Life is 100 times better as a non-smoker.

I feel like my life is so much better as a non-smoker. I never realized how much better I feel free from the influence of smoking. I started to smoke because of peer pressure. I was not strong enough to speak up and say no thank you. If I was stronger I probably could have turned the person down who offered me a puff on a cigarette. Now I realized my voice was developed writing but I really never voiced much. Even when I cough I know that 20 years of smoking has affected me. I’ve been smoke free for almost 5 years to date. In July I’ll have my five year quit anniversary and I’m proud I can almost say that I’ve been smoke free for five years. WOW! I am stronger than I know I’m not crazy. I even lost almost 40 pounds on my own. Now I am focusing on eating healthier, drinking more water,and walking for exercise. I need cardio for my heart. I love being able to go outside in the summertime. I just need to be aware that I can’t be out for more than thirty minutes on my medications. I bought a few new dresses for summer and a nice one for back to work in the fall of 2019 at Mercer.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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