Date night: me & a half-dozen donuts
@cats_the_mewvie made me make myself cry 😭 (an honest first-watch reaction ) Everything about my life today is thanks to Pudge. From the friends I have, to the work I do, my art, my hobbies, all the way to who I am at my core. I got Pudge at the lowest time in my life... a time when I was too depressed to even eat. I had lost a lot of weight and had no passion for life. Cute little baby Pudge changed all of that for me. She inspired me to start taking photos again. When she started to become famous, I poured my passion for graphic design into designing merchandise for her fans. She kept my mind busy and filled my heart with happiness. All of a sudden people were wanting to interview me & photograph me... and I wasn’t ready. It was scary - and it still is scary - but I’ve become more confident being in front of the camera because of Pudge. Without Pudge, I would have never gotten to know @eomidi , who was running @cats_of_instagram at the time and asked if I’d like to help out. Without Pudge, I would have never met some of my most loved friends. Without Pudge, I just simply wouldn’t be who I am today and I am so thankful for her, and for all of you on the internet that have been a part of it. Pudge & I have done a lot of interviews along the way, and honestly... I still haven’t watched the majority of them. @miewah & @clairefrlnd of @goodhumanprods were hands down the best, most fun interviewers I’ve ever encountered. This was such a happy day for me and I’m so thankful to have been a part of this film! ❤️ @netflix #cats_the_mewvie #pudgethecat
2019 has been a year of amazing experiences, coupled with some incredibly trying moments — like being stranded in Canada and going through biopsies. The year of bitter-sweet. The year of happy loneliness. The year of putting my health first. Thankful for everything the exciting & difficult has taught me. Thankful for those that helped me through. Thankful to have been there for others. ❤️
Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with Cervical Dysplasia and have been making soups as a part of a Chinese Medicine food therapy practice for both my HPV virus and the edema (water retention & bloating ) I consequently have issues with. More detailed info to come in a blog post soon!
One of my first days in Thailand was spent on a boat on the shores of Monkey Beach. Swipe through to see where I ended up... with Thai police 🙊 Apparently we needed a permit, but @pookie_n ’s mom talked the police out of it and told them I was “Hollywood Star” — she then spent the rest of our vacation introducing me as Hollywood 🌟
Salted egg yolk explosion 😩😭 Sound on for the most hilarious noise My poor @daily_sleeper dress 😞
Poolside in Phuket
Island flowers are my most favorite 🌸🌼 Headed back to the city to spend the rest of my trip in Bangkok. Any suggestions? I’m ready to eat all of the street foods 🤤
Found a hat on Phi Phi island that perfectly matched my dress and the scenery 🌼🌼🌼
Cats of Phi Phi Island — Made an unexpected discovery today that Phi Phi Island is ruled by cats. Almost every store in the market had a cat sleeping at the entry. At lunch, we shared a chair at our table with a sleeping cat we didn’t want to disturb. Apparently, there are only 4 dogs on the entire island. Back in Phuket tonight!
Hello, from Monkey Beach in the Phi Phi Islands 🙊 After 30 hours spent traveling, we hopped on a few more boats today to make our way to Phi Phi island. Headed back to Phuket & and on to our 3rd hotel tomorrow
Leaving for Thailand tomorrow! Been hitting the gym morning & night while also working at @youthtothepeople during the day. I haven’t had much time in the morning before I need to get to work, which is why I’ve been splitting up my workouts into a weight training session & a cardio session.
Halloween costume came late 🤷🏻♀️ Was actually gonna lift weights at my gym’s costume contest in this... Guess I know what I’m dressing up as next year #leeloodallas
Also on that roll of film I recently developed, were photos from the @youthtothepeople launch party and these photos I took of the adorable embroidered pouch I came home with. We hosted 2 big events that weekend and I was officially welcomed to the YTTP team with lots of yelling by the rest of the team to join all the group shots. This pouch will always be a reminder of that weekend 💚 Thankful to be a part of such an amazing team 💚 Many of you want to know my skincare routine, so I’m working on some videos to share that with you. I believe in a simple routine, which is why I genuinely love my YTTP products. But, I don’t always have a consistent routine. I switch up the products I use depending on what my skin needs. What are some of the things you’d like me to answer about skincare? Shot on my Minolta SRT201 - Kodak Portra 400
Awkward eye contact at the film counter when picking up this roll... This Minolta went everywhere with me in high school — my senior photo was even a mirror selfie with it. I’ve decided to start bringing it back along my travels. I learned photography on this camera — a thrift store find after a photography lesson from my dad on his own Minolta cameras. I wanted to be like him... . For every new hobby I wanted to start, my dad always had something tucked away in the basement to help teach me. From cars to photography to the time I wanted to be in a rock band.... every hobby was also inspired by him; all the things he knew how to do that I thought made him so cool. . ––— Minolta SRT201 Kodak Portra 400
You can’t tell from this angle, but this is 425lbs 😭 Three years ago, on my dad’s birthday I walked into a gym for the first time. Every year on his birthday I like to see how much stronger I’ve gotten. I’ve never hip thrusted this much weight before and I could have easily done more. I feel stronger than I’ve ever been lately: physically and mentally. I think it’s because I’ve been focusing on really nourishing my body in my diet lately. I shared a bit of my backstory in an IGTV video and tried to articulate how I feel like nourishing one area of yourself – mind, heart, body – helps to bring harmony to other areas where you feel lacking. Tap the IGTV video title to read a summary of what I was trying to say. Do you want to hear more rambling from me in the future? What do you want to know about? — This height is a bit low for me, since the boxes at the new NE @loscampeonesgym are still so fresh & stiff; two stacked is slightly too tall for me. But it made this kind of feel like something between a hip thrust and a bridge. Whatever the case, I could have kept going up in weight and this height felt really great on my hamstrings & glutes; less of my quads trying to come into play. Less range of motion in the lower part, but that doesn’t really matter with my style here since I’m not maintaining tension.
*literally goes out once every full moon*
Had my fun in the Elite Suite while it lasted
Morning light in the Elite Suite at Bluefin Bay I accidentally ended up in for a night. This sight made me think of something the boy I nanny asked me recently when we were on a “special date”. Out of the blue he asked, “Doesn’t it make you sad that it’s just you and Pudge?” His question cut deep, made me tear up, but I coolly responded, “Yeah, it would be nice if someone else were here.” — I shared this in my stories this morning as the feeling came over me: it would be nice if someone else were here. But there’s still more... he replied to me, “but you have your neighbors to remind you of your Dad”. To him, neighbors are friends and, although we’ve never talked about how my Dad isn’t here any longer, he somehow seems to understand it intuitively. We weren’t talking about my Dad at the time. It was something he brought up on his own. His thoughts always impress me. — September brings my dad’s birthday, the anniversary of the day he drove me all the way to Chicago to pick up baby Pudge, and tomorrow: my sisters wedding. I miss my Dad. I miss Pudge who couldn’t come with on this trip. I feel very alone, yet I’m so happy and fulfilled and inspired all at the same time. Just wanted to share ❤️
Film from dinner after CatCon, when I finally had the time to eat something other than hotel apples 🍎
Currently in LA helping my good friends at @youthtothepeople gear up for a launch party this evening 🙌🏻 A few months ago, I was invited out to their new DTLA headquarters for this shoot with their new Kombucha Toner — and I couldn’t have felt more honored, proud and amazed to be a part of it. @jlurves & @gregarthur_ are my very best friends that I came to know through cats (thanks @macchacat & @superhirocat ! ) and it’s been so amazing watching these two humans and YTTP grow from their little Santa Monica apartment to their new, gorgeous headquarters in the Arts District. I’ve been a fan & supporter of YTTP since their beginning days and I can’t wait to see what their entire team have to come next. So proud of you, Jamie, Greg, and all of YTTP! 💚 Shot by @oro .creative Hair/makeup @thethingsnstuff Set design @hazelbyhurst