Turning 22 and looking back!

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Hello Poppet’s!

I hope you’re all well!

Turns out something special happened the other day, i turned 22!

If somebody could please tell me where the time has gone, that would be great.

I was lucky enough to have 3 full days of ‘birthdayness’ and was spoilt completely rotten.
My birthday was spent at the most wonderful animal reserve where there were all the most soft and squishy animals you could ever wish for. The second day i went for a meal with a group of friends at a quirky little Mexican bar in the heart of Christchurch. Then the third and final day i had a surprise that turned out to be a lovely vintagey style market. Its safe to say I’m completely shattered and am currently curled up on my sofa writing this.

With all the love and happiness i felt it the perfect time to look back at my life and note some things that i truly am grateful for.

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(The beautiful cake i had made for me by a friend. Be still my beating heart)

I am grateful for:

People
I have always had this thought and belief that the people i had placed in my life where there for a reason and were put there to help me get through the toughest times in my life. I truly have met the most amazing people whether it be friends,teachers or just random people i have come across.

I have learnt things that i will always hold close to me and will probably guide me through the rest of my life.

The ability to overcome
Its still really strange for me to say but i am actually proud of where i have come from. That doesn’t mean i have any idea of how i did it, but regardless i did. Even saying it sounds weird as for so long it didn’t even hit me.

To think of me being so debilitated by my abuse and mental health to living a life like i never had any difficulties is just beyond belief and something i will always be eternally grateful for.

Travel

I guess this is part of the above but neither myself or anyone else really thought i would pack up and go traveling. Especially to New Zealand of all places!

I can’t believe i actually came from a place where i would sit in my bedroom terrified with draws and chairs behind my door.Even looking back to a few years ago when i could not get out the house due to my OCD.

The amount of people that diddnt actually believe i would go no matter how much i told them “yep,its happening!”
It just wasn’t me and i managed to surprise even myself.

The ability to love

This is something my therapist actually picked up on and something she couldn’t for the life of her work out.

Those who have suffered abuse often struggle with trusting and loving others but this never really happened for me and im not sure why. My ability to love is, well its there alright. I seem to love almost a bit too much, like my heart can’t handle it and it all spills out.

I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. My attachments are always excessively strong.” — Jane Austen

I feel gratitude to be one of the most important things during my own journey.
Being grateful for what you have and those around you only leaves you feeling more and more grateful each day.


What are you grateful for today?

Toodle Pip Toodle Pops

xox

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12 Responses to “Turning 22 and looking back!

  • Benjimangrant
    1 year ago

    Jess, you are such an inspiration. I hope you did have the most fantastic time, and I hope you continue to create happiness and memories wherever you go.

    It can be so hard for us to be honest with ourselves sometimes, and mental recovery can be slow and tiresome. You have stood up and not let it beat you and become a stronger person for it.

    Continue with everything that makes you happy and enjoy sharing that beautiful smile with the world.

    Also, hot damn does that cake look scrummylicious!!!

    Wookieehugs X

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