Alice’s monthly mission: November

Alice’s monthly mission: November

I’m going to stop saying how surprised I am that another month has gone by. It’s time to just accept that 2017 is nearly over <weeps> and yes, those are festive decorations in my photo.

I was invited down by Debenhams Market Street to  try out their new Blow LTD salon (I’M ALL ABOUT THAT LIGHTING THOUGH), and it got me thinking about why this month I want to start appreciating the little things.

I’ll be honest: I haven’t felt my sparkling best recently. The life of a freelancer is very changeable, and I do not have the disposition to cope well with uncertainty!

So this month I want to start focusing on enjoying the little things.

Blogger Twenty-Something City at Debenhams Manchester Blow LTD launch using ring light

What does that mean exactly? Well, I’ve realised I spend far too much time sweating over the future (“will I have work next month?” “am I doing enough networking?” “why am I not where I want to be?”) that I forget to enjoy the every day. Meanwhile, the little pleasures like going to a pub quiz with friends, exploring somewhere new, or even just getting my hair done I forget to appreciate.

Life is not a case of moving from one milestone to another. It’s not possible to continually exist at 1,000 miles an hour (despite what social media may have you believe). It’s important we celebrate with little pats on the back, and also give ourselves a break once in a while.

Blogger Twenty-Something City at Debenhams Manchester Blow LTD event

Here’s what me and my newly coifed do will be doing this month-

Take every victory as it comes
You go girl, you did some work today, gold sticker for you! Whether the victory is something big- like filling out a three-hour long job application- or small -like chatting to someone new, even at the pub- I’m going to stop being hard on myself and start being proud of what I achieve.

Take everything as a learning opportunity
Every day’s unpaid shadowing, or time spent watching documentaries by my favourite journalists is another chance to learn something new. Moreover, what I’ve found so far in my career is often “I can’t do this” quickly turns into “actually, this is OK” – it’s all about giving it a go, isn’t it?

Have fun!
I’m the actual worst for being all work and no play. But you’ve gotta live, people! I’m going to try and socialise as much as I can this month, even if it’s so… freaking… cold.

What are you up to this month? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. November 1, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    I recently hurt my neck, which has forced me to slow-the eff-down. And it’s not easy, because I did feel like I was supposed to be moving 1,000 miles an hour, as if life was speeding by and I was wasting every second that wasn’t used to work on my blog or my PhD. So this month is the month I learn to stop and breathe more frequently throughout the day and accept the moment. There’s no rush to life. We’ve got to enjoy every minute of it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I love that ring lighting, too!


    • twentysomethinglifeandstyle
      November 2, 2017 / 8:49 am

      It is so hard to slow down when you’re used to being all go, isn’t it? I’m glad you’ve learnt to enjoy it though!

  2. November 1, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    You go girl! This post has such a positive message. Social media only ever glorifies peoples lives because we only ever share the interesting stuff. If we all shared the normal stuff it’d be 97% ‘got up, went to work, came home, had dinner, sat in front of the TV, went to bed’ on repeat.

    • twentysomethinglifeandstyle
      November 2, 2017 / 8:49 am

      Yes to this! I definitely always feel pressure to make it sound like I’m my ‘best self’ all the time but we all need time to chill really.

  3. November 2, 2017 / 7:56 am

    These are great goals! I’m terrible for being all work no play so have been scheduling me time into my diary!

    • twentysomethinglifeandstyle
      November 2, 2017 / 8:51 am

      Thank you! It’s so easy to forget that life is more than work but I find that when I look after myself my work improves so much!

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