It’s that time again we say goodbye to another year and take a few moments to reflect on the year that has been.
For me 2014 was a year of change, filled with adventures and great people as well as some challenging times along the way. A lot can happen during a year but I found it funny when I thought back on previous years and found some reoccurring phases and promises made that no doubt will happen again in the coming year.
Raise a hand if you’ve quoted one of these at some point during a year…
Sorry gents, this one is going to appeal mostly to the ladies. However if you’d like to feel better about yourself and your recent weight gain, read on…
I opened my wardrobe doors recently and sadly didn’t find the doorway to Narnia. Instead I found some clothes that once fit and a series of bad fashion trends.
Admittedly, I’m a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiitle bit above my ideal weight at the moment thanks to two months overseas doing zero exercise except walking to get hourly snacks from a range of food vendors including McDonalds, various German and Czech hot dog stands and English pubs to name a few. These few extra kilo’s took the “I have all these clothes and still have NOTHING to wear” argument to a whole new level. Even if I wanted to wear something I physically couldn’t fit into it. Just yesterday actually I wore a black pencil skirt to work (which had once been a bit big) and somewhere in between getting out of my car and walking to the train station my new set of fat rolls around my stomach had pushed down the zipper which left me skirtless by the time I had reached the station platform. Times were tough.
Realising I had ‘nothing’ to wear mustered up some motivation for a wardrobe cleanse.
I was on a ferry from Athens to Mykonos and was getting irritated by my magazine pages that were flying around and my iPhone 5 was almost out of battery with 2.5hrs of the trip to go. The magazine I was consumed in was Marie Clare and the article I was reading was ‘Meet Generation Entitlement’. It was a 3 page spread about how today’s society, particularly Generation Y (otherwise known as ‘Generation Me’) only knows and expects the absolute best. With technology the way it is, we get things faster and we have less patience. A lot of what we have now are things that our parents and grandparents didn’t have the luxury of 50 years ago. Probably worth noting also I am writing this in the middle of the Aegean Sea with my iPod in my ears and iPad in my lap. The universe was sending a message.
The article also stated that luxurious and lengthy holidays have become more of an expectation and less of an exception. Oh and hey, I’m on a 2 month holiday right now. I question whether this article was written solely for me. Wait, no, that’s me being a typical Generation Me…ironic? To quote the article, according to American comedian Louis CK, we need to go back in time “where we’re walking around with a donkey” to remind us how amazing modern life has become and suggests maybe then we can move from an entitlement era to an era of gratefulness.
It’s come to my attention that on a daily basis, I am likely to spend more time with people that aren’t my family and friends and more time interacting with work colleagues and strangers on trains, at cafes or in elevators. I feel like this requires one to have a database of small talk conversation starters on the ready for situations where it seems necessary to talk about our general observations. Part way through building my personal database, it dawned on me that I’m not the best at small talk. For example, one time I mentioned something about how nice the weather was, and in reply the delivery man said “Not really, it’s raining…” An awkward and lengthy pause then followed.
On one occassion when I worked in retail, I started chatting to a customer about his children to which, like any other parent, declared that no one loves his children as much as he does. A few years ago, his son was very sick – to the point where doctors weren’t sure if he’d make it through the night. When he saw the determination on the face of his son’s girlfriend that night, he then realised someone loved his son more than he did. His son made it through the night and he plans on telling this story at the wedding (the wedding is next April FYI. Still waiting on my invite). Long story short, an hour passed and I was in tears on the middle of the sales floor trying to sell this man a vacuum. I’m not sure how I get involved in these sorts of conversations but I do and I love it.
In response to my last blog post, 74 Thoughts You Have Between Pay Days, a friend has offered some wisdom to us young folk (or just me?).
You’re welcome to take some of this advice, all or none. But just don’t say no one ever told you so (I am directing this last bit at myself, ha!).
Here is what he has to say…
After reading Alison’s blog post on the perils of monthly pay and the endless cycle of spending, I thought the thing she needed was some worldly advice from someone older (a little), more sensible (obviously) and richer (just). In the words of the great Cat Stevens: I was once like you are now, and I know that it’s not easy. Who’s Cat Steven’s you ask? If you don’t know, ask your parents. Or just Google it, whatevs. Did I just use the phrase ‘whatevs’?
Anyway, I pictured Alison writing her blog post. It was probably towards the end of a weekend and she was reflecting on the unneccessary shopping spree she treated herself to, the fact she had been out for every meal and the taxi fare she generously opted to shout everyone. She was clearly licking her financial wounds.
Here are a few facts that I needed to know when I was 23 and broke:
When you’re poor in more ways than one.
Admitting that BuzzFeed takes up at least an hour of my life everyday, I thought I’d make my own. Inspired, or uninspired, by the lack of money in my bank accounts, this one goes out to everybody that sucks at managing their money.
I try to surround myself with positivity and good energy every day. I find that quotes and affirmations help me stay on my path and provide perspective.
These are some images I’ve collected from around the world along with some of my favourite quotes.
Enjoy! And please share any love & light these images might give you – x
…..And there’s more where these came from!