• Jess Van Zeil
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      One of my movies at the moment is “Hector and the search for happiness” and I have taken my life motto directly from the film ‘Happiness is not a destination. It’s a state of being.’   I believe that happiness comes from your outlook on life and it is
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    This is a saying that one of my best friends Liv and her boyfriend Kev use all the time and it got me thinking about how important it is to stay true to yourself in both friendships and relationships. They use it in situations when they can’t make a joint
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        Growing up I was always the protector, I loved to watch over my friends, siblings and even my parents and make sure they were doing alright and had everything they wanted or needed at the time. HOWEVER this year that role has been reversed, I have had everyone
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    I wrote this blog just after I lost my eye in October 2015, a time when I was learning to love myself and the way I looked again. I decided not to release this originally out of fear, I was scared that it was too direct, too emotionally charged and

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  • Thank you so much Andrea, I am really glad you found some value in this post! This is definitely an area I will be speaking more on 🙂

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  • As a child I wore an eye patch for many years. At school the name calling from other children was constant and cruel. Unfortunately adults werent much better just a but more sophisticated wirh their taunts. I am now 56. It took me a long time to love myself and my perceived imperfections. Now when I am confronted by adult ignorance I assertively and politely let the person know hiw their comments actions make me feel. Sometimes it is exhausting but i will no longer take responsibility for someone elses ignorance.

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  • Beautifully said, Jess. All of what you say makes so much sense, and shows so clearly the importance of acceptance of other people. Sadly, I suspect we may have been guilty of making some of these comments when we were rearing our own children, but as grandparents, I think we know better now.
    Thank you for sharing.

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