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At the end of the Appalachian trail to the north, lies Mt. Katahdin. It is the highest point in Maine. ...
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At the end of the Appalachian trail to the north, lies Mt. Katahdin. It is the highest point in Maine. When I was around 9 years old, my dad took my brother and me to hike to its summit. Even at that young age, I appreciated the beauty and the experience of that place. I was in awe! As we meandered ... At the end of the Appalachian trail to the north, lies Mt. Katahdin. It is the highest point in Maine. When I was around 9 years old, my dad took my brother and me to hike to its summit. Even at that young age, I appreciated the beauty and the experience of that place. I was in awe!
As we meandered our way to the top, we would pass several stacks of rocks along the way. At some point, I asked my dad what they were. he replied, when people walk by, they place another rock to the stack.
I later found out that these stack of rocks are called cairns. They have been used for several purposes through out history, but in most recent history were used to mark trail heads in the wilderness.
When we reached the summit of Mt Katahdin, There was a 13 foot cairn. At 9 years old, I was a curious kid, and I probably asked my dad a million questions on the way to the top. So, what was one more? I asked my dad why there were a huge stacks of rocks at the top of the mountain. His answer: because Mt Katahdin is 13 feet shy of one mile high. The top of that stack is one mile.
Ever since then, and every time I am on a hiking trail, and come across a stack, I can still mentally see the first stack of stones that we passed on that hike all those years ago.

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My life is like a movie, just like African magic it is playing in my reality . I will make it short but ...
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My life is like a movie, just like African magic it is playing in my reality . I will make it short but I need advise badly . I am pregnant for my man, so we have agreed and decided to go see my parents, which we did last month, preparing for the introduction proper so my elder sister had to fly down ... My life is like a movie, just like African magic it is playing in my reality .
I will make it short but I need advise badly .
I am pregnant for my man, so we have agreed and decided to go see my parents, which we did last month, preparing for the introduction proper so my elder sister had to fly down to Nigeria with her son, I have also been sending her pictures of him on whatssap and she kept saying his face looked familiar but u know pictures, not until yesterday, he came in for the introduction that was suppose to be today, came into the room to greet my sister and my sister started screaming . It’s him , it’s him , it’s him , we did not get her and she told us that it was the guy that raped her with 4 of his friends the night she was coming from aba. My man quickly ran to his car and I followed him, I asked him to explain and he did not deny it, he said he remembered raping a girl with his friends when he was still a bad boy but he never knew that he would meet her some day. I slapped him, punched him, blew him to reduce the pain but he just kept saying sorry. I had to drive out with him to his hotel and we made love . Came back to my family and called off the introduction so that the matter can be sorted . Now my sister is saying he is father of her son, and I refuse to accept that because it was 4 guys that raped her, why did she choose my man, and she said he was the only one who did not use a condom thar was why she recognized him so well, because he held her and took off his mask when he was cumming inside her . My sister said she will kill her self if I marry him. Now my parents are filing a law suit against to make him face the law . Bom these people are forgetting that I am carrying his child, but my dad said I should abort it. I am thinking of running away with him, I just locked myself in my room since yesterday after the drama and thinking of my like and next decision before I remembered Bom could give me answers. I am already 4 months gone .
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Nothing prepares you for your worst nightmares. Seeing my father take his last breath is probably ...
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Nothing prepares you for your worst nightmares. Seeing my father take his last breath is probably one of the ones I fear the most. . Last Monday around noon April 16, 2018. My father, my superman, my mentor Ramon “Chito” Zamora took his last breath. He fought hard and hung on for 6 days in the ... Nothing prepares you for your worst nightmares. Seeing my father take his last breath is probably one of the ones I fear the most. .
Last Monday around noon April 16, 2018. My father, my superman, my mentor Ramon “Chito” Zamora took his last breath. He fought hard and hung on for 6 days in the hospital paralyzed from the shoulders down from a terrible accident that broke his neck and injured his spinal cord. .
I spent the last night with him in the hospital and he kept me up all night. I keep reliving the last 12 hours with him and I don’t think I will never forget it. It was hard, confusing and uneasy. .
He asked me for a few things every night while he was in the hospital. 1. Water 2.Take him
Home. 3. Sit-up and get out of the bed 4. Mom and 5. To take his neck brace off. .
That morning not too long after mom arrived to see him. He flatlined. The nurses was able to get a pulse back but he was in bad shape and we knew the time we feared the most is soon. He fought for a few more hours and waited for the immediate family to arrive. We said our last prayers and love to him. I finally asked the nurse if I could take off his neck brace, not too long after he was gone. .
I’m very close with my dad but for some reason we didn’t have many photos of just the two of us. Thank you @carlafina for thanking the first pic. This was the last photo of my Dad and I together. He was happy and goofing around even in his situation. The 2nd photo. My sister @innerjourneynow sent me. I’m not sure how old I was but I remember everything in that photo. I will hold these photographs dear to my heart. .
I couldn’t have ask anymore from my Dad. He was an incredible father, friend, mentor and more ... Thank you for being the greatest father. I will miss you so much Dad. I Love you ❤️ .
I am speechless with the amount of love, prayers and support everyone has given. Thank you for trying so hard to link us to the right people, the inspiring stories and heart warming messages from family, friends and even people we have never met. Thank you 🙏🏻
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Everyone teases me about being #extra. Everyone should be extra! I rather be a plus than to be a minus. ...
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Everyone teases me about being #extra. Everyone should be extra! I rather be a plus than to be a minus. No one complains when I am needed to do anything I am EXTRA in my work; I go EXTRA hard for ultimate results; EXTRA in my attire, EXTRA info/thoughts when asked a question; EXTRA in my limits and ... Everyone teases me about being #extra. Everyone should be extra! I rather be a plus than to be a minus. No one complains when I am needed to do anything I am EXTRA in my work; I go EXTRA hard for ultimate results; EXTRA in my attire, EXTRA info/thoughts when asked a question; EXTRA in my limits and evaluation of things; SUPER EXTRA in showing LOVE. So people plan to be EXTRA, be an addition NEVER a take away.
FYI my dad was extra!!!!
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I’ve been asked to talk about starting a small business! Or rather, How do you start a small business? ...
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I’ve been asked to talk about starting a small business! Or rather, How do you start a small business? I thought I might start with the ‘WHY’, which I think is pretty important. We started @thinkthornbury because we thought our community deserved a place to feel welcome, supported and that ... I’ve been asked to talk about starting a small business! Or rather, How do you start a small business? I thought I might start with the ‘WHY’, which I think is pretty important.

We started @thinkthornbury because we thought our community deserved a place to feel welcome, supported and that we could encourage new ideas and creativity to blossom. It felt like the natural evolution of my skills and a challenge I was ready to take on. I wanted to build something for my family. Starting a business with a very small budget is either very brave or completely insane. We had a clear idea about what we wanted to achieve and alongside that, what our personal goals were. I didn’t want Josh to be locked into teaching which I could see drained him and made him really unhappy. I knew that if we applied ourselves and worked hard we could bring something together that would earn us an income and contribute to our community in a meaningful way.

We’re over a year old and it’s tested us in ways that we might not have otherwise been on the cards.
We are shaped by our experiences and how we choose to grow from them. Josh and I wouldn’t be the strong connected couple we are today if we weren’t able to communicate. It’s not always easy, as anyone who has been in a relationship for a long time will tell you. Relationships are a journey, not a destination. We have a desire to try and live our lives a little differently to what is perhaps expected of us. There was really only one person who looked over what we wanted to do and said ‘it’s going to be hard but it’s not a bad idea’ and that was my Dad. Pretty much everyone else thought we were crazy, they were all probably right! Your idea might be crazy but if you know exactly WHY you’re doing something and what your goals are you have a solid foundation on which to grow and work from.
This is the hardest and best thing I have ever done in my life.
Starting a small business requires determination and a lot of hard work. Add being creative and slowly asking people to come on board with your dream too? We need more than the normal level of determination and luck.

Much Love, Maggie May
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It's hard to believe that wrestling season started this past week, and that it's the first time in ...
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It's hard to believe that wrestling season started this past week, and that it's the first time in 17 years I didn't step back on the mat. That may be the most difficult thing for me to accept. I love this sport with all my heart...if I had a chance to start it all over, from day one...to go back to ... It's hard to believe that wrestling season started this past week, and that it's the first time in 17 years I didn't step back on the mat. That may be the most difficult thing for me to accept. I love this sport with all my heart...if I had a chance to start it all over, from day one...to go back to the bel air rec team where it all began...I would do it with no questions asked. I still remember the day I decided to become a wrestler. My dad told me that I'm not gonna sit around all winter I have to be active and I had a choice as to what I can do. You can play basketball or you can wrestle. If you know me at all you know I'm the worst basketball player in existence 🤣. That day I chose wrestling, and my dad asked me, "you know it's not like what you see on tv, you don't jump off of ropes...you know that right"? Idk how, but somehow I knew it wasn't like that. It was weird I already knew kind of what to expect...I was in kindergarten and had never seen a match before. How would I know what it's like? No one else in my family even wrestled!! It's amazing how things work like that...and I am eternally grateful that my dad gave me the chance to wrestle. And because of that I found my passion and the one thing I truly love. The ride was amazing and without it, I wouldn't be the person I am today, nor would I have had the chance to meet all of the amazing people I know In my life. Some of those people are my idols who I owe a lot to for getting me where I am today. Some of those other people I call my best friends...people I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life. Thank you wrestling for everything you have done for me! I want to wish all of my teammates good luck this year. I'm sorry I can't stand by your guys side anymore out in the mat. But, that won't stop me from supporting you guys from the sidelines! Good luck my friends, and good luck McDaniel College wrestling!!!
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I'm not the one to ask, but I unfortunately lost my father and it's really hard and I'm in a hard spot ...
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I'm not the one to ask, but I unfortunately lost my father and it's really hard and I'm in a hard spot in my life. Few customers wanted to help me & told me I should post cause I help them and tons of others. Anything will help even if its $5 or more. My family and I would greatly appreciate it. PLEASE ... I'm not the one to ask, but I unfortunately lost my father and it's really hard and I'm in a hard spot in my life. Few customers wanted to help me & told me I should post cause I help them and tons of others. Anything will help even if its $5 or more. My family and I would greatly appreciate it. PLEASE ATLEAST --READ-- THE GO FUND ME before passing it

Most people asked me how you can help this would be the only way I can think of. Im pushing thru day by day slowly and I thank those who checked up and sent me text even if I didn't reply I read them all

Please read and donate if you can.
Link is posted below and also in my info BIO or text me at 561-542-8740

https://www.gofundme.com/7u6f95-funeral-expenses-for-my-dad

#gofundme #iloveyoudad #imissyou #heartbroken #youwerethebest #561tireguy
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Guys, I don’t remember much from 5th grade but I will always remember this: my dad used to drive me ...
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Guys, I don’t remember much from 5th grade but I will always remember this: my dad used to drive me to school every morning and he drove a black BMW. One morning one of the boys in my class saw me get out of my dads car and asked me in front of all my friends “why does your dad drive a nice car? Is he a drug ... Guys, I don’t remember much from 5th grade but I will always remember this: my dad used to drive me to school every morning and he drove a black BMW. One morning one of the boys in my class saw me get out of my dads car and asked me in front of all my friends “why does your dad drive a nice car? Is he a drug dealer or something? Like a drug lord?” He wasn’t trying to be mean, just honestly wondering. And at first I just laughed it off awkwardly because even at age 10 that felt like a pretty weird question. And then I thought about it for a sec and was like hmmm wait a minute maybe my dad is a drug dealer? How else do black people afford nice cars? And then I came to my senses and remembered my dad was a successful, hard working business man, just like my classmates white father. So after seeing Black Panther (which was amazing for so many reasons), my hope is that somewhere some little black boy or girl gets asked a similar question that I did but instead of asking if their dad is a drug dealer, they get asked if their dad is secretly a Black Panther. A super hero. An African king of an extremely advanced African nation. And then that little girl or boy can ponder for a second if maybe their dad really is a super hero, not a drug dealer. Moral of the story is that we are taught at such a young age that if a black person has any type of success, they are a professional athlete or drug dealer. And that needs to change. And Black Panther is doing that by providing such positive, unapologetically black role models, which is greatly needed. P.s my dad is for sure secretly a super hero, I’m almost positive. #blackpanther #blackhistorymonth #blackexcellence
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This is old but fun... I call this my “pre-life” crisis. Which my Dad thinks is funny. I was maybe 25? ...
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This is old but fun... I call this my “pre-life” crisis. Which my Dad thinks is funny. I was maybe 25? I had three jobs. The Dallas Museum of Art, bartender and cocktail waitress at The Cock and Bull, and a stylist assistant. I was working hard to pay the bills to become a full fledged stylist. I ... This is old but fun... I call this my “pre-life” crisis. Which my Dad thinks is funny. I was maybe 25? I had three jobs. The Dallas Museum of Art, bartender and cocktail waitress at The Cock and Bull, and a stylist assistant. I was working hard to pay the bills to become a full fledged stylist. I had an amazing agent. But I was burning the candle from every end. And dropped the ball (I was late) to a job. I had gotten off my bar tending job at 4am. And had a 7am call time. I slept through my alarm. Luckily my agent (shout out to Tracey @onsetmanagement) had the were with all to call my aunt. To make sure I was alive. Cause I’m dependable. I don’t call in sick. I woke up to my aunt standing in my bedroom saying get up now brush your teeth and go to work! And I did. It’s one of my least favorite life moments. I hate letting people down. I showed up. Apologized. Worked all day with my tail between my legs and kept a sunny disposition. And even worked the day for free at the clients request. But that day taught me something. I was doing too much for too little. I could barely pay my bills with three jobs. So.... I took stock of my life and what mattered to me. I had less than 500 dollars in the bank. But the next morning I searched for cheap flights to Jamaica. Bought one. Quit all of my jobs and went to Jamaica and stayed in an old weird broken down mansion they were calling a hotel. I think I was the only guest there. This was before online shopping and it was cold in Texas. I didn’t have a swimsuit. A man in the street in Jamaica asked me if I needed anything cause he was looking for work. I told him I need a swimsuit. He took me swimsuit shopping. He took me to so many stores. Until we picked the most tasteful flattering one. I tipped him and then he told me where to get the best street food and how to stay safe. We shook hands and parted ways. Life is an adventure. This is a pic of me at a waterfall in Ochos Rios decades ago in the swimsuit he helped me pick out. He always averted his eyes until I said I was ready. Life is fun and weird. Put your heart in Gods hands and it all seems to work out. 🇯🇲 ✌🏽🌱🌸
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<span class="emoji emoji1f4aa"></span><span class="emoji emoji2764"></span>️<span class="emoji emoji26a1"></span>️ I’m excited to announce that I’m the new weekly Agony Aunt for activists columnist for @LushTimesEN ...
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️ I’m excited to announce that I’m the new weekly Agony Aunt for activists columnist for @LushTimesEN tackling the issues that may be stifling you from being part of the change they wish to see in our world. 🤔💭 WHY AM I DOING IT? I am asked regularly in person and online for advice from people ... 💪❤️⚡️ I’m excited to announce that I’m the new weekly Agony Aunt for activists columnist for @LushTimesEN tackling the issues that may be stifling you from being part of the change they wish to see in our world. 🤔💭 WHY AM I DOING IT? I am asked regularly in person and online for advice from people and organisations on how to be effective in activism (not just craftivism). From creating national campaigns, activism protests to how to gently protest when a neighbour says something xenophobic. This way I can share my answers with more than that one person to help others too. 🤓 DO I HAVE THE CREDENTIALS TO DO THIS? I’m an award-winning activist, campaign consultant & @ashokachangemakers fellow who’s helped change government laws, business policies, hearts and minds & my passion has always been to help you be effective activist. I grew up in a low-income area of Liverpool seeing the effects of inequality first hand. My dad is still the local vicar and my mum is a local politician. I’ve been involved in activism since I was (literally!) in my mother’s womb with my local community campaigning on local & global issues = squatting in social houses we saved from demolition, campaigning for a health centre we gained, being part of the South Africa anti-apartheid movement (I went to SA in 1991) & more. I won a campaign in school to gain lockers for the students that the headteacher said wasn’t possible. I have worked as a professional activist for @christianAid @OxfamGB & @dfid_uk as well as a freelance consultant for many charities, art organisations & groups. 😍 MY HOPE FOR THIS COLUMN: It’s not easy or always fun being an activist. It take time, emotional intelligence, knowledge and Martin Luther King Jnr says (which is tattooed on my shoulder) we need “a tough mind and a tender heart” for our activism to be impactful not just a voice in the wind. My hope is that my column helps you and others be strategic, focused & loving in your activism to be part of the real change you wish to see in our fragile world 💪❤️⚡️ 📝😊 You can read my first column now at uk.lush.com/article/activist-whisperer & I hope to receive your questions soon 💋
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Since it’s #InternationalCatDay I will tell you about the cats I love (which I would do any day, but ...
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Since it’s #InternationalCatDay I will tell you about the cats I love (which I would do any day, but this is today’s excuse!). 01. Hurts - My first love!! He is the guy who started it all. Hurts was J’s kitty. I was lucky to be his mama for many years. He was the nicest most friendly guy. He passed ... Since it’s #InternationalCatDay I will tell you about the cats I love (which I would do any day, but this is today’s excuse!).
01. Hurts - My first love!! He is the guy who started it all. Hurts was J’s kitty. I was lucky to be his mama for many years. He was the nicest most friendly guy. He passed away last year at age 20. I still think about his sweetness all the time.
02. Morgan - My second sweetheart. She also belonged to J. I am fortunate to have had J and these cats as my family. Morgan was a hiding scaredy but really came out in her later years. As you can see she had a no face and a peanut butter foot. Morgan has also sadly passed away, but she lived a good life of 16 years.
03. Mia - Mimi was Adam’s kitty. She was my cat friend after I moved to Chicago. She was a tiny little sweet thing. She used to bite my toes and that’s how I knew we were friends. Mimi also passed away a few years ago at age 11.
04. Chu Chu - He’s the nicest and loudest mama’s boy. Chu was my first cat on my own! I got Chu from @pawschicago after going back and forth on the idea of getting my own cat. I went to “just look” and ended up bringing him home. He’s for real my dude.
05. Deli - Deli girl loves you on her own terms! She has a sassy lady cat personality. She’s was found by a dumpster and then rescued by @pawschicago. I scooped her up to spoil her for the rest of her days. I got her in response to my dad passing away, I needed to put all my feelings somewhere and into loving Deli they went.
06. Bimmy - We got Bim from @luxepaws, I saw him on Instagram and couldn’t resist his sweet face. I asked Adam if we could foster him and Adam said yes - then we immediately decided to keep him. He’s the first kitten I’ve ever had and he was a maniac. Bim and Adam have a special friend bond. After Mia passed away I didn’t think we’d be a 3 cat family again - but Bimmy really completes our household.
07. Duke - Duke is my mom’s cat! We also got him from @luxepaws. Duke had it pretty rough on the streets but now he gets to live a life of naps on a king size bed and fresh fish. He’s super friendly with people and is such a nice guy. I’m glad my mom has a buddy.
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DISCLAIMER, GRAPHIC POST: 48 hours ago, I lost control of my car at a very high speed on a gravel ...
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DISCLAIMER, GRAPHIC POST: 48 hours ago, I lost control of my car at a very high speed on a gravel road, hitting a tree that flipped me upside down, dragging the side of my face and shoulder against the gravel. It peeled my skin right off, leaving me as a bloody mess, screaming for help. I stood ... DISCLAIMER, GRAPHIC POST:

48 hours ago, I lost control of my car at a very high speed on a gravel road, hitting a tree that flipped me upside down, dragging the side of my face and shoulder against the gravel. It peeled my skin right off, leaving me as a bloody mess, screaming for help. I stood there looking at my upside down totaled car in disbelief. I knew I had made a huge mistake of running from my problems of anxiety, depression, dealing with a father with cancer, rather than admitting them and seeking help. I had lost my phone in the process and I was unable to call 911. So I crawled down the road to the nearest farm house and started pounding on the door until they answered and asked them to call an ambulance. I woke up in the ER and called my Dad as he is one of the only numbers I remembered off the top of my head. He went to track down my car so he could find my belongings. When he got to the junk yard, the guy that found my car said he couldn’t believe I walked away from a wreck like that and that my soundboks severed as a roll bar and saved my life.

What I did was stupid and I could have easily lost my life. I am hoping to make changes in my life but I also hope to shed light on the fact you never know the pain someone carries until you lend an ear and listen as a friend. From the outside looking in, my life looks amazing and it is pretty freaking sick but I’m also a human being with real feelings and emotions and how we operate nowadays with social media people hide their issues and problems because we so easily judge and compare each other and are led to believe we can’t have anything wrong with ourselves. So be willing to have deep conversations with those close to you and be understanding of others and their feelings. Here’s to the beginning of the next chapter. Thank you to my family, friends, and nurses/doctors that took care of me and keeping me alive the last few days. Keep runnin’ it !
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RTFOTOUSA SPOTLIGHT www.rtfoto.com Name: Luis Zamora Ethnicity: Latino Job title: Electrical ...
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RTFOTOUSA SPOTLIGHT www.rtfoto.com Name: Luis Zamora Ethnicity: Latino Job title: Electrical Engineer Agency: DOD Describe yourself in 3 words: Outgoing, Athletic, Compasionate What do you enjoy about acting/modeling? Meeting so many talented individuals and crew. What ... RTFOTOUSA SPOTLIGHT
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Name: Luis Zamora
Ethnicity: Latino
Job title: Electrical Engineer
Agency: DOD
Describe yourself in 3 words: Outgoing, Athletic, Compasionate
What do you enjoy about acting/modeling? Meeting so many talented individuals and crew.
What is your biggest success up until now? Serving in the military
What do you enjoy about your full time job? The pay! But seriously, getting down and dirty hands on and fixing equipment into operation again.
What would your advice be to those who aspire to do what you?Set goals and strive to achieve them. One step at a time.
What does your perfect day look like? Sun shining, surrounded by great people with good intentions. No drama.
What does your life say about you? Hopefully that I've made the best out of every situation and when things didn't go my way, I sought out ways to move past the hurdles and into success.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
2005. That's the year my Dad passed away.
What is your favorite memory? Living in Italy with my family.
Happiness is? Family. First and always.
A perfect friend is? Someone who will have your back, be a good wingman and is always there when you need them.
What is your favorite quote? Any man who may be asked in this century, what he did to make his life worthwhile, can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served in the United States Navy". -John F. Kennedy
What is your message to the world: Be kind to each other.
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What a #wonderfulnight at our #company #christmasparty #lastnight ! We are so #fortunate to have ...
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What a #wonderfulnight at our #company #christmasparty #lastnight ! We are so #fortunate to have #thebestteam ever! We couldn’t have asked for better people! Excited for what the future will bring! The #drinks were flowing and the #food was #delicious at #deldantes . We greatly appreciate ... What a #wonderfulnight at our #company #christmasparty #lastnight !
We are so #fortunate to have #thebestteam ever! We couldn’t have asked for better people! Excited for what the future will bring!
The #drinks were flowing and the #food was #delicious at #deldantes .
We greatly appreciate everyone’s #hardwork #dedication and #positivity
To another #amazingyear ahead of us 🥂
So #proud of my dad @richardschmied1 and my hubby @king_conann for working so hard all these years and creating this wonderful company and growing it to what it’s become!
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I’ve never posted anything like this but there’s been so much talk about #addiction today that I ...
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I’ve never posted anything like this but there’s been so much talk about #addiction today that I just need to say this. I watched my dad struggle with alcoholism my entire life until that addiction took his life 4 months ago. He had been in and out of rehab a few times and when I was packing his house ... I’ve never posted anything like this but there’s been so much talk about #addiction today that I just need to say this. I watched my dad struggle with alcoholism my entire life until that addiction took his life 4 months ago. He had been in and out of rehab a few times and when I was packing his house up I found some letters that he wrote during his stay in rehab... letters he wrote to his addiction. It was heartbreaking to read the way he was feeling and the way the disease slowly ate away everything he cared about. I wish that he felt like he could have spoken to me about those feelings. Looking back, I realized that he probably felt like he couldn’t because I never asked him or really tried to understand what he was going through. I regret that so much today and I’d give anything to go back in time and let him know that he could talk to me. I’d give anything to let him know that it was ok. I always admired #DemiLovato for being so open about her battle w/addiction. I admire anyone w/the courage to speak about their addiction and the demons they are fighting. Most often, celebrities r so afraid to speak about it, probably out of fear of what people will think of them. This is not just celebrities.... my own father was afraid to open up to me about the battle he was fighting. Addiction is a terrifying disease that affects so many people. Being an addict DOES NOT make you a bad person. Being an addict DOES NOT mean that you are weak. Being an addict DOES NOT mean that you are broken. It doesn’t matter wether you’re famous, rich or poor... addiction is a disease that can affect anybody. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction, please don’t give up on them. Be there for them... because they NEED YOU. Pray for them... because they NEED HIM🙏🏼. Let them know they can talk to you... because THEY WILL. And please don’t judge them... because they might crawl into a hole that they can’t climb out of. At the end of the day, it is your choice to get sober and stay sober. But please, no matter how many times they fall... be there to help them get back up. #RIPDaddy I love you! 💔
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While many people celebrated Labor Day with picnics and parties, we actually did something different ...
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While many people celebrated Labor Day with picnics and parties, we actually did something different than our norm... and I’m so thankful for my husband who made this day extra special to 2 people! My father and me!🤗️ . We’ve been listening to a podcast called fierce marriage and the last ... While many people celebrated Labor Day with picnics and parties, we actually did something different than our norm... and I’m so thankful for my husband who made this day extra special to 2 people! My father and me!🤗❤️
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We’ve been listening to a podcast called fierce marriage and the last two we listened to were on family origin. .
Brent decided to reach out and asked to meet my dad in his town he grew up in and show him around!
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It’s been YEARS since I’ve been there even though I grew up spending almost every weekend there for my grandma and grandpa. We got to visit where my grandparents were buried and Josiah got to experience this with us!
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Today was so unexpected and random, but was a moment I will cherish forever. .
Thank you @brent.mangus for being the amazing, loving, and thoughtful man you are! I love you so much and appreciate you more than you know!😘
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People keep asking me how wedding planning is going...and sometimes I only respond with a blank ...
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People keep asking me how wedding planning is going...and sometimes I only respond with a blank stare while I'm searching the recess of my mind to remember what that is. Oh yes, I'm getting married (in 207 days no less)...I didn't forget that part, I just forgot the "event" part. . . The main ... People keep asking me how wedding planning is going...and sometimes I only respond with a blank stare while I'm searching the recess of my mind to remember what that is. Oh yes, I'm getting married (in 207 days no less)...I didn't forget that part, I just forgot the "event" part. .
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The main part I usually think about is that moment when I begin my walk down the aisle on my dad's arm. That moment is not only when it all begins, but also when it ends. We stop living two different lives (400 miles apart) and we begin to live one life - together. .
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But that day isn't just bookends of another part of our life. It's actually a continuation of what we have. We get to keep learning about each other every day. We get to keep having adventures and laughing at dumb things. We get to keep seeking to know and serve Christ better. And I can't wait. .
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So, yeah, wedding planning is going great and marriage planning is going even better. 🎉🎉🙌 (Also, this is a picture of the exact spot he asked me to be his wife)
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I have to say my grandma is one of the strongest people I have ever met. She migrated from Germany during ...
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I have to say my grandma is one of the strongest people I have ever met. She migrated from Germany during WW2 with her mom, sister, and brother. Sailed across the ocean, landed in New York and worked in a factory baking cookies. Moved to California and scooped ice cream at a Osco (Save On), then ... I have to say my grandma is one of the strongest people I have ever met. She migrated from Germany during WW2 with her mom, sister, and brother. Sailed across the ocean, landed in New York and worked in a factory baking cookies. Moved to California and scooped ice cream at a Osco (Save On), then moved all the way up to market manager (managed multiple stores, best in her organization). She lost her son Gary a month before I was born, my namesake. When my dad left my mom and I when I was two (haven't seen him since) she supported and loved me unconditionally. Now in her 80's she still is there for everyone, no questions asked. My son loves his Grandma Lore unconditionally. I will vouch for how special and strong females are, to say they are less then men you obviously haven't met a real women, they are the bringers of life. I love this lady with all my heart and soul, couldn't do anything to pay her back for all she has gave up for just me personally. She is why I know what good women deserve, she wouldn't even walk into a store unless I opened the door for her..not because she couldn't do it herself but that's what gentleman do for real ladies. I cherish her each and everyday so until the end she knows her grandson loves and appreciates her. Don't ever wait until it's to late to make sure the people who gave everything they had to make your life better your time, love, and simple calls on the phone to know that you still need them.
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#familygoals #familyholiday #familyphotos #love #familytrip #familyphoto #instagood #familytravel #familylife #familyovereverything #familyday #familynight #familylove #familyfun #photooftheday #familydinner #familyfirst #familytime #family #happy #fam #familybonding #familyvacation #grandma #strongwomen #sacredfemine
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 #RobinLeach was one of the most unexpected friends I’ve gained thus far in life. The first time ...
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#RobinLeach was one of the most unexpected friends I’ve gained thus far in life. The first time I met him I expected someone with an air of haughtiness or someone who would at least think he was too good to speak to little old me (who at the time was just another singer in another Vegas show). After ... #RobinLeach was one of the most unexpected friends I’ve gained thus far in life.
The first time I met him I expected someone with an air of haughtiness or someone who would at least think he was too good to speak to little old me (who at the time was just another singer in another Vegas show). After all he was THE authoritative voice on those who were doing way better than us,
HE WAS “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous!” But the Robin Leach I met, and got to know through the years couldn’t have been further from unattainable. He couldn’t have been more kind, more supportive, and more genuinely interested in getting to know me, and pushing me to succeed.
For example, when I was on The Amazing Race he was a huge force in getting the entire city of Las Vegas to cheer us on, promoting us to everyone and checking in with us at every turn. He took a genuine interest in our story and genuine interest in my Dad and his health at the time.
And when we came up short and got second place. He was right there at our finale party to console us. Right there helping spread the word about every fundraising effort there was to help my Dad. Promoting, writing about, and even showing up to every fundraiser there was.
Then when I said “hey I’m going to get back into TV and leave this Vegas performer thing behind” he was one of the very first people to step up and say “Do it Jaymes, you’re going to soar!”
He even asked how he could help. And he did help! Including finding me on red carpets to tell me how great he thought I was doing, to coming on to my show Celebrity Page TV and taping segments with me. Me with Mr Lifestyles Of The Rich and famous, the man I grew up watching on TV, came on my show to support me, how cool of him was that?! These are just a few examples of the Robin Leach I got to know and love over the years.
Along every step of the way even when I didn’t think he was watching, he was. He was a journalist after all and it was his job to be in the know, and that went for his friends too.
We lost a good man today. A man who’s voice will never be forgotten. But more importantly a man who’s actions will stay with me for a long time.
We love you Robin.
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I’m beyond devastated to learn our family dog was killed today after being hit by a car outside my parents home. To make matters worse the driver didn’t even stop. People really don’t understand how an animal becomes part of your family. I feel broken. Rest peacefully Major I love you. • • • • ... I’m beyond devastated to learn our family dog was killed today after being hit by a car outside my parents home. To make matters worse the driver didn’t even stop. People really don’t understand how an animal becomes part of your family. I feel broken. Rest peacefully Major I love you. • • • • • If anyone knows of a great dog rescue where they have puppies please let me know. My dad is so devastated after the loss of Major and I want to get him a new puppy as soon as possible to fill that void. Dad is retired and he and Major spent all day everyday together. I think this will help him heal and have a friend again.
I already asked my mom and they would prefer a puppy not an older dog. My parents live near Springfield, MA but anywhere within MA works. So please tag a MA rescue and let me know. 🖤
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This tiny one bedroom is the usual place I used to rent for a month when I was in Keywest! Sadly it was ...
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This tiny one bedroom is the usual place I used to rent for a month when I was in Keywest! Sadly it was sold in 2016 and the buyer wasn't me! But as a photographer, I'm used to documenting moments and this was certainly " my many moments of joy "- Good morning! Last night while having some chocolate ... This tiny one bedroom is the usual place I used to rent for a month when I was in Keywest! Sadly it was sold in 2016 and the buyer wasn't me! But as a photographer, I'm used to documenting moments and this was certainly " my many moments of joy "- Good morning!
Last night while having some chocolate and Ports by the fire ( sweet times ) my mother asked me: "What is your wish Banafsheh ? "
I always give the same answer : "health and peace " but I realized she wanted to hear something else so I gave it some thoughts ! I replied : " hmm.. mom you know I'm not a big planner. I don't think much about tomorrow but let me see ... yeah, ok , I like to live in KeyWest for one year or a little bit more". Mom : what's there ?
Me : ah it's magical! There are bridges painted in Blue ! Amazing scuba dive, I can teach diving there... Almost every night there's this magical sunset with a ray of green and you can soak your feet or go for a night swim in the ocean at a place called the most southern point ( in United States )! And there are Cats with six toes.. chickens on trees ...There is Tennesse Williams and I have one of his ashtrays..Poetic ...and there is me in my solitude and Farewell to Arms ..Old man and the sea 🌊( my dad ) ..and my love , Ernest Hemingway..I now know people who know thsee legends ..
Mom replied : Do it ... I might just do that! #canon
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So uhm. 1. Wtf did I do to deserve this message? We didn't even fucking speak. And you made thee most ...
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So uhm. 1. Wtf did I do to deserve this message? We didn't even fucking speak. And you made thee most minimal of effort to contact me anyways, speaking of that you actually expect me to just talk to you again without an apology after the last time we talked. 2. Dont fuckin insult my family when ... So uhm.
1. Wtf did I do to deserve this message? We didn't even fucking speak. And you made thee most minimal of effort to contact me anyways, speaking of that you actually expect me to just talk to you again without an apology after the last time we talked.
2. Dont fuckin insult my family when you barely know who we are now. My dad and I have grown so much, but you wouldn't know that cuz you have no idea how to be genuinely nice to people who tried to care about you.
And you were "worried" about my health but you never once asked how I was doing, just left half assed fake little comments here n there about nothing. Did you ever stop and think that i didn't respond much because you shit on my heart after i gave you everything i had to show you i loved you. No. You did not.
So yeah. I'll go "far far away" from you, gladly if it means I dont have to be torn apart for nothing once again.
And yeah this might be petty of me but i did not want to sit idlely by as you shit on me for no fucking reason once again.
#sorrynotsorry #blooddoesntdefinefamilylovedoes
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At the age of 17 I ran away from home like most teens who go thru puberty , And dont want to listen I was ...
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At the age of 17 I ran away from home like most teens who go thru puberty , And dont want to listen I was a A+ student in school came from a middle class family I had everything any child could have asked for a beautiful apt , a beautiful room with everything my dad could had possible given me yet I chose ... At the age of 17 I ran away from home like most teens who go thru puberty , And dont want to listen I was a A+ student in school came from a middle class family I had everything any child could have asked for a beautiful apt , a beautiful room with everything my dad could had possible given me yet I chose the wrong friends , dropped out of school on my last high school year and end up living at a friends house i slept in a small mattress , had barely any money , It wasnt until i turned 19 that I decided that God had more in store for me than what I had chosen for myself I battled anorexia ! I went back to school to finish what my parents had worked so hard for , I became a wife and a mother , 3 years ago I went to a job interview to apply for a front desk position I had all these followers , was making videos hitting thousands of views yet no money was coming from it I got offered another position I had no experience with today Went from applying for front desk to one of the top producers of the company from having no money to making 6 figures a year . . . Some people see me and dont know that I have also struggled I had made my share of mistakes I have love the wrong men , have hurt a few good ones , did things for people who stabbed me in the back , didnt to enough for the ones who deserved more of me , they see me and think i brag and I am entitle my page is my daily reminder that dreams do come true!! If you missed out on getting to know me based on my photos you missed out on a great friend! But dont you dare speak on my character and who you think I am based on photos on a social media app everything I have I have worked my ass off to earn it ! If your past is part of who you are today , my past isnt 🦋.
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Sweatsuit - @swimclassy
Sneakers - @shopconcretenyc
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The wedding ceremony: we only invited some family, our wedding party + their significant others/children, ...
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The wedding ceremony: we only invited some family, our wedding party + their significant others/children, and 2 photographers who are friends of mine (@trevlee and @iamemilyvanwinkle). I say “only,” but if you scroll to the last picture you’ll see that it turned out to be a lot of people. ... The wedding ceremony: we only invited some family, our wedding party + their significant others/children, and 2 photographers who are friends of mine (@trevlee and @iamemilyvanwinkle). I say “only,” but if you scroll to the last picture you’ll see that it turned out to be a lot of people. Greg’s immediate family alone is 16 people!
We kept our invite list as short as we could. It was tough saying “no, it’s a private ceremony but you’re invited to the reception to celebrate our marriage with us the next day!” to some friends who asked to be invited but our wedding was for us, not anyone else. I don’t think I heard any bad remarks from anyone about our decision.
We wanted a private ceremony in the woods so that’s what we did. We brought some metal chairs and umbrellas and even though it rained, the show went on! Greg’s older brother married us. I’ll admit, it was actually fun for Greg and I to see everyone shivering and getting their hair+makeup ruined because we love a good adventure. We had planned for a sunny day so the view from our ceremony spot was amazing but no one could see it. It was cold, windy, rainy, and foggy. Greg and I loved it.
I didn’t wear “something old, something blue, etc.” None of that was important to me. My dad also didn’t walk me down any aisle. We have a great relationship but we talked about it and agreed it just wasn’t something we needed to do. Neither of us regret that decision! Greg said something he would have changed was to have me walk through the woods to him though, kinda like an aisle. He’s much more traditional than me😅
The sky cleared up when the ceremony was over so we went to another spot to take some sunny pictures before everyone parted ways for the evening.
We are really happy that we decided to have a private ceremony. There weren’t many distractions + the intimacy of just having close friends and family present was just what we were looking for.
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As a proud #daffodilday Ambassador, Daily Telegraph journalist and food reporter @renatagortan is ...
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As a proud #daffodilday Ambassador, Daily Telegraph journalist and food reporter @renatagortan is encouraging the community to show their support and dedicate a daffodil on Friday 24 August. When Asked who she will be dedicating a daffodil to this Daffodil Day, Renata says, “To two ... As a proud #daffodilday Ambassador, Daily Telegraph journalist and food reporter @renatagortan is encouraging the community to show their support and dedicate a daffodil on Friday 24 August.

When Asked who she will be dedicating a daffodil to this Daffodil Day, Renata says, “To two people, my dad Aldo Gortan who died of prostate cancer last year and my friend Jane Bryant who died of breast cancer this year, aged just 27.” Visit www.daffodilday.com.au to dedicate a daffodil to a loved one and support vital cancer research.
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family appreciation post because i don’t give them nearly as much credit as they deserve. these ...
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family appreciation post because i don’t give them nearly as much credit as they deserve. these people are my favorite people. the single most important thing in this world is your family. whether it be the family that god gave you, or the one you’ve chosen for yourself, they’re the ones who ... family appreciation post because i don’t give them nearly as much credit as they deserve. these people are my favorite people. the single most important thing in this world is your family. whether it be the family that god gave you, or the one you’ve chosen for yourself, they’re the ones who you will always support you no matter what. and no one has shown me that except them. i went through a pretty rough time last year and they stuck by me and helped me through it like no one else did. and for that i am forever greatful. always remember that family is not just an important thing, it is EVERYTHING. i have been incredibly blessed with an extremely smart, caring, positive, and beautiful momma. a funny, witty, hardworking, motivated and awesome dad. a hilarious, goofy, charming little brother. and a gorgeous, fun, hardheaded little sister. i honestly could not have asked for anything more. sorry for the long post, i just felt i needed to say this because i’m not the best at communicating in real life lol. moral of the story, you need a strong family because in the end, they will love you and support you unconditionally. lucky for me, i have my mom, dad, sister, and brother.
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I would love to share what kind of dad my dad is..... When my whole family and I went to Santa Fe a couple ...
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I would love to share what kind of dad my dad is..... When my whole family and I went to Santa Fe a couple of weeks ago, I had to work my job with ether elixir. (opening the market for this juice kefir in New Mexico.) While my family was preparing for a first day of vacation I had to drive to Albuquerque ... I would love to share what kind of dad my dad is..... When my whole family and I went to Santa Fe a couple of weeks ago, I had to work my job with ether elixir. (opening the market for this juice kefir in New Mexico.)
While my family was preparing for a first day of vacation I had to drive to Albuquerque and drop off samples of the product to different health food stores. I was so happy to be there w everyone and bummed that I had to also work.
As I was packing my things up and getting ready to hit the road, he asked if he could come with me. I said, "dad, you dont' want to come~ I am just going to be driving around and dropping off samples of ether elixir. It isn't the most fun."
He said, "I don't care if it's not fun, I want to be w you. So is it okay if I come?" We spent a lovely day together driving around New Mexico! He would patiently wait as I went into stores and talked to managers about our kefir.
We listened to good music and pod casts and talked and talked. I remember looking over at him in the passager seat and seeing him totally content and I aked myself to remeber this forever.

When our Santa Fe trip was over and most of the family packed up to leave, he stayed back w me to help me shoot the Bowspring video. After that was finished, I left and he stayed on and waited for my sister because she didn't want to drive back to coloraod alone. ❤

He is rocking a "STOKD" pizza shirt, a pizza company that my brother and sister and law own and run. (DEFINITELY CHECK THEM OUT!!!) He is so proud of his children and the way he demonstrates this is in unique and really supportive ways ~ like ditiching vacation day and driving w me to Albuquerque.
All around support. I just love you dad, so so so much. Thank you for all that you do and all that you are. ❤️❤️
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AND, wahhhh .... I can't believe what a huge success the Bowspring video that my dad and I created was! 10 days later and people are still watching the video and hitting me up to ask if they can join in on my online class offering. I love how many open minded people this practice attracts ~ well, ya gotta be open minded to practice this! haha.
Thanks for reading. <3
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People ask me how can i love niall so much? Guess what im glad you asked. Niall is really special to ...
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People ask me how can i love niall so much? Guess what im glad you asked. Niall is really special to me. Even though he doesnt know me i feel im connected to him. When i found out my dad cheated on my mom on sunday, i was okay and everything i was okay with the fact that he did that for some reason, but ... People ask me how can i love niall so much? Guess what im glad you asked. Niall is really special to me. Even though he doesnt know me i feel im connected to him. When i found out my dad cheated on my mom on sunday, i was okay and everything i was okay with the fact that he did that for some reason, but at the same time i felt like my dad was a jerk and he did that when he taught me to never do things like that. My dad always told me how my grandpa always cheated on my grandma, and how my grandpa treated my aunts and uncles bad, my dad never ever Let me talk to him. It just reminded me how my dad might turn out like in a few years. I started to cry a little, i just couldnt stand the fact that my dad might turn out like that, ever since i havent really talked to my dad and I dont want to even see him. I went on YouTube and looked up niall horan i found a video of him, i started to watch it i felt soo happy i forgot everything that happened, when i was about 10 or 11 i started cutting, i felt like nobody cared about me and I still feel the same way to this day,but that changed when i found out about one direction. They saved my life, and im glad they did if it wasnt for them i wouldnt be here running this blog about them, i started liking them when i was in 5th grade im in 7th now, pretty much i been here from the start, i always loved niall, at First i wouldnt admit it because i was scared because all of my friends liked zayn so i just went with the flow. But now i can go outside and yell I LOVE NIALL HORAN,  i am happy of what the boys done to me. I never been that Type of person who sent hate to their girlfriends because i actually know how it feels like to get hate. Niall always made me smile, i even wrote a song about him.... I miss those times when niall girls were special tbh. Alot of directioners would like to be his girlfriend but yeah everyone does. If I turned out to be his princess I would be the happiest person but I know that would never happen. But I would like to be his best friend, the little sister he never had and hug him and just tell him how much he means to me.
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 #DearDiary, I’m writing this from my hotel room in West Hollywood, California. We are meeting ...
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#DearDiary, I’m writing this from my hotel room in West Hollywood, California. We are meeting our friend Plez tonight at a witchcraft store in Hollywood before heading up to see our friend Belinda and her band at the Hollywood Bowl. Afterward, we are going for to a goth club on Hollywood Boulevard. ... #DearDiary,
I’m writing this from my hotel room in West Hollywood, California. We are meeting our friend Plez tonight at a witchcraft store in Hollywood before heading up to see our friend Belinda and her band at the Hollywood Bowl. Afterward, we are going for to a goth club on Hollywood Boulevard. I am still in bed. .
After spending Christmas with my grandparents in my mother’s little home town of Tulare, California, we went to stay with a college friend of Mom’s in Pasadena before returning the rental car at LAX the following day.
While Mom visited with her old pal, I asked my father if he would drive me into LA so I could go to Melrose Avenue, and was surprised that I only had to ask once. I think Dad just wanted to get out of the house and away from Mom’s friend’s super creepy husband; but maybe Dad was just being cool.
Dad parked and told me to go have fun. It was 1984, and Melrose was jumping. I was nineteen, and my death rock self was coming into full bloom. I had been reading about Melrose in Interview and other fashion and rock magazines, and of course there were all the bands that I was obsessed with. I had been saving my money. I bought two pairs of black jeans at Flip that my mother would later peg even more for me, and a fantastic plum colored sharkskin jacket for thirty-five dollars at a vintage store. I blew the last of my savings on a Tones On Tail “Christian Says” import twelve inch single at Vinyl Fetish. I did a lot of people watching.
When I returned to the car three hours later, Dad was reading a book but said he had been doing some people watching too. He was excited to report that he saw a girl walking down the street with a snake around her neck. He told me that he was glad I had fun.
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That’s it. Just a happy memory before I order room service.
#TrueConfessions by #BillMullen
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Top pick I took for a new cover but wanted to wait till your anniversary to share because I was excited ...
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Top pick I took for a new cover but wanted to wait till your anniversary to share because I was excited to be making you proud and for you to see how far I’ve come within these months with just me myself & I with my Bstf by my side 🤞🏽 With all the stressing and back and forth with people who didn’t deserve ... Top pick I took for a new cover but wanted to wait till your anniversary to share because I was excited to be making you proud and for you to see how far I’ve come within these months with just me myself & I with my Bstf by my side 🤞🏽 With all the stressing and back and forth with people who didn’t deserve me in there life and because I have a kind heart I kept on for so long and my health started to get worse I had to quit my job with all they bullshitt & my health I didn’t give up though I kept trying like always and I did I got in school and was motivating myself because I’m all I got left in this mom and it was difficult didn’t have it asked for the help from people who of course you know the line mom 😂😂 ARE BROKE 🤦🏽‍♀️😭😭‼️ But Mommy remember we know we always know you taught me with the little time we had together 😂💯 but it’s coo I blocked them people out my life they were toxic to me and I can no longer let people take advantage and use me like I’m fucked up in the head and I’m not Point is it was hard I found out who I needed to keep around me and not to but I didn’t put my health first which describes
Picture two I picked it because that’s my mood been going through it since last Wednesday my health took over huge had a scare and unfortunately I have to take time off with school yet again which I cried about the most because I’m going backwards again 😪💔 NEVER A FAILURE ALWAYS A LESSON-RIHANNA I failed at letting toxic actresses and actors get in my head all these years and not realize till 19 that’s deep.😐 but I mean kind of hard when they yo so called family 🤷🏽‍♀️ I dont have that besides my DAD 💯 Anyways the lesson was trust your gut forget the want to play victim all the time toxic wants to be in charge people out your life & Put your health first regardless 💯 that’s the update on me though mom 5 Years later but when I get better and no longer on resting I hope I’m twice as determined then I was now It’s been getting more hard without you although I thought myself everything I also observed and there was things you helped me with when we was on good terms 😂 I miss you mom watch over me & dad 2-27-13🙌🏽🙏🏽💙
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<span class="emoji emoji1f511"></span> Getting a mentor is the shortcut to success. ~ ~ <span class="emoji emoji1f511"></span> They say there’s no lack of knowledge out there... ...
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Getting a mentor is the shortcut to success. ~ ~ They say there’s no lack of knowledge out there... just a shortage of asking for advice. One year ago today on Labor Day weekend, I was “unsettled” about some of the things I was involved in and I sat down with my dad and just asked for some wisdom. ~ ~ ... 🔑 Getting a mentor is the shortcut to success.
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🔑 They say there’s no lack of knowledge out there... just a shortage of asking for advice. One year ago today on Labor Day weekend, I was “unsettled” about some of the things I was involved in and I sat down with my dad and just asked for some wisdom.
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🔑Here it is...one year later, and I have so much peace . . . And God has confirmed his word with signs following! The decision I made from our conversation has enabled our ministry to impact thousands more people with thousands less cost!! •



#wisdom #mentor #ironsharpensiron #dreambig #visionboard #focus #goals
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"Spontaneity isn’t a form.  Spontaneity is the reality of any living relationship.  When asked ...
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"Spontaneity isn’t a form.  Spontaneity is the reality of any living relationship.  When asked how he continued to capture the perfect photograph, renowned landscape photographer Ansel Adams quoted Louis Pastuer: “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Adams would study a shot for hours, waiting ... "Spontaneity isn’t a form.  Spontaneity is the reality of any living relationship.  When asked how he continued to capture the perfect photograph, renowned landscape photographer Ansel Adams quoted Louis Pastuer: “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Adams would study a shot for hours, waiting to see what the unpredictable light, shadows, and weather patterns would do; he would wait for the spontaneous, chance moment to click the shutter.
Like Adams, I want to capture these moments when they arise. Sadly, often the moment arrives, and I’m so surprised by it that I forget to click the shutter! Knowing how to respond properly in our relationships requires a commitment to studying the people we love the way Adams studied the landscapes. There really isn’t another way to learn other than the way my dad learned, and then we adjust our responses accordingly. There is no surrogate for intimacy. Our relationships are living, unique and spontaneous. The key is studying the landscape of these relationships long enough so that we’re ready to respond properly to the wonderful moments as they happen. In other words, click the shutter!"
- written by @jason_upton in his brilliant piece ‘Seven Seconds’ - found in THE ART OF CONNECTION - our latest volume of Cultivate. Available now at shop.CagelessBirds.com #cultivatebook #theartofconnection #jasonupton #anseladams #relationships
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Wanted to share this story with my friends and family here on my Instagram. I had a childhood friend ...
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Wanted to share this story with my friends and family here on my Instagram. I had a childhood friend pass away a couple of weeks ago now suddenly. I immediately called my mom to tell her what I had heard and how sad it was that he had passed. My second sentence was I wonder where his doodle is now or ... Wanted to share this story with my friends and family here on my Instagram. I had a childhood friend pass away a couple of weeks ago now suddenly. I immediately called my mom to tell her what I had heard and how sad it was that he had passed. My second sentence was I wonder where his doodle is now or is she even still alive? I had been following my friends FB page over the years and loved seeing his pics of him and his lovely doodle, Mollie. I felt an even more connection to him knowing we shared a love for doodles. Then a few mornings later, I see on FB a post for her needing a new home due to owner sudden passing. I immediately asked if it was my friends dog and they responded with “yes”. I called my dad and mom immediately and asked if they could take this elder doodle. There was no hesitation they said YES. Thank you to my mom, Helen Herr for doing this and I know Mollie will have the best home with you. Thank you to Bradley Jordan, my dad, for not pausing or blinking an eye when I asked if they could take her even though he is currently taking care of his elder German Shepherd. (Update since my original post on FB, their German Shepherd, Sissy, passed away this week so Mollie’s presence is now bringing so much comfort to my family.🙏🏻) I’m so grateful that I can do this for my friend, Jeff Deloney. I know how much he loved his girl and he was one of the kindest people to me growing up in Hillcrest, Little Rock. I will always remember him and am so grateful this happened in his honor. 🙏🏻💕🐾💕
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I love storytelling, and am realizing how much I love the medium that is social media. It encompasses ...
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I love storytelling, and am realizing how much I love the medium that is social media. It encompasses all genres for me, I can be brief, I can deep dive. I can be funny or serious. It's like the new version of Reader's Digest! Which I totally loved as a kid, thank you dentists office! It is legit ... I love storytelling, and am realizing how much I love the medium that is social media. It encompasses all genres for me, I can be brief, I can deep dive. I can be funny or serious. It's like the new version of Reader's Digest! Which I totally loved as a kid, thank you dentists office! It is legit where I found my high school yearbook quote:
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'There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.' - unknown
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As trite as that may sound, even now in 2018 that still rings true. We have to buckle down and DO THE WORK. Tell that story, let people in. Put one foot in front of the other, and enjoy the journey along the way.
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You may wonder why that stool is in the picture. I mean, it's not even red. Sure, it's just your basic run of the mill Ikea stool that you put together yourself. But it's also a piece of art that my Dad, who is an accomplished artist, created with GG when she was little. ❤️
Growing up I always looked at the skills my Dad has as an artist as a superpower. He could pick up a pencil, a pen or a brush and create something from NOTHING. From absolute thin air he could just pull images and people and places and create something beautiful or something dark. As a child I would beg him to draw me. I wonder now if my obsession with this was a longing to be seen, to stand out in the crowd that was my family of 8 siblings and countless foster children. He would refuse, my Dad was nobody's monkey.
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Later in life he created art with my daughter. He sketched my son Jackson on the day he was born, carelessly on a piece of scrap office paper that I still cherish, not because I asked, but because he wanted to.
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I know now that I don't need to be seen through anyone else's eyes but my own. That I exist through the stories that I choose to share and tell and see. And that all of this comes around full circle stop, in an image I created while collaborating with my daughter, who collaborated with my Dad.
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REMEMBER YOUR NAME.... Yesterday was 5 years since losing my grandfather, Pappy. I am the man I am ...
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REMEMBER YOUR NAME.... Yesterday was 5 years since losing my grandfather, Pappy. I am the man I am becoming because of his influence in my life. I carry his strengths. I carry his weaknesses. I carry his joy. I carry his anger. I carry all of it... I carry his name. When I was a kid, I stole a piece ... REMEMBER YOUR NAME.... Yesterday was 5 years since losing my grandfather, Pappy. I am the man I am becoming because of his influence in my life. I carry his strengths. I carry his weaknesses. I carry his joy. I carry his anger. I carry all of it... I carry his name.

When I was a kid, I stole a piece of jewelry from my grandma (Nanny)..... and I got caught, after the fact. So, my dad took me to their house, where I had to tell my Nanny that I'd taken her diamond pendant... Out of embarrassment, I couldn't tell her I took it. But when my dad asked me, I lied. "I told her." -me "No, honey... you didn't." -Nanny

I was red, flushed. I'd felt betrayed. Why didn't she just cover for me? I was already embarrassed. And now... now I'm feeling alone. Isolated. "Son, I will always be on your side... but you have to tell me the truth." -My dad

Those words have never left me... not in 25 years.

Neither have these:

The next day, my Pappy took me down to his woodshop. He began carving a little dog out of a piece of wood, while talking to me. It's the little dog you see in most of my videos, on my desk. It's dog I continue to refine in this picture. "What's your name?" he asked me. "Cody." "What's your full name?" "Michael Cody Jefferson." "Son, I need you to remember this....You are a Jefferson. We don't steal and we don't lie. That's not who we are and it's not who you are. Now, you may have done those things, but it's not who you are. You can't outrun who you're called to be. You can hide and you can refuse it, but it will always be there.

That's the voice of the Lord in the back of your head, reminding you of who you are.... but it's up to you to listen." Friends,

This world, the people in it.
They will try to define you.
They will push you to redefine yourself.
They will push you to conform.
They will push you to accept.
They will push you to perform.
They will push you to complacency.
To depression.
To isolation.
To confusion.
To your own demise..... Intentionally.
Unintentionally.
Through perceptively good intentions.

Understand this: you have a name.

And to have a name is to be chosen.
To be loved.
To be seen.
To be KNOWN.

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Two weeks before my dad passed away last year, I asked him what one life advice he could give me, and ...
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Two weeks before my dad passed away last year, I asked him what one life advice he could give me, and he told me to go be a “free spirit.” I learn what this means everyday to a new deeper level. It sounds like a rather simple advice, but the more I dive deeper to understand what it truly takes to be a ... Two weeks before my dad passed away last year, I asked him what one life advice he could give me, and he told me to go be a “free spirit.” I learn what this means everyday to a new deeper level. It sounds like a rather simple advice, but the more I dive deeper to understand what it truly takes to be a #freespirit, I constantly get amazed how #wise my dad really was to give me this as most valued life advice.
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To be a free spirit doesn’t just mean go jump in the hot springs during an adventure. (Definitely fun though, and definitely helps!) Sure, that could be a playful way to be a free spirit for a moment, but the more I dive deeper into uncovering who I really am, I realize that the thing that frees any spirit more than anything is being open, vulnerable and acting and living out of love. —————————————
In my program to be a life coach, I learned that to be the most helpful coach for other people, my cup has to be overflowing first. When your own cup is overflowing, you have the ability to give without having to take away from being full, and other people can’t put their own opinions/negativity into your cup. I found that when I act out of love, instead of fear, and especially during those moments where acting out of love seems most difficult, I feel my spirit free into the world. When acting out of love, it’s easier to say what you mean, it’s easier to not be offended by other people, because when you look at them from the lens of love, you realize the only reason others may deliberately try to bring you down is because they are suffering inside. When you lead with compassion this way, your spirit flows with the moment and opens itself to possibilities, rather than get caged up in fear. When you become open and vulnerable, you can own your experiences and your identity, and when you have owned all your stories, you are left with nothing to hide- allowing your spirit to soar and flow with the loving energy of the Universe. ———--Everyday, through becoming more aware of myself and surrounding myself with the people who teach me to learn about myself, I become more and more free everyday. Thank you dad, you would be proud of what I’m becoming. 🌸
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I lost my dad 15 years ago today. It was shortly after the first two pictures were taken. I remember ...
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I lost my dad 15 years ago today. It was shortly after the first two pictures were taken. I remember this moment because as my dad hugged me, he whispered to me how this was the proudest day of his life. He said, his other proudest day was my kindergarten graduation. Not too long after this, my dad ... I lost my dad 15 years ago today. It was shortly after the first two pictures were taken. I remember this moment because as my dad hugged me, he whispered to me how this was the proudest day of his life. He said, his other proudest day was my kindergarten graduation. Not too long after this, my dad told me that he had always wanted to be a lawyer, but he never thought he was smart enough. This was crazy to me because my dad earned his PhD, 2 different Masters Degrees, a Certificate Of Advanced Studies and on and on. My dad had more degrees than any other person I have ever met! So on a whim, I decided to take the LSAT which was only 3 weeks away. It was just something I was doing with my dad and he encouraged me to “just see how well you can do.” I ended up doing... fairly well 😌 I remember my dad went crazy when he found out how well I did! I don’t think I had ever seen him so excited. He took charge of my applications and said I should just apply to the top 10 law schools only! He told me about growing up in Kenya and as a child he would hear about this mythical school called Harvard where the smartest people in the world studied. He said he had always dreamed of just going to visit Harvard. My dad literally called me everyday at lunch time and always asked if I had heard back from any schools yet. He was so excited he couldn’t wait, just like a kid eagerly anticipating Christmas. Then I got a call and found out that my dad had died suddenly. I was devastated. Numb. Then just days later, I received my acceptance to Harvard Law School. It was a bittersweet moment for me. One the one hand I was incredibly happy, but on the other I was sad because my dad just missed it. I wanted to see his face light up when he heard I was accepted into Harvard. I wanted to feel him hug me just one more time and hear him tell me how proud he was of me. Initially, I hadn’t intended on going to law school, but I decided to do it as a way to honor my dad. That’s why my Harvard Law Degree means so much to me... it’s for my dad. 🙏🏽
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OMG this is insane and I love it #Repost @theslackgoddess ・・・ The sky is NOT the limit with you by my side! On November 20, 2017, @slackinhigh and I exchanged "Hell Yeah's!" in a wedding in the sky! 400 feet in the air on a spacenet in Moab, Utah. We had aerial artists performing on silks and ... OMG this is insane and I love it 💕 #Repost @theslackgoddess
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The sky is NOT the limit with you by my side! 😉💓 On November 20, 2017, @slackinhigh and I exchanged "Hell Yeah's!" in a wedding in the sky! 400 feet in the air on a spacenet in Moab, Utah. We had aerial artists performing on silks and lyra underneath us, BASE jumping flower girls that wore tutus and packed their chutes with real petals, and a giant desert rave for the reception. My dad even got to walk me down the "aisle", which was a first of its kind! Normally, people get onto the net by slacklining on a 1 inch piece of webbing out to the middle, but we specifically engineered the aisle so that those dearest to us (who arent slackliners) could easily join us on our special day.
Thank you everyone who got involved, lent a helping hand in setting up the net and the rave tent, and even risked their lives for us! We couldnt have done it without you, and we couldnt have asked for a more magical day. And as a slacklifer, I gotta say, its pretty surreal to have your wedding video made by THE @scottyrog @wingatemotion 🙌

Gown: Lily Rose by @galialahav from @kinsleyjamescouturebridal //
Spacenet designed and rigged by @sketchyandylewis. Aisle brought into reality with the help of Andy and @slacklifebc // Wedding Officiant @blackrockseco //
Aerialists @lizasouras @cdignes @theletabug // BASE Jumpers @mrcorbing @davidlaffargue @cincybase @jimmypeterson27 @theinfamousskypig @scottyybob @stickynicky420 @taz @andikissthesky // Photographers @thehearnes // Hair Styling @katevictoria_hair // Bouquet @thefauxbouquets // Tuxes @generationtux //
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Today marks one year since I boarded a plane and moved to a country I’d never previously visited... ...
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Today marks one year since I boarded a plane and moved to a country I’d never previously visited... three suitcases, a one way ticket and an Airbnb reservation for 2 weeks.. A year earlier, I’d had another horrible day at work and so went home to my parent’s house instead of my own flat. As I lay ... Today marks one year since I boarded a plane and moved to a country I’d never previously visited... three suitcases, a one way ticket and an Airbnb reservation for 2 weeks..
A year earlier, I’d had another horrible day at work and so went home to my parent’s house instead of my own flat. As I lay on the sofa, eyes glazed, watching a nature documentary (that’s my go to when I’m feeling poop) my dad came in and from the corner of my eye I could feel him studying me. “Nana, sit up”. I did. “What’s wrong?”. I launched into a 5 minute diatribe about state bureaucracy, vulnerable young people having their already dire circumstances exacerbated by mediocre decision makers, my frustration with 3rd sector organizations - feeling like I’m putting plasters on wounds that need stitches, and the waves of depression and anxiety which were becoming harder and harder to move through. He nodded kindly and waited for me to finish a conversation we’d actually had 100 times before. But this time he asked me: “Are you married? Do you have children? So why are you limiting yourself to the opportunities here? Nana, wipe your eyes”.

When I finally committed myself to leaving, naturally everyone around me asked why. I would mumble back a variety of things but nothing succinct beyond being “fed up”. Unsurprisingly, the people who knew me least, but the most generous with their two cents, accused me of “running away”✌🏿.. however I know now, and what my dad was guiding me to acknowledge, was that London was no longer fertile ground for my self-development. I was feeling severely stunted/underwhelmed and removing some of its safety nets would be a catalyst for the growth I needed.

This experience though has been far from a fairytale. I probably cried every day for the first 6 months (I have posts upon posts worth of horror stories) but after a year, the gains are clear. This time has enabled a purge of things once holding me in psychological bondage and given way to healing which couldn’t have happened back home. Deadening my internal turmoil has also helped me truly know love in the most transformative relationship I have experienced to date (I love you Z♥️) [cont’d in comments]
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***Disclaimer- this note isn’t to receive sympathy or anything of that nature. Sharing this is ...
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***Disclaimer- this note isn’t to receive sympathy or anything of that nature. Sharing this is something I’ve struggling with for a couple weeks, but I post this to give God the Glory and encourage anyone that needs it. Since October 30th, my Dad has had some tough difficulties with his health...cardiac ... ***Disclaimer- this note isn’t to receive sympathy or anything of that nature. Sharing this is something I’ve struggling with for a couple weeks, but I post this to give God the Glory and encourage anyone that needs it.
Since October 30th, my Dad has had some tough difficulties with his health...cardiac arrest, almost lost him on Christmas Day kinda difficulties. So, when people asked me “how was your Christmas break” my answer was typically “interesting.” What else was I gonna say?
I haven’t shared it with many people simply because it’s so much to process for myself and support my family at the same time. But as I sit with my Dad on the eve of his surgery, (which in the name of Jesus will solve all his problems) I sit here choosing to praise God. I choose to push away all the fear the enemy is trying to put in me. I choose to have peace in the situation. I choose to trust in God and all He has in store. Because at the end of the day it’s all a choice. Yes, faith is a feeling, but before you can have any feeling, you have to choose to surrender to it. We’ve seen miracles along the way already and I’m choosing to believe in another one.
Thank you to whomever left this anonymous note left on my desk. I’m thankful for the people that have prayed, called, texted, and offered support for my Dad and my family. We still need those prayers. But at the end of the day, I’m choosing to trust in God because I know He can take care of this and take care of me.
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One of the guest bedrooms at Casa Soria is home to my parents’ collection of old family photos, which ...
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One of the guest bedrooms at Casa Soria is home to my parents’ collection of old family photos, which run the gamut from stodgy white people to my beautiful Latina grandmother. I’ve always had a pretty uncomfortable feeling about my own ethnic identity. Mainly that I was never sure if I was ... One of the guest bedrooms at Casa Soria is home to my parents’ collection of old family photos, which run the gamut from stodgy white people to my beautiful Latina grandmother. I’ve always had a pretty uncomfortable feeling about my own ethnic identity. Mainly that I was never sure if I was allowed to say what I was or if I had to wait for someone else to tell me. My dad thinks of himself as Mexican-American, and while he doesn’t speak the language and doesn’t have intimate knowledge of his ancestral homeland, is quite proud of his heritage. My mom, like many white Americans, has a certain level of complacency about her pan-European background. My parents both did their DNA testing recently and found results they weren’t fully expecting (my dad’s family didn’t have a lot of indigenous Mexican ancestry, my mom’s family was predominantly Scandinavian). Their test results were kind of a testament to how conceptual identity can be. I understand fully that I possess white privilege and have enjoyed its benefits my whole life. But I do have conversations nearly every day about what my background is because every time someone hears how my name is pronounced (Oar-Lawn-Doe, in pseudo-Spanish), I’m asked to explain why. I don’t have a lot of specific pride about either of my ethnic sides, they’re too many generations removed for me to really feel them. But I do have a sense that I am made of people and histories from all over and I that brings me pride. Because of my dad and how much of an emphasis he puts on his Latino heritage, I’ll never fully identify as a white person. Which I know sounds ridiculous if you look at me. I think because I’m mixed and have known other mixed people most of my life, I had a sense that we were living in some kind of incredible post-race world where everyone was magically getting along and loving each other and being decent human beings. The crazy violence and displays of white supremacy in Charlottesville a year ago opened a lot of eyes, including mine, to how much hatred for black and brown people still exists in this country. Not sure what the answer is, but hoping acknowledging what’s going on helps us find a solution. Photo @zekeruelas
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Take a moment and watch the video link in my bio then read this. My dad use to tell me that he believed ...
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Take a moment and watch the video link in my bio then read this. My dad use to tell me that he believed you meet certain people in your life that while they look ragged and in disrepair they are actually angels sent to test us. About 2 AM I cruised around Denver on my skateboard and met Dale. Sat ... Take a moment and watch the video link in my bio then read this.

My dad use to tell me that he believed you meet certain people in your life that while they look ragged and in disrepair they are actually angels sent to test us.
About 2 AM I cruised around Denver on my skateboard and met Dale. Sat with him for a while and chatted and learned some of the backstory of this mobility impaired and homeless 75-year-old man. As I was leaving I asked if I could get him anything and all he asked for was a coffee. It was obvious he deserved more so I grocery shopped at the 7-Eleven and brought him back a couple days supply of food. When I gave him the food we were approached by two guys that I felt were going to potentially rob us. Turns out they were just hungry and homeless as well, but were about 50 years younger than Dale. You’ll hear me even say to them to not take his food. And then Dale did something that made me want to share this moment. Instead of keeping it to himself he shared half with them. A guy that has nothing gave away half to people he didn’t even know. How many of us would do that? Something he absolutely had to have to survive he gave away an equal share to people in the same situation. It was obvious to me my dad was right once again and I wish he was still here to give me more advice. #god #family #country #helppeople
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For Easter Grandma Linda got Toots this custom bag/huge shoe. This morning toots asked me if he could ...
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For Easter Grandma Linda got Toots this custom bag/huge shoe. This morning toots asked me if he could take his shoe to school to hold his lunch, instead of bringing his backpack. I said okaay, my dad said at pick up teachers and parents were asking where xavier got "this shoe" My dad said he hadnt ... For Easter Grandma Linda got Toots this custom bag/huge shoe. This morning toots asked me if he could take his shoe to school to hold his lunch, instead of bringing his backpack. I said okaay, my dad said at pick up teachers and parents were asking where xavier got "this shoe" My dad said he hadnt even seen toots and didnt know he brought his shoe to school when people were asking him about it. Lol, safe to say... Toots did it again. #SpotLight my dad said walking out numerous people asked about #TheShoe #XaviersShoe 😂
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i know this is going to annoy some people but i want to put this on here. last year i saw one of the most ...
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i know this is going to annoy some people but i want to put this on here. last year i saw one of the most important people to me. i'd loved him for a good 4-5 years and because of his music style, i was never able to get to see him. my dad then told me he would take me to the secc to go meet him outside the ... i know this is going to annoy some people but i want to put this on here.
last year i saw one of the most important people to me. i'd loved him for a good 4-5 years and because of his music style, i was never able to get to see him.
my dad then told me he would take me to the secc to go meet him outside the venue. i felt so happy knowing i could tell elliot how much he meant to me. i was all ready to go but my dad then got sick and we couldn't go anymore.
this was way before his uk tour in 2014 and when i found out he was doing m&g's i was over the moon. all the money from the m&g's bought were going to teenage cancer trust. i eventually persuaded my mum to buy me a ticket and i got a m&g.
i started crying and hugged her so tight. i was actually going to meet my idol.
the night of the concert came and we headed to the barrowlands. i was third in line to meet him and when it was my turn i couldn't do it. i was too nervous and i was physically shaking everywhere. i walked in the room and i covered my mouth with my hand. there he was. standing there in front of me.
he smiled at me and he told me to breathe normally and calm down. he putt his hand on my shoulder and helped me breathe properly and i looked up at him and i felt safe.
he signed my cd's and we went to get our picture taken.
i asked him if he could wear a badge i had brought.
now, this badge meant a lot to me. a blue circle. raising awareness for a condition i have lived with for the past 9 years.
he said yes and i helped him put it on.
we took the picture on my mum's phone and he then signed my t-shirt which i got from the m&g package.
i had my ipod ready for a picture that i could keep but he took it off me, flipped the camera round and took a selfie.
i was shaking and i couldn't believe that happened. i then asked for a hug and he said yes. it was just so nice knowing that i was there, hugging the man that had meant so much to me for the past 4-5 years.
i was then allowed into the venue and i got front row (i'm in the white t-shirt near the right hand side of the stage).
the gig was amazing and i'll never forget it. he truly does put on an amazing show.
thank you, @example
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A lot of my friend's here on IG have talked to me and asked about my dad, and I can't thank you all enough ...
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A lot of my friend's here on IG have talked to me and asked about my dad, and I can't thank you all enough for the support. Here's a little story about my dad, to tell you about the kind of person he is. For years, he has always had a dollar attached to the window shade thing on his cars. I finally asked ... A lot of my friend's here on IG have talked to me and asked about my dad, and I can't thank you all enough for the support. Here's a little story about my dad, to tell you about the kind of person he is. For years, he has always had a dollar attached to the window shade thing on his cars. I finally asked him why a few years ago, and he explained that it was just in case someone needed a dollar. If he's driving to work and there's someone panhandling, it is for them. If he's in the parking lot grocery shopping and someone desperately needs money for gas or food or whatever, it is for them. There's always someone who needs help and who would we be if we didn't help them? Yeah, we are broke a lot of the time and struggle to get by, but we have a roof over our heads and cars and jobs. Some people don't, and we have to look out for them. My parents both always stressed treating people well and this is just one example in a long line. Get well soon, dad.
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 #ignytereflection #intothedeep432 despite knowing what i want to do in the future, i've always ...
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#ignytereflection #intothedeep432 despite knowing what i want to do in the future, i've always asked God what His will for me actually was. on the third night of service, p janis preached about how God has already chosen us for a specific destiny. just then, God revealed to me how His purpose ... #ignytereflection #intothedeep432
despite knowing what i want to do in the future, i've always asked God what His will for me actually was. on the third night of service, p janis preached about how God has already chosen us for a specific destiny. just then, God revealed to me how His purpose for me was to evangelise, pray for and encourage others with His word. but honestly i tried several times to do all of the above before and many times i've failed. there were many moments when i tried to invite my friends to church, only to be rejected. (pls dont be offended if ure one of them, after all going to church is a personal choice to be made) i struggled with this issue for a very long time often felt like i failed before God. God also told me to bring my dad back to Christ (if yall dk my dad is a believer but doesnt go to church anymore :-( ) but being the stubborn man that he always is, i just didnt think it was possible at all?? so during altar call i knelt and i cried bc i just felt so overwhelmed and asked God if He had called the wrong person to bring people to Christ and pray for them. and wowww a voice in my head told me : it's okay. i will be by your side all the time. you have nothing to fear. God then revealed to me about how i was already somehow on my way to successfully fulfilling His purpose for me. He reminded me of the many instances that proved He was indeed beginning to work in the hearts of the people He called me to reach out to. like how my dad agreed to attend my water baptism ceremony though he didnt want to step into church at all initially :') all i needed was a little faith and tenacity to press on in times of oppression and not give up so easily. coincidentally ((or not)) on the last day during morning service, p gary declared that we WILL bring someone to Christ eventually and with that the holy spirit stirred in my heart once again and reminded me that everything is already planned out in detail by God. also!! on the way back to sg our coach bus bypassed a church with the timely verse matthew 19:26 "with God all things are possible" shown on the wall of the building itself. (cont in comments)
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Everyone has a ride or die and mine is my dad.  I can think of more than one time my dad had no idea why we were doing something, but he always did what he was asked. Usually it was me or my friends trying to impress a boy… “DAD!!! Just answer the phone and tell him we’re at a really cool party” –while ... Everyone has a ride or die and mine is my dad.  I can think of more than one time my dad had no idea why we were doing something, but he always did what he was asked. Usually it was me or my friends trying to impress a boy… “DAD!!! Just answer the phone and tell him we’re at a really cool party” –while my friends and I are standing there in our pj’s at 8pm on a Friday with mud masks on our faces. Or trying to showoff to some stupid mean girls, “Oh dad,  you’re so awesome, I can’t believe you’re taking me to Maui for my birthday!!!” said loudly at Fred Meyer’s where they were all buying makeup.  He was also the one who taught me not to take $hit from anyone – if a bully hits you, you him 'em back.  If someone wants to try to put you down, make them regret engaging in a battle of wit with a Renouf!  He was the first one to tell me to defend myself at all costs and he’d deal with the fallout later.  From telling a teacher it was within my right to kick a boy in the crotch for grabbing my boob (or where it should have been if I’d had one) in 4th grade to reminding boys he knows where and how to bury a body so nobody will ever find it when high school rolled around.

Everyone asks how my dad and I have such a great relationship, and it’s important to note it wasn’t always perfect. The teen years were rough, especially that month I got 2 tickets and had a car accident. Convincing him I wanted to go out of state to college was not a fun debate, nor was deciding to get married before I finished college - not an endearing series of conversations.  But no matter what I’ve done, where I’ve been, how crazy something might have seemed, he’s always had my back. My dad is my OG and my Ride or Die.

This clip makes me think of my dad. No clue what’s happening, just jumping in feet first, fully committed to being a part of it.  Knowing it might not be the best decision, but supporting his baby in front of a room full of people. Thinking this might not be the right way to make your point, but knowing that standing up for his baby IS always the right thing, no matter what people think. So to my #rideordie #dad, I love you, I value you and am blessed to have you!!!
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Evolution of the V and VI. #throwback <span class="emoji emoji2b05"></span>️ People always asked why our business was named Readers ...
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Evolution of the V and VI. #throwback ️ People always asked why our business was named Readers Fine Jewelers, especially, since we're Armenian and it wasn't our last name. Our family business was mostly in manufacturing jewelry back in Egypt. My dad @askthestache immigrated to America ... Evolution of the V and VI.
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People always asked why our business was named Readers Fine Jewelers, especially, since we're Armenian and it wasn't our last name. Our family business was mostly in manufacturing jewelry back in Egypt. My dad @askthestache immigrated to America and started working for Readers Credit Jewelers and became a retail and manufacturer. Being a "foreigner", he felt it important to keep the Readers name, as it was a solid American name and established business. He also added "5th Generation" to it.
Now that I have continued on with the business, inside the walls of another iconic Santa Monica location @fairmontmiramar, I wanted to brand our names and add V and VI to my logo, representing both our generations.
#tbt #generations #familybusiness #americandream
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My parents, Larry and Donna, met in 1954 and were married just two months later. By the time my Mom ...
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My parents, Larry and Donna, met in 1954 and were married just two months later. By the time my Mom died, they had been together for 58 years. . Early in their marriage my Mom waited tables part time, but for the most part she stayed at home and raised their 8 kids. She was thoughtful, kind, creative ... My parents, Larry and Donna, met in 1954 and were married just two months later. By the time my Mom died, they had been together for 58 years.
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Early in their marriage my Mom waited tables part time, but for the most part she stayed at home and raised their 8 kids. She was thoughtful, kind, creative and well known for her hair.
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My Dad was the main breadwinner, and was also a great father to his kids. He was funny, smart, and charmed people everywhere he went.
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My Dad recently passed away and while going through things I found a stack of old Polaroids from before I was born. This one was taken in 1972, when they had already been together for 18 years!
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Before he died, I asked him what he wanted us to do with his ashes. His response was “You can just throw me up on the shelf with your mother.”
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And that’s where he is today.
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~shared by @vtmcg #savefamilyphotos
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I was in kindergarten when I fell in love with skee-ball. My Mom tells me that I was determined to go ...
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I was in kindergarten when I fell in love with skee-ball. My Mom tells me that I was determined to go back to the boardwalk and play until I beat my score. There simply wasn’t a lot of money in my family for extra activities, so my parents told me I could go back and play skee-ball if I made money. So, ... I was in kindergarten when I fell in love with skee-ball. My Mom tells me that I was determined to go back to the boardwalk and play until I beat my score. There simply wasn’t a lot of money in my family for extra activities, so my parents told me I could go back and play skee-ball if I made money. So, with an entrepreneurial spirit, I scoured the beach for the best sea shells I could find. In my 5 year old mind it made perfect sense to set up a stand and sell seashells... at the seashore. My twin sister and I stood on Ocean Avenue and patiently waited for people to buy our prized seashells for a nickel. We waited and waited. My Dad realized the importance of skee-ball and appreciated our grit to earn some extra money and took action. He gathered a handful of nickels and walked around the corner from our pop up sea shell stand and looked for customers. He handed out nickels to a bunch of adults and asked them to go support our small business. ☺️🌊 .
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I wasn’t aware of this story until Mom told me last night. I’m not one bit surprised of course. I don’t know I’ll have children of my own one day, but if I do, these are the things I’ll make happen. Thank you Dad for your endless sweetness and perseverance.
#thisisalzheimers #family #whatmattersmost #oceancity #sweetness #grateful #babyentrepreneur #seashellstand
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Ok so im really fucking pissed off. We were talking about caytlin jenner and I said that i was accepting ...
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Ok so im really fucking pissed off. We were talking about caytlin jenner and I said that i was accepting of her. I saud i was for transgender people. I asked my dad how he felt about it and he said he wasnt fine with it. I had always assumed that they WERE FOR IT. Guess not. If you tell by my name, you ... Ok so im really fucking pissed off. We were talking about caytlin jenner and I said that i was accepting of her. I saud i was for transgender people. I asked my dad how he felt about it and he said he wasnt fine with it. I had always assumed that they WERE FOR IT. Guess not. If you tell by my name, you already know my views upon genders, sexualities, and races. Transgender is ok. For people who aren fine with it, look up unbalanced estrogen and testosterone. Maybe that at least will change your mind.
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Not only was she the Queen of Soul but Aretha Franklin was an activist <span class="emoji emoji270a"></span>🏾<span class="emoji emoji270a"></span>🏾<span class="emoji emoji270a"></span>🏾 “My daddy says I don’t ...
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Not only was she the Queen of Soul but Aretha Franklin was an activist 🏾🏾🏾 “My daddy says I don’t know what I’m doing. Well, I respect him, of course, but I’m going to stick to my beliefs. Angela Davis must go free. Black people must be free. . . . Jail is hell to be in. I’m going to set her free if ... Not only was she the Queen of Soul but Aretha Franklin was an activist ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 “My daddy says I don’t know what I’m doing. Well, I respect him, of course, but I’m going to stick to my beliefs. Angela Davis must go free. Black people must be free. . . . Jail is hell to be in. I’m going to set her free if there is any justice in our courts, not because I believe in communism, but because she’s a Black woman and she wants freedom for Black people. I have the money; I got it from Black people—they’ve made me financially able to have it—and I want to use it in ways that will help our people.” Additionally her song Respect
“would become an anthem for the black-power movement, as symbolic and powerful as Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” “Franklin was just a teenager when she began touring with King across the country as he preached nonviolence in the movement for civil rights. “I asked my dad if it would be okay if I went” on the tour with King. “He said if that’s what I wanted to do, he thought it would be okay, so I went out for a number of dates with Dr. King. Harry Belafonte came out and of course, Andrew Young was there and Jesse [Jackson] came in and out.” After King’s assassination in 1968, Franklin performed at his funeral.”
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I miss two people the most right now and that's @abigailsmith98765421 and her brother. When you ...
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I miss two people the most right now and that's @abigailsmith98765421 and her brother. When you get this Abby call me please I asked my dad if I can call you but he said no its christmas. I miss two people the most right now and that's @abigailsmith98765421 and her brother. When you get this Abby call me please I asked my dad if I can call you but he said no its christmas.
**Story alert!** Who taught you to love and respect nature? Parents? Friends? It’s an interesting ...
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**Story alert!** Who taught you to love and respect nature? Parents? Friends? It’s an interesting question as we see more and more people blatantly stepping outside the rules and laws of the lands we visit, even vandalizing them in some instances. My parents took us on a vacation when I ... **Story alert!**
Who taught you to love and respect nature? Parents? Friends? It’s an interesting question as we see more and more people blatantly stepping outside the rules and laws of the lands we visit, even vandalizing them in some instances.
My parents took us on a vacation when I was 8 years old. One of the stops was Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While we were hiking I picked up this cool rock. I wanted to keep it so I asked my dad if it was ok to take a souvenir. He said absolutely not. He explained to me that if everyone that came to this park took a rock, picked a flower, or strayed off trail, that soon there wouldn’t be anything left to see and enjoy here. That really struck a chord with me even at 8 years old. It’s the fundamental behind the Leave No Trace principles. I’d love to hear when each of you had your aha! moment with nature. ❤️
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📍: Olympic National Park, WA. @olympicnationalpark
@rei @canonusa @usinterior @artofvisuals @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeoyourshot @canon_photos @pnwonderland @washingtonexplored @washingtontrails @wander_washington @komo4 @kiro7seattle @q13fox @king5seattle @nationalparkgeek @nationalparkservice @goparks @share_the_experience
#itsamazingoutthere #optoutside #aov #artofvisuals #earthpix #canon_photos #pnwonderland #thegreatpnw #upperleftusa #washington #Washingtonstate #washingtonexplored #pnw #wanderwashington #hike #mountains #sonorthwest #lake #trail #werehikers #peoplewhohike #kiro7 #king5seattle #q13fox #komo4 #nationalpark #nationalparkgeek #olympicnationalpark #olympicpeninsula
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Although this was a year ago, I want to share this 1 minute clip from a video my cousin in law (@monteboiii) put together for @kenney______ & I. It is exactly a year ago today that my partner in crime got on one knee in front of all our friends and family at our baby shower What I appreciate Kenneth ... Although this was a year ago, I want to share this 1 minute clip from a video my cousin in law (@monteboiii) put together for @kenney______ & I.
It is exactly a year ago today that my partner in crime got on one knee in front of all our friends and family at our baby shower 💍
What I appreciate Kenneth doing is: One, he asked my dad for permission first 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 he knew that this was very important for me and Second, he shared his love for me in front of the people that mattered most to us. Hope you all enjoyed watching a small clip of his proposal. Im hoping to upload the full video soon for you guys to see ☺️
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Every year on my birthday, I have a tradition of asking the elders around me what they were doing at ...
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Every year on my birthday, I have a tradition of asking the elders around me what they were doing at the age I'm turning. It's not meant to be a competitive question but meant to give me a sense of perspective. What were they doing when they had as many days on the planet as I have now? And I always ... Every year on my birthday, I have a tradition of asking the elders around me what they were doing at the age I'm turning. It's not meant to be a competitive question but meant to give me a sense of perspective. What were they doing when they had as many days on the planet as I have now? And I always love the answers, the pause where they really have to think back. And I'm always amazed at how incredibly varied and interesting the answers were (kids, no kids, job, no job, school, travel, love, loss - you name it). It's also fascinating to see the details that people remember from their years and no two answers have ever been the same. When I asked my dad that question this week, he told me that 30 might have been one of the best years of his life. And the way this year is shaping up, I hope that becomes another thing we have in common. And as much as I love reflecting back on my life on my birthday, I'm also loving looking forward #newdecade #happybirthdaytome #30
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STORYTIME: who remembers beyblades???? They were basically spinning tops but you mechanically ...
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STORYTIME: who remembers beyblades???? They were basically spinning tops but you mechanically started them and tried to fight other people's Beyblades to become the champion. There were hundreds of different types of beyblades but there was one that always crushed the competition everytime- ... STORYTIME: who remembers beyblades???? They were basically spinning tops but you mechanically started them and tried to fight other people's Beyblades to become the champion. There were hundreds of different types of beyblades but there was one that always crushed the competition everytime- the Dranzer. It was bigger and heavier than the others and would thrash the competition everytime. My half brother had tons of beyblades but he always lost once someone else got the Dranzer. So he asked my dad to buy him a Dranzer so that he could compete.
My father, not wanting to disappoint his step son, went above and beyond the call of duty, went into his little workshop and over a few days invented the Bronzer. The Bronzer was made of solid Phosphor Bronze, was about four inches wide and weighed at least a pound. It had been expertly engineered and weighted so that it would spin for years if you wanted and it also had the classic serrated edges that most beyblades had. Cue my brother swaggering into school the next day with this monstrosity in his school bag, waiting until break time and then whipping this out and actually breaking the other beyblades and also the plastic stadium that the toys competed in. Sadly it was eventually taken off of him after a few days when multiple parents complained but they were a glorious few days when he was king of the beyblades. This is a true story by the way, my father is a GENIUS when it comes to things like that and according to my mum we still have the Bronzer somewhere so when we find it I'll post a picture of it. I hope you've enjoyed this storytime -Taylor x
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My whole life I have loved Anne of Green Gables. I read the books, of course, falling in love with Anne's ...
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My whole life I have loved Anne of Green Gables. I read the books, of course, falling in love with Anne's big personality and smarts. Then, I remember watching the @meg_follows version for the first time on our large console television. My third-grade teacher had recorded it on a VHS and loaned ... My whole life I have loved Anne of Green Gables. I read the books, of course, falling in love with Anne's big personality and smarts. Then, I remember watching the @meg_follows version for the first time on our large console television. My third-grade teacher had recorded it on a VHS and loaned it to our family saying that she thought I would love it. Over the course of the next 10 years, I would watch the movie 100s of times. I took my VHS tapes with me to college and watched them multiple times. #dontjudge So, when I asked my dad to build me a @littlefreelibrary, I requested that it look like Green Gables. I expected a simple white box with green roof, but he went ALL OUT. He looked up photos of the actual Green Gables in Prince Edward Island and designed my little library to look just like it. I cried when he pulled it out of his van. It is simply spectacular and I will love it all the days of my life. Now we just need to get it registered so people will start coming for books! #explorePEI #anneofgreengables #littlelibrary #littlefreelibrary #bookstagram
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It’s time for #newread Friday! Today on Nations: the long road of one reformer who followed a thousand ...
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It’s time for #newread Friday! Today on Nations: the long road of one reformer who followed a thousand small steps to arrive where he is today—an advocate for homeless students who hide in plain sight. • “I asked my dad, ‘You know every time you have a car problem, Jim helps you. How do you pay ... It’s time for #newread Friday! Today on Nations: the long road of one reformer who followed a thousand small steps to arrive where he is today—an advocate for homeless students who hide in plain sight.

“I asked my dad, ‘You know every time you have a car problem, Jim helps you. How do you pay him back?’ My dad says to me, ‘Well you know, I have nothing Jim needs. So what I do is I help somebody else out to pay Jim.’ That principle was ingrained in me from the beginning. We have to thank people, and if we can’t thank them, then let’s help somebody else out.’”

Head to nationsmedia.org for the full #reformerprofile.
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I asked my dad to take my car to get serviced and he asked me to bring him dinner (fair trade imo). I went ...
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I asked my dad to take my car to get serviced and he asked me to bring him dinner (fair trade imo). I went cheap and fast and got street tacos. I got him (and my mom) 3 steak and 3 chicken tacos. I got myself tongue, stomach and chorizo (and carnitas not pictured). For $20.50 I'm feeding 3 people. That's ... I asked my dad to take my car to get serviced and he asked me to bring him dinner (fair trade imo). I went cheap and fast and got street tacos. I got him (and my mom) 3 steak and 3 chicken tacos. I got myself tongue, stomach and chorizo (and carnitas not pictured). For $20.50 I'm feeding 3 people. That's a bargain compared to what I spent on Monday. 🙊😣 WHERE'S your go-to cheap eats?
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Celebrating with my favorite veteran by letting him pay for my dinner tonight. Heard a story for ...
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Celebrating with my favorite veteran by letting him pay for my dinner tonight. Heard a story for the first time tonight when I asked my dad for a comment to help caption this. He got assessed for PTSD by the VA recently and the first question he was asked was what he thinks of when he thinks of the ... Celebrating with my favorite veteran by letting him pay for my dinner tonight.
Heard a story for the first time tonight when I asked my dad for a comment to help caption this. He got assessed for PTSD by the VA recently and the first question he was asked was what he thinks of when he thinks of the people he served with during the war. He wasn't able to answer the question without being moved to tears and they didn't ask a question after that.
I have to often remind myself of this: be kind to veterans. #firstaircav
#vietnamvet #veterandad #hesbeenconditioninghisbeard #hedefinitelydidntvotetrump
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Hey Vaynernation, Stacy Magallon (@magallonofmilk) here. ICYMI, I’ve been using this week to ...
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Hey Vaynernation, Stacy Magallon (@magallonofmilk) here. ICYMI, I’ve been using this week to spotlight some of the beautiful and talented creatives of color here at VM. As the daughter of Filipino immigrants, I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood in Queens, NY when people were ... Hey Vaynernation, Stacy Magallon (@magallonofmilk) here.
ICYMI, I’ve been using this week to spotlight some of the beautiful and talented creatives of color here at VM. As the daughter of Filipino immigrants, I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood in Queens, NY when people were less mindful about inclusivity. When I brought traditional Filipino treats or snacks to lunch, I was bullied for “not being American enough.” “Why would you bring that?” I recall a classmate asking me one day. “That smells so bad.” I remember eating alone at recess instead.
When the bullying got worse, I asked my Dad to start making what the other kids brought for lunch. “They all eat sandwiches and chicken nuggets,” I told him. “And they all drink Capri Sun. I want to be like them.” I remember how sad he looked. On top of his daughter feeling ashamed of her heritage, his home cooked Filipino meals were one of the few ways he tried to feel at home in America.

And then, within my own family, I was often told that I wasn’t “Filipino enough.” I didn’t speak our native dialect. I wasn’t familiar with the cultural customs. My childhood was narrarated by a loneliness I could never find words for.
Things started getting better when I went off to college. I studied at a school in Harlem -- a public university ranked #2 as one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse institutions. I found a community of other first-generation kids and people of color who shared similar struggles of oppression, isolation, and the desire to belong. That community became my home.

I’m beyond fortunate to be part of a VM community that is equally as supportive as my best friends. They’re brilliant, understanding, and exceptionally kind. That’s why I wanted to share their stories with you.

I hope these people inspire you the same way they inspire me. I hope you all feel heard, feel loved, and feel important. I hope you never feel insecure about where you came from. I hope you all dare to be different, because what makes you different, makes you powerful.
PS. I’m no longer ashamed about eating Filipino food in front of anyone. Sinigang, adobo, and lumpia all day EVERY DAY. 🔥👌💯
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Well a lot of people have asked about my story and why I am the way I am. So, today I want to share. Years ...
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Well a lot of people have asked about my story and why I am the way I am. So, today I want to share. Years ago my dad was involved in a near death automobile accident related to alcohol. As you can see this was head on. The person in the other car came into my dads lane over two feet and hit him. The night ... Well a lot of people have asked about my story and why I am the way I am. So, today I want to share. Years ago my dad was involved in a near death automobile accident related to alcohol. As you can see this was head on. The person in the other car came into my dads lane over two feet and hit him. The night it happened the rest of my family asleep the phone screamed to disrupt the quiet house with a phone call that a family dreads. On the other end an officer explaining what happened and that we should get to the hospital immediately that a father/husband may not make it. I remember a priest, and other people talking as if it was time to seal the deal. Saying prayers/goodbyes, and that it was just a matter of time. However somewhere in that timeline a turn of events, them saying “Mr. Casey is showing progress, but will have a long long road to recovery”. My family had a second chance! After a long period of time my dad was able to come home. I remember prepping for that day. Our living room was transformed into a bedroom where my dad had to live in a hospital bed for about a year, and my sister made a banner out of the clothes that were cut off him that night which read “welcome home dad”, and a bunch of us signed it. It was my family going through that time frame where I vowed to be the best person that I can be, to never put my family, friends and loved ones through that to the best of my ability, this is why I’ve never tried anything drugs or alcohol, this is why I used to lie to my friends and tell them I didn’t want anything because I didn’t like it haha, and this is why I’m STRAIGHT EDGE. #straightedge #drugfeee #truetildeath #edgeday
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A lot of people have asked about my neck issue so I wanted to give an update. Basically I woke up with ...
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A lot of people have asked about my neck issue so I wanted to give an update. Basically I woke up with a pain in my neck 17 months ago and it never went away. I’ve seen doctors, chiropractors, had MRIs, X-rays, a CT scan, neck injections, physical therapy, traction, massage… just about anything ... A lot of people have asked about my neck issue so I wanted to give an update. Basically I woke up with a pain in my neck 17 months ago and it never went away. I’ve seen doctors, chiropractors, had MRIs, X-rays, a CT scan, neck injections, physical therapy, traction, massage… just about anything you can think of, but we couldn’t figure out what the cause of the pain was. It’s been frustrating and depressing, especially not being able to do any physical activity.
Good news, I’m heading to NYU today to get it fixed. Last month, I asked my Dad, who’s a radiologist, to help with additional images and his practice found the issue: a bone tumor inside my cervical spine. It’s benign, but the location is tricky. I’m doing a semi-experimental procedure on Monday where they will drill a hole to the center of the tumor and zap it through radio frequency ablation. They’ll use a coolant around the important neurological elements to not affect those areas in the neck. This treatment has been widely successful in long bones in the body, but very few doctors have done the technique on the spine, let alone neck. In fact, we couldn’t find anyone in Dallas to do it. I’m thankful to my family and friends for their support and helping me figure out a remedy. Thanks also to the docs in NY who have studied my case. I’m looking forward to being able to look left again!

I definitely feel for anyone who has chronic pain and hope there’s a resolution out there.
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Hellooooo!!! I know I haven't posted in about 2 weeks! Things have been crazy, family will always ...
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Hellooooo!!! I know I haven't posted in about 2 weeks! Things have been crazy, family will always come first to me but don't worry, I haven't forgotten about this account! I was tagged by my insta bestie @toddlerhairideas to do the 10 random things about about me! 1. I hate when people touch ... Hellooooo!!! I know I haven't posted in about 2 weeks! Things have been crazy, family will always come first to me but don't worry, I haven't forgotten about this account! I was tagged by my insta bestie @toddlerhairideas to do the 10 random things about about me! 😜
1. I hate when people touch my face (besides my kids because their hands are little ) but I feel claustrophobic and Im afraid I'll break out if my husband does, so of course he always does to just annoy me😬😜
2. I have a weird fear of trains and water slides, even though I've never had a bad experience with either of them. Only nightmares. 😨
3. I've never been out of the USA but I have a passport. .😕
4. When my husband and I were dating, we decided not to kiss until we were married, but when he asked my dad if he could marry me my dad (and mom) said "yes, but you have to kiss her first"! 😂
5. We had our first kiss when he proposed!💍
6. This one's depressing.. I haven't colored my hair since October! Hence, the hat in the pic😂 its super healthy though!
7. If my house is a mess, I'm a mess. 🏡
8. I used to do English riding horse shows growing up🐴
9. Then I became a cheerleader in high school 💪
10. I've ran 3 Ragnar relay races. 👟
Now it's your turn! I can't tag all 4k of you but, you should do it and tag me so i can read your random things!
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When I was little my dad and I used to take the path to the World Trade Center. Back then, there was a ...
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When I was little my dad and I used to take the path to the World Trade Center. Back then, there was a mall there that we used to walk around. We’d get a slice of pizza and a salad to share, and would watch all of the people passing by in their business suits. I asked my dad one time why there were so many ... When I was little my dad and I used to take the path to the World Trade Center. Back then, there was a mall there that we used to walk around. We’d get a slice of pizza and a salad to share, and would watch all of the people passing by in their business suits. I asked my dad one time why there were so many escalators and he said because there’s so many people coming through here to go to work, and in NY no one has time to wait. I would always beg to go to the Warner Bros store. When 9/11 happened this little tradition stopped, of course. We stopped going to the city a lot as a family because every little event seemed like it was too risky. Fear has the tendency to steal joy right from underneath our feet. Possibilities feel overwhelming and the ‘what if’s’ win. Eventually though, we lose out on life.
A couple of years ago I found out I had an older brother from Brazil. I didn’t know how to handle it so for years I avoided it. Then this past Winter, he came to visit for the first time. I’m so glad I got over my own fears and decided to meet Hugo. He is one of the kindest, genuine person I’ve ever met. We immediately got along like old friends. It’s amazing how someone can grow up on another continent from you and still act so much alike (genetics don’t lie!). On our last day hanging out before he left NY, we met up in the Oculus and headed to the One World Observatory. I can’t explain how special this day was. There are a few details they made in the experience that speak to the old place many of us still remember so well. But the One World Observatory is a new experience in itself. One that highlights the best parts of this corner of the world and reminds us that the possibilities to start over are always available to us. We came here as the sun was setting over the city, which happens to be the perfect time. No one is rushing here, everyone basked in the moment as we watched the city turn from a day to night scene. If you haven’t seen the city from the One World Observatory, I highly recommend that you take the time to go. 💕
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Hello People I’m back with another post ! This time I won’t be talking about my fashion and style, ...
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Hello People I’m back with another post ! This time I won’t be talking about my fashion and style, instead I’m gonna talk about my love for Gundam that has been with me for almost 11 years ! And yes I’m talking about the giant robot standing behind shining bring like a diamond in Japan where I went ... Hello People I’m back with another post ! This time I won’t be talking about my fashion and style, instead I’m gonna talk about my love for Gundam that has been with me for almost 11 years ! And yes I’m talking about the giant robot standing behind shining bring like a diamond in Japan where I went for holiday for last week. Technically is not a “Giant Robot” is Gundam pronounce as “Gan-Dam” not “Gun’滚‘-Dumb” okay ! Get it right people !! So I remember vividly that my first encounter on Gundam wasn’t the Anime in-fact it was the kit itself. So let me tell you guys what Gunpla Kit is, it’s a box of plastic where you have to assemble yourself, They come in different sizes and price depends on the scale you buying. So, I remember always going to Macro(if anyone still remember this hyper market ever exist lol !) to buy my toys and I always go for this little section where they just dump out a lot of toys for sales up to 70%. That time I was looking for Barbie Dolls <—- yes indeed—- but some how in a strange event I saw these 2 cool looking boxes of Robot(Gundam) kind of stands out to me so I asked my dad if he could get it for me since they only cost a few ringgit and they are the cheapest range as well. So, I went home and build it and I fall in love with it and you can tell as I occasionally post them on my insta-story. Then, I even watch most of the series which all of them are made of onions because the story is just too strong for me to handle and I remember crying to every single one of my favourite character that dies in the battle. But it was still a great series because I learn so much from watching it. This is how I notice that japanese love educating people with their shows, not only it teaches them to be a better person but to always care for the people around you. So, fast forward to when I’m a bit older and this was when my favourite series came out Gundam Unicorn, legitimately the strongest onion I’ve ever cut, the feeling is there and everything is just so emotional not to mention with the dramatic music haha. I’m just glad that I fall in love with Gundam and I appreciate every single one of them as they out their heart in it !
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Happy International Surfing Day!<span class="emoji emoji1f42c"></span><span class="emoji emoji2728"></span> I cannot imagine life without surfing. After shuffling ...
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Happy International Surfing Day! I cannot imagine life without surfing. After shuffling through soccer, swimming, ice skating, clarinet and ballet as a kid, I asked my dad if he would teach me how to surf and he agreed. I’ve been surfing ever since. That first pic is me and my dad at 15th ... Happy International Surfing Day!🐬✨
I cannot imagine life without surfing.
After shuffling through soccer, swimming, ice skating, clarinet and ballet as a kid, I asked my dad if he would teach me how to surf and he agreed. I’ve been surfing ever since.
That first pic is me and my dad at 15th street in Del Mar. I remember the day I graduated from the white wash and my dad proudly paddled me to the outside on a glassy 4-6ft day.
I’ll be forever mind blown that i got to grow up where i did.
The beach has always been my backyard, my summers, winters, springs and fall. My before and after school program. Surf PE and surf team, and all the contests in between that my parents would clear their weekends for.
As a kid i definitely took it for granted, and i didn’t know how good i had it until i started touring and i would meet people who had never even seen the ocean.
Surfing has taken me to some of the most magical places in the world. It’s given me friendships, experiences, culture and memories that will last a lifetime. It’s gifted me song ideas, peaceful moments, space to reflect, and happiness...it’s healed heartbreak, sadness and provided clarity in times of doubts and confusion.
There is really nothing i love more than being salty, sandy, sun kissed and surfed out.
I’m so stoked Kylo will get to grow up with his toes in the sand, playing in the waves, and if he’s lucky grandpa will give him a couple pointers.
I will always do whatever i can to protect, respect, raise awareness and celebrate the sea, and continue to teach Kylo the same.
🙏🏼❤️ 🌊 🎉
#internationalsurfingday #mermama #waterbabies #yeww
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Almost 11 years ago, my Dad and I drove down to Virginia from NJ to visit colleges and go on tours, help ...
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Almost 11 years ago, my Dad and I drove down to Virginia from NJ to visit colleges and go on tours, help me decide between architecture and engineering. He parked the car and we walked to Cowgill, Virginia Tech's architecture building, for the first time. En route to the building I heard some ... Almost 11 years ago, my Dad and I drove down to Virginia from NJ to visit colleges and go on tours, help me decide between architecture and engineering. He parked the car and we walked to Cowgill, Virginia Tech's architecture building, for the first time. En route to the building I heard some strange noises, was that a car backfiring I asked my dad, he said I don't think so and quickly ushered me to where we needed to be. We arrived at the studio and walked in to what is now a very familiar lobby, people seemed frazzled and confused - I was confused, one of my first times visiting a college campus for myself. Within minutes we we're in lockdown. No tour of the campus that day, I didn't walk around the gorgeous drillfield, didn't taste the world class campus dining or see the bad ass designs the architecture kids were working on. I was in lockdown for hours in a now renovated library, with dozens of other confused students and professors. I didn't understand what was happening around me, I knew I was safe, my Dad was sitting right next to me, we were barricaded in a windowless room.

32 people at Virginia Tech died that day due to senseless gun violence. Since that day, thousands more have died at the hands of gun vioence (3,184 have died by guns in 2018 alone http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/). Mass shootings have become the standard for America. I stand with those who marched today, March for Our Lives. I couldn't attend and so have donated $$$. I encourage everyone to be active, students should be able to get an education without fear of terror in their midsts. ---------------------
Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.
#MarchForOurLives
#neVerforgeT
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Last weekend, I did something for my family that I didn’t think I could ever do being so many of us lol. Last year I asked my dad what would he like for his birthday and the one thing he asked for was to have all his kids and grandkids come home for the weekend. Y’all know I be EXTRA, so what did I do? ... Last weekend, I did something for my family that I didn’t think I could ever do 😂 being so many of us lol. Last year I asked my dad what would he like for his birthday and the one thing he asked for was to have all his kids and grandkids come home for the weekend. Y’all know I be EXTRA, so what did I do? I took my whole family on a cruise to the Bahamas 🇧🇸 definitely one of my most favorite adventures. Crossed off another destination on my bucket list but this time I was able to have my favorite people with me. Will I ever do this again? Probably not lmao saving up for my own little family now 👀😂😂 take it easy issa joke lol. Happy Birthday Dad! #WhoTheFavoriteChildNow 😂😂 #CarnivalVictory #Bahamas2018 #definitelyWasAnAdventure #bestMoneyIveEverSpent #DasMyBessFRANS #onlyDaughterAndIStillGottaCompeteWithThem 😂😂😂 @kolione35 @tau_fam @lttau @maletinobourke @junie_boonie94 @loni_vakauta
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Online ministry or just helping people online is cool. But, it doesn’t compare to helping someone ...
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Online ministry or just helping people online is cool. But, it doesn’t compare to helping someone in the street one on one. Riding outside 2:30am and someone comes up to you and says they will have Sex with you for money or for you to buy them something to eat or just to be able to rent a room for the ... Online ministry or just helping people online is cool. But, it doesn’t compare to helping someone in the street one on one. Riding outside 2:30am and someone comes up to you and says they will have Sex with you for money or for you to buy them something to eat or just to be able to rent a room for the Night. And, you say no and just sit there and talk to them and still do what they asked and pray for them. Those moments are priceless. When I was 13 I asked my dad why he wasn’t more involved in my life. He said to me I gave you to the streets to raise you. I hated the idea of that, because I had to learn so much on my own, but today I am good. I’m not mad at my dad at all. Because I realize God had a bigger plan. I love the streets and helping those in the streets. This is a old picture and I haven’t seen her in a while, but she said something I’ll never forget. She said she prayed and said God I believe all people are evil if you send one person in my life and show me different I’ll know you are watching over me even while I do evil. And, then we met. Keep talking to God no matter what you ever going through.
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I asked my dad what makes a good #marriage. He told me more importantly than being "in #love" you have ...
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I asked my dad what makes a good #marriage. He told me more importantly than being "in #love" you have to be #friends. People fall in and out of love all the time but friends stick together and work things out. #goals I asked my dad what makes a good #marriage. He told me more importantly than being "in #love" you have to be #friends. People fall in and out of love all the time but friends stick together and work things out. #goals
My dad followed my mom when she went to California for business school, which is where he proposed ...
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My dad followed my mom when she went to California for business school, which is where he proposed to her nearly 20 times. But she always said no. When she finally conceded, he asked her why she had said no so many times before. She answered, 'Because I loved being asked!' My dad went to MIT for ... My dad followed my mom when she went to California for business school, which is where he proposed to her nearly 20 times. But she always said no. When she finally conceded, he asked her why she had said no so many times before. She answered, 'Because I loved being asked!' My dad went to MIT for both college and his PHD, worked as an engineer for the CIA, lived on the Marshall Islands, and raised three incredible daughters (my amazing older sisters) before my parents had my sister and me. He has been a deep sea diver, a competitive swimmer, a long distance runner, an avid motorcyclist, (until his bike went over a cliff and my mom made him give it up), a professor, and an author. While that's quite the list to brag about, the thing I admire most about him is his integrity.
I've never known anyone to be as fair, as kind, as gentle, as open-minded, or as humble. He puts himself on the line daily for the ones he loves - but also for strangers. And he never says a word about it to anyone. In fact, some people still don't even know that he helped them, because he refuses to take credit. And he’s the example that led me to marry a man of equal integrity.
Growing up, my dad taught my sister and me to climb trees, throw knives, to hold our breath underwater for 50 yards (doubt I can do it anymore), to play in the mud, and to never feel like we couldn't do anything just because someone (or the world) told us we couldn't. Because he always believed we could - and when you're a little girl and your dad thinks you can do it better than the boys, you believe it too. I credit my dad with giving me the courage to take the risks I've taken and live my life the way I want to live it. He's championed every one of my life decisions - no matter how crazy they’ve sounded.
Thank you dad for always believing in all 5 of us girls and all of the other people you've adopted as family along the way (and there are so many), for being there for us even when we didn't realize it, and for holding joy, love, and integrity as the highest values. You are what is good about this world, and I hope you know that. ❤️ #happyfathersday
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Today four separate people asked my dad if he was a Disney photographer because of his outfit
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Today four separate people asked my dad if he was a Disney photographer because of his outfit Today four separate people asked my dad if he was a Disney photographer because of his outfit
I would love to start off my saying, this was a really huge step for me to put out there what I been going ...
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I would love to start off my saying, this was a really huge step for me to put out there what I been going through. I was told my supportive family will grow and people can be saved if my story is told. On July 13th,2018 my Dad committed Suicide. It was a two week battle for him in the hospital and honestly ... I would love to start off my saying, this was a really huge step for me to put out there what I been going through. I was told my supportive family will grow and people can be saved if my story is told. On July 13th,2018 my Dad committed Suicide. It was a two week battle for him in the hospital and honestly everyday I was there I wanted to scream, cry, punch everything. My Dad was unconscious for an entire week until he woke up one day and had a mini conversation with me. Little did I know, that was our last conversation. The last thing my father asked me was if I loved him. I looked into his eyes with tears falling down and I told, “I will always love you & if you remember what you did, I will never be mad at you. I love you with all my heart Dad.” The very next day while I was in my fathers room he was not the same. I told the doctors something was wrong with my dad. I felt it in my heart & at that very second with hinin ICU with him they place him in life support & I lost. I walked out of ICU with my heart on the floor. I couldn’t feel anything, but I prayed. I pray that God understood that this man right here is my life. I only get one dad and I couldn’t let him leave this world. After a few days, tests were done on my Dad and he was declared brain dead. I don’t remember what people were saying to me. I don’t remember anything around me at all. I just sat in my fathers room crying. My little sister started her senior year this year and I can’t even talk about her special day without crying because our Dad won’t be there and he was waiting for this moment forever. Suicide has affected my family & my life. I feel very lost & confused. I can’t no longer, I want to share my story with those who are depressed or suicidal so they know the pain this causes to the people who love you so very much. You are here because you are loved! You are important, your feelings matter, your story matters and your life matters. It’s important we talk about suicide openly because this is how we heal. I’m here for anyone going through this. Reach out to me, talk to me, I’m here as a friend to everyone, because YOU are not alone. I promise 💛
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Me on father’s day: “Hey JT when you met me did you think, I was a daddy’s girl”? JT’s answered after ...
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Me on father’s day: “Hey JT when you met me did you think, I was a daddy’s girl”? JT’s answered after laughing: «Definitively» Well I am definitively a daddy’s girl, we always had a very close relationship I admire who he is, and the way he hold himself accountable, his charisma his elegance ... Me on father’s day: “Hey JT when you met me did you think, I was a daddy’s girl”?
JT’s answered after laughing: «Definitively»
Well I am definitively a daddy’s girl, we always had a very close relationship I admire who he is, and the way he hold himself accountable, his charisma his elegance his dedication to what he believes is right and his perseverance in everything he started as well as his level of excellence.
Since young I was always at his arm, never embarrass of him far from it I was proud.
He traveled across France & Europe for work and every time I got a chance to sneak out of school I will go with him, we will drive for hours, discuss, laugh, discover, I was his co pilote. Since young if I needed him he was there. He Spent 6 hours with me in this Italien boutique, giving me his advises the day I picked my wedding dress and “what a dress”. What a man!
So one day when I told him that I did not think I would get married because I rather stay alone that be in a mediocre relationship, he secretly intensified his prayers regarding this matter.
This picture for me say it all, the day of my wedding like always he was there to allow me to stand tall and shine brighter, doing his very best (and because he is amazing his best is always excellent)
That day not once I had a heart bite jump, people were surprised at how relaxed I was. I organized a 3 days wedding and I did not have a wedding planner but I had my dad, he took care of everything, with love and « firmness ». In this picture we can see him by my side, taking care of me, passing the hair pin to my hair dresser. And when I asked him ( being already 45 min late for the ceremony) what time is it daddy he answered with a smile: « oh princess it’s just time for you to go get married ».
When I first moved to the US I cried a few times at night because I missed him but God is faithful he made a way.
Happy father day all year mon Papou d’amour. He is the reason why I have been bless with the amazing husband I have today his faithfulness to the lord his prayers for his daughters.
Funny anecdote he never used to give a second look to any other man who turned around me, but for JT he knew.
#mydad #MarcMasson #
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This weekend I had the pleasure of DJing the Grand Opening of @bestfriendvegas inside the newly ...
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This weekend I had the pleasure of DJing the Grand Opening of @bestfriendvegas inside the newly renovated Park MGM Hotel. I’ve been DJ’ing in vegas for a decade plus at pretty much everywhere in the city and I have to say that playing here was hands down one of the best, most memorable opportunities ... This weekend I had the pleasure of DJing the Grand Opening of @bestfriendvegas inside the newly renovated Park MGM Hotel. I’ve been DJ’ing in vegas for a decade plus at pretty much everywhere in the city and I have to say that playing here was hands down one of the best, most memorable opportunities of my career. I say to everyone that if you are ever out in Vegas, Best Friend is an absolute must. It is truly an amazing restauraunt and everything about it is world class - the staff, the space, the sound system! and the food is obviously super amazing. The best moments for me were all of the people that were kind enough to share their compliments with us at the DJ booth. Last night a young man and his daughter approached me while I was djing and he pulled up a note on his phone and held it in front of me to read, normally this story ends with some kind of tacky bogus request but instead this was a few kind words that he took the time to write down and share with me. To me, moments like this are invaluable and better than any payday could ever be. Moments like this always lift my spirits and reaffirm that we as DJs have the ability to create and be a part of memories for people by connecting with them through the music. Personally, this has been a very difficult year for me having lost my Dad in February, and having a chance to rock with my Beat Junkie brothers @djbabuforeal x @djdstyles with our wives there in support at such a kind x neighborly place like Best Friend was much needed for me, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect way to close out 2018 🙏🏼 With that being said I send my utmost appreciation to each and every customer who stopped by the DJ booth to say hello, your kind words will resonate for a lifetime. A very special thank you to Chef Roy Choi @ridingshotgunla @zomanno x the entire @bestfriendvegas family for all the hospitality x good times, and shouts out to @djedmcdonald x @sirpearce for bringing @thebeatjunkies out to be a part of this very special occasion, looking forward to making more memories in 2019 🙏🏼✊🏼 #LosVegas #BestFriend #BeatJunkies
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My heart hurts when you cross my mind<span class="emoji emoji1f64f"></span>🏽Some will read and some will just continue with life<span class="emoji emoji1f64f"></span>🏽 On May ...
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My heart hurts when you cross my mind🏽Some will read and some will just continue with life🏽 On May 30th, 2016 around noon my dad gets a phone call from my sisters aunt begging him to rush to Liliana Morenos house (my sisters aunt) in #Doral #Fl. And from that day on our entire life’s were changed!! ... My heart hurts when you cross my mind🙏🏽Some will read and some will just continue with life🙏🏽 On May 30th, 2016 around noon my dad gets a phone call from my sisters aunt begging him to rush to Liliana Morenos house (my sisters aunt) in #Doral #Fl. And from that day on our entire life’s were changed!! The coward you see to the right is Daniela Morenos biological ”father” who gave 3 different stories to the police, where his last story was he picked them up while she was cooking lunch and said come with me to Home Depot but “apparently” they get into a argument where Liliana “scratched” his arm therefore he left them both in the middle of the Florida turnpikes while he continued to go about his day. Later on he also called Lilianas sister going off on her at 12am that same day saying “why she called the cops, you just made things worse I told you I got this” mind you NO ONE in the family has ever spoken to him so of course automatically RED FLAGS and for MONTHS we searched, for hours in deserted places, in dangerous places, in the Everglades following horrendous odors thinking we were going to find ANYTHING, SOMETHING even a sign from god! 😔 something I don’t wish anyone to go through! we know that EVERY SIGN POINTS TO HIM “the father” but even the cops said not enough evidence for a case 😳 so no weapon no crime. This has became a COLD CASE That’s what they said no physical evidence no crime 😤 So until today December 22, 2018 we have NOTHING, no answers to what happened NO CLOSURE! So everyday I put a smile on my face for her and all the lost kids in this world who have missed birthdays, missed holidays and are just missed period!🙏🏽 I’ve asked you all to share but honestly all we as is JUST PRAY! PRAY for us all!! Maybe one day she will come back home❤️🙏🏽 •
Look up the story for full details. •
Keep your loved one close and keep all the missing people in your prayers that they will come home one day.🙏🏽🥺 •
#NoOneUnderstands #ThePain #Missing #MissingChild #MissingMother #LostChild #LostMother #DoralFlorida #Doral #Miami #miamiflorida #MissingCase #ColdCase #Help #Pray #PrayersNeeded #YouWillRemember #NeverForget #Firts48 #ColdCase #SinRastro #Miami
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Love this! Repost from @rachelringwood <span class="emoji emoji1f449"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f449"></span> "-45 pounds. 1 year later. I figured since I get asked ...
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Love this! Repost from @rachelringwood "-45 pounds. 1 year later. I figured since I get asked a lot about my fitness/ Life Journey I should actually post a before and after photo. The photo on the Left was after I moved to Miami and was Introduced to Miami Lifestyle (late night drinking ... Love this! Repost from @rachelringwood 👉👉 "-45 pounds. 1 year later.
I figured since I get asked a lot about my fitness/ Life Journey I should actually post a before and after photo.
The photo on the Left was after I moved to Miami and was Introduced to Miami Lifestyle (late night drinking ) and LATIN food.
My dad is a chef so you know I had to TRY everything!! I slowly started gaining weight over the span of 2 years. I was MADLY in Love,working A lot, and Eating irregularly. ⚡️•Lets go back to the Start• (I've had set backs, like everyone)
I was finally diagnosed in 2010 after YEARS of stomach pains and miss diagnoses. I was allergic to Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, and Soy. At the time I was about to Start College Softball and I was Always in Pain.
After going to a Holistic Doctor that told me change my Diet to more Raw, Healthy foods.
After years of YO-Yoing with my weight and my emotions I got sick of it, literally.
I think my body started to reject more foods, and ALCOHOL, so I wanted to see how my body would feel closer to Mother Nature.
I started juicing (Not as a meal replacement, but to get more vitamins)
ALOt of fruits and Veggies, Snacks and Fish.
I get hungry if I don't eat, but after a while you're metabolism speeds up and you just Need food. I WAS Never like that. Haha •Hiking, and at home workouts are my jam! I hate people starring at me at the gym, Pump some Iron and stare at yourself in the mirror. •So after years of weight struggle in middle school and highschool I have seriously accepted that You have to do what is right for YOUR MIND, BODY, and and SOUL!
If people are telling you you are to Fat, skinny, Short, Tall = Fuck them!
They are NOT in your head at the end of the day.....You are, you have to be ok with yourself and your thoughts when you attempt to sleep at night!!! I'm learning that, and I'm trying to grow too!! •If you knew how powerful your Negative thoughts were, you would Try to never think like that again.
Thanks for letting me be honest and vulnerable, I want girls, people to be honest and ok with themselves. I'm here for you! #rachelringwood"
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I remember this day like it was yesterday. We had just walked back into our classroom at Opelika High ...
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I remember this day like it was yesterday. We had just walked back into our classroom at Opelika High School from a Career Fair in the Main Street Gym. We were told to turn on our classroom TVs. I panicked. I wasn’t sure if my Dad was leaving for New York this week or next week for his NBA officiating ... I remember this day like it was yesterday. We had just walked back into our classroom at Opelika High School from a Career Fair in the Main Street Gym. We were told to turn on our classroom TVs. I panicked. I wasn’t sure if my Dad was leaving for New York this week or next week for his NBA officiating physical. Not many of us my age owned a cell phone yet so I asked if I could run to the office to try and call my dad. He answered... his trip wasn’t until the following week. Until that moment I hadn’t really paid attention to how often my dad was on a plane bc it was practically every other day. We watched on the TV the entire day. My heart was broken and it was also in fear. In fear of what might happen to our country the rest of that day, the people’s lives that were lost, those that were trapped, and those that joined hands to help save as many lives as they could. I need to find our photos from our trip to NY before where the beautiful towers stood and also the ones after where we visited the memorial... they are printed photos.. amazing how far our technology has come in 17 years. Love on someone today, smile at some one, say a thankful prayer, and STAND tall for our Nation. I love you USA. #911 #911memorial #inmemory #twintowers #pentagon #USA #America #iamanamerican #love #respect #onenation #newyork #dc #onenationundergod 🙏🏼❤️ 🇺🇸
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I'm not the one to ask for help and always love to help people out I love my dad and miss him a ton and he ...
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I'm not the one to ask for help and always love to help people out I love my dad and miss him a ton and he made me who i am today. Couple people have asked how they can help and this will help my family and I. Please read and donate if you can. Link is posted below and also in my info BIO or text me at 561-542-8740 https://www.gofundme.com/7u6f95-funeral-expenses-for-my-dad #gofundme ... I'm not the one to ask for help and always love to help people out I love my dad and miss him a ton and he made me who i am today.
Couple people have asked how they can help and this will help my family and I.
Please read and donate if you can. Link is posted below and also in my info BIO or text me at 561-542-8740

https://www.gofundme.com/7u6f95-funeral-expenses-for-my-dad

#gofundme #iloveyoudad #imissyou #heartbroken #youwerethebest #561tireguy
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I went on my morning walk on Friday and as I was walking, the Lord asked me to TAKE NOTE OF THE GOOD and ...
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I went on my morning walk on Friday and as I was walking, the Lord asked me to TAKE NOTE OF THE GOOD and so I did that. Allow me to explain: 1/10 My mom. Forever working in the kitchen serving; always making sure it's perfect. She always gives and lets me know how much she adores me. 2/10: My dad. ... I went on my morning walk on Friday and as I was walking, the Lord asked me to TAKE NOTE OF THE GOOD and so I did that.
Allow me to explain:
1/10 My mom. Forever working in the kitchen serving; always making sure it's perfect. She always gives and lets me know how much she adores me.
2/10: My dad. And yes, that mustache is older than me. He taught me everything I know about working hard. See that picnic table? He made it just for me!
3/10: My boys. My mighty men of God. I have the sweetest homemade cards (my favorite) with words like, "I'm so glad you're my mom" and "I love you so much!" 😭😭
4/10: My Zoey girl. She drew me a picture of an elephant and please note her king fu grip on me.
5/10: Mikey, my only brother. He earned his Brother of the Year title! He contacted several of my friends and family and asked them to send me special birthday messages. Woke up at 4:30 Sunday morning so excited to show it to me almost 8 hours later. If you want to see it, check out YouTube WOW 40 YESSS.
6/10: Bri. She's glad I'm the sister she never had and I feel the same about her. And Zoey and Jonesy boy belong to her. Best gifts to Auntie!
7/10: Heather. She taught me how to be a friend. They say you become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. What a privilege! She made me a personalized book of Scriptures; one for each week of my 40th year. 🙌🏻🙌🏻
8/10: Val. My sista cousin! This girl came out of cupcake retirement and made my favorite salted caramel for my party yesterday! You inspire me and I admire you so much!
9/10: Bry. My favorite. We spent the morning drinking coffee and talking about the things of the Lord. At dinner tonight I told him how that was my favorite part of my entire day. I let him know how awesome it is to be married to my very best friend. He's my dream come true.
10/10: Auntie Auntie's big girl! A memory I never want to forget!
❤️❤️❤️: THANK YOU x a million for all my sweet friends and family who sent gifts, made calls to me, made videos and sent text messages to me today.
I am forever grateful. Love y'all! 😘7.30.18
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So i wanna take a moment, and say thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. I havent been ignoring ...
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So i wanna take a moment, and say thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. I havent been ignoring anyone ive been in the smokey mountains with no service . My father died nearly 3 years ago and in his death he had 3 requests. Creamation, no funeral, and to throw his ashes in the smokey mountains. ... So i wanna take a moment, and say thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. I havent been ignoring anyone ive been in the smokey mountains with no service . My father died nearly 3 years ago and in his death he had 3 requests. Creamation, no funeral, and to throw his ashes in the smokey mountains. Today on my 30th birthday i was sble to ensure the last thing happend. I went alone (im glad i did because i shared some words and ugly cried. Luckily noone was there). I didnt cry because i was getting rid of his ashes, it was more toward i could make his final wishes happen. He was a simple man and never asked much from anyone or anything. Throwing his ashes was probably the easiest part of this whole process because I knew i was doing 1 of 3 things my dad asked for his death. I didnt need closure for his death becsuse he was 77 and lived a full life. Even with the way he lived his life and the mistakes he made , he was one of the most loving, caring individuals you would ever meet. I hope i can leave half of impact on people myself that i know he did. Your old ass better know everyone misses you dad.
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A #repost from our friends at @harvard, on the one and only Joseph O’Donnell ‘67, MBA ‘71 #GoCrimson ...
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A #repost from our friends at @harvard, on the one and only Joseph O’Donnell ‘67, MBA ‘71 #GoCrimson ・・・ Q: What’s an exceptional moment you remember from your time at Harvard?⠀ ⠀ Joseph J. O’Donnell ’67, M.B.A. ’71⠀ ⠀ “I grew up in Everett, MA. My mother was the daughter of Italian immigrants ... A #repost from our friends at @harvard, on the one and only Joseph O’Donnell ‘67, MBA ‘71 #GoCrimson ・・・
Q: What’s an exceptional moment you remember from your time at Harvard?⠀

Joseph J. O’Donnell ’67, M.B.A. ’71⠀

“I grew up in Everett, MA. My mother was the daughter of Italian immigrants and my dad was an Irish cop. My family wasn’t poor but we had no money. My dad worked three jobs so that he could send his three boys to college. My very first day at Harvard, an instructor asked us to introduce ourselves to each other by going around the room and saying your name, what your father (not your mother) did for a living, and where you were from. I remember sitting there and having to make a clear decision. Whether I was going to be true to myself – because very few people at Harvard in the 1960s came from a background like I did. I could say that my dad is in security, or something else, or I could tell the truth. I decided to be honest. Those kind of moments stay with you forever and help shape who you are.⠀ ⠀

There’s an opportunity today at Harvard for students from all over the world. I was on the forefront of the financial aid movement and I received a full scholarship and took advantage of the opportunity. I got involved with everything, enjoyed every minute of it, and haven’t stepped away since.”⠀

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In our #MyHarvardStory series, students and alumni remember how their experiences expanded their horizons and enriched their lives. We’re proud to share these stories of inspiration and transformation.
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“Growing up, I was a tomboy. I did odd jobs–colouring hair, getting groceries for 50 Paise. My dad ...
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“Growing up, I was a tomboy. I did odd jobs–colouring hair, getting groceries for 50 Paise. My dad was a singer & barely earned–this money fed us. This made people doubt my ‘character’ & I was married off at 14. I’d only seen poverty so a wealthy house was an escape. How wrong I was. The abuse ... “Growing up, I was a tomboy. I did odd jobs–colouring hair, getting groceries for 50 Paise. My dad was a singer & barely earned–this money fed us.
This made people doubt my ‘character’ & I was married off at 14. I’d only seen poverty so a wealthy house was an escape.
How wrong I was. The abuse began immediately. He’d beat me over nothing. He drank, so his rage attacks were normal. But I couldn’t see them coming. My mom-in-law saw everything but said I had no right to resist. Even my dad told me, ‘once a girl’s married, she belongs there until death’. This was worse.
Once, his friends came home & I served water. They told him how nice I was. That night I got the worst beating. Our neighbours tried to stop him–he said ‘I was seducing them.’ At 15, he forced himself on me & I got pregnant. He’d still hit me with a belt, leaving me bruised. The cops asked to resolve the matter within the family or go home. Where would I go? Back to my dad who told me to live with it?
I had a miscarriage. Then I got pregnant twice & gave birth to my kids–I finally found some happiness. I didn’t want my kids to grow up like this. So I left.
We lived in a Gurdwara. They thought I was a beggar–I washed vessels & lived on scraps. I decided to find work–any work.
I danced in Bhangra groups & saved money to rent a room. But no one was ready to lease to a divorced woman. Finally, I got a room. My husband would come outside and call me a whore. But I didn’t break.
I began asking for more work & came across an opening for a stuntwoman. I grabbed it–I knew how to ride a bike & was a tomboy growing up–so action was my thing!
I was nervous on my first day, but I loved it–I finally had work.
I’ve been a professional stunt woman for the last 10 years–I’ve worked with Rohit Shetty & met all these actors–my dream is to become an action director!
5 years ago, I bought the house I was renting–it was the best moment of my life. Never again would I depend on anyone. I hosted Ganpati for the 1st time & bought an A.C for my children–it’s our heaven.
A woman is like tea–put her in hot water & you’ll know how strong she is. I’ve walked through fire, so you can imagine my strength–it’s limitless."
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My Father Darryl Brunson had a state job in Baltimore, Maryland. He worked at Morgan State University ...
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My Father Darryl Brunson had a state job in Baltimore, Maryland. He worked at Morgan State University for over 10 years. As a Black man to have been employed for that amount of time was an honor. The psychologist at the college, as required, interviewed all the employees. She asked my Father ... My Father Darryl Brunson had a state job in Baltimore, Maryland. He worked at Morgan State University for over 10 years. As a Black man to have been employed for that amount of time was an honor. The psychologist at the college, as required, interviewed all the employees. She asked my Father “Darryl, If you could do anything else in this world what would you do?” to which my Father replied “Comedy. I would make people laugh. Stand Up Comedy.” That therapist eagerly replied “Then GO! Go do it Darryl!” My Father quit his job, made provisions for our family and moved my Mother, my sister and myself to Los Angeles. I had the pleasure of watching my Father boldly, eagerly, courageously and faithfully pursue his dreams. The way my Father made people laugh, the way he changed an individuals mood, the way he could politely change the atmosphere in a room, MOVED me. I was only 9, but during each of those beautiful moments, I decided, I KNEW that I wanted to to make people LAUGH, to ENTERTAIN people, FOREVER. I love my Father. Baltimore is very beautiful but very sad as well. I learned from my Dad, that no matter what the circumstance or situation you can always make a difference. I am so thankful for his vision. I am beyond thankful for his tenacity. I will continue
to indulge in my God given purpose. I love COMEDY with all of my heart. I always will and I will continue to FIGHT for the BOTH OF US. Amen. 🙏🏾
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 #Repost @rolandsands ・・・ When I was 15 years old my dad brought me to #sturgis for the first time. ...
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#Repost @rolandsands ・・・ When I was 15 years old my dad brought me to #sturgis for the first time. I rode a 67 Triumph all over the black hills and fell in love with the place. We stayed at Glenco and I’d never seen so many boobs in my life. I drank a beer with my dad for the first time in that campground, ... #Repost @rolandsands
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When I was 15 years old my dad brought me to #sturgis for the first time. I rode a 67 Triumph all over the black hills and fell in love with the place. We stayed at Glenco and I’d never seen so many boobs in my life. I drank a beer with my dad for the first time in that campground, but all I really wanted to do was ride that triumph. The last day I burned a hole in my leg with the pipe and I still have that scar. I went for the next 20 years never missing a rally. I have so many Sturgis stories I could write a book. The ups and downs of the Rally, the storms and mudslides the perfect days and open roads, the road trips, the police, the tickets, the seedy strip clubs, the parties, the concerts, sleepless nights and rides with no lights, running out of gas, the crashes, jumping off stages, the injuries, the bikes, the customs, the project launches, the races, the hooligans, the people, and most of all the friends and Sturgis family. It’s been a crazy 30 years 🤦🏻‍♂️Holy shit I’m old. But I do still love this place. And I must of done some good along the way, the city of Sturgis asked me to be the Grand Marshall this year. One year my rear brake fails and I jump a bike into a crowd and a few years later I’m the Grand Marshall. Crazy how things work. I don’t know if that means I’ve made it, or if it’s a courtesy the city extends to people in the industry who are getting old. Either way it’s an honor and a bit of a place holder in time for how far I’ve ridden with that kid on an old triumph, ripping around the black hills with a shit eating grin and a hole in my leg.
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When I’m about to hit my hardest lifts at the gym, there’s only one thing that comes to my mind. My dad. ...
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When I’m about to hit my hardest lifts at the gym, there’s only one thing that comes to my mind. My dad. I had an athletic dad. He never got his driving license because he walked and rode his bike, literally everywhere. I said « I had » because my dad had a stroke 5 years ago. It left him paralyzed ... When I’m about to hit my hardest lifts at the gym, there’s only one thing that comes to my mind. My dad.
I had an athletic dad. He never got his driving license because he walked and rode his bike, literally everywhere. I said « I had » because my dad had a stroke 5 years ago. It left him paralyzed from one side of his body for a while. He couldn’t move. Couldn’t talk. With time, he’s improved and can now walk from his own personal couch to the bathroom or the kitchen with a cane, but that’s it. I’ve seen him cry sometimes, which never happened before. When I asked him what was wrong, he said « i’m stuck in this couch ». Things like this happens to anyone, even the fitter people. It could be me. It could be you. Your mom, your dad too. Life can hit you in the face pretty bad and let me tell you one thing.. You have ONE body. ONE life. So enjoy it. Experience it. Make your body do things you’re scared of. I know I do and I will. For you dad.
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@tlaphilly - 12.29.17 I was worried about a lot of things that night...Mainly if people were actually ...
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@tlaphilly - 12.29.17 I was worried about a lot of things that night...Mainly if people were actually going to show up to the show or not. It had been a cold December. I was also worried about my Dad, we weren't quite sure what was going on with him but I knew he hadn't been feeling well, like "he ... @tlaphilly - 12.29.17

I was worried about a lot of things that night...Mainly if people were actually going to show up to the show or not. It had been a cold December. I was also worried about my Dad, we weren't quite sure what was going on with him but I knew he hadn't been feeling well, like "he might not be able to come tonight "not feeling well, my Dad never missed a big show, half the time he was up there with us 🙂. When I arrived I was told that we had 450+ presales which really set my mind at ease. More people we're coming through the door. It was the biggest @webelievethehype event of all time. It was a magical night. And sure enough the minute I stepped on stage there Dad was, beaming, like he often does. We played great, it felt like an out of body experience as close to perfect as it gets. It was truly an unforgettable night

I ran over to him, "I can't believe you came, you could have stayed in bed" he said "Well I wasn't gonna miss this" I asked him what he thought (we did this after every show) he said "Best I've ever heard you sound" See Dad played in bands when he was young (opened for Sly Stone and Kool and The Gang) so most show reviews for me contained a compliment and several things he felt I needed to do to improve. Not that night though. "I'm proud of you, You weren't to loud, I could hear what you were saying, you put on a tight good show, this place is packed, you should be proud." It would be the last time he saw me play.
I've done a few things in 2018 (and there are a ton of reasons why I haven't gone as hard w/BoyWonder as I have in the past) and I do have a deep desire to rock out with the crew more in 2019 but it's been really hard not seeing him there smiling up or to the right of me. It's one of the 10 billion + things I miss. I've been thinking about him a lot this season, wishing he was still here. Love You Dude.
#missyoudad #loveyoudad #thankyoudad #fam #familyfirst💯 #PopWonderRocks #philadelphia #philly #phillymusic #guitar #bass #drums #keyboard #saxophone #trumpet #electricguitar #telecaster #luthier #luthiery #pop #rock #soul #blues #singing #sing #vocal #vocalist
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“When I told my parents I wanted to become a pilot, my dad was unsure because the course in the US was ...
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“When I told my parents I wanted to become a pilot, my dad was unsure because the course in the US was 25 lacs–but still, my mom fought for me & finally dad took out a loan & gave me his blessing. After my training, I applied for jobs here, but I couldn’t get any. So for 2 years, I sat at home, feeling ... “When I told my parents I wanted to become a pilot, my dad was unsure because the course in the US was 25 lacs–but still, my mom fought for me & finally dad took out a loan & gave me his blessing.
After my training, I applied for jobs here, but I couldn’t get any. So for 2 years, I sat at home, feeling like a burden. My relatives didn’t make it easier with their taunts like, ‘you’ve spent too much on a girl’s education’. After a point, I started believing it too.
This was a low phase & I couldn’t bear to stay at home, so I applied 4 times for the airhostess post and failed. The Secret got me through this–I kept visualising and on the 5th try, I got in!
I started earning & getting international flights, but I wasn’t content. My dream was to see myself in that pilot’s uniform–I knew that being an air hostess wasn’t going to last. I had to clear 5 more exams to become a pilot, so I applied for the position of Ground Staff to give me time to study.
I wasn’t sure how I’d work 12 hour shifts, but I had to make it happen–I’ve literally studied in trains, buses, washrooms & while eating every meal. All the while dealing with irritable people throwing their boarding cards at me for no reason!
It was now or never–there were only 2 openings a year & I couldn’t miss out!
Finally, I gave my exams to become a Pilot. I remember waiting for the result–I was 27, with just 600Rs on me & I had no idea how I’d pay 20 lacs to finish my training if I cleared! My parents had given up too–they wanted to spend their savings on my wedding.
I don’t know what it was–a miracle or the law of attraction, but I TOPPED India in that exam & got a FULL scholarship!
After 7 long years I would wear that uniform. On my 1st flight, I tripped over a bag when I saw people staring at me, proud to see a female pilot–I was even asked for an autograph by a little girl!
How I got through it? It’s simple–as pilots, our major training is for emergencies. When everything goes wrong; when the engine fails, what will we do to land safely?
Similarly, when everything was crashing around me, I said to myself–I AM going to land safely, I just need to calmly think of how I’ll do it & I did it!”
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Everyone said my name wrong. So, at 17, I got a tattoo of my name on my wrist. Say it wrong now, I said! ...
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Everyone said my name wrong. So, at 17, I got a tattoo of my name on my wrist. Say it wrong now, I said! My family disapproved and didn’t talk to me for 2 days. They let it go thinking it was just a phase. And that’s how it started. By 20, I had about 25 tattoos– all of them designed by me. By then of course, ... Everyone said my name wrong. So, at 17, I got a tattoo of my name on my wrist. Say it wrong now, I said! My family disapproved and didn’t talk to me for 2 days. They let it go thinking it was just a phase. And that’s how it started. By 20, I had about 25 tattoos– all of them designed by me. By then of course, my mother had given up on the ‘who will marry you?’ She didn’t mind as long as I was getting a degree and a job.
Everything changed in my last year of BMS. I knew this degree wasn’t what I wanted. So I dropped out and decided to become a tattoo artist. Nobody understood. Not my closest friends, not my parents.
My mother thought that I would become those women at Juhu beach. Who tattoo people with old machines for a few rupees. I showed her videos of famous tattoo artists like Kat Von D. How they were talented artists with their own studios. She gave me her blessing.
After my training, we had to practice on someone. People usually picked someone from their families – but who would I pick? That evening, I told my dad I wanted him to be my first tattoo. He looked at me for 5 seconds–longest 5 seconds of my life! He said yes! So my first tattoo was an ‘OM’ on my dad’s arm.
My parents took time to accept me. I try a little every day. It’s been a roller coaster of a journey. This April, I decided to do the 100 tattoo challenge. I wanted to be the youngest woman in India with the most number of tattoos. I started picking my tattoos carefully–each one told a unique story about me.
My mom didn't get this madness. I used to come home limping having tattooed 6 different pieces on a leg. She watched me in tears. But, on my parents’ anniversary, I got their portraits made on my arm as a surprise. She couldn’t believe how real it looked. Just like that all her anger melted away.
I took her to an opening of a salon where the owner had bought my painting. Everyone loved it and asked the owner for the artist. They were all so fascinated with my tattoos! She finally saw how much my art was really appreciated. That day, she declared she was getting a tattoo! You should look at her tattoo– a lion on her back. She looks so badass. Like mother, like daughter, I guess!
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To me this sums up 2018! Sure, I see my huge horse head, eating a cookie in bed on vacation, my crazy ...
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To me this sums up 2018! Sure, I see my huge horse head, eating a cookie in bed on vacation, my crazy tights that my friends cringe when I wear, I can see my little Buddha belly Listen, I’m not going to lie and say it’s all unicorns and rainbows! My sales were down from last year across the board, ... To me this sums up 2018! Sure, I see my huge horse head, eating a cookie in bed on vacation, my crazy tights that my friends cringe when I wear, I can see my little Buddha belly 😂

Listen, I’m not going to lie and say it’s all unicorns and rainbows! My sales were down from last year across the board, for being in business for over 20 years that is the first year that happened and it’s scary. Maybe there are more options.. maybe I got complacent... either way it was the reality. I learned that I like many, have been used by people to advance their own career and it’s ok. I would of helped you! Even when someone moves I immediately connect people i know locally there because we share this world and I love when my friends meet friends and become friends... What I gained? I spent the past 20 years running to create a legacy for my dad to make his name last longer than my life. Guess what? There is no finish line to that one! He would of been sad that I have no mate or life outside of work, that I am actually him and he wanted more for me. So I bravely cut back. Closed.. which I would of never done, to gasp... take vacations? Best choice i made. To work on the icky stuff deep inside that would make me cry and eat chips. To be a better friend and to actually listen. To realize that everyone has something special to offer the world and to celebrate that! To be humble always In personal relationships too. It’s tough to tell someone you’re scared, you’re lonely, you need help and that you miss them.
The best gift I gave myself is the fact that everyone loves a come back. It’s never over Johnny, the wasted time I regretted a choice and compared myself to anyone outside of a unicorn is waste! When I actually asked myself what i want to do spending the second half of my life doing... well that creative hunger came back. The fact I stopped thinking anyone was out of my league for dating or working with. When I realized my issues don’t have to be anyone else’s because I got this! You can always change the road you’re on at anytime! It’s hard and scary but looking back on life aren’t those the things we value most? Love you all and thank you ❤️❤️
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We’ve been talking about death a lot. The conversation started last week with talk about mummies ...
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We’ve been talking about death a lot. The conversation started last week with talk about mummies and it will pick back up every so often with a different question. Today Charlie asked me if I thought Pop Pop (my Dad) was around. I said yes- I think so, and I asked him where he thought Pop Pop was. ... We’ve been talking about death a lot. The conversation started last week with talk about mummies and it will pick back up every so often with a different question. Today Charlie asked me if I thought Pop Pop (my Dad) was around. I said yes- I think so, and I asked him where he thought Pop Pop was. He told me, without hesitation- he is in every sunset we see and over my shoulder when I need him the most. He said he is always with all the people he loves, and because of that he never really is gone. Kids and their thoughts will never cease to amaze me. And I also love to believe he’s everywhere, with all the people he loved, and especially in every sunset. I think a lot about my Dad while I’m in our backyard. He would have loved visiting us here and I think he would have really enjoyed sitting outside as the sun went down. All of these spaces where he should be- how strange to feel the absence of someone in places they’ve never been. ❤️
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“How am I going to let everyone back home know what’s going on with my health?” Dad asked a year ago ...
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“How am I going to let everyone back home know what’s going on with my health?” Dad asked a year ago today as he began chemo. “I barely have the energy to email Mom back.” 48 hours earlier he’d flown to NYC to begin prepping for a stem cell transplant. “I’ll take care of it,” I said. And so I began writing ... “How am I going to let everyone back home know what’s going on with my health?” Dad asked a year ago today as he began chemo. “I barely have the energy to email Mom back.” 48 hours earlier he’d flown to NYC to begin prepping for a stem cell transplant. “I’ll take care of it,” I said. And so I began writing a weekly email to his friends. At first, I only sent out the updates to a few folks, but as the weeks turned into months, the list grew to over fifty people. Dad often edited each email. He got mad at me right before his transplant, when I ended an update: “On Tuesday, around 11 EST, take a sec and think of my Dad. Strong as fuck and ready to receive healthy cells. He will live and thrive.” “You shouldn’t have sent that,” he snapped. “You don’t know that I’m going to live.” He was right. On the night of January 4th, 2018, my update began: “My Dad died tonight at 10:05 PM overlooking the East River and the skyline and the snow…” You never know where life will lead you. Because of those updates, one of my Dad’s oldest childhood friends, Bob Kaplan, who he grew up from the age of 9 on, reached out to me in the weeks after his death: “Come to my ranch @redrefletranch this summer with your daughters,” he wrote. So last week, we hightailed it out of Brooklyn for Wyoming and found ourselves in the middle of the red rock mountains where we rode horses, fished for bluegills, ziplined above valleys of sage, collected fresh eggs from chickens, scoured rolling hills for bones, chased bunnies beneath the moon and counted deer while cruising back roads in our ATV. We ate elk steak and onion soup overlooking bluffs dotted with wild horses while talking with Bob and his wife Lulu about my Dad and my grandparents and growing up and growing old and hawks circled by above and there we were, in the wild wide open West, paradise found, 2,000 miles from home. There was a blizzard outside the night my Dad took his last breath (the Bomb Cyclone, it was called) the whole city blanketed in snow. Saddest night of my life. But always, after dark, the light. Says Camus: In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. #redrefletranch
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To the person/people who “paid it forward” Thank you so much!!! For many weeks my dad has been in critical ...
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To the person/people who “paid it forward” Thank you so much!!! For many weeks my dad has been in critical condition at LVH in CICU. Yesterday, I went to the cafeteria to get some lunch for my mom and I. I walked up to the cashier to pay. She said that someone had already taken care of it. Wow! Seriously? ... To the person/people who “paid it forward” Thank you so much!!! For many weeks my dad has been in critical condition at LVH in CICU. Yesterday, I went to the cafeteria to get some lunch for my mom and I. I walked up to the cashier to pay. She said that someone had already taken care of it. Wow! Seriously? I walked off thinking about how kind and thoughtful people could be. Tonight, after leaving dad’s room, my mom said she wanted to go to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. As usual, TRH didn’t disappoint. Our meals were perfect. As we finished eating, we asked the waitress for our bill. She smiled and said, “a Secret Santa” had already taken care of it.” We both were speechless. My mom just couldn’t believe it or understand it. You see. My mom is 87 years old. She and my dad have been married for 55 years. She has been a wreck since he has been in the hospital. My parents would spend every minute together. So, to whomever paid for our bill tonight, THANK YOU. THANK YOU so much! It was very kind, generous, and thoughtful of you!!! Seeing the huge smile on my mom’s face meant the world to me after seeing the constant look of sadness, stress, and worry. She will be talking about this forever. She just keeps saying over and over and over again - how “there are still so many good people in this world!” #payitforward #godblessyou #texasroadhouse #trexlertownpa #secretsanta #merrychristmas #kindhearts #thoughtfulpeople #bringingjoytoothers #twiceintwentyfourhours
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So today on the way home from work something super cool happened. . I was driving my Aventador SVR ...
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So today on the way home from work something super cool happened. . I was driving my Aventador SVR and I was stopped at a light. . Something out the corner of my eye caught my attention. . I looked over out the passenger window and it was a man and his two young sons who were maybe 6-8 years old ... So today on the way home from work something super cool happened.
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I was driving my Aventador SVR and I was stopped at a light.
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Something out the corner of my eye caught my attention.
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I looked over out the passenger window and it was a man and his two young sons who were maybe 6-8 years old going absolutely nuts waiving and trying to get my attention.
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I waved back and they started jumping around like they just won the lottery.
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I pulled in to get gas and they pulled in right behind me and hopped out.
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The two kids were going crazy over the car...which is not out of the ordinary...
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But what is out of the ordinary is what happened next.
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The father called the boys over and pointed at my license plate (which says “Do-WRK” and asked his sons if they knew what it meant.
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Neither of them did.
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The Dad then asked the boys if they wanted to have a car like that one day...
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They both enthusiastically shook their head yes.
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The Dad then went on to explain “If you are going to have a car like that you are going to have to work very hard and be very dedicated to being great at what you do. If you dedicate yourselves now to always doing better than the day before you will have a car like this one day. If you dont, you’ll drive a car like that (he pointed to a rusted out Saturn across the lot). Do you understand?”
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The boys both shook their heads yes.
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The funny thing is...this is the exact conversation my Dad had with me 31 years ago when I saw my first Lamborghini.
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Then they got pictures with the car.
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The boys then came up and shook my hand for letting them check out the car & sit in it. One of them told me I could come check out his car one day. (Which I loved).
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The Dad then shook my hand and thanked me for allowing him an opportunity to teach his sons a lesson.
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He said: “I know you probably get a lot of negative attention for driving a car like this, but I assure you you are inspiring people by doing so and I appreciate you for it!”
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I almost teared up because of how genuine it was.
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You never know who you are inspiring by doing you...and shining in your own way.
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Shine as bright as you fucking can...
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The world is better off for it.
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“Everything I am is thanks to my dad. Being the only child, I was subjected to overprotection. Each ...
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“Everything I am is thanks to my dad. Being the only child, I was subjected to overprotection. Each day he’d drop me & pick me up from school; he’d help me with everything– so when I grew up & asked to go to London for a work assignment– he was hesitant, because it’d be my 1st solo trip abroad– but ... “Everything I am is thanks to my dad. Being the only child, I was subjected to overprotection. Each day he’d drop me & pick me up from school; he’d help me with everything– so when I grew up & asked to go to London for a work assignment– he was hesitant, because it’d be my 1st solo trip abroad– but he agreed, saying I’d curse him for life if I didn’t get this chance! When I returned, I realised that he’d proudly boasted about my trip to everyone! We knew that it was my 1st step to being independent– It gave me the courage to start out on my own later.
Before, I used to be in an 8 hour job in Vikhroli. But I had a typhoid attack & was in the hospital for days. The 3 hour commute got to me & I resigned. I wanted to do more- be happy! So, In my free time I grappled with different things. Then my friend asked me to help with her son’s birthday. I ideated for the party & executed them while having a blast!
I enjoyed working creatively so much that I took a leap of faith & decided to build my company of designing gifting products. I struggled at 1st-clients weren’t paying, many never even showed up. I had to chase people for payments for months! But, my father helped me out when I was stuck. He had a rule– that I shouldn’t depend on anyone...not even him! He taught me to work with difficult people– a crash course in entrepreneurship!
It takes hard work to set up a business. Once, I took on a lot of projects for different clients, I had 20 hr work days & ended up with a fever. But 1 difference between this & my last job was–I was happy to be overworked. After getting a big client, dad & I ate dosa & discussed the future of my business–I told him my dream of coming in Forbes & he just smiled as though it’d already happened!
Today, I’m the Boss & the Peon of my company–I sweep the floors when required! I’ve worked with over 100 amazing clients & they keep growing! I lost my father a while ago & it broke my heart. But I’ve stuck to what he taught me– to make each experience a lesson– this being the biggest. Now, I won’t rest till I’m in Forbes & I’ll celebrate with a crisp dosa, knowing that he’s smiling from up there, eating a bite & saying ‘I knew it all along!”
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~ A few months ago I did a little ‘about me’ post on IG and today I thought I’d give you a little more info ...
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~ A few months ago I did a little ‘about me’ post on IG and today I thought I’d give you a little more info where I left off. In the previous post a friend asked if I had any siblings. I do. I don’t have any “real” siblings from my parents but my mom had been married to other people previously and my Dad ... ~ A few months ago I did a little ‘about me’ post on IG and today I thought I’d give you a little more info where I left off. In the previous post a friend asked if I had any siblings. I do. I don’t have any “real” siblings from my parents but my mom had been married to other people previously and my Dad had been married before and they each had children from those relationships. It’s a bit complicated. On my mom’s side there are three kids including me and we each have different dads. On my dad’s side my half-siblings all have the same mom. Because I came last, my parents were older (my mom was 38 and my dad was 50) so I had nieces & nephews older than me when I was born. I was born a daughter, sister and aunt all at once! Out of all these half-siblings only one was still at home till I was four years old so I spent years feeling like an only child. I didn’t always live near my half-siblings so I’d only visit them once in a while.  I also mentioned in my last post that I grew-up with a lot of old people, meaning since my parents were older my grandparents were even older during my childhood, etc. Both sets of my grandparents passed away before I was twelve. And my Dad passed away when I was twenty-five. Due to this unique scenario, families have always intrigued me. Especially big families. While some people may spend time coveting worldly things or thinking others lead perfect lives they are jealous of... I have always coveted family. It’s a tender spot that never heals and I think it makes me extra appreciative of every relationship I have with friends and family.  Technically being an only child was never strange while I was growing up in Washington State I had a handful of friends who were the same. But oh my gosh, once I moved to Utah I was hyper aware that I was different in this area. So tell me friends, do you have siblings? Do you come from a big family? Small family? #seejanerhodes #aboutme
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It’s about to get personal... This little girl right here is my little sister. Her name is Ruby Rodriguez. ...
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It’s about to get personal... This little girl right here is my little sister. Her name is Ruby Rodriguez. She’s my dads daughter which makes her my step sister ever since my dad got locked up in prison for 10 years I choose to isolate myself from her and my dad I didn’t want know anything about ... It’s about to get personal... This little girl right here is my little sister. Her name is Ruby Rodriguez. She’s my dads daughter which makes her my step sister ever since my dad got locked up in prison for 10 years I choose to isolate myself from her and my dad I didn’t want know anything about him for personal reasons. However, as the years would go by people would tell me that they would see my sister and they always mentioned how she looks like me so much when I was a little girl. One time I even seen a couple of pictures of her and I was creeped out of the fact that we looked so much alike. Fast forward, this little girl has always tried to find ways to communicate with me she would even have her other sister reach out to me through social media to tell me that she wanted to meet me and she didn’t ’t care about what others would say. I would always block her sisters and her family members so they wouldn’t get in contact with me. Then a week ago they find me again on Facebook and I was like ugh leave me alone I was being bitter and petty and I realized that I was being something that I wasn’t. I asked god for guidance and he told me I think it’s time you meet your sister she has nothing to do with how bad of a father your dad was to you.. That hit me hard and 2 days ago I finally met this beautiful innocent angel that after so many years she wanted to meet me and I finally got to meet her when she first saw me she ran up to me gave me a hug and was crying I was even crying myself she kept telling me how beautiful I was and I told her that she’s beautiful to and she’s going to look like me when she grows up lol she’s literally my twin. Now even if my dad isn’t in the picture and won’t be that’s fine with me we don’t need him I don’t hate him either. Every one makes mistakes and I truly wish nothing but the best for my father and even if my father begs to have a father and daughter relationship with me I choose not to god bless my dad always. Well now that I finally got to meet this angel I want to be there for her in every way possible and be the best role model that I can be just like I am to my other brothers and sisters. I promise to be there for you.
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My church ( @2911church ) is in a series called "Filters," and everyone was asked to publicly remove ...
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My church ( @2911church ) is in a series called "Filters," and everyone was asked to publicly remove their filter, exposing a hidden part of their life. At first, I thought "Everyone knows everything about me - probably more than they want to." However, when I thought more about filters as ... My church ( @2911church ) is in a series called "Filters," and everyone was asked to publicly remove their filter, exposing a hidden part of their life. At first, I thought "Everyone knows everything about me - probably more than they want to." However, when I thought more about filters as tools to avoid conflict and appease others' expectations, I realized how often I deliberately incorporate filters into my life.
First, something about me a lot of people know: I hate conflict. Something about me fewer people understand: my hatred of conflict is fueled by an fear of failure.

There are a lot of different ways to fail: in relationships, tests, work, health, even in the simplest social exchanges. I deceive myself into thinking that with enough control, I can avoid these failures.

Pretty early on, I got into the habit of avoiding eye contact because I felt I could watch the disapproval form on a person's face as I stated an opinion or shared a thought. I thought if I didn't see the disapproval, it would be easier to speak more freely. Then I learned that by avoiding eye contact I was failing to earn trust anyways, because people don't believe in a person who avoids eye contact. I've changed the way I act, putting on a filter and (unsuccessfully) attempting to subvert failure.

Recently, I had a week at work where I felt like I couldn't do anything right. While telling my parents, my dad hugged me and said, "I love you and we are so proud of you." In the middle of a birthday party, as I was being introduced to the whole party, I broke down - the whole ugly-cry flushed-face deal. Super great ☺️ Clearly, my fear of failure is something I still struggle with. I'm human and fallible and will miss deadlines, let people down, arrive late, say the wrong thing, and cry in the middle of a birthday party. Fortunately, even when my dad isn't there to voice his approval, God, my Heavenly Father, offers hope in forgiveness of my failures. I'm so grateful that I've found a church that reminds me of this hope and challenges me to remove the filter.
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