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Ava Duvernay has signed on to direct the film adaptation of the DC Comic series “New Gods.” I’m sure my son would be ashamed that I have no idea what that is, but no matter what she directs, I’m going to go see it! Such a huge fan of this woman’s remarkable work, how she uses her gifts and abilities to positively impact the world around her, and lifts others up along with her as she goes. #avaduvernay #goddess
Bitter disappointments and failure to achieve must not be met with a loss of fortitude, but with renewed strength & knowledge that surviving stumbles is a set up for a come back. Those trying times make us grow. Dreams don’t die, the multiply. They morph into new aspirations and building blocks, bringing us closer to where we need to be. All day long, pair me up with the person who risks failure, learns, and keeps moving forward vs. the one who plays everything safe. Whoever said, “scared money don’t make money,” was right. _____________________ I wouldn’t throw all these cliches at you, but it’s true! We’ve all heard it before, yet how many people are unhappy with their situation and do nothing about it? I’m not calling anyone out, I’ve lived it. It takes a lot to be deeply honest with yourself, to make difficult choices rather than give in to insecurities, and to live a life driven by passion rather than fear.
#TBT to a summer day at the lakefront. A shout out to Detroit, because as always I miss @brattrains when, like today, he travels there to train working dogs. _______________________________ Reminiscing about when my hair was a bit more it’s full self than it is right now. I prefer my hair full. I don’t care as much for specific styles, though I’ve been trying to experiment more. I’d be perfectly content if my hair was in beach vacation mode everyday. It doesn’t bother me a bit if my curls are undefined. Keeping perfect spirals feels too close to my childhood years of trying to make my hair do things it’s not meant to do, like lay flat. Let this hair (and the rest of me) be what it is and do what it do! Not for everyone, but for me, based on my life experiences, it feels liberating. ________________________ I watched #AWrinkleInTime over the weekend and was shocked at the emotional response I had to Meg’s hair. Not only the way it looked, but her interactions with it. I had a deep, gut level, little-girl-inside-who-needs-representation moment. It was one of the many elements of the film that had me emotional and feeling connected. The intro from director Ava Duvernay set me off, and I had a lump in my through the rest of the movie.
Chicago state of mind. This large mural of activist and playwright Lorraine Hansberry is displayed on 51st Street right off King Drive, facing west. ______________________ Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” was the first play produced on Broadway by an African-American woman, and Hansberry was the first Black playwright and at 29, the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. The award winning film version of A Raisin in the Sun was completed in 1961. _________________________ Born and raised in Chicago, 8 year old Hansberry and her family moved to a white neighborhood and were met with violence. The Hansberry family fought all the way to the Supreme Court for their right to live in the neighborhood. The Hansberry’s lost the case, as the court upheld the validity of racially restrictive covenants in American law.
I had a lovely time exploring a new neighborhood with Asa over the weekend. We were in Evanston to get his instrument repaired and had spare time to visit a few little shops and have lunch. Apparently Evanston is quite a novelty for a proud born and bred Chicago kid. ______________________________ There seems to be a specific intensity in time alone with just one parent and one child. Maybe like any other one on one interaction, but amplified by all the dynamics of being related, specifically mother and child. We’re so alike yet so different. These moments together, not doing anything in particular, are everything. I enjoy being mother to my son for tons of reasons, including how he forces me to grow into a better person and more capable parent just to keep up with him. ______________________________ “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, they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house 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 backward nor tarries 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 hands be for happiness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, So He loves the bow that is stable.” by Khalil Gibran