Looking at these images it made me think of all the incredible brands I get to work with on a daily basis, from Farfetch sending me these beautiful Victoria Beckham sunnies that I am wearing above and getting to try different brands I haven’t before. I suddenly I become so thankful that I started, and for everything that has come from doing this.
It’s not always easy, in fact it rarely is, but I love it whole heartedly and enjoy every minute. This then got me thinking of all the valuable life lessons blogging and working for myself in this industry has taught me in the last year. I thought it may be useful to some of you if I share them, but if that’s not your thing, I have an exciting beauty post coming on Monday so you may want to come back then.
Lessons I’ve learned
Firstly, I have learned how much you need to have people around you and how important networking is. This may seem trivial for others, but for someone like me who is completly introverted and prefers to mostly be alone it hasn’t been easy.
Of course as I prefer to spend time alone working at home alone is great for me and I find I am most productive then anyway. What I struggled with was the networking side, and as it’s such a huge part of this industry, along with it being difficult enough for me being stuck in Glasgow, I knew I had to make a conscious effort to meet people and spend time with them.
As it turns out, I’ve met incredible people from so many different places who have became in integral part of my life. Meeting them and those within the industry and beyond has helped me not only in my job but in every aspect of my life.
Leading on from that, it’s so important to have a team around you who you can bounce off. Doing this alone in this way is difficult enough with all of the creativity involved, then add in the admin like contracts, emails, invoicing etc. the list is never ending.
It’s perfectly ok to need help and to ask for it, because as much as I think I can do it alone, I just can’t. When I have a team of people around me who I can run ideas by, or even just to help take an Instagram picture, it helps take that weight off a little.
I have also learned that I am extremely indecisive, and that is something I need to work on with everything, not just work. I spend hours choosing between basically the same images and fretting over a spelling mistake in an Instagram story. It’s wasting time that I don’t have and in the long run and I suppose in every aspect of life it’s best to let that go and try to just go with my first instinct.
One of the most important things I have learned is that life is never as it seems online. I mean I continued to post pretty flat lays and street style images for a whole year that I was really unwell. I didn’t want it to interfere with my blog so I continued to work but that was one of the hardest things I have ever done.Never judge people for their content online but also, never let it make you feel bad about yourself. Everything is highly edited and curated – even the stories at times. I struggled with this a lot, but the more I continue to see the more I realise how much of an illusion it can be.
Finally, I’ve learned just how bloody hard self-employed/free-lancers and people who work for themselves work. I have a whole new level of respect for those people who decide they are going to go out on their own and build something for themselves. My life constantly feels like a jigsaw puzzle trying to fit everything in doing shoots at 8am on a Sunday morning or on my lunch. At the end of the day it’s all worth it and it makes me very happy, but the past year I have come to really appreciate the effort when I look at what others are doing within the industry, and beyond. It really is 18 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Thank you for reading as always, and as I said, next week I have a huge beauty post and some summer sales content scheduled, so if you prefer that to the personal posts, please let me know!
Happy Friday & have a great weekend.