Livable Design is exactly how things should be. The consideration of small elements together, such as door and hallway widths + plug and light switch heights, become greater than the sum of their parts individually. 🙌 // #HeritageSolaire
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Welcome to submit an abstract to the track I am co-hosting with Harpa Stefansdottir (NMBU): Track 2: Enhancing Livability in Urban Areas
Keywords: #Livability #urbanexperience #everydaylife #urbanaesthetics
Deadline 15.1.2019 ***
The 9th Nordic Planning Research Symposium
21 - 23 August 2019 / NMBU and Oscarsborg in Norway
Host: The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (#NMBU
), Department of Urban and Regional Planning
The Red Bench is a natural or built placemaking icon meant to bring people together. It’s always simple, unexpected, and meaningful. Learn more by clicking the link in our bio! // #TheCannery
A candid shot of me casually strolling by the beach near some magical trees.........lol.
Yeah, no this is about as posed as it get. Also, adding light streaks into photos is a new thing I enjoy these days. #soberfun
Self deprecating humor has always been big defense mechanism for me.
I try to call myself out before anyone else can. Naturally, i take it to the next level.
I point out one thing...
Then I start pointing all this other stuff out and people are usually like wait, what? *Too late, Suzan, I’m onto the next thing already*
People are like ooo i see it, I didn’t even notice that. No one else will.
But now they’re all looking at it. I get frazzled and try to change the subject.
Everyone’s awkward and I’m like *😬 life is hard* how was brushing your teeth this morning tho?? Everyone’s left confused and still staring at the “light streak” #strugglebus
Yeah, still very much human, still very much battling my own insecurities.
While I work thru those, I’ll take adding light streaks into photos as a step forward from my previous set of habits.
I hope you manage to start your day off on the right foot 🦶🏼 If you don’t, you can always use the other one and try again.
Or you can use the same one.
Lots of love.
In aid of the fantastic charity “liveability “ - this national charity promotes social inclusion for all - notably the disabled & the vulnerable. This is a subject close to my heart for many reasons. To be excluded is a terrible thing - not only is it hurtful for the person and families but the outlook that it can have on mental health throughout life is a domino effect .
I am honestly honoured to have been picked to run the London marathon to promote this .
#antibullying #inclusion #londonmarathon #runnergirl #livability #socialacceptance
Happy Veteran’s Day! Our office will be closed today, November 12th. Thank you Veterans, for your service! 🙏🇺🇸
This feels very raw and vulnerable for me to share, but my heart is telling me I should. This is a long post, so bare with me.
I was mindlessly going thru one of the journals I have tonight. Not expecting much. What I ended up finding was a painful, humbling reminder about where the disease of alcoholism has taken me.
I was flipping thru some pages I noticed these randomly spaced out scribbles in dark blue marker.
I can barely recognize the handwriting on these pages.
I wrote: I don’t see ever living without this shit brining me down.
I was a fifth deep in vodka writing this. Taking my sleeping pills one by one.
I remember I woke up the next day thinking: Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. I’m still here. I felt like an absolute coward. I swore I’d never tell a soul about it.
I was working full time while also working full time to hide my drinking. I had only been to treatment 6 months before, so I felt like asking for help was out of the question.
I wanted to die but I was too scared to kill myself.
Straddling that line between wanting to live and wanting to die is place I wish upon no one in this world. Unfortunately, I know many of us have been there.
I felt I had no option. Even in these entries i was struggling to explain this hopeless feeling.
I had given up on myself.
My plan was leaving my life behind with a drunken note and a request for a song to play at my funeral.
While this darkness seems so distant, I can still physically feel the pain I felt as I read these pages.
I obviously woke up the next day. I didn’t get sober that day, but I was alive.
I had life left to live. There was a plan for me. Something much bigger than me made sure I stayed around to find out what that was.
Two years later I sit here & my heart aches knowing that I almost gave up. Thank you God for not letting me.
I’m 21 months sober today. I’m more grateful than ever. I never want to go back to this place.
Let me leave you with this. A reminder.
If there is air in your lungs, there is a light inside of you.
You are here for a reason. This is a disease that needs support. Find it. Use it. Lean on it. We’re one in the same. We can do it together, one day at a time.
Nothing without courage.
Think about how many times a day you use courage.
It’s probably more than you realize.
For some of us it’s getting out of bed.
Maybe it’s quitting a job that doesn’t serve us anymore.
It’s there when we tell someone how we feel about them.
We use it when we’re vulnerable. Honest.
Maybe it was when we admitted we had a problem.
When we ask for help.
It’s there when we let go of food rules.
Life’s challenges look and feel different for everyone.
For whatever reason I’ve never thought of myself as a courageous person.
I handled many of life’s difficulties by cowering away in my bed, drinking, sleeping, isolating. I never considered that to be courageous at all.
The truth is, at one point, that’s all I knew how to do. Leaving my house seemed like a nightmare.
There was a teeny tiny window of willingness that opened up for me one day.
That was surrender.
That was courage stepping in.
I used my courage to tell the truth and asked for help. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t easy. But I did it.
When I relapsed, I had to find the courage to do it again.
Everyday in recovery is a courageous act that should never go unnoticed.
Even if we’re still on the other side, simply considering recovery requires courage.
20 seconds of courage.
It can get us to places beyond our wildest imagination.
I’d love to hear about moments of courage you have. Or you can just think about it.
As always, you do you, you amazing humans!
Happy Friday ✨
Its been a wild week and a half. An update will be coming soon and might even reel my brain in far enough to do a BLOG POST.
I hope you find some speckle of light today. No matter what.
Hello, Cleveland! ❄️
We’re looking for teams of city leaders in the U. S. to reduce social isolation and improve public life in winter. Join our Wintermission! .
Apply to become a Winter City Vanguard by November 29, 2018 at 11:59 pm. .
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A big welcome to new Livability & Safety Committee Chair Judie Dunken at tonight’s committee meeting.
Intentionality in every decision we make, and every step we take.
Would you regularly use a bicycle for transportation in Nairobi?
The biking commuters and cycling pros are championing for the city’s walkability and non-motorized infrastructure as vital for building economically productive, healthier and safer communities in cities.
Through the “Reimagining Nairobi” concept, the cycling community pedaled from KICC to Heinrich Böll Foundation, a challenging 15km, using pre-determined Nairobi streets to initiate conversations on actualizing safe and sustainable mobility and addressing its congestion mess.
A cyclist navigates Kipande/Museum Hill Road during Reimagining Nairobi drive
I attended a comprehensive briefing by @InterfaceVic
today to hear their views on #livability
for outer metro regions. The research supports views expressed to us that there has been chronic underinvestment in the #West
. We need action & a plan fast. #VicVotes2018 #VoteReason
Clocks turned back. ✔🕰
Coffee in hand. ✔☕️
Red pens at the ready. ✔😉 Here's to a great week! 🧡
Think you have to live in #NYC
to have the world at your fingertips? Think again! These mid-size cities offer easy access to amazing destinations - with a low cost of living to help you amp up your travel budget. Link in bio! #travel #wanderlust #letsgo
Sub 55 10k on antibiotics in my marathon training top, thank you to these darlings coming to support me 💖💖 #livability
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:: the partner may like to think that they can have some say in where the Dr. Spouse may go for #Residency
but in some cases they just do not & #medicine
takes precedent. There is or can be a small window where your non-medical #spouse
can have just the tiniest input & it's nice if he/she is included in the ranking process...
When the time came to submit the rank list, my #husband
& I w/ our 5 month son in tow went to a coffee shop one Sunday. (Hi! @twincityhive
) We ordered 2 coffees, opened a laptop, opened Excel & used these two websites: www.areavibes.com & www.livability.com @livability...
Dr. Spouse listed where the interviews were, he created columns based on location/drive time, housing, schools, etc...We looked up all locations thro the above sites & this gave us better perspective on cost of living, crime, schools, traffic & even activities to do in the city or nearby. We made a list & I was able to give some input...
It is understood that you have little say on where you can live for your Dr. Spouse #residency
but something as small & simple like we did can in a sense put your mind at ease & make you feel like you may have a say, even if it didn't go in your favor.
But the feeling of inclusion in the process is imperative. #happyranking #happyhunting #organize #plan
Behind our designs is a whole lot of love and a whole lot of ... magic! 🔮 How was everyone's Halloween?
from the bottom of my heart,
that there is magic in fresh air. ✨
I’m not sure when this started,
but whenever I feel the breeze around me
I get this feeling like I’m being surrounded by angels.
I feel like I’m being protected by this force that’s beyond my comprehension.
Is it annoying to you when people tell you about their dreams? I’m always like whaaat I don’t get what ur talking about! 🤷🏻♀️
Anyways, I’m going to tell you about this reoccurring dream I have real quick.
It’s an easy one tho.
It starts different every time,
but randomly I end up on the street by my house and suddenly the wind just starts swirling around.
(Sort of like the wind in The Wizard of Oz before it sweeps the house up 🏠)
At first I panic and try to walk but I can’t move very fast. 😯
Then I suddenly just fall forward and the wind literally sweeps my feet off the ground and I start flying.
Then I’ll freak out and put my feet down.
Then lean in and start flying again. 🦋
Idk it’s wild.
I’m sitting here feeling grateful for so many things about this crazy little life of mine.
I feel really grateful for the wind. 🌀🌀 I’m grateful for the comfort it gives me.
I’m grateful for the way it wakes me up.
I’m grateful it reminds me I’m protected.
I’m grateful that it visits me in my dreams & reminds me to lean into uncertainty and fly.
I hope you have a chance to breathe some fresh air tonight & i hope you find peace in it too. 🦋🦋🦋