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Lisa Frank

My Life Exploring the Fringes of Civilization 👩🏻‍🌾🐓🌾🌲🛏 Pro Referrer for @airbnb Founder of @rettlersmidwest

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Social media is the new way we consume and create content and information. It’s the new internet. It’s all entertainment. Nothing more. Lately, I’ve been asking myself, what content am I creating through social media? What value does it bring to my life? I’m using this older photo as I refuse to take anymore time out of my day to take one more selfie in hopes of feeling affirmed and acknowledged. 🌻 . . We have a tendency to stalk each others social media profiles instead of making an effort to connect in the same room. I can hardly have honest conversations anymore because before I can respond to “How’s it going?” they answer it for me with a string of “You seem to be doing amazing!!….You are killing it!! Opening my mouth would either let them down or make me seem ungrateful, so I smile and say, “Yeah, it’s going great!”. 🤷🏻‍♀️ . . Guess what? It’s not. No surprise to you that life has been tougher for me lately and those who really know me know that my life is far from the green pastures and sunflowers that my imagery lead my life to be. It’s brought me to a place where I feel stuck and in all reality, lonely and anxious. One of the things I loved about social media was the opportunity to be “authentic” and having a platform to embrace vulnerability. Being real and sharing my journey became effortless to me. In recent weeks, I’ve needed to connect to people in real ways, show people my “real” self. I’ve needed to allow myself to be vulnerable in the flesh, not through the screen. I’ve lost a sense of who my people are as I’ve been stuck in this unrealistic space of keeping up and not letting go. At this time in my life, I care nothing more than to reimagine my relationships and redirect my energy to healthier more intentional engagements. Our life’s journey can be entertaining, however, it’s also personal and doesn’t need to be sold for anyone’s pleasure but my own. 💛 . . With that, I’m choosing to leave social media with the exception of maintaining a professional presence for Rettlers. 🌾 . . Followers who enjoyed the imagery from this account can still enjoy it by following @rettlersmidwest which your support is appreciated and valued. 🙏🏼 . . . . . at Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Sometimes just sitting side by side with someone is enough, especially in the midst of a storm. 🌬🌨 . . . . . at West Dundee, Illinois

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Appreciate this life, it is your only one. Also, appreciate April in Minnesota as it’s a beautiful mess, such as life. 🤷🏻‍♀️🌬 . . . . . at Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Right now will never exist again. 🌬 . . . . . at Minneapolis, Minnesota

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To be human. 💛 • Discover like spring creatures. 🌸 • Love like summer storms. 🌬 • Change like Autumn colors. 🍂 • Yearn like winter limbs. ❄️ . . . . . at West Dundee, Illinois

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The change of seasons, present us with some delightful gifts and some not so delightful. This morning, it was all but delightful as I enjoyed the company of these quaking ducks as I wrapped up a peaceful stay @springbird_woolgathering in West Dundee, IL. 🌨🦆 . . . . . Until later. ✌🏽 at West Dundee, Illinois

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Take me back to Fairfield. 🌾 . . . . . at Fairfield, Iowa

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Plenty of golden light to be had on these final gloomy winter days. Have a good weekend, y’all. ✨ at The Foundry Home Goods

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I consider myself urban as I am rural. A sub-culture that grounds me in the urban space is one I’ve been slinging around since 2008, that being coffee. ☕️I’ve went through phases of conforming to the hipster stereotypes of the 3rd wave coffee movement, such as nearly killing myself on a fixed gear bike, trying to learn indie bands on vinyl and using my gay status as a way to fit in with all the hipster cat lovers.😺What I’ve learned is...I just enjoy the minimalist aesthetic of a good cup of coffee without all the “cool” that’s added to it. In contrary, as long as the baristas don’t look like they’ve stepped off the set of Jersey Shore, most drinks don’t have whip cream, there isn’t a TV, or nothing smells as if it’s burning...I’ll probably appreciate it for what it is. A good cup of coffee.✨So, here I am. A girl with a rural heart and an urban spirit. I’m feeling the energy from this shop. If you haven’t checked it out, try it. @parallel.mn . . It’s not perfect, but it’s just right. 👌🏽 at The Holden Room

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Somewhere between Minnesota and Wisconsin. ♥️ . . . . .

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A day alive is another day to live and to dance. Taking a moment to acknowledge how my journey is vastly different than yours. I often speak vaguely on social media as I feel that the raw truth behind my words would bring me to a deeper place of vulnerability that I’m not too sure is necessary. Today, I’m choosing to live and dance in my own skin. I hate labels, but if I must....I’m BISEXUAL and it’s not all having my cake and eating it too. 👭👫I am living the dance of limbo, an ongoing limbo of fleeing the tumults of city life for quieter, less complicated and less gritty pastures. The reality of my identity has brought me to a place of hurt, confusion and uncertainty. I’m taking the opportunity to re-examine the habits and perceptions around life as a “married lesbian”. 🌈 I want to uncover and dismantle the rigged game of heteronormative romance and the misogynist foundations supporting it . I want to reach deep into my southern upbringing and understand the socialization that shaped my attitudes and beliefs around romance. I want to find peace in knowing where the authenticity lives in the love I’ve promised and have committed to. I will continue to use my mind and heart and life experiences as a reliable instrument to discern what is right. As I further along on this journey through a world of judgement, passive expectations and projected morals; I must own the way I dance through life and remind others that you have no idea what it took to learn these dance moves and have the courage to perform this act. I shall love who I love and shall dance the way I dance. 💙❤️ . . . . . at Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Becoming awake means lifting the fog and seeing our confusion more clearly. 🌿☁️ . . . . . at Lily Springs Farm

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We remember the things that make us feel. 🌼☕️ . . . . . at Heirloom

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Sunday mornings are for this. Just for this. @erinleverenz —makes a bomb ass breakfast. 🍳🍞 . . . . . at Northeast Minneapolis

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Channeling the good energy coming from the change of seasons. 🙏🏼Reimagining life and setting intentions this morning. ☀️ . . . . . at Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Life is a horse we all ride, some of us just decide to chase the wind. 🌬// @dallylondon . . . . .

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This was our first photo together, roughly 6 years ago. Still one of my favorites. 😚You have and continue to be at the end of the path my heart follows. Love is love. You, I love. You I will forever follow. 🖤 . . . . . at Minneapolis, Minnesota

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In the wake of the loss of a remarkably inspiring man, I’ve found solace in reminding myself that we control our own destiny. In the words of Stephen Hawking, “I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” . . Simply put and a reminder that our destiny is shaped by our own quest of conscious choices and actions. 🙏🏼 . . . . . at Minneapolis, Minnesota

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