Somedays I Struggle

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Sometimes I feel a healthy weight, and sometimes I pinch the less desirable chubby areas.

Sometimes I love beam my smile, and sometimes I get hung up on the sound of my voice.

Sometimes I love being me, and sometimes, ashamedly, whilst I wouldn’t change, I wince at parts of me.

I am me. You are you. We all love and struggle with ourselves.

Our internal dance.

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Get the most out of the book made into a movie

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I have a three-part theory about getting the most enjoyment out of a book that has been made into a movie.

The most agreed upon piece of information here is that, if you read a book and then see its movie, you are going to be disappointed in the majority of cases.

If you are reading a book that has been or you know is being made into a movie, STOP READING. Stop reading right now and put that book somewhere where you won’t be tempted to pick it up until you have seen the movie. If you have already read it, you are doomed and I cannot help you, sorry. I kid, but it can be a good way of testing this theory. By starting with the opposite of my recommendation, and then finding another book made into a movie, you can follow my recipe to compare; this is the only way I can see that you can benefit now.

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Emotional Minimalism

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I have downsized, packed, flown 2,800 kilometres and now, after a good six weeks of living out of a suitcase, I have unpacked in a place I can call home.

I faced my fears and the things that had scared me. It scared me to think I would be so far away from my family and all that I had known. It scared me to remove those safety nets. It scared me to isolate myself until I made new friends. And, when I landed in the midst of this new environment the night of my arrival, I had a good old cry.

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Lessons in Time

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 I have heard that everyone you meet will teach you something, and I believe this with my whole heart.

We are all so quick to form our own opinions of the actions taken by others. We are also quick—given half the chance—to share and expect our recommendations to be followed. Here we are with barely a glimpse of the whole situation, yet we feel that ‘our’ recommendation is the best solution.

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Find Yourself

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There are times in our lives when what was seemed so strong suddenly crumbles.

We look around and the very ground we stand on begins to disappear beneath our feet.

After such an event, you might wonder where you have been all those preceding years, asking yourself, “Was I really present as myself, or just following along?” We can become so disengaged and distracted with just being, and subsequently grow deaf, or even mute, towards the world within us.

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