ABOUT AMANDA, AND WHATNOT.

The weather is so wonderful right now. I’d very much like to stroll through the neighborhood, but feel strange doing it solo. I’m currently looking for a leash to take this #couchpotato out for a walk. ‘Cause you know, walking a cat on a leash is way less strange then walking by myself.

birchbox:

Dove’s Latest Video Asks, “When Did You Stop Thinking You’re Beautiful?”

Dove is back with yet another thought-provoking video around female perceptions of beauty. (In case you missed it, their Real Beauty sketches ad was a viral hit earlier this spring). In the latest installment from the beauty brand, we’re asked to consider why so many women shy away from being photographed. Can the mere presence of a camera change how we feel about ourselves? 

According to global research conducted by Dove, the answer is yes. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of women who participated in the study said that they shy away from having pictures taken because they feel self-conscious or don’t feel beautiful.

In response to this frustratingly high statistic, the company created another viral short, Camera Shy.Throughout the video, we see diverse sets of women hiding or running from the camera. And then Dove asks, “When did you stop thinking you’re beautiful?” The question is followed by heartwarming images of little girls twirling about and embracing the camera. It’s a powerful moment that highlights the difference in confidence between us as little girls and as women when faced with a lens.

From now on, I’m ditching the negative and focusing on the positive characteristics of my pictures, and I’ll be encouraging my friends to do the same. It’s about time we embrace our beautiful selves.

Are you camera shy? What do you think of Dove’s video?

—Geraldine

Celebrate your gorgeous self by dancing around to some of our favorite summer tunes.

“Whenever you’re feeling depressed and having a day where you really don’t like yourself, remember everyone EVERYONE thinks you’re the sprinkles on the cupcake. You’re the king sh*t. Well, everyone except ______, but that’s just because she is jealous.”

—   Bryce
Thanks love, thanks.

Today I will silence all the voices in my head that try to remind me my happiness is only temporary.

“I’ve got all the love in the world to give, if only you’ll allow me.”

trilliansthoughts:

This miniature ecosystem has been thriving in an almost completely isolated state for more than forty years. It has been watered just once in that time.The original single spiderwort plant has grown and multiplied, putting out seedlings. As it has access to light, it continues to photosynthesize. The water builds up on the inside of the bottle and then rains back down on the plants in a miniature version of the water cycle.
As leaves die, they fall off and rot at the bottom producing the carbon dioxide and nutrients required for more plants to grow.

trilliansthoughts:

This miniature ecosystem has been thriving in an almost completely isolated state for more than forty years. It has been watered just once in that time.

The original single spiderwort plant has grown and multiplied, putting out seedlings. As it has access to light, it continues to photosynthesize. The water builds up on the inside of the bottle and then rains back down on the plants in a miniature version of the water cycle.

As leaves die, they fall off and rot at the bottom producing the carbon dioxide and nutrients required for more plants to grow.

(via not-as-i-seem)

Everybody’s cat refuses to drink from their bowl and will only drink out of glasses, right? Sheldon is one spoiled kitty. #catsofinstagram #kittykitty
Even though these words are so simple, they are my favorite words to pray and meditate on.  We don’t always know who and what to pray for, but God does. He knows what we are praying for even when we don’t know the specifics.

Where there is darkness
Let there be light

Where there is nothing
Let there be light.   #gungor knows what’s up. #lettherebe

Not that I was ever any good…

…but I’ve gotten really bad about this whole Tumblr business. Time to get reacquainted, I suppose.