Monday, 11 April 2016

Everything happens for a reason.

Hat: Primark  //  Coat: New Look  //  Top: TK Maxx  //  Jeans: Topshop  //  Bag: Zara  //  Shoes: River Island

I recently up and left my home town of Southampton to move to Salisbury, and it pretty much happened over night. Myself and Jack both grew up in Southampton and moved out of my Dads house almost 2 years ago. I got a job working in Life Insurance, which wasn't the route I wanted my career to go down, but it really helped grow my personality, confidence and passion for what I wanted to do in life. In the meantime Jack was an aspiring tattoo artist working as an apprentice, constantly building up his knowledge and portfolio to become and fully-fledged tattoo artist himself.

In October last year Jack started working in a tattoo shop in Salisbury and became the tattoo artist he'd always dreamt of becoming. The travel was long but we both worked in opposite directions to Southampton so there wasn't much point in moving, until now.

A month ago I, along with my whole company, was made redundant and as sad and emotional as it was, it was certainly the kick I needed to finally get back into what I was passionate about, which is making clothes. Myself and Jack both had a surprisingly short chat about what I was going to do now that I was unemployed, and thankfully Jack told me to get only a part-time job so that I could concentrate on and build up my own business. So that was the plan. I would get a part-time job, and whilst I wasn't working for someone else I would work for myself and help build the brand I have always dreamed of having.

Lucky for me my friend, and fellow blogger, Paige, was looking for an intern to work with her a few days after I was made redundant. The work was in London so the travel would be costly, but it was an opportunity that I just couldn't pass. It was great to spend time with Paige in her working environment and see what she gets up to on a daily basis as a PR & Social Media Executive.

At the end of the week, as I was finishing my internship, I got a call from Jack, his boss was doing up a house in Salisbury to rent and had offered it to us. It was mad and I felt very anxious as even when I was at university I still lived at home and commuted every day. The next day we went to see the house, which looked like a bomb had hit it as it was still being reconstructed, so visualising what we could do with the place was essential. Later that day we agreed to be the new tenants and three weeks later we were moved in!

Everything happened so fast, but I am a true believer of the phrase 'everything happens for a reason' and this just felt right. If I hadn't have been made redundant we would still be living in Southampton paying a small fortune on travel, and now both of us walk to work as everything is so close by.

When life knocks you down I do believe it is because there is a lesson to be learnt. Being made redundant isn't all that bad when you are young with no children of your own yet, however it can still knock you and make you question what it is you are supposed to do in life. Fortunately I have always known what I wanted to do in life, it was just the timing that was never right.

So here is to a fresh start. A new home, in a new city, with more time and dreams to be fulfilled!

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'For what it's worth, it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over.' - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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