I haven’t been a bit silent on here recently, life has been busy (isn’t it alwayssss?!) we are in the process of moving and we haven’t packed one box 🙈 and I guess to a point I have been reflecting why I use Instagram (slightly deep for a Friday morning 😂) but I think it’s just a good thing to do, in life we just do things because that’s what is done, or what we have always done - but it’s so good to take a moment and stop and ask yourself why.
And I guess the answer for me is that it’s a bit of an online journal, I get to look back and remember things I would otherwise forget - I love looking back at what I wrote about Ez at the age that Zion is and seeing that he went through similar stages, I also really do love he community behind Instagram - real moms going through the same things as me!
So here is to posting more again, to building up my digital journal and to connecting with more people 🥂
2 94 minutes ago
i am home from philadelphia & feeling super accomplished since that is the farthest i have ever driven! i only stopped one time on the way there because i was SO excited 😂 i feel like i am behind on everything right now & am planning to use the weekend to get caught up...but i'll probably just spend time with friends & family instead 🙈 my earrings are from @rocksbox & you can use the code "mackenziekibbexoxo" for a free one month trial! have a perfect weekend 💛
My grandmother amazes me so much. The talent she has to piece something so beautiful and colorful. Another quilted throw to add to my gorgeous collection. I’m so glad I have pieces like this that I can pass on to my future kids and the generations to follow.
Is listening a form of connection? How do you listen? I mean that meaningful, deep listening that makes you feel something in your core. It seems especially hard when we live in a time full of so many voices. At times I feel constantly bombarded with information that I forget to listen to my own voice(s) in my head. I forget to check-in with myself and see what it is that I need – mentally, physically, and spiritually. It’s not always easy. I’ve recently made a promise to myself to carve out time everyday for self-care as a way to practice self-love. If I don’t, I’ll feel like I’m drowning. I’m learning to notice and let go of the voices that tell me I’m not good enough. By writing this I’m hoping that maybe I can connect with someone else who is feeling the same way. Ultimately I think that’s really what the internet is about – connection. And isn’t listening just a form of connection? .
I recently read an article in Psychology Today that talked about how we can all be better listeners in conversation. We’re always rushing to make our point and interrupting others to have our voices heard. We even “help” finish each others sentences – which might actually be more annoying than it is helpful. As uncomfortable as a moment of silence in the middle of a conversation may be, I think it allows what was said to marinate in our thoughts. By pausing for a breath we give our selves permission to fully digest what was said and organize what it is that we really want to say in response. I think by practicing this we can have deeper conversations and potentially deeper connections.
Thanks to @angelamilosevic for letting me do weird things to her like wrapping her hair around her ear <3
1 38 minutes ago
This little man.
He's got more personality than I could have imagined possible at two.
He waves to everyone and says hello (and asks why they didn't wave back if they don't!). He loves to help and is already so independent, always saying "Luca do it"!
I'm so cherishing this time with just him, knowing our family dynamic will be changing soon.
And while I can't wait to see how he his sweetness and silliness translates into big brotherhood, for now, I am soaking up every extra minute I can with him.
Spending extra cuddle time with him in the morning (he always asks me why the baby doesn't talk back to him)...
Scheduling my day to have lunch with him....
Picking him up from school so I get to see his excitement about his projects.....
Involving him in all of my errands, even though it takes so much longer.... Closing out my work day when he wakes up from his afternoon nap so we can spend our "happy hours" together..... There will always be projects to do and goals to accomplish, but he won't always be a two year old madly in love with his mama.
4 248 minutes ago
The beautiful Wayan has her little store next to the massage platform at Suluban Beach. I saw something I hadn’t seen before on this last trip. The store was a very thin with stock. I asked her why she hadn’t restocked and her answer was she has no cash flow at the moment. When I dug deeper she shared that cost of living has changed. Her circumstances had changed and she had to use what she had left for living. With limited stock to sell, there is nothing to buy. And with nothing to buy, there’s limited money. You see, her shop provides for many in the village. It saddens me that things are slipping. This needs to be rectified and the only way is to help ourselves. @uluwatumagic will be able to assist with such projects and in turn, empower these women to feel confident within themselves. This is not a handout. This is genuine assistance that they need as infrastructure around them is changing due to tourism. This week I will do a live to share more.
1 38 minutes ago
If you’ve never been to Chicago, it’s a must. One of my favorite cities so far. I love being in a place that’s filled with life, makes me feel alive. 🏙
1 138 minutes ago
Pumpkin delivery 🎃 We’re so excited for Halloween this year! Visit us in-store to create your Halloween centerpiece or visit our website 800flower.ae 👻🎃
1 108 minutes ago
this crew, those colours, that van. so many wins! 🙌🏼
A new beginning! Right on. But me, a beginner? No, thank you.” - @emilypfreeman 🙈
Whether it’s a new position, new schedule, new move - beginnings sound so exciting and adventurous but starting over can be pretty rough too. I mean who willing places themselves at square one? Not me!👋🏼
But here I am in a season of many the beginnings. New responsibilities, new adjustments, new people, new goals, new challenges. I am thankful and excited for the opportunities that beginnings bring but owning your beginner status can be pretty much the worst feeling. It feels small, confusing, and lonely.
Well at the end of the month, I will be launching my FIRST ever website! I know, I know - How can I, an photographer or writer be taken seriously without a website? Well...It’s taken me a while for me to even take my own passions personally and seriously.
Join me as I enter into a whole season of beginnings. Daring to begin again! To start over without any clue, and braving the new.✨
What a sweet gift it is to look back at the memories we’ve made so far.
That’s one of the things we love about this App.
These two were almost 1 and just turned 3! Hoping our kids will look back one day with warmth and nostalgia and remember Mama + Daddy took them to discover new places near and far. Throwing back to our little pumpkin loving babes October 2016 @magnolia + October 2015. 🍂☺️✨ #tbt
trying to run away so he can eat the cigarette butts + rocks. cute 😐
linky link in bio for our outfit deets 🖤
125 4852 hours ago
For those that ever feel bad about themselves for gaining weight and not fitting into their pants... you can go the healthier route and workout or you can buy jeans that you don’t have to squeeze into and still feel like an empowered badass. i.e..... 🤫 // serious question tho, waffles or pancakes? ✨
17 337an hour ago
Feelin’ some type of way lately. Partly because I’ve been moving so fast the last 3+ years I’ve forgotten to look back to see what I’ve done. And also partly because of overwhelming gratitude for the people in my corner 🙌🏽😭 I can’t imagine slowing down anytime soon so here’s to you fam 🥂you know who you are 🌊 you guys knowwww it’s about to get poppin 😜
7 7233 hours ago
Goes to Hawaii, immediately puts on speedo for the rest of the week💦
In July I had an incredible opportunity to visit Ecuador with @fairtradecertified and the scene above was from my favorite day on the trip. 🙌🏻🧡 This is right outside of the Agrocoex Rose Farm where the workers have access to an on site doctor, laundry facility, and a nearby housing project (and more!), all of which is made available through the Fair Trade Program.
This is just one example of the many projects initiated by @fairtradecertified since 1998 thanks to the support of so many communities purchasing their products. There’s a link in my bio where you can learn more about all of the awesome work they’re doing! ✨ #FairTradeDifference