What one thing powerfully limits your relationships, your connection with God, even yourself? This does.
My dad watches Fox News , a lot. He also voted for our current President. He might do it again. When you hear those two facts, you might be surprised to learn he worked to help poor factory workers while he went to college; that he risked his own job to integrate the church he served in Tennessee. Or you might find those facts not surprising at all, thank you very much.
But today, when folks hear someone voted for this candidate or that candidate, many assume they know what that means. But they don’t. If someone voted for this candidate, do you know what that tells you? It tells you that they voted for that candidate. Period. But people make lots of assumptions based on that one action. In other words, people pigeonhole. And who likes to be pigeonholed? I don’t.
It bugs me when people assume that because I serve as pastor at a church, I’m going to act a certain way. I love it when someone says, “You don’t act like a pastor type at all.” I don’t want to be a pastor type. Heck, I don’t know of a pastor that does.
Do you like someone pigeon-holing you? Doesn’t it bug you when someone categorizes you with some label? But it’s more than irritating, it’s wrong. We’re too complex for that. Heck, even dogs or cats are too complex for that, even pigeons.
Yet we still find ourselves doing it. If someone cuts me off in traffic, my pigeonhole comes out. What a rude and selfish guy! But do I know that? No. He could have just not seen me or even be rushing his wife to the hospital to deliver their baby. And even if he was being rude, is that the whole story? Does that driver always fit in that particular pigeonhole because he acted that way on that day? I doubt it.
But forget the random stranger on the road, you can pigeon-hole the people closest to you. You assume (because you know them so well) how they will react to something. But then you turn out to be wrong. And that can get you into big trouble. And even if you’re right on that occasion, it doesn’t mean you always will be. Nobody fits in the pigeon-hole, ever.
But right now, pigeonholing has become so rampant, it’s tearing our nation apart. And too often, people pigeonhole their way right out of marriages and friendships. They limit their lives because of the limits they’ve assumed about others, even about themselves. But ultimately all this pigeonholing goes deeper to the ultimate pigeonhole. And this pigeonhole messes up your life like no other. It messes up hundreds, thousands, even millions of lives right now. And it could mess them up for generations. What pigeonhole can do that? More crucially, how do you avoid falling into it. In these words, God shows you the way. Let’s listen and hear what God has to say.
When you’re going through the Ten Commandments, this commandment can puzzle you. Didn’t God just talk about no other gods before me in commandment number one? So, why does God go there again? Did God lose track?
But God isn’t repeating himself. God is making a whole different point. God isn’t saying. “Don’t make images of other gods.” God did cover that in the first commandment. No. God is saying. “Don’t engrave any images of me.”
When God said that, God went against every religion, human beings had ever known. In religion, graven images is what you did. You’ve gotta have an image. That tells you who this god is. This good looks like a man or woman or some sort of animal. This god takes care of the sun or the moon. But God says, don’t do that. Don’t represent me at all.
But why? Why does God hate images so much? Why does God want the Israelites to go against everything that religion has always meant? It’s simple.
God is saying. Don’t pigeonhole me. That’s what religion does. It pigeonholes. And God doesn’t want to be pigeonholed. God doesn’t want to be pigeonholed for the same reason you don’t want to be. It’s not just irritating. It’s wrong. If you can’t be labeled like that, certainly God can’t. God is saying, don’t limit me. Don’t define me to some god category. And when you make images, that’s what happens. So, don’t do it.
If you begin to pigeonhole God, if you define God with some label or set of labels even, what happens? You’re no longer worshipping God. You’re worshipping something that may have some aspects of God, but you’re not worshipping God.
Still, God does get pretty harsh. What’s the deal with punishment for four generations? Is God going to go on some sort of vengeance spree on our great grand kids. No. God is saying, you disobey this command, it doesn’t only hurt you. It hurts generation after generation.
It’s like when you pigeonhole a person. When you pigeonhole, you have, in a very real sense, stopped relating to that actual person. You are relating instead to an image you’ve constructed of that person. You start fitting this person into that image, into the assumptions you’ve made. That person stops being a living breathing person to you. Instead, they become an object in our head. And when you do that, you not only distort the person. You distort any relationship you could have in serious ways. Now as bad as that is with a person, when you do that with God, it gets a lot worse.
When you start connecting to a distorted image of God, you have lost touch not simply with another person. You have lost touch with reality. That distorted image leads you to distorted relationships not only with God but everyone. It leads to all sorts of distorted ideas that twist you up, that steer you wrong. And then if you share those same distortions with your kids then they share it with their kids and so on. Generations pass, centuries even before that distortion gets made right. Pigeonholing God doesn’t just wreck your life. It wrecks life for generations to come.
You see. Images limit you. They can never say enough. So, instead God uses language. And that makes sense. Words have almost limitless potential. Yet even words, no matter how good they may be, fully get God. Language helps you understand yes, things like God is love, or God is good or faithful. Language helps you discover who God is. But still language can never fully get God. Nothing can. That’s why the Bible uses all sorts of words to describe God. Here are a few. Fire, Refuge, Gardener, King, Warrior, Mother Hen, Shepherd, Bread, Aroma, Clothing, Water, Crown, King, Leader, Holy One, Help, Peace, Banner, Rock. I could go on, but you get the idea. But even those words don’t fully get it. No words can.
Still like with people, you’ve got to call God something. So, you and I come up with a word or even a few we like for God, like well, the word God. That’s ok. You’ve got to call God something. It can’t just be. Hey You. But what can happen is you start mistaking your words for the real thing. Without even noticing it, you replace the infinite, indefinable God with your own pigeon-holed version. And that pigeonhole can twist you up in some serious ways.
Last year, I did a whole series on images of God from the Bible. We talked about God as an aroma, as clothing, all sorts of stuff. But then I talked about God as a woman in labor, an image y ou find in the Bible. Sheesh the e-mails I got. But I shouldn’t be surprised.
Years ago, I had a pastor couple who did a similar series in their church. I even happened to be worshipping with them the Sunday that one of them preached a sermon to calm the blowback that series created. After worship, she invited folks to continue the discussion in the assembly hall next door. So, I went to check it out. I figured. There would be some interesting discussion on what they had been talking about. I did find the discussion interesting but not in the way I thought. These pastors walked into a buzz saw of rage. These pastors had dared to say you could describe God with feminine images, again something the Bible does. But people got so upset. The sacrilege, the horror. I was stunned. Ok, maybe that’s not your chosen words for God, but come on. Why are you so upset? As I look back, I get it. These folks thought they had been worshipping God. But they were only worshipping a certain image of God. They had their particular pigeonhole of God, but they had mistaken that for the real deal. In other words, they had created an idol. And when their pastors came along, and broke that idol apart, they got mad, really mad. But a distorted image of God does more than make folks mad. A distorted image turns people away from the real God altogether.
When I lived in New York City, I went out to a dance club with some folks. As we rode in the cab to the club, I started talking religion with the cabbie, who was Sikh. He asked me. What do you believe? I shared about God’s love and how that love in Jesus had changed my life. But one of the guys in the cab looked at me with this puzzled expression on his face. As we got out of the cab, he turned to me and said, “That’s what it’s about? In the church I grew up in, all I heard about was a God of vengeance and judgment.” And that twisted image of God had turned him away from experiencing the real deal.
I often meet people who have turned away from any relationship with God because of a distorted image of God that others gave them. People threw up an idol in their face and said believe this or else. And they turned away. And they were right. What they were seeing wasn’t God. It was an idol, a pigeon-holed version, a distorted image of the real thing. But sadly, they believed they were seeing God. So, when someone talks about God to them now, all they see is that distorted image. It could be generations before someone breaks free of the distortion and experiences the real God.
It used to bug me that I couldn’t figure God out. People would come up to me and ask me a question about God that I couldn’t answer. I felt inadequate. I’m a pastor. I should know the answer. Now I realize how ridiculous that all is. I can’t even figure out the people around me. Why in the world do I think that I can figure out God?
In fact, if you ever get to a point where you think you’ve figured out everything about God, than you are in trouble. You may not even be connecting with God anymore. You’ll be connecting with some pigeon-holed image you’ve come up with on your own. You’ll be worshipping an idol. If God could be figured out, then God wouldn’t be God. That’s why, God says, “don’t pigeon-hole me.” The minute you do that, you’ve lost touch with God.
Still, it’s so easy to do. So, how do you avoid it? How do you avoid getting caught up in a false image, a pigeon-hole of who God is? Well, you can’t on your own. But God can do what you can’t.
Do you know what it’s like when you have a deep relationship with someone, how the deeper it goes, the more mysterious and complex the person becomes? You discover depths in that person you never saw before. Your assumptions get blown away. You realize. You’ll never be able to truly know that person. But that doesn’t make you value the relationship less. It makes you value it more. You realize the wondrous mystery that this person is, that every person is.
And God wants that sort of relationship with you. In Jesus, God even became one of us so that relationship could happen. In Jesus, God even died to make it happen. That means. God can become as real to you as the person sitting next to you in the pew, as near as the air you breathe. All you need to do is tell God. I want that. I want to know you like that.
And if you know God like that already, simply ask this. God, show me more. Show me more of who you are. Use what God has given you to help you see more too. Read in the Bible. Talk to God. Just be quiet and let God speak to you. Get to know someone and ask how they view God and why.
But wherever you are in that God relationship, don’t limit it. Talk to God with different words. Call God your refuge or your rock or your friend or even your lover (that’s in the Bible too.). And the more you experience this infinitely beautiful God, the more God will fill you with his love, with her faithfulness, with all the endless wonder of who God is. In the face of that beauty, you will see every pigeonhole, every idol, for the limited thing it really is. And the more you live in that beauty, you’ll realize. You don’t want to settle for anything less.
Glorify: Best Alternative to Canva Or Best E-Commerce Focussed Graphic Design tool?
September 8, 2019
You all must have heard about Canva – the Graphic Designing tool for everything. But, do you know any e-commerce focussed designing tool ? You’ll say No because there isn’t any.
Now, you may find some baseline tools which offers basic features like add shapes, text, stock photos & graphics, image filters, customize colors, logos, images, pick pre-made templates, resize canvas, crop, mask images etc. But they all are missing essentials tools that will enhance how any product is presented online which can improve the conversions. Glorify
Recently, I’ve stumbled upon Glorify on ProductHunt and I was pretty impressed by the product. Glorify, lets you create high converting beautiful product images with just a few clicks. Well, not just images, you can also create marketing materials, eBooks, Logos and much more, without any design skills or learning curve! A picture is worth a thousand words! ~ Frederick R. Barnard
So, in this article, we’re going to dive-in to the Glorify cloud-based designing tool. We’ll also get to know how this tool can help e-commerce sellers, Instagram Inflentiars, Funnel Hackers, and Drop-shippers in improving their online conversions and ultimately boost sales.
First, have a look at the below video to see how easily you can create a stunning product image using Glorify. Best Features of Glorify Create Stunning Product Images Within minutes
I’ve used Canva a lot of times but I must say with Glorify I can create any type of design pretty fast. I’ll tell you, how fast it’s. Just choose your favourite template from the ever-growing library, add your product, brand it with your own colour palette, edit text and select your desired font from their library, add background or use-effects to give it a great look. Quick Easy Effects for a Pro Look.
As of writing this, they have three essentials effects – One-Click Background Remover (a feature that’s missing from Canva), Shadows, and reflections. Have a look to below gif(s) to understand these effects better. One-Click Background Remover One-Click background Remover in Glorify.
Shadows Effect to Product Images in Glorify Reflections Effect Reflections Effect to Product Image in Glorify. Annotate Tool to show Important Features of the Product
Now, I think this is an important feature for the product images. Customer can easily get to know about the important product features and that’s something which improves the conversions. Annotate Tool Glorify Inbuilt Logo Maker
Have to create a cool logo for your new Shopify Store? Use Glorify’s inbuilt logo maker. Enter your brand name, select keywords to describe your brand so that it can recommend colors to go with. Once you select your preferred colors, select your icons from hundreds of free icons and tweak a bit to get your perfect logo. Smart Resizer for your Design
Smart resizer is my favourite tool which lets you resize the same design to any social media format. Take a look to the below gif to know how it works. Smart Resizer feature on Glorify
Looking for Design Inspiration?
Many times we don’t get a proper design idea. But not now, thanks to the Glorify’s huge library of designs categorised according to niche and themes. For example, you’re Instagram Influencer creating a cool design for the beauty product you’re promoting then just select the ‘beauty niche’ and you would get hundreds of design idea as templates. Glorify is best for? E-Commerce Sellers : Glorify is the perfect designing tool for Amazon Sellers no matter what you’re selling. With just a few clicks you can create stunning products images that gives the best conversion. Instagram Influencers : Instagram Influencers industry is booming and if you’re one of the Influencer, try Glorify today for your product images and improve your engagement and sales. Funnel Hackers : Using Clickfunnels, Leadpages, Unbounce or Instapage to sell irresistible offers through captivating sales funnel? Glorify is for you. Drop-Shippers: As drop-shipper are you constantly testing different product opportunities. Create powerful product marketing on steroids using Glorify. And Everyone? : I personally think, Glorify app is not just for e-commerce but anyone can use this graphic designing tool to create high-quality professional images that can be used in their online campaigns, blogs, ebooks, ads and what not? How much does Glorify cost?
Glorify is a Saas (Software As A Service) cloud-based graphic designing software so it would follow the subscription-based model (monthly recurring billing) but for the limited time they’re are offering Glorify Early Adopter package just for $97-lifetime access, that includes access to all features + future upgrades as well + 100 BG Removal Credits per month. I think you won’t get a deal like this. Glorify was the ‘ Product of the Day ‘ on August 27, 2019, and the community has shown a great interest in the product. The team behind Glorify is very responsive, they actually listen and make the changes in the product if required. I’ve noticed they’re adding cool features and templates every week.
Did I tell, you also get Free Creative assets which include millions of stock photos, to hundreds of product image templates, social media templates, icons, fonts and much more.
Female Body Hair: Stigmatized, Stereotyped, and Societalized
By Loyola Contributor • Beauty 2 hours ago
When I was ten-years-old, I snuck into my mother’s bathroom and stole a razor, proceeding to roughly dry shave my calves in ragged lines. I vividly remember the confusion I felt at the pain of dry shaving – why wasn’t shaving off body hair a magical experience like in the commercials I saw on cable? Growing up, I was inundated with ads selling razors or shaving cream that featured gleaming female legs, bereft of hair.
In addition to these ads, there was always a plethora of at-home waxing strips for women’s mustaches, pubic hair, armpits or eyebrows available at any given grocery or convenience store. Spas advertised their eyebrow, leg and Brazilian wax treatments.
Celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Pamela Anderson and Sarah Jessica Parker starred in movies and TV shows that glorified shaven female skin. They’d show off hairless legs, nude armpits or brag about smooth genital regions that lacked one stray pubic hair.
The purpose of these shaving products and Hollywood icons revolve around a hairless female body. I was convinced that being a woman and not shaving was not an option. As a teenager, I wasn’t even aware that a woman was “allowed” to refrain from shaving.
Grace Madigan, a Loyola Chicago senior, also remembers her first time shaving being a big deal; “Growing up, I saw my first leg shave as a rite of passage. It essentially marked the first act of being a woman. I think I was twelve when I first shaved.”
An unwritten misogynistic rule persists in U.S. society that women need to remove their body hair in order to be acceptably feminine. Even female children are taught that they should start shaving around the beginning of their teen years.
Why is U.S. society so afraid of hairy ladies?
More than a hundred years ago, in 1915, “The First Great Anti-Underarm-Hair Campaign” was released by famous shaving brand Gillette. At the same time, sleeveless dresses became appropriate for women to wear. Exposed armpit hair became socially unacceptable, a fact encouraged by the Anti-Underarm-Hair movement.
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During World War II, there was a shortage of nylon that left women without their daily pantyhose. Advertisers focused on this, encouraging the already normalized removal of armpit hair and the removal of leg hair to make up for lack of pantyhose. The 1980’s introduced Brazilian waxes to the U.S., in which almost all female pubic hair is removed except a very small strip.
These trends endure in mainstream U.S. culture today. However, there’s one thing to note here: women are the only ones being targeted.
“Generally, males don’t have as much pressure to shave anything but their faces,” Madigan said. “While female razors are marketed toward women’s legs, armpits, or ‘bikini lines.’ Such products and advertisements reinforce the skewed idea that males should have body hair and females should not.”
Women having to consistently remove a natural part of their body in order to be acceptable asserts that female bodies aren’t normal. Women need to strive towards something that will make them feminine: lack of body hair, in U.S. societies eyes.
“The presence of body hair disrupts the idealized feminine figure by introducing something as human and genderless as body hair,” Zion Banks, a Loyola Chicago senior, said. “Men are allowed to be human. Hairy armpits, un-mascaraed lashes. Cis men’s bodies are seen as normal. Through the patriarchal lens, female bodies are meant to be perfumed, poised, and postured. These standards are harmful as they do not allow women the room to be human.”
Shaving is yet another beauty trend placed upon women while most men remain unscathed. Meaghan Tomaziewicz is a Loyola Graduate Assistant and student in the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies department. She views shaving as a symptom of gender norms.
“Gender norms that are more visible in U.S. dominant culture include norms around clothing patterns, colors and styles, shaving, and hobbies,” Tomaziewicz said.
In a nutshell, gender norms are individual traits or trends that belong to either men or women. Pink belongs to women, blue belongs to men. Doing the dishes is more feminine, mowing the lawn is more masculine.
Men who choose to shave their legs or chests because they want to are scrutinized as well. Hair is a “masculine trait,” just as lack of hair is a “feminine” one.
Personally, I am sick of unhealthy beauty trends forced upon women.
Madigan chooses not to remove her armpit hair. She even dyes it fun colors sometimes.
“When I went home for summer break after freshman year with blue armpit hair, my mom was repulsed and demanded I shave it,” Madigan said. “It’s responses like that that make me feel more in control of the way I choose to feel about letting my natural body hair grow.”
Photo by kropekk_pl on Pixabay
But pressure on women to appear a certain way persists even with people who are confident in themselves.
“I usually shave when I’m about to have someone with whom I’m romantically/sexually interested in come over,” Banks said. “If it’s a guy I’m into, I am 66 percent more likely to shave than if it’s a girl I’m into. Women understand the stupidity behind shaving more than men.”
Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with women choosing to shave. However, there is something very wrong with women feeling as if they need to shave to be beautiful, to please a partner, to please society.
Women and men alike should have the option to be natural or not – hairy is beautiful too.
“Some people choose to shave for different circumstances, people, places and at different points and times in their lives,” said Tomaziewicz.
It’s undeniable that shaving is an elaborate (you expect me to shave my what?!) expectation specifically placed upon women. But as time goes on, remaining hairy is becoming more acceptable for females.
Women are beautiful just as they are. We can’t let society tell us how to be beautiful any longer. Shaved ladies and hairy ladies unite!
In life, everything happens for a reason but this one I am still looking for the reason.
So that’s how I met this beauty in my Finals. She is one of this beautiful girls that don’t actually know they are beautiful.
Things moved a little fast and she dictated the rules if I wanted to taste the honey pot. Rules included Abstaining from some crude things I used to do of which I am proud I stopped. In fact the girl really changed my life…
To cut Long story short, I got what I wanted but got stuck, I have never been willing to change for anyone even my Mother and I changed for this girl.
OK. Issue now is the girl was always telling me “Love na scam, don’t get emotional and stuff like that and she would prefer just being friends. I agreed with my church mind even though I know she already had a soft spot in my heart… Las las I dey see to chop na so I killed emotions except sexual emotions.
However for some time now, some kind things have changed, she confronts me over any girl I get too friendly with, steady checking up on me to make sure I am not with another girl, embarrassed me because I hugged a girl with very mad assets and even threatened to deal with the girl. It has escalated to the point where she can’t let me stand alone with another female for just 5minutes whether its business or courtesy. If I ask her, all I get is that I should be content with what I have.
OK kwa. Now I was going through her phone last week and I saw my Brother’s number, my sister’s own and my mum’s own was saved as mum in law.
I don’t know how I got entangled in this but I know I want to leave. The girl has told me many times that she will never let me go no matter how hard I try and believe me I have tried. Even stopped giving her attention and time but she is even more determined. She has gradually turned down all her serious male friends even her supposed Fiancé….
I’m feeling like I don’t own myself anymore and its really depressing. I am yet to stand and someone is already clinging on me by fire by force.
The one that is blowing my mind now: she thinks we should pay for an apartment together so we can live together. I didn’t reoly yet but that would be a modern version of living in bondage.
I am in need of advice on how to make this girl an Ex of a non existent relationship…
Matured minds only
Thank you Lol.
Southern Land Company and GTIS Partners Form Joint Venture; Close on Opportunity Zone Site in Downtown Las Vegas
Southern Land Company and GTIS Partners Form Joint Venture; Close on Opportunity Zone Site in Downtown Las Vegas Published : Monday, September 9, 2019, 7:01 am ACROFAN=Businesswire | firstname.lastname@example.org | SNS
NASHVILLE & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Southern Land Company (“SLC”), a Nashville-based real estate development firm, and GTIS Partners LP (“GTIS”), a real assets investment firm headquartered in New York City, with offices in São Paulo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Paris, and Munich, today announced the formation of a joint venture and the simultaneous closing on the acquisition of Auric Symphony Park, a fully-entitled, shovel-ready, Class-A multifamily development site in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada (the “Project”). The site is located in a federally-designated Opportunity Zone and represents GTIS Partners’ first Opportunity Zone investment.
“We are thrilled to be investing in the Las Vegas multifamily market with a talented developer with whom we have worked successfully in the past,” said Tom Shapiro, President and Chief Investment Officer of GTIS Partners. “As Opportunity Zone investors, we are highly focused on deals that are positioned to succeed over the long term, and we think the downtown Las Vegas location offers an ideal combination of proven in-place demand today, as well as long-term upside as the submarket continues to mature and expand.”
The Project will feature 324 Class-A multifamily units with best-in-class amenities (including a resort-style pool, fitness center, and residents lounge), 444 parking spaces, and 13,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Grading has already been completed on the site and construction is scheduled to begin immediately.
Tim Downey, Chief Executive Officer of SLC commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with GTIS Partners on Auric Symphony Park. We believe this development is well-positioned to take advantage of Las Vegas’s continued strong population growth and the site’s proximity to key employment nodes, including downtown where the site is located, the adjacent Medical District, and the Las Vegas Strip.”
The Las Vegas MSA has demonstrated impressive strength in recent years, with trailing 12-month rent growth, as of June 30, 2019, of approximately 8.5%, outpacing all other U.S. metros, according to Yardi Matrix. The primary growth driver has been continued domestic in-migration, as the area’s strong job market, low cost of living and local amenities continues to attract new residents, combined with limited new supply.
The Project is part of the existing Symphony Park Master Plan, where the primary local attractions today include a large park, the Smith Center for Performing Arts, the Children’s Discovery Museum and the World Market Center exhibition center. Symphony Park has been targeted by the city for re-development for a variety of uses, and the area is zoned for over 3,000 residential units, 1.6 million square feet of office, 370,000 square feet of retail, 1,750 hotel keys and 16,000 parking spaces.
“There has been a noticeable lack of new supply in the submarket over the past several years,” said Rob Vahradian, Senior Managing Director and Head of U.S. Investments at GTIS Partners. “Given Las Vegas’s continued population growth and the transformation of the Medical District and downtown submarket, we recognize the need for high-quality, new multifamily product, and are excited to be among the first to invest in the area’s transformation.”
About Southern Land Company
Southern Land Company is a national real estate developer headquartered in Nashville, TN, with regional offices in New York City and Denver, CO. The 36-year old company is led by CEO and Founder, Tim Downey. The company upholds stringent standards for beauty and quality in their single-family, multifamily, and mixed-use developments. The fully integrated company combines a comprehensive set of services spanning the entire development cycle, including planning, design, construction, and marketing. The holistic business model enhances results by creating unique projects with long-term viability on which investors, residents, and partners can rely. Southern Land currently has an active 17-project pipeline valued at $2 billion. To learn more visit www.southernland.com .
About GTIS Partners
GTIS Partners is a global real assets investment firm headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, São Paulo, Brazil, Paris, France and Munich, Germany. GTIS Partners was founded in 2005 and is managed by President Tom Shapiro and Senior Managing Directors Josh Pristaw, Rob Vahradian, Tom Feldstein, João Teixeira, and Amy Boyle. GTIS Partners has 88 employees and approximately $4.5 billion of gross assets under management. The firm pursues opportunistic real asset investments through direct equity investment and lending activities. To date, the firm has committed capital to residential, retail, industrial, office, hotel, and mixed-use projects in the U.S. and Brazil, and is among the largest real estate private equity companies in Brazil. For more information, please visit www.gtispartners.com . Contacts