Monday, 24 June 2013

Motivational Monday #20

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Twenty weeks of motivational posts. Crikey me! Are you getting bored yet or shall I continue with another ten?

Motivational Monday - It's OK to be happy with a calm life


I found this quote on Pinterest but it's original source is THIS Etsy shop which is so cute- I'm tempted to buy it framed so that I can hang it in my office- I'm a sucker for mint. 

I chose this quote today because sometimes we all need a little reassurance. 

Having the job I have (blogger/vlogger) has a lot of perks. One of those perks are that I am invited to attend a lot of press events which are dressed up as 'parties'. They offer you a couple of complimentary drinks, host it in a lovely setting and it's perfume and heels all round. Except delve a little deeper and it's brands trying to woe you in the hope that you will feature their product on your site. Nothing wrong with that, they are often a pleasure to attend but it's important to see them for exactly what they are. If I were to accept all of them, I'd be back and forth to London, constantly buying new outfits to wear, sipping champagne with the glamourous beauty blogger gals and going home with a lorra lorra goodie bags. Sounds amazing right?

Yes, it is, I'm not ungrateful I assure you (seriously, I'm like a kid on Christmas morning on the days I do choose to go into the big smoke!). However, along with all that sparkle and fizz, I'd be missing out on days and days of Darcy time, I'd hardly see my husband, my laundry would pile up, my friends would be neglected, my garden patio would miss me and I'd spend a lot less money on crisps from the corner shop (I suspect I keep that shop in business). What I'm saying is, Should I take excitement and glamour over a calm, mundane but incredibly loving life? I think, no. 

It's OK to believe that crazy and wild aren't always the way and the light. Sometimes a calm life is lovely and should be valued more highly. I'm sure had I been in a different season of life I would opt for busy/exciting but right now, I'm content. I like my lot. 

I shouldn't have to explain myself or give justifications for why I chose calm over crazy, I shouldn't have to have someone tell me it's OK, but I do.

So, if you are looking for someone to tell you it's OK, it is. 

IT IS OK.

If you prefer to spend a night in with a take away rather than dancing the night away in a club, that's FINE. If you decide you'd rather not pack 50 things into your morning, that's FINE. If you choose not to 'spill the beans' with your gal pals because you know it'll cause drama, that's EVEN BETTER!

As long as you are happy, not harming anyone and still doing all the things you NEED to do, it's OK to live a calm life. I'm enjoying mine so much. I spend a lot of time at home and it's my ultimate happy. 

What do you think? Do you ever feel obliged to do things when all you really want is a good DVD and your duvet? Are you ever made to feel boring when all you want is to spend quiet time with family? Let's chat about it in the comments and be calmies together!! Haha.



Toodlepip!

xx

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85 comments:

  1. Louise, I think you are wonderful! Thanks for this lovely post. It was just what I needed to hear!

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  2. You took the words right out of my mouth! I'm quite an introvert, so a lot of the times I don't feel like going out. I'm quite content with staying at home. I'm happy to know I'm not the only one who every now and again prefers calm over crazy. These posts are the best, by the way! <3

    Melissapcooper.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this post! I'm much more of a 'let's get a takeaway and cuddle', don't get me wrong I do love a good night out every now and again but honestly I just find it a bit repetative when you're doing it several times a week at uni :) x

    uni-of-life.blogspot.com

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  4. Love this one! I appreciate how you are so relateable and real, Louise :)

    M.

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  5. I love your posts so much!
    Please continue with 10 more :)

    I'm glad you're happy. Sometimes you make me wanna start a family and I'm only 18 x

    You're amazing x

    Http://yourteendiaries.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. This post is brilliant! I think a calmer life is nicer; you can enjoy things more as you don't have to rush through them! Stops a lot of stress and worrying to. Plus you can actually see more in your life when you're calm and take the time to enjoy life!

    Hamhilton.blogspot.co.uk xxx

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  7. I always look forward to Motivational Monday! I love the picture, might have to check out the Etsy store!

    http://facebeforelace.blogspot.com

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  8. This post id perfect! Some people don't understand that some people don't necessarily have to be partying all the time or constantly with people to have fun and enjoy their life. :) We're just as happy with the simpler things.

    http://bethsearle.blogspot.com.au/

    Beth. x

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  9. Ah!! I am saving this picture on my phone!!
    Such a simple quote...but I definitely think it has such a powerful meaning. I love having a simple life -- without huge made-up drama or such a busy life you can't sit back and enjoy it.

    Thanks for posting this!!

    <3 Kelly | The Patch Diaries

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  10. It's insane how this blogpost just appeared in my life the time I need it the most. I was beginning to feel that my life is really boring and mundane, and that there must be something wrong with me for not doing things that others my age are. Eg going out clubbing and basically "living life" as they call it cuz "yolo". I guess I can now rest assured that "living life" could also mean just chilling at home with my family and cook and study and watch Disney films with my little siblings. Thank you, Louise. This post is great.

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  11. Have an awesome week! Love these posts hehe <3 xx

    www.beautyandlouise.com

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  12. Please so continue these kind if posts. They always brighten up my Mondays and help me get through the week bait more motivated.
    And yeah, I'm sharing your view in this. I live in the smallest village and takes me almost 2h to travel into town where I study and all my friends live. I love living here so much I don't want to move and none if my friends understand either that or why I'm not wanting to hang out and party with them almost every night of the weekend. I always feel like I need to justify myself but I don't and they wouldn't understand anyway.
    Hurray for being calmies!

    xx

    kazetime.blogspot.com

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  13. Louise, you have such a positive outlook on life! :)

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  14. Hi. Don't see this as a commercial cause I don't want you to follow my blog or anything like that. I've just started my first blog in english and I felt like writing about my favorite blogs - and yes, you're one of them. I don't comment much but I love your blog and you're welcome to read why in this post if you feel like it.

    http://letstryinenglish.blogspot.dk/2013/06/the-best.html

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  15. I've actually pinned this on my board in Pinterest too! I love it! Although, for me, I don't particularly have a big, busy social life so this quote is a friendly reminder that its ok to just enjoy staying in with the other half or just seeing my family. Haha

    http://dibdabdebs.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I look forward to these posts every Monday Louise so definitely keep them coming! This quote is great - I always feel bad or like I should be doing something more exciting when I have chill days and this makes me feel so much better about them :)

    alittlebitofjess04.blogspot.com.au

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  17. I love your motivational posts! Just what I need on a monday! :)

    http://lucyloves84.blogspot.com.au/

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  18. Love this post Louise, you are amazing! I'm 21 & have never been on a night out in town but you know what, that doesn't bother me in the slightest..I've never been drunk either, does that bother me..no :) I would much rather remember all the good times without having a drink & probably forgetting it all. Thank you for the post :)
    Anna x
    http://awaywiththefairies321.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. I love these posts every Monday, so please continue them! I think it's great that you have time to chill, and I would love some time to relax, but I'm just so hung up on school work that I don't have any time, and if I gave myself time to relax, I wouldn't get ANYTHING done!

    Check out my blog: amysmusicalbloggings.blogspot.co.uk

    Amy | amysmusicalbloggings.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. sometimes I do feel like that at uni, yes! I sometimes love being by myself catching up with programmes on iplayer, stuffing my face with sweets and watching dvds haha!

    laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  21. I am the ultimate calmie! I'm 20 and would HANDS DOWN choose a night in with a doona, chick-flick and cup of tea over clubbing and whipping my hair back and forth. Not that those times aren't fun when I choose to do them, but I'd much rather be all cuddled up inside, all comfy and snug as a bug in a rug :) I think I'd love to give the busy life a go, and see how I last, but I know deep down I am a calmie for life!

    Lovely post Louise!! x

    http://littlexcub.blogspot.com.au

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  22. The best weekends are the ones where you have nothing planned when i can chill at home with my partner doing what ever we want. Just wish i had more of these.

    Carrieanne x

    http://imjustalittlepixie.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. I am sometimes accused of being boring or a bit of a granny when I opt for a dinner in with a couple of friends rather than a massive night out on the town... I have always fancied the quiet life with small bursts of the crazy. Just the way I am and I love it!

    http://MillieMagpie.blogspot.com

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  24. I don't usually comment but OMG this is so me!!! My friends prefer loud parties and everything like that, but I am perfectly content staying in with a book. They think I'm ridiculous but that's just what I enjoy. Good to know I'm not the only one because sometimes it feels like it!

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  25. I absolutely ADORE inspirational quotes :)
    Everybody seems to want me to have a birthday party but I actually don't like celebrating my birthday as a big event, I like it with my family :)

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  26. What a lovely post! I am 18, coming up for 19 shortly and am the biggest home bird you can imagine. I love nothing more than watching DVDs for hours on end and turning my couch into a bed. With a busy work schedule I find this the most relaxing thing to do! Nothing better than spending some quality time with family.

    http://charlottecrozer.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. I'm not really a big party person, I always feel boring about saying that but luckily, neither are my friends and we can be calm together because we know what we like and what makes us happy :) I totally agree although even if I don't like parties as much as everyone else I do like to do things sometimes I feel obliged, thanks for the advice, now I realise that it's not just me x

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  28. Wow, I love this post! I love having calm life, its nice to have those days dull of excitement and adventure, but we need our times to ourselves as well!

    Much love! xoxo

    check out my blog, and leave feedback or follow!

    beauteacoffeechic.blogspot.com

    Aman xx

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  29. LaurenGlitterss24 June 2013 at 10:32

    My most favorite quote so far! My family tells me all the time: "When you don't go out, you'll never meet a guy." It's driving me crazy :-)

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  30. I absolutely adore your motivational monday's, i don't think there has been one that i don't like or hasn't helped me in one way or another! This one is great! i'm always getting called 'boring' because i want to spend tie with family and just have a bit of 'me' time.

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  31. 10 more please! I love motivational Mondays. Theyr'e so much better than back to work Mondays.

    http://squares2790.blogspot.co.uk/

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  32. I think a calm life is good when you have a contrast to it, like you do. I think my life sometimes lacks on this contrast to calm, so I'd prefer having a really stressful life tbh :)

    xx

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  33. I love how settled you are Louise. Darcy is a very lucky to have such a lovely mummy.

    Lucy x

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  34. This post made me more realize that your NEEDS are first on the list than your WANTS. I should be contented and focus on more important things. Thank you Louise! Never stop making Motivational Mondays please! :)

    Life's A Beach
    http://kaelccs.blogspot.com

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  35. I love your motivational mondays Louise! I think we all have different stages in life and have different personalities. Right now I prefer the more crazy life style, I never say no to opportunities, meeting up friends, going to a party etc. I hate the feeling of sitting at home and missing out on something exciting. However, I am young and this will probably change A LOT when I get older, when I have children or a husband obviously I will be thinking about them more than myself. Hope you are doing well Louise? :)

    Rach xx

    http://www.rachellouisehenderson.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. I really love these posts, and this quote in particular. I feel like that often. I'm definitely someone who needs alone time to recharge & I have a small group of friends I hang out with. I'm not out partying all the time & I'm not one to gossip. I live a pretty calm life, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

    http://mollycurley.blogspot.com/

    xo Molly

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  37. It's lovely to read that you've got your priorities so right Louise, we should never forget what's truly important. :)

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  38. great post! you are amazing Louise and I love you!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  39. I love reading especially your blog posts! If I would be enticed to blog, it would be one similar to yours because it is quite inspirational and touching with each and every word written. Thanks my dear for sharing!!!!

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  40. I think we all feel obliged at some point to have to go out and attend every social event and I know I often feel like this. It's lovely just to stay home and chill out. I've been doing a lot of that lately and as long as I am keeping up with friends and going out with them every once in a while I don't think there's anything wrong with that lifestyle! :)

    Please keep doing Motivational Monday's they are one of my favourite types of blog posts!

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  41. Thank you so much for sharing my print! (and the original link :)
    You have a really great blog, I'm honored!

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  42. I think we need a nice balance of drama and sparkles with calm, quiet and mundane days. I think that's what makes life...life

    hope you have a good day

    -Annie

    astandardday.blogspot.co.uk

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  43. Hi Louise, I am such a big supporter of your videos and your daily blogs always put a smile right across my face :) SO...I am hoping you and your wonderful supporters can help me help my lil pet Buddha: here is the link: http://www.gofundme.com/helpingbuddha anything you or anyone can give would be greatly appreciated. thanks, much love and many blessings from Florida.

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  44. This is so true, I love having a calm time! xxx


    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  45. Ahh totally agree! I'm quite a bit of an introvert so I really enjoy days at home and not having to do anything but spend time with the family! xxx

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  46. Thankyou for this! I'm naturally an introvert and some people make it out like it's a bad thing, but I disagree!

    http://beautysquash.blogspot.com

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  47. I love calm days, they often turn out to be my favourites. I try not to be ashamed when people ask me "don't you get bored?" because I don't go out round town like most people my age but honestly I just much prefer staying in, calm and simple. Thanks for the post! x

    Ellinor
    abeautyconvert.blogspot.com

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  48. It seems like you have the most perfect balance of excitement/tranquility in your life, it's nice to see someone so contented with what they have and not constantly striving to be bigger and bolder and better! I don't think I'm quite ready to calm down myself though haha.

    ...thiscosmiclove. x

    this-cosmic-lovee.blogspot.com

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  49. please continue doing them <33

    oxx, Katrin
    http://inbetweenblush.blogspot.de/

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  50. Hi! I am a huge fan of yours. I was wondering if you could do the Beauty/Fashion Tag I did on my blog. I would appreciate it so much! Please do it! Can you all encourage Louise to do it too! I would love it if you would do it also. Please tell me that you did it!
    Thanks!
    http://cocoafashionandbeauty.blogspot.de/

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  51. I love these posts Louise! You have to keep doing them!!

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  52. My dad and I actually had a conversation about this the other night! It was about 9:00 pm and my dad and I were about to retreat to our respective bedrooms to read when my mom accused us of being boring. My dad quickly snapped back, "I'm not being boring I'm choosing to do what I want!" and I continued with "yeah I have a good book and I'd really like to go sit in my bed and read it!" My dad and I left to read and my mom and sister stayed up. I think it's important to remind yourself that if you're doing what you want then your not being boring, your being happy and true to yourself! Thank you for this post! I think I'll save it and share it with my mom the next time she gets on me about staying in rather than going to a party!

    Please keep doing these posts! They always seem to be exactly what I need to hear and I love reading them before starting my week! xx

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  53. I love this motivational monday! This one might actually be the best one yet. I've just gone through a break up and even though it was probably the nicest break up I've ever had, a broken heart is never easy to deal with. But it's reminded me to take time for myself, something I hadn't really been doing, and this post says the same thing to me. If I want to take a night away from everything to pamper myself, it's okay. I needed that reminder. So thanks. xx

    mysmallrayofsunshine.blogspot.com

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  54. I wish Motivational Monday was also motivational Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You are the best Louise.

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  55. Love this! Pretty much sums up how I'm feeling at the moment. Due to my age and how I was when I was 18 compared to now, people assume if I don't want to go out drinking and clubbing something is either wrong or I've become dull. Truth is, even though I do have other reasons for not wanting to go out, i'm at this stage in my life where I would much prefer to have a dinner party or go to the cinema. I just don't enjoy the fast pace of going out drinking anymore.

    Love your blog xxxx

    http://sle1881.blogspot.co.uk/

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  56. That is too true. If you spend your life dashing from one place to another, you'll let the important things pass you by. I love sitting in and spending quality time with loved ones!

    BeautyBaggage

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  57. I really look forward to motivational monday every week! Love the post, and your blog in general, please continue motivational monday! Nixi from missnixitrixi.blogspot.com xxx

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  58. i couldnt agree more, sometimes you just need a bit of calm in your life, a lot of rushing around and doing crazy things can sometimes tire you out

    leyla xx
    mythoughtsandboredom.blogspot.co.uk

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  59. This post is amazing! I'm with you on so many levels, and it's cool to see that I'm not the only person who deals with these types of things.
    Much love,
    Yasmine xx
    www.yasminebrooke.blogspot.com

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  60. As a mom, if I don't have calm sometimes... I would loose my mind! :) Having some calm life=better parent for me :)
    jasminebloombeauty.com

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  61. Keep going - I love these so much!
    I agree with you totally - as long as you are happy and everyone you love is happy then what does it matter!
    Love your tips Louise x
    Saskia x
    Sassy's Space Blog

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  62. Louise, you speak words of wisdom! I'm loving the motivational mondays, they are exactly what I need to get through the day. This is so true though, there's nothing wrong with not having a crazy life 24/7! Sometimes it's nicer just to appreciate the smaller things.

    http://lotterina.blogspot.co.uk/
    Beauty/Fashion/Lifestyle Blog
    xxx

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  63. I absolutely agree Louise! I love to go out and do fun stuff but I am happier when I am home in my own little world. Love these Motivational Mondays! Keep them coming please!

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  64. This is a great post! I am definitely one of those people who likes to take it easy. And "friends" always tried to make me feel bad about myself for preferring to sit home and read versus going out to clubs, etc.
    - Danielle
    www.keenbeauty.com

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  65. Please don't stop these posts, I look viewed to them loads! This weeks and lasts weeks posts have really hit home with me and I'd just love to say thanks. My friends asked me if i wanted to go ice skating on Sunday and to anyone else that may have been very normal and not all that exciting, but I had never been ice skating before and I intially said no. I then went home to do some work and checked bloglovin to catch up on my favourite bloggers and I saw last weeks post; think less do more. I decided there and then that I was going to go ice skating, I rang up my frined to see if it was ok and i had the best time! It really opened my eyes and i never really thought saying yes was all that difficult! This post also hit home because sometimes i feel like my life isn't exciting but this made me realise how lucky i am and its ok! Thank you Louise! Xx

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  66. I don't always relate to these motivational posts, but this one I definitely do! I hate it when I'm labelled as boring or antisocial for not wanting to be out partying constantly like some of my friends. Sometimes I just prefer to enjoy my own or my families company. I think this is a really important one to remind people!:)

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  67. Amen. yes. it is ok. i love my cocoon when am here. i work too hard so when i am home i wanna stay home but always feel obliged to go 'do' something cause i've been asked. you're right it's ok to stay home and enjoy the calm x

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  68. So true. I feel this is something that I already naturally live by, and find myself always reminding my boyfriend as he is often hit with the feeling that he's not doing enough.

    erinbulger.blogspot.ca

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  69. Lovely post, so relatable! Sometimes I'd rather have a night in to relax rather than go out! :)

    http://dellalovesnutella.blogspot.co.uk/

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  70. oh, seriously you have no idea how much these Monday posts help me! xx Louise, you are just the best.

    prettythings56.blogspot.co.uk

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  71. I often feel like I'm living the whole 'teenage' life wrong because although I do enjoy going out clubbing, I spend far more evenings curled up at home with my dog watching reality tv - and I'm perfectly content with that! It's nice to hear someone say that it's okay not to live a wild, energetic life 100% of the time :) xxx

    incompetent-beauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  72. Last night I had a revelation. I was sat chatting to a friend who was like why aren't you happy and I realised I am not unhappy but was just thinking that I should be. I work hard at a job I enjoy and does it really matter what anyone else thinks? Who cares if they think my life is boring?

    simplechroniclesofme.blogspot.co.uk

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  73. This post made my day. I adore your blog, it's so inspiring.

    http://fannygrey.blogspot.ca/

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  74. Thanks for this post Louise! I'm a bit of a homebody myself, and would rather snuggle into a chair with a pile of blankets, a cup of tea, and a good ol' historical romance book than be out with friends all week. I love going out with them and having fun, don't get me wrong, but this is who I am! Nice to know I'm not the only one ;D

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  75. Anabel Crawford25 June 2013 at 05:07

    This post was so nice to read. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in all the glory of partying when really a good night in is all you need to be happy. Thank you Louise!

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  76. I'm absolutely loving your Motivational Monday posts Louise! Please keep them going! :)
    I find people always want to go out and about and be busy and they can sometimes make you feel bad if you just want to stay home and be lazy for the day! I love living a calm life, but living the crazy life every now and again is awesome too! xx

    itslucym.blogspot.com.au

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  77. I think it's important to know how to have fun in both of those crazy & calm days. Littlest things always matter ;)
    www.speakstyleandrock.com

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  78. I've certainly found that as I've got older I can happily turn down a crazy night out for one on my sofa, a nice meal and DVD although in my younger days I was less able to do so... being called boring etc!

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  79. Oh my goodness, I'm completely in love with this post. It's perfect. I'm very often made to feel "boring" or get called "grandma" because I'd rather spend an evening watching a movie with my boyfriend and puppy than dancing away in a smokey, sweaty bar/club with random People all around you. I tend to distance myself from friends who make me feel this way, which is also really unfortunate, but what else to do? At some point I'll also start a family and I'm a bit afraid that I'll lose more friends - but in the end, family is most important. In the past year I've also spent much more time with my parents and I LOVE it! :) Thanks for this awesome post Louise :) <3
    www.michelleinanutshell.net

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  80. Great motivational post, and I totally agree, as from a few year ago I am preferring calmness rather than a busy lifestyle :)

    Please keep these posts going, they are awesome :)

    Cheryl
    http://cherci.blogspot.com/

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  81. It seems to me we are kindred souls! I have always been told that I am an old woman at the ripe old age of 20 haha I would much rather spend the evening with my family just hanging out as opposed to going to raging parties with my friends. I feel that life has more meaning on the calm track. Thanks for the post! It was perfectly timed in my life.

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  82. I totally agree ! I am in my early twenties, and my friend keep asking me to go out at night, and attend parties, or gathering, when all I want is stay home in the calm and drink tea while watching a movie ! I am not into the "exciting young adult life" at all ! I much prefer people thinking I am boring than act like them just to be "cool" or whatever ! This way, when I do go out of my way, it really feels special !

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  83. Great quote :) Made me realise that I don't always need to go when my friends organise meals and things unless I want to xxx

    http://jeminixlife.blogspot.com

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