Monday, 4 May 2015

Motivational Monday || Chances


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

If you're in the UK, Merry Bank Holiday Monday to you- no work, woohoo!! If you're somewhere else, regular Merry Monday to you!

This week's Motivational Monday is a follow up on last week's (here), where I talked about letting go of control and allowing other people in. 


So, it's one week later and I'm home from my New York Adventures and, crazytowns, I had the best week. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say perhaps the best week I've had in years. I was completely out of my comfort zone, had no sense of bearings, my schedule was totally in the hands of Drew and Maddie and I did things I would never have done if I hadn't just let go of control. I'm not sure I could do that all the time, but for those three days, I'm glad I took a chance on the notion. 

I vlogged all the fun for my Sprinkle of Chatter youtube channel so I won't go into too many details but I'll give you the emotional roller coaster here (the vlogs will just be a blur of me being over happy haha). (Is there such a thing as 'over happy'??)

Before I left I very clearly said to Maddie and Drew, 'Don't tell me anything, just surprise me', which a couple of days later I lived to regret when I begged Maddie for clues and details and she wouldn't give me any. 

I started to panic. What if I didn't like the surprise? What if I felt too far away from the hotel? What if I got so worked up I was sick? What if I was sick in public? What if I got lost?

To add to that underlying panic, interspersed in our little chitchats, they would say, 'More surprises planned!'. Argh!

And then, it was travelling day and I almost missed my flight. My taxi got stuck in traffic and I made it to the check in desk with only minutes to spare and a heart rate that was through the roof. In that moment I realised how fearful I was that I would miss the flight, miss the trip and miss the surprises and loveliness. On the plane I had a chat with myself (in my head, otherwise that would have looked reeeaalllyyy weird to other passengers) and reminded myself that sometimes in life you have to take chances. At the time they can feel really scary or you can be unsure if they are the right choices to make but that's the thing about chances, you don't know how it will work out, it's a risk. Taking risks is brave. They say, 'fortune favours the brave'. Do it. 

The week was a whirlwind. It wasn't just the one surprise, it was multiple. Some of them were work related goodies and a couple were just sweet birthday things. If I had not taken the chance on letting go of control, I would have regretted it and I would never have allowed myself those lovely experiences.

Sometimes, doing a really new or uncomfortable thing is actually the key to having a really amazing thing. I realise 'letting someone surprise me for my birthday', isn't quite the same as, 'quitting your job and following your dreams' or something of that ilk, but to me, it was a biggie. 

This year I'm going to take more chances. I'm going to be braver. I'm going to let myself enjoy life a little bit more. 

Sometimes those chances will end in failures and sometimes I'll get hurt but I'm ready for that. I think the good will outweigh the bad and I'm excited for it. 

Will you join me? Will you allow more chances into you life? Are you already that person? Tell us about it in the comments. 

Toodlepip!

xx

83 comments:

  1. Loved this blogpost Louise. I understand your struggle, because I have the same. It is nice to know that it was very nice for you to let go for once. Maybe I'll do that too for a change :)
    X Laetitia

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  2. I totally agree with you! I always panic about surprises but will try to 'take more chances and be brave' like you suggested! I think it's wonderful to have such a great motto to live by x
    Liberty - Fashionable F00d Blog

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  3. I already feel motivated and it's only 8:21! It's going to be a good day:), I love you Louise, my Twitter is @hey_its_vicky_x

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  4. I loved your blog for ages and I just recently started a one by myself so if you wouldn't mind, could you check it? Thank you xx rachelbellebeauty.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Hi there, I would be happy to check out your blog if you would maybe check out mine? Sorry I'm not Louise!

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  5. Thank you for that Louise, I really needed it right now. It makes me really happy for you, and means a lot to me!
    I'm in my third year of bachelor in law right now, and I'm quitting next year to go to culinary school. Everyday I wonder if it's the right choice, if I shouldn't just stay and study law and have the promise of a nice and wealthy job later... But going to culinary school will lead me closer to my dream and I know I won't be happy being a lawyer or paralegal all my life...
    But it's a huge decision and everyday my head gets full of "what ifs" and it's hard to shut them down :(
    So thank you so much for this article, I'll keep it somewhere and read it when I need to <3

    Have a lovely day, I can't wait to watch the vlogs :)

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    1. Hello friend! I just read your comment and you remind me so much of me! It seems like you have literally spat out my feelings. So I thought I would share something with you in hopes that it will make your decision to follow your heart much easier. I graduated with a degree in accounting last May. I started a full time job in a public accounting firm, while also doing classes to get my Chartered Accountant designation. My heart was never in it. But i did it because I know I would have a stable future, I would make a good living. Now having worked there over 9 months I can't even tell you how much I hate my job. I've always wanted to be a blogger and a youtuber but I was always cared too much about what other people would think. But working at a job that doesn't fulfill my happiness means nothing. You could make all the money in the world, but if you dont love what you do, does the money really matter? Another way I like to look at it is: You know you can be a good paralegal because you'll go to school for it and you will learn the trade. But now imagine if you can be good at being a paralegal (something you don't enjoy), then imagine how good you can be at something you do LOVE (in your case cooking). You can be the greatest chef in the world you just have to be willing to take chances! I hope this will help you:):)

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    2. Hi there! You and I are kind of in a similar boat! I graduated with my Bachelor's in business last year and was all set to begin my Master's in Public Health last September. However, on the first day I had a major melt down and decided to not pursue that path. I canceled my loans, moved out of the apartment I had moved into only a day before, and completed the paperwork to withdraw from the program (even though it was only the first day, there were loads of forms to fill out). It's been nearly a year now and so much has changed. I still have little moments of panic when I think about whether or not it was right to quit the program that promised financial security in exchange for following a path to do something that makes me truly happy. I haven't quite figured out what I'll do next, but I can tell you, that making that HUGE decision to change school and career paths is incredibly hard, but it is definitely worth it. Good luck to you in culinary school! I wish you the best!

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    3. Thank you, to both of you!
      It helps a lot to know that some others are in the same situations, so I know that it's the right choice. It's hard to take that decision, but it's worth it.
      When my doubts are overwhelming I just think that at the end of my existence, what will I remember? The things I did on the week ends/vacations with the money I gained during the week doing something that I hate? Or all the awesome things that I did everyday doing something that I love?
      I think we just have to think about what is really important in life and we'll find our way :)

      Anyway, thanks, truly, for your messages. It really comforted me in my decision.

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    5. Hi Anonymous! I am a few days late but I thought I should reply to your comment.

      Congratulations to you for doing this for yourself :) I have worked at a nursing home and my impression is that at the end of the day, it is so important to have lead the life you wanted to live, and not the life you thought would please others the best. And what is more, how can you achieve success if your heart isn't in it? I think only people with raw talent can do that. Us normal ones have to rely on determination, and personally I struggle to summon that unless I am doing what I love.

      Like you, I am studying law. And like you, I am not happy. I will finish my masters degree, but I am not sure I want the traditional job of a jurist. I am trying to think of what should be my next move. You have culinary school to look forward to, and I hope you embrace it even if people around you question your choice. Go and be happy! :)

      Wishing you all the best on your journey,
      Camilla

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  6. This was such an inspirational blog post, Louise. I love you and your motivated attitude! These blogs always help me so much, I can't thankyou enough for your positivity :) xxx -Heather

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  7. Thankyou sooo much for this post Louise ,it made me feel a lot braver about all the hurdles in life -thankyou sooo much :) xxxxx

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  8. Plus a good quote would be what will be will be

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  9. Perfect words for my 25 birthday. I missed so many chances in my life because I was never a brave person, I always liked to hide in my house. One year ago something started to change and you know what, it was one of the best years in my life. Now Im trying to make this one even better. I will be so far from home on summer, im really afraid, but on the other side I know it will be great adventure. Thank you Louise, keep making yourself happy. And sorry for my english its not my first language. XX

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  10. Thank you Louise you are truly an inspiration xxxx we all love you so much and whenever I see your kind and positive words like this, it reminds me to smile on days where I definitely need it xxxx thank you so much xx you're amazing

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  11. Another brilliant motivational monday post, louise :) x

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  12. I love this and couldn't agree more. I used to be this person but after recovering from Anorexia, I decided I couldn't waste another moment. I now take every single opportunity I can.. and now I'm looking forward to spending 3 months in Sri Lanka volunteering. Great post Louise... keep preaching :) xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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  13. This is a great way to approach life and really does strike a chord with me right now. Last year I was in a total slump, bored and frustrated with myself for not really doing anything. This year I decided to just get out there and change it, and it's been a revelation! Sometimes it's okay to let go of the control and let others show you a better way too! x
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  14. Loving this post. I'm just starting out my blog, it's daunting and way out of my comfort zone but I'm enjoying it and that's what matters I suppose.

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  15. I, too, am taking chances. I've been offered the opportunity to work in Florida for a year, and I'm taking it. Leaving behind my BF of 5 years and my comfortable job. Because, why not? I know I'd certainly regret it if I didn't!
    Fortune certainly favours the brave :)

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    xx

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    1. Good luck to you in Florida! I know I would regret it had I not gone!
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  16. I understand how frustrating it is to become anxious over things that are supposed to be good and happy! I'm glad you had an amazing time and I can't wait for the vlog. I love New York so love seeing other people's experiences out there!
    Leah xx

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  17. Thanks Louise! I'm going to try and make 2015 one of the best year's yet!
    XO

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  18. Love this post! Have a great week Louise! xx

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  19. Such a lovely post Louise, I'm going to try and give this a go! Stop living in fear and taking more chances, thank you for another motivational Monday! <3

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  20. Can't wait to see your vlog Louise, and from the snippets I have seen everyone seems to have spoilt you! <3 I definitely want to do more and have more experiences - saying YES to the big opportunities of growth are what I want

    Lauren x
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  21. This such a lovely post. I am always so excited when I see a new Motivational Monday. Monday has moved from one of my worst days to one of my favourites. I definitely need to relax and take more chances. Fingers crossed I can.

    Beth x
    www.hellobeth.co.uk

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  22. I normally hate surprises, but your surprise sounds amazing!

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  23. Your motivational Monday's are always great, I think I need to take some more chances!

    ISOSCELLA | isoscella.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Such a lovely post Louise! And good for you for letting go & having a blast :) I'm super excited for the vlogs! Have a fantastic day sweetie <3 xxx

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  25. I completely agree with this, sometimes doing something out of your comfort level is the most rewarding, and you think "well if I can do that, what can't I do?". I'm glad you had a lovely time in New York, I saw some of your social media updates of your trip and it looked amazing.

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

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  26. I agree so much! Sometimes doing stuff which is out of your comfort zone is the best thing you can do for yourself! You just have to think of the end result sometimes and it can be so rewarding! Your time in New York sounded amazing! I've got family over there and can't wait to visit one day :) Em xx

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  27. That is so true Louise . I always I know growing up I'd have to study science . sure I love science but my real passion was to write . I came out of my comfort zone . It didn't matter to me anymore that I'd have to work much harder . so at the age if 10 I wrote my first novel and searching for publishers was again wayyyy beyond something I thought I'd do . But I finally successfully published it and now I blog . best feeling ever :) there's a long way to go but I know I'll make it
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    1. Wow that sounds like an amazing story, I'm so happy you're happy!
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      India
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  28. This is something I probably need to, I've been a bit nervous about it since my last thing like that didn't go so well

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  29. Perfect words Louise! I love your Motivational Mondays<3
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  30. I agree! I rarely regret taking that step out of my comfort zone, although it can be intimidating.
    Diamonds to Sand

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  31. Bank Holidays are the best ; ) Motivational Monday's are my favourite!!! They go very well together!

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  32. Well done Louise for being brave and taking on New York! I'm glad you had a fantastic time, I can't wait to watch the vlogs :)

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  33. I'm taking the chance and going to uni even though I'm terrified and struggle with anxiety xx

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    1. I suffer with slight anxiety sometimes and uni has actually helped me with mine :) Check out our uni money saving blog if you need any uni hints www.skint-students.blogspot.co.uk :) Best of luck x

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  34. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time, Louise! You deserve it!

    xoxo Mollie
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  35. my motivational monday allowed me to set up my own blog! x

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  36. I'm glad you made your flight Louise! I love suprises! Now that I live in a different city than my friends and family for university, i've found it extremely exciting to just go back for a weekend or a day (the drive isn't too long) and not tell anyone and the look on their faces is just great!
    xx
    Kenzie
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  37. I'm so glad you had a good time! Letting go of control and getting out of your comfort zone is a big step, I'm very proud of you Louise! You'll do great things this year. :)

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  39. Such a great post:) Can't wait till your book comes out! Love your blog so much, just a quick question how many followers does your blog have? Also, please follow or check out my blog it would mean so much !

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  40. It's good that you are going to try and take more chances and be braver now!

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  41. This is such a motivational post to read when considering doing things that I'm worried and anxious about. Hope you've had a lovely bank holiday xx

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  42. I need to say YES more and just go with the flow. We'll see where the world takes me. Maybe one day I'll be able to do everything I want. Great post. It's really motivational.

    LEJA

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  43. I am really getting in to motivational monday, though i like to write it in my diary :) it really sets me up for the week, I write it literally as I first wake up! what a lovely idea!
    Ellie x

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  44. Motivational Monday's are my fave! Great way to start the week! You are always so well written. I might hop on the Louise train and do something crazy and new this month!

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  45. I love all your Motivational Monday's they're such a good boost for the week! I'm the same, so comfortable with the norm and my comfort zone and I find it so difficult to get out of it! But here's to giving it a go!! Thanks Louise!

    Josie
    josievictoriaa / fashion, travel and lifestyle

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  46. I really should take advantage of many more chances that come up in my life! Unfortunately, I get scared of taking them far too early and mostly end up chickening out of them ...

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  47. This has helped me so much thank you!! I'm going through a lot at home at the moment, and this post and everything that's going on has made me truely realise that we only have one life and we've got to make the best out of it as much as we can so we can be happy. Holly x

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  48. I'm trying to take more chances in life, but it's been very difficult to not know what's going to happen. Sometimes I get panic attacks over it but I know I need to find out how to let myself go a little.
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    India
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  49. Jessica Gerdisch5 May 2015 at 03:20

    This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear right now! I'm moving to a different part of the country for graduate school in the fall and I'm really scared about it! I am going to try to be excited and just prepare myself that it will be amazing!!
    xx

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  50. I wish I could have met all of y'all while you were in NYC! I was hoping I'd see a flash of glitter and pink in the corner of my eye and spot you out and about while you were visiting, hehe.

    I recently moved to NYC to take my first "big girl job" on my own, after living in a small town in Virginia. The first two months I nearly cried every night thinking I had made the worst decision of my life, and I was wrong about this place.

    But today, suddenly the sun came out (literally and figuratively!) and I felt courageous and downright BOLD for this crazy move. I felt proud that I'd made it this far, and I made a point to reach out to another girl who recently moved to the city - and let her know I knew how hard it was at first, and I'd love to be her rock as she acclimated to her new life here. Reaching out to someone else to was experiencing my same problem, honestly made me feel so much better.

    With that said, thank you for the motivation today. I'm going to take that same motivation and pass it on to someone else who needs it, too. :)

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  51. I wish I could have met all of y'all while you were in NYC! I was hoping I'd see a flash of glitter and pink in the corner of my eye and spot you out and about while you were visiting, hehe.

    I recently moved to NYC to take my first "big girl job" on my own, after living in a small town in Virginia. The first two months I nearly cried every night thinking I had made the worst decision of my life, and I was wrong about this place.

    But today, suddenly the sun came out (literally and figuratively!) and I felt courageous and downright BOLD for this crazy move. I felt proud that I'd made it this far, and I made a point to reach out to another girl who recently moved to the city - and let her know I knew how hard it was at first, and I'd love to be her rock as she acclimated to her new life here. Reaching out to someone else to was experiencing my same problem, honestly made me feel so much better.

    With that said, thank you for the motivation today. I'm going to take that same motivation and pass it on to someone else who needs it, too. :)

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  52. So super happy you had such an awesome trip hun! I definitely think that control or needing control of a situation is a massive part of anxiety & how it builds up. I'm always worse in new situations & in big cities where there are big crowds & lots that can make me spin out. I used to be a lot worse with anxiety,but I realised that giving control of my mind to God really helped when unhelpful thoughts starting taking over my mind. CBT was also massively helpful! So glad you had such a great trip & that letting go of control was part of that journey for you! Cuddles Lizzie xo

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  54. Louise I'm the same, I definitely need to let go a little and enjoy life more! I love your motivational Mondays so much! xx

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  55. This is such a wonderful post! I think this is something we can all apply in our daily lives!

    x Ashley
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  56. amazing post louise you are so inspirational to me and you and matt are such great parents

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  57. Reading these motivational posts really makes me wanna do more but then anxiety .. I've missed SO MUCH great opportunities because of it .. i always give up the last minute and let people down and everyone is always annoyed about it but i can't control my anxiety :(

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  58. Sometimes it is good to get off your regular regime and let go, take chances and experience life in a complete new perspective. It is not only refreshing but it also opens you up to a different dimension of life you can not see from your comfort zone

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  61. This is so lovely, every one needs encouragement to do what they no is right deep within. "Chance" is an amazing thing... xox Alee http://alessandra48.blogspot.co.uk/

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  62. love the quote, its so good

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  63. I took a chance and submitted my resignation letter because my anxiety was getting worse the longer I stayed in my job. So here's to new beginnings and taking chances. Glad you had a lovely time in New York, Louise!

    Ayre

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  65. Yeah it's a quite a good post that everyones require for positivity. Thanks for sharing such a good post and we hope it's continuing in future too.

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  66. Yes, I like this post A LOT! I'm not going to go in details about it but this has helped me overcome my fears x

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  67. I completely agree with you. I struggle with the same thing sometimes, and I too was able to overcome it this week in NYC!

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  69. Lovely motivational Monday as always!

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  70. I'm very glad you posted this Louise! I was wondering why I related to you on so many levels and realized you're a Taurus too! I don't know if you believe in all that astrology stuff, but I think it helps in understanding and getting to know others.

    Anyways...that was completely off topic. I really needed to read what you wrote. I'm very used to being in control of all aspects of my life and sometimes it works out. Lately though, it's been my demise. Going to take a page from your book and be a little more spontaneous and courageous and all those good things, and hopefully it will work out for the best!

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