"You my darling, are a piece of ART!"
You've gotta believe in your slay as the saying goes, but it's much easier said than done, and as much as i love talking about clothes and pretty pictures, sometimes it's nice to share the little things that help along the way when i'm wracking my nerves over a hand in, or generally feeling a bit down in the dumps.
Living in a new place, has been.. Challenging to say the least. i've been channelling my energy into doing absolutely anything and everything, from finishing uni projects early, to feng-shui-ing my room and generally keeping as busy as a little bee could possibly be (ohoho!). One of the nicest and most cathartic things i've done over the last couple of days was to ink little positive messages for myself and put them on my walls so that they're the first thing i see when i open my eyes in the morning, and the last thing I see when I go to sleep. It seems silly, but even in the act of painting itself, i've found a sense of peace and a lingering sort of positivity that isn't overpoweringly nauseous or annoying, it's more of a "C'mon Sade, remember that you've come this far, you can do it!" type of encouragement. These little tidbits are just what i do to bring me back to my Beyonce frame of mind, but this list is by no means exclusive! In fact let's keep it growing, let me know what your favourite ways to keep afloat and feeling dandy are down below!
My biggest weaknessess are sleep. I sleep a lot, not out of laziness, but more for not knowing what to do. I could sleep for days, only leaving the bed for food, drink, and bathroom breaks if at all possible, but i know it's not healthy and it's not conducive to a good state of mind, plus why sleep when there is so much to do and explore in life. Instead i force myself to wake up early, the latest on a weekday being 7:30am so that i can trudge to uni and begin working by 9.00am. This forces me to be 1.) Active and 2.) In a different environment other than my tiny room. By doing this i feel like i've already conquered half the day and i end up being a lot more productive even though studio is generally empty and super quiet, i prefer to work away from my flat so that i have something to come home to if that makes sense.
When i'm at home is often when i feel the most skittish. There's something about being contained within four walls and just working over and over again, so to combat this I do little things to egg myself on like listen to my favourite feel good song (Which is currently this live version of "Sing To The Moon" by Laura Mvula). Food is also a brilliant way to make me feel a bit more accomplished, and i'll go out of my way to make elaborate meals within my student budget, the act of eating a well thought out meal and the actual act of making it from scratch gives me something to do and i feel good doing it, because i'm doing a nice thing for myself (what a mouthful). There's only so much you can do, but if you have the strength and energy to, try to do some nice things for yourself, for example, you woke up and managed to be productive?! Do something nice to reward yourself you lovely person! You had a presentation and wanted to faint but you didn't?! Psh! I knew you could do it, get yourself that bottle of wine and fancy food on the way home! Although it's only something small, you're essentially your own little cheerleader, pushing yourself along even when you think you might just crumble into a thousand tiny microscopic pieces (and i'm proud of you for doing so!)
So if you're in a similar position to me at the moment, I hope you know that i'm here cheering you along too in spirit! Especially when you're too tired to do it for yourself as i know the feeling all too well. Also if you have any coping mechanisms for days where you feel uninspired, let's have a discussion! It's good to share, which is why i guess i'm sharing this post, lot's of love and good vibes to you all, especially those of you who have managed to make it through to the end of my emotionally charged ramblings. You're the best.
P.S. This post has been edited as of Sunday 6th December 2015