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Yesterday I turned 25.

I completed my 25th turn around the sun in 46th out of the 50 American states I’ve stepped foot in. Hello, NOLA 👏🏽.
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It was my goal when I was younger to visit all 50 states by the time I was 15. I got pretty close, though, accidentally saving the best four for last (Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Washington).
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It was also a goal of mine to be a self sustaining woman - with big goals and big recognition. I’m currently single, unmarried, with no kids, making a living off my art. To some, I live in sin by living as I please, which is frankly alright by me. Because when you’re a woman, especially a WOC, someone somewhere will always find a reason to which why you are ill fit to exist. .

Yet every year I’m ridden with the anxiety that my birthday will not bring me happiness and overwhelming joy. And I should know better because it never does. This year in particular carried a lot of sadness, which I tried to embrace. I spent a lot of the day realizing that it’s not about the big days that represent big things - it’s about the small moments that reflect a balanced life of tragedy and bliss at the same time. .

The little things like coming home to a freshly cooked meal, the feeling of your love slipping their arm around your waist, the victory of completing a hard project, are all examples of what we truly celebrate. .

And I guess I feel a little silly for not fully grasping that until now. The fact that jam packing all those expectations of those little moments into one day is unrealistic. But allowing myself to “cry because it’s my birthday” definitely is realistic, and that’s okay too.

Yesterday I turned 25.

I completed my 25th turn around the sun in 46th out of the 50 American states I’ve stepped foot in. Hello, NOLA 👏🏽.
.

It was my goal when I was younger to visit all 50 states by the time I was 15. I got pretty close, though, accidentally saving the best four for last (Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Washington).
.
It was also a goal of mine to be a self sustaining woman - with big goals and big recognition. I’m currently single, unmarried, with no kids, making a living off my art. To some, I live in sin by living as I please, which is frankly alright by me. Because when you’re a woman, especially a WOC, someone somewhere will always find a reason to which why you are ill fit to exist. .

Yet every year I’m ridden with the anxiety that my birthday will not bring me happiness and overwhelming joy. And I should know better because it never does. This year in particular carried a lot of sadness, which I tried to embrace. I spent a lot of the day realizing that it’s not about the big days that represent big things - it’s about the small moments that reflect a balanced life of tragedy and bliss at the same time. .

The little things like coming home to a freshly cooked meal, the feeling of your love slipping their arm around your waist, the victory of completing a hard project, are all examples of what we truly celebrate. .

And I guess I feel a little silly for not fully grasping that until now. The fact that jam packing all those expectations of those little moments into one day is unrealistic. But allowing myself to “cry because it’s my birthday” definitely is realistic, and that’s okay too.
110 9 8 hours ago

Round here the oaks are so big that roots grow up towards the sky and the branches grow down into the ground to support their sprawl. .
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For the first time in ages, I’ve got a year and a half to stay still, grow roots, sprawl out a bit and develop some discipline to bring into reality my visions. .
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The most difficult battles you fight will be without witnesses. Your greatest victories and most hallowing defeats will be known in their complete context *exclusively* by you. Others may see the girth of your trunk and admire how much you’ve branched out, but no one other than yourself will ever truly know the depths of growth occurring beneath the surface. What the world sees is what’s been built, the fruits of labor ripe from all the times you’ve gone out on a limb to reach towards the light. But beneath the shade of the monument you’ve made, alone in the darkness under the inglorious dirt - that is where you do the real work. .
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Round here the oaks are so big that roots grow up towards the sky and the branches grow down into the ground to support their sprawl. .
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For the first time in ages, I’ve got a year and a half to stay still, grow roots, sprawl out a bit and develop some discipline to bring into reality my visions. .
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The most difficult battles you fight will be without witnesses. Your greatest victories and most hallowing defeats will be known in their complete context *exclusively* by you. Others may see the girth of your trunk and admire how much you’ve branched out, but no one other than yourself will ever truly know the depths of growth occurring beneath the surface. What the world sees is what’s been built, the fruits of labor ripe from all the times you’ve gone out on a limb to reach towards the light. But beneath the shade of the monument you’ve made, alone in the darkness under the inglorious dirt - that is where you do the real work. .
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58 3 18 January, 2019

#oaks

#oaks
13 1 17 January, 2019

Whatcha looking at @zachhenault?

Whatcha looking at @zachhenault?
51 2 17 January, 2019

Little me climbed in a great big tree!

Little me climbed in a great big tree!
12 0 17 January, 2019

roommates again for four days in NOLA 😁😁😁

roommates again for four days in NOLA 😁😁😁
49 1 17 January, 2019

🌳 of Life 🤗♥️

🌳 of Life 🤗♥️
70 1 17 January, 2019

5 1 17 January, 2019

A few moments with the elders, it’s quality time well spent. Photo cred @tommythepastrami #neworleans #nola #nolalife #portraitphotography #portrait #treeoflife #tree_love #naturegeography #audobon #audubonpark #neworleansliving

A few moments with the elders, it’s quality time well spent. Photo cred @tommythepastrami #neworleans #nola #nolalife #portraitphotography #portrait #treeoflife #tree_love #naturegeography #audobon #audubonpark #neworleansliving
38 0 17 January, 2019

📸SHOTS FROM ABOVE📸 Climb a tree, to get the perfect angle.

Yes😞, I almost fell out climbing down🌳

😂📸 #Canon #photography #CanonShooter #CanonPhotographer #CanonPhotography

📸SHOTS FROM ABOVE📸 Climb a tree, to get the perfect angle.
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Yes😞, I almost fell out climbing down🌳
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😂📸 #Canon #photography #CanonShooter #CanonPhotographer #CanonPhotography
107 5 16 January, 2019

That little patch of sunset + her little smile! 🥰 More of my favorite photos from this shoot are up on my blog - link in bio!

That little patch of sunset + her little smile! 🥰 More of my favorite photos from this shoot are up on my blog - link in bio!
26 1 15 January, 2019

Would visit the south for the trees alone.
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#amateurarborist #southernliveoak #oldtree

Would visit the south for the trees alone.
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#amateurarborist #southernliveoak #oldtree
18 0 15 January, 2019

1 0 15 January, 2019

🌳Tree of life 💚

🌳Tree of life 💚
73 6 14 January, 2019

Happy anniversary Ashley + Murali!!!💞💞💞 📷 @alyxiaoliviformis

Happy anniversary Ashley + Murali!!!💞💞💞 📷 @alyxiaoliviformis
28 0 14 January, 2019

#happytree

#happytree
34 4 13 January, 2019

Church Pews at the Tree of Life @lovegoodrentals

Church Pews at the Tree of Life @lovegoodrentals
73 3 13 January, 2019

Moments before the rain in Audubon Park exploring the Tree of Life, a majestic and cathedral-like Live Oak. #audubonpark #treeoflife #godisinthetrees

Moments before the rain in Audubon Park exploring the Tree of Life, a majestic and cathedral-like Live Oak. #audubonpark #treeoflife #godisinthetrees
28 0 13 January, 2019

#treeoflife #nature

#treeoflife #nature
29 1 13 January, 2019

“I didn’t know my name...I’ve got a little bit longer, I’ve got a ways to go.”

“I didn’t know my name...I’ve got a little bit longer, I’ve got a ways to go.”
21 1 12 January, 2019

I met the most amazing tree #nola #takemeback #neworleans #travels #treeoflife #tree #nature #gooutside

I met the most amazing tree #nola #takemeback #neworleans #travels #treeoflife #tree #nature #gooutside
74 2 12 January, 2019

@ Audubon Park....

@ Audubon Park....
3 0 10 January, 2019

Top Posts on The Tree of Life- Audubon

Yesterday I turned 25.

I completed my 25th turn around the sun in 46th out of the 50 American states I’ve stepped foot in. Hello, NOLA 👏🏽.
.

It was my goal when I was younger to visit all 50 states by the time I was 15. I got pretty close, though, accidentally saving the best four for last (Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Washington).
.
It was also a goal of mine to be a self sustaining woman - with big goals and big recognition. I’m currently single, unmarried, with no kids, making a living off my art. To some, I live in sin by living as I please, which is frankly alright by me. Because when you’re a woman, especially a WOC, someone somewhere will always find a reason to which why you are ill fit to exist. .

Yet every year I’m ridden with the anxiety that my birthday will not bring me happiness and overwhelming joy. And I should know better because it never does. This year in particular carried a lot of sadness, which I tried to embrace. I spent a lot of the day realizing that it’s not about the big days that represent big things - it’s about the small moments that reflect a balanced life of tragedy and bliss at the same time. .

The little things like coming home to a freshly cooked meal, the feeling of your love slipping their arm around your waist, the victory of completing a hard project, are all examples of what we truly celebrate. .

And I guess I feel a little silly for not fully grasping that until now. The fact that jam packing all those expectations of those little moments into one day is unrealistic. But allowing myself to “cry because it’s my birthday” definitely is realistic, and that’s okay too.

Yesterday I turned 25.

I completed my 25th turn around the sun in 46th out of the 50 American states I’ve stepped foot in. Hello, NOLA 👏🏽.
.

It was my goal when I was younger to visit all 50 states by the time I was 15. I got pretty close, though, accidentally saving the best four for last (Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Washington).
.
It was also a goal of mine to be a self sustaining woman - with big goals and big recognition. I’m currently single, unmarried, with no kids, making a living off my art. To some, I live in sin by living as I please, which is frankly alright by me. Because when you’re a woman, especially a WOC, someone somewhere will always find a reason to which why you are ill fit to exist. .

Yet every year I’m ridden with the anxiety that my birthday will not bring me happiness and overwhelming joy. And I should know better because it never does. This year in particular carried a lot of sadness, which I tried to embrace. I spent a lot of the day realizing that it’s not about the big days that represent big things - it’s about the small moments that reflect a balanced life of tragedy and bliss at the same time. .

The little things like coming home to a freshly cooked meal, the feeling of your love slipping their arm around your waist, the victory of completing a hard project, are all examples of what we truly celebrate. .

And I guess I feel a little silly for not fully grasping that until now. The fact that jam packing all those expectations of those little moments into one day is unrealistic. But allowing myself to “cry because it’s my birthday” definitely is realistic, and that’s okay too.
110 9 8 hours ago

WE ARE ADOPTING!
so excited to finally share something that’s been growing for a long time in our hearts -
we’ve officially began the process of growing our family through adoption!
though we may not know when it will be,
we do know that we can’t wait to meet you baby K
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follow along with our journey @wearethekleins

WE ARE ADOPTING!
so excited to finally share something that’s been growing for a long time in our hearts - 
we’ve officially began the process of growing our family through adoption!
though we may not know when it will be, 
we do know that we can’t wait to meet you baby K
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follow along with our journey @wearethekleins
5882 166 4 October, 2018

📸SHOTS FROM ABOVE📸 Climb a tree, to get the perfect angle.

Yes😞, I almost fell out climbing down🌳

😂📸 #Canon #photography #CanonShooter #CanonPhotographer #CanonPhotography

📸SHOTS FROM ABOVE📸 Climb a tree, to get the perfect angle.
•
Yes😞, I almost fell out climbing down🌳
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😂📸 #Canon #photography #CanonShooter #CanonPhotographer #CanonPhotography
107 5 16 January, 2019

Life came at me fast and if these are the type of memories to look forward to i don’t want it to slow down. One day we’re engaged, next day we’re married. Today here we are 3 days into marriage and now we have your 21st birthday! These last few weeks were tough on you but you being who you are, strong, smart, loyal, and dedicated, zipped up your camera bag and handled your business. Today you get to relax, unwind, and celebrate another year being you. Happy Birthday to you, my beautiful wife @nyejahdavis ❤️ 💍👰🏾 #neworleanslove #neworleanswedding #nolalove #blacklove #neworleansphotography 📷: @laceymclaughlinphoto

Life came at me fast and if these are the type of memories to look forward to i don’t want it to slow down. One day we’re engaged, next day we’re married. Today here we are 3 days into marriage and now we have your 21st birthday! These last few weeks were tough on you but you being who you are, strong, smart, loyal, and dedicated, zipped up your camera bag and handled your business. Today you get to relax, unwind, and celebrate another year being you. Happy Birthday to  you, my beautiful wife @nyejahdavis ❤️ 💍👰🏾 #neworleanslove #neworleanswedding #nolalove #blacklove #neworleansphotography 📷: @laceymclaughlinphoto
231 31 27 February, 2018

Tree of Life #NOLA

Tree of Life #NOLA
287 0 18 December, 2018

🌳 of Life 🤗♥️

🌳 of Life 🤗♥️
70 1 17 January, 2019

I married the love 💕 of my life...bringing in 2019 a married!!!

I married the love 💕 of my life...bringing in 2019 a married!!!
226 63 7 January, 2019

Got to ring in 2019
Hugging trees and my seastar
Weaving together
Our story;
Tragically hilarious 😂
We’re putting on our big gal pants,
Prolly black and stretchy,
And putting in the work
To lead a life full of joy and creative ART!
MAS would be proudz 😇
Cheers darling!
To living our best lives no matter what!

Got to ring in 2019 
Hugging trees and my seastar
Weaving together 
Our story;
Tragically hilarious 😂 
We’re putting on our big gal pants,
Prolly black and stretchy,
And putting in the work 
To lead a life full of joy and creative ART!
MAS would be proudz 😇 
Cheers darling! 
To living our best lives no matter what!
115 7 5 January, 2019

By the power vested in me by the state of Louisiana I pronounced my brother @philboy_q & my new my sister-in-law @ashleydhester married on October 19th, 2018 during a small private ceremony and couldn’t have been happier #tbt

By the power vested in me by the state of Louisiana I pronounced my brother @philboy_q & my new my sister-in-law @ashleydhester married on October 19th, 2018 during a small private ceremony and couldn’t have been happier #tbt
362 25 8 November, 2018