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Alias: Juliette Willows, self-love & personal growth addict in search of the simple life, entrepreneur, and dream chaser extraordinaire!

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Keep the promises you make to yourself

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October 2017, I began (again) my journey. It wasn’t simply one of weight loss, but overall “whole” health.
I was determined, motivated (especially by the girl who stared back at me from the mirror — needless to say, I didn’t love her very much), and driven to find success; I found it. Unfortunately, it was rather short-lived.

Some opinions should be kept to ourselves

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“Our mission is to help people find and share books they love.” — Goodreads

A fantastic concept and a marvellous mission. When some of my bookish friends told me about Goodreads and invited me to join them on it a few years ago, I was excited. I thought it was an excellent opportunity to become part of the “world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” I mean, what self-proclaimed book nerd wouldn’t?

The burden of grief

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How can the sun keep shining, rising, setting, it’s too bright now, too white, blinding, scorching. Let me burn, burn the hollow to ashes, burn the ashes to powder, to dust, fill the void with them, and flowers. Lots of flowers, yellow and pink and red and blue. They dance to the stings you pluck, in the wind that shouldn’t blow, on the grass that shouldn’t grow. I hear the fiddle singing, the banjo twanging, the harmonica whining. I hear the guitar strumming, in the kitchen, New Year’s Eve. The music, the laughter, the chatter, the love. Too many people…

Embrace your beautiful human imperfections

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Real life isn’t photoshopped!

For decades, we’ve been programmed and brain-washed into believing the simple-minded falsehood of how the ideal body should look—smooth, flawless skin, free of pimples and dimples, scars and stretch marks. I mean, god forbid you look human! Hide those nasty imperfections! Um…No. Just no.


Hollywood fiction versus historical fact

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Halloween. The spooky holiday. The one day of the year when we get to dress up as famous movie characters or superheroes, ghouls and creatures of the night, or even our favourite Starbucks drink, complete with cotton batting whipped cream topping. We pull our pillows out of their cases and make our way up and down the streets of our neighbourhood, begging for treats. Except for this year, as most cities have all but cancelled, or ‘postponed,’ one of the most anticipated — by children and adults alike — days of the year.

Rebuilding in a never-ending apocalypse

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It’s been a long, hard ride, and it doesn’t look like it’s about to end anytime soon. I started 2020 with high hopes — the “year of clear vision,” I was told. Oh, the delusions.

Don’t let your resume do all the work!

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We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in that reception room waiting for someone to fetch you for your interview. You’re fidgety, and your palms are so sweaty you’re leaving wet streaks on your pant legs, and — sniff — did you forget deodorant?

1. Do your research!

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Good things come to those who work for it

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Life certainly isn’t like it used to be, and we’re seeing that now, more than ever before. We’re living in an automated world of our own making, emphasized even more in the past few months by events that are our of our control; from paying for gas at the pump to drive-thru banking, and the ‘buy now’ one-click purchase option with next day delivery from Amazon. Not only is it all automatic, but it’s also instantaneous. We can communicate with someone on the other side of the world at the touch of a button and receive a response within seconds…

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