Hurricane Harvey @GRB

Volunteering @GRB Thursday, Aug. 31.   I went at midnight (shhh no one tell my mom) and was turned away, too many volunt…

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Since I missed new year, I’m wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year! I hope this year brings to fruition the desires of your heart ❤️, and that at the very least, that your heart is filled with hope. And here’s why. Some years, God’s thumbprint is undeniable. Easy peasy. My Insta Stories feature one of those years for me. I made a big move...thousands of miles away...that changed my life. And in the best and “worst” of that year, it was incredible! Some years on the other hand...feel like God went on vaca...and we are left to our own devices - in an unfamiliar wilderness. In those years, there always seems to be a whirlwind of things that don’t go as planned, unsavory things that are out of our control...to make matters worse, we get in our own way/resort to our old ways. Oy. It’s easy to feel hopeless. C.S. Lewis writes about something called The Law of Undulation - that life is a series of peaks and valleys. Those years - those ones where we fall on our tailbone, when life smacks us around, and when God seems silent - three big whammies - those stretches of time (even when they go longer than we are comfortable with), they’re growth spurts. At the end of them, we’ll be wiser, more compassionate, more empathetic, more mature. So lame!!! 😂 Just kidding! We will rise up out of the valley and onto a peak once again. So, have HOPE. A peak is coming! In the meantime, those feelings of despair can create inflammation - in our attitude, our perspective, out thoughts...our choices...how mindful we are, what we put in our bodies, in our closets...how we handle our relationships...that despair-filled inflammation can creep into every area of our lives. Don’t lose hope. Be on the 👀! A peak is coming! #hope #peaksandvalleys #inspiration #motivation #getunstuck #lunarnewyear #chinesenewyear #houston #htx #hou #godisgoodallthetime #changeyourattitude #choosehope #happylunarnewyear #travel #tourist #wanderlust #wanderlusters photo by @sallylebig #cslewis #cslewisquotes #lawofundulation #growthspurts ...

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In his later years, Robert Frost became a snowbird. Scenes like this would have him head straight to his Miami home, a home he named “Pencil Pines.” Frost was also a 4xPulitzer Prize winning poet. It’s rumored that Frost named his Miami home “Pencil Pines” because the only work that ever made him any $ involved a pencil. This award-winning writer did factory work and spent nearly a decade as a farmer. That work (that didn’t involve a pencil) played a part in his writing. The writing that he did during the nine years he spent as a farmer is what made him famous. Sometimes, where we are, what we’re doing...doesn’t seem like the right fit. In the now, it might not be “right,” but in the later, it’s 💯. Hoping this decade dovetails perfectly into your next. #happy2020 #getunstuck #inspiration #motivation #idaho #babyitscoldoutside #idahome #idaho #schweitzermountain #sandpointidaho #travel #tourist #wanderlust #wanderlusters #idahoexplored #motivation #inspiration #pnw #pacificnorthwestisbest #robertfrost #happynewyear #happynewyear2020 #happyholidays #2020 #roadlesstraveled #idahoexplored #idaholife #idahogram ...

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In mental preparation of the get togethers, the end of year analysis, the 2020 planning - this is a bit of wisdom from Ram Dass that was shared by @iamayogateacher in class today: “When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.” Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. I hope that your heart’s desires some to fruition in 2020 (if not sooner ❤️). #merrychristmas #happynewyear #ramdass #ripramdass #makelikeatree #pourbehavior #pourbehaviorhtx #houston #htx #treepose #rip #yogaeveryday #yogaevetywhere #motherjeans #travel #tourist #wanderlust #wanderlusters
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When the holidays are so close, you can just taste them!!! Wishing everyone the same amount of persistence and energy to get through this preholiday week as 🐱. Cute cat is courtesy of @kelly_gartner. ❤️ I could just film this little nugget all day. #inspiration #motivation #happyholidays2019 #merrychristmas #namaste #cutecats #cutecatvideos #catsofinstagram #catvideo #catvideosofinstagram #catsandchristmastrees ...

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Energy and persistence conquer all things (Benjamin Franklin). And then the holidays roll in....all the disappointment...the unmet expectations...oy...so much drama... before we know it, we backslide. It happens. Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle. A new decade is around the corner. And between now and then - there is so much good that can be done 💪🏽💪🏿💪🏼! #getunstuck #inspiration #motivation #smilebooth #abeldesigngroup #holidayparty #tistheseason #inspirationalquotes #motivationalquotes #photobooth #holidayblues #internsarethebest #benjaminfranklin ...

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Austin is a hub for starts ups. Houston on the other hand isn’t one...yet. The library you see pictured is one of the common areas that my firm @abeldesigngroup designed for @thecannonhouston, a coworking space and start up incubator. The founder of The Cannon had this idea that startups shouldn’t have to go to Austin to get funding, and that there should be a HOUSTON-based hub that attracts both the start up and the capital. So, he took the risk and invested in the creation of just that kind of space. He had no idea if the idea would take off in an oil-based town. I’m super thrilled to say that not only has it taken off, the likes of The Capital Factory and Shell are now sponsors of the concept. If you need a little inspiration, I highly recommend a tour of The Cannon. Professional pics of the space to come soon. #inspiration #motivation #thecannonhouston #getunstuck #photoshoot #library #librarylife #commonareas #coworking #interiordesign #travel #tourist #wanderlust #wanderlusters #interiorstruly #architecture #architecturelovers #startups #westhouston #startuphouston #startup #inspirationalspaces ...

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