#TenYearChallenge (kinda) // #NoGlowUp
〰️〰️〰️ The two girls in these pictures are nearly 7 to 8 years apart.
They are both me and within each of their bright eyes, I still see the same joy of exploring Life.
It’s funny … at this time in our lives, there’s no #glowup to speak of.
No harsh judgement of our past-selves …
That would seem cruel.
Baby Adele was missing teeth, drooling and pooping all over her daddy.
She was perfect.
Seven-year-old Adele has more teeth (maybe still missing some), is taller than everyone else in her class and has a dream of becoming a veterinarian.
She, too, is perfect.
So what is the journey between perfect and perfect?
Expansion of the light that always was.
Yes, we get older and we have our low points.
Clouds pass over the sun.
But sometimes we forget we are not the weather.
We are the sky.
Every shadow has taught me more about myself…
About how resilient I am.
Every version of myself has taught me about what I want in this world.
And so while there was a time I would have cringed at teenaged Adele — braces, glasses, Van Dutch trucker hat and all — I recognized that person taught me that I valued standing out more than anything else,
To appreciate the wild differences in others...
Adult Adele just had to learn how to appreciate that more
And let the World open its doors.
Today, I had the pleasure of shooting for @theshadowleague with the one and only @reeselynnscott the owner and founder of @wwboxnyc : the first women’s only gym in NYC. Opened up last Feb. it’s a beautiful beautiful space in Harlem. What a gem. Reese has incredible energy, too. I loved getting in the ring with her and teaching me how to move as a boxer. The sport is so technical. I definitely have a new appreciation for it. So grateful for this session Reese and thank you so much for the wraps!!! You’re empowering so many women in what feels like trying times and I look forward to coming to train with you again!
It's been a month and a half now of using these @freskincare products and I'm really excited by how much my skin has changed for the better in this cold, dry winter.⠀
Most winters, I tend to get really dry skin on my face, which means I have to be really careful with the way I wash my face — especially after workouts. I also discovered that drooling on my pillow wasn't helping either, so I have made an effort to catch more zzz's. In trying some new natural products last year, I ended up making the dryness and irritation worse (swipe left). I then started getting dark patches around my mouth and chin.⠀
So I stopped using those products. Then recently I was gifted this argan oil based skincare line that's gentle and made for athletes that work out all of the time, and since I've been using it, my skin has brightened up significantly. It's the only stuff I've found that really replenishes my skin without drying it out or clogging it. I also haven't been getting as many post-workout breakouts.⠀
I'm also super supportive of any product that empowers women. For every set purchased, FRÉ plants an Argan Tree of Life in Morocco to aid women's cooperatives that sell argan oil to support their education, families and communities.⠀
I'm proud to be a FRÉ Skincare ambassador now. Use the code ADELE to get 15% off.⠀
As a young girl, I never really believed I could be a model. This was my first shoot ever after signing with BMG//Silver in 2017! Early last summer. It was one of the most fun days of 2018 for me. Just ... the project was dope: @morphebrushes is launching a foundation line that features 60 shades, which is the most ever produced by a makeup company (super important in a beauty/cosmetic world that’s still learning to accommodate mankind’s wondrous diversity). And every one on set was extremely lovely. I was laughing all day with everyone. Thank you @mikelyons914 for being the awesome agent that you are. Thank you @bmg.models and @silvermgmt. And Morphe? 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Got me feelin’ rich at the start of 2019.
Last night I had one of the best performances of my life at the @storycollider . I told my story about recovering from rhabdo after doing 100 butterfly pull-ups. It was a scary, funny, weird, ridiculous and enlightening journey. 〰〰〰
I’d like to thank @alb1919 for first giving me the stage last summer to get picked up by Story Collider producer @paulacroxson . I’d like to give thanks to Paula and co-MC/producer Tracy for giving me such great feedback during an extremely encouraging rehearsal and for putting on an amazing show. And I’m so grateful for all of the other performers who were so talented and supportive.
Last night I was so in awe of how many of my friends (new and old) came to see me perform. Y’all helped to keep the vibes high. I could feel it. The story just flew right out of me. It couldn’t wait to come out. I had so much joy seeing all of you and sharing that space together. Thank you @sinyetang@mariedv6@kemba_nataki@tatsbeee@cher_landman for being there.
And to @goonieyoga thank you for always being my rock. For getting me chamomile tea and croissants to calm my nerves. You are my BFF. ❤️
Shouting out to my badass friend @bodyconfidence who leads my soccer group @dykesoccer and who happens to be one of my clients. Every time we go to the Y, we train, scheme and dream. Good times. Boo also let me borrow her car aka PardonMoi over the holidays. 🚗🚗🚗 Beyond helping me get around town this woman does so much for the queer community through soccer, comedy and volunteer work. Much love and respect Alex ❤️