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Dena Joan  living simply, loving madly, & making magic.

"If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation." —Lao Tzu 🌸✨

New post up on the blog feat. my 5 favorite mommy bloggers • with a twist. @houseinhabit @thestorkandthebeanstalk @tarutuomi @nirrimifire @taza ❤️ I love these Mamas so much and I think you will, too. {Link in profile.}

"Let me love you a little more, before you're not so little anymore." 💙✨ • These boys have my heart. • #childhoodunplugged

One more from my archives. Just having too much fun drooling over their tiny baby faces as I'm pulling pictures for albums. This sweet girl. 🎀

I could sit here & watch her sleep all day, admiring every beautiful detail of who she is. I hope that one day, my children will see themselves as I see them—wonderful even in every imperfection. 🌙🌟 Dream away, little star. #motherhoodrising

Still going through photos for my albums and stumbled across this one & fell in love all over again. ❤️🌈 Photography is just everything to me. The ability to capture these precious moments forever! Agh! So grateful. And big shout out to the talent behind this snap, @stolen_glimpses. I miss you guys! 😘

Finished re-designing my website today. Check it out at Hope you guys love it! ❤️ Let me know what you think. 😘

You guys... this picture of me & Marina at her 1st birthday party last year!!! 😩 I've started sorting through photos from the past two years because I'm going to clean out my hard drives and print some albums. I find myself alternating between fighting back tears and grinning like a loon. Life sure is crazy & beautiful, isn't it? 💕✨

That's what I love about Sundays. 🙏🏻💕✨ #believer

"Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money." • Happy Earth Day, friends. 🌿

The first step to getting what you want out of life is this: DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT. ✨ // Today I am setting goals, setting intentions, & making plans. This is the beginning of dreams coming true. 💕

• NEVER GROW A WISHBONE, DAUGHTER, WHERE YOUR BACKBONE OUGHT TO BE. • 🌸 But, as for me, I need to be strong now, more than ever. One of my truths, in becoming a mother, is that I deliberately took on the awesome responsibility of being an example to my children.

Although they are small, I know that they see and hear everything. Each word that is spoken in their presence is absorbed and, eventually, becomes a part of who they are. As their mother, I cannot protect them from how the world will treat them once they leave my arms. However, I can show them how I allow the world to treat me. I can show them what is acceptable, and what is not; what is healthy and what is not. I can be strong and I can show them how to be strong, too.

Never grow a wishbone.

The world is full of strong people. Strength runs in their veins, it comes naturally. I am not one of those people. I was born soft. My natural inclination is to bend, to give, to suffer–rather than to ever inflict pain on another person. Call it what you will, a gift, a curse–it serves me well at times and it costs me dearly at others. But here’s what I know now, even those of us who are not “born strong” have the full potential to become strong. ⇻⇻ Strength can be learned. ⇺⇺ Never grow a wishbone.

In a couple of weeks, I will be thirty three. It reminds me to think of my Taurus heart. Indeed, I am loyal to a fault, and stubborn as they come — but within me, too, there is the strength of a bull. I spent thirty three years becoming strong. Now I am going to own it. For my children and for myself, too. #childhoodunplugged

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