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Time to take over Westeros #gameofthrones #GoT #risk
Happy birthday Will! Glad I can help you celebrate #twinstatus #asheville #birthday #selfie
I made a friend while hiking this morning #turtle #nature at William B. Umstead State Park
Pretty sure I've used all these in my teams at one point or another #pokemon #nerd #gaymer #pokemonmaster
Playing Seinfeld monopoly with family. Could I be anymore white? #whitepeoplebelike #whitepeople #whitepeoplethings #laborday #itsaholiday 🙈
Racko and wine with the fam #laborday #itsaholiday #wine #boardgames
I'll happily take this over a night out #saturdayswim #swimming #selfie #selfiesaturday #gayselfie #selfcaresaturday
I may have had beer and ice cream earlier. Working out makes up for it, right? #guiltyconscience
Almost ran into this inch-big monster on my morning run #onlyinthesouth #nevergoingoutsideagain #spider #nature
Cinnamon rolls while spending a night in. I'm doing it right 😋 #atleastiworkedouttoday #foodporn #noshame #fatteningfriday
Took my sister to a Korean restaurant for an awesome birthday lunch. Happy Birthday Sam! @mr_flints_art_emporium
Back to it. #gymselfie #maximumeffort #deadpool #dodgepool #gayselfie #gay #instagay
Day 30 of the Pride Month Challenge: I love that I focus on the big things in life. If you've been following my Pride posts this whole month, thank you for following me on this challenge. I'd encourage anyone to take the challenge themselves! I made it through (mostly) staying on track. I've never been one to get caught up in the details, which is largely why staying on a regimented social media schedule was such a struggle for me. Being the optimist that I am, I trust that most troubles work out in the end, and worrying about details is a waste of energy. I believe in striving for dreams and achieving goals that you want, not for what seems most realistic. And I think the most powerful force in the universe is love, and as long as I live whilst keeping love as the priority, I cannot go wrong. Pride Month is about embracing the optimistic future, remembering the struggles of yesterday, and celebrating love. These ideals don't end with today, rather they are an intrinsic part of how I live my life. This challenge helped remind me of everything I have to be proud of, and it's helped to remind me to love myself. I don't think I'll do the Pride Month Challenge again anytime soon (it was hard enough to come up with 30 meaningful topics this time), yet I'll always have this month to look back on. I'm gay. I'm Christian. I'm a singer. I'm competitive. I'm silly. I'm a foodie. I'm Lutheran. I'm nerdtacular. I'm all of these things and more. And I'm proud. #pridemonthchallenge #pride #pridemonth #pridemonth2017 #pride2017 #pride🌈 #lgbtpride #gay #gaychristian #faithfullylgbt #instagay #bigpicture #proud #optimist #love
Day 29 of the Pride Month Challenge: I love that I live authentically. I often dance like no one's watching. I'm a pretty terrible dancer. There's a reason I didn't film a video of my moves for all the internet to see, and that's because I didn't want to make anyone go blind. Still, my friends will attest that I dance in public despite my eye-gouging powers. Could I take dance lessons? Sure. Do I care? Not one bit. To me, that's what dancing is all about: feeling the music while being authentically myself. I shouldn't care what other's think of me when I'm not doing anything wrong. I've owned this hoodie-vest for years, and I haven't worn it in public, for fear of ridicule. I've struggled to find outfits to make it work. The thing is, I like the hoodie-vest. It's a mix of classy and casual. And I've been afraid to wear it. Thanks to this photo shoot, I've found at least one outfit that works with it, and I'm proud to show it off. If only I dressed myself like I dance.......never mind, that WOULD be terrible. #pridemonthchallenge #pridemonth #pridemonth2017 #pride🌈 #pride2017 #vest #rainbow #tie #authentic #instagay #gay
Day 28 of the Pride Month Challenge: I love my body. The purpose of this challenge is to find 30 things that I love about myself. It hasn't been easy, yet it's all too easy to come up with 100 things I hate about myself. Many of those things are physical imperfections. The LGBTQ community has a constant battle over body image. We constantly compare ourselves to others. If you don't have a six-pack, chiseled jaw, and perfect head of hair, you are made to believe that you aren't worthy of love. We let rejection in dating turn into self-hatred. We look in the mirror and only see what we hate about ourselves. I've thought all these things about myself. I know they're not true, but my self-esteem is fighting a culture of judgement, and the worst critic is myself. I love my body, but I struggle to remember this. Even though I embrace my sexuality as God's creation, I too often fail to accept my own flesh and bones. I'm taking this challenge to look at myself more positively, to find at least 30 things to be proud of and to love myself just as I am. I need to remember, as Lady Gaga puts it, that I was born this way. I love my body, but not for you people hidden behind a profile picture, nor for you people I see across the bar. I love it for me. I love my imperfections: my unsymmetrical face, my birth marks, my stomach. I love my height, my smile, and how my hair (usually) does what I want it to. I don't need your validation to love these things, only my own. This is the real challenge: to give myself the freedom to love myself and ignore my own negativity. As Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." #pridemonthchallenge #pridemonth #pridemonth2017 #pride #pride2017 #bodypositive #body #bodypositivity #gay #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtpride #faithfullylgbt #instagay #loveyourself #lovemyself #bornthisway
Day 27 of the Pride Month Challenge: I'm proud of my roots. I'm the lil nug on the right. I grew up in the heart of the Midwest in a Chicago suburb with my older brother and sister. I was in one of those picturesque neighborhoods with matching houses, perfectly trimmed lawns, and moms driving their children to and from the latest soccer game or dance practice. I grew up in the shadow of Chicago, frequently visiting the city and the museums it had to offer. Only minutes away from home, and I could also drive and find myself in the middle of nowhere surrounded by cornfields. They have corn festivals every year, with the absolute best corn on the cob you've ever tasted, and each fall, I would set out to brake the record time on a local corn maze. I was spoiled by the local food: the sweet corn, the tender BBQ ribs, Portillos hot dogs, Giordanos deep dish pizza, and Italian beef sandwiches. Nothing can match it. Growing up in the Midwest taught me to be down-to-Earth, but also to never lose my optimism. It taught me to reach outside of the cookie-cutter life, and to strive for individualism. It taught me never to settle for monotony, yet to also be thankful for the little things that remind me of home. And so now I live in North Carolina, waiting for the day when Portillos finally expands eastward, and I can get my Chicago dog anytime. And I hope it's soon, cause I crave it. #pridemonthchallenge #pridemonth #pridemonth2017 #pride #home #midwest #growingup #midwestlife #chicago #chicagodog #deepdishpizza #suburbia
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