March 25, 2014 § 1 Comment
Sometimes there are days when I think “OMG, actually though. Really this time, this is the END”. And then six hours later I realise that this is in fact NOT the end, but merely another opportunity to have a complete laugh and make everything good on my own terms.
This does rather sound like someone who has just lost their job and is clawing at any random psycho-philosophical bullshit they can get their hands on. Nay, sir, this is not that apocalyptically desperate.
I merely put it to you that we are masters of our own destiny. Not in a Gala Darling “Make Your Own Glittery Joy By Paying Me To Teach You Scrapbooking” way. In a “If you just get off your arse and take a little snuffle about the place then you may find some good stuff that excites you” way.
I have worked extremely hard to afford myself the luxury of choice at some time in the future. The choice of what kind of work I do, where I live, how I feel about myself.
And I need to just freakin’ LET GO, man. It’s going to be OK – not because the universe is going to take care of me or because life just couldn’t let anything bad happen to me.
No; because I couldn’t let anything bad happen to me. I will fight and fight and fight, then fight some more. I will scratch and clamber and hike to the place that I want to live in and then sit back, replete, to enjoy my spoils. And those are words, my dear. The pure delight of earning my (artisan) bread from writing nice words. All I want. All I can do.
It’s going to be fine. Now sit up, finish your wine and stop bloody tearsing like a milky teardrop. You’re a warrior princess with stilettos made of glittering STEEL.
Now act like one.
December 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
Finally. This year is coming to a close.
Could it have been more dramatic and terrifying? Non, je ne pense pas. Here’s a few…highlights for lack of a better word:
- Four year anniversary with that bloke I live with this Friday – 1460 days since I first plucked up the courage to invite him for a drink after the Haslemere carol service. Yup, ROMANCE. Slightly cheapened by the fact that I then got trashed on pitchers at Spoons but we’ve never looked back.
- Got a new job of course. Probably the biggest deal of my LIFE let alone this year. Becoming a proper, fully-fledged copywriter for a seriously creative team has been a massive step for me, and I’m incredibly grateful. Also very grateful to all the other people who have paid me to write words for them this year.
- I discovered platform creepers. The most comfortable and awesome heels in the world, which give me long legs for no pain. It’s been a game changer.
- Went on my first plane-worthy business trip. To Glasgow. But still.
- Saw Fleetwood Mac and WEPT at the sheer beauty of such a spiritual experience. I will never forget it. In the words of Mick Fleetwood: “Our lady. Our poet. Stevie Nicks”.
- One of my favourite people in the world gave birth to a girl child. At home, with no pain killers. Which makes me almost as proud as the fact that Aria is the most intelligent, happy and active baby I’ve ever met. Oh, joyful year of that little bunny face!
- I got a smartphone, finally. See also: Grownup Laptop Bag. Add to that managing to call my bank to sort out a problem (only last week, admittedly), paying self-employment tax and finally putting money on my swipecard to buy coffee at work – and you’ve got a very different girl from this time last year.
- I developed a blushing problem. This is why I hesitated to use the word ‘highlights’. This is most definitely a lowlight, if you will. I have self-diagnosed Imposter Syndrome and written the issue off as a confidence shift activated by the new job. Please tell me I’m right and that it will go away. There’s nothing as humiliating as trying to say your intelligent and useful piece in a meeting with pink cheeks. People tell me it’s cute and endearing but seriously: who the hell wants to be cute and endearing in the dog-eat-dog Hunger Games that is a global marketing organisation?
- I went to Rome. The difference between my receptibility (or lack of) as a 17 year old and my pure WONDER as a 24 year old is remarkable. I thought I observed and absorbed everything back then but I was wrong. Rome was utterly incredible and I saw things I’d either forgotten or looked straight past as I made a beeline for Dolce & Gabbana.
- I really, REALLY threw myself into dressing however I want. 100%. Every day. I like to think I’ve found a good balance of grownup shirts and bow ties, pencil skirts and Harry Potter T-shirts.
- I kept my glorious sofa red wine stain and fag burn-free for an entire year, which is an immense achievement considering the things that go on in our house. I don’t want to jinx this with Christmas mayhem just round the corner, but WELL DONE US.
- I went out. To things. With PEOPLE. I saw jazz, drank cocktails, went to an art show (and bought art), danced on the beach, got up on stage, had a business dinner, and generally did a bit of life.
- I didn’t get a job I cried and shook and sweated over. But I got to the last two applicants and learned some things – and it’s just as well I didn’t get it really, isn’t it? I didn’t want to be a technical sector PR copywriter anyway and ended up with a much better salary in the end.
- I discovered new music and developed hilarious musical obsessions with Phil. Like Chaka Khan (probably listened to Ain’t Nobody around 1000 times over two months). And Celine Dion.
So that’s my year as a list. Now get me some oven-baked party snacks and a mojito, stat.
October 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
This week’s blog about B2B blogging is up on blog.hibu.com. It’s about the problem of actually GETTING PEOPLE TO READ WHAT YOU WRITE. We’ve all struggled with this so pop over and see what you think. If you’ve been running your own company blog since the internet was invented, this probably doesn’t apply to you…
OH! And it’s my last day in website production! I start my new role as Copywriter for Global Shared Marketing on Monday. It’s been a long time coming but now it’s here I’m like ‘Yeah, whatever. Let’s do this. Let’s get this DID.’
A happy time my dears, a SUCCESS has been had.
October 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Know what I love? Bows. Bows and colours. All the bows and all the colours please. To that end, I just bought a lot of brightly coloured bows. I wear these as bow ties and on my Ju Ju Jellies, so excellent investment I feel.
Also just won my second pair of Irregular Choice shoes this week…oopsie. However, £19 for £70 shoes is a bargain in anyone’s book.
I pitched quite a lot of work last week and some of it has already been completed, signed off and paid for which is a lovely miracle! I absolutely adore being able to make money doing something that comes naturally to me and that I enjoy. Yeah I know, vomit.
But don’t just stand there and throw stones at me. Go chase YOUR dream, yo!
January 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
I’ve been working on a new portfolio. It started out as a bit of practice (like this blog did!) but turned into something quite useful. I have a Pinterest portfolio where I pin all my articles etc. but now I can BUILD WEBSITES (yuh, pretty pleased with myself) I thought I might as well have a real one. Go and take a spin about the place.