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We Are Winning.

Yesterday, as I reflected on the recent days of Life Under Trump, I came to a realization about our Great Leader: he’s tiring.

I know he’s been tiring since he first started campaigning, but I mean that he, Donald Trump, the 71-year-old grandfather in the White House, is actually becoming tired. He’s played all of his cards, every single one–and he’s starting to have to rely on his old hits.

He’s just not tweeting like he used to. Back during the start of the campaign, he was making promises, attacking everyone he could, and rallying support for new candidates and promising results from new Cabinet members. He would talk about obstruction and wall funding, and eventually he started a war with the NFL.

He tried that again the other day…and it was pathetic. He just made the one tweet, only one comment, where normally he could have three or four or even six show up in one day. Granted, the longer format on Twitter means that he no longer has to use “dot dot dot”, but even that was just another weapon he used to cultivate suspense. Now, that weapon is gone. One tweet is all he gets, and I don’t even know if he has the energy for that.

He’s decided to fight LaVar Ball, of all people, in order to secure a victory that is really just him doing his job–he’s not even fighting for a victory, but for recognition of a victory. Had he let it drop and simply said “To the three young men I freed from a China prison–you’re welcome!”, he could have started a debate and projected confidence, forcing an air of gratitude onto them. Instead, he revealed that he had not been thanked and wanted the recognition…because he’s desperate. He’s not feeling his old pride anymore.

His travel bans have been defeated time and time again. Obamacare lives. Two candidates he supported both lost in humiliating elections, and he can’t send an endorsement to the current battlefield because it would mean endorsing pedophilia. People are turning their eyes back to his sexual assault scandals with a new hunger, sensing vulnerability. The Russia probe is closing in. Advisers and aides are being indicted, and he has already chosen the defense of “they’re really not affiliated with me”–a defense that could easily crumble when someone close to him succumbs. Stephen Bannon is gone. Sebastian Gorka is gone. Kelly won’t let him have the briefings he wants, and even Kelly himself has been questioned. He just got back from Asia, where he met multiple leaders who were smarter and more unchallenged than him, and it made him feel inferior. It’s cold, and he didn’t go golfing–and he knows the next time he goes golfing, the press is going to hound him. If he goes to Mar-a-Lago, the press will be there. They’ll turn it against him. The list goes on and on.

Do you want proof that this is working?

His last weekly address was on October 13th. Over a month ago.

He’s tired. He can’t go on like this. He’s stressed, he’s collapsing. He had a glimmer of hope with the Uranium One thing and the Donna Brazile story on “Crooked Hillary”, but even that little number is getting weaker and weaker–with Hillary simply shrugging and calling him “obsessed” with her.

Because he is. That’s the one political battle he could win, and now he’s staring right down the barrels of two more defeats: the tax plan and the Alabama election.

I’m making no promises, but if both of those turn against him–if the tax plan is shot down in the Senate and Doug Jones becomes a Senator–it could all be over. This could be the end of it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the man has a coronary before his one-year-President-anniversary.

He doesn’t fight. He doesn’t smile. He barely speaks. When’s the last time he held a rally? When is his next rally?

Old Man Donald needs a win. Taxes, Alabama, the border wall, he needs something. But he’s terrified that he’s going to lose them all.

Let’s see to it that he does.

Don’t relent, don’t relax. Push harder. Call your representatives and tell them to vote against the tax bill, campaign for Doug Jones and denounce Roy Moore, don’t bother defending Al Franken or any other ally who is accused of sexual misconduct, keep fighting the battles on Trump’s turf and break down his walls. His armor is cracked–go for the kill.

One is able to plant their seeds. All else that is needed, including the magnificent sun, refreshing water, and the passing of time, is all up to God.
Plant your seeds, be patient, and trust the process of their growth.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
Some Words of Encouragement

Breathe.

You got this.

Not every day you face is going to be an easy day.

There will be days where getting out of bed is going to be a major accomplishment. Which if you’ve done so today. Congrats! Way to go! 

There will be times when things go wrong. Where the day just grows gloomier, darker, colder.
But that doesn’t mean the day has to stay that way.

Just because it’s not going good now, doesn’t mean it’s not going to go good in the future.

Whether that better moment happens in the next five minutes, tomorrow, in a week, or even in five years. Have confidence. It will get better.

The night is always darkest before the dawn. The light will come.

It’s a matter of lifting your head. Squaring your shoulders, and having the confidence that it will be better.

Breathe.

Mistakes will be made. Things will go wrong.

But those things don’t have to define you. You can learn and grow. Pick yourself up and continue onward.

Because it’s only when you stop trying that true failure happens.

You may have to create nine hundred and ninety-nine failed projects before you finally get your lightbulb moment.

You may have to tell yourself seventy times seven times that tomorrow. TOMORROW you will do better. You will start that goal. You will make that change you’ve been wanting to make.

So long as you keep trying, if it’s only in thinking of trying, you’re succeeding. Don’t give up. You got this.

Just remember, things don’t always go according to plan. Celebrate the things that did.

Recognize that while you may have failed in following through in doing exactly what you had wanted to do, that doesn’t mean you failed in following through with helping someone else’s plan to succeed.

A mistake, a delay, a missed opportunity could bring you into the path of another needing your guidance, your experience, or else bring them into your life to teach you a moment of patience, show you a moment of charity, give a learning experience that can build a foundation strong enough for you to stand on later when the whirlwinds blow and the flood waters rise.

Breathe.

You got this.

Things will get better. The struggles of last week are in the past. The future is not yet set in stone.

Start with today, or if today doesn’t work. Start with tomorrow.

Have confidence. You’re doing better than you think you are.

You’re helping more than you think you are. You’re an influence to those around you. And while you may not feel like anyone special right in this moment, you are the light on a hill to someone.

Whether it’s a flickering flame, or a blazing bonfire. There are those around you who look up to you. Depend on you. And think that you’re amazing.

Already, you’ve inspired a lot of people to change, to become more than they already are.

Whether it was that freshman that you smiled to on your way to class,
that customer who you took an extra twenty minutes of your time to help,
that half second where you liked a Facebook post made by a friend,
that roommate that you helped by doing the dishes,
or that stranger on the street that you complimented.

Your influence is seen and felt by many. More than you can ever realize.

Don’t give up.

You got this.

Breathe.

It will all work out in the end. It’s not going to be easy. Unfortunately life isn’t always going to be you frolicking in the meadows picking wildflowers.

But that doesn’t mean that the weeds and the cloudy days are the only things you should focus on. You can see the blue sky, the silver lining, the one blooming rose in a bush full of thorns.

You still have your entire life. Remember that some things take time. Just because it’s not working out in your timing doesn’t mean it won’t all work out in the end. Because it will work out.
Often in ways that you never could have imagined or expected.

So remember to breathe. Hold your head up. Square your shoulders.
Because you got this. 

It seems like such a simple thing.
But that’s what Hope is.
It’s that flickering flame in the middle of a storm.
It’s whispering to yourself that ‘tomorrow I’ll do better’ as you curl up under the covers.
It’s not giving up the fight when all seems to be lost.

Hope can be such an easy thing to give to another.
An encouraging word.
A smile.
A small act of kindness.

Often we worry.
Worry that it’s not enough.
That we’re being a bother.
That saying something won’t help.

But it can.
Because hope is often the strongest when the odds are the greatest.
It’s easy to feel confidence when things are going well. It’s easy to feel great when all is going according to plan.
Yet it’s in the trials of life that hope is found. It’s found in the sacrifices made, it’s found in the stubborn determination that you will not give up.
It’s found when you keep the faith, fight the good fight.
Have courage. Be Kind.
Stay Calm. Carry on.

Hope is the light on a hill. It’s that flame that cannot be hidden.
Hope is easy to spark. Because it almost never goes out.
It only needs a single moment, a single smile, a single word, to flare back up.
To burn brightly.
To spur you on.

The main thing is reach for it. To share it.
Because where hope is found, miracles can happen.

So Breathe.

You got this.

This is it: this is your sign. You’re brand new, refreshed, empowered to change. Your calmer, softer times are coming. Your confidence, your happiness, your bliss, is arriving. Self acceptance is easier, and taking care of yourself is no longer a chore, but something you look forward to. You start to feel replenished - you’re *you* again - and the next chapter of your happier life begins now.

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My vision of an artist :)

For me, we are all a part of an amazing garden, each of us making a part of it And we are all a little seed falling on the ground of being an artist.

The flowers represent our passion and like in a garden, many types exists !

When we know what we love the adventure begins, we meet amazing artists that will inspire us to grow up !

Flowers needs the rain to grow up, so your passion will need some difficulties to grow as well. Après la pluie vient le beau temps- After the rain comes the sun !

And then at your turn you will inspire the young and new flowers to grow as well ! 


For the talented artists I used the colors of the flowers to show the directions they chose, many went to lots of them while some artists preferred to only chose one (like the lion and the white flowers) since, the flower on the tail is red, that means that choosing one direction can lead you to another one in the futur, who know ? You don’t see it yet :)


I hope this little reminder will help you keeping going !! Always keep it up and KEEP GOING !!


Bonne chance :) that means Good luck in French ^^

12 Steps For Self Care
  1. If it feels wrong, don’t do it
  2. Say exactly what you mean
  3. Don’t be a people pleaser
  4. Trust your instincts 
  5. Never speak bad about yourself
  6. Never give up on your dreams
  7. Don’t be afraid to say “no”
  8. Don’t be afraid to say “yes”
  9. Be KIND to yourself
  10. Let go of what you can’t control
  11. Stay away from drama & negativity
  12. LOVE
You must find your why.
That why that gets you up early in the morning.
That why that has you staying up late.
That why that keeps you going.
If your why does not fill you up with a mixture of emotions, bringing with it both happiness and tears, laughter and anxiousness, eagerness and worries,
then it is not your why.
Keep searching until you find it.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin