17 Jan 2018

Three Books That Changed My Life

Sarah Knight Life Changing Magic Giving Get Your Shit Together You Do You Review Which To Buy | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Sarah Knight Life Changing Magic Giving Get Your Shit Together You Do You Review Which To Buy | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Self Help Made Simple

I go through phases where I read certain genres exclusively for weeks on end until I make myself sick of them and need a break. I used to have a bit of a problem with self-help books, to the point that it was making me feel massively inadequate and like I wouldn’t ever achieve what I wanted to – but I still kept reading them.

The problem with a lot of self-help or self-improvement books is that they’re very airy fairy. So many of these must-read life-changing books focus on things like the Law of Attraction, a concept I find massively problematic, and claim that positive thinking is the best path to success. I’m a pretty cynical person, and this style of thinking just doesn’t do it for me.

Step in, Sarah Knight

I, like many other people, first discovered Sarah Knight’s books through the wonderful platform that is Instagram. Back in 2016, I ordered the first of the three – The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k – to take on holiday to Croatia and fell in love before the first chapter was through. It’s pretty easy to not give a fuck when you’re lying by the pool in a sunny country, but nevertheless, the concept stuck with me.

Fast forward to summer 2017, and I was yet again heading off to Croatia. This time, I picked up Sarah Knight’s second instalment, Get Your Sh*t Together. I am on a near-constant quest to get my shit together, so this felt like fate. Again, I read it whilst bathing in Croatian summer sun, but it was just as good as the first – if not better.

Then, towards the end of November, I discovered that there was a third addition to the collection and had it ordered within seconds. After a couple of shitty years, working myself into the ground and subconsciously insisting on being a people pleaser, I was over it. That’s why, when I discovered the existence of You Do You, I knew it was meant to be.

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9 Jan 2018

My Focus for 2018

2018 Goals Intentions | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Hello, 2018

I gave up on 2017 around the middle of August and spent the last four months of the year desperately wishing for Hogmanay to roll around. As a result, I think I put far too much pressure on the day itself and ended up having a pretty big breakdown that caused me to cancel my plans to ceilidh the night away in favour of a big bubble bath and bringing the bells in on the couch instead. It's weird, I can't quite believe it's 2018. I know that the start of a new year is mostly a symbolic thing, but I feel somewhat lighter knowing that it's a new chapter of my life.

I'm trying to avoid putting 2018 under the weight of too many expectations, as I think that was part of my downfall last year, but I do have a few intentions for the year ahead. You're probably sick of these posts about all of the good things people want to do with this new year, but if you hadn't already noticed I like to share things online, and for the sake of accountability I'm sharing these intentions too.

My Word(s) for 2018

At the start of 2017, I discovered the concept of having a "word" for the year. I liked the idea of having one specific word to focus on that encapsulates all of your goals and intentions for the year, and it was something I was very keen to adopt this year. True to form, I couldn't settle on just one word, but I have narrowed it down to two.

For 2018, I have two main areas that I want to focus on. Each area has its own "subheadings", so to speak, but there are two clear-cut parts of my life that are getting due attention this year. The words that I've ended up with, in an attempt to represent these two areas, are selfish and strive. Mostly because I really, really, really adore alliteration, but also because they feel like the most relevant choices for me.

I did consider something like balance or strength (which was a very strong contender, ironically), but I didn't think they were fully representative of my ideals for the year. Essentially, I want to put myself first and I want to work hard on achieving the goals I want to reach this year. But that one sentence summary isn't quite long enough for a whole blog post, so let's dive a little deeper.
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