‘One Last smoke,

Todays message is; One year celebration.

Good morning, day or evening ladies and gentleman. I Hope everyone is doing well today? First, just before I start my today’s subject, I want to tell you that this is actually not my usual day to post. But, this is not just any day post for me. It’s not about poetry or nomination. Today, October the 16th, is a special day for me, because one year ago I quit smoking! YES, I QUIT SMOKING FOR AN YEAR NOW AND THAT IS WORTH FOR A CELEBRATION!

History taught me; We all have bad days.

So, A little more than one year back; I have been a smoker for 8 years now. Tried couple times to quit smoking, but the longest I didn’t smoke was like 3/4 weeks. I Always had a excuse ready for why I couldn’t or didn’t want to quit (like many had/have). Eventually something changed for me, I still don’t know what, but my mind switched the switch and decided that I was done smoking and had to change something to achieve that. So, I love to google like most of us do, and I did days of research for tips, helps and tricks to leap and start. I Needed a motivation so what I did and still do, the amount money that I used for cigarettes (weekly) goes to my savings account. This is 45 euros a week, 55 US Dollars, 3900 Indian Rupees. Just so you know what I used to spent on cigarettes. But, to stay motivated I needed another reason. Why was I saving the money? I asked myself! I WANT TO GET MY MOTORCYCLE-LICENSE. And this is what I did, I kept saving my money until I had enough to start taking lessons for my motorcycle-license. It took me about 8 months to achieve that goal! And I’m still happy that I have taken that leap of faith! Because I got my motorcycle-license on August the 4th, BABY!!! Now I’m using the same method to get myself my first motorcycle next year.

I’m going to be honest as well; It wasn’t that easy for me every day. Sometimes I just wanted to give up, but I kept the promise to myself and whenever I was in doubt I just looked to my savings account. Without that I’m not entirely sure if I could celebrate today. I mean I didn’t ever believe I just could stop like that, For me something big had to change in my life to get a reason to quit. Getting my first child, changes like that would have been a good reason for me.

You tell me again; To ask, to try and to laugh. There is no “no”.

While in progress of quitting I truly focused on my own key of happiness. What did I love to do, what do I want to achieve, who do I want to be. I Have asked myself these questions every day. I Have tried everything I could and I have laughed my ass off while doing it. Seriously, I tried to lower the pressure on myself and didn’t tell anyone the first 2 months that I quit smoking besides the people that I work with, because they almost see me every day and I wanted to warn them for incase I would be grumpy. (didn’t really have those days, only hangry). So, I changed the peace in me by trying out new things, by being more open to new things and just have fun every day while I try to achieve my goal. My journal that I got for quitting was for me a get away for the moments it got harder, and while I wrote in my journal I got used again to write my emotions and things like that. I Mean I still remember that I always loved to write, loved poetry and especially because this was a get away card for my thoughts and emotions. Months into doing this I got inspired to share what I love to do. To write and to inspire. So, little google, little research and boom…..Covid-19 struck us all, this was my sign to really start doing what I love. Mid April I went live and have been posting 4 days a week since then. Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday (And Sundays for the nominations).

Why this post; In darkness we have to celebrate the little things.

Yes, in darkness we have to celebrate the little things. If we want to achieve greatness we have to celebrate the little steps towards our goal. This has given me so much back. The moment that I stopped smoking I also decided to go to the gym to better my health, and even that I still do. I go about 4 days a week to the gym, and I have been taking the bike to work instead of public transportation. I Have started my own blog that I have been loving. Nothing could really beat me down. Yes of course we all have bad days that we have to go through, but I can be honest with myself at this moment and thats to say that I am happy with whom I have become today.

To have one question; What is your little celebration?

I Want truly know what has become your little celebration? What do you want to share with me and or us? I Mean, with all the Covid-19, we still have to appreciate the little things around us. Have you been doing that and do you want to share the story with me? You could do it with a blogpost, in the comment or send a private letter to me. I Don’t care how you do it. Just do it! (I did not steal that slogan from Nike.)

With much love & inspiration written by me,

(Just 5.6 ft. tall with a badass moustache and eager to grow as a writer.)

Jojo Al-waealy

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50 responses to “‘One Last smoke,”

  1. Hats off to your dedication and strong will that you could leave smoking Jojo…👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 A inspiring post❤️ well i would love to share my small celebration moments all happened in lockdown only…as this lockdown is the one which helped me to rebuild my lost self back… Drawing, writing, singing all i left way behind and got busy with first higher studies and then job, but in this pandemic i again started from kind of scratch!! Started doing arts referring youtube (self taught artist me hehe), then did my own arts, started writing blog posts and started singing and recording😍😍, playing keyboard with different song tunes and i swear these all gave me immense joy and a peace of satisfaction in life😃🥳🥳🥳

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    • Thank you so much, Soni ❤️😊

      This is so fun to read your “small” celebration moments 😊 I think this “lockdown” got us creative again, it helped us to realise how short life can be! You never know when your end is. And woow, so amazing that you were able to crawl back to drawing, writing, singing!! That is so beautiful to see! Please, don’t ever stop and keep on believing in yourself, as I will do the same!

      You are amazing, lovely and kind! Keep love shining and your creativity burning!

      Thanks for your time to share this with me, us.❤️❤️🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽😍😍 Loved it so much!

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      • Thank you Jojo🙌🏻 yeah going onwards no stopping on my skills😃😃😃 and thanks again to you for always motivating… You too keep writing…keep rising… Keep spreading happiness… Have a nice weekend. 😊😊😊😍

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  2. Hope you recieved my previous comment on this post Jojo…as i am facing issue with wordpress…all or most of my comments to other bloggers post are going into their spam folder under comments section… Dont know whats wrong😑😑

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    • Hi Soni, I was at the gym. Just got back home, and yes Indeed your message got into my spam file. WP has been having those issues lately. Give me one minute to respond to it❤️🙏🏽

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  3. Wowww….. Massive congratulations to you dear. Celebrate those victory’s. What amazing achievements. So happy for you. Continue to be proud and motivated. But hey, be careful on that motorcycle 😬….. Thanks for sharing 😊. Much love ❤️❤️

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    • Thank you so much, dear 😊🤭 truly appreciate it!! And yesz celebrate those victories indeed!! Hahahaha and I will drive save every time, I promise! Much love back🙏🏽❤️


  4. I gave up nine years ago now but I have a cigar at midnight 31st December once a year to welcome New Year. It is sort of a tradition now for me now! It marks, to me, that my will power is strong, it is my choice to have just that one cigar and I can always choose yes or no to anything for myself afterwards in the same way. Congratulations on your anniversary Jojo and thanks for dropping by the blog I just started.

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    • Amazing job. 9 years already!! Well, you know your own body and mindset as the best! So, if you think you can handle one cigar once a year than why not, right?

      Thank you so much for reading and connecting!!! Good luck with your new blog and Welcome to the club!! Enjoy the ride😊🖖🏽🙏🏽❤️

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  5. This made me so happy that you’re celebrating something you were able to defeat. Accepting who we are, both in goodness and problems, is important and then being able to defeat our own problems and demons. That is absolutely worth celebrating. Congrats, Jojo. You’re one awesome guy. Always inspiring. Always becoming better.

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    • Hihihih you know me! Always positive and ready to celebrate the amazing Little things. And yes Indeed, well said, jade!! Thank you so much for your support and kind words, J❤️🖖🏽😊

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  6. Hey JoJo! I am so so so so so proud of you and happy for you! ❤️❤️ Congratulations as well! This is huge. I hope you get your child very soon! ❤️ Sending you lots of love ❤️❤️❤️

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  7. Congratulatons! That is not an easy thing to do, to quit smoking, so kudos to you for doing it! As far as what the rest of us are celebrating, I think we all should give a pat on the back for getting through the challenges of this pandemic. Its not an easy thing for many, and I just wanted to honor all those who have continued to participate in life,despite the challenges. And not spend the day in bed with the covers over their heads (well, at least not EVERY day!) Find joy where you can and celebrate the little victories!

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    • Hi, thank you so much. Sorry for the late reply, your message got into my spam folder!

      And yes, I think that’s an amazing reason for a celebration too! You have an amazing soul ❤️🙏🏽 that’s for sure! Keep it up and Take care of yourself!! Never forget to smile ❤️🙏🏽

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