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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It reminds us of how loved we are and ultimately how God showcases his love for us through different people and situations each day. This past Tuesday, we gathered to drink @aprylwines at @soul_hollywood as we wrote gratitude letters to 2 people in each of our lives: Someone who we are so grateful for and has been there with us through thick and thin, and the 2nd gratitude letter was to the person who has hurt us the most... because in our pain there are still multitudes of blessings. Once we recognize and accept that throughout our existence we will experience both sides of the spectra... the dichotomies of life, yet still operate in gratitude despite the season, that is when we will find and truly know peace. #HappyThanksgiving Thank you @hashimlafond for capturing these moments. #gratitude #givethanks

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People may hurt you, reject you and mislead you. However, don’t ever let toxic dating experiences negatively mold your perception of yourself. Hurt people hurt people... and although being vulnerable and presenting your true self to new and different people we may encounter is becoming harder especially in this day and age... learn, love, live and open up again. This first speed dating event was a way to show the results of asking each other raw questions from the beginning. Ask questions you normally wouldn’t ask, we deserve to know who we’re falling for and giving our heart to. Know you’re a gem. Don’t judge others on their truth or past, but understand and be firm with the things you can and cannot accept. You deserve the best. You deserve a love so deep, so real and so great. Thanks @hashimlafond @aprylwines #love #speeddating

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One of my favorite Pizza places in the valley that me and some of my girls always go to ❤️ wanted to be able to share and recreate similar moments with these beautiful individuals. This is what @aprylwines is about... connecting, conversing loving, and living. #AmeiLaVie means beautiful life and these are the moments I look forward to each week... to show the power of vulnerability and living out and sharing our truths. To help individuals see the beauty each of our lives offer and how we can give that same love and light back to those around us and to the world. Next month, we will be having a reunion potluck where all the past winners will meet and break bread with one another. If you’ve shared one of these amazing moments with me and @aprylwines before. For #tbt post a photo from your experience and tag @aprylwines ❤️ @hashimlafond #wine #pizza #womenempowerment #positivevibes

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When you can walk in a room filled with strangers and walk out sharing unforgettable moments of singing, dancing, laughing and crying... this is what life is about. Karaoke nights bring out some of the best moments because it showcases how music can be so powerful in bridging the gap between strangers regardless of background or age... because music reminds us of that common denominator each of us share: our ability to love, to hurt, to heal... to feel so much of everything and sometimes too much of nothing, but most importantly music is the nostalgic tool that reminds us how far we have come in our own individual journeys and that all that encompasses life truly is beautiful. Thanks @hashimlafond for capturing these moments so effortlessly

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We often get consumed in our daily lives, daily burdens, worries or fears that we tend to forget that our healing, clarity, and answers live in the people around us that we encounter each day.... If we actually looked up, exchanged eye contact, and see how the person next to us is doing, how much of a difference that it could possibly make in their or even our own individual lives. So many blessings came out of a simple sip and grill day, where 7 men and women from different backgrounds and walks of life left the event as 7 connected individuals. There's something so powerful in vulnerability, sharing your stories and allowing people to feel who you really are simultaneously as you learn, love and accept who they are no matter the differences. This is one of many reasons why I do what I do. We need to love each other harder and more often regardless of how different we may be. 🎥 @hashimlafond #love #life

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As women, we often lose ourselves in the midst of pouring into others and sometimes we are the ones ending up with nothing in return. I've met and know too many great women who are shamed for the strength in their strides, for the security and steadiness in their crowns, and for the depth of their visions and dreams... so much shame, that the fear of being unwanted or unloved causes them to feebly walk instead of stride with their crowns put aside and visions and dreams piled under expectations set by others outside of theirselves. Independence is looked down upon, therefore, we allow these expectations to take the place of all that we really are and can be. Expectations that cause us to drift so far from our core and cause us to lose sight of all the potential and worth we can offer to this world beyond what our bondages have allowed. Too often, we pour, sacrifice and surrender to these expectations only to be left on empty and broken, but.... we are strong and naturally built to endure and grow against all odds.... That even when we lose ourselves, we have an innate power to build back up again... Only stronger, smarter, and more beautifully equipped than ever. There is power in self-knowledge and self-love and as individuals, we should not have to sacrifice the best of who we are if the person is truly right for us. Thank you to @soulhollywood7046 for your amazing food and services. Special thanks to @hashimlafond for always capturing real moments.

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Life may not seem perfect, but what we may not realize in some of our most pressing moments is that there is so much intentionality and purpose to every trial we are faced with. In the past 2 months, I've been doing these giveaway opportunities to celebrate women and sisterhood and to give individuals the chance to connect and share their beautifully unique stories. Little did I know, these individuals, their testimonies, and strength would change my life. Little did I realize that these gatherings were shifting and moving each of us soul-deep... and how there can be so much healing, freedom, unity and love in a room filled with so much vulnerability and truth. This is what life is about... the core of @aprylwines is to pour into each others lives, speak life to each person you encounter, to love and heal one another, and help lead each other in seeing all the beauty and light that life and our individual lives has to offer. I owe my life, my healing, my strength, and my growth to God and am beyond thankful for who He is and what He has done in my life and in the lives around me. He saw a light in me that I couldn't see in myself, loved me anyway and changed my life forever. #AmeiLaVie Thank you @thedollhousebeauty for helping to create this experience and @hashimlafond for capturing it with so much authenticity.

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Women are truly extraordinary. Our bodies were designed with so much intentionality and the perfect balance of strength and gentleness in order to give, bare and maintain life. Our hearts, large enough to experience and operate in compassion even for those who have hurt us the most. Our minds, resilient enough to endure and see the beauty of life even through the heaviest trials and tribulations. Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual... Every part of our being is beautiful and powerful beyond measure. Excited for @aprylwines to be available on the market end of this month, however, I am so grateful to have met incredible women this past June. You all have inspired me forever. And because of that, I want to continue creating these opportunities for individuals, especially women to connect. Thank you @donamatrixtraining for helping to make this experience an unforgettable one and to @fabkids and @shoedazzle, thank you for gifting these amazing mothers and their children with goodies. 🎥@hashimlafond thank you for capturing this day;)

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