Monday, 25 February 2013

Motivational Monday #4


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

In life, it seems normal to spend vast amounts of time mapping out our lives and deciding on the paths we must take. I am a regular mapper myself. Do your exams, graduate, find a nice man, buy a house, get married, have a baby, check, check, check and check. Then what?

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Sometimes we make plans for ourselves and they work like clockwork. Sometimes they fall to absolute pieces and we are beside ourselves with grief, sadness, frustration or loss. In times like this, the world can feel like it's caving in on itself and you have no options, or that the options you do have are pretty diar. 

As someone who has been in situations where you feel there is no way out or where you feel you have lost your way and can't see the wood for the trees, I know how frightening and distressing that can feel. From experience, I also know that is is not necessary to feel this way. There are always other options, there are always other paths.

'Other path' absolutely does not mean 'wrong path'. It's all too easy to feel that if you change your path you are failing or making a mistake, but in actual fact you are just changing your direction but carrying on your journey, with all it's winds and twists, and that's alright.

It's OK to worry and over think which direction you should take in your life, as long as you do keep walking down your path. The only mistake would be stopping. 

I hope this strikes a positive note with anyone who is feeling a bit lost or are searching for their 'Plan B'. If not, below are the rest of February's Motivational Monday's to put a bit of pep in your step.

Previously...

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xx
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84 comments:

  1. LOVE THESE POSTS! And you my love you are a wonderful blogger and woman!
    If you could give me your thoughts on my latest post that would rock and if you want to follow that would make my day.
    XOXO
    Morgan
    http://thesocialboutique.blogspot.com

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  2. I really needed to hear this at this point in my life, as I'm currently kind of lost and trying to figure out what my next step should be, so thank you for this! I always look forward to your Motivational Mondays even though it's still only Sunday here...haha x

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  3. This is exactly what I needed to read today. These past few days have been awful. I have been so upset that things just didn't go as I planned. It's taking me a while to come up with plan B, but I finally got out of bed and chose to have a more productive day.

    www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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  4. YOU INSPIRE ME EVERY DAY LUOISE THANKYOU!

    WWW.ELYWRITES.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  5. This post was amazing, thank you. I've been feeling a little down and trapped lately but people keep saying there are always options and other paths :) it's so true and motivational xx

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  6. I completely agree with the little picture :) So inspirational <3

    Amylaurenblog.blogspot

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  7. Ow golly . . . I cannot believe it is Monday already . . . Happy new week everyone!
    xx

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  8. lovely words of encouragement, Louise :) I went through a rough summer last year stressing over all of the things I did and didn't have control over and you're right- you just have to learn to breathe and let go. <3

    mysmallrayofsunshine.blogspot.com

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  9. Wow, i really needed this, you have NO idea! I always try and be so positive all the time, but it gets really difficult. When you said "The only mistake would be stopping" that really hit me!! Thank you so much for this Louise, you've made me think SO SO differntly about taking a different path that will lead me to the SAME place. I never thought of that before. :) <3 - Lilie xx

    mintcandylilies.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I feel like this is describing me right now. I'm following the path my parents want me on and it's frustrating me, but I can't steer off the path. I guess I just need to figure out my own plan and remember it will all be OK - I'm only 19 after all.
    Thanks for the encouragement, Louise!

    http://www.mochaandmmoccasins.blogspot.ca

    M.

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  11. A lot of the best things in life come unplanned, at least in my opinion. We can plan out our lives to the last detail, but I feel like the happiest moments are those that come unexpectedly. What you said makes a lot of sense. When things go wrong, we can't just stop walking. We have to keep moving forward. Otherwise, we get stuck.

    For a while, when I first went to college, I got stuck. Luckily a few months later, I started running long distance, and that got me moving down my path again, stronger then ever.

    We all hit rocky spots. We just got to keep moving! Great Monday message.

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  12. i love these kind of post the always get me thinking and set a great tone, thanks louise!

    http://nattea.blogspot.com/

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  13. This was awesome. It really hits home for me, as I very recently decided to follow my own way and do my own thing - which also required me to walk away from what many may think looked like the "right" path. I totally agree that the other path does not equal the "wrong" one. Thanks!!


    http://offthebandwagonblog.blogspot.com

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  14. I love this! I felt the same way for a long time, that everything has to be planned. I've realized that it's ok if it doesn't go to plan! I've actually learned the most from those times when my life has taken a different path! I was wondering if I could take part in this even though it's a bit late in the month? I would love to blog about my experience. Thanks Louise!

    http://www.oliviarachel.com

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  15. Thank you for always brightening my Sunday nights (I'm in the US) right before another school week starts! I am such a planner myself and when my plan does go wrong, it sure can bring me down. Thanks for reminding me that there is no "wrong path." You are the best!
    -Robin

    memyselfmalia.blogspot.com

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  16. I'm a bit of a fail, so I'm happy to stay in Denmark there are at least 29 other letters to use. :D

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  17. This is soo true Lou! :D <3
    love
    Annabelle
    TheCurleyGirl
    xxxxx

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  18. These posts really brighten my Mondays thank you so much Louise!!

    maddiemrowan.blogspot.com

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  19. I absolutely love waking up to these posts on a Monday. Thank you x Becky

    cosmeticdebris.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. I love all these motivational monday posts! It's what I really need. I feel kind of low but I'm pretty sure that it's because I don't sleep enough, but this helps me to be a little more happier! :D

    Thank you!
    Great post!

    XO
    scribblesofvalerie.blogspot.com

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  21. I really really really LOVE those kind of posts! And you are SO right. People worry about so much things, when sometimes ist isn't even nessesary to do..

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  22. I love these posts!! Reading them on a Monday morning is just what I need xx

    alittlebitsunshine.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. That's lovely Louise!
    You put a smile on my face this dreary Monday morning
    Thank you x

    Chloë
    http://ioncehadthisdream.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. Louise,you are amazing!
    You would like to know more about my exciting Secret Giveaway?Just click on this link:
    http://mykaleidoscopeeyes.blogspot.com/2013/02/my-secret-giveawayshhh.html
    Thank you:)
    xoxo Veselina from Bulgaria

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  25. Thank you for this post, you are so right. Feeling a bit lost myself at the moment so this really helps.

    Gillian from Glam Up Everyday x

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  26. Love these posts!

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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  27. Ha love that post, though this morning I am already on letter Z it is that frustrating xx

    Palmolive giveaway on my blog - http://beautyqueenuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. Thank you for a really important reminder :)

    http://thelittlekoala.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. I always say this! Good post:) xx

    thread-through.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. Love these posts! I didn't use to like Mondays, but now I do :)

    Lauren
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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  31. love these post so much xo

    taylorpluslife.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. I really do love seeing these posts, I wish you were my fairy godmother Louise and you could just pop out of thin air and reassure me whenever I felt like digging myself a rather large hole, curling up inside of it and having a big tree planted on top of me.
    I actually had one of these days on Saturday; It's a real struggle to decide what I want to do with my life, I am almost 19 and the pressure to be 99.9% certain on exactly which career path you want to take is phenomenal, safe to say I had a bit of a melt down; But these posts really do help me sometimes and I'd like to thank you for that :)

    My blog is followfollowfashion if you or anyone wants to have a look :)

    Jasmine

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  33. These make me so happy, even if I am not down in the dumps at all! Love your blog so much and love seeing new posts!

    Would make my day if you could check my blog out!
    www.beautybook13.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. I love you Monday-posts! :-) Even though I'm not one to stress about not having my future planned when something goes an unexpected direction this was still a nice post to read through.

    (also I'm looking forward to hear about the 1D concert? :-) )

    x

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  35. This is exactly what I needed to read today after having an awful Monday and managing to lose tickets to a concert for not just myself but my friends. They've all been incredibly sweet about it but I feel terrible.

    Keep up the lovely work Louise!

    Hannah www.cagneyandlace.com

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  36. I finish uni this year and am defiantly worried about what lies ahead! I have started a blog, for sure in the motivational Monday week one of being a small thing! but you speaking of how you have a nice blogging community has made me just think, why not give it ago! xxx

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  37. I love this saying and I think that it is so true! xxx
    http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/

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  38. Great post, just what i need right now!

    Sophierosehearts x

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  39. Your motivational Monday posts are all so lovely, your words are very wise and true! Great Post:)

    Charlotte xxx
    http://charlottesconfashions.blogspot.co.uk

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  40. Another great post Louise, these always cheer me up on a Monday morning and this Monday I needed this post.
    Shauni x
    www.shaunibrown.blogspot.co.uk

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  41. I look forward to your Monday posts Louise! :)

    http://floradora97.blogspot.co.uk/

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  42. This has been on my mind so much recently as I'm trying to determine the next step... Sometimes life looks so different from how we imagined, but in positive ways! Thanks for the reminder!

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  43. Great post Louise, and very well-timed - thank you!

    It seems I'm not the only one that it struck a chord with.

    And so comforting to know I'm not the only one to feel like this!
    x

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  44. WOW Louise! Thank you for posting this! This is exactly what I needed to read, right now! You're awesome! xxx

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  45. that quote is lovely, love your blog Louise x
    http://bridiesdiary.blogspot.co.uk/

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  46. This is such a lovely post! :) It makes me feel like I can get things wrong if i want to, and its not that bad, I always have another chance. :)

    Pipp xx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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  47. I love the positivity you radiate! These kind of posts are perfect for Mondays!

    The Introverted Brunette

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  48. Love these posts! I have been making the quote my desktop background to motivate me all week! Thanks Louise!
    xx

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  49. Love these posts :) Great quote xxx

    http://jeminixlife.blogspot.com

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  50. You have such a good way with words! Very reassuring post, we often get caught up in the plan A! Loving Motivational Monday :) xx

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  51. This was a lovely post. It's always so nice to know that when you feel lost or stressed about things its "OK". Sometimes we need reminded of this! I needed to read this today, I feel like things in life just aren't going how they should be but then...there isn't really one set way!
    Thank you :)

    Elle xx
    www.bakingfashion.com

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  52. Thats amazing! :) Real motivation ... I've done a similar post on my blog ... But I don;t have any readers, as much fun it is to write for myself, I want to gain one or two more readers to boost my writing! :) xxx

    Diya from zozeebo.blogspot.co.uk - Please see Louise and anyone else! :-)

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  53. this is so insperational! please go see my motivational monday blog, its about beating the blues- www.laurenwindsor99.blogspot.com

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  54. I love these posts, Louise! Great quote =). xXx

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  55. Thank you so very much.
    I am 37 and have completely lost my way. I have tried so hard to build a career (especially in illustration) and have faced setback after obstacle after setback. I have qualifications but these seem to count for nothing, if definitely seems to be a case of not what you know but who you know. Despite also doing graphic design and marketing, I now feel utterly lost. It's funny because when I was younger I knew what I wanted to do and was very clear about which direction to take. Now after numerous failed relationships and my mum being put into care as well I am back at home helping out my dad. I was hoping that by now I would have worked up the ranks in my career, have my own home and my own little family. At the moment I just feel totally unmotivated which is very unlike me. Thank you for your kind and supportive words, I will keep coming back and referring to this post x

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  56. Fantastic post! Really inspirational :)

    ameliasallsorts.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  57. I've had a pretty bad Monday and just reading this post has lifted my mood and made me smile!! Thanks for doing what you do, Louise :D xx

    I would LOVE IT if you guys would check my blog out and maybe even follow?!?! :D xx

    http://hashtaglifeyumsigh.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/cheeky-mini-shopping-spree-hashtag-life.html

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  58. very inspirational post from a very inspirational woman! xx
    http://xothebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk/

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  59. Sorry for the spam,but I post this also here,because I want more people to see my look:)
    Here is my look: http://mykaleidoscopeeyes.blogspot.com/2013/02/ps-i-love-you.html#comment-form
    A lot of LOVE for you and everyone,that takes part in this month`s challange:)
    Also everyone can check out my exciting SECRET GIVEAWAY!
    http://mykaleidoscopeeyes.blogspot.com/2013/02/my-secret-giveawayshhh.html
    Also,I don`t want to be mean,I really love you,Louise,but you should think about a best way to systematize the Bedroom Beauty Challange-maybe at the end to do a post with all the links to all the look?It is really hard to scroll up and down and search for links:)

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  60. I always see people comment like 'this really helped me' and never really believe them. But I am one of those people today, and you really helped me Louise :)

    www.amandaloves.com
    xxx

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  61. I adore this post Louise!

    http://thisgirlloveschic.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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  62. These motivational posts are just what I need on a Monday Louise. Thank you! xx

    seeking--serendipity.blogspot.com

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  63. Love these types of posts! <3

    Love Katie xo
    http://sugarfixxbeauty.com

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  64. Ah, just what I needed this Monday after a stressful work day. Thanks for this post :)

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  65. This is EXACTLY what I needed right now! I've just finished high-school and I don't really know what road I'm supposed to be taking at the moment. So thank you for this, t made me feel a lot better!

    http://ohnoitsgeorgia.blogspot.co.nz/
    xx

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  66. thank you for this post lovely, I am currently questioning what it is i should be doing in life, and what my 'next step' should be so this was helpful :)
    Come visit my Fashion Blog!

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  67. I love your blog I'm new follower I can't wait for more motivational Mondays check my blog out I'm new follower and follow back if you like what you see :). http://thepocketsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  68. I have been having trouble finding work since I graduated and it's been driving me nuts! You made me realize that I need to change my way of looking for work. I like the part where you said changing your path does not mean failure! Thanks for writing this Louise.

    Catriona from South Africa
    xx

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  69. this is awesome, i'm such a planner and stress so much when things don't seem to be going the way i thought. you monday motivations have all been so great so far, keep up the amazing work :)

    unconventionalstory.blogspot.com.au

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  70. Wow, I love this post! I couldn't agree more. As someone who hasn't taken the "typical" path in life (full-time office job, university degree, gap year overseas) it can feel like I've failed some times but in actual fact I've just had success in other areas and am moving down a different path then the "norm" and that's not a bad thing!

    www.debrabros.blogspot.com.au

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  71. Love these posts Louise, so inspirational!


    Btw,Did you mean diar?

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  72. I honestly cannot thank you enough for this post. Without giving u my life story lol, I've been feeling extremely lost and all the things you have mentioned in this post. I've studied to be a graphic designer for years and about a year ago I realized my heart was in make up art. I've just been too scared to give up on a route I've worked hard for, even if I have no desire to do it anymore. This post makes me feel like it wouldn't be giving up, just changing direction. I've been watching lots of ur videos to distract myself from feeling this way but this has made me confront it.

    Thank u so much again Louise and sorry for the long post. You are a wonderful person!

    xx

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  73. Great blog post Louise! I must admit I've re-read it a few times as it really speaks to me. I'm currently working for myself designing and selling my own soft furnishings. I thoroughly enjoy it but as with everyone other business, i'm struggling. Me & my OH are engaged and saving up for a deposit for a house so we have a lot of saving to do. I've decided to move on from my little business and look for a full time job, but really don't know where to start! I feel like a failure but you are right, starting something new and taking a different path doesn't not mean that!

    Thanks for the motivation

    Gemma x

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  74. Yay for motivational Mondays, I enjoy these posts a lot!

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  75. Love this post!
    Happy Wednesday :)

    Paula ♥ | http://www.la-vida-fresa.com xo

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  76. I've just started doing a "Thankful Thursday" piece on my blog! I love the thought of little blog posts making someone feel more positive and I feel the same as you Louise that I'm ticking things off my checklist and starting to feel a bit "what next"!

    My current what's next is my blog! http://bitsnbecky.blogspot.co.uk/

    love you xx

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  77. Such a great post! You are absolutely right, my plan A and B both didn't really work out for me, but I couldn't be more happier with how my life turned out right now! Love this post! x

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  78. This post couldn't of come at a better time for me as i am totally lost. I will try to keep going although am finding that really difficult at the moment. Thanks Louise x

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  79. I love your motivational Mondays!!!

    Www.chrissylilly.blogspot.com

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  80. Going through all your 'Motivational Mondays', and they are so inspiring! I can really relate to this one: at the moment I'm just about to sit my A Level exams, and instead of going to university like the other 99% of my year, I'm going full time at my job (which incidentally, I love!)and progressing into management. A lot of people have said this is the wrong decision, but I'm so happy to have taken a different path, and I've already been promoted!

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  81. Ha ha!. Isn't that the truth. Let's move on to Plan B. Thanks for sharing from 3girls1apple.com

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  82. Love this post Louise! I'm going through difficult times right now and this post has helped me see things a little bit more clearer! Thank you! :)

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