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  • Today marks exactly 19 years since my family and I made arguably the most impactful decision to date — moving to America via winning the visa lottery. A lot has changed since then, both in my personal life and in, well, America, but through all of it, one constant remains — the gratitude I have for a life so, so different than what was waiting for me had we stayed in Albania.

    I once read that we play two critical lotteries in our lives, to no choice of our own — the parents we are born to, and the country we are born in. So much of our life is dictated by the two, and so much of it is often out of our control.

    I find it (annoyingly) easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life, to move from day-to-day at full speed, seemingly unaware of the many things in my life that would not exist in Albania (or at the very least, would have been much, much harder to attain for someone of my socioeconomic standing, and well, gender): living on my own, driving my own car, receiving a degree from a University, affordable, QUALITY housing and clothing, access to reliable electricity/water, the ability to stand up for what I believe in and having countless platforms to do so, and ultimately being in control of my life and choosing who, what, where and when I spend my time with/on.

    I once read that it’s hard not to love someone once you’ve heard their story. As I sit here today, thinking about the course of my life and the current climate of our country, I resolve to live life through a lense of understanding, compassion and empathy, because no one decides where they’re born; some people just get lucky. -Ina 📸: @shopfetchandco #babeswhohustle
  • Today marks exactly 19 years since my family and I made arguably the most impactful decision to date — moving to America via winning the visa lottery. A lot has changed since then, both in my personal life and in, well, America, but through all of it, one constant remains — the gratitude I have for a life so, so different than what was waiting for me had we stayed in Albania.
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I once read that we play two critical lotteries in our lives, to no choice of our own — the parents we are born to, and the country we are born in. So much of our life is dictated by the two, and so much of it is often out of our control.
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I find it (annoyingly) easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life, to move from day-to-day at full speed, seemingly unaware of the many things in my life that would not exist in Albania (or at the very least, would have been much, much harder to attain for someone of my socioeconomic standing, and well, gender): living on my own, driving my own car, receiving a degree from a University, affordable, QUALITY housing and clothing, access to reliable electricity/water, the ability to stand up for what I believe in and having countless platforms to do so, and ultimately being in control of my life and choosing who, what, where and when I spend my time with/on.
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I once read that it’s hard not to love someone once you’ve heard their story. As I sit here today, thinking about the course of my life and the current climate of our country, I resolve to live life through a lense of understanding, compassion and empathy, because no one decides where they’re born; some people just get lucky. -Ina 📸: @shopfetchandco #babeswhohustle
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  • Going loco for this @fogo 🔥🥩
    #AD
  • Going loco for this @fogo 🔥🥩
#AD
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  • Congratulations to my dear friend and supporter Carlton Jones for his inclusion in the 30th Anniversary Black History Calendar! #jaxpol #ilovejax
  • Congratulations to my dear friend and supporter Carlton Jones for his inclusion in the 30th Anniversary Black History Calendar! #jaxpol #ilovejax
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  • Everything the light touches is MINE. 👑 #KingCannoli *Stair posts were absolutely harmed in the making of this image.
  • Everything the light touches is MINE. 👑 #KingCannoli *Stair posts were absolutely harmed in the making of this image.
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  • Whew! That sunset! #ilovejax
  • Whew! That sunset! #ilovejax
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  • Taking food storage goals up a notch... What do you guys think of this pullout-swivel pantry? 😍
    #WatsonPetro
  • Taking food storage goals up a notch... What do you guys think of this pullout-swivel pantry? 😍
#WatsonPetro
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  • Our #tbt today looks back at a live session we hosted a couple years back with Jimmy Beats. During their session, they performed ‘The Deputy’ and ‘It’s Alright’, both of which are available to watch on our YouTube and IGTV channels. We have some special live sessions in the works for the next few months and can’t wait to share them with you!
  • Our #tbt today looks back at a live session we hosted a couple years back with Jimmy Beats. During their session, they performed ‘The Deputy’ and ‘It’s Alright’, both of which are available to watch on our YouTube and IGTV channels. We have some special live sessions in the works for the next few months and can’t wait to share them with you!
  •  30  1 4 hours ago