So my Monday morning started with me slipping and busting my butt walking towards my car. Thank you rain for making the floor slippery. I now have a very shattered phone and will definitely have a bruise. BUT I will stand tall and not let that define my day. Today will be a great day and I will make the best of it. I hope you keep your head up high and decide today will be a great day for you too.
Being a parent means learning a long the way, potentially messing up (a lot), but mainly just living for breathtaking moments like this one 🥰 my Juju Bear says that today is the best day of his life, he saw snow for the first time! That makes it my best day too! We had promised him he would see snow this year, unfortunately we didn’t deliver earlier in the year because of #floridianproblems lol Thank you @visitwyoming for making us pretty successful at parenting today! .
Ser padres significa muchas cosas. Aprender, corregir, enseñar pero sobre todo ayudar a crear lindas sonrisas y recuerdos inolvidables!
1,2511117 June, 2019
Hello book loving wonder nuggets!
One thing I love about the #bookstagram community is how open, positive and welcoming it is. This is a space where I get to be myself and chat to others about the books I love. I feel safe here with you all and I'm very thankful for that. If I hate a book I can say so, and maybe someone else loves it and tells me why, getting me to see something I never could before. And that's the joy!
What a terrible world this would be if we all only liked the same things. If we all expressed the same opinions. Ate the same food. Wore the same clothes. Lived the same lives. Diversity is a gift. Our differences bring us together in conversation and healthy debate. They make us think, and realise, and grow as people and as communities.
But not everyone is safe. Not everyone can express themselves openly and be sure of a positive and supportive reception. We've come a long way in recent years, but we still have a great distance still to go to ensure every member of the LGBTQIA+ community is safe and accepted.
This protection candle is part of an intention spell set from @cailleachcandles and is one of my favourites. It feels especially important right now as we celebrate #pridemonth
We re-did the kids room! There’s two things we protected while doing this project: bedtime is sacred in our family. It’s an intimate time for prayer, stories and speaking life into their hearts before they sleep. The other priority is space for play! The previous beds we made for them were wonderful for the season we were in, but now we need more simplicity. Robbie and I made these beds with those things in mind. I wanted to give the kids their own individual space even tho they are sharing rooms, they each picked their favorite color (with slight direction from mom. Read: mom gave muted options to pick from 😬) the space in front of the beds is open and ready for play- but more importantly is a stage for mom and dad during story time. The space between them is the perfect amount for us to sit next to their beds and pray over them. We wanted bunk beds- but we like the idea of sitting on their beds with them as we hug and kiss them. It’s just little things like these that help the design process be more intentional and fulfilling for us. How about you? Would you cater an entire room for a few priorities?
1,15518712 June, 2019
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"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again".
📷 #1 : whenever I visit our history sites and read/hear and remember the suffering our people went through, it wrenches a nerve within me. In the past, that nerve would trigger a destructive anger that would sprout a surge of hatred, especially when I would remember how my uncle died unjustly...
___ #ButGod , you see this declaration is not just a nice catch-phrase, it's a powerful alteration of sequence.
Today, that anger (coz it still angers me) is of a more constructive nature.
> It inspires in me a desire to fight for those who find themselves suppressed by circumstances beyond their control.
> It fires up in me the zeal to stand for those locked up in chains unseen, yet too painful to ignore...
> It motivates me to become a voice for those whose scars have silenced them and to expose a way out that I was privileged enough to walk...
📷 #2 : My 📚 book 👆👆👆 is the journey summed up in these powerful words spoken by Maya Angelou... In order to be completely free from the pain of the old wound, we need to intentionally deal with the wound, face the fear courageously in order to break the cycle - so that our children don't fight the same fights we're fighting... #break#the#cycle#heal#pain#intentional#motivation#mondays#ifellinlovewithmyabuser_butgod#books#ourstory#june16#weremember#youthmonth
“Let’s travel the world and see the seven seas....cause you and me we make a perfect team” 💕💕 #Traveling#Babies .
Born in #Hawaii , traveled to New York and about to move to Utah.
Their parents...my first two friends here on this island. And I was their first friend “as a couple.” #meaningful#tome
As their #witness 💕
They #built their #relationship with a #great#deal of #intention .
At layers and levels. 🙏🏼
1. ... #god and #ourselves . #first Support and encourage each other in that.
2. So we can love each other and have it be #solid Also #first
3. We must carefully select “our” friends as a couple-people who will #honor and #respect layer 1 and layer 2.
4. Layer 1, 2 and 3 created so much fullness all they want to do is help others, love others, be good people and lovingly touch and support everyone who is lucky enough to know them.
Intentional #LOVE . Never allowing third party influences to #disrupt their #intentional#layers . Each #shift including the #rough waters of what it means it truly means to have twins, the #changes on what it means to become a #family and all that brings to the surface...they just keep referring back to layers 1, 2 and 3.
Strong family. Built on layer upon intentional layers of love.
And now they are going to explore unknown territory. Little Dora Explorers. #sunshine#happiness#love#bettertogether 🤙🏼 #Iloveyou
I have a very disengaged relationship with money. I don’t care very much about it 😌☺️.
Don’t get it twisted, I’m not saying that money’s not important, if I was, I would be jiving you and you know Superheroes don’t do that right? 😂. So money is IMPORTANT please. But there’s a currency that I do not joke with in this life, that currency is Human Capital.
Thus far in my life’s journey, over and over again, the PEOPLE in my circle have delivered more value to me than money can ever do. So if it came down to choosing these PEOPLE over money, I’ll choose them over and over again.
When I joined the organization where I currently work, I vetted the people there and a few of them stood tall amongst others. ONE stood taller than the rest, and I knew I needed this one in my circle. Today, she’s not just my boss, she’s one of the strongest winds beneath my wings pushing me to SOAR!
You see, I may not know what your dream life looks like, but I know for a fact that it’ll take PEOPLE to get you there. And guess what? It’ll also take people to stop you from getting there.
So here’s my high performance question of the day for you: Who is in your circle? Who do you need to take out? Who do you need to add? Think about it.
With Love ❤️,
1031 hour ago
When you find yourself in need of construction, you may need to reconstruct
Today/lately makes for serious construction or recalibrating. I feel led
I feel this journey of doubt, struggle, pain, heartache has deep purpose, some of this I've realized, some, yet to come
So much love to you, Universe/God, all living things. 🌎 #purpose #intentional #connectiontotheearth
🥶 #connection #love #driven #keepfighting
502 hours ago
Excuse the disgusting mirror. I'll clean it one day I'm sure.
Ever feel overwhelmed? I feel so overwhelmed this week. Overwhelmed by all the things I want to achieve and by how little time there is to achieve them. I want to learn how to bake bread, I want to be an excellent runner, I want to be able to make a dress from scratch and have an allotment full of vegetables. I want a fancy skincare routine and a yoga club membership.
But right now the focus can't be on those things. The focus needs to be on paying this stinking debt down, on getting my degree, on sleeping enough and getting my steps in and drinking enough water and eating my vegetables. On doing enough rather than doing it all.
I wonder whether my desire for this perfect life comes from the idea that we need to keep up. That that's where my worth comes from? Well I'm too tired and too busy for that shit. So I'll be over here with my messy mirror doing enough rather than doing it all. Join me?
Just another little nudge for these 😊 direct link in bio of @brighton_food_diary page 😊
Moving to Brighton had such a profound effect on us and a huge part of that is because of the wonderful sea 🌊 .
The sale of these T-shirts are helping to fund the incredible work @pier2pierbtn are doing to keep plastics out of our little bit of the ocean right here in Brighton 🙌
Not only that, but they are made by the top top dudes at @goose_studios who are on a mission to help us understand the perils of fast fashion. .
This whole rationalisation / minimising journey we are on has made us think so hard about what we buy, where we buy it from and the quality of what we’re buying, and being @peta approved, organically produced cotton, these ✅ ✅ all of those boxes 👌
Summer’s coming (I promise) so grab one and and spend a few days feeling smug about what a caring (yet stylish) dude you are 😎
1522 hours ago
#TuesdayTip : If your team is not sold on your big idea, they won't sell it to others.
There are moments in time that are worth the wait! Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge was a dream on my bucket list....the journey there and the final destination wasn’t even imagined or hoped for.
Isn’t that just like God to do that. He puts the desire in our heart and then in His perfect timing, He just blows our socks off🙌🏻 That my friends is called favor!
We loved every second of that bike ride. It started a few blocks from #ghiradellisquare and we road across the #goldengatebridge and all the way to #Sausalito . The scenic views were breathtaking. The peace and joy that flooded my soul was overwhelming. The presence of the Lord was so near! And my new found love for Sausalito runs deep.
This day was surreal yet felt perfect in every way. God loves to bless his children!
Have you biked over the Golden Gate Bridge?
We are back from a nice long weekend in Buena Vista, CO. Our kiddos are in Michigan for 2 weeks visiting grandparents which is so amazing I can still hardly believe it. .
This past month we:
- Celebrated our oldest son’s sixth birthday
- My mom visited from Michigan for one week
- My husband attended a rock climbing guide course
- Our 3 y/o fell and needed 4 sutures in his head
- The school year ended for our kids
- We moved into a new house (which was way more emotional then anticipated)
- My husband’s parents visited from Michigan for 1 wk and then flew back to Michigan with our kids
- I attended a one on one training in Denver
- Our friends Sarah and Ryan visited from Michigan for four days
- and Erica, my sister-in-law who lives with us, returned back from being in Europe for 2 1/2 months
- Oh and we also worked our jobs during all of this too. .
Its been good and it’s truly all things we wanted, but its been a lot. Its been a lot all within one month. Hence we needed a getaway in the mountains to unwind.
We prefer our life to be slow and recently its been a blur. We did a lot of hiking and processed everything that has happened over the past month and also discussed the importance of slowing down. We looked over our calendar for the summer and decided to limit the craziness, the busyness, and the overwhelm. .
We prioritized what we want to do and who we want see. We discussed the importance of saying no in order to respect what we want and desire for our life. And lastly, we reviewed how much we value having time and space available to allow for the opportunity to help others. .
We took a deep breath this weekend. We needed it. We reevaluated things. We reset. .
How does your summer look and feel to you? How do you manage summer fun as well as summer downtime? Do you over commit? If so, how does this make you feel? How do you decide what to say yes to and what to say no to? #mountaingetaway#colorado#beunavistacolorado#twoweekswithoutkids#intentional#intentionalfamilylife#ourintentionalfamilylife#slowingdown#reevaluating#lessismore#deepbreath
Just got our huge restock with tons of tropical goodies like Monstera sp. peru, Dieffenbachia “reflector”, and our favorite Alocasia “Regal Shield”! So so many more unusual species too! Be sure to stop by this Thursday - Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 12-6!
931115 hours ago
+ A special Sip. Shop. Give.
will be this Thursday, June 20 +
With the permission of Officer Jill’s family, Charm Boutique will be donating 10% of its proceeds to the choice charity in honor of Jill McCandless, a Gothenburg Police Officer, whose life was cut too soon, but whose life touched so many! • Sip • Shop • Give •
... our intentional program that Charm Boutique hosts every 3rd Thursday throughout the summer months where we sip and shop from 10-5:30 and then, give... Please come and celebrate Jill’s life this Thursday at Charm Boutique East & West!
I decided last week that I’d try my hand at eBay selling.
Purely because I’ve got some more expensive items that just aren’t shifting on the Marketplace.
And I don’t want to sell the item cheaper just to sell it!
I only listed the jacket a few days ago. So it’s probably set the bar too high for future sales 😂
But it’s a step in the right direction!
I’ll have some extra cash.
The jacket is going to a home where it will (hopefully) get some wear instead of just hanging in the cupboard.
And I’ve created some extra space!
1756 hours ago
We spend a lot time telling ourselves all the things we don’t 🚫🚫 like about ourselves.
No thigh gap
🔽🔽🔽 Here is the ask!!!!:
Find 3 things about you, you NEED to alter your perspective and give that the most love and grace for the next 7-days in the mirror and through out the day. Set an alarm if you have to but love on that “thing” AND love it fiercely!!! ✅You’ve been challenged👋🏽👋🏽 #queenmission
"In summer, we cultivate, prune and tend. We get our hands dirty in the soil, work hard in the heat, and find joy in the simple pleasures of this abundant season. Summer is a time of gathering together to cultivate fruitful relationships." ~ Cultivate What Matters
Did you know that this Friday, June 21st, is the first day of Summer?
I love summer, and I love the opportunities the summer season brings for us to "show up" in new ways. With longer days, more sunshine, and possibly a bit more "white space" in our schedule, summer is a perfect time to show up to grow in mind, body and spirit, and build sweet community at the same time.
This Friday, June 21st at Rhythms of Grace Studio, we will begin a summer-long challenge of *SHOWING UP, BEING SHAPED, AND SHARING THE JOURNEY!*
I will have more details about this challenge for you at the Studio, so be sure to *SHOW UP* this week for classes!! 🙋♀️🙋♂️
Tuesday: Barre @8:30A
Wednesday: Holy Yoga @9:00A
Thursday: Rev+Flow @8:30A
Friday: Barre @8:00A, Pilates @9:00A
Whether you want to face it or not, we’re all “on the clock” - we have a limited amount of time here. It’s the only resource we have that we are truly confined by. So are you intentionally considering how you’re spending your time? When is the last time you’ve considered how you’re spending your time or who you’re spending it with? Being mindful of your time will help you live more of the life you want and prevent you from having regrets. More intentional living, less floating, more happiness & fulfillment 👍🙌 #liveintentionally#noregrets#dontwasteyourtime
THIS 🙌🏻 Everything you choose to do and anything or anyone you choose to spend time on or with - choose wisely. You are what you surround yourself with 💖🙏🏻🧠🥒💪🏻
3477 hours ago
How’s that inner monologue been treating you lately? Personally, it’s so easy to be tougher on myself than I’d be with anyone else.
As a coach, I spend a lot of time working with people to adjust their mindsets around fitness, food, and health in general - as well as what it looks like and feels like to be successful with goals in these areas.
But when I think about how hard I can be on myself sometimes? I think that’s a trap many of us can fall prey to. It’s kind of like the “fill your cup” analogy, but more specifically self-compassion. I have so much to give others and rarely think to say those things to myself.
So my self-care today is saying nice words to myself.
“You got a lot done today.”
“You skipped that treat at the grocery store - way to stay on your meal plan.”
“Your butt looks good in those shorts.”
What’s something nice you can tell yourself today?
If I show you who I really am, will you still love me? Or leave me?
We are all so fucking scared to show people our real selves. We spend all day on apps curated to make us look like we are living blissed out, beautiful lives without pain, suffering, confusion or struggle.
We don’t want anyone to know about our weird quirks. If anyone found out about that one horrible thing we did when we were 17, our whole lives would crumble. If they knew what the conversations were like in our heads, we believe they would hate us.
What if someone found out about my assault? Would they blame me? Would it change what they thought of me? Would they only see that when they look at me?
What about the time I did plant medicine in the jungle and went to my soul home? Would they look at me like I had lost my mind? Would they lose respect for me?
What happens when I quit my fancy tv job and give up a high paying career of glamour and attention? Will they say I couldn’t hack it? Will they say I was never good enough anyway?
When I admit I figured out how to masturbate at 5 years old, will they think I’m disgusting? Does that make me a slut?
This is just the beginning.
My shadow. It’s dark. I buried her. I’ve been so scared. But these are my truths. And I’m not going to hide away anymore. I can’t rise into the light without acknowledging all of the experiences. Even the ones I so desperately want to keep from you. They’re still there. Like little demons just waiting to pop out. So I’m willingly bringing them all out, purging them to the table.
Here I am. Say what you will. I surrender. And I rise, humbly.
“I really noticed myself transform after I realized I was in the driver’s seat of my own life — after I realized that my dreams are mine to chase and only I can make them happen. I want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I have wanted to for a long time... so next spring I will quit my job, swap out my wonderful apartment for a 2,650 mile long / 18 inch wide ribbon of dirt, and walk from Mexico and Canada. There will never be a “right time” or a “practical” way to do this — because your dreams aren’t meant to be practical. I will manifest what I want to happen in my life and make my dreams my reality. I have taken permission to put myself and my dreams first, and I am a better person for it. I am following my heart to all the beautiful places it will take me. Last weekend, Yosemite. Next year, the PCT. For the rest of my life, chasing my dreams. 🌎💙” ~ Jenna #thegapyeargirls#takepermission
It was really difficult to share such a vunerable topic as bitterness today.
It's something that we've either experienced first hand or dished out ourselves.
I've heard a saying quite often concerning bitterness...
"Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die." Then, full of emotions, my brother in law send me this amazing quote.
If you missed it live on FB...here you go: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10219109543271175&id=1284318820