Today I decided once and for all that I AM A MOTHERF*CKING GIRLBOSS! It’s a bold statement, I know, but here’s the thing. The original
I won’t lie, I’ve had a rough 12 months. During summer 2018, I was sexually assaulted and had to interrupt my studies while I healed. I’ve experienced my first real heartbreak. And, I’ve been going through a phase where it seems like other people are constantly getting the recognition and opportunities I believe I deserve. Honestly, it sucks. But, instead of getting myself down and crawling into a hole to hide, I’ve been pushing to make new opportunities for myself.
Here’s a brief overview. I applied for – and was hired as – the online editor for the largest student newspaper in the country, giving myself a fighting chance at entering the world of fashion journalism. I set up Blonde Sartorial and am loving the direction it’s going in. And lastly, through a magical combination of never quitting and a stroke of luck, I scored a ticket to a show at London Fashion Week. (That last one I’m particularly excited about.)
So, I’m a
Make your own opportunities
Good things come to those who wait but only the things left from those who hustle. This time two years ago, I was overlooked for an editorial position at a publication I’d been faithful to for over three years. In a classic case of nepotism, the previous editor chose her friend instead. In retaliation, I set up a Manchester-based branch of a world-leading women’s media platform. This then led to my current position as an editor for a much more respected newspaper. Successful people take every opportunity they can get. But, if the opportunities you desire aren’t coming your way, make your own.
With all the incredible opportunities you’re pursuing, being organised is key in order to make the most of your time. Get a planner, such as ‘Getting Stuff Done’ by Career Girl Daily. Start bullet journaling. Or, get to grips with Google Calendar. Beyond this, try getting physically organised, from clearing out your wardrobe to tidying your flat. If nothing else, getting organised feels damn good!
Get rid of toxic people
Want to improve your life? Getting rid of toxic people (i.e. anyone who makes you feel like shit) is an important step. Unless you’re contractually obliged to spend time with somebody, if they have a negative presence in your life, drop them! Whether it’s a friend that makes you feel guilty for pursuing your dreams or an influencer who makes you feel insecure about your body, you don’t need to be dragged down by their toxicity. Remove them from your life and move on to bigger and better things.
Take care of yourself
Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. Always make sure you look after #1 (that’s yourself). When I was sexually assaulted, I
Be confident (or fake it, at least)
Believe in yourself. If you don’t, nobody else will. However, being confident isn’t always easy. We live in a world with a gender pay gap and where the media constantly spews out an image of