In Episode 8 of Freedom Hunters, I speak to Australian author, Sally Hepworth. Sally started her career in event management and HR, but it was while she was on maternity leave with her first child that she finally followed her instinct for writing and penned her first novel.
Today’s inspiring guest on Freedom Hunters is Emily Johnston, blogger, columnist and digital content creator. Originally from South Carolina in the US, Emily moved to London straight out of university to pursue her dream of forging a career in the art world. Early on, she found a role at an art auction house and worked her way there into a PR role for the auction house.
But it was when she started her fashion industry news blog in her spare time, that life started to change for Emily. Continue reading “FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 6: EMILY JOHNSTON”
Episode 2 of Freedom Hunters is out! In this episode, I speak with one of the coolest people I know, Chloe Roberts.
Chloe is a music industry executive at First Access Entertainment, a company at the leading edge of music management and publishing, TV, film and tech development amongst other things. Her company has been behind the careers of huge names such as Jessie J, Zayn, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora.
Not only is Chloe leading the way for women in music, she is also an inventor. A few years ago, whilst on maternity leave, Chloe developed and ultimately launched the hugely successful baby product, Lapbaby.
I talk to Chloe about how she got into the music industry, Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 2: Chloe Roberts”
Freedom Hunters Podcast has launched on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Google Podcasts and Stitcher! It’s my podcast where I talk to inspiring people who have escaped the rat race to create their dream career, or who have pursued a passion in their work. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Podcast Episode 1: Suzanne Delahunty”
A lack of storage space is par for the course when you live in London. Its something that I struggle with on a daily basis, as I lose items of clothes in the dense wilderness of my over-stuffed wardrobe. The problem has become so bad that I’ve had to convert my storage cupboard in my hallway into a second wardrobe.
I recently embarked on an expedition into the recesses of said storage cupboard, Indiana Jones-style, unsure if I’d make it back alive. What I (re-)discovered formed the inspiration for this story. The oldest items of clothing in my wardrobe. Why do I still have them there, taking up precious real estate? And how have they survived the dozens of wardrobe culls I’ve performed over the years? Would I still fit into them? So many questions…
It made me realise that I have some unwritten rules when it comes to wardrobe culls which account for the items I still have and wear, or have and look at with nostalgia… Continue reading “The Oldest Items in my Wardrobe”
Nearly one year ago, I left my full-time legal career to transition into life as a travel writer and editor and fashion blogger and stylist. What I’ve learned in that time about work, life and style could fill a book. The flexibility that comes with a freelancing mutli-hyphen career. The freedom from office politics. The new perspective on life. And, most of all, the increased room to play with my style choices. Continue reading “My Multi-Hyphen Style”
On my recent trip to Helsinki I met with two inspiring Finnish fashion designers and found that Finland is teaming with innovative, creative and leading edge design in fashion. Continue reading “Finnish Fashion: Interview with Designers Minna Paussu and Anna Markiz”
Six months ago, I left full-time employment as a lawyer to embark on a career change that I should have started years ago. I’m now in that transitional period of working part-time as a lawyer and every-other-waking-minute as a writer and blogger.
Since starting this career change, I’m fascinated by the whole process. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who are contemplating a career change, or who have already taken their careers in totally new directions. What is clear from all these conversations – the what-ifs and the I-wish-I’d-done-it-years-ago’s – is that the decision to change one’s career isn’t one that’s made over night. It’s a process that can take months or even years.
Three very fascinating people I have spoken to about their own career changes are: Jennie Hogg, a former insurance lawyer, now founder of Lois Avery Italian made cashmere scarves. Katharine Paterson, a spa therapist who branched out and started her own beauty business, KMP Skin. And Bola Marquis, an IT programme manager who founded Okun an African-inspired beachwear fashion label.
Between the four of us, it seems there are definite stages that were common to each of our decisions to change career. And those stages lead us all to that point of making a (well-researched and informed) leap of faith…
When I was starting out in my career as a lawyer in a large Australian law firm, the dress code was uber-conservative. Suits. That was basically all you were allowed to wear. God knows how I managed to get dressed each morning without falling asleep. I got on board with it nevertheless, believing that a nicely tailored, navy pantsuit would be the key to my career success. I tried to mix it up a bit and add my own flair, but back then when it came to a strictly corporate dress code there was a limit to what fabulous shoes could do to an otherwise boring outfit. Surely Casual Friday would have been my chance to bridge the yawning (literally) chasm between my workplace-lawyer self and my real self… Continue reading “Casual Friday”