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This week we are featuring new Vintie and French blogger and body positivity advocate, Manon Edwards, of Chic With Curves fame. Manon is originally from Marseille, a small city in the South of France - two years ago, she decided to embark on a fabulous American adventure and has been living in LA ever since.

 
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Tell us about your journey to becoming a blogger/influencer.

At the beginning it was just a hobby, since I was passionate by writing and blogging. I always had been concerned about the struggles of loving fashion and being plus sized, since I’m a size 16, so I decided to write especially about body acceptance. Even if my focus isn’t specifically fashion, I want to show that loving yourself AND loving fashion is totally possible, no matter your size! Once I started writing about this, a lot of brands contacted me, loving my energy and my fight against the negative image of plus size and fashion, so I began my social media accounts and become a freelance blogger influencer.

You have a strong message of body positivity - how did you come to be so confident and comfortable in your skin?

It’s been a long journey. It started after I broke up with my first love, because he wanted me to fit in with HIS standards of beauty, not mine. I told him enough, that I’ve cried too many times, that I’ve tried to change myself for somebody else too many times, and that I want to be happy with who I really am! It was still not easy to really come to loving myself after this, but I decided to keep a positive outlook on life and my body.

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Blogger roll call, from left to right: curvygirlchic, chicwithcurves, gabifresh & curveella 

How would you describe your style?

I do not have a specific style - that’s another part of my identity. I really encourage women to wear absolutely whatever they want, no matter their size. If you’re happy and feeling beautiful, that’s the best way to find your “fashion style.” So my own style actually  depends on my current mood! Sometimes I’m more preppy chic, sometimes more rock and casual, but I admit I’m in love with mixing different styles in one look - for example, a sexy chic dress and camo shirt with casual sneakers!

What is the biggest difference between French fashion and LA fashion?

The biggest difference is the choice! In LA (and the US, as a whole) even if you are plus size, if you want to go on the mall, you can also find some trendy stores with fashionable plus size clothes, like Lovesick, Torrid, Forever21 plus etc. In France, unfortunately, it’s still tough to find places that carry plus sizes in store. Some stores, like H&M, offer a maternity section but who said that being plus size means you want to wear maternity clothing? As well, if a store specializes in plus size in France, it usually is not trendy clothing aimed at older women. While styles and trends are international, for the most part, the selection and availability of plus size options is the key difference between the US and France.

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Name three of your top brands for finding amazing clothes

Lovesick

Wetseal

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What are you most looking forward to for fall fashion?

I’m loving jeans that are super destroyed on the knees or with destroyed fringes at the bottom, which I saw on the runways last year! I also am looking forward to over-the-knee boots and the classic lace up dress or top.

You recently joined Vinted and even came to our Vinted Goes Vintage event! What do you love about being a member of Vinted?

I’m in love with the fact that it’s really fast and easy to post your clothes for sale - every option is already set up, you just have to chose yours, upload a photo and that’s it! But what I prefer the most is that you can really find some great deals, and it’s specifically for clothes, shoes, accessories and fashion!

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Your words of wisdom for the Vinted community? 

Girls do not forget, be happy with YOURSELF for YOURSELF, be #HAPPYwithcurves no matter your size!

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Check out Manon's Vinted closet, featuring sizes 16 and up! 

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archel

healty

This is the season to go out and get some sunshine, if you hate going to the gym, why not do something active outside. When you’re having fun, you won’t realize that your actively working out your body! Step away from the repetitive sets and treadmills that go nowhere-- here are some exciting activities you can do to keep your heart rate up.

Hiking

Go explore a new hiking trail around your area, find one that’s a moderate level so that it’s not just a leisurely stroll, but still enjoyable. Take in the views, the nature and wildlife. Maybe at the end there will be a waterfall to splash in.

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Pokemon Go

If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon, start playing! It forces you to get outside and catch Pokemon. My favorite feature is that you need to walk to hatch your Pokemon eggs. So start making those steps count!

Biking 

Go to the beach and rent a bike! You can ride it down the boardwalk or anywhere your heart desires! 

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Shopping

Visit your mall and walk around-- you don’t even have to buy anything! Window shopping keeps you moving and you won’t even realize how many steps you’ve taken.

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Music Festivals 

This is my favorite way to workout without working out! I recently attended EDC in Vegas and walked a total of 92,514 steps during this three night festival. The whole weekend I was dancing the night away, walking to different stages, and just having fun. Guess how many calories I burned? 10,341! Of course it comes with a high ticket price, but the experience is definitely worth it.

Travel (locally) 

Be a tourist for a day in your own city, or the closest major city. Create a little itinerary for all the spots you want to visit or restaurants you want to try. All the walking you’ll do around the city will keep you active!

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What do you do to stay fit in the summer? 

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nayls116

Healthy Hobbies
 

I have never met a woman free from all insecurity. Beautiful women in magazines, photoshopped to the point of nonrecognition, made up to look like a Barbie- they are all over the media! Many women, at some point in their lives, will struggle with their weight, ranging from wanting to lose 5 lbs and toning up to needing to lose over 100 lbs to save their own lives. It's not an easy feat with all the temptation around us. (hello, who doesn't love French fries?!) Most of us will fall victim to a burger joint at least once this week and then feel very, very guilty about it. This is my story of overcoming these temptations: I lost over 60 lbs over the past year with only an adjustment in attitude!

My whole life, for as long as I could remember, I (and everyone else around me) have been obsessed with my weight! From the age 8 on, I was a chubby kid. Always active in sports and playing with my friends but with no success on trimming down, I was introduced to diets at an early age. (“Suck on the bullion cube! It'll curb your appetite!”)

Do you know how much it sucks to be overweight and school-aged? I was teased by the pretty, thin girls and started doing their homework assignments for them so they would be my friends. Being 200 or more pounds through all of my teens was awful for me. Plain and simple. I couldn't wear the clothes I wanted. I struggled with my self-esteem. I wanted desperately to be thin.

At age 20 I had my first child, a son. His father and I split before he was born. I began crash dieting and using chemicals to lose weight. I began using drugs to cope with depression and drinking heavily to gain some liquid confidence in social situations. My life was a complete mess. I married two years later, and was continuously harassed by my then husband about my weight. He would call me names and watch very closely what I ate. After my second child, a daughter was born, we divorced. Many men in my life, including my own father, would express discontent with my weight, and let me tell you, the stress was ruining my life.

Mother's Day 2014 I saw myself in a family photo, and it changed my entire life. It was the heaviest I had ever been. I was on the tail end of a bad relationship and continuously eating my feelings and wayyyy too depressed to leave my bed. When my jeans stopped fitting I stopped buying clothes. At that point I was a size 22/24. I wore stretch pants every day. I met the man I'm currently with a few months later and showed him the photo. He told me I was beautiful.

He thought that a fat, lazy, blob of crap was beautiful. Seeing my beauty from someone else’s eyes was what I needed, and finally the weight started falling off. I became pregnant twice within two years and still managed to lose almost 70 pounds, a difficult feat for sure. However, when my boyfriend accepted me and loved my body, I began accepting me and loving my body, too and that naturally led to some big changes.

After nearly two decades of starving myself and working out to the point of exhaustion, I lost weight with only a change in my perception of my body. When I stopped worrying about my shape, I stopped eating my feelings. I am a foodie, and I will always love sugar, junk, caffeine, alcohol, and pretty much everything else that is bad for me, but when I came out of my deep dark depression, I stopped focusing on how much I could eat and how long it had been since I last ate. I stopped being so self-conscious and started venturing out into the world-- walking, dancing, playing, and doing things I wouldn't have dreamed of letting anyone see me do. And the extra activity also helped me to lose weight.

I'm not saying a proper diet and exercise isn't important but feeling good about yourself makes all the difference. Confidence is, and has always been, the best thing a girl can wear. Don't let anyone hold you back from being your best, happy self. Find it within yourself and surround yourself with people who reinforce how beautiful you are. It could very well change your life.

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resalequeens

Traveling is my forte and my calling. I think that the meaning of life is to experience as many places and cultures as possible during our short time here. That being said, I've traveled a lot in my day and I'm very grateful to have done so. Here are some of the best places around the United States for you to experience during Spring Break 2016. 

   

1) Moab, Utah

This is my favorite place in the entire world, aside from Arizona. The spirituality you feel when you see the arches and indulge in the local culture is one you can't forget. The desert is an amazing place for people who need a sort of cleanse from daily life. Visit Moab, and don't miss out on Arches National Park. 

  

2) Spokane, Washington

My grandma lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. We visited her over Christmas Break this year and took a day trip to Spokane for some shopping. I've never been to Washington, but I'd say just from what I saw: the downtown Spokane area is a blast! I recommend Spokane to people who are more into downtown life than outdoors life. 

    

3) Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska is my hometown. I went to college there for a year, and the possibilities for tourist attractions are endless. You can attend the symphony, a hockey game, or the Henry Doorly Zoo. The food downtown is excellent as well. 

  

No matter where you travel to, make sure it's somewhere that has the things that YOU want to do! Don't cater a trip around what the 'popular' things are to do - have fun with your life! 

  

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barbarajeannexo

Many of our days are filled with hustle and bustle and by the end of the day, it can leave us stressed out. We are constantly on the go, but sometimes we just need to stay home, be comfy and cozy to let our mind and body rest.  Not sure how?  I've got some awesome relaxation tips here.

 

1. Me time

Carve a little time for yourself no matter how small.  Take 15 minutes and lay down somewhere quiet with your eyes closed.  Try this video and by the time you're done you'll feel the difference! 

 

2. Find time

Commuting to and from to school or work can be time-consuming.  Take advantage of the journey by creating a mix of your favorite songs. Listen, enjoy, and sing along!  Here is one of my favorites!   

 
 
3. Sleep it off

Our minds are constantly going throughout the day so when it comes to bedtime it's time for sleep and only sleep.  Don't think about work, the bills, relationship.  Relax and give your body some much needed rest.  

4. Breathe easy

Life a bit too hectic? Try some breathing exercises!  Take a deep breath and fill your lungs with air by breathing in through your mouth and exhaling through the nose.   Try to hold your breath a bit longer each time.  

 

 

5. Be happy

Learn to be happy and have fun!  Surround yourself with people who you love and make you laugh.  

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resalequeens

I recently was diagnosed with a degenerative spine in my lower back. This has resulted from years of wear and tear on my young body and also brought about some positives.

I’ve learned how to exercise appropriately for my body, as well as exercises I can do with my busy schedule. As a student taking 15 credit hours, I sometimes have no time to sit and do my daily yoga for an hour and I’m usually too exhausted to wake up at 5 AM to get it done. These are 5 exercises you can do at your desk!

1. Leg lifts

Sit with your back at 90 degrees against your chair. Bend one of your legs to a ninety-degree angle and press the balls of your foot into the floor. Lift your other leg at a 180-degree angle and flex your foot. See how long you can hold your leg. The great thing about this exercise is that no one will see you lifting your legs! Once you can’t hold it up any longer, repeat the steps with your other leg.

2. Core flexing

Sit with your back straight against your chair and flex your abs. Hold for 30 seconds while breathing deep, slow breaths. Repeat this 5 times. //photo

3. Arm stretch flex

While sitting straight up in your chair, put both your arms behind your chair and intertwine your fingers. Press your hands down and bring your chest forward, flexing your arm muscles backwards. Hold for 20 seconds.

This allows for flexibility in your upper spine, as well as bringing you into the present moment. Use this exercise when you’ve been sitting at a keyboard for a significant amount of time, and need a stretch. 

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barbarajeannexo

The holiday season is just around the corner.  Time to enjoy all the sweets and many dinners with your loved ones.  Yummy and tasty but the pounds can sneak up. Some of us probably want to get into a workout here or there. Let me tell you, unless exercise for a living it’s harder than you think.  There are a few different ways to exercise without dreading it.  It's best to find a workout that's fun with friends, children, or alone.  

Playlists

My favorite is gathering at least 5 of your favorite upbeat songs. You can either go with the season. Like for Halloween you can go with “Monster Mash and Thriller”, just to name a few. And so forth for Thanksgiving. And forget about it, Christmas songs are fabulous, one of my favorite songs, is “Sleigh Ride” by Debbie Gibson. That gets my feet tapping just thinking about it. Now that you got your 5 songs together, let’s boogie. 

Wait! Before we begin, we should start with a quick stretch.

  • Breathe in and out a couple times
  • Reach those arms to the sky and get in a good stretch 
  • Stretch those arms, and legs, and we are now ready to dance. 

That’s right dance. Move that body. If you are dancing alone, have fun and get your groove on. If you are dancing with your friends or children, allow each to take a turn. Whatever and however they dance, everyone has to follow. Get creative, have fun, and dance at your own speed. Breathe as you dance, if you get out of breath, walk it out.

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Easy Workouts

Next is a class I have taught for many years and it is called “Just don’t sit there”. Here is how the home version works. When you are watching your favorite show, you can exercise for about a half hour. The time will fly by and you won’t even realize.

The only way many people will work out if it’s effortless.  How low? Until you feel your muscles being worked. 

  • Grab a chair, stand behind and hold on.
  • V your legs out, toes pointing outward as well
  • Go down and up,  2 sets of 16.

Next standing behind the chair, still holding on...

  • Go up on your toes and then bring your feet flat.
  • Do 2 sets of 16.

You have just worked out your inner thighs, quads, hamstrings and calves. That’s pretty awesome right?

Mid Section Target

Standing behind your chair, squeeze your buttocks, in out, in out, 2 sets of 16. Awesome! Next lean your body to the side, so that your right hand will touch the side of your leg (Knee) and then come back up. Do this to the left side as well, 16 times. You have just exercised your waist. Fabulous!

Oblique Target

Sit and put your hands behind your head, right elbow to left knee, and left elbow to right knee, 2 sets, 16 times each. And you have hit your oblique muscles. Lastly, extend your arms in front of you and scissor them, 2 sets of 16. When and if you feel this is too easy then increase the reps.  What you are doing is toning your body, while watching TV. We did it, yah!!!! 

Now raise your hands all the way in the air, bring your arms to your toes and slowly roll your arms up your body. Once you are in sitting position, take a few deep breaths and exhale.

Walking

If you aren’t into either of the first two, well here is the easiest one. Go to the store and walk. Walk around your favorite stores. You don’t have to buy. Simply just walk. Have a mall nearby? Walk! This can’t get any easier. Now that we have taken care of the body let’s take care of the mind.

Stretch your legs

Relaxation

Winter time gets gloomy. Our bodies want to store naturally and our minds tend to go from a bright light from summer, to darkness. This affects our mood. You can tend to become a bit depressed, and my goodness, this is supposed to be the jolly time of year. 

So let’s take some me time to just shut our eyes and relax. Take some deep breaths. Fill your tummy up with air. That’s right breath deep through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Once you have done this several times, we will now think of the ocean, cleansing our bodies. Think of the warm sun and beautiful weather. Allow the warmth of the sun to heal you mind, body and soul. Let go of all your troubles. Find your happy place and float there for a few minutes. The more you do it, the better you will get at it. I would teach biofeedback, and meditation using a soft and gentle voice. Light a lavender candle. You can do it alone, with friends, your partner, even your children. I think this is essential for the mind.

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Remember, the season starts in October and goes all the way until January. If we keep on top of our mind and body, our New Year’s resolution might not be to get in shape in the New Year, because you already are. And once you feel the effect of your efforts of working out, you will see how awesome you feel.

Pass this on, being healthy is not only to feel fabulous, you will look fabulous. Well more fabulous, if that is even possible. Girls remember encourage one another, be the best you can be, mind, heart, soul and body.

Love,

Barbara Jeanne xo
 

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cjhubley

Some people brush aches and pains off as if they're nothing.  A simple muscle pain doesn't stop a lot of people.  Or even something as minor as a papercut. 

That is unless you're one of the minority of us here who are invisbly ill.

There has been more, than ever, more media attention to chronic illnesses that you can't see. Like the mother who took her daughter to Target and parked in the handicapped section. She came back to a nasty letter. Once I read in Cosmo that girl got a letter because she didn't look sick. She had a disease that attacks her lungs.

Just because I do not look sick, does not mean I am fine.In fact, as I type this, I have pain enough to be close to tears in my left shoulder, and I have readjusted my hip twice.

I was born with a rare (aprox 20k cases per year) genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. We didn't know about this until I was in my twenties. When I was little everyone just thought I was clumsy. As I got older it turned into everyone thinking I was a hypochondriac. But as it turned out, I wasn't insane (well that may have yet to be proven) and I am in fact definitely clumsy.

This illness comes in variations, and though it has been speculated I have the vascular end of it (meaning my heart is being effected and is bad) as of now I am diagnosed as Classical-Hypermobile. The two being so similar meant that I got hit with both. Luckily, my type will not effect my lifespan, just my life in general.

Though I come off as a very happy go lucky person, this effects my body and my mind. My number one cause of depression is from this, as well as my anxiety.

Here is what this disease puts me through in a nutshell:

I, on a daily basis, experience nearly everything on this list. And there is so much more to go with it!

This is just a few of the things. Now, don't go thinking because you're injured easily or your skin is super soft, or that you're double jointed that you have it. Do not put yourself through that stress. This is a genetically passed disorder. Basically, both of your parents need the mutated chromosome.

On a daily basis, to survive through my day, I take about 2 highest dosage Vicodin a day, on top of 6 mg of Xanax. The theory is to keep me from being able to realize I am in pain. The downside is, I do not realize I am in pain, therefore I can do things that will hurt me later (like carrying a box).

Those of us with EDS live on a different pain scale. We run 1-14. Basically, my 14 is your 10. At a pain level ten, I am not yet in tears.

The largest part of the pain levels, much like someone with arthritis, or MS, it is constant and doesn't end. But this has created me to be, at least in my mind, a super hero. I can endure things and feel nothing. For example, I did not feel one tattoo be done. Or, my personal favorite, I stabbed myself in the leg with a knife (accident) and didn't even feel it.

Through all of this, I have also made the choice to never have a child. With this being X-chromosome passed it is a near promise that an offspring will have it even to the slightest degree. But their genes will be mutated as well regardless. I have come to accept the fact that the humane choice is to end this disorder with me. There is no cure, and no speculated time of one ever happening. Along with this, I would likely lose the child and/or my life during birth.

But, there are some upsides 

I am embraced in a community of people who know what I am going through, and keep my head up. I know I'm not crazy. And, hey, those days I can't really move around, I get a lot of reading done.

So keep your heads up high kiddos. Such is life, and we only have one chance to live it so make the most of it while you can. And always remember, there is always a community of people out there ready to embrace you and let you know that yea things may suck, but it'll also be okay.

If you ever need to talk or rant, please always feel free to messag me or create a forum post for some moral support!

Just remember, there are always other zebras out there holding some spoons, waiting to listen!

XO

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bonni601

healthy hobbies

STOP – HAMMER TIME!

Okay so not really but with cold and flu season (and who knows what else) upon us I thought I would take a short break from fall and winter colors and talk germs.

Germs are everywhere as you know. They are good, bad and ugly. Exposure to germs helps to build our immunities and should not be completely avoided but we don’t need to over expose ourselves either. There is no immunity for the flu, strep, pink eye and a long list of others.

mc hammer

When I see a germ “hot spot” I think of MC Hammer and his song “U Can’t Touch This.” I know I have to touch it but I try to touch it as little as possible and wash my hands as soon as I can afterwards or use hand sanitizer. I carry three things with me in my purse at all times for germ pick-up prevention. A scarf, a pen and a stylus.

Hot Spots...

Money

Money is disgusting. It has been transferred from who knows how many people and for who knows how long. A 2002 report in the Southern Medical Journal showed found pathogens including staphylococcus on 94% of dollar bills tested. Paper money can reportedly carry more germs than a household toilet. And bills are a hospitable environment for gross microbes: viruses and bacteria can live on most surfaces for about 48 hours, but paper money can reportedly transport a live flu virus for up to 17 days. It's enough to make you switch to credit.

 

Pin pads

Everyone has a card these days and has to punch in their codes. Can you guess how often these pads are cleaned? In a store - rarely. ATM's - probably never! When I use one, I use my stylus and punch in my numbers. Yes the cashier looks at me crazy and maybe I am but only just a little ;).

Gas pumps

Everyone with a car gets gas. Can you guess how often the pumps or handles are cleaned? Rarely to never! I use my scarf to pump gas.

 

Door knobs/handles

These are nasty places, especially ones on bathrooms. If the door will push open then I use my body and push the door open. If not, I open the door and wipe my hands on my pants immediately afterwards.

Toilet handles

Self-explanatory! I flush toilets with my foot if it is a commercial handle or with my hand covered in toilet paper.

A pen

Any pen that is publically used such should be avoided. Especially the ones sitting on the counters at the doctors’ offices. Um, hello…. most everyone there is sick or in the company of a sick person and used that pen to sign the log in sheet… no thanks! I carry my own pen to sign whatever needs to be signed. Pens are never cleaned. They are used until the ink runs out and then trashed.

   

Phones

Yep, gotta clean your phone and the ones at your office too. While you’re at it, clean the keyboard and mouse as well.

Lastly and as much as I hate to say this but …. 

 

YOUR KIDS!

If you have children who go to daycare or school with other children then not only are they exposed to an environment you cannot control but tons of other potentially sick children. When your children get home from school, have them immediately wash up. If you pick your kids up you should wipe their hands with cleaning wipes.  

I know this sounds kinda crazy and germ phobic but this time last year, I lost a very nice salary with great benefits because my infant got pink eye from the DIRECTOR of his daycare and it spread to our entire family. Not only did I lose my job but I had to toss all of my beloved eye makeup. 

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nward13

Hello lovely Vinties! 

My name is Natalie and I am happy to be a new blogger for the Vinted community! I will be discussing a variety of topics throughout my blogs and I will take suggestions and/or topics you would like to hear from me! My goals are to share my knowledge with you as well as be a support for those in need with daily life struggles, mental health questions, and/or any other problems you may need help with.

I am by no means a professional, however I am soon to be a Social Worker after I complete my Master's Degree (yay!). 

My first blog is to encourage all of you to ask for HELP when needed, and understand it is perfectly acceptable to need a helping hand once in a while. Everyone in this world is fighting battles that are difficult to go through and you should NEVER feel alone in a time of need. 

It can be hard to ask for help, right?! We have many doubts and questions on whether or not people will actually help us, but I encourage you to try to ask for help because majority of the time someone will lend a helping hand.

With school coming up or recently starting for many of us, a new chapter of our lives is beginning. This can introduce new life stressors that we may feel that we cannot deal with. Maybe you have hard classes or you're new to the school, this can be a difficult time in our lives. Just remember, you are beautiful, smart, intelligent, and unique! You will get through your struggles with courage.

I wish you the best with your upcoming school year, or career life and always know someone in this world is here to listen to you when you need support.

***If you ever need to talk privately you can always message me***

Best Wishes,

Natalie

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