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Christine Donaldson⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ One name above all † Canadian living in New Zealand Adventures take place in the heart ♥️

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One thing you may not all know about me is that I suffer from a chronic pain disorder. Some days I’m bed ridden and I can’t move much. Not long ago, I had weekend from hell. But I am having a pretty amazing week pain wise! Hallelujah! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ The pain can come on slowly or quickly at any given time. And when the pain is in full throttle, it just completely controls me. approach life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Going through something like really challenges you. It makes you think that something is seriously wrong with you. It sometimes feel like a prison that you can’t leave. A horrible pain prison but you just need to stop thinking about that discomfort and put on a smile. But I just want to encourage you that no matter what you’re facing, no matter what circumstances are weighing heavy, there is a hope that’ll get through it. You can’t always control your circumstances but you can control how you feel react to them. Peace, love, grace, hope. Get them engrained into your being, let those replace your hurt, frustration, anger and despair.
This babe is marrying my brother next month! I can’t wait to stand by your side @mariesa_on_a_mission ♥️.
Do you ever look back and compare present yourself to your past self? Maybe you compare yourself to how you looked, to what you were doing or who you were. Comparing where we’ve been in our lives or what we’ve done to where we are can be used as a motivator or a hindrance. The deciding factor is our state of mind, our mentality.  We don’t always have control over our circumstances or what happens to us, but we have control over how we react to our situations, how we feel towards our careers and how we approach life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our circumstances influence our decisions. But we shouldn’t let our circumstance dictates our actions, and we cannot let our circumstance control our emotions. We need to remain in the driver seat instead of being driven.
Playing dress up for @wildtomatomagazine. Photography by the amazing @ishnajacobs and styled by Wellington’s @kellyvvercoe ♥️.
I can officially say that next month, David and I get to head to California for my brothers wedding, then we jet off to Central America with my middle brother and end our time with a dew days Houston, Texas. I’m so ready for a holiday🏝 . (Sorry bank account 🤑😂) Travelling is so important to us. It’s the foundation of our love story and we won’t ever stop. Are any of you travelling somewhere new or exciting soon!? 🌍 ✨
Oh man, New Zealand is seriously the stunning country. It’s even more beautiful than you’d imagine if you grew up wanting to visit.
My autumn outfits are now complete with help from @loveleesolesnz 💗
So bright, the flames burn in our hearts, that we found each other in the dark. @estabueno almost 6 years this month. What a wild ride it’s been. 💍
Girl power 🔥. #thesiales
Those wedding vibes 😍. #thesiales
My wedding handsome date to the magical wedding day of Hannah and Alex! #thesiales 📷: @thelovecollectivenz ♥️
Looking all sad because the weekend is over 😭. I had the best weekend celebrating a dear friend’s bachelorette party which is called a hens do in NZ! Kiwi friends, why is called a hens do? Please advise 🐔
Celebrating this beautiful lady @hannahflatt this afternoon 🌺. She marries @alexsiale in less than a week! I can’t wait to see her on her wedding day! #sialeforever
Yesterday morning I received the most amazing news, my mama bear is engaged to her love @andyibm and I am over the moon! This now means my two brothers and mom are engaged! I am one happy Xtina ♥️💍.
Chilly sunsets 🌅 ! Winter has truly set in. Not sure how I feel about it but it’s pretty unreal to have the entire beach to yourself with not a soul around! @max_fashions ♥️
Our personal story starts at our creation. The moment we entered this world. That’s where our story begins. It’s no coincidence that the first story in the bible was the creation of the world. Of human kind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The second story of the bible is about choices. The decision to go forward or rebel. We have the same decision every day. We decide on how we approach God. Do we approach him with an open heart, with skepticism, or not at all? What’s holding you back? How do you approach God?
Kissing the weekend goodbye. 💁🏼‍♀️💋