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When you see someone successful it’s easy to think that its all come effortlessly to them. Why is this so? When that’s rarely the case, especially with professional women. In this series I hope to explore the professional realms of different working women, how they’ve got to where they are today, and what nuggets of wisdom we can be empowered by moving forward with our own careers.

This is a monthly catalogue of question and answer interviews, called the Working Woman Series. I hope you enjoy reading these pieces, as much as I enjoyed interviewing these inspiring women.

This month’s installment of the Working Woman Series comes from local blogger, bridal MUA, and business-boss Emma Campbell, more widely known by her alias ‘What Emma Did’.  A bit of a busy lady to say the least; Emma’s main job is running WhatEmmaDid.comwhich hosts content from beauty, to fashion, to reviews of Manchester’s food & drinks scene. The blog is supported by Emma’s social media status. Boasting a following of over 23k, and that’s only on Instagram. Emma has been blogging in Manchester now for just over 8 years, firmly cementing her steak in the Manchester’s social scene.

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Recently leaving her job in beauty PR to pursue writing full time, Emma is now acting Lifestyle Editor at Lovin’ Manchester where she gets to use her social influencer status to bring her audience the latest happenings and hotspots in Manchester. For those of you who didn’t know (including me before I wrote this piece!) Lovin’ Manchester has over 450K likes on Facebook, and their following grows everyday.  

2018 is set to be one hell of a year for Emma Campbell, and I got to sit down with her to discuss all things in the pipeline for her, her businesses and what gems of wisdom she’d love to share that she wish she new when she was starting out.

1. Having a career, and running two businesses must be manic; what strategies (if any) do you put in place to manage your workloads?

I wish I had the right answer to this and I could probably do with improving how I manage them all a little better, but one thing I find I do have to do is I have to just stick to a list and put everything down to a paper diary. Even though a lot of my career is digital, running the blog and working at Lovin’, I do have to have everything in an old fashioned paper diary. So everyday I will do a to-list and I’ll prioritise everything I need to do that day, but I’ll list things in order of priority, so the most important stuff goes to the top, and then as I’m getting through the tasks I’ll cross them off throughout the day. A big tip for me would be don’t add to your list, always set goals to finish your list and then start a new to-do list for the next day, to avoid feeling guilt about never finishing lists. Honestly the only way I get by at the moment is sticking to those lists!
I wish I could say I implement a cut off time to stop working but at the moment I don’t really, I work right through, which I know is really bad. Now I’m freelance again I’m hoping I’ll be able to schedule time slots for everything I do whether it be Lovin’ or the blog and then evenings will be for make-up bookings and then hopefully by 10pm I can just relax, and stop checking my emails from bed at night.

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2. What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?

So it’s probably not career advice but I remember about 8 years ago I went to a Harvey Nichols show, I hadn’t been blogging long and it was one of my very first events. An artist who had collaborated with Harvey Nichols was there and I asked her this same question and she said to me always “feel the fear, but do it anyway”. I think when I’m in situation when I’m really scared to take on a certain job for the blog or when I was taking make-up bookings for the first time, especially large parties, I think back to that piece of advice and I think “Okay well I’m really scared, but I’m just going to do it!” I also always like to try and imagine the worst case scenario for a situation, whether that be work or even in life, and half the time they’re not really as scary as you’d of imagined and there’s always a way to overcome an obstacle. If you can handle the worst case scenario, what’s stopping you? I always like to go for it anyway, despite my reservations.

3. What keeps you driven, when things feel stagnant or flat?

Again, this is something I need to improve on too, I need to try and find that thing that encourages me and picks me up when I’m feeling flat. But I find that if I’m having a really quiet week, or not a lot of new commissions have come in, or I might be feeling like something I’ve done isn’t quite good enough. The way I always try and pick myself up is by speaking to other creatives in a similar field to me, that have encouraging words that help keep me going and help me feel inspired. I’m terrible at beating myself up and feeling like I’ve failed at something, especially if I receive any criticism or negative feedback I always end up in that spiral of “what am I doing with my life?” and a bad day can end up a bad week. But once I’ve spoken to another blogger or even a friend who then revitalises that positivity in myself I’m straight back on it. Try to embrace those feelings of negativity and failure, communicate with your peers and don’t be afraid of opening up to share.

4. How do you respond to and get over negative criticism?

It’s a tough one, because I think I am one of these people who takes such pride in their work, like any creative, and if I do get anything negative fed back to me I do often take it to heart. I only ever give myself 24 hours to dwell on an issue or something that’s troubled me, because it’s good to feel how you’re feeling, don’t deny it. If you shut off those feelings and deprive yourself of that emotion it’s only going to come back 2 weeks or 2 months later and hit you harder and stronger then it did before. Accepting negativity is just part of being freelance, and its such a small part too, but it’s so easy to remember the negatives and forget the positives. I just have to in my mind try and focus on the positives, and that’s what keeps me going. It’s life and it happens to everyone, but we’ve got to remember to speak about it and accept how we’re feeling because it’s totally okay.

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5. What’s your on-the-go snack for when you’re out and about on a busy day?

I’d love to say I’m healthy, but that isn’t always the case! I used to be so healthy and now not as much. It’s not so much a snack but I drink a lot of coffee, not even like an Americano, but the Lattes and Cappuccinos, the unhealthy ones full of milk. But I find if I’m out and about and I’m starving, instead of gorging on chocolate I always opt for a coffee as it’s a drink it lasts and the milk fills me up a bit longer than a snack would. Other than that, I’m not a big fan of junk-food snacking when I’m really busy, so I always try to have something like cashew nuts or cereal bars to hand. I’m quite a carb-focused snacker and I find they really fill me up, whereas fruit and veg just doesn’t do the job for me. I always try and fill up on my 5 day at meal times instead. Cereal bar and a latte are just what I grab when I’m busy.

6. Do you feel there is inequality in your industry in 2018? If so, what can be done to inspire young people to break this?

I have to say I do feel like there is inequality for women in 2018, especially in my industry, but not only that just in life in general. I think it’s more women compare themselves to each other and don’t feel good enough compared to someone else. There’s this need to compare against those who have done really well in life and in their careers. It makes some people feel like they’ll never get there or achieve what others have. We shouldn’t compare ourselves to other successful people in our industries as that’s no way to live your life. If you look at someone who’s really successful, been in their industry for years compared to someone who’s just starting out, you both put the same amount of time and energy into things it just might mean on paper you have got quite the same results yet, but you’re still just as hardworking as that other person.
We all just need to help and celebrate each other more. Women need to stop bringing down other women, and we should all celebrate and empower each other.

7. What are three things in your work arsenal that you just couldn’t live without?

Boring, but my essentials are:
1. My Diary – as I mentioned before, I’ve always got to have my paper diary to hand, and I’m dead fussy as it’s got to be kept really nice and premium looking, so I’ll always look forward to opening it.
2. My Phone – unfortunately, I am glued to it.
3. My Laptop – Mainly because I do everything on it. For my 30th I got an iPad and I thought this was a genius idea as it would stop me carrying my bulky laptop around but it didn’t! I just need my laptop with me wherever I go, there’s nothing like setting up somewhere and being able to type properly. Even right down to my social media scheduling – I do it all on *Hootsuite, from my Laptop.

8. If someone was looking to start their own business or launch a new idea what would be your best piece of advice for them? Based on your own success.

This is probably a boring and sensible one but I do think you do need that sensible voice every now and then. “Always make sure you have a back-up plan or a Plan B” before you properly go into whatever it is you want to do. I only say that as I know how it can feel. I did quit my full time job about 4-5 years ago now to go full time with my blog and at that time I just bought my house, and I had a car on finance, and savings to think about. I just panicked, “what if I have a quiet month?” I thought, and I decided I just can’t do it.
Now I’m just in a very different place than I was those years ago, I’m in a much better financial situation. It’s so easy to big yourself up like “you go girl, you can do this!” and the girl-boss motivation is great, but at the end of the day if you’re not financially secure incase anything does go wrong then it’s not ideal. Don’t let finance stand in your way, just make sure you’ve got that safety net to catch you, if needs be.

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9. What is your favourite Instagram account? Why?

There’s an influencer called Kristy Green (@kristyjgreen), and she’s not so much a blogger, she’s just primarily a social influencer. I’m not sure if she was trained in beauty originally but she’s just a major influencer now. She really inspires me because her life is absolute goals. I was in awe of her when I found out her Instagram isn’t affiliated to any website or blog. She’s created this incredible career off the back of her social media and to me that is incredible. Her Instagram is huge, she has a mega following, but her content is amazing and she works incredibly hard, but she inspires me to think that if Christy did it, I can do it too.
Then other then that, of course Victoria (@inthefrow). Quite a standard one that I am sure everyone says, but as she’s grown up here in Manchester to me she’s just a normal girl who’s worked her backside off to be where she is today. She inspires me everyday to reach my goals.

10. Who is your career icon? Who inspires you?

I’d say the women who I meet everyday, or who I meet in the blogging world either on social media, online or at events, they are the women who inspire me the most.  Basically anybody who is doing what they love everyday, who doesn’t do it for the money but for the love of it. Those women who are so passionate about what they do, it’s the first thing they think about when they jump out of bed every morning, those are the women who inspire me. Hat’s off to those women who do it everyday, that’s exactly what we should all be striving to do.

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Inspired by Emma’s story? Reach out to her on Instagram.
@whatemmadid_ or follow her MUA account @cheshirebridalmakeup

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All portraits of Emma were taken by yours truly, and are copyright of Georgie Glass 2018.

*Hootsuite – What is Hootsuite? It’s a social media management platform. The system’s user interface takes the form of a dashboard, and supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and many more.
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Warning: Don’t read on if you don’t like talking about Sex Ed, periods, women’s health or all of the above

Growing up it was always hysterical when we had to go to Sex Ed; my friends and I would snigger as our awkward Geography teacher would peel a condom onto a banana, and everyone in the room (including our teacher Mr. Bradford) wanted to shrink into the sunset and just die out of embarrassment. I never thought I’d be reaching back to those days of Sex Ed in the hope that they may have educated me better in women’s health.

“We need to be able to recognise when puberty strikes, and when
something is extremely wrong”

Everyone I speak to though it’s the same story. Either they were educated poorly, or not at all. The education we all received was a quick ‘birds n the bees’ talk and that was that – good old British stiff-upper-lip strikes again. I think it’s horrendous that young girls are not educated more in sexual matters, but above all else, we’re not educated to understand our own bodies.

This rant is going somewhere I promise, bare with me. Young women need to be taught about their bodies from an early age, so they can recognise puberty and realise when something is extremely wrong. I’m only speaking up on the count of the girls in this blog post; don’t even get me started about how boys aren’t even educated to learn about their vernacular, and almost every guy I know has an engrained impediment to go to the Doctors for as long as they can remember.

“Living with chronic pain isn’t peachy keen”

I can speak from experience because if I’d of known from a young age to understand how I was meant to feel and what my body was supposed to be experiencing when I hit puberty, I would of known earlier that I suffered with PCOS and Endometriosis. Living with chronic pain isn’t peachy keen; I can safely say now after blood tests, many invasive exams, three operations and countless GP appointments later that those nights of tirelessly crying myself to sleep out of frustration and pain were all worth it. As now I know what is actually wrong with me – but boy, did it take some education, shockingly (or not so shockingly) totally on mine and my family’s part. Without the help, tireless research and guidance from my Mum I would not be in the place I am today, or as educated about my health issues as I know I am lucky to be. 

“Parents are up in arms as their kids aren’t getting the kind of
health education they deserve”

Now, I’m not versed in all things women’s health and I’m no doctor, but I can’t stress the importance of educating yourself to what is normal when you have a period. I won’t go into the gory details but you need to know what it’s meant to be like, so you know if you’re experiencing something that other girls aren’t. I knew something was up when I was only having 2 periods a year, lasting two weeks at a time and unlike any other pain I have ever felt in my life. Unfortunately it’s still in the headlines as you’re reading this post, because parents are up in arms that their kids aren’t getting the kind of Sex and Health Education that they deserve.

“PCOS affects 1 in 5 women, Endometriosis affects 1 in 10”

This post really is here to act as an arch for any of its readers who feel at a loss and are looking for help. There will be plenty more posts coming up on georgieglass.co.uk all about PCOS, Endometriosis and women’s health in general, I just felt like I couldn’t start talking about it until I have explained my stance on the matter, and what it actually is I suffer with…

Hi, my name is Georgie.
I found out I was a PCOS sufferer in 2007.
And an Endometriosis sufferer in 2011.

Life does go on, with or without chronic pain. But you need to educate yourself in how you body works differently to others. There is plenty of information out there, but these are some of my favourite links, just to get you started:

https://endometriosis.org/

http://www.shetrust.org.uk/

https://pcosdiva.com/

http://www.pcosaa.org/

https://www.verity-pcos.org.uk/

There are plenty of amazing support networks out there on Facebook too, I am a member of a few, just type in ‘PCOS’ or ‘Endometriosis’ into Facebook, click ‘groups’ and find the ones relevant to you.

Are you a sufferer or PCOS or Endometriosis?
Please reach out to me in the comments below if you are, or even if you aren’t.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this piece, I hope it sparks some conversation.

Love my outfit? You can find it plus other awesome looks on LOTD.
*please note, jumper dress was gifted to me from LOTD.com

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When you own your own home your priorities completley change. You go from spending all your money on nights out, girlie holidays and clothes to thinking about bills and homeware. It’s a massive shift, especially in your mid-twenties where there can be a huge divide between the people who understand and others who just don’t get it.

Some have said in the past “Why is it you’ve wanted to commit yourself to a house so young? You’re only 26 for goodness sake, enjoy yourself…” I have to explain that this is me enjoying myself, I’ve dreamt of nothing more than owning my own home for as long as I can remember. Luckily my friends totally get it. I have a gaggle of gorgeous friends, each one utterly obsessed with a different homeware brand. So when I upped sticks and moved to Northenden in August last year, it wasn’t a case of gasps in horror but instead I was received with “When are you going homewares shopping..?”

So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon these beautiful handmade ceramics* from Rockett St George. My crockery cupboard is at its best when it’s in disarray; as a food photographer and stylist I tend to usually buy singular items for photoshoots. I might pop myself off to the Trafford Centre and come home with bags full of a mishmash of delights. Things are usually used once, and then not repeated. When I lived at home my Mum would get so frustrated with me that her cupboards would be filling up with random cups, plates, spoons, you name it and I had it.

I have to admit, this came in handy when I moved into my new house. I was so gleefully happy, I thought “I don’t have to buy any crockery! I already have cupboards full from photoshoots of ghosts past” and I thought it would be cute and quirky to serve food to guests on an assortment of plates. Now – don’t get me wrong, this is still very much the case but I really felt like I was lacking something, especially when the time came to host coupley friends or family round for dinner. I needed something a little more formal, but still screamed individuality.

I had to look no further than these handmade ceramic pieces from Rockett St George. They’re honestly one of the most stunning crockery sets I have come across in my time as a food photographer, and trust me I’ve seen my fair share of plates and bowls. They’re really modern and the illustrations are right up my street. They’re really emotive and bring so much character to any kitchen or dining room. I know when I served up my fail-safe Beef Ragu to Jon on them the other evening it really sparked up conversation.

Whether you like to keep your crockery on display or stacked up in a cupboard for neat storage, this crockery set is perfect for both. They’re hardwearing but not too heavy, and they feel durable, so I know as long as I look after them they’re going to last me for an awfully long time. Originally created by Adorn by Magpie, they’re designed here in Britain and they also boast that they are vegan friendly. Stocked by the wonderful folks of Rockett St George they’re reasonably priced too, ranging from £7.50 for one of the bowls to £22.50 for one of the large plates.

I can honestly say that Rockett St George have become one of my favourite homeware brands since buying my home last year. Many of their pieces feature in my homeware collection and I’ve put lots of my friends onto them. I cannot wait to invite friends and family round soon to host dinner on my beautiful new hand made ceramics.

But the real question is, what do I make for dinner?

Have you got a a favourite homeware brand?
Have you purchased from Rockett St George in the past?
What’s your current obsession?
Let me know in the comments below.

*These hand made ceramic pieces were gifted to me from Rockett St George
If you’re interested in taking a look at Rockett St George’s array of hand made ceramics, click here.
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Grief
Noun – Definition: intense sorrow, especially caused by someone’s death.

This is going to be a short piece. It’s not really so much a blog post, but more a recognition of something that has happened, an acknowledgment.

Unless you were raised in an extremely progressive home, I’d be bold enough to say that no one is really raised to know how to deal with grief. It’s almost like a big monster that creeps up on you once someone you loved or cared about has left this world. It surprises you, sometimes even scares you, and we’re not educated with how to deal with our grief or emotions.

From a young age we aren’t taught how to deal with grief; I’m not sure if it’s a British ‘stiff-upper-lip’ thing or whether it’s just put down to being too sad to teach to children. It’s almost deemed weak to acknowledge your suffering publicly. Society teaches us that to move on after someone’s passing we must forget, or pretend like such awful thing never happened, and that the quicker you move on the faster you will heal.

If you were taught differently, you’re very lucky. I don’t know where or how I learned to deal with my emotions, usually I can proudly say I’m in tune with my feelings. But I can safely say my relationship with my grief, after the loss of my nephew Joshua, is an unhealthy one. A monster that has taken 11 months to creep up on me, and now it’s here, I don’t know how to deal with it.

People are designed to be born, to live a full life and then, surrounded by their loved ones, they will pass on. But how are you meant to deal with the loss of a loved one who never truly lived? How can you process the loss of a life so pure, it didn’t deserve to leave us. When my nephew passed away, it redesigned the definition of “gone too soon” for me. Every loss that had come before paled in insignificance to the loss of him, and instead of dealing with my pain, I pushed it to one side.

Grief and mourning are two words that are so often brought together in harmony, but in a way are two very separate things. Mourning is a time period that lasts for however long for the individual. But usually after a period of time mourning will leave you, and you will begin to see the light of the future and your life will begin to flood with new memories and happiness again.

Grief is something that never leaves you; it’s that time you think of a memory you spent with a loved one, it’s placing flowers on a graveside, it’s that sharp intake of breath every time you remember that your life goes on but they’re not here to share it with you.

I believe you can only begin the healing process by acknowledging your grief, taking it by the hand, sitting it down and having a good old chat with it. Your grief is there for a reason, and it will continue to haunt you until you understand what it wants, and why it’s making you feel the way you feel. I’ve spent so many years pretending to be strong and acting like everything is okay every time I’ve lost a friend or grandparent. But the loss of Joshua has taught me I cannot move forward neglecting my emotions; I must recognise that monster and let it in, only then will I learn it’s not such a monster after all, but just another emotion to add to my technicolour array of feelings I feel every single day.

As a family we remember my nephew by talking about his legacy. Even though he lived for such a short amount of time, his impact was magnificent. His footprint has imprinted with so many people for so many different reasons. I think I have realised today that Joshua’s legacy for me is to always understand and accept my grief, and know it’s that that makes me human. I will never again be ashamed to grieve, and neither should you.

Want to learn more, find support for child loss or follow Joshua’s Legacy?
My sister-in-law runs a wonderful Instagram in memory of my nephew and other babies and children gone too soon.
Click here to take a look: Joshua’s Legacy

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When you see someone successful it’s easy to think that its all come effortlessly to them. Why is this so? When that’s rarely the case, especially with professional women. In this series I hope to explore the professional realms of different working women, how they’ve got to where they are today, and what nuggets of wisdom we can be empowered by moving forward with our own careers.

This is a monthly catalogue of question and answer interviews, called the Working Woman Series. I hope you enjoy reading these pieces, as much as I enjoyed interviewing these inspiring women.

February brings us such an exciting installment of the Working Woman Series, well it certainly is for me anyway, as this lady is someone I’ve looked up to and followed for an awfully long time.
Rebecca Warriner is a 27 year old photographer and blogger who resides in the beautiful Nottingham countryside. Lesser known day to day by her full name, if you know Rebecca you’ll know her by her online alias, From Roses. As Rebecca is a full time beauty and lifestyle blogger, she dedicates her days creating beautiful online content for the everyday girl. From skincare to style, and even to mental health, collaborating with brands on campaigns and projects. Rebecca shares with us her insights into the day to day, and everything that life may throw at us.

Now time to geek off a little; Rebecca’s skills as a photographer don’t just come down to a keen eye and beautiful styling; She graduated from University with a first class honors degree in Photography with Editorial & Advertising. Now anyone could know this (as she does tell us so on her website) however, I know all this as Rebecca and I actually graduated from the same University, from the very same course, just one year apart.
It’s a real treat for me to have her as part of this series, as following her career develop over the years since Uni has been such a pleasure, and she’s been such an inspiration to me. I’m not even sure Rebecca knows about my girl-boss crush, but what a time to tell her ey?

All embarrassment aside, Rebecca tells me more about her career has developed and changed over the years “…When I came out of university I went to work with my sister as a classroom assistant… During that time I had some health issues flare up leading me to take 11 months out of the work place, and due to complications I became self-employed. I did little photography jobs and then started up an online magazine with a close friend which we ran for a couple of years. During that time I was constantly blogging still and building up my audience. When we closed the magazine that’s when I decided I wanted to run the blog full time.”

And if all the reasons above aren’t enough to compel you to keep reading, have you heard about her gorgeous pooch Josie..?

If this doesn’t get you reading, I don’t know what will.

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What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?

Your job isn’t to answer e-mails’. I’m an absolute slave to my inbox and can get lost in it for hours but that isn’t the only thing I have to focus on. Everybody seems to constantly talk about e-mails but it’s not my full time job. 

What’s your on-the-go snack for when you’re out and about on a busy day?

Right now, I’m really into apples. Last year I stopped eating fruit for health reasons and I’m so slowly working it back into my diet and thoroughly enjoying it.

How do you balance your personal life with work?

To be honest, I don’t. It’s still something I struggle with and having a boyfriend who on average spends a good 9/10 months away from home it’s meant that I’ve developed an odd work pattern as I’ve become so used to having my time completely to myself. This year saw a big change though and I’ve struggled striking a balance, so each day I try to have at least 1 hour where I’m not sat on a screen. It’s something I’m constantly working towards and it changes constantly but I certainly struggle.

What maxims do you live or work by?

‘You do you’ – for so long I was so consumed by what other people were doing it controlled my life and was such an unhealthy pattern to get into. Focusing on myself and letting other people do the same has made me so much happier.

What is your favourite Instagram account? Why?

I mean, obviously my dogs Instagram is one of my favourites because she’s the light of my life (@josiethewhippie) but as that’s completely biased. I have to say right now @rebecca.kathryn, she’s somebody who I’ve connected with as we both have whippet crosses and they’re totally unique, she’s an illustrator and just a generally lovely person to speak to.

Do you feel there is inequality in the workplace in 2018? If so, what can be done to inspire young people to break this?

As I don’t work in a traditional environment I feel like I can’t answer this properly. But in the blogging world, certainly not. There are so many issues in this industry that have to be tackled, issues with being paid, spoken to and treated like absolute garbage by the vast majority of people and so many more things to deal with on a daily basis. As a predominately female industry in general it seems to be treated as an easy life, a simple career that is a luxury.

How do you respond to other people’s reaction to your career success? Whether it be positive or negative?

In general, I think whenever people find out what I do their response is generally pretty similar. They ask me how I make money, is it real job and then just general queries of how it works. As it’s still something that is so new, people are fascinated.

What career set backs have you had to overcome? And what have you learned from them?

One of the biggest ones is to make sure you can pay your bills. In 2016 I made a big financial loss due to companies going bankrupt. That made me realise when you’re your own boss and you’re in charge of everything, you have to be smart with your money. 

What are three things in your work arsenal that you just couldn’t live without?

My camera, my MacBook and probably my phone. Without them I wouldn’t be able to do my job, if I can add in a bonus one i’d say it’d be a notepad, as I’d also be lost without my lists.

What’s your biggest goal for the next year ahead?

Probably to find a little more a balance and take more time away from my work. And also just to embrace work and keep on doing what I’m doing and make it as awesome as I possibly can.

Inspired by Rebecca’s career? Reach out to her on Instagram.
@fromrosesxo

All photographs are credited to Rebecca herself.

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Somewhere between Christmas and New Year, amongst tins of Quality Street, empty bottles of prosecco and my Slimming World hopes and dreams being dashed out of the window, I made the decision to do Dry January.

Foolish decision; I’ll let you be the judge of that. Why you ask? No one, especially my boyfriend, really knows. But as the beginning of February draws in, and a new month (my birthday month) approaches, there are 3 reasons why I decided to do Dry Jan. I’m going to be bold and share them with you below, and hopefully one, if not all of these points will resonate with you.

1. As a Nation, We Drink Way too Much

Well okay, this is a very brash statement, but records show there were 339 thousand estimated admissions to hospitals across the UK related to alcohol consumption in 2015/16. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like those statistics.

Even though I’m not a big drinker myself, committing to giving up the booze for January was a big feat; I’m quite partial to the odd gin and slimline tonic after a stressful day. I wanted to be mindful of my body moving into the new year, and start as I mean to go on by putting me, my body and mind first. And with my birthday coming up there will be so many evenings full of prosecco and cocktails, I just thought it would make me appreciate it that much more after cutting out the alcohol the month before.

2. I Needed a Clear Head

New year, new me? Fuck off. It was not about that, not even one tiny bit. I absolutely hate that phrase; without going off on one, why should you endeavour to create a new you as soon as January the 1st rolls around. The only time I ever want to hear that phrase pass anyone’s lips is if they’re a serial murderer, mmm’kay?

I needed a clear head in January for my relaunch; and if that’s not reason enough I don’t know what is. I’ve had so many late nights this month fuelled by coffee and matchsticks to keep my eyes open (yes, just like Tom & Jerry), alcohol just was not an option. I didn’t have the time to donate to nights out and drinks with friends this month, and to be honest I really didn’t want to lose the next day to Captain Hangover. Instead I opted for T-total dinners with friends and cosy date nights in, and Jon got me addicted to Mario Kart 8.

3. I Wanted to Say Something, and Stick to It

Now I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I hate more than setting a resolution at the beginning of the year, and just not sticking to it. It makes me feel down on myself, and inevitably I start beating myself up about it. Well my new years resolution this year was to not set new years resolutions, instead, I’ve set goals. The first being sticking to Dry January.

I knew off the bat that there was going to be one hiccup; my brother’s 40th birthday party was the 20th of January. But instead of letting this throw me off course or encourage me to give up I just gave myself one evening off, just one evening. The very next morning I was back on the wagon, and continued on to where we are tonight, the 31st of the month. The endorphins I’ve currently got rushing through my veins is called pride ladies and gents – I am so proud of myself for saying something and sticking to it.

This is a mantra I am going to take forth with me into the rest of 2018.
Why drink if I don’t have to? But if you want to have a night off and have a drink, that’s okay too – don’t beat yourself up over unnecessary things.

I encourage you to set goals for this year like I have done, and stick to them. Allow yourself to be proud of yourself.
You don’t have to do Dry January, make it your own and good luck.

Now it’s time in our house, for a conscientiously wet February.

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What is the most millennial thing you’ve ever done? I’ve wracked my brain and I think my most millennial moment of 2017 was when I went for brunch at Neighbourhood Spinningfields with some of my favourite Instagram gal-pals over prosecco pre 12 noon. That’s right; you heard me correctly, prosecco, in the morning. Who the hell do I think I am?

The lovely folks at Neighbourhood Manchester invited me along to sample their new Brunch menu in November 2017, and obviously they let me bring along a few lovely friends for the ride. As if we need an excuse to catch up, I asked along my beautiful friends Jacinta Dawn, Danielle of KIHT Collective and Sam Bella of The Travel Crush. Which by the way; if you’re not already following them, you should be, they’re awesome. Of course, they naturally bit my hand off (s’cuse the pun…)

Now, if you’re not already sat down, I encourage you to take a seat for this next statement; I have never been to Neighbourhood Manchester. Nope, not even for a night out. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard amazing things, but I’ve never thought ahead to pre-book a table for a Saturday night or, I’ve never found myself in that neck of the woods for brunch on a Sunday morning, probably because I’m usually too hungover from the Saturday night that came before! So when the opportunity arose to go down and sample their avo-offering, how could I refuse?

Funnily enough, I’m not an avocado kind of girl. I know, avocado has been to the Tenties what Patrick Swayze was to the 80s, and shag bands were to the early 2000s. But finding avocado on my plate, you will not. If you’re like me, do not fret. Neighbourhood’s brunch menu caters to so many different palettes. I went for the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on rye bread toast, and I would not be over embellishing to say they were some of the best scrambled eggs in my life. You’d think it’d be easy to whip up scrambled eggs? You’d be mistaken, I’ve eaten so many plates-full of rubbery eggs in my time. So I was pleasantly surprised with Neighbourhood’s offering.

I had food envy over my friends though; Jacinta opted for the French Toast with, wait for it, maple syrup, crème fraiche, banana and wild berries… I had to resist creeping over to her plate for a taste. I know Danielle had a lovely visit too; I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing with you that she’s diary intolerant, which holds something of unease for her at any breakfast or brunch outing. This was no hassle for Neighbourhood; they have a plethora of milk choices, and are really easy going with alterations to the menu. Danielle managed to sort herself with some lovely poached eggs on sourdough, which I believe went down a treat.

Overall I was majorly impressed; the decor is beautiful, the staff are super friendly and, I mean, it’s got to be a hit if you’re allowed to drink prosecco before noon. I’ll definitely be encouraging my friends and family to visit Neighbourhood Manchester in 2018, not only for a party, but to sample their delicious menu. I’ve just got to get myself back ASAP to try their main menu.

Where’s your favourite place to have brunch in Manchester?
Have you been somewhere recently you’d like to recommend?
Or have you too had a lovely brunch or experience at Neighbourhood?

I’d love to know in the comments below.

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Everyone’s asked themselves that age old question, the one that sits in the back of your mind most of your young adult life but you’re almost too afraid to say it out loud; could I make it as a freelancer? Because my life would be so much better if I were freelance, right?

You’re *insert age here* and you love what you do, but there are certain constraints to the job that just don’t make you happy, and working for yourself may solve most of these head scratching problems. Maybe you know someone else in your field who went freelance and they’re bossing it. Or maybe it’s just always been you dream to own your own business, but the idea of actually doing it just fills you with nervous energy.

Believe it or not, I have been there; back in 2013 when I graduated University there was nothing that filled me with more dread than logging onto that HMRC portal and signing up as a registered business. Forging those initial pathways as a photographer was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. There aren’t too many employable options; you could go in-house for someone, but then depending on the company or brand your options for growth are quite limited. Or you could assist a more mature photographer with gallons of experience, and trust me I did my fair share of assisting, but following someone around with light boxes and picking up lunch orders was never really for me. My only ever real or plausible option was going freelance, but I don’t think I ever realised what that truly meant until I was in the thick of it.

“But Georgie, why are you writing this now? No one wants to hear about you or your story” I can hear my inner critic calling out to me. Do you have an inner critic? This is something that resonated with me from one of my female business-boss idols Lola Hoad (of the *One Girl Band podcast). She talks about her inner critic, Barb, and how every freelancer has that internal voice that is forever berating every creative or brilliant idea you ever have. Well, my inner critic is more of a Helen; whenever Helen creeps up and tells me I’m not good, strong or intelligent enough to own my own business or be successful in the thing I am passionate about, I have to take a deep breath, acknowledge how I’m feeling, but remember how sodding important it is I push on anyway.

I’m pretty sure this realism is one that every business owner has, embracing failure but just doing it anyway. Because if you don’t do those things that fulfil you, are you ever really living?

I’ve had countless of those rock-bottom moments when you’re not quite sure what you’re doing with your life. Having to deal with imposter syndrome on a daily basis, not knowing if you’ll make your next mortgage bill, questioning your worth, eating beans on toast for the fifth time that week, having a screaming match with your parent/friend/significant other because you’ve worked another 13 hour day and they just want to spend a little time with you, but you’ve still got so much work to do. Sound familiar?

Freelancing is so often glamourised to be different than what it really is; the grass is greener kind of attitude, and that most of it is easy-living. I refuse to sell you that rose-tinted dream. Since my **podcast interview with my beautiful friend Kat Horrocks so many truly talented individuals have approached me to tell me how inspiring I am, how they look up to me and my achievements, and how they hope to be as successful as I am one day. This is flattering, and fills me with so much joy I’m almost bursting at the seams. I want to inspire you to set your sights high, but make sure you’re prepared for change and constant learning. Be proud of your growth and also be prepared for those pitfalls along the way.

You will have to learn so many elements of business to become a freelancer, as I have done. This has only made me stronger and feathered the strings to my bow. I am not just a photographer; I am a businesswoman, accountant, marketeer, social media guru, events coordinator, networker, copyrighter, debt collector… you can imagine the list goes on.

Yet I am still learning every day.

There is no end game and there is no final major project. I can hear the words of my lecturer Trudie ringing in my ears: “Do you ever really stop learning? Your final major project is not your final project here at University, it’s the very last thing you do before you die…” and if you think you’re the best, will you ever really grow to be more? You need to learn to not be bullied by your inner critic but also to never get too big for your boots.

Being freelance really is a rollercoaster. I do hope that each and every one of you who aspires to own your own business achieves your goals, and that your dreams of being freelance really do come true. But I feel like I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t warn you how fucking terrifying it is at times.

Does this make it not worth it?
Do I wish I’d taken an easier path with my life?
Do I regret being freelance?

No.
Not one single day.

*Want to listen to Lola Hoad’s One Girl Band Podcast? Click here.
**Want to check out my interview I did with Kat for her Put Yourself First Podcast? Click here.

All images in this post are shot by the extremely talented Adriana at @Adrianasphoto

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As a blogger it’s common knowledge that when we dine out the first thing we pick up isn’t our knife and fork, it’s our iPhone. That eating out with another blogger holds a sense of relief because you reach for your *insert model of mobile phone here* at exactly the same time. Or that dining out with friends or a loved one brings a sense of nervousness because you don’t know how far into the meal you have until the dreaded timer goes off and your significant other will say “have you finished yet?”

The thought of an off switch frightens me; my boyfriend Jon and I have desperately tried to implement rules at night time so that at “9pm work stops, 10pm mobile phones go down”. But if you’re a blogger, vlogger or social influencer, you’ll know that sticking to those kind of rules creates more anxiety than it does relief. It was just the same when I was shooting food for a living, but now I have added the role of ‘blogger’ to my repertoire it just seems to have stepped up a notch.

If something comes onto our radar at bedtime, why is it as important as say an email coming through at 9:33am? Is it really that we have to deal with it at that very second, or is it just an addiction? Or a fear that something we’ve worked so hard to build up could come crashing down within a matter of hours. I like to think it’s the latter, but as of late I’m not so sure.

Last night Jon & I were kindly invited down to eat at the new Cosmo restaurant on Deansgate, and thats where this whole notion got me thinking, “where’s the line?” Don’t get me wrong, Jon is so understanding. If we go anywhere, and it’s for work, he just totally gets it, lets me do my own thing, and then we enjoy our lovely meal (like we did last night). But I often leave a meal with Jon with a sense of guilt if I’ve been working on my phone; “have I neglected him?” – “does he feel like an after thought?” – “does he really know how grateful I am that he came with me tonight?”. More often than not, these fears are completley self-inflicted, and if I ever were to communicate how I feel, I know he would only ever receive me with reassurance.


Images from our dinner at Cosmo Deansgate (replaced the old Red Hot World Buffet) last night – 13/01/18

First world problems, right? I know, I can hear these words ringing in my ears as I write this piece. Don’t mistake what I am saying, I am extremely grateful for every single opportunity that I am given as a blogger & creative in Manchester. It’s just last night’s ‘date night’ meal got me thinking is all this social media engagement stopping me from engaging with my own boyfriend on a night out? I want to remain present to my audience, but I also want to be in the moment with him.

I’m not going to stop inviting Jon with me to lovely experiences, as I want him there with me by my side. However I think implementing rules and boundaries isn’t such a bad idea either. Take all your snaps for social media, but then put the phone down and upload them later or the next morning, and just enjoy being with someone, and not a keypad. Write a list before 9pm of everything that needs to be done tomorrow, and then put your phone on Do Not Disturb or silent. I think Jon and I are going to start having a phone-less date night once a month – where we both leave our phones at home and just be with each other, because that moment is just for us, I don’t need to share that with anyone else but him.

Do you struggle to switch off?
What tactics do you have to power-down at the end of a long day?
Do you have a set of rules with your own significant other?

I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments below.

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You might not have known this, but I am actually from Cheshire. Officially a converted Mancunion now, but if I ever find myself venturing back into Cheshire, I always find myself never suggesting Knutsford for meetings, lunches or dog walks. As to be honest, I find Knutsford a little daunting. I never know where anything is, I don’t understand that scary roundabout in the centre, and unless it’s on that main High Street, it might as well not exist in my eyes.

So when WeBlog North invited me last week to go to afternoon tea at The Courthouse, I was a little uncertain what to think. Mainly as it meant having to deal with that sodding roundabout and I had no idea where to park, but I was excited to go and see more of Knutsford (and I was relieved to find out The Courthouse has a car park!) When I arrived I was a little earlier than the other WeBloggers, so I got to explore.

When I walked in I was amazed with how beautiful of a setting it is. We were dining in the Barristers restaurant, which as its name suggests is set in what used to be the old courtroom; as, if you didn’t know already, the Courthouse actually used to be a courthouse, once upon a time. It’s one of the most iconic buildings in South Cheshire, and has hold host to many a court trial, famously (and disgracefully) the trial of Alan Turning in the 1950s. They’ve really kept the history of the venue at theirs hearts and minds during the renovation, the place is still seeping in it’s legacy. When you walk round the upper level of the restaurant it is hard not to gasp in awe at how stunning the interiors are.

The Courthouse doesn’t just hold host to it’s restaurant, it boasts a 50 room luxury stay, rooftop gardens, the court-house itself and also has a wonderful events and wedding space (which I know they’re holding an open day for soon! Click here for more info).

We were promptly greeted with beautiful loose-leafed teas upon our arrival, and as I was distracted taking in all the artwork on the walls by the extremely talented local artist James Blinkhorn, our afternoon tea was served. We were lucky enough to just catch the tail-end of the Festive Afternoon Tea, which included unconventional twists on old classics, so that they included christmassy influences. As someone dreading letting go to Christmas, I was more than happy to still be eating mince pie and eggnog infused afternoon treats.

However, their afternoon tea menu is quite diverse, whatever time of year you decide to visit. I’d say it’s also worth a mention that two of the WeBlog attendees were Gluten Free and another was Vegetarian, and they hosted them at the greatest of ease, and no one felt left out and everyone left contently full.

I’m pleased now to know a fail-safe place in Knutsford where I would be happy to take my family, boyfriend, or even suggest meeting a client there. The staff were delightful, and the afternoon teas was absolutely delicious. I’m just keen to go back now, and graze my way through the extensive lunch and dinner menu.

Have you ever been to The Courthouse? What did you think?
Do you have any other suggestions for me to visit in Knutsford or South Cheshire?
Let me know in the comments below.

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