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FALMOUTH, JAMAICA

Before you read this post, have you read part 1 when I went to Labadee, Haiti? GO!

ahem. Ok, all caught up? Great. Time to talk about the next destination on my Royal Caribbean Cruise: Falmouth, Jamaica!

Our second pit-stop on the cruise had us walking into a gated community with a plethora of souvenir shops and restaurants. We all know I don’t love being confined into one place while on vacation so OBVIOUSLY I ventured out into town. I was immediately taken aback from the bustle, countless fruit markets, and colourful buildings. It made my travelling heart oh so happy.

 

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Jamaica isn’t perfect, no country is, and I was advised numerous times to be safe and should not walk alone. I was with someone as I explored Falmouth, but in the four or five hours we walked around, there was no moment I felt threatened or in danger. Locals were kind, did not ever try to force us to buy anything and if we did have a question they would stop and help us out.

My suggestion is to take time to walk around the city, try the local food such as beef patties, fried plantain, jerk chicken, rice and peas.. you name it, you’ll find it, and take numerous photos of the beautiful surroundings.

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VLOG TIME! Watch as I explore around Falmouth, a few cruise ship clips, a belly flop competition and a mini souvenir haul. Love ya! Enjoy!

LABADEE, HAITI

After years of hearing from my mother how amazing cruise life is, I finally bit the bullet and joined her (and some of the fam) on a Royal Caribbean Cruise. Last month we all flew from YYZ to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and boarded one of the world’s biggest ship, Harmony of the Seas!

If you love staying in resorts, you’ll equally love being on a cruise ship. It’s not necessarily my style of travel because you are confined to one place for a period of time with a schedule of when and where to eat. But, when it came to eating, I LIVED for the endless amount of American style buffets. Mac & cheese, steak, curry, and brownies all on one plate. All. Damn. Day.

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After a full cruise day, our first stop was Labadee, Haiti. This northwest corner of the country is leased to Royal Caribbean so it does resemble an amusement park filled with zip lines, water slides, and souvenir vendors galore. The best beach in Labadee (from what I could tell) is Columbus Cove. It is a bit of a walk from the port but it has smooth sand, crystal clear waters, and a ton of palm trees to nap under. See my vlog below for some bad ass beach b-roll.

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Since this particular part of Haiti is quite commercialized, I didn’t get to see Haiti in its raw form. I would love to go back and explore the country, learn more about the culture, and meet the people. I remember Conan O’Brien visited Port-au-Prince and I fell in love with the spirit of Haitians. See below for a little history lesson.

The waters in Labadee were glorious, and I wish I had more time to float around. When you’re here I recommend getting up early and snatching a prime spot on the beach, play volleyball, do some shopping, and walk around Dragon’s Breath Point before heading back on the ship.

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A travel vlog for you! Oh how I miss shooting and editing, I think this probably means I should travel more? Sigh, I wish. See more action on the ship as well as touring around Labadee, Haiti below!

ANOTHER LIFE UPDATE BUT IN VIDEO FORM

I haven’t posted a YouTube video in a couple months and decided to brush my hair, set up a camera, and ramble. Rambling is what I do best. I remember in University we had to do mock job interviews and my interviewer, who worked as a sports reporter, noted that I ramble way too much. I’d like to think it’s part of my charm, but anywhooooo..

Earlier this month I wrote a life update: A 15-MIN STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS. If you’ve already read that blog post, I talk about pretty much the same things in the video below. If you haven’t read the post and have 10 minutes of your precious life to spare, then grab a cup of tea and watch me chat about my move into the city, tarot cards, travel plans, and other humdrum.. ramblings. xo

LES PANTALONS MODERNITÉS

Last year I was rushing through Busan Station to catch the KTX train to Seoul. It was early morning on a Saturday and I was on my way to the platform when suddenly, a young Korean lady tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around and she kindly blurted, “I’m sorry to bother you but, what is your name?”

“Jessica!” I responded with a smile, “what’s yours?”

“I’m Rachel” she said shyly. “Umm, I’m a fashion designer, and I know you’re in a rush but I would love for you to model my clothes.” I was in shock, mostly because her English was flawless and that was something I wasn’t normally used to hearing. She mentioned she grew up in Busan, learned English in school, and now studies fashion design in France! I told her that I was actually on my way to Seoul Fashion Week and would love to work with her once I’m back. We exchanged Kakao info before splitting ways.

A couple weeks later, Rachel set up a photoshoot at a classy French restaurant in Haeundae. She dressed Emma, the other model, and I up in her designs and wanted the focus to be on the pants.

Cue: The photo shoot

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Designer: Iseul
Photographer: 지금 이 순간
Editor: Lucas Lehmann

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Fast forward a few months when I was back at Busan Station, ready to take the KTX to Seoul. I was going back home to Canada and documented my solemn departure on my Instagram stories. She saw my story and DM’d me saying she didn’t know I was leaving forever and wanted to say goodbye. I told her my train leaves in 20 minutes but if she makes it to my platform I’d love to see her.

Rachel found me just in time. She ran, with multiple bags on her because she was in the middle of running errands, and opened her arms for a hug. I was so sad that day and to have someone, who I only hung out with that one day, want to hug me goodbye made leaving a little more tolerable.

As cheesy as it sounds, I’ll never forget that wonderful moment and I’m happy to have worked with such a beautiful soul.

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A 15-MIN STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS

It is currently 11:15am on Sunday, December 2nd. Billie Eilish is playing on my phone, it’s rainy/snowy outside, and no part of me wants to change out of my sweats today.

You can play the song I’m currently listening to as you read this post if ya like (unless you’re on a phone then you won’t be able to scroll and listen at the same time):

I’m well aware I haven’t written a blog post in a month. I suck. 

For 15 minutes I’m going to write a stream of consciousness because when I am limited on time, I tend to not overthink about what I’m writing. It’s raw, real, blah blah blah. I apologize if this post becomes random, jumping from one subject to the next. Let’s begin.

Changes have happened. I live downtown on my own and I love love love it.

Also, I got a tattoo.

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Since I’ve been back in Canada I’ve used Bumble to get back in the dating game and TBH, I’ve been on some pretty terrible dates. I’ve been out with four guys on there, all whom I’ve met and either:

  • They went back with their ex (LOL!)
  • There was no spark
  • They were super insecure and took it out on me (no thx)
  • I simply wasn’t attracted to them

Honestly, A+ for effort on my end for not only putting myself out there, but standing my ground when I needed to.

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I’ve been single for five years and it’s difficult to find someone I genuinely want to text, call, and hang out with all of the time.. because that’s how dating works, right? Or something? I don’t know. Do I have to like, feed and walk them too? Sounds stressful.

On the rare occasion I do find someone I can tolerate, I attach myself too quickly and scare them off. It’s a vicious cycle.

ANYWAY, the Holiday season is here. Cue: The voices of Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey ringing through our heads for the next month

For three years I haven’t been in Canada for Christmas and I’m happy I’ll be with my family for this one. I have no New Years plans, but to be honest I might stay home and do what I did last year – eat ALL of the junk food, watch a marathon of a movie/show (last year was Harry Potter), and maybe wake up early to watch the sunrise. I think it’ll be a new tradition of mine because going out on New Years Eve is WAY too stressful and so much $$$. I’d rather be on my own where I’m happy, safe, and don’t feel pressured to wear a tight dress that I’ll probably be pulling down and constantly adjusting.

I have five more minutes, umm. I have been cooking A LOT lately. Been nailing a shrimp curry recipe, made some maaaad tasty Korean spicy chicken, and last night I put brussel sprouts, sausage, and sweet potato in aluminum foil and put it all into the oven for 45 minutes, served it with rice. Delicious.

Yesterday I went to the Really Really Free Market and picked up a couple books. I’ve never read The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne so I took it home. I plan to light a candle, cuddle into a cozy blanket, read it cover to cover, and then watch the movie. A solid Sunday.

I’m working on expanding Get Up & Go Girl, but it’s been taking longer than expected. It’s in the works so, stay tuned.

For the most part, as you can tell from this post, I like being alone. It’s what I’m used to. I haven’t made a vlog in awhile and feel bad about it, but as all regular 20-somethings I’ve been through break downs, bad dates, and bad days and sometimes I don’t want to put a camera in front of my face and be ON when I don’t want to be.

But, I’ll be back soon.

This is where I’m at in life. I’m happy, truly I am. I have a lot going on for me, a lot more to happen in the near future, and I’m thankful for all three of you who have read this far. 🙂

Okay I’m done, it’s 11:30am.

Love you,
Jessica

I’M OFFICIALLY 28 – HERE’S EVERYTHING I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH THIS YEAR

It’s six days past my birthday (whoops) but I have to admit, turning 28 was the absolute BEST!

Here are a few reasons why my b-day was incredible:

  • It was on a Saturday which means I got to sleep in!
  • When I woke up my mom made a cute little breakfast and even put a candle in my eggs (lol, it’s the little things).
  • I hosted my first Get Up & Go Girl workshop which was such a dream come true.
  • I bid on my first place in Toronto! I lost, but still, it was my first one and I’m moving in the right direction of finding my home.
  • Went out to dinner with my best friends and then to a couple fun bars afterwards.
  • My cousin Melissa baked me raspberry chocolate cupcakes and they were DIVINE!
  • 💋😏 (hehe).

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As you know, I had goals I wanted to accomplish for my 27th year of life.

Let’s see how I did..

1. Start a career in a creative field

I have the best job at rock-it promotions. So proud to work here.

2. Purchase property

Although this is not done as of yet, I am WELL on my way! Can I count this at 0.5 complete? DOING IT!

3. Go to my 6th continent

I went to Africa back in March, which you can read about here and here.

4. Commence secret project (Mwhaha! Sorry, you’ll know in time, I promise!)

GET UP & GO GIRL WORKSHOP WAS MY SECRET PROJECT! AND I DID IT! WOO!

5. Donate blood

Mmmmk. Since I went to Africa I’m technically not allowed to donate my blood and have to wait an entire year. I’m adding this back on the list.

NOT SO BAD! Those were some pretty lofty goals and I think I did alright. 3.5/5!

Now, we move onto this year. Below are the goals I will strive to achieve during my 28th year of life:

1. Purchase property.

2. Donate blood

3. Travel to Portugal

4. Write a book (or at least, on my way)

5. Secret mission I can’t talk about, but next birthday I will tell you

MEEP! Ok. One more thing. I have a vlog for you. It’s not a birthday vlog but it’s been a couple months since I’ve uploaded so, here ya go! Cheers to another year of being an almost-thirty-goal-achieving-bad-ass-betch (or at least trying to). ENJOY!

DR. FORD SPOKE UP TO PROTECT US

“I will tell you something because I am a sexual assault survivor and the truth is, Trump the other day was speaking in a rally and said, ‘she has no memory of how she got to the party, should we trust she remembers the assault?’ And the answer is, yes. I’ll tell you exactly why. I also know this woman is smart because she’s a psychologist, she’s no dummy. If someone is assaulted or experiences trauma, there’s science and scientific proof, it’s biology that people change, the brain changes and literally what it does is takes the trauma and puts it in a box and files it away and shuts it so that we can survive the pain. It also does a lot of things, it can cause body pain, baseline elevations of anxiety, it can cause complete avoidance to remember or think what had happened to you but what I believe, what I have seen is that what this woman saw that Judge Kavanaugh was going to be possibly put in the highest position of power in the judicial system of this country, she was triggered and that box opened and when that box opened, she was brave enough to share it with the world and protect this country.

– Lady Gaga

10 INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS I LOVE

Instagram is how I draw inspiration from every aspect of my life.

What should I eat? Open Insta.
What should I wear? Open Insta.
How should I do my makeup tonight? Open Insta.
How should I decorate this room? Open Insta.
I had a bad day and need to escape. Open Insta.

I wanted to break down my favourite Instagram accounts because I spend enough time on the damn app to know what I love, and maybe you’ll like them too? Sharing is caring.

Here we go!

@laura_made_it

Laura makes bad ass art and I’m a huge fan of everything she creates.

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@society6

Some more art inspo because, I’m obsessed. Artists from around the world can sell their work though Society6 and there are a ton of art and home products (pillows, rugs, shower curtains, etc) that will soon fill my future condo.

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@wetheurban

Social commentary at its best.

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@patrickta

One of my fav makeup artists. He’s so talented and his creations are usually glowy, natural, and goddamn flawless. He’s also just a cool guy too. Be my friend plz, Pat?

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@streetartglobe

I think the theme here is that I like following artsy-fartsy accounts, and I NEED to share this one with you. These posts feature street art from around the world and I find myself constantly stopping to stare at every single upload. IZZ JUSS SEWW GUUUD!

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@urbanoutfitters

I don’t shop at UB often, if ever, but their Insta account is top-notch. I’m also a big fan of @urbanoutfittershome for small space home decor ideas.

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@bymariandrew

If you ever feel heartbroken or in a funky mood, Mari’s posts usually cheer me up with insightful illustrations that are so #relatable.

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@vespernyc

Who doesn’t like to look at sexy photos sometimes?

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@refinery29

I love Refinery29, and I used to read it every morning before I started my morning classes in Korea. Their posts are usually women empowerment fuelled and of course, I’m here for that.

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@loveandlemons

Everything Jeanine posts always looks delicious, healthy, and AESTHETIC GOALS TO THE MAX! Veggie friends, you’ll LOVE this foodie account too.

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Oh hey, are you following me on IG? You should by clicking HERE! While you’re in a following mood, you should also check out Get Up & Go Girl. Ok great, that’s enough self-promo. What are some of your fav Instagram accounts? Let me know in the comments below!

SUMMER LIST 2018 | ACCOMPLISHED GOALS

How is it September already?! Fall is around the corner and on my street the schools (yes, plural) are testing their recess bells so, I guess the deadline has arrived to accomplish my Summer goals for 2018. I kept them short and manageable this year because I knew this Summer I needed to get my shit together, in pretty much all aspects of my life. I still don’t even have my health card back but, I’M WORKING ON IT OK! Living away from Canada for so long leaves you a little behind compared to others but it’s a slow and steady climb. Alright, summer goals, let’s see how I did..

JESSICA’S SUMMER GOALS 2018

1. Learn the flag of every country.

Technically I didn’t memorize EVERY flag, but out of 195 country flags I know 173. In my world, that’s a pretty solid amount. To practice I used an app called Name The Flag, which gave me something to do when commuting to and from work. I have a 88.75% success rate so, I’M COUNTING IT!

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The flags that confuse me most are from African countries, like the ones below. Can you name them all?

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See bottom of blog post for the answers. 😉

2. Throw a summer dinner party for my girlfriends.

Please inquire within for all sangria or charcuterie board needs.

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3. Take an online financial literacy course.

I totally forgot I did this. I took an online course back in May and learned about the basic risks involved with debt, how to avoid common mistakes people make with their finances, etc. Other than that, I don’t remember much of anything else. The big takeaway was don’t be frivolous with money because XYZ will happen.

On occasion I’ll watch videos by The Financial Diet on YouTube and they’re pretty good at dissecting the finance world and speak in a language millennials like myself can understand.

4. Be able to do the splits.

As you can see this goal is not crossed off. Moving on..

5. Have a photoshoot at a lavender field.

You can check out my vlog below when I went to a pretty lavender field in Campbellcroft, Ontario or read all about the fun day by clicking HERE!

Bonus footage for you! My BFF Dev visited me back in August and I haven’t posted our Toronto video on this blog yet so, here ya go!

It was nice to spend a few days together when he came to visit the land of maple syrup (his words, not mine). Dev and I had the best time going out, being tourists, browsing art galleries, and even hitting up Koreatown (home sweet home for us). I miss him all the time when he’s gone, but waiting patiently until he moves to Toronto. Heh heh.

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Goodbye summer 2018! You were necessary for my growth when it came to getting my career in check, going full-throttle into buying property (BIG UPDATES ON THIS VERY SOON!), rekindling friendships, and getting used to being back on Canadian soil.

I’m very ready for Fall. BRING ON THE PUMPKIN FLAVOURED EVERYTHING! Except for the lattes, you can leave those out. Yuck.

Flag answers: Ghana, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Guinea

LAVENDER FIELD IN CAMPBELLCROFT, ONTARIO

A summer goal of mine is crossed off! YUS!

My BFF Katie and I went on a mini road trip to Campbellcroft, Ontario which is a small town east of Toronto, sort of near the Peterborough area. Aka, farm town. We went along the cow ridden, dirt roads for one reason – TO FROLIC IN A FIELD FULL OF LAVENDER! I used to despise the smell of lavender, but it’s currently one of my all-time favourite scents. It’s scientifically proven to relax and calm you and is a natural stress relief (I need allllllll of that in my life right now).

We ended up going to the Laveanne Lavender Field instead of the one in Milton (Terre Bleu Lavender Field) because.. well.. it was free to enter, compared to $20 (!!) entrance fee at Terre Blue.

At 9am we packed the car with snacks, went to Tim’s for an Iced Capp (obvs), and hit the road on our summer adventure. The field was simple to find and arrived around 10:30am. It wasn’t busy when we got there, but got a little more crowded at noon. The field itself isn’t mind blowing but pretty enough for a solid Insta pic.

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I wore a beige bodysuit from Forever 21 and a long, sheer white dress I got for $9.99 at a thrift store (pretty good find, huh?). Laveanne had a tiny (like, SUPER small) gift shop that sold baked goods and lavender scented candles, soaps, lotions, etc.

After touring around the fields, Katie and I decided to get lunch at closest bar, which ended up being in Millbrook (approx 10 min drive away) called Moody’s. On their patio we shared a beet and feta salads and a classic charcuterie board, YUM! So summery, and delicious.

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See the Laveanne Lavender Field in all its glory in my latest vlog below!

 

SPENDING TIME WITH THE FAM

Hey friends,

I hope your summer is going well and that you’re embracing any and all awkward tan lines.

I’ve been enjoying the warm weather with the fam jam as much as I can because I’ve missed too many birthdays and holiday celebrations the past two years, I need to make up for lost time! If you’ve never met the Moy gang before, then you’re in for a little treat. Check out my vlog below as I spend time with my parents, brothers, and precious little niece, Mila.

I also chat about my experience thus far with condo hunting in Toronto and, to be honest, I have no idea WTF I’m doing.. but I’m on my way!

A couple weeks ago my cousins from my mom’s side got together for a little quality bonding time, without the actual grown-ups (aka our parents who force us to talk to other grown-ups at family functions and none of us really care for it and we’d rather all just hang out without being forced to chat with long lost aunts twice removed). We all bonded over good food, drinks, games, and a water balloon fight that turned dark, REAL QUICK! Watch the below video and see for yourself.

For instant updates, you can follow me on Instagram because I’m literally on there, always. IG: @Jessica_Moy

10 THINGS I NEED TO UPDATE YOU ON

HI FRIENDS!

I haven’t posted in a month.. and a few days.. BUT I AM HERE! ALIVE!

It feels goooooood to be writing a blog post again. I know it’s been awhile and I definitely owe you a catch-up. So, grab a snack? While you’re at it, grab one for me too? Unless it’s a bag of baby carrots, celery or an apple. Then I’ll pass. Still love ya, even though you may have terrible taste in snack options.

ANYWAY! While I was in the shower tonight, nicking my ankles while shaving, I thought about how this dumb little blog has been around for six years. SIX. YEARS. It has seen me through university, various jobs, questionable outfits, boyfriends, moving across the globe, traveling, etc, etc. All of this to say.. I love this space, a lot. Even though I don’t write on this blog as often as I would like, you my dear readers are ALWAYS on my mind.

How are you doing BTW? Did you get a new haircut? You look great! 😉

10 THINGS I NEED TO UPDATE YOU ON:

1. I suppose the biggest update is, I GOT A JOB! After a month or so of applying and going on various interviews, I landed an incredible/creative position in PR. I work with an awesome team in Toronto and feel happy and fortunate to be in the position I’m in. *happy dance*

2. I reached 1,000+ followers on Instagram. I’M PRETTY MUCH A FAMOUS INFLUENCER NOW! Right? No? Kk.

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3. I’m looking into buying property and am going to very soon. Well, not VERY soon, but before the end of the year. If you have ANY advice on home buying PLEASE get in touch and tell me EVERYTHING!

4. I will be vlogging again. OH YES! DA VLOGS WILL BE BACK! I need to update Final Cut Pro and buy a new camera, since mine drowned itself at Victoria Falls. I miss editing and being creative with video so hopefully within the next couple months I can hop back on the vlog train. EEK! So much content to share. SO. MUCH. CONTENT.

5. I’ve been watching marathons of Kitchen Nightmares. I don’t know why or how I stumbled upon it, but it entertains me and Gordon Ramsay is a hoot.

6. I don’t think I’ll be able to do the splits by the end of the summer like I told myself I would.. it’s just too darn hard. I’ll keep trying, I guess..

7. MY NIECE MILA TURNED ONE THIS MONTH! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S BEEN A YEAR SINCE HER LIFE HAS BLESSED OUR PRESENCE? I LOVE HER SO MUCH!

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8. I feel fortunate to be back in a country where a) people hug b) french fries are not sprinkled with sugar and c) I can communicate without an obsene amount of hand gestures.

9. I don’t miss living in Korea. Lol. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Korea and it’ll be my second home forever and ever. But, I def don’t miss living there.

10. I have a lot of exciting projects and life changes that will happen within the next little while, and I hope you’ll be around to share them with me. 🙂

SEE YA SOON! I LUUURVEE YOU!

xo

Jessica

P.S. I REALIZE THAT I HAVE WRITTEN IN CAPS A LOT IN THIS BLOG POST! I’M JUST EXCITED TO BE BACK ON THE BLOG OK!

WHEN LOVE ARRIVES

When Love Arrives is a spoken word poem written and performed by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye. I stumbled upon the video tonight and the words touched ma wittle hart. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Love is not who you were expecting, love is not who you can predict. Maybe love is in New York City, already asleep; You are in California, Australia, wide awake. Maybe love is always in the wrong time zone. Maybe love is not ready for you. Maybe you are not ready for love. Maybe love just isn’t the marrying type. Maybe the next time you see love is twenty years after the divorce, love is older now, but just as beautiful as you remembered. Maybe love is only there for a month. Maybe love is there for every firework, every birthday party, every hospital visit. Maybe love stays- maybe love can’t. Maybe love shouldn’t. Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to, and love leaves exactly when love must. When love arrives, say, “Welcome. Make yourself comfortable.” If love leaves, ask her to leave the door open behind her. Turn off the music, listen to the quiet, whisper, “Thank you for stopping by.”