Rachel Brathen

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Ok so I’ve been brewing my own kombucha and making sauerkraut and baking bread and banana bread and s’mores cookie cakes in the middle of the night (is this a sign of an imminent meltdown orrrrrr have I transcended some strange level of creativity and multitasking and this is just my life now?) I just finished brewing two batches of dragonfruit and blackberry kombucha and somehow they came out so delicious! But every time I open a bottle it explodes all over the kitchen floor any tips on how to not lose 50% of everything I brew?? I have five gallons more on the way! #kombucha #homebrew #homemade #diy #creative #meltdown
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Happy Friday and happy podcast day! In this weeks podcast I tell the story of how what six years ago was choosing @yoga_girl as an Instagram handle has become a community that spans 3.5 million people across the world, a movement dedicated to supporting people on their inner journeys, a school that graduates 108 open-hearted teachers a year, a company with 35 employees and several service arms working hard every day to make a change in the world. I tell the Yoga Girl story and with it share the big moments in my life that brought me here; the death of my best friend, marrying Dennis, the birth of the baby and all the big beautiful and painful moments that shaped this journey. I explain our big new transition in detail, what sparked it and where we are going from here. I cry in this episode, of course. I’m so grateful. I love you so much. Thank you, all️ This is just the beginning. Link in bio to listen (or read! Transcripts for the hard of hearing are available at yogagirl.com/listen) #iamayogagirl #YogaGirl #everyonecanbeayogagirl #joy #happiness #community #gratitude.
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Today... This was our yoga️ #home
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These shirts... Not your regular t-shirts️ ⁣ It took us an entire year to create one single t-shirt and I am proud to say that we are setting a new standard of integrity in this field that I hope others will eventually follow. ⁣ ⁣ If you haven’t already, please watch The True Cost (available on Netflix!) to learn more about the fashion and apparel industry (and yes, that includes the yoga apparel industry, too). I decided that if we are ever going to put products of any kind out into the world, we have to create something absolutely amazing - for the earth and for the people involved - or we’re not doing it. I knew from the beginning that these would never be $20 shirts. The shirts are $49 and proudly so. If you pay very little for an item of clothing, the hard truth is that someone else pays along the way (most often factory workers in developing countries working inhumane hours, making less than nothing). I needed to know every single thing that happens along the way and we had to be able to guarantee the ethical and environmental standards of every person and practice that comes along with this production. We have tons of articles up on the site about our specific production and will be sharing video content soon!⁣ ⁣ Our shirts are made from 100% recycled materials: a blend of plastic picked up off the beaches and landfills in India and repurposed organic cotton - our very own material! Every aspect of the design is created from scratch to make this the perfect shirt. The wrapping the shirt comes in is 100% compostable, the hangtag is made from fabric scraps off the production floor and we climate compensate for the emissions that occur during shipping. The shirts are non-gender conforming; we don’t have male or female styles. We have scrapped the traditional sizing - you do not have to feel “large” or “small” or adhere to any label or definition to wear our shirts! Instead, the Yoga Girl shirts come in Xtra Special, Special, Magnificent, Lovely, Xtra Lovely and Xtra Xtra Lovely (with an even wider array of options coming soon!). I am so, so proud of what we are creating! We ship worldwide and I can’t wait to hear how you like them️ #iamayogagirl
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THIS is how happy we are today! An unbelievable amount of you have applied for the Yoga Girl Scholarship Program - either for yourselves or for someone that you love. Our scholarship program is dedicated to marginalized groups and underserved communities, focused on but not limited to QTBIPOC and people that have suffered through trauma. Every single program, retreat and teacher training has dedicated scholarship spots and I can’t wait to see the program come to life. An unbelievable amount of work and time has gone in to this and I now deeply to the YG team for putting such care and thought into this experience. Our 2019 retreats are now live! Our 2019 teacher trainings will be opened to the public in a week. Click the link in my bio to read about the scholarship and learn more about our inclusivity program. I AM SO TIRED AND SO HAPPY. Will spend today talking more about our (very special and slightly complex!) sustainable production process and share more information about @yogagirlfoundation (but first, shooting three videos for YouTube in preparation for our trip to Sweden coming up this weekend!)️ #YogaGirl #iamayogagirl #nevernotworking #community #love.
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Launch day. It’s 10pm and I just recorded this weeks podcast. Have been up since 5am and I’m bursting with energy. Every day has been launch day for the past week and now the day is done. This launch... Its been on its way for 2 years. It’s been terrifying, taking a step like this. Turning my heart into something tangible, moldeable, touchable. Something sustainable, long-lasting, bigger than what I ever could have imagined when I first opened this Instagram account six years ago. ⁣ ⁣ A platform for genuine content written from the heart. A new scholarship program offering free spots in every retreat and training we offer. Sustainably made products made with intention, for impact. Mental health resources available for free, for everyone, forever. Free yoga classes online. A foundation dedicated to helping children and mothers in need. For me; a home for the podcast, the videos, the blog. For us all, a way to connect as a community outside of social media (version 2 is on the way!). THERE IS SO MUCH BEAUTY ON THIS PLATFORM! I am so, so proud. Of every piece of it. It has my whole heart.⁣ ⁣ Thank you, team. The work put into this is beyond what I can explain. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. ⁣ ⁣ I have so much to share still, so much detail so go into, so much to explain. This platform has enough launches and projects and initiatives in it to last all week. So. See you tomorrow! Time for this yoga girl to go to bed️ #everyonecanbeayogagirl
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Our vision is a world where every child is safe and loved and free from harm. ⁣ ⁣ I am so happy to finally introduce to the world: Yoga Girl Foundation! Co-founded together with my mom it’s an initiative that holds a huge piece of our hearts. Last November a horrible case of child abuse happened here on the island. We lost two young, innocent souls, only 3 and 5 years old, at the hands of their mom and stepfather. I will hold Eugene and Rishandroh in my heart for as long as I live. With their deaths, the nation-wide, longstanding issue of child abuse was uncovered. Knowing just how prevalent abuse toward children is keeps me up at night I will dedicate the rest of my life to make a change if I can. We HAVE to help children already suffering, and support mothers in need to prevent situations like these from happening in the first place. The Yoga Girl Foundation supports women and children who suffer the consequences of trauma, injustice, abuse and poverty. We provide emotional, financial and medical aid to support healing and empower growth. ⁣ ⁣ Our first cause is fighting child abuse in Aruba. Please follow @yogagirlfoundation to walk this path with us and help provide aid for children in need.⁣ ⁣ We are working on our dedicated website and are finalizing the international branches of the foundation. Thanks to #businessforchange and making use of #mindfulads earlier this year we were able to donate a whopping $33,000 USD to the foundation on its opening day - thank you ALL for supporting our (new, and sort of odd) marketing initiatives here on social media! ⁣ 10% of every product purchase on yogagirl.com goes directly to the foundation. Through Yoga Girl we hope to provide sustainable support to the projects we aid, rather than relying on donations from the public alone. ⁣ ⁣ There is so much work to be done. So many children need our help. I’m so happy we are “officially” getting started (although we have been doing this work since November of last year). This is for Eugene and Rishandroh. For every child that goes to bed at night feeling unsafe. For every mother that needs help but doesn’t know where to turn. This is for you. ⁣ #yogagirlfoundation
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Crying big tears of gratitude. This is a MAJOR thing for me. For everyone on our team. And hopefully, for you too! If you are wondering why I have decided to launch this new platform, watch my stories for a little from the heart-sharing on what the site and all these changes mean. This launch is not just the launch of a new platform, a new website, a new shop... It’s a complete shift of mindset and a way to harness the beauty of what this community has become. I truly believe that to make a change in the world we have to find our way to a place where we feel whole. That’s why we do this work, the personal development, the sharings, the meditations, the yoga... We are all trying to belong. And it’s a privilege, doing this inner work. It comes with responsibility. Once we have arrived at that place of healing, we simply MUST use our newfound sense of peace and power and belonging to help people in need. People that don’t have the same privilege as us. People that suffer, that struggle, that lack. WE HAVE AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO HELP CHANGE THE WORLD! Every day. This launch, this brand, this platform... Is my way of supporting that inner work and holding space for a global change. Every single thing we do at Yoga Girl is purposeful. Created with intention, for impact. And there is so much I have to share with you still!️⁣ ⁣ Go to the site. Read, watch, share, listen. I’ll be giving updates on specific things here as we go starting with another major announcement in just a little bit.⁣ ⁣ Thank you, all! x #iamayogagirl
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Welcome to Yoga Girl! ⁣⁣ We are a community, a movement, a brand and a lifestyle.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It is our core belief that to heal the world we must first heal ourselves, and that inner and outer work goes hand in hand. Our mission is to provide support for healing and to expand self-love into a modern lifestyle so that we can find the ground from which to give. We look within… So we can look up. Being able to do this work is a privilege. With tools like yoga, meditation, holistic therapy and mental health support made accessible for everyone we lay the foundation for a community that not only holds each other up when times are hard, but that inspires hope and creates change for people in need. It is through community that we are able to make a genuine difference in this world around us. We build community through words. Through practice. Through service. In person and online. We are love, in action. We are Yoga Girl.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ (We will be sharing in-depth details on what we are creating all throughout the day but if you’re anxious to know more, check out our About Us page for more!)️ #iamayogagirl
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Everyone can be a Yoga Girl!⁣ ⁣ ️ www.yogagirl.com ️⁣ ⁣ #iamayogagirl
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Excuse me while I’m over here FREAKING THE FORK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!! T minus 1 HOUR!!!!! (we launch to family first, then via newsletter, and if everything is stable THE WHOLE WORLD in a couple of hours) 🤯 #thereisnoemojitocovermyemotions #launchday #today #magic #finallyyyyyy
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Brought a toddler to a tile store. Immediate regret (we move at 100mph all day every day now. WILL I EVER SIT DOWN AGAIN?)🤪 #toddler
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I feel like I did during my last days of pregnancy... Mega impatient, a little stressed, frustrated, nervous and so excited all at once. Good things come to those who wait? More like good things come to those who don’t lose their minds waiting! Patient is my weakest quality. We have run into some last-minute stuff and will be launching as soon as we can but right now that’s all I can share!⁣ ⁣ ⁣ In other news - Lea Luna climbed out of her crib and fell on the floor today for the first time She didn’t hurt herself and we’ve put pillows all around the crib but what the hell do we do now?? I put her down for a nap and she just rages around her room like a tiny crazy person anytime she doesn’t want to sleep Parents, what do we do? New bed? Open up the crib? Help!! #toddler #help #everydayislaunchday
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While we wait... Here is this weeks YouTube video! ⁣ ⁣ Today we show you guys everything we eat in a day as a vegan family! So many people have asked about this so this video is jam-packed with recipes and tips and tricks for delicious vegan family meals. I take you along for everything we eat as a family from early morning through breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. So much food in this video! Aaaaand we have a toddler crisis, I pretty much burn everything that goes in the oven and @dennisfromsalad gives a new meaning to #dadjokes (and #thatswhatshesaid puns) ⁣ ⁣ Tune in now! Link in bio. Subscribe subscribe subscribe - all the recipes are still uploading️ #YogaGirl #family #YouTube #video #recipes #vegan #health #healthy #plantbased #cooking #food #delicious #joy
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...aaaaaaand this is my face right now. Launch is moved until tomorrow! Too many moving pieces and we are not ready yet. Most of our team sits in Sweden and it’s night time over there already. So! I’LL JUST LEAVE YOU HERE SITTING ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT A TEENY TINY BIT LONGER (I have literally woken up every day for the past 7 days ready to go and the anticlimax right now is so real) ⁣ ⁣ It will be worth the wait. I promise! Now I’m going to go lie down for the rest of the night⁣ ⁣ Until tomorrow (I hope!),⁣ x⁣ Rachel
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Good morning, world! Today feels like Christmas. It’s a big day. I hope! We have been pushing our big launch day again and again to perfect everything but I think right now we’ve gotta just take a deep breath and jump. I’M SO NERVOUS! Tune in later today to find out why🤪🤯 #alltheemotions #launch #excitement #nerves #community #create #magic
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Sweaty random toddler naps. I love her so much. Life is so messy and mundanely beautiful️⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #lealuna #18months #toddler #nap #love
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it’s all so goddamn beautiful. #life
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Beach day x2! So, so lovely to have some time by the ocean instead of in front of the computer. Wishing you all a playful, restful weekend!️ ⁣ ⁣ #bames #charly #paaaaappaaaaaaaa #weekend #saturday #becahday #beach #ocean #sea #sunshine #aruba #dosplaya #happiness #family
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Waiting for daddy to come out of the surf️ #weekend
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She’s only 18 months old and already knows to pick up trash from the beach We went to Wariruri today and there was plastic, plastic, plastic absolutely everywhere. So heartbreaking. Luni just started picking things up, one by one, handing them to me If a toddler knows these things don’t belong in nature, why don’t we know to do better as adults? #plasticplanet
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ITS PODCAST DAYYYYY! Today’s episode is called Catching Up because that’s what it is - a catch up! It’s been almost a month since I recorded solo and in today’s episode I cover all the incredible highs and lows that have moved through me over the last couple of weeks. I talk cultural appropriation and where I’m at right now, diversity in our yoga programs, veganism (and the fact that Dennis suddenly asked me if Gatorade was vegan the other day), feeling emotional, our YouTube channel and a bunch more. Tune in to listen! Link in bio or search Yoga Girl under podcasts on Spotify/iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. x! #YogaGirlPodcasts #YogaGirl #podcast #fromtheheart #love
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Throwback to 41 weeks of pregnancy and the biggest belly ever Finishing #Book2 this week and I’m going back in time to write about baby and birth. This video brought me all the feels. Waiting for Lea Luna (poppyseed!) to arrive was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Strangely, looking at this video now it sort of makes me long to do it all again... ️ #motherhood (PS how insanely strange is it that that’s Lunis in there???)
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Put on makeup today. I enjoy wearing makeup but absolutely detest taking it off. Sort of how I like the feeling of clean shaven legs but can’t stand shaving. Love cooking but not the cleaning up! And on and on it goes... The key to life is to find a life partner that enjoys everything you don’t. ( @dennisfromsalad actually likes to do the dishes!) And if someone could please invent a way for makeup to disintegrate and turn into a night time face mask that nourishes your skin that would be great⁣ ⁣ We are filming this weeks YouTube video all day - tagging along on last weeks vid we are sharing what we eat in a day as a family! And it’s made me realize JUST HOW MUCH WE EAT holy shit. Food is life. Seriously though. Our entire lives revolve around our next meal ⁣ ⁣ Question - if we put recipes in our videos, should they be separate videos we link to or quick recipes that are a part of the main video? We are trying to cut down on time and are learning as we go here... How are you guys liking the YouTube channel so far? What else do you want to see! Comment below!️ (click the link in my bio to subscribe to the channel!) ⁣ ⁣ #YogaGirl #family #YouTube #lifestyle #vegan #yogaeverydamnday
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Grandmother tree. ⁣ This spot is one of my favorite places in Aruba. This tree. It’s ancient. Her roots span a massive area - you don’t know where she begins or ends. You think you’ve found the last root and suddenly a massive one comes shooting out of the ground, arching its way several feet up in the air. This is a tree to come home to. To camp under. To meditate by. I won’t tell you where she is because if you know, you know and that’s enough. But I was thinking about her today, and how we don’t know where she begins and where she ends. Probably because she doesn’t have a beginning. Or an end. Just like us. The earth she rises from is the same earth I put my bare feet in when I water our plants every morning. It’s the same earth we buried Pepper in. It’s the same earth you have beneath your feet in this very moment. ⁣ ⁣ I’ve been writing about death a lot these past few days (weeks) (months) (years) and I think there is beauty to that: no real end. No real beginning. Where we end, when we die, something else sprouts anew. We become one with the earth and in our place, birth happens. New seeds are planted. Energy can never be lost... Only transformed. ⁣ ⁣ For me, what followed intense pain and suffering from loss, was actual birth. The pain brought me to my knees and it changed me forever and the first effect of that change was feeling ready to be a mom. I thought Lea Luna would be born the day @ahlaluna died. Her death day became my due date. The day came and went and my contractions started two days later, with the full moon, and with that, my little moon arrived. I see a little bit of Andrea in her and I wonder, was she the beginning to that end? Did they talk, in that moment in between? I don’t know. Luna points to the picture on my altar and says “E-A” which I think means Andrea but it’s also how she says LEA so right now they come out one and the same. ⁣ ⁣ Maybe they are. For me, they are my end and my beginning, all wrapped up in one. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ When I sit by this tree I feel her.
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In the words of my dear friend @jenpastiloff - DON’T SHOULD ALL OVER YOURSELF! ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ I’ve been thinking I “should” lose a little weight lately. I “should” work out more. I “should” be thin enough to fit in with the idea I have in my head of beautiful. Should, should, should. I don’t know where these thoughts come from (stress, maybe) but they’ve been there, for no apparent reason, lingering in the back of my head. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ This morning we went for a swim and I meditated and I made it to yoga class, too. A full morning of being. Movement has this way of putting me in check. And now I pull up this photo Dennis took earlier (as he took it I actually told myself “I probably shouldn’t post a photo of myself in a bikini”) and my jaw dropped a little because - - - what the hell?!? Is that me? Today?? What IS this voice in the back of my head telling me I “should” be anything than I already am??? Goddammit. It’s so damn ridiculous. I look at this photo and I’m way more beautiful than I felt his morning. I’m going to look at this ten years from now and wish is appreciated the body I had then. Well, screw that. I want to appreciate it NOW. Whatever it looks like and however much it continues to change. The idea of what I look like in my head when I’m feeling low doesn’t fit with reality at all, especially when I’m shoulding all over myself.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ So. FUCK THE SHOULD! Fuck losing weight. Fuck fitting in. Fuck thinking we will be happier in some make believe future when we’ll suddenly be all different. It’s not real! None of it is real. Your body is real, right now. Every time you judge it you miss out on so much. Confidence and joy has so, so little to do with what our reflection in the mirror tells us. That feeling that comes after having moved your body; that feeling of being content? It doesn’t come because you suddenly look different, it comes from getting out of your head and into your body; into being. Point is: the story you are telling yourself probably isn’t true. Change the narrative! Less judgement, more love. Embrace who you are because you are already beautiful in so many different ways. Drop the should! Thx @jenpastiloff for inspiring me always.
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THIS WEEKS YOUTUBE VIDEO IS OUT AND ITS JAM-PACKED WITH AWESOME! I sit down with @jamesaspey to talk about veganism and he shares 10 great reasons to go vegan in a positive, uplifting, non-shaming way. We talk about everything from health, environment, ethics, human rights, and a multitude of ways that the small actions we take every day can positively affect our surroundings. A little goes a long way! AND! We make vegan ice cream with only two ingredients! AND I show you how to make oat milk! AND how to make a nut milk bag out of an old onesie (best DIY tip ever). (I told you it’s awesome!) Tune un NOW! Link in bio or search Yoga Girl on YouTube! Don’t forget to like and subscribe️ Next week we’re going to show you what we eat in a day (so many questions have come in about that, especially for the baby!). x! @carlytaylor269 @dennisfromsalad @loving.lealuna : @najibgomez #YogaGirl #family #youtube #vlog #community #vegan #health #compassion #love
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Morning swim⁣ ⁣ Beyond grateful to have this as my backyard. Can’t believe we’re not here more often! Intention of the week: balance work with rest and play. Especially play⁣ ⁣ #thankyouthankyouthankyou #vitaminsea #happyblues #aruba #island #caribbean #dream #home
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New moon feels... ⁣ ⁣ This is a good time to get clear on what you want to create over the coming moon cycle. This new moon apparently brings about a ton of courage and change (and emotions!) so be intentional with your longing. Light a candle, sit down, breathe deeply and journal on what you wish for. Finish with 5 active things you can do to move a little closer to that wish tomorrow. ⁣It sounds cliche... But it’s real! Making shit happen has less to do with magic and more to do with working your butt off. But a little magic never hurt anyone! Now is the time. New moon was yesterday but you can still sprinkle that moon dust all over. And it’s a beautiful night to sit in silence. x⁣ ⁣ (shot by @dennisfromsalad just now from our balcony) #newmoon #create #breathe #manifest #surrender #longing #dream #life.
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Feeling so emotional today. Not sure if it’s the new moon or that I’m tired or the fact that this is the biggest week of all time in terms of our community and our business. When I sit with it I don’t feel pressure but maybe beneath it, that’s what it is. Mostly I’ve just been excited (and stoked to not have to keep any secrets from you anymore!). But I woke up this morning feeling agitated. Went to yoga class and cried the first fifteen minutes through. Minor things that really are major things, I guess. I often feel left out. Alone. And it’s a cycle I keep feeding into; the more left out I feel the more I leave myself out and the more I separate myself and on it goes. I can be so absolutely insecure and sometimes it shows up as over confidence or masquerades as something else. ⁣ ⁣ Today I just felt... Small. Not seen. Insignificant. So in class instead of taking up space or being big and dynamic I focused on moving deeper into that, on feeling the feeling that’s so damn uncomfortable for me. “No one cares about me”, I thought. “I’m never invited”. “Always holding space for others but no one holds space for me”. For a while I let myself fester in the thoughts and the fears and the insecurities that all hurt so much and with them came a wave of pain. I cried for a really long time. The thing about feelings... There is no way around them. You can fake your way toward happiness and confidence but if it’s not the reality of what’s within you, it’s not going to change anything but just come back around another day. The only way out is through. Today I’ve just felt small and insignificant all day. It hasn’t killed me. Nothing terrible has happened. ⁣ ⁣ And now, sitting with my baby on my lap I realized... The feeling has passed. I feel good again. At peace. Calm. And it required no drama, no confrontation, no change of any kind. I matter. I do.⁣ ⁣ So I guess what I’m trying to say is... Feel your feelings, lovelies. Even when they hurt. ⁣ They’re here for a reason. x
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“OJ OJ OJ” (this is the most Swedish thing to say of all time btw) Tag your messiest friend! #coconutyoghurt #ojojoj #toddler #mess #messy #joy #love #lealuna
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Just lying in bed thinking about the state of the world... Swedish election is today. Trump situation feels absolutely surreal. So does the refugee situation, the general state of the planet and the views of so many people in terms of race, gender and justice absolutely everywhere. Looking from the outside the world is so damn forked up. Where are we going? What’s next? I have no advice here. All I know is that it’s good to talk about absolutely everything. Our pain, our insecurities, our struggles. Our opposing views. It’s good to talk. Connecting is a good thing. So is pausing to remember what’s important. When I feel hopeless about the state of the world (just about every five minutes or so) I stop and hug little moon. I nuzzle my face into her neck and breathe with her for a little while. She smells like hope. Strawberries and oatmeal and hope. Stay hopeful. Take action. Pause for snuggles. . . (guess I had some advice in me after all...)️ #act #hope #change #believe #love #changeadiaperchangetheworld