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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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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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Morning smoothie. Blueberries, pitaya, cantaloupe, flax seeds, coconut water, avocado, banana, cinnamon, honey, and alkalizing greens powder. 💪🏽😋 Good morning y’all! • #healthybreakfast #smoothiesofinstagram #pitayasmoothie #startyourdayright #delicious #getinmybelly #fruitsplosion #thursdayvibes #instagood at Saint Paul, Minnesota

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My healthy meal tonight started with a bowl of fresh watermelon. Then I moved onto a Stir Fry Bowl with grilled chicken. Organic brown rice, with chicken, organic peppers and onions, topped with scallions. Delicious and healthy! 🤨💪🏽😋🍴 #stpaulmn #explorestpaul #discoverstpaul #capturestpaul #healthyfood #organic #farmtotable #capturemn #eatlocal #getinmybelly at Agra Culture Kitchen

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Grabbing some healthy food and checking out a new place, @agra_culture. I’ll let you know how it is. 😆🤷🏻‍♂️😋🍴 #agraculture #healthyfood #organic #delicious #newspot #stpaulmn #highlandpark #mn #minnesota #capturemn #capturestpaul at Agra Culture Kitchen

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Lunch at @revivalmn in Saint Paul: Watermelon Salad (left), and Pork Shoulder (right). • The Watermelon Salad has large chunks of watermelon with queso fresco, sliced pecans, pepper jelly, fresh watercress, sliced radish, and house pickles. If you’re wondering if it’s delicious, the answer is yes. Yes, it is delicious. 😋🍴 • The Pork shoulder is a huge mound of slow smoked tender pork shoulder 🐖 served alongside corn bread with butter, and a side dish of your choice. My choice: Bourbon Carrots 🥕 • There are some sauces you can slather on your pork as well. The sweet, tangy house BBQ sauce is amazing, but I really dig the Revival Sauce, a zippy habanero sauce with sweet potato purée. • This place continues to impress with the quality of food, and the friendliness and knowledge of the staff. Always a good time! • • • #southerncookin #smokehouse #foodporn #getinmybelly #cathedralhill #stpaulmn #delicious #saladsofinstagram #eatlocal at Revival St Paul

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Tasty Chinese food for dinner. The Capital Squid 🦑 has tender squid, celery, carrot, onions, and green peppers in a spicy black bean sauce with rice. Glad I got my hands on this deliciousness. 😋🍚🦑 #chinesefood #spicy #squid #delicious #foodporn #getinmybelly at New Hong Kong Wok

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Beautiful warm day, and I’m inside. Something isn’t right about that. 🤔🤷🏻‍♂️ #coffeeshop #fridayvibes #frozenchai #fridaystyle #stpaul #grandavenue #drinklocal #neighborhoodspot #iphonephotography #phonetography at Himalayan Java St. Paul

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These two are the most important people in my life. Together 52 years and still going strong! Happy anniversary, Mom & Dad! Love you! (You’ll have to imagine I posted this on your actual anniversary on Monday. Sorry!) 🤵🏻👰🏻💍 #anniversary #52years #momanddad #parents #oldschool #lovedoesexist #april16 #celebrate #latergram at Cohasset, Minnesota

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