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I’m Married! + Honeymoon in Mauritius (With Pictures)

I’m back, and I’m married! I have done a couple of wedding related posts (here, here and here) but didn’t have the time to do as many as I would’ve liked, so some of you may not be aware that the reason I have been a little absent from this blog is because I was getting hitched!

Ben and I got married on 23rd August and then spent 7 nights honeymooning in Mauritius. I’ve done a whole video talking about the wedding, so if you want to hear how that went and see a few pictures you can watch that, but I wanted to tell you about the honeymoon in this post.

It was a 12 hour direct flight and I’m not the best flier, but despite a few bumpy patches I actually managed to get some sleep and handled the mild turbulence without having a panic attack. We stayed at the Ravenala Attitude hotel on the North East side of the island, which in hindsight perhaps wasn’t the best location in terms of things to do around the area. Apparently the East side has the best beaches (although we didn’t managed to venture over to that side to explore), and the South is where most of the points of interest are. The hotel itself wasn’t the best to be honest. There was nothing terribly awful about it, more just a few little things that let it down and didn’t make it feel as special as we were hoping our honeymoon would be. Things like being kept awake by the loud music, not being able to get hold of an adaptor despite asking several times and being told each time that one would be sent to our room, the food not being piping hot and birds flying into the buffet restaurant and pecking at the food that was uncovered…

The hotel pool didn’t seem all that appealing but the beach was just 10 steps away so that’s where we spent most of our time – reading, relaxing and snoozing. We had hired a car so took a couple of trips out in that. On the Monday we drove to Casela, which is a safari park, and did a walk with lions as well as a segway safari. That was the best day by far and we both had so much fun. I absolutely loved the segway and can’t wait to go on one again! We spent the whole day at Casela, enjoying ourselves and looking at all the animals. That night we had a candlelit dinner by the beach as part of our “honeymoon” package, which was really lovely. The staff really catered to my lactose intolerant, vegetarian and not-too-spicy food requests (not that I’m fussy!), and everything they came out with was packed with flavour and presented beautifully.

A couple of days before we flew home we took the car out for drive to Grand Baie, just North of where we were staying. The sea looked a lot prettier there but the beaches weren’t quite as nice. From there we drove South to the Black River Gorges to look at the waterfalls. That was a little disappointing as you were viewing them from afar and they didn’t seem as impressive as I was hoping but it was a nice change of scenery from the beach.

Weather-wise, it was winter in Mauritius, which was still a pleasant 23-24 degrees C whilst we were there, but the sunshine was interspersed with short bursts of drizzle. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend the hotel and I’m not sure we would go back to Mauritius, but it was a very welcome break from work and was lovely to relax after the craziness of planning a wedding in 6 months. Now it’s back to work, playing catch up and trying to make my way through my monstrous to do list, so posts might still be a little sporadic for the next few weeks. Apologies for that, but I promise I’m trying to get back on track ASAP, and in the meantime here’s some honeymoon pictures…

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Wedding Craziness

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The wedding craziness has begun…

Back in February, when Ben and I first decided to get married this year, I had an initial hit of stress worrying that we wouldn’t be able to pull it off on such short notice. Anything wedding related tends to get booked up pretty far in advance, but as luck would have it, and with our wedding being mid-week, all of our first choice vendors have been available. After we’d picked the vendors and booked things in everything seemed to calm down and I felt like everything was coming together nicely and the wedding was practically sorted.

Well, with only 2 months to go the wedding craziness has got a second wind and I’m feeling more than a little frazzled and overwhelmed. It doesn’t help that my lovely fiancé decided that we would basically completely redo our kitchen the first weekend of July… I’m talking all new units, work surfaces and appliances. We’re having to move the layout around a bit to accommodate a dishwasher (which is what started this whole ordeal), and re-tiling the walls. He’s even taking the ceiling down and having it re-plastered so we can finally have some decent lighting fitted! I’m currently sat amid boxes full of plates and things like couscous and quinoa, whilst our existing kitchen is being dismantled in preparation for the new one going in next weekend.

But back to the wedding craziness: we met with the venue for the second time earlier this week with a view of being able to get a few more bits sorted and feeling more organised about the whole thing, only we actually came away with an even bigger to do list! Some of the things the venue pointed out need to get sorted ASAP but I have no idea when I’ll have time to fit them in as I am stacked out things to do at the moment. I desperately need to buy my wedding shoes as well as I’ve got my dress fitting towards the end of July and obviously need to wear the shoes so the lady knows how much the dress needs to be taken up, but I haven’t even looked at any shoes yet!

The bar situation is another urgent one – we thought the venue would be able to sort that out for us, but after having a chat with them it seems we have to organise it ourselves. So now it’s a mad dash to find a company that is available in 2 months time and is within our budget. Other things we need to sort are the hire of the tables, chairs and linens, decide on the wording for the actual ceremony and if we want any readings, as well as the music for the ceremony – apparently you need 3 pieces of music and I only had 1 in mind! Also, certain vendors are starting to want to be paid now so there’s all of that to do.

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Everything’s just a bit hectic and at this point I really need a holiday but even the honeymoon is up for discussion at the moment. We’d decided we would have one and were hoping to grab a late deal, but I was going over our finances the other night and I don’t think we’re going to be able to afford it. Which sucks because I normally shy away from holidays as I hate flying, so the fact that I really wanted to go away somewhere lovely and hot was a big deal for me. Who knows, maybe in a months time when things have (hopefully) calmed down a bit we can re-evaluate and see where we stand with regards to the honeymoon. In any case I think I need to book myself in for a massage stat!

I’m sure everything will turn out lovely in the end (or so everyone keeps telling me!), I just don’t know how I’m going to find the time to plan it all to ensure it does! My advice to anyone that’s engaged and thinking they have plenty of time so don’t need to think about planning just yet is: Don’t Wait! Get everything planned, organised and booked as soon as possible, even if your wedding is a year+ away. That way you can just enjoy the build up of excitement to the big day, rather than having that excitement tainted with stress and pressure that could potentially lead to arguments between you and your other half.

Wish me luck with the kitchen and wedding planning, and if you have any advice, whether that be for the wedding or relationships in general, time management or coping with stress, PLEASE leave it in a comment or tweet me – I would really appreciate it!

Fair haven Woodland and Water Garden

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

A couple of weekends ago Ben and I went to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, and we loved it so much we’re thinking of signing up for an annual membership! I thought I’d share a few of the pictures we took to show you what it’s all about in case you’re in the are and it’s the sort of thing you’re into. It’s based in South Waltham, Norfolk and costs £6.50 for adults and £3.75 for children aged 5-16 (under 5’s are free). We went on Sunday 1st May when they happened to be doing a Bluebell Walk, which was free to join in with. Fairhaven has several events throughout the year, some are free, others, like their Beginners Photography Workshop, come with a very reasonable price. The only day they are closed is Christmas Day, and with the way they have done their planting, means there’s always something to see no matter what time of year you visit.

There are so many different trees, plants and flowers, bodies of water and history to take in. You can take along a picnic and sit looking out over the Norfolk Broads river, or dine in their tearoom on tasty homemade goodies. There’s plenty to do, learn and see, including some wildlife if you’re lucky. So if you’re like me a like nature, gardening, or even just like getting outside on a nice day and taking a relaxing wander through some pretty scenery, I would definitely recommend checking out Fairhaven.

To be honest, we didn’t take too many pictures as we were too busy taking in the beautiful, wild gardens and listening to our tour guide telling us the history of Lord Fairhaven and how these gardens came to be, but here’s a few we managed to snap, and I’m certain we’ll be back to take more later this year:

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

The King Oak is around 950 years old

Fair haven Woodland and Water Garden

King and Queen Oak Trees

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Norfolk Broads

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The Bluebell Walk

Fair haven Woodland and Water Garden

Fair haven Woodland and Water Garden

Fair haven Woodland and Water Garden

Fair haven Woodland and Water Garden

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Wedding Updates

With just under 4 months to go till the big day, it’s about time I got my butt into gear! There’s still so much to do ? We have managed to get a couple more things crossed off the list though:

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  • The other week Ben and I headed into the city with Ben’s best man and his fiancé. The plan was to get their suits sorted, and sorted we did!! We went into House of Fraser and Next but didn’t see anything we liked enough to even bother really trying on and then we headed over to Slaters. The boys had low expectations but I had a good feeling about this one. We found a suit that we liked in the colour I wanted, and when Ben tried it on it was perfect! So we ordered one for him and one for his best man – all done within about an hour and a half!
  • Since we got the suits sorted so quickly we figured we might as well move onto looking at wedding rings whilst we were out and about. We looked at a few places before ending up in Ernest Jones where Ben found the ring he wanted – a two-toned one in the style he likes. I tried on a few but none were quite what I wanted so we decided to stop for some lunch in Bills (love their Kale Salad!) then said goodbye to our friends. As Ben and I were leaving we popped back into Ernest Jones to look at the ring he liked again, and as we were about to leave I saw one I really liked for my wedding band. It was a white gold, diamond twist band and when I tried it on it complimented my engagement ring beautifully. It wasn’t exactly what I’d had in mind but I loved it all the same, so we ordered both our rings then and there!!
  • The last thing we’ve got sorted is a guest thumbprint tree. I literally just got that sorted this past weekend. I found one on Etsy, but shipping from the USA is ridiculous, so I ended up finding one very similar on Ebay, for half the price and with free shipping. Sold! The kit I bought comes with one ink pad, so I bought another one separately as I wanted to have both our wedding colours on the picture. In case you don’t know what a thumbprint tree is, basically it’s a tree without leaves printed on either card or canvas. You set it out at your wedding (or whatever event – it works really nicely at Christening’s and birthdays too) and your guests use the ink pads provided to leave their thumbprints to create the leaves of the tree. It looks really pretty, is a great keepsake and an alternative to having a guestbook.

So that’s that. The next thing we REALLY need to sort is the catering, which I have been majorly procrastinating on as I really don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding some sort of buffet/BBQ service that can provide vegetarian and lactose-free food, all within our very limited budget! Wish me luck!!

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Boat Trip on the Broads

Last weekend I took a boat trip on the Broads with my Dad and Ben. Boats have always been an interest of my Dad’s, and he recently bought himself a little boat and wanted to take us out on it. We went as far into Norwich as you can get and it was really cool to see our city from this different perspective. From there we turned around and went out to Brundall before finally turning back and mooring up for the day. It was such a lovely trip, beautiful weather, and so nice to get to spend some quality time with my Dad. There are some really pretty and interesting sights to be seen, and I’d really recommend hiring a boat to see them for yourself. But just in case you don’t get the chance, I thought I’d share some of the pictures we took to give you a little insight.

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boat trip on the broads

Ben & Dad

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Pulls Ferry

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Norwich Cathedral

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Cow Tower

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Norwich Quayside

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The writings on the wall

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1804

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Flood Level

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Riverside

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boat trip on the broads

My Dad and Me

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Ben and I

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boat trip on the broads

I’m Getting Married!!

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Hey guys! You may remember I did a post a year ago sharing mine and Ben’s Engagement Story.. Well after being engaged for 5 years now, we’ve finally decided it’s about time we got married… So we’re doing it this year… Yep, you read that right, T H I S   Y E A R!!! We may well be crazy, but we’re hoping we can pull it off.

We’ve already found a venue we love and will be having a tour of that ASAP, we have the guest list narrowed down to under 75 people, and I will be shortly booking appointments to go wedding dress shopping with my mum and soon-to-be mother-in-law. Can I say eeek?!!

In my mind, the 2 biggest concerns are getting the venue booked and getting a wedding dress that I love on such short notice. A friend of mine if getting married about a month after we plan to and she has only just managed to buy her dress quick enough to get it in time for her wedding, so that’s making me nervous at the moment.

It’s going to be a crazy whirlwind of planning these next few months, there’s so much to do, but I can’t wait to marry my best friend. Make sure you’re following me on Twitter and Instagram for updates on the progress, and let me know if you would like to see any wedding planning related videos over on my YouTube channel.

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Sparking My Creativity

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The feeling of not being good enough, not being an expert, has left me feeling stuck when it comes to creating new content. I’m struggling to even come up with ideas for content! I need to move past this, so instead of trying to appear to be “all-knowing” (because, let’s face it, nobody knows absolutely everything about everything), I am just going to write from my point of view. I may not have all the answers, know the best way of going about something, or even know the correct way of doing something, all I can share is my experience and opinion of what I have tried or am in the process of trying.

In the most respectful way possible, I am going to disregard how other bloggers blog, and not feel the pressure (self-imposed) to do things the same way as them. I’ve been feeling like I have to create helpful content from the standpoint of having already achieved the end result and am now sharing how “you can do it to!” Only I can’t create those posts because I haven’t achieved those results yet, so feel I’m in no position to talk about it with you guys. Hence my creativity being blocked, leaving me feeling stuck on what to blog about.

But I just have to remember that, although a lot of bloggers do put out content sharing how to do something they’ve already achieved, I don’t have to do that. I can just share what I’m currently trying to get me a little closer to that goal, and update you as I go along that process. You guys can follow along with me if you’re attempting something similar, leave comments of other things you are trying, and you’ll also be able to look back over my progress and see exactly how I got to where I am at that moment in time. From there you can see what you think might work for you and what you might want to avoid (eat the fish and spit out the bones, as they say).

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With all that in mind, I’m not going to be doing a proper Traffic and Income Report for February as I haven’t really done anything to boost traffic or income. I’ll just add a quick summary into the next report I do, just for reference sake.

So, that’s my plan going forward and hopefully that will spark my creativity and be somewhat helpful to you guys. Let me know what you think in the comments, or message me on Twitter, and also let me know if you have any specific topics you would like me to blog about!

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Highlights of Twenty Fifteen

 

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At the start of this year I decided I was going to keep a little box full of positive memories. I find my memory isn’t so great at remembering the good stuff, and sometimes I struggle to remember just what I’ve done all year, which can sometimes leave me feeling like my life is at a bit of a standstill. So I got myself a box and any time something good happened I would write it on a piece of paper with the plan to get them all out at the end of the year and read over all the lovely things that had happened that year. I thought it might be quite nice to share a few of those things with you, and maybe you could leave a few of your own positive memories from 2015 in the comments.

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➳ I Turned 30!

This may not seem like a good thing to some people, and I’ll admit that the month or so leading up to my birthday, the thought of turning 30, of being in my 30’s, did fill me with dread. But the night before, as I lay in bed, I thought back to when I was about to turn 20 – I had that same feeling then about turning 20 as I did about turning 30. I thought about all the things I had done, people I had met, places I had been to and things I’d experienced in those last 10 years, and it made me really excited to see what the next 10 years has in store for me.

➳ Seeing Fall Out Boy Live!

This kind of ties in with the above. Radio 1’s Big Weekend was held in Norwich this year, which just happens to be where I live. I so desperately wanted to get tickets but unfortunately they sold out too quickly. Luckily for me, one of my friends had snagged a couple and, as a birthday present, invited me to go with her on the Saturday. I was beyond thrilled! The weather was perfect – sunny but not too hot – the company was great and we all had a blast, listening and dancing to the various amazing bands, but the absolute highlight for me was Fall Out Boy. I’ve loved them ever since I first heard their music in One Tree Hill, they were amazing and basically performed all my favourites. It was the Best Day Ever!

➳ I Ran 5k!

Even since I started my fitness journey I’ve had in mind the goal of running 5k. Not necessarily in a race, but just being able to run that distance without having to stop to walk. I’d never been able to do it before, the most I’d managed previously was about 2 miles, but this year, with Ben’s help (running with me and pacing me!) I was able to finally reach my goal and it felt so good!

➳ I Got Back On A Plane!

I’ve mentioned this a few times in the past.. Ben and I went travelling towards the end of 2010, and at the end of that 6 and a half month trip was a flight to Greece where we had the worst turbulence I have ever experienced. I’m a nervous flyer due to turbulence at the best of times and this one flight completely put me off flying. In fact, the moment I was able to turn my phone back on and had signal I was trying to google alternative ways of getting back home… Anyway, this year I put my big girl pants on and drew from within me some deeply hidden source of courage and got back on a plane. Admittedly it was only a 2 and a half hour flight to Ibiza for a week, but it was a start and now I don’t feel quite so apprehensive about flying.

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➳ Reaching Over 5k Subscribers & Blogging On A Regular Basis

I know most YouTubers will say it’s not about the numbers, but when you start reaching milestones you can’t help but feel like you are doing something right. This year I reached my first big milestone – 5000 subscribers. I still can’t quite get my head around that number, but if you are one of them then I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me and giving me the confidence to keep pursuing this little hobby of mine. This year was also the year I feel like I got on a regular schedule with my blog. I’ve kind of dabbled in and out of it over the nearly 4 years since I started this blog, but I finally have a schedule in place and plenty of ideas flowing. Again, if you follow my blog and like reading what I have to say, thank you so much, you have no idea how much that means to me!

➳ I Got Myself Happier!

I started this year in a pretty dark and miserable place. I was so full of negativity and feeling worthless and I couldn’t see my way out of it. Gradually as the year has progressed I’ve opened up to people close to me and started to see how off-base my thinking was. That’s not to say that I don’t still suffer with those dark and lonely thoughts sometimes, but now I’m much better at recognising when I am in that funk and can try my hardest not to believe in those thoughts or react to them. I’ve been steadily working on focusing on the positive side of life, and I have to say that Tone It Up’s Fit Fierce and Fabulous book has played a huge part in that – giving me a road map of positive things to focus on, do and say to myself daily. It’s something I am going to continue to focus on next year but I’ll talk more about that in my New Years Goals post I’ll be putting up on Friday!

➳ I Hosted My First Ever Christmas For My Family!

Ben and I have lived in our house for 2 and a half years. For our first Christmas I just did a little roast for the two of us, the second year we went to Ben’s parents on Christmas Eve and stayed there til Boxing Day. This year I had my close family all come round in the morning to open presents and I then proceeded to cook the Christmas dinner. The timings of everything always stress me out and our kitchen isn’t the biggest, but it all came together with the help of Ben and my Mum, and we all had a lovely day together. I’m so pleased it all turned out well and I loved getting to spend some much needed time with my family.

So that’s my 2015 in a nutshell. Thinking back over these past 12 months to all the wonderful things that have happened has left me with that warm, fuzzy feeling inside. I hope 2015 has been good to you and I hope 2016 brings even greater things.


See you in the New Year!

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Merry Christmas

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Just a quick little post to say Merry Christmas and thank you for following my little blog. I’m planning on making a few changes to it in the new year, so stay tuned for that… Hopefully you’ll like it!

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New Year if you celebrate it. If not, I just hope you enjoy this time of year and that 2016 brings you closer to your dreams.

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Journal Prompt 3 – Hindsight

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Is anyone actually reading these journal prompt posts/want me to keep doing them? It’s getting me thinking about things but if you guys aren’t actually interested then I’d rather change them out for something you want to read from me. Let me know in the comments! Anyway, onto todays post…

They say hindsight is 20/20, and with good reason- looking back at something always gives us a better view. We’re often able to really see how our choices and decisions then shaped our today, and examine what we would have done differently given the chance. When looking back though, we often look way back, but for this exercise stay a little closer to present time and look back just 12 months. If you could go back just one year, what would you tell yourself? What advice would you offer about everything you’ve experienced?


The first thing that came to mind actually makes me feel pretty bad about myself when I think about it, so instead I’m going to go with something a little more positive. In 2011 (I know that’s not within the last 12 months but I’ll get to the more recent hindsight in a sec) Ben and I had a particularly bad bit of turbulence on a flight to Greece. I’ve always disliked flying because of the turbulence, despite having been lucky enough to have been on lots of planes in my life. This one flight seriously put me off flying for the next few years.

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At the beginning of this year I still hadn’t quite gotten over my intense fear but Ben was desperate to go on holiday (he was missing the kind of heat that you just don’t get in this country!) Despite having serious reservations and a lot of stress and anxiety leading up to our trip, I got back on a plane in September. I was feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves whilst boarding, and then the pilot came over the speakers and announced that it would be a bit of a bumpy flight as turbulence was expected!!

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Cue a major panic attack from yours truly, and a very real consideration of whether or not to actually get off the plane.. Thankfully the thought of how embarrassing it would be to tell my friends and family that I hadn’t been able to go through with the flight, as well as a lovely lady who was sat next to me telling me that I would be ok, kept me rooted to my seat, albeit shaking uncontrollably with my heart hammering in my chest.

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As it turned out the flight was perfectly fine and in hindsight I needn’t have gotten myself so worked up over it. Out of all the flights I’ve been on I’ve had just one bad one and that was the only one I could focus on. It’s stopped me from travelling in the past few years and I almost didn’t go away this year because of it. I feel like with most things in life, whatever you’re fearful or worried about is never as bad as you think it’s going to be. I had such a lovely time on holiday and Ben was so pleased too. In the past my worries and fears have stopped me from doing so many things, I hate to think of all the lovely memories and experiences I could have had if I had just pulled myself up by the bootstraps and got on with it. So I think my advice to myself, and to any of you, is instead of always thinking about the negatives surrounding a situation, focus on the positives and what you’ll gain from going ahead and doing whatever it is. I’m not saying you won’t experience some of the negatives, but I’m sure the positives will far outweigh it and in the long run it’s the positives that really count and will be remembered.

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