1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.
2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.
3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.
5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.
6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.
7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.
8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.
9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.
12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.
14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.
15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.
i needed to read this
National Theatre Live to broadcast the Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus
We’re delighted to announce that on 30 January 2014 we will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus, directed by Josie Rourke, with Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius, live to cinemas around the world.
Tickets will go on sale from 7 June. Sign up for email updates.
The Maids, Jean Genet
From June 4 – July 20, the Sydney Theatre Company presents a new production of Jean Genet’s The Maids. The beautiful Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert play the leads in this portrayal of murder, sex and class struggle.
OMG what I would give to see this!
And all that remains of them to float about Madame’s airy corpse is the delicate perfume of the holy maidens which they were in secret. We are beautiful, joyous, drunk, and free!
- Jean Genet, The Maids (via yvonneconstance)
Stop comparing where you’re at with where everyone else is. It doesn’t move you farther ahead, improve your situation, or help you find peace. It just feeds your shame, fuels your feelings of inadequacy, and ultimately, it keeps you stuck. The reality is that there is no one correct path in life. Everyone has their own unique journey. A path that’s right for someone else won’t necessarily be a path that’s right for you. And that’s okay. Your journey isn’t right or wrong, or good or bad. It’s just different. Your life isn’t meant to look like anyone else’s because you aren’t like anyone else. You’re a person all your own with a unique set of goals, obstacles, dreams, and needs. So stop comparing, and start living. You may not have ended up where you intended to go. But trust, for once, that you have ended up where you needed to be. Trust that you are in the right place at the right time. Trust that your life is enough. Trust that you are enough.
Daniell Koepke (via uni-tea)
Thank you for this
I can’t imagine, unless there are genderless writers. I’m sure that would spark a healthy debate, and may make me enemies. Certainly when I’m writing I still have a vagina. I wouldn’t wish not to…it’s a part of me, that, upon reflection, I value quite highly. (And for those who have already dismissed me as woefully apolitical, I do think my feminine identity is more complicated and nuanced than that.) It does seem worth pointing out that my vagina does not know how to use Microsoft Word or Final Draft.
Lydia Diamond, in response to “Is there such a thing as genderless creativity?” (via fuckyeahgreatplays)
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
- Kurt Vonnegut (via freecocaine)
Theatre is better than film, novels, or any other medium for putting people through an experience. There’s the duration of it—you rarely read novels in one sitting, for example. I’m not interested in violence in a way that glamorizes it, or distances us from it; I want it to be something that’s really felt, but also works as a metaphor. Theatre can show us violence in a way that movies can’t because it implicates us. We watch it occur live right in front of us and we don’t stop it. But we also know, we hope, that it’s not real.
Ken Urban, http://www.brooklynrail.org/2004/07/theater/in-dialogue-a-poetics-of-terror-ken-urba (via julieannnn)
this gives me goosebumps