The Little Things In Life That Keep Me Happy
I was planning on doing this as the last outfit post from our trip to St. Ives, however when I was looking at these photos and editing them, there’s such a calm and nostalgic familiarity about these photos that just makes me smile and instantly feel at ease. It was then that I realised how important the simple things in life are to me and how much I value them more than I value any materialistic things without meaning. Standing here on the beach in these photos transports me straight back to that calm, warm summers evening where Adam and I were watching the sunset over St. Ives and how much of a magical moment it was. I know that you should always be in the moment wherever you are and not caught up with a photo shoot, however I think it’s so nice to be able to have photos which instantly take you back there whenever you look at them. Like it’s holding the key to unlock that permanent memory and emotion in you once again. A photo can keep a memory alive as they fade over time.
With all of that in mind, and since the outfit here is basically a H&M T-shirt with my Citizens of Humanity shorts (which I live in, they’re the best shorts… ever!), it made sense for me to turn this into a blog post about the things that I appreciate in life. Giving a moment to stop and think instead, feeling inspired by the photographs and learning to de-stress. It comes from a place of being asked today (Monday, the time of writing this) to attend the BBC Breakfast show tomorrow (Tuesday) to do a discussion on fashion blogging. It was something I had to decline due to my health and confidence (as well as the very short notice), despite it being viewed by 7 million people every day, but it didn’t worry me that I couldn’t attend it.
A few years ago I am pretty sure I would have been gutted and racking my brain in any possible way to figure out how to get to the BBC studios that same night, ready for the show in the morning on live TV, but now, these things no longer matter to me. I am content and happy doing what I am doing and the mad panic rush of living fast paced and constantly having anxiety about the next thing I needed to attend or do just isn’t what moves me. I pretty much find myself declining any party invite, any press day invite etc and this is happening on a daily basis. These types of things just don’t seem to fulfill me anymore as I’m trying more to enrich my life with the things that matter, the things that are important, and the things that inspire me and keep me happy. I don’t turn down everything, just the things which don’t connect with me.
I’ve made a little list below of the 10 simple things in life that inspire me:
- Watching the rain from my window or outside if I’m in rain clothes
- Splashing in puddles like a child
- Sitting on the grass or rocks on a warm summers day
- Staring into the sky at night to watch the stars and imagine
- Standing at the edge of the shore in St. Ives with Adam, looking out onto the horizon
- Lying on the bed on a Sunday evening with Adam, watching a movie on our list
- The cuddles and love from an animal
- Being able to sincerely compliment someone and feel proud for them
- Getting lost in a great book or a song that takes me into another world
- Sharing deep and meaningful conversations with someone close to me or a new friend
There’s plenty more on my list, and they are in no particular order, but it’s always the things that cost nothing and feed my emotional side, or make me intrigued, that really get me and fulfill me. I’m not saying I don’t like being a fashion blogger anymore, because I still very much love clothes and writing to you all here in my blog posts – it’s like spending time with my friends in this big community – but I am avoiding more of the fake side of everything. The falseness and the things that mean absolutely nothing because I’m just being used, or walked upon. I definitely value the friendships and relationships made through working together and I’ve excluded liaising with anyone who’s in it for their own personal gain and has zero interest in me as a person or what my blog is about. I want my collaborations to be even more from the heart with passion and realness behind them, like they usually are, and I will never stray from that.
I’ve turned down so many offers, even ones with great money behind them, purely because they aren’t fitting, and while I might need the money, I definitely care about truth, respect, and loyalty much more than I do about money. I might be in the wrong industry thinking that way from what I hear and see from others, but I have passion for what I do and that’s enough to keep me going. The simple things in life have much more value for your sanity and keeping a balance between a job that’s 24/7 on the go all the time and trying to stay sane can be very difficult. I definitely feel for people who have breakdowns in the media. A famous lifestyle isn’t one that I could lead myself. I just know I would be so unhappy as my body isn’t made for speed. I would love to know what little things in life inspire you and keep you grounded from the whirlwind of life?