Happiness has your face.

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Personally I deeply dislike Valentine’s, I cannot remember one year that it went well never mind special. But in the spirit of love, my gift to you this Valentine’s is this free printable gift tag. Right click, save as, print, cut and paste. Add to your flowers, box of chocolates or diamond earrings, if you should be so lucky, for that personal touch. Just don’t propose, that’s plain corny.

The 1975.

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I love this band and for a solid year they’ve been making me feel all sorts of cool and sexy. Today’s post is a tribute to The 1975 and the things they make, and the ways they make music. And make music better.

Chocolate, my most favourite:

“dressed in black from head to toe”

The City:

“don’t call it  a fight when you know it’s a war” 

Girls:

“Well, shouldn’t you be fucking with somebody your age instead of making changes?”

Sex:

“We’ve got one thing in common, it’s this tongue of mine.”

Heart out:

“God I love the way you love yourself”

Somebody Else:

“Fuck that get money”

Touching bottom.

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“You gotta touch the bottom before you can come back up”

*This post is dedicated to a dear friend who suffered a devastating loss yesterday. My heart breaks for you and what your family must be feeling. Love you gnomie.

Heartless.

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There’s a difference between being heartless and using your heart less.

Find the things that love you.

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“Maybe that’s the lesson for me today, to hold onto these simple moments – appreciate them a little more, there’s not many of them left. I don’t ever want that for you, finding things that make you happy shouldn’t be so hard. I know you’ll face pain, suffering, hard choices but you can’t let the weight of it choke the joy out of your life. No matter what, you have to find the things that love you. Run to them. There’s an old saying – that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I don’t believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things, your family, your friends, the satisfaction of hard work. Those are the things that will keep you whole, those are the things to hold onto when you’re broken.”

           Jax, Sons of Anarchy

I hope your Monday isn’t mean to you and that you got enough of “the good stuff” on the weekend to get you through your work week.

Freebie Friday sticker set cut out stuffs!

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Since yesterday’s post was a bit of a downer I thought I’d share some happy free stuff in time for the weekend. Yay!

You can download the larger image by clicking on the thumbnail below and saving it to your device. Print, cut, paste, and Bob’s your uncle. (Makes cute little lunchbox love notes.)

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Julle moet lekker naweek! I leave you with my latest most favourite track, Chemical by Jack Garratt. (Thanks to my Mentoring student, Onka for playing me Mr Garratt’s music when I was looking a bit grim. You guys never stop inspiring me!)

Don’t?

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I’ve been trying to get organised, which is a mammoth task since I kinda fell behind about a year or so ago. Granted, when you can’t even face mealtimes, admin and alphabetical filing just seems ridiculous. Sorting through some sketches I had stored in a far off file on a disused digital device, I came across this sad little character from exactly a year ago. I was feeling very vulnerable at the time, and rightly so it turned out. I had been praying for mercy, but kinda knew that heartbreak was inevitable. I like the doodle, even if the memory still hurts like hell. It reminds me how pivotal drawing has been in my recovery and how far I’ve come since then. If there is one thing I can depend on it’s the fact that as long as I armed with pen and paper – I can fight through the darkest of days.