The soft, dulcet sound of my piano is relaxing to me. Among the carnival of noise, the music added an aura of peace. Perhaps that's why I chose to perform at a piano bar, rather than a stage. Or maybe that's a result of my social awkwardness. I enjoy the flamboyant (possibly drunk) people I meet, and occasionally indulge in a few drinks myself. Then, there's this story. The one that keeps me coming back. It started like any other. People twirled and laughed on the dance floor, while I sat at my baby grand, a mask of calm on my face. That's when she approached me. Her hair was the color of oxidized brass, and her blue eyes were wide and innocent, almost the shape of an apple. "Will you sing?" She asked, her smile bright and kind. I stared at her, dumbfounded. I awkwardly examined her for any signs of drunkenness. She stood perfectly straight, her eyes were as clear as a sunny sky, and she didn't stink of booze. In fact, she smelled pleasantly of sassafras. "Um... Well... I-I could...," I stuttered. I had never sung during my career. Not even when I sprained my wrist and could barely play. This was a strange request. "Cool! If you want, I could help." Aaaand it got stranger. Snapping out of my juvenile thoughts, I slowly began to play a song I knew. Somebody to Love, by Queen. She began, and I quietly joined. Soon, we were belting out the song to the sound of my piano while people cheered. Ever since that night, she and I have been famous for our duets. And, not to spark a controversy... But I never knew that two females could fall into love with just one song.
So I started this piece at the beginning of semester, (it was originally a complex figure/portrait), I redid it multiple times, and after much frustration I eventually just gave up on it. For 3 months, it sat at the bottom of a stack of watercolor boards. Today, after not even thinking about it for a very long time, I decided to finish it. Instead of starting back up on the tedious oil paint work, I decided to just have some fun with it. So, I present to you now, the finished product of just having some fun making art. #thatwassolong #imsorry #oilpainting #acrylic #mixmedia #abstractart
To my sisters in Kappa Rho I'd like to say thank you. Thank you for giving me memories that I already know will last a lifetime within such a short period of time. Thank you for sharing the same morals, values, and passions as me. Thank you for putting women in my life that continuously inspire me and many others to work hard and stay humble. But most of all thank you for letting me be a part of something bigger than myself. Chapter of the year is just a title, and of course I wholeheartedly agree that Kappa Rho deserves this, it wouldn't have mattered whether we won or not because in my eyes we will always be chapter of the year. #wow #thatwassolong #andsappy #imdonenow #bye
Dammit my dog poses well with this costume but... Titan looks like it was made for him
| R E J O I C E | though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire may come back to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. // To be completely transparent, I have been praying for my character to be refined. I have many imperfections that I want freedom from. 5 weeks ago while driving in the car I asked God to throw me in the "fire" so as to refine my character, a thought came into my head: "you want to refine your character? Then focus on mine" and so instead of praying for all the things I wanted to improve on, I began saturating myself in HIS character- reading about his patience, passion, and relenting love. I stopped focusing on all the things I hated about myself and instead looked heavenward and trusting him for the process. Through this I began to see how he was shaping my heart. I felt on top of the world and completely sunk in his love. It was then that He took me by the hand and said "are you ready for the fire?" It wasn't until two weeks of fire later that I realized that I was being refined. In the heat of the breakdowns, sleepless nights, and overwhelming stress caused by the dying dog we are dog-sitting, I have never felt closer to my Jesus. Through my situational inconsistencies, he was my only constant. My peace, my encouragement. Today I am in the eye of the storm, a break in the clouds with 5 days of work and impending sadness ahead. But now I have clarity. In the moment it's hard to recognize when God is shaping us, but I just wanted to encourage whoever is reading this to look to him instead of your circumstance. He is faithful and he WILL carry you through this! God is so good. Take heart knowing that Suffering produces character. Don't give up! Draw near to God for he is near to the broken-hearted. Keep pressing into him "for when they have stood the test they will receive the crown of life." I am not excited about the next days to come, yet even though it hurts like hell, even louder I will sing His praise. #thatwassolong #sorrynotsorry #empires #hillsongunited #overcome #evenwhenithurts
👀👀👀PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!! 👀👀👀 This will officially be my first INSTAGRAM #rant 😁 I'll call it my first Casey #getsreal post. 😜 This is NOT a post to proclaim that these bodies are my idea of perfection. NOR is it to bash on these women's figures. Each and everyone of these #models are beautiful and believe me they work HARD for those bodies. I've decided to book a fitness photo shoot with Kristen Loken, an amazing photographer, in May. This has given me a set goal and date to begin a leaning out process. I've been very relaxed with my eating the last few months. I've also been very ON IT and INTENSE with my training and lifting heavier and harder than ever. The results have been that I have now gained almost 20 pounds in 5 months. I am just under 6 feet tall and weigh nearly 180 pounds. My body fat is 18% and in the last 5 months I have gained nearly 14 pounds of muscle. Meaning I have also gained about 6 pounds of fat as well. So what? What's the point? The point is that I will never look like these women and that's ok with me! 😊 they are beautiful and I am beautiful but we are not the same. My goals are not the same as theirs. My goals are not the same as yours. As a health and fitness professional who believes SO STRONGLY in the importance of this industry I encourage you to find your motivation and inspiration in YOURSELF! Not in me, not in them, but you set your own ideals of beauty. Everyone has to do it differently. What you think is beautiful I may not but that's ok! The point is that those of us in the fitness industry are here to pass on our knowledge and support for you to live a little healthier, workout a little more, be a little happier, run a little more, lift a little heavier and get a little closer every day to your goals..... Who needs a Monday?! Here's to my #tgif #goals who's with me??? #getfitwcasey 💁 #thatwassolong
SOOOO THE 102,347TH FITTEST MAN IN THE @crossfitgames OPEN JUST BEAT ME UP MISSION PEAK. I DON'T LIKE TO LOSE, BUT AT LEAST I CAN SAY I LOST TO ONE OF THE BEST. 😉✌️💛 SOMEONE SPONSOR THIS MAN! 💪@macciola #hikingmachine #missionpeak #crossfitoffremont #reebok #bemorehuman #thatwassolong #chynacho #thejonathanmacciola #getsome #crossfit #luckyweliveincalifornia
😬 oh em gee... After being stuck at Brandon's (my son) wrestling tournament for 7 HOURS, Yes 7 hours, I was FAMISHED by the time I got home. I did well during the meet with just a granola bar and a pack of fruit snacks. I had no clue that it would last that long. I will be way more prepared next time!! #weightwatchers #ww #wwohio #wwdiary #weightlossjourney #becauseitworks #wrestling #wrestlingmom #thatwassolong #thoughtiwasgoingtodieofboredom
Randooom selfie because why not.. @xbroken_wingsx #iactuallyhatethatword #selfie #whoevenmadethatup #why #couldyounot #face #blah #kaylyn #hahaihashtaggedyourname #iwonderhowmanykaylynsthereare #outthereintheworldwiththatsamespelling #thatwassolong #omg #lmao #okay #bye
#hugeparagraph #lookout 📖 2013 was a big year for me. January, I dove into modeling, in a skirt outside. ⛄ February, I turned 16! Still no permit. 😁 March, after a year and a half, I didn't feel cared about or respected in my relationship, so I dumped my boyfriend. We shared a lot of friends, but they almost immediately picked sides. Most of my "friends" abandoned me. 😔 April, I was in a dark place. My ex and his friends found it appropriate to call me things in the school hallways and tell others not to talk to me. His best friend is still telling people not to talk to me. I didn't understand what I did so wrong. 😞 May, I fell in love with Rihanna and ANTM. 🎧📺 June, school let out. I was miserable, but I didn't have to see my ex or his hate crew. 😝 They made remarks about me on Facebook, but I ignored them. 😒 July, I was happy again. I also went boating for the first time. 🚤 August was another huge month. I went to Florida, flew on a plane, saw my love-the ocean, went to SeaWorld, and kissed a Dolphin at DiscoveryCove, all for the first time! ✈🌅😚🐬 School started 4 days later. September, I took my favorite photoshoot with my sister. I also met my now boyfriend, and he fills the void I felt in my old relationship. ❤ October was mostly photos. 📷 November was my first studio shoot!😏 December was Christmas, and I got cosmetics! 💅💄💋 I hope 2014 is a great year! 🎉 #Thatwassolong #Iapologize #collage
I think Instagram protocol is becoming sorta "post your fave body part/your most flattering asset," I mean I do it too ha ha, and shit if I had abs then I would be posting those also lol. BUT...I present to you: a compilation of my main focus areas this prep! My "weakest" areas. Related to competing, and per my coach's feedback...here they are! My areas that need the most improvement, presented to you. My lower lats (which are quite interesting to "flex" this way, lol), my quads' outer sweep, and my rear delts 💪. My coach revised my training splits to really focus on improving these areas. I'm working back, shoulders, and legs on their own days, all twice a week. I'm very excited about it. I'm so determined to be the best I can be. To make the most improvements as possible. To maximize my potential. To tackle these improvement areas. We will always have room for improvements. How bout this..I challenge you to post what you're looking to improve the most 😊. Accept improvement and constructive criticism as a challenge and a goal. Feedback is a gift. We will never be perfect, so don't strive to be. I literally sat down with my coach, @shaneheugly, and we took pics of me and I said "ok, now please pick me apart. Assess me." And he did just that. We outline what I should be focusing on. It gave me direction and determination. How can you ever improve if you don't embrace your weaknesses? Soon, those too will become your strong points!!! Open yourself up to being vulnerable. Tackle things out of your comfort zone. DO THE THINGS YOU SUCK AT!!! That is how you'll see improvements!!!
Today was the first time in 19 years that I wasnt able to spend thanksgiving with my family. A big group of friends and I roamed the city for an hour looking for any place at all that was open to eat thanksgiving dinner and wound up eating at the lamest fast food spot of all time. But we all sat down, had the greatest time and brought up that we were lucky and that things could be way worse. We ended the night going to the top of Rockefeller center and here was the view. Though there was no turkey, our families were far away, and the weather was below freezing, we'll never forget how incredible of an experience this whole week has been and how thankful we are. Happy Thanksgiving everyone #thanksgiving #thankful #patnolanphoto #nyc #manhattan #rockefeller #thatwassolong #nikon #newyork