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#girl#friends#i#left#my#heart#in#sanfrancisco#throwback#mission#field#old#pictureoftheday#roommates#room#4#young#potd#explore#the#world#baby#babies#ladies#california#lovely#travel#life#of#adventure
“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” - Maya Angelou 
For years I have contended with being minimized & misunderstood. In the last few years I had agonized over the conscious decisions of others to do nothing, an inaction to injustice. As well as been on the receiving end of active rejection & labels from establishments that are meant for connection and preach family, yet overlooked me and mine as though we were not. Amends placated, but actions spoke so much louder than words after I was violently injured last year. Where was this family when I was in the depths of trauma? As disappointing as it is and as devastating as it was at the time, I learnt the hard way who my real friends/family were. I learnt how readily I gave all of me, bending over backwards, and how readily people could take and then desert you when you have nothing left to give. I saw that I allowed people to hold positions of value in my life, when I held little to no value in theirs. That people are often so uncomfortable with vulnerability, often viewing it as shameful or weakness because of their own aversion to be present and sit in the discomfort of empathy.  I learnt that in the absence of love and belonging, there is real suffering and that loneliness is palpable. I am so blessed for the lessons on this journey. •
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#maya#wisdom#faith#qotd#quotes#potd#quoteoftheday#sunday#insomnia#bravingthewilderness#alone#family#friends#love#by#God#ptsd#brenebrown#heart#practice#you#preach#survivor#story#my#truth#journey#blessed#me#resilience
“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” - Maya Angelou For years I have contended with being minimized & misunderstood. In the last few years I had agonized over the conscious decisions of others to do nothing, an inaction to injustice. As well as been on the receiving end of active rejection & labels from establishments that are meant for connection and preach family, yet overlooked me and mine as though we were not. Amends placated, but actions spoke so much louder than words after I was violently injured last year. Where was this family when I was in the depths of trauma? As disappointing as it is and as devastating as it was at the time, I learnt the hard way who my real friends/family were. I learnt how readily I gave all of me, bending over backwards, and how readily people could take and then desert you when you have nothing left to give. I saw that I allowed people to hold positions of value in my life, when I held little to no value in theirs. That people are often so uncomfortable with vulnerability, often viewing it as shameful or weakness because of their own aversion to be present and sit in the discomfort of empathy. I learnt that in the absence of love and belonging, there is real suffering and that loneliness is palpable. I am so blessed for the lessons on this journey. • • • • • • • • • • • • • #maya #wisdom #faith #qotd #quotes #potd #quoteoftheday #sunday #insomnia #bravingthewilderness #alone #family #friends #love #by #God #ptsd #brenebrown #heart #practice #you #preach #survivor #story #my #truth #journey #blessed #me #resilience 
"Authenticity requires a certain measure of vulnerability, transparency, and integrity." “The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse. A person who knows who they are, lives a simple life by eliminating from their orbit anything that does not align with his or her overriding purpose and values. A person must be selective with their time and energy because both elements of life are limited.” ― Janet Louise Stepenson & Kilroy J. Oldster •
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#growth#potd#qotd#Circle#of#trust#faith#family#friends#Blessed#knowledge#Practice#what#you#preach#mindfulness#ptsd#realtalk#survivor#authentic#truth#different#wisdom#letitgo#life#time#energy#quotes
"Authenticity requires a certain measure of vulnerability, transparency, and integrity." “The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse. A person who knows who they are, lives a simple life by eliminating from their orbit anything that does not align with his or her overriding purpose and values. A person must be selective with their time and energy because both elements of life are limited.” ― Janet Louise Stepenson & Kilroy J. Oldster • • • • • • • #growth #potd #qotd #Circle #of #trust #faith #family #friends #Blessed #knowledge #Practice #what #you #preach #mindfulness #ptsd #realtalk #survivor #authentic #truth #different #wisdom #letitgo #life #time #energy #quotes 
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
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#macys#thanksgiving#day#parade#fbf#throwback#potd#nyc#pictureoftheday#sleeping#baby#girl#bff#flashbackfriday#snapchat#map#tired#family#love
Real Talk ❤️ In this season of healing, I am reminded to rise to a better story. •
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#insomnia #truth #positive #love #QOTD #positive #wisdom #growth #quotes #healthylifestyle #healing #choices #selfcare #instagood #wisdom #ptsd #recovery #live #strength #innerpeace #peace #good #bye #soulfood #mindfulness #self #worth #discovery #health #potd #realtalk #walk
Maryann & Micah to watch you two enjoy your journey together, despite the highs and lows that life brings is inspiring. It is easy to see Gods hand in bringing you two together as you both lead your lives with love, in an effort to heal, even in your chosen professions. I’m so blessed to have you both in my life & to be able to count you amongst my closest friends - not just family by birth, but as a part of the family of friends we find truth and safety in. I hope you’re having a very Happy Anniversary #oncloudm •
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#relationshipgoals #family #sisters #potd #wedding #anniversary #love #communication #faith #friends #home #yvr #nyc #bff #you #indian #realtalk #potd #picoftheday #church #kids #guy #girl #real #instagood #simonismedads
Maryann & Micah to watch you two enjoy your journey together, despite the highs and lows that life brings is inspiring. It is easy to see Gods hand in bringing you two together as you both lead your lives with love, in an effort to heal, even in your chosen professions. I’m so blessed to have you both in my life & to be able to count you amongst my closest friends - not just family by birth, but as a part of the family of friends we find truth and safety in. I hope you’re having a very Happy Anniversary #oncloudm  • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • #relationshipgoals  #family  #sisters  #potd  #wedding  #anniversary  #love  #communication  #faith  #friends  #home  #yvr  #nyc  #bff  #you  #indian  #realtalk  #potd  #picoftheday  #church  #kids  #guy  #girl  #real  #instagood  #simonismedads 
Your Love Is Strong - Shea Riley
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#church #worship #trust #wisdom #jesus #fbf #potd #vancouver #christian #hope #cover #downtown #love #song #god #mission #guy #girl #strength #video #blessed #yvr #singing #music #cover #clip #survivor  #rehab #recovery #sunday
I had to remind myself again.. Remind yourself... Show yourself some empathy. •
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#love #me #worthit #recovery #anxiety #qotd #wisdom #soulfood #kindness #ptsd #positive #mentalhealth #live #lifequotes #potd #show #yourself #grace #i #will #be #ok #rehab #quotes #growth
Wednesday got me like 💩
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#selfie #wcw #💩#humor #snapchat #filter #humpday #ptsd #trauma #survivor #girl #vancouver #art #studio #work #day #healing #is #slow #but #i #will #rise #potd #yvr #sleepy
Simon is me Dads ... Appacha 😍
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#instababy#grandpa#love#baby#girl#vancouver#family#niece#newborn#flashbackfriday#fbf#cutenessoverload#socute#his#secret#personality#candid#video#simonismedads#private#moments
It’s the lessons learned, not the journey itself. God what are you trying to teach me here & how are you going to use this story?
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#qotd#quotes#god#wisdom#journey#vancouver#my#story#hard#road#live#truth#recovery#ptsd#mindfulness#grow#learning#process#lessons#she#is#self#discovery#healthy#changes#trauma#survivor#acceptance#potd#grow#life