Hold On A Moment

Hold on a moment, remember, remember those dreams of yours, well this is a gentle reminder to you, to Go Get Them!!

Yes, sure you can, go for it, go get your DREAMS.

Love, Clarabelle

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Happy Boxing Day Dreams

Fight for your dreams, don’t give up, keep going until you get there. Remember, pain now, equals forever happiness later, and you know what, it doesn’t even have to be that way. Enjoy the journey now, that’s what I’m saying, embrace every breathe that you take along the way.

Happy Boxing Day Dreams to YOU.

Love, Clarabelle

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Things Not Moving Fast Enough For You?

Things not moving fast enough for you? Then I guess the Universe feels you’re not quite ready yet for the amazing success that is chapping at your door.

“But I’m ready to answer, right now” I hear you say. Well what are you going to do about it? What?

You know there is always something you can do, I know you know that. Go on then answer, but please make sure you open the right door.

“How will I know?”

Because it’s the one that you are most excited about opening, the one that makes you truly come alive inside…….yes, that’s the door you must open.

Open the door to your dreams.

Love, Clarabelle

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Rough Patches of Life

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On the pathway to your dreams you are most certainly going to have to get over some rough patches. There may be a cluster of them all at once or more sporadic than that, over a lengthier period of time, but regardless they will be there, eager to put you to the challenge.

Are you up for the challenge?  I surely am, it’s only a “rough patch”, how rough can it get?

Like stormy waters or a rocky road, these challenges make your adventure even more worthwhile because there are many lessons in these hidden bumps.

See if you can change your perception towards the rough patches of life, see them as part of the mystery, as part of the muscle building process for your inner strength. These so called rough patches, strengthen your character and prepare you for the mountain ahead. How big is your mountain? You see, I reckon if it’s not big enough, if it’s not scary enough, then you need a bigger, much higher mountain to climb and that means a bigger more ambitious vision for yourself.

My mountain climb is scary but scary in a good way, the challenge excites me and I see myself, ALWAYS getting to the top…..I am happiest climbing the mountain, especially when I look back and see how far I have come – wow did I really make that journey?

WOW yourself today with your big mountain climb challenge, go on, I dare you!!

Happier days are now, love to you, Clarabelle

The Test is Now

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Whilst going for your dreams, you are always being tested by life.  But there is much beauty and true wisdom in the lessons we learn from “going for it” on this journey.

You have to stay super focused amongst the everyday distractions and this is when you can really tell if it is your true burning passionate desire to achieve this goal.  If it wasn’t, you’d most certainly be very tempted to give up as soon as it gets a little tough.  It is at these times, a super passionate person would dig in even deeper, put in extra effort to really stay on track or take things up a level.  A determination like no other will spur you on to keep going and you will stay resilient towards achieving the goal in hand.

This is me and I want this to be you too.  This is where I am at and I am telling you, nothing is going to stop me and I want you to feel the same about your dreams and goals in life.  I am building up serious momentum each and every day and I am starting to feel the spark lighting up inside of me.  I want the best ever life for you and for me and I do hope your focus, determination and inner strength is as strong as mine and if not even stronger.

If I can do it, You can do it, We can do it – Let’s do it!!

Happy days to you,

Clarabelle

Break The Cycle

Break the cycle of bad habits by focusing on a completely new awe-inspiring habit and by using this simple strategy, it will help you to lose the bad habit for good.

You see, to make a permanent change in life, you really have to break the current cycle, shake it up a little or better still shake it up a lot!!

Your new cycle awaits……jump right on it today.

Happy cycling, Clarabelle

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Surprise Surprise!!

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Expect a wonderful happy surprise, feel what that feels like and you know what, I believe that the law of attraction has got to give it to you.

Do what feels good to you and that doesn’t mean that you have to wait until it has actually materialised, feel good now, in this moment and smile.  I think a lovely surprise is on it’s way to you and to me…just you wait and see!!

Life is full of wonderful surprises, love to you, Clarabelle.

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Test Your Inner Strength

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How do you know you are strong, how do you really know, have you tested your inner strength recently? Why not test it again over the next few days, weeks, months?…I encourage you to set yourself a goal, a goal that will challenge your inner being, a goal that when you reach it, you know that you are even more stronger that you could ever imagine.

Make a commitment to yourself to be brave, to release your courageous soul into the universe and let it unleash your greatest potential to fight for that goal.  Make sure it’s a goal worth fighting for and if it is……well I already know you’ve made it, I already know and you do too.

Test your inner strength…….and enjoy the journey.

Love Clarabelle

Don’t Overthink It

It is so easy to overthink things, give yourself a break and just do what needs done. Often the more you hang around making a simple decision the more mixed up the mind gets. Set your mind free today, do what needs to be done and instantly that busy mind will simmer down.

What do you need to do today?

Lots of love, Clarabelle
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Hope Sets You Free

Don’t be a prisoner of your own mind, don’t tighten the straight jacket with unfulfilling whispers. Remember this my friend, hope sets you free. A poem about hope for you:

Hope Sets You Free

Hope is taking a chance,
A last look glance.
A hand held tight,
When nothing seems right.
Eyes with a soul,
Tunnel towards the goal.
A prayer at the start,
A loving heart.
It is the fire,
Lighting the desire.
A candle in rhyme,
Flickering through time.
Let hope be your key,
Hope sets you free.

The Angel of Hope is in your heart, welcome her today with open arms.

Love Clarabelle.

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Even Angels Have a Bad Day

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Having a bad day?…..Even Angels have a bad day.

Without the bad days, you wouldn’t experience the best of the best days, because you wouldn’t have that contrast, that knowing, that feeling.

Your perspective on life situations can make or break you. Why don’t you challenge your current perspective and see where this takes your thinking?

Having a good day?  Even Angels have good days.

Let’s Get Going!!

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A motivational poem for you:

Let’s Get Going

Let’s get going,
Don’t you stop.
Keep your head up,
Beep beep bop.
See the goal,
In your eyes.
Feel and believe,
It’s your surprise.
So soldier on,
Break through it all.
Imagine your life.
Over the brick wall.
At the rainbow’s end,
Celebrate your glory,
This is your life,
This is your story.

By Clarabelle.

Let’s get going my friends, you and me, let’s get going today!!

Love Clarabelle

Enough is Enough

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I wrote this poem to inspire you:

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough,
That’s what he said.
Forget the past,
Get out of bed.
When all ain’t well,
When times get bad.
Remember the happy,
Not the sad.
Focus on giving,
Give all you’ve got.
Put yourself first,
Pick up your trot.
Set mini goals,
Ones you’ll achieve.
Momentum will build,
The more you’ll believe.
The time has come,
Be all you can be,
Take a stance now,
Forever you’ll be free.

By Clarabelle.

It’s your life, go get it!!

Keep on Jumping

Catch the ball of life, keep on jumping until all your goals have been achieved.

Who do you want to be? What do you want to become? What’s important for you to do to move forward and reach new heights.

Keep on jumping my friends.

Love Clarabelle

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Living the Solution

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Some things might surprise you.

I have had the experience recently of being very surprised with some of my life situations.  Fairly recently, I put my life in a suitcase and moved to another country, to what I thought was going to be the best job ever, I thought the job was going to give me everything I ever wanted.  I was so positive about it, so excited, so “up for the challenge”…..,.basically, I was super ready for this!!  Then when I get there, it turns out to not be what I expected, but hey that’s okay, I accepted that and moved on!!  You see I know what is important to me in life and I know what I need from a job that will make every day a joy for me to be there – that way the company get the best out of me in every way possible.

So what happened next?  Where do you go from here?

I tell you what I did.  I didn’t moan about the situation, I was truthful with everyone around me – especially myself, and focused on the solution to the problem…..NOT the problem.  You see there is a BIG difference, a HUGE difference.  I know that you get what you focus on, please let me repeat that, YOU GET WHAT YOU FOCUS ON 🙂 So I knew that I had to focus on the solution, I did, and within 2 weeks, I was LIVING the solution, albeit a temporary solution, but still a SOLUTION.  Yippee, yippee, yippee, this is a prime example of a positive outcome from focusing on the solution.

This temporary solution has actually worked out much better than I expected, a billion percent better……and it’s now got me thinking, that the place  I am at now, this “temporary” place, was actually a permanent piece of the jigsaw puzzle.

I am currently working on a more permanent solution to my career, but that needs more reflection and more time to get me to the next destination.  I now have absolute full clarity on what I need going forward, the misty fog has cleared and there are very beautiful and very bright days ahead.

Please remember, FOCUS ON THE SOLUTION, not the problem and LIVE THE SOLUTION, even if it is temporary, you just never know where it may lead you.

Thank you for being here and thank you for commenting.

Lots of love to you today, as always,

Clarabelle 🙂 🙂 🙂

Be Prepared

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It’s been over a week since I’ve posted on this blog so I do apologise for this, I haven’t forgot about you.

Being prepared for an opportunity puts you in pole position and I know this has worked for me now and in the past.  Preparation is the key to making things happen because you are setting yourself up for when the opportunity takes a smile.

So if you’re hoping and waiting and wanting that perfect opportunity, get yourself prepared now, do what you can today and you’ll be welcoming that new gateway with open arms.

The gateway to the world is there for the taking, do what you can today and it will reduce or fully eliminate all fears of the unknown.

Get ready….NOW!!

Lots of love to you today,

Clarabelle

Keep an Open Mind

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On To Pastures New

My friend shared some very simple words of wisdom with me a few weeks ago, he told me to keep an open mind when thinking about my career development.  I took those words on board when I was looking at other career opportunities because a lot of my skills are very much transferable.  This thinking has now led me on to pastures new and I move out to Dubai at the end of next month to take on a new challenge.

So cast your net wide and challenge some of those limiting beliefs that may just be keeping you away from an opportunity that is truly meant for you.

See the world as an open book and write in it, the words, that you want to read.

Love Clarabelle,

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True Story – Making It Happen

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True Story

I want to tell you a true story of how you can achieve whatever you want to achieve if you really put your mind to it – even if you have no experience at all in that field of interest.

The Beginning of Clarabelle Music

In March 2013 I purchased myself a second-hand keyboard because I wanted to create some instrumental music.  I couldn’t play the keyboard at the time but I wanted to learn – teach myself.  I created about nine instrumentals within about a two week period – I couldn’t read music, I just wrote numbers on the keys with pencil and “felt the music” and I also just memorised the keys I was playing.

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Tony…

I wanted to transfer each musical piece onto my laptop but I didn’t have the right connecting cables.  So I went into a shop in Glasgow City Centre, RS Sound & Light and got chatting to the owner of the shop, Tony.  Tony was a very warm and inviting man and he sold me the cables I needed.  Whilst chatting to Tony he asked me why I wanted the cables and I told him I was going to be making up my own songs – I said to him “eventually I will have my own CD Album”.  Tony said that this was great and that when the CD Album is ready, to bring it into him and he would play it in his shop and also pass the CD onto other DJs he knew so they would also play it for me.

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Tony’s Shop in Glasgow
So Inspiring

This was so inspiring for me because although I had very little music experience (practically none), Tony didn’t disregard my idea and aspirations – he encouraged and supported me with it.  That was it, I was on a mission……..a passionate, exciting, true to myself mission of giving Tony my CD Album – I could see that vision, I could feel it and I believed it.

At this point I hadn’t written any songs……but here’s what happened.

From May 2013 to September 2013 I wrote 25 songs…..from the heart, including the melodies.  Between October to December I chose four of my favourite songs which I had only recorded acapella style on Youtube and hired musicians in Ireland (Denis Kilty), Canada (Gary Stitt) and New York (Shako) to create a simple piano and guitar backing track based on my melodies.  In January 2014, I went to the Professional Recording Studio, Reeltime Music and recorded my very first EP, Hearts Apart, which contains these original four songs – I had never been to a recording studio before either!!

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Across The Globe

Two weeks later I had released my first single, “Runaway Love” on iTunes and other music platforms across the globe and one month after that I was holding my newly created CD Album in my hands – I cried….my tears were of joy, love and pride in what I had accomplished.  One of the first things I thought of was, I can give Tony my CD now.

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Tony Helped Me

Almost exactly a year later to the date when I first went into Tony’s shop, I very proudly handed him a copy of my CD Album and also a copy for his daughter.  Prior to that, Tony had also helped me choose my first PA system and is also supporting me as Professional Compere for my first ever public Gig on 3rd May this year in my home village of Carfin…….how exciting.

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So Grateful

I am so grateful for all the help from Tony at RS Sound & Light in Glasgow City Centre and everyone else who has been involved in helping me achieve what I have achieved so far…..I certainly could not have done it without them.  A massive thank you also goes out to my best friend Donna Marie Dick who has been amazing in helping me co-ordinate my first two live Gigs in May – she truly is a shining star.

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Donna (L) and Clarabelle

Special thanks also goes out to my wonderful photographer who took some amazing shots of me for my music portfolio (he’s still a bit shy, so doesn’t want me to mention his name yet).  There are lots of people I need to thank personally and I will…..not sure if they all want to be mentioned here on this blog, so I will protect their identity for the moment, but I know they know I am so grateful for their contribution.

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So Blessed

So there you have it, that’s a short summary of the truth from my musical journey, how amazing is that, I feel so blessed for everything.

I want YOU to believe in YOU, believe in your DREAMS, believe YOU can make them happen and have faith that the right people will cross your path to help you.

I had many barriers in the way…….far to many to mention but when I look at how far I have come I can only ever feel very VERY happy.

I wish you forever happiness, I truly do.  Thank you for being here.

Lots of love Clarabelle

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Keep Going!!

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Focus on the Goal

Keep going, keep going, keep going……I say this mantra to myself if I sense my motivation is a little lower than it should be.  Those words “keep going” help me to focus on the goal in hand again.

This week has been a very productive week in terms of planning for my two Gigs in May this year.  It really is all systems go and I can honestly say people have been truly amazing, they are offering to help as much as they can and I feel so thankful for it.

Day 29

This is Day 29 of the Clarabelle 90 Day Challenge and I do feel it’s all going to plan.  Taking part in this Challenge has helped me to stay super focused because I have committed myself to it and I faithfully report on my daily progress on my Clarabelle Facebook Page.

I want to wish YOU a Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend, please don’t take life too seriously and just enjoy it……be happy in everything you do.….so that really means, do the things that make you happy.  

Lots of love to you, Clarabelle.

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Ask and It Is Given

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“Yes”

As you know I am putting my heart and soul into becoming a successful Singer-Songwriter and I guess the Universe is giving me what I am asking for.

Late on Friday afternoon I was asked to perform two of my original songs at an event that was taking place that evening.  It was very short notice but I just had to do it because I need the performance experience and I really need to get myself out there.  So I packed up my PA System and went along myself, only knowing 2 people in the room to start with, but by the end, knowing a lot more.

I sang my original song, “In Time We Heal” in the first half of the programme and sang my original song, “You Are” in the second half of the programme.  I received lovely feedback, especially for the second performance –  I am sure this was better because I felt more relaxed by then.

The main thing is, is that I said “yes” to this opportunity even though I felt a little unprepared but I know I had to push myself out of my comfort zone.

I was asking for performance experience only the night before….and I guess the Universe answered and certainly put my asking to the test.

Opportunities are everywhere in life and you know, you’ve just got to go for it…..I did on Friday night and although I was nervous, I am so glad I did it and I gained so much confidence from the experience.

Onwards and upwards my friends!!

Life is for the taking, take the opportunities when you can and when you can’t get them……create them.

It’s your life, GO GET IT!!

Lots of love, Clarabelle.

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The Unknown Road

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Photo by Jerry Nelson

Clarabelle Poetry

I thought I would share some poetry with you today.  I hope you like it  and may you embrace “The Unknown Road”.  Much love to you today, as always, Clarabelle.

The Unknown Road

The unknown road,
with its turns and twists.
Victory till the end,
it’s fighting fists.
Darkness may fall,
but within, is a light.
It leads the way,
like a shining knight.
It takes no prisoners,
it wins no wars.
This path to almighty,
has invisible corridors.
And the only way,
to find your way out.
Is to believe in you.
Have faith, no doubt.
The self is strong,
heart moves your soul.
Feel your way through,
Let love be your goal.

By Clarabelle, 12 February 2014

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Clarabelle 90 Day Challenge

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90 Day Challenge

I have set myself a new 90 Day Challenge which will start on Friday, 7 February 2014 and will last until Wednesday, 7 May 2014.  This challenge is to push myself forward with my music career and achieve as much success as I possibly can in this period of time.  I have decided to, take it up a level – drive into a new gear and I am excited about this.

Join Me

If you would like to join me on this 90 Day Challenge that would be absolutely wonderful because we could support each other.  What you would need to do is think of something that you want to achieve over the next 90 days and put your full heart and soul into achieving that.  It’s amazing the results you can achieve, when you increase your energy levels and focus towards something that you really want.

Pure Passion

This 90 Challenge will take pure passion, persistence, discipline, a positive and self empowering attitude, courage, bravery, self belief, faith and a touch of boldness.  You may need to take yourself to places you’ve never been……the unknown awaits YOU but so does the success.

So, LET’S DO IT, let’s do this together and achieve our dreams.

I will be updating my Clarabelle Facebook Page every day on what I’ve been doing and achieving, so please head over there and check it out.  Here is the Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/clarabelle.org

CLARABELLE 90 DAY CHALLENGE, LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER.  

YOUR DREAMS ARE WAITING FOR YOU.

What are you going to be celebrating at the end of the 90 Days?
I’d really love to know.

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Where are you going?

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Photo by Jerry Nelson

Destination Unknown

One thing I have discovered for sure, is that if you don’t have clarity on where you are going, chances are you might just go around in circles.  It’s so easy to drift when your destination is unknown, so I would encourage anyone who feels like they are in “drifting” mode to take time out to really answer that question for themselves.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING?  

It may seem like such a simple question but it can be a difficult one to answer and/or even a more challenging one to pursue.  You know what you’ve got to do though and I think this is a good place to start.

Please also ensure that the destination is in alignment with your core values, what and who is most important to you in your life, your passions, wants and desires.

I would love to hear all about it, please keep me posted or better still send me a postcard from that beautiful destination, yes that one place that just feels like home, like no other.  🙂

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

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What is Perfection?

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Life is not Perfect

Sometimes we can all be our own worse critic, saying things like “I can’t do this because it’s not perfect.”  Life is not perfect, nothing is and if you honestly think you have to wait and get going until everything is perfect, then you might have to wait a very long time……then, my friend, you may have missed the boat!!

Progress

I have said this before on this blog and I will say it again, “perfection is in the imperfections”, just like “beauty is in the eye of beholder”.  Please don’t put your life on “hold” because things aren’t “perfect” right now, think of baby steps towards progress.

If I had waited….

If I had waited to start this Clarabelle Blog until everything was perfect in my life and in my posts and poetry, I would never have started it and you wouldn’t be here, reading this right now.  🙂  If I had waited to release my own songs until everything was perfect then you wouldn’t have the opportunity to listen to them right now.  I heard someone say the other day that it can take the best part of 20 years to master something, wow 20 years is a long time, I can’t wait that long, can you?

Start NOW

Start where you are, NOW, hold that vision in your head and do something everyday to move you closer to your goal.  It’s amazing the new people and opportunities that cross your path when you just decide to, go for it.

I love this motivational video, below, which I came across on Youtube yesterday, the words ring very true for me and it is worth the 7 minutes to listen to it and be inspired.

Keep it real, keep it true to your heart and believe that you WILL do this.

Have a super inspiring day my lovely friends and thank you for being here.

Love Clarabelle

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I’ll do it tomorrow!!

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“I’ll do it tomorrow”

“I’ll do it tomorrow”, I hear you say……not that I wish you any heartache or misfortune because that is absolutely NOT the point here, but what if tomorrow didn’t come…..what if you were beamed up into a strange distant land today and never had the opportunity to come back to earth again.  I would miss you, other people would miss you and who and what would you miss?

Do what you feel.

We often go through life thinking “I would like to do that” but more often than not, we don’t do anything about it or we’ll say “it can wait”.  Don’t over think things, just do, do what you feel, right then, right there in that moment, because as soon as you starting thinking too much, before you know it, you’ve changed your mind and maybe you’ve missed out on the greatest moment of your life, like telling someone “I love you”, you should never think too much about that one.

The Last Day of this Year

Please use the last day of this year wisely, let it end with a special loving memory that will live in your heart forever.  Do what you need to do, do what you want to do, do that one thing you’ve always desired to do, make a commitment right now to do it…..don’t say “I’ll do it tomorrow”, just do now.

Make this day special, make this day great and please tell me all about it.

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

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New Beginnings Meet Happy endings

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A New Year is Coming

A new year is coming, this is a great time for you to decide to make positive changes in your life, you can’t turn the clock back anyway so you might as well look forward to a brighter future where new beginnings meet happy endings.

What do you want your new beginning to be?  

What do you want your happy ending to be?  

Just Decide

Just decide, make a plan and do…..go on, do it, I know you want to.  Think about how good it will feel when you have achieved it, yes it might be hard work but when you overcome those daily challenges it will uplift your spirits and make you feel great inside. Progress is a wonderful thing, even if it’s just baby steps to achieving a better a life, a better you, when you look back you’ll see how far you have come.

The Birth of a New Year

The birth of a new year is a new opportunity to strengthen yourself from within and achieve all that your heart desires.

I’m on my way to my happy ending, see you at the rainbow’s end.  Lots of love to you today and always, Clarabelle.

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Let 2014 Be Your Year

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Let 2014 Be A Year To Remember

2014 is just around the corner and it’s now time for you to get thinking about all that you want to achieve next year.  Let 2014 be a year to remember, a year where you take full control of your life and make life changing decisions that will catapult you to the next level. The important part here, is that you must know where you are going…..yes, that’s step 1 of the process, because if you don’t know that, then chances are you could be going around in circles.  So where are you going?  Take some time today, to think about answering that question for yourself. This next poem is inspired by just that.  Start your New Year planning NOW!!  After all there is no time like the present.  Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle.

The New Year

Where are you going?
Not just for today.
What steps are you taking?
To move you on your way.
Let the New Year,
Be prosperous for you,
Decide NOW,
What you’re going to do.
For this is your chance,
To turn life around,
No more negativity,
Or staring at the ground.
Lift up your head,
Stand up tall,
Go make it happen,
This one’s your call.

Created by Clarabelle, 26 December 2013

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YOU Are Gold

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Believing is Seeing

The tide is turning, EVERYTHING is changing for the better, 2014 welcomes you with open arms, get ready to rock ‘n roll and take the challenge on…..success is on the horizon, I feel it for you, BELIEVING is seeing, make sure you do that.  This next poem is inspired by just that and it is for YOU.  Love Clarabelle.

YOU Are Gold

In every challenge,
there’s potential in you.
In every thought,
in all you do.

Believe the hype,
believe it’s true.
You are special,
So loved through and through.

A broken heart,
drowning in the sea.
Mind swirling around,
Set yourself free.

As the high winds howl,
like a wolf in the night.
Look for the stars,
They are your guiding light.

When you are the bottom,
the only way is up.
When shattered dreams,
feel heavy in your cup.

But one year on,
You’ll look back on this day.
Success was in the failure,
because you found your way.

The path of life,
never goes straight.
One day lost in the maze,
One day finding the gate.

The way out is clear,
you can’t see it with your eyes.
It’s from deep within your heart,
Its whispers are wise.

The people on your road,
are here for a reason.
Some for a lifetime,
some just for a season.

But remember this,
YOU are gold.
A precious stone,
No one can mold.

So when darkness falls,
and you have no light.
Remember your heart,
will always shine bright.

Like an angel in the wind,
Floating by your side.
She appears in many people,
Being your silent guide.

Created by Clarabelle, 5 December 2013

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Guest Blog Post: Jerry Nelson

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Photo by Jerry Nelson

Please let me introduce you to Jerry Nelson, Guest Blogger from www.journeyamerica.org

Here is a little bit about the truly wonderfully inspiring Jerry (extract from his blog):

Jerry Nelson is an internationally recognized photojournalist.

His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications and news outlets including USAToday, CNN, Huffington Post, Upsurge, CBS, Dream Row, Earthwalkers and others.
He photographs and licenses images for all manner of commercial and editorial use as well as selling through this website.
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Nelson writes, “I realize the dreams to travel were not mine alone. I have friends that have dreamed of traveling and trekking since the days that we all roamed the woods around Hot Springs, Virginia.                                                                                                                    
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I realize that most of those friends will never have the opportunity to journey. Life gets in the way sometimes. But I have tried to share the majesty, intimacy and timelessness of places in my photographs in a way I hope everyone can relate to. I’ve tried to capture the reality of my childhood imaginations and share them with you. I realize that despite having grown up with these dreams, nobody needs to go on trips like I do. 
 
But as we work through the daily routine of life at home, sometimes it helps to know that we could go. That it’s all really there. 
 
Better yet, I hope my photographs inspire a few of you to actually follow your dreams and take your journey. I want to remind everyone that ordinary working people can visit remote places like I have. They do it all the time. 
 
These are not expensive or difficult places to explore if you travel independently and stay with the locals. 
 
And of course, there are endless experiences to be had in the wilderness areas of your own backyard. 
 
You can’t begin a journey if you don’t step out. There is nothing mysterious about a rucksack. All you need are a couple changes of clothes, some hard earned time off and less money than you think. 
 
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Snake River Canyon Idaho
Get out there with me and watch the ravens fly through the dazzling glow of a remote slot canyon, watch the northern lights dance over the snows of Denali, walk with the lions and tigers in Lujan, roam the barrios in Buenos Aires looking for the next photograph, stand in the plaza as the Pope gets installed, watch in amazement during the Prayer Dance of the Native Cultural Center in Tennessee, break bread with veterans from the Falkland Islands war, listen for the choppers at the M*A*S*H set in Malibu, drift on The Snake River as we pass The Grand Tetons, stay silent in the Sonoran Desert as we wait for the Mexican drug cartel to appear, break bread with the Shoshone in Idaho, walk a knife-edge ridge in the Smokies and sit around the campfire in the Ozarks with other veterans. Fish for Pirrhana in the Amazon, watch autumn leaves fall in a gentle snowstorm in Patagonia, stand with me as 300 buffalo stampede towards us in Eusick, Washington, marvel at a palm tree swaying dark against a billion stars while camping on a moonless night in the middle of the South Pacific, sail a 16th century ship through the sound into open water, be ’embedded’ with OccupyDC during the winter, live with rugged miners in even more rugged Appalachia and drink Dr. Pepper on the front porch of the old Hatfield homestead in Mingo County. 
 
It’s all there. 
 
And the earth needs people who travel this way, who earn their time with its treasures, and promote its conservation.                                                                                                
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Time is the most precious commodity we actually own.”
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Below is Jerry’s Guest Blog Post which he wrote especially for this Clarabelle Blog:

Life Goes On

It grey the morning I stepped outside the door in a small town close to Roswell, New Mexico, on December 17, 2006.  I shifted the backpack on my shoulders and walked to the end of the drive.  Adjusting the straps again, I stepped into the street and walked to the corner.  Looking back one more time, shifting the pack again, I walked down the street, through the town and across America.

I’m a Vietnam Veteran and while I didn’t see as much stuff as some others did, I was affected by the war and its aftermath.  After keeping feelings, emotions and nightmares bottled up for years, I was admitted to a psychiatric hospitel in Staunton, Virginia where I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Ten days in the psych ward with nothing to do but read ended up being a blessing.

I came across an old issue of National Geographic that had an article about hiking the Appalchian Trail.  That was what I needed to do.  That’s what I wanted to do.  Get out in the woods, get away from everything and everyone I knew.  Alone with just my thoughts and the Creator for company.  It never happened.  Sometimes life gets in the way and for years there was always a reason not to pursue my dream:  my wife she…my bills they…my job it…  Well, you know how it goes.

In September 2005 my wife of 31 years filed for divorce.  I didn’t want it so I sat on the paperwork hoping she would have a change of heart.  She never did, and in April 2006 I signed the documents and handed them over.  Later that year some friends who were living in New Mexico invited me out to spend the holidays with them so I wouldn’t have to be alone.  With nothing better to do, I went.  I got there on December 16 and that night felt the God of my understanding say I could take my walk.

I got to Washington DC on June 30th, 2007.  Since then I’ve continued to travel, write and take pictures.  You can see my work on my website, www.JourneyAmerica.org.  I’m always encouraging people to follow my travels and challenging them to take their own journey.  If you do, the people you’ll meet are amazing.

People like Omar in a Dallas ghetto who dreams of going to medical school so he can return and care for his neighbors and “Ms. Mamie” in Jackson, Mississippi who went back to school at 80 years old.

The spiritual life-lessons learned on a trip like that stay with you through life and become a guiding force and you learn that:

Life goes on and no matter what you’re going through I encourage you to “Join the Adventure”

Thank you Jerry for sharing a part of your story with us today here on this blog, it has been a real pleasure having you on board and you are most welcome anytime.  If you would like to read more about Jerry and his adventures please head over to his blog http://www.journeyamerica.org I challenge you not to feel inspired.

If you are interested in becoming a guest blogger on this Clarabelle Blog, please let me know on the comments below or send me an email to claire@murraypeople.com

Thank you for being here, thank you for reading and thank you for your comments.

Clarabelle

Which Zone Are You In?

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I want you to think about moving out of your “comfort zone” today and into your “learning/stretch zone”.

Get comfortable being uncomfortable and see where this takes you.

  • Life is an adventure
  • Life is a challenge
  • Life is to be lived
  • Life is to be loved
  • Life is for learning
  • Life is for creating
  • Life is for embracing
  • Life is for YOU

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Learning/Stretch Zone

The best way you can achieve the above experiences is by doing things that will take you into your “learning/stretch zone”.  I’m not talking here about pushing yourself so far that it makes you cry with terror from within, as being in the “panic zone” will NOT serve you well.  I believe that by staying in your “comfort zone” you are not just standing still, you are actually going backwards, as other people move forward into their “learning/stretch zone”.

One Thing

What one thing could you do today that would move you out of your “comfort zone” and into your “learning/stretch zone”.  Go on, seriously think about…..actually don’t just think about it, DO IT!!

Don’t make this a lazy day, make it a LIVELY day and you’ll definitely feel the difference.

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“Yes, I Can Do This”

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Life can go so swimmingly well and then crash, down comes the biggest wave you’ve ever seen, you didn’t expect that one and it takes the wind out of your sails.  But hey, this is what you’ve got to do, you’ve got to get back up again, get back on track, baby step after baby step and when you look back, you will have surely come along way.  This next poem is inspired by just that.  Say “Yes, I Can Do This”.

“Yes, I Can Do This”

You’ve got to push yourself,
as much as you can.
Even though you don’t feel it,
it’s a sure good plan.

No lying on the couch,
thinking so low.
You’ve got to get up,
no matter how slow.

The mind sees red,
and gets tangled inside.
To loosen the knots,
get out, don’t hide.

I know it’s hard,
I know it’s tough.
It’s the last thing you want,
when feeling rough.

But you’ve got to move,
you’ve got to believe.
Don’t waste your talents,
You’ve so much to achieve.

Look in the mirror,
and shout out loud,
“Yes, I can do this”
Shout it loud and proud.

By Clarabelle, 22 October 2013

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It’s All Going to be Okay

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Sometimes you just need to say to yourself, “It’s all going to be okay” and it WILL be. This next short poem is just about that, for YOU.  I wish for you today a fabulous day, much better that okay, love Clarabelle.

Okay

I know it will be okay
I know because I think that way
I know and believe today
And this is what I’ll say
“It’s all going to be okay”

By Clarabelle, 5 October 2013

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Where there’s passion…

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“Where there’s passion, there is pull.”  

I just thought I would share that one with you today.  No matter how many bumps on the road there are, when you are passionate about doing something, it never feels like you have to really force yourself, you never need to fully push because the passion that you have for that thing indeed pulls you forward.

Choose a goal in life that you are passionate about, one that is in alignment with your values and watch yourself soar.

Remember:  “Where there’s passion, there is pull.”

Much love to you today, Clarabelle

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I Am A Survivor

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Beautiful Energy

You are strong, so very very strong, no matter what troubles you face each day, you will always come out stronger in the end.  You have everything you need right now to win every battle that comes your way.  Your armour is your loving heart, abundant soul, happy spirit and the truth and wisdom of your beautiful mind.  This next poem is for you, because you are a survivor and I am a survivor and together we will conquer the storms of today and the mysteries of tomorrow, to illuminate the wonders in our heart.  Thank you my friends for being here and bringing your beautiful energy into my path.  Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

I Am A Survivor 

I am a survivor, strong and pure
Fighting many battles, this is for sure
A warrior of the night, catching dreams in my soul
Holding on tight, until I reach the goal

I am a  survivor, nothing stops me
I strive for the best, I am what I want to be
I challenge the past, you don’t live here anymore
When negativity comes knocking, I don’t open the door

I am a survivor, hear my calling
I’m alive and kicking, never falling
My spirit is happy, I breathe life into me
Shining and sparkling, like ice on the sea

I am a survivor, my heart is so full
With love and abundance, this is my pull
I glide in the now, I dance on the waves
I see beauty around me, an energy haze

I am survivor, and so are YOU
Believe in yourself, and all you do
You are a survivor, you are the one
You are amazing, brighter than the sun

By Clarabelle, 19 September 2013

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Clarabelle 30 Day Challenge – 1000 Thank Yous

Beautiful People, Thank You

Here is a wonderful challenge for you, a challenge that I feel by the end of it you will feel more amazing than ever before.  I know when you complete this challenge you will feel much more stronger, abundant, grateful, healthier, richer and happier.  This is a challenge for your inner soul to spread its beautiful energy into the Universe and just like a boomerang it will come back to you in abundance.

Here is your 30 day challenge:

Give out 1000 thank yous.  

I want you to think about the people and things in your life that you are thankful for and I want you to tell those people and be truly mindful of these things that you are thankful for in your life.

When you are thankful towards a person it not only uplifts their mood, it will also uplift your own, believe me, you will feel so good.

There is a magical power in the power of thank you and it creates a beautiful wave of energy that spreads freely from person to person, creating a domino effect of happiness from within.

It’s up to you how you decide to record your 1000 thank yous but what is most important is that they are meaningful thank yous, please don’t just say them for the sake of it, you must feel deeply from within the gratitude you’re offering out, it must be genuine gratitude.

I will gladly do this challenge with you and below are my first ten 🙂

  1. I am ever so grateful to you for reading this online Magazine, thank you, I love it when you visit and I love it even more when you comment and share your thoughts, wisdom and knowledge.
  2. Thank you for my healthy body, it gives me the energy to enjoy the beauty of life.
  3. Thank you for my grateful heart, I feel very blessed.
  4. Thank you to my beautiful mum, for your never ending support and encouragement.
  5. Thank you for my brother and his protective spirit towards me.
  6. Thank you for my loving sister whom I feel I have a very special bond with, even though I don’t see her everyday I feel the strength of our love and connection for each other.
  7. Thank you for my bestest friend in the whole wide world, Donna Marie Dick, we have been best friends for almost 36 years, she is a beautiful person inside and out.
  8. Thank you for my other best friend Sharon Craig, she is such a good listener, supporter, fun loving, full of energy, motivated and super happy party girl.
  9. Thank you to my beautiful nieces, Megan, Carmen and Nicole and nephew, Sean whom I love very very very much.
  10. Thank you for my creative spirit that I am unleashing daily into this world, it gives me so much joy and happiness.

I really do hope you take on this 30 Day Challenge of 1000 Thank Yous because I really do believe you and others around you will get great benefit from doing this.  When you have completed it, I would love to hear all about it.  You might want to write an article about it and share it on your own online platform or on this one as Guest Writer – I would really love that.

Thank you for reading this article and thank you for participating in it, I know it will bring you great love and joy.

Lots of love to you today Clarabelle

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I Am The Greatest

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Just Believe

Sometimes you just have to believe that YOU are the greatest, you have to believe in yourself, you have to believe in your abilities, you have to believe that you are capable of achieving so much more.  You have so much potential, there is so much more of you to unleash, so much more of you to share with the world.  Now I want you to hold onto that thought and I want you to flip an imaginary switch and when you do, you 100% believe in you, now watch what you are doing, look at who you are talking to, What changes are you making in your life? What are you doing differently?  Just believe, just believe, just believe in YOU.  I wrote the lyrics, “I Am The Greatest” (see below) last month because I was strongly visualising myself being the greatest songwriter of all time and then I wrote it down (picture above).

Vision

I believe, I have faith in the unknown and I know the Universe is working in my favour and bringing it to me.  I made the decision, I made the commitment and I acted upon it, I now treasure every person and thing that I attract into my life that moves me closer to my vision.

YOU

Now I want you to believe in you, believe in it all, believe and have faith in the mystery of the unknown, that once you commit to doing something, once you commit to achieving that goal, it’s going to happen for you, sooner or later it is going to happen for you.  You are the greatest and I want you to believe that.

Below are the lyrics to my song, “I Am The Greatest”, this will be released as part of my Album, “The Becoming of Me”, I think the melody that goes with this song is really great, it is really uplifting and empowering, definitely a song to be listened to first thing in the morning or when you are feeling down and want a little boost, the song will definitely do that for you.

“I Am The Greatest” by Clarabelle created on 22 July 2013

Verse 1

You’ve gotta put the hard work in
And let your mind know
In order to catch the falling star
You’ve gotta move and go
Time it will not wait for you
Life moves very fast
So step it up, get going
Live it up, get showing
Say  I Am

Chorus

I am the greatest
I’ve changed my ways
I’ve reached the rainbow
Happy sunny days
For I am the greatest
So watch me fly
I am the greatest
This is why

Verse 2

Times are tough I know sometimes
Keep going until the end
To reach the top you have to go
Be real do not pretend
You can be the champion
You can have it all
So live it up, get moving
Play the game, get grooving
Say  I Am

Bridge

I feel my heart
I feel my soul
In changing moments
This I know

Chorus

I am the greatest
I’ve changed my ways
I’ve reached the rainbow
Happy sunny days
For I am the greatest
So watch me fly
I am the greatest
This is why
This is why
I will fly

I want you to fly today, I’ll be watching you, love Clarabelle

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Just Smile

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A smile can bring comfort to the deepest pain and a smile will warm your heart until full happiness returns again. This next poem is just for you……”Just Smile”.  I wish you a day filled with rainbows and smiles.  Love Clarabelle

Just Smile 

When times are tough and you’re feeling rough
Just smile
When thunder roars and the rain pours
Just smile
When happiness goes and the wild wind blows
Just smile
When you’re lost in the crowd and don’t feel proud
Just smile
When hope departs and there’s broken hearts
Just smile
When the bee stings and no one sings
Just smile
When darkness falls and there’s only brick walls
Just smile
When you want to be you, when you want to be true
Just smile
When you smile, you bring love and light
Smile with your heart, win the fight

poemsbyclarabelle, 12 July 2013

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The Power of Visualisation

The power of visualisation

I love using the power of visualisation, I feel it is a very beneficial exercise to apply when you want to distance yourself from a current problem, so as to help you find the solution or if you want to think creatively about your future self.  Here is a visualisation exercise that I came up with that really helped me to look at where I was at, what I was doing and what needed to change (if anything).  I would recommend you have some quiet time and space to do this exercise effectively, you may also wish to have a notepad and pen available, so you can record your thoughts, feelings and any action points you may want to take from doing this exercise.

Imagination

Imagine yourself looking down on yourself from above, like having a birds-eye view of what you are doing.  See yourself right now going about your business, look at how you operate, who you talk to, where you go, what your routine is like, what daily rituals you have and even listen to what you’re thinking and communicating.  Now I want you to look at the things that are serving you well and think about why this is and in contrast to that I want you to think about the things that you are thinking and doing that are not serving you well.  Let me give you an example:

Map

When I did this exercise a few months ago, I looked at the places I was going to, I then drew out a map of this on my notepad, I didn’t like what I seen because I had got into the habit of going to the same places and never really getting out of a 50 mile radius from where I lived……that really made me think and immediately I got to work on making choices and decisions that would change that for me.  This then led me onto exploring new places, meeting new people who inspired me and from that I started doing some things a little differently which have served me very well.

Challenge Yourself 

So today I want you to challenge yourself to do this visualisatoin exercise and step out of who you are and take a birds-eye view of you living your life.  If you don’t like what you see, take a note of what you want to change, what you want to do more of, what you want to do less of, what you want to say ‘yes’ to and what you will say ‘no’ to.  Take the time to reflect on it all because by applying these new insights, it could just be the turning point you need in your life right now.

Not happy?  I challenge you to make the change today.

I hope you take the opportunity to try out this visualisation exercise and I would love to hear what new insights you got from it.

Much love to you today,  Clarabelle

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Have a serious chat with yourself!!

Beautiful sunset

I am having a serious chat with myself today, I have the energy and enthusiasm to really move forward in life, to achieve all that I want to achieve, to embrace life and all its challenges and to breathe in the most beautiful view from the top of the highest mountain.

The conversation I am having with myself today is this:

Out with the old and make room for the new, this is a MUST for me, old everything is going, I have to make room for the new, it needs the space to thrive, it needs space to breathe and it needs me to create the space for it.  This new energy will bring an abundance of everything I’ve ever wanted and I know NOW is the time to make room for it.  I need to get out of my own way and just do it.  This is serious stuff, this is MY LIFE, there is no going back, there is only right now and the dreams that I hold in my heart.  I will make this change for myself, I will clear out ALL of the old and welcome the new with true love, open arms and a warm smile.

YOU

I sincerely challenge you today, to have a serious conversation with yourself:

What do you need to do?
What do you need to commit to?
What fears do you have to face that are holding you back?

Now is the time, this moment is all we have, DO IT FOR YOU, it’s your life GO GET IT!!

Wishing you a beautiful day today filled with committed action and inspiration that will live in your heart forever.  Lots of love, Clarabelle

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Winning Starts Now

Winning starts NOW, not yesterday, not tomorrow, not one hour from now, WINNING STARTS NOW!!  Go, Go, Go!!  This next poem is inspired by just that.  May you keep on winning today, love Clarabelle.

Winning Starts Now

Winning Starts Now

To win in your heart, will keep you alive;

Do your best, grow and thrive.

It’s not about the past, that’s forever gone;

Rise with the sun, from dusk til dawn.

Winning is now, feel it from within;

Strive to be better, for you just win.

Keep motivation high, do what you say;

Live in this moment, live for today.

People will come, people will go;

Truth never leaves you, this I know.

Keep focus strong, create all you can;

Abundance will follow, every woman and man.

poemsbyclarabelle, 11 May 2013

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