Happiest Girls are the Prettiest!

What is happiness? – The quintessential philosophical question that evades the best, wisest and oldest of us.  In today’s world, a million opportunities surround us. Especially for us women, the world is an exciting oyster, and we are here to devour it. Sometimes though, it takes a while for us to swallow the oysters, and sometimes a while more for it to digest. These little obstacles in life tend to slow down, impede and tarnish the entire big, beautiful picture of life.

As women in this exciting 21st century world, we are inundated with opportunities and choices around us. As per Barry Schwartz, PhD, author of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, “The more options you have, the higher your expectations, and when your expectations are sky-high, you’re destined for disappointment…no matter how good things get.”

So, if lavishness doesn’t get us all giddy, then what does? In today’s consumerist society, we tend to feel like the latest gadget or article of clothing will bring us that everlasting bliss. But those goods leave a fleeting speckle of joy. So, what is the key to that bliss? Let’s try and get a li’l beneath the surface in our quest.

 1. Getting a close-knit, solid group of friends

From Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, to Emma and Liv in Bride Wars, and the epitome of Sitcom friendship – Ross, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey and Chandler in Friends, we all need our posse. Those special few that brighten the rainiest day, our silver linings in the grey clouds – the list of clichés goes on. But the foundation doesn’t – we need our friends; someone we can be ourselves around and share our tiny joys and sorrows with.

2. Wake up early

A seemingly small cog in the machine of happiness, albeit a crucial one. Think back to the last time you showered in 5 minutes straight, printed your notes off in 3, grabbed a coffee in 2 more, and just made it to class in time; only to realise that your conditioner is still stuck in your strands, you printed last week’s notes, your coffee has no sugar, and you just made it to class in time. Waking up 15 minutes early would have prevented an array of tiny, stressful moments that may slightly mess your day up.

3. Have Adventures

Adventures needn’t mean being ‘wild’ in the stereotypical way – going to a party or a club, getting sloshed out of your mind, and not remembering it the next day. It could also be skydiving, or writing a book, or baking a new type of cookie, or taking a different path to hike from what you take usually.

Being adventurous comes down to 3 very powerful yet less used words – Follow your heart.

4. Send something to someone you care about anonymously

They say that happiness is like a perfume – one cannot have it without spreading it on others.

Knowing that you’ve brightened someone’s day can be the highlight of your day as well – simple as that.

5. Don’t sweat the small stuff

Okay, so you ruined your nail polish for the club tonight. Will that matter in a week?

Okay, so the hairdresser ruined your hair cut. Will that matter in a few months?

Okay, so your relationship didn’t work out. Will that matter in a couple of years?

No it won’t. You might not believe it now, but as clichéd as this may sound, it will. The nail polish will chip off, the hair will grow out, and the memories will be replaced by new, happier ones. And to aid the processes, there’s always acetone, a wig and lots of chocolate with reruns of Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Woman and Psycho (depending on how twisty you are).

6. Loving yourself is non-debatable

You are awesome. And beautiful.  And intelligent.  And sexy.  And funny.  And kind.  And confident.

On certain days, you might lack a few aforementioned qualities. But always remember that those form the very core of you. Never compromise your values and beliefs for anyone; live your life the way you want to, without intentionally hurting anybody, and you’re en-route to blissful contentment.

The first stage to loving yourself is discovering yourself. Keep a journal, take those silly Cosmo quizzes, anything to find yourself, and once you find yourself, celebrate yourself.

Stay Bright and Bold Ladies!

– Mallika


The Bright, Shiny and Bold You

Hello Ladies!

Hope all is bright, shiny and bold.

Now that you have an idea of who we are, we wanted to give you an insight into our blog.

We like to think of this blog as a tree.  A big, beautiful palm tree. A big, beautiful palm tree with deep, ingrained roots providing stability, comfort and protection whilst waving her big, beautiful, shiny leaves around. This metaphor encompasses all that we strive for our blog to be:

The deep roots: Substance & Personality

The strong trunk: Health & Vigour

The shiny leaves: Beauty, stemming from the wealth of the roots & the trunk

To us, this tree signifies a natural lifestyle that we hope to share with you through this blog. A lifestyle of balance. A balance between a passion for working hard, a passion for being healthy, a passion for looking one’s best while doing both, and most importantly, a passion for life. This natural lifestyle can be incorporated easily into the busy lives of today’s 21st Century women – including quick and easy workouts (easy vis-à-vis the assimilation of the workouts into your daily routines and not necessarily vis-à-vis the intensity of it 😉 ); quick, easy and affordable natural beauty methods and techniques; and pieces on a general positive outlook to life.

We count Audrey Hepburn as one of our biggest inspirations with reference to beauty, health and again, a general outlook to life. Hence our title – a modern-day, cutting-edge personification of the legend of Audrey Hepburn.

Look at that! How beautiful IS she!

Anyway, we will be incorporating articles on Nutrition & Fitness (written by Sam); Beauty (by Mallika); and a whole bunch of other life-related and humour-related stuff.

Each of you is very important to us (the minute we see a new comment/follower, we squeal like Jerry caught in a hailstorm of cheese. Seriously.). We would love to get to know you better and we don’t get offended easily, so do feel free to drop by and send us a message on suggestions for articles/ways to improve/comments or just to say hi!

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Stay Bright, Bold and Be-YOU-tiful!