Sunday, 21 April 2013

I'm generally a very positive person and described by my boyfriend as optimistic, which I'll happily accept. On a day-to-day basis I'm in a good mood, like to laugh, smile, and enjoy myself. Despite this, I still need a little bit of perspective put back in my life every now and then. A little nudge never hurt anyone.

I'm in a very happy place right now. I'm living away from home in Nottingham studying print journalism which by the way, I'm really enjoying. I have a very supportive family and a solid group of friends who are all off doing their own thing back home. At uni I'm having the best experience, have met some amazing people and have made some wonderful friends. To top it off, I'm also lucky enough to have the loveliest long-term boyfriend I could ask for. When things are tough we're often hard on ourselves and struggle to focus on the positives. What we don't do, is whole-heartedly appreciate what we do have when things are great. It's almost as if we expect everything to remain as it is because we've developed a norm, when infact we shouldn't actually take anything for granted.

Before I came to uni I was speaking to an Irish girl called Emily who was doing a similar course to me, and I had a good feeling that we'd become friends. Of course my judgement was spot on and now she's one of my best friends. Her outlook on life is incredible. Some of what she says might make me gasp in disbelief and shake my head. BUT, a lot of what she says makes a lot of sense. This girl is wise. That's what I love about her. She's incredibly open-minded and adds angles to situations which you would never imagine to explore. She is the best person for turning a bad situation into a good situation and always has the right answer. Mother Theresa style. Although we have many differences, we're also very similar in other ways. She's been lovely to me - a good listener and a great friend. We all need an Emily in our lives.

The main thing that I've learnt from her is that we define ourselves. Education, success and image all might have a definition and guidelines as to how you should reach the end goal and what you should achieve. But... ultimately, who actually defines what success is? She's taught me that when we're feeling down or aren't happy with things, there isn't a rule book for life binded by law which we have to follow. We can make our own dreams and chase them in whichever way we want to. For a 19-year-old, she is very wise, very selfless and I guess I'm a little inspired.

At the end of the day we all make mistakes and we all triumph. But first and foremost, what is success, what is education, what is image and what is reputation, if we aren't happy? My blog is a way for me to express myself and jot down everything that I'm thinking. This is just a little something that I wanted to share with you. I personally think that happiness is the key to success. If you're happy within yourself and your personal circumstances then you're bound to have more drive and more motivation. This will only lead to having a very full and happy life. What more could you want?

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