Friday, June 12, 2015

Life Is with Bri Tejeda

I stumbled upon the Instagram of Bri Tejeda just before Mother's Day. She wrote a post under a photo of her and he beautiful daughters that read:

"Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may have housed their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backwards not carries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable. "// Because Mother's Day has always been a combination of love and loss for me - and tomorrow when I see my daughters, I'll hold them tight, and reaffirm to them that beyond me, they are their own people - capable, wonderful and complete in and of themselves - and in that I find comfort. //

When you find people just through social media, who whole-heartedly speak their truth, you quite literally follow them. Because they are doing something so right, so beautiful, and so authentic to our generation. 

Bri's post aren't about filters, or the right angle. Her posts are empowering, inspiring, about the sometimes messy parts of life and how they become all the more beautiful. She blogs at and it is this one-of-a-kind thing- a retreat from the pursuit of perfection. It's a safe place that celebrates and loves.

She is so encouraging, she celebrates women, mothers, and people everyday. Her daughters are stunning, vivacious spirits. And she is on the blog today, sharing what life is.

I asked if she would do a Life Is... interview for my blog and she agreed. We emailed back and forth and I just kept thinking how so many people bash social media for being too invasive, and it is totally is at times, but if it means once and a while it brings me to people that unconiditionally love, teach, and bring light to the darkness, I'll stay tuned in. 
Here's Bri's Life Is interview. You won't be disappointed. 

1. What do you think the three most important parts of living a meaningful life are?

  1. Be true to yourself. Its something I am forever working towards, and something I am trying to instill in my daughters because of the importance of it. Trusting yourself and your heart will guide you right. 
  2. Appreciation. Waking up in the morning and being aware of the gift you’ve been given, looking around - no matter the circumstances - and finding what there is to be grateful for. It can be your morning coffee, and the ability to enjoy it - it can be the roof over your head, or your kids/family members presence, and so on.. There is a lot in this life to appreciate. 
  3. Commitment. Deciding you want something and following through, no matter the struggle it might entail. Knowing what you find value in and being solid in that. This can stretch to every part of life, and its important. 
2. Who do you look up to?
My daughters. They have taught me more about life than I ever realized - They make me a better person and love me through my flaws. They are my whole heart. 
3. What are three non-essential things that get you through the day? Ex. chocolate, coffee,…
Coffee, my iPhone, and concealer.
4. What does the world need more of?
Understanding.  We all could use a little more well rounding on the things we struggle with understanding - nobody is perfect - but thats why I love some of the new series and contributors coming up on - It fills my craving for better understanding through other peoples personal narrative.

5. What is your personal mission? 
The power of perseverance and hard work. Life will always throw you curve balls - its part of the package - but is how you navigate those things, take ownership of them, allowing it to fit into a life narrative you can be proud of - that makes the difference.
6. Tell about a moment in your life that has shaped your belief system. How did you adjust your view and beliefs after?

I died momentarily when I was 13, I got bucked off a horse and dragged down a hill. It was gruesome at best, and amongst my very serious injuries - I lost my life for a short minute. I remember floating outside of myself, feeling as though I could see from an arial view - I saw my body, bloody and limp and I saw someone screaming “Brianna” - its clear as day in my mind, and it has been since I woke up in the hospital. I’ll never understand what exactly happened or why I have such a clear memory - but it changed the way I lived and understood life. When I was younger I think it made me feel invincible - as if because I survived I was no longer afraid of death - but as an adult it made me aware of the fragile nature in it all. The lives we lead are important and precious, they are meant to be treated gently because they are by nature fragile, for that reason I try not to go to bed angry, I try to remember that even when I'm frustrated I need carry a voice of love, and that at the end of the day - being self aware of the impact of actions and the importance relationship is ideal.

7. What is your favorite quote?
“Exhaust this little moment for soon it dies and be it gash or gold it will not return in this identical disguise.”

8. What would you tell your 10, 15, and 20 year old self?
“Its going to be okay.” My life has been a series of hardships and huge growth spurts. Ive learned a lot, but it didnt come easy. In some of those dark moments where I lost myself, or made poor choices - often self destructive - when I thought I wasnt going to make it, or even barely made it - the hope of surviving kept me going - but the encouragement of being able to look back now, see the experience and know that it shaped me for the better - and that i’m okay - is all I was ever really looking for. I carry that with me now because even though life feels level, there are always trials - things to learn from, and grow from - It gets easier to process but the challenges just change in their appearance.

9. Fill in the blank. Life is…

Life is incredibly rewarding when you live in a truth and light you can be proud of.

1 comment:

  1. I love the concept of "Appreciation" - been thinking about that a lot lately! Great read :)


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