I find the following personal manifesto written by the fabulous Gala Darling to be so inspiring that I’ve printed it out and hung it next to my desk (I’ve made bold the parts that particularly resonate with me):
Choose to see the best in people. Strike up conversations with strangers. Never be afraid to ask for what you really, really want. To love, purely and fiercely, without agenda, is the most terrifying and rewarding thing you will ever do. Travel is essential to the spirit. A pair of great shoes means nothing if you have an ugly heart.
Try your hardest not to judge anyone else; it never leads anywhere good. Always avoid tabloids and gossip, they destroy the soul. Be kind and loyal. Many things in this world are more important than money. Always trust your intuition, always. Rescue animals, it will strengthen your heart. Never delight in anyone else’s misery. Trust in others.
You are your own best investment. Believe in the magic of a new day and a fresh start. Follow your bliss. Do more of what you love. Always do the best you can. Create your own family and care for them ferociously.
When people offer you opportunities that scare you, say yes: It’s the very best way to grow. You are never as stuck as you think. Stay eager. Love yourself. Say yes to the adventure of life.”