I did a shoot with @zynonmagazine
and my photog bestie @sabrinadunnephoto
as part of a feature on #metoo
and body positivity. These are two subjects I’m super passionate about, now more than ever! The issue drops on 10/25.
Feelin’ cute, so here’s a little car selfie for your Thursday commute. Also, I just met a darling girl who was working at a bakery and I asked her how old she was and she said “16”. In my head I was like “I was her age when a drunk, homeless man ran out in front of me and I hit and killed him going 40 MPH”. It’s crazy to comprehend sometimes that something so traumatic happened to me at such a young age when I was so innocent and vulnerable. I sometimes don’t know how I made it through something so hard. At the same time, going through something so hard, so young, has made the trials I’ve faced since then a lot more bearable. And I can honestly say that I know it’s something I had to go through and has blessed me with so much empathy and compassion that I might not otherwise have. 14 years goes so fast and sometimes it seems so fresh like when I hear glass shatter or see a shadow in my peripheral view when I’m driving. But other times, it seems so long ago. I don’t think trials are something we ever “get over”, however I do think that time softens the sting and helps us learn lessons along the way. If you’re going through something, big or small, you too can come out on top. I don’t know why I felt impressed to share but I did, so enjoy 🥂
What’s one small change you’re working on to improve your health?
We all have unique goals that we’re working on in order to feel better. That could be taking more time for ourselves, engaging in more stress management, or cutting out processed foods in our diet.
Let’s start a conversation.
WHY I RARELY POST ABOUT FITNESS ANYMORE ➡️ Over the past few months I've become completely jaded towards Instagram. I put in the bare-minimum to maintain this account, but truth be told, it hasn't felt very genuine or authentic for me.
When I started this account nearly 2 years ago, I wanted to share my love for fitness and help others along the way. I even went as far to get certified and start coaching women online. While I was loving it for a time, after awhile something just started to feel off. I felt like I was forcing myself to do it, rather than doing it from a place of love or passion.
Simultaneously, my health (both mental and physical) took a turn for the worse, and I found myself retreating, not wanting to share what was going with me. As a result, I began to show up less authentically, both online and in real life. And after gaining nearly 15lbs, the last thing I wanted to talk about was fitness...
Now, as I pick myself back up (and I'm doing A LOT better 😊), I'm beginning to rethink how I want to use this account. 8 months ago I became a full-time digital nomad, and posting about my travels has felt more appealing and genuine than posting about fitness these days 🤷♀️ So I'm just going to roll with it. If you want to unfollow me, that's cool, but for those who want to stick around I appreciate you for baring with me through this period of being under-construction 😬😘
I am just TOO MUCH for some people.
I talk too fast.
I laugh too loudly.
I smile too quickly.
I giggle too often.
I'm just too ridiculously happy! 🤣🤣🤣 My teeth are too big.
My nose is too wide.
My breasts are too large.
My curls are too wild.
My body is too round.
My hips sway too much.
I take up too much space! 🙄🙄🙄 I live in too many different countries.
I share too many beach pictures.
I speak too many languages.
I read too many books.
I've lived in too many different states.
I travel entirely too much! ✈️✈️✈️ I gush too much about cooking.
I make too many sweets.
I fawn over fresh produce way too much.
I eat too much.
I drink too much.
I have too much chocolate.
I'm just too enthusiastic about food! 😋😋😋 I AM too much for some people, and I'm perfectly OK with that.
I want to encourage you to be ALL of who you are, even if that means you are too much for some people.
I *refuse* to be anything less than the BOLD, AUDACIOUS, BRILLIANT individual that God created me to be. How about you???
Throwback Thursday. I miss summer 😭 I’m also bummed that I haven’t been able to workout as hard or as much as I want to and I still have a long way to go until I’m happy with my body and in love with myself but everyday is a new day and I’m blessed. I’ll get there! So enjoy my repost 😊
I used to cover up for people. I would literally ask if they wanted me to wear pants because my scars made them uncomfortable. And I would do it even if it was 90 degrees out. And that’s because I cared more about how others felt about my body than what I felt about my body. I think one day I was just like fuck this I don’t really care if my scars make you uncomfortable that’s like saying my hair makes you uncomfortable so I should wear it in a bun to not bother you. I’m not going to hide my body because it may make others uncomfortable that’s just stupid. .
Honestly if I were to hang out with someone and they didn’t want to go out somewhere bc them being seen with my scars would make them uncomfortable I’d just stop hanging out with them. I don’t really need to be around people who are ashamed to be seen with me because I have scars. So what honestly?? They’re literally scars. Scars aren’t going to attack you or anything so why does it bother people so much? It’s not even like they’re the ones WITH the scars that show they cut themselves. IM the one with the scars, IM the one who deals with the judgment from others, and IM the one who finally became comfortable enough in my body to where I was able to wear a dress or shorts. Why do people need to make it about them?? .
I am completely unapologetic about my body. Scars and everything. That bothers you? Maybe you have your own issues to work through 🤷🏽♂️. But I refuse to cover up for your comfort.
#selfcare #realrecovery #recoverywin #recovery #selflove #anorexia #anorexiarecovery #mentalhealth #mentalillness #myrecoverybody #mentalhealthawareness #perfectlyflawed #perfectlyimperfect #imperfectlyme #imperfectlyperfect #scars #bodiposi #bodypositive #bodypositivity #embracethesquish #authenticself #edwarrior #edfighter #recoverywarrior
THIS IS SUCH A MOOD ALL DAY EVERYDAY 😆
Anyone else need this positive message today? Have you ever felt like you’re stuck in the undercurrent of a massive wave and just can’t get your head up? That is what 2018 has been for me. Injury, pain, pregnancy, international move, birth, business frustration, anxiety, depression, marriage strain, mothering 4 young children, having to start all over in a foreign country (Samoa will always be a home to me but I’m originally from the U.S.). It has NOT been easy. There have been a lot of tears (A LOT) and going to sleep hoping to wake up to a new start just to get hit by another wave, another fight, another frustration, another deep pocket of depression. And yet I know that so much can happen in a years time. So from one Magic Womyn to whoever else needs to hear this - nothing will be same in 1 year. Things will get better. And I’ll remind you of what I had to remind myself today...life is worth living and you can handle it. And if you feel alone or unloved today - I love you. And I believe in you. My email address is in my bio. I’m here for you too. 🖤@.
#itwilbeokay #motherhood #marriage #depression #anxiety #2018 #gratitude #love #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositivity #mentalhealth #magic #womyn #woman #sacredwoman #spiritwoman #selflove #selfcare #witch #witchy #samoan
Who is loving these fall flavors as much as we are!? I think we can all agree that pumpkin spice *everything* is a must-have between now and Thanksgiving. 🍂🍁 Let us know some of your favorite fall flavors/treats!⬇️ #crushinit
All smiles bc tomorrow is Friday & a new @stitchfix
unboxing will be up on my channel tomorrow morning! ☺️
Throwback to when my fitness journey first started. Unfortunately I took a break because I had to adjust to a new schedule but I am so ready to get back into it.
one man's "im not ready" is another man's "i knew the second i saw her" 💕
Cheers to new beginnings! Starting in January, I’ll be attending Temple to receive my Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management. Excited for this chapter and this road I’m on 🙌🏻🎉
I am grateful for the struggle….for without it, I wouldn’t have discovered my strength.
If I had never discovered my strength, I never would have met most of these generous butt kicking friends and teammates.
At the end of the day we are more the same than we are different. We all need hope. We all want our lives to count. We all want a deeper purpose and connection with others. We all have a story to share.
It blows my ever loving mind that this photo was made possible just by sharing what has so radically changed my life. And we get paid for that?! .
Yep. We sure do. Link in the Bio to learn more about our amazing team and how you can be in the picture too! ✌🏼
It took a lot for me to get this workout done today. After being on my feet for over 15K steps each day for the past 5 days my body HURT. But I wanted to make sure I showed up for myself today and it felt good to do that. After a long couple days of travel and rushing around it’s always good to sweat it out and carve out time for yourself. What’s your favorite post travel workout?
Is it the weekend yet? ~~
We have lots of work + play outfits in the shops this season! 11am -7pm every day 😍
In this sisterhood we honour loving ourselves fully & respecting each other for loving ourselves first. We still love and care about each other, but we are our own number 1 ✨🙏♥️ —- image by @beashotthis