extraordinary world

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Moving Forward with Paralympian Beatrice Vio

This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world.

Paralympian Beatrice Vio’s (@bebe_vio) relationship with fencing started at age 5. “It was love at first sight,” says the gold medalist, now 20, from Venice, Italy. In 2008, Beatrice contracted meningitis, which resulted in the amputation of both legs from the knee and both arms from the forearm, with severe scarring to her face and body. “Getting back into fencing was the only thing I had on my mind,” she says. “Some people said it was impossible, but I did it!” Today, Beatrice competes in wheelchair fencing, using a special prosthetic device, created by her father, to hold her foil (a fencing weapon). “In wheelchair fencing, you can’t move backward — you can only attack,” she says. “This is the same thing that you have to do in life, and I always do.”

into the unknown

caught on camera // transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Much of the world’s beauty lies in the tiny little details, the details we so often fail to notice. We marvel at the beauty that lies before us without taking the time to appreciate the infinite small wonders that exist to create it. But if we alter our perspective even in the slightest amount, we can turn the mundane into the exceptional. It can completely change the way we see the world.

here’s to transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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You were on a frequency,
The perfect opposite of me
Though I never needed any proof
To trust the heart that beats inside of you
Only one thing matters
We’re still here, we’re still here…

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Exploring Ethiopia with Photographer Eyerusalem Jiregna

This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world.

Born and raised in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, 23-year-old Eyerusalem Jiregna (@eyerusalem_a_jiregna) knows a thing or two about fast-paced environments. But she also hopes that her photographs might inspire people to pause and look — really look — at the visual wonders that could be waiting around any corner. “I know that people have busy lives,” Eyerusalem says, “but when we’re rushing everywhere, we’re not seeing what’s around us. I want people to appreciate what’s in front of them, and I hope that my pictures can help make that happen.”

While she finds photographing people rewarding, Eyerusalem does find herself photographing women and girls more often than men. “Motherhood in Ethiopia is so significant, and the women here work so hard,” she says. “I want to try to share their stories through my photographs.”

“Being temporary doesn’t make something matter any less, because the point isn’t for how long, the point is that it happened.”
Robyn Schneider, Extraordinary Means

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i. beautiful thing by grace vanderwaal // ii. better together by jack johnson // iii. just one day by mighty oaks // iv. home by edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros // v. wildflowers by tom petty // vi. lovely by tinpan orange // vii. seamless by sabrina carpenter // viii. you and i by ingrid michalson // ix. light the sky by grace vanderwaal // x. that’s what’s up by edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros // xi. the only exception by paramore

listen here

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“I want to share every single one of your sunshines and save them for later. I will tuck them into my pockets so I can give them back to you when the rain falls hard. Friend, I want to be the mirror that reminds you to love yourself. I want to be the air in your lungs that reminds you to breath. When the walls come down, when the thunder rumbles, when nobody else is home, hold my hand, and I promise I won’t let go.”