“What’s wrong with your eyes?”
In grade 9 two of my “friends” turned around and made cross-eyed faces at each other and then laughed at me.
My eyes were a source of insecurity for me growing up because I have an eye disorder called Duane Syndrome.
This disorder limits horizontal eye movement. It prevents my left eye from turning outwards, making me look cross-eyed if I look to the left without turning my head. 👁
Today is #PinkShirtDay where we wear pink to declare that we will stand up against bullying.
For those of you who know my story, you know that I experienced severe bullying—nearly on a daily basis—from grades 7-12. I was teased and ridiculed for many reasons of which my physical appearance was one.
And I know I’m not alone. I get messages on a weekly basis from youth who are being bullied.
Bullying sounds “childlike” but it is nothing of the sort. Children who are bullied wear those labels as scars for the rest of their life.
My entire mission as a speaker and social entrepreneur has been fuelled by my past experiences with bullying. I want to remind people of all ages that NOBODY should ever have the power to say who you are or what you’re capable of.
I decided that I wasn’t going to let anyone take away my zest for life. And so I doubled-down on building my passions and talents.
I played sports, was in band, ran for student council, read the morning announcements, and became an active member of the human rights club at my school. I began speaking at schools and sharing my story. I even published a Teacher Resource Manual in grade 11 through my school board.
Each experience helped me not just survive high school—but thrive. Upon graduation, I was proud to be one of 20 students in Canada selected as a @td_canada scholarship recipient of $75,000. I also was a recipient of the 🇨🇦 Governor General’s “Caring Canadian” award.
To those who have been bullied: never let anyone dim your light. Instead, SHINE BRIGHTER. You are not who people say you are; you are who you choose to be.✨
Today and every day, let’s choose kindness. And let’s choose to lift others up.💕 #katierants
what a coincidence that these two words have been on my mind for the last couple of days, wanting to say them. and today i came across them in one of the most amazing interior shops, that i have ever been to. yoh. i am a sucker for interior shops. if i had only more than a suitcase to fill.
Remember that saying "past behavior is the best indicator for future behavior"?!!
Don't believe it and PLEASE don't live by it, otherwise you will just get more of the same. And if you're trying to hit a new goal, outcome, or experience you do not want more of the same.
What this looks like IRL...
When you go to lose the 10lbs you've been trying to lose for the better part of the decade- embark on your journey from the place of this is the different. If other people have lost 10lbs why can't I ?!
When you go to say yes to the course, coach or certification don't make your decision based on past results of not hitting the income goal, or not following through. Make the decision from the place of what you craving to create.
@lexidangelo often talks about how the old model of HAVE-DO-BE is broken meaning you lose the weight, say yes to the event and you get to be the person you envision.
Instead the real magic lives in... BE-DO-HAVE. You indentify as the person you envision, go the event, and then you lose the weight.
In short, act as IF and it will BE.
2 107 hours ago
Tutto ciò che rimane è un attimo. Un attimo di pura adrenalina quando spingi il pedale, aumenti il volume dello stereo, magari con i The xx in sottofondo e il sole si abbassa, s’inchina anche lui all’arrivo dei ricordi... E ti penso ancora.
You know it’s time for vacation when you start looking like the photo on your drivers license. 😑🤦🏼♀️
Paying off debt and saving money is a new thing for me.. It’s hard to not get excited and want to reward myself for the dent that I’ve made in my financials over the last 6 months.
It took a while for me to understand that small progress added up over time = big results.
Being self employed, my goal is to have an emergency fund of 6 months of living costs before I scratch that itch and book a big trip.
Is anyone else in the same uncomfortable place of changing your spending habits? What’s working for you/motivating you? #debtfreejourney#passportable#onmymind
Black Mountain Project is back at it again with @buckcherry March 24th at the @marqueetheatre in Tempe! We have presale tickets for $20. Shoot us a message or visit blackmountainprojectband.com (LINK IN BIO) to purchase tickets! See ya at the ROCK show! 🤘
Join us for Sonoma Restaurant Week now through March 1st and enjoy lunch at $15 or dinner selections at $39 (shown here). Our dinner selection includes Gravlax, Swedish Meatballs, and for dessert our signature Swedish pancakes all for $39. Such a great pairing and we'd love you to come out and support Sonoma Restaurant week.
Life can change in an instant. As someone who runs anxious, that is a terrifying and sometimes debilitating thought. Typically when I’m reminded of this, my mind goes down a path of what-ifs and worst case scenarios, conjuring up all of the bad and painful images that could happen 😔
What keeps me from going down this path is focusing on RIGHT NOW, this very second, and not much further. To be grateful for and live in the present moment does not come naturally or easily for me, so when I find myself going down the rabbit hole of worry, I give my mind a gentle nudge: come back to the present, friend. Come and stay.
This is where a gratitude practice helps tremendously. By focusing on specific things that I’m grateful for that are happening or have happened in the past 24 hours, I’m training my brain to look for and believe in the little nuggets of joy in each and every day. I’m not great at this yet, but I’m trying.
Right now I am grateful that I woke up and took a big, deep breath. I’m grateful that I’m able to snuggle my husband extra tight and tell him how much I love him. I’m grateful that I’m sitting here, outside, listening to the water and the birds and the world around me. It’s just a start, but already I’m feeling much better ❤️
17 13927 January, 2020
🖤...Ти не знаєш глибини, що в мені…
І де мої риби, а де кити.
Де моє світло, а де пітьма,
Де моя правда, там я одна.
Світла немає без темноти…🖤
I can't believe it, you're a dream comin' true.
I can't believe how I have fallen for you.
And I was not looking, was content to remain.
And it's ironic to be back in the game.
You are the one who's led me to the sun.
How could I know that I was lost without you... (Lauren Wood)