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Wall envy - holes don't always need to be patched #vulnerabilityisbeautiful #lightup #darkplaces

"Because there's one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood." ✨✨✨ #tbt @spiritweavers gathering last month ~ When Ruby wasn't busy making her own sandals, herbal dying scarves, weaving or in the sauna with @natalie.anahita.stone @_barbaraw @roseholistic @tingocean @gypsetsarita, then she was most definitely with her new #bff Sage. There was an instant heart💗connection between these two; this little love wrote #rubybea a heartfelt letter on the second day after meeting, scrawled in 7-year old writing: "I want you to know that I hope you will be my best friend," and a friendship bracelet was enclosed. Watching Ruby open it and the way her eyes and whole being lit up - it was magical.
What if we all put our hearts longing, our hopes so vulnerably out there? Well in this case, Ruby wrote her a sweet love letter right back. And she still wears the bracelet on her wrist, a symbol of their sisterhood. 💗💗💗
My challenge for YOU today: Write someone a love letter - I DARE you to. (Extra points if it's a real pen and paper, not via text!😍) #sisterhood #vulnerabilityisbeautiful

...when you stop protecting yourself from the storm, God will use those things to help grow beautiful things in you... #newink #vulnerabilityisbeautiful #embracetherain #growth

He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man. - F. Scott Fitzgerald #booksfeedthesoul #vulnerabilityisbeautiful

If you told me at 16 that 14 years later he would be laying on my couch, holding our baby, loving us well I would have believed every word. Because I dreamed of it. I closed my eyes at night and prayed hard for it, for the family of my little girl to never be broken apart. Feel so damn undeserving of the way the Heavenly Father cleaned up my mess. In all of it, even the ugliest parts, He was there. He left the 99 to come after me. That truth is not lost on me, don't ever think you've wandered too far-- #graceupongrace #parablesofjesus #vulnerabilityisbeautiful

I went out with some girlfriends last night and we had a soul chat.
It's kept me thinking today and I have to share what's on my heart.
Why do we harshly critique?
Why do we troll?
Why do we bully?
Why do we gossip?
Why do we spew negativity?
These are all varying degrees of unease with oneself.
Basically, you've got a problem with yourself and you're being an ass to discharge it.
And I've been there. I've done all those things. I've been uneasy with myself and had a problem with it.
And because I didn't have the maturity to do better, I put that problem onto others.
It sucks saying all this, it feels gross really. But why it feels gross is not because I am ashamed of it, or because I feel like an awful human being.
(Although that was part of it at one point)
It feels gross because that doesn't fit me today.
It feels gross because I've been on the other side of those behaviours and it's heartbreaking.
And saying those things feels gross because it's like looking at an old sweater that I loved that I realize now is glaringly ugly, unflattering and doesn't fit whatsoever.
And as gross as I feel looking at that sweater--I also embrace it.
Because, as humans, we are dynamic and ever changing.
And we make mistakes.
(And that's okay.)
Learning from those mistakes is something to be aimed for.
The maturity I lacked so severely then I have worked so hard to cultivate now.
Because that journey lead me to the massive realizations I try my best to live my life by currently:
I will contribute more than I criticize.
I will spread kindness wherever I can.
I will choose courage over comfort.
Whew. Had to put that out there today. ❤️
(Actively trying to choose courage over comfort.)

Feeling extremely raw & vulnerable this morning during cardio...😔 I find it's the moment when I allow others to love me. No expectations, giving them the chance to break me with full force & trusting that even with nothing to give them, they will stay. Keeping me as I keep them. #knowyourteam #illholdyoudown #vulnerabilityisbeautiful #family #illtakecareofyou

Enjoying the sweet sounds of tin pan south #tinpansouth2017 #singersongwriters #vulnerabilityisbeautiful


What does it mean to be vulnerable? Well we know the opposite of vulnerability is having your guard up, constantly being on alert, and always anticipating the next disappointment. The fact that when we think about what it means to truly be vulnerable we instantly relate it to a negative outcome is just a testament of our fear of being vulnerable. Of course no one wants to be hurt, be miserable or feel the pain of heart break however this life that we are living is about balance. You can't have your guard up and expect to be able to experience the richness of life. You can't numb your emotions to keep yourself from getting hurt and still experience the joy you desire because pain and joy go hand in hand. Society promotes the idea of being a savage as if it is the answer to our problem when in fact it is our problem. We have too many savages and not enough people who are willing to be vulnerable. Many relationships fail because the two individuals stop allowing themselves to be vulnerable with each other. Many parents can't build a good relationship with their kids because they don't know how to be vulnerable with them. In turn we raise kids who have their guard up and don't even know why. A lot of people hold onto their pain and wonder why they can't reach happiness. Some people can't even cry because they are so used to holding their emotions in. I have learned that allowing myself to go through emotions helps me move past them quicker than holding them inside. Allow yourself to be open to all life has to offer. You will be better for doing so.💜💎

Angry and tired of being viewed as an object when I'm a fucking person just trying to live so I wrote about it. A part of me always wants to be liked so I don't publicly share my poetry but at this point I don't give a shit. This is how I feel and I don't care if you like it or like my words. It's the message that counts. That women feel like this everyday. Hunted, preyed when they are merely existing. I'm tired of it. I am more than my body parts.
#fuckthis #feminist #beingawoman #ourreality #tiredofit #overit #writersofinstagram #writersunite #vulnerable #angry #inmyfeelings #morethanmybodyparts #notanobject #words #poetry #poet #vulnerability #besoft #vulnerabilityisbeautiful

Last year I confessed to a friend that I was struggling with sharing my story. I didn't want people to judge me before they had a chance to get to know me. After a bold challenge by a wise mentor, I realized it was my pride that was preventing me from being honest and vulnerable. With encouragement from incredible friends and A LOT of prayer, I decided to allow God to use my story to show His love, grace, mercy, and redemption to anyone and everyone who needed to hear it.

Over the past two days I have been overwhelmed by the kind, gracious, and loving response from our church. My hope is that God's story in my story will connect with one person and encourage them to take a step to grow in their relationship with Jesus. It's for that reason that I share this post.
Thank you to every person who has reached out to me. I can't express how much you have touched me with your words of love and encouragement.
And thank you to my family! I love you more than words can say. Thank you for your grace and forgiveness when I get it wrong...a lot. "Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light." – Brené Brown
#Repost @woodstockcitychurch (@get_repost)
"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)


力量- Power. Can you see the vulnerability behind the smile? It is there. The strongest person is in fact the most vulnerable. Be aware of the vulnerability is where the power resides. I acknowledge my vulnerability. It feels good that I don't have to act strong. #vulnerability #vulnerable #vulnerabilityispower #vulnerabilityiscourage #vulnerabilityisbeautiful #vulnerabilityisstrength #vulnerabilityheals

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
Maya Angelou

Courage, dear heart 🖤

For years my definition of beauty hinged on how flat my stomach was. I was obsessed. I counted calories, used spreadsheets to schedule my food, exercised to make up for eating, restricted, binged, restricted even more. I wasted so much energy on this one goal. For what? To meet a physical aesthetic I thought would bring me happiness + self worth. Those behaviors were unhealthy + my mindset was toxic. I am grateful to have moved out of that headspace and into a zone of appreciation for my physical strength. Food is just food. Exercise is fun + enjoyable + a stress reliever. I am fully alive and my body is stronger than it's ever been. Every day is not an easy stroll down a street of self love + being completely at ease with my body. Yet, I have these moments, these raw, beautiful moments where I love myself so completely; my body and my mind. This picture captures that internal struggle for me + the determination to live a healthy life full of self love I've found along the way.
#determination #fortitude #strength #girlonfire #fullyalive #vivacious #yogisofinstagram #loveyourself #ichoosetobehealthy #embracethejourney #healthybody #healthymind #vulnerabilityisbeautiful #eatingdisorderrecovery

"The more deeply we dive, the less we mind upsetting waves..." -Robert Masters
That. That's what I'm (imperfectly) working toward. The deep dive. The place where unsettling and upsetting waves don't rock me. I won't lie, though... sometimes, it's nice to be in the shallows and let things come and quickly go. But I don't want to be sentenced to the shallows because I lack the vulnerability that it takes to wade in the deep.
One of mine and Fella's dreams for this table is to invite people over to sit in the deep with us. Hosting and cooking don't come naturally to me and I figure if I can just be me, and you be you, maybe you won't mind if I order 🍕.

She is water; powerful enough to drown you, soft enough to cleanse you, and deep enough to save you 🌊 // 📸: @stevedayphoto 💄: @dashofyas

...had the greatest day chasing waterfalls and reconnecting with my favorite person... #bestfriends #covenantfriends #vulnerabilityisbeautiful #freetwentyseventeen #chasingwaterfalls

So I struggle with fear. Especially putting myself out there, by myself, in group settings and doing things that I've never done before. I heard about @wanderlustfest from @yogoskenz post a few weeks ago and decided it was time to start doing things that scare me. So here I am...by myself, running a 5k, doing yoga and meditating with others. And you know what? It's scaring AND amazing!!! 😊
#dosomethingeachdaythatscaresyou #vulnerabilityisbeautiful #feelingalive #first5k #wanderlust108 #yoga #walkthroughfear

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