Sick girl Saturday 😷 I know this photo has nothing to do with being sick but wanted to chat about something on my mind. I focus a lot on being healthy, so during times like this when I have no choice but to let my body rest, give up control, and temporarily hold off on doing all the things that make me happy, it’s tough. Yet at the same time I have received an unexpected sense of gratitude. My current state is very temporary and while I don’t feel great now, how lucky are we to have strong, healthy bodies that day in and day out support us in doing all the things that bring us joy without even having to think?
Quite often we equate our worth to our productivity, our employment status, our bank accounts, our relationships, our appearances, etc. Recently I’ve taken a little break from modeling to re-evaluate and explore my passions and have found that much of my self worth was defined by my status as a “model.” Here in LA that label brings a good amount of opportunity but as human beings we are fluid and it’s taken this time for me to remember that Madi isn’t just a model but also loves cooking, reading, helping people, having intellectual conversations, exploring, creating art, and being creative. Many of these things I’m lucky enough to get to do through work but I no longer measure my value through things that temporarily make me happy, but instead who I am at my core. How are you defining who you are today?
This was a great day 😊 farm to table food served in a garden in Cabo. The use of food as a way to explore, connect with, and learn more about where I am is something that has always brought me joy. I’m working on a project reflecting this idea and can’t wait to share soon!
NYC archives 🤓
Had the best time celebrating @tiana_haraguchi and @mattkomo 🥳 Dancing while the sun set over Venice Beach made for such a memorable night
Poker face to go with my picante 🌶
“I fall in love with people’s passion. The way their eyes light up when they talk about the thing they love and the way they fill with light.”
Morning glories 🌸 my nana used to say this to me every morning after I woke up and it always put the biggest smile on my face
Loved spending my day helping out at @bigheartranch ♥️🐴 scooping poop, brushing down animals, dusting cobwebs and more all for a wonderful cause. The animals here are all rescued and used for various types of therapy 😇
I spend at least an hour, sometimes more, on Instagram a day. That’s 365 hours a year, or over 15 days. Constantly digesting small bits of information at a rapid rate has its benefits but I’ve lost the ability to focus. I miss getting immersed in a different world through a book, spending hours painting without distractions, or feeling like I can be fully present in general. One of my goals this week is to take 30 mins each day to completely unplug so that my creativity can flow 🧠 what’re you going to do this week to be better than the last?
I am enough. Say it out loud every morning and see how your life transforms. I put immense unnecessary pressure on myself as we all do and forget just how important this one simple phrase is in changing our thinking and thus ability to take action and be happy! Link in bio for the video I listened to this morning to remind myself that we are all enough, we just need to believe it
How do you keep white shoes white? Asking for a friend
I like my coffee with almond milk and cinnamon. You? Also not a huge Starbucks fan, I love finding unique coffeeshops wherever I am because they tell so much about an area but I’ll take what I can get 😋
How you do one thing is how you do everything 💪🏼 I played basketball in highschool but haven’t taken a shot in a pretty long time so I decided to have some fun and finish my workout in the way (I had forgotten) that I love most. Sometimes we take simple things like exercising or life in general so seriously and lose sight of how easy it is to take what makes us happy and turn it into something that helps us reach our goals 🏀 Also, never end on a missed shot or walk away from something without ending on a positive note
Can only stay serious for so long 😝 Been working on using the 5 second rule to help make decisions. When we have an instinct to act on something, if we don’t physically start moving towards that goal in 5 seconds our brain will kill it. Right now I want breakfast and to head to the farmers market so off I go ✌🏼
Can’t wait to get out to Malibu today to spend time with great friends, cook, eat, and enjoy being by the water 🌊 Go where you feel joy. Go where you feel loved. Go where you feel appreciated.
In life we make plans. We invest our time and energy into something, get excited and even find our identities in what we plan on accomplishing, only to have it all fall though. But then some magic happens. Later on we are able to look back to realize life was happening for us, not to us and the speed bumps were only leading us to where we were meant to be~ a reminder to myself // @baldwinner
Happy National Ice Cream Day!🍦I eat some form of ice cream every day because it makes me HAPPY. The pressure created by social media and the modeling industry can at times make me feel guilty for indulging, but that’s what life is about and this is ME. I could live off of sweets but have found a way to find a balance that works for me. What’s your favorite treat?
Booty boot camp this afternoon @dogpound 🏋🏼♀️ I love trying new workouts that challenge my body in different ways
I love Llamas and Lingerie, but I couldn’t find any Llamas 🤷🏼♀️
Tonight is the last lunar eclipse of the year 🌙 A perfect time to let go, express pent up feelings, and welcome in new experiences, people, and opportunities. Being back home with family and old friends the past few days has reminded me of where I come from and who I am, as well as helped show me what I want in the months and years to come. If you want something or feel something, say it or make a change. Life is too short not to be fully us
Ready to get back to work 💪🏼 I love traveling but there’s something equally as wonderful in a regular routine that keeps you healthy and motivated
Going home for the weekend to see fam and be part of my Scorpio Sister’s wedding @campbell_emma_ 🎉 anyone else wear weird outfits like this that make no sense around the house?
Simplicity. After reflecting on my past 2 weeks in Europe this is the single value I took away most. Whether in Italy working with a group of like-minded, inspiring people, in Spain having fun with my best friend, in the South of France relaxing with family, or exploring Paris alone, I realized how beautifully these people live. Back home I’m constantly rushing through life, overthinking my current situation or thinking ahead to the next task, but by watching and embracing how people truly slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life such as a appreciating a light yet delicious meal or stopping to take in the world around us, I feel whole. At the end of the day what truly matters is spending quality time, fully present with people we love, being completely there and only there. How can you focus on less to bring in more?
Back home tomorrow 🤓
I promise I do more than drink wine here (even though it’s cheaper than water). Today I went to a farmers market, museums, and headed to a jazz club later 🎶
Always say oui to staying in Europe as long as possible ✨I’ve learned so much about myself these past 2 weeks navigating across different countries solo. Most importantly: patience. Patience with myself in knowing it’s ok to not have everything figured out all at once. It’s ok I can barely communicate with anyone, packed too much, missed multiple trains and flights, couldn’t adjust to jet lag and heat, and so much more. If we aren’t pushed out of our comfort zones and forced to face our own thoughts when alone we never reach our “plein potentiel” (full potential)
Headed to the city of love tomorrow 🌹I’ve debated for awhile now whether to go to Paris, London, Rome, etc. for my last few days here in Europe and was continuously talking myself out of Paris. Who wants to go sip champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower...alone? But then I read a quote that really struck me at the right time. “Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.” The time is now to live your life and I’m stoked to take myself out for mouthwatering meals, marvel at beautiful artwork, jog along the Seine, chat with strangers, and so much more 🥂
Happy French Fourth 🇫🇷😙
Feeling like a toasted lil baguette 🥖🦋
When you see your jamón y manchego coming around the corner 💃🏼
Did anyone watch the movie Madeline as a kid? It was my favorite and I felt like her yesterday 💙 off to Madrid to make some more memories 💃🏼
This heat wave in Europe is brutal but learning to love the makeup free, light clothing, gelato diet lifestyle 😎 very grateful to have been working with such a passionate team in Italy the past few days and excited to explore somewhere different starting tomorrow
bella giornata: beautiful day 🇮🇹
Thinking about all the pizza and pasta I’m about to eat 😄 bye America ✌🏼
Worked on a cool project yesterday 🧡 always embracing chances to meet new people and experience something different and exciting
Where you’ll find me today 😴
A few months back I wrote down that I wanted to travel throughout Europe. This week I’ll be going to Italy for a job opportunity I couldn’t have possibly dreamed of and then exploring with friends and family 🇮🇹 what do you want out of this beautiful life? Say it out loud, write it down, and watch it happen 💫
Normally this would be my mood for it being halfway through the week. Last night I had a realization lying in bed trying to fall asleep about how quickly life flies by. We’re always looking forward to Friday, that next trip, a job a week from now, or even just lunch. Im focusing more on being in the moment and finding gratitude and joy in the tiny blessings because they add up
As hard as it is to believe, it’s difficult meeting people to date especially here in LA. It’s rare I connect with someone at my normal spots: yoga or pilates studio, grocery store, or work so I’m trying out @bumble 🐝 What do you guys think about using this as my profile photo? ☺️ #bumblepartner
Soooho happy brunching in Soho 😜 how do you like your eggs? Lately I’ve been into poached but they have to be that perfect balance between runny and cooked
All the feels ⚡️ I loved working with this creative team. Work doesn’t feel quite like work when you focus on just doing whatever makes you feel the most you. By being yourself you attract people and things into your life that embrace that real you. Creativity also isn’t limited to the “creative” fields. You can find ways to push yourself and set standards in whatever you do
This weekend was full of laughter, new friends, old friends, memories made, and lots of rosé 😋 Thankful for all the blessings both big and small that life has to offer @olivaceousla
My goal in life is to be a light. One of those people that emits warm energy that you can’t describe but simply want to be around
Soho files 🏙 can’t wait to do some traveling this summer to meet some interesting people, see and taste new things, and let go of the need to try and control the world around me
Salad smiles 🤪 cooking is something that is both nostalgic and passionate for me, while bringing me a unique sense of joy. What should I make this week?
Every bump in the road is something to be grateful for and calling you to rise to a better version of yourself❗️Keep going.
Looking for that warm LA weather that I pay these high taxes for 👀