Oh Fuck It

Oh Fuck It

In my last blog post, I mentioned how I went on some amazing adventures and was just generally trying to live my life to the full. Being a single woman who is now 30 years old… jesus I’m getting old… has meant that most of my friends are all settled and married with sprogs, so this has meant they often can’t just go on a last minute adventure, unlike me. So fuck them, I don’t need them to go do some awesome stuff.

So with my oh fuck it mentality has seen me go and do all these things on my own: go to shit loads of gigs, book a festival, travel to Italy for my 30th, travel around Scotland doing the NC500 while sleeping in the back of my car, travelling around Wales and recently Wild Camping in Snowdonia for New Years Eve. This is coming from the woman that two years would’ve had a panic attack if someone looked at her weird.

Now I’m not trying to tell you how great being single is, we all know that it has it’s positives and negatives… look I have to do my own washing up, put the bins out and I also have to pay for my own alcohol nearly all the time… it’s horrendous. But what I’m actually trying to say is that sometimes when you think about doing something and then you sit there and you run through all the reasons to not do it. Don’t do that! Just think…. oh fuck it! 

It’s such a millennial thing to say, but it is true you do only live once, and wouldn’t you rather be that old person with all those cool stories? So go buy my oh fuck it art print to remind yourself to go do cool shit.

Fuck it – The Mental Attitude that Started my Business

Fuck it – The Mental Attitude that Started my Business

Fuck it - The Mental Attitude that Started my Business - Tia Russell Designs

We have all been there. At breaking point.

It was a standard weekday night, we even went to the local football club with the besties and had a few drinks, but I had had enough of it all. I wanted a future that I would be in charge of.

So, I thought FUCK IT and I started Tia Russell Designs.

It started with illustrations, all pretty and that, which I look back on now and they just don’t feel like me. I was doing things that I thought others wanted to see and it really got me nowhere.

Obviously, my fuck it attitude had consequences and got me into a bit of trouble. It led me to a situation where my mental health took a downfall. Now looking back, it wasn’t that bad. It was just my head fucking with me. My partner and friends supported me through this, and it turns out isolation is not the best idea and that support really can help.

Through this dark time, I had many chats about what was the point in life, why do people treat others so badly, why there are social rules that just constrict us…

Funny Art Print Live Laugh Leave by Tia Russell Designs

At the time, we saw everywhere these ‘positive’ quotes on bedding, home prints, candles, make up bags, well pretty much everywhere! Live, Laugh, Love. This originates from a poem called “Success” by Bessie Anderson Stanley’s ,1904. (“Live, Laugh, Love” is now trademarked and copyrighted by a company.) Now I’m all up for being positive and trying to have a positive mindset. But I’m not up for being told to Live, Laugh and Love. Sometimes it’s just difficult to get out of bed, let alone laugh. And this is where my “Live, Laugh, Leave me the fuck alone” print came from.

So the light at the end of this tunnel, was that I really got to grips with what Tia Russell Designs is about. It’s about honesty. Saying and doing what you want. Having the freedom and empowerment to say the things that not everyone will agree with.

It’s about having the FUCK IT attitude.

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