one of my best buds had an afternoon in town yesterday, and out of the bajillion things to do in nyc, he voluntarily spent it with me! @limpingchuzhou is easily one of the smartest people i know, and also one of the wisest + kindest, so not only do we have a blast hanging out, but i become a better person for it too.
i am really lucky to have a few folks in my life that truly embody what it means to show up in their friendships - people that i not only enjoy spending time with, but also aspire to be more like - and i got to see two of them this weekend. can’t ask for a better weekend than that
i am a big believer in the power of showing up for the people in your life, and it never fails to amaze me how @lindsey_lerner finds ways to be present for so many folks while also running @levelexchange + changing the world. thanks for always making time for a hang over @kavebrooklyn cortados when you’re in nyc! glad(ney) we remembered to take a photo this time #rhodeislandersinthewild 🤘🏻
my friend @laenzzz dropped her new music video for “bite” today! lænz is a visionary + polymath + a true friend. it is an absolute gift to get to watch her art evolve + become more impressive with each new work. lænz is also my inspiration whenever i am nervous about something - i ask myself “what would lænz do?” (be badass, that’s what) and it helps me work up the confidence to push outside my comfort zone in ways big + small. check out the new video at the link in her profile + give her a follow while you’re there!
my favorite portraits are often the in-between moments. also, creating with friends is the best. @dbrothschild x @4daudioproductions #fbf
caught @cgladney4 cheesin’ at the v aesthetically pleasing @powerstationnyc. some @skoutoutloud magic coming up sooooon
“i think this is the first time i’ve seen kait not in all black” - my friend nate (he was probably not wrong tbh)
#fbf to 2016 in long island city. nate is one of my best friends, and he’s moving to the west coast today. i am sad for me, but also wicked happy for him to start on a new adventure. i handled my sadness like an adult and already invited myself to visit and eat sushi bc that’s how i do 💁🏼♀️
the incomparable @rayezaragoza is hitting the road with @dispatchmusic for the next few days for an acoustic run! you can see her in madison, mikwaukee, and detroit - details on her profile, you don’t wanna miss this tour
the reason i am holding my shoe in this photo is because on the day we stumbled across the dinosaur statue in little america, wyoming, i was wearing my socks patterned with this exact dinosaur sporting a sweater, a serendipitous event that was honestly too much excitement for me to handle. so i made @ekillsnight take a bunch of photos of me + my sock + the dinosaur bc of course i did. thank you @rayezaragoza for being patient while i spent time with my new dinosaur friend 🦕
happy thanksgiving! i hope you are able to spend today in a way that feels fulfilling to you. if today feels like more of a reminder of things missing than things present, i hope you can know and believe this: you matter. your story matters. you are bigger than loss, bigger than your ghosts + questions + pain, even if it doesn't always feel like it. if you feel lonely or lost, you are not alone. belonging + community are out there. stillness + peace are out there. there is still time to find them. you are not alone.
it’s ok to ask for help. resources:
@CrisisTextLine (mental health text)
@800273TALK (mental health phone)
@RAINN (nat’l anti-sexual violence org)
@TrevorProject (crisis intervention + suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth)
@twloha (metal health advocacy + suicide prevention)
also, friendly reminder that this holiday’s narrative erases the fact that us non-indigenous folks are all living on stolen land + that colonialism’s negative repercussions still affect native people in a very significant way on a daily basis. as you start your holiday shopping, SUPPORT INDIGENOUS ARTISTS! here are some folks who create great art AND dedicate their time + energy to much-needed social change: @rayezaragoza (music), @nahkobear x @nahko_and_mftp (music), @urbannativeera x @joeyymontoya (apparel), @dakota_romero x @areitoarts (dance), @josue_foto (photography)