skin, clogged pores and break outs while still trying to maintain moisture balance. I plan on continuing my current skincare routine from here on out to ensure a bright and clear face 😊. ⁣Make sure to contact @elegancemed for pick up if you’re interested in this product or skin care line. ⁣ #cleanskin #alumier #dermatology #dermatologist #medicalaesthetics #acne #brightandclear #vulnerablepost #acnetreatment #cleanser #facialskincare #skincare #medicalskincare #parabenfree #vegan #pure #allergyfriendly #clean #makeupartist


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want to know the hardest part about owning a small business with a social media presence?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ it’s showing up when your candle feels burnt out. when there’s constant negativity around you about covid. when you’re going through your own personal stuff that has nothing to do with work.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ this week I’ve struggled with finding words, creativity, love to share. but what I did say to some women last week when my candle was semi-bonfire status...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ not every season is going to be rainbows & butterflies. there’s going to be stormy seasons, hard times. we must remember this won’t last forever. we must keep going forward. 🌊🌈⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ remember who is in control. when the disciples were FREAKING OUT in the storm, Jesus was taking a nap. He is not worried, neither should we be.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ so if you’re a bride having a hard time through this season of uncertainty, I’m with you. I get it. I understand. I’m having a hard time too. I wish I could awkwardly hug you all, which is BIG WORDS coming from the girl who feels uncomfortable hugging. 🖤⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ lets just keep moving, one step at a time. a happier season WILL come, storms will pass, they always does & always will. it’s the ebb & flow of life.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ———⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ the vendors who rocked this shoot👇🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ photo: @budjohnsonphoto⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ venue: @victorynorthsavannah⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ dress: @madewithlovebridal⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ hat: @lackofcoloraus⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ rentals: @saveventrentals⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ cake: @sugarwhiskco⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #iandbflorals #mwlsadie #mwlbride #vulnerablepost #circlearch #greenerywedding #greenwedding #madewithlovebride #florist #victorynorthwedding #victorynorthsavannah #girlboss #entrepreneur #womeninbusiness


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🖤I posted this to my stories yesterday, but today it seems even more relevant. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I always say that as a Black woman with a reputation for being tough, I want to be with someone who allows me to be vulnerable and doesn’t see me as a hard woman who can’t be hurt because I get that often. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I believe it’s equally as important to reciprocate what I require. To be a place of comfort and peace to a Black Man. To be a soft place on earth where he can just be himself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #singlewomanjoanchronicles #lovelanguage #blackmenmatter #blacklivesmatter #intimacy #lovelanguages #iloveblackmen #intimacyissues #loveblackmen #softestplaceonearth #blacklovedoc #blacklove #blacklovequotes #blacklovematters #singlewomanchronicles #wednesdaythoughts #wednesdaywisdom #relationshipquotes #relationshipmemes #vulnerablepost #vulnerable


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Follow @millionaire.mentors_ Most people think that success is all about nice holidays, nice cars, nice clothes, and mansions. But those things are the byproduct of all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making that person successful. That is the part you never see. So before you start your success journey, ask yourself this question. Am I willing to endure loneliness, very few holidays, very little free time, very few real friends, and being in a state of constant overwhelm? If the answer is no, then stick with a 9-5. While you won't achieve financial confidence with a job. There's nothing wrong with a job, as long as it makes you happy. Tag someone who should see this.


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Long post ahead. 👇 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's been a while since I've had my face up here tbh. I suppose the #quarantine does things to us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As I write this, I have a ton of things I want to express. I just don't know where to start. It's like how I've been having so much moodswings this ECQ. It's crazy! One moment, I'm chill, the next I'm super passionate and on fire, and the next I just want to eat my feelings. Can you relate? 🤣 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One day, I was looking through all the SDEs I have in my laptop. I watched them all and I realized, "Ay maganda pala gawa namin noh? MAY LABAN PALA?" 😯 Don't get me wrong, I've always believed that. But as an artist who is so OC and a perfectionist (my staff can attest to this), I don't get to say that to myself often or even show it to the world. You know what they say, "You are your own worst critic." But yet, in that moment, all I was - was grateful. Grateful for all the weddings, all the memories we've captured and handcrafted. The couples, the friends, who trusted us our work! The things we've done, the places we went to. Grateful for all the hustle and all the help, the teamwork, and how everything was built - the process of it all! Grateful for the 7 years! Dang! 💪 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We've been beefin' up our social media because I want to show you guys our best work. They deserve to be seen. 🌟 Too much effort has been put into these by amazing people! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At the same, heads up: you'll be seeing more of us - who Hello & Co. is - in here. It seems fair that you should also get to know us as we get to know you. Di naman daw pwede kayo lang ang "raw and honest!" 😅 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now that I look back on everything, our biggest driver for inspiration and creativity has always been #GRATITUDE. Gratitude in beauty. Gratitude in kind words and hard lessons. Gratitude in Jesus. I invite you to dig deep on what you're thankful for today and it just might spark something amazing! 😉😌🌟 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Until then... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ xx Phoebe


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“I look chubby in this.”⁣⁣ “Ugh, I’m so ugly.”⁣⁣ “I’m so unworthy!”⁣ Those are the real thoughts that would be happening behind my smile I always wore⁣. ⁣ ⁣⁣ The scale and doctors showed I wasn’t overweight but I would see something very different in the mirror. I’d squeeze the fat on my stomach while running on the elliptical to motivate myself to go faster, to go longer. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Every time I looked in a mirror I’d criticize my nose, my ears, my chin, anything that anybody had ever made fun of me for. I couldn’t see my body or myself in a positive way.⁣⁣ I remember crying to my dad one time in the kitchen - it was rock bottom - there was no self love in that girl. ⁣⁣ I’m tearing up writing this. Because I wish I could have told that girl you don’t have to keep feeling that way! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ If you’re someone sitting there thinking “wow, that’s exactly how I feel right now” let me tell you sweetheart, it can get better!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ These programs are so much more than losing weight or getting toned, although a perk. Im not lying when I say they CHANGED MY LIFE! ⁣ ⁣ Fueling my body with healthy foods and working out 30 minutes a day made an impact but even more so by fueling my mind with self love and development books, surrounding myself with positive people who lift me up changes me in a way I didn’t think possible. I thought I would forever be stuck in those thoughts.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I am still a work in progress and not everyday is perfect but I can tell you right now, I can look in that mirror and see beauty in my imperfections more days than not. I no longer have those negative thoughts at the forefront of my mind. ⁣ ⁣⁣ That’s why I put myself out there on social media, because if this can impact you a percent of what it’s done for me, it’s worth it!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ My life changed that day I said “sure, I’ll give this program a shot!” I didnt know it was going to but sure glad i did!⁣ ⁣⁣ You don’t have to keep living in those negative thoughts. I’m telling you - it can be SO much better - and I’m no unicorn - you can have this change too - you just have to decide its time and I’m here when you do💕


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I'm honestly terrified of what you think of me, afraid you think I'm ugly, or that I look too boring . You might think I'm overweight, or be disgusted by stomach, with my stretch marks and now loose skin . Are you going to tell me that I'm too loud, opinionated, or even mean? What if you don't like me? What if you think I'm not very smart or that I should just be quiet? . I'm afraid you'll judge me, think that I'm not worthy, or even hate me. I'm honestly terrified of what you think of me . But I'm more terrified that I'll never know what it feels like to love myself truly, so I have to let go of what you may think of me. I have to let go of how you may see me . I have to just be me...🖤 . #thisismyjourney #selflovejourney #selfcare #recovery #selfreflection #movingforward #loveyourself #stretchmarks #weightloss #selfesteemissues #buildingconfidence #vulnerablepost #vulnerability #judgement #areyouhappy #areyouready #lovingme #unconditionally


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May is hard. May is the month my first best friend came to this earth. Three days later, a different May, is when he left it. May is lupus awareness month. This is my first year calling it by its name. May has its painful memories, But it has its joys too. There is still so much beauty in this world. Loss and illness cannot rule us, Because all of the bad will come to pass. Goodness always will defeat the darkness. May is full of hope. #cozyart #artistjourney #courageouscreative #artforthesoul #womenwhopaint #vulnerablepost #cozysafespaces #sammstaffordart #cozyhomedecor #gouache #natureinspired #natureonthepage #thestudiosource #hyggelife #folkandstory #silverlinings #kidlitartist #wildernessart #dontlosehope #upliftingart #whatwomencreate #inherstudio #keepthefaith #thefeelingofhome #vintagevibes #naturestudy #waketomake #memphis #artwithmeaning #lupusawareness


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I have never had a problem giving love to my animals. They will never judge me for showing my love to them and being able to love something so freely without the fear of being hurt is amazing. #love #catmom #pettherapy #help #meltsmyheart #vulnerablepost #kitty #cuddles #kittykisses


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To the teen mom... To the high school dropout who found the will to return regardless of being judged... To the wife who struggles to submit because she wasn’t raised by a father... To the strong momma whose nurturing doesn’t look like everyone else’s... Keep going. Keep evolving. Keep growing. I am she. She is me, but I never want my highlight reel to fool you, we all have a story. My favorite part of my story will always be overcoming every obstacle in front of me. 📸: @ladonjones #WCW #growthgametoostrong #christianmoment #proverbs31woman #wifes #vulnerablepost #wellnesswednesday #healingishealthy


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