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Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 16, 2017

Growing up in Kampala, Uganda, soccer was the after-school event all the kids looked forward to, says Joel Nsadha ( ). “We just played and played and played.” Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by

Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 15, 2017

For the past 10 years, José Naranja ( ) has filled up notebooks with his adventures and reflections, synthesizing the wealth of the world around him. “Traveling is the best investment I can think of; it is the essence of freedom and being alive,” says José, who’s originally from Madrid. “The planet we’re living on is too interesting to not try to discover it.” Equipped with his essential tools for the road — an assortment of pens, a pencil and eraser, brushes and watercolors — the pages of his notebooks are composed with great purpose and thought. “The goal is to create notebooks where the pages are all related and make a whole, like a mandala,” he says. But even still, José believes the best notebook is the one you make yourself. Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on Photo by

Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 15, 2017

French illustrator Inès Longevial ( ) honors her inspirations, fashion, patterns and cuts in every project. She also believes in the power of sharing her artistic process, often showing pieces that are incomplete or in their infancy. “It’s a way to expose my work,” says Inès, who lives in Paris. “It shows the common thread of my art — the link that operates between painting and drawing, forms and colors. Most of the time, I am not afraid to show my work unfinished, because I think people appreciate sincerity. It forces me to renew myself.” To see more of Inès’s work, check out our Instagram story right now. Photo by

Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 15, 2017

“Life is a tough game, and we can’t get through it alone,” says Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt ( ). After her 17-year-old cousin died by suicide in May 2015, Allison, now 26, decided to raise awareness and open up about her own struggles with depression. “We’re taught from a young age to persevere, and if we keep persevering, we’ll be stronger on the other side. That works in a classroom. It works on the field. It worked in the pool for me. But it’s much bigger than that. I first started getting help in January of 2015. I was at a swim meet two weeks after I had, I guess, dark feelings for the first time. At that swim meet, my teammate and friend Michael Phelps ( ), who’s like a brother to me, noticed that I was not the same old bubbly Schmitty I had always been. He said, ‘I see you’re going through something. You’re not your same self. If you want to talk, I’m — or I can get someone else to talk to you.’ For some reason, at that moment, coming from him, it really resonated with me. I broke down on the pool deck in front of everyone I know, and I admitted that I do need help. I want people to know it’s OK not to be OK. But it’s not OK to isolate. So please, ask for help. It’s OK to ask for help.” Photo by

Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 14, 2017

“There was just this puffin and me,” says Karl Steinegger ( ), of this moment he shared in Dyrhólaey, Iceland, near the Reynisfjara beach rock formations. “He looked at me and I looked at him.” Photo by

Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 14, 2017

“We used to refer to our family as a pop-up family because that’s really what we were,” says , two lesbian moms who originally were emergency foster parents, taking care of children who needed unplanned, short-term care. After fostering “Tiny” and “Sweet,” two brothers who came to their home two years ago as an infant and a toddler, they decided to adopt them. “It is a privilege,” they say of raising their family. “It’s about being this person in the lives of these kiddos who gets to be a part of their process, to guide them and be a part of the wonder that unfolds — to be present for the challenges and work through the stuff that is going to come up.” And the moms are learning from their kids: “They’ve taught us to just slow down and pay attention, and to appreciate them for who they are, for where they come from.” Photo by

Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 13, 2017

French travelers Laura De Menech and Timothé Renaud ( ) captured this bird’s-eye view of a Vietnamese woman waiting for tourists to board her boat. “We like that you can’t see her face because of her traditional conic hat,” they say. Photo by

Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 13, 2017

“Growing up, my mom always had this monster flower garden,” says Grace Lam. She and her four siblings own Fivefork Farms ( ), a fresh-cut flower farm, inspired by their mother’s passion for planting. In 2012, after years of working in finance, Grace was ready for something new and a 38-acre (15-hectare) property in Upton, Massachusetts, provided the perfect opportunity for change. Running a family farm is a lot of work, but everyone has a role and pitches in. “I’m not going to lie,” starts Grace, “it’s hard working with family. But at the end of the day, we’re still a family, and that’s all that matters. We can be honest and open with each other, and we get over things really fast. So, it’s sort of like the old times, just playing outside as kids.” Watch our Instagram story to see how Grace and her siblings are prepping for weekend. Photo of by

Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 12, 2017

Weekend Hashtag Project: There’s no place like home. This weekend, the goal is to celebrate home in all its forms — the people, the places, the things — and what makes them feel special. Here are some tips to get started: Take a portrait of your parents, siblings or the loved ones you grew up with. Work to tell their story in a single photograph. Notice the little details. Whether it’s your mother’s favorite books lined up on the shelf, the table that you’ve eaten dinner around since you were a child or a tire swing in the front yard, consider the specific elements that make it feel like home. Get creative with video to capture the smells, sounds and tastes of your hometown. How can you show what you would otherwise have to be there to experience? PROJECT RULES: Please add the hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week. Featured photo by

Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 12, 2017

“On April 5, 2016, my brother-in-law, Andrew Roberts, took his own life,” explains Luke Ambler ( ). He’s the founder of Andy’s Man Club ( ), a UK-based community that offers men a space to talk about the real issues affecting their lives. “It really upset me that Andrew didn’t speak, and I realized that lots of people are struggling to talk, and no one was offering a safe space. I came up with the idea for a coffee club that came from me and the old man, me dad. We used to meet every Saturday morning. I started thinking: ‘Why couldn’t we turn this into a Monday evening, where guys can come and talk about real stuff?’ Now, we’ve got 11 clubs all across the country, and we’re hoping to expand now across the world. I wish people could understand more of what people are actually going through — not everything is as it seems. If you walk into a coffee shop and someone behind the counter is a bit snappy with you, it’s not because they’re an ignorant or arrogant person. They might just be dealing with stuff. It’s about not taking anything that you can see on the surface and being a bit more compassionate to others, really. We’re all dealing with stuff constantly.” Learn more about how our community is sharing their mental health journeys and supporting one another. (Video link in bio) Photo by

Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 11, 2017

Alongside veteran photographer Q. Sakamaki, Tokyo-based photographer AKO ( ) co-founded , a collective whose members expose the reality behind day-to-day life in the country. Their photography covers difficult, and often underrepresented, societal issues. With a background in graphic design, and as the sole non-journalist in the collective, AKO takes a spontaneous approach to her photography. “I would never go out on the weekend looking to take photos deliberately for Instagram,” she says. “I’d rather just capture a slice of my daily life. If I’m photographing a flower, I wouldn’t buy one, take it back home and display it carefully. I’d just snap a flower that happened to be in the street.” She’s currently on a mission to showcase a version of Japan that is free of oversimplified preconceptions — it’s part of “Unseen Everyday Japan,” an exhibit currently at the Japan Foundation in Sydney, Australia. Photo by

Instagram @instagram Instagram Photo / Video — May 11, 2017

Hello, world! It’s time for today’s dose of . Meet Max and Louise ( ), two pooches from Portugal who love to spend time in the water and enjoy their home city of Lisbon. Don’t miss out on any of their metropolitan (or nautical) adventures. Give a follow right now. 🐶🐶