When I was a kid, I thought every parent gave their child a middle name based off their infant’s personality. Because my middle name is Joy, I assumed kids in my class had middle names like "Strong" or "Kind" or in some cases, "Really Annoying." Aside from a few celebrity babies, it turns out I was wrong.
When I was 17, I asked my mom to take me to get "Joy" tattooed on my wrist. Yes, I wanted a name tattoo, even worse my own name, but my teenage self felt confident in her reasoning. I figured that A: I could never breakup with myself and B: It was the perfect word to celebrate that I had just hit 5 years cancer free. I hoped it would be a reminder to stay grateful and pursue things that brought me happiness. Even with the wisdom of age and with the various jokes over the years, the sentiment behind it has prevented any feelings of regret or embarrassment. Good or bad, it is a window into a chapter of my life, a daily reminder from a sincere and hopeful version of my younger self about what truly matters.
Over the last 4-5 months many of the pillars of my life have cracked under an immense wave of change. I am grateful to be busier than ever with work, but as the weeks and months passed with very little time to move outside or create art just for me, I started to feel disconnected from the things that I cared about and stressed beyond the standard background panic of freelance art. Things were out of balance in a bad way, daily moments of joy were few and far between, something had to give.
So, last month Jason and I spontaneously packed up Lola and Susan and headed to the ocean. In a culture that equates "busy" with "things are going well" it can be hard to create space to move slow. We walked the beach, ate too much, did a lot of reading and basically did nothing. It was great.
Sometimes when things feel overwhelming and you are pulled in ever direction the best thing to do is nothing. Be still, put it out of your mind, and when you come back to it later it will be with clear eyes.
Thank you @staystarfishcottage for your cozy ocean get away and a chance to recharge and find joy. The ocean in winter is a magic all its own.💙Mimikvinge.com #livecolorful
Every time, someone is planning to come along on one of my hikes, they usually say something along the lines of: “but I’ll be going very slow and probably won’t keep up with you”. To which I always respond with: “no worries, I usually go at a decently slow pace so you’ll be just fine”.
Most of the people think that by saying that I’m just being nice, since I go hiking “SO MUCH”. But in all honesty, no matter how often I hike, it’s still difficult for me. Every time.
Sure, it does get a little bit easier if I’m consistent throughout the year. And yes, I do feel more comfortable on the trails than I did about five years ago. But going uphill with a backpack for extended periods of time is still exhausting no matter how much hiking you do.
I still have to push myself and remind myself of the reward awaiting for me at the top. And while it’s always worth it for me at the end of the day, it does not mean that the journey was “a breeze”. Although, there’s often a breeze or a windstorm on that can be experienced on the trail so there’s that.🤷🏻♀️
Posted at: 2019-12-13 17:42:23
s/o to Bethesda Maryland for putting me through college. Also, i'm back on twitter 😎
Posted at: 2019-12-13 18:15:01
While I don’t love being cold, I love the landscapes and textures that cold brings. The insane textures of this place made me feel like I was in the Wonka Factory gallivanting around on ice cream and rock candy. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Mine is mint chocolate chip all the way 🤤🤤
So you are in the #ivlp program as an LGBTQ journalist in Washingntin, you find a museum about journalism, go in, and find out that there’s a whole exhibition about LGBTQ movement, Stonewall and the LGBTQ media. #gaypower 🏳️🌈
Aujourd’hui on va vous parler d’une série de playoffs de John Wall en 2017 contre les Atlanta Hawks.
En cette belle saison de 2016-17 où Russell Westbrook a fini MVP,Kevin Durant est arrivé aux Warriors,Devin Booker a planté 70 points contre les Celtics.Les Wizards ont fait une très bonne saison où il finissent 4ème a l’est avec 49 victoires et 33 défaites.John Wall meneur all star et franchise player fait sa plus belle saison en carrière avec 23.1 ppg,4.2rpg,10.7apg.Il emmène Washington en playoffs contre les Atlanta Hawks qui ont terminé 5ème.
Ce qui m’a étonné c’était les personnes qui disaient qu’il y aurait une grosse match up entre John Wall et Dennis Schröder mais non car ils sont tombés sur des Wizards trop forts et surtout sur le prime de Optimus Dimes qui était en 29.5ppg,4.0 rpg,10.3apg avec deux matchs à 32 pts et un autre avec 42 points avec des drives dont lui seul a le secret,de belles et bonnes passe,des pull up jumpers a plus savoir quoi en faire et surtout une domination faites pas par John Wall.La série de playoffs se terminera par une victoire des Wizards 4-2 et passe en demi-finale de conférences face aux Celtics mais bon ça on en parlera une prochaine fois...
Selon toi,on pourra revoir le prime de John Wall ?