journeyofnow We can only love others as much as we love ourselves. If you're not happy in the inside, no external force or activity can lead to lasting happiness it is a false mask. If you don't love yourself, how is it even possible to really love another person. It only leads to pain.

I do believe that you have to date yourself. Practice self-love and acceptance. To look in the mirror and to say I love and accept who I am. I am good enough, I am beautiful, I am amazing. You have to be a little silly, play, smile, and don't be so serious. When you hear that negative self-talk, say that is not who I am, I will not internalize that conversation and make it a part of me.

Just like a relationship it takes daily practice. Over time, you will love yourself more.

I for one sometimes get caught up in that negative chatter, but great progress is being made.
Happy Monday.
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  •   journeyofnow @frommeloveyou thanks for stopping by. 2d
  •   journeyofnow @stwesley thanks Stan, I've not been writing down my thoughts much. 2d
  •   journeyofnow @soosee thanks, happy Monday. Hope all is well. When's the next meet up 🏾. 2d
  •   journeyofnow @vero_pic thanks Vero, sending much love back to you and your family. 🏾 2d
  •   kbasta good reminders. I'm not the best date to myself sometimes. ;) 2d
  •   journeyofnow @kbasta Hi K, always nice to hear from you. When I do write this is often a reminder for myself. I hope all is well in your world. 2d
  •   malotten Lovely & great words! ️ Have a great week Stephen! 2d
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journeyofnow Starting in January, I joined a contest to see who could have the biggest change in their percentage of body fat. I was up against some stiff competition. Well, yesterday I WON, I made 6.4% change in body fat. Depending on what scale you use, I'm down to my mid teens. The two biggest attributes to my success were meal preparation, and consistently exercising.
Here is a picture of me when I first started down the road on June 27, 2014. I wanted to be in the best shape of my life for my birthday, and I blew that goal away.
So if you been wondering why I've not been very active, well now you know. If you have any questions im totally open to answering your questions.
I'll probably delete this image in a few days.
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  •   gypsy_sweet Congrats!!! 1w
  •   asheeps Congrats!! What a great accomplishment 😀 7d
  •   divakaya Congratulations man!!! 6d
  •   journeyofnow @humbleblessing that's awesome kickboxing and boxing is my secret weapon. I lost a lot of bodyfat doing those activities. 6d
  •   twheat Dude, wow. Inspiring 3d
  •   journeyofnow @twheat thanks, I've been very quiet on IG for the last couple of months. Trying to get into great shape. 3d
  •   wongski Congrats Stephen! You're an inspiration! 2d
  •   journeyofnow @wongski thanks, I had to make some changes. I hope all is well with you. 🏾 2d

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journeyofnow I've been in beast mode since January for my contest. I'm super excited that I've already hit my goal of being in the bast shape of my life before my birthday.

I have been hyper focused since June last year but went to a whole new level in January, which has left me very little time to go shoot. Yesterday day looked something like this.

Wake up 6:30 take my wife car in.Then from the store I biked to the gym. I train legs, chest, abs with no rest between sets. Right after I was done I rode my bike home from the gym ( 8 miles ). I then do basketball drills with my son. For good measure I then do body weight exercise. I put my son on shoulders (70 pounds) and I do full jump squats, and mix in some push ups, with one son, then older son who is around 90 pounds. Later in the evening I get another bike ride in.

During Monday - Friday it's not as intense. I'll work out 1 - 2 times a day. I also mix in kick boxing and boxing, which is intense but fun.

Once the contest is over next week, I plan on slowing down just a little . Start doing more sunrises by the beach again, kayaking.

Hope everyone is well, what new developments have been going on in your world, tell me.
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journeyofnow I'm free! 1mon
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  •   vero_pic I miss you, friend. 3w
  •   journeyofnow @vero_pic hiya, I've been really focused on this contest. I've been working out like a mad man and eating super clean. I've not had much time to post, or write. You been killing it with your macro Vero. Love it so much. Please send me love to the family. 3w
  •   vero_pic Work is good, but make time to rest. I am happy you are great. Thanks so much for the IG love and big kiss to you and the fam. A trip your way is mandatory. 3w
  •   divakaya Hey sweety just wanted to say hi, haven't seen you around! 2w
  •   journeyofnow @divakaya thanks for checking in, I've not been as active recently. I've been focused on my health. But plan on getting back into photograph in 2 weeks. Actually check out my latest post. 🏾🏾. 2w
  •   wongski Great silhouette of you! Love that pier! 2w

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journeyofnow Something about friendship that transcends all time and space. You know that good friend, where you may not speak to each other for a while, but you can pick up that friendship right away like no time has passed at all.
Today I'm beyond thankful for my friends.

Happy Saturday!
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journeyofnow What a strange sunset today. I got out of my boxing class and started to head home. I saw this intense fire red in the sky. thay dipped below the rain filled clouds. I thought, I only have a few mins left until sunset is over I need to find a good vantage point. Well this was the best that I could find in such short notice. This picture does not do it justice. 1mon

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journeyofnow Total freedom, while being in the moment. They are completely full of joy and hope for the future. The goal is to have the purity and playful nature of a child with the wisdom of an old sage. 1mon

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journeyofnow Today, I got to meet up with some familiar friends and meet many new people for this year world wide instameet. It was really nice to chat, take photos and catch up.
Very thankful to have the opportunity to unwind. It was much needed.
Happy Saturday!

#communtyfirst #954naturemeet
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  •   journeyofnow @vero_pic I sure did. Loving it! Gosh I forgot how hard it is to take macros. I took around 100 shots. This and one other shot were the only ones I like. So hard to get it super sharp. 2mon
  •   vero_pic Definitely hard to get the sharp snap, as I like to call it. But, once you have an image, one that you know you nailed, it just stands out. This one, my friend, your truly nailed. Absolutely breathtaking! 2mon
  •   crablogger Wow The one-in-a-hundred is one in a million - just beautiful!! 2mon
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journeyofnow Anything worthwhile starts off with a first step. It may be difficult at first, it may just seem impossible. Just focus on one small step at a time, nothing less nothing more. Put all thoughts of the end result, any fears and doubts to the side. Just think about and "do" one small step at a time. Once you arrive you will one day look back and think wow I did, I made it. I'm ready for my next impossible task.
It's strange, how making those little steps works, all of a sudden it just continues to build to the point nothing will stop you, just the only thing that is holding you back is your own limiting thoughts.

Happy Sunday
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journeyofnow There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.
~ Guy Gavriel Kay
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journeyofnow For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports. - Sandra Postel 2mon

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journeyofnow I must make it through to the other side. 2mon
  •   journeyofnow @lifeanddogs @stephinthecityyy @j.osh thanks Michael for your thoughtful point of view. I agree Steph perception is totally ones own reality. It's when we look for what other people tell we should be, or tell us what goals we should be is when problems arise. I set goals for "myself" and work hard to making them happen. If I don't hit my goal, I no longer beat myself up. I know I tried my best and enjoy the journey along the way. My goal is one of self realization and happiness, but more importantly it's not the end but the journey towards ones destination. 2mon
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  •   journeyofnow @maya._.prout thanks Maya 2mon
  •   journeyofnow @rianassaaf thanks my friend 2mon
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journeyofnow No single decision you ever made has led in a straight line to where you find yourself now. You peeked down some roads and took a few steps before turning back. You followed some roads that came to a dead end and others that got lost at too many intersections. Ultimately, all roads are connected to all other roads. ~ Deepak 2mon

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journeyofnow Another week has nearly gone by and there has been countless moments of wonderful photos I've seen on IG. Here are a few of my favorites.

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@ioegreer @_upisdown @danamarieku

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@beneezy @huseyintaskin @andy_mann

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@bruinalexander @nickbecerra @travisburkephotography
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journeyofnow Collab: It is not often that I get to collaborate with a fellow IG'er but when @j.osh asked if he could edit one of my images, I jumped at the chance to edit one of his. Joshua is from Singapore and an all around cool gentleman of the highest order :). If you get a chance, stop by his feed. 2mon

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journeyofnow “Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind.

Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things.

Their language has been lost.

But not the gestures.” ― Vera Nazarian,
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journeyofnow Don't you just love days like this. Where you are free to explore, with no thoughts of what you didn't get done in the past, or the needs of the future. Just enjoying nature as it unfolds. 2mon

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journeyofnow You know, bicycling isn't just a matter of balance," I said. "it's a matter of faith. You can keep upright only by moving forward. You have to have your eyes on the goal, not the ground. I'm going to call that the Bicyclist's Philosophy of Life.
~ Susan Vreeland
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journeyofnow INSTAGRAM FEATURE - One of the activities I like to do is to find an account with less than 500 followers, who at an early stage already has a selection of fantastic photos. I find those accounts are very rare to find, so when I do find someone, I often smile. Coming out of Tampa Florida, I would like to introduce you to @postnoir, Aimee is definitely a hidden gem.

Her feed is mostly monochromatic, with a few color shots mixed in for good measure. When I look at a person's feed, I try to understand what they are going for in their photos, the story they are trying to tell. Aimee feed to me is an exploration in shades of gray that middle ground where many possibilities reside. This is Aimee world of exploration, and she plays in that area perfectly. There is an immense amount of detail to her photos that once you visit and look closely, it can't be denied. There is a calm and mysterious feeling when I look through her photos... to add to that, her titles and messages are somewhat mysterious and pondering. There is an interesting mind at work behind these photos. It appears that a number of her photos are from Florida, but somehow with her editing, they give the impression of another time and place.

While Aimee is just starting out, I hope that she continues to post it is an account to watch. Please take some time and go through her stream, follow and say hi while you're over there you will not be disappointed.

Also check out some of my older features here as well on #jon_feature.
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