There so much I want to say and so much I want to write about what’s been happening over the last two months- and I will soon make the time to do that. But today I just want to share my heart with all of you. My @ted talk was released today and being real with you- it’s a really vulnerable and scary thing to bare your soul for 18 minutes in front of the world. I don’t have the same protection when I play Rafael. If people hate Rafael and say mean things about him it doesn’t affect me. But when you share your heart with no filter in the hopes that it can reach other men and boys it’s a terrifying thing. I’ve had so many ups and downs over the last month as I attempt to find balance between being a husband a father and a man with ambition and a drive to create change. I so often feel like a hypocrite because I am constantly struggling with what so many if you think I have “figured out”. I don’t. I’m making mistakes and learning and growing every single day. But there is no chance that I would be where I am today, no chance I’d have spoke on that stage, be acting on a TV show, or really doing anything of true significance if it were not for the support of my wife who is constantly lifting me up,encouraging me, reminding me who I am, and healing my heart when I come home broken at the end of the day. Everything I do we talk about. Every move I make we make together. So while what I’m about to say may sound like it’s just propaganda, or something that could be the “right thing” to say at the right time- I challenge you to actually believe me when i say that if there is anyone celebrating me today for standing up and speaking out… the real person they should be celebrating is my wife. @emilybaldoni - who gives me the courage, the strength, and the safety net to dive into my fears head first. I can’t even write this through my tears right now. This is real. That’s all I got. I love you baby- this is all you.
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We are only one week away from the 2018 @skidrowcarnivaloflove!! For more info check the link in my bio. If you are a company or a brand in LA we need your help! We still need men’s clothing, especially over size clothing. We need toiletry kits, shampoo, body-wash, men’s and women’s underwear and socks. DM @michellesmeyer to help! Only one week to go!
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This. Was. Everything. I loved spending the last few days with my dad @sambaldoni. I want to be really mindful about creating experiences with my parents this year. They say that being a parent is the only time you feel nostalgia for the present, but for every year that goes by I’m finding that to be true for being a son as well. I feel like I missed so much of who my parents are as people and their lives because I’ve been so focused on building mine. But I’m now really excited to go deep, spend some time with them, and really get to know the people that made me who I am (baggage and all) in a brand new way. If your lucky enough to have your parents still around... even if it’s uncomfortable or your relationship is rocky. Don’t wait to fix it. Don’t wait for them to call you and apologize. Call them and tell them you love them. Just do it. There’s no pride or ego in love. There’s just love.
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Creating a show like “Man Enough” was a big risk. There’s no gimmick or tricks. Just an honest and vulnerable conversation that we as men have needed for so long. And it’s in this spirit of service and unity that these two incredible guys chose to leverage the power of their company, @harrys , to impact a positive change and spark the conversation to examine and explore masculinity with me. I’m grateful for their courage, brotherhood, and decision to partner with @wearemanenough to chart a new path forward so the next generation, both boys and girls, can have the tools for a healthy balance of the masculine and the feminine. We’re not just men. We’re not just women. We’re human and it’s time we start to treat each other as such! @wearemanenough #ManEnough #equality
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Back from NY just in time to squeeze my son on his three month birthday. Hard to believe he’s only been physically here for 90 days. Goes to show that the soul knows no time. Happy birthday my sweet boy. #dearmaxwell
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Love this so much. A big thank you to my soul brother @prince_ea for joining the conversation and sharing his thoughts on flexibility and the importance of going with the flow. Check out the first two episodes of @wearemanenough made possible by my good friends @harrys!!! Tag a man in your life who gets it! A brand new episode drops tomorrow! #manenough (link in bio) #harrys