My heart is heavy this morning. I learned that my good friend and Artist @jeannebwierda is no longer in Atlanta. :( I miss her loving energy, jokes, years of Creative wisdom and beautiful artwork. This is one of the things I hated the most about being in school: time spent away from good people. Coming out of the books, and finding your people gone is hard to handle. Thank you so much much for being a true friend, hiring me as a model, and helping me along with my artwork. #sadtoday .
Standing in my garden in Lincoln and talking to my family. It's been a horrendous night in the Cape. Fires have swept up the garden route, the N2 is closed. 77 000 people have been evacuated from Knysna. It's so surreal to stand here and think about what is going on in my homeland. Our house was saved by our quick thinking housekeeper Sylvia who called up guys she knows to literally fight the fire in our front garden. So many friends have lost their houses in our little slice of paradise. La belle Plett, as my sister Julia calls it, is devastated. #wearesolucky#sadtoday
Another irony. Had a student pick the music. Chose country, Ginger’s favorite. She was my friend for years & a para at the school, so the students knew her. I’d just told them of her passing and thought she would have approved of that choice. Her cancer battle is over. Then we moved on with our pronoun review with @stacey.lloyd pronoun task cards played the scoot way. #sadtoday#deathoflovedone#pronouns#pronouns
We all have memories of special times in our childhood that we would do anything to go back and enjoy over again or go back and change the outcome.
My grandparents worked very hard their entire lives, my grandmother whom I take after in looks and personality worked for years as a waitress raising a family while my grandfather owned a trucking company. They made their millions as I would joke to them by buying land back when land was cheap and being very frugal.
My grandparents loved Hawaii and once they were financially comfortable bought a few investment properties including a very nice condo overlooking Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. I was fortunate to spend a month there right before my freshman year of high school.
Unfortunately, being 15 years old and wanting nothing more than to hang out with my friends, I didn't fully appreciate it and took it for granted.
I remember Hawaii being so beautiful, I loved the local cuisine and watching the crazy surf at Diamond Head. BUT most of the time I just wanted to go home to see and hang out with my friends.
My grandparents asked me several times to go back with them to Hawaii but once I was in high school I was "too busy" then in college I worked too much then I married young and was off doing my own adventures.
My grandparents sold their beachfront condo without me ever returning or my sister ever visiting.
My grandparents both passed away a few years ago, I was holding my grandmother's hand as she passed away and one of the things I told her was that I regretted not spending more time with her and that I never went back to Hawaii with her.
I am starting to re-evaluate lots of things and I made a promise to myself to spend more time with my parents. My dad asks me all the time to travel with him but I always decline.
Travel is in my blood and certainly in my family's blood, I need to embrace my family more and spend more time with them when they ask because once loved ones pass away there is no going back.
Today day marks one year since 13 year old Brisbane boy, Tyrone Unsworth took his own life. He was bullied at school for being different. Tyrone, you are not forgotten. My thoughts and heart are with your parents today. I can not imagine how they must feel on this day. I promise to always protect and educate all children and teenagers I meet and instill in them wisdom, hope and the power of individuality. My voice will never be silent for children like you Tyrone. And their is still much work to do. Rest in peace little man, the world misses you ❤🙏😪 #neverforget#tyroneunsworth#tyroneunsworthvigil#oneyearago#alwaysuseyourvoice#sadtoday#gertrudest#fitzroy
I don't want to take meds. I know without them I can not function. But I don't want my life and sanity to depend upon if I took a pill today or not. But nevertheless I will continue to take them. #SadToday