- Saturday, 7 March 2015 -

There's Still Time

Hello my lovelies! Having not quite grasped the concept yet that it's actually March, time has formed the habit of floating on by. Finding myself caught up in a flurry of university work, this little blog has been facing neglect as life gets in the way. However, without going out there and experiencing life itself, there'd be nothing to blog about, right?  Recently, I've been reflecting over time and what it affords us all, nothing exceeds our reach: finally curling up with that book, dabbling in a new language, learning an instrument - all is possible because we have time on our side. Sometimes, the lack of time forbids us from fulfilling our truest desires - be it age or work or whatever, we spin these excuses, and find ourselves lamenting over missed opportunities, wishing we had have taken the time and taken the chance. 

I woke up one day and found myself in my 20s, with time ticking on, I felt that the possibility of university had slipped though my fingers, because mature students are obviously a thing of myth. I felt frozen, stuck in a rut that wasn't moving my life backwards or forwards. I harboured this crazy theory that I'd somehow missed my chance, that if university was to happen, it would have transpired already, so still I remained stagnant. But then I began to think, and the cogs in my head started turning, and I logged onto UCAS and began making lists of courses that interested me, like genuinely interested me. Sure, there were courses that caught my eye that teenage Claire would have loved to pursue, but with my age and extra time of experience, I actually managed to make informed decisions; because at 18, God knows what I would have went on to study. 

So, today I thought I'd compile a little list, inspiring and informing you all that there is ALWAYS still time to achieve your dreams, whether big or small...

Why not bite the bullet and get that tattoo you've always lusted after? Instead of just being plain, old and wrinkly in years to come, you'll be a canvas of colourful memories!

You've been eyeing up that dress for an eternity, but it's not in your size. Buy it anyway because guess what? You won't be that size forever and you can lose weight, so why not treat yourself with a little motivation?

There's always time to do something crazy. Whether it's auditioning for X Factor on a whim or deciding to finally take the plunge and go bungee jumping (aha, see what I did there?), it's the crazy choices in life that make us who we are

After setting foot in Cath Kidston, you've discovered a new appreciation for the lost art of crochet. So instead of remortgaging the house to buy a quilt, why not learn to crochet your own?

Wanting to take your life in a different direction? Apply for a new course at uni, leave your dead-end job, start your own small business - don't be afraid of what the future holds for you

Your awe is peppered ever so slightly with envy as your french friend switches so easily between languages. Log onto Duolingo and become the savvy linguist you've always dreamed you'd be

 You know that jar sat atop the cupboard? Start filling that with loose change, because one day you WILL travel the world and ride a camel and see the northern lights and dance like a hula girl

Build a pillow fort where you binge on nothing but Netflix and chocolate. Don't let time take your inner child away, eat a gallon of ice cream, watch Scooby Doo reruns, be the oldest (and the coolest) kid on the roller coaster

So you may not have the perfect relationship with your parents or siblings or even just friends you've lost contact with. But with time, these relationships can be remedied

Your hairdresser shakes their head and clucks in disapproval as they're is convinced you wouldn't suit being a blonde, but it's your hair and your life so YOLO, right? 

  1. Aww Claire I love this post this is so nice! So positive and so true!! I will go buy them jeans I have been eyeing up now ;) xx

  2. This post is wonderfully positive and uplifting and I love that watch - what an awesome background, having a map sitting behind the hands of the clock, lovely. I will definitely take your advice and grab life with both hands! - Tasha

  3. I love this post! Inspiring and eye-opening. I want do so many things I've been afraid to. But I'm not going to wait anymore!! xxx

    Amanda Winchester ♥ | AmandaSays

  4. Claire, I absolutely loved reading this! It instantly put a smile on my face and gave me motivation, as I'm currently feeling really stuck in my life :)

  5. I love this post, it really resonates with me right now as I've just made the decision to leave university as I didn't feel like I was doing the right thing. When I was 17 I was a completely different person and it was too young for me to make such a big decision. I don't know what I'll do next but I hopefully have years ahead of me to do what I want to do x

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

    1. Lovely post. Some lovely tips on getting out of a routine rut :)

      Gem x

  6. I just love this post! Personally, time has been going so fast for me too. I just can't believe what I have achieved in a year and I'm immensely proud of that (not wanting to blow my own horn too much!) but there's still a ton to do and I'm so excited for the future :) x

    Everything But The Kitchen Sink

  7. Love this post =]


  8. Awhh this is lovely! I love how positive you are, such a wee gem :) x

  9. This is so lovely! Your positivity never ceases to make me smile :) always follow you dreams! Plus with UCAS you are never to old - we have students in their late 40's here and their mid 20's. Do what course you want! :) xx