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Happy Monday!

Not many people are happy about Mondays, usually I'm not thrilled with them, but so far, this Monday morning has been a GREAT one.

The sky on my way to work was the most amazing bright blue and its depth captivated me. The green of the trees were rich and amazing, and the spattering of yellow, orange and pink flowers all around delighted my senses. Green is in the forefront of my vision today, and not in any sort of jealous way, in a beautiful, magical way.

On this Monday I am appreciating the beautiful moments, both small and large;
• Trusting myself and my inner voice, and having faith
• New friends
• Being first in line with no wait at the lab
• Getting the best parking spot in town (the first Farchette & Hanley spot!)
• Putting the finishing touches on a brand new piece of jewelry

"Paraiba Moon" 14kt white and yellow gold pendant with rainbow moonstone and paraiba tourmaline.

"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success."

- Norman Vincent Peale
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Flat Nicole goes to Buck Island

Flat Nicole has started a journey much like Flat Stanley. At SOAR SPA (Something Positive Afterward) one of the exercises we did was to have a partner trace the outline of our bodies on butcher paper. It was very powerful for me, being a young(ish) woman in this society and living with body issues for as long as I can remember. Anyhow, my drawing became "Flat Nicole". Flat Nicole accompanied us to Skydive City in Zephyrhills and then she came home with me from Florida, taking her first plane flight. My friends requested pictures of Flat Nicole at the gorgeous beaches on St. Croix, so when I my mother invited me to go kayaking to Buck Island with her and her husband for Mothers' Day, I knew Flat Nicole should make the trip as well.

The kayak trip was great, much calmer than last time, so it was a bit easier without the rough seas. I got lots of sun again, and a good leg work out. Plus this time I didn't fall off the kayak (however there were also no cute boys this time around to fall off in front of). We made bets on how many turtles we would see, and I won with a total of 6 seen. It was a beautiful day and I splashed around in the exceptionally clear water at Buck like a little kid, I think "little Nikki" came out again to play and she had a great time. The colors were so vibrant, everything looked almost too good to be true, but it wasn't, it was real, it is the beautiful life I live. I saw a man laying in the sand, just flat on his back in the sand, and I thought that was a phenomenal idea, so I followed suit. The warm, white grains of sand felt so good on my bare skin and I made sand angels and admired the way the sand stuck to my wet hair (not caring about what a nightmare it would be to get them out later).

I felt free, alive, ecstatic. Life is good!
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