Oh hello, June, where did you come from?  Seriously how is it June already? I'm going to try and make the most of summer this year - despite everything else being rubbish. I'm going to enjoy myself and have fun in the sun. Sound like a good plan, doesn't it? ⠀
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Oh hello, June, where did...

I must admit that I did get bored with balcony/mirror outfit pictures and wanted a more nature/organic photos backdrop. Well now summer is right around the corner, and the sun is indeed shining, and with news that lockdown resections are now easing, I now thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out into the wood and show you this floral Zara dress.⠀
I brought this dress at the very beginning of this year and was keen to show you guys this as I think it a lovely summer dress to wear, plus, I also thought it would go nicely with my red hat.⠀
For someone who has been cooped up, I must admit that it was nice to go into my local woodland and to walk around for an afternoon. I think it was also lovely for Richard, my husband, to pick up his camera again and to take some photos. The whole pandemic has put a pause on his professional photographer profession, and he hasn’t needed to use his camera much.⠀
It was lovely to put on a dress and to make myself look a little presentable. It got me out of my loungewear for an afternoon. The experience made me feel a little more like myself, and it put me in a good mood. As much as I like comfy loungewear, I’m still someone who wants to dress up.⠀
I’m hoping I can go out more this summer, of course still observing the social distancing rule, and doing more outdoor outfit photos. I’m also hoping this summer to wear more of my summer outfit and to feel more like myself.⠀
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I must admit that I...

Usually, when I do an outfit post or picture, I like to dress up and show you some pretty dress. But this time I thought I would show you a few of my casual wear and what I wear on a day to day basis. I must admit, as much as I love to dress up, I wouldn't exactly go to Tesco in them. So on a day to day basis, I'm usually in jeans and a top. ⠀
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If I were to describe my style, it would be summed up in two words: quirky and fun. I'm sure you realise by now I don't like boring black fashion – I do fun, bright, colourful style. Case in point is this Collectif watermelon dress. You can't get more quirky and fun fashion than this, can you?⠀
I like my clothes to reflect a lot of my personality, eternally youthful while also quirky and fun. Yup, that pretty much summed up me. The saying, you are who you are by the clothes you wear, really does hold up with me.⠀
I'm still that little girl who had a dressing up box as a child and would play dress-up; now I just have a wardrobe filled with more clothes than I could ever need as my dressing up box. I still like to have fun with my clothes, and I haven't lost that childhood wonder about clothes. And I don't think I ever will.⠀
Overall, what I'm saying is that this Collectif watermelon dress reflects who I am as a person and also my style. I also believe it represents how fashion shouldn't be all serious; it should be fun and should put a smile on a person's face.⠀
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If I were to describe...

* Stare at the computer screen completely blank, not sure what write*. Pretty summed up my week really - a blank space. Yup got writer block. ⠀
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* Stare at the computer...

A girl who just love polka dots! Also, you can see the *bad* dyed job I did when I thought it would be rock and roll to go blue. Haha ⠀
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Why I hate the C word

There’s a word that I just hate saying and hearing. Career. Here is why I hate the C word.

Isn’t it strange that I hate that one word, career? I mean what the big deal about a word anyone? Why do I tense up when someone says it to me? Or I would try and use any other word – but that one word.

But truthfully that one word really does carry a lot of weight attached to it. The word, career don’t just have one meaning and it just branches off to so many different others meaning.

Whenever I hear it, the word career I just tense up and never really know what to say, struggling to get any words out. I find myself dreading someone asking me, ‘so how do you see your career progression’? Why do people keep asking this? What the interest? Why is it so important to ask someone about their career?

Here how the dictionary defines the word: Career.

‘an occupation was undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.’

Its something we get taught about in school, especially in high school or as you are nearing your school life. I’m not sure what it like for many another school (especially outside the UK), but for me when I was in year 9 to year 11, we would have career planning lesson and get told that we must know what to do with our lives. Of course, this all correlated with choosing your GCSE courses.

For me, I sort of knew what I wanted to do – work as a journalist or at least something within the media. Of course, my teachers told me that it would never happen and it was ridiculous ideas.  Then they try to persuade me to take up a new career path.

I think that must be the beginning of me hating that word. Being told that it the wrong career path for me and to choose something else. Me being stubborn and not one to be told that it was wrong, I stood my ground and I still went ahead. I did graduate from fashion journalism and I am now writing for a living.

Once I left school, I met a career guidance woman at my sixth form college. She didn’t try to persuade me to choose something else, in fact, she was very supportive and told me what I would need to do to achieve my goal. But it wasn’t the career guidance woman fault, I eventually dropped out of sixth form college as I felt eventually they were messing me about.

As I got older, I would have quite a lot of those dreaded job interviews where the subject of ‘career’, would be brought up. There’s no avoiding it and always the same question, ‘how do you see your career in 5 years’ time?’.

Half the time I don’t know what I’m doing in 5 minutes’ time, lets alone 5 years. So I always staggered my answers and give a jumbled reply. That question always throws me a little, I know it designed that way but for me, it always throws me a way of course.

Even at my last job, the subject of career was brought up. I would have managements just bluntly ask me about my career progression. This is another instance where I would stagger my answers and give a jumbled reply, too polite to say what was really on my mind.

It feels like to me, for the majority of the world, they all seem to be obsessed with careers – well to be more accurate – my career.

For me, I have come to the realization that why when someone asks me about my career, really what they are saying, ‘what are you doing with your life woman?’.

When I spent a good few years doing nothing but going for job interviews and having an endless amount of rejection letters, it did feel very much of what am I doing with my life?

I would found myself asking at the time, if having a career so important; why is it so difficult to get one?

This is why I hate the c word, I’ve come to the realization that society is so engrossed with individual career and their purpose in life; that it not as easy as it looks to even attain one. The c word is often links with money and power.

My friend, Polly (not real name obviously) she always been that girl who never knows what to do with her life. She doesn’t give two hoots about her ‘career’ path. The only path she took is one on a plane or on a coach. She’s always travelling.

She just lives day by day, not thinking about today or tomorrow. For me that is amazing. And that is one of the reasons why I decided to work for myself. Just to go at my own pace and also my own path.

Now I’m at the top of my ‘career path’, I am my own boss. I wish I can say, I don’t have anyone asking me about my career. But I still do.

There is nothing wrong with just standing still and carving out your own career path, whether that is working for yourself or spending your life travelling. It has taken me a long time to realize that, maybe cause I’m in my 30s and now a little older and wiser.

At the end of the day, who cares if you don’t have a career path? I mean, really who does care? No one really. While you may get some nosy people asking you, really they are just being nosy and is too busy with their own little world to do anything about it.

Career is often linked with high powered suit woman taking on the world when really career can just mean you are living your life. Can’t living be a career in itself.

While I might think this and believe that life is more than about a career, I can’t change how society works and which does mean I will forever be hating the c word.

And you all thought I meant the other c word didn’t you when you first read this?

9 Comments
  • Becky
    February 26, 2018

    Can totally relate to this . I have never truly known what I’ve wanted to do with my life and often felt like a failure for not having a career plan. Life is what you make of it, and sometimes you can’t pigeon hole yourself. I think that’s ok too…. it’s took me until my mid 30’s to realise this tho 😊

  • I’ve never had a career as such, I’ve worked for myself for as long as I can remember. Not always doing the same thing either. I guess I’m not a huge fan the the word either! #globalblogging

  • The Willow Tree
    February 26, 2018

    I had an idea of what I wanted to do when I was at school – and now i have become trained in something completely different. Theres no set path and career or no career, we should feel proud of what we all have achieved. I did think you might have meant the other ‘C’ word haha! #Globalblogging

  • Haha this is not where I thought this post was going after the heading. I love both C words! 🙂

  • I’m not keen on the concept of career. I wanted to be a teacher but found no support at uni so didn’t apply. I think careers are good for a vague plan but mustn’t be set in stone and be restrictive. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

  • alicia
    March 7, 2018

    I think the idea of a life long career is changing a lot. our grandparents stayed in the same job for 60 years. more credit to them. but jobs have changed and people have changed and I can’t seem to stay in the same job longer than 5 years.

  • Princy Khurana
    March 7, 2018

    i never wanted to work to begin with. i always wanted to have an easy life but i was thrown into a job, suddenly, so to be true, working for someone never left me happy !

  • Jen
    March 8, 2018

    Haha, I love the title. Great points. The term career can be so limiting sometimes. I’m glad you found your path!

  • Katie
    August 3, 2018

    Agreed! I’m in the middle of a job search at the moment… and I’m really sick of people asking, people asking why I’m applying for jobs and what that has to do with anything. I have a masters in law, but I don’t want a legal career… everyone else seems to just want me to follow a narrow career path 😂

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