Monday, September 19, 2011


I need to get used to typing on my new laptop - you know how every keyboard is just a little different?  So I'm just going to write a blog post about a few things that have been on my mind.

Firstly, the power of positive thinking.  Cheesy when I put it that way, and I'm not talking about The Secret, using your thoughts to attract the things that you want.  What I've been thinking about is just trying to look at life from a more optimistic perspective.  I don't think that I'm a negative person, but sometimes it's easy to get sucked into complaining or groaning about life, and maybe I'll make an effort not to do that.  There can't be any harm in trying to enjoy life more, or at least focusing on happiness.  Today, when I was doing basic stuff (looking at pants at the thrift store, canning pickles, taking a nap) I reminded myself how much I love doing these little things, you know?  Like rolling over in bed and thinking - wow, this is so amazing and comfortable, I love napping!  My life is packed full of things that are good and I should celebrate them more.

I'm also going to try to upgrade things that I don't like to things that I don't mind.  It's not realistic to be all hearts and flowers and love everything, but certain things can be allowed to roll off my back, like waiting in lines, doing the dishes, being almost out of gas.  I'm curious to see how my outlook changes if I make an effort not to worry about these little things.  Again, it's kind of trite self-help junk, but a little experiment like this can't hurt.  In this same category will be to try to stop worrying about  upcoming events I'm not looking forward to.  Who knows, maybe they will turn out better than I think - they usually do, in fact.

OK, second topic is fashion week.  Specifically, all the coverage of all the well dressed ladies at all the shows. Every style blogger photographs the same couple of dozen bloggers, models, editors etc., and every outfit shows up so many times; it's just so boring.  You know that they all dress with the knowledge that they will be broadcast around the Internet, and it seems so carefully crafted and obvious.  I miss photos of regular girls wearing interesting outfits, spontaneously looking cool, going about their business.  That's so much more inspiring to me than professional muses striding from show to show and "candid" shots of overly styled ladies talking on phones, clutching designer wait-list purses.  Once is enough, but those same outfits get re-posted so much it almost becomes a parody.  Oh, but I wasn't going to complain.  So how can I put a positive spin on something annoying?  Well, I won't waste time looking at style blogs, so I'll have more time to do better things.  And hey, good for those ladies, it's great publicity for their magazines and whatnot, and maybe it raises the profile of the designers they wear, which is good for the fashion industry.  Yes, good for them.  I'm not even being sarcastic!

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