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Somewhere along the line, I stopped counting the days, but for as long as I live, I will never forget this day three years ago. The day I gave myself the greatest gift. The day I chose my life over my struggles. The day I saw what I could become if I only gave myself the chance. The day I got sober was the day I laid the foundation for the person I am now. This morning I gave a presentation to a room full of fellow entrepreneurs here in Seattle. I shared my passion for capturing the spirit and story of animals through stunning visual artwork. I shared my favorite images of the wonderful animals I have had the pleasure of photographing over the years. I shared my goals for my business. I asked for help in reaching those goals. I did not cry when the slide with my beloved Cohen's portrait filled the screen. I was able to share what he meant to me, and that felt better to my heart and soul than any glass of wine or fancy cocktail could ever measure up to. Three years can feel like forever, but it's only the beginning of the amazing things I have planned for this life. ❤️

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Weddings can be a drag, especially if you're single, as the joy of being in a relationship is flaunted so intensely in front of you. It's hard to not think of your own desire for the same thing.
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The only thing that has helped me with this feeling is working on my dating skills. It didn't make those pangs in the heart disappear, but I felt better knowing that I wasn't just sitting by idle, feeling sorry for myself. I was taking control of my destiny, and building the skills I would need, for when the right girl crossed my path. ~
One of those critical skills is being social. Dates, girlfriends, and even friends have come more easily into my life when I've pushed myself, to make the most of social opportunities. Weddings are a great place to meet people you otherwise wouldn't, so next time you're invited to one, suit/dress up and stretch your comfort zone with these 2 tips. ~
1. You can talk to LITERALLY anyone at a wedding, because you have the ultimate opener: "so how do you know the bride and groom?" There are definitely cliques at weddings, and not everyone will be interested in chatting with you, but everyone will at least answer this question. Paired with a "hey, you seem friendly" before it, this question is as close to a sure thing as you'll get.
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2. Most people know about #1, and will ask you the same in return. I used to just answer with the facts, which is blowing a golden opportunity to connect. You show your personality with the answer you give, and facts are boring. I recommend making up a ridiculous answer, and then sharing the facts afterwards. At this wedding, I answered with "I ran over the bride's foot, and then we became friends" which always gets a chuckle, and immediately conveys that I'm comfortable with my wheelchair. ~
Thank you Shama, and your family, for being one of the first to welcome me to Seattle, and for being so loving to me and my family since then. Congratulations to you & Shafiq on your wedding, and thanks for seating me with these awesome people. Also, thanks for the non-cliché wedding speeches from your friends and family (Karla killed it).

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Heading to @camppromisewest this morning! Looking forward to endless archery, legit campfire s'mores, and camper counselor relations #whathappensatcampstaysatcamp #offthegrid #backonsaturday

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Exactly that's why I'm over here contemplating drinking coffee ☕️ so that I can stay up and execute on these strategies

Ahhh, Friday. Take time to rest and rejuvenate this weekend. You deserve it! And you have time...

Our first ever "Get It Done Day" is already a wild success! Just look at this mad-dedication to making a positive impact in the world.

Courage means not everything is a roaring success, especially in the beginning.
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I'd love for there to be a vibrant community of young professional Ismailis (my spiritual community) in Seattle. So I teamed up with my new friend Heena, to put on a happy hour near where (we believed) everyone works. ~
And only 1 more person showed up! No, I didn't see this as a huge failure, or success. I saw it as information - something to learn from and adapt for in the future. Because my only benchmark for success was whether or not I got to spend time with my new friend.
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This is a great strategy for trying something new. All you need is one friend who will commit to being there, and who you know you'll have fun with, even if nobody else shows up.
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Not everyone is courageous enough to be that person, and to just go try something without a lot of information. You'll get "maybes" and last minute cancels, but that comes with the territory. Most people (myself included) are not willing to invest early on. But keep at it. ~
In my experience, people respond to consistency, answering frequently asked questions beforehand, and most importantly, pictures from past events, so make sure you look like you're having fun. Ultimately, they take their cues from you, the leader. How dedicated are you to creating what you desire?

When you give someone advice, they remember what you said. They take it into their world, chew on it and fuse it with their own ideas. Be thoughtful.⠀⠀
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When you publicly support a political candidate, a cause, a product or a company, people notice. We think about it and reflect on our own opinions.⠀⠀
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When you present work you've done, we see it, digest it, love it, hate it, think about it for years, take action on it the next day, and share it.⠀⠀
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When you make yourself known, those with similar minds naturally rally around you. Those with differing minds don't.⠀⠀
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You are a leader.⠀⠀
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You are a leader, because you are human. Everyone's a leader. Everyone influences those around them, positively, negatively or neutrally. No choice. Nobody has a choice about this. ⠀⠀
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You influence those around you all the time.⠀⠀
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In this way there are no followers, no one just hanging around without an effect on the world. No matter how far into the jungle or a cave you go, you effect the environment.⠀⠀
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Your breath impacts the environment; your footsteps impact the earth; your decisions shape the world inside and outside your home; the way you express yourself affects your fellow humans' daily lives.⠀⠀
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You are so freakin' influential, way beyond anything you could possibly imagine.⠀⠀
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We see you. We hear you. We feel you. We are what your world is made up of. We are consciously and subconsciously receptive to you no matter if we deny it or try to avoid it. Too late.⠀⠀
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We are the ground you walk on. Please see this. Tread on us lightly. Treat us well. Show us that you know your power. Show us that you understand what power really is, a creative or destructive force continually in motion. Show us that you use your power in favor of love, kindness and to benefit all of us. Show us that you humbly learn from even the tiniest hurt you inflict upon us.⠀⠀
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Show us your heart; we want to see it; we want to see you.⠀⠀
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Influence us.

Weddings can be a drag, especially if you're single, as the joy of being in a relationship is flaunted so intensely in front of you. It's hard to not think of your own desire for the same thing.
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The only thing that has helped me with this feeling is working on my dating skills. It didn't make those pangs in the heart disappear, but I felt better knowing that I wasn't just sitting by idle, feeling sorry for myself. I was taking control of my destiny, and building the skills I would need, for when the right girl crossed my path. ~
One of those critical skills is being social. Dates, girlfriends, and even friends have come more easily into my life when I've pushed myself, to make the most of social opportunities. Weddings are a great place to meet people you otherwise wouldn't, so next time you're invited to one, suit/dress up and stretch your comfort zone with these 2 tips. ~
1. You can talk to LITERALLY anyone at a wedding, because you have the ultimate opener: "so how do you know the bride and groom?" There are definitely cliques at weddings, and not everyone will be interested in chatting with you, but everyone will at least answer this question. Paired with a "hey, you seem friendly" before it, this question is as close to a sure thing as you'll get.
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2. Most people know about #1, and will ask you the same in return. I used to just answer with the facts, which is blowing a golden opportunity to connect. You show your personality with the answer you give, and facts are boring. I recommend making up a ridiculous answer, and then sharing the facts afterwards. At this wedding, I answered with "I ran over the bride's foot, and then we became friends" which always gets a chuckle, and immediately conveys that I'm comfortable with my wheelchair. ~
Thank you Shama, and your family, for being one of the first to welcome me to Seattle, and for being so loving to me and my family since then. Congratulations to you & Shafiq on your wedding, and thanks for seating me with these awesome people. Also, thanks for the non-cliché wedding speeches from your friends and family (Karla killed it).

We took a moment today to reflect on what we built together. We are proud to have brought our vision to create a haven for movement to life. This is only the beginning! Today we spent the day working on what's next with Ara and organizing some exciting events this fall. 🌿

"I wish I had more badass female entrepreneur friends but they're hard to find in Seattle." -- a client said this to me during a consultation meeting last week. I was surprised at first because I'm surrounded by kickass biz women everyday BUT then I remembered that it's taken me years to build my network (going to events, introducing mutual friends, befriending clients etc...). If you're searching for more female friends in the Seattle business world my top tip is to check out The Riveter @theriveter_sea - Its an all women community work space (its gorgeous and good vibes are in the air). I was there this morning for a 645am networking group with my favorite badass business ladies. It may be tough at first but keep going up to random women and saying hi - we're all excited to make friends & help each other. Shoutout to Ashley of @unionpilates & Mellicia of @poplinstyle -- two of my fave entrepreneurs kicking ass at this table this morning! .
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Such a fun meeting with these two! #seattlerealestate

Yup today is a working day for us! But primero, #cafeconleche !! That's my favorite way to start every morning! Featured in this picture is a beautiful scarf that was collaborated between @feed and @lula_mena two eco conscious business I admire that want to change the world through their merchandise! Lula Mena is an El Salvadorian designer who works with low-income and at-risk communities to produce unique pieces. Her collection is eco friendly, handmade and fair trade. Having Salvadorian roots ourselves we #respect that! ✊️cheers with un cafecito to all ☕️ #coffee #latina #sundayvibes

Creative people should have creative head shots. #creativeportraits #singingintherain

Which voice are you going to listen to?
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I give an impromptu speech at my Toastmasters club today. Never written, never rehearsed, but I filmed it and posted it to YouTube. And yes, I could've done things better. I could've slowed down, used less "likes," and remembered the name of a book I referenced. But if I had been worried about that, and chose not to speak, I wouldn't have reached the person who said "I've been wanting to improve my professional speaking skills, but feared ridicule. Your speech made sense in a way that I feel encouraged now."
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You will be ridiculed, and you will doubt yourself. But that's not a good enough reason to stop trying. Just like with dating. It doesn't matter if you have the perfect approach, it doesn't matter if you've been told that you're not enough. All that matters is that you keep trying. Again and again and again. To find that person who will totally and completely accept you for who you are.
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There's a voice in my head that agrees with the critics. That I should edit and perfect my videos before posting them. That I shouldn't speak before I've practiced. And I'm all for constructive feedback and continuous improvement, but I've decided that what matters more is consistency, because that's what's going to help me reach the people I need to reach.
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Listen to the people who need you to share your message. They are usually quiet, they are usually few, but they are out there. Thank you to the person who wrote me this note - it meant so much, and I can't wait to hear you speak.

The video is up - link in bio!
I used to avoid kids – with their staring and their questions. This would totally kill the vibe on dates, because the girl could tell that I was very uncomfortable. So I started to accept and invite their curiosity, and shared lots of laughter in the process. I'm so thankful to @storiesbycut for inviting me to capture this with their incredible @hihokids!

Thanks to the entire crew and the wonderful kids – with a special shout out to my little cousin Airah (in the red dress), for coming on set and getting me warmed up for the shoot!

I've been doing 3 YouTube videos a day, answering questions from guys on Reddit, and this reply really gave me pause.

I love being a dating coach, but I hate being a "dating coach" because it comes with implications, and questions like "so you just help guys get laid?" I've admittedly been shy about discussing sex. I've avoided talking about it too much. Because we're not supposed to. Because it's bad. Because it's taboo. Because my impressionable little cousins' friends are showing them everything I post.

Yet the reality is, if you haven't had sex by some point, you feel that something is wrong with you. And that causes people to have their first sexual experience with someone they don't care about. Like I did. Just to get it "over with." But it's not just "over with" like that. You always remember your first. I remember going home and crying, alone, because I felt so hollow, so ashamed, and so afraid, because I knew nothing of her sexual history. I used protection and thankfully tested clean, but I wondered why I would take that kind of risk with someone I barely knew, and possibly impact a future relationship with someone I did care for.
So yes, I do help guys get laid, but not just to lose their virginity. And not just for the physical satisfaction. But as part of deeply connecting with women. Because guys might act like they just want more notches on the belt, but deep down, we just want to share that connection with someone. We want that girlfriend to introduce to our parents, and to take to work parties, and to color coordinate with at family weddings.

And I encourage them to get tested, and to share results with their partners before becoming intimate. Even if they're virgins, because it's just a good habit.
So let's talk about sex, and how it can be a wonderful, loving, and giving act when you both cherish each other - and how that's the only kind of sex worth having.

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