Saturday 1 September 2018

It's Never Too Late To Achieve Your Resolutions

The bliss of summer is fading away, as we transition into the nip of autumn breeze. Some begin a new year at school or college, hoping that something new and exciting will come out of it. Some may be starting a new job. Others might just be looking for a new opportunity. It always feels like September is another beginning, a bit like a January. That feeling that as we approach the end of the year, maybe we should try and set out to accomplish a resolution or goal that we had at the beginning of the year. That it's not too late to try. 

Lately, I've had that realisation wash over me - It's not too late. And the thing is, it's never too late to go after what you want. Just because you didn't do it when you planned it, doesn't mean that that "thing" that you want deep within is lost in a sea of longing forever. You have a chance to take it but the question is; Are you willing to work for it? 


As a big dreamer, I have an endless list of things that I want to achieve. Some of them so big that I sometimes think are so far out of my reach, and some of them so simple that they can be done. For example - reading. I lost touch with one of my favourite pastimes so long ago, I think it must've been during my IB exam time in high school and throughout university. I loved reading. When I was younger, I got through my primary school library by the time I was in Year 3 (true story, ask my mum) and I was then allowed to explore the wider world of reading. I love getting lost in characters and stories that I can imagine so clearly that I feel like I know them. Reading is an escapism, one that you should full invest in. 

In August, I read 6 books which is more than I have done in like a year or so. Once I finished one, I needed another one. You've probably heard about the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series by Jenny Han (or you've heard about the movie on Netflix where Peter K (irl Noah Centineo *insert heart eyes emoji here*) has stolen every girl's heart), I got through that series within days. Got hooked. Peter K stole my heart. Lara Jean, she's basically me. And honestly, getting lost in the story made me have a social media detox without realising it. 

I feel like I'm constantly on my phone, checking my Insta feed or Twitter and it does get exhausting. I always think, "isn't there something more I could be doing with my time?". Reading is one of those things. I've also been writing a lot more, having family time, watching films (TALBILB included, multiple times). It's so refreshing to do something other than glue your eyes to a phone. 

Outfit: Top - Wallis (old and my mum's) // Cargo Pants - L'Atelier Touché // Sandals - Aldo

I've checked off one of my goals for this year just within the last month. Also I started writing music again, one of the most important things to me. I managed to cure my writer's block and now lyrics are pouring out of every inch of me, inexplicably. The other night, I wrote three songs (which are decent) in the span of an hour. I don't think I've ever done that and now I'm motivated to put music to them and share that. That's something I've wanted to do again for an enormous amount of time but I psyched myself out and said I'm not good enough, because other people have told me that in the past. But now my attitude is just; "If I want it, I'm going to get it." Grab life by the balls if you have to. 

My point is - you make aims, goals and resolutions for a reason. You want to do something and you feel that if you put pressure on yourself to do them, you will in fact do them. But sometimes that unnecessary ache of pressure puts you off that goal altogether. Sometimes you have to let life do it's thing a little bit and you'll find your way back. Or you take control, give yourself a pep talk and say, "I can do this. It's not too late."

I'll leave you with this quote that I love and has stuck with me from Gina Rodriguez, when she won her Emmy for Best Actress in TV Comedy for Jane The Virgin: "My father used to tell me to say every morning that today is going to be a great day, I can and I will. Well, Dad, today is a great day, I can and I did." 

So do what you love, rid yourself of fear and go after what you want. 

Ps. These cute cargo pants are from a wonderful brand called L'Atelier Touché. The boutique is situated in Colombo, Sri Lanka and I found it via Instagram. I had a wonderful meeting with one of the founders, Catherine and I will be sharing more about the brand in my next post, so stay tuned!

Lots of Love, 

Emily xx


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