A collection of short anecdotes, unfinished blog posts, excerpts from my mind, and other bits of writing that aren't quite big enough for a full post but not too small that they don't deserve a small space on my blog.
To put it simply, this is Short Stuff.
Never Dull Your Own Sparkle
We've all heard that lovely, cheesy quote; 'never let anyone dull your sparkle'. You've seen it plastered garishly on fridge magnets and Pinterest graphics aplenty, right? Well, I'm changing things up a little and reminding you to forget about other people for a second. Never dull your OWN sparkle!
I know I'm not the only one guilty of being overly critical of myself, and I don't think we realise quite how harmful it is. We constantly tear ourselves apart, put ourselves down, and never give ourselves credit for the amazing things we do daily. And then we wonder why we feel so terrible?!
Instead, I think we need to start learning how to be our own cheerleaders. Be proud of your achievements! Pat yourself on the back when you do something good, no matter how big or small it may seem!
I invite you to think about something you're proud of. I'll go first shall I?
I'm proud of myself for overcoming all the challenges I faced at work last week and not letting my own lack of self-confidence beat me! What are you proud of?
Note To Self
I am strong.
I am happy.
I am resilient.
I am having a good week.
This week is full of abundance and positivity.
I can take everything that gets thrown at me.
I am worthy.
I can manage my stress well.
I am loved.
I have got this.
These are all the positive affirmations I am telling myself tonight ahead of the new week. Last week was horrendous and I definitely do not want a repeat!
So, I am putting all my energy into manifesting some good vibes which will hopefully be encouraged by the fact it is finally Sagittarius Season!
When Mercury first went into retrograde I felt like I was prepared, and the first couple of weeks were completely fine! I somewhat naively thought I was out of the woods.
Alas, this past week has really messed with me! The retrograde ended but then the retro-shade began. That's a real thing by the way. Mercury appears to be retracing its steps in the sky, which means the past effects of the retrograde are hitting us HARD!
I guess, the moral of the story is that you can't avoid the effects of the stars or planets no matter how hard you try!
We've just got to prepare ourselves as best we can, and then hang on for the ride.
Fake It 'Till You Make It
Yeah, yeah, I know it's cheesy. But, at least it isn't 'live, laugh, love'.
You may be wondering why I'm sharing this picture of me joyously laughing when I feel like doing anything but. Well, you're not, but I'm going to tell you anyway because I think it is something a lot of people need to hear.
I'm putting on a brave face. A mask. A huge smile and crinkly eyes that cover how terrible I've been feeling this week. I'm not doing it to pretend that life is all sunshine and roses, or to try and push down the negative feelings because that can actually be pretty unhealthy. Instead, I'm doing it because sometimes you just have to pretend everything is fine for you to realise that actually, it kind of is.
Look, don't get me wrong, I know it's hard to be grateful and positive when you're down in the dumps, but pretending that you are makes the real thing a hell of a lot easier. So, if you're having One Of Those Weeks like I am, force your face into a smile (even if it does look scary to anyone actually looking at you), and have faith that soon you won't need to pretend. Life has its moments, its ups and downs, but just remember that sometimes there's nowhere else for it to go but up.
Be Your Own Superhero
Tell me this poncho doesn't look like a superhero cape to you?!
This is my (not so) gentle reminder to put a middle finger up to all those shitty voices telling you that you're not good enough, or that you're not worthy. Screw 'em! You ARE good enough, and you ARE worthy of all the love, happiness, and luck this world has to offer.
Sure, acknowledge them. At the end of the day, that's the best way to deal with them. Give them a curt nod but then send them on their way because they are not welcome here!
Put on your poncho (or whatever makes you feel like a superhero) and remember that those shitty little voices and negative feelings do NOT define you, okay? You are strong, and brave, and absolutely incredible.
Worries Vs Happiness
I don't know if it's the weather, the moon, some kind of Brexit curse (or all three), but this week has been a bit of a mess for me mentally!
Not to be too self-indulgent (proceeds to be too self-indulgent), but my life has changed drastically over the last five months, and although I've been beating myself up about it, I think it is quite normal to be questioning who I am now. I don't know, I just think this quest for being the 'best version of me' has been somewhat silly, and, actually, I should be celebrating all of my constant changes and growth. I don't expect others to be perfect (or, at least, I shouldn't), so why do I expect perfection from myself?
This is all a bit of a brain-fart so I apologise if the deep, dark musings of my mind aren't making any sense! I guess, what I'm trying to get at, is that I - and any other person who finds themselves in a similar position - need to stop bloody worrying! Stop letting your philosophical questions get in the way of you just living you life! You're doing fine, I promise.
(I've just got to learn to take my own advice now)!
How exactly does a massive perfectionist with a Virgo moon actually chill out?
No, seriously, if anyone knows please share because I have no idea!
I wonder why I feel constantly stressed, whilst at the same time I tell myself I'm not productive enough, not doing enough, not trying hard enough. And, what's worse is I know I'm not the only one like this!
My current advice? Smile. Spend time in nature. Try to take care of yourself and your loved ones. There's no point stressing over things you can't control, or that you wish you had done differently.
That's all I've got really, so if you guys have any advice, please do let me know!
Do It For The Planet
Someone asked me the other day why I make life harder for myself by trying to be sustainable, and I thought I'd share my response.
To put it simply, I do it for the planet.
I do it for the animals who are going extinct at an alarming rate because of humanity, I do it for myself because I want my future to be one where I can still enjoy nature, I do it for future generations who deserve a safe life, I do it for the indigenous people who are being killed and pushed out of the homes they are trying so hard to protect, I do it for the people and places all over the world that sometimes feel so far removed from myself but who are already feeling the effects of climate change, and those that are being made to work in ghastly conditions for little, if any, pay because that's all they can do, I do it for David Attenborough because I don't want to let him down, I do it for the entire planet Earth, and all of its wonders and inhabitants.
I do it for life.
Minor inconveniences for me are nothing compared to the major issues happening all over the world. So, I will continue to do my best, and try to make conscious decisions in my life, even if they do inconvenience me a little, because it's worth it to know that I'm making even a tiny bit of difference.