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southern moss: a rambling ode to the south.

i know it’s technically called “spanish moss”, but like other things we Southerners identify as our own, i call it what i want: “southern moss.” there is something truly magical about a big ol’ beautiful oak tree covered in long-hanging moss. it’s one of those images that will always and forever remind me of the best parts of being from the south. because there are good parts, ya know. even being from Florida. i know, i’m pushing it, but just rock with me…


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it’s been a while. it’s been many things.

to say that 2014 has been a big year would be a gross understatement. to briefly fill you in…i’ve been doing a lot of living, working on a book and some other creative projects, traveling a ton, and oh, i got married. 


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oh man. my obsession with this beautiful soul of a woman just keeps growing…

so many of us have struggled with our own ideas of beauty and worthiness. i know i have. i know what it is to make wishes and bargain with God to change something about myself. the disappointment when i find my wishes didn’t come true. i know what it is to desperately seek validation from "the far away gate keepers of beauty" and find myself empty-hearted and sad. and i know what it is to have a mother who consistently tells me i’m beautiful and courageous and smart and deserving. a mother who i’m grateful to for being an example of true beauty. a person full of compassion and kindness and openness. because, like Lupita shared, these are the truest forms of beauty. and while i falter occasionally, on those less than great days, i am fully aware of the greatest beauty i possess: the light of the most high consciousness that flows thru me, the strength and stamina of my spirit, and the gift of insight and intuition that guides me to vibrate at my highest frequency.  

thank you for sharing your story, Lupita. every day i’m learning that so much can come from doing so. thank you for granting us access and continuing to inspire those around you. i wish you continued personal and professional elevation, you tremendous beauty. 

p.s. thank you Upworthy for continuing to post such “worthy” material!

“ spiritual growth is not the knowledge in our heads, but the application of it in our lives. ”

—    Henty Van Der Merwe 

(via gonnabeabeautifulnight)

“ i am not a product of my circumstances. i am a product of my decisions. ”

—    Stephen R. Covey (via bonnietsang)