Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Living the Dream

As I was driving away from the Smart Park today, gazing lustfully at the H&M display windows, I realized: I am living the Dream. Yes, the Dream with a capital D. Here I am, in a city I love, having pints with a friend I love, eating mac & cheese that I love, driving home to a boyfriend I love, to get all comfy in an apartment I love, all while supporting myself and I did it all on my own. I am a Goddess.

Okay, that's not to say I didn't get help, because I did. I couldn't have done it without my parents, my friends, and most of all Greg, who is as always my greatest supporter and best friend. But seriously, guys. I moved to Portland. I now live in a city that has more than one Thai restaurant (there are five billion in the Hawthorne district in fact, look it up), an H&M, tall buildings, 28 breweries, my two best friends, and fucking awesome weather (aside from the lack of snow). And I did it all myself. And I have a job I actually like, and it's all thanks to ME! I'm applying for grad schools, and it's because I FELT LIKE IT. I am... truly... amazing.

I'm wearing: Gap blouse and bow tie, Old Navy skirt, Alyssa's sweater.

We can all be Goddesses. Let's not be held back by what we think we can do, nor by what we think we should do. Do what you want! Achieve what you want. Don't let the "should" and "shouldn't" and "couldn't" and "wouldn't" get in the way. I'm serious. I've also had a pint on very little food, but I'm still serious. I told myself I couldn't and shouldn't apply for schools in London because I was "settling down" and I didn't want to leave Greg behind, etc., etc. But Greg made me realize: I can. There's nothing holding me back but the mindset that I should be doing a certain thing at a certain time. IT'S NOT TRUE. Do whatever the HELL you want, you crazy bastards!

And thus, what I wanted to do today was to wear a girl's version of a bow tie. So I did. I knew this weird scarf/headband/belt/tie from the Gap would come in handy one day! Bow ties, as you all know, are very... very cool.


Sydney, The Rabbit-Hearted Girl said...

god meg, i love how my post today is all "I HATE THE WORLD AND COMPUTERS" and yours is "MY LIFE IS THE BEST EVER." way to make me jealous!

i kid, i kid.

but srsly, i am jealous that you have this all figured out! also excited for you, obviously. i hope that one day i know what i'm doing with myself and can be a Goddess like you! :)

Anonymous said...

your outfit is too cute
i like it!
would you mind to check out my post on my blog? we could be friends and follow each other if you like too

sweets from Bali

maggeygrace said...

You make me want to go after all my dreams.

Womp womp womp. Did being in Missoula make you feel stuck?

Anonymous said...

it feels good doesn't it?


Louise said...

It's great that you have such a supportive and loving person in your life-- go Greg! Oregon really is the best, isn't it?

Flashes of Style said...

Oh your bow is so cute! The whole outfit is so sweet and classic. <33

Rai said...

I love this post <3 so upbeat and positive, it made my morning ^_^ x

Anonymous said...

Yay for you! This post made me smile =] Just come by and visit Ireland some time when you're over in England! There are PLENTY of pints to be drank over here =]

Meg said...

I think I will read this post every day starting today as there is a lot of things that I would love to do but am to afraid or see too many difficulties.. Way to go, Meg! :)

Rosie said...

Oh, I love this post! Isn't that the best feeling when you suddenly realise how amzing everything you've got is! I'm so happy for you that you've got all this figured out :) it's so exciting! And I am with you on the "everyone should just live their dreams" thing, it sounds corny, but we should all just be able to go after what we want instead of being afraid and held back!
Anyway, love it. And love the bow tie - it is extremely cool :p


Heather said...

Aww Meg this post makes me so happy! I'm so glad to see all the positive, amazing things in your life laid on the table. It's so easy to talk about the negative things in life, but it's nice to step back and reevaluate and see things in a positive life. I definitely struggle with this sometimes, but now you have me thinking about how much I have to be grateful for.

And also, you should do whatever your little heart desires! Go to London, because then I'll come see you and that's something my little heart desires. Commence domino effect of bliss NOW. :)

Between Laundry Days said...

Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES (I wrote YRTES the first time, but that didn't make sense)! I'm so glad you're feeling on top of your game and the world. I'm seriously going to bookmark this post and read it when I'm feeling particularly shit-tastic. It's days like those that I'll need a reminder that I'm actually a fabulous, bowtie-wearing Goddess, just like you. :)

Lauren said...

Sweet! It is good to remember everything you did on your own.

Caroline said...

Everything sounds amazing for you at the moment! Your outfit is super pretty :)

sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

I love this post. I love your bow tie. You GO girl.

This post totally just made me go "Hell YEAH. I do what I WANT."

Anonymous said...

I don't think I have actually commented on your blog before, but I have been reading for a few months (really like your style by the way). Anyways, I really like this post! It is all to easy to get caught up in all the "not yets", "don't haves", "why nots", "grr, arghs" of life and it is all to easy to forget how much we are all actually accomplishing! Thanks for the great reminder!

gee said...

your post is so inspiring.
i love it..thank you.
i feel so lucky to be doing what i want to do and buy what i want to buy and be who i want to be.
it is a wonderful thing.
i <3 you. you are beautiful and this outfit is perfect perfect perfect..i love the bow tie.

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

There's a bow-tie! you should post yourself wearing them more often. THey are amazing on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are living a great dream. how wonderful that you are so content and happy with life. You look beautiful!

Mugdha said...

This post is made of awesome. Perfect inspiration for the start of a busy day of me trying to make things happen so as to one day live the dream.
Also, awesome bowtie.

.Alyspank said...

Way to own yourself! :D I'm so used to hearing people say how much they wish they could go back to being totally dependent like things were when we were all little, but this is a nice change of thought! You should be proud and happy with where you are :D Major point in life is to live it and be happy with where it is going!

Can't wait til you start getting schools begging for you to attend. Like seriously, sending you presents in the mail to persuade you to go to their school. They totally realize you're a goddess and are probably already putting up statues of your likeness. Those Brits are so thoughtful :)

Pretty sure I'm in love with this outfit. Like, "if you love it so much, why don't you marry it" love. Outfit, will you marry me? Bowtie+Awesome Stripes+ Puppy Mayhem sweater= Overload of amazing. I am in overload.


Laurelann said...

You are the epitome of amazing. I envy your self-sufficiency and am seeking it every day. I'm so glad for you, living the Dream, and I'm in awe of your simple gratefulness for the most basic things that you love the most.

Thanks for posting this today! And, duh, bow ties will always, always be cool. The coolest.

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

Oh, this post is just what I needed right now. You really are a goddess though! I think it's great that you realize just how successful and determined you are. Thanks for the inspiration :)
Also, are those PUPPIES on your SWEATER?! Too much wonderful. TOO MUCH!

She is Sara said...

I feel you lady! We work hard, we rock. I am so glad that you started a blog too because now you have a place to record all of these amazing things in your life :) You rock Meg!!

Shibby said...

Yay you! This is how I see my life :) I am doing the grad course to become a teacher and I cant wait to have my own classroom!

This is an awesome post :) I have found that I write some of my best posts after a good pint and chat with some good friends.

If you end up in London we shall have to meet up! :)

Jenni Wells said...

Fuck Yes, my dear. I couldn't agree with you more. I'm a college drop out but I have managed to find a kick ass career, become a home owner, live in a great place, marry the perfect mate, and vacation twice a year. Growing up, I was relatively poor so I feel like I own this world.

My sister lives in Portland and loves it. I am trying to make a trip out there this summer. I hear such great things.

Fanastic look, as usual. I like the floral tie with the stripes. Stripes and floral is probably my favorite patterns to clash.

Stefany said...

Such an uplifting post :) you have a lovely blog and your outfits are so nice xx

JULIA said...

I love love love that sweater! Hahaha, and bow ties ARE cool. I love the elongated version that girls wear. It sort of reminds of a bolo tie but not really...It's super cute on you! Like a super cute young fashionable librarian.

♥ Julia
Just Like Judas

stylist image consultant said...

You are looking lovely as always..

Nnenna said...

It sounds like things are going so well for you! This post really hits home because I'm graduating soon and really wondering where I'll be in a few months... Hopefully in a similar situation as you, living in a city I love with friends and family nearby. Also, love your outfit! :)

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