No Regrets

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I’ve had a bit of a crazy week again this week with work so I am really grateful for the long weekend and am going to try and enjoy it as much as possible. I wanted to share this outfit post with you as it’s one of my favorites as of late.

I shot this look at the Killarney Railway Station with the amazing Pawel Nowak at the start of the Summer and it was one of my more challenging shoots to date, being such a public place. To top it off, I seemed to have chosen a very busy time with lots of people around. I remember cringing into my little cape as people openly stared at me trying to awkwardly pose in the middle of the platform and I instantly began starting to regret my decision.

Just when the doubt (along with its friend, extreme mortification)  was starting to creep in, by some miracle I somehow managed to get a grip and just knew I had to block it all out. At the end of the day, a bit of staring wasn’t going to hurt me but most importantly it certainly wasn’t going to stop me doing what I had set out to do. I love the result and I hope you do too.

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Lately I’ve been really enjoying blogging and all the wonderful people that I’ve met since I’ve started, from local fashion designers to business owners, photographers and other bloggers too and I’m so excited to keep learning and collaborating with more like-minded and creative people.

I’ve always been a firm believer that positivity breeds positivity and that you attract your own luck so I’ve been continuing to celebrate little achievements where possible and starve any negative vibes that try to creep their way in, just like above! We choose our own thoughts, so it’s crucial to make sure you check them every now and again.

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While being the master of your own positive energy is paramount, I also think it’s vital to soak up other sources of positivity when possible. I met a beautiful young model at a shoot I was styling for work recently and I found her outlook on life really inspiring.

Sitting on a make-up chair, all bright eyed and bushy tailed at 8.00am in the morning  – I hadn’t yet had my caffeine injection so was still asleep – she came out with one of the most refreshing statements I had heard in a while and it certainly woke me up.

I can’t quite remember the exact context of the conversation but as I was fumbling through my rails of sweaters, she started “Well you know when people are like old and dying and they say ‘I wish I had done this, I wish I had done that’……..”uh huh”, I just about managed whilst trying to calculate exactly how many cable knits we would get shot in the first hour…..”well that will never be me, I always do exactly what I set out to do, I won’t have any regrets on my deathbed.”

Her statement literally froze my train of thought and I found myself staring back at her from my work/rummaging with my brain going 90 miles an hour. Although,some would call it naive, I absolutely adored her sentiment and her obvious passion for life and it definitely struck a cord with me.

Part of the reason I set up my blog was because I had such a hunger to do it. Although it was frightening to actually start, the thought of not doing it at all – not using that side of my brain – scared me much more because there is nothing worse than not being true to yourself and who you are by not fulfilling a passion, a skill or a dream.

So guys I’m going to be quite blunt – regrets are no good. Whether it’s a part-time course you are itching to start, that business you know you were born to set up or that career change you’ve been putting off – take a deep breath and do what you are most afraid to do. You never know what’s coming down the line but if you don’t start laying them tracks, no one else is going to do it for you.

I can’t say it’s easy but it’s sure as hell better than wondering!

Have a great weekend everyone….

Laura XO

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Outfit Details 

Blue Cape:In store at www.folkster.com
Sunglasses: Soho Market, St. Stephen’s Green Dublin
Black Trousers: Dunnes Stores
White Sling Bag: Savida at Dunnes Stores
White Heels: Pennys
DKNY Watch: H Samuel

Photos by http://www.PawelNowak.ie

 

 

LauraMacSweeny.com

Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger

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