Friday, Never Hesitate

January 28, 2011

You don’t go on your computer for a few days, and in that time the blogosphere somehow explodes with the most beautiful and inspiring images. A bit photo-heavy but since all the street style photogs are in amazing form right now, I wanted to share them all!

For the most part, I try to keep this blog from being too personal or “diary-like”, but I had a really weird/shitty month and as January finally closes, I kind of feel the need to vent and explain why I haven’t been updating as much as I normally do.

As most of you know, from the get-go of the New Year, like literally right at the beginning of the New Year (i.e. an hour and a half in), I had to make a trip to the ER after an accident to get my face stitched up, Since then I’ve had a big mess of health complications and issues, and to make matters worse, while still in recovery-mode I went back to work and since then, I’ve been working in a way that feels non-stop and exhausting. I never really gave myself the chance to feel 100% again.

So basically, I feel like since the start of the New Year I’ve been living this pretty miserable life that’s either been centred on various health issues or this job that doesn’t necessarily help my career in any real way. A lot of the things that truly matter to me have been put on the backburner: I’m not writing as much as I’d like, I update this blog which means a lot to me really sporadically, my training for my upcoming half-marathon has been non-existent, my school’s slipping, and I don’t see my friends and family nearly enough. I know things could always be worse and that there are lots of people who are going through much more, but at any rate, it’s been pretty depressing.

With that said, I’ve decided that I really need to turn things around for myself. I did have a rather unlucky start to 2011, but I’ve always lived by the saying timshel from John Steinbeck’s book East of Eden (basically it means “thou mayest”, or that you always have the choice), and I feel like my luck won’t take a turn for the better until I make it.

Since most of my superstitious New Year’s traditions have slowly been ticked off (I finally did the Penguin Plunge and my Resolution Run), I recently took some time to really go over my resolutions and map out the changes that I want to make now that I’m finally getting my health back. I have about four things that I’m really focussing on, with one of them being this blog and my writing career in general. I’m making some big changes in the next couple months or so and I hope that with those changes, this site will improve as well. I’ve always had the capacity to take on new challenges head-on, so I’m really pretty confident that I’ll get my life back to where I want it and am so happy to finally be putting trust back into myself and my capabilities.

I really want to give back to all you wonderful readers who’ve really supported me through this rough patch too, so I’ve begun making plans to do a giveaway…stay tuned for it! Thanks again for reading and sharing with me, as your kind comments and support have really helped me heaps and I truly appreciate it.

Oh, and Happy Friday!!! Have a great weekend everyone xoxo

Images courtesy of The Sartorialist, Jak & Jil, Garance Doré, Vanessa Jackman, Atlantic-Pacific, Late Afternoon, Mr. Newton, Hanneli Mustaparta

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  • Reply Patrick Davidson January 29, 2011 at 1:46 am

    It takes a lot to post something personal and revealing like you did. Hang in there girl! You're right, there are people out there going through a lot more than you, however, everyone is fighting their own little battles as well. You take those challenges and grow. Life would be extraordinarily boring if it didn't throw us a curve ball or two.

  • Reply ashley @ ashleynicolecatherine January 29, 2011 at 3:37 am

    what and open and honest post. i hope it was cathartic! and hope that things turn around for you soon. the good news is that it's still jan – that means 11 months for things to get better! btw, east of eden is my FAVE book.


  • Reply Lee Oliveira January 29, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Life isn't easy babe, you had a tough one but hopefully (fingers and body crossed) that from now on. things will get better and better.
    Very brave of you sharing your personal problems.
    Stay safe and I am sending lots of good vibes from Sydney, Australia
    lee x

  • Reply Nadine2point0 January 29, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Hey there, Fellow Canadian here.
    Doesn't getting issues out on the screen make it seem purposeful? Sounding odd, but I've been journalling since gradeschool and last year started my blog as an outlet for all sorts of things but basically to have a place for my 2 cents on fabric and fashion and style and family and other non-important things.
    Keep on writing 🙂

  • Reply Bren Herrera January 30, 2011 at 4:03 am

    my gosh that necklace and belt in the 1st pic are must finds! looove them. the bike shots are great, too. thanks for the recap! 🙂 Wanna follow each other? Would love to. happy weekend.

    B So Chic!

  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} February 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    you know, i totally sensed that. i just felt you were stepping back a bit and feeling less smiles. i'm honestly so sorry alexandra and wish i could give you a really big "hug-it". i love that you shared your thoughts this way, good for you, and of course featuring your sig style with lovely images to compliment the post.

    although we haven't officially met (one day i'd love to though!) i feel like this has given me a chance to make an even stronger connection with you. stay strong lovely, it's good you are a determined soul. i believe in you, your writing is stellar! ♥

  • Reply hélène February 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Oh! I'm sorry you've been having a shitty time 🙁 Very good on you that you're reversing it and not feeling sorry for yourself, that's amazing and something a lot of people wouldn't be able to do. Good luck with everything, i'm sure you'll succeed at whatever it is you're planning! 🙂


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