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Alive In The Vortex

I take my first step. The rustle of the rocks, the softness of the dirt, the warm embrace of the greenery, the crisp and comforting sound of my shoes touching the ground and the breath of life truly wraps its arms around me. I’ve seen it before, but as I begin this new trek, it’s like a new experience. I guess you could say life is like that sometimes.

My eyes always look up first, but this time, I look down. I watch my footprints make a mark in the red dirt, I watch the bushes and trees as they speak through their being-ness, I feel the rocks shift as my steps become their beacon of change and I realize I am a piece of them just as they are a piece of me.

All is silent on this little adventure. My thoughts and my steps are all I can hear, and it is oh so soothing. The voices in my head are swaying to the rhythm of my stride and I find myself looking down at the path ahead. Both rocks and dirt lie ahead, and as I subconsciously decide where to step, I find the balance of both is best. Just as the pillowy dirt is comforting, the rough rocks are very much alive with meaning — it’s a neat analogy that reminds me of my soul within.

Now, I look up and the voices in my head become deeply still. As the mountains see me, I feel them. There is something so breathtaking about this moment, words float away and silence flows in. So much can be said in the unspoken, and in this moment, conversation has never felt more natural.

The crunch of my feet evaporates in the beauty of what my two circles see. Red was never my favorite color, but this red is my favorite vision. The textures, the green growing through it, the vastness and the presence of it all takes one to a different dimension. Thoughts seem so foreign, because breath is all that truly exists here.

The wallpaper of a sky lets my mind get lost in this waking dream. To my eyes and to my body, it all seems so real. But to the me within, it all feels so much bigger. Maybe “real” is just what I imagine it to be.

I guess the best part of this trek is the freedom through it all. Sure, man carved out this hike to be walkable, but, the hue of Creation birthed this magical life we call nature. I can feel freedom flowing and dancing in every scene. As I ponder about this freedom, I realize the uniqueness of every plant, rock, patch of dirt, and mountain is what makes it is so magical. I think hue-mans are a lot like that.

I stop to soak in the harmony before I turn back around. I’ve always had this image in my brain of holding my own book in Sedona, and in this moment, I know now is the time to make that image a reality. I let the pages of my words breathe in the melody of peace that surrounds. And as I do this, I hear a tree speaking back to me. So, I let my book rest in its gentle arms. And all feels so truly complete.


Well, if you haven’t guessed it, I am back in Sedona! It’s already been such a magical trip, I hope my words do it justice! Just wanted to share a piece of it with you and take you into a little vortex of the beauty Sedona brings. Thank you so much for reading! For a fun bonus, I compiled the images into a quick video too! I think these images deserved to be experienced in the stillness of the soul and in the beat of music’s imagination! Be fearless and free -Ace

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69 comments on “Alive In The Vortex

  1. Sounds like a great experience. Is that “clay dirt”? Looks the same as what me ancestors talked about in Arkansas. I’ve heard stories of how they’d eat it, smh.
    Love the images, thanks for sharing the video.

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much!!! It truly has been a wonderful experience. I’ve never heard of clay dirt! But I don’t think that’s the dirt here. Thank you for sharing though, that’s super interesting! So happy to hear you love the images, always appreciate your kind support! Lots of love, dear friend 🖤🤗

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  2. SamSahana says:

    Such a delightful read! You seem to have had a wonderful adventure. I wish you many many more! This put a smile on my face 😊

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you so much, my friend!!! Yay, I’m so glad to hear this brought a smile! Your kind support truly means the world to me, grateful for you 🖤🤗

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  3. Notes says:

    Beautiful writing.
    I vicariously walked it through you…

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so very much!! Aww 😊, that was my hope with this piece. Your comments always brighten my days, lots of love 🖤🤗

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  4. ~M says:

    Oh it’s so beautiful there! And your descriptions made your experience there come to life. 💫

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    1. Ace says:

      It truly is!!! Awww thank you so much, I’m thrilled to hear that!! So grateful for your sweet support, dear friend 🖤🤗

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  5. Awww….this gave me the feeling that I am travelling with you while I read. ❣️
    Beautiful clicks dearie. I love that cactus fruit, did you by any chance tasted it there? If not, try it when you go next time. 😋😋 Hope you had a wonderful trek dear Ace 😍😍😍🥰🥰

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    1. Ace says:

      Awwww my dearest Preeths, you truly are the best! I am smiling ear to ear knowing the feeling this piece gave you…you are truly an amazing friend!!! Thank you so so much! I didn’t get the chance! Thanks for bringing that up, I’ll have to try it one day! Truly appreciate your loving encouragement and support, love you 😘🤗🖤

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  6. The way you have penned your adventure… Incredible ❤️❤️

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much, my dear friend! I truly appreciate your kind words, deeply touched. Much love, always 🖤🤗

      PS – I tried to leave a comment on one of your posts, but it didn’t go through! Probably in your spam, hope you can find it!!

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      1. Most welcome 😌I will see . You are so kind Ace. Thank you so so much ❤️

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  7. MarleneSe says:

    My Dearest Ace,
    My heart smiled as I read your words. I felt as if I were there walking besides you silently observing the beauty. Thank you for the vicarious trip! 🥰
    Love you!❤️

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    1. Ace says:

      Awwwww Auntie Marlene 🥰, thank you so very much!!! Your comment truly make my day, my heart is smiling!! I’m so happy to hear that, it was my hope with this piece!!! Thank YOU for your kind words and loving support, you are amazing! I love and appreciate you 🖤🤗

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  8. Such a beautiful post, dear Ace. Thank you for taking me on a visit in your journey through magical Sedona. That was awesome! Loved it, my friend.❤️

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww my dear Grace, thank you so very much! My absolute pleasure, thank YOU for such touching words! Grateful for you and your amazing support, always 🖤🤗

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      1. Very welcome, my friend.Truly my pleasure.💕

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  9. Wow habeebity I LOVE your description of this hike and the last image with your book in the scene was so perfect. I have your book!! I love it and recognized it immediately.. Phrases like “…float away and silence flows in” Oh I know that state very well and what a magical setting to do that in too.!!
    “The wallpaper of a sky ” and your photo..was exactly that. so sublime.. Also really like how you played with words, “the hue of Creation birthed this magical life we call nature.,,,,,”hue-mans ”
    I could smell te air on your walk, feel my feet crush both dirt and rocks and feel myself slipping into a transcendental state in this awe inspiring place..Thank you for your beautiful description and for taking us on this hike..I Loved it Ace!!❤️🤗🙏🌹🌟

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    1. Ace says:

      Awwww my dearest Karima, thank you so very much for such a special comment! I’m elated to hear you love this post! And how sweet you recognized my book right away, that makes me smile inside and out! Ah yes, so kind of you to quote that phrase…that state is one of my favorites too! So thoughtful of you to notice the hue-man part, you truly are the best!!! Thank you for coming on this hike with me and for your beyond loving comment! Your support truly means more than I can say, appreciate you 😘🤗🖤

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      1. Thank you habeebity….I loved taking this journey with you.. You put me right there!! You are the best!!❤️🦋❣️💎

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  10. skylinerise says:

    Wooooooww amazing😊😊🤗🤗

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    1. Ace says:

      Thanks so much, dear friend 🖤🤗🥰

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      1. skylinerise says:

        Most welcome😊😊😊

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  11. The video and magical music. See you hold your book made me smile grab your book. I am happy for you… your adventure, your creation, your journey, your living a fearless life, your words, your talent. you rock and you do not have to be famous to be a star…My dear lady you are a bright star!

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much, my dear Tony!!! Awww ☺️, you are so so kind! I can’t even describe my joy and gratitude to you while reading this special comment, I am forever touched!!! Thank you so very much for your sweet words…and what you say about being a star will stay with me eternally! You are seriously amazing 🤗🖤

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      1. my pleasure🤗🖤

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  12. Krista says:

    Beautiful Ace! I too love Sedona and will be doing some hiking there this fall. Also, I’ve read your book, and it is wonderful. Nice work Ace!

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    1. Ace says:

      My dear Krista, thank you so much! Ah so happy to hear you love Sedona and are coming back soon! Awwww 😊, I’m so touched by you reading my book! Your support since the beginning truly means the world to me 🖤🤗😘🥰

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  13. Jeff Flesch says:

    A beautiful creation, my dearest Ace. Straight from your heart, and right into ours. I love every word and line, as they string together so beautifully all that you see and feel, and this one is my favorite, “So much can be said in the unspoken, and in this moment, conversation has never felt more natural.” Simply beautiful, my dear friend. Love and hugs. ❤🤗❤

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much, my dearest Jeff!!! Ah yes, this is definitely from my heart and I’m so happy to hear you could feel that! Yay!!!! Means the world to me that you love every word, can’t thank you enough! I think that’s my favorite line too, so touched by you quoting it! Grateful for you, lots of love 🤗🖤🤗🖤

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re most welcome, my dearest Ace. Always! Indeed, I did love every word, abs your heart is always shining so bright. Ah! I’m glad, that line is amazing. Thank you, my friend. Grateful for you too. Much love. ❤️🥰❤️🤗

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  14. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. What an amazing adventure! 🙂

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww thank you so much for such a kind comment! I am so touched and honored to be read by you, thank you for always being there 🖤🤗

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  15. Hitesh.C.K says:

    🤩🤩😍 Wow!!! Sister, this post was a delight to my eyes !!! The way you have described your experience is just magical. Nature is always the best and the best teacher to humanity🌏😇 In the laps of mother nature you feel the most safest, for you are indeed a part of her, a Fearless Free Soul😇🤗 Thank you!!! Have a great time sister😇

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww my dear brother, thank you so very much!!! I’m so touched by your kind words, you truly leave the most special comments!!! I love how you say this…”nature is the best teacher to humanity.” I so agree!!! Awww ☺️, that is so kind. I am beyond grateful for all your loving support, it’s an honor to be read by you! Much love, always 🖤🤗

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  16. Sounds like you’ve had a great trek. You have written about it so beautifully. Loved this one, Ace. Thanks for sharing your experience

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    1. Ace says:

      It was indeed beyond great! Thank you so much, my dear Shweta! So happy to hear you love this one, thank YOU for your always kind support. Lots of love, always 🖤🤗

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      1. Always a pleasure. You are welcome ❤🤗😊

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  17. Woah! This sounds incredible. That’s a beautiful combination of pictures and your words. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and giving us the joy of travelling! ❤️

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you so much, my dear Hema!! You are so sweet, I always appreciate your special comments!!! So touched by your supportive words, thank YOU for being amazingly you! 🖤🤗😘

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  18. Rahul Gaur says:

    Okay you will not believe this but I just came back from a little trek myself and was catching up with my experience to articulate it but here you are doing that for me.
    I’ll sound like a broken record but ya similar experience except my locale was different but hey, isn’t nature all the same.

    This line especially “Thoughts seem so foreign, because breath is all that truly exists here.” Thank you for articulating for me always 🖤

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    1. Ace says:

      Omg seriously?? Wow, that is crazy! Talk about being in sync! Ah haha, you don’t! Nature is one, that’s so true. So kind of you to quote that line, your support always means the world to me! Awww ☺️, thank YOU for always being in my corner 🖤🤗

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  19. Diana says:

    Oh Ace!! I think this is one of my favourites of yours! I love the pictures… Words…. Video.. Music…ALL OF IT!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍. You write such calming posts and it’s so hard not to relax after that! I want to thank YOU for taking the time to write such beautiful words for us all. And. For making us all feel special..and a part of this universe.. Stay blessed my dear Ace!! You already know how special you are. ❤️🌹🌷🤗🌸

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww my dearest Diana, I am overjoyed and honored to hear this is one of your favorites!!!! Means so very much to me that you love it! Awww ☺️, I want to thank YOU for this most special comment and for always being there. You really are so special to me. And I’m so beyond words touched by your sweet words, I always cherish our connections. Love you, my dear friend 🖤🤗

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  20. KK says:

    Wow! Such a wonderful post, Ace. I felt like walking with you on the journey through Sedona. Your description is really amazing…red was never my favorite color, but this red is my favorite vision…full of such mesmerising verses. A great piece indeed.😊💖

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you so much, my dear KK!! Ah I’m so glad to hear you felt this way, that was my hope with this piece!!! Truly appreciate your touching words and amazing support, means more than I can say 🖤🤗

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  21. Lia says:

    Ace this is wonderful… that photo in the middle with the cacti in the foreground is stunning… the area is stunning, I have been there once or twice… good camping memories with family… where were you before I wonder, my memory isn’t great… and best of all — your PRINTED BOOK!!!!!! Wow that is surreal and beautiful. Awesome work and all congrats. You are manifesting and sharing your light and it’s truly inspiring. Lots of love to you gal!!!! Adorable arm and bracelets btw! :)) 🤗💗

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww my dear Lia, you make my afternoon with your sweet comment! Thank you, I’m so glad to hear it. Ah how cool you’ve been here before! My family and I are just on a quick trip, we make the long drive back home tomorrow! But it’s been magical in so many ways and I just had to share with all of you! Aww thank you for your kind words on my book, you’re the best! Your support always means the world to me, such a gift to know you! How sweet and thoughtful of you to notice my bracelets, I never take them off really! Lots of love to you too, special gal 🖤🤗🖤🤗😘

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  22. Navin says:

    Oh my dearest Ace, the moment I read the title & then saw these colourful pictures….I was like, this is going to be great….I love the way you described your first step….the details, the sounds, the visuals, the senses, the whole experience….profound….I was in pure awe when I read “I feel the rocks shift as my steps become their beacon of change and I realize I am a piece of them just as they are a piece of me.”…..this is exactly how I’ve been feeling these days….synchronicity….your neat analogy is divine….”Thoughts seem so foreign, because breath is all that truly exists here.”….I might end up pasting your whole post….it’s breathtaking & very deep….it’s calming the senses….bringing peace & the stillness….freedom is truly flowing & dancing in every scene….its flowing & dancing in you….I love the pictures, especially the path & the one, where you’re holding your magical book….how beautiful…..amazing video….every single micro detail of this post….even the unspoken is magnificent….red isn’t my favorite color either….but this red & the landscape is breathtaking….heavenly….the landscape created by you through your writing is pure magic 🤗🖤✨🤍💫🧡

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    1. Ace says:

      My dear Navin, thank you so very much for such a special comment! Words are failing me, my gratitude to you is overflowing!!! I’m so happy to hear you love this post and am so touched by the lines you quoted! Your thoughtful feedback means more than I can say, truly. Grateful for you and your kind support, always! Much love 🖤🤗🖤🤗

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      1. Navin says:

        You’re very welcome, my dear friend….much love 🤗✨🖤💫🤍🌟🤗

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  23. akshita1776 says:

    I almost did the trek with this post!

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you! I’m so happy to hear that, it was my hope with this piece! Appreciate you 🖤🤗

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  24. Dishita says:

    That’s a great adventure! Wonderful walk through the screen I must admit! Not to mention the surreal beauty of the pictures! ❤️

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much, my new friend!!! Aww I’m so glad to hear it; your sweet words truly mean a lot! Appreciate you stopping by and supporting, much love 🖤🤗✨

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  25. Rishika Jain says:

    where do i begin? the metaphors or the magical way of writing? ace, pleasure to be reading your work again, ive missed out on so much. but aaaaaah this post!!! how you’re describing what you felt with every step you took is brilliant, mind blowing actually.

    also, ive been meaning to read your book!!! definitely going to check it out soon

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    1. Ace says:

      Rishika!!!! So good to see your name in my notifications again!! I missed you! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! You always leave the most supportive words…it’s like you never left! My gratitude to you is overflowing, my friend…truly! Aww you’re so kind, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts 🤗🖤🥰💫

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      1. Rishika Jain says:

        Aaaah grace you leave the most heart warming comments 😍💓

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  26. Magical! Love these pictures! Your book is wonderful! Keep pushing your limits with your creation. Inspired by your consistency! 💚💙

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much, Ben!! Awww you are always so thoughtfully kind, I appreciate you! Thank you for being such a big support on the book, it means more than words can say! Much love, always 💚💙

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      1. Welcome! It’s awesome what you achieved this year. Hope you’re proud of yourself because I know many are proud of you! 💚💙

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  27. Alina says:

    This was amazing, Aceeeee! The pictures and the text are both beautiful.

    “As I ponder about this freedom, I realize the uniqueness of every plant, rock, patch of dirt, and mountain is what makes it is so magical.”

    “Thoughts seem so foreign, because breath is all that truly exists here.”

    Wow!

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww Alina, thank you so very much!!! Your sweet comments always mean the world to me! So kind of you to quote it, I’m truly touched!!! Grateful for you, dear friend 🖤🤗

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  28. This was really nice and to be honest soothing. Where is Sedona? the writing just seems so beautiful! Glad to read this post Ace!

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such thoughtful support, means more than I can say! Sedona is in Arizona…it’s a magical place! Aww ☺️ your kind words on my writing truly have a special place in my heart. Much love, new friend 🖤🤗

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  29. Filarance says:

    Hey my sweetie pie!! Now I’m here..! “ALIVE IN THE VORTEX” POST..! Wowwwww!!! My bestie, while I’m reading i felt like I’m travelling with you and loving the nature..! Your writings made me to feel like I’m holding your hands tightly and walking with you..! Woww!! And I loved to see each and very pic dearie..! Wowww!! And such a beautiful and wonderful write my bestie..! I’m very impressed..! Marvellous..! And whenever I heard the word “VOICE” automatically my heart and mind shouts your name..! When I was reading this I saw the word voice..! And suddenly went to another file because their I save all your voice and played and hearing them right now my dear..! And when I was in a break I heard the word voice I don’t know what happen to me I started to cry..! My eyes filled with tears..! I realized that I’m missing you very badly..!! Then suddenly I run to my room and started to hear your beautiful voice..! And that day was an unforgettable day..! Your voice just made my day very beautiful dear ace..! And if you don’t mind shall I ask you one think?

    That is, will you write a bestie poem for me..!! And will you record and post it..! Please..! If it’s ok for you then ok my sweetie..! If it’s not ok for you then no problem my sweetie..! I will always love you..!
    And one small question for you!!
    Tell me when is my birthday?😉😘

    Ahhh!! My beautiful bestie, this si marvellous..! Enjoyed reading this dear..! Next going to another post..! See you there..! Miss you..! Love youu so much my Amazing sister..!🤗🤗🤗😘😘😘💕❤️❤️❤️❤️

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