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Good g o l d e n mornings. With views of nothing but mountains. // photo by @charlotte_the_eclectics #alpenlofts #morningslikethese #visitbadgastein
Good g o l d e n mornings. With views of nothing but mountains. // photo by @charlotte_the_eclectics #alpenlofts #morningslikethese #visitbadgastein
Der 2. Zufluss vom Traunfall
Der 2. Zufluss vom Traunfall
𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘦
𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘐 𝘢𝘮
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#tb #girl #me #photography #portraitphotography #portrait #woman #pink #pinkhair #lines #hairstyle #photo #instame #instagirl #instawoman #milano #pose #caption #details #designer #people #peopleinframe #peoplescreatives #liveauthentic #shotoniphone #vscogirl #vscocam #vsco
𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 . . . #tb #girl #me #photography #portraitphotography #portrait #woman #pink #pinkhair #lines #hairstyle #photo #instame #instagirl #instawoman #milano #pose #caption #details #designer #people #peopleinframe #peoplescreatives #liveauthentic #shotoniphone #vscogirl #vscocam #vsco
How I love those early mornings. And yes, we’re still waiting for the stained window to be fixed, but hey, waiting for something pretty isn’t hard. .
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#athome #desparrenhof #veluwe
How I love those early mornings. And yes, we’re still waiting for the stained window to be fixed, but hey, waiting for something pretty isn’t hard. . . . #athome #desparrenhof #veluwe
On a warm day in Spring you can literally sit and watch asparagus grow which is far more exciting than watching paint dry. The spears grow around 1 cm every hour. It’s peak season at the moment which means they are plentiful, cheap, and taste their best. It also means it’s asparagus pee time 😬
On a warm day in Spring you can literally sit and watch asparagus grow which is far more exciting than watching paint dry. The spears grow around 1 cm every hour. It’s peak season at the moment which means they are plentiful, cheap, and taste their best. It also means it’s asparagus pee time 😬
The Savannah's of Bushy Pizzle
The Savannah's of Bushy Pizzle
Those golden colours.
Those golden colours.
Nature walk
Nature walk
Мои дети, так гордо звучит❣😅
Мои дети, так гордо звучит❣😅
« Non c'è presa di coscienza senza sofferenza. In tutto il mondo la gente arriva ai limiti dell'assurdo per evitare di confrontarsi con la propria anima.
Non si raggiunge l'illuminazione immaginando figure di luce, ma portando alla coscienza l'oscurità interiore.
Chi guarda fuori sogna, chi guarda dentro si sveglia. »

Carl Gustav Jung
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#locorotondo #puglia#italia#italy#borghi
« Non c'è presa di coscienza senza sofferenza. In tutto il mondo la gente arriva ai limiti dell'assurdo per evitare di confrontarsi con la propria anima. Non si raggiunge l'illuminazione immaginando figure di luce, ma portando alla coscienza l'oscurità interiore. Chi guarda fuori sogna, chi guarda dentro si sveglia. » Carl Gustav Jung . . . #locorotondo #puglia#italia#italy#borghi
nocne manewry
trochę #hygge 
trochę odpalam imprezową playlistę 🌼cudowna @kapralska i dwa tatuszki pod którymi się podpisuję
nocne manewry trochę #hygge trochę odpalam imprezową playlistę 🌼cudowna @kapralska i dwa tatuszki pod którymi się podpisuję
Tbh, I really had no idea how to be a "good mum" so I collected memories. Amalgamating all of the things which inspired me; being tucked into bed at friends sleepovers, pudding after dinner at nans, cleaning walls and skirts at my foster mums, food shopping on Saturday mornings with the neighbours, drying out and seasoning meats with the African elders in my block - woven with the maternal instincts developed in raising my siblings, I have learned to bend over backwards for mine from the women who bent over backwards theirs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I learned about myself as a woman and taught myself how to accommodate to my children's needs as a mother from other mums, and this includes unconditional sacrifices big and small. Stealing a couple bites of off of their plates and never getting round to eating mine, listening with ears that are filtering four voices at once with no space for my own thoughts, eyes burning through just another book or movie, pockets burning through just another ride, toy, trip, pair, price, their tears on my sleves where mine desperately needed to be.⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I used to think I was raised by the streets, but I have recently realised it was a whole village. Where mum fell short due to depression and circumstances the village picked up and ran with me. Showing me the world through their ways, their cultures, their love, I learned how to show love and affection by emulating the love and affection which was so kindly endowed upon me, sometimes by strangers, by distant relatives, by 'others', but sometimes we inherit the self negligence too. Continued ↡
Tbh, I really had no idea how to be a "good mum" so I collected memories. Amalgamating all of the things which inspired me; being tucked into bed at friends sleepovers, pudding after dinner at nans, cleaning walls and skirts at my foster mums, food shopping on Saturday mornings with the neighbours, drying out and seasoning meats with the African elders in my block - woven with the maternal instincts developed in raising my siblings, I have learned to bend over backwards for mine from the women who bent over backwards theirs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I learned about myself as a woman and taught myself how to accommodate to my children's needs as a mother from other mums, and this includes unconditional sacrifices big and small. Stealing a couple bites of off of their plates and never getting round to eating mine, listening with ears that are filtering four voices at once with no space for my own thoughts, eyes burning through just another book or movie, pockets burning through just another ride, toy, trip, pair, price, their tears on my sleves where mine desperately needed to be.⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I used to think I was raised by the streets, but I have recently realised it was a whole village. Where mum fell short due to depression and circumstances the village picked up and ran with me. Showing me the world through their ways, their cultures, their love, I learned how to show love and affection by emulating the love and affection which was so kindly endowed upon me, sometimes by strangers, by distant relatives, by 'others', but sometimes we inherit the self negligence too. Continued ↡
בשבילי
 החג הזה הוא זמן ללמוד 
לנוע בין המרחב העראי והמרחב הבטוח. 
בין הבית לסוכה. .

ללמוד לשחרר את ההרגלים והדפוסים והאיזורי נוחות ולצאת החוצה למבנה חדש, פחות יציב, פחות מוכר, אולי גם פחות יפה, ולתת לו להיות לנו לבית לשבעה ימים, ולמצא את הביטחון גם שם. בפשוטות, של להיות בלי השטיח האהוב עלי ובלי הציורים על הקיר שעושים לי תחושה של בית, ובלי המרחב הפיזי של הבית. בלי החומריות שאני כל כך תלוייה בה ביומיום. למצא את הביטחון מבפנים. .

וזה נשמע בנאלי, אבל בשבילי לפחות זה חתיכת אתגר. יש קסם גדול בימים האלו, שמחה פשוטה שכזו 
אבל גם מלא התרחשות פנימית, 
מעין ניסיון למצא את המצפן הפנימי שלי, 
להבין במה ובמי אני תלוייה בשביל להרגיש שמחה וסיפוק ובית: 
הבית הפיזי, בעלי, הילדים שלי, הצלחה בעסק, אינטראקציה חברתית. 
כי לכולם לכולם יש השפעה עלי, וזה בסדר, אבל השאלה היא באיזה מינון. .

היציאה מהבית את תוך הסוכה הצנועה, מפגישה אותי עם עצמי, מנתקת אותי מההרגלים היומיומים, מהתלותיות באנשים וחפצים שמסיחים אותי מעצמי. .

ובינתיים התשובות שאני מקבלת הן לא פשוטות לי לעיכול. 
אבל אני גם נזכרת שאני עושה את זה בשביל עצמי 
וגם בשביל הילדים שלי. .

כי מהרגע שהם נולדים, אנחנו מנסים ללמד אותם לנוע בין המרחב הבטוח, לבין המרחב הלא מוכר. 
לשמור על גרעין של ביטחון 
אבל ללמוד לצאת למקומות שמרגשים שם פחות ביטחון, ולגלות שם את עצמו. 
לגלות שאפשר לנוע בין הבית לסוכה לאורך כל השנה. כי הם לא רק מבנים פיזיים, הם מקומות ודפוסים אצלנו בנפש שנבנים ומתחזקים ומקבלים קומה חדשה 
משנה לשנה. .

שנזכה כולנו לבנות ולהיבנות ולגלות ולנוח ולנוע ולרקוד את העראי ואת בבטוח, בשמחה ובפשטות. .
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#pixiecut_ii 
#thehappynow
#simplychildren
#toddlerlife
#theartofslowliving
#ohheymama
#simpleliving
#littlejoys
#seekthesimplicity
#honestmotherhood
#getaftergrateful
#slowmotherhood
#holdthemoments
#motherhoodintheraw
#liveauthentic
#livethelittlethings
#livesimply
#thepursuitofjoyproject
#flashesofdelight
#mybeigelife
#wheatfield
#fieldsofgold
#beigepallete
#linenlover
בשבילי החג הזה הוא זמן ללמוד לנוע בין המרחב העראי והמרחב הבטוח. בין הבית לסוכה. . ללמוד לשחרר את ההרגלים והדפוסים והאיזורי נוחות ולצאת החוצה למבנה חדש, פחות יציב, פחות מוכר, אולי גם פחות יפה, ולתת לו להיות לנו לבית לשבעה ימים, ולמצא את הביטחון גם שם. בפשוטות, של להיות בלי השטיח האהוב עלי ובלי הציורים על הקיר שעושים לי תחושה של בית, ובלי המרחב הפיזי של הבית. בלי החומריות שאני כל כך תלוייה בה ביומיום. למצא את הביטחון מבפנים. . וזה נשמע בנאלי, אבל בשבילי לפחות זה חתיכת אתגר. יש קסם גדול בימים האלו, שמחה פשוטה שכזו אבל גם מלא התרחשות פנימית, מעין ניסיון למצא את המצפן הפנימי שלי, להבין במה ובמי אני תלוייה בשביל להרגיש שמחה וסיפוק ובית: הבית הפיזי, בעלי, הילדים שלי, הצלחה בעסק, אינטראקציה חברתית. כי לכולם לכולם יש השפעה עלי, וזה בסדר, אבל השאלה היא באיזה מינון. . היציאה מהבית את תוך הסוכה הצנועה, מפגישה אותי עם עצמי, מנתקת אותי מההרגלים היומיומים, מהתלותיות באנשים וחפצים שמסיחים אותי מעצמי. . ובינתיים התשובות שאני מקבלת הן לא פשוטות לי לעיכול. אבל אני גם נזכרת שאני עושה את זה בשביל עצמי וגם בשביל הילדים שלי. . כי מהרגע שהם נולדים, אנחנו מנסים ללמד אותם לנוע בין המרחב הבטוח, לבין המרחב הלא מוכר. לשמור על גרעין של ביטחון אבל ללמוד לצאת למקומות שמרגשים שם פחות ביטחון, ולגלות שם את עצמו. לגלות שאפשר לנוע בין הבית לסוכה לאורך כל השנה. כי הם לא רק מבנים פיזיים, הם מקומות ודפוסים אצלנו בנפש שנבנים ומתחזקים ומקבלים קומה חדשה משנה לשנה. . שנזכה כולנו לבנות ולהיבנות ולגלות ולנוח ולנוע ולרקוד את העראי ואת בבטוח, בשמחה ובפשטות. . . . . . . . . . . . . #pixiecut_ii #thehappynow #simplychildren #toddlerlife #theartofslowliving #ohheymama #simpleliving #littlejoys #seekthesimplicity #honestmotherhood #getaftergrateful #slowmotherhood #holdthemoments #motherhoodintheraw #liveauthentic #livethelittlethings #livesimply #thepursuitofjoyproject #flashesofdelight #mybeigelife #wheatfield #fieldsofgold #beigepallete #linenlover
If you need me, call me on my shell. 😂
If you need me, call me on my shell. 😂
Portrait of a Stallholder
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Leica M6
Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4
Ilford HP5 Plus 400
Kodak XTOL (stock)
Nikon Coolscan V ED
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Milas, Muğla - Ekim 2019
Portrait of a Stallholder . . Leica M6 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 Ilford HP5 Plus 400 Kodak XTOL (stock) Nikon Coolscan V ED . . Milas, Muğla - Ekim 2019
Ритуалы и рутина. Кажется, так называются ежедневные дела, в которых нет ничего особенного, но от которых ты прёшься 😁
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А что на счёт туристических ритуалов, которые повторяются каждый раз обязательной программой? Ну всё, можно вводить новое понятие 😄
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В любимом Петербурге - это завтрак в Cake&Breakfast. Даже если он поздно вечером 🙈 Долгие и неспешные прогулки по набережным. Часы, проведённые в Подписных изданиях, выбирая книгу и открыточку, на которой ты обязательно напишешь послание себе будущему. Напоминание о самом памятном эпизоде в городе доброй грусти.
И много кофе. И десертов 😋
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Во время своих свиданий с городом в Москве я тоже - турист. Здесь не так много кофе. Но обязательные потеряшки в атмосферных улочках где-то в центре (удивляюсь, но это до сих пор случается). Это обед в Техникуме или ужин в Bonapp cafe. Причём, неизменно в этих местах, хотя и зарекалась не возвращаться туда, потому что «не зацепило». Но, видимо, сердечко не обманешь. И чтение книги или долгий и вдумчивый фрирайтинг в уютной кофейне.
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Атмосферности - это самое лучшее, что можно себе придумать! 💔
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Ритуалы и рутина. Кажется, так называются ежедневные дела, в которых нет ничего особенного, но от которых ты прёшься 😁 ⠀ А что на счёт туристических ритуалов, которые повторяются каждый раз обязательной программой? Ну всё, можно вводить новое понятие 😄 ⠀ В любимом Петербурге - это завтрак в Cake&Breakfast. Даже если он поздно вечером 🙈 Долгие и неспешные прогулки по набережным. Часы, проведённые в Подписных изданиях, выбирая книгу и открыточку, на которой ты обязательно напишешь послание себе будущему. Напоминание о самом памятном эпизоде в городе доброй грусти. И много кофе. И десертов 😋 ⠀ Во время своих свиданий с городом в Москве я тоже - турист. Здесь не так много кофе. Но обязательные потеряшки в атмосферных улочках где-то в центре (удивляюсь, но это до сих пор случается). Это обед в Техникуме или ужин в Bonapp cafe. Причём, неизменно в этих местах, хотя и зарекалась не возвращаться туда, потому что «не зацепило». Но, видимо, сердечко не обманешь. И чтение книги или долгий и вдумчивый фрирайтинг в уютной кофейне. ⠀ Атмосферности - это самое лучшее, что можно себе придумать! 💔 ⠀
From the martupol day clara & jeffry .

Project for @portraitbyfaisal . 
#weddingvidgram
From the martupol day clara & jeffry . Project for @portraitbyfaisal . #weddingvidgram
Непонятно, чему я тут больше радуюсь - осени и листьям поддержки ногами или этой красоте от @_basicshop
Непонятно, чему я тут больше радуюсь - осени и листьям поддержки ногами или этой красоте от @_basicshop
After hiking all these mountains in Europe I’m enjoying a calm island getaway in Naxos, though we did manage to sneak in a cheeky wee one thousander - Mt. Zas, tallest in the Cyclades.
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 #naturelovers #awesome_earthpix #liveauthentic #thecreative #livefolk #naturephoto #main_vision #landscape_captures #awesome_earthpix #natureaddict #rsa_rural #awesomeearth #ig_greece #greecestagram #wu_greece #fujifeed #myfujifilm #fujixclub #focalmarked #greece #greecetravel #naxos
After hiking all these mountains in Europe I’m enjoying a calm island getaway in Naxos, though we did manage to sneak in a cheeky wee one thousander - Mt. Zas, tallest in the Cyclades. . . . . . . #naturelovers #awesome_earthpix #liveauthentic #thecreative #livefolk #naturephoto #main_vision #landscape_captures #awesome_earthpix #natureaddict #rsa_rural #awesomeearth #ig_greece #greecestagram #wu_greece #fujifeed #myfujifilm #fujixclub #focalmarked #greece #greecetravel #naxos
La 2e invitée de @gimmig9484 pour le Vernissage itinérant est Catherine Quoirin ✨
Vitrailliste depuis 25 ans et passionnée par le style Art Nouveau et Art deco, elle réalise aussi bien des répliques des œuvres de L.C Tiffany que des lampes contemporaines, appliques murale, miroirs, vitraux et autres objets. Retrouvez la le 18 octobre à partir de 18h dans le Carré d'art de @latraverseedesartsmonteux .
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#latraverseedesarts #latraverseedesartsmonteux #vitrail #lamps #tiffany #artiste #artisan #artisanat #artisanatfrancais #art #artist #creation #creative #slowlife #prendreletemps #jaimemonteux #decorationinterieur #southoffrance #lesud #laprovence #provence #paca #deco #decoration #artdeco #jeconsommelocal #liveauthentic #createurfrancais #createur
La 2e invitée de @gimmig9484 pour le Vernissage itinérant est Catherine Quoirin ✨ Vitrailliste depuis 25 ans et passionnée par le style Art Nouveau et Art deco, elle réalise aussi bien des répliques des œuvres de L.C Tiffany que des lampes contemporaines, appliques murale, miroirs, vitraux et autres objets. Retrouvez la le 18 octobre à partir de 18h dans le Carré d'art de @latraverseedesartsmonteux . . . #latraverseedesarts #latraverseedesartsmonteux #vitrail #lamps #tiffany #artiste #artisan #artisanat #artisanatfrancais #art #artist #creation #creative #slowlife #prendreletemps #jaimemonteux #decorationinterieur #southoffrance #lesud #laprovence #provence #paca #deco #decoration #artdeco #jeconsommelocal #liveauthentic #createurfrancais #createur
Believe it or not, at 1 year old, I can remember how this happened.
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I was trying to pull the grass so hard that when I did, I was just so happy and started laughing; hence, the photo. 👶
Believe it or not, at 1 year old, I can remember how this happened. . I was trying to pull the grass so hard that when I did, I was just so happy and started laughing; hence, the photo. 👶
Když tu tak čekám, až se vyhrabe z postele, abychom si mohli dát ranní kafčo.... 🍂❤️ #coffeetime #withlove #myhappilyeverafter #myeverything #myforever #autumnvibes #fall #walk #park #sunnyday #liveauthentic #igerscz
Když tu tak čekám, až se vyhrabe z postele, abychom si mohli dát ranní kafčo.... 🍂❤️ #coffeetime #withlove #myhappilyeverafter #myeverything #myforever #autumnvibes #fall #walk #park #sunnyday #liveauthentic #igerscz
EARTH

I always try to avoid the usual cliche pictures. Sometimes I'm successful, sometimes I'm not, but for those of you who are familiar with Deadvlei and have been following other visits I took the responsibility of taking the pictures that fill the gaps in our heads as to what it looks like. 
After a 10 minute rough off road sandy drive from Sossousvlie you park the car and walk 20 minutes until you reach the dune which hides all of Deadvlei, climb over it, you would be hit with this insane overwhelming feeling of "woah".
After waking down the feeling of the clay pan is firm and soft at the same time, a little bit like rubber to be honest, with the trees sprouting out in pretty random places.
This was by far the most enjoyable place! The highlight for Sure!

Ps. I kinda like the purple sky.

Travel your world guys!
EARTH I always try to avoid the usual cliche pictures. Sometimes I'm successful, sometimes I'm not, but for those of you who are familiar with Deadvlei and have been following other visits I took the responsibility of taking the pictures that fill the gaps in our heads as to what it looks like. After a 10 minute rough off road sandy drive from Sossousvlie you park the car and walk 20 minutes until you reach the dune which hides all of Deadvlei, climb over it, you would be hit with this insane overwhelming feeling of "woah". After waking down the feeling of the clay pan is firm and soft at the same time, a little bit like rubber to be honest, with the trees sprouting out in pretty random places. This was by far the most enjoyable place! The highlight for Sure! Ps. I kinda like the purple sky. Travel your world guys!
I make this dust look good though✨
I make this dust look good though✨
#ihavethisthingwithstraightfacade .
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I am obsessed with these facades, architecture, materials and colours! .
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Exposed brick work, French windows, Arches.. I would surely have something like this if in case I build my own house! 😄 .
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What are the things you want to have in your dream house?
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#ShotoniPhone #ShotonPhone
#ihavethisthingwithstraightfacade . . . I am obsessed with these facades, architecture, materials and colours! . . Exposed brick work, French windows, Arches.. I would surely have something like this if in case I build my own house! 😄 . . What are the things you want to have in your dream house? . . . #ShotoniPhone #ShotonPhone
Barcelona based architecture practice @arquitecturag refurbished the interior of a live-in photo studio, prioritising privacy and ample storage space. #augustkulture
Barcelona based architecture practice @arquitecturag refurbished the interior of a live-in photo studio, prioritising privacy and ample storage space. #augustkulture
Can’t believe we’ve been married 2 and a half months and I still haven’t changed my name on my driving license, passport, insurance, banking etc. It’s a ball ache & I can’t pick a new signature 🤷🏼‍♀️😂 Thank you @annabel_farley_photography for capturing our day so perfectly x
Can’t believe we’ve been married 2 and a half months and I still haven’t changed my name on my driving license, passport, insurance, banking etc. It’s a ball ache & I can’t pick a new signature 🤷🏼‍♀️😂 Thank you @annabel_farley_photography for capturing our day so perfectly x
A natural farmhouse style never gets out of fashion ( @storyofmyhome today) ... for an old farmhouse that is 😜 Wishing you all a very happy Wednesday, peeps!
A natural farmhouse style never gets out of fashion ( @storyofmyhome today) ... for an old farmhouse that is 😜 Wishing you all a very happy Wednesday, peeps!
Every night I have found myself religiously oiling my bowling ball tummy, leaving grease stains on pajamas and bedsheets. I thought 𝘮𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦 I would be the lucky 20% that didn’t get any stretch marks during pregnancy. ⁣⁣
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Yet here I am in my final week of pregnancy and those 𝘛𝘐𝘎𝘌𝘙 𝘚𝘛𝘙𝘐𝘗𝘌𝘚 have made an appeared. I hadn’t had any signs of them before, but literally one morning I woke up to be greeted by those little squiggly lines. I starred at my belly in the mirror and thought ‘Really?! You’re now making a grand entrance with only one week to go?’ Could it be that I just slept on something funny, which was leaving imprints around my belly button? No. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙜𝙤 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮. The next morning they greeted me in the same way. ⁣⁣And then even more prominent the day after that...⁣⁣
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I 𝗪𝗜𝗦𝗛 I could say I was proud of them as soon as I saw them; that I thought of them as a “badge of honor.” But honestly, 𝘐 𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘵 𝘢 𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 — like I had failed to maintain my body to a certain standard. Even though I have read that stretch marks are inevitable depending on your genetics, I questioned if I had done everything I could have to prevent them appearing. And on top of it, then the 𝗽𝗼𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗻 started to seep in. ‘So-and-so and what’s-her-name didn’t get any...’⁣⁣
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Now that I have spent some days with my stripes, I am 𝙘𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜 to what these marks mean.⁣⁣
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They show that 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦.⁣⁣
They remind me that 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘢𝘣𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨.⁣⁣
They represent that 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘮𝘢. ⁣⁣
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Marks or no marks, 𝗶𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿. It doesn’t make a mama less or more 𝘉𝘌𝘈𝘜𝘛𝘐𝘍𝘜𝘓. Deciding on a medicated or unmedicated birth, it doesn’t make that mama less or more 𝘉𝘙𝘈𝘝𝘌. Some things with motherhood are inevitable and some things are decided by choice, but none of it wrong or better than the next.
Every night I have found myself religiously oiling my bowling ball tummy, leaving grease stains on pajamas and bedsheets. I thought 𝘮𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦 I would be the lucky 20% that didn’t get any stretch marks during pregnancy. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Yet here I am in my final week of pregnancy and those 𝘛𝘐𝘎𝘌𝘙 𝘚𝘛𝘙𝘐𝘗𝘌𝘚 have made an appeared. I hadn’t had any signs of them before, but literally one morning I woke up to be greeted by those little squiggly lines. I starred at my belly in the mirror and thought ‘Really?! You’re now making a grand entrance with only one week to go?’ Could it be that I just slept on something funny, which was leaving imprints around my belly button? No. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙜𝙤 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮. The next morning they greeted me in the same way. ⁣⁣And then even more prominent the day after that...⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I 𝗪𝗜𝗦𝗛 I could say I was proud of them as soon as I saw them; that I thought of them as a “badge of honor.” But honestly, 𝘐 𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘵 𝘢 𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 — like I had failed to maintain my body to a certain standard. Even though I have read that stretch marks are inevitable depending on your genetics, I questioned if I had done everything I could have to prevent them appearing. And on top of it, then the 𝗽𝗼𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗻 started to seep in. ‘So-and-so and what’s-her-name didn’t get any...’⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Now that I have spent some days with my stripes, I am 𝙘𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜 to what these marks mean.⁣⁣ ⁣ They show that 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦.⁣⁣ They remind me that 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘢𝘣𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨.⁣⁣ They represent that 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘮𝘢. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Marks or no marks, 𝗶𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿. It doesn’t make a mama less or more 𝘉𝘌𝘈𝘜𝘛𝘐𝘍𝘜𝘓. Deciding on a medicated or unmedicated birth, it doesn’t make that mama less or more 𝘉𝘙𝘈𝘝𝘌. Some things with motherhood are inevitable and some things are decided by choice, but none of it wrong or better than the next.
Epic sunsets by the Thames, where the old meets the new.
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Epic sunsets by the Thames, where the old meets the new. 🌅🌊☀️🏛❤️📸
Do I enjoy working out? ⠀⠀
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The answer most days is not really! 🤦‍♀️ I wish I could be one of those people who is obsessed with it and feels like I have to do it for an hour every single day, but I’m just not. I never have been, and I probably never will be! ⠀⠀
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For years I could never admit that! I would say things like “I don’t have time” or “It’s too expensive,” but in reality I was just using those excuses to hide the fact that I didn’t enjoy it and felt uncomfortable at a gym!
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So what motivates me to do it anyway? It’s simple,  c o m m i t m e n t. But you might say, “Well that’s great Mel, but if I’m not motivated how in the world am I going to stay committed?” I didn’t know the answer to that myself until I started my 100 day program that made me truly ask myself WHY? Why do I want to do this program? Why am I motivating myself to stay committed?
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The answer for me is simple. It’s the man sitting in the living room next to me playing Fortnite with his friends! It’s our future together, and the future family we will build together, and knowing that I want to spend as much time on this Earth with them as possible! ⠀⠀
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It took me sitting down and writing out my whys to help me realize it’s time to make my health and fitness a priority in my life! And if you are like me and don’t necessarily enjoy working out, can’t find the time, think it’s too expensive, or whatever your excuse may be, I challenge you to do the same! Take one minute to grab a piece of paper and pencil and scribble down all of your whys. It might just be exactly what you need to stay committed! .

#actawear #actawearambassador
Do I enjoy working out? ⠀⠀ . The answer most days is not really! 🤦‍♀️ I wish I could be one of those people who is obsessed with it and feels like I have to do it for an hour every single day, but I’m just not. I never have been, and I probably never will be! ⠀⠀ . For years I could never admit that! I would say things like “I don’t have time” or “It’s too expensive,” but in reality I was just using those excuses to hide the fact that I didn’t enjoy it and felt uncomfortable at a gym! . ⠀⠀ So what motivates me to do it anyway? It’s simple, c o m m i t m e n t. But you might say, “Well that’s great Mel, but if I’m not motivated how in the world am I going to stay committed?” I didn’t know the answer to that myself until I started my 100 day program that made me truly ask myself WHY? Why do I want to do this program? Why am I motivating myself to stay committed? . ⠀⠀ The answer for me is simple. It’s the man sitting in the living room next to me playing Fortnite with his friends! It’s our future together, and the future family we will build together, and knowing that I want to spend as much time on this Earth with them as possible! ⠀⠀ . It took me sitting down and writing out my whys to help me realize it’s time to make my health and fitness a priority in my life! And if you are like me and don’t necessarily enjoy working out, can’t find the time, think it’s too expensive, or whatever your excuse may be, I challenge you to do the same! Take one minute to grab a piece of paper and pencil and scribble down all of your whys. It might just be exactly what you need to stay committed! . #actawear #actawearambassador
I saw you in my dreams
We were walking hand in hand
On a white sandy beach
Of Hawaii
#lanikai #mommyandme
I saw you in my dreams We were walking hand in hand On a white sandy beach Of Hawaii #lanikai #mommyandme
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The dreamiest lunch spot ✨ I would love to design an event here for someone (or myself!) ❥ PS this puff shoulder piece linked in bio #whatimwearing
The dreamiest lunch spot ✨ I would love to design an event here for someone (or myself!) ❥ PS this puff shoulder piece linked in bio #whatimwearing
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