Check out my newest blog post, A Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe. For anyone interested in consuming less, only having pieces you love in your closet, and focusing more on quality over quantity - this is a must read! I have also included an itemized list for beginners. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ hellllolife.com/blog
Two years ago today I began a fitness guide by @kayla_itsines. I had NO idea what this one small act would snowball into. I thought I was committing to a 12-week program. I didn’t know I would find self love, a passion, or an open community of women who would support me through all my shit. I had no clue I would be so motivated and inspired that I would sit for an exam to become a personal trainer. How could I have known I would release a product with @volitionbeauty in @sephora stores?? Or that I would gain 29,000 friends??? I couldn’t have possibly guessed I would be deadlifting more than my own weight, grow to love yoga, or come to accept my stretchmarks. I didn’t think I would ever publish a book to put out into the world, to share some of my crudest moments. And I never thought I would someday study to become a life coach. Two years ago today, I pressed ‘START’ on the #bbg app and I haven’t stopped since. #hellllolife ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I couldn’t tag you all, but from the start of my journey till now, you have inspired me to be a better person, more than you could possibly know. So thank you, for being here on the days I couldn’t find the strength inside myself, and for giving me the power to find it, cultivate it, and fuel it. Love you all.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not "washing the dishes to wash the dishes." What's more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can't wash the dishes, the chances are we won't be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future - and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -Thich Nhat Hanh
I teamed up with @bulldogyoga to find out what fuels women in their lives. We’re kicking off this powerful message with an interview featuring @aradpuma. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tell me, what empowers YOU as a woman? #bulldogstrong#yogaliberated#bulldogyoga 🎥: @youngheavysouls
Leni and I went to see @blackpanther tonight. It was a great movie! My biggest take away from it was the beauty of culture. In this highly racially-charged time, it made me feel hopeful, seeing strong black actors, and women in strong roles. #woke
I haven’t been sleeping. Trying so hard to spread love, realness, and positivity today, in spite of recent horrifying events. In lieu of starting a dispute here about views, I will say, when it’s time to vote for new representatives, first of all, VOTE. Put aside ego and what you’ve been told and research and vote for the PERSON, not the party. There are things we can do locally. And lastly, talk to your kids. They are starving for direction. #floridashooting#fuckyourprayers#startaconversation
Hay! I have to share the letter I wrote to my younger self on my blog yesterday. There are so many important things that I want to tell ‘her’, and that I want to remind my present self of. Swipe left to read. I would love to hear a piece of advice you would give your past self, or someone in the midst of struggle, transition, or pain right now. #strongertogether#realness ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Read the full post at: hellllolife.com/blog
[Sound on] This is from Feb 14 last year, but it never gets old. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Are you: Going out on a datenight tonight? Going out with girlfriends? Staying in with a pint of chocolate ice cream? Boycotting this Hallmark holiday? I’ll be making vegan cookies this evening with my gals. Ya’ll want a recipe? Lemme know how you’re spending the day!
“Loneliness is a cry from the inside that you need your own individuality to overcome the feeling of being abandoned.” Check out my latest blog post, Self > Loneliness. hellllolife.com/blog [🎵@inglewoodsir]
Literally a page out of my own book. 😂 I’ve laid it all out there in this very vulnerable verse novel. Something has been lifted from my shoulders writing this. While the experiences will never change, the way I have stored them has. Not only do I feel like I have made peace with my choices, but I feel like they’re folded and put away with care. Thank you to everyone who has sent me DMs, texts, etc. My story has just begun and I’m so honored to be able to share it with you all. Only love. #openyourheart#thepowerofshe#wordporn
When I was eight I had a small spiral notebook that I wrote my first story in. When I was ten I began my first compilation of poetry, every word rhymed. When I was seventeen I wrote about depression and love, and the hopelessness that teenagers write about. When I was in my twenties I lost my way and stopped writing. Blog posts and such, but I lost the real meaning behind the writing. When I was thirty-four I stopped giving a fuck about how the world expected me to write, and I published my first short verse novel. It’s available for ebook preorder now on @amazon. Link in profile. #thepowerofshe
Hiding from the snow today. Living in the moments in between. Made carrot cake cookies from the @thugkitchen recipe book. Mamas, check out my newest blog post for ways to not go crazy during the winter months with kiddos at home.
You owe no one anything, but you are responsible for your own feelings. The universe is much bigger than any of your problems, but it’s OK to break sometimes. Happiness is perspective, but sadness is inevitable. Melancholy music is low, but it is filled with love. Nothing has meaning without a counter. #aliceisms
When you scroll through social media, you might see a series of inspirational posts, and sometimes those can actually make you feel defeated if you aren’t in a great head space. Look, there’s no right way to do life. Follow your heart and your own morals. Know that the hard parts are just as important as the easy ones. Understand that acquiring what ever “she has” will not fix the thing that burdens you, it will only sustain your desire for more, more, more. In my own life, I have found that being content with where I am in this very moment is worth more than any “perfect” body/life/etc. I have chosen myself. And I work hard every day to continue choosing me and also bettering myself with each opportunity I’m given. Please remember this the next time you scroll. #aliceisms
I want to address a comment I received on one of my photos. I posted this last night in my IGStories and I got an outpour of messages from all of you. Thank you for taking the time to tell me your thoughts. Scroll to the right to read. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ First, I want to make it clear I’m looking for no sympathy. I’m finally in a place in my life where I wouldn’t trade my stretch marks for anything. I hated them for over a decade. Today, I love them. They are part of who I am as much as the tattoos I have chosen to be a part of my story. This plastic surgeon was trying to use the tactic of playing on a woman’s insecurities for his own benefit. He fucked with the wrong one. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dear men and others who think we need saving: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Much like an unsolicited dick pic, I assume you want the world to see your sad attempt to repress women. Perhaps you think it’s just a comment that should be glazed over, but these words are the ones that perpetuate women to hate themselves. The amount of pressure the world puts on women would be enough to make your testicles explode. We don’t need to be saved. We need to be accepted. The next time you have the urge to tell a woman she isn’t pretty enough, smart enough, or needs to be saved, DON’T. We are strong enough to save ourselves. #fuckyourstandards ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -Women
Something about doing a small thing for yourself; sitting in a dark corner, paying a woman a compliment to sooth your (and her) soul, pulling your favorite sweater over your head to feel comfortable in your skin. Swipe left to read something for yourself. #qotd#rupikaur#poeticjustice
#ad When you become a part of something bigger, you don’t lose a part of yourself, you find the parts of you that were missing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m starting my day with mindful movement, literally and figuratively. I joined the @bulldogyoga family because I believe in building community, paving a unique path, and challenging the hell out of myself. It empowers me to know that my movement is driven by a team of other strong women. And nothing can top that. #bulldogstrong#yogaliberated#bulldogyoga ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Use FITBYAL15 for 15% off a subscription for online yoga classes fueled by music 👊🏽