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  • (@blcnewyork) Instagram Profile @blcnewyork
  • Body dysmorphia is something I& #039 ;ve tried to hide since I was a teenager. Though I do believe I& #039 ;m beautiful, I have never been satisfied, appreciative, or in love with my body, and continuously picks myself apart. No matter my size or weight, I always thought I was fat because that& #039 ;s what people told me I was...fat, chubby, or pretty for a big girl. "You& #039 ;re such a beautiful girl, imagine how much prettier you& #039 ;d be, without that weight." "You& #039 ;re Latina with no butt? At least you have a pretty face and big boobs." UGH!
    Over the years, I& #039 ;ve starved myself to dizziness, stuck my finger down my throat after every meal, taken diet pills, even obsessively workout out until I damn near passed out, and when I temporarily lost the weight, & #039 ;they& #039 ; still weren& #039 ;t satisfied and said I was "you& #039 ;re losing weight in the wrong places...you& #039 ;re getting too skinny." One day it dawned me that I was on every diet and fad, not to be the healthiest version of myself, but hoping that I& #039 ;d get small enough to be worthy to take up space around the & #039 ;they& #039 ;s& #039 ;. This time last year, I was 203lbs and I set the intention for 2018 to take my health into my own emotionally healthy hands. And so I did. This morning, I weighed 177lbs, and my goal was to end 2018 at a minimum of 180 lbs, and I surpassed that.  I did it with healthy, meal prep, portion control eating, the shifting, not total elimination, of meats and dairy, and light workouts - Also, liposuction on my love handles did remove 8 of my 26 pounds. It has NOT been easy, even with the assist from my plastic surgeon. And my body positive journey continues.

    My body has carried me through years of mistreatment and disrespect, and I& #039 ;m grateful that it hasn& #039 ;t given up on, or failed me. I& #039 ;m not a vegan or an expert - I& #039 ;m just a woman who is learning to be okay with leaving something on her plate, and who is proud of her dedication, awareness, and self-ownership. 🗣️It& #039 ;s more than okay to celebrate yourself.🗣️ Who is cooking up some "I& #039 ;m grateful that my body hasn& #039 ;t given up on me." For Sunday dinner?
  • Body dysmorphia is something I've tried to hide since I was a teenager. Though I do believe I'm beautiful, I have never been satisfied, appreciative, or in love with my body, and continuously picks myself apart. No matter my size or weight, I always thought I was fat because that's what people told me I was...fat, chubby, or pretty for a big girl. "You're such a beautiful girl, imagine how much prettier you'd be, without that weight." "You're Latina with no butt? At least you have a pretty face and big boobs." UGH! 
Over the years, I've starved myself to dizziness, stuck my finger down my throat after every meal, taken diet pills, even obsessively workout out until I damn near passed out, and when I temporarily lost the weight, 'they' still weren't satisfied and said I was "you're losing weight in the wrong places...you're getting too skinny." One day it dawned me that I was on every diet and fad, not to be the healthiest version of myself, but hoping that I'd get small enough to be worthy to take up space around the 'they's'. This time last year, I was 203lbs and I set the intention for 2018 to take my health into my own emotionally healthy hands. And so I did. This morning, I weighed 177lbs, and my goal was to end 2018 at a minimum of 180 lbs, and I surpassed that.  I did it with healthy, meal prep, portion control eating, the shifting, not total elimination, of meats and dairy, and light workouts - Also, liposuction on my love handles did remove 8 of my 26 pounds. It has NOT been easy, even with the assist from my plastic surgeon. And my body positive journey continues.

My body has carried me through years of mistreatment and disrespect, and I'm grateful that it hasn't given up on, or failed me. I'm not a vegan or an expert - I'm just a woman who is learning to be okay with leaving something on her plate, and who is proud of her dedication, awareness, and self-ownership. 🗣️It's more than okay to celebrate yourself.🗣️ Who is cooking up some "I'm grateful that my body hasn't given up on me." For Sunday dinner?
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  • (@changedbypurpose) Instagram Profile @changedbypurpose
  • Latter Rain Family Worship Center
  • Growing up, I was never a follower or a leader. I was one of those, I’m not going where you’re going and please, dear God don’t follow me because I’m leading myself; right here to this little corner, where I can be alone, away from you people and read my books in peace. 😑 I wasn’t against leadership, I just didn’t really think it was something I needed.

    Well ten years ago, that all changed when I sat across a table from my spiritual mom and she said God wanted her to mentor me. I was like, “Uhh sure I guess.” All the while thinking…mentor me for what? 😒 My life is great. COMPLETELY ignoring the fact that I had just relocated back home, still hadn’t finished my degree, had no job, and was recovering from a near-death experience that resulted in emergency surgery. My life was in shambles. Ha! 😳😂 See when we have the right spiritual oversight, they see things in a broader perspective and can read through the facades we put on.

    Through countless teachings & questions that made me take a hard look at my character & spirituality, candid & humorous conversations about my love life (or lack thereof 🙄), and constant challenges that forced me to grow up and chase my fears away, these folks have literally watered me into who I am and who I am still becoming.

    They are not perfect but they are perfect for who I needed for my story to be complete. I am so grateful for their leadership. And also grateful for them not being dictators. 🗣Ain’t nobody got time for that! They lead with love, compassion, wisdom and so much grace. I can be my silly, cynical, sarcastic self and they get me.

    Today, they celebrated 18 years of ministry at my amazing church, Latter Rain Family Worship Center. Love them to LIFE and wishing them a Happy Pastors’ Appreciation Day. Forever my Spima aka My Sunshine & Spidad aka Scruffy ❤️❤️ #NeverGettingRidOfMe #Spidau4Life
  • Growing up, I was never a follower or a leader. I was one of those, I’m not going where you’re going and please, dear God don’t follow me because I’m leading myself; right here to this little corner, where I can be alone, away from you people and read my books in peace. 😑 I wasn’t against leadership, I just didn’t really think it was something I needed.

Well ten years ago, that all changed when I sat across a table from my spiritual mom and she said God wanted her to mentor me. I was like, “Uhh sure I guess.” All the while thinking…mentor me for what? 😒 My life is great. COMPLETELY ignoring the fact that I had just relocated back home, still hadn’t finished my degree, had no job, and was recovering from a near-death experience that resulted in emergency surgery. My life was in shambles. Ha! 😳😂 See when we have the right spiritual oversight, they see things in a broader perspective and can read through the facades we put on.

Through countless teachings & questions that made me take a hard look at my character & spirituality, candid & humorous conversations about my love life (or lack thereof 🙄), and constant challenges that forced me to grow up and chase my fears away, these folks have literally watered me into who I am and who I am still becoming.

They are not perfect but they are perfect for who I needed for my story to be complete. I am so grateful for their leadership. And also grateful for them not being dictators. 🗣Ain’t nobody got time for that! They lead with love, compassion, wisdom and so much grace. I can be my silly, cynical, sarcastic self and they get me.

Today, they celebrated 18 years of ministry at my amazing church, Latter Rain Family Worship Center. Love them to LIFE and wishing them a Happy Pastors’ Appreciation Day. Forever my Spima aka My Sunshine & Spidad aka Scruffy ❤️❤️ #NeverGettingRidOfMe #Spidau4Life
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  • (@watsonstories) Instagram Profile @watsonstories
  • When I fall, I will rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. Micah 7:8
  • When I fall, I will rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. Micah 7:8
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  • 🌎✈️🌵Shipping out this #wanderlust sign out tomorrow. ☺️So thankful for all your orders lately🙏🏼Thanks you so much for always supporting my little shop❤️🖌🎨
  • 🌎✈️🌵Shipping out this #wanderlust sign out tomorrow. ☺️So thankful for all your orders lately🙏🏼Thanks you so much for always supporting my little shop❤️🖌🎨
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  • (@thesocialdome) Instagram Profile @thesocialdome
  • When you fuel up with purpose you find the excitement in the mundane, the passion in the every day, and the extraordinary in the ordinary. Purpose is what life is all about. Everyone’s out there trying to find their purpose, when all you have to do is find a bigger purpose in the here and now and your purpose will find you. Double Tap ♥️ and Tag SOMEONE who needs to SEE THIS! 👇
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  • When you fuel up with purpose you find the excitement in the mundane, the passion in the every day, and the extraordinary in the ordinary. Purpose is what life is all about. Everyone’s out there trying to find their purpose, when all you have to do is find a bigger purpose in the here and now and your purpose will find you. Double Tap ♥️ and Tag SOMEONE who needs to SEE THIS! 👇
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  • (@alyciahuston) Instagram Profile @alyciahuston
  • You may find this a strange question, but it is very real. What I know to be true is there really is no “final destination” as long as we are breathing; however, we do need to know where we’re headed. Many of you are out here jumping from one thing to the next, with no real plan.

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    Can you imagine if the pilot of a plane was just flying around, but didn’t know which city, state, or country where he was to ultimately land? What we are clear about, is that eventually that plane WILL run out of fuel. Sounds absurd, I know – but yet many are still living their lives in this fashion. Flying around from opportunity to opportunity, but not having navigated the route that would get you there with ease AND create the desired outcome.

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    As we are now creeping up on the end of 2018, I invite you to look at the results as compared to your goals thus far. Are you where you wanted to be? If not, why – be honest with yourself. It is only in this honesty where you can uncover the truth. Many of us do not measure what is working vs what isn’t working. We would rather keep ingesting more information and trying the next best thing. Let me tell you, just like that plane, you too will eventually run out of fuel.

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    Get clear on a FEW goals, then create the navigation plan that will support you in arriving there. Stop trying to do everything; because what will happen is you will end up in a space worse off than when you began.




    #AlyciaHuston #FinalDestination #ThinkAboutIt #GoalSetting #ActionPlan #Leadership #LifeCoach #Trainer #SuccessPlan #Success #WomenEntrepreneurs #LeadHERshipLifestyle #LeadHERship #WomeninBusiness #BusinessTips #SuccessTips #Lawofattraction #LeadershipDevelopment #BossBabe #BossLady #Encouragement #BlackGirlMagic #WomenEmpowerment #Motivation #Mindset
  • You may find this a strange question, but it is very real. What I know to be true is there really is no “final destination” as long as we are breathing; however, we do need to know where we’re headed. Many of you are out here jumping from one thing to the next, with no real plan.
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Can you imagine if the pilot of a plane was just flying around, but didn’t know which city, state, or country where he was to ultimately land? What we are clear about, is that eventually that plane WILL run out of fuel. Sounds absurd, I know – but yet many are still living their lives in this fashion. Flying around from opportunity to opportunity, but not having navigated the route that would get you there with ease AND create the desired outcome.
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As we are now creeping up on the end of 2018, I invite you to look at the results as compared to your goals thus far. Are you where you wanted to be? If not, why – be honest with yourself. It is only in this honesty where you can uncover the truth. Many of us do not measure what is working vs what isn’t working. We would rather keep ingesting more information and trying the next best thing. Let me tell you, just like that plane, you too will eventually run out of fuel.
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Get clear on a FEW goals, then create the navigation plan that will support you in arriving there. Stop trying to do everything; because what will happen is you will end up in a space worse off than when you began.
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#AlyciaHuston #FinalDestination #ThinkAboutIt #GoalSetting #ActionPlan #Leadership #LifeCoach #Trainer #SuccessPlan #Success #WomenEntrepreneurs #LeadHERshipLifestyle #LeadHERship #WomeninBusiness #BusinessTips #SuccessTips #Lawofattraction #LeadershipDevelopment #BossBabe #BossLady #Encouragement #BlackGirlMagic #WomenEmpowerment  #Motivation #Mindset
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  • (@autoimmunesisters) Instagram Profile @autoimmunesisters
  • It has been a rough couple of days for me.

    I feel like I got thrown out of, then run over by, the hot mess express.

    There have been many tears and naps—none of which have changed where I am right now.

    I don’t want any of you reading this to think that I have it all figured out.

    I am a mess sometimes. I find myself writing these words in an attempt to convince myself that it will all be ok.

    Although I don’t know why all of this is happening (I’m sure it will become clear eventually), I know that I am not alone.

    And if any of you have ever experienced polychondritis of the ear (I guess it’s autoimmune?!), please tell me it will get better.

    This masterpiece/work in progress could use some encouragement tonight.

    #autoimmunesisters #autoimmunedisease #autoimmune #polychondritis #mypoorear #ouch #pain #masterpiece #workinprogress #hotmessexpress #community #sisterhood #encouragement
  • It has been a rough couple of days for me.

I feel like I got thrown out of, then run over by, the hot mess express.

There have been many tears and naps—none of which have changed where I am right now.

I don’t want any of you reading this to think that I have it all figured out.

I am a mess sometimes.  I find myself writing these words in an attempt to convince myself that it will all be ok.

Although I don’t know why all of this is happening (I’m sure it will become clear eventually), I know that I am not alone.

And if any of you have ever experienced polychondritis of the ear (I guess it’s autoimmune?!), please tell me it will get better.

This masterpiece/work in progress could use some encouragement tonight.

#autoimmunesisters #autoimmunedisease #autoimmune #polychondritis #mypoorear #ouch #pain #masterpiece #workinprogress #hotmessexpress #community #sisterhood #encouragement
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  • Know who you are, Be Brilliant!
  • Know who you are, Be Brilliant!
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  • (@abstractpoettree) Instagram Profile @abstractpoettree
  • .. where internal progress is concerned.
    looked into the imagery of eyes on an & #039 ;angel& #039 ; the Lord revealed to me a few short months ago; of her special place in His heart and her favor. was thinking today of the visions He gave and the prophetic knowledge He imparted. i felt privileged to see and know. her life made a transition and it in turn, transitioned me, internally. all of the knowing made sense. it took my emotional failure and unknowingly carrying an unhealed wound, to recognize all of the obvious i missed before. i learned a valuable lesson about timing.
    sometimes we say, "i& #039 ;m going to wait for this or that/to do this or that until i& #039 ;m ready, the time is rt, certain things are in order, etc" but the Lord teaches me, the reason He moves unexpectedly is, OUR readiness does NOT determine HIS timing. where purpose IS served, He removes. where purpose must BE served, He sends. He doesn& #039 ;t need what WE think WE need, to do what HE wants done. it took a JOLT from a beloved angel& #039 ;s shifting for me to finally embrace that.
    there WAS something for me to learn in the finding. it& #039 ;s OK to ALLOW, no matter HOW it feels; the answers always reveal themselves in time. i get it. i got it. i will protect it.
    just in case i need/or get to use it again..
    #AbstractPoetTree #consciousness #vision #love #tribe #cue #creativewriting #timing #hope #authentic #poet #writer #spilledink #courage #poetry #health #depth #spirituality #inspiration #encouragement #wanderlust #empowerment
  • .. where internal progress is concerned.
looked into the imagery of eyes on an 'angel' the Lord revealed to me a few short months ago; of her special place in His heart and her favor. was thinking today of the visions He gave and the prophetic knowledge He imparted. i felt privileged to see and know. her life made a transition and it in turn, transitioned me, internally. all of the knowing made sense. it took my emotional failure and unknowingly carrying an unhealed wound, to recognize all of the obvious i missed before. i learned a valuable lesson about timing.
sometimes we say, "i'm going to wait for this or that/to do this or that until i'm ready, the time is rt, certain things are in order, etc" but the Lord teaches me, the reason He moves unexpectedly is, OUR readiness does NOT determine HIS timing. where purpose IS served, He removes. where purpose must BE served, He sends. He doesn't need what WE think WE need, to do what HE wants done. it took a JOLT from a beloved angel's shifting for me to finally embrace that. 
there WAS something for me to learn in the finding. it's OK to ALLOW, no matter HOW it feels; the answers always reveal themselves in time. i get it. i got it. i will protect it. 
just in case i need/or get to use it again..
#AbstractPoetTree #consciousness #vision #love #tribe #cue #creativewriting #timing #hope #authentic #poet #writer #spilledink #courage #poetry #health #depth #spirituality #inspiration #encouragement #wanderlust #empowerment
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  • (@allynnisfit2106) Instagram Profile @allynnisfit2106
  • I was hit with a ton of bad news this week... News that would’ve made the old me fall apart immediately! I’ve grown so much over the last year and have learned to shed some tears and get right back to work. I have a goal to meet and was not lying when I said that I wouldn’t let ANYONE or ANYTHING get in my way. I’m also extremely lucky to have a very supportive group of people behind me who have offered help and have given me words of encouragement! I will be forever grateful (ya’ll know who u are) 🤗 My dreams are beginning to manifest and I’m right where I’m supposed to be... I’m just on the crooked part of my yellow brick road 🤗❤️ #happysunday #dreams #goals #selflove #manifest #manifestation #love #encouragement #positivethinking #justkeepswimming #prep #bodytransformation
  • I was hit with a ton of bad news this week... News that would’ve made the old me fall apart immediately! I’ve grown so much over the last year and have learned to shed some tears and get right back to work. I have a goal to meet and was not lying when I said that I wouldn’t let ANYONE or ANYTHING get in my way. I’m also extremely lucky to have a very supportive group of people behind me who have offered help and have given me words of encouragement! I will be forever grateful (ya’ll know who u are) 🤗 My dreams are beginning to manifest and I’m right where I’m supposed to be... I’m just on the crooked part of my yellow brick road 🤗❤️ #happysunday #dreams #goals #selflove #manifest #manifestation #love #encouragement #positivethinking #justkeepswimming #prep #bodytransformation
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  • (@signed_cricket) Instagram Profile @signed_cricket
  • — Psalm 31:15

    Ever since I was young, I& #039 ;ve liked to think ahead. Sometimes even years and years ahead. Several times I read this verse when worrying about something.
    Now, I smile at the younger me that thought life is plannable. (And had so much spare time to worry 😄) But I still like to know what to expect. I crave order and familiarity, and yet things are chaotic and constantly changing.

    The beauty of this verse is... it still applies ✨ He has control during our major life moments and He has control while we experience rush hour and sick children and broken appliances and long hours over textbooks. Perfect control 💛 "Our times are in Thy hand/ Father, we wish them there/ Our life, our soul, our all, we leave/ Entirely to Thy care" — W. F. Lloyd
    #Scripture #encouragement #brushlettering #handlettering #signedcricket
  • — Psalm 31:15

Ever since I was young, I've liked to think ahead. Sometimes even years and years ahead. Several times I read this verse when worrying about something. 
Now, I smile at the younger me that thought life is plannable. (And had so much spare time to worry 😄) But I still like to know what to expect. I crave order and familiarity, and yet things are chaotic and constantly changing.

The beauty of this verse is... it still applies ✨ He has control during our major life moments and He has control while we experience rush hour and sick children and broken appliances and long hours over textbooks. Perfect control 💛 "Our times are in Thy hand/ Father, we wish them there/ Our life, our soul, our all, we leave/ Entirely to Thy care" — W. F. Lloyd 
#Scripture #encouragement #brushlettering #handlettering #signedcricket
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  • (@carpediemcrystal) Instagram Profile @carpediemcrystal
  • Traverse City, Michigan
  • Anyone else totally amped for Thanksgiving and a shortened work week?
    I feel EXCITED & HAPPY! I know that the holidays can be rough for some and I& #039 ;m so sorry for that. I hope you are able to find HOPE & LOVE this holiday season. The only gifts I really want for my upcoming birthday and holiday is a trip (or two) next year. I also hope to be able to GIVE more of my time and money to the church and worthy causes. Be kind out there. ❤ 📷 taken in my backyard at sunset this evening. Winter doesn& #039 ;t even officially start for over a month. 😐😂
  • Anyone else totally amped for Thanksgiving and a shortened work week? 
I feel EXCITED & HAPPY! I know that the holidays can be rough for some and I'm so sorry for that. I hope you are able to find HOPE & LOVE this holiday season. The only gifts I really want for my upcoming birthday and holiday is a trip (or two) next year. I also hope to be able to GIVE more of my time and money to the church and worthy causes. Be kind out there. ❤ 📷 taken in my backyard at sunset this evening. Winter doesn't even officially start for over a month. 😐😂
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  • (@darszepkouski) Instagram Profile @darszepkouski
  • Secluded Garden Estates
  • hottest wedding date around am I right Keet?
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    so so thankful for Al & Keet and their continual love in my life.
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    same can be said to the incredible groom and beautiful bride! Greg & Kristi YOURE MARRIED!!! thanks for letting us celebrate with you!
    #didsomeonesaysaunders
  • hottest wedding date around am I right Keet?
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so so thankful for Al & Keet and their continual love in my life.
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same can be said to the incredible groom and beautiful bride! Greg & Kristi YOURE MARRIED!!! thanks for letting us celebrate with you!
#didsomeonesaysaunders
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