Some Friday food for thought from #albertcamus : "There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different than the things we do." Take a moment to reflect or meditate on whether or not your actions are truly supporting your goals and beliefs. Chances are, there are likely some opportunities to course correct, however slight or significant. 💙✨
I enjoyed a particularly awesome meditation this morning. 🙏 It helps keep me grounded provide clarity. Depending on my mood when I sit down, I might listen to a guided meditation or just nothing at all.
Do you meditate? I 💚 LOVE 💚 the app Insight Timer, if you haven't tried it (it's free), download it and try it out. Namaste, ya'll!💞
Yesterday a friend told me his father used to tell him to be like a pineapple, to have eyes everywhere.
Seems like folks like to think about how to be like pineapples in Venice Beach, too!
How would you like to be like a pineapple today? Or any other fruit?
It's maaaa birthdayyyyyy!! I'm 33. Yeah I know. Been on the muscle build track for 2 and abit years. I often get you don't "look" 30 odd, you don't "look" like a mum....I'm not criticising anyone for making those comments at all! They mean nothing but kindness when they say them😊However it does make me curious as to what those things are meant to look like and why we have to fit in boxes 🤔 Anyway I could get deeper but tbf I'm not about the insta pic-deep and meaningful monologue. I promise this is my only one 😂😂 Keep thinking outside the box, for yourself but with thought for the affect on others and don't, don't, don't believe the hype 😊#fitfam#fitmum#believeinyourself#thought#awareness#dontbelievethehype#foryourself#gymlife#keepsmesane
This girl has been one of my biggest inspiration for years, for her beautiful person but also for her work. So of course I had to watch her new movies on netflix. I cried for both of these movies. But not for the same reasons. To The Bone reminded me of the worst period of my life, on how low I was at this point, but also on how I got through it. I cried, and smiled because going through a war in your mind, in your own body, is the hardest thing to overcome. No matter the fight, peace is something that someone like me never found before I got twenty years old. And then I got sick again, with fibromyalgia. But that's another fight. My point is: watching this movie made me realize that I am alive. I made it. I thought I would be dead by 17, and I probably would have been if I didn't chose to fight. Life won't go easy on you because of your current mental state, and no one else but YOU know what you're going through and how you are feeling. And it's hard as hell, but there is ALWAYS an open door for you, an healthy open door to get better. But you have to want it, you have to make it a priority. The keys to successful recovery is perseverance, patience, and determination. Our worst enemy is ourselves only because we let it happen in the first place. Love yourself first, everything comes in second. I hope you are all aware you can message me here or on whatsapp if something is wrong or if you need a friend. I'll be here, I promise. ❤️-
Anyway, all of this just to say thank you to everyone who made this movie possible and thank you to my elegant flower @lilyjcollins for choosing movies with such an impact and with deep clever meanings. Your work is brilliant and you are a genuine person who's clearly passionated. I can not wait to see more of you. Seeing on you makes me feel like a proud sister. I wish you all the best in the world. ✨🌸
I know I haven't been very active on social media this week because, to be quite honest, I haven't had much energy or desire to do anything. I've hit what I believe to be the lowest mental point in my life thus far, and every time I think I can't get any lower or that maybe things are getting brighter, everything seems to take a turn for the worse. I've still had to work eight hours a day, and putting on an act as if I'm okay and attempting to do my job has been extremely difficult & exhausting, but I guess it's probably better that I have a commitment that forces me to get out of bed in the morning. I've been trying to keep my mind busy, and my workouts have been one of the only ways of successfully doing that, but nights are the worst & I've probably only slept a cumulative 20 hours in the last 5 days (which definitely doesn't help anyone's mental state). I haven't been worrying about what I'm eating at all because I'm just trying to get myself to actually eat, so my diet has consisted of mostly comfort foods. I'm sorry if this post is depressing, but health and wellness are about so much more than just exercise and food, and I made a promise to myself that I'd always be vulnerable and honest with you all. Life isn't always uplifting runs and pretty salads- sometimes you just have to focus on not completely breaking down.
Last year brought a lot of firsts for me, including the frowning upon, resistance to, or altogether banning of certain books and topics of discussion. In a World Lit course, parents protested The Kite Runner, wanted to know why we chose Antigone, we turned a blind eye to the travel ban, Syrian refugees, and other worldly events happening in real time. I've never felt so censored and shallow in my teaching as I did last year• This year, I'm challenging what I call the "conservative curriculum" with purpose, integrity, and intention. • The worst thing about censorship is that it cultivates ignorance, bias, and continues to oppress and stereotype when we should be using education to help shape compassionate, informed, young minds to be global innovators, problem solvers, and do gooders. #Activism#Diplomacy#Agency#Humanity#Awareness#WeLIT 🔥
"Everything that touches your life, must be used as an instrument of YOUR liberation, or tossed into the trash cans of history..."
For the next two weeks, the martial arts will be the instrument of choice.
We're heading to Uganda in a few hours family!
We'll be teaching Jiu jitsu, MMA, and self-defense seminars. We're teaching at schools, youth centers, religious institutions, and gyms across the country. We'll also hold a seminar for the Marines at the US Embassy in Kampala.
The focal point of our self-defense seminars is gender-based violence prevention(not limited to). When the technical portion of our self-defense seminars have ended, we'll hold group discussions about situational awareness, domestic violence, and common misconceptions about sexual violence.
In addition to our seminars being free to the public, we we'll also provide meals to all who attend.
I'll be working with my @breakdanceprojectuganda1
family, my @universityofpain family, and starting a new MMA project called "Rise of Lions Uganda" for @mma4africa
! The majority of our seminars will be geared toward self-defense for our "Fighting for Uganda" initiative. We're also hosting an @realhiphopchess Day
day where we'll have chess instruction, and of course that real REVOLUTIONARY HIP-HOP!!!
________________________________ #selfdefense#gbv prevention #awareness#safety#martialarts
RIP Chester❤️ When I heard the news it hit pretty hard. You were someone who kept me going through a childhood I wanted to give up on. I'd lock myself in my room, my car, get lost on a walk around my small town, with your music on BLAST. It saddens me to know this fight never gets any easier. Seeing you live was one of my happiest moments. #rip#chesterbennington#chesterbe#suicide#awareness#suicideprevention#intheend
Enjoying the last few hours of sunshine for probably the next couple of weeks. I noticed there isn't actually much I need to be happy. Just some sunlight, a beautiful spot on planet earth, love and gratitude in the heart and faith in what's going to come. If you feel down and things happen that don't seem to make any sense or do any good for you, just wait patiently, because everything works out in the end and suddenly everything makes sense, because only then you get to see the bigger picture. #summer#sun#sunlight#gratitude#goodday#love#enjoylife#naturelovers#blueeyes#awareness#faith#trust#loveearth
My daughter Lola. The thought of her swimming by herself has always terrified me. I should know by now that she will ALWAYS surpass any expectations I have of her.
Here she is, 7 years old, with just a handful of lessons. Swimming.