In a month’s time, I’m starting a Master’s in “creative writing”. I’m going to be studying while working and I honestly can’t wait to get started. Life throws all kinds of stuff at you and the last few months have not been easy for me, but you gotta keep going because that stuff always settles eventually.

I stopped smoking almost 3 weeks ago and although the weight is piling on and my face is getting rounder by the day – my cheekbones are disappearing and I am vain & pathetic enough to care – I am so pleased I managed to kick the filthy habit that went on for far too many years.

If you told me a year ago, or even a few months back, that I’d be a smoke-free student rightย now, I probably wouldn’t have believed it…but that’s the wonderful thing about life, isn’t it? You fight your way through some terrible lows and at some point, find yourself on even ground again…and if you keep going, you’re bound to reach a couple of highs. I don’t want to spout new age pseudo-deep rubbish. I actually can’t stand those motivational quotes that have all the depth of a Kardashian hair strand โ€” it is an actual fact that 90% of the #MondayMotivation stuff out there is hackneyed crap that has me laughing out loud at its sheer obviousness and ‘pretend’ profundity. But, you know, what I meant was, it is all worth it: the pain, the stress, the love, your friends…life, it’s worth it.

I’m functioning on about 2 hours’ sleep, so this is not my most coherent post…but I’m feeling contented today, hence the candid photo of my frizzy, not straightened hair and the make-up free face. It is not a polished photo, it is a happy photo – it’s just me, right now #Happy
โค to you all

70 thoughts on “Life

  1. I will write a bit on the concept of happiness, but let me just take a moment to celebrate with you on both accounts. You are doing with writing about the same as my art. It is a second life. That is wonderful! And it’s exciting that you quit smoking. You already know how I feel about your beautiful visage.

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  2. Hi gorgeous! โค
    * * *
    @"I stopped smoking almost 3 weeks ago…" – bravo & congrats!!! your health & your own life are far more important… PLEASE, stay away from toxic stuff and people!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Congratulations, Beauty!!! I heard the smoking is a harder habit to break than heroin. You GO GIRL!!! (I’ve actually tried to get addicted to it, it’s the ONLY thing that I can’t seem to get addicted to)
    SO proud of you!!!! Hugs and kisses and more hugs! XOXO

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    1. Let me get this straight…you’ve *tried* to get addicted to smoking? What? Lol
      Thanks for the support, and hugs and love, you are so incredibly, awesomely special to me! Have a special night, gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’œ

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  4. Interesting thoughts about motivational quotes. I don’t know if much of anything is profound and I’ve always looked upon them as reminders rather than the parting of any great truths.


    1. I see what you’re saying, I guess I was thinking of all the rubbish quotes out there that don’t actually mean anything…like “you’re a beautiful little snowflake because we’re ALL beautiful little snowflakes” ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Or, “if the path before you is clear, you’re on someone else’s” ๐Ÿ™„


  5. j’adore cette image si vous . manger, boire , aiment bien . vous le mรฉritez. meilleurs voeux sur votre voyage de maรฎtres
    I used google translate to help lol. Basically to say, hey what’s up, looking good haha.
    You do, Lady Nathalie. ๐Ÿ™โžฐโค๏ธ

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    1. You didn’t have to tell me it was google translate, it is pretty obvious by the erratic word grouping that don’t mean anything ๐Ÿ˜‚ but I know what you meant Antony ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you, my lovely. You are a pearl among pearls and as usual brought a smile to my face. Hugs and love ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’œ

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    1. Haha thanks! Yeah, I’m quite excited to see what happens, I already have a degree but it was nothing to do with writing. I suppose I have the journalism diploma as well but it’s not exactly writing “writing”, is it? So this is really exciting ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. “Already” he says! I can tell you don’t know what it’s like to have a mini orgasm because some bloke just walked by you in the street and for a full 5 seconds you inhaled the most heavenly cigarette smoke ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  6. You’ll add years to your life and just as many to keeping your pretty face looking young and beautiful, so well done you, you’ve done something really positive.

    I’ve read your recent work and can see you’ve had it rough, but you have the right attitude to overcome anything, so you’ll do great at whatever you turn your hand to.

    Have a brilliant time doing your Masters and keep us updated with how everything is going.

    Adele x

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    1. Adele, thank you so much for your support. It’s so lovely knowing there are people out there who care, and send you positive vibes. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing my WordPress friends have been in the last few months – I’m honestly so grateful for you all ๐Ÿ’œ
      I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

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  7. Where are you doing your MA? WELL DONE on that! Exciting news. Although you don’t need a MA to be a writer, you already are, and don’t forget, not to be too formulaic because some MFA programs are and it’s ad-nauseum ๐Ÿ˜‰ But since you know that all that happy fluffy shiny crap is really crap (love the Kardashian hair strand comment) then it’s all right because you’re not going to be easily fooled. I thought about doing an MFA but decided I like saying ‘no’ too much ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I think you will ROCK IT SISTER and moreover, you look every bit the trendy skinny student (minus the unwashed ears) oh and fuck straightening your hair, go into the waves girl.


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