When you feel like giving up—refuse to quit. ✨ However, if you must quit... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Quit telling yourself that you aren't enough, that you aren't worthy. Quit believing that you don't belong, that you have to travel this road alone. Quit doubting yourself and the magic that you have inside you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Quit waiting for permission. Quit putting your dreams on hold and robbing the world of your gifts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You never know who is waiting for you to become the person that you were always meant to be. So if you must quit... quit the right things. #communityovercompetition
My little brother is very sick—suffering from multiple micro-strokes that are impacting several areas of his brain and the doctors are doing everything they can to figure out what is causing his decline. As his big sister, I want to make everything better... but I can’t. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So instead I told him that we both have had brain MRIs just a few months apart and how I think that makes us pretty cool. I told him that he is brave and strong. I told him silly stories and did everything I could to make him smile... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Please pray for my brother, Conor. ✨ His MRI tonight will reveal whether if the strokes are progressing. We need good news. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I promise to update this post as we learn more, however I will also be taking a short break from social and email to be with my family during this time. *UPDATE: MRI didn’t provide the news that we wanted. Strokes have progressed. Praying for a diagnosis and one with clear paths to treatment.
What is your favorite fruit or vegetable? I'm on a plant kick lately and loving it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After my surgery in November, I began researching ways to decrease inflammation and improve my quality of life. The best advice that I received was to cut out highly processed foods and integrate more plants into my diet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today, I'm excited to introduce you to @purplecarrotxo — a meal kit company that makes cooking plant-based meals, easier than ever! Save $30 off your first order of @purplecarrotxo with the coupon code FRANKE or by click on the link in my bio (https://goo.gl/vdssuZ)! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Everything you put on your plate and into your body has a direct impact on your health. When you decide to #EatMorePlants — your body will thank you! Goodbye junk, hello fruits + veggies! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #purplecarrot #sponsored
I was raised in a family full of science nerds. 🤓 Mom: nurse practitioner. Dad: nuclear engineer. Sister: future doctor. Grandfather: rocket scientist (literally). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Science always seemed a natural fit, but like you’ve experienced, sometimes our paths lead us on adventures we never anticipated. I picked up a camera, fell in love with photography, and my entrepreneurial journey began. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm a left brain girl in a right brain world—an East Coaster living the startup life in Silicon Valley—a data-driven dreamer with a heart for all things creative. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm the movement maker behind #communityovercompetition, cofounder of the @risingtidesociety, and Head of Community at @honeybook. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and we've been together for over twelve years! I love traveling, cultivating community, doodling on my iPad, and discovering new brands of dry shampoo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I believe in loving people well and raising the tide for all. It's super nice to meet ya and I'm so glad you're here. #fridayintroductions — Photo by: @madisonrshort
The best part of my day... coffee and walking to work with Huey. 👫 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even when I couldn’t stand the taste of it after my surgery (which has subsided for the most part, PTL! 🙌🏼), I would ask him to pour me a cup just so that we could keep our tradition going. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is the best part of your day? I want to know! ✨ Share with me in the comments below! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also, I’m so grateful to @comeplum who photographed this special moment for us. She’s the best. #thehayesadventures
6 months. 26 weeks. 182 days since being wheeled in for surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. What a journey it has been! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today, I want to say thank you. Thank you for your kindness, thoughts, prayers, and unwavering support. Thank you for the home cooked meals, cards from around the country, and home visits in the weeks after surgery. Thank you for being a part of this community and for reminding me, day after day, that we're in this together. I'm grateful for you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every step that I have taken since that day is proof of God's grace and faithfulness. No doubt about it. ♥️
She was a single mom raising two girls on her own. She sacrificed every minute of everyday to give us a better life. Looking back, I'm not sure how she did it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She faced obstacle after obstacle with grace. She built a community around us—at church, on the field, and in the classroom. She taught us that a woman can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My mom is my hero. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This Mother's Day, my friend + jewelry designer, @erinpelicano, created these beautiful necklaces for us—one for my mom, one for my sister, and one for me. I got teary-eyed opening up the box, thinking back over how much we have overcome together, and knowing that we will cherish these heirloom pieces for a lifetime.
Today's agenda: open all the windows, photograph some creative content for brands that I'm collaborating with, snuggle with my puppy, and grab dinner with Huey + friends tonight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are you up to this weekend? Are you working or resting or a little of both? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sending you a giant virtual hug! #communityovercompetition
Do not give up hope. ⚡️Difficult roads can lead to beautiful destinations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I never imagined having surgery to remove a brain tumor at twenty seven. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I never imagined the heartache of wanting a family and knowing that my body may be too broken, that my brain might make it harder, to bring another life into this world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That’s very true. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, I also never imagined that purpose would flow from the pain—that through my brokenness I would become the person I was always meant to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I never thought that I would have so many strong women in my corner—women who cried with me, prayed with me, and continue to pick me back up when it’s hard to keep going. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I never thought I would learn to love deeper, to live fuller, to use empathy my greatest weapon against the darkness of this world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I never knew a lot of things about the path that sat in front of me. However, I’m grateful that I never gave up hope. If you are on a difficult road—do not give up hope, keep pushing forward, and reach out when you need support. You are not alone in this. Please know that you don’t have to carry the weight of hardship alone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PS: I’m not sure where I first heard this quote (doodled above), but it has become one of my favorites over the past few months since my brain surgery. I doodled this on my iPad and it was my phone background until I finally got the chance to share it today. ♥️ #communityovercompetition
Crossed a big goal off of my career bucket list yesterday—collaborating with three powerhouse women on @creativelive! I had the opportunity to host a panel and it was surreal! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you to @dominiquebroadway @ashlynscarter + @christinascalera for sharing your knowledge and @honeybook for partnering with creativeLIVE to make it happen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I would love to know—What is one big goal that you have your business in the next five years? ✨ Shout it out in the comments below. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There is a lot of power in declaring our dreams to the universe. You may be surprised by who is able to make a connection for you or offer advice to help you reach your goals! #communityovercompetition