|Quality: HD||Release date: June 13, 2020|
|Duration: 90 min||Original title: The Stories Within|
“ I was 2 years old when I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. I’m 28 now. CP is a brain disorder that affects the muscles and the way they operate. My muscles are very tight, which is why I need to stretch everyday. Basically, my body uses other muscles to compensate within my body, it affects the way I move and my balance which is why I need a walker and new shoes quite frequently! I’m so lucky because I have a mild case. Some people are wheelchair bound but I’m thankful I only require a walker. I’ve had 8 leg surgeries. Some days are really hard but I try and focus on the good in my life. People have a lot of misconceptions about others with disabilities in general. There are so many things that people don't understand. They only sees the outside, the physical aspects. They stare. They judge. We all have challenges we face every day, it just so happens you can see mine. Judgment from others often creates a shell that you feel compelled to stay in. Its so easy to let yourself hide within that shell, and you can't. I have to hold my head high and be strong, which has taken years of practice. I finally realize life is too short to not be proud of who you are. I want to help empower people and end the stigma that people with disabilities are "different". There's nothing I can't do, I may just have to go about it a different way, and there's always a way. My goal one day is to motivate people to live their best life. I just want to help people with CP and help people in general. I’ve done five 5ks. My family and doctors thought I was nuts but I wanted to prove to myself I could do anything I set my mind to. I’d love to do the Boston Marathon one day. It’s not about speed. It’s about finishing. I will finish. I’ve interned on The Doctors in LA. I went out there all by myself. This phase of my life made me realize that I truly can do anything. Challenges never stop coming. There will always be another hurdle. The key is to recognizing that quick enough and come up with a plan to tackle that. Thats what you have to keep learning and keep getting better at.
Swipe Left. . . . #thestorieswithin . . . #nirbhaya . #poems #poemsofinstagram #poemsofig #poemsdaily #poemsporn #igpoems #poetsofinstagram #author #authorsofinstagram #igauthors #storytelling #storytime #storyteller #storytimethreads #stories #lifequotes #lifefacts #lifeisbeautiful #lifestyle #life #beinggirl #beingwoman #beinghuman
Colorado: where two feet off the road is a tumbling roaring stream and the enticing possibility of following a trail and getting lost. #coloradoishome #greatoutdoors #ouraycolorado
Ever since I was little my mom knew I was different. At age 7 I started showing signs of anxiety. I had huge separation anxiety, I was scared of everything! In high school I was so depressed that I don’t even remember sophomore, junior or senior year. I blocked it out - I think it was my minds way of protecting me. My depression was self-inflicted. I always wanted drama or attention. I don’t know why. I was an only child & I always wanted someone to feel bad for me or to dote over me I got put on medication in my senior year of high school and it help me a little. Fast forward to college and it got worse. I felt lots of pressure, I was away from my parents. I started to self harm. It felt really good but it didn’t fix anything. It was a temporary good feeling. I was so unhappy and frustrated I would have lots of panic attacks. In my early 20s I started drinking a lot. I was masking my depression. I met my husband and that’s when I stopped partying. We went through two years of infertility and I finally got pregnant. I gave birth to a premature baby. Everyone was so proud of how I held my shit together - I had to be there for my baby. I was a mom now, I had to focus on him. Counseling helped a lot. I haven’t been on medication for a long time now. I found new ways to deal with anxiety & depression. I’m on a new spiritual path that I’ve never been on - its change me & my relationships. I now have the tools to recognize things that I never could recognize before. I firmly believe in the law of attraction. I know now that what I’m putting out there Im getting back. I put a lot of good out and it sure is coming back to me.
Today at 5pm! Join in as we learn more about Miami-based artist Miguel Saludes' life as an artist, educator and collaborator. Facebook livestream at www.facebook.com/artcentersarasota . . Weekly Wednesday studio visits will continue. We are reaching out to artists making an impact in our community and in the art world. Follow our Facebook page so you never miss out. . . #artist #miamiartist #floridaartist #sarasota #art #livestream #interview #arttalk #learn #gallery #artistspotlight #spotlight #teacher #publicworks #live #facebook #artlover #srqart #artsrq #onview #stories #heritage #florida #fl #landscape #portrait #narrative #explore
Mistake. . . . . . . . #randomthoughts #poemsofig #poetsofinstagram #poetryofinstagram #poems #poem #author #authorsofinstagram #authors #authorsofig #mistakes #mistake #life #lifethoughts #lifequotes
I heard a great song yesterday, during a potentially idiotic hike up a mountain in 90 degree heat, and the gist was that if you have come through hard times and now live in light and happiness there is nothing that should be able to stop you. And I felt discouraged this week, not having reached milestones I thought I should have, but i realised that I have so much joy in my life and I want to honour how far I've come. And that means by never giving up and always working to expand the beauty I have in my life so that it touches others. #thestorieswithin
For years she watched.. For years she fought.. . . #thestorieswithin . . #randomthoughts #author #authorsofinstagram #authors #poetsofinstagram #poet #poems #poetry #igcalcutta #igwriters #igwritersclub #igwriter #writer #writeup #storyteller #storytelling #storytime #poemtime #poems #poemsofinstagram #instagram #letstalk #letsconnect
If you don't 📸 it... It definitely still happened.😉 Just something for ya to keep in mind this weekend... & in life! Your life is happening now. Whether you decide to share it w/ the 🌎 on social media is 100% up to you. But what you DO throughout each & every moment of the day... That's your life — That's what truly matters!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Try not to let yourself get too caught up in capturing the moment, or one day you might look up & realize you missed your LIFE. You have so much more to offer the world than that! You have YOU. Your presence alone could move mountains. I love social media for the doors it opens/ the positive influence it can have, but I don't like it when it makes people feel like they have something to prove. Maybe that's why I'm so bad at remembering to take pictures — Hence, my feed of flowers & quotes. I want to share my life, but I don't HAVE to. At the end of the day, all you need to answer to is yourself, and God (if that's your thing) so just live your life & be happy!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Plus, some of the BEST stories... Have no 'proof' at all. And they don't need it. The experiences that challenge who we are & what we believe, bring us undeniable joy/peace, and shape us into who we're meant to be.. Don't always need to be told. At least not yet. The most powerful stories are 😙💜 #HappyFriyay #thesunshinewithin (📸: @thepoeticunderground )
Like the storm that does not devastate, Like the one that blesses with pretty sunsets.. I touch the horizon when in flight.. I touch your soul when you should be feeling light ❤️ . . . . . . . . . . #sunsets #storm #muse #life #poem #poetry
Reposting @jaclyn.photography: First brave story - I’ll be posting all of these here > @thestorieswithin_ “I have a mental illness. I have bipolar disorder. I take 5 pills every morning and 4 pills every night just so I can function. ••YES I AM DIFFERENT BUT I AM NOT ALONE •• and I am trying to get through life, just like you. Some days I am manic but it’s not what you see on tv. My mind races and my leg bounces and I can’t sit still. But I’m not a hurricane of destruction. Other days I’m depressed and I don’t want to move from my bed. To shower is a chore and I’m tired from staying awake. But don’t treat me differently. I am getting help. I am still a 26 year old woman trying to live life. Please don’t assume you know what my life is like just from my admitting I have a medical diagnosis. I am real. I am me. I am alive and thank God every minute for it because at one point, I didn’t think I should be. But I am alive because my story & my life has a reason and is important, whether you think so or not.” - C _________________________________ #TheStoriesWithin #Depression #Anxiety #Bipolar #Different #NotAlone #Manic #God #Life #Alive #Assumptions #mentalhealth #mentalillness #jaclynphotography
Storm. . . . . . . . . #randomthoughts #randomverse #poetsofinstagram #poemsofig #poetsofinstagram #poet #poem #authorsofig #author #authorsofinstagram #igpoems #igpoem #igwriteup #writeup #writersofinsta #writersofindia #writersofig #live #life
They told me I wouldn’t make it!!! CEO in the making!!! #bossmoves#mytime#amready#levelup#explorepage#iammyfarherskeeper#createdtoempower#positiveenergy#startedfromthebottom#mentalhealthawareness#therapy#soulwork#thestorieswithin#creatinganewme#ceolife#businessowner#leadershipmatterscourse
My daughter saved me. I am hoping my story will reach women struggling with domestic abuse. My message is simple—women should never allow another individual to dictate their self-worth, and what they deserve from this life. Hands can hurt, or they can hold. They can embrace, or they can suffocate. They can help and serve, and ultimately the choice is yours and yours alone with how you decide to use them. My story starts at a very low point in my life. I had no clue WHO I was or what I even wanted from life. I knew one thing though, that I was a good person I HAD life, I had spunk, I was eager to learn, and so ready to live. Through a mutual group of friends I met a man. He made me feel pretty, desired and wanted. This new relationship quickly turned dark and horrifying. It first started out with simple name calling and extremely vulgar language. I just chalked up to our own differences. I believed that this was just something we would work through. It wasn’t. Those names immediately started to define me a person. When you care about a person you care what they think and how they perceive you. I started to believe that I was the names I was being called. It turned physical. I would try to hug this person and he would punch my knuckles until they were bruised and shaking. My parents started to notice the bruising on my body and would remind me that this is not the type of love I needed. I disregarded their words. It came to a point where I would have to wear long sleeved shirts in the summer time to avoid anyone seeing how badly my arms and hands were bruised. One summer we got into a very bad fight and I was punched in the nose. I ran into the bathroom and just prayed that it would stop bleeding. I didn’t want to have to go to hospital to report what someone had done to me. I wanted to protect him even though he was the cause of my pain. By this time I was 2 years into the relationship, and was constantly told day in and day out that I could do no better, that no one else was going to do the things he did for me, that no one else would want me.
Happy Saturday!! Inspired to work on myself, my future & my goals!! Have an amazing weekend #bosswomenpray#bosslady#bossbabe#ceolife#mytime#mylife#endmentalhealthstigma#explore#iamloved#youcandothis#therapyiscool#positivethinking#positiveenergy#blacktherapist#thestorieswithin#selflove#selfcare#selftalk#motivation#iam#ibelieve#ibelieveinmyself#levelup#makingadifference
The stories within these walls....#mysteries #circa675AD #forbetterorforworse #loveoldchurches #lovehypocricytruthrebellion #humanity
Every other day I post something inspiring, something that lights a fire. I wish I could say I did this out of a selfless part of myself. But I do it because I need it too. I need to be reminded that life is constant learning. According to my grandma. Life should grow and get bigger and your dreams should excite and terrify you. I hope this says something to you...because it did for me. #followyourdreams #motivationdaily
How many believe that a new beginning is in the making!! How many are walking by faith not by sight!! Are you ready for a shift in your life!! Stay focused! #faithworker#boldandbeautiful#mytimeisnow#stayfocused#highenergy#thestorieswithin#easter#youcandoit#makethechange#shiftyourmindset#motivation#empoweringmenandwomen#counseling#therapist#family#soulwork#nationalcounselingexam createthelifeyoulove #spiritualmindset #takecharge #mytime #itsaprocess #yougotthis #explore #weareone #loveself #livetothefullest #onedayatatime #restore #explorepage
A very special thing happened this week ... for the third time in my life. I finished my edits for my third novel, Mrs. Fitzroy, a story that's very close to my heart. The emotions surrounding finishing a novel are so hard to explain, but it's something like relief mingled with paralysing fear and the jitters you get from too much caffeine. @shellymuncaster you're one of the big reasons the book is half good. So grateful. #friendsgoals #authorsofinstagram
So full with what miracles I've seen this year and the changes that are coming. I'm almost finished with book 3, Mrs. Fitzroy, and there's exciting news with my second novel. But none of it would have happened if I hadn't kept trying and putting myself out there. Keep trying. That's been my motto. #writeeveryday
Hold on. . Stay strong. . . . . . . #quarantine #thisshallpass #holdon #staystrong #staysafe #poemsofig #writeup #randommuse
Love. . . . . . . . . #poemsofig #poems #poemsporn #poetryofinstagram #love #authorsofig #author #writersofinsta #writersofindia #randommuse #randomthoughts #randompoetry #lovequotes #me
“THE STORIES WITHIN” characters met along the ways With @carolinecarey__#mymum Q: What is your life about? A: I used to think I was about being a mother and then a grandmother and of course it is, I have a big family and I love that! And you could say I am a highly creative person - I love to write books and I love to create beauty, so these days that is in bringing people together, usually within a dance workshop and choreographing a healing and meaningful process, that opens each person up to their own creative intelligence. It also puts them in touch with their innate wisdom, their mythological identity as well as quite profound leadership skills that fit with todays resurgence of the feminine. I love what I do and hope I will be doing it well into my 90’s :) Q: If you had a super power that allowed you to do anything once what would you do with it? A: I would use my one-time super power to make significant changes for children in danger, particularly those in war zones, the homeless and parentless. Finding safe space where they could grow with ease and love. I might also gather up all the plastic waste from the oceans and rivers. “Thats two, but their good causes so will let it slide” 😊 Q: What is your favourite memory? A: One of my favourite memories is being around the table with all my children and grandchildren. It is one of my favourite memories. Seeing them all connecting together happily brings a lot of joy to my heart. There is humour and fun, all in a light hearted loving way. To know my children care about each other is a real blessing. Thank you for that Caroline!For more on her work you can check https://middleearthmedicine.com. . . #portrait #lifes #carolinecarey #mum #grandmother #stories #art #dance #creative #people #photographer #inspire #thepeopleinourlives #thepeoplewemeetalongtheways
@thestorieswithin_ • • • • • • #share #struggles #hope #love #inspire #help #you #me #us #story #journey #pain #beauty #igers #instagood
Like the sun setting slow, smearing colors all around wild.. I want to take my time, and I want you to take yours.. To melt into me, as I melt into yours... . . . . . . . . #sunsets #shillong #meghalaya #northeast
One of my favourite spots in Scotland, the Portobello beach on the Firth of Forth. The neighbouring buildings are straight out of a fairy tale. #scotlandsbeauty #edinburgh
“ I was 20 years old at the time. My story is about my Dad, but it’s also about my Mothers strength. My parents were happily married, 25 years. My dad was a great man, he loved us and was always taking care of his family. But. . .my Dad was sick. He had a disease that ate away at the bones and tissues in his legs. It caused him to be in so much pain. He had over 20 surgeries to try and relieve some of the pain and nothing was working. He was on pain medicine. That pain medicine took over him. He became addicted. My Dad is not a bad man, he was a man in pain. A man who just wanted to feel better. He was arrested due to his high need for pain medication. I’ll never forget that day. He spent 3 months in jail. . .in a wheelchair. . .in pain. February 27th, 2009. The date my father died. My father died in jail. I never got to say goodbye. I hate the last words I said to him. The guilt is so painful. That morning was a blur. It became too unbearable that I turned to heroin. I wanted to numb the guilt and the pain. I began to fall apart. I was so disrespectful to my body. I didn’t like me. I turned into a person I never thought I would become. That road was long. I woke up one morning and just realized enough was enough. I wasn’t being a good role model to my niece and nephew and I realized that they were worth it. . and so was my Mom. I got clean for myself and for my family. I’ve been clean for almost 5 years now. I wanted more for my life. I wanted to grow old with someone. I wanted to have babies. I wanted love. I just had to keep moving and stay focused. Taking it one day at at time. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my mother. My mother is incredible. The strength I saw in her during this time was unlike any strength I’ve ever witnessed. She never gave up on me. She lost her husband, had 4 children and she still never gave up! I would be lost without my Mom.
Some of the most beautiful mosaic tiles I have ever seen are in St. Giles Cathedral on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Oh to have a day to just sit and soak up the craftsmanship. #stgilescathedral #edinburgh
Happy Birthday my wee lassie!! #cakefordays #birthdayparty
I'm not entirely sure what these flowers are called but they grow all over Scotland in thorny bushes that cover the highland hillsides. In Colorado all the yellow you ever see is on the Aspens in the fall. #scotlandsbeauty #flowerstagram
“My mother and father divorced when I was a baby. We moved around a lot when I was growing up. I hated it. My mother decided she didn’t want to be a mother after she and my father split up. When we were growing up she would tell us that we ruined her life and that no man would stay with her because of us. She used to drop me off at school and say that she wasn’t coming back for me. One night she was driving and said that she wanted to die and that she was going to kill us all - she drove towards a tree. She stopped. I will never forget that night. When I was 11 when she finally settled down and bought a house. My mother was never home, she was always at a boyfriend’s house. If she was home, she would lock me out of the house, so I would not interrupt her time with her boyfriend. My mother has always been very manipulative always playing one against another. She would make up lies about my father to make me not want to see him, but I didn’t know that at the time. I feel like she took that time away from me with my father. She would not buy much food just snacks and sodas. When I was 14 I started to go out with a guy that was 4 years older then me. Him and I were together for about 5 years. I had my first daughter with him when I was 18. He was in and out of jail and he would abuse me physically emotionally and mentally. He cheated on me all the time. While I was pregnant my mother would tell me to get an abortion almost every day it was horrible. I am thankful every day that I was strong enough not to listen to her because my daughter was a blessing in disguise don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have her. She saved my life. I decided that wasn’t the life I wanted for my daughter. The night we broke up he almost killed me. He was strangling me under the Christmas tree. My mother never came to help me before even though she knew about the abuse. But this time was different. She finally stepped in and I’m so thankful because I wouldn’t be here if she didn’t.
“When I was 9 I felt like I wanted to die and I thought that was normal. I turned 10 years old in hospital due to my depression. I was in eighth grade when I attempted my first suicide. 13 years old. When I came back to school I tried to tell all of my friends and they just said I was doing it for attention. That sent me into an even deeper depression. I was actually removed from the school by ambulance and restraints because I had attempted suicide again. I was very sensitive child I always internalized everything. I always felt I wasn’t good enough. I had an older sister and I always compared myself to her. If my friends had other friends I don’t know how to handle it so attempting suicide was a coping mechanism. I spent eighth & ninth grade in a group home - I felt like I was a burden to my family but I know they were doing it to protect me. When I was 15 I completed the program. I still wasn’t happy, I was never happy - I always wanted to die and when I couldn’t kill myself I felt like a loser. Like I can’t even get that right. I tried to find happiness how other people found it - I got married. This turned out to be extremely abusive relationship. In 2007 I overdosed and for the first time I flatlined. My uncle was on the fire department and although he could’ve stepped in he let the EMTs do their job. He trusted them to take care of me. That was a huge piece of my story. I thought - if my uncle can have faith in other people then maybe I can to. I started asking for help. Huge turning point for me was when I had my daughter. I was 28 when I had her and I struggled a lot. I was hospitalized for months for postpartum depression. She was a-year-old when I left her Dad I decided that I wanted to lead by example and make the world a better place for my daughter. I wanted to fight for her generation. She was two years old when I finally learned about happiness. I was scared to get happy because I was scared to get used to it but I finally felt it.
First brave story - I’ll be posting all of these here > @thestorieswithin_ “I have a mental illness. I have bipolar disorder. I take 5 pills every morning and 4 pills every night just so I can function. ••YES I AM DIFFERENT BUT I AM NOT ALONE •• and I am trying to get through life, just like you. Some days I am manic but it’s not what you see on tv. My mind races and my leg bounces and I can’t sit still. But I’m not a hurricane of destruction. Other days I’m depressed and I don’t want to move from my bed. To shower is a chore and I’m tired from staying awake. But don’t treat me differently. I am getting help. I am still a 26 year old woman trying to live life. Please don’t assume you know what my life is like just from my admitting I have a medical diagnosis. I am real. I am me. I am alive and thank God every minute for it because at one point, I didn’t think I should be. But I am alive because my story & my life has a reason and is important, whether you think so or not.” - C _________________________________ #TheStoriesWithin #Depression #Anxiety #Bipolar #Different #NotAlone #Manic #God #Life #Alive #Assumptions #mentalhealth #mentalillness #jaclynphotography