Unwritten.

Earlier this week I randomly decided to re-watch my ALL TIME FAVOURITE SHOW, The Hills. As I watched my favourites go about their lives in LA, it suddenly hit me that I am the same age (or there abouts) as the cast was at the time of filming, and it made me appreciate their experiences more as I was finally able to understand their stories from a peer standpoint. When the show first aired, I was in my early to mid-teens and looking back at the old episodes I realised that I had learnt so much about life, boys, relationships, friendships, careers and more without even noticing (all of which I’m hoping to compile a big list of). That being said however, one of the biggest things I learnt from the show came from the theme tune sang by Natasha Bedingfield. As the theme played at the beginning of every episode for almost half a decade, I subconsciously learnt that when it comes to life, anything can happen. Sometimes the things you thought were a done deal turn out to evaporate into thin air before your eyes, leaving you devastated and confused; but sometimes the most unexpected things can happen and you find yourself feeling so blessed and on top of the world. And that’s the beauty about life. Anything can happen, and if you’re at a crossroad in life, it’s important to understand that your future is still unwritten and as clichéd as it sounds, you can make it anything you want. If listening to today’s soundtrack doesn’t fill you with hope, I don’t know what will.

Make sure you keep an eye out for that list I was talking about. And don’t forget, it doesn’t matter where you are in life now because the rest is still unwritten. Happy Sunday.

alice

xo

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Direction.

I saw this on Tumblr last week and it’s funny how much it calmed me down and reminded me that in life you have to do things in your own time and in your own time, even if it feels like you’re moving at all.

Happy Monday!

alice

xo

The Truth About Life.

Seven truths we all need reminding of every once in a while…

No-one has all the answers; much of life is a total mystery.

No job is “just perfect” or ideal for you. They all have their boring and frustrating times.

There are no perfect people – everybody lets you down at times – for even the best people have their failings and weak points.

Much of life is humdrum, unexciting and mundane – but it has its times of happiness and joy as well.

Our emotions are fickle and can quickly change. Don’t expect to feel happy and contented all the time.

No matter how well you plan, you will still meet obstacles – but overcoming challenges develops character.

Uncertainty and change are a major part of life – but that adds to the intrigue, and stops things getting dull.

…now if only I could remember these.

alice

xo

So Go Live It.

If you’re like me you’ll know what you’ll be doing with your life when you’re 30. You’ll have a ten year plan in place with everything planned out from how you’ll be making a living, right down to what kind of cutlery you’ll have in your kitchen draws. But if there’s one thing you won’t know, it’s what you’ll be doing tomorrow, next month, four months from now. When I first read this quote it reminded me of a conversation I had with a colleague at work back when I was working in retail. I’m not sure how we got onto the topic in the first place, but I can remember telling my colleague that by the time I was 30 I’d have my life together and be my ultimate self. I remember her asking, why 30 and why not now? At the time I didn’t really get what she meant by that, but now two years later and reading this quote, I finally get it. We spend a lot of our time waiting, saying ‘oh when I’m 30 blah, blah, blah’, that we forget that right now, right this second life is happening and we’re potentially missing out. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m still all about the ten year plan, but I’m going to start thinking about a here-and-now plan so that I don’t lose track of what’s happening around me.

I know that especially when things are looking bleak it’s easier to project to the future, but every now and then it’s good to return to the present and live our lives. Happy Monday!

alice

xo

Practical Advice for Difficult Women.

I first saw this on Tumblr way back in October and I still feel like this is so relevant to every woman’s life. While there are a few things here that I’ve long been aware of, there are still a few things on here that I need reminding of every once in a while.

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There will come a time when you want to cut off all your hair. Do it. Realise that the thing you want rid of doesn’t lie in the long curls that frame your face so perfectly. Live with short hair for a while. It’ll grow.

You won’t always want to talk to people. That’s okay. When it’s late and you hear your friends talking in the next room, you don’t have to join them. You’re allowed your solitude. It makes company sweeter and it teaches you how to survive alone. You will need that skill.

In the winter, you’ll believe that nothing will ever grow again. You’re wrong. Every year, London looks like it’s on its last legs, wheezing through those last cold days in March. Every year, spring comes like an explosion and the city shakes off its sleep.

Mundane problems will get the better of you sometimes. Don’t worry. Try as you might, life cannot be an endless, beautiful, intense moment. Find comfort in money worries and late trains; they’re a welcome rest in between heartbreaks and breakdowns.

People will call you a cynic, a wry smile on their faces. Pay them no mind. You alone know that you are capable of a love greater than anything they can comprehend. You alone know that you are not willing to sell your identity and respect to the first smirking halfwit to pass by. It is not cynicism. It is reverence for your own vast and fathomless heart, and it makes sense only to love someone who understands that and is awed by it.

You will not always get what you want when you want it. Accept it. Your goals are not set in stone and you are not on a fixed trajectory. Sometimes, life will take its time and you will have to play the long, interminable game. Play it well and with as much grace as you can muster. Live at your own pace.

At night, you will occasionally wake up afraid, wanting to die. Don’t give in. Night plays its tricks, but you are not so easily fooled. Your mind will play its tricks, too. It will make you believe that you’re not who you are, but you must not give in. You take a breath and you tell yourself that you are here. That you always were.

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Happy Tuesday.

alice

xo