The 10 times Kate Spade New York taught us to live our best lives this year

The 10 times Kate Spade New York taught us to live our best lives this year

Let there be light

Text: Jolene Khor

In the wake of Kate Spade's unfortunate passing, we celebrate the founder's life by recounting the valuable lessons we learned through her legacy

1. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade
The world is unpredictable — enjoy rolling with the punches, even when things go sour. They make for the best chapters in your biography. Also, everybody loves lemonade.



2. Be excited about anything and everything
Passion is highly contagious and powerful. It can ignite others', inspiring them to do great things. So share yours!



3. Pay it forward
When women win, everybody wins; it's the best kind of butterfly effect there is. Speak and act to empower those in need, because it's what's right, and because you may depend on reciprocity someday.



4. DIY is the answer
Because making something with your bare hands have been proven to be therapeutic. We can all do with some therapy, right?



5. Believe that you're enough
There will be people in your life that will try to prove that you're not. There will also be people in your life that will show you that you are. Be patient, and wait for them.



6. Revel in authenticity
Mean what you say and say what you mean — how else are you going to find self-actualisation? Real friends and true love too, come to think of it.



7. Walk the road less taken
Privilege is the ability to forge your unique path and craft your life as you see fit. Don't impugn it by wishing you had someone else's.



8. Accept and embrace your full self
The good, the bad and the ugly. Especially the ugly. Find the courage to come out of hiding, because when you face it (even with fear), there's a better chance we can fight it — together.



9. You're stronger than you think
It's one of the oldest clichés in the book yet its message has hardly diluted with time. Most of us give up when the going gets tough but what we should do is double up our efforts.



10. Be kind to yourself
If you're struggling, speak to someone who cares. If you're stressed, take a moment to decompress. If you're hungry for dessert, umm... what are you waiting for?


If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression or have suicidal thoughts, visit Samaritans of Singapore online or call the 24-hour hotline at 1800-221 4444.