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Donovan Twaddle

St. Paul, MN, USA 🇺🇸artisan perfumer, designer, writer, social media, photog buff, musician, lifestyle champion - obsessed with Costa Rica🇨🇷

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“Vive tu mejor vida; sin pedir disculpas. Y siempre procura ser la mejor versión de ti mismo. Porque incluso un ciego sabe cuando está en presencia de una luz brillante.” • Live your best life. Unapologetically. And always strive to be the best version of yourself. Because even a blind man knows when he is in the presence of a bright light. • We live in a world that is constantly trying to make us somebody we aren’t. Be like this celebrity, buy this doodad, think like these people, live your life this way. It’s exhausting to try to escape who we are to live up to that standard. Here’s a novel idea. Be your authentic self. Be the person you were created to be. The beauty of life (one of many, actually) is that we are all unique. No two of us are the same. In a world of 7 billion plus people, that’s pretty staggering to think about. Be who you are. Do you. Don’t dim your light so that others will feel better around you. Shine like you’re meant to shine. Live your best life. Don’t apologize. Do better. Become better. Because even a blind man knows when he is in the presence of a bright light. 😎☀️ #bestlife #doyou #shine #shinebright #bestversionofyou #wisdom #personaldevelopment #brightlight #blindman #motivationalmeme #puravida #purelife #carpediem

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I have a dear friend in Costa Rica who is friends with this family. Aida is a single mom who is unemployed and they’re struggling right now. She needs to pay the family’s rent and buy food for the month, so we’d like to help them. Click the link in my bio to help with a few dollars, or whatever you can afford. I have over 1200 followers. If 100 of us just gave $5, we could put this away fast. I gave and we’re 20% there to the goal of $500. They just need help this month, that’s all we’re asking. Click the link in my bio and help Aida pay rent and feed her kids. Hopefully, she will find work soon. My heart goes out to them. I pray you’re never in this situation. Thanks. 🙏🏽❤️ #campaign #give #donate #helpthelessfortunate #latinamerica #family #godbless #generous #lovemakestheworldgoround at Ciudad Quesada

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Hotel: booked ✅ Flight: booked ✅ Panamá City is on! My boy @richsandera and I are headed to Panamá in a few short weeks for some relaxation and fun in the tropical sun in beautiful Panamá City! 🇵🇦😎☀️🌴 December 4-8, we’ll be staying at the super stylish @aloftpanama for 4 nights. Looking forward to another passport stamp. It’s been too long! 😎 Where would you like to travel? Answer below. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ #travellifestyle #wanderlust #panamacitypanama #vacation #lifestylechampion #tropicalvibes #byeminnesota #sorrynotsorry #ysbhlifestyle #ysbh #passportstamps #centralamerica #newplacesnewfaces #dreamtrips #dreamtripslife

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My advice for the day. 😎✌🏼You’re welcome. No charge. 😊🙌🏽 #authentic #autonomous #unique #borntoshine #borntowin #screwtheiropinions #beyou #beauthentic #clarity #perspective #quotesaboutlife #inspirationalquotes at Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Me in 1970 in WMU married housing, playing in the sandbox. Yes, I’m old. Shut up. #tbt #throwbackthursday #toddlerme #sonofagradstudent #blackandwhitephotography #toddlerstyle #notaselfie #backintheday #kalamazoo at Western Michigan University

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Yes, my guacamole is extra. 😂🥑 • Family dinner with chips and fresh homemade guacamole. • Pull up a chip! • • #LoonLake #familytime #dinner #vacation #summervibes #northernminnesota #northernmn #lakelife #culinarylife #gastronomia #guacamole #guacisextra at Cohasset, Minnesota

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Great day for a hike on the Sylvan Point Trail, along the mighty Mississippi. • Blue skies, warm sunshine, nice breeze...could be worse! • • #mississippiriver #hike #hikingadventures #mightyriver #summervibes #northernmn #northernminnesota #foresthistorycenter #outdoorliving #hike4life #hikingtrail at Forest History Center

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Treating myself today because I’m awesome! • Back at my fave spot trying some deliciousness. • The watermelon salad in back is a light summery concoction of tender watercress, candied pecans, queso fresco, sliced radish, cucumber, scallions, and delicious watermelon chunks, lightly dressed in a sweet pepper jelly. • Foreground is Korean Barbecue Drumsticks. Three juicy chicken legs tossed in Korean barbecue sauce, topped with green onion and sesame seeds, served with a tangy apple pickle slaw. • As always, lots of water and sweet tea to accompany. Get you some of this! • • • #lunch #sundayvibes #revivalmn #stpaulmn #stpaul #capturestpaul #saladsofinstagram #chicken #hashtagblessed #notvegan #foodporn #getinmybelly #eatlocal at Revival St Paul

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‘Bout to get my juice on. 😄👍🏽🥤 • I’ve juiced intermittently for a few years. I’ve been making smoothies lately, which are loaded with potassium and healthy fats, but I think I’m gonna juice again to cut back on the calories a little, while still getting amped amounts of nutrients, but in a lighter package. • This morning, I have organic apple, organic lemon, organic red chard, organic beet with greens, organic cucumber, organic carrots, curly parsley, organic ginger, and turmeric. • This provides such a power packed rush! • • • #becomingsuperhuman #morningmotivation #nutrientrush #juicersofinstagram #juicemeup #breakfast #juicerecipes #amped at Saint Paul, Minnesota

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So many people smile and pretend to be happy on social media, when inside they feel empty and lost. I’d like to say that I’ve never done it, but it would be a lie. • I think hyperconnection in the modern age has made us dependent on the dopamine rush we get when people like our content or leave a comment. But inside (even if we’re unaware of it), we long for real connection. • I’ll be honest. When I’m not at work, I spend almost all of my time alone. It isn’t necessarily by choice, but it’s also not like I’m a social outcast. I have friends and get invites. But sometimes the thought of being around people is exhausting. If it’s one person, one on one, I’ll almost always accept. But if it’s an invite to meet up with a group, no matter how much I long for human interaction, I’ll almost never go. • Has social media reduced us to this? Is it something else? Maybe I’m in the minority. • Or maybe it’s that ugly depression manifesting in a way that didn’t exist before social media. • But my hat says it all. I’m blessed, even though I struggle with depression and myriad faults and defects. I don’t want your sympathy. That’s not why I’m posting this. I’m simply saying that under the smiles and selfies, the parties and the lights, people are hurting. They’re lonely. Don’t try to fix them. Don’t give them sympathy. Only support and friendship. • The best way I’ve found to combat the loneliness and isolation is to step away from the screen. Put down the phone and strike up a conversation, even if it’s with the cashier at Target, or your server in a restaurant. They’re paid to smile and be friendly, but chances are, they’re lonely too. Be a beacon of hope or a lifter of someone’s head, and you’ll elevate yourself in the process. • • • #blessed #hashtagblessed #depression #lonely #truefriendship #introvert #support #lifteachotherup #beaconofhope #lifterofmyhead #realconnection #selfie #teamselfie #wink #selfiesunday #elevate at Saint Paul, Minnesota

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I wish I could put into words the impact this man had on so many areas of my life. We have many different interests and ambitions, but in those differences are some surprising similarities. • I never shared his passion for math and logic, nor his aptitude for working with his hands, but I learned as best as I could. He modeled patience and perseverance, and gave me a solid foundation for what it means to be a man. • My dad taught me respect and to care for others. And, though I don’t have kids of my own, if I had a son, I’d instill in him many of the same values. • If I am someday blessed with kids of my own, I hope to be half the dad you are! I love you! • • • #fathersday #loveyoudad #realman #lifelessons #family #rolemodel #myhero

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