Monday, 23 February 2009

Ten Tips



Jeanne challenged her readers to give their 'top 10' rules for life. So without further ado, here are ten tips (I wouldn't be so bold as to lay down rules!) from me. In no particular order:
  1. If you're helping out with a trial of something, don't assume it'll work. Most recent example: I'm part of an alumni email trial for my old University, and decided to use the (prestigious!) address to query a few magazines and ask for writers guidelines. It was several days later that I found out I couldn't receive any incoming email on that account. Ooops.

  2. There is such a thing as a free lunch. If you're not getting free lunches, you're not trying hard enough. (Same applies for various other kinds of freebies.)

  3. Ask everyone for advice. You don't have to follow it, but it's nice to have the option. This works particularly well for recommendations - whether it's restaurants, books, countries to visit... everyone has a useful set of mental lists.

  4. There will be some bad days. However great your life is, there will be some days markedly less great. If there's nothing important in your diary, it's okay to hide under the duvet sometimes - just don't make a habit of it. Which brings me neatly on to...

  5. Slipping once is okay. Slip twice and you've created a bad habit, and bad habits are very hard to break. Good habits, of course, are hard to form and break easily.

  6. If it makes you happy, it doesn't matter if it's silly. The sorts of little things that make me disproportionately happy include brightly coloured hangers in my wardrobe, fairy lights, neat storage systems, and a huge mocha mid-afternoon.

  7. People are more important than possessions. If you need me to tell you this, you should probably sell all your stuff and go out to make friends. Memories are also more important than possessions - I'd generally rather spend my money on a great experience than on more 'stuff'.

  8. You can do anything to your hair. It will grow out. My parents brought me up on this principle and I've never wanted to do anything more drastic than get layers, so it's probably a good way to stop your child rebelling by way of blue hair dye or a mohican.

  9. Some people can't stand living in a city. Some people can't stand living anywhere else. Those people are going to have trouble trying to live together.

    And last but not least...

  10. Enjoy yourself. No-one else can do this for you. Create the life you want. If you're not happy with how things are, take steps to change the things that are making you unhappy.

P.S. If you enjoyed my potato, pea & coconut soup recipe, please consider popping over to the NCR roundup to vote for me (voting buttons in the sidebar).

14 comments:

Dina said...

Great list! Love #6 and #8. My husband isn't a coffee drinker and has never hung out in coffeehouses, so as much as he tries, he still doesn't understand how happy it makes me to kick back with a grande latte and write or read. He may not relate, but he doesn't begrudge it either. Also, I've gone from long to short hair a few times in my life and from brunette to platinum blonde once. I'll probably never do the platinum blonde again, but it was sure fun at the time!

Heather said...

No. 8 is truly inspired. I have had a blue mohawk. My mother was a little devastated. I kept telling her, it's okay, it'll grow back.

And I do want to make it understood, I was not 16 when I had this blue mohawk, I was 29. I have also had many other 'alternative' hair styles over the years and everyone always says they wish they had the guts to do something like that. I tell them the same thing.

Heather said...

Looove number 6. So true! Silly things are sometimes the best. :)

Jenny Beans said...

My mother was so strict about hair when I was growing up. She wanted me to grow it down to my toes and I wanted to practically shave it all off just to spite her. As a mum now, I let my daughter experiment with her hair, and she's had it colored some pretty interesting shades. As long as she's happy, I'm happy, and she's less likely to crazy and do even weirder things if we give her a little room to figure out who she is.

vegwife said...

Love #6! Sadly, I once dated a guy who couldn't resist belittling things that I enjoyed... hence why he never made it across the finish line! LOL

Great list :)

Jeanne said...

Great list! When a few more are done, I'll set up a post with links to all of them.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

I like no.10 the best! I thought your list was great Rachel.

Lilly's Life said...

Oh you are a clever and wise girl. If only more of us thought about No 7 then the world wouldnt be in he mess it is. Great list Rachel and I will pop over and vote for you.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

That's a good list!

Elle said...

Great list. Not sure I understand the free lunch one, but the rest are gold. I especially like the last one. Sometimes we are dealt a raw deal, but we can be as happy as we let ourselves be...or create a way to be.

Kazzy said...

Good list. I especially liked the hair one. I have always rolled my eyes at girls who have never really had a haircut.

Dave King said...

They all have a lot going for them, especially the last, but my one never-to-be-broken rule is not to follow any rule too slavishly. A good topic to raise.

Dedene said...

Great list! I've been scratching my head over my version for several days.
You are very wise. I agree holeheartedly with all of them.

Diane said...

Words to live by. I need to start living by a few of them, I think.

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