Alright, I admit it, I’ve been a closet The Hills fan, but admitting this years later has a point. What really got my attention and why I liked the show so much (okay, not that much I swear) was that Lauren Conrad was doing all these internships and jobs that were closely related to what I wanted to pursue. Particularly, when she worked with fashion publicist, Kelly Cutrone.
Kelly’s “no holds barred” attitude and her success really drew me in. And years after the show I finally have my hands on her book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You. They say timing is everything, and this book could not have come at a greater time. At a time in my life where self-doubt creeps up on me, this book is that great big slap in the face that I need to really stick to the grind.
So here are a few of my favourite quotes:
“This was when I learned that you have to give up your life as you know it to get a new one: that sometimes you need to let go of everything you’re clinging to and start over, whether because you’ve outgrown it or because it’s not working anymore, or because it was wrong for you in the first place.”
“I advise you to stop sharing your dreams with people who try to hold you back, even if they’re your parents. Because, if you’re the kind of person who senses there’s something out there for you beyond whatever it is you’re expected to do - if you want to be EXTRA-ordinary- you will not get there by hanging around a bunch of people who tell you you’re not extraordinary. Instead, you will probably become as ordinary as they expect you to be.”
“When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.”
“In breaking away from the familiar and the expected, you’ll be forced and privileged to face greater challenges, learn harder lessons, and really get to know yourself.”
“Dreams won’t always take you on a straight path to destiny but they’re usually related to what your soul wants for you. They’ll force you to ask yourself the hard questions, they’ll kick your ass and more importantly, they’ll turn you on.”
"If you aren’t hearing your inner voice, it could mean you’re overburdened or not stimulated enough, or that you’ve learned to shut it off because the people around you have refused to engage it. Perhaps you’ve had a hardening of the arteries around your soul. I believe the choices we make in our lives and the people and places surrounding us increase the volume of our inner voice, decrease it, or annihilate it entirely.”