We love having Jason & Lauren Vallotton at our 18 Inch Journey School! They kindly lent their voices and story to our latest volume of Cultivate. Here is a small excerpt from one of our favorite pieces... Q : IF YOU ALL COULD SHARE ONE WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO PARENTS WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
LAUREN: I would say that Jesus cares way more about their children’s wellbeing, success and hearts than we as parents ever could. So give yourself a break, and do not feel like all the pressure of raising your kids is on you to figure out. Your children are the Lord’s; He is so faithful to keep them. God has got them, and we are not their saviors. We get to help shape and lead them, but ultimately, they are the Lord’s. The pressure is off.
Read the beautiful interview feature with @jayvallotton and @lvallotton, ‘Connection is the Priority’ in the latest volume of CULTIVATE : THE ART OF CONNECTION.
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#3 Way to Be More Present: Practice gratitude
Gratitude practice is another way to live in the moment and be more present as it allows you to celebrate the little and big things in your life.
Whether you are grateful for loved ones or moments experienced, take the time to either sit and contemplate them or write them down.
Gratitude journals are easy to come by and if you keep them handy then you are likely to use them more often and create those tiny routines that make all the difference.
If writing down what you’re grateful for seems to cumbersome, then simply sit and acknowledge the moment in your mind and you will still start to reap the benefits of living gratefully.
Still not sure how?
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IBMS Florida Keys Shoot Camp Give-A-Way
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Shared by one of the beautiful mums in our online program. Such an important message and one that unfortunately gets lost in a society that lets new mums down in a lot of ways. There is so much external pressure, so many things we are told we should be doing, certainly many opinions about what we do wrong, being busy is glorified, looking like you did before you gave birth is something you should apparently be striving for before you even leave the hospital (I call bullshit) and in Western society new mums can become so isolated and weighed down by this stuff. ALL WHILST FIGURING OUT HOW TO KEEP A TINY PERSON ALIVE ON NO SLEEP AND WITH NO CLUE! We might be ahead in leaps and bounds where technology is concerned and have the ability to reach people from all corners of the globe at any time we want but at the expense of the really important soul nourishing connection and support needed in the early stages of Motherhood. What we need instead of quotes telling us to love this stage of our lives because it goes so quickly and books on how to get the baby to sleep and what the best kind of food is to give them and why dummies should or shouldn’t be used, breast or bottle arguments blah blah blah you get my point, is real connection. Connection with other women on the same journey so you can share your story, support each other, laugh and cry and talk together because you are not alone, connection with women who have been on this journey and can comfort you and remind you of how important it is to look after yourself too. When you’re isolated it’s hard to remember to look after yourself and love yourself as much as your child/children and easy to get caught up in this cycle where you can’t take a break to look after yourself because that’s selfish now you have a child. That’s bull. It’s not selfish, it’s a requirement, it’s a necessity in order for you to be able to look after that child! You can not possibly look after other human beings if you don’t make time to look after yourself and in your own way, regardless of how your Mothers group or the people you follow on social media do it. Allow yourself to love YOU and Fill your cup, with things that work for you ❤️
👋🏽 Hey Blissed Out Retreats Friends! I thought I’d introduce myself, as there are a lot of peeps on here that I haven’t actually met and I think it’s important in this world of social media that we try to CONNECT as best as possible ☺️✨ I’m Tara 🙋🏽♀️ I’m a lover of life experiences and sharing them with others. I deeply dig self-growth & exploration and strive to be a loving space holder to anyone else on their own journey. I started Blissed Out Retreats 6 years ago (been practicing yoga for 12) with the intention of creating an experience of connection, healing, adventure, culture and FUN. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got any questions on current retreats, requests for future retreats or any other thangs 🤗💃🏽
Celebrating Emmanuel Smart. He has been a faithful leader at Lakewood for years. I consider him a friend. He has been leading Africans in Lakewood since 2010 and oversees Lakewood’s African LifeGroups. He is passionate about Africans coming to Lakewood and getting connected in community. He is also a leader for the Stephen’s Ministry providing support for people going through crisis. You can find him on Sundays outside of Pastoral Care on the 2nd level. His house flooded during Hurricane Harvey and he continued to serve in the midst of the struggle. If you see Emmanuel tell him how much you appreciate him. If you are from a country in Africa, talk to him about starting or joining a LifeGroup. #lakewoodchurch#LifeGroups#community#connection#africansinlakewood#africans#leadership
We are always looking to our partner for cues about their mood or how they feel about us. Where do we look for these cues? Their face! Does it show signs of happiness, admiration, anxiety, sorrow? Sometimes it's super hard to tell because emotion happens so fast and because we have macro and micro expressions. Macro expressions are often smiles, feelings we are not very conflicted about showing the world, after all, when you smile the world smiles back. But what gets us into trouble with our partners is our micro expressions. They occur within 1/25th of a second, are involuntary and expose our true emotions. Micro expressions are universal in that they occur on everyone around the world. There are 6 universal micro emotions we as EFT therapist typically refer to as our primary emotions. Happiness. Sadness. Surprise. Fear. Disgust. Anger. So how do they get us into trouble with our partners? Well, these primary emotions are so important in helping us know our partner better but because they come and go so quick, we often miss them and the important needs that come along with these feelings. In couples counselling we often work hard to slow each half of the couple down so we can start to get in touch with and express these softer more vulnerable emotions! I had a client share so brilliantly today, "if you can't do it slow first, you can't do it fast perfectly." Notice your partner looking at you, slow yourself down and share with them your sadness or fear. Vulnerability is the birthplace of connection #eft#emotionallyfocusedcouplescounselling#macro#micro#emotions#feelings#vulnerability#connection
I actually remember the first time I “beheld” an #autumn#leaf I was about two, in #nyc with my mother who was #pregnant and suddenly there on the sidewalk was the most #wondrous#enormous#leaf it was more of an #event than an object! It was like a #miracle! 😂 I remember when Henry was only one and I showed him a leaf.. and then the bark of the tree and then the treetops— and just did the same with my granddaughter —and I probably felt as much awe as anyone could ever feel in those moments of #connection !
Me to Tinder : Can you please do something to your search parameters in regards to Males identifying as Females? I am 100% HETEROSEXUAL MALE; i am only interested in Genetically born FEMALES !
Tinder : Are you sure your discovery settings are Show Female only?
me : Yes i would be contacting you otherwise. Tinders next response was the screenshot 😓. So basically because the world is changing and accepting now, every single one of us individuals have to change along with it? I have to suddenly gain interest in crossdressers and Trannies?! Fuck that fuckery !!! Im all about diversity and freedom to do whatever you want with YOUR LIFE, DO YOU !!! Don't tell me i need to change my ways also though, i love and ONLY LOVE pussy ! Call me a Homophobe now if you want to; im not talking about the gay community but im sure someone will be upset over my statement and think i am biggot or ignorant but its not that; Im an individual so dont tell me what to do.
“Light up the darkness”
This wasn’t today. This was back in May after a long period of rain. Which come to think of, may have been a sign. A sign of what was to come, but not only for me, for my people. They always tell you, “keep your eye on the horizon” well in this case you can’t find the horizon! And that may be the case most of the time, as it’s hard to figure out where we’re going and who we want with us. Those who know me, know I think often and those who know me well, know that I ponder deeply. Sometimes it’s a movie, sometimes it’s a song, but I become captivated, almost cognizant of another life, a life yet lived, so much so that I can touch it or them, it’s crazy and it’s scary, but that’s what makes me think it’s REAL - Each year is different, for everyone, some are good, some are okay and some are bad. But it’s not the year that matters, it’s a lifetime. Some say life is short, “so be careful not to mess around”, but I disagree, I think we have time, we have time to appreciate moments and people. We have time to find out where we really want to be and with who we really want to be - It’s Monday, October 15th, it’s been raining all day, a bit dark and ominous, but I recently found myself a BLUE umbrella, and yet I don’t think I want to use it as a shield but rather an instrument, like Gene Kelly, I’m compelled to dance, to dance like I’ve never seen the rain before - Today was a good day and now it seems that path and that horizon, well they don’t mean that much anymore. It’s no longer time for me to think, it’s time for me to act - actually it’s time for all of us to act. So lace up them boots and get on out there, we’re waiting for you, LIFE is waiting for you 🤙🏼
Happiness.. it takes practice 💕
It's been hard to figure out how to make time for myself 😅 It took a while but I finally stepped away to get perspective and I realized all the things I was missing out for not putting what is important first. So, I pressed the "restart" button and now, I'm getting to a place that I'm proud of. Not everything is perfect, but hey does it matter? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If anyone else is feeling like I used to feel, what really got me through was using yoga as a way to detox. I used my flows with all their twists and the sweatiness to navigate my thoughts and emotions. It was intense but worth it. So much so I'll be sharing my flow at @wanderlustfest Wellspring next Oct. 26. So if you're looking to leave behind your problems and worries to start anew, I'll be waiting 🤗
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By the amazing @PaulNicklen :
This is my drug. My addiction. For me, there have been no greater highs in my career than being fed penguins by leopard seals and having orcas approach within inches. This encounter with this huge male was extra special. On this rough day off of Norway, I could hear the clicking sounds of him echolocating but I couldn’t see him as he stayed beyond the visibility barrier initially. Then, out of the darkness he came racing towards me. He did this many times. On this pass, he came to within two feet of me and head faked me. I reacted by jerking my head back and you could see the delight that it gave him. So, he continued to head fake me and when I reacted I could see his body shake with delight. This interaction was humbling, fun, intense, and a beautiful high. #adrenaline#whatajourney#orca#love#connection#gratitude#ocean#DiscoverOcean