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Jennie Armstrong  ○ co-ceo of creative agency @loredeforce ⠀⠀ ● nomadic wanderer curating @litandlibations ⠀⠀ ○ exploring the heavy + the light ⠀⠀ 📍bali

monday morning and back to the office in ubud ☀️🌼

HI I TURNED 30 TODAY! 💥 If there is one thing I can say to anyone who has a birthday or an expected milestone looming, I want to tell you that the best thing I did in my 20s (< LOL I’m someone who can say that now) is question every single expectation that I believed the world had put on me. From expectations like how my life should unfold (college > job > marriage > mortgage > kids) to expectations around how I should look and act during each phase of my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This questioning was in conjunction with spending the past decade also learning what it means to become self-aware, to deal with my bullshit, to heal from trauma, and to understand what it feels like to listen to myself and my intuition instead of constantly seeking answers externally. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This didn’t mean I SHUNNED every expectation - I am nothing if not a living, breathing cliche most of the time - it just means that I made the decisions that were best for ME because it’s what I identified as being the right choice for my life, not because they made other people comfortable.
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You know those articles with titles like “all of the things you should do/have in place by 30”? Here’s the thing: EVERYONE IS MAKING THIS SHIT UP. THERE ARE NO RULES. THERE IS NOTHING YOU NEED TO DO BY ANY CERTAIN AGE EXCEPT EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. You are exactly where you are meant to be and your life is unfolding just as it should. Trust me.
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At the end of the day, ✨THERE IS NO ONE PATH TO LIVING A FULFILLED LIFE AND A BEAUTIFUL LIFE IS NOT ONE THAT PLAYS OUT LINEARLY ✨ We all have different priorities and different things that bring us joy. And it is all enough. All of your dreams and wants and desires are enough. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I love you. I’m so grateful for every person who made my 20s the adventure it was. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Let’s do this new decade ⚡️
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📸: #dwpx electronic music fest in bali

birthday started with a meditation + pranayama class and ended with an electronic music festival. moving seamlessly between all of the contrasts of my life and being at peace with exactly who i am is the only gift I’ve ever needed. THIRTY IS GUNNA BE LIT Y’ALL. #dpwx

all smiles working in the bali sunshine☀️#nomadoffice @hubudbali

“When anyone talks about travel as a transformative benefit, I suspect what they’re really talking about is escape which, in the pure, clean center of it, can feel like transformation: Here you are in the airport, reborn, redeemed of your choices by the baptismal process of passing through security checkpoints and entering this blank, anonymous space akin to salvation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If we are the things we accumulate—our loves, our fears, our routines, our habits—then getting on a plane divests us of everything to which we are accountable, of the repetitions that bind us to a set identity and demand our continuous loyalty. Travel offers temporary freedom and propels us into an environment where we are invisible or, at most, a novelty to the people we encounter.” - @hellafitzgerald

ate lunch at a hole in the wall locals spot with @_adisyn as my guide and feeling so grateful for new experiences, tastes, sounds, smells, everything in #guangzhou 🍜

good morning from today’s @loredeforce office in #guangzhou! catching up on some client work, then lunch + exploring w/ @_adisyn! | #china #nomad

reason one of a million that @clairembiggs is my bff/business partner/life partner: she expresses love to me AND she does it in in my own love language. for the third time in less than 2 years, she’s surprised me with tickets to an event - a live podcast show in Vancouver, an @iamhalsey concert in Dalllas, and this weekend, a trip to L.A. to see @elizabeth_gilbert_writer + @cherylstrayed in conversation. (there is nothing better than your bff saying “pack your bags! We’re going to [insert amazing city/event here].” don’t let instagram make you feel like your life is less rich or that you’re missing out because you aren’t constantly jetting off with 20 girlfriends and posing in matching bikinis on a boat. if you can find one @clairembiggs, you have hit the jackpot. invest in your friendships and let the people you love KNOW YOU LOVE THEM. i truly believe that when you strip everything away, all that’s left is the bonds we form and the way we show up for those we care about. and the maxim is true: quality always trumps quantity when it comes to our relationships - trust me. Love you, C ♥️ thanks for the amazing pre-birthday weekend and for being my person.

ok cats out of the bag i’m really in l.a. to audition for a christmas musical what do we think of my skills ??? (also yes i’m always this embarrassing in public) // 📹 by @clairembiggs aka my dancing paparazzi

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE MOST FASHIONABLE ENTREPRENEURS U KNOW (it’s hard to tell, but yes, I’m wearing pink fuzzy socks with my slip on flats and sweatpants🙃)

Today for #GivingTuesday, Facebook + PayPal are matching up to $7 million in donations, and @loredeforce (aka @clairembiggs + I) kicked-off a fundraiser for @shesthefirst on Facebook with a $1,000 donation. We’re asking our friends + family to pitch in $500 so that we can get a total of $1,500 matched. (LINK IN BIO)
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She’s the First fights gender inequality by supporting girls who will be the first in their families to graduate high school and by training students everywhere to be global citizens. By getting girls to graduation, they're making it possible for them to earn more, marry later, have fewer children, and be the change we need to see in the world. We are so ridiculously in love with their mission + their team.
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There are a ton of incredible orgs out there who are DOING THE WORK. Please consider making a donation or spreading awareness about an org you love today - it makes a world of a difference for them 💛

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