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It’s a blessing to have called @txcelebration our home & Pastors @joechampion & @lorimchampion our Pastors for nearly 14 years now. This month marks my 8th year of being full time staff at Celebration Church! It’s an honor to be called to serve my church in this capacity. There are many amazing life-lessons I’ve embraced over the years and I wanted to share a few of them with you today. I hope you find them enjoyable and that they will be fruitful in your life as they have been in mine.

8 things I’ve learned over eight years….. 1.Position is nothing, character is everything! Titles will come and go. Positions will come and go. Your character is what remains. If your character is bad there is no title or position that you will be able to maintain, but if you have good character you don’t need a title or a position to lead.
2.Enjoy the season you’re in. Chasing seasons or wishing them away is a sure way to miss the precious gifts that God’s prepared for you. Oh yes, there are gifts even in the middle of the most grueling storms and when there is quiet and peace we can overlook the gift of rest and mistake it for feeling unworthy of the chaos. Don’t miss it. Whatever it is you won’t have this time back again so seek the beauty in it and soak it in like rain on a hot summer day.
3.Sometimes people will perceive you wrong. It’s not their job to change their perspective, it’s yours. Work to be perceived in a way that you want to be, in the way that truly reflects your heart. Sometimes a slight adjustment changes everything.  This does not, however, mean that everyone is going to like you, it just means that sometimes we attribute to our own demise and with minor correction we can breathe new life into relationships.
4.Laughter does good like a medicine. Sometimes we forget that God’s already got it all figured out! Take a break from your stress, worry, doubt and fear and remember that we serve a God who doesn’t expect us to do anything other than follow his voice to our next step. So relax. You’re not all that, so you don’t have to carry the weight of all that! Work hard, pray hard, laugh often!
5.We are all a hot mess!... <continued in comments>

Gobi! It took me 500 years to select the pictures and you better be happy with them.. so the essay starts- Gobi, when I had first met you a few years back I thought kitna sundar ladka hai and then we talked and all sundarta gone🤣👎🏽 No matter how much we fight and do all the nonsense that we do, I am going to say this once and never again- it's rare to be around someone so pure, happy and positive❤ Don't you ever change, be jhalla and crazy like you are🤣🤣 May you have a blessed year and may all your wishes come true including eating and never putting on weight( happy!!)🤣🤣🤣 Happy birthday Gobi 🎉💃🏼😘 #gobikabirthday #happybirthday #longestpostever I couldn't stop laughing last night 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Back in the studio after a busy day on capitol hill with @cleanairmoms , talking to Senators and their staff about the future of the EPA. Caring about the planet and our impact on it is at the very root of what Bog Berry is all about. Days like today are a good back to basics excercise of that mission. It was an honor, @g_dahlkemper to watch you do your thing! Also, check out @letsallconnect - a project to promote peace and connection..started by two inspring people I met today. #longestpostever #globalwarming #momscleanairforce #momsdisapprove

I turn 30 today. I am happy. I've done a lot of amazing things that I will cherish forever, I have experienced both joyous and sad moments and made decisions that have changed and shaped my life, I’ve also made a lot of mistakes that I have most definitely learnt from. I have been lucky to find some of the most amazing friends. Ever. as well as to have a family who will always be there for me. So No complaints. 30 down and many more to go with much more to come. #longestpostever #olderandwiser #30isthenew20 #jumpingintothenextchapter

While everyone celebrate this Holy month with joy and happiness, I celebrate it with tears, alone.
Sorry I couldn't hold myself tonight. I let go everything just to make sure that I won't feel the same hurt, but at the end I am the one who fall down, broken hearted. No matter how hard I tried to deny it, I then slowly accepting that we are no longer a match. We are an enemy to each other, harming and weakening others feeling.

How I wish I could be at home in this moment, in this kind of sadness. I am sorry mama ayah, I told you so many lies these days, saying that everything was fine. If I told you the real situations, I bet you won't ever let me to be here and take all the hurts alone. Yeah I promise​ when the time comes, I will let you know. I promise. I miss you so much, mama ayah 😭

Oh Allah, please give me strength to overcome this sadness. Don't let me ever turn away from You, no matter how many trials and difficulties You test me with. Let this difficulties serve to make me a stronger Muslim and sincere to You. Amin.

Salam Ramadhan al-Mubarak

#longestpostever #snapseededitors

Goodbye friends! Despite many-many obstacles I finally got to a place I was supposed to spend my birthday at. Tomorrow, I begin a Vipassana meditation course in Dhamma Mandala, Myanmar. 10 days of silent meditation in the middle of nowhere surrounded by palmtrees 🌴
No phones allowed, no social media, no speaking, no interacting with others. No reading, no writing, no yoga (oh, and no killing mosquitoes). Just meditating from 5am to 9pm everyday 🙏
The entire practice is actually a mental training to develop a healthy mind.
The term Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is one of India's most ancient meditation techniques. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
So friends and family, I won't be answering your messages for the next 10 days. Just know that I'm not dead, I'm simply working hard towards a healthy mind... and I'm more than excited😊

Rule your mind or it will rule you, my friends! Namaste!
#myanmar #mindfulness #healthymind #notareligiousthing #longestpostever

when good friends have birthdays and other ones open restaurants, it's magic @hemlocknyc ( SERIOUSLY GO THERE ASAP! )

thanks to wine bae sapphire angel @zachwithan_h for introducing me to the finest natural wines and making me feel like a queen 💙

gracias to the one and only @diegomoya and his team for cooking us incredible food with care 💛

and thank you to my dearest lady cook hero @lpelican for being born. 💖

also i heard its #nationalwineday ? 🥂
this one is from Missouri and it was unforgettable. 🍑
#longestpostever

After spending all day trying to decide whether to post a cute picture or an embarrassingly cute pic of you to commemorate your 29th, I decided to go with this because it's basically perfect. Happy birthday wifey! #longestpostever #keepreading

Since undergoing blood testing with @insidetracker and working with @guenergylabs in-house sports nutritionist, I've been trying to do better with my post workout recovery strategy. My go-to has been a pack of @cleannjerky coupled with an orange. The jerky gets me my 20 grams of protein and a good source of iron. The orange gives me vitamin C to help absorb the iron, as well as some carbs. And today, I also had a tasty coconut-blueberry-banana-peanut butter smoothie. I used coconut cream instead of milk so as not to consume too much calcium because it combats iron absorption. (Don't worry, I'll have calcium later!). Use the link in my bio if you want to enter to win our GU/Inside Tracker #eatingistraining giveaway. You too can have a piece of this GUtritional pie! Winner gets a fork full of:
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- 1 InsideTracker Ultimate Plan ($589 value)
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- GU Energy Labs Gift Card ($500 value)
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- A 30-minute consultation with a member of the GU Nutrition Crew for a personalized nutrition plan
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#guforit #cleannjerky #trailsandtarmac #longestpostever @trailsandtarmac
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So I just got 10 weighted squats in, big deal right? Maybe you know maybe you don't, I was diagnosed with orthostatic hypotension, SVT and Atrial flutter 10 years ago💔 Loads of medication trials, heart surgery consults and then being told your exercise intolerant isn't encouraging for a gym goer.
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I haven't been able to do weighted squats..ever without a total blackout--until this VERY set right here. I may only be pushing 20lbs (please don't laugh at my baby weights 🤓) but holy wow this is a special moment.
I guess what I'm trying to say is if you really want something you HAVE to keep getting back up (even after you pass out lol). You have to find what works for you & take care of your body. You have to stop feeling sorry for yourself (something I wish I learned a long time ago). Celebrate your little victories & keep doing your best. God only gives you mountains so you can move them. Stay blessed.👊🏼
If you read this whole post you tha real MVP#longestpostever

It’s a blessing to have called @txcelebration our home & Pastors @joechampion & @lorimchampion our Pastors for nearly 14 years now. This month marks my 8th year of being full time staff at Celebration Church! It’s an honor to be called to serve my church in this capacity. There are many amazing life-lessons I’ve embraced over the years and I wanted to share a few of them with you today. I hope you find them enjoyable and that they will be fruitful in your life as they have been in mine.

8 things I’ve learned over eight years….. 1.Position is nothing, character is everything! Titles will come and go. Positions will come and go. Your character is what remains. If your character is bad there is no title or position that you will be able to maintain, but if you have good character you don’t need a title or a position to lead.
2.Enjoy the season you’re in. Chasing seasons or wishing them away is a sure way to miss the precious gifts that God’s prepared for you. Oh yes, there are gifts even in the middle of the most grueling storms and when there is quiet and peace we can overlook the gift of rest and mistake it for feeling unworthy of the chaos. Don’t miss it. Whatever it is you won’t have this time back again so seek the beauty in it and soak it in like rain on a hot summer day.
3.Sometimes people will perceive you wrong. It’s not their job to change their perspective, it’s yours. Work to be perceived in a way that you want to be, in the way that truly reflects your heart. Sometimes a slight adjustment changes everything.  This does not, however, mean that everyone is going to like you, it just means that sometimes we attribute to our own demise and with minor correction we can breathe new life into relationships.
4.Laughter does good like a medicine. Sometimes we forget that God’s already got it all figured out! Take a break from your stress, worry, doubt and fear and remember that we serve a God who doesn’t expect us to do anything other than follow his voice to our next step. So relax. You’re not all that, so you don’t have to carry the weight of all that! Work hard, pray hard, laugh often!
5.We are all a hot mess!... <continued in comments>

A jar, some essential oils and a few diapers walk into a bar…

Well that caught MY attention, at least. A little over a year ago, Kyle and I were dealing with a situation we had no idea how to solve or if we would be able to solve it. Our 1 year old was getting some pretty major diaper rashes. I’m not talking some extra red, extra sensitive welts on his little bottom. I am talking, Waking up in the morning with sores that, sometimes, would bleed. We were always super diligent about making sure he was changed whenever he needed it, during the day. At night, however, there was no way to change him without waking him and ruining his sleep so we used the old, cross your fingers and pray he won’t wake up with a rash his morning, method. It didn’t even happen all the time, however, it was enough that our poor sweet boy was developing a fear of diaper changes. Even our favorite butt paste we used to use on our daughters rashes, when they were his age, wasn’t working.

Without really thinking I was going to find the answer to all our problems, I turned to the Essential Oils I had ordered from a FB party a friend had invited me to. I went to their blog and searched everything I could until I found a recipe for diaper cream. Only 3 ingredients and I had them all. PERFECT! I’d try anything at this point.
I didn’t even wait for the oil to harden. It was cool enough so I was going to use it! Our sweet baby, who was so distressed at the idea of ANYTHING touching his little booty was in his usual state of tears, screaming and trying to push our hands away with his little feet, which btw, were very strong and made diaper changing a 2 person job when he had rashes. With as much care as I could muster, I took a deep breath and applied it…… silence. Suddenly, he was quiet. He had just stopped crying dead in his tracks. I know it sounds dramatic, especially the way I am writing this. However, I kid you not when I say his reaction was instant. He was no longer in pain. To top it all off, his rash was almost completely gone the next day! After that, we never used anything else. We even used it when he didn’t have a rash to be extra careful. Guess what? No. More. Rashes.

While everyone celebrate this Holy month with joy and happiness, I celebrate it with tears, alone.
Sorry I couldn't hold myself tonight. I let go everything just to make sure that I won't feel the same hurt, but at the end I am the one who fall down, broken hearted. No matter how hard I tried to deny it, I then slowly accepting that we are no longer a match. We are an enemy to each other, harming and weakening others feeling.

How I wish I could be at home in this moment, in this kind of sadness. I am sorry mama ayah, I told you so many lies these days, saying that everything was fine. If I told you the real situations, I bet you won't ever let me to be here and take all the hurts alone. Yeah I promise​ when the time comes, I will let you know. I promise. I miss you so much, mama ayah 😭

Oh Allah, please give me strength to overcome this sadness. Don't let me ever turn away from You, no matter how many trials and difficulties You test me with. Let this difficulties serve to make me a stronger Muslim and sincere to You. Amin.

Salam Ramadhan al-Mubarak

#longestpostever #snapseededitors

when good friends have birthdays and other ones open restaurants, it's magic @hemlocknyc ( SERIOUSLY GO THERE ASAP! )

thanks to wine bae sapphire angel @zachwithan_h for introducing me to the finest natural wines and making me feel like a queen 💙

gracias to the one and only @diegomoya and his team for cooking us incredible food with care 💛

and thank you to my dearest lady cook hero @lpelican for being born. 💖

also i heard its #nationalwineday ? 🥂
this one is from Missouri and it was unforgettable. 🍑
#longestpostever

This morning was a struggle. A mess. Full of chaos and emotions. Craziness. We woke up sleepy and in a rush to start our day. Plans changed. Kids cried. Yelling and chaos roared through our house. 💛💛💛
Why was this morning so hard? Why didn't I help to shift the moods and guide my children into a positive direction? Instead, I finally lost my mind, too. Yelling back. Canceling all plans. And pouting. 💛💛💛
I made coffee. Opened the cabinet to choose a mug, and then, I smelled it... the aromas of oils... we didn't do our morning meditation or affirmations. 💛💛💛
I took lavender and frankincense upstairs. A drop of each for Ethan and me. We rubbed it in our hands. Breathed it in. And hugged it out. Laying on his bed, we did a five minute calming meditation. I love how this calms us... pulls us together. Frankincense is perfect for that! It has an earthy, uplifting aroma that is completely grounding and creates spiritual connectedness. It creates a safe and comforting environment... which is exactly what we needed after our morning. 💛💛💛
Relaxed. Calm. Reconnected. We collected our thoughts, expressed our forgiveness. And then, we sat in the chilly air, with quilts and coffee, listening to the rain, and just read. I love reading to them. And slowly, the funk of the morning dissipated... and our moods turned around. 💛💛💛
These days are hard. My life isn't perfect. But I am so thankful for it!
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#longestpostever #keepinitreal #crazytown #badday #rainyday #emotions #grounding #connected #together #quilts #coffee #reading #readaloud #homeschool #sahm #momlife #frankincense #essentialoils #essentialoilsrock #positivevibes #positiveenergy #mugs #chippedpolish #workathome #meditation #relax #peace #rain

"The number eleven limps. It is not perfect like twelve."


Twelve is the number of wholeness, it's completeness, it's readiness. BUT, get this! The church that Jesus sends into the world is ELEVENISH, it's imperfect. Jesus lost a disciple and the disciples he had doubted him. Knowing that, He still sent them out into the world. He didn't say first get enough numbers or work on your faith. He just said, "Go! I'm sending you out ready or not."


This is me in all my "elevenish" glory. Caught in the middle of doing something else, unprepared, and some truly bad timing. We've all been there, telling ourselves and others "I'm just not ready.." but do we ever become ready or do we just warm up to the idea of not being completely ready? In case you didn't know this, you know more than you know you know, you are also stronger than you think, and you can only grow when you expand your environment. Newest goal: embrace the elevenish moments in life. #longestpostever #elevenish #sorry

<<80%RULE>>

For me, I think it's closer to 90🤔but maybe I'm just too hard on myself 😜


TAKE NOTE:
There's no one magical✨ cookie cutter "diet" or food plan that works for everyone! I've been dabbling with IF lately... specifically, the 16:8 method. And for a SERIOUS breakfast lover, I never thought I could do it, nor had any desire to. BUT, I'll tell ya what.. it's actually way easier than I thought it would be!! I have unreal energy in the mornings, more focus, crazy-good fasted workouts, no "hangry" episodes(appetite control, hunger hormones have chilled the eff out), better relationship with food (breaking the "need to eat every 3hrs" philosophy), AND I get to eat until 8:30pm GUILT FREE😮 - which was always a frustrating, losing battle for me😥


It's only been 3 weeks, but so far Loving the results and how I feel overall🙌🏼Can't say if I'll do it forever but going to finish off the month and reassess✅

It's all about finding a routine that is SUSTAINABLE and fits your LIFESTYLE, and I must say, this one is fittin me like a 🥊 •


Who's tried this? Would U try it? What's Your Secret Weapon?



#IF #intermittentfasting #morningcardio #caffeine #aminoenergy #cla #lcarnitine #bulletproofcoffee ☕️#hardmagnum 💊#breakfastforsupper🍞🍳 #stillgetmypancakes 🥞 #summersalads 🥗 #iflifeforme #nondieting #convert #longestpostever

So I don't share much about working out and my journey except a little here and there. Mostly because I know Instagram is flooded with it! So who am I, besides this full time working mom, church leader, baseball mom lol I mean there are tons of us out there all trying to survive. I have been back and forth with the fitness and healthy eating gig. I was an athlete up until the day I found out I was pregnant with my first son. Was pretty good at track and soccer (I think?!) and ate whatever I wanted and was super tiny. College wasn't bad, I stayed pretty active, continued to play soccer and stay in shape. Then we decided to have kids 😬let's just say mommy took a break from taking care of mommy and took care of babies. Which I LOVE! But I did not have that balance. It took me awhile to get back to a routine that involved taking care of me. Eating better and working out/running. Got back to training and have been pretty consistent for about 3 solid years now. It helps tremendously that my boys are older and can hang out and play while I work out. When daddy is home I can get some runs in. It's still a challenge, baseball season is a challenge, finding the time sometimes seems impossible between work, school, church, baseball, etc etc etc lol. But this season of my life has really opened my eyes to the need to take care of me. I'm no good to my boys if I'm not in shape and healthy. I will be the mom out there throwing with my boys at practice, kicking the soccer ball, and running around for as long as they will let me! I have been doing the @arbonne detox introduced to me by @sophiahyde1 many years ago and it has been the only "diet" plan I have actually felt comfortable with and stuck with. It's plant based and just a great natural product to help heal your body from the constant toxins we put in. Not an add, just one mama who has found something that works for me and my lifestyle. My new take care of me so I can take care of them life style😃 #longestpostever #lovemyfamily #arbonne #detox #takecareofyourself @joycehobson31 @sophias_health_journey #homegym #workingoutwithkids

GUYS. Today the curl goddesses have shone upon me. 🌞🌞🌞➿➿➿ I was at Walgreens getting my Rx filled, killing time, looking around... I walk to the clearance section. BEHOLD - I would recognize that bright green label anywhere, but could it be?! Yes. Yes it could. Devacurl in clearance with no price.
I go pick up my Rx, hand over a bottle, price doesn't scan, "you can go up front, they'll call the mgr for a price." Up front, cashier calls the mgr "yeah nothing comes up, it's some sort of... multiculture hair product?" Turns back to me "he said I can charge you $2.99, is that okay?" I try to hide my excitement, and pretend like sure... that's cool, no big deal.

But um, yes. Huge deal. For those of you blissfully unaware, one of these bad boys usually retails for $22. So it would probably be extra marked up at Walgreens. I'm so happy. My hair is gonna be #sofreshandsoclean clean for so long long.

#deals #alwayschecktheclearancesection #clearance #curlgods #devacurl #nopoo #omg #myluckyday #curlygirls #curlfriends #curlycommunity #longestpostever

Warning: This is going to be long 😂....Thank you to everyone who came to my graduation party yesterday! I can't remember the last time I've been this happy! (That's a lie, it was when I went to Hawaii 😜) But seriously I am so blessed. 2017 has been amazing to me and it's only May. I am so excited to be done with school (for now), to be starting my dream job as a nurse in the operating room at our trauma center, I'm loving being a beauty guide (in training) with LimeLight by Alcone, I'm loving the natural products (and the money of course). I'm looking forward to going on vacation next week with my boyfriend, and for the BIG things that I have planned. I'm feeling very positive about life and I'm thinking that 2017 and 2018 are going to be amazing years. Thank you to Ryan and both of our family and friends for all of the support and encouragement that I've recieved during my many many breakdowns throughout this nursing program. So glad to have earned another degree. Peace out BCC. ✌#longestpostever #goodthingsarehappening

And there was my last official Prima show (at least for a while). What an amazing group of people and organization that I have been so proud to be a part off. Here's to hoping our paths cross again. 🎵❤️ #Repost @mariahkeener (@get_repost)
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The only thing I know to say is thank you.
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Thanks to the amazing cast and band of Retro Remix for an incredible run of shows. For being incredibly good at what you do. For making my job easy. For being incredible people.
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To @andrewmendola for learning all the horn parts and making them sound incredible on guitar (and for being a great friend to boot). | To @sissydinkle for leaving home for multiple weeks to come here, shredding on upright, and for being one of my favorite humans. | To Jaclyn for being one of the best vocalists ever and at the same time being one of the most genuine people I know. | To @adamjrineer for saying yes to this show amidst a crazy schedule and for killing everything you do. | To @classy_caribou_eat_grass for melting my face with your powerful voice and for choosing to put up with me again in a couple months. | To @kalynbyers for always being prepared, for always wanting to learn, and for being literally the coolest mom example ever. | To @fabio11413 for filling in last night and for not missing a beat or note - you're incredible. | To @rejinapyo (we missed you) for being an incredible host, a creative mind, and an absolute joy to be around. | To @lydiabrittan for so many things including, but not limited to, being one of the greatest voices I've ever heard, working hard to jump in on tech week, and for simply being you. | To @artuortega for being the glue that held everything together (there's no one I would rather trust) and for being one of the dearest friends I have.
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Sorry for the long post, but y'all have taught me so much about being a musician, a leader, and a person. Thanks for putting up with this newbie and for impacting my life. It's been real ✌🏾
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FIN #retro #retroremix #finalcurtain #blessed #longestpostever #sorrynotsorry #primatheatre #prima

The only thing I know to say is thank you.
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Thanks to the amazing cast and band of Retro Remix for an incredible run of shows. For being incredibly good at what you do. For making my job easy. For being incredible people.
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To @andrewmendola for learning all the horn parts and making them sound incredible on guitar (and for being a great friend to boot). | To @sissydinkle for leaving home for multiple weeks to come here, shredding on upright, and for being one of my favorite humans. | To Jaclyn for being one of the best vocalists ever and at the same time being one of the most genuine people I know. | To @adamjrineer for saying yes to this show amidst a crazy schedule and for killing everything you do. | To @classy_caribou_eat_grass for melting my face with your powerful voice and for choosing to put up with me again in a couple months. | To @kalynbyers for always being prepared, for always wanting to learn, and for being literally the coolest mom example ever. | To @fabio11413 for filling in last night and for not missing a beat or note - you're incredible. | To @rejinapyo (we missed you) for being an incredible host, a creative mind, and an absolute joy to be around. | To @lydiabrittan for so many things including, but not limited to, being one of the greatest voices I've ever heard, working hard to jump in on tech week, and for simply being you. | To @artuortega for being the glue that held everything together (there's no one I would rather trust) and for being one of the dearest friends I have.
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Sorry for the long post, but y'all have taught me so much about being a musician, a leader, and a person. Thanks for putting up with this newbie and for impacting my life. It's been real ✌🏾
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FIN #retro #retroremix #finalcurtain #blessed #longestpostever #sorrynotsorry #primatheatre #prima

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