I haven’t got much time to write to you this morning, but I just wanted to say a quick word on perseverance…
Today I’m getting ready to hop on the Eurostar… AGAIN ! It’s become a habit, I can now pack my suitcase with my eyes closed and always grab sushi on my way. Luxury ! More and more exciting projects are being scribbled in my diary and this time I’m making my way to Paris for one of the biggest collaborations yet ! Cameras are awaiting me… CAMERAS !
Nice life, right ?! But let’s go back to the beginning… A year and a half ago, I finished uni and moved to London with my boyfriend. We didn’t have much more than our parents’ loving support, a couple of internships and ambition. A LOT of ambition. M. Marcel’s internship turned into a short term contract which then turned into a long term contract. Easy, peasy. He says he has a lucky star and I believe him. As far as I was concerned, I couldn’t wait any longer. The business woman was raring to go and as soon as I finished my internship I went freelance. Since then, I have had some very difficult times. It has been a fantastic adventure, but it hasn’t been easy every day. I have worked LIKE HELL to get to where I am. I have never known stress to be as difficult to manage as over the past year and even though I have never wanted to raise the white flag, I have spent hours on end wondering if I might be crazy. Or into deliberate self-harm. Or both.
But apparently not… Today I share my week between my blossoming blog and other exciting client projects. I have more and more work and am starting to earn a decent living. I’m really starting to have fun on a daily basis. I have managed to create a job I love. And I was able to buy these shoes just because I liked them.
If there’s one word I believe in it’s perseverance. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up”… I think there is a lot of truth in this quote. We often give up too early. But today, we’re closer to success than we ever have been. We’re definitely closer to success than those who give up. So by all means learn from your mistakes but never forget what you’re aiming for. Get up every morning thinking “one day” and that day will come sooner than you might have thought. Of course you have to keep your feet on the ground, know how to say you’re wrong and be flexible enough to stop a project that’s not working, but motivation wise, you have to believe in yourself. This might sound a little too care-beary or maybe even a tad too philosophical. What about real life ?! Well, it has worked for me so far. And I know it’s only the beginning.
Sweater – Vintage, used to be my Mom’s !
Shoes – Asos
Hat – H&M
Bag – DIY (see tutorial here.)