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missv234 Unexpected call from a dear friend who I don't see or talk to enough yesterday. Told me I need to read Tara Brach. Looked up her book "Radical Acceptance" this morning and found this quote, which I love. Perhaps this will be the first eBook I download? So far have had my eReader for a week and a half and have yet to use it. Love my books too much :) Happy day, Internet friends! May you take even just a baby step towards love and radical acceptance of your beautiful, messy selves! 6d
  •   msnini_ Looking forward to hearing about it! 6d
  •   missv234 I'm sure I'll be quoting it to you soon, my dear! zo 6d

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missv234 Hello today. I greet you with a bow + a smile. Have a good feeling about today. Gonna wrap up my mid-year forecast at work come hell or high water, checking in w my physio after work on my ankle strength as I gear up for my big trek in December AND I'm having @orrkell over for a beverage and a chat ce soir. This day is definitely bow worthy! 7d

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missv234 I don't believe in dodging the tough stuff. It might serve us temporarily to do so as we lock down into survival mode, but ultimately we all need to confront and process the bad if we are to transcend it. I also believe that there is no need to look past the good as we walk the path toward healing. And that is why, while I won't deny I have some tough I'm struggling with right now, I am also reveling in the simple pleasure of my new coffee table. It's a trunk made of repurposed wood imported from India, and it is my sunshine this week. This is the top of it. Adore. 1w

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missv234 I'm big into announcing things today for some reason . . . So, about 4 years ago when I was almost 31 @freshfish1978 taught me how to wear makeup. Concealer and mascara to mask the sleep deprived look I was rocking those days, to be specific. I started wearing it to hide my post-relationship ending insomnia during the work week. Then for special outings on the weekend too. Overtime: every day. This week I decided: no more. I realize a makeup hiatus when you wear very little makeup isn't a big deal to most. It is to me. I am incredibly proud of the mostly healthy sleep schedule I have going these days, and have been feeling a growing discomfort with how vain I've become about people telling me I look younger than I am. It's time to go back to the unadorned me, if only temporarily, to reconnect with my belief that I am beautiful, inside and out, regardless of whether I manipulate my appearance to it's best advantage. That said, I still plan to pluck my eyebrows. I stubbornly wore caterpillars all the way into my mid-20s in a supposed "fuck you" to the beauty myth. I have no regrets, but, nor do I have a desire to return entirely to my former self. The me who didn't think I was pretty enough to bother trying. 2w
  •   freshfish1978 * I * convinced you to wear make-up?! Not only do I have no memory of this, I hate myself for it! You're gorgeous, always <3 2w
  •   missv234 @freshfish1978 OMG no! Not convinced. Answered my call for help! I was tired of looking tired. Of wearing my emotional turmoil on my face. I deeply appreciate what you did for me. I have just reached a point where I need to stop thinking I'm pretty because I've finally figured out how to make myself so through additions, and reconnect with fact my beauty is me, not the hair and make up :) Also just kindof feeling the need to give the finger to the patriarchy these days ;) 2w
  •   freshfish1978 Ah! OK, carry on with my full support as always then ;) 2w

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missv234 Fall hiking season is definitely upon us #favouritethings 3w

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missv234 Jays Game! #LetsGoBlueJays 4w

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missv234 Nice spot for lunch #AnnasNOTLBach 4w

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missv234 Teaching me about wine while offering me wine samples = sorry not listening, can you say that again? #bachelorette 4w

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missv234 Up 'til 2 am working kind of tired. Suuuucks :( #selfie #needsleep 4w

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missv234 Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche's novel " #Americanah" has been adding touches of gold to my life since I first began lingering over it's pages. Each word drawing me in more deeply than the one before it. My favourite thing about it today, on page 354? The Nigerian idiom "Obi ocha." A clean heart. #booknerd 1mon

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missv234 What did I learn from this veggie burrito??? That I have been severely underutilizing sweet potatoes. My avocado love, on the other hand, was simply reconfigured. #vegetarian #foodporn #LolaRosa #Montreal 1mon
  •   missv234 umm . . . reconfirmed, that is. Why no edit function, Insta? Why? 1mon

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missv234 Le Trou du Diable. Mmmsogood. #LolaRosa #montreal 1mon

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missv234 I once read that women with messy, curly hair are perceived as being wilder. More unruly. That we should straighten our hair if we want to be taken seriously. Perceived as good. Thing is, I got better things to do with my time than play with a flat iron. Oh and p.s.: I like my big hair. 1mon

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missv234 Are pierogi Polish? Not sure. Either way love it when all my friends come to my hood to hang out w me and eat them once a year @ Polish Fest. Yum! 1mon

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missv234 We all do it. Hide from emotions that we're not ready to feel. Or don't know how to process. We push them to the side. Tell ourselves we're alright, tell others we are alright, even though we are walking wounded; growing scar tissue around injuries never properly tended to. Until one day, usually in the face of some unexpected trigger, they refuse to be any longer ignored. 1mon

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missv234 Took a walk down by the water

Bathed myself in the beams of a dying summer sun

Watched ducks swim by with their steady rhythm of nowhere to go and nowhere not to

Go.

My shadow cast in the shadow of
a tree's
was

not near as mesmerizing as the warmth of the sun on my skin,

the feeling of the sand between my toes,

the screeches of the gulls circling above me,
calling me to look up, look around, look outside
Myself.
2mon
  •   missv234 1st attempt at posting a poem on Insta. Line breaks didn't quite work, but they're not as bad as I was worries they would be. #sunshine #selfie #poetry 2mon

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missv234 Perfect centre pieces from #annasmarketshower 2mon

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missv234 Some of the loveliness from #AnnasMarketShower 2mon

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missv234 Hey there, Mr. Avocado. You so fine. Should people ask me at my evening plans tonight why I am so fashionably late, I will say "because grilled corn and quiñoa salad." Most of them will not understand. And from them I'll move on quickly after we politely establish each other's occupations and relationships to the host. I will not offer to buy them a drink. #vegetarian #vegan #quñoa #salad #foodporn #mmm 2mon

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missv234 I'm not saying they *should* let sisters have a say in who their brother's marry, I'm just saying that if they did, I'd definitely vote for the woman who lovingly + artfully picked this feather to adorn to her and my bro's wedding invitation to me. #familylove 2mon

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