giovanamelo2 I will admit, most of my days this week have been a little bit lonely. Each day, I choose to walk out the door and go explore anyways. .

Yesterday on my way to work, I met a scruffy dog named Nelson and his owner. .

Today I met a woman from El Salvador on the train. Before she stepped off, she told me "if you need anything, go north of this station, I live at the house with flowers in the yard." .

Don't let being alone stop you from living a life filled with adventure.
Side note: Chicago, you are looking goooood today #igerschicago #socalitychicago #mychicagopix #vsco #vscochicago #vscocam #livefolk #liveauthentic #chasinglight #choosechicago #thatsdarling #socality
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giovanamelo2 I love how the sunshine soaks through the cracks in between buildings.

My heart is so heavy today, but this city has a way of hugging you just when you need it most.
#choosechicago #vsco #socalitychicago #chasinglight #shadowportraits #socality #postthepeople #strangersinmyfeed
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giovanamelo2 I continually push myself to step in to the things that scare me.

This morning I hopped on a plane with a giant suitcase and a few hours later landed in an unfamiliar city bustling with strangers. I have decided to live this adventure with joy in my heart, and as I rode the train, nothing could take the silly smile away from my face. Being brave doesn't mean I'm not scared. Throughout this transition there definitely have been moments of fear but I won't let it stop me from taking things one small step at a time.
My heart will hold on to courage, and I'll remind myself to walk on.
I am growing; I am learning to be brave.
#vscochicago #vsco #socality #socalitychicago #livefolk #liveauthentic #m5collective #thatsdarling #thatwindowseatgram #igerschicago #insta_chicago #choosechicago #finditliveit #chasinglight
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giovanamelo2 Lately I've been thinking a lot about what our lives might look like if we lived in such a way that the stories of the people we rub shoulders with everyday become entwined with our own. How often have the kind words of a stranger or the smile of someone in passing made an impact significant enough to be worth telling others when reflecting on your day?
Our stories are worth telling and worth sharing. The ones of growth, of heartache, of brokenness, of joy, and of the little moments that are sometimes seem insignificant.
People are all around us, and each one is living through a story we have no idea about. But sometimes, if we allow ourselves to really hear what they have to say, people bring you the loveliest stories. We tell stories because they matter.
I want to start noticing and intentionally listening to those stories around me. I hope you do too. Share them using #chasingthosestories. At the end of the day, I want to be a story chaser.
#vsco #vscochicago #socality #livefolk #liveauthentic #m5collective #thatsdarling #igerschicago #socalitychicago #belovedlife
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giovanamelo2 It's true that I live moment to moment, on the cusp of last minute and too late, but this time, I'm just completely blown away with how things fell right into place, with one week to spare.
In less than a week I'll be moving to Chicago.
I'm learning that when you let go of expectations and chase after the fullest life, things work themselves out. I would be lying if I said these past few weeks haven't been full of anticipation and tough lessons on patience. But guys Jesus is seriously so good, and in a short span of 3 weeks, I have found a place to live, a job, a way to get there, and the beginnings of a community.
I am seriously so thankful for the people in my life who believe in me and encourage me, especially over the past few weeks.
Also, a big shoutout to the Internet for hooking me up with a place to live, and @instagram for connecting me with so many rad people before I've even moved there.
I absolutely cannot wait to call this Windy City home.
#vsco #vscocam #vscochicago #igerschicago #socalitychicago #socality #choosechicago #chasinglight #livefolk #liveauthentic #keepexploring #finditliveit #communityfirst #chigram #posteastcoast #M5collective #cityinaday
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giovanamelo2 Celebrating Cinco with some tacos and golden moments.
This morning while I was getting breakfast, I watched as a mother completely exploded and angrily yelled at food service workers for a simple mistake on their part that had affected her day. Then, she briefly turned to the lady in front of her whom she had been small talking with, and sweetly said goodbye to her before going back again to direct her anger at the employees.
Seeing this really hurt my heart. It also reminded me that our actions seldom are unnoticed by others. Why do we pick and choose who deserves our kindness and who doesn't?

I left this morning challenged to look for ways in which I can be generous with kindness, and give it so freely. It's impossible for me to know every story, and what people are walking through. What I do know is that at the end of the day, we are all human.
Kindness is never wasted. Be extra nice to someone today.
#socality #livefolk #liveauthentic #insightoflight #M5collective #honestcaptions #vsco #posttheordinary #chasinglight #communityfirst
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giovanamelo2 Just sittin' out on this sunny step eating my avocado popsicle and watching airplanes fly by because sometimes you just gotta do things for yourself.
On another note, I have a monster final to study for and a work meeting and a 3 hour drive ahead of me today, but I'm still a fan of Mondays.
#vsco #posttheordinary #yestomondays #socality #livefolk #liveauthentic #thatsdarling #M5collective
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giovanamelo2 Sitting on the ground and sharing life with people is one of my favorite things.
This sweet friend carries so much sunshine in her heart, and I'm so glad we got to meet in Nashville this weekend. #postthepeople #vsco #chasinglight
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giovanamelo2 When I feel stuck, I go to the airport to people watch because I love finding those who are absolutely captivated by it.
Sometimes, we need them to remind us of the wonder and the dreams and the gold that we carry in our own hearts.
#honestcaptions #strangersinmyfeed #postthepeople #socality #chasinglight #insightoflight
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giovanamelo2 "It has been a beautiful
fight,

still is." -Charles Bukowski
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giovanamelo2 Seek adventure. Choose joy. Be brave.
Embrace the whimsy moments.
#socality #vsco #vscocam #chasinglight #postthepeople #onlytennisee #instagramtennessee
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giovanamelo2 So many good things on a Monday, feat. Pizza Socks.
#socality #M5collective #selfeet #insightoflight #chasinglight #yestomondays
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giovanamelo2 Being an explorer in my own city today. It's incredible how much beauty you can find if you're looking for it.
#WHPdoubletake #M5collective #posttheordinary #vsco #vscocam #onlytennisee #noogagram #socality #livefolk #liveauthentic #keepexploring
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giovanamelo2 When we were little, it didn't matter if we had messy hair, wet clothes, or dirty hands.

Go outside and remember what that feels like.
Maybe get some dirt under your fingernails and go wade in a creek barefoot.
This has been an Earth Day post. #earthday #M5collective #socality #communityfirst #chasinglight #insightoflight #keepexploring
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giovanamelo2 If I'm being honest, as beautiful as springtime can be, sometimes I find it difficult to let go of what this season has once defined for me. April is a hard month, and I've found myself struggling through it. I've fought to choose joy in the midst of such a daunting darkness, and have felt the weight of discouragement in the moments that I've failed. It's easy to see the ugly stuff, and even easier to pick it up, hold on to it, and let it become my identity.
But, despite all this, I'm grateful for beautiful reminders that show me that each year as I grow, I hope.
Our Father is gracious, and patient. His grace abounds, and His fierce love is always chasing me. The wonderful community He has placed around me is something I can rejoice in. They remind me to look for those moments of gold hidden in each day, and in that, my heart is brimming with thankfulness.
Today included crayon coloring with little buddies, my favorite tacos, wildflowers, and an incredible sunset.
Hold on to those moments.
#notetoself #honestcaptions #vsco #socality #livefolk #liveauthentic #communityfirst #posttheordinary #M5collective #chasinglight
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giovanamelo2 Today included rainy day sits with chicken nuggets, mountains, and golden friends.
Taking time to find beauty in little moments is the perfect way to fight the trap of mundane Mondays.
Have I mentioned that Mondays are my favorite days?
#yestomondays #favoritethings #vsco #socality #selfeet #belovedlife
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