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 After a weeklong tropical storm that kept us holed up inside, this goofball and I are enjoying an afternoon at the dog park. : : : : #playadelcarmen #dogsofinstagram #rescuedog #pupster #mexico #gooutside #freshair  These were damn good burgers. #enjoylife #food #playadelcarmen #burgers #foodporn #foodphotography #mexico  This is a great motto for my year. I’m focusing gratitude and contentment. No matter what external circumstances arise I want to feel at peace with who I am and be thankful for the many blessings I have. I have a lot of everyday magic, especially living in Playa del Carmen. : : : : #playadelcarmen #mexico #wanderlust #magic #everydaymagic #positivevibes #sobriety #soberlife #cleanandserene #serenity #gratitude #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthrecovery #recovery #ocean #motivationalquotes  Saw a couple having (I think) wedding photos taken. I love that I live in a place that is so beautiful, people come from all over the world to get married here. 🤵 ‍❤️‍ ‍❤️‍ Moving here didn’t take my depression away but it’s easier to alleviate some of the symptoms in this gorgeous town. : : : : #wanderlust #beach #sea #caribbean #playadelcarmen #playa #wedding #photoshoot #sunset #mexico #depression #recovery #cleanandsober #soberlife
 Feeling emo hipster with all this rain. So don’t mind my moody pretentious shots rn. K, thx  A big thank you to all the trauma, all the mental illness, all the alcoholism, all the loss. Thank you because today I can appreciate what I have. Thank you because today the good things feel incredible and the bad things feel not so terrible. Thank you for the ability to appreciate all the little blessings and all the luck I have. Now when I experience gratitude it is like getting high, but so much better than the high I used to chase. Today one year ago I married the man who loved me when I couldn’t love myself, the guy who saved my life when my uncle’s house burnt down so I could save myself from myself when I was ready, the guy who showed me that love doesn’t have to hurt and continues to show me unconditional love. Plus he’s cute as hell and oh so handsome. I love you @alebonzo. : Oh and tonight at the end of the evening the band at this beachside bar played our wedding song. The song we danced to on the beach one year ago. “can’t help falling in love...some things are meant to be” : : : : : : #anniversary #1yearanniversary #marriedlife #joy #sobriety #soberlife #gratitude #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #depression #ptsdrecovery #ptsdawareness #domesticviolencesurvivor #survivor #playadelcarmen #mexico #recoveryisworthit #hope #mentalillnessawareness #love  Just in case our friends and family were wondering, Alejandro’s job is never any fun. As this picture clearly demonstrates, he is under constant duress. : : : : #oppositepost #havingablast #hardwork @alebonzo  Some reflective time by the sea did my soul good today. Just me and a couple of hungry pelicans. 🦅 🦆 #mexico #playadelcarmen #caribbean #pelicans #pelican #nature #sunset #boats #wanderlust #mentalhealth #recovery #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthawareness #alonetime
 Love that the @boston #airport has this stigma fighting mental health awareness display down an entire corridor. Super important. And made me feel seen and not alone. Mental illness is not shameful. ; : : : #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalillnessawareness #mentalillness #bostonlogan #bostonairport #travel  In progress page for the coloring book Kickstarter. This corner is “too many textures” as part of explaining sensory overload. : : : : #art #zentangle #sensoryoverload #overwhelmed #sensoryprocessingdisorder #mentalhealthawareness #ptsd #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealth #coloringbook #coloringbookforadults #publishing #artistsoninstagram #inkdrawing #lineart  Just for today. When life is hard we can find strength one day at a time. When life is great we can stay humble and grateful by remembering this is just for today. : : : : Overlay of drawing for coloring book : : : : #wanderlust #playadelcarmen #mexico #justfortoday #onedayatatime #sunset #beach #drawing #artistsoninstagram #artsy #inspiration #motivationalquotes #trusttheprocess #recoveryisworthit #mentalhealth  First we have to know if our self image is out of whack. Then we can work towards a sense of self that is aligned with a healthier reality. 🤳 ‍♀️ 🤷‍♀️ I doodle to make sense of myself. And to keep nervous energy occupied when I am teetering but need to stay centered. ✏️ ⚖️ #art #doodle #doodlesofinstagram #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #selfimage #perspective #distorted #coloringbook #coloringbookforadults #unfinishedart #artistsoninstagram #publishing #ego
 I want a car that matches my house. : : : : #wanderlust #expat #car #vwbeetle #vwbug #volkswagen #classiccars #purple #matching #playadelcarmen #mexico #yucatán  I never imagined that I would experience so much reprieve from depression and PTSD. I have more good days than bad, and my bad days are manageable. I keep learning more and have tools to help me not live in pain. It isn’t always easy and it didn’t come easily, it’s an ongoing process and only happens one day at a time. I have been going to therapy once a week for four years, sometimes twice a week, I take medicine, and I go to group support meetings several times a week. It’s worth the effort! I’m sending love to everyone out there, especially to those who haven’t been able to glimpse the hope of recovery. : : : : #playadelcarmen #beach #recoveryisworthit #recovery #soberlife #serenity #beachlife #gratitude #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #depression #ptsd #ptsdrecovery #stigmafree #mentalillnessawareness  More all or nothing drawing for the coloring book! ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ I really believe in this project and want this book about mental health to be successful and make a difference. ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ #coloringbook #drawing #art #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthrecovery #recovery #balance #mentalillness #mentalhealth #lineart #linedrawing #sobriety #recoveryisworthit #coloringbookforadults #publishing #doodles #artsy #drawingoftheday #lineart #details  Grow where you’re planted. Sage advice. The coloring book for mental health awareness is making progress. Can’t wait to share the Kickstarter page with you all! #sageadvice #growwhereyouareplanted #motivation #acceptance #selfcare #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #recovery #coloringbook #coloringbookforadults #publishing #inprogess
 Feeling full of gratitude. Change is possible. Instead of just surviving, today I get to live. Three years of sobriety thanks to taking it a day at a time. : : : : #soberlife #soberliving #onedayatatime #sobriety #mentalhealthawareness #gratitude  Ain’t no shame in my bathroom selfie game. Had dinner at @aluxrestaurant tonight and it was incredible. My wonderful friend @babseau, is visiting me from Buenos Aires just to help me work the steps. And she treated me and @alebonzo to a delicious dinner at an INCREDIBLE restaurant that is inside a cave! Inside a CENOTE! Coolest dining experience ever and I am over the moon with gratitude for my sobriety and for the people in my life who have showered me with unconditional love and are teaching me how to love myself. #itworksifyouworkit : : : : #selfie #happiness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthrecovery #soberlife #mexico #playadelcarmen #expatlife #bathroomselfie #cleanandserene #sobriety #mentalhealthawareness #wanderlust #youcandoit #gratitude  I am working on being less ALL OR NOTHING, it’s not a sustainable blueprint for life. ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ I am working hard on a coloring book about mental health, and I cannot wait to launch the kickstarter. Will keep you all updated on the progress. ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ #coloringbook #drawing #art #artistsoninstagram #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthrecovery #recovery #allornothing #balance #mentalillness #mentalhealth #lineart #linedrawing #sobriety #recoveryisworthit #coloringbookforadults #publishing #kickstarter #inprogressart #doodles #mentalillnessawareness  First mock-up of a page from the #coloringbook. Mental health and recovery looked at in a whole new way. : : : #art #coloringbookforadults #mentalillness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #growwhereyoureplanted #inspirationalquotes #artistsoninstagram #raisingawareness #publishing #recovery #recoveryisworthit
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