Here, we are three-quarters of ACES:
April (missed), Cynamon, Erika, and Stephanie.
That was my very first Instagram post... dated January 15, 2014.
And it was intended to be my first Steepshot post, too!
But I could not get it to upload from my phone or laptop,
or from Chrome or Firefox...
so here we are, on rarely-lets-me-down Steemit.
Here, I was with my gurrrrrls, Cynamon + Steph, in a Pier 1 Imports in Chicago.
We were giggling up a storm in the home aisles...
looking for ways to make our homes the most comfortable,
beautiful nests they could be. Birds of a feather, DO flock together. 🐦
I miss those good, bird-friends -- and April, Fenesha, Kiana --
more than I can say. Even though I just tried.
Oh, look. I straightened my hair back then! ::cringe::
Kinda kidding about the cringe.
I consciously work on deep self-acceptance,
(which does wonders at deepening your relationship with others.)
It also led me to let my hair do what the hell IT wants.
It has a strong spiral pattern, and gravity-defying texture,
so I can't believe the heaps of hours I wasted over the years,
fighting my own nature, trying to have/keep straight hair!
When I think about it, that was a form of masking.
You know what? My Steemit posts are too long!
I think it's been because there are no word/photo limits here,
and it is hard for me to stop, for some reason.
While Steepshot limits you to 2048 characters for your description,
(just a few hundred words), and 1 picture, I believe.
Staccato. For a welcomed change.
A simpler pairing of FEWER words, with ONE image.
Yes, that's what had been missing... limits.
Because oceans do need shorelines... 🌊
This post was inspired by a fun photo of 3 masked women.
It was in vulnerable, honest friendship,
that I learned the pleasure of just letting your face breathe.
💙 Inhale. Exhale. Always as you. Only as you. 💙