You get what everyone else gets.
You get a lifetime.
How wonderful is that? When you put it in perspective. You get a whole life time to shape, and mold, and create with. You get day after day after day to build.
One step at a time. Most of the time those steps are incremental, but other times reaching in and mustering all the courage you can is required.
On a very real level, the things that matter to you most, can scare you the most. You can become afraid of losing, of looking foolish, of your own humanity- because you want so very deeply for it to be "perfect". But let's not forget our beauty. Vulnerability is beautiful and it's okay to be afraid.
Be scared, know where it's coming from, accept and love yourself through it.
Because at the end of the day we do it afraid, or not at all.
Not doing it hurts more. Denying your growth, not stepping up for yourself is depleting.
We do it afraid, because not doing it is no longer an option.
Your heart deserves more from you.
I believe in you. I know you have it in you to reach new heights. You are wonderful, and I love to watch you win!
Your incredible my friend! Let yourself off the hook, being afraid doesn't make you weak. Being afraid doesn't make you less of a person.
It makes you more.
It makes you richer, it makes you wiser, it makes you stronger.
Have courage dear heart, because today we rise.
In 1812 the American flag wasn't just a piece of cloth to the Americans at and defending Fort M'Henry. It was a symbol of everything we were fighting for - our literal freedom. As the might of the Royal Navy focused its attention on bringing down that flag, Francis Scott Key bore witness that the prisoners being held on British war ships prayed that the flag "wouldn't touch the ground". The flag pole took several direct hits and the British generals couldn't understand why it was still standing. They told Francis Scott Key that they'd stop the bombing if the colonists would lower the flag. Francis Scott Key said "we will die standing before we live on our knees". And in the morning when the mist cleared, our tattered flag flew. It was at an odd angle, and wore the signs of battle but the symbol of America flew. The pole had been hit repeatedly and was broken - what held it up was the bodies of patriots who had known its importance. That event inspired our national anthem. Not a casual song, an anthem. Our anthem. #IStand#remember#respect#bravery#landofthefreebecauseofthebrave
Thank you so much to everyone that came to the arm balance workshop on Saturday! ☄️🙏 Wish we had more time (or would that have killed us?!) 😉 Look out for another arm balance workshop special in the future. 🤸🏻♀️ Namaste X
Today is the start of @iammelwells #selfloveweek - a week filled with challenges to help us learn to love ourselves, be proud of who we are and embrace the fact everyone is perfectly imperfect!⠀
The first challenge is to talk about something we love about ourselves. That's pretty hard! It's so easy to list the things we don't like about ourselves, but to publicly say I love this about myself feels a lot like bragging and showing off. That's not how I want to feel. I want to be confident enough to say this is me and that's ok! ⠀
So what do I love about myself? I'd have to say my bravery. I used to think bravery was about not being scared, but that's not true. It's far more about being scared but doing it anyway! I used to have a huge fear of heights. Even just standing at the top of a flight of stairs made me feel sick and start to shake. It was interfering in my daily life so I decided to do something about it. I went paragliding in Turkey, walked up Mount Snowden and jumped out of a plane. My health (or lack of!) means doing things like that just aren't possible anymore and the fear is still there at times, but because I know I can jump out of a plane (and love it!) I know those stairs don't need to bother me. I'm pretty brave really!⠀
What do you love about yourself?
So proud of @swintonlucy who has raised over £2000 (so far) for Mustard Tree and The Life Foundation by running 100k last week and shaving off her luscious locks - plus the hair went to the Little Princess Trust that make wigs for children with cancer.
Rocking the look!
And shoutouts to @dereklacy1968 the master coiffeur
There's still time to donate !
What does Ole Glory mean to you? To me it stands for freedom, opportunity and equality. It reminds me of our men and women who have given everything so folks like myself can sleep at night knowing I am safe. It's a symbol representing our military and country. It's a reminder I have the ability to do and become anything I want. When I see her flying, I will always take a moment and pause. I pause to remember. I remember and give thanks to those who have made it possible for me to do so freely. #freedom#america#oleglory#usa#honor#respect#army#marines#navy#airforce#coastguard#firstresponders#country#courage#bravery
I tell myself this every morning, at least 3 times. Once when I first wake up, a second time when I wake up again after hitting snooze, and a third time when I actually get out of bed. Be brave today. #mondaymotivation
Trainer Spotlight—Molly Lanham
I started out by working with a trainer in 2010, coincidentally Chris Rombola, who is the reason I became interested in fitness. Between 2012 and now, I've worked in a number of commercial gyms as a group fitness instructor, teaching everything from boot camps to aerobics, and muscle group clinics to spin. But most of my experience has been as a personal trainer and personal training director, along with earning certifications through formal education.
Favorite thing about working at FITHOUSE:
I love that there are some very talented trainers around me that are very empowering. Each trainer has his or her own unique experience and journey. All of them are there for the greater good of everyone who walks through the FitHouse doors. But most of all, I love that I have someone/somebodies who believe in me enough to allow me the position where I can help individuals who were in a similar spot to me a long time ago. Giving people the help that they're there for makes me feel alive as opposed to just existing.
Favorite thing about your clients:
Bravery. Each client is there because in some way they want to be a better version of themselves. Personal training is a very emotional investment among other things. The fact that my clients let a person into their lives to help them take the plunge is a brave move in itself. #myfithouse#trainer#bravery#fitness#motivation#inspiration#buffalofitness#wnyfitness#personaltrainer
all eyes / watch / your every / move / each stare / disturbing / discomfiting / dismaying / and you / are all / askance. // why an / audience / why a / crowd; / peanut gallery / of witnesses / waiting / for you / to fall. // pay the / world / no mind: / let them / watch / let them / stare / but be / not afraid / and be / not deterred / and go / your own / sweet way. #poetry#poetsofinstagram#patterns#eyes#bullying#resilience#bravery#mockery
I'm of earth, stardust and dirt. I forget until it rains, until the dehydration becomes moist land, moist emotions ready to be spread, like a mess made for cleansing, I am soiled and green for the repetition of discovery | gratitude to @aericmg for the capturing of a city nymph
Anas reported:The Prophet(SAW) was the best of people and the bravest. Once the people of Medina were frightened after having heard an uproar in the night,so the Prophet met the people while he was riding the horse of Abu Talha without a saddle and carrying his sword.The Prophet was saying, “Do not be afraid! Do not be afraid!”Then he said, “We found the horse to be swift.”(Bukhari)
There may be someone who fears extremely.However, if #fear and love stand in balance, in place and merely is it for Allah,there is no drawback in it. Otherwise,the former leads a person to despair and the latter to arrogance, that is to say, relying on one’s own deeds.They harm a person both in the world and in the hereafter.
It is Muhammad (SAW) who loves and fears Allah the most (Bukhari).
The bounty of fear has been given to man in order to ensure the continuation of his life.That is to say, it has been given to man in order to prevent the obstacles that will threaten his life and hinder its continuation so that he can be safe, by taking measures against coming troubles. In this respect, to fear events or people whom we are not sure about is the result of that feeling.
However, abusing that feeling, that is, being scared of everything is not something right,either.
A cowardly person fears anything by being the CAPTIVE OF HIS IMAGINATION,suspicion and thoughts.His cowardliness makes him an unreliable person.He cannot be involved in hard dealings such as WAR and JOURNEY that require being patient& determined.
COWARDLY people’s LIVES, PROPERTIES and HONOURS are ALWAYS in DANGER.They need to be FRIENDS with BRAVE PEOPLE and go with them in order to be saved from that bad trait.Thus, they can overcome this fear and can be protected from its evils.
Education has a great effect on being REARED AS A COWARD.So, MOTHERS,FATHERS and TEACHERS should BE VERY CAREFUL In order to raise the children as brave they should not FILL UP THE CHILD'S MIND with the TALES about BOOGIES and MONSTERS, but with the stories of #bravery and #HEROISM .
...continued in comments 👇👇 #NoGutsNoGlory#faceYourFears#fear#fearNoOne#fearNoOnebutGod#ConquerYourFears#MondayMotivation
Asia Ramazan Antar, 19 years old, was a member of the Kurdish Women's Protection Units (YPJ).
She was killed by Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Syria in September 2016. This photo is a reminder of all the female Kurdish fighters who had died and had refused to live under IS's particular form of Sharia. Just like Asia Ramazan Antar, hundreds of other Kurdish fighters have been killed.