Looking at my IG page, one might think I have all the body confidence in the world, but people who know me well, would say this is far from accurate. Sure I have come a long way since I started leading a healthier lifestyle, but I wouldn’t say I’m totally there yet, and I’m not sure I ever will be. When I put on swimwear like this with cheeky bottoms, a front on selfie is about all anyone will see 😜 I wish I had the confidence to wear them down the beach and while I could easily lie and say I do... unfortunately I don’t, and that’s the way it goes. Having said that, you can see my tan line needs a little work, and this @bronzyswimwear set could not be more perfect for the job so it will be worn in the privacy of my backyard until I gain some of that confidence everyone else seems to have 😊 #keepingitreal
So here we are keeping it real 🙄 or something like that. Taken this morning... first thing so there's no way you're seeing my face and this was the only sports bra I had at my mothers 😂😩 anyway back to the physique update. I'm actually pretty happy with where I'm currently sitting - 61.3kg a marginal drop from last week. Over 2 months post show and I'm surprised at the rebound. Granted external factors with hormones and stress has potentially played a part but I should be rolling into next season pretty comfortable without too much chasing..... we shall see 🤷♀️ #offseason#keepingitreal
#keepingitreal The last couple of weeks have been a bit mad here. Most days I could do with a clone in order to meet everyone's needs & attend events which are happening simultaneously in very different locations. It's been a juggle. As the mum of three growing boys I'm often negotiating scuffles and the consequences of testosterone surges whilst trying to shape them into kind, empathetic, decent young men - the kind of people that others will want to live with 😜
This morning was a nightmare & I swear I dropped Mr 10 off at school with steam visibly shooting from my ears 😣😤. Fortunately there were a couple of other mums there to pick me up, listen to my grumbles and remind me that I'm not alone in feeling the grind of tired kids and the madness of end of year commitments & Xmas build-up 💕
Don't get me wrong, I am fully aware of my fortunes & I am very grateful for my life, family, friends and freedom. I'm also aware of the way that social media can skew our perception of other people's lives and how, if we're not careful, we can be left feeling envious of those meticulously curated Insta and facey feeds full of happy families and "perfect" lives.
So please remember that much time has gone into taking and editing the images you see in my feed. However, what you see is NOT my reality. I often take dozens of photos of the same scene and discard the ones where I look 6 months preggers (or appear to be pulling some kind of goony face)😜. Cropped out is the array of strewn belongings all over the lawn (bikes, wetsuits, towels, bits of old cardboard creations...) or the ever growing pile of washing residing on the couch 🗻🤣 While I'm crocheting at home, I'm also simultaneously parenting and can often be heard swearing under my breath.
So what did I do this morning to make 😣 = 😁? I came home, made a coffee (the first one I've had in 8 months), shoved some chocolate in my face (meant for the teacher's Christmas gift🙊🍫🐷), popped on some lippy & a crown and went and sat on the grass in the shade for a little while to simply chill for a bit, reminding myself that I've got this & the madness will soon pass. And of course I took a million photos too 😂
Thank you peps for joining me in instagram live. I was here talking about how Art is subjective your taste your choice your experience. Just like relationships. Prince Harry and Megan’s engagement, opinions on interracial dating, ( erm let people be happy) and how America has always been good to me with creative opportunities and allowing me to engage the community. I’m currently 🇺🇸 bound but as I said I will ALWAY BE A LONDON GIRL. Hope everyone’s having a 🎈 day
5am Crew! More like 4am 😂 .
It’s not slow & steady! It’s about going full force! Cutting out everything that is not aligned to your goals, maxing out every rep & then it’s a smooth cruise to success! Be discipline, consistent and determined the first 90 days! Creating such a strong foundation any set back will be so minimal!! Work Hard! Then cruise to success!
My official diagnosis: I have strep. 😦 So I'm trying to take it easy and do a lot of self-care. What that means is a little different for everyone, but for me, that means a lot of sleep and making sure that I'm eating as clean, limiting processed foods as much as possible. And when it means I'm eating food like these veggies, it makes me wonder why I eat any other way sometimes. 😉
What are your tricks for taking care of yourself when you're sick? 😷
We are busy settling in at our new place. In the mean time, a little throw back to our biggest mail day ever. Annnnd a lil truth about the post office run for ya..the minute we got in line Dean pooped and stunk up the whole post office. While entertaining the entire line of folks waiting on me #hotmessmom Ivy announces at the top of her lungs, “mommy, these bugggars are sour, I don’t want them.” And hands me a giant one. 🤣🤢😭 per usual, some people giggled and some judged... We got the job done and I won’t forget that trip to the post office. #wedidit 👶🏼👧🏼📦💌📪 #truestory#reallife#wahm
Good morning everyone. 🌞🌞
Thoughts to ponder from a Rambling Diva 💎 "You can't change the people around you, But....You Can change the people around you."
Hope everyone has a wonderful day. Make it a good one. Love y'all. ❤
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.
Yeah, I just quoted Winnie the Pooh. Because some days with all the sh** that comes at you in life, you have to remember the little nuggets of truth that come from the most unexpected places (like a children's story character.) .
And if you decide to unfollow me for saying "sh**" (which doesn't even count)... Let me be the first to NOT apologize for being real. You will find no faking here. #dontletthedoorhityouonthewayout
#keepingitreal ... the mug was jollier than the morning. We are usually good for at least two morning meltdowns a week...you? More mayhem than magic today, but I suppose there’s always hope for the afternoon?? Just going to fill my cup again and help Elfie pen an analytical note of what he saw with some advice from the North Pole for our main man over here 📝
Seriously, stress is ramped this time of year.
The first thing to slip is self care. What we eat, what we allow to stress us out, lack of sleep, over extended & committing ourselves, ridiculous expectations of perfection and the last thing on anyones mind is exercise!!! I’d like to invite you to enjoy this awesome presentation to hear some tips & trick to truly thrive this holiday season and ring in the new year feeling refreshed and ready to conquer 2018!!!
“Black Theater Poppin at the Tang” where @_symplicity_ performs “An Ode to You and the Apology,” which she wrote in response to two pieces of art at the @tangteachingmuseum. She stands in front it @muholizanele ‘s Self portrait, one of the works that inspired Maryam’s performance. This is how we do #blacktheater performance finals @skidmorecollege! @skidmoretheater #jkblife#workhardplayharder#ourclasskeepsgrowing#ilovethisclass#keepingitreal#inspiration Thank you and much love to @tangteachingmuseum!!! @getziggywithit @kill_the_poet @s_theprophetess @zerochillwinter @sam_grant26 @david.schechter @sishah97 @skidmoretheater @williecoleart @_symplicity_ @celmoon_ @david.schechter @__jamin.marelyn @davidjrivera3 @_ashpolanco
These little guys have saved me from starvation the last couple of hectic mornings. I made these grain-free Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins the other day and they’re the only thing I’ve had time to eat for breakfast!
I’ve been hesitant to share the nonsense that has been the last couple of days because for some reason I’ve been feeling a sense of shame around it. It’s nothing I could have had control over anyway nor is it life-threatening, but it’s been a huge time-sucking nuisance. You see, when I picked up my daughter from school Monday, the nurse greeted me and let me know she had lice 😫 Apparently there have been some cases at school, so I’m not surprised my daughter’s beautiful long hair, which she never wants to put up, seemed like a perfect home to these tiny assholes. I should have known it was only a matter of time before they found her.
So the majority of the last couple days has been filled with treatments and combing and picking and washing ALL THE THINGS. I’ve quarantined all the stuffed animals to the garage for the rest of the year against the protests of both kids. Fortunately, my son’s lovely blonde hair hasn’t been affected and I seem to have escaped their itchy wrath as well.
I know it’s totally common and not really a big deal, yet there’s a part of my that feels a little bit of failure as a mother for not having been able to avoid this mess. My daughter is dealing with it quite well and so far I haven’t heard of any backlash from cruel kids at school, hopefully they don’t even know as the nurse makes every effort to be discreet.
I’m sharing with you now as I’ve decided to be more transparent and vulnerable, to let you know life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies here either. I don’t want to give anyone the impression that my life is all put together and filled with healthy, balanced meals and energetic workouts, ever-smiling angel children who do no wrong, and endless inspirational quotes come to life.
I want to build a community of women and moms who are just doing their best in the midst of all the messiness that is life. I plan to share more of my honest reality here with you in hopes that I can get to know you better, too.