Travel complications are stressful and discouraging....but they would be unbearable without people. Maya Angelou talks about facing many clouds but also experiencing rainbows in those clouds. The way the people on our flight into LaGuardia became a family after all we went through together, every friendly smile from a staff member was soothing, every caring text from a friend kept my spirits up when I was overwhelmed, the instant friendships made with Airbnb hosts and neighbors in the seats next to us, the AA employee who worked to find me a hotel room last night...these were all rainbows in my ...
In our journey to Vermont, we experienced puke-inducing turbulence before we were finally rerouted to Philadelphia. Still waiting for a flight. We'll try again for Vermont tomorrow. Might as well get a selfie with giant bobbly Benjamin. To think we would have missed this photo op. Har har har... #wilddesertwoman#travel
There is so much awesomeness in this photo of my momma, sister, niece and I. Today is Momma's birthday and because of her playful spirit, our family maintains and enjoys a delicious level of goofiness. Only problem is sometimes we're so goofy that we pee our pants laughing. Happy birthday, Momma!! You bless our lives in so many ways! #wilddesertwoman#momma
A big Thank You to all my awesome, supportive friends who came out to see me perform my first stand-up gig last night!♡ I shared my experiences with being a prude, demonic word choice, and counterfeit lotion. It was so much fun and now I can cross that off my bucket list! Maybe I'll take the stage again, but for now I am content. #wilddesertwoman#open
"Solemn Earth." If I let myself, I can be quickly weighed down by the darkness on this earth. If I let myself, I can feel disappointment and shame over the proportions of my body. If I let myself, I can let others dictate who I am. But then, I can also remember how quickly I am reborn, regenerated, redeemed. If I let myself. From Earth, Wind and Fire" series by @scrapper268. #wilddesertwoman#light
"True Colors." This spine of mine humbles and sifts me on a daily basis. Today is a new opportunity to shed the old and allow the new to burst forth. From "Earth, Wind and Fire" series by @scrapper268. #wilddesertwoman#light
Confession: I blame @biscuitsandburlap for tempting me with chicken fried steak. After some debate, I decided I could cave on my healthy eating only if I prepared it myself. Naughty but happy right now. #wilddesertwoman#chicken
Spent Friday night with a wall and Scorpion pose. This has been a bucket list pose since 2016 and I finally felt prepared enough to practice it safely. So excited to improve, strengthen and wean away from that wall! #wilddesertwoman#yoga
[GUESSING GAME] On Sunday I became quite smitten with a coffee mug @tjmaxx and carried it around the store for 20 minutes before realizing I didn't need it. But...after realizing I did in fact wish to sip pumpkin-spiced coffee from it this fall...I went back to retrieve it this evening. And whoever can guess which of these is the mug I went home with will win an undisclosed amount of whatever fall treats I bake this weekend! #wilddesertwoman#fall
Meet Cassandra the Stray, aka Miss Meow Meow. Somehow, I've been suckered into cooking her an egg every morning this past week. Mebe one day she'll eat it while I'm present. #wilddesertwoman#catsofinstagram treatment
"BUSY." The textures, patterns and colors in this photo are too busy...but not unrealistic. For if I sit to ponder beneath the filter of the past, my perspective soon becomes lost under an overpowering tapestry projecting imaginitive chaos over truth. #wilddesertwoman#projector
My summer trips home always seem to carry a theme. This time, the theme perpetually pointed in the direction of LETTING GO. Letting go of my kitty for a season, having to put one of Momma's dogs to sleep, witnessing my uncle battle through another health setback, coming across a newly-dead sparrow; letting go of expectations, past pain, fears of experiencing past pain in present situations, letting go of people. On the drive home though, I decided to let go in a pleasing way: Not only to let go of my routine and travel the scenic route home, but to ...
Momma found this Acrosonic piano in the Thrifty Nickel for around $300 in the late 80s. In high school, I'd play for hours whenever I had the house to myself. Otherwise, it was "Shut that thing up!" the minute I'd touch the keys. And now that I have the house to myself this afternoon, I find the keys are almost too sticky to play. But play anyway I shall. #wilddesertwoman#home anyway
The reason behind this visit home: mah Baby Girl! I finally was at a place to collect/rescue her and together we survived the 7-hour drive to deliver her to my dear friend and foster-mom-for-a-year, Cheryl. My kitty has her spunk, spirits and health back and hopefully an extra 9 lives for all this adventure. #wilddesertwoman#wilddesertkitteh
"Wheel In Progress." I look at this picture and immediately see everything I'm doing wrong in this pose. But then I realize how far my back has come to even allow me to attempt Wheel. Everything in my body seemed to give out this past winter and I'm still recovering. But my strength is gaining momentum... #wilddesertwoman#light
"I find I'm so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain." --Red, The Shawshank Redemption #wilddesertwoman#freedom
*Disclaimer: I understand that women were not the wearers of headdresses. I mean no disrespect by this photo. Putting on this headdress, however, was a very special moment for me--a way to connect with ancestors. I wear this war bonnet having won many battles even if they weren't physical ones. Photographer: @scrapper268 #wilddesertwoman#light
For months, I had just a squat little succulent. Then, out of nowhere, it decided to grow a tree! Mercy, that was sudden. Here's to pleasant surprises sprouting up where we least expect them. ♡ #wilddesertwoman#succulents
"No place is ever as bad as they tell you it's going to be." --Chuck Thompson Food for thought. Especially if a "place" is not a physical location. Either way, adventure awaits! #wilddesertwoman#adventure
Mmm...popped open this tub of Play-Doh and the salty smell released a gale of happy laughter followed by a speedy plunge into nostalgia. It's like I'm back on the floor of my bedroom making ice cream cones and noodles with my molds. #wilddesertwoman#beakidagain
Ever since my journey to Peru, the subject of "ancestors" has kept popping up in profound ways be it ceremony, conversation, the things I read. I've not really given much thought to my ancestors with the exception of my great-great grandfather. That's where the trail to discovering the details of our Cherokee heritage goes cold. But does genetic proof even matter? Or should I be more curious about my inherited mindsets, beliefs, habits? It's a concept I'll sit with and explore slowly in my own way. Meanwhile, the word keeps gnawing: Ancestors. #wilddesertwoman#cherokee ...