Sunday

#268 // Things from September


I rediscovered my sauce
I've been making more of an effort with what I wear to work, out, heck, even to bed. I'd gotten into a rut, telling myself that I was passed all that stuff. But it's not about vanity, it's about all of the other things that can come with a well put together outfit. It makes me feel good, helps to set the tone for the day and gives me that fake it til you make it feeling that you need sometimes. I'm not dressing to impress anyone but myself, and it's great to catch myself in a reflection every so often and think, yeah, you look good today girl.

STYLE IS A BY-PRODUCT OF WHO YOU ARE (AND) WHAT YOU'RE FEELING. IT'S HOW I FEEL WHEN I GET UP IN THE MORNING, AND WHERE I'M HEADED [THAT DAY]. - PHARRELL WILLIAMS

I got my money mojo back 
I spent like an absolute tool when I got paid in September. But I'm back on it now, thanks to a bit of common sense, and reading articles like this one that basically tell you about yourself and order you to get back to making your packed lunches and stop acting like you've already hit your goals.

I put the damn phone down
I enjoyed a a sunset towards the end of the month. It was so stunningly distracting - full of blush tones and corals, turning everything in its path a vibrant orange hue. A visual aperol Spritz if you will.

I didn't document it. I just took it in.

I'm having a bit of a moment with phones. I find myself mutually interested and irritated by them.

See the world through your eyes, not your screen. - Note To Self Podcast

I'm entranced by the way we can experience the world through these palm-sized computers; connect, and live life more conveniently. But I also find myself so dismayed when an entire carriage full of commuters are all heads down, staring at screens. Or when I catch myself mindlessly scrolling.

Do you know I actually saw someone at my gym using their phone in the sauna the other day? THE SAUNA. Others were hanging off the edge of the jacuzzi baths, so they can keep their digits attached to touch screens. I just think it's sad that we can't be alone with our thoughts even for a few moments.

It is time phones, social media and the internet got back in its box, and I'm actively taking its imposed importance down a peg or two with screen-free evenings, switching off my phone, working out, swimming, reading, bullet journalling, listening to podcasts, cooking, basically anything that gets me away from it. I came across this video from The School of Life, who I love for their workshops (I've been to two), products and You Tube videos. It's so true when the narrator calls us out for consulting our phones, rather than ourselves. And below, Chimamanda Ngozi encourages us to spend less time with our phones, too, simply telling us to put the damn things down!