Dear Valentine, where art thou?

Actually, I do know. You are in every beautiful soul I meet, in every friendship I make. You’re in the eyes of all those I care about deeply. You are present in every unexpected act of kindness. You are also the one that stares at me in the mirror and says, “You are OK, you […]

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How did you get through it?

I had no choice. And this will probably be everyone’s life story at some point. We just somehow make it through because we have no other choice. We always manage to see the light as long as we fight our battles and see them through. No, it’s not easy. But who said life was easy? […]

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Reconciling ourselves with the truth of life

Whoever told us that life would someday be perfect and easy? That we would find happiness and stay there? That there is a special someone for every one of us? That we would reach that moment where we would be content? Nobody and everyone. Because happiness has become a business and an unachievable longlasting state. […]

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Leather goods; Valentine’s gifts for men

I don’t have a man in my life but I once did and I knew exactly what made a great gift. I couldn’t always afford what I wanted to get him, but I always tried to get a meaningful and quality item, no matter how small. I love gift-giving, and I still get my ex-husband […]

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Memories of water

I see the pool straight ahead through the glass and it reminds me of my grandmother. She so loved to swim, float and chat with friends or mostly acquaintances. As I am reminded of this, my thoughts go to how she was and is so strong. She says she cannot cry, as I couldn’t for […]

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When the dust settles

After two years of having lived out of suitcases and boxes, entering and leaving people’s lives, with no possible routine, which was the hardest to handle, now, at long last, the dust has settled. I have a life, my own life, my routine and somewhat predictable near future. Although life is always throwing us curve balls, […]

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We are the connections we make

We may stop and wonder at certain instances throughout our lives who we are, especially in times of confusion, identity crisis, or change. I’ve come to realize we are defined by the connections we make along our journeys and are the sum total of those we love. This is why loss hurts so deeply because […]

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Making Depression and Addiction Your New Best Friends

If you suffer from an addiction, you are also likely to suffer from depression. I know from personal experience as well as a lot of research that both conditions tend to strike simultaneously and, while they are often incurable, effective treatments exist. While you don’t have to suffer an addiction to suffer from depression, the […]

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