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  • After almost 15 months in a residential treatment facility, it’s finally time for the next chapter of my life. 💕✨ #recovery #sobriety #grateful #happy
  • After almost 15 months in a residential treatment facility, it’s finally time for the next chapter of my life. 💕✨ #recovery #sobriety #grateful #happy
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  • Life flipped a little upside down over the last couple of weeks & I've been stuck in a bit of a cocoon a little like this (I wish it was as lush as this, but a girl can dream!). A little reminder to never take your health for granted and maybe also a personal note to perhaps start working on my shoulder and back flexibility? I'm no gymnast like I used to be 🤸‍♀️
    Looking onwards and upwards & occasionally upside down from here! .
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    #yogi #yoga #health #love #grateful #appreciative #happiness #life #truecolours #bali #world #travel #backbridge

    Now be prepared for my emotional outpour #blamingthemeds & lack of sleep....
    Special shout out to my beautiful family & friends for all your support. I know I haven't been myself but I'm always able to count on you. Special thanks to my number 1 mumma, @catasanchez87 for constantly keeping tabs & checking in, Jels for always being the shoulder I needed, @johnny_kaczmarek for bringing me home a home cooked meal that I loved! @pddrac for going above & beyond- always @kpoooow for bringing me my hot chocs every morning & for being 100% the best nurse & @bridiegregory for surprise rescuing me out of radiology and for all those missed calls and messages from all of you, including the people who I may not have spoken to in to in a little while (even years) your words of support made life so much better & is true reflection of the beautiful people I have in my life. Of course it's thru these times you see the true colours of people, even those that can put the past behind them & I THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for allowing me to see that. #overandout 💕
  • Life flipped a little upside down over the last couple of weeks & I've been stuck in a bit of a cocoon a little like this (I wish it was as lush as this, but a girl can dream!). A little reminder to never take your health for granted and maybe also a personal note to perhaps start working on my shoulder and back flexibility? I'm no gymnast like I used to be 🤸‍♀️
Looking onwards and upwards & occasionally upside down from here! .
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#yogi #yoga #health #love #grateful #appreciative #happiness #life #truecolours #bali #world #travel #backbridge

Now be prepared for my emotional outpour #blamingthemeds & lack of sleep....
Special shout out to my beautiful family & friends for all your support. I know I haven't been myself but I'm always able to count on you. Special thanks to my number 1 mumma, @catasanchez87 for constantly keeping tabs & checking in, Jels for always being the shoulder I needed, @johnny_kaczmarek for bringing me home a home cooked meal that I loved! @pddrac for going above & beyond- always  @kpoooow for bringing me my hot chocs every morning & for being 100% the best nurse & @bridiegregory for surprise rescuing me out of radiology and for all those missed calls and messages from all of you, including the people who I may not have spoken to in to in a little while (even years) your words of support made life so much better & is true reflection of the beautiful people I have in my life. Of course it's thru these times you see the true colours of people, even those that can put the past behind them & I THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for allowing me to see that. #overandout 💕
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  • I spent my entire life being told to be grateful for being alive, for having been “saved”, for having the opportunities I’VE WORKED hard for, for every single thing I’ve worked hard to HAVE, because when you’re adopted, you’ve got being grateful looming over your head, ALWAYS being reminded that you owe this to everyone else! // No one tells you, that the choices YOU make for yourself, the decision to be GOOD, the satisfaction you work for, is YOUR doing, and it’s just yours. Not because you’re indebted to anyone, not for anyone else-just for you. So what if I’m done being grateful for the life I’ve had to live before I started standing up for me, for what I believe in, for keeping up with the person I’ve always known I was?! What if I no longer am thankful, for the struggles and pain I’ve HAD to encounter as a child, or the wrongs I’ve had done to me, because in the end, I chose to be alive. I chose to be here. FOR ME! For those I actually LOVE. I no longer feel like being here, being alive, is because of my adoptive family. // I am filled with anger, NOT gratefulness for having to dedicate so many years being the person I had to be for them, because of them, to please them, to make them happy, to feel whole, to feel wanted, to feel like I belonged. In the end, I only ever had just me, to count on. So here’s a massive 🤬, to being the grateful child. I’m done letting you take the credit for being the person I have always been, that’s always been rooted within me. The blood and DNA, that runs through me from my biological family, outshines all the shame and guilt you’ve rooted within me from the day you decided, I was going to be your good deed for the rest of your lives. You don’t get to use me as YOUR TICKET TO HEAVEN, anymore!
    #adoptee #adopted #adoption #grateful #ungrateful #indebted #shame #guilt #whatbeingadoptedislike #trauma #grief #iamadopted #adultadoptee #preverbialtrauma #takingbackmylife #nothankstoyou #searchingformyroots #searchingformybirthmother #searchingformybiologicafather #searchingformybiologicalfamily #yourenotmyfamily #iownme #iownmylife
  • I spent my entire life being told to be grateful for being alive, for having been “saved”, for having the opportunities I’VE WORKED hard for, for every single thing I’ve worked hard to HAVE, because when you’re adopted, you’ve got being grateful looming over your head, ALWAYS being reminded that you owe this to everyone else! // No one tells you, that the choices YOU make for yourself, the decision to be GOOD, the satisfaction you work for, is YOUR doing, and it’s just yours. Not because you’re indebted to anyone, not for anyone else-just for you. So what if I’m done being grateful for the life I’ve had to live before I started standing up for me, for what I believe in, for keeping up with the person I’ve always known I was?! What if I no longer am thankful, for the struggles and pain I’ve HAD to encounter as a child, or the wrongs I’ve had done to me, because in the end, I chose to be alive. I chose to be here. FOR ME! For those I actually LOVE. I no longer feel like being here, being alive, is because of my adoptive family. // I am filled with anger, NOT gratefulness for having to dedicate so many years being the person I had to be for them, because of them, to please them, to make them happy, to feel whole, to feel wanted, to feel like I belonged. In the end, I only ever had just me, to count on. So here’s a massive 🤬, to being the grateful child. I’m done letting you take the credit for being the person I have always been, that’s always been rooted within me. The blood and DNA, that runs through me from my biological family, outshines all the shame and guilt you’ve rooted within me from the day you decided, I was going to be your good deed for the rest of your lives. You don’t get to use me as YOUR TICKET TO HEAVEN, anymore!
#adoptee #adopted #adoption #grateful #ungrateful #indebted #shame #guilt #whatbeingadoptedislike #trauma #grief #iamadopted #adultadoptee #preverbialtrauma #takingbackmylife #nothankstoyou #searchingformyroots #searchingformybirthmother #searchingformybiologicafather #searchingformybiologicalfamily #yourenotmyfamily #iownme #iownmylife
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  • Self-care is is not selfishness. Self-care is about loving yourself.
  • Self-care is is not selfishness. Self-care is about loving yourself.
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  • Beauty. What does it mean to you? As a career, I am in the health/wellness/beauty industry, so that IS one part of ‘beauty.’ Another way to think of beauty is by seeing ‘beauty amid ashes.’ Through my experiences, I now know the importance of looking for the beauty in your journey and to open your eyes and really SEE the beauty in everyday things. To be grateful for each and every moment and for those in your life and to never take those that you love for granted because you never know when it may be the last time you see them.
    Nine years ago today on February 23rd of 2010 I had a stroke in the middle of a business presentation. I was 33 years old and super healthy. Thankfully, I was able to fully recover as I know many never do. IF, it would have been my last day on this earth...I wouldn’t have been able to celebrate the day our family would FINALLY be complete just 6 months later when our son would arrive in KC from Guatemala after a long 3.5 year journey to get him home during an in country adoption shut down. I wouldn’t have been able to see my daughters graduate high school, move out of the house & start college, or get to start my non profit and see the ripple effect that happened because of me never giving up on my son and following my tug... the list goes on and on. Today and everyday moving forward, I am grateful to be alive,healthy and ABLE to see the beauty hidden amid the ashes. 🙌🏼🙏🏻 💗💫 #beautyamidashes #strokesurvivor #grateful #faith #thejourneytohere #mybecoming #health #bestill #love #beauty #arbonne #bewilling
  • Beauty. What does it mean to you? As a career, I am in the health/wellness/beauty industry, so that IS one part of ‘beauty.’ Another way to think of beauty is by seeing ‘beauty amid ashes.’ Through my experiences, I now know the importance of looking for the beauty in your journey and to open your eyes and really SEE the beauty in everyday things. To be grateful for each and every moment and for those in your life and to never take those that you love for granted because you never know when it may be the last time you see them. 
Nine years ago today on February 23rd of 2010 I had a stroke in the middle of a business presentation. I was 33 years old and super healthy. Thankfully, I was able to fully recover as I know many never do. IF, it would have been my last day on this earth...I wouldn’t have been able to celebrate the day our family would FINALLY be complete just 6 months later when our son would arrive in KC from Guatemala after a long 3.5 year journey to get him home during an in country adoption shut down. I wouldn’t have been able to see my daughters graduate high school, move out of the house & start college, or get to start my non profit and see the ripple effect that happened because of me never giving up on my son and following my tug... the list goes on and on. Today and everyday moving forward, I am grateful to be alive,healthy and ABLE to see the beauty hidden amid the ashes. 🙌🏼🙏🏻 💗💫 #beautyamidashes #strokesurvivor #grateful #faith #thejourneytohere #mybecoming #health #bestill #love #beauty #arbonne #bewilling
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  • Happy birthday Nanay!
    Cheers to good health, to love of family and to company of friends.
    #grateful #thankyouLord
  • Happy birthday Nanay!
Cheers to good health, to love of family and to company of friends. 
#grateful #thankyouLord
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