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to how much your life can make a complete 180. No, I no longer have chiseled abs. No, I no longer workout at the frequency of to sometimes 5xs a day. No, I no longer place my all of my worth into muscle striations. Yes, I have an office job that is actually fulfilling. Yes, it can be arduous and monotonous, but my students make it all worth it. Yes, I have gained fat and the sensibility to know that my natural being is nothing to be ashed of, or talked down upon. Yes, I still physically capable, able, and incredibly strong. 鈥 My relationship to my being separated from how media praises certain aesthetics has been hard, but liberating. @bethanycmeyers speaks a lot on neutrality, which I believe is one of the healthiest fres to look at ourselves. They speak on the reality that there is hardly anything, if anything at all, we feel positive about, ALL the time. 鈥 Often times, this can hinders us because we can get bogged down when we don鈥檛 meet that expectation. Instead, it鈥檚 helpful to remind ourselves of our abilities- of how much our bodies do indeed show up for us even when we want to rage a war with it. Even when we betray the way it is a home for our life. 鈥 Once I separated myself a bit, I began to see how much the weight of my words can affect others. If I speak badly upon my appearance, I giving permission for others to do the se to themselves. Which is to say, if my niece, sister, student, or any other human sponge, hears, they too can create the space to speak down upon themselves. That cycle is forever an undoing. I want to be more conscientious of that. Little did many know that while I 鈥渓ooked great,鈥 I felt far from it because I felt trapped in a space that I almost pigeoned myself into. 鈥 Here鈥檚 to my 鈥檚 everyday work and checking-in, the resiliency of showing up, and it鈥檚 strength of healing beyond all measure. 馃摳 @wildjay for @muscleandfitnesshers

them: how are you so confident? me: I know I the bag, so I secure myself. 鈥 Maslow was onto something when he posited the hierarchy of human needs. The highest tier is to self-actualize, the self-fulfilling prophecy where you have reached your full potential. 鈥 The biggest obstacle in getting there, is truly and deeply, within ourselves. If you believe something of yourself to be true, your actions will reflect that. Conversely, you cannot make something happen if you don鈥檛 believe in it, first. 鈥 The most transformative of changes I have ever seen started with a small, but powerful, belief. You are the bag, secure yourself. 馃拵

I won鈥檛 ever know the pain you carry if you think your words will cut deeper than your silence. - communication 鈥 We know (without really even thinking twice) how to make our lives incredibly accessible and visible, but we do a terrible job at speaking from and within an honest place. 鈥 Filter a facade of how we are supposed to act and most will go about their merry, but empty, way. 鈥 Here鈥檚 to those who know the grit it takes to actually be vulnerable even if it鈥檚 the most uncomfortable- even if it means not so 鈥榩icture perfect,鈥 even if it means new boundaries, even if it means wishing you well from a distance. 馃摳 @andyryanflores

鈥淚f I didn鈥檛 define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people鈥檚 for me and eaten alive.鈥 - Audre Lorde Here鈥檚 to continually learning to be my biggest advocate and to use that space to empower others to do the same. 鈿★笍

I think if we reframe the way we see accountability, we will begin to realize it is truly the foundation to self-care and self-love.

Sending extra love to all the women choosing themselves at any capacity. To those choosing to be legends over 鈥渓adies.鈥 Don鈥檛 you ever second guess that choice. 鈿★笍馃拵鈾狅笍

Ladies, NEVER engage with ANYONE who shames you about the nature of your . The number one reason I respect and worked with @kelvingary because he is someone/coach to take people as they are. Surround yourself with people who do that. to me giving spark notes about the menstrual cycle to the OG 鈿★笍馃挭馃徎

You are the queen/king of hearts, an ace of spades, a jane of all trades, a dime a dozen. Babe, you are electricity- beautiful in motion + powerful to feel. Believe that. fiercely, fully, and unapologetically, yours 馃拵鈿★笍鈾狅笍馃挮 馃摳 @jeannnes

If the absence brings you peace you haven鈥檛 lost anything, sweets. 馃尮 馃摳 @photoherby

New York, New York

no one can knock down your pillars if you are the one who built their foundation. 鈥 Your pillars are those that won鈥檛 ever be for grabs because they weren鈥檛 build in a day- they are the strongest parts of your being. They took honest work and consistency to build. They took making the wrong turns over and over and over again, only to end up in the same place you started. They took starting from ground zero after you鈥檝e been gutted. They took a whole lot of acceptance and forgiveness to grow so secure that who ever was to comment on the blue print, really had no say on how you were to build yourself up. 鈥 May I forever be under construction only to be built stronger than the day before. Here鈥檚 to my unshakable truth, integrity, dignity, and respect. 馃摳 @fumiehoppe

Sweets, understand where you place your worth. Do you only feel worthy when you have accomplished something? When you begin to validate yourself through things outside of yourself, you will never feel 鈥済ood enough鈥 because you have displaced your value and worth into the hands of others. You need to believe and know, hand-to-heart, that you are dope as all without all that gratification. It sure does feel good to be recognized for your work, but the real come up is in silence. It鈥檚 the daily build-up, stacking brick by brick your foundations. So long as you make sure your actions reflect your values, no one else鈥檚 opinion will truly matter because you鈥檙e affirming yourself- the core of your being. 鉁

you didn鈥檛 break out of boxes to only be placed into more. 鈿★笍 Happy Monday, Sweets !

Coral Gables, Florida

I understand why men feel pressed to cut their hair every 2.5 seconds. There really is nothing like that fresh fade feeling 鈿★笍鈿★笍

I once had hair that reached my . Now I have a bald spot that rests on the left side of my head. 鈥 After my accident, I suffered three massive lacerations to my head and got them stapled. The combination of hair and blood, turned my long locks into dread locks and inevitably, unbeknownst to me, forced my nursing te to cut my hair. All of my lacerations healed, the hair grew back, except for this one. 鈥 I was once very self-conscious about it. Always felt I was somehow more 鈥淩aggedy Anne鈥 looking because of all of my scars. And I was so meticulous about covering this one on my head. Always, telling my hairdressers to be mindful on how they cut and style my hair. It鈥檚 exhausting constantly believing I have to conceal parts of me. 鈥 Now, I see it as a kiss of grace. Admittedly, there are still times I compelled to hide it, but I remind myself that it鈥檚 all apart of my resilience, my healing, my survival. Now I choosing to celebrate just how imperfect I . 鉁 馃摳: @photoherby - - - - @behindthescars_ @strengthmarks

Who could we be if we would stop carrying the remains of who we were... What if you began to shed the layers that have only been dead weight? What if you began to get rid of the things you no longer needed? The things that no longer serve you, especially the things you should not take on. What if you liberated the things that let you go? What if you thanked all the things that had no room for the kindness in your heart? Leaving space for something else to fill. Really, its like packing rocks into a bag + setting on a journey. Even though my load is much lighter my rocks look like this: people pleaser. Perfectionist. Shy. Anxious. Gracious giver. Comfortable. Safe. Approval. Fear. (what I immediately think of) Do you see how packing these things only make my navigation harder? It's like standing at the top of a mountain + missing the view because all I see is the rock I holding onto. While I've shed so many layers of my dead weight, I still carry pieces I've found hard to get rid of + thats ok. I always revert back to this: Will I sacrifice who I can be for who I have always been? That's when I know I merely sacrificing what I can do for what I have always done. I won't have that sweets + neither should you. Turn those rocks into beautiful stone. 鉁煉 馃摳: @photoherby

Sometimes you gotta approach the BS with grace and turn your head to what no longer will move you forward. You鈥檙e not a game. You鈥檙e not something to be toyed with. B, you betta werk! 鈿★笍鈿★笍

whether it鈥檚 been 2 seconds or 20 years, quantity can never measure up to quality. I鈥檓 not sure if there鈥檚 truly a way to calculate impact, but people tend to be a very important part of the equation. Thank you for inspiring me in more ways than I could ever count. 鉁

Things I wish I could put on a resume: 鈥 Strong knack for responding to dumb questions with sarcastic answers all while looking innocent doing it. 馃拝馃徎馃拋馃徎鈥嶁檧锔 馃摳 @photoherby

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