I’ve worn and loved a cat eye liner, pretty much without fail, since age 17. When I knew I was heading into a task that seemed humongous, I put on a full face of makeup, drawing strength, courage, and comfort from my “war paint.”
Makeup and I have gone through a lot of things together. But I’ve been realizing over the past year that I put too much stock in it. I need to take a break from it this year.
ne of the goals I set for myself for 2016 is to be better with money. To save, to learn about investing, and not to waste (or spend money I don’t have) on things I don’t need. This goal came about in two ways. First, I went to the bank, and was served by a very handsome teller whilst broke (a sad bank account is never cute, ladies!) And second, I read this article about compound interest, and was shocked to find how much money can grow if I start saving & investing it early.
As a student, I will be broke well into the foreseeable future. So I’ve had to ask myself how I can look good and save on a very limited budget. I’m still learning how to answer this question, but here’s what I’ve learned so far.
hen I moved to a different city for university, I hated the process of moving so much that I bought a book on how to have a minimalist lifestyle. I wanted to get rid of my stuff so I’d never have so much hassle ever again. While my minimalist life didn’t last long (or even start), there were some lessons that stayed with me. One of them is called the 80-20 rule. In The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide, Francine Jay writes about this rule, which basically says that we tend to wear 20% of the clothes we own 80% of the time. I’ve found this to be true for me, and I’ve been thinking about how I can maximize that essential 20%. I don’t want to think about what to wear in the morning. And yet, I still want to look put together.
In order to do this, I asked myself some questions. First, what’s comfortable for me? Second, I asked myself what kind of clothes fit my lifestyle? Third, I asked myself what do I want to look like? And finally, I asked myself what can I afford?
he summer before I started university, my mom took me shopping. I was ecstatic. I had so many dreamy visions of what I wanted to look like, and had thoroughly convinced myself that I would finally be able to dress & look the way I wanted. I wanted to look artsy and pretty and cute 100% percent of the time.
I don’t know where to begin with this. It’s odd because I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about blogging (seriously, this time!) for over a year. I’ve had Driftyness since I was in high school, and never quite forgot about it. Six years later, it’s still here, and I’m still typing drafts in the post box. Hopefully, I will press “publish” more.
Something about where I am at this point in my life is making me want to share myself with people. I’m not where I want to be, or where I thought it would be, but I’m still very happy with where I am. I’m excited about journeying, and seeing where (and how) I will end up. I think that is what Driftyness means to me. I don’t know why I want to share myself now, at this particular moment. Maybe I think I’m interesting for the first time, I don’t know. I suspect that I am beginning to realize that perfection isn’t a prerequisite to a happy life. Somehow, writing fits into this. My guess is that it’s because it’s a way I can share myself with other people. And also maybe because I love it.
All I want to do with this this time around is publish my thoughts and have conversations. I’m always hoping to change the world in one way or another, but I think I need to K.I.S.S.
I’ve written so many first posts, but it never seems to get easier. I feel like I need to tell the world what I’m about, but in reality, all I want to do is say hello. So, after 250+ words: hello!