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September 27, 2018 05:52
A Letter To My Cousin Léone, My Childhood Best Friend That I Lost Touch With

Thank you for making me the person I am today, I will always love you.

When I look back to the not-so-pretty  days of mix-matched clothing and neon knee-high socks, I also think about the person that was by my side during all of those glorious moments singing Kesha and Justin Bieber into inflatable microphones on my kitchen floor as well, and I am so grateful that it was you that I got to make all of those horrifying and humiliating memories with, because I’ll cherish them for the rest of my life.

I’ll never forget the countless sleepovers we had and all of the fun we had every single time. It was never a matter of if you were coming over on a Friday night, it was a matter of when you were coming over & what we would be doing when you got here.

We spent our time creating nonsense amongst ourselves, and we stayed entertained just being in each other’s company. I adored you so much. I felt so lucky to have someone who wanted to be in my life as much as I wanted to be in theirs, and looking back today I’m still feel lucky.

I will always be lucky that you were, without a doubt, a massive factor in shaping me into the person I am today.

(But seriously, thank you for teaching me to lose the logo printed t-shirts:))
As we both started to get older and we watched each other grow, our lives slowly began going in different directions.
Being few months older than you in school, I started high school while you were still in middle school, and my life started going through some big changes. I remember how excited I was! All of the “Have a good first day of school LOL I love you!!!!” posts on each other’s Facebook walls, and the Skype calls about all of my exciting  cool older kid stuff that you couldn’t wait to do when you got to high school and a whole bunch of other excitements.

We did to try to keep in touch when life got crazy for us. But unfortunately, we really weren’t able to keep up as much as we wanted to.

Planning sleepovers became impossible. Needless to say, schedules conflicted, and life got busy. It happens, but I wish it hadn’t.

I look at where we’re both at in our lives now, and my heart sings. I’m so proud of all that you do.

Look at you: you’re astonishing! You are so remarkable in all that you do. Every accomplishment you’ve made, and continue to make, blows me away end on end again. You have grown to be so successful already in this beautiful life you are living, as I always knew you would, and you will only continue to grow and flourish.

As far as those two little pre-teens that often went by ‘Tarzan and Jane’—singing at the top of their lungs, jumping on beds, staying up all hours of the night, talking in a plethora of various accents, making friends with lifeguards, creating Facebook fan pages, and making YouTube videos that we pray never see the light of day—one of us thanks you for giving her a lifetime of memories and a childhood that she will always remember.

I miss you always, but I’m never far away. You’re such a beautiful human being and I love you with all of my heart and soul. I hope you never forget that.
I am always cheering for you. There is nothing that you cannot do.
September 27, 2018 05:52
A Letter to Léone My Cousin...
September 24, 2018 05:44
September 24, 2018 05:44

Dear Myself,

Life is scary. One day you wake up feeling like you can take over the world, and the next day you wake up feeling like all you want to do is to lay in bed and hide from everything. People walk into your life, grab your hand, and lead you the most beautiful path you've known, but sometimes the same people let go of your hand without warning, and you become stranded at a place where you never thought you'ld feel lost.

Let's be honest, sometimes everything is going so great and it seems like nothing could go wrong , but right when you begin to think that, something so horrible comes crashing down and all of a sudden more problems come riochecting around you and you just feel so hopeless cause it's so bad...so f*cking (excuse my French) , shitty!

It's so hard to understand why such things happen in life, and I personally wish I had an answer to that "why?" you always ask yourself , but all I can say that is no matter how hard life gets, you have to keep going.

The life around you will never stop going on. I'll be honest and say that sometimes I feel a little bit worried and all I can think is "will I be able to keep up? What if everything goes too fast?" But I realized that being scared and living with that burden of running away from problems only slow me down even more. And I've come to the point where I believe that because life never stops, I shouldn't stop either.

It's okay to take break and to give yourself time to heal, but you cannot give up and you cannot quit. There's so much waiting for us to do and we simply can't give fear the satisfaction of winning when we can give success, growth , and accomplishment.

Please believe in yourself and encourage yourself, instead of doubting yourself. Keep positive, fill you heart with gratitude for what ypu already have, and always remind to humble and true to who you are..Because even life is scary, and living it is even scarier.

With love,

Your Soul
September 24, 2018 05:44
September 24, 2018 05:44

All The Little Things

Over the years I have learned that the best lives are built one choice and one change at a time. They are not built on some big triumph or accomplishment but rather on all the little things we choose to do every single day. What are some of these little things that you can do to change your own life? Here are just a few of them.

Say "Good Morning God!" when you wake up everyday. Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. Watch the birds flying across the sky. Smell the flowers. Play in the leaves. Make snow angels. Pet your pets. Play with your kids. Pray. Smile at that person in the mirror. Smile at that stranger on the street. Wave. Hug your children. Hug your friends. Hug yourself. Care and sometimes cry. Sing and sometimes dance. Read an uplifting book. Write an uplifting letter. Laugh often. Encourage those around you. Offer to help another. Give a compliment. Pat a back. Shake a hand. Share a kiss. Say "Please." Say "Thank You." Say "Your Welcome." Take a walk. Take a nap. Take a moment to thank God for today. Enjoy a meal. Hum a tune. Whistle while you work. Listen to music. Listen to the birds singing. Listen to people. Be kind. Be compassionate. Do good. Live simply. Give much. Expect nothing in return.

Most of all, though, just love. Choose love. Share love. Learn of love. Grow in love. Pray for love. Delight in love. Become one with God's love. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Love yourself. Love everyone else in this world as you love yourself. Love and have joy in that love.

All of these little things build the best life. All of these little choices create a life of love and light. All of these little changes fill you with Heaven and happiness. Try them all. Build a better life, a better you, and a better world.
September 24, 2018 05:44
September 24, 2018 05:44


And finally I just want to live, to finish school, follow my dreams and be apart of change in the world. I want anyone out there who may be struggling, I want you to know that you have a purpose. There is only one of you and your uniqueness is what makes you beautiful. You don't have to conform to society's social norms and stereotypical boxes. You don't have to feel pressured be like anyone else or live up to any standards. You set the standard and the goal for yourself. You know your ability and limitations and don't ever let anything hold you back.

Lastly, remember your story and your voice matters. I'll leave you with this question: Now, what would your story be?
September 24, 2018 05:44

Know Your Worth And Always Believe

I'm feeling inspired to write a post today as the cold London winter is slowly trickling in. Since the Holidays are fast approaching, I think it's important we take the time to reflect on our selves, on our year, our accomplishments as well as our challenges, as we look towards 2019.

I think sometimes we get caught up in the fast life where we're constantly being pressured to perform better, compete with others and trying to live up to impossible expectations. Sometimes we forget about the things that make up happy, the passion and pure love we have for them because we unfortunately live in a society where greed, criticism and hatred thrives. It's that vicious cycle of low self-esteem, lack of motivation and inspiration, self-doubt and failures. Sometimes it feels like it's impossible to even see any success out of constant set backs and so what a lot of us do, is we run. We quit because we can't handle the pressure. We think quitting is the only option.

But... what if I told you that quitting isn't the only option? What if I told you that perverseness and hard-work can get you anywhere you dream and you'll one day be truly happy? Would you believe me?

The thing about that is, it's also a quite naive idea because nothing in life comes easy. Nothing in life is ever linear. We're trained and educated to think linearly. But that's not reality.

In truth our lives and the world we live in is so nonlinear it sometimes feel we're being thrown in different directions.

The past three years of my life have definitely been the hardest but my outlook on life has completely changed, and for the better.

After losing my Grandpa to stage four lung cancer, I've met and heard stories from people alike and different people all with different perspectives, experiences and ideas. But what made every single story and person so empowering was the idea that in spite of tragedy, loss or hardship, the power of the human spirit and the inner strength and resilience that can be built amazed me. I no longer looked at myself as a lost cause. As someone not worthy of love or happiness. Grief didn't define or control my life. I didn't have to be ashamed of who I am.

My grandpa died when I was in my Senior year in college. I was going through growing up and experiencing so many new and overwhelming things for the first time in my life and that combined with his death, made me very fragile and vulnerable. I struggled with wanting so bad to be normal but trying to grasp that this was reality and the hard challenge of coping with this loss.

My grandpa was my best friend. Whenever I was unsure or sad, he always reassured me. He never let me give up. He was always by my side, supporting and believing in whatever I did.

After he died, I no longer had someone to reassure me. To wipe away my tears. To push me to keep going. And so I stopped. I stopped believing in myself and eventually I didn't want to be alive. I was stuck in a vicious cycle of fear, pain, anger, sadness and isolation. My anxiety and depression began to eat me alive. I couldn't get out of bed in the morning. I couldn't sleep at night. I picked away at every thought and every emotion, so overwhelmed I went numb. I was scared. Everything at home was different. My family felt like slowly falling apart. We all lost a little bit of ourselves.

And so my journey to healing and self-discovery began. It took so many social workers, counselors, compassionate teachers, friends, a camp and many tears later to realize that I still had a life worth living. The amount of support I received from the community around me helped me to turn my life around.

And trust me it hasn't been easy and I know that I still have so much more to discover and grasp about my loss. But I got a whole lifetime and heck if I learned this much in three years I wonder where I'll be 10 years from now? And yes, if you haven't noticed already I am a dreamer. I am a hopeful and very cliche person but all that I'm sharing is from experience..
September 24, 2018 05:44
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