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"There are some people who always seem angry and continually seek out conflict. Walk away; the battle they are fighting is not really with you - it’s with themselves."

- Lessons Learned in Life (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

"Hiding your hurt only intensifies it. Problems grow in the dark and only become bigger and bigger. But when exposed to the light of truth, they shrink. You are only as sick as your secrets. So take off your mask, stop pretending you’re perfect and walk into freedom."

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Rick Warren (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

Amen to that!!!! (via @Kimmu88)

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The Ice Bucket Challenge is the latest charity fund-raising meme that’s gone viral. Those challenged will either pay £100 to an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Motor Neuron Disease (MND) charity not to have water poured over themselves, or pay £10 and do the same.

But with so much fun going on, it’s easy to miss the real meaning behind the challenge. Motor Neuron Disease remains one of the most devastating and incurable neurological diseases, with sufferers surviving from diagnosis to death an average of only 2 or 3 years. Anthony Carbajal’s Ice Bucket Challenge video mixes all the fun things about the campaign with a closer look at the real tragedy behind Motor Neuron Disease as a sufferer himself.

If you’re interested in learning more about MND,Motor neuron disease: systematic reviews of treatment for ALS and SMA” in the British Medical Bulletin provides a good overview.

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Many people have forgotten the real reason for this challenge. Thanks for uploading this to remind people this is not a joke or for fun. It’s for a very good cause.

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Amalia, Alexia and Ariane on holiday in Argentina - 9th of February 2008

So cute!!!

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Kate Middleton Is Turning Kensington Palace Into A Nightclub For Harry’s Birthday

On Friday, St. James Palace/Kensington Palace finally handed out the firm itinerary for Duchess Kate’s first solo royal trip on behalf of the Queen. Kate is heading to Malta on September 20th and she’ll be staying overnight. Prince George will not be coming with her and “sources” speculated that William will be taking care of George “on his own.” Ten bucks says George is shipped off to Carole Middleton though, don’t you think? Anyway, Kate will be there to celebrate Malta’s 50th anniversary of independence and she’ll even be meeting one-on-one with the prime minister and president of Malta. She’ll be watching some military presentations and visiting the National Library and a bunch of other stuff – go here to read about her jam-packed two-day schedule. It really does look busy, but it also looks like a lot of fun tourist stuff and sight-seeing and garden parties.

Before Kate heads to Malta (which will likely be her only major royal work in September), she’s also in charge of putting together Prince Harry’s 30th birthday celebrations. I heard that she was putting together a dinner party for Harry’s birthday at Kensington Palace and a few weeks ago, sources said Harry didn’t want a big party because he’s got the opening of the Invictus Games that same week. But Kate wants to do a big blowout and turn KP into a “nightclub.”

KATE MIDDLETON is masterminding the party plans for her brother-in-law’s 30th birthday next month. Latest reports suggest that the Duchess of Cambridge is working with one of London’s top hotspot owners, Guy Pelly, to turn one of the rooms in Kensington Palace into a nightclub on September 15 for Prince Harry’s big day.

Both the Duchess, Harry and his brother Prince William have been friends with Guy for years, having also attended his wedding earlier this year. The guest list for the exclusive bash is said to include Harry’s closest friends, family – and two of his ex-girlfriends. But according to the Mirror, the fourth in line to the throne does not mind seeing old flames Cressida Bonas, 25, and Chelsy Davy, 28.

An insider told them: “Harry has no problem with seeing his exes all under the same roof. Let’s just hope they don’t either.”

The source then told the Mirror that the Duchess may have also invited charity workerCamilla Thurlow, 25, who Harry has been spotted getting close to in recent weeks. This follows his split from Cressida in April after meeting in the summer of 2012.

Clubbing into the early hours at Kensington Palace is not the only partying that Harry will be doing near his birthday. The day before he turns 30, the Prince will be rocking out with the likes of the Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs and Ellie Goulding at the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony. The games, which were set up by Harry this year, and are a Paralympic-style sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

As well as this, a documentary, titled ‘Prince Harry at 30: From Hellraiser to Heartthrob’, is also set to be released before the Prince’s birthday. From serving his country in Afghanistan to the embarrassment of those naked photos in Las Vegas – Harry has seen highs and lows over the past decade as well as constant speculation over whether he will settle down like his brother, William. The documentary, planned by ITNproductions and DRG, will celebrate the life of perhaps the most eligible royal bachelor.

[From Express]

This is the same Guy Pelly who was just found guilty of drunk driving in July. It was Pelly’s second drunk-driving conviction and his driver’s license was yanked. But hey, Pelly is one of Harry and William’s closest friends and he keeps all of their secrets, so why not invite him to organize some kind of palace nightclub, I guess.

As for Harry’s exes and possibly his current lady all at the same party… That’s the part that doesn’t ring true to me. Harry doesn’t want to see Cressida, I tend to think they ended badly (made worse by the back-and-forth in the press post-breakup). And Chelsy… well, he probably wants to see Chelsy, “the one who got away,” but Chelsy is reportedly engaged now. Harry is probably heartbroken. As for Camilla Thurlow… I don’t know. Star Magazine had a story this week where sources claimed Harry is “completely hooked” on Camilla because she doesn’t drop everything to be with him (she’s the Anti-Waity?). A source says:

“She will turn Harry down for dates if she has something going on. She’s very confident and that makes Harry want her even more…She has no problem sharing a pint of lager with Harry… she doesn’t try to impress him by being something she’s not. She’s the complete opposite of everyone Harry’s dated, which could be just what he needs.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

Sigh… I remember when the American and UK tabloids used to describe Cressida the same way. Like, Cressida was the Anti-Waity for a while too, Cressida wasn’t at his beck-and-call, Cressida didn’t want The Ring, blah, blah. This Camilla girl sounds more like a throwback to Chelsy.

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i want to be best friends with someone on here and skype and text all the time and watch stupid movies and talk about boys and girls and i just want friends

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Kate Middleton Has Been Talking About Having At Least Three Children

I tend to think that Prince William and Duchess Kate’s move full-time to Anmer Hall has not been largely well-received at home or abroad. Most people have gotten the gist of what the move means in real terms – that Will and Kate’s already sparse public schedule will be even lighter in the coming years, and we’ll probably go months at a time without either of them doing any public events. Which isn’t the way to keep “the public” interested in your whole “we’re so normal” shtick, especially when said shtick costs the British taxpayers an ass-ton of money in security, staffers, upkeep and endless castle renovations. But you know what will turn this whole bad news cycle around? If Kate starts popping out MOAR BABIES.

WITH their new home in Norfolk almost finished and William poised to start a new job flying with the nearby air ambulance, it has the look of the inevitable. Now it seems we could once again be hearing the pitter-patter of tiny royal feet after Kate told friends that she is “ready for baby number two”.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 32, is now apparently eager to extend her brood and has even hinted at wanting more children in the future. Yesterday a source close to the couple revealed: “Kate has been talking about having at least three children, which is why she is keen to be pregnant again. The Duke would probably be happy with two but Kate is very close to her brother and sister and there is a sense that as she is one of three, she would like to have three herself.”

Earlier this month, Kensington Palace confirmed that the 32-year-old Duke will join the East Anglian Air Ambulance next spring following five months of training. He will be based at either Norwich or Cambridge Airport, which is virtually equidistant from their newly refurbished London apartment 1A at Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall, the Georgian mansion on the Sandringham estate given to them by the Queen as a country bolthole. The couple have spent £1.5million of their own money renovating the 200-year-old Grade II listed property, which has a swimming pool and tennis court, and plan to base themselves there for the “next couple of years”, according to sources.

“The couple are hugely excited about spending more time in Norfolk. They feel like caged animals at Kensington Palace but in Norfolk can live the kind of life they enjoyed on Anglesey. There are no paparazzi waiting on the doorstep. It’s the perfect place to bring up a young family,” the source added.

[From Express]

Another baby or two would certainly help with PR. Plus, it would give her yet another excuse for why her schedule hasn’t picked up at all, which is what happened when she was pregnant with Prince George too. She spent the first five months of her pregnancy“taking it easy,” which is to say, “on vacation.” And I don’t know why William cares how many babies they have – it’s not like he’s helping out with George at all.

A few more Kate items… an artist/cartoonist for The Simpsons turned Kate into a Simpsons character – go here to see the drawing. It’s really good! And Hello reports that Kate and William will be visiting Oxford University on September 8th to open The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building. It’s a building dedicated to“China-related studies.” It will be William and Kate’s first public event since August 5th.