You have survived the first working week of 2017 – high flipping five! If you’re anything like me that was no mean feat! While Tuesday morning mostly felt lovely to see my team after the break, by Tuesday afternoon I have to admit I was flagging a bit. But, that said, a week in and I’m much more in the swing of things and not too upset to be back into a more normal routine which involves more green food and not as many things wrapped in bacon.
I read loads of stuff this week that felt good for STOAS, and given the time of year you’ll notice a theme around self-improvement, trying new things and goal achievement because that’s the kind of January mood I’m in (most of the time) and it’s what almost every journo out there is writing about!
- It’s safe to say I am no minimalist. While my flat isn’t cluttered, I definitely like to make my spaces homely with candles, photos, throws and cushions so I definitely can’t call myself a minimalist. I actually have a post planned on this very topic later this week, so I won’t say more for now except you should definitely watch this documentary. H and I watched it on Friday and we ended up having a debate for about an hour afterwards. If you fancy changing up how you think about stuff and possessions then definitely give this a watch. This is the website but it’s also on netflix. Go, go, go!
- I think we all probably know someone who could do with another friend or some more company from time to time. We might not even know we know them but we almost certainly do if we look hard enough. This NY Times piece on the health hazards of being lonely and isolated is heart breaking, but a good reminder to look around, next door, at work, anywhere to see how you can help someone who needs someone: “It’s up to all of us — doctors, patients, neighbourhoods and communities — to maintain bonds where they’re fading, and create ones where they haven’t existed.” If you need inspiration, try signing up for Casserole Club – what a lovely new year’s resolution to make. How Social Isolation Is Killing Us.
- If your life feels grey, this Bukowski poem read by Tom Waits will breathe life back into you. <No more explanation needed. 59 seconds of affirmation you’re in the right place, doing the right thing. Deep breaths everyone.
- I know what you’re thinking, the title of this piece has click bait written all over it, but actually, if you see past the headline it’s a nice, straight down the line list of mostly important stuff to remember. It reminds me of the no-nonsense wisdom of the sunscreen song we all went mad for years ago. The big things I used it to remind myself of are:
- Do not take people for granted
- Your failures do not matter
- Commit to the things that matter most.
I spend my life trying to have everything, be there for everyone but the truth is I can’t, no one can. Read this is you need some inspiration. 20 Hard Lessons You Need to Learn Before 30.
- This is along a similar vein to the above and is another nice kick up the arse to go and live your best life, with the most important people you love the most as soon as you physically can (i.e NOW). Advice from some old people
- Derren Brown’s latest book is high on my January reading list (literally never thought I’d ever write that) and this lovely short piece explains why. It’s not events that bother us, but how we react to them. Resilience is not easy to come by, but it’s an almost lifesaving trait to master. The easy way to realise that everything is going to be OK.
- I retweeted this piece this week and it started a mini twitter debate shortly after. I really admire Chelsea Fagan who has set up and grown The Financial Diet, one of my favourite websites into a brilliant destination for inspiration and advice. In this honest piece she talks about her struggle to keep control over every element of her life from her ‘girl boss’ job to her wedding planning and a house move. There are times in life where everything feels like it’s on fire, but being able to dial down your need for control can make the difference between near breakdown or not. Type A people (of which I am definitely one) find this especially tough, so I admire her honesty. The debate was that being a girl boss means you should delegate which is true, but openly saying you find that tough is a brave thing to stick out there, and for that I love Chelsea a wee bit more. Fuck Being A #GIRLBOSS. Be A Human Being.