About Theo

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☼ a mad scientist by day ∙ a little free spirit by night ☽

Welcome to my world – this is my journey to inner peace, self-acceptance, freedom and happiness 🌿

When I was little, I dreamt of being a princess. Just like Mia from The Princess Diaries, a long-lost distant relative would show up at my door step one day and hand me a jewelled crown. Or a real-life Prince Charming would arrive on a white horse, and ask my father for my hand in marriage.

Then when I was a bit older, I hoped to move to New York City, settle in the Upper East Side and perhaps open an art gallery. Like Blair Waldorf in the Gossip Girl novels.

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Between then and now, here are some things I have done

  • laughed (a hell lot)
  • cried (even more)
  • ate a burger (well more than one obviously)
  • read a few books
  • had several jobs
  • watched sunsets, sunrises and pulled many all-nighters
  • travelled abroad (even though I really hate planes)
  • got drunk and tried to speak in Spanish*

Instead of my grand ambition of moving to NYC or living the Cali dream, I eventually moved up to Yorkshire and that was the best decision I have ever made. I also spent some time travelling across Europe and South East Asia, volunteered in Central America, did an internship with a multinational bank and got a masters degree in Electronic Engineering.

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As for now, I am studying for a doctorate in an area I love (somewhere between entomology and software engineering); but at the same time, I am in the process of healing.

In a game of Jenga, you start off with a perfectly formed tower – it stands upright and there are no gaps in between blocks; as the game goes on, the tower grows taller but the base is loosen; and the game finishes when tower falls.

Only that should not be the end of the story – you have to rebuild the tower so all the blocks go into the box nicely.

Learning to stand up after a fall isn’t fairy dust and glitter balls, sometimes this means allowing yourself to have temporary time-out when needed, or having that extra snack when your stomach is growling – it is a journey, and slowly but surely I am falling in love with my life again.

It doesn’t matter if you have good days and bad days – everyone does. What truly matters is what follows the darker times. I know there are better things to come, and when that day comes, I’ll look back at this and smile – because I didn’t give up.

(You can read more about my story here)

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As for you, yes you, if you’re reading this,

I just want you to know that you are beautiful and amazing – please don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, and even if you fail to see this at times, YOU ARE FABULOUS (I know you are)

Shine bright, my little stars

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* FYI that was in Costa Rica, so that wasn’t entirely out of context, and I did spent three years learning Spanish

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