Summer Writer - Nicole Rodger
When I think about what I want to read or listen to, I think about how I want to be inspired to be a better person and live my best life. Sounds so cliche but it's true, I want to make sure I am being the best version of myself for me and for those around me. I know that I'm not perfect and I get grumpy and hangry sometimes but I am always trying to better myself. I am constantly trying to find podcasts and books to read that make me go YES! I have anxiety and I can say that they really help to get me out of my head and to live in the present moment, rather than worry about tomorrow or next week. It is easier said than done and I think it will take a while to get there but I'm all for the journey.
I believe that it is so important to surround yourself with positive and uplifting people. I think everyone knows what I mean, you can tell from how you feel after you spend time with someone. Do you feel energised and happy or do you feel drained. It is hard if those people you feel drained around are people you are extremely close to, but you are allowed to be selfish and say no to people that are not making your life better. Do you have those friends who only call you when they need something, or seem like they aren't happy for you when something good happens to you, I think we have all been there and those friendships fizzle out. I can say from personal experience, sometimes you don't see how someone is dulling your sparkle until you stop spending time with them and you realise how much better you are without them around. It is worth the sacrifice to make sure you are able to be your unapologetic and beautiful self. There are people out there who want to see you succeed and be the best you, you just need to find them. These are the people who support you, who celebrate your success with you, who help you with your goals, who are there for you in the bad times they are the ones that you should keep around and never let go.
When you find those people that give off good vibes, you yourself want to be better and support them in their endeavours. So, in turn you are making each other better people. I spent time with one of my good friends that I hadn't seen for a while and she made me really take notice of this. I was telling her about my life and she was like yes girl that's amazing, I'm so proud of you and I could tell she was genuinely happy for me. The way she was talking about her life with such passion, I was in awe and we spent the whole night talking and drinking wine. I got home that night feeling so happy and fulfilled, and let me tell you it was a Monday night and I was out till 11pm so it must have been good! You all must have felt that feeling when you spend time with someone like that and you go wow, I had such a good time even if it's just coffee and a chat, those are THE ONES.
Find those great friendships, laugh a whole lot, travel as much as you can, smile even when you get up early because the sun shines differently in the mornings, be happy for people, don't give up, notice the little things and love with your whole heart.
Thank you so much Nicole! Find more about Nicole here!