Attempting to cure post-holiday blues/feelings of detachment to my current geographical circumstance by reading about people who inspire me to continue moving forward, regardless of the fears, doubts, and uncertainties. Sometimes the best thing for you is to keep moving. Acquire stories. Don’t sit still. Never settle for something that you know doesn’t feel right. If you aren’t gaining anything, it’s time to pack up and move on. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop. #fuckcomplacency
“I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” ― Plutarch
Agreement is fine if its honest, but if its not, its toxic.
I've often said, If you refuse to criticize me you're a liability.
Getting honest feedback is a 2 way street.
Its important to provide the space for those around you to feel comfortable disagreeing. ( celebrate them when they do)
AND its important to lead by example.
This is where the true value of relationships come from imo. This is where we get those interesting perspectives that gives life its colors. 🌈 .
😃 #HappyMonday 🙊💋
@mariannewilliamson is—hands down—the most eloquent, passionate, focused, and inspiring speaker I have ever heard.
She spoke yesterday at #leadwithlove about the current state of our world and what we can all do about it. I’ll post a story about it and clips on the blog this week.
Anyone else ever feel awkward taking/posting selfies or is it just me? Today marks 6 months since making some major lifestyle changes. I have a hard time putting into words how much better I feel mentally, physically, and emotionally. Despite breaking my ankle in May and the limitations/setbacks that come with it, I have managed to lose 25 pounds. That in itself is exciting, but the mental and emotional benefits that have come from ditching my unhealthy habits have far outweighed the physical. I have a long way to go until I reach my goals, but this no longer intimidates me, it excites me. I can't wait to see where I'm at 6 months from now. Feels good. Onward and upward. #keeprising#fuckcomplacency#progress#goals#weightloss#selfcare
"The success is in the struggle." The underlying philosophy is long- term athletic development. This concept applies to your performance and to your health. If your goal is to have a successful baseball career and sustain a successful baseball career, it's of the upmost importance to understand the role qualities like resciliency, durability, and sustainability play in your development. Developing these qualities becomes just as important as developing physical and athletic qualities such as strength, speed, and power. The road to success is not linear. Immersing yourself in the process and having confidence and trusting the process is what will keep you on course. Are you willing to endure the pain, the long, slow, painful process it takes to get there? Embrace the challenges, the setbacks, the pain, and the resistance you'll encounter. Once you get there, it becomes even more challenging to sustain what you've accomplished. When you learn and apply all the factors and qualities it takes to get there and sustain being there, you gain the competitive advantage. When you show disrespect and complacency in any way, shape, or form, you get humbled and get your ass kicked, rightfully so. Stay the course showing up every day putting in the work consistently and persistently. Do whatever the fuck it takes to get there and you will surpass the competition.
Some simple ways to tell congress to #getitsacttogether is by:
Visiting weareheretostay.org/call which will give you contact info for Paul Ryan (who has the power to call for a house vote on a number of immigration bills floating in congress right now) and other key congress members to contact
Texting 'resist' to 50409 for a super easy way to fax you senators - follow the prompts and write a brief message to your senators and #resistbot will do all the rest for you, including writing greetings, sending the actual fax and confirming the fax's arrival (for all my out of the county/traveling friends you can use Facebook to do the same thing by messaging the ResistBot profile - so no cellphoneless excuses!!) More complicated (and more effective ways): Showing up to your senators' and representatives' local offices (find out on their websites or by signing up for their mailing lists when they are in their local offices and schedule an appointment or go to walk-in hours) and talk to them about the issues you feel are important (hopefully this includes passing the DREAM act, though there is A LOT of shit to be riled up about in this fucked up country)
Volunteering at local advocacy groups that remain constant contact with their congress people about the issues concerning their group
It is not enough for us to feel outraged, we have to do something about it - speak out, fight back, resist. "Una cosa es conocer, otra cosa es apoyar" (Its one thing to be aware, but another to support)
"These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they're friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper." -Barack Obama
Fellow humans, it is imperative that we use our voices everyday to speak out against and resist the bigoted, inhumane, white supremacist values this country's leaders uphold and enact as legislation - call your congress people and use your constituency as ammunition - tell them you are watching - tell them to defend recipients of DACA- tell them to support the DREAM Act - tell them to speak out in congressional meetings - if you are from a state who's congress people already support the DREAM act, let them know you expect them to do more than just vote to pass the act, you expect them to speak to other members of congress about it and to stand up for the humans who's lives will be uprooted, ruined and possibly ended by rescinding DACA.
We have six months to get congress to pass an act that will replace DACA and allow for all of those currently protected by DACA to renew their permits or better yet, apply for permanent citizenship - don't let up - tell your congress people everyday that you want them passing the DREAM act or a similar bill in order to protect current DACA recipients and allow (previously) potential DACA recipients from being deported/ dealing with the oppression that comes along with being an undocumented person in this country. #defenddaca#dreamact#heretostay#dreamersnotcriminals#nohumanisillegal#useyourvoicetoprotect#fuckwhitesupremacistbullshitforever#fuckcomplacency#fuckapathy#makechange
So I became complacent in keeping up my blog promoting punk music and its culture. Friends and family keep asking when am I going to get back in track. RIGHT NOW. Thank you to my friends for pushing me. So fuck complacency and back to my passion. #punkmusicpassion#fuckcomplacency
I get the shakes. I get that pure and deep rooted buzz. An unequivocal and provocative quiver all over my body. Of excitement and passion when I jump behind the wheel of my van, or stepping through the gate of another airport terminal. That to me is freedom. To be able to chase another adventure, seek out a new perspective and radically shake up my life again for all it's biases and naivety. It's not because I don't love where I am now - it's because I know that this love can continue to grow with new places and new people anywhere in this world; especially with the people that need it most, regardless of the self sacrifice #freedomfighter#fuckcomplacency
Hate keeps pushing. I'll keep reminding. Privilege is when you think there isn't a problem because it's doesn't effect you directly. To everyone choosing to stay blind snug behind their privilege casting their opinions on those choosing to be loud. I see you. And I hope they ask you for your "papers" first. #fucknazis#fuckcomplacency#iseecowards
amidst the emotion and turbulence of this past week, a special shout out to the little people of the world. more often than i would like, visions of a world that won’t be peaceful, or green, or full of love in the future haunt me… threaten the vision that i have for her when she grows up. it’s easy to block, ignore or justify inaction when things get hard or hate creeps in… and yet, as someone so eloquently pointed out this week to me, inaction is just as bad as action. if i could make a wish for my kiddo, and this upcoming generation, it’s that they retain a fascination and care for all thing small; a love for exploration and a deep desire to learn about what they don’t understand. the ability to love a piece of grass so much that they tote it around all day in their pocket. they say the biggest predictor of longterm success in folks is the love they receive as a kid. let’s love on, folks. the biggest predictor of longterm success for the world isn’t probably too different. (Photo: @elementsmedia)
This has been a difficult week. It's hard to find words that haven't already been said. Words that have been said for too many years, decades. This fucking sign was hanging in the classroom I was in for district professional development. Our day started with the racism and white supremacy we know to exist in our institutions come full frontal to a room full of educators who instead of letting it slip by stood up together as a community and demanded more from our district leaders. I'm ready for this signs message to be true-it'd be great to be true! but this last weeks, months, years events have shown us that it's not yet true. It's naive to think otherwise. This is where the work as an educator becomes critical. Right now the world feels really scary but this is the purpose. #fuckwhitesupremacy#fuckcomplacency#fourthgradeteacher
No filters, no editing, just straight up transfor-mother-fucking-mation Tuesday. Two sets of pictures, swipe to see the after. Six months of working my happy ass off, and I owe the guidance to @stevelynchfitness and @bill_lohr, because without the proper knowledge and motivation, hard work doesn't mean shit. For anyone who isn't happy with what they see in the mirror, fucking get up and change yourself, if for no other reason, endorphins and dopamine are a hell of a set of anti-depressants, but never discredit the power of anger and rage to push through. Lift heavy, lift often. .