Saturday, September 5, 2015

Thank You's / Optimism and Why I Love Blogging

Aloha amigo's, I have news... and this time it's good! It's been a while since I've been able to say that. As many of my regular readers know, things have been pretty dismal lately what with having to be crammed back into reality after over a month of traveling Southeast Asia, returning to work and to an icy cold winter, having my engagement end, losing everything and having my Grandmother unexpectedly pass away. 

It literally didn't rain, it poured! In the process my flat got flooded (literally....) so yeah...... I haven't been in the best frame of mind recently BUT I've finally decided to put the past behind me. 
Grow from it. 
Learn from it.
Move on to a bigger, better, brighter future. 

You know, I have always been the type to have a good sense of humor. I find light in every situation. Granted, lately my sense of humor has been a delightfully confusing mixture of bitterness and funniness... with things like this having me laughing my ass off: 

(only because it is so scarily accurate)

As hilarious as I find that (really, I do), the arrival of Spring on the 1st September came the arrival of more optimism and hope than I have ever had before.

My news is that for the first time in a while, I caught myself smiling. 
Really smiling. 
It wasn't put on. It wasn't fake. It wasn't because someone was trying to make me laugh - I was just smiling.  
New fringe and all! :)


Because life is good

Life is beautiful.

The sun is out, the birds are chirping... I'm just feeling great. No one else is making me feel great, I'm making me feel great - and that's what's amazing. They say that you need to love yourself and be happy within yourself before someone else can love you, before you can share your happiness... and that smile that's been creeping up on my face over this past week is proving to me that I am finally happy again. I am working hard - keeping focused, planning new travels and adventures. I'm enjoying time with friends. Seriously, Lucien, Kyle, Chelsea, Rob, Chanel, Rene, Bernie, Claire, Ashley, Lydon, Jess, Jessie, Rhain, Sandy, Jean-Marie, Tara and all of you guys have been absolutely mind-blowing to me over this tough time. I am so overwhelmed and blessed to have so many amazing friends and family supporting me and making sure I don't lose sight of my goals, my happiness. You've all wiped away my tears, cuddled me close, made me laugh, spoiled me rotten and gotten me through this. I could not be more thankful to each and every one of you. 

Thank you.

To my blogging friends scattered all over the world, your comments and emails and just pure love has been incredible to me. I hope you all know just how special you are and I am so, so happy that I 'met' you all. 

Blogging is amazing isn't it????

I was really hurt and really upset for the last two months and I think that showed on my blog - this old tatty site that pretty much has my entire life documented over the past 5 / 6 years. Honestly, this blog has seen me through so so much. If I look back at the very first posts from 2010, it told my story of becoming a woman. Leaving those God awful teenage years behind. Getting my first job after finishing my studies. My blog holds the story of the first time I fell in love, the first time my heart was broken. It shows my development in surfing and my passion and drive to stand up on that board on a wave!

It has my story of the first time I lived with a partner. It has the story of how that ended. It gives me the funniest reminders of the time I hooked up with an actual famous rock-star and didn't even know it (we're still friends today, hey Jason!).
My blog has so many delicious recipes that I can come to find if I ever want to cook one of my favorite meals for a friend (they're obviously really privileged if I do haha!).
My blog has videos of me doing really random crap or just talking away like a rambling idiot but it's something I'll look back on at 80 and smile. It has every travel experience documented (besides Bali, Thailand and Singapore because I haven't got around to that yet).
It has my endless rambles of wanderlust and wanting freedom and fun in my life. It will contain so many more beautiful stories of travel and experience - because I will live my life to the absolute fullest and enjoy every single moment of it.

My blog is my life. It's really that simple.

People ask me why I love blogging so much - that is why. I can look back on my life and smile, laugh, cry and be proud whenever I want to. I can share my experiences with the world! It is the most expressing, liberating thing and I couldn't imagine my life without it.
Now, my blog is growing with me - taking me through a new story that had a tremendous amount of pain involved. A story about a love that was way too fast, way too intense. An engagement that ended and the shocking nastiness that came after that... but now that story is coming into fruition and it's good. It's the part where I take back my life, gain my strength and move on.

It's happy. It's me!

Another chapter is drawing to a close - and I'm excited for the fresh new page of endless possibilities. 

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  1. You are fabulous! Fabulous for being positive and keeping going when most of us would hide in a cave! I'm glad Spring has come for you. On that note, that utterly confused me when you said that, since we are on opposite sides of the equator and it is SUCH. A refreshing change to hear that apart from the zillion 'Fall/Autumn is here!!! Yay!" Posts that I've read over the past week which are reaaaaaally annoying me!!
    I look forward to reading more of your adventures and yes, blogging is the greatest, non-bloggers don't get it, do they!? Xx

  2. Keep going girl, it pays to be positive. Caving is not good for anyone. You look great girl! All the best for your adventures.

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  3. Awwwww. I LOVE this!!! Love youuuuuuuu xxxx

    so glad you're feeling happier in yourself and more positive.


  4. i was out of the loop for a month or so.. i am so sorry to hear about all the crazy in your life.. but you have a great attitude.. just keep swimming..
    and yes I agree.. blogging rocks..

  5. Jade I love how you are growing and truly becoming more beautiful from the inside out. I hope one day to get to where you are with the happiness, I'm working on it.

    I love blogging for many of the same reasons you wrote. I like looking back to see my growth because sometimes I can't see it easily.

    You are incredible and inspirational, I can't wait to hear about your past trip when you are ready♡ xox

  6. Whoever said whatever does not kill makes you stronger was very wise. Experiences (even bad ones) make you a more interesting and better person. Looking forward to seeing all the great things that happen to you in the future

  7. Great post and great photos !! :)
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  8. Jade, I love your positive attitude, and I am so glad to read that you are feeling happy again. Nothing keeps you down for long, and that's great! I look forward to hearing about whatever adventures you have coming up next. :)

  9. You have such a nice blog! Keep up a good work! <3

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  10. Omg Jade. I've been MIA from the blogging world for a couple of months and can't believe how much things have changed for you!
    I love how optimistic you are, and sorry for your heartbreak!! Keep positive and I am looking forward to keeping up to date with your blog as it's always an interesting read. I'm sure all the people writing comments will agree :)



  11. Glad to see you back, lovey. xoxo To wonderful, bright things ahead. ;-)

  12. So good to read optimistic and fun post from you. :)
    You really had one great vacation. Good on you.

  13. I'm so happy to hear that your are feeling great about life and optimistic! I have gone through some dark times myself, and it is such a wonderful and freeing feeling when the clouds finally lift! I have only been blogging for a year and a half but I absolutely love it too. I can't wait to look back on it, years from now and relive all these memories.

  14. I am really happy for you that you live in an area of the world where its Spring now. Here, fall is arriving and I think it would be much more difficult to get into a more optimistic mood in this weather here right now! Wishing you all the best for the time to come!
    Thanks a lot for your last comment : )

  15. I love this turn to positivity and happiness Jade. That you're finding reasons to smile, or that they are finding you. You deserve all good things, always. There will be some warped and twisted lesson learned from all this, it won't be made clear for some time maybe. Then it will make sense. Until then keep smiling and keep documenting it all. This blog has been with you for so long now, wow! Your 20's a time of real transformation and you have it all right here. Amazing.


  16. Good girl! I knew you don't need anyone to catch you cus you're able to catch yourself! You're just too much of a positive spirit to let things like what happened bring you down for long. :)
    I know what you're going through and based on that experience I can say that now after you're found your optimism again things will get better in no time! :)

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  17. Great post! Im glad you are good now, ready for exciting new chapter in your life! Cant wait to hear what life brings. ;)
    PS. I fell in love with Chuck from Gossip Girl and I am wondering, why do I always love bad boys.... lol

  18. Aww love this post! I am so glad you are starting to see the other side of all of the hurt and pain. I love reading about your growth and all of the ways life is changing. Can't wait to follow along with all of your upcoming adventures!

  19. Am so glad you're feeling better now and why not!! Life is beautiful!! Hell yeah!! I'm a lot like you, at bad times, i get really negative and everything seems to crumble, on top of that i drink a lot so when im drunk and sad i cry buckets and wallow in self pity till i wake up the next day and go wtf... I know you have been through so much lately but i am so happy that you learned from it and have pushed all of it aside and back to your cheerful self!! Everything is already on its way to awesomeness now and will just keep getting better! Always there for you :) Kisses

  20. Lovely post and I'm happy to hear you're doing better now, love your positive attitude and try to stay away from negative triggers! <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  21. Living in the past is guaranteed to make you unhappy. It sounds like you're in a good place and you're so worth it. Keep it up.

    / Avy

  22. I'm so happy for you, Jade. And so happy to see you getting over the problems of life. Your adventurous spirits always cheered me up. Go, enjoy everything that's out there for you. You're fabulous!!!!!

  23. Awesome post!


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