Within me, I’ve discovered a world I never knew existed. A world where anything is possible and the word unreasonable is simply, an illusion. I’ve discovered within me a world painted by the colors of my thoughts and visions. Today, I recognize that within me lies a dormant artist ready to spring free.
His eyes were like moonstones, exotic and beguiling. They contrasted with his dark complexion, giving him a striking and penetrating gaze. Looking into those eyes, I felt the world dim in comparison; there was nothing else other than those molten silvery eyes. I suddenly noticed a spark of amusement glow in his eyes as he realized I was staring. He smirked, and I felt myself tremble. His eyes pierced my soul and I was momentarily bewitched by their depth. They were like gems, smoky and absolutely mesmerizing.
“The eyes are the window to your soul.”
– William Shakespeare
Title: Withering Hope
Author: Layla Hagen
Goodreads Link: Withering Hope – Layla Hagen
Genre: Contemporary Romance | New Adult | Adventure | Survival
Withering Hope is a sensational love story about Amie (bride-to-be) & Tristan (private jet pilot) who crash landed in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. Layla Hagen takes us through a journey of tears and hope, as Amie & Tristan struggle to survive and make it through until they’re rescued!
This is my first Layla Hagen book and I have to say, I’m more than just impressed! This book broke my heart! It’s definitely one of my favorites! I have to say that not many books make me cry, and this book was so well written and it was so sensational and breathtaking that I found myself crying more than once (and they were ugly tears)! It’s definitely one of those books you wish would never end!
I loved Amie & Tristan! I loved how they worked together in order to survive! I’ve read a lot of survival kinda books, it’s always the alpha male who takes control and protects the heroine! Amie was a strong heroine and definitely one of my favorites!
“Tristan slipped into my soul the way mist travels in the forest after the rain: Unseen, unstoppable, and ubiquitous.”
There’s something very addictive about this book, I just couldn’t stop.. I just needed to finish it and see what happens in the end! There’s nothing usual about this book! It’s very unique and it just pushes it’s way into your heart! It’s a must read!
What I found unfortunate was the second epilogue! I just had to say this! I felt that the second epilogue was quite unnecessary really! I felt that it just took away a bit of this book’s perfection! However, that’s just a matter of personal taste! I still am very much in love with this book!
“My peace carries her smell and sounds like her voice.”
“A lot of the time codependency looks like intense love, but “needing” another person often stems from fear, not love.” ~Jennifer Kass
1. You feel like you will die without the other person
The first time I ever experienced what I would call true love, I began to think about my mortality more than ever. I would think about the fact that my time with my partner is not infinite. I would actually get sad thinking about it. It is important to differentiate between wanting great memories to last forever from an anxious need to always be close to our partner. It is not to say that we cannot depend on our partner in a healthy way, but it really depends on how deep that dependency goes. If you feel like you cannot survive without your partner to the extent that you would not even want to live, then you might question whether there…
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Silence is the non-existence of noise and the existence of utter nothingness. It is the duality of tranquility and madness. Silence is a one of those summer nights spent in the middle of the desert surrounded by a complete lack of light, noise, and wind. Its as if you are but a lone dot in an endless sea of sand. Silence is that moment when the clock no longer ticks and the sound of the blood flowing through your veins is audible… That is the sound of pure silence.
Everyone experiences a certain level of anxiety and I’m no different. I’m not going to say that my journey with anxiety has been a constant “anguish,” for I believe that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my best friend- Anxiety.
Only a year ago I viewed anxiety as a nasty obstacle that I must overcome and find a way to get rid off because of its constant interference in my life and happiness. It was overwhelming, devastating, and honestly quite annoying since it kept me up at night. For a while, I thought I might just go mad with the whole overthinking/overanalyzing everything! But that’s all in the past now…
So, what changed?
So, one day I was just chatting with random people over the internet (ok, don’t judge) and I came across a certified psychotherapist. I started nagging about how much my anxiety bothered me and all that. That was the day when my entire perspective on anxiety changed honestly..
Anxiety is a double-edged sword, he said.
Everything in life is a double-edged sword and so is anxiety. Yes, my anxiety keeps me up at night; it makes me restless, anxious, and uncomfortable. However, my anxiety is the main reason I make it to class on time every morning. Its the reason I always give a 150% in everything I do. My anxiety is my motivator.
My anxiety allowed me to understand people around me. It taught me how to be stronger and helped me become positive and maintain a balance in my life. My anxiety allowed me to understand myself better. It allowed me to understand why I fear, why I worry, why I feel restless and so on. It allowed me to finally see that’s all about how I perceive things. I am the one who controls my thoughts and not the over way round. Its all in my head. Therefore, if I choose to dismiss something as insignificant, then it wouldn’t hold a greater value to me anymore. Easier said than done, right? But… I believe that we are much stronger than we know.
Its all about perception. If you look at anxiety only as a source of pain and irritation then you’ll make yourself miserable. Just accept that anxiety is a part of being human.
Don’t allow your thoughts to takeover your life. Its you who is in control, its your mind, your thoughts, and your choice. So, take a deep breath, relax, have a positive outlook, and reclaim control over your life.
“Rule your mind or it will rule you.”