I managed to bring all my succulents back to life this summer. They look so happy and beautiful.
Expressing gratitude for a perfect long weekend away with my best friend/sister and her wonderful family, especially little Zeph. It kills me that we live so far away from each other but I am so grateful that we can always come together like no time has passed at all and infinitely grateful that her family has been like a second family for me for 23 years. #mandalamonday
The best part about sleeping outside is that Mother Nature gently nudges you awake for sunrises like this at 6am or for an incredible first class view of the Milky Way at 2am. You don’t even have to move, just open your eyes and lie in awe. #docklife
This is the truest love I’ve ever experienced. Best friends and sisters forever and ever. (at Mason Lake)
I am not Mike Brown. I am white. I am middle class. I am female. I am small. I am not considered a threat. When police see me they see someone who looks like them. They see their mothers, their daughters, their sisters, themselves. I am not at risk of being shot by police for existing while black. I am not at risk of being shot while unarmed. I am not at risk of being shot while armed with nothing more than a BB gun. I am not at risk of being shot for reaching for my wallet. I am privileged.
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.
Anonymous asked: How are you able to keep so positive when so many terrible things are happening in the world (ferguson, ISIS, etc)? I'm not snarking you by any means, I'm asking because I think it's a beautiful quality that radiates from you!
Oiiii… This is a difficult question because I am a terribly empathetic person. I can just as easily take on the sadness or stress in a person as I can take on the happiness and bliss. It’s actually something I’m trying really hard to overcome because I can feel the mood in a room the second I walk in and I find it difficult to not take on the negative emotions that may be associated with it. That said, yes, I try to be positive whenever possible and I try to exude positivity as much as possible. There are a lot of tragic events happening in the world, both on a small scale as well as a large scale and I will never discredit those. My heart aches for all involved. But there is always love as well. And if we can just allow ourselves to have open hearts, to be compassionate, and to find gratitude in the smallest of things then maybe someday we will see a shift in the world. Even when I’m at my worst I am almost always able to find something to be grateful for, and I find that gratitude is one of the easiest ways to maintain positivity. xo.
Gratitude for a new week and a fresh start. Last week rocked me super hard and I’m taking to heart all the lessons wrapped up in it. Gratitude for releasing all things I can’t control. Gratitude for living in the flow and approaching situations and circumstances with a clear head and heart. Gratitude for being able to bring myself to the present moment. Gratitude for each and every one of you ✨ #mandalamonday (at Greenlake Park)