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𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞'𝐬 𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐬 🏞
There will be times in our lives when we get to choose the path, and times when we are to walk one not of our choosing.
Regardless of whether you have chosen the path you currently walk or not, there are 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 choices within your reach.
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𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞

Yes, grief is hard. It is so freakin' tough!

And you know what?

You've got exactly what it takes within and around you to make it to a place where you can take grief by the hand and better walk with it.

THIS is what is sometimes missing from our grief narrative - the acknowledgement of the hard 𝘼𝙉𝘿 the honouring of the hope.

The beauty in the ugly.
The reminder of the phenomenal power of the human spirit to 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 crushed, yet not 𝘣𝘦 crushed.

Will it be easy? No.
Will grief still hijack a moment? Yes.

The hard still exists regardless of whether we recognise the hope. But without the hope, we are left only in the hard.

Grief's full story requires we acknowledge both the hard 𝙖𝙣𝙙 the hope.

📸 Marcus Woodbridge
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'𝘏𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘶𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘷𝘦. 𝘐𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘨𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵, 𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘰𝘯 𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦. 𝘐𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘧, 𝘐 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩.'

Annie Anderson
YOUR SOUL IS WINTERING
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𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥

We can notice it all.

The tall trees
The beautiful yellow lupins
The wide open space
The heaped piles of branches and stumps from the milling.

We can notice it 𝙖𝙡𝙡, and then choose where we place our focus.

Where is your focus?
The blue sky and yellow lupins or the heaped piles of what was?

Where our focus goes matters.
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💙Happy New Year!💙
I'm a little late on this one after taking a break from social media.
Recently I've reflected on how much talk and hype exists around NY resolutions at this time of year. I don't buy it!
It seems so much pressure to put on a single 'date' and in our culture is often driven by economical means - generate the belief of 'not enough' to encourage them to buy (*insert product/program/item here) to achieve the 'new' version of themselves, the 'new you.'
Two things:
1. You're enough as you are! This doesn't mean that you can't continue to work on yourself, but a gentle reminder that you do not need 'things' to complete you.
2. You don't need to wait for the start of a new calendar year to set new intentions or goals. ANY day of the year you can begin to make decisions and choices that move you closer to the life you envisage for yourself 💙 How great is that?!

If you like to use the beginning of a year to set new intentions that is fantastic! If it feels too much, know that you've got another 360 odd days that ALL have just as much potential as 1/1/2022 🔥
Wishing you all every blessing for the year ahead 💙🙏🏼
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Time is one of our most precious resources. Thank you all for sharing some of yours with me this year! 🤍🙏🏼

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and every blessing for 2022 and beyond!⭐️
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𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰📘
𝘐 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘶𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦.
"𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘧 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮 𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵, 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘦 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩. 𝘈𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘵. 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴"
𝘉𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘈𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘧. 𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘧 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘢 "𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘩 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯". 𝘈𝘴 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥, 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘳; 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘺 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬.
𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵, 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘥𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺.
𝘈𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘴, 𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴, 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬. 𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘩 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦. 𝘋𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘣 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴!
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