All posts tagged: how to

How to Help Save the Planet

In my first year of Uni, I joined an environmental action group. I’d always been conscious of global warming and the responsibility of humans to stop our planet from – you know – dying, so I thought joining a group was the natural next step for me. What actually happened, however, is that I eventually found myself feeling like a fraud. While I was a part of the group, I felt like it DEFINED me. I began feeling guilty whenever I turned on a power socket or opened a packaged product or bought a new item of clothing. In my heart, I quietly knew that I couldn’t go cold turkey on all these things, but in my head I kept scolding myself with “you should – if you truly cared, you would.” Hilariously, I came to a breakthrough a few weeks ago when I read a Tumblr text post that went something like this: “You’re a fan if you enjoy a few of their songs; you’re a fan if you could recite every track in …

On Treating Yo Self

Ever since Tom and Donna introduced me to the concept of “treat yo self” (which, for anyone who isn’t aware, is the anthem), I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. While the Parks & Rec gang focused on material things like buying clothes and fragrances, ultimately what the whole “treat yourself” philosophy means to me is very simply: be kind to yourself. Being kind to yourself is much more than just letting yourself eat a cupcake – it’s about offering yourself the sort of kindness that you would unquestionably give to your best friend even when she’s at the lowest of times. It’s very easy to hold yourself to certain standards of being, whether that means standards of intelligence or creativity or beauty or popularity. But what often happens is that these standards are very difficult to attain and maintain, or there are other people out there better at it than you are, and suddenly these little monsters of self-doubt, fear-of-failure and embarrassment creep their way into your mind. The goal then, is …

On Success

The other day, my friend Maddie and I began a philosophical discussion about what constitutes being successful in life. We realised that, growing up, we’d been seriously misinformed about what being successful actually entails. As kids, we grew up learning about the first man on the moon and the fastest man in the world, but we never heard about the man who designed Neil Armstrong’s helmet so his head wouldn’t explode, or the man who first encouraged Usain Bolt to run. And so our perceptions of what constitutes ‘success’ slowly became interchangeable with what constitutes ‘fame’. It thus became very important to me that I redefine success; I needed to turn ‘success’ into something that was not synonymous with exceptionalism or celebritism. Because at the end of the day, success shouldn’t be something that can be measured by the amount of money you earn or the number of people who buy your work. Success is a feeling. And it’s a feeling I intend to become familiar with. Today, I decided to actively redefine success in three very important ways. …