Monthly Archives

July 2016

In Guest Posts on
July 31, 2016

The Reality of Taking a Career Break in Your 20s

Mia Holt shares what happens when you take a break from the career you’ve worked so hard for. 

 

You know that career break you’ve always wanted to take? My amazing friend Mia Holt actually did it. In this guest post (the first on my blog!) she shares what it’s *really* like to pause your career, move to the US for a few months and go against everyone’s expectations.  Read more

In Interviews on
July 26, 2016

An Interview with Felicia Sullivan

On starting a female-focused company, the definition of “success” & knowing your boundaries.

 

Felicia is an award-winning author based in Los Angeles. Over the past two decades, she’s built businesses & brands, and recently launched her own company, Phoebe & Kate. Her Twitter feed is one of my favourites. Ever. She also writes beautifully, is refreshingly honest and a total tour de force. This interview originally featured in my newsletter!

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In Essays on
July 24, 2016

Jealousy Is Not The Enemy

Could this abhorred emotion, actually, be one of life’s greatest assets?

 

Like you, I have always lived with jealousy. My first memory of it was in second grade, and her name was Sarah. She had perfect blonde ringlets and an enviable Beanie Baby collection.

I can also remember my most recent experience of jealousy. It was yesterday, after all. To cut a long story short, someone who doesn’t do much work at all, got a promotion. And that’s putting it politely. Read more

In Lists on
July 24, 2016

The Inspiration List: Places, People & Publications

A list for when you need motivation, escapism or a little faith in the human race. 

 

A quick browse of the news lately can leave you feeling helpless and lost. That’s why I’m sharing the people, places and publications that keep me inspired, especially when I need it most. Whether you’re looking for motivation, escapism or a little faith in the human race, here’s my definitive list of the best of the internet. Read more

In Interviews on
July 21, 2016

An Interview with Emma Gannon

On curiosity, building a personal brand & trusting your creative instincts. 

 

Emma Gannon is an award-winning blogger, speaker, podcaster and author of Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online out now! The ultimate multi-hyphenate, basically. Emma’s vision and drive has long been an inspiration of mine. Her content is *amazing*, she’s constantly working on exciting projects, and, as if that wasn’t enough, she’s a wonderful human, too. And the best part? She’s just getting started. I interviewed her about personal branding, her brilliant new book and why there’s no perfect formula for achieving your goals. Read more

In Essays on
July 17, 2016

How My Failed Business Made Me Who I Am

Here’s a secret that few know about me. When I was 19, I started a business. But here’s the punchline: it failed.

Let’s rewind…

I was young, bored in university and frustrated by how slowly my life seemed to be going. I wanted to do something, ANYTHING… and that anything turned into an online clothing business.

Of course, I had no e-commerce experience, but I knew I loved fashion, vintage style and making money. So I got some friends together, customised some clothes and headed to a scenic place to shoot some photos.

Although I often avoid thinking about the figures, we sold the first items well, with virtually no effort at all. With a profit margin of 50% or so it didn’t seem like such a bad idea. What could go wrong? Read more

In Interviews on
July 14, 2016

An Interview with Jen Carrington

On fighting fear, starting a business & living life on your own terms.

Jen is a creative coach, podcast host, and all-round content pro. Simply visiting her website inspires me to be better. It’s important to engage with content that makes you want to up your game, and Jen is exactly that for me. She has created a business on her own terms, been remarkably honest about her struggles with mental health, and has inspired me to lead a more impactful life. She doesn’t preach unrealistic advice, but actually tangible, sustainable things to help you become your best creative self. This interview originally appeared in my newsletter. Enjoy! Read more

In Essays on
July 10, 2016

Why I’m Bored of Being Told To “Hustle Hard”

We’re a society who buy things we can’t afford, with hours from our lives that we’ll never get back, to impress people on Instagram. 

 

We proclaim we’re “so busy!” and “have no time for anything!” without a second thought. We wear our busyness as a badge of honour. We compare our broad daylight reality to other people’s edited highlight reels. We complain about being overworked. We continue.

As Catherine Baab-Muguira so eloquently puts it, “we’re the generation who were raised with a “you can be whatever you want to be” ethos that met the worst job market in years”. We feel we have to overcompensate and overwork to feel like we’re achieving something… anything.

We’re constantly being told by self-professed career gurus and self-made millionaires to “hustle hard”. That expensive things equal a successful life. Ideals that were once reserved for rap songs have become our raison d’être. Read more