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A l y s s a E x p Γ³ s i t o  πŸ“MIA->NYC πŸŽ“ M.A., ATC ⚑️Community Manager Uplift Studios πŸ“©alyssa.exposito11@gmail.com

when the f*&k did it get chilly?? πŸŒ₯πŸŒ₯
#nyc #summer #summerdaze #weatherreport

// #mood
A lot of my life right now feels like the sea.
I don't really know where I'm at or where I'm headed.
It's vast, sometimes dark, + often unclear.
It's easy to get lost in. //
But most of my "best moments" have been the ones where I control + predict less + lean in more. Because when I do try to control + predict, it looks a lot like purposefully planting seeds of doubt- flourishing into self sabotage.
+ I'm kinda over betting against myself.
So instead, I'm mindfully making it less of a habit to nurture the thoughts that believe there's some truth to my "prediction". Magic won't happen here. It can't.
Magic doesn't live alongside certainty.
Predicting is setting myself up for the plausibility of something instead of marveling at the possibilities of it ALL. (Where the magic happens.)
But sweets, this awareness doesn't give me immunity to self-doubt.
My self-doubt has been loud. My self-doubt can be easy to believe.
I've just grown tired of defending those thoughts.
Which isn't to say that I don't hear them. But instead of reacting to them, I sit with them.
I'm acknowledging the parts of me that need to feel this way because it's ok to.
+ every time I've recognized this, it feels less like drowning.
Here's to taking a plunge.
captured by: @nicolesweet ✨
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#motivationmonday #nyc #staygold #gritandgrace #selflove #selfcare #selflove #leanin #plunge #beyou

oh, Monday we meet again... 🌨🌨🌨
captured by: @photoherby

sorry, mama. ⚑️🀘🏻 #forevermood

I admire how she protects her energy and understands her limitations. - terry tempest williams // "Yes." Has always been such an easy word.
A loosely given,
given-lightly,
lightly-thought of,
not thinking twice of,
putting myself second,
word
leaving me next to nothing,
with nothing to give
until I started saying
no.
Because the the yes' in me
acted too quickly on
pleasing + appeasing
without any regard to
nourishing + sustaining.
Until I realized,
some people will feed
the soil, while others
will pick at the fruit. 🌱🌱🌱
capture by: @photoherby
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#nyc #summer #grace #feminine #strongwomen #vulnerability #staygold #sunday #sundayfunday #letyourselfbeseen #nourish #selfgrowth #selfcare #selflove #sundaze

Feening this today + missing home, incredibly. 🌴
#cafeconleche #croquetas #miami #home
Capture by: @nissanoodle ✨

Out here scheming ⚑️⚑️⚑️
See you soon ladies, @upliftstudios
930/1030/1130 πŸ’ͺ🏻

Kinda looking like something you'd find on @pinterest under #tattoosforwomen πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
I dig it.
Captured by: @photoherby ✨✨
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#nyc #summer #summerdaze #tattoos #floraltattoo #tattoo #inked #staygold #gritandgrace

Currently eating #453 because I'm just stubborn + incessantly peckish πŸ™„πŸ™„

: R E M I N D E R :
Physical scars are an interesting thing.
I have always seen mine as something that reveals to others my humanness- my ability to hurt, + to heal.
It shows imperfection but insurmountable amount of strength. It's a willingness to survive. And to me, that is the most beautiful.
I know, my scar hits people at a visceral level. It's a piece of me that shows others I'm no longer smooth + untouched.
Because I think a part of us want to believe we can go through life in such a way, or at least have others believe so, but I'm sorry to say, that's impossible.
I grew comfortable + confident with no longer concealing. I learned that how I reveal it holds a lot of weight on how others will perceive me.
More importantly, how I perceive myself.
I made a commitment to fully own it. It's the raw + unfiltered image. It's my story.
The way that I tell it + speak it to existence is in my control-no one else's.
There will never be a photoshopped best side.
Because the best side will always be the truth.
And I understand when they wince because it isn't the prettiest thing.
Healing is ugly.
Surviving is gritty.
Scars are a product of a pain.
And still this scar became to be the most beautiful thing I own + bare. //
Remember sweets, what you say to yourself when no one is listening speaks a lot more volumes than any words they will ever say. Start there. ✨✨
πŸ“Έ @photoherby
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#nyc #scars #motivationmonday #healthy #selflove #selfgrowth #allthefeels #staygold #gritandgrace #scarstoyourbeautiful #lovemyshape #beyou #letyourselfbeseen #healing #survivor

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