I have finished my degree. I studied law at the University of Manchester for 3 years, and will be officially graduating with first class honours on July 17th. I couldn't be more thrilled, but now as I enter the dreaded land of post-graduation
and I wanted to write a bit of a frank and honest plan of action. So:
During the final year of my degree, I decided that I don't really want to be a lawyer (not in the very near future, at any rate). I have also thought a lot about the fact that I have been in education solidly since the age of 4. With that in mind, I've decided that I want to take a year out of sorts, but not really. I'm fortunate enough that I have been able to call my blog a 'part-time job' alongside my studies for the last year or so, and now my plan of action is to work extremely hard and make my blog my job, or there abouts.
As far as the logistics of this go, going from being a supported student in Manchester to an unsupported graduate in London is an astronomical step financially. I have been somewhat sensible and saved up a lot of the money I have earned this year, so I have a little bit of a buffer to figure myself out in the first few months of moving down. I'm not ruling out part time or even full time work of a different nature and in some respects I think I would really enjoy and benefit from a 'real job' related to what I'm doing with my blog or writing, but this is getting into very hypothetical territory and I will be crossing that bridge when I come to it.
The TLDR to all this is that, for now at least, I am a FULL TIME BLOGGER.
What this means, is that I'm going to be refining and working a lot harder on my content. Now, my satisfaction level with what I'm posting is at about 6/10. I love clothes and I love putting together outfits and don't intend to stop photographing them for this blog, but what I'd really love to do is start writing more about what I am passionate about. I'll make angry, socially and politically charged tweets
, post pictures from gigs on Instagram
, but none of that really translates here at the moment. You might have noticed a slight increase in music related posts
, and this is definitely a step in the right direction for me. In essence, I want my blog to be more reflective of myself as a whole, rather than exclusively about what I'm wearing or the products I'm putting on my face. Ok? Ok.
Moving to London!
The second fairly huge post-graduation life decision I've made, which I've basically already given away above, is to pack up and move myself to the capital in September. Obviously this is somewhat related to being a 'full time blogger'; sadly the industry (as with most things creative) is still very London-centric and so it makes a lot of sense for me to be there. I love Manchester to death and am already getting overwhelming waves of nostalgia whenever I walk around the city, but I have lived here for three years (and nearby all my life), and I am itching for a little change. This plan materialised earlier this year with my friend Lowri; she is going back to university in London, and I essentially invited myself along. Although I'm sad to leave a lot of people in Manchester, I couldn't be more excited to move. I'll be blogging as much of my moving experience as possible (and selling most of my worldly possessions on Depop
), so I hope you're going to be interested in hearing about that.
And that's about it really. As you may already know, I have just returned from three and a half weeks in America and so now is the time for me to properly pull my finger out and start working my little socks off to make sure that all of the above comes into fruition.
The purpose of this post was partly cathartic, and partly to let you all know what I'm up to now I can no longer rely on the 'student / blogger' niche. I blog for myself and my own enjoyment but making sure I'm producing content that you lot enjoy reading is of absolute paramount importance to me too, so if there's anything you'd like to see from me and my blog, or anything you like or dislike about how I'm doing things at the moment, please do let me know in the comments. I'll sign off what feels like a weird diary entry by saying thank you all SO much for continuing to be bothered about my little life and my little blog!
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