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Want to see a major shift in your life? Try replacing “I’m sorry” with “Thank you”.

Want to see a major shift in your life? Try replacing "I'm sorry" with "Thank you" woman kneeling and thinking in Istanbul, Turkey Balat district
Photo taken in November 2021 in the Balat/Fener district of Istanbul, Turkey

I don’t know if it’s an over all Canadian thing….being from the land of bumping into car doors and apologizing… lol but some how I became that “I’m sorry” person.  It came as a surprise to me as most of my younger life you’d be hard pressed to hear me apologize for anything.  But eventually I chose to learn about both accountability and forgiveness.  But here’s the thing, sometimes we can end up swaying too far and become over accountable. 

But too much apologizing also leads to a negative mindset of self…a self blame mentality…and even a hyper focus on self. 

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I sold everything and moved to Mexico to slow travel as a digital nomad. Life update

Well I think you’ll need to grab a drink, get comfy and settle in, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated on my life and status on this blog! There is so much to share about my personal journey and the changes that have gone on over the past few years.

Woman with curly black hair with black and white striped summer dress smiling standing on the deck of the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas Cruiseship with water in the background and landscape in the far distance
On the Symphony of the Seas – Mediteranen Cruise through France, Italy and Spain in 2018

From heart break and the break down of my marriage to the journey of finding freedom and personal independence being single, traveling Europe on a solo trip to then meeting the love of my life a fellow poet from the other side of the globe (England) and a whirlwind romance spanning many countries….from our first, month long date starting in Sydney, Australia with a Royal Caribbean cruise ending with us in England and spanning 6 countries. We got engaged at Aphrodites Rock in Cyprus four months after we started talking and celebrated it in Paris, France. It’s been so magical and rather apt for two poets I’d say.

Photo collage of room and views from the Columbia Beach Resort in Cyprus.
Photo collage of our stay at the Columbia Beach Resort in Cyprus after our engagement at Aphrodites Rock on June 7th 2019

However I’m not going to get into all of that just yet…but I wanted to share part of what’s been going on in my life to demonstarate the huge role that travel and FINALLY being able to explore the culture and history on this vast planet has made on me and my life.

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Well, it’s certainly been a while! But I’m back!

I’m not going to get into the ins and outs of whats transpired over the past few years yet (how ever I fully intend to!)
I’ve started sharing my poetry and creations on instagram as @Writings_of_an_ex_Mrs so that should give you a little glimpse as to where things are at now. How ever do not be misled I am no longer an EX and I have literally been on the most epic of poetic love stories I have yet to hear. I’m super pumped to start sharing it with you all.

One of the biggest changes ahead is coming in April 2021 when we (my partner Leon…well, actually FIANCE and I) start the digital nomad journey full time (we travelled to 13 countries together in 2019 prior to Covid hitting, after meeting through the Instagram poetry community!) He’s from England and yes fully equipped with that amazing accent….you can take a sneak peak here for some quick catch up and a major write up in the description section if you’d like …….


We have started sharing little clips to the You Tube shorts section since we filmed a lot of footage to share with our Instagram followers so why not start sharing that before we start with our fuller videos in April!

How is everyone doing!? Let me know in the comments if you’re still around and see this!
I will posting on a consistent basis from here on in and I will be doing some editing to my blog aesthetic too.

I Heal

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It’s been thirteen years,

It was a year that

I realized my fears

A year that I thought

I may drown in my own tears

The memory of it

Remains seared

On my heart

burned so deep

I’m charred

Branded

I felt abandoned

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ReMoved

Please watch this video!

Badassamys: Tales of the World's Most Badass Family

I woke up this morning to this lovely short film in my inbox. A sweet friend, who has devoted her professional life to therapeutic foster care issues, sent it along with the words, “Shelley: for those days you wonder ‘why’.”

I’m unsure of how the makers of this film so completely understand the path of a foster child, but I suspect at least one of them has shared the path of this little girl. This film is especially poignant for me, because my children came to me one at a time, which will resonate once you’ve seen the film. Please view and share. My heart is full of tears and love for these artists.

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10 Statements – Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Fantastic woman and writer!
Give her interview a read.

My train of thoughts on...

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My name is Vashti Quiroz-Vega, and I’m a writer of Fantasy, Suspense, Thriller and Horror. My first novel, The Basement, was released in August 2013. It was one of the happiest and proudest moments of my life. It was not easy getting my book published. Once upon a time, I was very naive when it came to the publishing process. I thought all I had to do as a writer was to write the book. Soon, I had a rude awakening when I found out that my manuscript had to be edited. Then I discovered I had to get an agent in order to interest a publisher, and I had to write a query letter in order to get an agent! Well, after many months of querying, I finally got my manuscript in the hands of a publisher… who wanted it edited some more. Phew! A year later, my book…

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The Grin

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Art: Valencia Pierre

I can feel it creeping in

The little corners of my mouth

Want to turn against me and give in

To an awe inspired grin

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I have a big chin, and that’s fine.

A real and honest look at the pressures of beauty on our young ‘ish’ people.

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There is something I need to get off my chest. A lot of times we hear the word “bullying” and we think of the big, mean football player shoving kids into lockers in your high school hallway. But bullying happens everywhere. It is not just between young people. It is not so black and white as you may think. It happens on Facebook, Twitter, the workplace, relationships whether they be husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, parent/child, even friends. 

At the risk of sounding old, my fear is for young people of today. Despite what we all know SHOULD be the way people think, that what really matters is on the inside, that you are unique and you should embrace it, oftentimes it is not the case today. I have witnessed firsthand people being put down by their looks–by adults, between people online. 

Not to mention in pop culture. It’s in song lyrics. You…

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So You Want Traffic? 5 Things NOT To Do.

Oldie but a goodie?
Enjoy.

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People have been flooding my email with questions asking how I did ‘it’.  What did I do?  How could I have 2,250 followers and over 16,000 hits in just 40 days?

So out of respect for inquiring minds I will share some of my ‘tips’ on how to be a ‘prominent’ member of the blogging community.

Five things NOT TO DO (so don’t do them!)

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