Happy 74th Birthday My 👸💜
No tears this afternoon all smiles & happy vibes. Although my life hasn’t been the same all I’ve been doing the last 4 years is try to be the man you need me to be for our family. Been to hell & back just to be where I am right now & I know full heartedly you have been guiding me the whole time. Hope you had a great day w our loved ones up top w JC & the crew doing your ipu ki 😂😘 love and miss you forever nana 💙 📸: @reenz_23 💕 #MyWhy #MyFavourite 🌹 #FamilyOverEverything #KeepThePromise 🤞🏾
The Shangri-La Chengdu Lobby 🏨 Exploring majestic hotel lobbies easily becomes a hobby 🦅
2 111 hour ago
The next time you fail at something, I’d like you to look at your why before you beat yourself up and ask you if it was still worth it.
Becoming a mother gave me the courage I needed in my life to shine brighter than ever before. I’ve been brave and put right in front of left, day in and day out since she was born and I have experienced life in a way that is more beautiful than I’ve ever could have imagined.
Success has become a habit through my broken road as a single mom because I stopped at nothing to get there, so when I ran into countless fails this last semester it was hard to accept. Maybe I got a little cocky, maybe I reverted to some poor decision making, but I learned a lot from it, let me just say that.
I failed a class this semester and I’m not proud. I could have taken this entire semester off, sure. My pregnancy was aweful let’s face it. But let’s look at the glass half full shall we? What I succeeded at was FIVE other classes. I passed five out of six. While pregnant, while having unstable daycare, having just moved to a new state where I knew no one and was far away from my family and friends.
My almost three year old is my why. The reason I stuck with it. It’s truly not failing until you quit. AM I RIGHT?
Just sayin’ my best looked a lot different this semester and it showed. But guess who gets another shot in Sept? Me. Still brave. Blessed to have a next time. Happy to see this pregnancy developing quickly into full term(she’s our rainbow baby)🌈 and to continue to improve the life of mine and my little Vivienne along the way.
I might have failed one class but no one can take away walking the stage with honors on Friday and this beautiful smile on my daughters face. We live and we learn. And sometimes guys balance is bullshit. #stillbreathing#stilllearning#failingforward#breath#mywhy#raisingvivienne#noregretshere
2 41 hour ago
Do you see these five little faces?
They are the reason I push myself to make my business a success. I want the world for them. I want to give them things that I only dreamed of as a child.
I want to take them on family vacations. I want to put them in dance class or sports. I want to be able to have money set aside for them to start out when they are adults!
But it is so much more than just the materialistic things. I want to show them that it doesn't matter when you start. Just get off your butt and do it, no matter how scared you are. I want to show them that there Mom is strong and smart. I want to show them that it is okay to take chances.
I want to show them that anything is possible.
My Rock Bottom hit November 2018.
I was struggling with depression. I’d reached the 100 lbs. overweight mark (the heaviest I’ve ever been). I was nearly maxed out on my credit cards, barely making minimum payments.
I’d had emergency surgery the year before and was STILL paying it off.
I was living paycheck to paycheck. I HATED the financial stress I was dealing with. On top of this, all my closest friends and family moved out of state. Being single, with no dating prospects in a very marriage-centric state, I felt so heart-crushingly alone. I felt like I had absolutely no support system or purpose in life. I had no drive to do anything and no goal to work towards. I was “content” living a sad, solitary existence.
And then I found out I was going to be an aunt. Somehow, someway that news gave me a sun beam through the clouds, a particle of hope in my heart, and a desire to do SOMETHING. I wasn’t quite sure what or how, but I needed to do something so I could be the best damn auntie I could be.
I had a brutally honest conversation with myself. My three main hurdles all boiled down to be: my finances, my weight, and my emotional health. This account is to track my highs and lows. And maybe, who knows, this might help someone else too
The best part about having three pilot classes in the process of establishing curriculum is that I had time to really TEACH my kids LIFE stuff. We could pause lessons to address issues like school climate, accountability, finding/harnessing/using your voice, empowerment, self-care, etc. And when we’d do this, the kids LISTENED. They learned & they applied the lessons to their lives. They grew & matured before my very eyes.
I am beyond grateful for this award - mainly because it was decided on by the STUDENTS.
To teach all electives & have half 7th grade half 8th made my competitive side nervous (many know how badly I wanted this award bc when it comes from your kiddos - it just means more). But y’all. THEY LISTENED. They read my daily #HamInspirations on the #remind app. And they connected to it.
What’s cool is that through it all, THEY have inspired ME. To step outside of my comfort zone, to push past the struggles & reach deep down into my core to find the energy when it felt like none was left, to practice what I preach & take care of me first so they could see what that looks like, to shape lessons to what they needed to prepare for their future...to just be better.
I am forever grateful for the opportunities & students I have been blessed with this year.
Now excuse me while I find some of the Kleenex some of my incredible parents had their kiddos bring me today - my eyes seem to have sprung leaks & won’t stop!
0 82 hours ago
Loving him is R E D ♥️ .
Can’t get over how happy our boy is. ✨
Just turned 20 months and where did our little baby go?! When they said it went by fast they weren’t kidding 😮
But I’m glad I got all of it, And will continue to!!
Stay golden kiddo 🌟
#RP@jenniferdvassel “Today is World Day for Cultural Diversity. Last week, I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker for Cal State LA’s Cultural Competence class. Some of the topics I covered were: • Why representation matters in children’s media and beyond
• How my culture played a part in my entrepreneurial journey
• My experience being a content creator of color and exploring nontraditional career paths
This journey is not at all easy. One of my goals is to continue sharing nuggets I learn so that younger generations can see what’s possible. Thanks again for having me, @zjoi!”
🌼My Daily Grind: Today was a good day! I knew we were going to have homemade pizza tonight so I went a little lighter on my meals at the beginning of the day. On workout days I have a bigger breakfast & lunch, but today was a rest day. I did however jog on my treadmill at home to get my steps in, and I bathed my 3 pit bulls so that is a workout in itself lol! 🌼Breakfast: Cookies & Cream Premier Protein with 8oz of iced coffee☕️ WW lemon Cookie snack bar & banana (total 4sp) 🌼Lunch: 4oz Fresh Tuna mixed with 1/2C low fat cottage cheese, brown mustard & cherry tomatoes with green beans, Brussels sprouts & bag of Sea Salt Poppables (total 4sp) 🌼Dinner: Homemade Pizza (crust is 1, self rising flour & 1C plain Fage Greek yogurt) with Classico pizza sauce, part skim mozzarella cheese, turkey pepperoni, turkey sausage, mushrooms, olives and pineapple. We slit the pizza in thirds which gave use 3 slices each. SO GOOD!! (Total 10sp) 🌼Dessert: Strawberries & fat free whipped cream 🌼110oz water 🌼 #weightlossjourney#WW#wwfreestyle#healthylifestyle#mywhy#livelaughlift#momlife#dailyinspiration#biggoals#cantstopwontstop#trusttheprocess#havefaith#dailygrind#whateverittakes
2 72 hours ago
I used to use having a kid as an excuse - I was too busy or too tired to workout or I needed to focus on her and not me. Now I realize she (and baby on the way) are my reason to workout - I want to be an example for her of working hard, taking care of your body and loving yourself every step of the way. I want to show her she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to by living that example myself ❤️
I love that she already loves to workout with me - tonight she set her blanket out by my mat for her workout space and then took my light weights to use alongside with me 😍 #mywhy#selflove#betheexamle#startthemyoung#youcandohardthings#motivation#fitpregnancy
0 52 hours ago
It’s true what they say, every year goes by that much faster. So much has gone on in the last two weeks for my not so little tribe. Mi corazon pequeno Diego played his last 7 on 7 season as a middle schooler, he walked across the stage at The End of the Year Awards ceremony for the LAST time before he enters high school, Jordyn Moore played Powder Puff and will begin her LAST year of high school and Varsity cheer, my dear sweet Lulu Pie played as part of The Last Gambinos annual dodgeball team before she’s the big fish on campus next year and also earned awards, my little Tuti Pie had her field day and lots of other fun stuff before she enters her last year of elementary next year 😭😭😭😭😭 and Mi Corazon Eric continues to conquer his sales goals at his J-O-B. One proud but humble momma right here. It definitely takes a village and I cannot thank certain people enough for being there for me and my tribe (called quest, kidding 😂). SHOUT OUT to all the parents who show up and make their kids and their big and little moments a priority, I don’t know how many times my kids have shared what that means to their little hearts and minds. #greatfulthankfulblessed#momlife#proudmomma#dontblink#bepresent#mytribe#timeisnonrefundable#takesavillage#mywhy#mommasgotyourback#momboss#classof20152020202320242027#summerfunherewecome#runonsentences#grocerybillabouttoskyrocket 😂
My family of 5.
The amazing man that calls me “Babycakes”. The wonderful boys that call me “Mommy”. Several of you know that my husband has an amazing, thriving Pediatric Clinic. I helped market and build it alongside him, but at the end of the day it is his. His name, his Medical Degree, his knowledge, blood, sweat and tears.
I wanted something that was MINE! Something that was in MY name. Something he could help with but ultimately I wanted it to be mine.
I do not have a degree. I had my big boys back to back at a vulnerable time in life. By the time I was 20, I had two boys, worked full-time and went to school full-time. School came second to everything, but I tried to make it a priority. When we moved here to Texas, my sole concern was to help build a practice from the ground up and my baby boys. All the while trying to conceive baby #3 . Then came the infertility diagnosis, with me. I have secondary infertility. I fell into a deep, dark and lonely hole. How!? Why me? Why us!? When we did IVF, became pregnant with Nikolai, I thought everything would be perfect. It wasn’t. I became even lonelier. I couldn’t see straight. I felt trapped. Then Nikolai was born, he was born with severe breathing difficulties and I watched this perfect baby fight for his life. That hole became deeper.
I was overweight, post baby and I felt EMPTY.
Two and a half years later I discovered Zyia.
For the first time in over three years, I know that my hole is less and less everyday.
The positive and UPLIFTING women that surround me and my team is something unreal. Something every woman (or man) should experience.
So yes, I sell leggings, bras and so much more.
However, I help empower other women, myself, all while creating my family’s financial freedom and less student loans. 💐 This is My Why 💐
My baby girl is halfway through her last week of Kindergarten and I have all the feels . She is my first baby and she is growing up ! I make sure often that she agrees to always be my baby .
She is full of joy , innocence, excitement and sass . Whoa the sass . She has made me one proud mama this year.
She is brave and fearless. She went though the death of Kinley with us and I hope that grieving for her is not too harsh as she begins to grow in awareness. For now that is neither here nor there .
She is thriving and I am grateful. Looking forward to a summer of memories and joy. What are you doing this summer to create memories with your littles? •
Why do I go so hard working nonstop, creating, planning and executing? My son! I wont stop until I see the fruits of my labor. I will not fail 💪💥🙏👑!!!
6 203 hours ago
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Tearing my ACL and going through the reconstruction process of my knee was one of the hardest things that I had to push through, but one of the things I am most grateful for. .
The doctors told me that my body had a high chance of rejecting a cadaver ligament- because I have a rarest blood type (O-) So- instead they cut a piece of my hamstring and grafted it into my ACL. I lost complete muscle function in my leg, it swole up twice the size of the right leg, and then shrunk so tiny I could fit both hands around my thighs. I had to use electric muscle stimulation (shock therapy) to get my muscles to grow back before I could even control flexing them again. They told me I’d be lucky if I could run half as fast as my records I set the previous year. I had to sit on the sidelines for a whole year on my sports teams.... but I learned. .
But during this process I learned my strength. I learned I must rely on others in times of need, and a team is always stronger than the individual. I learned patience, and discipline... but most of all I learned about the science behind exercise. Every exercise I was told to do had a specific muscle group it was targeting based on the angle I was doing it at and the intensity. This fascination helped me learn so much about fitness during my rehabilitation process and it also led me to my passion- helping others achieve their strength through health and wellness. .
Although I will never be as fast as I once was, or able to jump as high... I am grateful and proud of my battle scars and the will they have given me to share my story and my passion with others. .
I never looked for this account to be anything specific.
I just wanted to share my life.
Share my goals.
Share my travels.
Share my struggles.
With that has come all of this. I feel like half of the account has been grief. 20% has been a random positive message. 30% has been travel/mountains related. Maybe more. But you get the idea.
Grief changes people.
It just does.
Some days I'm really proud of the person I've become.
Some days I look at older pics of James and i and realized I've already aged since then.
Some days I pat myself on the back and say good sh*t laura, you crushed that.
My story is unique as a snowflake and so is yours.
I think the thing about snowflakes is that they could perhaps hit something when they are falling from the sky. A huge burst of wind makes them become a different shape than they once were.
Everyone is like a snowflake though and everyone is unique. It's your journey and you can make it whatever you like! 💕🙌👌
Seriously! You are allowed! Stop living the life that isn’t making you happy! ✨ Yes I know, you made a decision. You thought about it seriously. It’s what you thought you always wanted. And for whatever reason it’s adding ZERO value to your life. Shoot, I don’t know what it is for you ....for me it was college, then my career, and then it was the way I was homeschooling. Over the years I have found myself living out chapters of my life that should never have been a part of my story! Why? Because I didn’t understand I’m allowed to do it different! ✨ I’m allowed to say “no thanks, this is not what I thought it was. This didn’t work the way I thought it would.” It’s OK to go back to the drawing board and find something different. ✨ Maybe it worked for a while and now it doesn’t.... stop doing it! Stop doing the things you hate, that make you and your family miserable. ✨ So many homeschoolers start with a picture in their mind of how it will look, and how wonderful the curriculum is they found. If it’s not working and causing you stress...ditch it! Email after email I’m getting from miserable parents with kids who are miserable in school...find something different. No, you don’t have to do The 5 Hour School Week, but find a solution to this lifestyle that is not working for you! ✨ In case no one told you: You have the freedom to design your life exactly the way you want! 😘
14 16217 hours ago
It was a busy, fun weekend. Trey’s Aunt Kelly and his godparents, the Getty’s, came in town to celebrate his Confirmation. We celebrated Tressa making cheer at SRVHS. The girls both had a dance competition and Trey (missing photos) had a basketball tournament. •
These little people who are growing up way too quick are my “why!” •
They are why I am obsessed with a total wellness lifestyle. They are why I am an integrative health coach offering hope, empowerment and healing. They are why I help people eat better, exercise more, improve their sleep, lower stress, and eliminate toxic products from their lives. They are why I help people live happier and healthier lives. They are why I am a product of the product. 💜💃🏻☺️
What is your Why? •
• #mamalove#mywhy#doterralifestyle#iinhealthcoach#mountainlovecoach#hope#empowerment#healing#dancemom#basketballmom 🏀 #mombosslife#healthierandhappier#confirmation#bishopmichaelbarber