This is such an awesome project! This really did bring tears to my eyes. How special.
- Every season has STRUGGLES you can’t see from the outside looking in…we can see how tall the tree is but we don’t know how deep the roots go.
- Every season is shaped by what you say. “How you speak about the season you are in, determines how you will experience that season.”
- Every season has STRENGTHS you can seize….You can’t live in the season of what was, or what might have been. You must find the sweetness of the season you are in today.
"If you get a blessing before it is your time to have it, it will become a burden" So embrace where you are today and cover it in praise and thankfulness.
I could so rapidly and completely get caught up in what I want right now. To get vulnerable…I want to be done with school, have a baby of my own, move out of my parents house and just get on with with my married life with my husband.
Instead, I’m choosing to be thankful that I am able to get an education for basically free. I am able to have a relationship with my parents because they are still alive and well. I am able to experience new people and expand who I am professionally because of these new relationships. I am not overwhelmed and exhausted with 1,000 things to get done…my life is full, and I have 1,000 reasons to get out of bed in the morning.
I am thankful for this season.
I hope this season finds you well :)
"Audrey Hepburn was the granddaughter of a baron, the daughter of a nazi sympathizer, spent her teens doing ballet to secretly raise money for the Dutch resistance against the nazis, and spent her post-film career as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, winning the presidential medal of freedom for her efforts. "
…..And history remembers her as pretty.
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Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me. She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over. “Come on! Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation! Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties! PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!”
“THAT DRESS?” My brain couldn’t focus on an image of some random dress hanging in my closet. All I could think about was my three-year-old daughter hearing and trying to process those words.
My daughter’s little brain is making sense of the world every single second, taking in verbal and non-verbal cues about how things work and what things mean. And when it comes to exercise, I want her to grow up seeing it as a joy, and not a utility…as a gift, and not a chore…as an opportunity, not an obligation. I want her to do it for the love of it, not to fit into a dress. I want her to grow up knowing that…
- Strength equals self-sufficiency. Being strong – particularly as a woman – is empowering. It will feel good someday to be able to carry your own luggage down the stairs if the airport escalator is broken, and it will be important to have a solid shot at outrunning a stranger should you meet one a dark alley.
- Fitness opens doors. Being healthy and fit can help you see the world differently. The planet looks different from a bike or a pair of skis than it does from a car or an airplane. Out in the elements you have the time and space to notice details and meet people and remember smells and bugs and mud and rain and the feeling of warm sunshine on your face. And those are the moments that make up your life.
- The bike is the new golf course. Being fit may help you get a seat at the table. Networking is no longer restricted to the golf course, and the stronger you are – and as a woman, the better you can hang with the men – the more people you’ll meet.
- Exercise is a lifestyle, not an event. Being an active person isn’t about taking a class three times a week at the gym. It’s about things like biking to the grocery store and parking your car in the back of the lot and walking instead of taking a cab and catching up with friends on a hiking trail instead of a bar stool.
- Health begets health. Healthy behavior inspires healthy behavior. Exercise. Healthy eating. Solid sleep. Positive relationships. These things are all related.
- Endorphins help you cope. A good sweat session can clear the slate. You will have days when nothing seems to go right…when you’re dizzy with frustration or crying in despair. A workout can often turn things around.
- Working out signals hard-working. The discipline required to work out on a regular basis signals success. Someone recently told me they are way more likely to hire marathon runners and mountain climbers because of the level of commitment that goes into those pursuits.
- If you feel beautiful, you look beautiful. Looking beautiful starts on the inside. And being fit and strong feels beautiful.
- Nature rules. And if you’re able to hike/run/bike/swim/ski/snowshoe, you can see more of it.
- Little eyes are always watching. We learn from each other. You may have a daughter—or a niece or a neighbor or a friend – one day. And that little girl will be watching and listening to everything she you say and do. What messages do you want her to hear?
I’ll never talk to my daughter about fitting into THAT DRESS. But I will talk to her about what it sounds like to hear pine needles crunching under my feet and what it feels like to cross a finish line and how special it is to see the world on foot. I will talk to her about hard work and self sufficiency. I will teach her the joy of working out by showing her I love it. And I’ll leave the rest up to her.
This is mini Abe. Come visit Illinois!
Hopefully this little gem can help out bankrupt state!
YES I am 100% this.
For the past few years, photographer Jimmy Nelson has been working on a daunting project: Capture the world’s rarest tribes.
With an enormous 4x5 camera, Jimmy has been traveling the world documenting the people whose way of life has never changed.
via It’s Nice That
I’m so grateful for my education.
We’re having a lovely fall so far. In the last few weekends of pretty leaves and crisp weather, we have been hiking a few places and snuggled up to a few fires with hot chocolate.
— Mother Teresa (via favoredgrace)