When God created you, He deposited in you everything that you need in order to fulfill your calling. He gave you the desire and the ability. He equipped you with gifts and talents. No dream is too big. No challenge is too great.
What happens a lot of times is that people don’t recognize what’s been placed within them because at first it seems subtle. The gift may not be evident in the beginning. It starts out in seed form. But just like planting a seed and tending to it will help it grow and develop fruit, when you tend to the seeds inside of you, they will begin to produce. How do you tend to the seeds? By reading, studying and meditating on the Word of God. By following His commands and keeping Him first place in your life.
Always remember, even if you aren’t clear about God’s direction for your life, when You put Him first place, He promises to lead and guide you. As you draw close to Him, as you gain knowledge of Him, His power gives you everything that you need!
Bringing Manhattan Beach’s Pier to Life with @petehalvorsen
Since he first moved to Manhattan Beach, California, Pete Halvorsen (@petehalvorsen) has been photographing the city’s nearly century-old pier. “I took my first Instagram photo of the pier on February 4th, 2011 (using the Apollo filter!). Two plus years and 200+ photos later, this pier and I have a real relationship.”
Jetting 928 feet (283 meters) out into the Pacific Ocean, the concrete structure—the oldest on the West Coast—is a hub for southern California Instagrammers who document its octagonal aquarium, the seagulls that flutter past and the surfers below. “In Manhattan Beach we don’t have your traditional “City Center,” we have our pier. It is our meeting place,” Pete explains. He even created the #pierpressure hashtag series as an ode to his favorite subject.
Now with Video on Instagram, Pete has been able to capture movements and sounds at the pier. “Instead of wondering if that surfer made it or how the waves sound crashing against the pier, we can watch these moments unfold. Just as Instagram has fine-tuned my eye as a photographer, video will allow me to share these same stories with more personality and depth.”
To tune in to Pete’s daily pier musings, be sure to follow his videos and photos @petehalvorsen.
Instagrammers Capture Protests in Brazil
Thousands gathered in Brazil’s largest cities starting over the weekend and running through tonight to protest what started as a fight against bus-fare increases and has evolved into one of the biggest movements since the nation’s military dictatorship ended in 1985. Protesters are voicing frustration about a variety of issues, including inflation, government corruption, tax rates and the cost and delays associated with next year’s World Cup soccer tournament.
In São Paulo, thousands took to Avenida Paulista to march and wave Brazilian flags. In Rio de Janeiro, marchers stormed Avenida Rio Branco. In Brasilía, protesters danced atop the roof of the Congresso Nacional. To view more photos, visit the #vemprarua and #protestorj hashtags.
The Art of the Post with @nasyakopteva
To see more of Nasya’s beautiful post creations, follow her on Instagram @nasyakopteva.
Nasya Kopteva (@nasyakopteva) made her first mail artwork at the age of five. “My grandmother let me paint old Soviet envelopes. In those opened envelopes, I saw small houses and added doors, windows, fences and whole rooms inside. When I remember those post cities, I feel happiness. What wonderful things an open-minded child can create!”
Nasya still makes mail art today but sends the letters to just one recipient, her friend Sasha. “We exchange painted post stories and try to surprise and delight each other.” Nasya and Sasha share some of their most beautiful creations on their blog (www.fishmailart.com) and on Instagram. “I am a completely visual person. For me, Instagram is the most convenient way to freeze moments and share visual information–energy, feelings and beauty—with others who are in search of it.”
Join the Instagram Team — We’re Hiring!
We are currently hiring extraordinary people who want to help design, build and scale Instagram. Since we launched in 2010, we’ve grown to a community of over 100 million people who share more than 40 million photos each day. We’ve been able to do this with an incredibly small team — today just 35 people — who live and breathe Instagram, and we’re looking for folks who are just as passionate to join us.
Since we’ve joined Facebook, we’re often asked how we think about hiring. For us, we get the best of both worlds. We operate like a startup, where we manage our product and business strategy, our infrastructure and design decisions, as well as our work with the community. But we get to plug into the talented teams of people at Facebook who have developed deep expertise in areas like spam, security, partnerships and operations.
We’re looking for all types of people, whether you’re an iOS or Android engineer, a designer, or a specialist in scaling our back-end technologies to keep Instagram fast and reliable. We’ve also been fortunate to find amazing people directly from the Instagram community. For example, Tyson Wheatley (@twheat), who has hosted several InstaMeets in Hong Kong, has joined our Communications team, and Chris Connolly (@chrisconnolly), who has shared stunning photographs on Instagram since the week we launched, has joined our Design team. We’d love to find more folks like Tyson and Chris who believe in Instagram’s potential to change the world for the better and would love to hear your story.
The most accurate portrayal of hair in Disney history.
What I look like in the morning! Hahah