Why Expiry Dates Aren’t So Bad

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I am rarely in it for the long haul.

I’ve been employed by 12 workplaces yet I’ve only resigned from 3*.

I knew my long-term relationship was going to end well before it actually did.

I’ve fostered amazing friendships that I knew would not realistically last past a certain date for reasons x, y or z.

Why? Because who cares if it’s not forever; I’m not going to base my life off the ifs of the future. If I can see the present value of it, I will give it my all.. And when the time comes for that final goodbye, I’ll walk away with a smile on my face knowing that I’ve gained experiences I would have regretted passing up on.

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My Top 10 Songs of 2016

Once upon a time, I felt like absolute shit. Face in hands, collapsed onto someone that I trusted very much, I cried my soul out. Drenched in tears (and snot), the person lifted my head off his shoulders, looked into my eyes and recognised the surrender that curled up in front of him. He was wise enough not to prod around with “what’s wrong?” or “it’s going to be okay” and instead he simply began fiddling with his phone. Too distracted to care, I can honestly say that it was pure surprise I felt as I heard Bob Marley – Don’t Worry Be Happy play. A chuckle automatically found its way out of me and he smiled.

He convinced me that music influenced mindsets and that mindsets changed moods. Not only was he right, he also got me into Spotify. I had Spotify premium for just under a year and it was great. For various reasons I’ve now cancelled my subscription and to mark the end of my Spotify premium era, I’ve decided to blog about my 10 most influencial songs of this year.

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Who Are You?

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And who am I for that matter?

Humans have this strange and inherent need to be liked by everyone.. Which is really bizarre when you think about it. Everyone is so different; some people love a wheatgrass shot just before their bikram yoga session, others love tequila shots followed by a trusty old HSP.

It’s kind of exciting that you’ll never meet the same person twice.

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Pay It Forward

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I was recently on holidays in Europe. Although I don’t consider myself a particularly cynical being, I’ve over the last month caught myself time and time again questioning the reasons behind random acts of kindness. Whether it’s offering to drive me to the airport, housing me in a foreign city, shouting a meal or going out of their way to ensure that my disorientated ass doesn’t end up in the wrong district, I’d without fail tell myself that they must want something in return. Maybe they expect a present/payment/sex as a thank you? Maybe they have a lot of spare time and they’re using me as a time-filler? Surely they can’t be helping me out just cause, right?

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#GiveElsaAGirlfriend

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For those that are unfamiliar with the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign, the hashtag is aiming for exactly what it sounds like it’s aiming for.

Now I’m not going to lie. When I first read it, I got a bit confused. Elsa? Elsa from Frozen Elsa? Yes, that Elsa. Oh okay. That would be pretty cool I guess. But I’m an avid supporter of gay rights and I actually love the idea that Elsa may be getting a girlfriend. So why did I second-guess it at first?

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That Time I Slept at a Train Station

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Manarola – The night I was convinced to stay another night.

When I was in high school I wanted to be a professional photographer. I could literally spend hours on end taking, then editing photos of just about anything. It comes as no surprise that when we were required to complete a week of work experience; each and every photography studio within a 30km radius of my home received an email from me.

The amazing Blue Murder Studios ended up being kind enough to take me onboard and it was over these 5 days with them that I slowly began to realise something for myself: you can take thousands of photos and still not get the right shot. Good shots are good shots because they have stories behind them. They provoke.

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The Upper Hand

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You’re so lucky you have the upper hand!

I’ve been told this countless times. “At least you’ve got the upper hand!“. When it comes to jobs, friendships, romantic relationships, you name it.. Apparently I’ve got the upper hand.

But I’m not playing a game, so what does that even mean?!

Whether I’m pioneering for my next career break, butting heads with a childhood friend or navigating my way through the petrifying unknown that is a yet to be exclusive relationship, I am usually the one that cares less. I don’t know why my level of care for matters that hypothetically should be of great importance is so low. But I do know this- the less you care, the less you have to lose.

Or so it seems anyway.

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Dear Future Brigitte

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Dear future Brigitte,

I hope that you’re at least 30 years old before you read this. If you’re reading this and you’re any younger than 30 (you probably are) then I want you to stop right now. Good things come to those who wait.

You need to stop being so impatient, things don’t happen overnight. They take time (which sucks) but hey, most of the best things in life don’t come easy but sure as hell are worth the wait.

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