It might be cold and drizzly outside but spring is in the air. No really, it is! The evenings are lighter, the birds are busy and there’s definitely a daffodil or two starting to bloom. For me, spring is more exciting than usual this year so I’ve been thinking about what I want out of the next few months. Often dubbed as the season of new beginnings, it’s a great excuse to start afresh and pick up some new, positive habits for the year ahead. After what feels like the longest winter ever, I’m so excited to peel back the layers, hit the ground running and get stuck into an exciting few months with a few of these firsts…
Looking back over the last five years, so much has changed. An unbelievable amount in fact – there’s the materialistic things like a new car and a new house and the personal things like turning 30, getting engaged and starting a new career. All of these things separately and collectively have changed me as a person and as a result my style has evolved just as much. Over the last 6 months alone I feel content, optimistic and comfortable with where everything is falling into place. Temporarily moving out for our house renovations and planning a wedding abroad has made everything around us unsettled and disruptive, yet somehow I feel more mellow than ever. More sure of myself and the person I am.
This is definitely reflected in the clothes I’m choosing and this spring I’ve been able to shop with more confidence than ever. I no longer reach for the passing trends in my favourite glossy mags or turn to social media to see what the latest ‘it’ purchase is. I shun the shapes I know aren’t really me and have never felt more fine about it. Before I turned 30 I was told by more slightly older girlfriends that there’s a no BS attitude that comes with your third decade and I never really believed it until now. Without realising you define what’s important and what really isn’t and where people’s opinions of you and what you wore used to be the be all and end all, somehow they just don’t factor into my life anymore.
It’s not an arrogance like your teens or a fake-it-til-you-make-it attitude like your twenties, it’s a self assured air that unapologetically allows you to sift out the crap and be happy with the decisions you make. So, this spring I won’t be buying up the cool-girl crazy brights that the SS18 catwalks were awash with or the over-sized shoulders (yep they’re back AGAIN!) as seen at Isabel Marant. I’ll be over here with simple, elegant and timeless pieces that I know I’ll wear to death and team with multiple pieces I already have in my wardrobe. I’m loving raw, natural hues right now like these ASOS jeans teamed with beautiful, grown-up separates like this chiffon Escada blouse and matching trench coat. You’ll be seeing a lot of these tonal shades in both my wardrobe and house over the next few months.
I feel like my beauty obsession is ever growing as we slide into spring. Not only have I ramped up my skincare regime in ways that have completely opened my eyes (more on this soon!), I’m honing my insanely huge collection into a more edited version. Over the last few months I’ve been researching and picking the brains of lots of skincare experts in an attempt to cut through the noise and really find a regime that works for me.
My complexion has changed so much over the last year and it’s time I started taking better care of it. Years of trying new beauty launches combined with stress and a hint of hormones are starting to take their toll as I’m left with congestion, dryness and skin flare-ups. As the wedding nears I’ve been dedicated to getting my complexion to the best possible condition through revolutionary treatments and a targeted approach to its health. Stay tuned!
We all know that when life gets busy, our health and fitness regimes fall by the wayside. I’ve always been incredibly dedicated to my physical and mental wellbeing regardless of what my schedule was doing – from lunch hour runs to after-work meditation, it’s always been a priority. Until now. Temporarily moving out of the house and a disrupted day-to-day life has meant that my routine is non existent and as a result I’ve been more ill this winter than any other year.
With a demanding workload and two seriously testing life events taking place simultaneously, I need to be healthy, alert and full of energy to handle everything that’s being thrown at me. Alongside taking magnesium, super greens and an alkalising protein supplement, this spring I’m going to be upping my water intake, getting undisturbed sleep (thanks to ear plugs and this amazing Iluminage sleep mask) and cramming as much raw vegetables into my diet as possible.
It’s not an arrogance like your teens or a fake-it-til-you-make-it attitude like your twenties, it’s a self assured air that unapologetically allows you to sift out the crap and be happy with the decisions you make.
I’ve often wondered whether the holy grail of the work/balance really exists but it’s something I’m going to be working more towards this spring. I’ve always been someone who does everything at 100mph – whether it’s constantly picking up more work or thinking of the next life step, I’m not the type of person who finds relaxing easy. I know, that sounds weird and I love a Himalayan Salt bubble bath as much as the next girl but I often associate taking time out with huge amounts of guilt.
Meditation is something I’ve found very difficult to accomplish in an attempt to quieten my racing mind and take stock of the here and now. While I sit in a room full of this intoxicating scent and focus on my breathing, I fight the urge to run a to-do list over in my head and bat off the inclination to be doing something more useful with my time! The big pull for me to leave my job and embark on a freelance life was to allow myself the freedom to stop working three different roles and have evenings and weekends free.
The closer we get to the wedding, the more determined I am to separate my work life a little more to make sure I don’t miss a moment of the planning and build up to the day. And to ensure I don’t go completely insane! With no set hours, it’s easy to carry on working into the night but as stress levels rise, this spring will be the beginning of a more structured working life.
We might not love it every day, our boss might be the 2018 version of Regina George but overall, generally, I really believe that if you enjoy your job you’ll be successful. We spend a third of our life at work. We (probably) see our colleagues more than our loved ones and our arse sits on our office chair hell of a lot more than that gorgeous comfy sofa at home. Yep, depressing thought I know, but what a waste of life if we don’t derive some level of gratification out of something we spend so much time doing.
The love of my job is changeable on a day-to-day basis at the moment. Undoubtedly, going freelance has been the best thing I’ve ever done but it’s throwing some serious curveballs at me along the way. A couple of weeks ago I spoke about being taken out of your comfort zone (you can catch up here) and this has never been so true as of recently. Unlike a lot of other jobs, there’s no company handbook, manager or mentor to show me the ropes or how to do the role. I’m a one woman band and while that’s more liberating than anything I’ve ever done before, it’s scary AF.
Instead of battling against a complete whirlwind of emotions, I’ve decided that spring is the time to lean into it. While winter was a time of transition and adjustment, the new season brings new possibilities and instead of worrying about what the next day, week or month will present, to try and enjoy the ride a little more. We can’t always control every aspect of our job, especially when it relies so heavily on other people, but what we can do is focus on what IS in our control. Whether I was cleaning my dad’s office as a child or working my way through the ranks at the magazine, I never settled for less than 100% and made the best out of every job I’ve had. Because without passion, how else are we going to be motivated enough to achieve our goals?
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