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personal essay: on “having it all together”

Victoria Beckham Orange Romper with Studded Sandals, Ring Handle Purse and scarf

Victoria Beckham Orange Romper with Studded Sandals, Ring Handle Purse and scarfVictoria Beckham Orange Romper with Studded Sandals, Ring Handle Purse and scarfVictoria Beckham Orange Romper with Studded Sandals, Ring Handle Purse and scarf Victoria Beckham Orange Romper with Studded Sandals, Ring Handle Purse and scarf Victoria Beckham Orange Romper with Studded Sandals, Ring Handle Purse and scarfVictoria Beckham Orange Romper with Studded Sandals, Ring Handle Purse and scarf

I was chatting with a friend the other night whom I hadn’t seen since last summer, and after a quick life update he told me it sounded like I “had it all together.”

I nearly spit out my drink in his face laughing.

Me? Having it together?

(Coming from a guy who owns his own home and has a full time job).

Me.

I’m living at my friend’s house (its quite nice).

I’m working at a seasonal job where I am the oldest (still fun).

And I have NO IDEA what the heck I’m going to do after Labor Day.

And I was the one that “had it all together.”

That brief conversation proved to me that it truly is all about perspective. From what my friend heard, it sounded to him like I was killing it. And while I wouldn’t go that far, I feel great. Sure, I may not have my career all together, but there is so much more than that. My mental health, physical health, personal relationships…all those things that REALLY matter, that’s where I feel like I have it together. So maybe his comment was meant to be based off of those, instead of my current job.

So take this as a friendly reminder that you definitely don’t have to “have it all together,” but I’m sure there’s someone out there that thinks you do, no matter how you feel.

Happy Monday friends, have a great week!

xo, Maddy

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7 Comments

  • Reply Jackie

    That’s a reminder that I need all the time. I definitely don’t feel like I have my life together, but I really don’t think anyone does!

    Cute outfit by the way 😉

    Jackie at Something About That

    June 12, 2017 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Sarah

    I remember my mom’s old boss asking me to meet with her just out of college daughter because I “had it all together” and she wanted her to pick my brain. I thought that was the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.

    Now, at 30, I’ve accepted that I’m pretty good at making it LOOK like I’ve got it all together. I’m actually a hot mess and have no idea what I’m doing with my life. But you’re right – someone things I do!

    June 12, 2017 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Alie

    Needed this today.

    June 12, 2017 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Annessa

    First off, loving this outfit. The orange is so fun and I’m loving the retro vibe – you look so cute!

    And omg SAME to everything else. I get similar comments from people and I’m always like ?????? I still feel like I have no idea what’s going on in my life and have a seasonal job as well with no idea if I’ll be living in the US or Europe or wherever in a few months. Def not how I pictured “adulthood.” It’s so stressfull. But I love your view on having everything else together. It’s so important to remind yourself of the things you do have. Everything eventually comes together!

    Annessa
    http://www.seekingsunshine.com

    June 12, 2017 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Nikki

    It is my personal belief that NO ONE has it all together. I don’t care how things seem, and maybe they act like it, but no one has it together. And that is OK. I certainly don’t. In fact, it is impossible because life is always throwing your curve balls.

    Also, love this retro look!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

    June 13, 2017 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Chloe

    As someone who never feels like I’ve got it together, this was a really refreshing read!

    I also love that outfit, this colours really suit you 🙂 x

    http://chloeharriets.com/

    June 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm
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