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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Being Fabulous

Scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I came across this pin...

I was already familiar with this quote, but for some reason it really struck me just then. Was I being 'fabulous'?

There I was, surfing around Pinterest instead of finishing Algebra. Weeks worth of laundry piled around my room. On my nightstand were un-read books, dusty lists of goals, and unfilled journals. Where was my creativity, my motivation? Where were all the plans I had for making this an awesome summer? Pinterest certainly wasn't bringing me closer to my goals. So why was I still on it?

I think especially in today's world, pulling away from screens and getting back to 'real life' is increasingly hard. Our society is over-stimulated. It's so easy to get caught up in blog archives or Pinterest boards. If we see something we want, we go out and buy it, because most things are readily available to  us. Brainless reality TV shows suck us in, only because it's what's on after our favorite show.

But what exactly constitutes fabulous? Obviously, I don't know what was running through Ms. Chanel's mind when she spoke that lovely quote. And I think each person's version of fabulous will be slightly different. But to me, being fabulous means simply living a full, contented life. It means pursuing interests and working hard every day. It means having a good time out with friends one night, and being up at 5:00 the next morning for work, all without complaining. I believe that being fabulous is being unabashedly yourself, putting 101% of yourself into something, and doing what's right even when it's hard. Others know they can depend on fabulous people, because they're strong, kind, and honest.

For awhile, I've been settling for being hoe-hum and mediocre. Sure, I have a huge summer reading list, but my computer is already open; so why not surf instead? I've been acting burnt out, and unwilling to try new things. Now, I would love to make those cupcakes...but it's been such a busy weekend. Worst of all, I've been setting goals and then choosing not to pursue them. Let's get Algebra done by the end of the week! Oh, look...Youtube!!

Now, I'm not saying that being burnt out isn't real. After weeks and weeks of busyness, my mind and body does need some time to rest and not feel guilty about it. But lately, laziness and boredom, and basically failing to be excited about life, has been occurring on a daily basis for me. It's a rut, and one I need to get out of.

I've talked about being lazy before. Unfortunately, it's something that's inherently human and that everyone struggles with. But that doesn't make it okay. This summer, I'm looking forward to gaining that momentum and purpose that sometimes eludes me. I can't wait to do a lot of reading, geek out friends, try my hand at new recipes and crafts, and have some adventures. All too soon, it will be back to the grind-stone with school. But by then, maybe things will be a little livelier because of a blessedly busy summer.

Thanks so much for reading this rather scatterbrained post! I know my thoughts were all over the place, but this is a subject that's been on my mind a lot recently and I had to get it out! My main hope for my blog is to encourage individuality, hard work, and general common sense in a world when those things can be hard to find. I feel Coco Chanel really channeled all of that into her one brief quote. So ladies, let's get out there this summer and really show the world how classy and fabulous we are! :)

(via) So much more to life than simply surviving it.

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