Swipe- before and after 🙈❤️👉🏼 Was just scrolling through old pics cause I can’t for the life of me fall asleep. Mehhhhh 🙄🙄. Stumbled across these few pics I have from my past that show how unwell I truly was during my 8 year battle with anorexia. I literally only have a handful of pics that kind of show my lack of weight (only 37-40kgs) as I never took photos of myself back then. So in these pics I was obviously put on the spot and forced to have the photo taken, or they were taken without me knowing. But what I’ve learnt most importantly.... We all have things from our past (especially as teens and young adults) which challenged us and that we were forced to work and grow through. Things that happened that we thought we’d never get over or be able to fix. Well myself plus so many others are examples that the mind is such a powerful thing and that anything anything ANYTHING we put our minds to we CAN achieve. I never thought I’d be free from anorexia. But here I am. Living a healthy happy life with its usual challenges, but succeeding in my own way. And with a child that the drs told me I’d never be able to have. (F You my old Dr. lol). So go for it. Never settle feeling shitty. What’s holding you back is only your thoughts and what you’ve taught your mind to believe. 💋🌻 #eatingdisorderrecovery#anorexia#anorexianervosa#anorexiarecovery#endos#neda#weight#beforeandafter#weightgain#weightloss#sick#healthy#strong#happy#healthyisthenewskinny#healthyisthenewsexy#37kgs#62kgs#youcandoit#overcomingobstacles
In order to grow it’s important to do things that scare you. Things that take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you. I promised myself I would make a point to do that as often as possible this year. It never used to be but as I’ve gotten older, public speaking has become one of those things. This week, I presented the first speaking assignment from the @toastmastersinternational program and while I was nervous, it was amazing! Taking the first step is often hard but always worth it.
With the right mindset, after trauma, you become a warrior. You learn that your universe that started with an explosion is constantly changing, challenging , striving, thriving, falling, getting up again, rising…SHINING. You realize that what you thought was your death, was in fact, your beginning.... Obsessively grateful for the opportunity to speak today at the 2018 influencer summit. I feel like I missed so many things I wanted to say, but I hope the audience was able to pick up, what I was putting down. I want you all to know that you are on this earth for a purpose. You are not alone. Your past, your struggles do not define you. My struggles do not define me. I'm happy now that I can look back and with a truly grateful heart, and say that I would not be the person I am today, without the all the battles I've faced. It is my sincere hope that all of you, struggling right now can one day look back and also be grateful, because they are making you into a true warrior. 🙌🏼💜💪🏼 #influencersummit#socialmedia#socialmediamarketing#influencer#warrior#overcomingobstacles#risingup#makingmoneymoves#bossup#grateful#obsessivelygrateful#younique#younique_corporate #blessings#makeup#blackstatus
Shoutout to Bobbie and Jason for stopping their day to help some random strangers! It seemed everything was trying to stop us from playing tonight. We were broken down at a Lowe's with no mechanics open because it's memorial day weekend. They crawled underneath the tour bus and fixed it on the spot. They wouldn't even let us pay for parts or labor. Without them we wouldn't be playing rocklahoma tonight! We are forever in debt to you two and will make it up tenfold one day! #heroes#beardsrule#rocknroll#overcomingobstacles
Philadelphia teen Richard Jenkins used to sleep in a homeless shelter and was nicknamed “Harvard” by bullies for being a bookworm. Now, he is going to the same Ivy League school on a full scholarship. Jenkins attends Girard College, a boarding school in north Philadelphia, and is this year’s valedictorian. The 18-year-old found out the good news while in Paris on a school trip. He said Wednesday that he was so excited he threw his cellphone in the middle of a call. Jenkins said he decided to focus on academics after lying to a friend about sleeping in a homeless shelter in the sixth grade. “I was so embarrassed to say I lived in a shelter,” he told WHYY. “But that’s when I realized I’ve got to buckle in because I can’t have my potential kids going through what I’m going through now.” Jenkins said he applied to Harvard after receiving a promotional email in his junior year. He said he was especially attracted to its program that pays tuition for students from households that earn less than $65,000 a year. While Jenkins wasn’t so sure, he said his mom always knew he was going to get into Harvard. She confirmed that, telling the Philadelphia Inquirer “I was not surprised.” Jenkins said he plans on studying computer science in order to create a more intuitive virtual assistant. #livingwhileblack#overcomingadversity#overcomingobstacles#blackboys#blackfamilies#blackmen#blackmoms#endnegativeblackstereotypes#idefystereotypes#harvard#harvarduniversity
Padma & Quartz ✨👐🏼✨ The Padma mudra is a gesture for meditation that will help to overcome the most difficult obstacles. Quartz is a crystal that is known for its amplifying nature. ✨ The hands take shape as a lotus flower, a plant that must overcome great obstacles to bloom. Seeds shed from the floating flower begin their journey by traveling through watery depths to find home. Their roots must grow into bedrock and mud. It extends upwards unknown lengths in the dark with a faith of reaching the surface. The grace and peaceful nature of these flowers does not reveal the truth of their hero’s journey to simply exist. This is the strength and power of the Padma mudra. ✨ This quartz point is from the personal collection of a woman who against all odds has become my sister. It’s power, captured here, is intertwined with her strength that continues to help me to grow towards the light alongside her. ✨ •sit in a comfortable cross-legged position with your palms together near your hear •spread your fingers outward like a lotus blooming with the wrists, base of the palm, little finger, and thumbs together •gaze into the center of your lotus •closing your eyes visualize a beam of healing light emitting from the base of your palms up into an expansive sky •sit with this image until it is vivid and clear in your mind and your breath is slow and steady •inhale and lift your hands in front of your forehead and third eye •exhale and lower your hands to your heart •repeat this motion with the breath rhythm and visualize your personal strength expanding and focused like the beam of light •end when ready by pulling the light into yourself, and closing the lotus in a prayer at your heart •open your eyes with knowledge that while connected to the source of healing light you can surmount any obstacle on your path . . . #selfcare#quartzcrystal#createspace#intention#meditateeverydamnday#lotusflower#overcomingobstacles#resilence
Currently moved the RV deep into the mountains, which are my second love, but my heart is longing for the beach 🌊💔 I think there’s a little sadness over missing my family & friends as well. Moving 3,000 miles away takes an enormous toll on your soul as everything is new and nothing is the same. 🙆🏼♀️ Not to say I would ever go back to my previous life, as I have been looking forward to travel, adventure & new sceneries for some time now; but it will take time to adjust emotionally/mentally throughout this whole process as there are huge patches of loneliness that I’m dealing with. I’m lucky I have my IG fam to keep my company! Love & appreciate every single one of you as you support me on this journey. 🌱🌼💜 Mariner board handcrafted by @bearwalkerofficial 🤙🏽 #breakthegrain