There is something about New Year’s Eve that is magical. Girls dressed up in glittery dresses and strappy sandals. Grown men wearing sparkly headbands and drinking fruity cocktails. Music, lights, glow sticks and swaying crowds. It’s loud and chaotic and makes me feel like a child again, desperately clinging onto my dad’s hand for dear life.
So over the weekend I had my birthday party and I thought today I’d share with you a few pictures and words of wisdom I have acquired over my twenty one years. It’s funny because 21 is an age that everyone makes such a deal about. It’s when you supposedly become a fully-fledged adult with all sorts of legal rights and responsibilities.
Except, in NZ most of those rights actually kick in when we turn 18 so technically I’m already very much an adult. But even if I’ve been drinking cocktails and been eligible to vote for three years…it is only now that I truly feel like an adult.
Last week was a little bit of a rough one. I was all excited about my brother’s graduation and getting to see my parents but after they left I drooped into a bit of a mess. Everything suddenly felt too much for me to handle and I winded up getting sick.
You are in for an absolute treat because today I’ve got a guest post for you from my gorgeous friend Christina from Hugs and Lattes. Christina is basically the slightly older, slightly sassier, Southern version of me. Her blog was one I fell in love with instantly and I kinda stalked her for awhile until we became friends. I’m so delighted to have her share this post on how to embrace major life transitions because right now I’m smack bang in the middle of a whirlwind of change and I need all of the advice I can get!
Oh and once you’ve read this post you should hop on over to Christina’s blog because I’ve written a little guest post for her too.
I have come to realize that I am a teensy tiny (okay huge) control freak. Nothing sends me into a spin like friends spontaneously dropping by or plans changing at the last minute. I love planning, organizing and being prepared at all times. This seems to be simultaneously a blessing and a curse. Because if you need someone reliable…I’m you’re girl. I’ll be there when I say I will. I won’t forget our plans or run out of time or flake out on you. I’m little miss dependable.
But this need to be in control is also a huge burden in my life.
Oh my word it is flipping freezing down here. I know there is all kinds of freaky weather going on around the world so I can hardly complain but phew…someone left the fridge door open because it’s winter all over again. The good thing about bad weather is that it gives you plenty of time to do cozy in-doorsy things. My very favourite in-doorsy activity is writing. Long before my blog came to be, I was scribbling away in flowery notebooks. I am a big believer in the power of words and I think journaling is an excellent way of using words to heal. It’s like self-therapy.
But the thing with journaling, probably something that’s goes through your mind every time you pick up the pen and try to write is it’s tricky to know where to start.
This year is my blog’s 4th birthday (woo!) and that little milestone is happening next month which just so happens to coincide with another freaking huge milestone…my 21st birthday. So I figured instead of swamping October with celebratory posts I would spread them out (double the cake, double the fun.) And since this is my blog’s birthday party I thought it would be a great time to share the reason why it even exists. So today I’m sharing my reason for blogging. I’ve never really sat down and told this story before although it’s something I get asked a lot. It’s a funny thing how blog’s start out because most of us never expect to get as invested in them as we do. But here I am four years later and I honestly can’t imagine not being a blogger. So cue the confetti…let’s start the celebration…
I’ve realized recently that I’m a bit of a people-pleaser. I hate letting people down. I want to be seen as a reliable, dependable, person. Someone you can count on to always pull through. Someone who’s got your back 24/7. But I’ve also realized that, that is a completely unrealistic expectation I have put on myself. In fact it has caused me to end up in a bundle of tears and soggy tissues because I feel like I’m failing everyone.
I think the cure to this craziness is making sure we take care of ourselves. But how do we prioritize self care when we don’t want to let people down? How can we keep all of our commitments and still stay sane?
I hope you are having a great week thus far. This past weekend I went to this ‘Day in France‘ market that was happening. It was mostly food stalls which I was not complaining about. The French know their food. I have two words for you my friend, mini croissants. We also bought these grilled cheese sandwiches that were to-die-for.
I shared a few shots on Instagram but today you are about to be blessed with the rest of them. I’m also sharing all of my favourite links from around the web this month.
And happy Monday to all of you US folks. Since it is Monday I thought I would pop in with a bit of Monday motivation to help you make today awesome. If it’s Tuesday where you live (like it is down here) then let’s be real, you need this just as much as the others because any day that isn’t Friday is hard work. If you know me at all then you know I love a good inspirational quote. I make no apologies for being totally basic and smattering them all over my Pinterest, in my Instagram captions and on my bathroom mirror.