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Matt R.  “Dearly beloved. We are gathered here to get through this thing called life.”

Desk lamp + Computer monitor light = Epic lighting. Great way to show off the haircut and beard trim.
#NoFilter #LookGoodFeelGood #Tired #TiredAF #SendCuddles #OffToBed #WorkTomorrow #Beard #BeardLife #BeardGang #BeardedHomo #Instagay

As I sit in my local @Starbucks, drinking my second 3-shot Caramel Macchiato (I know, basic AF), I’ve got a lot of random thoughts in my head. The theme that sticks out revolves around acceptance.

This week, I witnessed someone at a low point. I was shocked at what I saw, but my heart broke because I’ve felt what they were feeling in that moment. I’ve wondered who out there (besides my family) loved me and/or cared about me. I’ve struggled (and still do) with acceptance, both of myself and feeling like I need it from others, and I wouldn’t wish those feelings on the worst of enemies.
This morning, I came across someone’s IG story. As I’m watching, I began to notice that their group of friends looks a lot alike. I started to think, “If I were there, I’d stick out like a sore thumb because I don’t look like that. Would I even be accepted?” In no way am I attempting to shame anyone or question the integrity/validity of people’s friendships, rather it was just the first thought that popped in my mind.

I feel confident in saying we all struggle with acceptance, whether we choose to admit it or not. I try my hardest to accept people for who they are, as I would like to be, but I’ll admit that sometimes I’ve struggled with that. For those close to me, who have shown me what love and acceptance is, words can’t describe how thankful I am for what you’ve given me. I hope that I can do whatever to show you that same feeling.

It is my hope, for those who may see this post and take the time to read it, that we can show more acceptance. The chaotic state of affairs that we live in makes that extremely tough, but I do believe we can make such great strides and changes when we try to be more accepting.

#Acceptance #Love #WeekendVibes #HappySaturday #MakeTodayCount #MakeEverydayCount

The result may not have been what we wanted, but when you do what makes you happy, with those who make you happy, you’re always a winner.

#Friendship #Blessed

“I’m exhausted and drained, I can’t even pretend.” - @champagnepapi
The last month has been absolutely crazy. I’ve been on the go with work, with softball, and with various social gatherings/events, which has definitely helped keep my mind off a lot of things, both in my personal life and out in the world. But I can feel my body telling me it’s time to recharge.

Although those closest to me would describe me as an extrovert, I think of myself as an extroverted introvert or an ambivert. I know how to be social and have fun, but there is only so much I can handle before I have to take a step back and be alone. It doesn’t mean I don’t want any interaction, because I’m incredibly blessed to have such a great group of friends and family in my life. Rather, I just need to have that time to focus on me and find what will help me become better.

But just know this - It’s not selfish to take time for yourself. You may get lost in your own (good or bad) thoughts but it’s ok (and healthy) to work on being the best you possible.

#FoodForThought #Pensive #FocusOnYourself #MeTime #TimeToRegroup #Beard #BeardLife #BeardedGang #BeardedHomo #Scruff #Scruffy #Instagay

“Sorry if it’s hard to catch vibe...” I’m learning every day to stop comparing myself to others and to be thankful for the amazing people and things in my life. I’ve worked really hard for what I have so I can enjoy moments like this. And when I get to enjoy life, it reminds me to continue working hard for my successes.

#TampaBay #Boating #BoatLife #ThreeDayWeekend #BoozeCruise #MyDrinkAndMyTwoStep #Blessed #Happy #Beard #BeardLife #BeardPorn #BeardedMen #BeardedHomo #Instagay #Scruffy @scruffapp

Slowly getting the hang of the subtle smirk, so I don’t look like I have RBF in all my posts.

#Smirk #SteelyGaze #Scruffy #Shirtless #Instagay

Words to live by, whether you’re just starting the coming out process or whether you’ve been out for years. Never be afraid to live your most authentic life.

#NationalComingOutDay #Love #LGBT #Pride #❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

It’s been a fun day, but I’m tired. Time to get some rest, so I can take on the work week.
#Sunday #SundayFunday #SoftballSunday #Tired #TiredAF #TimeForBed #Scruff #Scruffy #Beard #BeardGang #BeardedMen #BeardedHomo #Instagay

The beast has been tamed. It’s amazing what a good beard trim does to make you feel better /brighten your day.

#Saturday #WeekendVibes #LaborDayWeekend #Beard #BeardTrim #BeardGang #BeardedMen #BeardedHomo #BaldAndBearded #Scruff #Scruffy #Instagay

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