19 March 2014

"Beauty dreams and ripped seams" and realising I'm obsessed with US female TV stars

There's a great bit in The Devil Wears Prada (heck, there are LOADS of great bits) that has stuck with me. 

It's a quote by Nigel when he's talking to Andy (Anne Hathaway's character) about work in relation to life:

Andrea: My personal life is falling apart.
Nigel: That's what happens when you start doing well at work. Let me know when your entire life goes up in smoke: then it's time for a promotion.

It's the first thing my brain jumps to when I contemplate the joy of retaining a work-life balance, which is a lot of the time. The quote has successfully drummed the belief into me that no matter how hard you try, you simply can't have everything - something has got to give. 

If work is going well, there is a good chance something is going rather badly outside of work. And if work is going badly, you hold onto the fact that - thank god - something else is going right. But it's all in the choices that you make.

Life as a 22 year old graduate working in Beauty PR has, as always, been an uphill struggle. As I complete my 8th month of my year-long position, I've become conscious that time is going extremely fast, and I really, really don't want to be jobless at the end of it.

The issue is, either nobody wants me, or the people that do aren't willing to match what I'm on now. That's right - people aren't willing to match my intern salary in my quest to find a permanent role. In London. Where things are expensive, and money is a necessity if you want to rent in a place which feels safe, and to enjoy time with friends and the like.

At times like this, I do a number of things. Despairing and wallowing is one ("Why, WHY IS LIFE SO HARD?! Why oh why will nobody pay me decent money?") and eating cake is another.

But when I'm sick of despairing and wallowing, and feeling sick (literally) from one-too-many indulgences, I turn to crazy alternatives (today's was "Hey, I could totally become an escort and earn money on the side. AND it means I get taken to nice places. Score! And I could write an exposé and call it "Beauty dreams and ripped seams...") and positivity in the form of relatable quotes from my favourite women in TV.

So, if, like me, you are going through a rough patch of uncertainty and anxiety, read on:

Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day in "New Girl"

Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf in "Gossip Girl"

Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri in "The Mindy Project"

And finally... All of the girls from, you guessed it, "Girls"

Apologies for the rather picture-heavy post, but I'm afraid it was necessary to prove my point that, well, women on TV are awesome. Because let's face it: no one knows what the heck they are doing in this crazy-ass world. And sometimes it just takes someone on TV to say something that speaks to you and makes you think "YES! That is EXACTLY how I feel/think." It makes everything seem a little bit better, and a little more bearable.

Keep what you're doing ladies, because it keeps me sane.


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