On picking yourself up, again.


I’m writing this blog today because I’m feeling particularly glum. After an exhausting weekend and a crappy job interview on Friday, all I feel like doing is laying in a dark corner for a few hours. So do I listen to what my body wants, or keep on keeping on?

Life is all about the ebb and flow of the tide. There will be days where everything seems easy, breezy and carefree, and there will be days where you feel like it’s all too hard. Your emotions will go up and down, round and round. Your family and friends will drive you nuts one day, and be your life support the next. This is it – this is life and it’s not about that end destination, it’s about the wild ride in between. For so long I didn’t even notice the quote stuck on my Nana’s fridge, it was only recently that I paused to read it.

For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one (Souza). 

How utterly succinct.

I don’t know if any of my readers believe in astrology or tarot cards (and to be honest I don’t care if you think they’re ridiculous), but I follow Doreen Virtue on Instagram daily. To be more accurate – I look forward with great anticipation to her daily tarot card, and while I’m not silly enough to believe they are directed at me (she does have thousands of followers), the point of the exercise is to take the meaning behind each card and apply it to my life circumstances. In a way, I use these daily affirmations to reflect on my feelings, actions and reactions that day, and to think about ways in which I can positively manage those thoughts. I don’t think there’s anything harmful about self-reflection, as long as you don’t beat yourself up over it – use the time to benefit your own journey.

In conclusion I think when you’re feeling a bit down, do yourself a favour and listen to your body. Take some time out for yourself to breathe, decompress and compose yourself. Do whatever you need to do – whether that’s having a cup of tea, going for a run or calling your Mum. You don’t have to feel guilty about taking time out for yourself – everyone should be doing it more often so we don’t run ourselves into the ground. With that being said, I think I’ll go boil the kettle 🙂



Photo credits – portraits_mf & helloemilie

6 thoughts on “On picking yourself up, again.

  1. you blog beautifully. you write beautifully, you choose photographs more tastefully than almost (no joke) any other of the 400+ people im subscribed to. every one of your posts is rich with humanity and flavor. ok, i dont want you to start holding yourself up to some standard, or to try and crack your own code. i just want you to appreciate how good you are. if it were up to me, youd never have a low opinion of yourself. (unless you did something really over-the-top-awful, in which case what were you thinking?)

    but seriously, just keep loving and attending to your inner (and even outer) beauty until you interview with someone that snatches you up. and if youre not looking at graphics-related jobs because you havent got the degree, get one, or do a mini-course, or something. because youve got an incredible eye for such things. look for some jobs where that could check off a box in the hiring process. stick a portfolio together– something. even if you dont change a single thing about the actual search/interview process, change your self-viewing process immediately! include yourself in the list of wonderful things youre (otherwise) extremely good at noticing.

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  2. oh and doreen virtue is ok guess. but the only real astrology / numerology/ predictions im interested in right now is about sun signs.

    people are constantly clashing or smiling on each other. its very confusing. im traditionally of a very scientific mind and spirit and attitude (ive been imbuing computers with logical tasks at least since i was 10) but people dont make a lot of sense, and to be honest, sun signs have an eerie accuracy even if its hooey. a lot of my interactions (positive and disappointing) seem as well-explained by astrology as anything else. i met a person today who i thought was one of the most charming people id ever met– i had to know her sign. a mutual friend looked it up for me. this woman was born the day before the only woman i ever married, and a week or two after the last person i thought was a soulmate. whatever, i still think thats interesting. im curious what your sign is too, but i dont mean it the way it sounds. 🙂

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