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I’m a year older today. This year feels more special...
Things. They aren’t as important as they use to be.
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Over the last few days people have asked me what I want for my birthday. We live in a culture where from before our birth there is an expectation of gift giving. From the first baby shower to our birthdays. Things are given. I don’t believe I still cherish any of them...If I own them still (not enough to remember I have them.) . . .
This doesn’t diminish my appreciation. This is a fact of life that is true for us all. I probably have far to many sentimental trinkets from my past stashed away in boxes that I can’t part with. But it’s not the things I cherish...but the memories and the person who brought them into my life.
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So this year I made my answer, when people ask what I want... TIME. . . .
No one has disappointed. I’m reminded how blessed I am in my life right now. I’ve had many lonely birthdays. But this year my friends and family have stepped up. It’s been a rough year and a rewarding year, and God has gifted me with the most amazing community of support. I only pray I’m 1/2 as supportive as they are when they need it. . . .
I look into my 36 year old eyes and I still see the teenager who doubted she’d ever make it this far. That’s why today I’m posting a picture of me. To remind myself of how beautiful, loved, supported, and strong I am.
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Thank you friends and family who have taken the time to wish me happy birthday and be there for me. That’s a gift I will cherish for a lifetime!
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You know when you hear that great song and you can’t stop yourself from moving along...
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I was just sittin’ outside at BNB when this little guy surprised me at my picnic table. He was so fast, and I picked him up a couple times but he kept crawling up my arm and I was afraid he’d get stuck in my hair lol! Of course I named him Kuàisù 快速 which means fast in Chinese.
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Some days waking up early and walking a little is worth the view to see the beach for the first time in eight years and step foot in the ocean. #imisstheocean #mysoullivesthere #feelingbeautiful #ineedsvacation #hereforwork #jsydsphotos #mylife #ilovemississippi #biloxibeach

My unique moment of the day.
#wiresunderthesun
they connect us together in ways we can’t imagine / spread far and wide / this miracle of men / keeping us alive / or do we too heavily believe / in this false salvation / putting hope in only what we see / instead of looking to the sun
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Day 5: I made the choice to wake up and be better than yesterday today. I made that same choice yesterday and the day before and the day before. I’ve been making that choice since Monday. It only takes one more step than yesterday to accomplish that. I just have to remind myself I’M WORTH IT!
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I 💕 a Mississippi mornings!
Some days I wake up and it’s hard. I have a migraine, I’m exhausted, it’s hot outside, the anxiety and depression are overwhelming, the weight of my physical body and let downs of trying to find a relationship in a world of shallow men keeps my heart broken, but then I go to the gym at 5 o’clock in the morning anyway. I push through 60 minutes on a workout not for any reason other than I want to feel better for me. And at the end of it all I walk out and see this...
God gives us exactly what we need when we need it. I don’t need 20 less pounds, a cheeseburger, a boyfriend, or a happy pill. I needed a reminder that I’M ALIVE TODAY! GOD MADE TODAY FOR ME! AND FOR YOU!
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#onedropalone
One drop formed alone
Finding its way home
To the ocean of tears
Created from years
Of a pain held inside
She was bound to hide
That was all she could muster
For there was nothing left inside of her
To cry for the one who told her not to
One drop alone was all she could do
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Yesterday there was a waterfall in the sky. It was a gift of a moment. On a not so great day it was my #uniquemomentoftheday.
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We need to remember to seek out and be open to the moments no matter how small or brief that will make each day different from the one before and the one after. Because if we get stuck in the everyday malaise that can swallow our existence up, we lose the meaning that drives the reason we carry on. I lost that meaning and that’s why I started my daily quest for the unique moment of the day. Depression is hard. Anxiety is hard. I know it’s more than a decision to not be that way. It’s a mental illness that requires treatment. But it’s also a state of mind that requires changing the way you think. One moment a day can be powerful. Go and find yours!
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#shypower
she seemed shy / never really looking anyone in the eyes / her beauty was undeniable / but she knew not of what she was capable / she had scars, clear to see / and she didn’t trust she was truly free / one look in her eyes though / her true spirit you’d know / a power ready to loose / built from pain and abuse / she’s a survivor ready to run wild and free / a shy power becoming strength *
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It’s not really Monday is it? Can we pretend it’s Sunday and go back to sleep? K, Thanks
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#neelixthecat #neelixthecatsmom #mylife #jsydsphotos #mondaymorningblues #gobacktosleep #weekendsaretooshort #kittensofinsta

I’m thankful for days like today. Horses have always been one of my favorite animals. Having the opportunity to spend the day with them and of course with a friend @aimeehemphill and her family and with the wonderful people Willow Farms in Canton, made this one of the best days I’ve had in a long time!
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This beauty is Cheyenne.
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When you get to snuggle with this bundle of joy (ahem...ball of energy) it’s hard want to do anything else all day. But mama’s gotta save the world one defect at a time 😉
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“Your wings already exists, all you have to do is fly.” -unknown
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Flying over the Rockies 📸: @jsydbrantley
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