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Ashlyn  Be the change.

I could not ask for a more supportive or caring person in this world. You never give up or stop believing in me. Thank you for being the selfless person that you are. I have learned so much from you. 🖤🤵🏻👨🏻‍⚕️🧛🏼‍♂️🖤 #throwback

Life is so often full of disappointment, sadness, and loneliness. It’s important to me to take time to talk about real things, and that includes the lows.. we all have them, but we don’t all show them. In middle school, my 7th grade science teacher nicknamed me “Smiley”, and that I was. No one really knew about the ugly divorce my parents were going through, the constant screaming endured on a daily basis, and that week we had to get rid of everything in our house in two days because the bank was coming to repossess my childhood home. Over time, I learned to smile so much and overcompensate to make sure I never made anyone feel uncomfortable. I never wanted something I said or did to upset someone else, and I learned to read people and became hyper aware of their thoughts & feelings. I walked on eggshells everyday for reasons I won’t talk about right now. By the time I was a teenager, I did not know how to say “no,” and this problem has plagued me for most of my life. It became an increasingly negative trait as I entered the world of dating and men. If there’s one thing I could teach young girls, it would be how to say “no” and how to demand that others respect your wishes, even when it makes them upset, angry, or uncomfortable. Growing up in the south in the Bible Belt and being a woman, I was never taught how to stand up for myself. I had to learn the hard way many, many years down the road and a great deal of pain later. I hope that this is something I can pass along to the young ladies that cross my path because it is something I feel passionately about. It is okay to protect yourself first, to say no, and to make someone else uncomfortable or mad in the process. 🖤 @ricktaylorphotography

Blissful stares and faraway cares 🧜🏼‍♀️

So thankful for the amazing opportunities that have come to fruition for @morethanmodelsinc this year 💫

“If I took the hand that was dealt me then I would be nowhere in life
Yeah, I had to think smart
Threw away the deck and got my own cards
Long before I had the money to afford a car.. I've been doing me
Following my dreams
Yeah, I've been doing me”

@nfrealmusic @ricktaylorphotography #dreams #reallife

Sandy nose & dirty paws.. 🐕

Happy birthday America and Diane (I’m a little late) ✌🏼🇺🇸 @msdianele

King of the land 🦁

Jumping into my element and out of the worldly worries of day-to-day life.. It’s easy to get carried away in the need for acceptance by other people, be it by way of a social media like or a real life acknowledgement from someone that others seemingly admire. Stepping away from people and into nature always brings subtle reminders: life carries on, with or without you, and whether you are accepted by others or not, nature doesn’t care. Just take a look.. nature is bigger than our tiny selves and our useless egos. The river still flows, the trees still sway, and those in countries across the world working hard to find their next meal all go on about their day without batting an eye at the things our society and culture idolizes and obsesses over. Sometimes it’s necessary to take a step back from the “news”, social media, and others’ opinions to regain a clearer perspective of everything. What really matters to you? What do you truly care about, even if no one else seems to? What makes you feel happy & fulfilled?
#nature #perspective #selfreflection #happiness

If anyone finds a computer that enables one to email and create documents while watching birds and not looking at a screen.. holler at ya 🧜🏼‍♀️ Nolan and I are in. (Google glass, telepathy?)

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