H A P P Y S U N D A Y!
Man, I am obsessed with doing that thing where you put spaces between letters and make words look extra jazzy.
Anyway, the blog post.
I’m going to be super upfront and tell you that this is a sponsored post.
(One about pizza, which to be fair, is 100% one of the best kinds of sponsored posts).
And this isn’t how I was going to do this sponsored post. I had big plans of writing about why you should start saying yes more in your late twenties, after years of suddenly realising it’s OK to say no. And I was going to shoot the snaps with two of my oldest friends from home – people who have known me since JoJo and sparkly leg warmers and tankinis. Mostly because we used to be OBSESSED with Chicago Town Deep Dish pizzas – you know the ones that you whip up in the microwave in just three minutes?
We’d eat them hungover, we’d eat them drunk, we’d eat them sad, we’d eat them happy. They were our go-to I NEED CARBS snack as teenagers, and so it made sense to include them in this post, as a little nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Sadly timings didn’t work out, and life – as usual – got in the way of my grand I’ma-take-over-the-world plans.
So now this is a different kind of post. This is one about accepting life changes, of moving forward, and of enjoying the people around you.
Of remembering what matters, who matters, and of putting people above all else.
A lot of you said you were really impressed at how well I handled the theft of my bag and blogging equipment last week – a few of you even threw out the word inspiring, and I dunno about that, I’d call my CAT inspiring, but me? Meh, I’m just your average kinda gal.
The reason that I didn’t fall apart (aside from the first hour where the mascara and burgundy eye shadow streaks made me look like a melted wax work), was because I forced myself to put the situation in perspective.
I forced myself to think of all the things that could have been so much worse. I’d lost expensive belongings and hours and days worth of work, but I hadn’t lost a person, I hadn’t lost my good health, I hadn’t lost the good stuff in my brain making me feel like a happy, functioning human on a day-to-day basis.
My life situation was still good, everything in my life was good, and things were, despite what had happened, still really, really good.
This wasn’t a rock bottom – it was a rock bottom to my credit card statement – but not to me, my life or my happiness.
And so, very soon after the adrenaline wore off and I bumped back down to reality, I made the decision that I wouldn’t linger on it. That I would move forward, re-buy all my lost possessions and just get cracking with life.
I shot some of my fave ever outfit photos (which will be in a post next week), I launched my new blog design which I’m super happy with, and I spent lots of quality time with Chris and the cats.
I was the best that I could be.
The reality is, that life is going to throw curveballs at you. It’s going to test you and challenge you and push you to limits you didn’t even know existed. But it’s your choice to pick yourself up from them and move on. It’s your choice to be happy, to live life and to accept the cards you get dealt and take them in your stride.
So here’s some sassy polaroid snaps of Chris and I the night my re-design launched. We ate pepperoni pizza (the stuffed crust on the Chicago Town ones is absolutely the one), we chinked champagne, wore the jazzy pizza Slice Shades and we watched Gilmore Girls under a duvet on the sofa.
It might not be glamorous or exciting, but it’s my happy place, and as long as I’ve got that, I know I’ll be OK.
To win your own pair of Slice Shades all you need to do is pick up a promotional pack from your local supermarket (either Chicago Town Deep Dish or Takeaway pizza), find the reference number on the inside and enter it online between 9am and 9pm to find out instantly if you’re a winner. Chicago Town are giving away 27 pairs an hour.
Upload your Slice Shades selfie using the hashtag #LoveAtFirstBite.
G O O D L U C K!
This is a sponsored post but all pizza opinions my own.