♠ Sleepy early-early-morning coffee with Cam before he flew off to Sydney yesterday morning; kisses & iloveyous ♥ ♥ ♥
♠ Beginning book six of the Wheel of Time. I don’t usually read fiction and almost never read fantasy so wasn’t expecting to get sucked in! Robert Jordan is a wonderful writer
♠ Lush all over
♠ Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Eau de Parfum. Delicious. Mmm.
♠ Making giant to-do lists and beginning to cross things off
♠ The new season of Outrageous Fortune beginning next Tuesday night. Everyone has been waiting for sooo long. Mulled wine and uber-cheeses at ours once again 😀
♠ A warm little kitten sleeping on my lap as I type; Penny is so cool
♠ DRESSES. Specifically, Louise Black’s ‘marionette-inspired’ black silk party dress that she has listed on Etsy. Jaw-droppingly gorgeous; eye-wateringly $995
♠ Opening the emotionbody to what the mindheart knows, maaan
♠ Last month’s copy of Juxtapoz for free. Sweeet.
via Yeryi‘s flikr
Joyously stumbled upon John Waters’ 10 Best Pieces of Advice for Functional Freaks. Excellent!
“I’m a fascist about my work habits and I expect you to be, too. Never have a spontaneous moment in your life again. If you’re going to have a hangover, it should be scheduled on your calendar months in advance. Rigid enjoyment of planning can get you high. Militant time-management will enable you to ignore how maladjusted you would be if you had the time to notice it in the first place. Discipline is not anal compulsion; it’s a lifestyle that breeds power.”
There is truth in there amongst all the irreverence!
One of the many good things to come out of my experiences so far in 2010 has been the realisation that organisation is key. In order to get the most out of your time, you need to plan plan plan the fuck out of it! Apparently this can actually be fun if you go about it in the right way and the vaguely obsessive-compulsive nerd in me suspects such to be true. Stay tuned to find out, haha.
At the beginning of the year, if you had shown me the above quote from Mr. Waters, I’d have thought it unhelpful and a bit silly.
So much has changed and grown since January! Many new things I feel deeply, the utmost perhaps being that you’ve got to just trust life and embrace it in your own way; and stay focused, which can be tricky, but is never impossible given conscious choice.
The last six months of working so incredibly hard to land a place in Pattern Design, and all of the heavy-duty planning, developing, laying of foundations for and changing/rearranging of goals lifewise that accompanied alongside, required a ton of emotional, mental and physical labour. It was exhausting&frustrating&awful at times but I got through it, stronger than ever.
Just like always, right?
Yes! But at times, against all previous evidence, I forgot that I would get through! Learning not to shift into a negative perspective when challenging periods arise is one of the keys to being a healthy and happy person but it is a difficult trick to master.
Andre Breton, c. 1930
Everything, in fact, happens for a reason. No coincidences. Some would say this line of thinking is a cop-out, is wishy-washy, isn’t dealing with any real issue – not so! The lessons reveal themselves.
Is it not a fact that out of many of your dark moments have come threads of light weaving themselves in unexpected, necessary ways? Is it not also a fact that those threads have moved your life forward in a wonderful, useful way? Not immediately, of course, sometimes days or weeks or months or years or decades later, but it has happened. “If x thing didn’t happen, then all of these amazing yz things big and small wouldn’t have.” You know it!
“There are no coincidences” is not a crazed new-age statement at all; it is advice requiring action. While we have little control over the actions that affect us, we absolutely always have control over our reactions. Focusing on goals, dreaming big and trusting the cosmos. Conscious, positive practice. Everyday. One step forward and things start falling in to place.
Coming right back around to John Waters again, I also really like this quote on fashion:
“You don’t need fashion designers when you are young. Have faith in your own bad taste. Buy the cheapest thing in your local thrift shop — the clothes that are freshly out of style with even the hippest people a few years older than you. Get on the fashion nerves of your peers, not your parents — that is the key to fashion leadership. Ill-fitting is always stylish. But be more creative — wear your clothes inside out, backward, upside down. Throw bleach in a load of colored laundry. Follow the exact opposite of the dry cleaning instructions inside the clothes that cost the most in your thrift shop. Don’t wear jewelry — stick Band-Aids on your wrists or make a necklace out of them. Wear Scotch tape on the side of your face like a bad face-life attempt. Mismatch your shoes. Best yet, do as Mink Stole used to do: go to the thrift store the day after Halloween, when the children’s trick-or-treat costumes are on sale, buy one, and wear it as your uniform of defiance.”
John Waters, people. An eloquent, interesting man.
The only movie of his I’ve ever seen is Serial Mom, heh!