On my way… by Marie

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life


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Feeling blessed to know THEM…

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“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”

― Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

(That’s what I’m gonna try to do anyway… make this post worth remembering for all the people it is dedicated to…)

“THEM”… all the fantastic people I’ve met and learnt to know lately. Their names? You probably don’t care, but I nonetheless want to mention them, because it matters to me… I’m sure you already know both Florence (also called Flavie Peticoeur on her blog, my adorable #PetitChatPréféré) and Jamie (the lovely & amazing current Marius, performing in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre in London) I had the chance to interview a bit earlier this year! You may also know Chloé (from La penderie de Chloé – blog) who shares a common taste for cider (not to say LOVE… you’re gonna think we’re alcoholic :p! Actually naww, not with cider :p!!!). I would also like to talk about three incredible British girls, whose names are Caroline, Becky and Laura (a very great bunch of people ^^). And the last persons I want to mention are the incredible girls, running Jamie Ward’s and Celinde Schoenmaker’s fan pages; I’m obviously talking about my very much loved Jenna & Stela and Julia (Love you, girls xxx)!

Now that I’ve made the presentations, I think I can start explaining why I feel so blessed. I’m saying “blessed”, but I could also say “thankful” and “lucky”, or even “happy”… because those people are SIMPLY & TRULY amazing, and they do make me happy :)!

Steve Maraboli once wrote, “It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.” When I arrived in England, I was totally, completely broken… my family was entirely destroyed, my life in France was kind of a mess (and… still is, to be honest, but I’ll deal with that when I’m back :s), I couldn’t see the good things in life anymore… (hopefully, the only things I could hold on to were my cat and my horse – fortunately, my very much loved horse is still here, living his BEAUTIFUL horse life, and still not bothered by all the bullshit life can bring :p, but my little cat is not well at all and it truly kills me 😦 …)  but since then… I met some very lovely, adorable, amazing, incredible, gentle and sweet people over here… across the sea 😉 (I could find lots of adjectives of that kind to describe them, but I think I shall stop here for the moment ^^)! And those people (that now includes the ones I mentioned at the very beginning of this post) changed everything… In a word, they gave me my smile back :D! What’s more important than that?! Nothing really… I think they simply proved me, showed me that there was a place to belong to, a place where a happy life was well and truly possible, this so very special and cherished place, where I met them… England!

So, yeah! I feel blessed and thankful and lucky to know these people… my lovely British family, Caroline, Jamie, Florence, Chloé, Jenna, Becky, Laura, Stela and Julia…

So to you, guys, who have spent at least four minutes with me in some way :p, I just want to say THANK YOU! Thank you for being in my life today, thank you for bringing joy back in my life, thank you for being who you are and doing what you do! I love you like I love sparkles, I love you like I love my horse and cat, I love you like I love my family and I love you like I love having the last word ;p! And, believe me, THAT’S real love ;)! Xxx

(I would like to say a special thank you to Jamie, who definitely made my day the other evening (see! I have still not got over it ;p!) when he sent that very sweet & lovely tweet). 🙂

With this, the only thing I’d like to wish you, my very dear readers, is to feel that way too… Feeling thankful and blessed for what and who you have in your life that makes you happy… I truly & sincerely wish this for all of you, simply because, I think, that’s one of the keys to happiness, to YOUR happiness 😉

So…

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

Much love ❤

xoxo


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It only takes 10 seconds of courage to change everything, or to start something that will.

♪ You have more friends than you know…

Some who surround you,

Some you are destined to meet.

You’ll have more love in your life…

Don’t let go, give it time, take it slow,

Those who love you the most may need more time to grow ♪ 

Glee – You have more friends than you know

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I know what you think! ‘Another article about friendship, new friendships’. Well… yes! That’s it! But if we didn’t have our friends, we would be the poorest people on Earth! Who said it was money that made you rich or poor? I think your fortune can only be measured regarding the friends you have. Do you not agree?

So… 10 seconds, uh?! In other words ‘almost nothing’… but these 10 seconds may mean everything! Just think about it! Think about all those little things you can do in 10 seconds, all the things that can happen, and that can change absolutely EVERYTHING, that can be the sign of a new start, the sign of a new hope… or sometimes the end and annihilation of all your hopes and dreams…

It took me a bit less than 10 seconds to start a conversation with my ‘adopting British family’ when I first met them at the ferry port, less than 10 seconds to smile and say hello to my new ‘colleague’ (because it may be inappropriate to call the new assistant manager ‘my friend’ ^^), Caroline, on her first day of work, not even 10 seconds to send that tweet to Jamie to ask him for the interview, and it didn’t take me more than 10 seconds to know that these people will be my friends…

It often starts with a hello and a smile, and as one says it, “One smile can start a friendship. One word can end a fight. One look can save a relationship. One person can change your life”. And each of those previously cited people brought me something special; they don’t know each other but they at least have one common point… they touched my heart.

“Touching someone’s heart for a mere second can sometimes touch their soul for a lifetime.”

That’s what happened! I think you’re never really prepared when such things happen; you may also be scared but, in the same time, it feels really good (to know that you’ve just found a friend xxx)… maybe because when your heart’s touched by some people, you will quite never be the same again. Part of their life will live in you always. I know that’s what happened to me, that’s what I felt when I met them… So the only thing I really want to say right now is… ‘My dear British family, Caroline, Jamie… thank you for being part of my life now ;)’.

‘We have more friends than we know; some we are destined to meet’: that’s what the song says and it is simply true. Do you believe that? Well, I do. Look around you! Look well! You’ll see (for sure) all those persons who came into your life and who, one way or another, touched your heart & your soul so deeply that the only thing you wanted to give back to them was your friendship.

I know it will take me some time to start (but I think that bit’s already done actually ^^) & keep a very precious friendship with my ‘adopting family’, Caroline & Jamie because I don’t really live next door, if you know what I mean #Frenchgirl (even if I definitely intend to come back to England for good in less than two years)! But I want to be part of their life, as well as they’re kind of part of mine now. One often says, “If someone wants to be part of your life, they will be there. Don’t bother saving a spot for someone who won’t make an effort to stay”. And I can promise them that I will be there (I don’t think I’m the kind of girl, who let people down!), that I won’t give up on such a precious & great thing that is a friendship because I know that great things take time and even if it’s hard at the beginning, I won’t give up (I’m not narrow minded (or maybe a little bit ;p), I’m simply human!).

Thus, through this article, I’ve followed what my grandpa has always told me, “Always tell someone how you feel, because opportunities are lost in the blink of an eye but regret can last for a lifetime”. I know the people I mentioned in this post will read all this & therefore they will know how I feel…

As far as you’re concerned, my darlings, I would just like to tell you to follow your heart and to…

Keep holding on to what you love & to enjoy the ride of life 😉

And remember…

♪ It’s gonna be okay! You have more friends than you know…

Be brave, be strong, you are loved, you belong ♪

xoxo