journeyofnow When you start to do the things that you truly love, it wouldn't matter whether it is Monday or Friday; you would be so excited to wake up each morning to work on your passions. ~ Edmond Mbiaka 2d

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journeyofnow If we are lucky enough to have something that makes us different from everybody else, dont change. Uniqueness is priceless. In this crazy world thats trying to make us like everyone else, we have to find the courage to keep being our awesome self. And when they laugh at us for being different, laugh back at them for being the same. It takes a lot of courage to stand alone, but its worth it.

Photo taken by @cincinati and edited by me.

Quote by Glen Rambharack
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journeyofnow Wait long enough and your choppy chaotic thoughts will eventually quiet down for you to see clearly. 4d

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journeyofnow Today my neighbor asked me to go kayaking in Grassy Water Preserve. I've been biking back there for years but decided to try a different mode of transportation. I must say the view was really nice, but I missed seeing the ten foot plus gators that like to sunbathe along the canal.
Total distance traveled was 6 miles.
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journeyofnow Beautiful morning, what a great place to clear your mind and to put things into perspective.
Wishing you a wonderful Saturday.
2w

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journeyofnow Nothing profound or deep, I'll let the picture speak for itself. Happy Saturday. 🏾 3w
  •   journeyofnow @frengels thanks Petra, hope your day is rocking. 3w
  •   journeyofnow @tomparkr thanks Tom🏾 3w
  •   kbasta but such deep deep blues! wonderful, Stephen. hope you are well? 3w
  •   journeyofnow @kbasta hiii k, how are you my friend! I'm doing well. Still focusing on my health, I've not gained any weight back since the contest was over a few months ago. I have a bumper crop of sweet potatoes I need to harvest. I'm trying to figure out my big trip for the big 40 . 3w
  •   tonycross Gorgeous. 3w
  •   meycita So peaceful 2w
  •   caliva Gorgeous!! 2w
  •   customtatted81 nice! 2w

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journeyofnow But circumstances change. Small causes lead to large effects. New paths are added.
And all anyone can do . . . is choose. ~ KR
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  •   stephyvh Little Hello :-) great pic! 1mon
  •   journeyofnow @kbasta he is getting big. You seen then grow up on my feed. How cool is that! My youngest is 8 and wearing 12 year old clothes . 4w
  •   journeyofnow @stephyvh hiiiiii 😀 thanks! 4w
  •   kbasta Yes, I love that! I feel like everyone's Auntie. :) 4w
  •   gellijklm Hope all is well. Haven't seen your awesome photos, Stephen! 3w
  •   journeyofnow @gellijklm hi my friend, how are you! Long time! I've not been super active for the last 8ish months. I've been super focused on health. Hope you are doing well and glad that you stopped by. 3w
  •   gellijklm I'm so proud of you! It's amazing how our body change. I did a little burning calories too. Lost almost 30 lbs. And it actually became part of my lifestyle. Tell me, how did you do it? So happy for you! 3w
  •   journeyofnow @gellijklm that's great!! I'm happy for you! I bet you feel great! It is a lifestyle for me as well. I hit my goal a few months ago and I'm doing a good job of maintaining my body fat. I work out 6 days a week ( weights 3 - 4 days heavy cardio 2 days a week ). I eat super clean 6 days a week, high protein to maintain muscle. So my macros are 40% protein, 35%carbs 35%fats. I consume 1700 - 1800 calories a day to maintain 200 pounds. My biggest success is prepping my food for the week, measuring my progress and being consistent for a year. 3w

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journeyofnow Love days like this, taking in nature in all her glory. I don't have them as often as I would like, but when I do I cherish every sight, sound and moment.
Happy Sunday
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journeyofnow Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.
— Marc Brown
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journeyofnow Under the oak tree. 2mon

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journeyofnow This is just a nightmare
But soon I'm going to wake up
Someone's gonna bring me around.

One of my favorite Radiohead songs. Happy Friday.
2mon
  •   redblueox Four minutes. I love it. 2mon
  •   redblueox Comforting but ominous, like the credits to a horror movie. 2mon
  •   frengels Big Radiohead fan myself Stephen. My favourite of that album is "jigsaw falling into place" it's one of those songs that I sing along loudly and leaves me smiling and relaxed afterwards, if that makes any sense. My all time favourite is "street spirit" though. 2mon
  •   journeyofnow @redblueox yes my friend. I hope you are well sir. 2mon
  •   journeyofnow @frengels nice Petra, I didn't know that. Jigsaw is a great song as well. Ohh street spirit was from the bends. I enjoy that song as well my friend. 2mon
  •   journeyofnow @kristinelissa yes, that song just has a way of ripping your heart, exploring ones depths of emotions. It's strange, but their sound has a way of just intensifying a very select set of emotions, no other group does that for me on a consistent basis. 2mon
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journeyofnow Story behind a photo:
This shot was taken just after my book club meeting. Today we reviewed The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection and Courage. By Brene Brown.

This was a wonderful book and worth checking out. Here are something's I learned.

We can only love someone else to the degree we love ourselves (then she goes on to show you how this is probably so, showing parents that the things that they are negative to in their children are actually things that they find hard to accept in themselves.

We do not want to be hurt so badly, that we decide not to embrace the joy that we could in our lives; because we might hurt to lose it...and so live un-actualized lives. She shows how we numb ourselves, using food, TV, internet, "social networking" and other ways; just as addicts use drugs or alcohol and is so frank and honest and blunt in all of her insight that you just feel washed of your own irritation at the idiots that confound our lives.

Most adults have lost the art of creativity and play. We feel guilty, but most innovation comes out of the act of playing and being creative.

To be able to see the world as others see it—This requires putting your own "stuff" aside to see the situation through your loved one's eyes.

To be nonjudgmental—Judgement of another person's situation discounts the experience and is an attempt to protect ourselves from the pain of the situation.

To understand another person’s feelings—We have to be in touch with our own feelings in order to understand someone else's. Again, this requires putting your own "stuff" aside to focus on your loved one.

To communicate your understanding of that person’s feelings—Rather than saying, "At least you..." or "It could be worse..." try, "I've been there, and that really hurts," or (to quote an example from Brown) "It sounds like you are in a hard place now. Tell me more about it.”
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journeyofnow People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Life is really amazing once you stop and think about. We have one chance to exist, to live, to love, and to leave your mark in the minds of others. At any moment, it can call be taken away in a flash. Often times, if something is troubling me. One of the things, I like to say in my mind. This has happened, I reorganize that this moment is bothering me, can I do something, if no.... I say I release these thoughts and let go of this energy. In the grand scheme of my life I will not hold onto that energy. I go on to think about the many people that are sick and have passed and away and realize my time is short. It helps put things into perspective.

Happy Saturday
3mon

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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.
3mon

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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.
3mon

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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 @ilovemine thanks so much! Hope you are well. 3mon
  •   journeyofnow @capeverde89 sorry to hear that . Maybe next time. 3mon
  •   journeyofnow @wongski thanks so much. I hope you had a great weekend. 3mon
  •   journeyofnow @redblueox thanks Troy 🏾. 3mon
  •   capeverde89 Definitely next time.. you guys enjoy sunset sad I won't be there this year I k ow you'll kill it! @journeyofnow 3mon
  •   mepiesss I was going to ask how your doing but you sound incredibly busy. It's funny how it seems the more you do the more energy you have 3mon
  •   intolittlestars I have nothing but respect for you and your choice for an active and fit lifestyle. Do update us! 2mon
  •   journeyofnow @intolittlestars I won the contest, I'll tag you on the post. I hope all is well with you. What's going on in your world my good Instagram friend. 2mon

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journeyofnow I'm free! 4mon
  •   stephyvh Very nice ! 4mon
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  •   vero_pic I miss you, friend. 4mon
  •   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. 4mon
  •   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. 4mon
  •   divakaya Hey sweety just wanted to say hi, haven't seen you around! 4mon
  •   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. 🏾🏾. 4mon
  •   wongski Great silhouette of you! Love that pier! 4mon

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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!
4mon

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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. that 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. 4mon

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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. 5mon

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