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  • Self-Expression on a Tuesday Afternoon

    Finding faith, Feeling high,
    Figuring out Falling low,
    Falling asleep Finding flow,
    Having doubt (is this a haiku?) Making more room to grow.

    Victoria

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    • Perfectly simple, simply perfect. Creations quick, impeccable thought, just a few to make the mind trot.

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    • Victoria, Your letter captures the ups and downs of life beautifully. It’s a poetic journey of self-discovery and growth. Keep embracing both the challenges and the joys that come your way.

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  • Victoria Makanjuola shared a letter in the Group logo of Magical MomentsMagical Moments group 4 months, 1 weeks ago

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    Happy Birthday Lauren!

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  • Dear______, *A tribute letter to Angus Cloud* ☁️

    *Disclaimer- There is reference to suicidal ideation- if you’re suffering please seek out help or call the suicide prevention hotline emergency number, 988.

    Dear Angus,

    I’m sorry this letter couldn’t make it to you. I know for certain that it does not find you well. If this letter could reach Heaven- I’d say “Sorry dude- I’ve never watched Euphoria.” I’d assume you’d think “fake fan.” LOL.

    Your personal friends and family can attest to your attributes far better than me. So, I’ll just say this. When you took your life- it didn’t just hurt you. It hurt everyone who knew you, knew your name, and loved you. This letter is not to condemn your actions but to anyone who feels the same as you.

    I don’t know the details surrounding your death (& don’t care to quite frankly) but I imagine you were quite scared, upset, and angry. The mind can play tricks on us in our low moments. Like saying that nothing even matters, what is there to live for now? For me, I try to counsel myself by saying this is all temporary. As in, “this too shall pass” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

    My heart goes out to your Mom and close friends. May God rest your soul. You are gone but never forgotten! 🕊️

    Sincerely,

    Victoria

    Victoria Makanjuola

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    • Aww Victoria, you are such a compassionate person. I love this line, “, I try to counsel myself by saying this is all temporary. As in, “this too shall pass” I tell myself the same. It really helps me move forward. <3 lauren

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  • OH LAUREN!! You’re making me teary eyed- it’s been a heavy day emotionally with the passing of Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock N’ Roll. And my favorite podcast is ending next week- long story short, thank you!! I appreciate your kind words and your diligence with keeping people engaged on this platform- I see you and don’t take it for granted. I’m definitely going to keep following my gut- there’s alottt of conflicting messages out there on social media but at the end of the day I have to trust myself, GOD, and stay true to what’s best for me. I feel the love. 😭

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  • Yes of course. Those are the scariest kinds of people- sounds strange! Like when Anthony Bourdain passed…I couldn’t believe it. Now I realize that anyone can be on the edge so to speak and it’s nearly impossible to figure out until something drastic happens. I’m truly sorry for Twitch’s family- he was a good man, just dealing with some heavy feelings. May he rest easy.

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    • Thank you, and that is so true. It’s good to smile at times, but when a person seem to smile all the time, to me that’s not normal, because everything isn’t worth a smile. It seems as if they’re hiding something when they smile all the time. Babies smile a lot when you’re playing with them, some smile just looking into your face, but everyone…read more

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  • Yes Kayjah- definitely! Did you get a chance to watch Allison’s interview on the Today show with Hoda? I’m glad she’s speaking up- I’m sure she’s still hurting so it must be very difficult but I’m glad to see her still standing. Sorry for the delayed reply!

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  • Thank you so much for your kind words Asia! I’m so sorry for the late reply- I’m really going to try to be more active on this platform!!

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  • Thank you so much for these touching words Jamie. Writing this letter makes me think of Cheslie Kryst, the former Miss USA who also died by suicide. She had my dream career and I’d have loved to be in her position, but some of us are carrying invisible weights. I wish I could do more than write a letter to be honest but I hope she reads this one day!! Thanks.

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  • An Open Letter to Allison Holker

    Dear Allison,

    My name is Victoria and I want to first start out by appreciating your strength. I’m a 25-year-old digital creator, blogger, and mental health advocate from Texas! I never really claimed to be an “advocate” because I have no diagnosed illnesses. However, we all have mental health- and I’ve come to realize that it shouldn’t have to happen to you, to matter to you! I don’t know you personally- but I know of you through the power of you and your late husband’s platform. When I first heard about the shocking and disturbing news of Stephen “tWitch” Boss suicide- I had no words. My first thought went straight to your youngest daughter Zaia (who is beautiful by the way 😍) and I couldn’t fathom growing up without my own Dad. My Dad experienced some health issues related to his digestive system at the beginning of 2022. It affected my mental health because I realized how attached I am to my parents and thinking of my life without them makes me feel weary. While I believe it’s important for young girls to have their Dad’s around- I think it’s equally as important for little girls to have their Moms. A strong mama like you is a rare breed. I am extremely sorry for your loss- I can’t imagine your pain but I want to acknowledge your presence. Your husband impacted me in a more subliminal way. His bright smile, great style, and dope dance moves on “The Ellen Show” and on my Instagram made their way to my heart. You both moved so in sync- and I would be mesmerized. I ask God to send me a soulmate that’s as perfect for me as “tWitch” was for you. Anyways Queen, please keep your head up. I believe for a fact there are people out there who need your strength and resilience. Thank you for leading with love. Keep on moving!

    With love,

    Victoria

    Victoria Makanjuola

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    • I didn’t know Twitch at all to be honest. I stay in touch with current pop culture as much as possible. I’ve learned as much as people say you get older and out of touch. I say no you get busier and have different priorities or other things absorbing your attention. So I didn’t know the impact he had on others but respect that he maximized the g…read more

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      • Thank you so much for these touching words Jamie. Writing this letter makes me think of Cheslie Kryst, the former Miss USA who also died by suicide. She had my dream career and I’d have loved to be in her position, but some of us are carrying invisible weights. I wish I could do more than write a letter to be honest but I hope she reads this one…read more

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    • Hello Victoria,
      I just would like to say, you are so kind to write this. Allison may come across it or not, but regardless you really have impacted other people that read this that struggle with mental illness or know someone who struggles. Hearing about the suicide did affect me greatly, considering I have watched tWITCH on television for years…read more

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    • I used to watch Twitch when I was younger on Step Up and on Ellen. To find out that he passed was shocking and to also see that it was from mental health really through me off because he looked so healthy and happy. I then was like well I didn’t know him I only knew what he showed the world. But Allison his wife knew him better than us all. I feel…read more

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      • Yes Kayjah- definitely! Did you get a chance to watch Allison’s interview on the Today show with Hoda? I’m glad she’s speaking up- I’m sure she’s still hurting so it must be very difficult but I’m glad to see her still standing. Sorry for the delayed reply!

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    • This was a sad story all the way around. I of course didn’t know him personally, but I’ve watched him for years and have always noticed how he smiled everywhere in everything he did. He was such a talented dancer and he will be certainly missed. I pray for his wife and family.

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      • Yes of course. Those are the scariest kinds of people- sounds strange! Like when Anthony Bourdain passed…I couldn’t believe it. Now I realize that anyone can be on the edge so to speak and it’s nearly impossible to figure out until something drastic happens. I’m truly sorry for Twitch’s family- he was a good man, just dealing with some heavy…read more

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        • Thank you, and that is so true. It’s good to smile at times, but when a person seem to smile all the time, to me that’s not normal, because everything isn’t worth a smile. It seems as if they’re hiding something when they smile all the time. Babies smile a lot when you’re playing with them, some smile just looking into your face, but everyone…read more

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  • Dear Me 🧡

    Dear Me,

    Thank you for taking the time to sit with yourself and process your thoughts and feelings. This year, you really took yourself & your ideas seriously. Your perseverance through rejection is admirable and I appreciate you, even when others don’t.

    When you lost your job in January- you didn’t beat yourself up.

    When the bank funds were low- you leaned on your family for support while pushing through to find a new job.

    When you felt broke, busted, and disgusted- you sought wisdom in books, the Bible, and your family.

    You manifested cool opportunities & got creative with the tools at your disposal.

    To me, you may not be exactly where you want to be, however, you’ve come farther than you expected. You could’ve chosen to listen to well- meaning advice, but you listened to your gut & for that I respect you!

    Thank you for being you- which is the hardest thing to do.

    Love you for life,

    Me (V) 🧡

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    • Victoria, you are such a rock star. I think we all feel sometimes like success is a race, but what I have noticed success isn’t about who can get there first, but rather who doesn’t give up on their journey. You are so resilient, smart, and just an all-around great person. I am proud to know you, and I am proud of how you handled the adversity…read more

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      • OH LAUREN!! You’re making me teary eyed- it’s been a heavy day emotionally with the passing of Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock N’ Roll. And my favorite podcast is ending next week- long story short, thank you!! I appreciate your kind words and your diligence with keeping people engaged on this platform- I see you and don’t take it for granted. I’m…read more

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  • Thank you so much Ms. Shelley for your kind words. I truly needed them today. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to trust ourselves in the face of uncertainty…we have to keep pushing through!
    Blessings!! 🙂

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  • This is well written Jim! I really like the concept of having a safe space- even if it’s not a physical location. I’m in my 20s now and the need for that is very real. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Thank you so much Victoria. Much appreciated. Yeah I guess when I get down about something, I just think back to those days. Just to remind myself that life wasn’t always so challenging. And to enjoy the memories. I hope your need for a safe space gets met. You’re strong. I know it will 🙂

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  • Hi Jim. Thank you so much! I appreciate your words- I certainly needed to hear them. Persevering still by staying optimistic about the future although I don’t know what’s next. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. 😁🙏🏾

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    • You’re very welcome Victoria. Glad I could help a little bit. An yes the unknown. It’s certainly one of my biggest obstacles. I’m sure for many. But persevering seems like the only choice right?
      Thank you. Hope yours is a nice one 🙂

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  • Thank you so much Lauren! Your feedback is so valuable to me. Thank you for creating this platform and safe space. I look forward to the many more stories/letters/entries I create!!!

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    • I so look forward to them as well. I hope you have a. wonderful thanksgiving if I don’t see this week online. Thank you for being. a part of our family.

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  • Dear Me 🧡

    Dear Me,

    Thank you for taking the time to sit with yourself and process your thoughts and feelings. This year, you really took yourself & your ideas seriously. Your perseverance through rejection is admirable and I appreciate you, even when others don’t.

    When you lost your job in January- you didn’t beat yourself up.

    When the bank funds were low- you leaned on your family for support while pushing through to find a new job.

    When you felt broke, busted, and disgusted- you sought wisdom in books, the Bible, and your family.

    You manifested cool opportunities & got creative with the tools at your disposal.

    To me, you may not be exactly where you want to be, however, you’ve come farther than you expected. You could’ve chosen to listen to well- meaning advice, but you listened to your gut & for that I respect you!

    Thank you for being you- which is the hardest thing to do.

    Love you for life,

    Me (V) 🧡

    Victoria Makanjuola

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    • I love this letter! You should be so proud of your strength and perseverance. I hope you always remember that whatever challenges you face in life, you have the power to handle it with strength, grace and power.

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      • Thank you so much Lauren! Your feedback is so valuable to me. Thank you for creating this platform and safe space. I look forward to the many more stories/letters/entries I create!!!

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        • I so look forward to them as well. I hope you have a. wonderful thanksgiving if I don’t see this week online. Thank you for being. a part of our family.

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    • Hi. Great letter Victoria. Perseverance in tough times is a trait that not everyone has. Clearly you do. You should be very proud. I hope you have a great thanksgiving 🙂

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      • Hi Jim. Thank you so much! I appreciate your words- I certainly needed to hear them. Persevering still by staying optimistic about the future although I don’t know what’s next. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. 😁🙏🏾

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        • You’re very welcome Victoria. Glad I could help a little bit. An yes the unknown. It’s certainly one of my biggest obstacles. I’m sure for many. But persevering seems like the only choice right?
          Thank you. Hope yours is a nice one 🙂

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    • Dear Unsealer,
      I am so glad you listened to the voice inside you and followed your heart.Keep going forward and you will have much success in all you do.

      Shelley

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      • Thank you so much Ms. Shelley for your kind words. I truly needed them today. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to trust ourselves in the face of uncertainty…we have to keep pushing through!
        Blessings!! 🙂

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    • Healing is a long road and can be tough to get through. It sounds to me you’re strong enough. You should be proud of yourself. Thank you for sharing

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