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They say the journey is the destination and I think I’m finally understanding what that means. Maybe that’s because I can see parts of my map now, or maybe it’s because I’ve let go of needing to see the map. I really don’t think there is a destination, I don’t think I’ve ever thought there was a destination. But I definitely lost sight of the joy in the journey…no more!! 

A lot of thoughts were flying through my mind last week; a combination of the unknowns of change, the desire for something new and the readiness to let go of repetitive pasts. I actually enjoyed listening to all these unfinished conversations in my head. In the “unfinishedness” I got to see possible new versions of me, older versions of me I’ve known, and I got to watch how the me I am now navigated through every turn.  

It’s fun to watch where your mind travels, even when it goes to the craziest of places. It’s there you learn that maybe crazy isn’t crazy, maybe it’s just a different point on the map. Part of me knows this life is one of many destinations on my soul’s map. And part of me knows there is no map, I am the map. I love playing in this paradox because that’s where I am free. When we forget to enjoy the little moments and spend time in our daydreams and listen to our inner voice and speak our intuition – we lose sight of who we truly are.

So, the next time you notice your mind bursting with thoughts, visions and adventures of many varieties take a moment to water those seeds. And when those seeds bloom and become roses, take time to smell the roses. On our family bike rides, there’s always this one spot at the end; a little roundabout of roses. And that literal moment of smelling the roses totally reenergizes the soul. So, imagine what a moment of being still and playing in your mind’s garden can do for the soul? 

Only you have the power to make your thoughts reality. Only you have the choice to enjoy the freedom of the wandering mind.

Be fearless and free -Ace


My debut book, The Waking Dream, is out now! To purchase, click here for more info!

52 comments on “Smell The Roses

  1. It’s always an exciting time when reading your post. Thank You, friend🙏🏾🤗 ps. Ordered your book. I can’t wait to read, you have a magnificent mind.

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww my dear friend, thank you so much!!! You are so very kind, this comment just makes my morning!!! I am beyond touched to hear you ordered my book, so truly grateful 🤗🤗. Much love, always 🖤🖤

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  2. LiziRose says:

    YES!! always stop and smell the roses 🙏🌹

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    1. Ace says:

      Thanks so much, dear friend! Cheers to that 🙌🏻🙌🏻! Always appreciate your support 😘🤗🖤

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      1. LiziRose says:

        And I, appreciate your positive energies on this journey of life!! 😁

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  3. Wonderful post! Beautiful image too. Taking the time to pause and smell the roses is so important. Truly enjoyed and loved this lines “there is no map, I am the map”. Brilliant as always.❤️

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much, my dear Grace! So happy to hear you enjoyed, truly means a lot! Your kind words and support always mean the world to me, grateful for you 🖤🤗

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      1. My pleasure.❤️

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  4. Only you have the power to create such inspiring post dear Ace. 👏👏 Your deep and unique thoughts is what makes you special. ❣️❣️ I am loving this dearest Ace. 👍❤️❤️

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    1. Ace says:

      Awwww ☺️ Preeths, you are just the sweetest! Your comments are truly gifts to me, you’re such a blessing in my life! I’m so thrilled to hear you love this, brings big smiles to my face! Love and appreciate you, my amazing friend 🖤🤗🖤🤗

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  5. DiosRaw says:

    Very beautiful and the awareness of the Self shines through your words. We are the map, there is no map, I am the map.. The paradoxes lead to non-duality. Wonderful piece Ace, I really enjoyed reading this. 🙏🏻🪐🌹

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much, Amber. So glad to hear you enjoyed. Appreciate the support, much love 🖤

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  6. Jeff Flesch says:

    WOW. Powerful, engaging, wise, and, just divine. This post, my dearest Ace, is so lovely. You have created magic in every line. Mind is an interesting thing, isn’t it. I was just talking with a friend about watching mind try to pull me this way and that; yet, because I can observe these happenings today, there is choice. Much power in choice. Here are my favorite lines of your awesome post, “When we forget to enjoy the little moments and spend time in our daydreams and listen to our inner voice and speak our intuition – we lose sight of who we truly are.” Beautiful and true. Love and hugs, my dear friend. ❤🤗❤

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww my dearest Jeff, thank you so very much!!! Your precious comment just makes my evening!!!! It truly is interesting, so many rabbit holes to dive into! Yes, I love how you say that…observation and awareness are the first steps to everything. So kind of you to quote that line, probably one of my favorites too! Deeply touched by your thoughtful support…you mean a lot to me, my dearest friend 🤗🖤🤗🖤

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re most welcome, my dearest Ace. Always, always! Awww, that is so lovely to know and brings a big smile to my face and joy to my heart. So grateful for you, my dearest friend. So grateful. ❤️🥰

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  7. Cassa Bassa says:

    You sum it up very well!

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    1. Ace says:

      Thanks so much, Cassa!!! Always grateful for your support, friend 💚💚

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  8. Hitesh.C.K says:

    This was adifferent and one of it’s kind post my sister!!!! Really loved every bit of it👏🤩 The way how you have guided your readers to different phases of the post, from the tittle till the end. Just perfect!!! It’s always fun to watch where the mind travels and “I am the map”… what a strong statement🙌 You are absolutely right… take your time off to smell the roses… stillness offers it all😇🌹Thank you!!!🤗

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww brother, thank you so very much!!! I’m elated to hear you love every bit, big smiles!!! Awww ☺️ you are so kind, that was my hope with this piece and your touching words just leave me beyond words touched!!!! Stillness does indeed offer it all, wisely said! I truly can’t thank you enough for your special support and loving words, you truly are amazing 🖤🤗

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      1. Hitesh.C.K says:

        You are always welcome sister🤗😇

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  9. Woah! An absolute justice to your site title. Your words are so powerful, poetic and beautiful! There’s so much that one can takeaway from this post. “I’m the map” this honours the self-belief we must possess.
    Your posts bring light to my days. ❤️

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww thank you so much, my dear friend!!!! You are so very kind, I truly appreciate you!! How kind of you to tie in my site title, and I’m deeply touched by your thoughtful support! Aww ☺️, your comments bring light to my days! Much love, my lovely friend 🖤💫🤗

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  10. Deepthy says:

    The thought of the mind having a garden is so deep it sheds light on so much. An exquisite write and thought-provoking ✨

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    1. Ace says:

      Awwww D, thank you so very much!!! Your precious comment always brings big smiles to my face! Appreciate your kind support, dear friend 💫🤗🖤

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  11. Rahul Gaur says:

    Back to reading your work. Back to feeling content!

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww Rahul ☺️, you’re so very kind! I’m deeply touched by your special words, thank you so much 🖤🤗

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  12. skylinerise says:

    Amazing post dear!!! I can’t stop reading once I find out that you have posted. Completely love your work 😊😊

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww that’s so sweet! Thank you so very much! I’m beyond elated and grateful to hear it, means a lot! Much love, friend 🖤🤗

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      1. skylinerise says:

        You are most welcome dear friend 😊😊. It has been my pleasure ❤

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  13. KK says:

    I concur with you, Ace, smelling the roses certainly reenergises the soul. Your thoughts are unique, and thought provoking. You’re a talented writer. Keep shining, my friend 😊💖

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    1. Ace says:

      Thanks so much, my dear KK!! It does indeed reenergize the soul! Awww ☺️, that means a lot to me especially coming from such a talented writer! Can’t thank you enough for all your support since the beginning, you inspire me 🖤🤗

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  14. Navin says:

    Life is a journey & journey is the destination….I love “I am the map”….the way you write & share is absolutely magical….there’s so much power in your words….these aren’t just some thoughts….it’s your realization from your zone…..true, “Only you have the power to make your thoughts reality.”….You must know, only YOU can write such divine lines….not just a line….I’m talking about this whole post, my dearest friend 🤗 🤍🌟

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much, my dear Navin!!! Your comments are always a gift! Awww ☺️, that’s so kind…what you say about “it’s your realization from your zone”. The way you always deeply read, see and connect with my piece means more than I can say! Your precious support and loving words have such a special place in my heart forever, my gratitude to you is overflowing 🖤🤗💫

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      1. Navin says:

        You’re welcome, my dear Ace!!! It should be me thanking you to share such a profound writing 🖤✨🤍💫🤗🌟

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      2. Navin says:

        Read “to share” as for sharing 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️

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      3. Ace says:

        No worries at all, I got it 😊. Thank YOU! Much love, my dear Navin 🖤🤗

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you, dear friend! 🖤

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  15. JoAnn says:

    Destinations are hard to define in life because once you get somewhere then you find new destinations to embark upon.

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    1. Ace says:

      Yes indeed, my new friend. Destinations are a label, the journey is label-less. Appreciate you reading and connecting, means a lot 🖤🤗

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  16. SamSahana says:

    Gorgeous post, my friend Ace! Congrats on your debut book, I’m sooo sooo happy for you.
    This piece was so profound, so wise, so full of beautiful insights about this journey we are all in. The last para where you explain the rose metaphor and encourage us to water it is really brilliant! Amazing post, spiritually lifting! Well done! 👌💕

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    1. Ace says:

      Thank you so much!!! Awww you’re very kind, appreciate you! So happy to hear it, my dear friend. The last paragraph is my favorite too! Your special comments and support always mean the world to me, you’re amazing 🖤🤗🖤🤗

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  17. Diana says:

    As always, my dearest Ace… This was worded so beautifully😍😍. You make us think of the things which we don’t really pay much attention to most of the time. I love being lost sometimes. Because even then… I learn so much😊. Keep writing such stunning posts my dear!! Stay blessed and have a lovely day🥰🙏❤️🤗

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww my dearest Diana, thank you so very much!!!! What touching words, I’m so beyond grateful to hear it as that is always my hope with my pieces! Me too, I so agree!!!! Appreciate you and your special support, always! You truly are the BEST in so many ways! Love you, my dear dear friend 🖤🤗🖤

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  18. Secrets says:

    Ace… I love reading the unfolding of your thoughts here, but you know I love more? Your ability to follow your thoughts and allow them to unfold without judgement. That really is a powerful thing in life don’t you think? To allow yourself the space to process and grow, not many people can do that.
    I completely understand what you mean about ‘destination’ focus. I have always felt this approach to life takes away from all that occurs in those in-between moments. Plus, if the destination changes (as life often throws us curve balls), the impact on a person’s purpose can be so profound if value is only found in the destination. If we are rushing towards one goal, we might miss out of other dreams our heart is whispering to us Annnnnywayyyy, I love your thoughts and I think it’s important that we receive constant reminders to be in the moment and allow our minds to explore other possibilities. Keep shining and keep sharing 💜

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    1. Ace says:

      My dear friend, what a joy to connect with you!!! Always means a lot to see your comments, especially coming from such a talented soul! Awww you’re so very sweet 😊, it is indeed powerful. Thank you for deeply seeing the meaning in this piece and for deeply seeing me, means more than words can express. You’re so right, life often throws curveballs and the “destination” often distracts from the beauty of the flow/journey. Truly appreciate your wise sharing here, thank YOU! So touched by your thoughtful support, you make my day 🖤🤗🖤🤗

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  19. Another enlightening article from you Ace. You are very effortless with these.
    And when those seeds bloom and become roses, take time to smell the roses – This is a very wise statement!
    Excellent!

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    1. Ace says:

      Awww thank you so much, Vignesh! Your comments are always so special to me, truly appreciate you! Thanks for always being there and for being so thoughtfully supportive 🖤🤗

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  20. Heartiest congratulations on the book. I’ll buy the kindle version.
    Hope it becomes a bestseller

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    1. Ace says:

      Aww thank you so very much! That’s so kind of you, there’s no kindle version as I’m a huge fan of real books 😊. But your sweet words and wishes mean a lot, I can’t thank you enough 🖤🤗✨

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      1. 👍🏻👍🏻😊🍾🍹

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  21. Filarance says:

    Hey my lovely bestie..!
    Now I’m here..!
    “SMELL THE ROSE” POST..!

    Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow!!! Only you can create such an inspiring and uplifting post my sweetheart..! You’re my inspiration..! Whenever I feel very stress and sad I should do only one thing “I WANT TO HEAR TOUR VOICE AND I WANT TO READY YOUR POSTS”
    Your writings are my stress buster my sweetie pie..!

    And reading all your posts gives me such an life lessons and moral..! I feel very lucky to found your blog my sweetheart..!
    And you know, in past I saw your names everywhere I comment..! When I saw your name my heart will beat fast..! And I tried many times to find your blog..! I never became tried to find your blog my sweetie pie..! One day I kneel down and prayed to god..! Dear god, please help me to find Ace blog..! I want to meet her..! Then next day again I started to search your blog and in the dark and sad morning you commented me in one of my post..! After you commented me automatically my day became very bright, shinning and many butterflies are flying etc…. And in that day I felt like (imagine my sweetie) I saw one girl (that’s you my dear ace) somewhere and someone called her Ace there my heart beats very fast and I ran to see her but she disappear..! On that day onwards I was thinking that who is she? Is she is an angel? Is she is a God? What a beautiful and unique name!! Ace wow such a pretty name..! Many questions on my mind..! And years are going…. After 10 or 20 years later I saw her name in wordpress..! And I was just remembering the past..! And started to search her name in WP..! But I can’t find you..! And in one day you commented me my sweetie..! I felt very blessed and happy to see that comment..! My eyes filled with happy tears..! And still now I’m with you and I’m talking with you my sweetheart..! Now we are the closest BESTIE and sisters too..! Wowww..! Talking with you was one of my dream my dear ace..! Now my dream came true..!😍😍😍😘😘

    And this poem is fantastic my sweetie..! Each and every words spoke to me..! Marvellous..!

    “Only you have the power to make your thoughts reality. Only you have the choice to enjoy the freedom of the wandering mind.”
    And especially this words touched me very deeply and uplifted me my bestie..!

    Now I’m going to jump to another post of yours my dear..! See you there..! Keep on rocking..! Love you soo muchmy princess..!🤗🤗🤗😍😍😘😘💕💖💖❤️❤️

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