My Personal Philosophy for a Happy Life

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What is the guiding philosophy of your life? The core beliefs or central tenets that keep you going, day in day out? In the past, if you'd asked me about my personal philosophy, I'd probably have shrugged and said "eh - I don't really have one." But recently, all that has changed, and I've come up with a personal philosophy of my very own. It's not really a statement or a phrase that I live by, instead it takes the form of a question that I ask myself on a daily basis. Stopping to think about this question and the act of answering it helps me in so many aspects of my life, so today I'm going to reveal this mysterious question and encourage you to start asking yourself the same thing!

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Now that I've ramped up the tension sufficiently, it's time for the big reveal. My personal philosophical question is as follows:

"Will it matter tomorrow?"

Yes, you heard me correctly. If there's ever something that is piquing my anxiety, or causing me to fret, I take a deep breath, try to push all other thoughts out of my head, and just train my brain on this question. It really focuses my mind and helps me decide what I should do next. Here are just a few examples of areas of life in which I feel this question has made a big impact...

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1) It lets me off the hook

Now here's a scenario to which I think many, many of my fellow introverts can relate. Recently, when I was at a party, I just wasn't feeling it. I didn't want to drink and dance, I wanted nothing more than to go home and curl up in bed. Instead of staying there longer than I wanted to, not really enjoying the occasion, I simply asked myself "Will it matter tomorrow if I'm the first one to leave tonight?" The answer, of course, was NO. Nobody was going to remember if I left an hour early. Nobody would give it a second thought the next day. Answering this one simple question made me realise I didn't need to put myself through an uncomfortable experience, I could say goodnight and depart! So I did. I did what was best for ME and I didn't feel bad in the slightest.

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2) It helps me prioritise

Sometimes motivation to finish reading an especially boring journal article or to write another 500 words towards your assignment is lacking. However, I find that asking myself "will it matter tomorrow if I haven't completed this part of my assignment?" helps me to decide whether to push on, or give up and watch some Netflix. If the answer is "YES, you'll be screwed if you don't work on this now", I know I'd better pull my socks up and complete that piece of work. Asking this question often gives me the snap of motivation I need to crack on.

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3) It keeps me on track with my goals

At the moment, I'm taking part in veganuary and guess what?! I haven't cracked yet. No Cadbury's Dairy Milk or portion of scrambled egg on toast has touched my lips. But sometimes, temptation can present itself. Last weekend, I went out for dinner and afterwards I was presented with a cheeseboard that was being passed around the table. Anyone who knows me will know that I bloody love cheese, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted to have some. But I didn't. Want to know how? I asked myself "Will it matter tomorrow if I ditch my veganuary promise?" The answer was yes. I knew that tomorrow, I would be terribly disappointed in myself if I'd given in to my cravings. I also knew that this feeling of disappointment would vastly outweigh any pleasure that I'd derive from the moment that I was eating the cheese. I stuck to my guns, refused the cheese and I feel really proud of myself for it!

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Speaking of goals, you may remember that alongside the vegan lifestyle change, I spoke in my New Year post about how another of my goals for 2018 is to start dressing in a smarter, more professional manner. Happily, I can report that I'm making progress on this goal too! I was lucky enough to be sent the gorgeous outfit that I'm modelling (ha!) in this post from the lovely people at LOTD. The top, trousers, and scarf featured in this post are all from their site and I'm so pleased with them. The trousers are definitely my favourite item - their straight leg cut and smart material checks all of the professional boxes, but they're still very comfortable to wear and the tie-waist detail makes me feel put-together and not too unfashionable as well. I'd definitely recommend browsing the LOTD site if you're in the market for some snazzy work clothing of your own. A huge thank you also goes out to the wonderful Sally Morgan Moore (and to her very talented hubbie Lloyd!) for snapping these shots for me, I'm so grateful!

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Dotty Flare Sleeve Top: LOTD*
Belted Trousers: LOTD*
Zig Zag Pattern Scarf: LOTD*

Do you have a personal philosophy? Or just words that you live by? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

A x

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*The clothing featured in this post was sent to me free of charge by LOTD in exchange for a blog post feature.