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Double tap if you believe in a little more kindness, a little less judgement. For others, for ourselves, for the world. Two simple words, desperately needed today. Be kind, everyone around you is fighting a battle you know absolutely nothing about.

The more humans I meet, the more stories I hear, the more I am reminded that we are all moving mountains. Some mountains are posted for the world to see, some are battled behind closed doors. Let kindness lead you today.

Post an emoji below if you will commit to these words today. Let's start a movement of kindness! πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ™‹πŸΌπŸŽ‰

It's back to the studio today! Getting back into work flow can be difficult after vacation, but looking forward to returning to this beautiful space certainly helps...and some @foxhillgarden blooms don't hurt either! Even when I was working at home I made my creative space a priority. Have you created a welcoming space {something as simple as a clean desk area to set up at} for yourself to help with your work productivity? If not, what steps are you taking to get there?

We had to explain to her Sunday school teacher that she wasn't saying a bad word, she's trying to say "sit" πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ I don't know if I should be completely mortified, or just laugh hysterically! Guess which one Trav did! πŸ˜‚ She turns TWO next week...TWO!!! I have a feeling it has only just begun, friends πŸ˜‚β€οΈπŸ˜³

#1 Makkedah Joy Aiyayla {8}
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+ She works with insight, passion, and creativity. She is a peace maker. She is gentle, sincere, devoted and easily excited. She is very considerate of other people and thoughtful. She is friendly, non-demanding and easy-going. She wants to make everyone happy And loves making new friends. She is energized by others, charming, passionate, and enthusiastic. She is a people person and always up for new adventure.
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- She will not take sides and doesn't like to voice her opinion in order to avoid hurting someone's feelings. She avoids controversy and is a people pleaser. She can get unfocused easily and her head can be in the clouds, because she is so easily excited.
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Discipline- a stern look or firm tone of voice is all she needs to snap back into obedience. She is very respectful and rarely gets into trouble. As the "second mom" of the family, she is a caregiver and always thinking about others before herself. "Disciplining" her is done much through teaching her life lessons and she often only needs one firm warning in order to not do something again.
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Love- I firmly believe that discipline IS love. I always tell my kids, "If I didn't love you, I wouldn't discipline you because it would mean I didn't care about you and how you would grow. But I do care about you and I love you, so I discipline and teach you." AND there are also other ways I show them love in the specific ways their personalities receive love + their #lovelanguages. Makkedah needs quality time together, conversations, affirming words and snuggles. She wants to hear and feel that we are proud of her and being able to give her attention through the hustle and bustle of a family of 7. When she begins getting emotional (with no apparent cause), I know she needs some extra lovin.'
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Unique- Makkedah is very much like me so it very easy for me to understand her emotions and to recognize her people pleasing tendencies and allow me to help her early on to desire to please GOD and not people. She naturally sacrifices her own desires for that of others. She is easily inspired and has bursts of creative expression she must let out.

If I could give you one piece of advice this Wednesday afternoon, it would be to live your life remembering that "Saying 'no' to one thing is really saying 'yes!' to another thing"
πŸ™ŒπŸΌ How true this is! What are you saying no to? More importantly, what are you saying yes to? For me, I am saying "yes!" to anything that involves time with my amazing husband, quality time with family, and simple moments alone... annnnnd another glass of wine. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ·
What are YOU saying yes to in your life?! Tell me below! πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌ Photo by: @shalynnelson

Desk situation this Wednesday πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ¨
I took a little break from the #dailyfloralchallenge to just paint my hearts out! Some of the flowers are some of my favorites in the daily challenge that I have been doing recently. Can you name them just for fun?! πŸ˜†

The marketing and creative industries are lacking diverse voices. Plain and simple. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Look around you and pay attention to the voices and faces you see leading our industries. We are in desperate need of more representation from queer, differently abled, gender non-confirming, and ethnically and racially diverse people.
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We need more women of color leading conversations. We need to ensure trans individuals have a platform to expand their reach and impact. We need to confront privilege head on and recognize that the hustle can only help you get so far. We need queer and LGBT business owners to be out and proud to ensure future generations of queer kids that entrepreneurship is for them. We need to speak honestly and frankly about systemic and systematic racism and injustice that permeates all industries - no matter how heart and mission centered. We have to confront our own biases - implicit and explicit - and recognize how we contribute to oppression in our industries and communities.
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It was today, when our president announced a regressive and damaging policy for trans service members, that my friend and client Alex and her team - of @luckypennycreative - announced the creation of the @radweddingco. Alex is working over the coming months to launch a community of creatives who are focused on wokeness - being aware of and working to help within issues of racial and social justice.
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It was also today that @nataliefranke and the team at @risingtidesociety announced a new zero tolerance policy for handling bias and bigotry in the RTS Facebook group - because enough is enough.
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In moments of great oppression and divisiveness - moments like these - we as creatives must come together and say "no more." We must use our voices, our art, and our creativity to combat bias and bigotry.
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We are the changemakers - it is our duty. Because trans people are not a burden, queer people do belong, no human being is illegal, all bodies are good bodies and black lives matter.
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πŸ“Έ: @radweddingco

The morning of Danielle’s session, there was a stirring in me to do something more than just dreamy, creamy photographs of her in a field. We’d never spoken other than through email before, but as she picked up the phone and I introduced myself, the conversation went a little something like this, β€œI know we’ve never met, but umm, are you down for a milk bath?” πŸ˜³πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

🚧 Keeping it real here: 🚧 things aren't always what they look like online. This pic was from Hawaii, a time of exploring and excitement but today my time was split between the coffee shop with the crappy WIFI and the hometown library as I was studying for certifications, trying to figure out this whole email list thing, and learn what it looks like to really help people for a living.

Leading people towards a healthier life looks a lot more like a maze than an open stretch of highway and if we're really keeping it real, a lot of us have mega insecurities when it comes to our bodies, our choices, and our health. It's tough, people, and that's what makes it worth it.

Just remember as you scroll that we're all trying to make it look like we have our lives put together and most of us are just sitting on the couch drinking wine and watching the Bachelorette!

Double tap if your life looks way cooler online! C'mon, you know I caught ya! πŸ˜‚πŸ·πŸΎ

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"It's important to remember that we all have magic inside us." (J. K. Rowling)
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#magic #quotes #instaquote #magical #creativelife #lifestyle #goodvibes #stephaniedujour #sparkle #theinstagramlab #bigmagic #sparkles #selfmade

Hier een fijne mantra voor je. Omdat verdikkeme meer echte zomerse dagen vooralsnog uitblijven. Als de zon haar werk niet doet, nou dan shinen we toch lekker zelf. Kunnen wij! β˜€οΈβ €
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Dit is vandaag ook een note to self. Dat ik mijn inner sunshine even op volume 10 mag zetten. Om mijn hart goed te verwarmen. En om het lekker licht in mijn hersenpan te maken. Want dat het daar, wanneer ik niet goed voor mezelf zorg, wel eens donker kan worden (gelukkig weer een hele poos geleden) weet ik en daar moet ik altijd alert op blijven.β €
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Vannacht zijn mijn twee meiden met paps naar Zuid-Frankrijk vertrokken. Heerlijk, dat gun ik ze alledrie enorm. Tegelijk voelt die vertrekdag na vier jaar nog altijd moeilijk. En ze zijn met de auto. Vind ik extra moeilijk (lees; eng). En er zijn bosbranden. Dubbel extra moeilijk! Ik ben best een stoere sterke dame. Maar mijn moederhart is soms week. Na 48 uur ben ik altijd wel weer chill. Dus de komende twee dagen ben ik extra extra extra lief voor mezelf. Dat wordt een mix van halve dagen werk, een massage, lekker tijdschriften met thee en een vriendinnen date. Dan is het alweer weekend. Top! ❀️⠀
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Mantra time, repeat after me; I am a ray of fucking sunshine. πŸ˜„ #selfcare #selflove #shineyourlight

The first time I picked up a pen to do calligraphy, I had zero idea what I was doing. I watched countless hours of youtube videos, hoping I'd get the hang of this. I feel like I tried every medium I could: ink, watercolor, brush pens, you name it. Time after time, I'd get frustrated - comparing myself to others who had spent hours practicing and perfecting their craft.
Over the last four years of practice, I can honestly say that I would not be here without the encouragement of other calligraphers, hours of practice, and the grace I try to give myself. Yes, there are plenty of things I wish I could do better, but for now, I'll keep practicing and giving myself grace.

Photo: @daniellewraith β€’ Calligraphy: @planmyweddingplease β€’ Ribbon: @aribbonsnest β€’ Styling: @erikaamaliaevents

Seriously @ashleyhedge....seriously! 😍πŸ”₯😍
Photo by: @ryangreenleaf
#weddingplanner #cesbride

Meal time is SUCH a struggle. Every. Single. Day. I don't like to cook, but I have 3 kids and HAVE to feed them...and mostly the struggle is waiting for my kids to choose what they want to eat for breakfast and lunch...and then my son wanting to switch his "order" when he sees what his sisters have...AFTER I've already made his meal!!! Thankfully, once a day, MY meal is easy and quick, and healthier than anything I could EVER cook myself!!! What's YOUR biggest meal-time struggle? πŸ€”

give me all the beautiful tiled floors in the world 😍😍 best calypso's around are served here as a small psa β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸΈπŸΈ

It all started with the Save The Date! The magic began when @theideaemporium branded these two! From the first product to the last...the favor tags attached to the fans (it was 100+ degrees)...no detail was missed!!!! Photo by: @ryangreenleaf
#weddingplanner #toastthetaits

They had dairy free mint chip ice cream and I got to hang with some of my best girls, so tonight was SWEET.
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#VictoriaTruthfully

What a blessing and privilege to have gotten to photograph my very best friend at 37 weeks!!! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ I was able to travel to Austin and help her get ready for her baby girl (aka, my niece), as much as I knew how. ❀️ them to pieces!!

This came in handy the other day while I was watching shark tank!
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Most of these people who came in to pitch, were not getting a partner because they didn't have any or very little sales.
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If you are expecting people to just come to you.... you're wrong.
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You have to go find these people
You have to put in the effort
You have to go sleepless nights, sometimes
You may have to go door to door
You may want to start sending emails to potential clients
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All it takes is some efforts, and no one will invest in you if you're not putting in the work.
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Ps, have you grabbed my tip sheet for increasing your reach on Instagram? Click the link in my bio @resonatecreations

Y'all know I love big luscious bouquets and loads of greenery right?! But when the brides aunt makes the Bouquet it makes me love it even more because of all the love that went into making it.

Having fun diving into some editing tonight! Such a fun shoot with @staceyaberger today -- be sure to check out her "Mastering your Mindset" web series on her site and youtube channel! Life hacks to get you where you need to be! β—‡β—‡β—‡
#ididthisisgrowing β—‡β—‡β—‡
(Hair and makeup by @jackdupbeauty).

A little late night post full of extra sparkle because today definitely calls for it! ✨ Anyone else every throw your dinner into the crock pot, get super excited about what you're making, then go to serve it hours later just to find out that you never actually plugged the crock pot in πŸ™„ Then I thought it was a great idea to attempt home made queso at 8pm .. well it turned out looking like cottage cheese πŸ˜‚ Note to self- 12 hour work days at my computer now mean take out for dinner!!

Date night idea: Battle of the french fries!! Pick up french fries from all the best shops in town and eat them all at the same time to see which is the best!!!! You can also do this with ice cream, dollar burgers, or hot cocoa. Now I’m hungry for fries... where are the best ones sold? I’m a sucker for sweet potato fries!! 🍠🍠🍠#kyleeannbride

Home for the next few days as we tour with @locash getting some cool shots!

New design in my shop. Link in my bio!

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