"When I accept myself, I am free from the burden of needing you to accept me." - Dr. Steve Maraboli I stand out on Japan as much as I did here with the cacti! Australia is quite multicultural especially with Asian countries, so to be surrounded by non-caucasian people doesn't feel odd to me, but to have them do a double take of me and to be the odd one out is what reminds me of how much I stand out! It's easy to worry that I look like such a foreigner, that I don't know the right thing to do in each moment - (i.e. Which slippers to wear in each room!), that I don't understand what they are saying, that I take a while to find the right coins, that I totally don't fit in. Really though, why do I care! It's obvious that I am a foreigner and it shouldn't be embarrassing. I am in a totally different culture not to be like them but to experience and understand it. So if you have ever felt like you don't fit, hope this is also a good reminder to you that you need to accept who you are rather than needing anyone else to do it for you. #todaysthought#spotthetourist#theonewiththeblondehair#areyoufromamerica#nomate
Sometimes there's no words.... sometimes you just have to remain silent....... sometimes others will not understand what your going through.... "in the end, she became more than she expected. She became the journey, and like all journeys, she did not end, she simply changed directions, and kept going".... #todaysthought@shawncarla_ifbbpro this is my favorite jacket by the way
Today I called my Dad for instruction while making pie crusts for my chicken pot pie. I'm not a great cook, so I'm not sure why I thought I could easily whip out some pie crusts. Thank God for babywearing and for my dad only being a phone call away. That's the thing though... He was at the cancer center when I called him. He was waiting to hear if he needed blood or platelets. He was waiting... Just like he does three times a week. He has been getting transfusions for over a year now. Tonight he called me as I was trying to get Lani to sleep, but I answered. I always answer for him. He wanted to be reminded of what Xolani's name means, because he was writing her a letter. He was writing each of his grandkids a letter. "The letters," he said, "are just in case I'm not here."
When I hung up the phone I cried. I held my baby and I cried and cried. I want her to remember him... I want her to know him. I want her to have more than a letter.