the milk beast in his natural habitat
A portrait: because last night was Pax’s first night sleeping outside. They really do grow up so fast... 😭🤪
Family training for the @aucklandmarathon 🤷🏻♀️😂🐑
Little wool baby! 😍
CLIMATE STRIKE 9/27/19 Auckland, NZ ✊🏽✊🏿✊🏻✊✊🏾
It’s been one hell of a month doing life with this guy! Congratulations to the BOTH of us for our individual & collective work. Relationships can already be tricky; add to that 2 months long distance, coordinating the logistics of a move to another country, bringing to an end a chapter of juicy, love-filled moments in paradise, separating from your community, being in a supportive role to your all-star partner while he manages & successfully finishes a massive, inspiring project that he’s invested the past 4 years of his life into, an average of 4 hrs of sleep a night, & ALL the while, trying to reintegrate after said long distance & make time for tenderness & effective communication. Phew! We made it!! Look at us & our crazy-beautiful love story. We landed safely in our new little nest in New Zealand 🇳🇿 Welcomed by the most incredible humans & a slice of land that I thought I could only dream of staying on. Our space is literally perfect & we have one another. Sometimes it really does get confusing for me - but these are the things I must keep my focus on. It’s all working out exactly the way it’s supposed to.🤞🏽🤙🏽✌🏽 💓📸: @osleston
So so happy to have had the chance to drop in with my madré before heading out of the country for the next foreseeable future. I love you, Mom! Thank you for being precious & for making this visit a priority. SEE YOU soon (ish) 😘💓🤗
I can still feel the way my body was tingling in this moment when I took this photo. The feeling of happiness, pride, excitement & relief rolling down my cheeks. I am so proud to know this group of people. @thevortexswim crash-landed into my life early on this year via the love of @paullecomte — Before witnessing this project, I hadn’t really known what real sacrifice & dedication looked like in action. *How do you take a 20-year dream of swimming across the Pacific Ocean & make it a reality? How do you make it a story worth telling? How do you deliver a digestible, relevant, relatable message to the general public about plastic pollution & the destructive, convenient choices we are making everyday on land that are resulting in our oceans - our waters - the lifeline of our planet, to shift & suffer? These people, these heroes have taken a shot at it. This journey has taken 4+ years to accomplish. The core of this crew have been at it (as volunteers) for that long, Ben (the swimmer) for much longer. Can you really imagine? It was a whirlwind of emotions in this moment. I’m so-so proud of my partner Paul for his unrelenting efforts; in awe of Ben for his persistence & ability. And I’m absolutely dumb-founded by the support & vision of a little ole’ New Zealand-based clothing company called @icebreakernz & how they quite literally made this portion of the expedition possible. Most of all: I’m grateful to them for how they supported my partner through these past few months when I really had no idea how to. It takes so much energy to come together & make something like this happen. This is the kind of shit I thought I would have only read about or watched a documentary on. Although nothing worthwhile comes without struggle: I am so grateful this has come into my orbit. The people. The project. This man. Congratulations on a successful arrival Vortex Swim Crew! YOU DID IT. ✊🏽🙌🏽👏🏽🌎🌊
ONE MORE DAY! ⌛️
These people. This place. This precious, formidable time in my life. I wasn’t aware that the variety of love I’ve come to know actually existed before it found me here. I didn’t understand how to build intimacy outside of romantic relationships; & I’m pretty clear now that my magic & beauty wasn’t being reflected back to me because I had been looking in the wrong mirrors. The community I’ve connected with here in Hawai’i these past few years has helped me to see. “Beyond my wildest dreams”, or however the promise goes. I was guided to this island with the thought that I would be here for a couple months. & in all transparency (I think it’s helpful to remind myself of my arrogance at this time) I actually believed I could learn all I needed to know about growing food in those 2 months, & when my time was up, I would just return back home to Michigan & continue to give life to the movement the brother/homie Ben, myself, & the Counter Culture folk were in the thick of building & growing. I was also co-owner of a yoga studio then & had the heaviness of a very real legal contract weighing over me. (Shout out forever to Casey’s Dad for helping me navigate that one) AND YET - it was decided. I was supposed to be here. Knowing a bit more about the spirit of these islands now, I know it was Her that decided for me. Wai’anae welcomed me with clarity & open arms. Kahumana taught me about community. About how to connect to & care for the land I occupied, & how to take nothing & make it a bountiful, profitable, food-foresty something (plug to Christian). I was gifted the opportunity to prove to myself here that I was capable. I realized I had a unique perspective, I’m filled with interesting ideas & thoughts, & that my voice is valuable & necessary. This place & these people, most NOT pictured here, have increased my bandwidth to BE. I learned to love my body here. How to appreciate & amplify my essence. I think about how I would have never been ready for Paul without these downloads. How before, my mind literally would not have been able to sit with the fears or unknowns as they continue to come up in our decision to move to New Zealand together. Phew. 👇🏽cont. in comments
I’m not sure if this was before or after we decided to throw ice cold water in each other’s faces because we were sweating so uncontrollably? WERK.
helpful reminders from the other side: thank you, Mama Stikeleather ✨🌀
place of worship
To one of the few humans that I can undoubtedly say I have loved unconditionally from the moment we met: @alexxb Happy Day of Birth to you! (7/21) The real Queen B in my book - Queen Butterbaugh. 👑 Graceful, sweet, patient, lover. Provider of every variety of nourishment. Thank you for always keeping my heart & my belly full. For always letting me flow at exactly my pace. YOU, my angel, are a tremendous gift to this Earth. Thank you for existing!
set & setting