Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Words to Live By #156

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"If you want to fly, you've got to give up the shit that weighs you down."
Toni Morrison

Sunday, 28 August 2011

A Peek at the Week 28.08.11


It's all me in my little nest again, I'm afraid! It's been a funny old week, the reality of living alone has been a bit of a shock to the system (understatement). It just goes to show that you should always be wary of what you think will make you happy, because there are always kinks to iron out even when things look particularly rosy. I guess it's about rhythm, too, and the need to establish a new one that I'm happy with. My beautiful collection of crockery has been comforting me, however, perhaps more than is quite okay...

My wonderful friends have been making all the difference too, of course! (Thanks, Ellen, for the pap-pap-papping!) Now, just need to find me a job... know of any?

P.S. Sorry for the M.I.A. Saturday Salute - hunting for internet is proving quite a pest!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Archive August: How to Define Your Personal Style

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Firstly, why define your style? Things don’t always need labels or boxes around them, and your style is no exception to that rule. My concept of style definition is not simply to generalise or stereotype you; we’re not making you strictly ‘vintage’ or ‘boho’ or ‘punky’. What we are doing is giving you a powerful tool and signpost forward in your personal style evolution. This article is about gaining an understanding of your style more than anything. Let’s rock.

♥ Step One: Identify your inspiration. All of the most ‘out there’, creative, chic, original style symbols got their inspiration from somewhere, and what made them successful was the ability to abundantly source, hold onto, and channel that inspiration into their real lives. Let your search for style be first a search for inspiration. Find it in coffee shops, libraries, museums, antique shops, the cinema, train stations – practically everywhere. Tap into it, revisit it, live it wildly and truthfully. I can’t tell you what you’re inspiration is, but I can tell you that it has to be constantly refreshed and reenergized.

Step Two: Keep a style diary. Let it be a place for those momentary light bulb realisations, sketches, vintagefair flyers, magazine cut-outs etc. etc. Don’t put pressure on it to be a thing of beauty, or anything you ever have to share, that way, your real, uncensored style aspirations will spill out. You can even stick Polaroid’s of your own outfits inside, along with dates, and see how your style progresses.

Step Three: We are all just playing a part, so play yours well. Fashion isn’t necessary; we don’t need beautiful clothes to survive. Apart from the very basic requirements of warmth and dryness, all clothing is simply self decoration. With that in mind, you realise that any established code of what is ‘right’ to wear goes out of the window. Clothing is simply you saying something to the world, that’s its whole point. If you want to say ‘Yes, I got the latest issue of Glamour that said nautical was in’ then fine, say that, let Glamour define you. If, instead, you want that message to be ‘I am a fun, interesting and light-hearted human with individual desires and aspirations’ then you must go ahead and say that.

Step Four: Ask questions. On some level, your personal style is already defined, you just don’t know it yet. That’s because definition of your style is not as simple as deciding it, saying it, or writing it down. It exists in the way you walk, in the foods you like, in the scent you wear, in the place you come from, in the books you read, in your hobbies, in the people you surround yourself with. Look further than simply your wardrobe to reach a definition of your style. Bring up leading questions with those who know you, such as: ‘If I were an item of jewellery, what would I be?’ or, ‘If I were a holiday destination, where would I be?’

Step Five: Know that finding your style ‘definition’ may simply be a product of self-acceptance. I often see people trying to define themselves with exterior things: a new hair colour, the perfect handbag – and I can see why these seem like perfect ways to define yourself. The problem is that our ideas for what constitutes a great hair colour or handbag are often just the result of what we have seen work for other people, not ourselves. Therefore, it will never be a sustainable definition of our style. The alternative, then, is to look at what we already have, what we’re already working with, and see what definition that gives us.

"You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens." 
Louise L. Hay

The fact is that if you can’t accept yourself as you are, you’re unlikely to accept yourself any better with a few external alterations – psychologically speaking, accepting who you are runs far deeper than that. Look to define what you’ve already got rather than hunt out new additions in the hope of a breakthrough.

Step Six: Know your style agenda. Sure, that skirt is lovely, but does it fit your style agenda? We are a greedy species. We crave variety and have an insatiable appetite for it. Because of this, and coupled with the constant projection of images telling us so, we seem to desire every new style. The problem here is that not every new style will suit us; not every new style will fit our agendas. This is a concept much like Aesthetic Affirmations, it requires you to have set ideas about what works/doesn’t work for you, and stick to them. This isn’t denying yourself, it’s looking at a beautiful piece of clothing and appreciating it, yet still saying ‘It’s not quite right for/suited to/worthy of me’.

Step Seven: Let your definition happen organically. Above all, don’t look to a definition to limit your style – the most chic of people rarely employ such a tactic. Personal style should evolve, it should peak and, yes, sometimes trough, it should be a learning curve and an experiment, and a lot of fun. Think of your style as a creative collage rather than a difficult puzzle with a set amount of pieces.

And, on a final note:

"Whatever you are, be a good one."  
Abraham Lincoln


How will you be inspiring, creating, crafting and celebrating your style?
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This article was originally posted in 2010 and is part of Archive August - you can still win so join in!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Words to Live By #155

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"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, 21 August 2011

A Peek at the Week 21.08.11


This week was all about packing and unpacking! But also some new shoes, and a few vintage finds. I'll try to write a little more with these new 'Peek at the Week' posts but I'm currently camping out in a cafe corner and my computer is about to die - so the images will have to tell their own story. What do you think of my new bedroom?

Saturday, 20 August 2011

The Saturday Salute 20.08.11

Image thanks to yvette

I'M MOVING INTO MY VERY OWN FLAT TODAY! Gah. I am so excited. I got the keys yesterday and moved some things in, but tonight will be my first official night of living there. My cousin will be taking the second bedroom in a week or so, but I'm slightly petrified of the first few nights as I've never lived alone before. However, I think the things that scare us are often the things most worth doing - so I'm biting the bullet!

I'll be putting up pictures of the moving chaos for you tomorrow in a new feature 'A Peek at the Week' but for now, the links!

// What Katie Does = beautiful blog you won't be able to get enough of. Just look at her photos of London.

// I also love La Poubelle Verte and the topics she writes about. I thought her piece on 'Just Say No to Shaving' was particularly enlightening - though I have to say I still feel quite attached to my razor! It might take a little while for me to shrug off such a cultural norm. 



// These oreo stuffed cookies look like they should be illegal - too good!

I'll see you back here tomorrow, that is if I manage to find internet at some kindly establishment.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Archive August: The Era Series

Image thanks to iona

Aspiring vintage vixen? Worshipper of all that is retro, but battling against a tight budget? Then you might just love my era style series. Have a peek:

Hope you enjoy them!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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Which is your favourite?

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Archive August: 5 To-Do Lists That Could Change Your Life

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I’m a list maker. My life revolves around the humble list. I could measure out my life to you in lists if I had saved all the dog-eared notebooks and scrappy post-it notes of times gone by. It recently occurred to me, however, that I don’t really make the most of my list-making tendencies; although my lists have helped me to achieve small daily tasks, I’ve never taken it any further. But if the list works so well in my daily life, couldn’t it work just as well to remind and encourage me to achieve my bigger, long-term aims? By Jove, I think it could.

1. Write a To-Learn List. We’ve all wondered what it would be like to speak a different language, play an instrument, build websites, master public speaking etc., but with the distraction of our academic study, our jobs and our everyday lives, these desires can be vague and unclear and therefore often unattainable. Why not try compiling a list of all the things you’d like to learn, either a list for life, or just in the next five years.

2. Write a To-Go-To List. Travel isn’t on all of our agendas, but it’s pretty high on most. Why not compile a list of the next five places you would love to travel, perhaps adding how long you would like to go for, who you would like to go with, and what you’ll do there. This doesn’t have to be reserved for epic overseas adventures; weekends away or daytrips to places nearer by are perhaps even more important to list as they are the excursions we often take for granted and overlook.

3. Write a To-Read List. Many of us wish we could read more, and books can be such a fantastic way to learn, gain experience, and make decisions about the lives we want to lead. I’m always finding new books I want to read and listing them all in one place helps to synthesize an otherwise unrealisable book-appetite! Make sure you write down both the title and author to make the book easier to get hold of when you do get around to it. It might even be worth asking your local library if they can get hold of some of the titles for you if you’re unsure whether they are worth the investment.

4. Write a To-Acquire List. This doesn’t have to be wholly materialistic; it can be items that will really make a wider impact on your life, like a great place to live, a cute allotment, a high-spec camera, or even a soul mate! If you spend a little time thinking about it, what initially seems a rather frivolous list could quickly become a catalyst for understanding and envisaging where you want your life, love-life, and career to go.

5. Write a To-Achieve List. This one is for those big things you’ve always known you wanted to do, and any new smaller challenges you might be considering. This might include getting your degree or masters, writing a novel, drinking wheatgrass for breakfast, running a marathon, realising your dream job, or even overhauling your style.

And a bonus…

6. Write a To-Do Hot List. Select one item from each of the five lists above, making it the one that feels the most exciting, and compile an ultimate wishlist of wonders you’re itching to experience, acquire and achieve. You might be surprised how quickly some of these things will come to fruition now that you’ve identified and committed yourself to them.

Of course, writing a list doesn’t guarantee you’ll achieve the individual aims – you still have to put in the hard work necessary to achieve them. However, it’s amazing just how powerful it can be simply telling yourself that you want to do these things; there is true magic in marking a page with your desires. Trust me, your subconscious, and the universe, will take note.

Do you live by lists? Is writing down your larger aims something you’ve ever considered or tried? Give it a go and let me know how you get on.
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This article was originally posted in 2010 and is part of Archive August - there is still loads of time to win so join in!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Words to Live By #154

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"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience."
Emily Dickinson

Hope you are having a lovely start to the week.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

It's my birthday and I'll re-design if I want to...

OOO! AAH!

Yes, friends, please do marvel at your new-look Charade.

Okay, so the changes aren't that huge, but I wanted something a bit more slick and grown-up (whilst still being pink and fun) because...

WE ARE THREE YEARS-OLD TODAY!

Shazam. Here's a puppy in a party hat, just because:

Image thanks to pintavelloso

Want to give Charade a lil'birthday present?

Vote for me in the Cosmo Blog Awards 2011! 


Entry category: 'Student blogger'

So I nominated myself... (ahem. loser.) and it would make me feel infinitely less stupid if you voted for me too? I promise that if we ever meet in the living, breathing world I will buy you a big cookie (but don't just be bribed by baked-goods, do it because you wanna - yeah?) I would really really really appreciate it!


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Cue: birthday gushing.

I can't believe I've been at this for three years. And, truly, I would have given up after about a week if it wasn't for YOU (yes, you!) I want to say how over-the-moon it makes me to receive every comment, kind word and follower, and just to know that you're out there, reading each post. I wish I could give you all a cuddle!

And, on that note, I shall pop a virtual party-popper and skip off into the horizon singing 'happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me...'

Saturday, 13 August 2011

The Saturday Salute 13.08.11

Image thanks to cari

Hello and good afternoon Saturday Salutettes! What a week it has been... Sadly, our family dog and much loved companion, Ben, had to be put down. The whole thing was very reminiscent of Marley and Me, but I've tried to console myself with images of him galloping about and eating all the doggy-treats he likes in the great kennel in the sky! Goodbye Benny, you will always be missed.

In other, less tragic, news: I've been working day and evening on the Ambitious Happiness eCourse - I can't wait to share more with you (and I will be tomorrow, if you're on the priority email list). I've also applied for a job I really want (/need) today - so cross everything for me!

But we all know why we're here. Shall we?

// Sarah just watched Gone with the Wind. One of my favourite books, and the film ain't bad either!

// I love these Happiness Posters from Action for Happiness.

// Okay, so mostly I'm pretty content with my new single life, but then I come across things like this Vintage Engagement Shoot... sigh! Swoon!

// If my weekly salute doesn't satisfy your linky-needs, Yum & Yuk has more great links than you could shake a stick at.

// How to Look Hot in a Photo from dangerously career-driven Danielle LaPorte.

// I've kept entirely out of the UK riots, being that I'm living in North-West Wales. However, I did come across this quote which I think says a lot:

"What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?" — Plato, 4th Century BC

// I also loved this article on how Twitter was used positively in response to the rioting.



I hope you are having a lovely weekend. If you have a family pet, be sure to give them an appreciative stroke.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Archive August: The Ultimate Geek's Guide to Fashion Budgeting

Image thanks to staci

The Dilemma
There are a lot of things in life we don’t necessarily have full control over, the price of a latte for example, but something we do always have control over is the state of our wardrobes. Although, you wouldn’t necessarily know it judging by the state of them; heaps of cheaply bought ‘trendy’ high street finds, some literally falling apart at the seams after only a few wears. We shop cheaply and we suffer, so we shop again, and we create a cycle.


Does this sound familiar? Yes? Well it’s no good; we can’t go on this way! If you’re on a budget, you may think that cheaply bought items are just your lot in life because you can’t afford designer. However, if you are realistic about how much you’re currently spending constantly shopping for, and replacing, these low quality items, then you’ll soon see that spending more on great quality items is something that's well within reach, and therein lies the genius of fashion budgeting.

The Solution
You need to put an amount on how much you’re spending monthly on fashion. If you’ve hoarded receipts then this can be calculated accurately, but otherwise a guesstimate will suffice. This amount then needs to be seriously thought out. Perhaps you can vow to have every other month as a "no spend" month meaning you’ll be able to spend more in one go? If you’re a serious fashionista then consider opening a separate account for fashion spends. It takes five minutes online to do this nowadays, and this way you can more accurately budget your spending and not end up splashing your grocery money on those new pumps!

Once you have your budget in place, you need to break it down in order to make the very most of what you’ve got, then you can really begin to construct the wardrobe of your dreams. Here goes…

The Fashion Budget Triangle:



Current Trends:

Where to shop: Forever 21; Asos; Topshop; Charlotte Russe; Urban Outfitters etc.


Where to get inspired: The seasons catwalk; current magazines; your favourite fashion idols.


Where to spend: 15% of your total budget, no more than this is necessary if your aim is to build a beautifully functioning wardrobe – the more you have the more confused your style. Generally, it is okay to buy cheaply in this area because chances are you won’t intend to keep these items for very long (soon enough they’ll be so last season dahling.)

Eccentricities:

Where to shop: Your very favourite stores; ebay; etsy; thrift stores; Modcloth etc.


Where to get inspired: Your own lifestyle and interests should be enough to inspire you in this area. You might like to include elements from eras that fascinate you, aesthetically pleasing films, literary characters, your hobbies, your job – anything!


Where to spend: 35% Variable. This category should be fulfilled by your buying beautiful key pieces as and when. They should be treasured items, the ones you couldn’t live without and that make you chuckle with smug satisfaction every time you adorn them.

Basics:

Where to shop: Designer Outlets, Net-a-Porter, Mango, Zara, vintage shops etc.


Where to get inspired: For our basics we need to think versatility, quality, block colours, and sharp tailoring for a great fit. We want the classics: the LBD, a great pair of jeans, a gorgeous leather handbag etc. We want key items that are never out of style. What's great about this is that you can choose to spend on those pieces that flatter you the most and stick with them, rather than having to worry about trendy fads.


Where to spend: 50% of total budget, but when I say spend the most and own the most I definitely do not mean gather a wardrobe choc-full of cheaply bought plain basics – this is a recipe for fashion disaster! I mean invest in key classic pieces that will last for years and pair with your perfect eccentricities.

Won't these sections overlap? 

The short answer is: yes, but this is all part of the fun! When this occurs it will be necessary to use your own discretion in ascertaining the true value of the buy. A fashionable pair of skinny jeans which are very expensive, yet also very much of the current trend, can still be a great investment if they’re good quality and you’ll really treasure them.

[Note: Remember that a lot of quality items, like Levi jeans, can maintain a fairly high resale value on eBay if you keep them in great condition, meaning that even if you do get bored within a few months you can get something back.]

WARNING: You may soon realise that effective fashion budgeting means much less shopping down time and you might worry that you will suffer a loss; but won’t the joy brought on by a gorgeous investment piece inspire you infinitely more than that 10th £15 polyester skirt? Keep in mind that you're doing yourself a favour here, not denying yourself.

Be sure you always refer to the fashion budgeting triangle before undertaking any shopping excursions to ensure you spend wisely in achieving your dream wardrobe!

More, more, more…

♥ I wrote this piece on How to Build a Designer Wardrobe on a Budget for Painfully Hip. 

Do you currently budget for fashion? Or have you fallen victim to the high street spend cycle?
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This article was originally posted in 2009 and is part of Archive August - there is still loads of time to win so join in!

Monday, 8 August 2011

Words to Live By #153

Image thanks to shandi-lee

"Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
Sarah Bernhardt

If you missed the salute on Saturday, I'm sorry! The internet was down. (Just at my house, not the world-over. That would be silly.) As usual I'll try and gather up a few extra links for next week. In other news: I sent out the first Ambitious Happiness email update yesterday - if you didn't get it and think you should have, check your junk mail - not there? Email me directly: megan@charadestyle.com and we'll hook you up, girl. 

If you want to get the next exclusive update regarding my upcoming eCourse then you can still sign up here

A happy Monday to all. 

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Archive August: 10 Commandments for the Student Consumer

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1. Thou shalt believe in the true essence of fashion: fun! Not hefty price tags or designer labels.

2. Thou shalt have fashion idols (but don’t spend too much time worshipping them, they probably don’t know a whole lot more than you do.)

3. Do not swear falsely by your purse; pointless and insincere spending is prohibited.

4. Remember to give yourself a day off. Take one day in the week where you spend no money whatsoever; learn from that day.

5. Honour thy father and thy mother; listen to their wise words when it comes to matters of spending. They’ve got a whole lot more experience than you, even if you’d rather not admit it.

6. Thou shalt not murder thine own bank balance. It’s your life line, so show it a little respect.

7. Thou shalt cheat. Don’t commit yourself to any one bank, store card, or label; they’ll never love you back, it’s just your money they’re after.

8. Thou shalt not steal. It’s just wrong, okay?

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Help your friends out; don’t tell them that dress looks good when you know it doesn’t, spare a thought for their funds.

10. Thou shalt not covet. Don’t waste your time desiring that which has been given to another, put your energies into appreciating what you have.
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This article was originally posted in 2008 and is part of Archive August - join in!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Archive August: Who Else Wants a Better Work Ethic?

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Do you struggle with motivation?

At school, college or university, is it an absolute chore to get any work done? Do you find yourself ‘cramming’ at the last minute, not handing in essays or missing classes and lectures altogether?

At your job, do you suffer from ‘employee mentality’? You know the sort of thing: ‘I don’t want to go in but I’ll only get in trouble if I don’t’ or ‘I hate this job but I’m too afraid to quit.’ I’ve fallen victim to it many a time and, honey, if you get to this point, things really need to change.

I’m not going to simply suggest tips and tricks on inspiring work ethic, that’s been done. I am instead going to say that what’s important is to really get to the root of your problem. And, yes, it is a problem if you feel uninspired about your life in this way. Nothing I can say will help you if you can’t work out why you are unmotivated; I’d just be offering up advice you’re likely to have heard before and ignored. You’ll have your own personal reasons for a lack of work ethic, whether they are minor or mega.

The odd bout of laziness is fine. We’re all human. Nobody is perfect and there will always be things we need to do that we just don’t want to. Off days are cool. An ‘off’ degree, an ‘off’ career or even an ‘off’ life, is not acceptable! You deserve more.

If your work ethic isn’t great, chances are you are focusing on the end result, rather than the action itself.

Example?

If you regularly aren’t waking up in the morning for class and your last three essays were written 10 minutes before you handed them in, your mentality towards your studies is probably ‘I just need to get through these couple of years, come out with an OK grade and get the job I want, then my life will be more fulfilling.’

Or...

If you have a mundane part-time, weekend or evening job you aren’t enjoying and therefore aren’t excelling in, more than likely your mentality is simply ‘I need the money.’If it’s your career, you may be thinking ‘I’m here until I figure out what I really want to do.’

Or even...

If, in life in general, on a day-to-day basis, you just can’t be bothered with making an effort at anything, then not only is your mentality likely to be ‘I’ll just plod along until I figure out what to do with my life’ or ‘If I win the lottery/get married/get somebody else’s life, then I’ll be fulfilled,’ but this could even be linked with genuine depression, and you need to take action to deal with it.

Do you want the plain truth as I see it? If this is repeatedly the way you look at things: ‘my current life is A, and A will get me to B. I don’t enjoy A but I sure as heck will enjoy B’ then you will probably continue to go through life unhappy and unfulfilled. You need to recognise this as a ‘grass is greener’ illusion.

I have a great quote which really struck a chord with me when I discovered it and my life has gone in a new direction ever since.

"Situation cannot change mans life; his attitude can and does."
Sri Chinmoy

A lot in life we cannot or will never change, yet it is a shining truth that people live contented and satisfied lives at every end of the spectrum; money, success, relationships - they don’t necessarily have a bearing on happiness at all. It’s that old chestnut, but a successful, wealthy business man with a beautiful wife and family may easily be the unhappiest man in the world, especially if he is aspiring to a life travelling the globe, not answering to a soul and with a string of gay lovers. You see?

Your attitude: that one, solitary factor in life that will make or break your sense of fulfilment is, conveniently, one of the few things you can really control, but you must first become attuned to it.

Attitude and work ethic walk hand in hand.

It is a difficult thing for many people to recognise, me included, but in your head there are two conflicting voices; one says ‘Yes, I can. I’m strong, I’m worthy; I accept myself’ the other says ‘No, I absolutely cannot, I’m a chump, I’m worthless, I wish I was somebody else.’ In each individual, and in different situations, one voice generally speaks louder than the other. It is easy to see which one leads us to success and fulfilment and which leads to disappointment and gloom.

Here’s the good news, chaps: it is absolutely, 100%, totally up to you which voice you listen to.

Whatever it is you are doing with your life at this moment that is not inspiring your work ethic, you need to change your outlook on it. This may be a massive thing for you; it may just be a teeny-tiny change of ideas.

Ask yourself: why am I here? Why am I doing this?

If you answer that you are doing it for you and only you, then why are you failing to achieve at it? Is it dull? Not what you anticipated? Merely a means to an end? How can you put an angle on it that convinces you it is worth working hard for? If you absolutely cannot then why, oh why, are you doing it?

If you answer, which you may well do, that you are doing it for someone (anyone’s) good opinion, for the supposed outcome, for the normality, for the sake of it etc. Then – like I have, like many people have – you’ve gotten it so, so wrong and a re-evaluation is desperately required!

If you take on board just one point here, let it be this:

You are on this planet as you, to achieve ‘you.’ You are not your mother, or your friend, or any chosen idol, and never will be; you will only ever be you. It is your own choices and your own opinion of yourself that make your life worth it. You cannot possibly ever live up to anyone else’s opinion of you without first living up to your own. Be who you dream of being; let your choices be for you, then watch happiness roll in.

You have to want to do what you’re doing to be successful in doing it. So find the reason to want to do it. Your life should never be based on ‘the light at the end of the tunnel.’ Your life should be saturated with light, every single moment of it.

Phew, I hope that was helpful in some way.

Has any of the above hit home? Do you have your own important points to add? Comment away!

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This article was originally posted in 2008 and is part of Archive August - join in!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Words to Live By #152

Image thanks to a forest frolic

"The work of art which I do not make, none other will ever make."
Simone Weil

The first of my Archive August posts will be up tomorrow, stay tuned!