Wednesday, May 24, 2017


The last few years have been huge for me when it comes to developing my emotional and psychological maturity. As someone whose interests lay closest to those of a thirteen year old girl, it can sometimes be confusing to know which qualities to let go of and which ones I should hold on to. Though I definitely don't think there's anything wrong with my Disney Princess obsession, or being the only person over 11 on the playground with my cousins, I think it's important to find balance between acting like a kid, while also having a good grasp on adult responsibilities and behaviour.

With that being said, what do you call yourself when you feel like you're getting a hang of the whole 'adulting' thing, but still have a closet full of stuffed toys? What do you call yourself when you're not a teenager anymore, but you're still not sure what it means to be in your mid-twenties? When I saw this t-shirt, I knew exactly how to describe this current stage of life: adult-ish.

My definition of adult-ish means I wake up early every day to go to work, but turn on Riverdale or read a young adult novel the second I get home. It means that my idea of fun is no longer partying until 2 a.m., and instead I choose to stay in and bake or read or watch Netflix instead. Adult-ish means I can sit down and have a deep and mature conversation when necessary, but that I still don't take myself too seriously. Adult-ish means that I find just as much pleasure in skipping down the street to get ice cream as I do strutting in a pair of high heels to a nice restaurant.

I've always thought that it was silly to use hobbies and interests to classify age. When you think about it, age is really just a perception of time, and you are only as young or as old as you truly feel. Up until last summer, my signature outfit was a dress with ice cream cones all over it and a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses. I still have songs from Hannah Montana and High School Musical on my dance playlists, and Disney marathons are something my weekends know all too well.

So here's what I want to know: If I'm working a 9-5 job, paying my own bills, living relatively debt free, and have settled into a mature relationship at the age of 25, who's to say I can't act and feel like a kid every now and again? We possess some pretty incredible qualities when we are children that could do us a lot of good as we grow older. Innocence, creativity, curiosity, fearlessness - those are things we should hold on to, not leave behind. Sure there is a line to be drawn in terms of how naive or childish or youthful one should act, and there's definitely a time and place, but in my opinion it is possible to keep a sense of adolescence without developing full-blown Peter Pan syndrome.

I like to think of myself as an old soul with a young spirit, meaning I have the ability to view life with a mature mind, while still maintaining a demeanor that is playful, and even slightly naive at times. I'm not ignorant, but I consciously choose to see the world through rose-coloured glasses, and I don't think there is anything wrong with that. Being adult-ish is my favourite state so far in life, as I have found perfect balance between learning how to mature and grow, while still staying young at heart.

What is your definition of adult-ish? Do you agree that it's important to hold onto those core child-like characteristics? I would love to know your thoughts, so comment below with your answers! xx

Shop the look: T-shirt - Styles by Strut // Pants - Zara (similar here) // Heels - Christian Louboutin (and here) // Bag - Louis Vuitton // Sunglasses - Little Burgundy (similar here) // Hat - Holt Renfrew (similar hereand here)

With love,


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