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A l y s s a E x p ó s i t o
Bio American made w/ Cuban parts | motivator in movement | creator of community | writer of truths | masters in physiology ✨ 📩firstname.lastname@example.org
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Let’s get intimate...#wednesdaygotwords a piece of my heart I wrote on piece of paper.// He was the kind of man that believed in scriptures more than his own self....and I couldn’t blame him. It’s easier to be guided with direction than to take route on your own. I’m sure it made him dream of reclaiming the things he lost long ago. He had a way of believing the ghost ships could be resurrected with the same buoyancy. Man, was he a believer. I admired that about him. I loved that about him. He had a way of turning his reckless abandon into a reality and justifying each action by bringing the verses to life, or at least, making sense of them. He is the kind of man that sees people as a prayer in the flesh. I love him for that. 📸 @jeannnes #miami #humpday #journal #home
To the women who have had enough: yes, you deserve better. I guess I’ve been someone who always believes in the greater good in people. As a young(er) woman, I definitely was perhaps a little naive. Maybe it was easier for me to blindly believe the inappropriate language I experienced from men came from the coined phrase “locker room talk.” For a long time I chose to accept the idea that “boys will be boys.” Until, that is, I had a male boss at a cupcake shop where I worked part-time tell me a client referred to me as the “cute little chick with the big tits.” The same male boss who has daughters and a wife. Working for a business that was founded and operated by his wife, I felt very uncomfortable to not only work late nights with him, but also to face her without the shame that was knowing her husband felt compelled to tell me a “client” described me in that way. In my head, I justified the dissonance of knowing this comment was not appropriate and continuing to work at the shop by placing the blame on that nameless client and not on my boss. But as I spoke to co-workers, the common consensus was that none of them felt comfortable around our boss, especially when he would question, for example, any sort of our outspokenness with things like, “Are you on your period?” After that, what I knew was wrong could no longer be justified by the narrative I created in attempt to block out the disturbance in my physical world. You see, I think that’s something humans do: we actively meet resistance or discomfort by trying to distort or devolve the experience itself. What we know to be wrong is made right because we simply do not want to face (or it’s too painful to face) the absurdity. Society has done a very good job at perpetuating this cognitive dissonance, especially with regard to the narrative women have with things like harassment (in all its forms). When faced with an incredibly uncomfortable or inappropriate situation, we have become experts at rationalizing it to create the illusion of comfort. I think the time is up on that, because we deserve better. But finally, we seem to be in the midst of a radical movement where women are no longer reconciling...
I will miss @kelvingary who will not only listen, but provide commentary “that’s weird” 😂 to my most transparent conversations on things most men find very uncomfortable hearing- periods and PMS. I’m tired of feeling hesitancy about my body and what comes along with it. It’s nature and natural and without it you wouldn’t exist. Ya feels, @sawyergreenberg #endthestigma - - - - #period #pms #nyc #fitness #transparency #betrue #staygold #gritandgrace #mybody #mybusiness #keepitreal #fridayflexfriday #fridaze
“Nothing heals us like letting people know our scariest parts: When people listen to you cry and lament, and look at you with love, it's like they are holding the baby of you. “ @annelamott I get anxious in crowds. My attention to every detail has been both a blessing and a curse. I use to wonder if one could feel too much all at once. So, as to not feel the claustrophobia of my emotion, I would distract myself and “keep busy.” It’s an incredibly lethal and effective way to mask what is really going on inside. A huge part of me did not want to come to terms that there are times I need to become a shell of myself. In fact, I learned it’s actually very easy for me to. Which could be hard for me to explain and even harder for some to understand, especially to those who say I have such “great energy.” Perhaps I do have “great energy” because I protect and conserve mine very well. Sometimes I feel like that can be a negative thing because it can happen quite immediately. I can outstretch myself in all kinds of ways and sustain all kinds of highs, but I can’t deny that I do reach for that recluse in me. I know this place has a way of hurting others because part of that means I create the distance. But mostly because my solitude has been a holy space for my spirit(energy) to reset and recharge. I know that may sound like some self-care bullshit for those who don’t understand the sacred space of having no extra stimulus which often, more times than not, lends itself to autopilot thinking. And that’s ok. I don’t need these people renting out free space in my head. But for me, the temporary solitude allows me to sit with conscious thought and if I allow, my imagination. So when people say “you have such great energy” it’s because I return to stillness... and sweets, there’s a lot of strength in that. The first step in loving yourself is knowing how to take care of yourself and the best way, looks different on everyone. 📸 @photoherby
Remember that the same feet that propel you forward are the same feet that can take two steps back. They also allow you to step OUT of someone’s way and give you space to step IN to your lane. It’s necessary to change directions. ⚡️👣 - - #nyc #fitness #fitfam #gritandgrace #strongwomen #smallbutmighty #ladybeasts #drills #resistance #speed #agility #turf #tuesday #staygold #gritandgrace #football #cognition #backtocenter #agilityladder #agility #footwork #changedirections
good morning ☀️ don’t be shy when it comes to counting your blessings and expressing the gratitude you have for them.
moving /‘mōōviNG / adjective 1. to be in motion 2. producing strong emotion, In essence, the notion of “moving” evokes some sort of change whether physical or emotional. Because life isn’t linear, it forces us to evaluate what we need, what we want, and what are our true priorities. I live by relentlessly editing. I have never been incredibly fixed on something. I try to remain living as dynamic as possible. I like to challenge, provoke, and question aspects of my life as to never remain stagnant. NYC has given me the most difficult and beautiful 5 years of my life, thus far. I have worked in an industry I never thought I would’ve, I have outstretched myself beyond anything I thought I was capable of. I have grown into such a confident, self-assured, and strong woman. I have come across the most interesting, diverse, immensely talented and intelligent human beings, some of which, I now call friends. Leaving everything I knew for the unknown, all by myself was the scariest and most exciting things I have ever done. To think I only intended to be here to complete my masters degree, but instead, dived into experiences I never would’ve imagined. It’s bittersweet to say that I will be taking all of these experiences back to my city, my home, back in Miami. I am incredibly excited for the opportunities that I have created for myself back at home and to be closer to my family, BUT I am saddened of all the things I will be leaving behind. Luckily for me, NYC will not be going anywhere so it won’t ever be a goodbye but more of a “see you soon.” I have a month and a half left in the big Apple and I intend to bite every last bit of it. To the families I have created here at both @upliftstudios and @bodyspacenyc thank you for always giving me a home away from home. And to my closest of friends who have stuck by me to inspire and motivate me, I cannot wait until you come visit me for some real fun in the ☀️☀️☀️ All the love, and all the light. 📸 @jeannnes - - - - #nyc #miami #moving #nextsteps #staygold #gritandgrace