#ChosenFamily Instagram Photos & Videos

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    Epic weekend.  Epic birthday.  I'm a lucky dude to say the least. 
#family #chosenfamily

    Epic weekend. Epic birthday. I'm a lucky dude to say the least.
    #family #chosenfamily

    8 1 23 minutes ago
    My people🥰

    My people🥰

    26 3 1 hour ago
    Basement dance party to kick off spring break! #chosenfamily

    Basement dance party to kick off spring break! #chosenfamily

    2 0 2 hours ago
    Life is so amazing, I've been overcoming challenges by figuring out how to keep open communication with others. Just celebrated one year of dating and six months of being married to the most amazing partner, friend, and lover I could ask for, @shadowblues21 is the best wife I could ask for. I also started growing the stache back and was able to put a small bit of @savagemanebeardco Tsavo #mustachewax in it and have some new jewelry in the works. I also have to mention how much I love all my cuddly, loving, friends and chosen family! Each of you are important to me, and I look forward to seeing each of your lives continue to be filled with success and joy. Thank you again for always showing support to me, my Shadow-Violet, and us as life partners. 
#stache #sexystachesaturday #Marriedlife #chosenfamily #loveislove #thankyou @sharonfahler @laurenlisadoeshair @reignbad @george_mrsauce @visionartly @nicolecnatoli each one of you have been there through thick and thin, have stood by me through some of my biggest challenges and I have so much #gratitude for you all.

    Life is so amazing, I've been overcoming challenges by figuring out how to keep open communication with others. Just celebrated one year of dating and six months of being married to the most amazing partner, friend, and lover I could ask for, @shadowblues21 is the best wife I could ask for. I also started growing the stache back and was able to put a small bit of @savagemanebeardco Tsavo #mustachewax in it and have some new jewelry in the works. I also have to mention how much I love all my cuddly, loving, friends and chosen family! Each of you are important to me, and I look forward to seeing each of your lives continue to be filled with success and joy. Thank you again for always showing support to me, my Shadow-Violet, and us as life partners.
    #stache #sexystachesaturday #Marriedlife #chosenfamily #loveislove #thankyou @sharonfahler @laurenlisadoeshair @reignbad @george_mrsauce @visionartly @nicolecnatoli each one of you have been there through thick and thin, have stood by me through some of my biggest challenges and I have so much #gratitude for you all.

    4 0 3 hours ago
    Some friends come and go.

Others withstand the test of time, distance and struggles life throws at you.

I hold my oldest and dearest friends close to my heart, they are the family I have chosen.

    Some friends come and go.

    Others withstand the test of time, distance and struggles life throws at you.

    I hold my oldest and dearest friends close to my heart, they are the family I have chosen.

    1 1 4 hours ago
    NOURISH YOUR SOUL❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️there is nothing like a laugh and spending time with beautiful people with substance. It was just bloody fabulous to catch up with some of my old New Farm family! How times have changed from boozy Friday nights together dancing 💃 on tables in the Valley 🕺🏼🥳🤣 to civilised brunch catch ups with bullet proof coffee ☕️ smoothies wholesome food and children!! I love 💕 it!!! Thank you  my dear friends 🙏🏼 for making the trip north from the Vegas. See y’all in June!!!#newfarmfamily #catchups #change #chosenfamily #oldmates #cottontree #harmonyday #cafeenvy #grownups2

    NOURISH YOUR SOUL❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️there is nothing like a laugh and spending time with beautiful people with substance. It was just bloody fabulous to catch up with some of my old New Farm family! How times have changed from boozy Friday nights together dancing 💃 on tables in the Valley 🕺🏼🥳🤣 to civilised brunch catch ups with bullet proof coffee ☕️ smoothies wholesome food and children!! I love 💕 it!!! Thank you my dear friends 🙏🏼 for making the trip north from the Vegas. See y’all in June!!! #newfarmfamily #catchups #change #chosenfamily #oldmates #cottontree #harmonyday #cafeenvy #grownups2

    13 1 4 hours ago
    One of the many reasons there is still nowhere else in the world like New York, especially the boroughs... #chosenfamily

    One of the many reasons there is still nowhere else in the world like New York, especially the boroughs... #chosenfamily

    4 0 5 hours ago
    Happy #internationalpuppyday - this is a holiday we can get behind! 🐾 [Accessibility: photos of each of our dogs. B'ellana, Mars, Sully (all spaniels!), Kielo (pitbull/coonhound), Sadie (lab/whippet), Marco (chocolate lab)

    Happy #internationalpuppyday - this is a holiday we can get behind! 🐾 [Accessibility: photos of each of our dogs. B'ellana, Mars, Sully (all spaniels!), Kielo (pitbull/coonhound), Sadie (lab/whippet), Marco (chocolate lab)

    26 2 5 hours ago
    i’d travel all 50 states and choose this crew every time #home #chosenfamily

    i’d travel all 50 states and choose this crew every time #home #chosenfamily

    43 1 6 hours ago
    Finally, 3 months in the making, got to visit this kid for Family Day today. So dang proud of him. He’s kicking arse at the halfway point.  But what in the world are they feeding him!? He’s grown like 6 inches! #ChosenFamily #LittleBro #militaryacademy

    Finally, 3 months in the making, got to visit this kid for Family Day today. So dang proud of him. He’s kicking arse at the halfway point. But what in the world are they feeding him!? He’s grown like 6 inches! #ChosenFamily #LittleBro #militaryacademy

    15 0 7 hours ago
    Not all who wander are lost...🐾 Some of us are wanderers. Wanting change, exploration and challenge. ✨

Some of us stay close to home. Continuing a tradition of stability and reassurance in a beautiful, crazy world. 🌷

Some of us are both, in one time or another in this ever revolving existence.
But both are needed to make sense of this sometimes whirlwind of life. We ALL depend on each other, in more ways than we admit to ourselves. 
Stay humble. Let go of ego and pride. 
Love yourself enough to let it go. Accept help when needed most, when you are shown unconditional love and overwhelming compassion. 
Remember that feeling and spread it. 
Return the blessings 10 fold, not because you "should", but because you can.

Love is shown in countless ways... Shine your love light bright, without hesitation from fear or pre existing experience. Open your heart... You will be surprised at how much it can fill up, overflow and spill into society and the world you impact.💓 Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart for endless support, love and light!💕🌟 *Brand New Content on @boholivingnaturals.online

#loveall #loveyourself #chosenfamily
#boholife #yogalife #supportyourfriends
#letgoofpride ❤Much Love, always
See you soon✌

    Not all who wander are lost...🐾 Some of us are wanderers. Wanting change, exploration and challenge. ✨

    Some of us stay close to home. Continuing a tradition of stability and reassurance in a beautiful, crazy world. 🌷

    Some of us are both, in one time or another in this ever revolving existence.
    But both are needed to make sense of this sometimes whirlwind of life. We ALL depend on each other, in more ways than we admit to ourselves.
    Stay humble. Let go of ego and pride.
    Love yourself enough to let it go. Accept help when needed most, when you are shown unconditional love and overwhelming compassion.
    Remember that feeling and spread it.
    Return the blessings 10 fold, not because you "should", but because you can.

    Love is shown in countless ways... Shine your love light bright, without hesitation from fear or pre existing experience. Open your heart... You will be surprised at how much it can fill up, overflow and spill into society and the world you impact.💓 Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart for endless support, love and light!💕🌟 *Brand New Content on @boholivingnaturals.online

    #loveall #loveyourself #chosenfamily
    #boholife #yogalife #supportyourfriends
    #letgoofpride ❤Much Love, always
    See you soon✌

    10 0 8 hours ago
    What does #emotional and #relationship #selfcare mean for you? Maybe it’s about making sure you’re eating lunch everyday or taking regular breaks throughout the day. Maybe it’s about getting rid of those toxic people in your life. Maybe it’s about developing a stronger relationship with yourself. Maybe it’s about committing to connect with family and #chosenfamily members more. Maybe it’s about valuing in person relationships more. Let’s find out together!

The Self Care = Self Love Workshop is an opportunity for you to intentionally engage in a deep self-assessment and create pl an for your self care. (And spoiler, self care is actually self love.) We will go through eight different areas of self care and what a plan for self care may mean to you, which include: psychological/mental, physical, sexual, emotional/relationships, workplace, spiritual, homelife and financial self care. 
We will be naming different ways in which you can personally address each area and which ones will be right for you. You will leave this workshop with a personalized plan for your own self care. 
This workshop addresses self care and self love in a deep, truthful and active way. This will be a #decolonized and #liberated space.

Self Care = Self Love Online Workshop
Hosted by @AdvancingArtsForward
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
4:30-6:30pm PT / 7:30-9:30pm ET
Register at www.advancingartsforward.com
Graphic design by @princexdesign 
Special thanks to @themcsquad_dc #artequity and @minkabrooklyn for supporting and inspiring the different stages of development of this particular self care practice. All love for you!

    What does #emotional and #relationship #selfcare mean for you? Maybe it’s about making sure you’re eating lunch everyday or taking regular breaks throughout the day. Maybe it’s about getting rid of those toxic people in your life. Maybe it’s about developing a stronger relationship with yourself. Maybe it’s about committing to connect with family and #chosenfamily members more. Maybe it’s about valuing in person relationships more. Let’s find out together!

    The Self Care = Self Love Workshop is an opportunity for you to intentionally engage in a deep self-assessment and create pl an for your self care. (And spoiler, self care is actually self love.) We will go through eight different areas of self care and what a plan for self care may mean to you, which include: psychological/mental, physical, sexual, emotional/relationships, workplace, spiritual, homelife and financial self care.
    We will be naming different ways in which you can personally address each area and which ones will be right for you. You will leave this workshop with a personalized plan for your own self care.
    This workshop addresses self care and self love in a deep, truthful and active way. This will be a #decolonized and #liberated space.

    Self Care = Self Love Online Workshop
    Hosted by @AdvancingArtsForward
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    4:30-6:30pm PT / 7:30-9:30pm ET
    Register at www.advancingartsforward.com
    Graphic design by @princexdesign
    Special thanks to @themcsquad_dc #artequity and @minkabrooklyn for supporting and inspiring the different stages of development of this particular self care practice. All love for you!

    1 0 8 hours ago
    We are reminded of our mortality most days by being less swift in our steps, the way that our childhood friends' voices deepen or crack, a complaint of walking up the steps becoming a normal thing or being overwhelmed by busy schedules that doesn't allow you to thrive with your family and friends. Typically the hardest reminder is through the loss of a loved one. 
On March 7th, each person in this image and countless others who aren't present in these photos, loss who I refer to as our 'Switzerland.' People tend to have what appears as a natural gift to others.  Some may say that I can talk to people from different walks of life but our loved one could literally unite as altogether.  There's something majestic and remarkable about having that trait.

When I met @axel801 online, I never thought this would be one of the few people who would connect me to a bulk of my chosen family.  We are a bunch of strange characters with complex lives, sometimes reality TV worthy, but always vibrant, raw and memorable.  Imagine meeting one of the humans behind such brilliance.

Axel is one of the few people who managed to get me to come to parts of Brooklyn that I absolutely abhor but what can I say: He set the ambience with good music, spirits, ...the right people, definitely food and the things that you cannot feel through a few pretty words over someone I watched get buried today.

These last few months were filled with areas that I'm exceptionally proud about but I feel broken and now our tribe relates to what I can only describe as hollow.

I miss you dude. Thank you for appearing in my life when you did. I wouldn't have my diverse dysfunctional family that I never knew I needed. Your loss  is a reminder that we all need to be present beyond technology.

Love always, 'Toys'

#runningfatchef #friends #friendship #ripaxel #chosenfamily

    We are reminded of our mortality most days by being less swift in our steps, the way that our childhood friends' voices deepen or crack, a complaint of walking up the steps becoming a normal thing or being overwhelmed by busy schedules that doesn't allow you to thrive with your family and friends. Typically the hardest reminder is through the loss of a loved one.
    On March 7th, each person in this image and countless others who aren't present in these photos, loss who I refer to as our 'Switzerland.' People tend to have what appears as a natural gift to others. Some may say that I can talk to people from different walks of life but our loved one could literally unite as altogether. There's something majestic and remarkable about having that trait.

    When I met @axel801 online, I never thought this would be one of the few people who would connect me to a bulk of my chosen family. We are a bunch of strange characters with complex lives, sometimes reality TV worthy, but always vibrant, raw and memorable. Imagine meeting one of the humans behind such brilliance.

    Axel is one of the few people who managed to get me to come to parts of Brooklyn that I absolutely abhor but what can I say: He set the ambience with good music, spirits, ...the right people, definitely food and the things that you cannot feel through a few pretty words over someone I watched get buried today.

    These last few months were filled with areas that I'm exceptionally proud about but I feel broken and now our tribe relates to what I can only describe as hollow.

    I miss you dude. Thank you for appearing in my life when you did. I wouldn't have my diverse dysfunctional family that I never knew I needed. Your loss is a reminder that we all need to be present beyond technology.

    Love always, 'Toys'

    #runningfatchef #friends #friendship #ripaxel #chosenfamily

    157 3 9 hours ago

Top #ChosenFamily posts

    “Today I sat in Washington Square Park and my friend hugged me. I cried finally and my friend hugged me. I’m so lucky. And it is so kismet that I am writing this now.⠀
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My sister molested me when I was a kid. This is not “my story,” this is not who I am, this is only part of me. A part that has been pushed down for 23 years. That has been belittled by others who can’t possibly understand its effects on me. A part that I have not shared in my artwork, but that currently continues to find its way bubbling to the top.⠀
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But my friend talked to me like my family, no she didn’t… she talked to me like my chosen family. She gives me so much space, so much love and compassion, so many heartfelt insights.⠀
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She told me that she would be with me through every stage of this. That she would be with me on the phone when we’re 87 saying “we’re going to get through this.”⠀
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I have a friend that is the realest family I could have. I am so lucky. Thank you God.”⠀
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#strangersproject #nyc #stories #strangers #whatsyourstory #participatoryart #streetart #storytelling #writing #sharing #storysharing #newyorkcity #manhattan #connection #love #exhibit #publicart #story #gratitude #hope #friends #abuse #healing #hugs #family #chosenfamily

    “Today I sat in Washington Square Park and my friend hugged me. I cried finally and my friend hugged me. I’m so lucky. And it is so kismet that I am writing this now.⠀

    My sister molested me when I was a kid. This is not “my story,” this is not who I am, this is only part of me. A part that has been pushed down for 23 years. That has been belittled by others who can’t possibly understand its effects on me. A part that I have not shared in my artwork, but that currently continues to find its way bubbling to the top.⠀

    But my friend talked to me like my family, no she didn’t… she talked to me like my chosen family. She gives me so much space, so much love and compassion, so many heartfelt insights.⠀

    She told me that she would be with me through every stage of this. That she would be with me on the phone when we’re 87 saying “we’re going to get through this.”⠀

    I have a friend that is the realest family I could have. I am so lucky. Thank you God.”⠀
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    #strangersproject #nyc #stories #strangers #whatsyourstory #participatoryart #streetart #storytelling #writing #sharing #storysharing #newyorkcity #manhattan #connection #love #exhibit #publicart #story #gratitude #hope #friends #abuse #healing #hugs #family #chosenfamily

    760 5 21 March, 2019
    Missing my Brazilian family. Back to the U.S. and got some bad news. But staying positive. #chosenfamily

    Missing my Brazilian family. Back to the U.S. and got some bad news. But staying positive. #chosenfamily

    666 12 16 March, 2019
    Sometimes when life feels off and disconnected, having the companionship of your family and a close friend (and a healthy dose of Disney) definitely helps.
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Rob wasn't able to get away from work to come on our trip to @waltdisneyworld , and I'm completely grateful that @dlm_silva was free and up for the task of helping me with the boys all week. My kids know him well and he's especially patient with them.
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I've known Deesil for years, but he was a complete stranger to me when Rob once planned a trip for us to LA and told me we were staying with some guys he met online. Come to find out he and his then-partner @happyhealthyjoe had similar religious backstories as us, and connections to Utah. After spending that first weekend with them, I knew we'd be long-time friends.
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Deesil has enough energy to rival my two sugared-up sons, and he's always down for a chat, a meal, or an adventure of some kind. He was even willing to put up with my need to color-coordinate all our outfits while we were at Disney world, haha.
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Being a full-time freelancer now, I'm going to be taking some time over the next few weeks to visit some other long-time friends who have become part of my chosen family. As much as I value insta-friendships, I'm grateful for the opportunity to stay connected to close friends in real life. #chosenfamily #friendsIRL

    Sometimes when life feels off and disconnected, having the companionship of your family and a close friend (and a healthy dose of Disney) definitely helps.
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    Rob wasn't able to get away from work to come on our trip to @waltdisneyworld , and I'm completely grateful that @dlm_silva was free and up for the task of helping me with the boys all week. My kids know him well and he's especially patient with them.
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    I've known Deesil for years, but he was a complete stranger to me when Rob once planned a trip for us to LA and told me we were staying with some guys he met online. Come to find out he and his then-partner @happyhealthyjoe had similar religious backstories as us, and connections to Utah. After spending that first weekend with them, I knew we'd be long-time friends.
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    Deesil has enough energy to rival my two sugared-up sons, and he's always down for a chat, a meal, or an adventure of some kind. He was even willing to put up with my need to color-coordinate all our outfits while we were at Disney world, haha.
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    Being a full-time freelancer now, I'm going to be taking some time over the next few weeks to visit some other long-time friends who have become part of my chosen family. As much as I value insta-friendships, I'm grateful for the opportunity to stay connected to close friends in real life. #chosenfamily #friendsIRL

    17,566 111 11 March, 2019