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robinmay I arrived a little late to the photo party of one of my favourite new-ish follows, fellow Canadian @secretcities, but I'm making up for lost time by checking in on his posts daily. Emanuel's Instagram + Tumblr accounts are equally captivating, as is his appreciation for both this glorious earth and his mom. (Gotta love a guy who loves his mom!) If your day could use an extra little peek into our gorgeous country, why don't you pop on over and say hi, eh? #robinmay_followfriday xx. 23h

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robinmay Fact: I had a man in my life, way back when, who called me a f***** b**** more times than I can count. He'd rain those words on me while I was at my weakest. He'd rain them on me when I was at my worst. He'd rain them on me when I fought back and when I didn't. And he'd hate me either way. At the time, I had a dear friend, an old friend, a friend I trusted, who told me this was completely normal. She said that people fight, and when they fight they say things they don't mean. She said this because, for reasons I still don't understand, those sorts of words didn't seem to hurt her. Maybe because she didn't believe them? Or maybe because she did. I don't know. All I know is that I was scarred, deeply, over and over and over again. Scars upon scars upon scars. And those scars were self-loathing; those scars were self-doubt; those scars were real. I don't believe in many absolutes, but I do believe (now) that if someone's cruel to you, you shouldn't hold them close, no matter how deserving you feel of those lashings. And if someone tells you otherwise, you probably shouldn't hold them close either. When we stop making excuses for this sort of energy, when we stop perpetuating it by inviting it into our lives, we free up space and energy for the good stuff. The reeeeeeal good stuff. And that's all I wish for any of you. Ever. I dedicate this post to the best human I know. xx. 2d
  •   ranahijazixo @mrwhineglass I would dedicate those words to my baby 1d
  •   deborahvolp @kristi_thomas_ wow. Miss u girl 1d
  •   urvashisonu I have a similar story too n it took me yrs to walk away from things i didnt deserve. @robinmay You are beautiful n strong. Always stay the same. Don't ever change. Be blessed :) 1d
  •   tracetorecreate Yes yes yes. I am so grateful for this post and your words. 1d
  •   sharidiane I adore you, Robin May! I love your vulnerability, sweetness, and complete authenticity. And I'm so glad you have a truly great love with @matthewjay. 23h
  •   bobbiej01 Very wise! 22h
  •   sooziegirl Robin, your words are beautiful as always, as painful as that was to read. You are such an inspiration 12h
  •   ivygrace3194 Very meaningful, so deep, to the bone. 12h

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robinmay The skies are all tumbly and rumbly and restless. Me, too. 3d
  •   fishsticked Also, I just spent a lot of time saying "skys or skies or skis?" before finally deciding it wasn't skis and then scrolling up to your caption to check. #️or # 3d
  •   robinmay @fishsticked If I were wearing skis today, they'd be restless, too, I'm sure. And then I'd promptly fall over, because....well....why am I wearing skis?? 3d
  •   orawan_aoi Wow 3d
  •   omar_m7mt can u tell me about this effect .. I like it in ur style ... and I wish to do it in my pics ... :) 3d
  •   gao.senna .nice... 2d
  •   deborah.singh @robinmay you don't just take pictures; you see beauty where the average person doesn't...You see well beyond any land or sea scape. As I was "finding myself" a few years ago, I spent a considerable amount of time capturing sunsets and landscapes... and it was absolutely the best therapy. I still do occasionally. Love your pictures and your doggie! And I love reading your posts :) 2d
  •   piedrasara I love it! 2d

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robinmay I cut my own hair today to remind myself that it's just hair. 5d

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robinmay On this day in 2012, San Francisco was reminding me--with a not-so-subtle wink and a nudge and some jazz hands--that it's incredible to be alive. I'm in the process of compiling moments for the dreamiest of dream projects, and photos like this one command me to STOP in my digital tracks and REMEMBER. Like, right down to my toes. 5d

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robinmay I'm feeling better today. But something happens when you're sick "too much." And it's an understandable thing, albeit a regrettable one. Kindness stretches thin and snaps with force. Frustration shows through where compassion's rubbed clean. Doors slam. Words carelessly carry. Life moves on. Even the most patient among us will let slip a sigh when a headache lasts not two screaming days but ten. And cool, soothing hands overheat and move elsewhere as a fever stretches from weeks to a month. When an ailment remains stubbornly nameless, and there's no fix in a pill or a doctor's office or from that friend of a friend of your cousin who cut out gluten and now feels AMAZING, something shifts. Sometimes you--struggling you, sick you, barely-holding-on you--gets confused with what's broken, as if the thing that's hunting you down, gobbling huge fleshy chunks of your life, is, despite your cries, your pet. (After all, they reason, you're the one feeding it.) 6d
  •   theartubesinchesterfield Robin @robinmay you have expressed yourself so powerfully once again. You have a true gift with words 5d
  •   avamainville Oh Robin... 5d
  •   xtinechristine I've been there, Robin :( And I know what it's like when other people feel you've used up your allotted number of problems, but life hasn't finished dishing them out to you, yet. It's taken me a decade to almost fully recover from a plethora of baffling health issues, but somehow I've gotten there, one completely stubborn step at a time. I truly hope for you that you find all of your answers, and much faster than I found mine--:) xo 5d
  •   ellemaldonado I live this story well!!! I continue to speak God's word over myself outloud. We live by faith not by sight and this is what 'activates' the power of God's words over our broken bodies. The word of God is alive and active and this I know because it is what has carried me out of so many illnesses and pain!!! His strength is being made perfect in your weeakness!!! I pray that His perfect love and grace would cover you and may He show you the path of healing...you are such a beautiful, precious soul!!! Thank you for being so real! 5d
  •   wayne.cormier Wise words! 5d
  •   sunshineisfine7 hey @robinmay, try crystal therapy :) crystals and stones are a great natural way of bringing healing energy to you and your home, whether you wear or carry them or place them somewhere, and I always like to cleanse mine in the river or the lake so it's a great spiritual experience as well 4d
  •   sharidiane I've been dealing with an onset of allergic reactions lately. Scary ones. I've thought of you and how you deal with these awful, chronic migraines. We all deal with something, and should be kind to one another. 23h

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robinmay I'm wearing sunglasses as I post this, because my brain has declared war against the light. But even under layers of migraine, and layers more still of confusion and exhaustion and grief, I can feel the lake stirring against my heart. 1w

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robinmay If you're up today, feet pressed to the earth, with the freedom to move forward or backward or to stand still and just soak it all in, I am thinking of you. And if you're not--if you, like me, are today just thoughts in a throbbing head, pain-scraped and bedridden, bleak for the moment and deeply sore--I'm thinking of you, too. 1w

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robinmay In two weeks we trade in Collingwood, ON for Pittsburgh, PA, then Pittsburgh, PA for Raleigh, NC. What a journey! If all goes as planned-ish, we'll be sleeping in our own bed 22 nights from tonight. For the first time since May! I wonder if it will recognize us? And more importantly, I wonder if Tim Hortons will miss us? 1w
  •   tanyiatabouli Woot! Woot! 1w
  •   opeyemibeejah Good luck to u two 1w
  •   pumpupthe_jam I live in Pittsburgh! I hope you two like it 1w
  •   mastourehx Good luck 1w
  •   megmedgy If you swing by Cleveland you've got a home cooked meal for you & Matt. My hubby is an excellent home cook and I find much light and inspiration reading your words. Feeding you two would be a chance to give back. Best wishes! 1w
  •   robin13reit Pittsburgh is an awesome city! My husband is from there! I love it! 1w
  •   ccstorme Yay Pittsburgh (aka my back yard)! Enjoy the beautiful city. You must stop by Phipps Conservatory if you get the chance. And don't be afraid to try Primantis! 1w
  •   blisswilliam Have. A. Wonderful. Day 6d

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robinmay Autumn stirred sleepily this morning under the blanket of summer, one toe poking tentatively out into the chilly blue sky. 1w
  •   abbiegrierr Your caption is so poetic! But better than that! I like it 1w
  •   ranahijazixo @mrwhineglass beautiful caption 1w
  •   liangsasa 蓝天~ 1w
  •   blisswilliam I like. Animals. Birds 6d
  •   karinhaugen You really do have the best captions on Instagram. Often people tend to pour feelings over their words and leave it at that, but I love the twists and turns and the texture of your language. 4d
  •   robinmay @karinhaugen Thank you, Karin! Such kind words. 4d
  •   lastcourt Yes im go miss these long summer days but it was a summer of Love for Me 2d

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robinmay My darling dog whisperer. 1w

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robinmay Some days start with a steaming soy latte, served hot to you in bed by a doting husband as your dog sleeps curled up at your feet. And sometimes you're blissfully 1/8th of the way into that latte when you feel something funny in your mouth. And sometimes that funny thing is a very, very dead fly. 1w

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robinmay I tore my eyes from the storm and examined a single drop. 1w

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robinmay Wrangling Gracie + my parents' two dogs into an elevator is a little bit like herding cats. Wriggling, darting, scatter-brained cats. In matching harnesses. 2w

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robinmay In twelve words or less, how would you describe your Instagram account? 2w

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robinmay On this day one year ago, I clinked pints in celebration of three months of marriage to @matthewjay. On this day two years ago, I arrived in the Bay Area after completing a lifelong dream journey across the United States by train. And on this day three years ago, I posted my very first photo on a little app called Instagram. What amazes me today, as I drift on this strange life I've created, is that some of you have actually taken the time to wander back to that first photo, to leave me kind messages and to carve your names into the comments on that skinny little sapling of a post. I extend to you, intrepid Instagrammers, the most enthusiastic high five. And I dedicate this 3,774th photo--snapped lovingly by my husband--to YOU. xx. 2w

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robinmay Today we're packing up all my winter stuff. 2w

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robinmay She said to her big sister, "I'll wave my hands and then you pull me up." And all went according to plan. 2w

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robinmay Today a bunch of strangers came together to raise money for a human I love so much. (Not the human pictured, but oh how I love him, too.) We live in a funny world. It seems every time I go online I see someone asking for something for nothing. It's a twisted version of the welfare system I so passionately endorse: able-bodied, able-minded, affluent individuals, dipping their paws into the pot of generosity simply because they can, because they want what they want and they want it NOW. I've seen people asking for cameras, people asking for laptops, people asking for tuition to go back to school "just because." And I see people going hungry. I see mental illness untreated. I see single parents drowning. And I feel sick. Days like today remind me that while there are always going to be those who abuse and exploit the system, asking for help is NOT a bad thing. Sometimes it's the only thing standing between life and death. And I'm so happy to see that despite all those extra hands digging around in there, there's still a little generosity left in that pot. xx. 2w

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robinmay (Today I accidentally immersed my iPhone in the pool WITHOUT closing my waterproof case. For TWENTY-ONE soaking wet seconds. EXCLAMATION POINT. Miraculously, it seems to have lived to tell the tale. But something tells me I won't get so lucky a second time.) 2w

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