Describe me using one emoji
A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear! #fbf
Who would rock this look by the gorgeous @rahmanbeauty ?! #Repost @rahmanbeauty “ E N V Y “ Makeup details 🍃 Shadows: @shophudabeauty @hudabeauty emerald obsessions palette (I love this by the way!! BOMB and the formula 🔥🔥🔥 the obsessions palettes are my favourite by her) Lashes: @shophudabeauty “Farah” Lipstick: @hudabeauty “Girlfriend”
Hi my loves! So it’s no secret our concealer has been a MAJOR project for us—getting the right coverage, natural finish, & BEST ingredients was soooo hard, but we did it! The coverage is insane and it has amazing build-ability, from light to full coverage! Here are some before and after pics that have NOT been retouched under the eyes at all (on either side)! It’s literally the concealer doing all the work here! I can’t wait for you all to try our #OverAchieverConcealer it really does work as hard as you do!
Our #OverAchieverConcealer is launching soon! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 What do you guys want in a concealer?
I’ll be quite honest, when it comes to sharing my story, sometimes I don’t know what to say or if people really want to hear the whole story, but there are parts of my life, that really shape who I am, and I hope it will resonate with some people, so here it goes! I grew up in the US in the south and felt like a complete outsider! I DID NOT BLEND IN, in fact I stood out as a strange kid with too much to say. I felt odd, I felt weird, I struggled to accept my name (since everyone made fun of it as a kid) and who I was, and I always felt like everyone around me was way more beautiful than I was. I discovered makeup at a really young age, and it became this magical thing that made me feel free & alive. My family ended up moving around quite a lot from state to state and to different countries and struggled to find stability - but beauty was the one thing that remained constant and STILL IS! I would literally stay in my room, play with makeup, do my brows, lashes, full face - and never leave. I just loved that whether or not I belong to people outside, makeup helped me feel more beautiful. That’s what makeup is to me - it’s a feeling, it’s home. After graduating, I got a job as a financial recruiter, and was eventually fired due to the recession. It was a weird feeling because I felt like I worked my whole entire life to fit in, and even then - I just couldn’t. It was at that point, that I decided I needed to be me, the weird, odd, outgoing, awkward, goofy, non-conforming version of myself. It drove me to create a blog and a brand, and to try to give a different perspective. Through that, with a LOT of hard work and sacrifice, our brand was created, and the essence of Overachiever was born! #HudaBeautyOverAchiever
Gorgeous grey look, would you try this? #Repost @ooh.mee ・・・ Faux filter foundation in latte mixed with toffee @shophudabeauty Highlighter palette in seychells😙
Stunning 😍😍😍😍 @amelia.szczepaniak Thank you gorgeous for creating all these stunning looks! ❤️ Guys Which one is your fav? #Repost @amelia.szczepaniak ・・・ @shophudabeauty #hudabeautypreciousstones 5 full looks❤️💚🧡💙💜 💚EMERALD LOOK💚: #hudabeautypreciousstones EMERALD OBSESSION LIPS #hudabeautyliquidmatte BIKINI BABE ❤️RUBYLOOK❤️: RUBY OBSESSION AND hudabeauty Liquid Matte Heartbreaker 🧡TOPAZ LOOK🧡 TOPAZ OBSESSION AND LIQUID MATTE GIRLFRIEND 💙SAPPHIRE LOOK💙 SAPPHIRE OBSESSION 💜AMETHYST LOOK💜 AMETHYST OBSESSION AND ANGELIC #hudabeautylipstrobe LASHES #hudabeautylashes SAMANTHA GLOW #hudabeauty3dhighlight GOLDEN SANDS FACE foundation #hudabeautyfauxfilter
Who’s Ready?? #HudaBeautyOverachieverConcealer launching October 8 😱😱😱 kiss your dark circles goodbye 👋🏾 31% pigment and packed with Caffeine, Green Tea & Persian Sill Tree for luminous yet buildable coverage
Thank you @arabianbusiness & @lubasha_9 for the opportunity to be your cover star! #ArabianBusiness is one of my favorite publications in the Middle East 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
Hi guys! ❤️❤️❤️ Our #hudabeautypreciousstones are now available! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 SWIPE through to see where!
OMG!!! 😱😍😍😍 How gorgeous are these looks?! @_joanh @jantoski23 @lanceaguas @beautybyabyy @belindamasri @mine.justine #hudabeautypreciousstones are now available 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1st Ruby Obsessions ❤️ 2nd Emerald Obsessions 💚 & Sasha Eyelashes 3rd Amethyst Obsessions 💜 4th Topaz Obsessions 🧡 5th Sapphire Obsessions 💙
That’s where all of my money goes! 🙈😂 Who can relate?
Mil gracias 🙏🏽 Pomona. California por el calor humano
Gorgeous Swatches 🔥🔥 🔥 @nasiabelli #Repost @nasiabelli ・・・ NEW @hudabeauty Precious Stones Obsessions eyeshadow palettes😍SWIPE👉🏼 to see all the swatches & packaging. This collection is unique, I love the fact that she was inspired by precious stones and she created those absolutely beautiful shades. The pigmentation on every palette is amazing & the shimmering shades are super buttery! WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE? Topaz, Ruby, Amethyst, Emerald or Sapphire?🔷🔸♦️ #hudabeautypreciousstones
Hi my loves! Happy Monday! 💃🏻💃🏻I really want to cut my hair! Should I do it & do you want to see it on video?
So true 😂😂😂 Tag your friends
Mil gracias sacramento por el cariño 🙏🏽
Feliz día de amor y amistad, etiqueta a esos que no se deciden 😎
@ozuna gracias 🙏🏽 por la invitación Puerto Rico 🇵🇷. Gracias por recibirme en casa Se me hizo un nudo en la garganta Por cómo gritaron cuando salí Dios bendiga mi isla del encanto
Video 1 by the talented and beautiful @lenkalul Using liquid lipstick as an eyeliner & eyeshadow 👀 would you try this hack? ✨💞 @shopudabeauty #hudabeautyliquidmatte lipstick in Trophy Wife used as liner 💖 @shophudabeauty faux mink lashes in the style Farah #hudabeauty3dhighlight Palette in Golden Sands Edition (Zanzibar in my inner corner & Seychelles as my highlight) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Video 2: Flawless Brows Darlings always remember to be careful when using liquid lipstick near your eyes
Story of my life, who can relate? #Repost @makeup_memes
Treat yourself! No matter what diet you are on, what lifestyle you live, every once in a while, eat Ice Cream! It’s good for the soul 😊☺️
She's so beautiful @sabrinecat 😍😍SWIPE left to see more looks from this gorgeous beauty! Which look do you like best? 1,2, or 3? 1️⃣ Using @shophudabeauty #hudabeautyeasybake in “Banana Bread” & #hudabeautyliquidmatte in Girlfriend 2️⃣ Using @shophudabeauty Faux Mink lashes in Farah 3️⃣Using @shopudabeauty #hudabeautyliquidmatte in Girlfriend
#tbt Aquí con mi princesa Yarimar 😍
#tbt luego en sus 15
#tbt aquí con mi hija Alyssa cuando era una baby 15 años atrás ✌️ 😍😂
Gorgeous swatches ❤️❤️❤️ from @mine.justine #repost @mine.justine They are breathtaking! 😍 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 We finally have them! 🤩 @shophudabeauty #hudabeautypreciousstones launching on 14 September (swipe left to see swatches all the palettes) These colors and pigmentation are everything!
#tbt. Me tire la foto hace una hora 😂😂🤣
Tagged Photo vs Selfie 🙈🙈 This is me 10 years ago, when I didn’t know a ton of things! I was actually doing most of the wrong things at the time! What do you guys want for our next tutorial?
“I’m from Basra. In the seventies we were the economic capital of Iraq. It was beautiful once. The only city with two rivers. We had one million people but ten million palm trees. In those days everyone was optimistic. Our oil reserves were better than the Saudis. We assumed the oil would be invested, and that our lives would keep getting better. But our leaders failed us. It was war after war. Without all the fighting, things could have really been great. But the palm trees are gone now. There’s no potable water. We have a shortage of electricity. Healthcare is very poor, and cancer is everywhere because the Americans used radioactive bombs. Our whole land is contaminated. The food that comes from the soil is poison. But please visit, you’ll be welcome. The people are friendly. You’ll be met with hospitality. We understand that governments are the warmongers. You’re victims just like us.” (Cairo, Egypt)
“I have two young boys. And every time we go somewhere, I’m not even thinking about my fun. I only think about their fun. I’ve been to the zoo a million times because the small one loves the monkeys. Last week we went to see Hotel Transylvania III. I’ve already seen two of those things. This time the monsters took a vacation. To be honest, I don’t even think there was a story. The monsters just kept interacting with people on the boat. I wasn’t really paying attention, but the boys loved it. I enjoyed their reactions more than the movie. I watched their faces the entire time. And whenever they laughed, I laughed.” (Cairo, Egypt)
“My mom is in prison. I see her every fifteen days. My siblings take me to visit her, but then they leave me when it’s over. My grandmother doesn’t want me. My uncle beats me up. I have nowhere to live. The only person I have in my life is my mom. Every time I visit, she asks me if I’m staying with relatives, and I tell her: ‘Mom, nobody wants me. I have no one.’ I sleep on the street. I can’t go to school. I just hang out with the older kids. Sometimes we wash cars together for money. Last week I was washing a man’s car and he bought me clothes and food. He told me I could sleep at his house. So maybe I’ll start going there.” (Cairo, Egypt)
I am obsessing over scrunchies right now! Who remembers when these were 🔥🔥🔥 What throwback trend do you want to make a come back? Comment below 👇🏾
“Papa loves Ibrahim. He’s my beloved. He’s my whole world. I have four other sons, but I love him a little more because he needs it a little more. The doctors recommended an abortion but I wouldn’t hear it. He was only three pounds when he was born. He needed half a liter of milk per day. I’d skip my own breakfast just to buy it for him. I took him to nurseries when he was very young because I wanted him to be comfortable with other children. I found a charity that offered speech classes, and I took him five days a week. Anything that I have, I will give him. I only worry what will happen when I’m gone. I’m getting old. I had a major heart episode two weeks ago. I collapsed in the street and all I could think about was him. My wife can't support him alone, and I’m afraid other people won’t be as nice to him. If someone makes him angry, he’s very difficult to control. But I have patience. I’ll hold him. I’ll pat him on the shoulder. I’ll do whatever he needs. I just hope he'll always have someone to do the same.” (Cairo, Egypt)
Which color is your fav? 1,2,3,4, or 5? #HudaBeautyPreciousStones
YEP 😂🤣🤣 Tag your besties
“People scream from their balconies, ‘Don’t play here!’ But where else are we supposed to play? And they tell us: ‘Don’t play so loud!’ But how do you play not loud?” (Cairo, Egypt)
Beautiful beat by @fraya.beauty 1st video using @shophudabeauty #fauxfilter foundation in Cheesecake , #hudabeautyeasybake in Cupcake #hudabeautydesertdusk Palette & #hudabeautyliquidmatte in Bombshell ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2nd video using @shophudabeauty #hudabeautyrosegoldremastered palette & #fauxfilter foundation in cupcake
“My father was very strict with us. His workshop was across the street from our apartment building, and he’d scream if he saw us peeking out the window. It was like a prison. We’d just stay at home, make him tea and food, and watch TV. Back then it was mostly black and white movies staring Egyptian icons. My favorites were the love stories. But it was just a fantasy for me, because my father swatted away all my suitors. During that time I fell in love with my grandmother’s neighbor. He was tall, light-skinned, and wore his hair combed back. I’d pretend to visit her just so I could see him. I’d wear my loveliest dresses, get my hair done, and stand outside his window. He’d always smile at me. I was pretty myself back then. I loved him. And he loved me. He told my friend that he wanted to marry me. But my father married me off to my cousin, and that’s when the tragedy began. I gave birth to one child after another. I’ve had to work full time because my husband is so useless. He’s a total bum. But I still live next door to my first love. He has a university degree. And every time he sees me, he smiles.” (Cairo, Egypt)
“My son was crazy about a woman. He spent a bunch of money on her. He even asked her to marry him. But she didn’t want him and it drove him mad. He stopped going to work. His clothes became ripped and his beard grew long. He looked like someone you’d see in the street. His personality changed too. He grew aggressive. He thought everyone was trying to fight him. It broke my heart. It felt like my son was slipping away. He was only thirty and had given up on the world. Everyone told me he was cursed. I tried everything. I prayed to God. I went to mosques. I went to spiritual advisors. I gave money to psychics, but nothing worked. Then one day I was sitting in this very spot, and a doctor stopped to visit. He asked me what was wrong. I told him everything, and he asked to see my son. I’ll never forget that day. That man is the reason for everything good in my life. He brought my son back to me. My son is taking medicine now. He’s working. He’s shaved. He’s laughing again. I still believe that God is the one who healed him. But thank God for good doctors.” (Cairo, Egypt)
“We keep waiting for her to turn 78. For the last twenty years she’s been telling people that she’s 77. It got a little awkward when some of her kids reached their seventies. We told her, ‘Mom, it’s going to seem like you gave birth when you were five.’ But she didn’t care. She’d rationalize it by saying: ’77 is the age I feel.’ She fell and broke her hip two months ago. But until then she’d always been extremely active. She’d meet her friends for coffee. She was on the board of two charities. She was always alert and kept her sense of humor. After the accident I drove her to the hospital, and I couldn’t convince her that we needed to tell the doctor she was 97. And when she finally agreed, she wasn’t too happy about it.” (Cairo, Egypt)
Ok guys! So we’re looking for the ultimate Overachievers and want to know YOUR STORY! Share your most awesome achievements with us or nominate an Overachiever who’s just been unstoppable🏆 and, you could win a trip to Dubai to be part of our campaign! Share your story on Instagram using #hudabeautyoverachiever! Check out the blog for more details (link in bio)😘
💙💙💙💙💙 I’m obsessed with this color right now, it inspired our sapphire palette for our new mini obsessions! What color do you want us to do next?! 🙏🏽🙏🏽😘😘😘😘😘 should we make a palette together?!
“It was basic self-defense. He threw a big ass rock at me. Like half a brick. So I beat him, took his bike, and took his sneakers. His jaw got wired. He ended up in some sort of group home. I was seventeen at the time but, yeah, I’m proud of it. Technically I was defending myself, but the judge didn’t see it like that. I was defending my pride. I was defending my ego. They gave me seven years. Now I can’t even get a job. That bitch ruined my life. I don’t know why he had to call the police. He was a rat. He snitched. I’d never call the police if that happened to me. That’s not what you do. If you’ve got a problem, you just find the guy and fuck him up.”
Happy Thursday Darlings! ❤️❤️❤️ We will be shooting videos next week using our #overachieverconcealer Comment below what videos you want to see
I can’t believe it’s finally time to reveal our Overachiever Concealer! 😭 This formula took us FOREVER to perfect, but we wanted something that was as incredible as you guys. We did not stop until we got it right!! YOU inspired us to create this! This is for the hustlers 👏🏽, the mamas 👑, the all-nighters 👊🏾, those who stay on their grind and do the most – it’s for you, the Overachiever! 🏅 This concealer works as hard as you do, a TRIPLE THREAT. 31% pure pigment (the finish is super natural-looking, but buildable to full coverage), and enriched with the best skincare actives to soothe and protect your skin (persian silk tree, jericho rose extract, green tea & caffeine). The cooling metal applicator will de-puff and soothe the undereye area as you apply. Over TWO years in the making, we did it! 🙏🏽 ❤️😘 #OverAchieverConcealer #DoTheMost
“Once when I was fourteen I was getting on the Q Train in Brooklyn. It was two o’clock in the afternoon. I was going to a friend’s house. I swiped my card quickly because the train was coming. And as I ran to catch it, an undercover police officer just grabbed me. I remember he was wearing a Jake Plummer Michigan football jersey. I told him that I’d paid my fare. I told him he could check my card. But he pushed me against the wall and started searching through my stuff. I’ve probably been searched about half a dozen times in my life. So I don’t have a lot of faith in the system. I know a lot of people in prison are just unlucky. Right now I’m finishing up my Masters’ in accounting and my goal is to own my tax firm. I’d love to employ formerly incarcerated individuals one day. It’s so hard for them to find employment, but I can teach them to do taxes. It’s something anyone can learn. They can provide an excellent service, and their history wouldn’t make a difference.”
Hey my loves! I'm so happy to be sharing my second #HudaThought video with you! Embracing who you are has always been something that is so important to me because growing up I never felt like I was a part of the inner circle or that I fit in with a clique! People always called me weird and it made me think it was a bad thing until I realized it was the best compliment ever! Being weird means you’re different and special, and it’s life changing when you start to own it! Remember what other people think about you doesn't matter, it's all about accepting who YOU are, and it starts with you!! ♥️🙏🏻 Full video on my YouTube channel (link in bio) love you guys soooo much!
“Social media isn’t evil. There are neuroscientists in some of these companies, but for the most part I don’t think it was done maliciously. But advertising is the business model. And if advertising is the business model-- our attention becomes the product. Two variables matter to the bottom line: the amount of users and the amount of time they spend on platform. And what gets measured gets optimized. So our phones have become slot machines. We scroll and scroll and scroll, and eventually we hit something that gives us a dopamine reward. It’s by design. Because slot machines make more money in the US than theme parks, baseball, and movies combined. Both Vegas and Silicon Valley know that our brains can be manipulated if presented with a certain set of choices. Obviously addictiveness isn’t the only feature of these platforms. They’ve empowered so many voices. I’d just love to live in a world where our most influential technology didn’t measure its success by the time it took from us.”
They’re here #HudaBeautyPreciousStones!!! Super intense pigmentation and creamy shimmers! Can’t wait for you guys to try them 😍 Who’s excited? 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 Which one is your fav? 💙💜❤️🧡💚
“I thought I could resist the rat race. I thought: ‘I’m a unique guy. I like to mix things up.’ So I fought it for a long time. I stayed up past my bedtime. I listened to music really loud in the morning. I rode my bike to work. I always tried to find new places for lunch. I joined a softball team. I went to concerts on weeknights. But I just got tired. I ended up staying later at the office. And I fell into a rhythm: come home, watch TV, and go to sleep. I’m not sure I can do this for the next forty years. I just miss waking up and not knowing what’s going to happen. It’s never explicitly said to you that you need to live on your own, and have a good life, and meet someone, and have kids, and have those kids be more successful than you are. But you feel the pressure all the time. You feel it every time someone asks how your job is going. Right now everyone in this park is taking a break from the thing they have to get back to. It’s comforting in a way. There’s a sense of solidarity in it. We’re all feeling the same obligation.”
Cloud Eye Makeup 😍😍😍 What do you guys think of this trend? SWIPE left to see all the beautiful looks! 🙌🏻 You guys are so talented @orlaynanicole @jessicarose_makeup @_kaybella14 @makeupby_hope98
What’s your favorite quote?
Enseñándole al pelau mis pasitos en tarima 😂😂😂
Fan love ❤️
Y mil gracias Dallas por el calor humano #latinomixlive
Gracias Houston por tanto amor #latinomixlive
“I got divorced when my daughter was very young. So she’s kinda been my whole life since she was five. It’s just the two of us. I go to work, I come home, and she’s always there— maybe a little less now because she’s eighteen, but you know what I mean. She’s about to leave for college in Chicago. And it’s a little scary to send her off into the big world. But she’ll be finding her tribe. She’ll be learning about herself. I’m excited for her. And I’m excited for me, too. Because I think we both have a much bigger world ahead of us. I’ve been holding myself back a little bit. I’ve always wanted my daughter to know she’s my first priority, and that’s become a bit of an excuse. An excuse not to travel. An excuse to be overly selective in my relationships. An excuse to not pursue new opportunities. For the longest time, if I said ‘no,’ it meant I was being a good mother. But now if I say ‘no,’ it means I lack courage.”
“It’s basically the newborn stage forever. He has both epilepsy and a very rare genetic disorder. He can’t feed himself. He’s not toilet trained. He can’t speak. He can’t tell us if he’s sad, or grumpy, or hungry. He’s had more doctor appointments than both of us combined in our entire life. We’re actually heading to a neurologist appointment right now. The most difficult thing is finding peace and serenity. Every time he has a seizure, I’m afraid it will be fatal. People with his disorder don’t live very long. But the disorder also makes him very happy. So he’s oblivious and enjoying the world. But I’ve been traumatized. My husband is so supportive but a lot of days I feel completely alone. There have been times when I’ve filmed myself on my phone just to have someone to talk to. But every day I can choose to not be overwhelmed by my anxiety and fear. Instead of curling up to cry, I can choose to meet him with joy where he’s at. I felt loved by God when he was born. I was working as a special education teacher, so I thought that God had given me a perfect fit. We named him Iman Yaqeen, which means ‘faith without doubt.’ That name has become a reminder to me. I say it all day long when I’m trying to get his attention. And it reminds me that one day I’m going to hear him speak. If not here, then in heaven.”
Para la dieta 🤤
The stage my house 🏠
Cuando le robas el sombrero 🎩 a a la abuela 👵 😂😂😂
“Too many people are faking the funk. I was at the club the other night. And I’m scrolling through my Instagram and I see a post from a girl I know. And she’s at the same club. And in this photo she’s holding up a bottle, acting crazy, looking like she doesn’t have a care in the world. But the club wasn’t even rocking like that. It was a Thursday. So I look across the room and there she is: sitting down, looking bored, scrolling through her phone, and clearly faking the funk.”
“I’d been putting it off because I didn’t have the money or time. But a program at the VA offered to help with tuition, so I enrolled in Empire State College. I wasn’t there to play. I wasn’t there to party. My only goal was to get an education. And more than the degree, I discovered that I needed the people. I met people at college that I could bounce ideas off. People who could challenge me to go further with my interests. Two of my mentors were Dr. Fullard and Professor Whiteside. Both of them had retired from corrections so they had a passion for helping black males. They’d tell me: I notice you have a strong ability for ‘such and such,’ and I’d love to see you develop it further. So that’s what I did. Even though I majored in business, I found myself learning all about history and economics. Right now I’m reading a book about the Haitian Revolution. It has nothing to do with my major, but it’s important to me. It’s part of my personal curriculum. And that’s the most important thing that I got from college. I got a degree. But more importantly I developed a personal curriculum that I’ll be using for the rest of my life.”
“I’ve lived here my whole life. I’m ready to leave. I just graduated college and I’d love to experience a new city. But I’m stuck. My dad is trying to become a citizen, and I need to stay in the city because I’m the one petitioning on his behalf. We’ve been waiting for five years already. We’ve spent so much money. But it’s the least I can do for him. I’ve seen where he lived in Mexico: tiny houses, dirt floors, no shoes. He was the youngest of twelve. His family couldn’t afford to educate him. So he came here when he was seventeen and worked as a migrant worker in California. He slept in train cars and ate food out of the trash. Even now he works fourteen hours a day. He comes home, we talk a bit, and he goes to sleep. It’s been that way my entire life. He’s turning fifty soon and he’d love to start his own business. So I hope he gets his citizenship. It’s a little dangerous because he’s on the radar now. They have his fingerprints. But he’s got a son that fought in Afghanistan. And now he’s got a daughter that graduated from NYU, so I think he deserves to stay.”
“We met dancing. We only see each other when we’re dancing. And I danced with him for ten years before I even knew his name.”
“When I was younger I fell in love with a black man, which my mother didn’t like. She tried to tell me that it would cause my grandmother to die of a heart attack. But we married anyway. And after having two children we got divorced. My mother especially didn’t like that. She was appalled. She didn’t believe in divorce. She told me that I couldn’t possibly love my children. Our relationship never got better. Over the years we’d have a weekly phone call. We’d reenact the same conversations again and again. I wanted her to acknowledge that I’d lived an interesting life. It made me angry that she saw me as deficient. I wanted her to see that my life had meaning, even if I was on my own. She’s 89 now. Two years ago she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which has made her even blunter with her opinions. She now openly expresses her preference for my brother. It’s becoming clear that she won't change her mind about me. And it carries a sting. Because I guess we never stop hoping to be understood."
“I’m much younger than I thought I would be. When I was in college, I thought 43 seemed so old. It just seemed everything would be set by then and my life would be over. I thought I’d only be doing things that I had to do. Everything is a choice when you’re young. But then you graduate from school and make your big decisions: your career, your marriage, your kids. And it seems that with each big decision, you have less opportunity for choice. But I still have a lot of choices. It’s just not all about me anymore. I enjoy choosing ways for my kids to experience new things. I’m thinking about bringing them to the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Vermont next weekend. I think they’ll get a kick out of it. I can still remember my daughter’s face the first time she saw Yankee Stadium. I’d already been dozens of times, but it almost felt like the first time for me too. And I love taking my son to his soccer games. He’s only six so he has no clue how to play. But he’s decided that his job is to run back and forth in front of the goal. He basically invented defense and I got to watch it happen. These things are a lot of fun for me. When I was young, I imagined they’d feel like obligations. But they’re not. They’re choices.”
“It’s so hard to ask for help. Because you’re supposed to be ‘Mommy.’ And you never want to say: ‘I need help being Mommy.’ I carried this person for nine months. I knew she was coming. I felt like I should be able to handle it and I didn’t want to ask other people to stop their lives. Especially if they had no part in making this baby. But eventually I had to give in. I’m just one person and being ‘Mama’ 24/7 can make you crazy. I found myself getting frustrated that other people were going on with their lives. I’d let things fester. And it was unhealthy for my relationships. I’d get heated with my mother and boyfriend. Instead of beginning with ‘Can you help?’ I’d lose my temper, and jump straight to: ‘Why aren’t you helping?’”
"Recently I went home to Dublin for six months to spend time with my father. He’s in the late stages of Alzheimer’s. While I was there, I noticed that the bank where I worked was moving along fine without me. It made me realize that my contribution was dispensable. So when the sabbatical ended, I just couldn’t go back. My friend happened to approach me around that time with an opportunity to start a company. We’re developing an app to help manage the construction process. It feels good to be learning so much again. Everything was so specialized at the bank. There was an expert for everything. Everyone just stuck to the things they were good at and recognized for. But there’s no bureaucracy in our start-up. It’s just the two of us. There’s only what needs to be done. I can last about a year before things get financially stressful. I’m hoping that the company will be viable by then. Because even if it doesn't make a lot of money, as long as it survives, I’ll have been a part of creating something.”
“I wasn’t planning on dressing up as a clown. I’d been drinking all night in Poughkeepsie and I somehow ended up at the train station, so I decided to take the 4 AM train into the city. I had $200 in my pocket from some gutter cleaning work. I immediately spent the first $60 on brunch and Bloody Marys. Then I walked by Party City and I had the idea to get a clown wig. But then I noticed the suspenders, and the top, and the bow tie, and some balloons. I bought a red nose too but I’m not sure what happened to it. I left the store with about $100, which was enough to get some shoes and a half pint of Seagram’s. I ended the day with $10 but that got lost when I passed out in Times Square. Now I'm trying to figure out how to get home. I need to stop drinking.”
“I’ve known her since I was seven. I had a crush on her even back then. But she lived back in the Dominican Republic, so I’d only get to see her during the summer. We just got tired of being apart. So I asked her to marry me. My parents were against it. I was twenty-one. I was going to City College. I was still living at home and they thought I wasn’t ready. And there was definitely some truth to that. I had to drop out of school once she moved in with us. I couldn’t handle everything. At first I was depressed but I started to progress quickly at work. I got raise after raise. We moved out of my parents’ house and got a small apartment in the Bronx. Now I’m studying to get my electrical license. I've seen a lot of the guys I work with start their own companies. You’ve just got to want it. You’ve got to want to move up, and you can find a way. The marriage has been great and it’s been tough. We have a two-year-old daughter now. It’s a lot of work. But it’s also awesome to go home everyday and find two people who love me.”
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“I’m trying to finish writing a book. I’m on my fourth draft and have 70,000 words so far. It’s an adventure tale set in Jamaica. My main character is a twelve-year old girl named Kristi. She’s the same age that I was when I left the island. I really want to write something that resonates back home. I’ve been researching the history and folklore of the country. I’m trying to get the dialect just right. I want Jamaicans to recognize themselves and be proud. I've been working on it for four years now. I’ve given up on so many other things. I gave up on being a doctor. I’ve given up writing other stories. I lost sixty pounds last year, but before that I’d given up on so many diets. So I’m determined to finish this. I try not to think about other goals for the book. Because the more I need from it, the more I freeze up. I have a lot of debt. I have a lot of relatives in Jamaica that need money. But if I start writing to feel hopeful about my financial situation, the words won’t come. So my goal is just to finish my fourth draft. And if that happens, my next goal is to get a rejection letter that tells me something I can improve.”
“A few years ago I get a call from my wife, and she tells me that her aunt is going through a tough time and needs a place to stay. So I agreed to let the aunt stay with us for a few months. ‘I’m doing a good deed,’ I thought. But things got weird after she moved in. She was a really quiet lady. And she always seemed to be watching me. I’d be walking around downstairs, and I’d notice the aunt peering down on me from the upper level. Like I was some sort of intruder. But I think to myself: ‘Just ignore it. She’s going through a rough time.’ Then one night I wake up at 2:30 AM and the aunt is standing over my bed, saying some sort of prayer over me. And I sleep completely naked. And I have no idea how long this woman has been there. And I wake up my wife, who starts dragging the aunt out of the room, and the whole time the woman is screaming at me: ‘I know who you are! You aren’t fooling anyone!’ It was terrifying. My wife and I separated four months later. Things hadn’t been going great, but that aunt definitely flushed the toilet.”
“We’re going to a new school for kindergarten. They make you wear green clothes and there are fishy games with fish that eat numbers. We’re going to be in different classes. We’re not sure what that’s going to be like, but we’re only a little scared. Because we can see each other at lunch and recess.”
“I had to take a bike ride to get away from my teenage daughter. She missed the deadline for her college application, but she lied and told me that she’d sent it in on time. I believed her. I decided to give her space and let her do it on her own. Then yesterday I found a letter saying that her application came too late. So I cooked her dinner. I let her have a nice meal. Then I served her the letter for dessert. We started arguing. She told me that she wants to take a semester off. She thinks I’m bossing her around and she wants to do things her own way. But I worked two jobs for this girl. I raised her on my own. I’ve given her everything. She was born at 11:58 PM, two minutes before my birthday. She looks just like me. She acts just like me. And she’s stubborn like me. Whenever we butt heads I think, ‘Oh my God. I’m Angie. I’m fighting with my eighteen-year-old self.’ Except I was already pregnant with her older brother by then. And I just want things to be easier for her.”
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Me veo solo pero estoy con Dios gracias por tanto 🙏🏽
“I haven’t worked with an American for three years. I’m a union drywall finisher, and my job has completely been taken over by Central and South Americans. All of them have union cards now. Can you imagine being the only one on your crew who doesn’t speak Spanish? There’s nobody to talk to. You have no clue what people are saying. It’s isolating. And all of them stick together too. My last three foremen were from El Salvador, Paraguay, and Peru. And whenever work dries up, I’m the first one trimmed from the crew. Always. No matter how hard I work. I used to get angry about it. It felt like I’d been sold out by the mayor and the union bosses. I even started having racist thoughts. But that’s not me, man. I know they aren’t bad people. They’re just sticking together like any of us would. How can you blame them? My parents were immigrants. I grew up in New York. I’ve got friends from all over the world. So I’m not going to start thinking like that. I’m not going there. That’s not who I am.”
“I’ve been crocheting since I was 15. I started out with patterns from the magazines but there was one point where I just said ‘screw this’ and started designing everything myself. I’ve got twelve giant tubs of yarn at home. Everything I make is one of a kind, even if it’s a shawl. My shawl is going to have a slightly different color or slightly different stitch than any other shawl. I’ve crocheted hundreds of Christmas presents. I crocheted the sweater I’m wearing. I even helped crochet a sweater for a huge water tower. My section alone took three weeks. The theme of the Crochet Guild convention last year was ‘under the sea,’ so I knitted 110 sea horse pins. And right now I’m working on a mermaid tail for the daughter of the niece of my brother-in-law.”
“I started my career as a teller at a community bank in Florida. I was in my early thirties. At the time I had a young child and I just needed a way to pay my rent and car payment. But I kept moving up. I wouldn’t say I’m overly ambitious. It didn’t come from a place of ‘I need more.’ I just have a lot of energy. And I’d always ask the next question or apply for the next job. So I worked my way up to CEO. It was demanding but I enjoyed the position. I was handling it quite well until a few years ago when my husband passed away. Then my mother. And then my best friend. All of this happened in a single year. I’d never even lived alone before. Suddenly I felt unanchored. I reached this place of ‘what do I do now?’ I couldn’t go back to making more money. So I decided to make a change. I went back to college to get a Master of Public Administration. And right now I’m actually on the lunch hour for my final class. I’ve already got a job waiting on me back home. I’m the new Director of Broward County's Business Council on Homelessness. We’re working toward getting homeless people into permanent housing. And I’m really excited. I want to do a great job. I’m in a place where I can change some lives. It feels like I've moved from success to significance.”
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“I love walking around the city. I catch the Metro North train at 11:40 every morning. I go to the same gym that I’ve been going to for forty years. Then I just start walking. If you take big strides it really stretches you out. And there are millions of other people walking around. You never feel alone. People smile at you. On weekends I’ll bring my granddaughters with me and we’ll tour different neighborhoods. We’ve seen ten or twelve so far. Sometimes I get to borrow them for the whole afternoon. But they’re at sleep away camp right now so I’m missing them a lot. And that’s about it. I do a little shopping at the thrift store. I stop and read the paper. I eat at outdoor restaurants. It’s simple but I found what makes me happy and I’m doing it. And when I’m heading home at night, sometimes I think: ‘I just had the best day of my life.’”
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Excited to announce that the HONY video series was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches! Thanks to everyone who watched and for the wonderful team who helped put it together. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, all thirteen episodes are available on Facebook Watch. (Link in bio)
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Los amo Colombia, sin su cariño el camino hubiera sido mucho más largo. Gracias por tanto 🇨🇴 feliz día de la independencia.
“My dad came here when he was my age, but I don’t feel especially connected to Vietnam. I haven’t even really asked him about his history. I’m a proud person. But for me it’s about what I’m doing right now. I didn’t experience my father’s history. So I’d rather not identify as the son of a refugee. I’m an American kid going to an American school. I’d much rather see myself as an adjective. Preferably one that refers to my personality. Like ‘cool.’ Or ‘nice.’ Or ‘interesting.’”
“Last year I did an exploration of having a child on my own. I went to the doctor, and after she looked at my uterus, she said: ‘Not only is it possible, but your uterus looks younger than its years.’ Then she put me in the stirrups and did a demo to show me exactly how the procedure would work. The ultrasound screen was right next to me. I kept looking at it and wishing I could see a baby on there. But I was already 48. I was single. My income wasn’t secure at the time. And I didn’t have family that could take care of the child if something happened to me. So I decided not to do it. I finally closed the door for good. I cried uncontrollably for weeks. It’s a gaping hole in my life that will never go away. I’ll just get better at dealing with it. I wish I’d done it on my own when I was younger. I wish I’d stopped complaining about the past, and hoping for the future, and just said: ‘Fuck it. This is where I am now, and this is what I can do about it.’”
“Last week I was picking through the trash, looking for bottles and cans to recycle, and my social worker walked by with her family. She walked just a few feet from me. And I know she saw me. But she didn’t say a thing. Not even ‘hello.’ I asked her about it during our next meeting, and at first she denied seeing me. But then she told me that she had been in her ‘private space.’ That really put a stake in my heart. Why can’t you say ‘hello’ to me in your private space? So I’m writing her a letter. I’m using a dictionary because I want the words to be perfect. If you mess up your words, then it’s easy for people to ignore what you’re trying to say. And I want to be sure she knows exactly how it made me feel.”
“It happened on Father’s Day. I took him out to lunch, and then afterward we went to a barbecue at his family’s house. He’d been drinking all day. At one point he’s got our daughter in his arms, and he tells her to call me a ‘biatch.’ So I start yelling at him. And he hits me so hard with his fist that I had to get ten stitches. That was the last straw for me. I still think he’s a great dad. I’ll give him that. A lot of people ask me how I can say that, but I see it like this: when he’s around my daughter, I see the love. She lights up when he walks in the room. I wanted that love for myself, but at least she gets it. And he’s a good provider. He works. He just bought her a bunch of new clothes this weekend. When he dropped them off at the house, he asked me if I was going to drop the charges. I told him ‘no.’ Not this time.”
“I feel like I had so many more stories before I came to film school. I wrote so much when I was young. I’d fill up entire journals. I was a quiet kid, so writing was my way of imagining conversations that I’d never have in real life. But it doesn’t feel like I’m expressing myself anymore. It’s become less about whether I like it, and more about whether my professors and classmates like it. I’m always focused on the rhythm, or the structure, or the notes I received in class, or all these rules from a long time ago that everybody uses because they work. And it just feels like I’m swapping out decorations in a house that’s already been built. But I’m afraid to be more inventive, because if your work doesn’t fit the rules, then people will doubt your talent. So film school has made me much better at making other people happy. But it’s made me less happy. And that’s not a direction that I can see myself continuing for very long.”
“My mother was sick for most of my life. She had nineteen years of treatment for Hodgkin’s disease. But she was the kind of mother that would come home from chemotherapy, vomit in the bathroom, and then still cook dinner for all of us. And she did this while getting a PhD in clinical psychology. She just loved being a mother. Even after the chemotherapy destroyed her ovaries, she adopted two more children. She passed away I was twenty-five. Shortly after she died, I realized that I couldn’t remember her voice. I’ve just never been an oral person. It was maddening. It felt almost disrespectful. I had all these old videos of her, but they were silent. So I thought I’d just never know what she sounded like. Then last night, my sister found a small cassette in an old box. It was from my mother’s answering machine. And she picked up the phone during one of the recordings. It was a month before she died. She was so sick at the time. But she said to the person: ‘Nicholas is coming to visit me, so I stayed up late baking, and I’m waking up early to clean.’”
“I was in a relationship for most of my teenage years. He wasn’t a bad guy, but I think long relationships can be toxic when you’re that young. That’s the age when you’re supposed to be figuring yourself out. And that can be hard if you’re completely focused on another person. I was always more worried about ‘us’ than I was worried about myself. I’d make decisions just to maximize our time together: the places I worked, the classes I chose, the friends I spent time with. Recently I looked through my high school photos, and I don’t have a single picture when I’m not with him. And, I don’t know… it feels like some of those memories should have been mine alone.”
“I like to shop, but I hate going to those fancy stores in midtown. They treat me like I don’t have any money. They’re always telling me prices when I didn’t ask. Either that, or they figure I’m coming in to steal. I went to one store recently, and as soon as I walked in the door, I saw the manager lean in to the clerk and say, ‘Watch her.’ And so this girl starts following me around-- real close. She was acting like she wanted to help. If I picked up an item, she’d say: ‘Let me hold onto that for you.’ So I thought to myself: ‘I’ll give you something to hold.’ I walked around that entire store. I went on a real spree. By the time we were finished, she was holding 25 dresses. You could barely see her face. Then I led her up to the cash register and said, ‘You know what? I changed my mind. I think I'll shop somewhere else.’”
“I came to it late in life. I was already in college. We were playing a dice game in the back of a bar and my character transformed into a lion. I’ve been hooked ever since. Now I’m part of a huge role-playing community, and next week I’m going to a three-day event in Pennsylvania. Basically it’s a bunch of people getting together and pretending to be something we’re not. It’s the bonding that’s most important. The hobby is great, but you always spend more time talking then doing the hobby itself. We’re building a shared history. And each time we meet there’s more to reminisce about. It can be hard to meet people when you’re older, but I’ve made hundreds of friends in the community. When my dad got sick recently, I asked for ‘spells, prayers, and cat videos.’ The post had 111 comments and 94 emoticons.”
Really incredible update for everyone who donated to our Rohingya fundraiser earlier this year. Thanks to the hard work of @jeromejarre and Love Army, our expectations have been wildly exceeded. 2500 homes have been built and the remainder should be finished by next month. These houses were built by over 1500 *paid Rohingya volunteers.* Not only were they built to specification, but extra features were added to each house. Solar panels were added to every roof. (In the words of Jerome: ‘These are high quality solar panels, not cheap ones that break in two weeks.’) Lights and fans were installed. A custom cooking stove and chimney were also added, along with additional shelves for storing food. Thanks to Jerome’s obsession with controlling costs, these additional upgrades came in at just $70 per house, which Jerome funded from other sources. Extremely thankful to Jerome and Love Army for being such good stewards. The money could not have been spent more efficiently. Jerome asked if I would mind sharing the fundraiser link again to help with routine maintenance of the houses. So if any one wishes to help more, they can be assured that their donations are in the right hands. LINK IN BIO.
“It’s my reboot. I have a level of confidence on the softball field that I somehow need to find in the rest of my life. I’m like a puppy in the outfield. I don’t have to think about what I’m doing. You can hit the ball anywhere and I’ll track it down. I love the moment when the ball is in the air, and I’m focusing on it, and I’m not thinking about anything else. I’m not thinking about paying rent. I’m not worrying about the next audition. I’m not feeling the fear of being just a bartender. It’s my moment of Zen. I used to feel the same way when I was acting, or in front of a camera. And I still do-- when I get to do it."
“At first it was absolutely shocking. He’s up every two hours. If all he does is grumble, there’s a good chance that he’ll fall back asleep. But if he starts gobbling out vowels and consonants—that means he’s up for good and nobody’s going back to sleep for a while. We’ve been getting some longer chunks of sleep lately. But whenever we think it’s conquered, there’s a curveball. So we’ve just had to embrace being absolutely knackered all the time. The first thing to go was our vocabularies. You know when you can’t quite think of a word-- but then you suddenly get it? Well that doesn’t happen anymore. The word never comes. So now we consider it a win if we're able to communicate a rough idea of what we mean.”