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Advice From Myself a Year Ago

-do what scares you. Seriously, the only fear should be of God who can do anything and kick everything else’s butt, and the things that scare you the most end up being the most rewarding.
-fake it til you make it. I feel like the most successful people in life faked it so hard until they made it! And sitting up straight, putting a smile on your face and in your voice, and being confident in your skin makes a huge difference.
-dress the part. Wearing an amazing dress (thank you Walmart for only costing me $20), curling your hair and doing your make-up can make you feel like a million bucks.
-don’t stop trying for the people you love. Seriously, I feel like it’s so easy to get comfortable, but making the extra effort will make them feel appreciated and valued. If you’ve got a boyfriend, then a) YAY! b) shave your legs! Spray some perfume!
-on the other hand, YOU have to make your own decisions. You don’t need to please everyone and it’s okay to say no.
-take RISKS. Right now I’m in the middle of trying to be a bit more adventurous in my eating. Obviously dying from peanut contamination is not worth it, but fear of things like mango or chicken heart? Stupid. Just do it!

Graham does the difficult task of breaking things off with AshLee and then in his ITM, says: “It’s hard to say goodbye to the concept of loving someone. That now I am again left to keep looking for, you know, what we all want in life. To be loved and to love someone.”

When Graham said this I had to rewind and listen again. It’s such a fundamental truth and something that people somehow pride themselves on denying. We tell ourselves and our friends that we “don’t need” a man/woman/relationship, when really that human connection is something we all desire and cherish. That’s a valid and beautiful thing.

Sharleen Joynt,
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