“When we easy button our way out [of loneliness] we’re like caterpillars that jump out of our cocoons right before we’re about to become butterflies. Because pain is not a hot potato, it’s a travelling professor and it knocks on everybody’s doors, and the wisest ones say ‘come in, sit down, and don’t leave until you’ve taught me what I need to know’. 🦋 .
We have it all wrong. We are afraid of pain but we were made for pain. We need to be afraid of the easy buttons. Because the journey of the love warrior is to rush towards the pain and allow her pain to become her power.” -Glennon Doyle
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My eyes have always been bad. But after 3 years of neglecting them, I found out today that my vision has declined and I’ve damaged the cornea of the eye I use to photograph. For the next two hours, I was visually impaired. Walking, cooking, eating, became difficult, heightening my other senses as well as my gratitude for the one sense I’ve taken for granted. I wondered, “If I lose my vision, how would I ever taken photos?” 👁
In Brooklyn everyone used to say, “I see you”. Living there taught me how to really see people, beyond the surface, that being a good photographer is about more than ocular ability. The key is to strengthen our skills and senses before they’re under threat of being taken away. What if we all worked to see each other, not out of necessity but simply out of curiosity? Maybe it would mean that when we’re stripped of our privileges, we’d be better equipped to adapt, more resilient, more open to the world around us. 📸 .
I took this photo not because of the light or the way Sara looked moments before we went to see Phoebe Robinson, but because in that moment, I saw Sara, for who she really is. I see you girl and I’m so grateful.
6 5713 June, 2019
Recounting the moment she was told she got the lead part in Killing Eve, Sandra Oh describes, “You realize that you’re perfect when you’re born but there’s stuff that happens. You wake up 40 years later and realize things have been internalized. That moment was a punch in the gut to go, ‘Have I internalized to the point where I can’t even see myself in this moment?’. I felt ashamed of my own realization. I realized if I can’t see it, other people have that weight as well.” 🙋🏻♀️ .
As a minority, I confront imposters syndrome on the daily. Do you see yourself belonging in your proudest moments? It starts with learning how to be in the moment and so I’m grateful for @queeniephair who teaches me how to linger in the discomfort of the present.
9 4512 June, 2019
Today the thought occurred to me that some people will never travel in their lifetime. Even more shocking, that there once was a time when almost everyone didn’t see the world beyond their hometown. Reminders of my privilege tend to operate in this way— random thoughts that drop into my consciousness, like “hey, you’ve been taking this [insert privileged experience] for granted this entire time.” ✈️ .
In Colombia, there are many who simply can’t afford to travel internationally, let alone explore all the diverse regions of their own country. That’s when restaurants like Mini-Mal become crucial. They bring the vast plethora of Colombia’s culinary traditions, flavours, and ingredients to Bogota, for those who might not be able to access the most remote regions. Here we have “Cassava Dog Ears”: stewed rabbit with coconut and sweet chilli in tacos made of yucca, a classic Colombian root vegetable. 🌮 . If you find yourself with the privilege of travelling to Bogota, check out my city guide for @suitcase for ways to experience the whole country in one city (link in bio).
2 4610 June, 2019
“We all put up fronts to protect our unspoken and unexpressed selves. Sometimes it’s easiest to conceal our truths by blending in. We all feel less than and fear that if we live our truth, that we’ll be shamed and deemed unworthy of being seen, heard, and loved. How do we better listen to ourselves? How do we stop shutting out the truths that we’re afraid to recognize and start shutting out the voices that rebut us? We must have the audacity to turn up the frequency of our truths.” -Janet Mock. 🙌🏽 .
Thank you @jemicrenshaw21 for being such a warm, expressive soul who can light up any room with your smile alone. We need more women like you, proudly living their truth, in this world.
11 497 June, 2019
This woman was easily one of the most interesting I photographed for my Markets of Bogota series. 😍
3 795 June, 2019
Let’s be real. Luxury makes me uncomfortable. But @whotels has mastered providing millennials with a lux experience that’s approachable without sacrificing sophistication. Their “detox, retox, repeat” slogan says it all. @wbogotahotel is the place to be seen, for locals and tourists alike. Regardless of the city, the W is almost always a local hotspot for the best party in town. A true granny at heart, I skip the parties but am all for the green juices, plush duvets, and neon-lit bubble baths. 👵🏻🍵🛁 .
For my full list of places to stay on your next trip to Colombia’s capital, check out my Bogota city guide for @suitcase (link in bio).
4 444 June, 2019
“Eat what your taxi driver or someone in the street says will give you pleasure. You always accept what’s offered by generous people. People are never less guarded and more willing to let you into their life than during and after a meal. Once you’ve broken bread, the rest of the culture will open up in ways you would never ever get to see if you stayed on the tour bus.” -Anthony Bourdain in his interview with @kcrwevan on @kcrwgoodfood podcast. 🍽 .
For recommendations on the best places to eat in Bogota, check out my city guide for @suitcase (link in profile).
1 301 June, 2019
“A lot of the time we have a whole story about who we are, but the story is just not big enough. How much is the story about how beautiful you are? How much is the story about how large your heart is when it is at it’s most content? We write the story of how miserable I am, how much I need this or that. 💙 .
But that’s not a big enough story. The fact that there is more right with you than there is wrong with you, that doesn’t come on our radar screen, but as soon as we remind ourselves, that’s meditation.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn. 🧘🏻♀️ .
Today I’m grateful for teachers like @afterglowstudio’s @mlebowie, who guide me through the moving meditation of yoga to create that space in my mind where I can realize that everything is a story, for its from this space that the power to write new stories for ourselves grows.
4 4231 May, 2019
When was the last time you had a hotel meal that was worth travelling for? Of all my recommendations in my latest Bogota guide for @suitcase (link in profile), W Bogotá is the only hotel I recommend for the food alone. ✈️ .
Growing up in a family of hotel cooks, Sneider Molina, head chef @wbogotahotel, was arguably destined to find himself leading the culinary charge at one of Bogota’s most cutting-edge hotels. A native to Colombia, the hearty flavours and ingredients of the Andes naturally appear on the menu. But seafood also features heavily, perhaps due to his time training in Chile. Molina tells me his culinary ideal is Colombian-meets-sushi, but with Dan Barber as one of his earliest inspirations, everything exhibits a farm-to-table approach. The result is certainly worth travelling for. Check out my other picks for dining in Bogota in @suitcase mag (link in profile).
4 4329 May, 2019
“On top of her loss, inevitably comes a second loss, which is that she loses all her friends. Not because her friends were bad people, but because they had the wrong job description. If you ask any of them why they stopped showing up, they’ll say, ‘I just didn’t know what to say to fix it’. As if grief is something to be fixed. 👭 .
Grief is just the price of love. It’s the receipt we wave in the air to say to the world, ‘look, I paid the price, for love.’ And it’s often the only thing a woman has left to prove that she loved. And the last thing she wants, is for somebody to come in and try to snatch it from her. We don’t need friends who can fix our pain, we need friends who are brave enough to be still with pain. To let us have it.” - Glennon Doyle
2 5528 May, 2019
“These platforms encourage compulsive use by offering forms of social approval—likes on Facebook and Instagram—that are intermittent and unpredictable, as though you’re playing a slot machine that tells you whether or not people love you. Dependency, eventually, assumes its own logic. 🐶 .
If I could flip a switch that would allow me to get puppy photos from Instagram without seeing how many followers I was acquiring or how many people had liked my posts, I would. It would help me waste less time on the Internet, and feel less invested in it. Of course, this would not provide me with as many regular infusions of useless dopamine, or make Instagram—or the companies that advertise on them—very much money.” -From Jia Tolentino’s “What it Takes to Put Your Phone Away” for @newyorkermag
3 4125 May, 2019
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