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User Image inkedfingers Posted: Aug 19, 2012 4:53 PM (UTC)
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it is too easy to look at people around us and find our differences. "oh I would never wear that" or "look at that hair color" or "I wouldnt be caught dead doing that". the truth is, we all enjoy a sunrise, every one of us feels alive when we are loved and there are few things as heart warming for each of us, as a smile from someone we don't even know. today, if you feel people are treating you badly, reflect on your own countenance. "beautiful thoughts will make every ounce of you radiate." think positively, my friend. maybe you'll make somebody's day. a smile begets a smile. #inkedfingersadventures

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User Image inkedfingers Posted: Jan 11, 2018 5:13 PM (UTC)
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Japan feels like the perfect city to hide in, to get lost in. I’ve been using old school maps to map out my day then with my T-mobile plan I have unlimited data overseas. That’s been working out for the most part- except trying to upload pics haha. For maps and apps it’s been great. Eric said to me before I left when you leave the country it’s almost like you haven’t left because of how connected we are. With that in mind I’ve tried to keep to my usual “anti-socialness” haha in not texting much or getting on FB to only the nights. My taking portraits of people on the streets has been so exhiliarating. Somehow I feel so much more alive with a camera in my hands, watching people who for the most part understand my broken Japanese, when I ask them to smile... tense, hands clasped in front - click - and me: “Sagoy!” and they melt. “Fabulous!” The second photo is almost always better. I try to ignore the “No thank yous” ha because usually the next person says “Hai!” with a sheepish grin. A lot more to explore... I rented a room AirBnB and not the whole house because I wanted a local’s help and the owners, Anton and Yoshi, have been great. I come home exhausted from having walked so damn much, tried to understand a people and language and menus and customs, fill a boiling bath and almost fall asleep — 3 nights now the same. So excited to shift Airbnbs tomorrow, eat some more ramen and see Shibuya crossing , supposedly one of the busiest largest intersections! Grateful. Exhausted but grateful. I wamt to post a blog here soon. Have a great day! Sionara! Ps: I know only a few phrases in Japanese but it’s great to see (obviously with my blonde hair haha) sticking out like a sore thumb in Japan how positively people respond to even an attempt to speak their language. One regret: not learning more conversational Japanese.... #notestoself #inkedfingersadventures #tokyo #japan
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Jan 11, 2018 4:52 PM (UTC)
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It’s 11AM in Austin.
It’s 2AM here.
Doitashimasteh. ✌️🤪 Edited with Layout app. #inkedfingersadventures #carlirene #tokyo #layoutapp #architecture #japan #travelblogger
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Jan 10, 2018 5:56 PM (UTC)
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User Image inkedfingers Posted: Jan 10, 2018 5:38 PM (UTC)
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the light fell on the other side of the street
as i was dying
to meet
new voices and creative minds
hearts though broken
don’t know how to leave a mystery behind
give me your melody
i’ll sum it up
then we’ll part ways
words all over this city
unspoken, voices both un and afraid
shoes, deliberately chosen
for this clean street
b b beats from America
clatter across directions marked on concrete
for people look not so much up but down
polite is the rumor
so so So quiet even in the loud
in this fragile town
#sameinkdifferentday #inkedfingersadventures
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Jan 9, 2018 10:23 AM (UTC)

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#inkedfingersadventures The Land of the Rising Sun, sooo long later • 2 hr flight delay • flight stewardesses that hand-drew me a map of Tokyo with Japanese words • turblence that made me whisper prayers to Emiliana (haha now but not so much then :) • wrong train and right train and rice crackers and dried seaweed and the best damn coffee inflight and 1 full book read and here i am • So grateful to be here finishing up photos for @projectpeached’s memoir!
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Jan 8, 2018 4:31 PM (UTC)
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My darling friend Renee and I recently spoke of the relativity of time once you have a child. I have mom days where the phone stays at a distance. I have work days when she’s in school and I’m frantically trying to edit everything and be everywhere and do everything. Today I am 7 days without her. I did not know I could lose myself so much in her. I’ve traveled with her so much since she’s been born and her Dad has too— she’s been to Israel and Denver and Rome and Venice. To be in these airports now without her feels a bit of a vacuum and I walk around trying to stand tall but my hand misses her little hand and how she runs and squeals and makes messes of everything, because with her, messes are OK. With E ten times longer to complete a task doesn’t mean a loss of time but moments gained to learn, to be. There suddenly is permission for my snail pace when a child is in tow. There’s a kid’s book called the Quiet Book that talks about “jellyside down quiet” and “last one to leave school quiet” and “swimming underwater quiet” and here now, it’s “Carli without her heart quiet”. Six days in Tokyo is a beautiful time to one’s self and not a moment goes by I don’t realize this. It’s “Carli putting her phone down quiet” and standing on a crowded foreign street quiet and eating foods and listening to indeterminable foreign words quiet. It’s the ultimate treasure hunt ... ... it’s a finding ... Anyway, thank you for listening to my heart. How can it feel heavy and light at the same time??
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Jan 6, 2018 4:04 PM (UTC)

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“music will ask for it
color will show for it
like soft light there
the child did”
// as i was writing this, this morning i couldn’t shake from my heart this beginner’s mind that a child has... everything in life, every circumstance we approach begs for us to approach it with the eyes of a child, as if it was the first time we’d seen it, heard it, felt it, and yet... time, the most natural circumstance on this planet, spins against us and we are asked at the same time to live in the present with years of experiences under our belt, wisdom, grace, fortitude, knowing, and yet... not be jaded by all that has not been on our side. How? Why? When? Music, art, asks for it. Color, our energy will show for it, and relent we must to this: although we’ve heard this lyric a thousands times we must attune our ears to the single chord that is not the same, the single thread in this tapestry that begsfor us to look again. Our lives~ hope, all that is true and good and what the world spins around because of ~ rests on this thought.... the child in us.
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Jan 3, 2018 3:03 PM (UTC)
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A photo of a photo, 35mm, circa 2005 somewhere in northern Georgia. The first time I felt darkness. Have you ever felt darkness? There was this path deep in the woods and I could not turn back. How can so much light be in so much darkness... .... maybe that is the only place light can ever be found...
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Jan 3, 2018 12:03 PM (UTC)

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#notestoself “Social media is responsible for the degredation of our society” my sister said she read one of the FB founders said in an interview. What if we fully understood that we are each on our own path and what if social media somehow took that away from us, made us believe MAKEs us believe something that is so so far from the truth. Appearance vs reality to the enth degree. But what if our minds are not capable of comprehending this to the enth degree and so we demand things that should not be demanded of anyone in the light of “Here, this isnt for you, but it is for you.” Send our soul to 1 million followers and wait for the right match to appear, the one that is incapable of ascertaining it isn’t for you. But if it is always for us, because we are reading it and it says “you” and it strikes us the wrong way and our political or moral or whatever obligations are struck the wrong way so we unfollow or unlike or gasp or change our entire day because of one line in one post on one day (maybe not even meant to be directed at our one heart) how fucked up is that? So we make space, we take a breath before reacting to things we don’t understand the right way because what if, what if those thoughts that pop into our head at that exact moment we read those words (the words that might not even be for us) trigger something not so good in us.... it is a psychological mind fuck to the enth degree. So if we, in light of this ambiguity, could breathe, despite the feelings we might not undertand, could connect, to the people that truly strum our heart strings the way that feels as if our heart should beat.... and not overreact to things we simply do not understand.... if we could reach through the phone and say “No matter what this looks like or sounds like or feels like and no matter what is going on in your own head or heart, YOU matter to me.” What a world we would live in... because at our core I believe there is light, good, in every one of us and that light wants to be acknowledged. Who will we be, the one to see it? The one to stoke it? The one to admit our light too, has dwindled over the years? “We need old songs and new songs, but people more thananything else
I look at a photo like this and think “How many lights on set? How much planning and prep went into this? How many lenses and where is the location and how many assistants and where did the bike come from and the wardrobe?” The truth: almost no prep, ie: 20 mins on a pinterest board. The lights: only the moon andJean’s car. (If you look close enough you can see her mini in the background. The trick was just leveraging the right angle!) The lenses: two, but I primarily shot with one. The wardrobe: Jeans @chair_story . The bike and model: a friend who also happens to be a ridiculously talented artist who owns a bike. @lilysnodgrass // The root of the root and the bud of the bud and the Truth: If you want to make art, you will find a way. #ifportrait #carlirene #makeportraits #austin #texas #motobabes #motorcycle #fashion
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Jan 1, 2018 6:58 PM (UTC)

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ask for it
the secret will go there
breath, like music
star people can color
will show
soft days
for then
did this bad
spring away
#sameinkdifferentday #magneticpoetry #carlirene #ifwinter #poetsofinstagram #poetryisnotdead #poem
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Jan 1, 2018 9:10 AM (UTC)
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2018 ~~ . All of this energy should be ushering in some good vibes! Forecast says snow two times in one year in Tx is a sure sign! I’ll take every ounce! xo #happyfreakinnewyear #inkedfingersadventures #ink #carlirene
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Dec 29, 2017 7:14 PM (UTC)

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This is the daughter I prayed for.
This is the soul I birthed from my own.
This is one moment I relive a hundred times over, my eyes level with hers.
This is the delivery of a yearning, a seed of hope that I did not believe existed and yet she stands before me now, in flesh.
This is the ocean’s tide that flows through us both. #whileemilianaplays #carlirene
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Dec 28, 2017 4:50 PM (UTC)

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If only i understood why i like this photo so much ... #whileemilianaplays
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Dec 28, 2017 4:44 PM (UTC)
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#sameinkdifferentday I’ve always been obsessed with the brain. Even after I had Emiliana I could not subscribe to “Mom-brain”. I would not give myself that label/excuse while I tried to juggle owning my own business and being a mom. How could we, the very soul-raisers, the memory creators, the legacy leavers, how could OUR brains degrade after doing something nature calls us to? Wouldn’t it make more sense that the synapses between our brain cells would grow to understand HOW to raise this midget that enters our home without an instruction manual?! (I feeeeel like I get more stupid on some days of not understanding how to deal with Emilia’s spit fire extroverted assertiveness- ha!) But the truth is nature prevails. So many things society subscribes to just isn’t so. We can choose to accept these labels, we can willingly tack those cards to our door and say “yup! me!” whether that’s “victim” or “single mom” or “single” or “_______________” OR we can just live. We can rip off the labels and live up to our potential. We can rise above; we can wake up; we can be the Light we were each and every one born to be. Don’t understand something? My dear friend @thek_ro once had written upside down “Change your perspective.” This morning I borrow her words and flip wake up upside down... we are only as good and as great as we allow ourselves to be... wakey wakey 😊☀️ #carlirene
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Dec 27, 2017 8:36 PM (UTC)
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The details. The little things.
Do you see it? Can we stop, pause, see, really open our eyes to the rose on the thorny bush beside of us?
And if we stop, if we choose to step away, towards the miracles that surround us, do we step outside of ourselves even then and say “I paused. I put my phone down. I lifted my eyes to the wonders that surround us.” One of the most beautiful Jewish prayers I remember saying (most) mornings growing up, part of the Modeh Ani: “Help me to awaken this day to the wonders that surround me, to be alive to beauty and love, to be aware of all that is precious and to know that wherever we go, we walk on holy ground.” #inkedfingersadventures #carlirene
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Dec 26, 2017 6:08 PM (UTC)
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What tune are you playing today? Ever noticed how if you’re in a funk and you turn on a happy tune it can pull you up like a hand lifting you out of the frey? Same with downer la musica my friend, only the opposite! So turn on Coldplay or OneRepublic’s album Waking Up OR better yet grab that guitar, sit at that piano and remember what those keys felt like... There is so much energy bouncing around the Universe right now, harness it! Play that piano! Plan that trip for next year to India! Ride this wave... xo #carlirene #inkedfingersadventures #vintage #nashville #whileemilianaplays
I cannot forget the first big photoshoot with @moorenutritious and I comment on a shirt @ericadlerclothing is wearing, not knowing who he is, and he says quietly after a pause “I made it.” #RESPECT for makers today, for those that inspire me to no end. There are literally dozens I’ll forget to tag but it does not mean you are not on my heart. xo
User Image inkedfingers Posted: Dec 25, 2017 3:02 PM (UTC)
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homemade cinnamon rolls • french press • Merry Christmas!