In January 2015 I finished up working in PR and took the plunge into full-time blogging. One month later I got accepted into my dream Masters course! It was such a hard decision to make but I’m so glad I accepted the Masters. Blogging and work has taken a backseat for me for the past two years. I missed out on loads of exciting opportunities and travel trips (I’m still not over turning down an invite from Jamaica Tourism to study!!), not to mention all the tough days (and nights!) of studying! Trying to manage work and University was very hard at times but I never looked back. This summer I finished up studying and accepted a full-time position. I intend to work while also working on my blog as much as I can evenings and weekends so I’ll still be as busy as ever but when you love what you do it doesn’t feel like work! I had such a lovely day yesterday celebrating graduating from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy!
The above is the caption of a social media post I posted yesterday under a picture of me in my conferring robe and cap. The picture has received more engagement than any other post on my page in quite some time. This makes me so proud. I love that people are so nice to take time out of their day to react to the photo, congratulate me or write me a personal message because the post meant that bit more to them and they’d like to have a chat about it. It made me even more proud to wake up this morning with a message from a reader who believes that I and the post in question is an inspiration to young girls. I immediately got out of my hotel bed (we’re currently staying in the Eccles Hotel in West Cork but more on that again), ordered a coffee (because who can function without it?), and started writing this blogpost. I want my little piece of the internet to motivate, encourage and inspire young girls and guys, and anyone who may need the motivation to embark on a new chapter in their life.
This was a topic I really want to discuss in detail, especially for young girls who may be considering blogging or other such careers. While I have in the past and would always encourage someone to start blogging or follow their aspirations, I would also urge them to be clever about their future. I would encourage anyone to get a qualification and educate themselves. And, it is possible to do both! If you really want something you can achieve it but you may have to make sacrifices along the way. For the past two years I’ve skipped nights out, meeting up with friends, going to the gym and any TV / Netflix series that I seem to be the only who hasn’t watched yet (and yes that includes Game of Thrones). Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of weeks where I’ve taken some time off and anyone who has been following me on social media channels will have noticed days going by without me posting anything. But the truth is, when you work for yourself and have a blog where everyone can see your follower count and in a way ‘how you’re doing’, it can be very hard on your mind to not be posting as much as the next person, or not having work for a few weeks because you haven’t had time to produce content, reply to emails on time or attend a brand event.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t deal with anxiety over the past two years. I mentioned in the social media post that I made such sacrifices as passing on an opportunity to travel to Jamaica with my blog but being honest, missing out on countless travel and event opportunities was the easiest part. Over the past two years I’ve felt stressed, inferior, like I wasn’t succeeding, and, in the interest of being honest, felt crippled with anxiety on a few occasions. Being busy is one thing – that I can deal with, but from time to time you do need to give yourself a break when you just can’t fit it all in anymore. The only thing is, when I did this I was never happy because those anxious feelings always came back. I began to compare myself to other bloggers which is something I’d never done before in any aspect of life. When your success is public it’s hard not to let it all get to you and there have been a few moments where it all became too overwhelming and I just felt like giving up. I was lucky though, I had a boyfriend, close siblings, friends and my parents to often pick me up and encourage me to keep going. If you’re reading this and are looking for career advice or motivation to keep going and feel like you don’t have someone who can offer you advice, I encourage you to go out and find it. Get in touch with someone in that particular career on social media, talk to friends of friends, neighbours, anyone who might be able to help you make a decision or offer advice. And if you don’t feel like you have anyone, please message me. I’d love to hear from you and will offer any advice I can.
Thank you for reading this and for all of course kind messages.
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Earrings are H&M
With my parents
The best bunch of girls!
Until next time,