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LJ LaFleur
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2 Days 13 Hours Ago

a love poem for you is not enough, my darling. but a love letter sealed with a kiss, written with truth and left on your desk every night, just so your mornings start off right... . one day, you’ll feel the way i love. . . . #ljlafleur #wherethornsmeetspetals #wheretwooceansmeet #copyright #photography #womenaremagic . 💙 happy monday, loves! . today is going to be magical, i can feel it in my bones. it’s going to be filled with a darling cup of tea, new adventures, reflection and books...because how can one forget books?? have a beautiful day! 💙 . #wherecloudsreside #wherestarshide #heart #poem #poetry #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #writing #adventure #beforesunrise #loveletter #lovepoem #lovers #losangeles #traveling #womenwhowrite #mecuryretrograde #peptalk #sky #ocean

LJ LaFleur
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5 Days 13 Hours Ago

💙 happy friday, loves. . . what a week. i usually save pep-talks for monday but let’s not. there’s something massive i learned recently and unfortunately i’ve learned my lesson by hurting other people. . when you’re healing, you sometimes bleed onto others—they don’t tell you that when you begin your journey. it’s going to happen, you’re going to make mistakes and it’s going to nearly crush you when you have to deal with the consequences of your actions. . but this is what i can tell you... . if you have the capacity to feel the pain you’ve caused others and yourself, that’s pretty amazing. you have the ability to feel again—even if you feel awful about what you’ve done—that’s incredible. . life is messy, relationships are messy—everything is a mess including you. but that’s what makes chaos wonderful, it gives you the choice to be kind, to learn and to grow. . forgive yourself. and how does one do that? breathing, for starters. something about your body needing oxygen to survive? what? . you can do this. you’re made of stars and poetry and stories and magic. mess up, heal, love. i’m here for you. 💙 . . #copyright #ljlafleur #poetry #poet #poem #poetrycommunity #healing #journey #peptalk #friday #lajolla #stars #yoga #eatingdisorderrecovery #recovery #awareness #mercuryretrograde #drawing #traveling #chaos #kindness

LJ LaFleur
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15 Days 6 Hours Ago

waves of cerulean engulfed in black when focused on me, on the burning star from his dreams. when gazing into my benevolent eyes he asked, “why do you keep looking away?” and i told him, “because then you’ll see all of me and what if you don’t like what you see?” he replied, “we all have darkness within. theres nothing to fear, let me in.” . a smile, crooked and beautiful— petals made to be caressed and adored. igniting a hunger in my heart that will not suffice if given a hundred years to kiss his lips. so lovingly they trailed across my body, collecting the pieces of me and forming new constellations only we could see. hair like the warmest sand, red and blond and brown— every mesmerizing strand gleaming beneath the fading sun. hands so gentle, so kind, so soft. hands made for an artist and made to hold mine. . we walked and talked and danced and cooked. and expected nothing except for a moment in time that was all ours. for the evening i was his wild, beautiful angel and he was my darling, hermes. for the first time, i was given safety and the space to expand in vulnerability— even the stars were jealous of our light. and later that night by the third fourth fifth sixth round into the sunrise his fingers interweaving with mine in daylight, in morning moans, in vulnerability, i decided then that he would not only be a beautiful memory, he was going to live forever in my poetry. . . . #hermes #ljlafleur #poetry #poetrycommunity #poet #waves #lovers #stars #copyright #lajolla #makelove #mythology #lovepoem #ocean #painting #poetrybook #poetsofinstagram #sky #skyphotography #clouds #lessons #blueeyes

LJ LaFleur
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18 Days 14 Hours Ago

sometimes all i want is money, sex and success. that would be easy, wouldn’t it? to live life without heartache? . here is the beautiful lesson of heartache. every time your heart breaks, it grows bigger, it shines brighter—it unveils who you truly are. i think that’s beautiful. i think we all can break a little more. . . #ljlafleur #heartbreak #peptalk #fuckem #losangeles #sedona #grandcanyon #motivation #roadtrip #poet #poetry #poetsofinsta #poetrycommunity #poetrybooks #women #womenwhowrite

LJ LaFleur
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23 Days 14 Hours Ago

💙 today is a very special day for me, loves. i’ve been taking some time to feel and reflect on the end of this chapter in my life. . many people have told me from the beginning of this healing journey that i would never recover from a divorce, especially one of this caliber. i have...which means you can too. be bitter or be better, it’s really all up to you. . your outlook on life is up to you. . big hugs and so much love. i will respond back to messages/comments and take the time to go over all the work i’ve missed for the past few weeks. you all are so amazing, holy granola. . have a beautiful day 💙 . #ljlafleur #wherethornsmeetspetals #wheretwooceansmeet #copyright #photography #womenaremagic #womenwhowrite . . . #wherestarshide #heart #poem #poetry #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #writing #adventure #mondaymotivation #divorce #divorcequotes #ares #greekmythology #losangeles #traveling #gaslightingawareness #letter #monday #stars #abuse #forgivenessquotes #healyourselfwhole

LJ LaFleur
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2019-06-10 17:18:43

happy monday, loves! . 💙 pep-talk: . you are doing a disservice to yourself if you settle, love. . be a rebel, be kind—especially to yourself. you deserve so much more than being someone’s meal ticket and now you know. . have a wonderful day and thank you all for the kind messages this morning. i would make you loves pancakes but i don’t have enough almond butter to cover up the burn marks 😬😬 . p.s. tomorrow, 10 am at warwick’s in la jolla, i will be discussing some of my favorite books over some lovely coffee and scones. stop by if you can 💙 . . . #ljlafleur #copyright #poetry #poem #poet #poetrycommunity #writing #writingcommunity #mondaymotivation #peptalk #losangeles #breakup #healing #books #bookstagram #indiebookstore #coffee #scones #books #pancakes #rebel #neversettle #nofilter #nomakeup

LJ LaFleur
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2019-06-08 06:59:06

embracing arms folding me safely into your chest and without a scream without a sound except for a single heart beat forming we fall waiting on the inevitable collision two stars burning across the night two flames burning the darkness bright we fall your lips descending my lips ascending and together towards the sea reflecting the image of lovers, the lovers of ink and infatuation paper and poetry words and whisky we fall . . . #ljlafleur #wherethornsmeetspetals #wheretwooceansmeet #copyright #photography #womenaremagic . 💙 morning, loves! . i hope everyone has an amazing day. drink some darling coffee, read till your eyes grow tired, practice self-care and don’t forget to clean up the spilled champagne (a crime against humanity) from last night. . can’t wait to read your poetry and dive in between the beautiful lines. in advance, i apologize for flooding you with notifications later today. 💙 . #wherecloudsreside #wherestarshide #heart #poem #poetry #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #writing #adventure #saturday #tea #coffee #stars #lovers #futurelover #whiskey #poetrybooks #womenwhowrite #café #paris #french #traveling #champagne

LJ LaFleur
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2019-06-06 18:59:49

it’s like chasing stars in daylight, . searching for a touch that feels as natural as mine. . searching for a love as deep as the universe. . searching for a wild and benevolent heart in a time plagued with . swiping left or swiping right because connection . is too heavy and too much, too soon. connection is taking part in “losing” parts of you. . so i will chase my stars and hope they’ll . one day soon lead me to you. . #poetrybooks #poetry #stars #losangeles #poet #poem #lovers #poetrycommunity #poetryofinstagram #poetsifig #makelove #ljlafleur . . 💙 i hope everyone had a magical day! . i just booked my uk flights. so excited to head back 🇬🇧 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 hope to see some of you there! i’m thinking endless cups of tea (i’m positive that i’m 90% made of chamomile tea), bookshop hop, and a terribly drunk production of much ado about nothing? perfect. glad we can agree on this. i claim the part of beatrice—nonnegotiable. . . #wherestarshide #bodypositive #tea #blackandwhite #traveling #universe #womenwhowrite #poetryandlove #lovepoems #shakespeare #muchadoaboutnothing

LJ LaFleur
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2019-06-05 06:39:41

i have been told that i am most beautiful when tears are dripping from my lashes and my cheeks are as red as roses and there’s a noise i make as i hold my breath attempting to cage the storm within. he always loved me most when i cried, always wiping my tears away instead of letting them flow. he only found me, the hurricane, beautiful when i was restrained. when i was broken. maybe that’s why he tried to keep me that way. but no one ever told him you cannot contain nor break a hurricane. i sometimes wonder when he drowned in my tears did he see the light? or did he only see the storm? did he feel the rain? or did he only feel the cold? what does it matter what he felt? i’m the hurricane. i’m the storm. i’m the woman he wasn’t ready for. . . #ljlafleur #copyright #poet #poem #poetry #poetrycommunity #poetsofinsta #igpoets #womenwhowrite #storytime #soulmates #bekind #london . 💙 when i was a child, i wanted to be like aphrodite. i wanted all the boys to love me because i loved all of them. i wanted to be adored and everything a boy could ever want. mostly, i just wanted to be saved. i wanted someone to take my hand and fly me away, fly us home. . it’s funny now as i’ve grown older (and though i’m always very hopeful for love and finding my soulmate—could you tell?) i realized this week how perfectly okay i’d be to live by my own pen, alone. . what happened? well, let me tell you another story. . a woman came into the shop (isn’t that how most of my stories begin? maybe i should write a book of them?). desolate and isolated, even surrounded by books. how could that be? i wondered. . i asked if she wanted me to hold her books at the register. and she stunned me by saying she likes to hold them, to have them in her arms. with that being said, i adored her immediately. she understood me to a small degree. . i informed her that if she needed anything to let me know and before i could walk away she spoke up and i noticed her voice crack and a wall of tears building in her eyes. . many tears later, i learned that she had lost her husband and was starting over and with no idea of where to begin. no dreams of her own. they were supposed to... . ⬇️ to keep reading ⬇️

LJ LaFleur
(@lafleurbooks)

2019-06-03 07:36:24

💙 happy monday, loves! . i wrote something i’ve been needing to read regarding body image issues. i thought i would share it because maybe there’s someone else who needs to read it too. . the photos are from this year (february to april). my body has changed since then as well. i hope i continue to expand and contract when its needed. . if you’re struggling with eating disorders and/or body dysmorphia—i get it. i do. . you’re going to get through this difficult time though, i promise you. dig down to your roots and heal, that’s the only way you’ll grow towards the light. . massive hugs. you got this, love. . oh, and if you’re worrying about how to obtain a “hot summer body”...i don’t know about you, but i’d rather spend my time focusing on my empire, on peace and my education than how i’ll be perceived in a bikini. . queens are legendary because we do not falter when the world tells us to do so. queens are legendary because we’re unconquerable. never forget that.💙 . #ljlafleur #copyright #eatingdisorderrecovery #bodydysmorphia #healyourselfwhole #bodyimageissues #loveyourbody #selflove #selfworth #womenwhowrite #bodypositive #instagram #yoga #healing #journey #losangeles #girls #girlpower #mondaymotivation #fitness #summer #legendary

LJ LaFleur
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2019-05-30 07:22:28

Teach girls that they don’t need men to survive, to thrive. Queens do not need a counterpart to rule. . Teach girls that it’s not because they’re hungry or tired or pms-ing that they feel the way they feel. Teach them that they don’t need an excuse to feel. . Teach girls that their voices are a superpower and need to be heard. . Teach girls that their bodies will always change. We were not born to stay the same, we were born to evolve. . Teach girls that true love resides within themselves, not in the fairytales. . Teach them. . So we don’t continue a pattern of broken hearts, sad eyes and bright smiles. Imagine how different the world would be, if we all grew up being taught such things. . . . #ljlafleur #wherethornsmeetspetals #wheretwooceansmeet #copyright #photography #womenaremagic . 💙 girls run the world, which means we can change it. 💙 . #wherecloudsreside #wherestarshide #poem #poetry #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #writing #adventure #girlpower #poet #girls #women #empowerment #teach #poetsofinsta #girlsruntheworld #changetheworld #womenwhowrite #psa #losangeles #girlboss

LJ LaFleur
(@lafleurbooks)

2019-05-28 19:57:49

i hope this reaches you on the days you need it and the days you don’t. keep your head up, how else will you find me? a woman with wings and a heart made of hope. . . #ljlafleur #wherethornsmeetspetals #wheretwooceansmeet #copyright #photography #womenaremagic . 💙i hope you all had a beautiful day. thank you for the love on my poetry/page. you all are so kind to me. i love this community. hugs? hugs! 💙 . #wherecloudsreside #wherestarshide #poem #poetry #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #writing #poet #womenwhowrite #vancouver #depression #anxiety #dearsoulmate #letter #loveletter #futurelover #beach #waves #stars #tealover

LJ LaFleur
(@lafleurbooks)

2019-05-27 07:43:16

happy monday, loves! . pep-talk: . let’s get shit done this week. we have dreams to conquer. we’re busy. we are going to have an amazing week filled with darling coffee, life-altering epiphanies and books. so many wonderful books. . one of my favorites right now is the archaic greek poet, sappho. i’m only obsessed, no big deal. have you read her work? well, what’s left of it? let’s discuss. i want to gush with someone. . you got this, love! and i got your back. let’s do this. . #ljlafleur #wherethornsmeetspetals #wheretwooceansmeet #copyright #photography #wherecloudsreside #wherestarshide #heart #poem #poetry #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #writing #poet #healing #journey #womenwhowrite #yougotthis #yoga #monday #lioness #mondaymotivation #peptalk #brooklyn #bosslady #queen #busy #poetrybooks #women #sappho

LJ LaFleur
(@lafleurbooks)

2019-05-25 22:39:53

sometimes i feel like i’m the only one who understands me. . what if that’s it? what if i’m searching for a soulmate, but there isn’t one for me? . what if out of billions it’s only me with my light? . what if there isn’t a soul like mine? that my soul was never split in two and i’m here walking this world already whole. alone. . what if...? what if the love i’m searching for is only within me? . i should be happy. that should make life easy. but my arms can only wrap so far around me. my lips can only kiss certain areas of my body. and there are days, there are days when i no longer want to be here because even this world feels foreign. who then, will encourage me to stay? . i should be happy if i am the only one with a soul like mine. . i should be. . but sometimes— a lot of the time— all the time, i just want to find someone with a soul equivalent to mine. . i want someone who understands me. . . . #ljlafleur #wherethornsmeetspetals #wheretwooceansmeet #copyright #photography #womenaremagic . 💙 even the hopeful can feel hopeless. but please, hold on. your soulmate is out there, just not here with you. not yet. and when you find each other, it’s going to feel like magic. . it’s going to feel like summer. like the perfect day of mint-chip ice cream melting down your hand and waves crashing to kiss your toes and wild sunsets that you’ve never seen before. . it’s going to feel natural, their touch, the conversation—everything. you might be nervous and your mouth might not move properly because you’ve been stunned in the chest unexpectedly but that’s just your souls reconnecting (or a possible heart attack—kidding). . at least that’s what i tell myself every time i feel hopeless. maybe now you can tell yourself that too. sending you a massive hug. you’re never alone, love. . p.s. i’m really debating on going to dubai this year since india is postponed to next year. who wants to come play in the dunes with me??💙 . #wherecloudsreside #wherestarshide #heart #poem #poetry #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #writing #adventure #lovers #futurelover #soulmates #hopeful #hopeless #peptalk #reconnect #poetry #poem #poet #poetsofinsta #poetrybook #lovequotes #anxiety

LJ LaFleur
(@lafleurbooks)

2019-05-24 11:19:44

be kind, drink wine, eat chocolate and let’s dance to records all night long. . . happy friday, loves! . i hope you’re all having such a magical day. if you’re not, big hugs. if you are, big hugs. . last night i made stuffed mushrooms and homemade pasta sauce while drinking my favorite red wine and reading over the stove (i only burn pancakes—sometimes). then drank a little too much wine but luckily did not drop my book in the sauce and ended up dancing all night. . i’m loving this book, holy granola. it’s called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. i cried. if you have the chance to read it, please do. . 💙 also if anyone would like to be a pen pal with me, please dm me. i love writing and reading letters. i promise trying to decipher my hand writing is half the fun. 💙 . #ljlafleur #wherethornsmeetspetals #wheretwooceansmeet #copyright #photography #womenaremagic . . . #wherecloudsreside #wherestarshide #heart #poem #poetry #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #writing #poet #womenwhowrite #amreading #amwriting #poetrybooks #guernseyliteraryandpotatopeelpiesociety #pasta #cooking #redwine #records #bekind #penpalswanted #cloudphotography #dancing #poem