Michelle Albino
(@belleoftheball608)

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Zumba fitness lover, curly girl, Catholic, ? mama, wife, PCOS warrior, miscarriage survivor, ?mama, extroverted introvert, lover of life!

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My best friend and I went on a walk tonight. The weather was perfect. Mid-70s. Not at all humid. Enough of a breeze to keep the mosquito hordes at bay. We successfully avoided other dogs on our path, sometimes requiring extra steps, crossing the street, or changing our route suddenly. It was such a gorgeous evening, we didn't even mind. Parker and I haven't been the walking-est of duos because of his less than stellar behavior when encountering other pooches whilst on leash, but lately....he hasn't been feeling great...and it's like all of a sudden he's aging before my eyes. I can almost see it happening and it makes me so sad. It makes me worry. It makes me realize that our time together is very likely much shorter than I wish it were. My heart already aches. So, I'm trying to make him happy, and get to do things, and feel all my love before he can't anymore. I love him so much. My sweet little misfit...with a heart of gold. #mybestfriend #myfurbaby #ourtimetogetherisgrowingshorter #seniorpet #dogsofinstagram #dogsofmadison #heartbeatatmyfeet #doingallthethings #whilewestillcan #petswillalwaysbreakyourheart #ihopeheknowshowmuchilovehim #sunset #goldenhour #nofilter

Happy (saint) name day to me! St. Mary Magdalene is the saint who's name I took on my baptism into the Catholic Church 5 years ago. Today is her feast day. Hooray! #catholic #catholicconvert #stmarymagdalene #saintname #saintnameday #nameday #babycatholic #growinginfaith

Coconut cupcakes flavored coffee by @doorcountycoffee filling a cute coffee mug, pan dulce from La Concha, and a biography about a person I have found fascinating since my girlhood. For me, this is morning done right. #morningdoneright #hotcoffee #flavoredcoffee #doorcountycoffee #coconutcupcakes #pandulce #laconcha #lauraingallswilder #prairiefires #biography

This guy. My old man. My fur kiddo. Even @kongcompany toys cannot withstand the force behind his chomping teeth. That lovely purple bone makes crinkly noises when chewed on (which Parker loves!) but he put tooth holes in it within minutes of getting it the first time and one end is cracked. Dang doggo. No toy is immune to his pointy choppers. Also, isn't he handsome? 😍 #kong #kongcompany #kongtoys #powerchewer #parkerthedestroyer #furkiddo #dogsofinstagram #dogsofmadison #handsomefella #mybestfriend

I miss this little nugget so much that my heart just aches... 3 months already without you. Can't believe it's already been that long. I miss you so much Chiquin... my little chiquito. #grief #griefhasnotimelimit #petloss #chihuahua #brokenheart #soulmatedog #therewillneverbeanotheryou #missyoualways #loveyouforever

ZIN jam session - Reggaeton style today with the beautiful and talented ZJ Ria Martin! @thiszlife Even though I'm sure I had my serious face 😐 on sometimes (cause that's my concentration face), I had a really good time. I think my favorite song was the last one and it was fun to see and dance with some Zumba friends. It's been a pretty stressful time at Casa Albino lately, so being able to let loose and dance for a few hours was just what my soul needed. Thanks for coming to Wisconsin, Ria. You are the best. And thank you, also, for sharing your story. It touched my heart. You are one strong and inspiring woman. #zumba #zinjamsession #reggaetonjamsession #teamdestroza #riasdivas #zincommunity #zumbacommunity #zumbafitness #zumbafriends #zumbafamily #iamzin #plussizezumbainstructor #plussizefitness #bopofitpro #fitfatty #shakewhatyourmamagaveya #zumbawisconsin #danceismyhappyplace #plussizedancer

Bath time for el carrito! I did not always treat my old car the best. That won't happen with this one! 💙💙💙💙 #bubbles #carwash #elitecarwash #kwiktrip #dodgeavenger #bluestreakpearl

She asked. I said yes! I'm going to be matron of honor when my little sister Autumn gets married!! Turns out she's not so young anymore after all. Sometimes hard for a big sister to remember (or accept!) I am so happy she has found someone to share her life with. A partner with whom to walk along life's path. And heaven help him if he does her wrong because she has got a whole army of us who love her and have no chill. 😉 #448days #october32020 #mylittlesisterisgettingmarried #thecolorisred #matronofhonor #bridesmaidproposal #bridesmaid #teambride #bridesquad

First harvest! 3 Serrano peppers, 4 jalapeños. They're already swimming in a pot of hot water with two tomatoes and will soon be salsa! #gardeningbeginner #firstharvest #amateurgardener #apartmentgardening #patiogarden #containergardening #vegetablegarden #serrano #jalapeno #salsapicosa #salsagarden #gardentotable

Tired of doubting myself. Tired of talking myself out of things I want because I've convinced myself that they're "not for me" or that I'm not enough. What harm is there in just going for it? Going after what I want? Sure, everything may not work out the way I would hope, but at least I will have tried. Tomorrow morning, I'm going for it. It may not work out, but I'll never know unless I put myself out there. #justgoforit #takethatleap #chaseyourdreams #youwontknowuntilyoutry #iwasmadeforbiggerthings #madeforgreatness #iamenough #jobopportunity

Yesssss! #repost @bloomfittraining (@get_repost) ・・・ ‼️YOUR BODY IS NOT YOUR BUSINESS CARD‼️ . Amazing trainers, coaches, and instructors come in ALL shapes, sizes, and abilities! . “Fit” is not a shape or size. “Fitness” is not about the way you look or even what your body can do, it’s about connecting with and caring for your body and experiencing the joy in movement - however that looks for you. . Likewise, a fitness professional’s job is not about their own appearance and physical ability. It is about helping their clients and students connect with and care for their bodies and experience the joy in movement - however that looks for them. . You do not need to look a certain way in order to be good at your job! In fact, OWNING your unique characteristics, strengths, limitations, and quirks just demonstrates to your clients that fitness is truly for everyone, including them! . When we become perfectionistic about our own bodies and are hard on ourselves for not looking “fit enough” we aren’t just hurting ourselves. We are essentially acting as gate keepers and sending the message that only people with the “right” types of bodies belong in fitness. Is that really the message we want to be sending to the people we are trying to help? . If we want the fitness world to be a more inclusive place, we can start by making sure we are always fully including OURSELVES in our own fitness spaces and experience. Because by doing so, we invite everyone else to join us - differences, “flaws,” “imperfections,” and all 🌸

This @colourpopcosmetics BFF volumizing mascara in 'Blue Ya Mind' is my new favorite. Yes. It's blue mascara. And it's magical. The cashier at Culver's this afternoon couldn't stop looking at it and even paid me a nice compliment. 😁 Nevermind she was about 14. Either way, I'll take it. #playingmakeup #bluemascara #colourpop #bffvolumizingmascara #blueyamind #colorfulpersonality #ilovebrightcolors #lifestooshortforboringmakeup #liveoutloud #unapologeticallyme

There is beauty all around. Slow down. Open your eyes. Appreciate the little things. These flowers and their bright colors captured my fancy today. Just gorgeous. All different colors, shapes, sizes, fragrances, and yet all equally beautiful in their own ways. Just like people. We are all our own kind of beautiful. And that....is beautiful. 💖🌼🌻🌺🌹🌸🌷🌱🌵🌾🍄#naturalbeauty #flowers #zinnia #tigerlily #beyourowntypeofbeautiful #diversityisbeautiful #allshapesallsizesallbeautiful #slowdown #enjoythesimplethings #madisonwi #jamesmadisonpark #summerinmadison

🇺🇸 #repost @rachel.cargle (@get_repost) ・・・ 🇺🇸

I did not take many pictures at J Lo's show last night. Once the house lights went down, the stage lights went allllllll the way up, and Jennifer descended from the ceiling on a glittering chandelier and the party started it became clear that my little camera was not going to be able to capture the moments like I would want. So, I just put the phone away and enjoyed the show. Dancing, scream singing, and smiling so hard my face almost fell off. There was one moment when Jen's daughter, Emme, came out and sang with her mom. So sweet. But the way Jennifer looked at her baby with such love...made me a bit teary. Toward the end of the show, there was also a moment when the crowd just erupted with applause and screams of appreciation and love and Jennifer just stood there thanking us and soaking it all in and you could see, thanks to the video on the big screens, that she was getting teary eyed. Which then made ME get teary all over again. Ugh! This show was just amazing. She was amazing. Her singing, her dancing, the sets, her outfits (omg, the outfits! So sparkly, so sexy, so glittery!!!), the thought that obviously went into every part of the production.... phenomenal. She's a powerhouse. A woman that's been working hard at her dreams since the beginning and now she's living them. and even now that she has achieved such success, you can tell she really does still feel like she's just "Jenny from the block." She inspires me in so many ways and I am so happy I was able to experience her concert. Thank you, @jlo , for coming to @summerfest !! You are beyond words amazing and I love you. Happy birthday! Your party was off the hook!! #jenniferlopez #jlo #itsmyparty #itsmypartytour #jennyfromtheblock #worldofdance #beautifulsoul #mireina #summerfest #sheinspiresme #youcanbeanything #justputyourmindtoit

Garden update! I'm obsessed with my Cempasúchiles. They look amazing this year! The peppers and tomatoes are taking off, but still nothing on the tomatillo plant. No big surprise there. Nothing ready to harvest yet, but soon, I think! #garden #gardeningbeginner #apartmentgardening #patiogarden #containergardening #vegetablegarden #flowerpots #jalapeno #serrano #romatomatoes #cempasúchil #cempasuchil #africanmarigolds #diademuertos #diadelosmuertos #flordelosmuertos

Loretta Bates, my favorite ZES ever, throwing down the truth bombs. This could not be more timely. Thank you for your insight as always! #repost @lorettabates (@get_repost) ・・・ “You’re so selfish.” “What?!?!” I admit, I was a little taken aback , and slightly offended. “You are being selfish, and depriving the world of all that you have to offer.” I had just finished explaining to a dear friend about a situation where a company had asked a panel of people that I was on our opinion about about a situation. Everyone in the group agreed, except for me. Mine was the only dissenting opinion. I shared it once briefly, but everyone ignored it and moved on. So I stayed quiet for the rest of the time. “But I thought I was being humble...not forcing my opinion on them, and honoring the rest of the team.” “That’s not humility, “ he told me. “That’s selfish. Based on what you’ve told me, I would have much rather gone with your idea, but they never had that option because you shut yourself down before they had a chance to consider it.” After much thought, I realized what he said was actually true. I shut myself down because I thought what I had to say didn’t matter. My own insecurity stopped me from sharing how I really felt, and backing up my opinion as one that was valid. I was depriving the company of my knowledge and experience because of my insecurity disguised as humility. It was selfish. I was thinking of myself and my feelings, not how I could benefit the company overall. I did not value my gift and opinion enough to share it with the world. Who you are, and what you have to offer is unique. There is no one else who has your particular set of skills, experience, and knowledge. So next time you find yourself internally shutting yourself down because of insecurity, or feeling like it is the more humble way of behaving, remember to not to be selfish. Freely share yourself and all of your gifts and talents with the world. That’s why YOU are here! #mondaymotivation #inspiration #dontbeselfish #what #howcouldyousaythat #falsehumility photocred: @danilo8uttazzo

New bikini. Who dis? 😉 Today I give exactly zero effs about what anyone else thinks about me, my body, or what I choose to dress it with. That sentiment is definitely not true of every day. Body image is definitely variable moment to moment, but today....I am killing it. #healingbodyimage #bodyimage #bodyimageissues #bodyimagemovement #fatkini #iwearwhatiwant #selfacceptance #selfcompassion #selfconfidence #selflove #bodyacceptance #bodycompassion #bodyconfidence #bodylove #bodyneutrality #plussize #plussizezumbainstructor #plussizefashion #plussizebikini #curvygirl #curvaceous #proudofwhoimbecoming #mentalhealing #rewiringmybrain #goddoesntmakemistakes #worthy #perfectjustasiam #takemetothebeach #thirtyfine #swimsuitsforall