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toda una vida en ceremonia.

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User Image simonebirch Posted: Nov 19, 2017 6:55 PM (UTC)
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stay true to your heart's light.
she will guide you to yourself.
I'm a firm believer in everything happening for a reason and exactly when it needs to.
This past week has been testament of that.
Along with everyone who's come into my life after Hurricane Maria, Andy and Paola have been crucial in my post Maria healing process.
Getting to spend a week full of meaningful work, deep conversations and hours of laughter together have brought some much need lightness in these troubling times.
As I struggle with the uncertainty of my immediate future, connections like these definitely help shed some clarity on things.
For that, I'm grateful.
all shots by @sarisabel.
Gracias Sarita por estar estos días,
you're a part of all this too. 💛✨
User Image simonebirch Posted: Nov 15, 2017 12:53 PM (UTC)
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In the two months since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, life has been flipped upside down for everyone on the island. These changes has forced us to reimagine our lives and purpose. For me it's all been about trying to help others and create bridges between people, volunteers and organizations. I've been able to work on lots of different projects since then and I'm currently spending this week with @andyto and @monaris_ from the #sonyalphacollective supporting them on a video project.
Being able to use my knowledge of the island for purposeful work has been really gratifying and it's helped me maintain a semblance of sanity within all this chaos. Beyond all these hardships, I'm grateful for these experiences that bring out the best and worst of me and help me connect deeper with my own purpose in this life. #rebirthpuertorico
Getting through the last two months would have been nearly impossible had it not been for all the love and support I've gotten from friends and family around the world.
Last month my family from @adventureabides came to visit and were crucial in helping us keep it together. It was a month full of trials and emotional hardships but it feels like I'm getting through the roughest part now.
I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and honor them for all the work they did and the help they offered us. From supporting me through my emotional breakdowns to dealing with my bad mood days, they've proven that true friends are those who love you unconditionally at your best and support and stand by you at your worst.
Thank you for being here for me when I needed you. For calling me out and reminding me who I am. I hope in some way in this life I get to return all the love you've always given me.
Glooch on, my brothers.
Shots taken on #galaxys8 courtesy of @tmobilepuertorico who have kept me connected and allowed me to keep working through the storm.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Nov 12, 2017 4:30 PM (UTC)
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Nothing will ever be the same again
and that's exactly how it should be.
I took this shot with the #galaxys8 that @tmobilepuertorico lent me a few months back.
It's been hard finding the energy to keep posting lately, specially shots from before the hurricane.
I'm not sure if this tree is even standing anymore.
One thing that's been clearer than ever is that we have to treasure the present moment as best as we can. Where we are and who we're with, the people and places we love - nothing is forever. Life is changing so fast lately that I can barely keep up sometimes.
The only thing I can do now is entrust my purpose to the process and promise myself never to take it all for granted again.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Oct 26, 2017 12:49 AM (UTC)
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home will be here
if you ever need me.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Oct 24, 2017 10:50 PM (UTC)
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I remember you
as my favorite time of day.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Oct 24, 2017 4:03 PM (UTC)
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This is pretty much what my life has been like since Hurricane Maria.
Thanks to the support of #BoriPuertoRicoHurricaneRelief me and my new friend @joseecolonpr have been able to distribute weekly bags of supplies to some overlooked and forgotten communities in Adjuntas.
This set was from two days ago when we visited Sector Las Minas, a community isolated by a landslide. Since there was no car access, we had to take the bags on foot.
We hiked all the way to this community which includes a woman who is a cancer patient and were able to get some groceries and supplies to them.
This is just one small example of the kinds of things people are having to do to get help where it's needed. A lot of people I know have become full-time volunteers and are working day in and day out to help others.
I don't even know how long it's been since the storm anymore. I just know we have a long way to go and it doesn't seem to be getting any easier.
With no hopes of electrical power coming back this year and little to no phone service, just coordinating these efforts can be a struggle.
Regardless of that, us Puerto Ricans are no strangers to hard work and from this catastrophe I've seen some of the strongest and most supportive community projects come together.
Grateful for the constant support and solidarity from my community and from all my fellow boricuas who are giving their all to be there for each other.
If anyone wants to donate to this work we're doing you can do so from the link on my profile.
Talk to you all soon.
Always Love 💛✨
Yesterday our friend @manuelvelez_ took this portrait of us after we helped distribute some 80 bags of groceries to a heavily affected community we've been helping in the mountains of Adjuntas.
It's been the roughest month in recent memory but we've kept busy helping others as much as we can and through it all we've connected with some incredible people who are making a world of difference in small communities all around the island. I'm grateful for everyone's solidarity and support through all of this. Life is something completely different now but we're finding our roles in all this.
We're currently working with @localguest on making our home available to volunteers next month for all of you interested in coming down to help with these initiatives. I'll have more info on that soon.
In the meantime, if you want to donate to a grassroots project that is working hands on around the island and one I'm collaborating with, check out the link on my profile. Special thanks to @nomada360, @stevesotomagnumpr and @c787studios for dedicating themselves to the service of others and letting me be a part of it.
Talk soon!
Always Love.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Oct 15, 2017 3:27 AM (UTC)
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Recently I read that we're expected to get power back at some point in December.
We're not holding our breath.
We've gotten used to the darkness by now.
We're making the best of it.
Our dear friend @tropical_disco left us this disco ball a few months back and unknowingly became our source of illumination.
Our room feels like we're floating in space every night now.
I want to be like that too.
I want to leave a source of light for you
whenever I'm away,
to light up the dark if you ever need me.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Oct 13, 2017 11:39 PM (UTC)
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Hi there.
It's been a while.
This is the first picture I've taken since the storm and it reminded me of you.
There's so much to say
and even more to do.
Just wanted to let you know
I still love you
and I think of you often.
We're doing the best we can here.
Trying to help as many people as we can.
Trying to love more than we ever have.
Some days are better than others.
The days are long but we have each other.
Giving up isn't even an option.
Our life and love is being put to the test daily and we have the longest road ahead of us.
At least sometimes life gives us hints that we're on the right track.
I'll tell you more about all that later.
For now
I just want you to know
I love you.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Sep 25, 2017 4:00 PM (UTC)
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I've been working today on getting everything organized so we can start accepting donations to help in Adjuntas. I'll have more concrete information later but in the mean time I've joined @omarzrobles' effort to help raise funds by donating our work for prints. This is one the pictures I included - my dearest treasure. The organization the proceeds will be going to is Taller Salud via This is a trustworthy organization. If you don't want a print you can donate to them directly.
I'll share Omar's original post below so you can understand better and more information as I receive it.
🇵🇷Help us help Puerto Rico🇵🇷
I am pleased to announce the official launch of #Pixels4PuertoRico, a website created to raise funds and help those in need in Puerto Rico due to the catastrophic hurricane María. Many have lost their homes and supplies are running out fast.
You will have the opportunity to purchase prints of my work as well as that of other artist at a unique price point.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to local grassroots organizations helping those in most need at the moment.

Take advantage of this one of a kind chance to help heal through art. Visit the link on my profile and order your prints today!
Help us spread the word and create a movement.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Sep 25, 2017 2:56 AM (UTC)
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Hey everyone.
First off, our immediate family is all safe and sound.
Thanks to all of you who have written and had us in your thoughts.
By now I'm sure you've all seen the devastation María caused across Puerto Rico.
Communication has been nearly imposible these last few days and I've only just gotten enough service to start networking and getting to work on helping.
Tomorrow I'm gonna start organizing relief efforts to take to the mountain region where we live. As soon as I have information about how we can all help I'll share it with everyone.
I took this picture yesterday of one of the few trees left standing in my parent's neighborhood.
It caught my eye because in spite of getting stripped and beaten down with the unimaginable fury of this storm, it still managed to stand tall and even hang on to its leaves.
I feel our island is very much going through the same process.
This tree will flourish again and so will we.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Sep 19, 2017 6:03 PM (UTC)
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Here's hoping
once the storm passes,
a veil will be lifted
and for once
we'll see
with eyes unclouded.
We're about to get hit pretty bad by Hurricane Maria in the next 24 hours. It's the first category 5 to go straight through the island in almost 100 years. We're expecting pretty big devastation but we're trying our best to remain calm and peaceful this time around. Supposedly we won't be able to communicate for a few days after it hits so I wanted to touch base with everyone before that.
I want to thank you for being here with me all these years,
for working hard to be a better version of yourself,
for learning and growing from your mistakes
while trying your best to help others -
for calling me out whenever I lose sight of who I am.
I want to thank you for being present,
for being humble and being grateful,
For loving yourself more
and learning to love others unconditionally along the way.
I'm grateful you're a part of my life
and that I'm a part of your days.
I just wanted to let you know.
I just wanted to say thank you.
I love you.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Sep 17, 2017 4:05 PM (UTC)
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the only thing we can do now
is keep moving on.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Sep 16, 2017 10:04 PM (UTC)
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as beautiful as the first time I saw you.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Sep 16, 2017 4:39 PM (UTC)
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we have to give something back
for everything she's given us.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Sep 13, 2017 10:42 PM (UTC)
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your true heart is a mystery
we'll keep unraveling forever.
User Image simonebirch Posted: Sep 12, 2017 9:28 PM (UTC)
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As some of you might know, I've been collaborating with @tmobilepuertorico for the last few years, generating content for them and getting to try out new phones whenever they come out.
Recently I got to take the #GalaxyS8 out for a few days to try out its camera and even though I've always shot with iPhone, I've really loved the results I've been getting.
The colors and sharpness are pretty spectacular and the quality of the images are amazing. I have a few more shots I'll be sharing this week including one of my new favorites which I can't wait to show you.
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This last week I've seen an incredible outpouring of love and solidarity in action from my Puerto Rican brothers and sisters towards our neighbors in the Caribbean who lost everything after Hurricane Irma swept through. It's been an intense and emotional few days but seeing everyone come together to help each other has been very healing and inspiring.
Yesterday I asked for help cleaning the effects of the hurricane from our home on my instagram story and these new friends came to our aid. They turned our work day into a beautiful bonding experience and for that I am eternally grateful. We're thankful to have a home to come back to when so many have lost everything these days.
I'll keep doing my best to share any information relevant to helping the victims from the hurricane these next few days on my story so check them out if you're looking for ways to help too.