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Penheartspaper  By Sarah Staunton EST 2012 Bondi Beach, Australia. ๐Ÿ’Œ hello@penheartspaper.com

A simple question that goes a long way... RUOK?

Sometimes we have an ocean of emotion pounding inside of us, but we camouflage it with a faรงade of toughness so that we don't burden others with our feelings.
And then as soon as someone asks if we're ok we break down with a sudden relief that someone has not only noticed, but cares.

This shows how powerful those 3 little words are!
Always remember, that while a joy shared is doubled, sorrow shared is halved. Asking someone if they're OK is so easy, and can be life changing - literally!

About 2 years ago I chose to finally acknowledge the darkness that was trying to colour every facet of my life. Severe depression & anxiety. It was one of the most relieving yet hardest things I have ever done in my life. Relieving because now that I have acknowledged it, I am able to start removing any power it has. And hard because a few of my closest friends decided it was too much and turned their backs on me.
So I would love for this to be an open forum where others can come to share their stories and emotions... How they've flourished from them, and to give and receive encouragement and inspiration from a bunch of lovers and feelers. I look forward to sharing my story one day soon too.
Love & greatness to you, as always! xS

#RUOK #SuicidePrevention #YouMatter #RUOKday

Because Equality is for EVERYONE!
@peaceofsydney EQUALITY bomb on the Bondi Beach Boardwalk ๐Ÿ’™

#peaceofsydney 4 #marriageequality #voteyes #loveislove #equality

โ˜๏ธLove letters from 35,000 feetโ˜๏ธ These words shared with me to meditate on by the lovely and mega inspiring @danpricey85 (who borrowed them from Nancy Levin), so I scribed them. ๐Ÿ’Œ"Honour the space between no longer and not yet."๐Ÿ’Œ What does it mean to you? ๐Ÿ’™Check out @danpricey85'S Insta and story if you get a chance. Life changing๐Ÿ’™
#becausepenheartspaper

Pride Squared.

Aussie friends, tonight is the last night to check to make sure you're enrolled to #VoteYES for marriage equality. It's super quick and easy to do, please follow the link in my profile and MAKE ALL LOVE LEGAL ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ–คTAG A FRIEND to remind them to check๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Quote c/o: @barackobama and a beautiful soul who took part in the #BecausePenheartspaper installation in Hollywood today.

#MarriageEquality #LoveisLove #Pride #equality

Someone took the love bomb down this morning, so I quickly reinstalled it then took a card down, wrote a kind note in it and gave it to the lady who tore down the first one down. And that's what it's all about ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
#BecausePenheartspaper

In the wee hours of this morning Megan and I bombed a wall in the lower East Village NYC with 500 'just because' cards, again with a banner encouraging spectators "if you have something nice to say, say it." I walked away a little bit unsure of how well it would do, or if it would even stay up since the LA one was pulled down so quickly. So I went back in around 10am to check on it.
On my way there I checked the hashtag and noticed someone had graffitied over it and my heart sunk; but only for a (slightly extended) moment. The more I thought about it the more I realised this 'rebel' was pretty much doing exactly the same thing as I was, claiming a public wall as their own and marking it with their identity.
The more this realisation sat with me and worked it's way around my mind, the more I was so happy it happened.
I then got there and saw that the few people that were around were still interacting with it - as it was designed to be - and I then felt like this graffiti artist had actually done my NYC installation a favour. Rebel graffiti person has given my installation the perfect NYC finishing touch - a wet and grimy spray painted tag - that I never could have authentically given it.

This is just another reminder to me why a plan made of knots and ties is better than one made of iron.

Thank you, NYC ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐Ÿ’Œ #becausepenheartspaper #becauseisareason

EDIT: the wall got completely taken down by someone shortly after we left. Next stop.....!
Ever since we were young we've heard the phrase "if you don't have something nice to say don't say anything at all" repeated, and while that's great because it discourages bullying, I've wondered a lot lately what would be the outcome if we used a more positive spin on that phrase; if we promoted the sharing of love and kindness through our words instead?
I feel like it would definitely one-up the old saying, as not only does it encourage (and sometimes challenge) us to find something nice to say, it dismantles any negativity that was looking for oxygen as well.

Another phrase most of us have heard repeated is "treat others how you would like to be treated", and the times I have felt most loved are the times I have received a nice little handwritten note, and not just from nears & dears - some of the most touching notes have come from people I've known less than an hour.

So that brings me here... to the USA with boxes full of love ready to share, with hopes of this little experiment making people feel things, and making people make other people feel things.
If you're in Santa Monica and stumble upon this wall I would so love for you to take a little love and share a little love. 3rd St Promenade x Santa Monica Blvd.

If you're not in Santa Monica... stay tuned ๐Ÿ’Œ
Follow @penheartspaper and @megan.costley for updates on our stories
#becauseisareason #becausepenheartspaper

Scribble from late last night feat. scanner ink because most of the time I'm too impatient to wait for ink to dry before scanning ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Coming back from a little hiatus to share a few words I've found myself saying a lot lately, just in case someone else out there needs to hear them.

HOLD ONTO THE PROMISE OF HINDSIGHT.

This is something I remind myself of whenever times get tough, but lately I have found myself saying it more and more to other people.

Some moments are so tough they literally take your breath away and flood your mind with so many shitty thoughts at once you feel like you might drown in them. And while that sucksss ballsss, you need to KNOW and REMEMBER that hindsight does exist, it does promise to show up, and it is promise & prosperity filled.
HOLD ON FOR DEAR LIFE!

An ode to heart feels.

Happy Valentine's Day, lovers. xS

#Valentinesday #love #rumi

TRULY YOURS.

Today while celebrating the insanely stunning land we get to call home - Terra Australis - let's not forget to show our respect to our indigenous brothers and sisters; the beautiful people who have called this sunburnt island home for 60,000 years longer than anyone else.

The heart of this land beats in time with yours, truly.

#Australia #TerraAustralis

PS. There's a special coloured version on my Insta story for those that want to repost a colourful tribute ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’›โค๏ธ EDIT: just realised it's not the best quality. If you want a better quality version DM me and I'll send to you x

At the end of the day (or year)... regardless of ups and downs that make us wish the day (or year) away, the vast majority of us reading this really are incredibly lucky to be living in paradise.
Everyday we have the opportunity to start fresh and strive for greatness... so as refreshing as a new year can feel, please don't ever wish your year away in order to start fresh. See everyday as a new beginning.
Wishing you love and greatness this year, today and everyday.
Happy New Year!
xS
#2017

5 years old, doing ballet around the Hills Hoist in my Bensville backyard to the demo song on my keyboard because I wasn't allowed to do real ballet classes.
My first memory of George Michael.
Thanks for the magic, dear George. My ballet dreams/memories will always be connected to you.
#RIPGeorgeMichael #Jitterbug #GeorgeMichael #Wham #2016enoughalready

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