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It was just an ordinary house on an ordinary street⁠
and I walked past it every day on my way to work⁠
but suddenly today music was pouring out of a top floor window. ⁠
Someone was playing a violin.⁠
And I stopped and stood there thinking⁠
"How many ordinary people do I pass by every day who have music like this inside them that would stop anyone in their tracks."⁠
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#shouldersofgiants #storytellingwisdom #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #oralstorytellingtradition #storytelling #storycoach #storytelling #storytime #storytellers #artofstorytelling #storytellersofinstagram #storytellerslife #thestoryteller #sacredpoetry #storytellerwithin #wordsofwisdom#ashleyramsden #weallhaveastory⁠ #storyoftheday #dailystory ⁠


It was just an ordinary house on an ordinary street⁠
and I walked past it every day on my way to work⁠
but suddenly today music was pouring out of a top floor window. ⁠
Someone was playing a violin.⁠
And I stopped and stood there thinking⁠
"How many ordinary people do I pass by every day who have music like this inside them that would stop anyone in their tracks."⁠
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#shouldersofgiants #storytellingwisdom #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #oralstorytellingtradition #storytelling #storycoach #storytelling #storytime #storytellers #artofstorytelling #storytellersofinstagram #storytellerslife #thestoryteller #sacredpoetry #storytellerwithin #wordsofwisdom #ashleyramsden #weallhaveastory#storyoftheday #dailystory

Just because we can tell the story of the traumatic event without an emotional response, does not mean we have fully healed from the event.  In many instances, we are stifling the physiological response, the emotional component is then stored, and is not released.  We need to find a way, through awareness and movement, to also allow the release and discharge of the energy. 
#somatichealing #emotionalhealing #theilluminatedself #recovery #weallhaveastory #traumainformedtreatmeant #love #healing #icanhelp

Just because we can tell the story of the traumatic event without an emotional response, does not mean we have fully healed from the event. In many instances, we are stifling the physiological response, the emotional component is then stored, and is not released. We need to find a way, through awareness and movement, to also allow the release and discharge of the energy.
#somatichealing #emotionalhealing #theilluminatedself #recovery #weallhaveastory #traumainformedtreatmeant #love #healing #icanhelp

One day you wake up and you realize that the power to change and create lies totally in your hands. I remember the day(s) when this happened for me. I remember it clear as a bell. Because realizing that your decisions are YOURS is an amazing feeling, one that connects the head to the heart. So if you’re wanting change let me be the one to break it to you: YOU CAN HAVE IT. YOU CAN HAVE WHATEVER YOU WANT. CHOOSE. TRY. DO. That’s it. If you’re reading this and you know what I’m talking about, share your story below 👇🏼
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 This one is for you @_dare2be @julialjen 😊 Thanks for always sharing your inspiration and being one at the same time.

One day you wake up and you realize that the power to change and create lies totally in your hands. I remember the day(s) when this happened for me. I remember it clear as a bell. Because realizing that your decisions are YOURS is an amazing feeling, one that connects the head to the heart. So if you’re wanting change let me be the one to break it to you: YOU CAN HAVE IT. YOU CAN HAVE WHATEVER YOU WANT. CHOOSE. TRY. DO. That’s it. If you’re reading this and you know what I’m talking about, share your story below 👇🏼
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This one is for you @_dare2be @julialjen 😊 Thanks for always sharing your inspiration and being one at the same time.

God knows and I know my situation. // #beautyxpain #weallhaveastory #madethroughthestruggle #supportlocal

God knows and I know my situation. // #beautyxpain #weallhaveastory #madethroughthestruggle #supportlocal

This is a long one: you’ve been warned😊 This quote graced my feed. Typically when I see inspirational quotes I do not meditate on them for more than a few seconds. This one, however, caught me off guard; enough where I literally said “oh, damn” aloud. When reflecting on the fact that throughout my life there was no one that I could relate to on an emotional level when it came to my chronic illnesses, whether a someone I knew personally or in the media. What if that was because they tried to in some ways conceal the mountains they have climbed? Just like I have been doing most of my life. So now I am working on remembering that it is not weak to share.

The two mountains that have been placed in front of me I will never have the ability to reach the top. Those are my chronic illnesses. Yep, feels strange to type that out. I have what is called a primary immunodeficiency where essentially I am missing apart of my immune system.  This causes severe allergies, asthma, and I can get more frequent infections. One of the worst things is chronic fatigue. Also, I have endometriosis which can cause severe pain and a host of other symptoms like severe bloating (endo belly), chronic pain, severe bleeding, and digestive issues. As much as I would rather they not be apart of my life, they play a big role in some ways and make me who I am. Hope in sharing this and more about life with them it will provide comfort to others with their mountains. 
Always remember everyone you encounter is facing some kind of battle.

This is a long one: you’ve been warned😊 This quote graced my feed. Typically when I see inspirational quotes I do not meditate on them for more than a few seconds. This one, however, caught me off guard; enough where I literally said “oh, damn” aloud. When reflecting on the fact that throughout my life there was no one that I could relate to on an emotional level when it came to my chronic illnesses, whether a someone I knew personally or in the media. What if that was because they tried to in some ways conceal the mountains they have climbed? Just like I have been doing most of my life. So now I am working on remembering that it is not weak to share.

The two mountains that have been placed in front of me I will never have the ability to reach the top. Those are my chronic illnesses. Yep, feels strange to type that out. I have what is called a primary immunodeficiency where essentially I am missing apart of my immune system. This causes severe allergies, asthma, and I can get more frequent infections. One of the worst things is chronic fatigue. Also, I have endometriosis which can cause severe pain and a host of other symptoms like severe bloating (endo belly), chronic pain, severe bleeding, and digestive issues. As much as I would rather they not be apart of my life, they play a big role in some ways and make me who I am. Hope in sharing this and more about life with them it will provide comfort to others with their mountains.
Always remember everyone you encounter is facing some kind of battle.

Day 12- FAVOURITE
On really bad days when we don’t want to get out of bed and face the world, remember your favourite things. Read your favourite book. Listen to your favourite song or band etc. Message your friends and family. Watch your favourite show. Do something that makes you happy 💕
#selfcare #selfcarechallenge #30daysofselfcare #favourite #mentalhealth #mentalillness #recovery #depression #anxiety #disorderedeating #reasonstorecover #weallhaveastory

Day 12- FAVOURITE
On really bad days when we don’t want to get out of bed and face the world, remember your favourite things. Read your favourite book. Listen to your favourite song or band etc. Message your friends and family. Watch your favourite show. Do something that makes you happy 💕
#selfcare #selfcarechallenge #30daysofselfcare #favourite #mentalhealth #mentalillness #recovery #depression #anxiety #disorderedeating #reasonstorecover #weallhaveastory

3 years ago my family was told I would never walk again. Lastnight, I had the opportunity to walk across the #mrsamerica stage @westgatevegas . YOU are capable of overcoming your own adversities, too. ❤ •
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#weallhaveastory #mystory #miracleshappen #believeinyourself #brainsurgerysurvivor #braininjurysurvivor #tbi #tbisurvivor #mrsamericapresents #westgatelasvegas #americaweek #50thanniversary #oliveriosbridal #spraytanqueenaz #gretchensglamourgirl #mrswvamerica2019 #mrswvamerica

3 years ago my family was told I would never walk again. Lastnight, I had the opportunity to walk across the #mrsamerica stage @westgatevegas . YOU are capable of overcoming your own adversities, too. ❤ •

#weallhaveastory #mystory #miracleshappen #believeinyourself #brainsurgerysurvivor #braininjurysurvivor #tbi #tbisurvivor #mrsamericapresents #westgatelasvegas #americaweek #50thanniversary #oliveriosbridal #spraytanqueenaz #gretchensglamourgirl #mrswvamerica2019 #mrswvamerica

No puedo esperar para que sea mañana. Parte de una de mis metas que he puesto para este año es ir con regularidad al templo. Recuerdo que en México viajábamos casi un día completo para ir al templo más cercano y solo para hacer entre 2-3 ordenanzas. Asistíamos una vez al mes pues por la distancia era muy lejos para ir. El templo más cercano era el de la ciudad de México que nos quedaba entre 4-5 horas. Era sin duda un sacrificio ir al templo pero era sin duda la mejor experiencia. Ahora vivo cerca del templo y a solo 3 min en carro lo tengo. Tengo el mismo pensamiento de que cualquier forma ya sea que esté lejos o cerca el templo de uno es una bendición. Agradezco por esa experiencia de vivir lejos del templo ya que puedo darle el valor que merece. 🧡🍂
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I can't wait to go this weekend! Part of my goals is to go regularly. I remember that in Mexico we went once every month. We traveled to far to go almost 4-5 hours, we travel a whole day just to make 2-3 ordenances. Definitely was one of the hardest sacrifices that we made. Now that I live close to the temple only a 3 minutes away driving. I still have the same thought that any way it is close or far to go to Temple definitely is a blessing. I am grateful to had that experience to live far away from the Temple because I think that I can give the value that it deserve. 🧡🍂
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Art by @pacepaintings
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#heartsaroundtheworld #miherenciafamiliar #lds #iamamormon #familyhistory #familystories #ancestry #familysearch #love #weallhaveastory #geneaology #genealogist #rootstech #blogger #writerofinstagram #sharingstories #temples #ldstemples #templework #spiritofelijah #findingyourroots #genealogytips #spain #historiafamiliar #genealogia #mexicanancestors #spanishancestors

No puedo esperar para que sea mañana. Parte de una de mis metas que he puesto para este año es ir con regularidad al templo. Recuerdo que en México viajábamos casi un día completo para ir al templo más cercano y solo para hacer entre 2-3 ordenanzas. Asistíamos una vez al mes pues por la distancia era muy lejos para ir. El templo más cercano era el de la ciudad de México que nos quedaba entre 4-5 horas. Era sin duda un sacrificio ir al templo pero era sin duda la mejor experiencia. Ahora vivo cerca del templo y a solo 3 min en carro lo tengo. Tengo el mismo pensamiento de que cualquier forma ya sea que esté lejos o cerca el templo de uno es una bendición. Agradezco por esa experiencia de vivir lejos del templo ya que puedo darle el valor que merece. 🧡🍂


I can't wait to go this weekend! Part of my goals is to go regularly. I remember that in Mexico we went once every month. We traveled to far to go almost 4-5 hours, we travel a whole day just to make 2-3 ordenances. Definitely was one of the hardest sacrifices that we made. Now that I live close to the temple only a 3 minutes away driving. I still have the same thought that any way it is close or far to go to Temple definitely is a blessing. I am grateful to had that experience to live far away from the Temple because I think that I can give the value that it deserve. 🧡🍂
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Art by @pacepaintings

#heartsaroundtheworld #miherenciafamiliar #lds #iamamormon #familyhistory #familystories #ancestry #familysearch #love #weallhaveastory #geneaology #genealogist #rootstech #blogger #writerofinstagram #sharingstories #temples #ldstemples #templework #spiritofelijah #findingyourroots #genealogytips #spain #historiafamiliar #genealogia #mexicanancestors #spanishancestors

This struck a serious cord in me! 
When trying to share how far I've come in the last several years on my fitness journey, sometimes the changes I've made are brushed aside. Or my achievements are made to seem small. 
Just because I may not have had a visibly large amount of weight to lose by society's standards, that doesn't make my accomplishments any less notable! I had some weight to lose and a lot of toning to do. 
But even more, I had changes to make from WITHIN and those could only be made by taking charge of my health and fitness, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL!

You may not be able to really see the changes that have happened on the outside, but take a minute to chat with me, get to know me, and you will get to know a woman that didn't know half of what she could DO or BE just a few years ago!

So I will be the LAST one to ever judge a person on where they are, where they've been, or where they hope to be! 
We all have a story to share, changes we want to make, and it is ALL of value and importance! 
Respect and support each other!! That's what we are called to do!! #midlifefitness #emptynesters #militaryspouse #militarymom #judgementfreezone #weallhaveastory #togetherstronger

This struck a serious cord in me!
When trying to share how far I've come in the last several years on my fitness journey, sometimes the changes I've made are brushed aside. Or my achievements are made to seem small.
Just because I may not have had a visibly large amount of weight to lose by society's standards, that doesn't make my accomplishments any less notable! I had some weight to lose and a lot of toning to do.
But even more, I had changes to make from WITHIN and those could only be made by taking charge of my health and fitness, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL!

You may not be able to really see the changes that have happened on the outside, but take a minute to chat with me, get to know me, and you will get to know a woman that didn't know half of what she could DO or BE just a few years ago!

So I will be the LAST one to ever judge a person on where they are, where they've been, or where they hope to be!
We all have a story to share, changes we want to make, and it is ALL of value and importance!
Respect and support each other!! That's what we are called to do!! #midlifefitness #emptynesters #militaryspouse #militarymom #judgementfreezone #weallhaveastory #togetherstronger

I love this! Minus the mistake word because nothing is a mistake it's a stepping stone. I'm a firm believer in never regretting what you've done in your past or along the way to where you are now. You have to climb steps to reach the top and everyone stumbles along the way. No one should ever judge you or put you down for these things. This is who you are. Why be ashamed of the path youve taken to get to where you are?! #ownit #selflove #spreadlovenothate #weallhaveastory

I love this! Minus the mistake word because nothing is a mistake it's a stepping stone. I'm a firm believer in never regretting what you've done in your past or along the way to where you are now. You have to climb steps to reach the top and everyone stumbles along the way. No one should ever judge you or put you down for these things. This is who you are. Why be ashamed of the path youve taken to get to where you are?! #ownit #selflove #spreadlovenothate #weallhaveastory

Day 14- HOBBY
MY BOOK IS PUBLISHED ON AMAZON!!! (Link for ebook in bio, also available in paperback). Writing is one of my all time favourite things to do, however it is so hard when depression and ED kick my butt. Despite this, I wrote a book about my struggles with Depression to help increase awareness an understanding of this horrific illness, help other sufferers and hopefully decrease stigma 💪
#selfcare #selfcarechallenge #30daychallenge #day14 #hobby #writing #writer #book #selfpublished #amazon #selfhelp #mentalhealth #mentalillness #recovery #depression #anxiety #disorderedeating #weallhaveastory

Day 14- HOBBY
MY BOOK IS PUBLISHED ON AMAZON!!! (Link for ebook in bio, also available in paperback). Writing is one of my all time favourite things to do, however it is so hard when depression and ED kick my butt. Despite this, I wrote a book about my struggles with Depression to help increase awareness an understanding of this horrific illness, help other sufferers and hopefully decrease stigma 💪
#selfcare #selfcarechallenge #30daychallenge #day14 #hobby #writing #writer #book #selfpublished #amazon #selfhelp #mentalhealth #mentalillness #recovery #depression #anxiety #disorderedeating #weallhaveastory

Need a quick dinner on a school night? Do the kids have sports or dance and you just aren’t sure what you’re going to make for dinner in that time frame? Call ahead and pick up some healthy meals to go! #mealprep #jugglingallthethings #lifewithchildren #lifebalance #healthymeals #powerbowls #housemade #westjeffersonnc #ashecountync #mealstogo #schoolnightsmadeeasy #eatgoodfeelgood #freshfood #healthyisdelicious #healthyliving #personaljourney #weallhaveastory #localbusiness #paleofriendly #glutenfreeoptions #veganoptions #anatmosphereforall #gatherhere #thankful #grateful
We all have a life story.

Every single one of us, we all have a life story with some painful baggage.

None of us have got off baggage-free without dealing with some tough stuff.

We are all mothers, fathers, daughters or sons, some of us are married, some of us are single, and others are divorced. Some have been hurt or betrayed, others have done the hurt and the betraying. Some of us feel lonely, some of us have lost people we love, others have childhood pain. 
No matter your life story, there’s good and happiness, as well as pain and sadness.

So when you feel ready to judge someone for being a way you don’t see as right, remember you may not know their life story.

Instead of judging, choose to be a little drop of love in their ocean of pain.

You never know how much your drop of love may heal, save or build them up enough to truly smile for the first time in their day. 
Kerri x

#bekind #selflove #youreworthit #dontjudge #loveyourself #lifestory #weallhaveastory

We all have a life story.

Every single one of us, we all have a life story with some painful baggage.

None of us have got off baggage-free without dealing with some tough stuff.

We are all mothers, fathers, daughters or sons, some of us are married, some of us are single, and others are divorced. Some have been hurt or betrayed, others have done the hurt and the betraying. Some of us feel lonely, some of us have lost people we love, others have childhood pain.
No matter your life story, there’s good and happiness, as well as pain and sadness.

So when you feel ready to judge someone for being a way you don’t see as right, remember you may not know their life story.

Instead of judging, choose to be a little drop of love in their ocean of pain.

You never know how much your drop of love may heal, save or build them up enough to truly smile for the first time in their day.
Kerri x

#bekind #selflove #youreworthit #dontjudge #loveyourself #lifestory #weallhaveastory

Everyone has a trigger. Everyone has something that sets them off, that brings back all the hurt and pain. .
For me, it's looking at pictures of Nico. I find that I don't really look at pictures of Nico but think about him in picture him in my head instead.
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It's only tonight that I have realised why. .
Because looking at him and all his little features brings back the pain and breaks my heart all over again. It's my trigger.
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It brings back so many memories.
His smell.
His grumpy frown.
The little ridge in his nose.
The way he would fit in my arms so perfectly. .
People say how strong and brave I am for sharing so much about Nico but I do have down days, even after all this time. .
I still cry for the son I can't hold.
I still hurt for the memories I will never get.
I am still a mum who will never stop grieving for her son.
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My love for you is neverending baby boy 
Until we meet again 💙
#angelbaby #stillbirth #stillbornsupport #stillbirthblogger #stillbornawareness #stillbirthmommy #stillborn #stillbornstillloved #stillbirthblog #stillbirthbreakthesilence #blogger #downday #grieving #mumchat #mummybloggingsquad #mummybloguk #sands #tommysthebabycharity #awareness #weallhaveastory #weallhaveourscars #weallhavebaddays #itsokaynottobeokay

Everyone has a trigger. Everyone has something that sets them off, that brings back all the hurt and pain. .
For me, it's looking at pictures of Nico. I find that I don't really look at pictures of Nico but think about him in picture him in my head instead.
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It's only tonight that I have realised why. .
Because looking at him and all his little features brings back the pain and breaks my heart all over again. It's my trigger.
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It brings back so many memories.
His smell.
His grumpy frown.
The little ridge in his nose.
The way he would fit in my arms so perfectly. .
People say how strong and brave I am for sharing so much about Nico but I do have down days, even after all this time. .
I still cry for the son I can't hold.
I still hurt for the memories I will never get.
I am still a mum who will never stop grieving for her son.
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My love for you is neverending baby boy
Until we meet again 💙
#angelbaby #stillbirth #stillbornsupport #stillbirthblogger #stillbornawareness #stillbirthmommy #stillborn #stillbornstillloved #stillbirthblog #stillbirthbreakthesilence #blogger #downday #grieving #mumchat #mummybloggingsquad #mummybloguk #sands #tommysthebabycharity #awareness #weallhaveastory #weallhaveourscars #weallhavebaddays #itsokaynottobeokay

Encontré esta foto por medio de un contacto en mi Facebook. Y en inmediatamente me vi, recuerdo este momento tan claro. Los presidentes de misión del CCM de México en 1997-98 hicieron una actividad para nuestra estaca en ese tiempo. Invitaron a misioneros y misioneras "reales" que estaban sirviendo en ese tiempo con nosotros en esa actividad. Fuimos misioneros por un día, hicieron nuestras placas con nuestros nombres (placas cómo misioneros no de papel). Yo recuerdo haber estado tan emocionada saliendo de esa actividad y quería predicar el evangelio. De esa actividad que toco mi corazón empezó el deseo y pensamiento de servir en un futuro pero aún no sabía. Así que empecé lo que pude hacer en ese tiempo, recuerdo que en la misma semana era cumpleaños de una de mis amigas de la escuela y recordé ese sentimiento especial por dar mi primer libro de mormón, era una niña y estaba algo nerviosa, sin embargo ella lo acepto. Desde ese momento supe con toda certeza que iría a una mision. Aún cuando me aleje por un tiempo ese recuerdo toco mi corazón y sabía que Dios me estaba haciendo recordar y esa era mi respuesta para ir de verdad. Así que me prepare, realice mis papeles y servi en la mejor misión para mí El Salvador San Salvador junto con mis Presidentes de Misión. Al ver esta foto siento ese mismo sentimiento de ayudar a otros y hablar con la gente. Amo tanto la obra misional! •

I found this picture for a friend that I have on FB. And immediately remember this day like it was yesterday. The MTC  Mission President and his wife in Mexico they made an activity only for our stake. We were missionaries for only one day and we do like any other MTC missionary, we had our study scriptures, eat, study and eat. I do not remember if we went outside to talk with people. But they made our name tags (a real ones like missionaries wear). I remember being so excited to preach the gospel with everyone. Since that activity touch my heart I started to have a desired to go someday on a mission but I honestly didn't know if that would be a possible because I was so little. That same week one of my friends in school was her bday and I gave my first Book of Mormon. Continue in comments⏬

Encontré esta foto por medio de un contacto en mi Facebook. Y en inmediatamente me vi, recuerdo este momento tan claro. Los presidentes de misión del CCM de México en 1997-98 hicieron una actividad para nuestra estaca en ese tiempo. Invitaron a misioneros y misioneras "reales" que estaban sirviendo en ese tiempo con nosotros en esa actividad. Fuimos misioneros por un día, hicieron nuestras placas con nuestros nombres (placas cómo misioneros no de papel). Yo recuerdo haber estado tan emocionada saliendo de esa actividad y quería predicar el evangelio. De esa actividad que toco mi corazón empezó el deseo y pensamiento de servir en un futuro pero aún no sabía. Así que empecé lo que pude hacer en ese tiempo, recuerdo que en la misma semana era cumpleaños de una de mis amigas de la escuela y recordé ese sentimiento especial por dar mi primer libro de mormón, era una niña y estaba algo nerviosa, sin embargo ella lo acepto. Desde ese momento supe con toda certeza que iría a una mision. Aún cuando me aleje por un tiempo ese recuerdo toco mi corazón y sabía que Dios me estaba haciendo recordar y esa era mi respuesta para ir de verdad. Así que me prepare, realice mis papeles y servi en la mejor misión para mí El Salvador San Salvador junto con mis Presidentes de Misión. Al ver esta foto siento ese mismo sentimiento de ayudar a otros y hablar con la gente. Amo tanto la obra misional! •

I found this picture for a friend that I have on FB. And immediately remember this day like it was yesterday. The MTC Mission President and his wife in Mexico they made an activity only for our stake. We were missionaries for only one day and we do like any other MTC missionary, we had our study scriptures, eat, study and eat. I do not remember if we went outside to talk with people. But they made our name tags (a real ones like missionaries wear). I remember being so excited to preach the gospel with everyone. Since that activity touch my heart I started to have a desired to go someday on a mission but I honestly didn't know if that would be a possible because I was so little. That same week one of my friends in school was her bday and I gave my first Book of Mormon. Continue in comments⏬

One of the best wisdom stories is about Buddha in his discussion with Dighanakha. ⁠
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One afternoon Sariputta and Moggallana (Chief disciples of Buddha) brought a friend, the ascetic Dighanakha, to meet the Buddha. He also happened to be Sariputta’s uncle. When he learned that his nephew had become a disciple of the Buddha, he was curious to learn about the Buddha’s teaching.⁠
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Dighanakha asked the Buddha, "Gautama, what is your teaching? What are your doctrines? For my own part, I dislike all doctrines and theories. I don’t subscribe to any at all."⁠
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The Buddha smiled and asked, "Do you subscribe to your doctrine of not following any doctrines? Do you believe in your doctrine of not-believing?"⁠
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Somewhat taken aback, Dighanakha replied, "Gautama, whether I believe or don’t believe is of no importance."⁠
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The Buddha spoke gently, "Once a person is caught by belief in a doctrine, he loses all his freedom. When one becomes dogmatic, he believes his doctrine is the only truth and that all other doctrines are heresy. Disputes and conflicts all arise from narrow views. They can extend endlessly, wasting precious time and sometimes even leading to war. Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path. Bound to narrow views, one becomes so entangled that it is no longer possible to let the door of truth open."⁠
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#buddha # buddhistteachings #buddhastory #storyofbuddha #shouldersofgiants #storytellingwisdom #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #oralstorytellingtradition #storytelling #storycoach #storytelling#storytime #storytellers #artofstorytelling#storytellersofinstagram #storytellerslife #thestoryteller #sacredpoetry #storytellerwithin #wordsofwisdom #ashleyramsden #weallhaveastory⁠ #storyoftheday #dailystory⁠

One of the best wisdom stories is about Buddha in his discussion with Dighanakha. ⁠

One afternoon Sariputta and Moggallana (Chief disciples of Buddha) brought a friend, the ascetic Dighanakha, to meet the Buddha. He also happened to be Sariputta’s uncle. When he learned that his nephew had become a disciple of the Buddha, he was curious to learn about the Buddha’s teaching.⁠

Dighanakha asked the Buddha, "Gautama, what is your teaching? What are your doctrines? For my own part, I dislike all doctrines and theories. I don’t subscribe to any at all."⁠

The Buddha smiled and asked, "Do you subscribe to your doctrine of not following any doctrines? Do you believe in your doctrine of not-believing?"⁠

Somewhat taken aback, Dighanakha replied, "Gautama, whether I believe or don’t believe is of no importance."⁠

The Buddha spoke gently, "Once a person is caught by belief in a doctrine, he loses all his freedom. When one becomes dogmatic, he believes his doctrine is the only truth and that all other doctrines are heresy. Disputes and conflicts all arise from narrow views. They can extend endlessly, wasting precious time and sometimes even leading to war. Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path. Bound to narrow views, one becomes so entangled that it is no longer possible to let the door of truth open."⁠
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#buddha # buddhistteachings #buddhastory #storyofbuddha #shouldersofgiants #storytellingwisdom #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #oralstorytellingtradition #storytelling #storycoach #storytelling #storytime #storytellers #artofstorytelling #storytellersofinstagram #storytellerslife #thestoryteller #sacredpoetry #storytellerwithin #wordsofwisdom #ashleyramsden #weallhaveastory#storyoftheday #dailystory

Some #encouragement for you on this Thursday as you prepare to #write #edit or #plot — you have unique stories and characters to tell. No one has your voice. No one can write the way you can. Even if you don’t believe in yourself I DO and you you can do whatever you set your mind to. Write that story! Make those characters come to life! Make a reader fall in love! Change the world one word at a time. #authorlife #authorssupportingauthors #writerssupportingwriters #authorsofinsta #authorsofinstagram #writersofinsta #writersofinstagram #amwriting #amediting #writingcommunity #authorcommunity #authorconnect #inspirationalquotes #youcandoit #ibelieveinyou #weallhaveastory #weallhaveastorytotell

Some #encouragement for you on this Thursday as you prepare to #write #edit or #plot — you have unique stories and characters to tell. No one has your voice. No one can write the way you can. Even if you don’t believe in yourself I DO and you you can do whatever you set your mind to. Write that story! Make those characters come to life! Make a reader fall in love! Change the world one word at a time. #authorlife #authorssupportingauthors #writerssupportingwriters #authorsofinsta #authorsofinstagram #writersofinsta #writersofinstagram #amwriting #amediting #writingcommunity #authorcommunity #authorconnect #inspirationalquotes #youcandoit #ibelieveinyou #weallhaveastory #weallhaveastorytotell

They say your scars tell a story ... find someone who wants to hear yours and make your story known ! #weallhaveastory

They say your scars tell a story ... find someone who wants to hear yours and make your story known ! #weallhaveastory

Every day, YOU are writing YOUR life story. The choices YOU make. The things YOU choose to do or not to do. Everyone has a story. Everyone is on a life journey. We don’t have the power to go back in time to change anything and Lord knows, if we could, we would. However, CERTAIN things happen for a reason. Where would we be if certain things didn’t happen? Every day YOU should be learning something! Educating YOUR*SELF*!!! YOUR story should be worth telling! Let the mistakes and lessons learn INSPIRE YOUR*SELF* & others, as well as MOTIVATE! Your life, your story may not be as good as you would like it to *at the moment,* but YOU have a choice to make it better the best YOU can! MOTIVATE YOUR*SELF*!! #GetUp #GetUp&Fight #WhatsYourStory #HowDoYOUWantItToEnd #Inspire #Motivate #ReachOut #ReachUp🙏🏽 #WeAllHaveAStory #LetNobodyTellYours #ItWILLGetBetter #BeThankfulToHaveMadeItTHISFar 💕 #KeepGrowing #KeepHealing #GROWThroughIt #ItsAlright🤗 #LoveOnYou #LoveOnOthers #LetTheWorldBeBetter #LetUSBeBetter #Peace #Unity #Love 🥰✨💕

Every day, YOU are writing YOUR life story. The choices YOU make. The things YOU choose to do or not to do. Everyone has a story. Everyone is on a life journey. We don’t have the power to go back in time to change anything and Lord knows, if we could, we would. However, CERTAIN things happen for a reason. Where would we be if certain things didn’t happen? Every day YOU should be learning something! Educating YOUR*SELF*!!! YOUR story should be worth telling! Let the mistakes and lessons learn INSPIRE YOUR*SELF* & others, as well as MOTIVATE! Your life, your story may not be as good as you would like it to *at the moment,* but YOU have a choice to make it better the best YOU can! MOTIVATE YOUR*SELF*!! #GetUp #GetUp&Fight #WhatsYourStory #HowDoYOUWantItToEnd #Inspire #Motivate #ReachOut #ReachUp🙏🏽 #WeAllHaveAStory #LetNobodyTellYours #ItWILLGetBetter #BeThankfulToHaveMadeItTHISFar 💕 #KeepGrowing #KeepHealing #GROWThroughIt #ItsAlright🤗 #LoveOnYou #LoveOnOthers #LetTheWorldBeBetter #LetUSBeBetter #Peace #Unity #Love 🥰✨💕

Me encanta que mis hijos disfruten de estar con sus familiares de ayudar y aprender de ellos. 🧡
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Me encanta que mis hijos disfruten de estar con sus familiares de ayudar y aprender de ellos. 🧡

I love that my children enjoy to be with their family to help and learn from them. 🧡
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Our last genealogy features comes from Sarah, one of our library specialists at Southglenn:
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”Three years ago, my twin sister and I decided to research our ancestry. We were adopted by an amazing family but always wanted to know more about where we came from. Not only did we connect with our birth parents but they have been gracious enough to tell us about their family. This is a photograph of my biological paternal grandfather, Pete Hawk. Although I never had the ability to meet him, I am humbled to carry on his proud lineage. I honor my indigenous ancestors, Comanche, Cherokee, Iroquois and Andean.”
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#arapahoelibrary #arapahoelibraries #genealogy #whatsyourstory #weallhaveastory #nativeamerican #familyhistory #ancestors #nativeamericanhistory #southglennlibrary #genealogyfeature #amazingstory #adoption

Our last genealogy features comes from Sarah, one of our library specialists at Southglenn:
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”Three years ago, my twin sister and I decided to research our ancestry. We were adopted by an amazing family but always wanted to know more about where we came from. Not only did we connect with our birth parents but they have been gracious enough to tell us about their family. This is a photograph of my biological paternal grandfather, Pete Hawk. Although I never had the ability to meet him, I am humbled to carry on his proud lineage. I honor my indigenous ancestors, Comanche, Cherokee, Iroquois and Andean.”
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#arapahoelibrary #arapahoelibraries #genealogy #whatsyourstory #weallhaveastory #nativeamerican #familyhistory #ancestors #nativeamericanhistory #southglennlibrary #genealogyfeature #amazingstory #adoption

I’m excited to share with you powerful stories from 50 bold, brave and brilliant  women from around the globe. Their stories are inspiring, powerful and each one is here to make a difference . Coming soon #sept10 #voicesofthe21stcentury #womenspeakers #yourmessagematters #weallhaveastory #influencer #inspire #makeadifference

I’m excited to share with you powerful stories from 50 bold, brave and brilliant women from around the globe. Their stories are inspiring, powerful and each one is here to make a difference . Coming soon #sept10 #voicesofthe21stcentury #womenspeakers #yourmessagematters #weallhaveastory #influencer #inspire #makeadifference

Unraveling through my past failures and brokenness wasn’t easy but it’s what I needed in order to begin healing.  First, you must feel before you can heal.

This year I’ve began the healing process and am so thankful that I submitted to God’s direction and shared my story. In doing that, I was able to release so much hurt, regret, shame, anger, bitterness and resentment.

You see, on the outside it appears to everyone else that we live this wonderful life with no struggles. Which is the farthest thing from the truth. We are all broken inside, we just choose to either hide it or show it. If you’re like me, you do a good job at burying it deep so it always lies beneath the surface reminding you of your past. This keeps you from walking in your purpose.

When you do that, you’re allowing your circumstances to control you. Freedom is what you should be walking in. Freedom, because we serve a God who sent His son, Jesus to die on the cross so that we can leave our past at the foot of the cross and walk forward.

#walkinfreedom #purpose #encouragement #weallhaveastory #mystoryHisglory #brokenness #healing #walkinyourpurpose #leaveitatthecross

Unraveling through my past failures and brokenness wasn’t easy but it’s what I needed in order to begin healing. First, you must feel before you can heal.

This year I’ve began the healing process and am so thankful that I submitted to God’s direction and shared my story. In doing that, I was able to release so much hurt, regret, shame, anger, bitterness and resentment.

You see, on the outside it appears to everyone else that we live this wonderful life with no struggles. Which is the farthest thing from the truth. We are all broken inside, we just choose to either hide it or show it. If you’re like me, you do a good job at burying it deep so it always lies beneath the surface reminding you of your past. This keeps you from walking in your purpose.

When you do that, you’re allowing your circumstances to control you. Freedom is what you should be walking in. Freedom, because we serve a God who sent His son, Jesus to die on the cross so that we can leave our past at the foot of the cross and walk forward.

#walkinfreedom #purpose #encouragement #weallhaveastory #mystoryHisglory #brokenness #healing #walkinyourpurpose #leaveitatthecross

Our next M&C workshop will be Flower arranging with Suzanne Graves using dahlias and other fresh flowers from her garden. Thursday, August 29th from 10:00-1:00 (morning)...You can look at more of her designs on her Instagram page @thedahliapatch
Bring your favorite container from home or Suzanne will provide some containers for you to choose from.
Venmo $65 to @Suzanne-Graves-4 to reserve your spot...to sign up you can comment below your “name and paid” if you do not Venmo please pm me on how you will be paying 🌺🌸🌼🌻
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#2019makersandcreators #florals #colorfulflowers🌸🌺🌼 #gatherconnectcreate #weallhaveastory #shareyourstory #studioonlinden #gno #momsanddaughters #friendshavingfun #flowers #freshflowers #flowerarrangement #floraldesigners #specialarrangeforyou #suzannegraves #thedahliapatch

Our next M&C workshop will be Flower arranging with Suzanne Graves using dahlias and other fresh flowers from her garden. Thursday, August 29th from 10:00-1:00 (morning)...You can look at more of her designs on her Instagram page @thedahliapatch
Bring your favorite container from home or Suzanne will provide some containers for you to choose from.
Venmo $65 to @Suzanne-Graves-4 to reserve your spot...to sign up you can comment below your “name and paid” if you do not Venmo please pm me on how you will be paying 🌺🌸🌼🌻



#2019makersandcreators #florals #colorfulflowers🌸🌺🌼 #gatherconnectcreate #weallhaveastory #shareyourstory #studioonlinden #gno #momsanddaughters #friendshavingfun #flowers #freshflowers #flowerarrangement #floraldesigners #specialarrangeforyou #suzannegraves #thedahliapatch

In May 2017, I had no idea that saying yes to an opportunity would give me an opportunity to rekindle old friendships and make new friendships! Let’s be honest as we get older it’s hard to maintain friendships let alone make new ones! There are several things that have emerged from my side hustle! ♾Me Time
♾My confidence
♾Extra spending money
♾Friendships

I am thankful for everything I have gained, but what I treasure most are the rekindled friendships and new friendships that have developed! We all have a different story, but we all have a love for helping others and lifting up each other to see what we can truly accomplish! If I had to walk away from this side hustle today, I would walk away knowing that these friendships are lifelong and for that I am grateful for the opportunity that was presented to me over 2 years ago!

I know you are thinking this isn’t for me, I can’t do that, I can’t help other people! Well let me tell you, I had those thoughts too, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take a chance on me! And I don’t regret it one bit! You’ll never know if it’s the right decision for you until you learn more about it! I would love to give you the opportunity to learn more...comment below or DM me for more info!

#oldfriendships #newfriendships #friends #friendstofamily #family #sidehustle #opportunity #takeachanceonyou #whynotyou #weallhaveastory #yourstorymatters #womeninspiringwomen #womenempoweringwomen #youbelonghere #joinme #joinmyteam #thereisaspotforyou

In May 2017, I had no idea that saying yes to an opportunity would give me an opportunity to rekindle old friendships and make new friendships! Let’s be honest as we get older it’s hard to maintain friendships let alone make new ones! There are several things that have emerged from my side hustle! ♾Me Time
♾My confidence
♾Extra spending money
♾Friendships

I am thankful for everything I have gained, but what I treasure most are the rekindled friendships and new friendships that have developed! We all have a different story, but we all have a love for helping others and lifting up each other to see what we can truly accomplish! If I had to walk away from this side hustle today, I would walk away knowing that these friendships are lifelong and for that I am grateful for the opportunity that was presented to me over 2 years ago!

I know you are thinking this isn’t for me, I can’t do that, I can’t help other people! Well let me tell you, I had those thoughts too, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take a chance on me! And I don’t regret it one bit! You’ll never know if it’s the right decision for you until you learn more about it! I would love to give you the opportunity to learn more...comment below or DM me for more info!

#oldfriendships #newfriendships #friends #friendstofamily #family #sidehustle #opportunity #takeachanceonyou #whynotyou #weallhaveastory #yourstorymatters #womeninspiringwomen #womenempoweringwomen #youbelonghere #joinme #joinmyteam #thereisaspotforyou

We have 2 super fun “Makers and Creators” workshops on Thursday, August 29th that you do not want to miss!! First one is “Flower arranging with Suzanne Graves” using dahlias and other fresh flowers from her garden. Thursday, August 29th from 10:00-1:00 (morning)...You can look at more of her designs on her Instagram page @thedahliapatch...
Bring your favorite container from home or Suzanne will provide some containers for you to choose. 
Venmo $65 to @Suzanne-Graves-4 to reserve your spot...to sign up you can comment below your “name and paid” if you do not Venmo please pm me on how you will be paying 🌺🌸🌼🌻or go to my website elizabethkhubbardart.com to register •
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We have 2 super fun “Makers and Creators” workshops on Thursday, August 29th that you do not want to miss!! First one is “Flower arranging with Suzanne Graves” using dahlias and other fresh flowers from her garden. Thursday, August 29th from 10:00-1:00 (morning)...You can look at more of her designs on her Instagram page @thedahliapatch...
Bring your favorite container from home or Suzanne will provide some containers for you to choose.
Venmo $65 to @Suzanne-Graves-4 to reserve your spot...to sign up you can comment below your “name and paid” if you do not Venmo please pm me on how you will be paying 🌺🌸🌼🌻or go to my website elizabethkhubbardart.com to register •


#2019makersandcreators #florals #colorfulflowers🌸🌺🌼 #gatherconnectcreate #weallhaveastory #shareyourstory #studioonlinden #gno #momsanddaughters #friendshavingfun #flowers #freshflowers #flowerarrangement #floraldesigners #specialarrangements🌷 #suzannegraves #thedahliapatch

Before you pass judgement on me and my life........ strap my size 10 jordans on and see how far you can manage in my shoes. #weallhaveastory #dontjudge #walkamileinmyshoes #youhavenocluewhatibeenthrough  #yyc #jordanretro3tinkerhatfield  #jordanretro3

Before you pass judgement on me and my life........ strap my size 10 jordans on and see how far you can manage in my shoes. #weallhaveastory #dontjudge #walkamileinmyshoes #youhavenocluewhatibeenthrough #yyc #jordanretro3tinkerhatfield #jordanretro3

Ok here I am again. I keep thinking why am I just now telling the truth and was hiding all these years. I can’t tell you how many 1000’s of times nowadays I still try to pretend I’m ok. My #pain is severe today. We’re having extremely hot days (110-117) and I feel like passing out when I walk outside. Winston lives for his daily walk and we really haven’t had the temp drop under 100 even at night so he’s needing to walk. I try to play fetch inside. What else can we do? We make the best of any situation and stay positive that even with an obstacle that seems impossible. Many times now I mentally prepare for situations that cause me #anxiety and #negativeenergy and try to avoid it completely! When I do that I’m aware of every little thing someone says. I think family has created so much stress about my health that I can’t seem to break away. I can and am working on changing me and my internal thoughts yet it’s more like catching myself now and redirecting my thoughts. It’s an absolute constant state of being aware...Negative energy from others is beyond my control. I’m so intrigued by the thoughts others have about me. I walked outside to take Winston on a stroll because it was 105 early this morning and I have severe morning issues. We just walked to some patches of grass and shade and I was letting him sniff and mark the spots💦I currently live with my Mom’s half sister that doesn’t speak to each other. She tells me I feel bad bc I don’t eat enough vegetables! 👍🏼🖕🏼Wtf lady???” Then I knew I better leave bc I’m gonna explode at her! I almost passed out walking across the street and outside.I was icing as I do every day in order to freeze the pain for a bit of relief. #pain is intolerable! #nerves are getting the best of me. I need to breathe more! And those that know endometriosis... I’m fucking doubled over like I have been at so many times in 30 years! IF ONLY I ATE MORE VEGGIES😂 #endometriosis #fibromyalgia #crps #cfsme #fighter #suffering #being #needdoglove #winstonandstephanie🐾👣 #bekind #weallhaveastory

Ok here I am again. I keep thinking why am I just now telling the truth and was hiding all these years. I can’t tell you how many 1000’s of times nowadays I still try to pretend I’m ok. My #pain is severe today. We’re having extremely hot days (110-117) and I feel like passing out when I walk outside. Winston lives for his daily walk and we really haven’t had the temp drop under 100 even at night so he’s needing to walk. I try to play fetch inside. What else can we do? We make the best of any situation and stay positive that even with an obstacle that seems impossible. Many times now I mentally prepare for situations that cause me #anxiety and #negativeenergy and try to avoid it completely! When I do that I’m aware of every little thing someone says. I think family has created so much stress about my health that I can’t seem to break away. I can and am working on changing me and my internal thoughts yet it’s more like catching myself now and redirecting my thoughts. It’s an absolute constant state of being aware...Negative energy from others is beyond my control. I’m so intrigued by the thoughts others have about me. I walked outside to take Winston on a stroll because it was 105 early this morning and I have severe morning issues. We just walked to some patches of grass and shade and I was letting him sniff and mark the spots💦I currently live with my Mom’s half sister that doesn’t speak to each other. She tells me I feel bad bc I don’t eat enough vegetables! 👍🏼🖕🏼Wtf lady???” Then I knew I better leave bc I’m gonna explode at her! I almost passed out walking across the street and outside.I was icing as I do every day in order to freeze the pain for a bit of relief. #pain is intolerable! #nerves are getting the best of me. I need to breathe more! And those that know endometriosis... I’m fucking doubled over like I have been at so many times in 30 years! IF ONLY I ATE MORE VEGGIES😂 #endometriosis #fibromyalgia #crps #cfsme #fighter #suffering #being #needdoglove #winstonandstephanie🐾👣 #bekind #weallhaveastory

A disheveled homeless man stood at the door of my shoppe ... I opened the door and he had tears in his eyes and a clenched fist. He held his hand out to me and in his palm was this St. Benedict medal. He told me he found it in the alley ... it was a precious relic he said. I told him it was beautiful and would bring his spirit peace and protection - he said that he wanted me to have it so my spirit would be protected because I have helped him through some hard times, never giving up on him over the years - and I needed my heart to be strong to keep doing good things. I am humbled by his thoughtfulness and will treasure this token complete with a tattered green string for all my days... may it renew a right spirit within me always. -
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A disheveled homeless man stood at the door of my shoppe ... I opened the door and he had tears in his eyes and a clenched fist. He held his hand out to me and in his palm was this St. Benedict medal. He told me he found it in the alley ... it was a precious relic he said. I told him it was beautiful and would bring his spirit peace and protection - he said that he wanted me to have it so my spirit would be protected because I have helped him through some hard times, never giving up on him over the years - and I needed my heart to be strong to keep doing good things. I am humbled by his thoughtfulness and will treasure this token complete with a tattered green string for all my days... may it renew a right spirit within me always. -
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For anyone interested in hearing more about my life story and journey- my guest appearance on the amazing new podcast series "It Happened in Ontario" is now up. I am amongst some other beautiful Ontarians already featured and some beautiful and heroic ones yet to be heard. Please like, share and subscribe the podcast to support David's talent and passion as a host and to hear all the wonderful stories in the series! @treblecock_studio

My appearance in the series can be heard here:

https://treblecock.podbean.com/e/sarah-buds-girl-hannam/

All of the series link is here: 
http://www.treblecock.ca/it-happened-in-ontario.html

LIKE SHARE AND SUBSCRIBE THE SERIES PLEASE FRIENDS! ❤

#ithappenedinontario #weallhaveastory #ontario #beautifulstories #cannamomscan

For anyone interested in hearing more about my life story and journey- my guest appearance on the amazing new podcast series "It Happened in Ontario" is now up. I am amongst some other beautiful Ontarians already featured and some beautiful and heroic ones yet to be heard. Please like, share and subscribe the podcast to support David's talent and passion as a host and to hear all the wonderful stories in the series! @treblecock_studio

My appearance in the series can be heard here:

https://treblecock.podbean.com/e/sarah-buds-girl-hannam/

All of the series link is here:
http://www.treblecock.ca/it-happened-in-ontario.html

LIKE SHARE AND SUBSCRIBE THE SERIES PLEASE FRIENDS! ❤

#ithappenedinontario #weallhaveastory #ontario #beautifulstories #cannamomscan

Hanging out with my nephew meant I could share my wisdom with the next generation. His receptiveness was reassuring... Today's life lessons...
Love yourself
Do the best you
Success is easy
The results don't matter, it's what you do with them
Every master was once a disaster
Lessons come from failing - failing ain't bad
Be careful what you say to yourself...
I am... Statements can make or break you!
Don't judge!
#nephew
#authenticity
#onelife
#beyou
#unapologetically
#bebold
#nojudgement
#weallhaveastory
#showcompassion 
NEW GENERATION! 🙌💪

Hanging out with my nephew meant I could share my wisdom with the next generation. His receptiveness was reassuring... Today's life lessons...
Love yourself
Do the best you
Success is easy
The results don't matter, it's what you do with them
Every master was once a disaster
Lessons come from failing - failing ain't bad
Be careful what you say to yourself...
I am... Statements can make or break you!
Don't judge!
#nephew
#authenticity
#onelife
#beyou
#unapologetically
#bebold
#nojudgement
#weallhaveastory
#showcompassion
NEW GENERATION! 🙌💪

Good Evening Tuesday! 
So we're not normally around at this time ⏰ but thought we'd give the algorithm a shake up! 
Hope your week has started well, but just in case you needed a boost 💪, and a chuckle, we wanted to share this from @worry__lines. 
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#hubdot #community #communityevents #stories #storytelling #weallhaveastory #bringingpeopletogether #ordinary #extraordinary #people #humans #doingourbest #yourock

Good Evening Tuesday!
So we're not normally around at this time ⏰ but thought we'd give the algorithm a shake up!
Hope your week has started well, but just in case you needed a boost 💪, and a chuckle, we wanted to share this from @worry__lines.
We're all just ordinary people, doing our best... -
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✨One of our favourite things about Hub Dot is that we are a community of ordinary people who all have extraordinary stories to share, (some may not realise it just yet and that's cool too...) but this ordinariness binds us, it's our glue🤗, and for that we salute you! (Plus we can rhyme!) 😂

#hubdot #community #communityevents #stories #storytelling #weallhaveastory #bringingpeopletogether #ordinary #extraordinary #people #humans #doingourbest #yourock

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In case you ever wondered, yes - our little Miss. Ava cries.  She throws fits, has tantrums, and full, loud, blown out meltdowns - at least twice a day.

When I get frustrated and feel impatient, I try to remind myself what a friend told me once (her daughter is autistic and nonverbal): “Just remember:  if you feel really upset and frustrated in moments like this, imagine how she feels...but multiply it times 100.”

In case you ever wondered, yes - our little Miss. Ava cries. She throws fits, has tantrums, and full, loud, blown out meltdowns - at least twice a day.

When I get frustrated and feel impatient, I try to remind myself what a friend told me once (her daughter is autistic and nonverbal): “Just remember: if you feel really upset and frustrated in moments like this, imagine how she feels...but multiply it times 100.”

One of my favorite advocates for spreading love & kindness on the gram is Lauren over @meetmayacat. 😽 💕 Lauren advocates for both humans with special needs and/or disabilities as well as cats whom also can have special needs and disabilities!  Did you even know that  animals such as a cute kitty cat like this could even have disabilities and/or special needs?  They can!  I hadn’t realized it myself until I was introduced to @meetmayacat via my friends @angieandruby 💕 last year, and I just LOVE both of their accounts!
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As I was saying though, Lauren is the proud mama of Maya who happens to have an extra chromosome and takes a little bit more time to care for than other cats.  BUT as you can see from this sweet face, she’s totally worth the extra time,  attention & love she needs!  She may look different, but she’s worthy of love - just like any other living thing on planet earth! .
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In celebration of International Cat Day, I wanted to share Maya with you - and encourage you to give them a follow today! ♥️ Lauren volunteers with @specialolympicsma and wrote a book about acceptance called Meet Maya Cat (one of my daughter’s’ favorite bedtime books!). You can find her book on Amazon (search Meet Maya Cat) or click the link in @meetmayacat bio to order.  And guess what?  100% of the proceeds goes to @theoddcatsanctuary & @specialolympicsma ♥️ How Meowtastic is that?!?! 😺♥️

One of my favorite advocates for spreading love & kindness on the gram is Lauren over @meetmayacat. 😽 💕 Lauren advocates for both humans with special needs and/or disabilities as well as cats whom also can have special needs and disabilities! Did you even know that animals such as a cute kitty cat like this could even have disabilities and/or special needs? They can! I hadn’t realized it myself until I was introduced to @meetmayacat via my friends @angieandruby 💕 last year, and I just LOVE both of their accounts!
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As I was saying though, Lauren is the proud mama of Maya who happens to have an extra chromosome and takes a little bit more time to care for than other cats. BUT as you can see from this sweet face, she’s totally worth the extra time, attention & love she needs! She may look different, but she’s worthy of love - just like any other living thing on planet earth! .
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In celebration of International Cat Day, I wanted to share Maya with you - and encourage you to give them a follow today! ♥️ Lauren volunteers with @specialolympicsma and wrote a book about acceptance called Meet Maya Cat (one of my daughter’s’ favorite bedtime books!). You can find her book on Amazon (search Meet Maya Cat) or click the link in @meetmayacat bio to order. And guess what? 100% of the proceeds goes to @theoddcatsanctuary & @specialolympicsma ♥️ How Meowtastic is that?!?! 😺♥️

Saturday July 13, have you ever noticed that the most cheerful people can be hiding the greatest pain?
It never ceases to amaze me, the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Because most of us spend the majority of our lives hiding our pain and suffering, I’ve learned to reach out when someone expresses pain- for, how brave is it to do so in a social media world where every post is perfection, and apps exist to make your face more “perfect “? Some people are so cheerful and giving all the time that it’s hard to remember that they suffer, too, and their pain can be deep. It connects us, because no one lives life without it- no one. I remember that when I feel alone, and I’ll hold your hand if you need a friend, too. Thank you to all of you who share your pain here, you are loved! Happy Saturday my dear dolls! .
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#barbie #barbiedoll #barbiemattel #mattel #barbiecollector #barbiedreams #barbiefashionista #barbiemadetomove #barbiesofinstagram #instabarbie #instadoll #doll #dollstagram #dollstargram #dollcollector #dollphoto #dollphotography #barbiephoto #barbiephotography #bekind #bekindalways #weallhaveastory #loveoneanother #everythingsgonnabealright

Saturday July 13, have you ever noticed that the most cheerful people can be hiding the greatest pain?
It never ceases to amaze me, the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Because most of us spend the majority of our lives hiding our pain and suffering, I’ve learned to reach out when someone expresses pain- for, how brave is it to do so in a social media world where every post is perfection, and apps exist to make your face more “perfect “? Some people are so cheerful and giving all the time that it’s hard to remember that they suffer, too, and their pain can be deep. It connects us, because no one lives life without it- no one. I remember that when I feel alone, and I’ll hold your hand if you need a friend, too. Thank you to all of you who share your pain here, you are loved! Happy Saturday my dear dolls! .
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#barbie #barbiedoll #barbiemattel #mattel #barbiecollector #barbiedreams #barbiefashionista #barbiemadetomove #barbiesofinstagram #instabarbie #instadoll #doll #dollstagram #dollstargram #dollcollector #dollphoto #dollphotography #barbiephoto #barbiephotography #bekind #bekindalways #weallhaveastory #loveoneanother #everythingsgonnabealright

We all have a story ✨

Today @theblurtfoundation are celebrating the stories each of us have, the things that happen behind the scenes, unfiltered and not always talked about.

By sharing experiences of mental health and starting conversations we  can challenge the stigma that still surrounds the subject of our mental wellbeing. 
If you feel able to, join in and share your story using #weallhaveastory and support and share the stories already posted 💗 “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive” ✨

We all have a story ✨

Today @theblurtfoundation are celebrating the stories each of us have, the things that happen behind the scenes, unfiltered and not always talked about.

By sharing experiences of mental health and starting conversations we can challenge the stigma that still surrounds the subject of our mental wellbeing.
If you feel able to, join in and share your story using #weallhaveastory and support and share the stories already posted 💗 “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive” ✨

“Avery has a form of syndromic craniosynostosis. There are 200+ known cranio syndromes, all of which are rare, but Avery’s is so rare that genetic testing cannot even find the gene responsible. We have no specific name for her condition. In my experience, when you meet someone with a rare disease, you also find a rare kind of hope and resiliency. These individuals and their families are the gold refined in the fire. And when you can see beyond their often extraordinary appearance and unusual medical apparatus, you will find a human worth knowing and loving, with a depth of soul that should not be overlooked. For your own sake, do not shy away. The light that lives in people like Avery can change your world. She certainly changed mine.” - @meg_apperson .
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Make sure you give this adorable girl and her beautiful family a follow today @meg_apperson 💜 Trust me - you will not be disappointed!

“Avery has a form of syndromic craniosynostosis. There are 200+ known cranio syndromes, all of which are rare, but Avery’s is so rare that genetic testing cannot even find the gene responsible. We have no specific name for her condition. In my experience, when you meet someone with a rare disease, you also find a rare kind of hope and resiliency. These individuals and their families are the gold refined in the fire. And when you can see beyond their often extraordinary appearance and unusual medical apparatus, you will find a human worth knowing and loving, with a depth of soul that should not be overlooked. For your own sake, do not shy away. The light that lives in people like Avery can change your world. She certainly changed mine.” - @meg_apperson .
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Make sure you give this adorable girl and her beautiful family a follow today @meg_apperson 💜 Trust me - you will not be disappointed!

Every. Single. One.
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No one grows up as a child hoping to struggle or do things they’re not proud of. No one grows up hoping to hurt the people around them who love them the most. No one grows up hoping to be a person that no one wants to ever be around.
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At one point, every single person came into this world a precious child, so full of innocence, so full of life, so full of vigor, and ready to conquer whatever was before them, not having a clue what awaited them, or for some, what was about to be done to them.
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Starting as children, many people have heartbreaking stories that would explain why they are the way that they are, why they do some of the things that they do, and why they struggle in some of the areas that they do.
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And we would love them all if we heard them. We would at least, understand. ❤️

Every. Single. One.
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No one grows up as a child hoping to struggle or do things they’re not proud of. No one grows up hoping to hurt the people around them who love them the most. No one grows up hoping to be a person that no one wants to ever be around.
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At one point, every single person came into this world a precious child, so full of innocence, so full of life, so full of vigor, and ready to conquer whatever was before them, not having a clue what awaited them, or for some, what was about to be done to them.
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Starting as children, many people have heartbreaking stories that would explain why they are the way that they are, why they do some of the things that they do, and why they struggle in some of the areas that they do.
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And we would love them all if we heard them. We would at least, understand. ❤️

WE ALL HAVE A STORY // Behind the filters, the edits and the masks, there's often vulnerability, tough times, pain, and shame - we're all human after all and life is messy.

Today, we're celebrating the all-of-us stories, using the hashtag #weallhaveastory.

We don't often realise *just* how interesting and insightful our own personal story can be to another. Championing other people's highlights and hustle is something we're well-versed in, thanks to social media. But when we give space to the grottier bits of ourselves and others? It's powerful. It sets off a chain reaction, the conversation seldom ends there. We open the door of vulnerability for others to walk through, and they don't half do just that.

Our story helps people see us as a human, it helps them realise that they are not alone. Sharing both sides of our stories also turns the tide on the highly-edited, highly-filtered and curated social media feeds, turning them into something a little more real and relatable.

Mental health still, sadly, struggles beneath the shroud of stigma and shame. But Brene Brown explains it best when she says: 'If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.' And that, right there, is what today is about. Telling our stories, to help to cultivate a culture where shame can't survive, addressing the many elephants in the room. And, making an effort to respond to the stories of others with empathy and understanding. 📷 @doodlebotillustration

WE ALL HAVE A STORY // Behind the filters, the edits and the masks, there's often vulnerability, tough times, pain, and shame - we're all human after all and life is messy.

Today, we're celebrating the all-of-us stories, using the hashtag #weallhaveastory.

We don't often realise *just* how interesting and insightful our own personal story can be to another. Championing other people's highlights and hustle is something we're well-versed in, thanks to social media. But when we give space to the grottier bits of ourselves and others? It's powerful. It sets off a chain reaction, the conversation seldom ends there. We open the door of vulnerability for others to walk through, and they don't half do just that.

Our story helps people see us as a human, it helps them realise that they are not alone. Sharing both sides of our stories also turns the tide on the highly-edited, highly-filtered and curated social media feeds, turning them into something a little more real and relatable.

Mental health still, sadly, struggles beneath the shroud of stigma and shame. But Brene Brown explains it best when she says: 'If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.' And that, right there, is what today is about. Telling our stories, to help to cultivate a culture where shame can't survive, addressing the many elephants in the room. And, making an effort to respond to the stories of others with empathy and understanding. 📷 @doodlebotillustration

“My name is Rory I’m 25, I’m Scottish, & I was born with a birthmark called a venous malformation on my upper lip & right cheek, which I have had around 20 operations on to reduce the size of it.
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Growing up I had to endure a great deal of prejudice & mental abuse which by the time I had reached my teenage years had completely shattered my confidence.
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I was very shy & I felt like I was living a never ending nightmare.
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People told me that I was ugly.
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People told me that they would kill themselves if they looked like me.
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People told me that I would never achieve certain things in life, & because my confidence was so low I started to believe them.
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I have now achieved everything & more that people told me that I wouldn’t, & I continue to achieve more things that a lot of people don’t think that people who look “different” would be able to do or would have the confidence to do.
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With strength & positivity I have completely overcome the adversity that I faced in the past, & I want to show everyone that you can get through any low points that you might experience in your lifetime & you can achieve ANYTHING that you set your mind to.
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At one point I thought that I was always going to be unhappy & shy, but here I am now happier & more confident than I ever thought I would be.
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Prejudice is a horrible thing, & nobody should ever be unfairly judged or subjected to abuse purely because of what they look like, their race, their sexuality or any other reason.
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There are people who have been killed due to being prejudiced, there are people who end their own lives due to being prejudiced, & there are people who just aren’t comfortable in their own skin all because of the prejudice that they have to face which is absolutely heart breaking.
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We live in a very multi cultural & diverse world & nobody should be made to feel like they don’t belong here.
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Diversity is a beautiful thing which should be celebrated & I am determined to do my best to help & inspire others.
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Never judge a book by its cover.” - @VMRory1993
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You’re awesome Rory! I love your attitude & every.single.word.you.said ♥️ Thank you for sharing via @behindthescars_ created by @SophieMayanne

“My name is Rory I’m 25, I’m Scottish, & I was born with a birthmark called a venous malformation on my upper lip & right cheek, which I have had around 20 operations on to reduce the size of it.
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Growing up I had to endure a great deal of prejudice & mental abuse which by the time I had reached my teenage years had completely shattered my confidence.
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I was very shy & I felt like I was living a never ending nightmare.
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People told me that I was ugly.
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People told me that they would kill themselves if they looked like me.
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People told me that I would never achieve certain things in life, & because my confidence was so low I started to believe them.
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I have now achieved everything & more that people told me that I wouldn’t, & I continue to achieve more things that a lot of people don’t think that people who look “different” would be able to do or would have the confidence to do.
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With strength & positivity I have completely overcome the adversity that I faced in the past, & I want to show everyone that you can get through any low points that you might experience in your lifetime & you can achieve ANYTHING that you set your mind to.
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At one point I thought that I was always going to be unhappy & shy, but here I am now happier & more confident than I ever thought I would be.
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Prejudice is a horrible thing, & nobody should ever be unfairly judged or subjected to abuse purely because of what they look like, their race, their sexuality or any other reason.
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There are people who have been killed due to being prejudiced, there are people who end their own lives due to being prejudiced, & there are people who just aren’t comfortable in their own skin all because of the prejudice that they have to face which is absolutely heart breaking.
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We live in a very multi cultural & diverse world & nobody should be made to feel like they don’t belong here.
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Diversity is a beautiful thing which should be celebrated & I am determined to do my best to help & inspire others.
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Never judge a book by its cover.” - @VMRory1993
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You’re awesome Rory! I love your attitude & every.single.word.you.said ♥️ Thank you for sharing via @behindthescars_ created by @SophieMayanne