You may have noticed that there's been a change in my perspective lately.  I was throwing old products away the other day when Nick asked me if I feel bad thinking about how much I've spent on it all just to chuck them away, largely unused.  And the answer is yes.  There was (and still is) a huge consumer in me.  A shopaholic.  A hoarder.  And I hate it.

But starting with my capsule wardrobe, there's been a slight shift.  I don't want to be that shopper anymore.  I want to appreciate what I've got.  And I only want to have what I appreciate.

I've been looking into minimalism and weighing up whether it's something that might work for me.  I know I'm not ready to go for it fully just yet, but it is something I'd like to explore.

A little like the minimalism challenge, I've come up with this Autumn Shake Up as a way of hopefully refocusing and generally blowing away the cobwebs.  I've tried to cover a range of aspects- from my environment to mindset - and will be doing one of these tasks every day throughout October.

If you fancy a bit of a shake up then I'd love for you to join me.  I wanted to allow for a little flexibility in the challenges so the idea is that, with the exception of 31 which has to be done on the 31st, you pick one at random for each day of the month and complete the activity.

If you'd like to print out the image above to tick off as you go along, or even just for reference, you can download it here.  I'd love to share thoughts and experiences as we go along, so please feel free to tweet me (@lornaliterally) and if there's enough of us I may even get a hashtag going.

Who's with me?

The Autumn Shake Up

29.9.16

You may have noticed that there's been a change in my perspective lately.  I was throwing old products away the other day when Nick asked me if I feel bad thinking about how much I've spent on it all just to chuck them away, largely unused.  And the answer is yes.  There was (and still is) a huge consumer in me.  A shopaholic.  A hoarder.  And I hate it.

But starting with my capsule wardrobe, there's been a slight shift.  I don't want to be that shopper anymore.  I want to appreciate what I've got.  And I only want to have what I appreciate.

I've been looking into minimalism and weighing up whether it's something that might work for me.  I know I'm not ready to go for it fully just yet, but it is something I'd like to explore.

A little like the minimalism challenge, I've come up with this Autumn Shake Up as a way of hopefully refocusing and generally blowing away the cobwebs.  I've tried to cover a range of aspects- from my environment to mindset - and will be doing one of these tasks every day throughout October.

If you fancy a bit of a shake up then I'd love for you to join me.  I wanted to allow for a little flexibility in the challenges so the idea is that, with the exception of 31 which has to be done on the 31st, you pick one at random for each day of the month and complete the activity.

If you'd like to print out the image above to tick off as you go along, or even just for reference, you can download it here.  I'd love to share thoughts and experiences as we go along, so please feel free to tweet me (@lornaliterally) and if there's enough of us I may even get a hashtag going.

Who's with me?
WITH THE ORACLE, READING


If you read this post you'll know that in a bid to change my spending/hoarding ways, I'm embarking on a capsule wardrobe challenge and trying to be more considered in my style choices from now on.

So when The Oracle invited Lizzie and I down to their Your 5 autumn update I was worried I'd be walking right into the jaws of temptation.  A one-to-one session being shown upcoming seasonal trends was sure to break my resolve, right?


Wrong!  Chatting to my stylist actually cemented everything I'm hoping to move towards in my new, cohesive wardrobe.  The focus here was on five key items to fit in seamlessly with the rest of your clothes; updating your style and staying on trend without going so far out of your comfort zone that you never actually wear it once you get home and cut the price tags out.  Seeing what's missing from your wardrobe and shopping mindfully to fill that gap rather than spending endlessly on whatever catches your eye.

And the five essential pieces this season?  The Coat, The Knit, The Wide Leg Trouser, The Skirt and The Ankle Boot.  I was shown the stylist-selected items from each of these categories to get a feel of what's available in stores right now.  Whilst not everything was to my taste, there was definitely something in each selection that caught my eye and it really demonstrated how styles can be twisted slightly to suit the individual yet still stay on trend.

With each category we were prompted to pick the one item we like best and at the end of the session we were given a print out of Our 5 (not what they call it, but it works!), with the shops and prices, and empowered to go forth and buy!


Not that I bought anything from my list mind....but I took away the advice about classic wardrobe updates and inspiration for what I might inject into my wardrobe when it's time to have a shake up.

Before going, I also stopped off for a beauty masterclass.  Alongside the five key fashion pieces, there were also make up artists on hand to guide you through five classic looks - The Red Lip, The Smudged Eye, The Contour and Highlight, The Winged Eyeliner and The Dark Romance.  Obviously I went for contour and can confidently say that the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette is a great drugstore choice for chiselled cheekbones!

This is my second round of fashion consultations with the Your 5 event (I blogged about it here, how has it been a season already?!) and my first time sitting in the make up chair.  This is a collaborative post but all thoughts are, of course, my own....and I think sessions with stylists like this are a great way to be gently guided into both current and upcoming trends, whether you're experimenting with your style or haven't a clue where to start.  I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for sartorial inspiration!


The Curated Wardrobe

27.9.16

WITH THE ORACLE, READING


If you read this post you'll know that in a bid to change my spending/hoarding ways, I'm embarking on a capsule wardrobe challenge and trying to be more considered in my style choices from now on.

So when The Oracle invited Lizzie and I down to their Your 5 autumn update I was worried I'd be walking right into the jaws of temptation.  A one-to-one session being shown upcoming seasonal trends was sure to break my resolve, right?


Wrong!  Chatting to my stylist actually cemented everything I'm hoping to move towards in my new, cohesive wardrobe.  The focus here was on five key items to fit in seamlessly with the rest of your clothes; updating your style and staying on trend without going so far out of your comfort zone that you never actually wear it once you get home and cut the price tags out.  Seeing what's missing from your wardrobe and shopping mindfully to fill that gap rather than spending endlessly on whatever catches your eye.

And the five essential pieces this season?  The Coat, The Knit, The Wide Leg Trouser, The Skirt and The Ankle Boot.  I was shown the stylist-selected items from each of these categories to get a feel of what's available in stores right now.  Whilst not everything was to my taste, there was definitely something in each selection that caught my eye and it really demonstrated how styles can be twisted slightly to suit the individual yet still stay on trend.

With each category we were prompted to pick the one item we like best and at the end of the session we were given a print out of Our 5 (not what they call it, but it works!), with the shops and prices, and empowered to go forth and buy!


Not that I bought anything from my list mind....but I took away the advice about classic wardrobe updates and inspiration for what I might inject into my wardrobe when it's time to have a shake up.

Before going, I also stopped off for a beauty masterclass.  Alongside the five key fashion pieces, there were also make up artists on hand to guide you through five classic looks - The Red Lip, The Smudged Eye, The Contour and Highlight, The Winged Eyeliner and The Dark Romance.  Obviously I went for contour and can confidently say that the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette is a great drugstore choice for chiselled cheekbones!

This is my second round of fashion consultations with the Your 5 event (I blogged about it here, how has it been a season already?!) and my first time sitting in the make up chair.  This is a collaborative post but all thoughts are, of course, my own....and I think sessions with stylists like this are a great way to be gently guided into both current and upcoming trends, whether you're experimenting with your style or haven't a clue where to start.  I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for sartorial inspiration!


I recently told you how I'm undergoing a capsule wardrobe experiment.  Minimalism is something that really appeals to me and a capsule wardrobe felt like a natural starting point to test the waters with.

As you probably know, a key feature of the capsule wardrobe is that you don't shop for a month...so preparation is vital and will stand you in good stead for a few months ahead. 

Decide what works for you | One of the things that had always held me back from starting a capsule wardrobe was the thought of only sticking to 37 items, so I was happy to learn that this isn't a strict number.  You can opt for more (or less), so I've upped it to 45 items for the time being and will also be implementing a mid-season swap.

Write it down | Strictly speaking you probably don't *need* to do this stage, but I always like to plan and write things down to try and help me stick to it. I used this workbook for guidance and noted down things like who/what inspires my style, which colours I gravitate towards and my goals for this change in mindset.  It didn't reveal anything I wasn't aware of already, but I think it'll be really good to look back on and see how my style and tastes change over the seasons.  What was most useful (and interestingly enough the thing I thought was most pointless) was the activity tracker which really helped to focus my planning when I realised just how my time was divided up.

Get sorting | I've been through my wardrobe a couple of times this year so sorting through everything wasn't too taxing.  Only problem was that the bulk of the items sat in my wardrobe were those I really liked - and I was way over 45.  I've given things away to family, friends and charity shops, with anything worth selling waiting to be listed on eBay.  Then once I'd stripped things down, the next step was to make room elsewhere for items which wouldn't make it into the current cycle of clothes.  And that's pretty much where you need to be - bin the crap, donate/sell anything in decent condition, keep what you love for your current collection and put anything else away for another season.

Write it down (again) | Once I knew what was left in my wardrobe, I added the extra step of writing down exactly what it was I wanted to keep.  This really helped when it came to sticking to my 45 item limit, as a fair bit of my clothing was in the wash so it was hard to visualise what the completed capsule wardrobe would look like.  To keep track, I made a list and have been ticking things off as they go onto my shelves.

Unsubscribe | So you've got your bangin' wardrobe all ready to go, now it's time to remove temptation.  For me, this means not only unsubscribing from all mailing lists but also cutting back on haul videos.  YouTube-enabled purchases probably make up 90% of my (old) wardrobe, so wiping this out will be a big help.

One final piece of advice....be prepared for how empty your wardrobe's going to look!  My wardrobe is an open one which is the main feature of our rbedoom, so the bare shelves look especially lonely and had me wondering whether I was doing the right thing.  This isn't going to be a problem if your clothes are all stored away out of sight, but it was a bit of a shock at first.  I've got round this by hanging up all of my t-shirts which would usually be folded, but it's a practical consequence of the capsule wardrobe which I hadn't factored/read about.

How To Prepare For A Capsule Wardrobe

13.9.16

I recently told you how I'm undergoing a capsule wardrobe experiment.  Minimalism is something that really appeals to me and a capsule wardrobe felt like a natural starting point to test the waters with.

As you probably know, a key feature of the capsule wardrobe is that you don't shop for a month...so preparation is vital and will stand you in good stead for a few months ahead. 

Decide what works for you | One of the things that had always held me back from starting a capsule wardrobe was the thought of only sticking to 37 items, so I was happy to learn that this isn't a strict number.  You can opt for more (or less), so I've upped it to 45 items for the time being and will also be implementing a mid-season swap.

Write it down | Strictly speaking you probably don't *need* to do this stage, but I always like to plan and write things down to try and help me stick to it. I used this workbook for guidance and noted down things like who/what inspires my style, which colours I gravitate towards and my goals for this change in mindset.  It didn't reveal anything I wasn't aware of already, but I think it'll be really good to look back on and see how my style and tastes change over the seasons.  What was most useful (and interestingly enough the thing I thought was most pointless) was the activity tracker which really helped to focus my planning when I realised just how my time was divided up.

Get sorting | I've been through my wardrobe a couple of times this year so sorting through everything wasn't too taxing.  Only problem was that the bulk of the items sat in my wardrobe were those I really liked - and I was way over 45.  I've given things away to family, friends and charity shops, with anything worth selling waiting to be listed on eBay.  Then once I'd stripped things down, the next step was to make room elsewhere for items which wouldn't make it into the current cycle of clothes.  And that's pretty much where you need to be - bin the crap, donate/sell anything in decent condition, keep what you love for your current collection and put anything else away for another season.

Write it down (again) | Once I knew what was left in my wardrobe, I added the extra step of writing down exactly what it was I wanted to keep.  This really helped when it came to sticking to my 45 item limit, as a fair bit of my clothing was in the wash so it was hard to visualise what the completed capsule wardrobe would look like.  To keep track, I made a list and have been ticking things off as they go onto my shelves.

Unsubscribe | So you've got your bangin' wardrobe all ready to go, now it's time to remove temptation.  For me, this means not only unsubscribing from all mailing lists but also cutting back on haul videos.  YouTube-enabled purchases probably make up 90% of my (old) wardrobe, so wiping this out will be a big help.

One final piece of advice....be prepared for how empty your wardrobe's going to look!  My wardrobe is an open one which is the main feature of our rbedoom, so the bare shelves look especially lonely and had me wondering whether I was doing the right thing.  This isn't going to be a problem if your clothes are all stored away out of sight, but it was a bit of a shock at first.  I've got round this by hanging up all of my t-shirts which would usually be folded, but it's a practical consequence of the capsule wardrobe which I hadn't factored/read about.
#37 - REASONS TO STAY ALIVE // Matt Haig
I've had this one on my shelf for a while, waiting to be revisited.  It's an honest account of Matt Haig's experience of depression and mental illness, but I didn't really take much more than that away from this book.  It's billed as an "important read", but my book club friends and I all agreed that we felt it didn't offer that much past personal experience and would have been more valuable had it read as a self-help book of sorts, with a bit more research, strategies and tips on coping mechanisms.  That said, the nature of mental illness is that it's a very personal journey, but I just felt this book was lacking slightly in something.
Rating: 3/5

#38 - THE SECRET HISTORY // Donna Tartt
I mentioned this one in my summer reading list post and am so pleased I finally got round to reading it!  It's a 600+ page tome which wasn't as intimidating as it seemed once I got into it.  Set in an American college, it's a story of a dangerous friendship group which resorts to murder.  It was a really dark, complex book which explored various themes in depth; one of the benefits of such a large book.  Although at times I did feel the story was dragging and perhaps could have omitted certain chunks, the consequence of this was incredibly well-crafted narrative with really fleshed out, gritty characters.  I imagine it's one I'll get more out of if I ever decide to read it again, but wouldn't say it's hit the top of my "best reads" list as it seems to have done with so many others.
Rating: 4/5

#39 - THE BLOODY CHAMBER & OTHER STORIES // Angela Carter
Angela Carter is renowned for her fairy tale retellings so I figured this collection was a good starting point...and I'm sad to say I really didn't enjoy it!  There were a couple of stand out stories (I really enjoyed The Bloody Chamber) but overall the collection fell flat.  On the plus side though, Carter does a good job of invoking the darker, true nature of fairy tales (which was a bit of a shock sometimes!) which I enjoyed.
Rating: 2/5

#40 - MILK AND HONEY // Rupi Kaur
As part of a reading challenge I'm completing this year I was due to read a poetry collection.  I was in a mild state of confusion, as poetry really isn't my thing and was anticipating getting a book from the library, when I found myself (accidentally) in the poetry section of Waterstones.  I'd heard a lot about Milk And Honey and after a quick flick through was pleased to find that the poems I read really resonated with me.  This isn't a book filled with lengthy, rhyming poems....a lot of these read almost as short quotes....and I read this from cover to cover in under an hour.  It's a raw and honest collection, focusing a range of topics including love, break ups and family.  I am *so* pleased to have given poetry a try as I really enjoyed this book and would love to read more in the future!  Any recommendations on where I should look next?
Rating: 5/5

#41 - THE ANTIDOTE: HAPPINESS FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T STAND POSITIVE THINKING // Oliver Burkeman
Sadly I finished the month on another book I really didn't enjoy.  This one starts well, explaining that the chase for positivity sets us up for failure as we place so much value on it that anything less is a disappointment we're unprepared for.  So far so good, but as the book progressed it discussed more and more in-depth theories which I couldn't really link back to the overall premise and honestly felt as if the bulk was going right over my head.  I have tabbed a few pages and there were a few bits of advice I'll take on board, but I felt this book was a whole lot more complex than it needed to be.
Rating: 2/5

Read in 2016: August

8.9.16

#37 - REASONS TO STAY ALIVE // Matt Haig
I've had this one on my shelf for a while, waiting to be revisited.  It's an honest account of Matt Haig's experience of depression and mental illness, but I didn't really take much more than that away from this book.  It's billed as an "important read", but my book club friends and I all agreed that we felt it didn't offer that much past personal experience and would have been more valuable had it read as a self-help book of sorts, with a bit more research, strategies and tips on coping mechanisms.  That said, the nature of mental illness is that it's a very personal journey, but I just felt this book was lacking slightly in something.
Rating: 3/5

#38 - THE SECRET HISTORY // Donna Tartt
I mentioned this one in my summer reading list post and am so pleased I finally got round to reading it!  It's a 600+ page tome which wasn't as intimidating as it seemed once I got into it.  Set in an American college, it's a story of a dangerous friendship group which resorts to murder.  It was a really dark, complex book which explored various themes in depth; one of the benefits of such a large book.  Although at times I did feel the story was dragging and perhaps could have omitted certain chunks, the consequence of this was incredibly well-crafted narrative with really fleshed out, gritty characters.  I imagine it's one I'll get more out of if I ever decide to read it again, but wouldn't say it's hit the top of my "best reads" list as it seems to have done with so many others.
Rating: 4/5

#39 - THE BLOODY CHAMBER & OTHER STORIES // Angela Carter
Angela Carter is renowned for her fairy tale retellings so I figured this collection was a good starting point...and I'm sad to say I really didn't enjoy it!  There were a couple of stand out stories (I really enjoyed The Bloody Chamber) but overall the collection fell flat.  On the plus side though, Carter does a good job of invoking the darker, true nature of fairy tales (which was a bit of a shock sometimes!) which I enjoyed.
Rating: 2/5

#40 - MILK AND HONEY // Rupi Kaur
As part of a reading challenge I'm completing this year I was due to read a poetry collection.  I was in a mild state of confusion, as poetry really isn't my thing and was anticipating getting a book from the library, when I found myself (accidentally) in the poetry section of Waterstones.  I'd heard a lot about Milk And Honey and after a quick flick through was pleased to find that the poems I read really resonated with me.  This isn't a book filled with lengthy, rhyming poems....a lot of these read almost as short quotes....and I read this from cover to cover in under an hour.  It's a raw and honest collection, focusing a range of topics including love, break ups and family.  I am *so* pleased to have given poetry a try as I really enjoyed this book and would love to read more in the future!  Any recommendations on where I should look next?
Rating: 5/5

#41 - THE ANTIDOTE: HAPPINESS FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T STAND POSITIVE THINKING // Oliver Burkeman
Sadly I finished the month on another book I really didn't enjoy.  This one starts well, explaining that the chase for positivity sets us up for failure as we place so much value on it that anything less is a disappointment we're unprepared for.  So far so good, but as the book progressed it discussed more and more in-depth theories which I couldn't really link back to the overall premise and honestly felt as if the bulk was going right over my head.  I have tabbed a few pages and there were a few bits of advice I'll take on board, but I felt this book was a whole lot more complex than it needed to be.
Rating: 2/5
A month or so ago I said this about the concept of a capsule wardrobe....and true to form I've done a 180.  Not only is a capsule wardrobe fully implemented, I've even done a spread in my bullet journal about it.  Now that's commitment.
My change of heart was for a number of reasons; most of which I touched on in that post above.  Minimalism is a concept I'd like to explore and I was beginning to feel that shopping or online browsing was absorbing too much of my time and energy, and at times just taking over.

On top of that, it's time for me to face facts and start being a grown up with my money.  I'm not earning what I'd like to be just yet, and I'd be lying if I said my finances weren't a big worry for me each month.  But I was in a vicious cycle.  I feel like once you enter the bubble of blogging, where excessive spending and new outfits each week are the norm, you lose a bit of perspective.  I'd buy new things because my favourite bloggers were wearing them, with little thought to how our budgets, bodies and lifestyles differed.  I'd like to flag up that I'd never have described myself as a big spender buying things I couldn't afford on credit, but I was always able to come up with reasons excuses to justify why I *had* to make that purchase.

Notice how I said "was in a vicious cycle".  Because although it's early days, I feel that things are looking up already.  I watch my beloved haul videos and still enjoy them, but there's now a sense of distance and I can see that that style of spending just isn't for me anymore.  Since making the decision to switch to a capsule wardrobe I only plan to buy one additional thing to make it feel *complete* (I have a backlog of new purchases from my dark days) and instead of just walking into the shops with the attitude of 'what catches my eye here....what do I like?' I'm now considering what's missing and will slot in seamlessly to help me achieve my overall style.

If you're not familiar with a capsule wardrobe, here is probably your best starting point.  Essentially I've chosen to condense it down into 45 items (including shoes, but not bags and accessories) which will keep me clothed in both work wear and off duty style from now until December.  Most people start off the season buying a few pieces they feel they're missing, but as I've mentioned, I didn't feel the need to do this on a large scale at this stage.  Underwear, gym gear and formal attire can be left out of the overall count too!

So what's my wardrobe going to look like over the next 3 months?  I should add here that I'm allowing myself to have a mid-season swap in October for items I already own.  I'm still finding my feet with more formal work wear and I don't quite know what I'll be wearing later in the year.  I'm pretty sure the flats I've had on my feet all summer aren't going to be weather appropriate, but rather than go shopping for new stuff I'll simply be swapping things over with things I already own that are stored away.  Anyway, on to the numbers!
5 coats and jackets
3 pairs of jeans
6 pairs of trousers
5 jumpers
16 tops
1 dress
1 jumpsuit
8 pairs of shoes

I'm only on day 11of my capsule wardrobe but I'm loving the challenge so far.  It's been a slow process to get me here and isn't something I'm taking on lightly.  The sheer amount of clothes I've gotten rid of is a commitment in itself!  But at the beginning of the year I wrote this post which is interesting to look back on as to how my outlook has progressed, and could also be a good starting point if you want to gently lead yourself into a more streamlined wardrobe.

The Capsule Wardrobe Experiment

6.9.16

A month or so ago I said this about the concept of a capsule wardrobe....and true to form I've done a 180.  Not only is a capsule wardrobe fully implemented, I've even done a spread in my bullet journal about it.  Now that's commitment.
My change of heart was for a number of reasons; most of which I touched on in that post above.  Minimalism is a concept I'd like to explore and I was beginning to feel that shopping or online browsing was absorbing too much of my time and energy, and at times just taking over.

On top of that, it's time for me to face facts and start being a grown up with my money.  I'm not earning what I'd like to be just yet, and I'd be lying if I said my finances weren't a big worry for me each month.  But I was in a vicious cycle.  I feel like once you enter the bubble of blogging, where excessive spending and new outfits each week are the norm, you lose a bit of perspective.  I'd buy new things because my favourite bloggers were wearing them, with little thought to how our budgets, bodies and lifestyles differed.  I'd like to flag up that I'd never have described myself as a big spender buying things I couldn't afford on credit, but I was always able to come up with reasons excuses to justify why I *had* to make that purchase.

Notice how I said "was in a vicious cycle".  Because although it's early days, I feel that things are looking up already.  I watch my beloved haul videos and still enjoy them, but there's now a sense of distance and I can see that that style of spending just isn't for me anymore.  Since making the decision to switch to a capsule wardrobe I only plan to buy one additional thing to make it feel *complete* (I have a backlog of new purchases from my dark days) and instead of just walking into the shops with the attitude of 'what catches my eye here....what do I like?' I'm now considering what's missing and will slot in seamlessly to help me achieve my overall style.

If you're not familiar with a capsule wardrobe, here is probably your best starting point.  Essentially I've chosen to condense it down into 45 items (including shoes, but not bags and accessories) which will keep me clothed in both work wear and off duty style from now until December.  Most people start off the season buying a few pieces they feel they're missing, but as I've mentioned, I didn't feel the need to do this on a large scale at this stage.  Underwear, gym gear and formal attire can be left out of the overall count too!

So what's my wardrobe going to look like over the next 3 months?  I should add here that I'm allowing myself to have a mid-season swap in October for items I already own.  I'm still finding my feet with more formal work wear and I don't quite know what I'll be wearing later in the year.  I'm pretty sure the flats I've had on my feet all summer aren't going to be weather appropriate, but rather than go shopping for new stuff I'll simply be swapping things over with things I already own that are stored away.  Anyway, on to the numbers!
5 coats and jackets
3 pairs of jeans
6 pairs of trousers
5 jumpers
16 tops
1 dress
1 jumpsuit
8 pairs of shoes

I'm only on day 11of my capsule wardrobe but I'm loving the challenge so far.  It's been a slow process to get me here and isn't something I'm taking on lightly.  The sheer amount of clothes I've gotten rid of is a commitment in itself!  But at the beginning of the year I wrote this post which is interesting to look back on as to how my outlook has progressed, and could also be a good starting point if you want to gently lead yourself into a more streamlined wardrobe.




You don't have to justify your reasons for saying "no".

Family and true friends don't care.

Happiness is key.

Read widely.  You can never have too many books.

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone.

Worrying doesn't change anything, so try and let go.

You'll only regret what you didn't do.

Not everyone will like you.

Think about what you're hoping to gain from a situation and the way your words make people feel.

Appreciate the little things.

Be yourself.

11 Things I Wish I'd Learnt Earlier In Life

1.9.16





You don't have to justify your reasons for saying "no".

Family and true friends don't care.

Happiness is key.

Read widely.  You can never have too many books.

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone.

Worrying doesn't change anything, so try and let go.

You'll only regret what you didn't do.

Not everyone will like you.

Think about what you're hoping to gain from a situation and the way your words make people feel.

Appreciate the little things.

Be yourself.

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