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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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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The story of my last name goes a little something like this. My great grandparents really wanted a boy, and when they finally got one, they saw him as a favor from God. Favor in Arabic = fadul. God (regardless of your religion) = Allah. So, FadulAllah = Fadhoulli (on my birth certificate my last name has 2 “l”s.) And this is what I’m grateful for: my parents’ choice to come to the US; my Aunt’s choice to sponsor my parents; the US government’s choice to honor my Aunt’s request; my parents’ choice to stay even when living in the US seemed harder than they thought; and finally, my parents’ choice to have a child in a country totally foreign to them. In all of those choices, you guessed it, God’s favor ❤️. When I hear stories about women in the Middle East right now...when it seems as though there is a war against smart, educated, and outspoken women such as Hevrin Khalaf. She was a Kurdish-Syrian politician and civil engineer, serving as Secretary General of the Future Syria Party. Please note the word “was”. SIGH. Woven in my decision making is the understanding that a handful of choices and a miracle created the life I have now. I’ve been struggling to figure out what I can do to help, to make things better...and so I’m writing it out to gain some clarity (thanks for reading)...My thoughts are this - 1. You, your lineage, everything about you - was created with purpose. Don’t give up. Don’t take your power, your favor, for granted in what you choose to do with your life. Be proactive in that choice. 2. Change often begins in the private sector. As a marketer, I know women are prime consumers. @google @facebook @proctergamble @nestle @instagram @youtube (too many companies to list), what they could do to help the most vulnerable of their target market... #revolutionary #grateful #gratitude #getunstuck #proudtobeanamerican #inspiration #happythanksgivingday #motivation #hm #zara #womensupportingwomen #womenhelpingwomen #travel #tourist #wanderlust #wanderlusters #womensfashion #womeninbusiness #womeninspiringwomen #womensupportwomen #womenhelpingwomen #womenswear #godsfavor ...

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AMAZING OPPORTUNITY ALERT: Let me know if you would like to adopt a senior citizen for the holidays! These are seniors that are nursing home bound, have little to no family that visit, and only get a stipend of $60 a month for anything personal - clothes, shoes, snacks, anything.....their wishes are simple for the most part - pajamas, socks, pudding, coloring books...if you are interested in granting a senior their wishes this season - please let me know! Silver Santa is a program that was started by @lisamhaze several years ago, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving. Speaking of giving, acts of service + a little time outdoors are two great ways of chasing the holiday blues away. #getunstuck #inspiration #holidayprojects #motivation #adoptasenior #silversanta #eldercare #desert #nevada #bouldercity #biildercitynv #travel #tourist #wanderlust #wanderlusters #desertlandscape #cacti #blueskiesforeveryone #tistheseason ...

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And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky. Rumi. ❤️ Want to be a ray of light and love for an elderly person this holiday season? Here’s the scoop: if any one of us ends up in a state-funded, privately run nursing home, we will get a bed, a roof, meals...and $60 a month for socks, snacks, clothes, toiletries, books, toothpaste, extra blankets...yea... $60 for all the things. Some people are fortunate to have family to meet their needs and to visit them. And some people are fortunate to have us, Silver Santas. The Silver Santa program created by ombudsman @lisamhaze targets nursing homes that rarely get visitors and adopts out the residents.
If you want more information or if you’ve never participated, and would like to this year, let me know! Comment, DM, carrier pigeon... I’ve adopted, I’ve been there to give out the gifts...and it’s real y’all, so ask me anything! This year, the nursing home is in Texas City.
#silversanta #rayofsunshine #rumi #rumiquotes #inspiration #motivation #motivationalquotes #beablessing #inspirationalquotes #giveback #elderlylove #holidayopportunity #sun #hm #zara #travel #tourist #wanderlust #wanderlusters #houston #htx #humbletexas #humble #andyphanphotography #getunstuck #denimjumpsuit #overall
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Hardship may dishearten at first, but every hardship passes away. All despair is followed by hope; all darkness is followed by sunshine. Rumi.
C.S. Lewis penned about something called The Law of Undulation. The premise is that life is full of peaks and valleys. And as you may well know, the peaks are glorious, and in the valleys, feelings of disconnection and hopelessness can take over. Those valleys however are used to stretch and grow us into a peak. So, if you are in a valley, don’t lose faith, don’t lose heart, and don’t eat all the queso... a glorious peak is coming up. #inspiration #motivation #idaho #idahome #getunstuck #gloomyday #fall #travel #tourist #wanderlust #wanderlusters #pnw #pacificnorthwest #pacificnorthwestisbest #rumi #rumiquotes #cslewis #idahoexplored #idahogram #7b
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Sometimes, we get caught in a loop. We can see it, we can sense it, but changing it - oy - a different story. So, let’s look at Gleicher’s formula for change:
C = D * V * F > R
C is the Change
D is the Dissatisfaction with the Present
V is the Vision of the Future
F is the First Steps or Plan to get there
R is the Resistance to change.
Sometimes, the 🔥 of dissatisfaction burns up sooo much energy and emotion, we focus on self-soothing - and that can range from cocktails, queso, selfies, the sale rack... to running a marathon - and we don’t make F - the first steps or plan for change happen. We focus on distraction instead of turning the D - dissatisfaction - into action. ❤️ Making sure F is a priority can help break the cycle. #inspiration #motivation #changeisgood #change #getunstuck #lasvegas #flamingolasvegas #theflamingolasvegas #thelinq #linqlasvegas #flamingo #flamingos #lulus #lovelulus #zara #zaraaccessories #nordstrom #travel #tourist #wanderlust #wanderlusters #vegasbaby #vegasstyle
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