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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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 months installment comes from local Cheshire Wonder Woman, Jacinta Russell. A girl with many different hats; her main titles include freelancer and business owner. Jacinta owns boutique marketing and design company with her Mum, Made in Cheshire. Providing services to clientele from graphic design, to social media management, to beautiful content creation. Both mother and daughter have an extensive arsenal of marketing and PR skills, and if you ask nicely they will even manage your events.

Alongside Made in Cheshire, she’s also setting up a networking group specifically aimed at girls in business called BusyGirl. Jacinta’s ideology behind the network comes from finding traditional networking groups intimidating, and more often than not – male dominated, “I’m really passionate about creating a support network of other like-minded girls who can socialise and mingle in a much more friendly and fun way…”

Lastly, Jacinta bosses it everyday as a Manchester based lifestyle blogger. She tells me, “Blogging was something I fell into almost by accident, I write content and blogs for other people and thought I’d give it a go myself! It’s definitely been an industry I’ve enjoyed being part of and 2017, and saw me work with some really great brands last year like Pandora, Candy Kittens, Selfridges and Missguided…”

I wanted to start this interview series with Jacinta is for two reasons; 1. She’s a great friend of mine, inspires me everyday, and I feel like she could be an inspiration to any young woman, no matter her industry. 2. If you haven’t noticed, take a scroll down to the bottom right hand corner of my new website, and notice who it’s designed by… Made in Cheshire. That’s right, Jacinta worked tirelessly with me throughout November/December last year to help me bring my new site and look to you guys. I’m sure she’ll receive any thank you letters, chocolates or love sonnets in the post.

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

I’m not sure it’s really career advice, but one thing that always sticks in my head is something my Mum told me Oprah Winfrey said (although I think it originally came from Maya Angelou), which is “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better” I think it’s really important to focus on your strengths and not beat yourself up over your own progression and journey, both in business and in life. It’s really easy to feel inferior in comparison to someone you look up, but it’s important to remember it’s all a process and to just focus on doing the best you can right now.

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

I try not to snack too often and focus more on getting three good meals a day but if I do need a bit of an energy burst, and I’m trying not to unleash the crisp-loving monster deep within me, then I’ll definitely reach for something healthy like a banana or satsuma or even some cashew nuts. I could eat bad food all day every day so I have to make a conscious effort to be sensible!

How do you balance your personal life with work?

I really do think that balancing your personal life with work is one of the biggest challenges of being self-employed. To someone who works for a company and has a boss, I’m pretty sure being self-employed seems like a dream and I suspect they imagine a lot of lazy mornings, long lunches and being able to take time off whenever you fancy.  Whilst working for yourself does allow you a certain degree of flexibility, I don’t think people realise you’re probably putting a lot more hours in than a traditional 9-5 and sometimes you have to make sacrifices others wouldn’t. I think we’re all guilty of not switching off and to be honest, I don’t have a profound answer or solution for this question! One of my biggest goals in 2018 is to learn when to shut the laptop lid and to make time for wellness and meditation – as well as just plain old fun! You can’t be ‘on’ all the time or you’ll burn yourself out.

What creative or practical tool could you not do without in work?

I absolutely couldn’t be without a paper diary – it’s just a necessity for me! I love the digital age and couldn’t survive without my iPhone, sad I know, but in terms of organisation, for me, a digital device doesn’t cut it.  When a reminder or diary appointment flashes up on my phone, I find it so easy to ignore or miss it – whereas thumbing through my diary in the morning and seeing what I have on really sets me up for the day. There’s nothing quite like committing something to memory by physically writing it down.

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

Knowing that I’d hate taking direction from a boss! I absolutely love working for myself, I love working solely for my own career progression and success, and love being able to do things I really enjoy as my job. Life really is too short to be doing something you don’t love, and I know I’d just be miserable working for someone else’s dream.

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

I think inequality is part of life in general, not just the workplace, and the only way to let it not affect you is to be determined, ambitious and not let anyone put out your flame. Your age, your gender, your background or any other factor shouldn’t hold you back in a field and if a barrier is created then you need to fight to overcome it or put yourself in a different position that allows you to flourish.  I’m a big believer in everything happening for a reason and sometimes a negative experience is what is needed to give you the push to make a change. In short, don’t let anything put you down and if something is, make positive steps to change that situation.

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

When you’re a young business owner, you have friends who ‘get it’ and friends who don’t.  I know some of my friends have absolutely no clue what I spend my days doing but absolutely champion and support me nevertheless and I think it’s important to surround yourself with people who are your cheerleaders! We’re all just trying to get by in the world and life isn’t easy so the nicest thing you can do is support other people in their choices, and hope they support you back.

What is your favourite Instagram account? Why?

One, you want me to choose one?! I’m forever scrolling and discovering new accounts and I just love looking at accounts with a consistent theme or really great photography.  Bloggers are my fave people to follow and at the moment I’m loving @bethsandland, @mariajblogs, @inthefrow and @lydiaemillen. They all have quite a unique style whilst still appealing to the masses and I love that.

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

My iPhone, my MacBook and my camera. Everything I do in my job is quite social media or design focused so if I have those three items I’m pretty much set up. I’m by no means a professional photographer, but I do love to take a photo. I couldn’t be without Instagram and you can do pretty much anything if you have a laptop so I’m pretty much set up, don’t you think?

Who is your career icon? Who inspires you?

I don’t really have a career icon, nor do I have one sole person who inspires me – instead I get inspired daily from my friends killing it at their jobs, people on social media who I see pushing out great content every day, or clients I meet that are taking a brave step in leaving their 9-5 and following their dream. I think we’re part of this really fantastic ‘girlboss’ revolution; where we’re all just doing us, doing what we love and I don’t know how that can’t inspire you daily, ‘cos it does me. Girl power.

Inspired by Jacinta’s story? Reach out to her on Instagram.
@jacintadawn

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I never used to be that boring friend; the friend who needs to stay in on a Saturday night to save money. The friend who can’t come out for dinner as they ‘already have one social event booked in for this week, and you’ll just have to wait until next’ – sound familiar? It will, if you’re a young homeowner.

In the premise of giving you guys a little insight into my life, I thought I’d give you the 4/11 into owning a home. I’m 25, I live alone, I own my own gaff. It’s got its ups, but Jesus, it’s got its downs. Don’t get me wrong, owning my own home has always been my dream. I remember when I was little, and people used to ask me what I wanted to do when I grew up, owning a place to call my own was up there, straight after being a photographer and a fairy princess… but it’s so much harder than I ever imagined it would be.

Being a young couple, & owning your first home with your partner is a completley different kettle of fish; don’t get me wrong, I am not belittling the worries of other young homeowners. But being able to lean on your significant other for support sounds to me, blissful.

In upcoming posts on this blog, I am going to provide aid, support and tips for other independents out their, who are owning their own little piece of heaven (or hell, depending on what day you catch me on…). I’ll be passing on whatever wisdom or shortcomings I run into, making sure you all learn from my mistakes. For now, take these three factoids with you, just to give you a little taster of what’s to come.

1. Get Organised

Snooze-fest, I know, but becoming organised when it comes to your home really will become your best friend. If you’re like me and you work for yourself then you’ll know that routine doesn’t really come as second nature to us freelancers. Constructing order and keeping to a timetable is literally my worst enemy, and I am a sucker for not keeping consistency. The human race are creatures of habit; not matter how much you try to convince yourself that you love to be spontaneous I know deep down you love a bit of routine, you can’t kid a kidder.

It could be something big like keeping a record on your calendar of the dates your bills go out. With reminders two days before to actually make sure you have enough money in your current account (don’t pretend like you haven’t been there). Or it could be something really small, like washing your clothes the same days each week (mine are Mondays and Thursdays, thanks for asking…). Adding this element of organisation to how you keep your home will act as respite in the future, I promise.

2. Know Your Money

Us Brits love to be stuffy about money; people don’t like talking about it, or even thinking about it for that matter. It’s so easy to stick your head in the sand and think “Oh I’ll just got out for that Nando’s, I’ll deal with the repercussions later…” Right? Wrong.

Making that transition from happy go lucky teenager to responsible young earner is so difficult. Cutting out those frivolous purchases at Primark so you can save money for the gas and electric bill is so depressing.

What I like to do to beat those budget blues is at the beginning of the month estimate how much money you have coming in, and then what you’ll have coming out across different days for your bills in that month. Put a little aside for a rainy day if you want to, and then take a look at what you’ve got left – your ‘fun’ money if you will (a fond term a picked up from a friend…) Then, divide your ‘fun’ money by how many weeks there are in that month; for example January is a 4 and a half week month, so if you know you have £300 fun money, that’s £66.67 each week for that month, that you can spend on whatever you like.

3. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help

Being afraid of picking up the phone is crippling; and something I myself suffer with. Whether it be a small cry for help, or a ‘Lost Season One’ kind of wail until you feel yourself breaking down, kind of call for help, either way, don’t be afraid to ask.
I’m not saying ask for money, these are two very different subjects, what I am saying is don’t be embarrassed to say your struggling. The responsibility of owning a house, bricks and mortar in your name, is HUGE. Sometimes the magnitude of this massive thing can be too much to bare. I know, the times I have opened up to my family, friends or my boyfriend about how I’ve been feeling about a situation has really helped lighten the load. Usually, they don’t have the answer; but being able to share in confidence always helps me feel a little lighter, and sometimes talking it through can help shed the light on the solution.

I really hope this post has enlightened you a little into my life – and what I hope to bring you guys across my blog in 2018. If you have any questions or own your own home and want to share some of your tips, please pop me a comment below.
Now don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here, pretending to be a fairy princess…

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I remember when I first got into blogging; it was about 18 months ago and it was after a succession of my friends had been telling me that I’d love it. That it was influencer’s who were going to take a-hold of advertising, the way we learn about what products we use and clothes we buy. Boy, were they right.

Now, I 100% prefer the way I am marketed to as a buyer in 2018; I am comfortable with the fact that bloggers are usually ‘endorsed’ to tell us about a product or brand they may like. I’ve pretty much finished mourning over the fact I no longer need to reach for my Vogue or Cosmo to learn about what beauty treasures I should be looking to for the months ahead. Instead I watch vlogs to teach me all about what should be included in my skincare routine.

However, sometimes the line between honesty and endorsements becomes clouded. I know I find it hard as a young woman on a modest freelancer’s wage not to gulp in shock when being advertised the best skincare out there is La Mer, when their smallest pot of Creme de La Mer retails at a whopping £120.

Now, I must point out, I am no beauty blogger. I am however, I young homeowner with responsibilities, bills and the everyday pressures of life. I have a budget, but I don’t want my skincare or make-up bag to suffer because of it. If I’m purchasing a more mid-range to expensive product, I want to know that it’s going to last a good few months and that the results are truly going to reflect the price bracket.

I have comprised a list of 5 items below that I have bought time and time again, and would recommend to my Mum, best friends or to you lovely lot. Just because we’re not all prolific bloggers doesn’t mean we should miss out on the good stuff, and trust me, there are brands out there that aren’t going to make you bust open the piggy bank.

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water 200ml – £12

An old favourite – this item has been in my kit bag for at least 2 years. La Roche-Posay are one of the godfather’s of Micellar Waters. Now you can’t walk 100 yards in Boots without seeing various products containing the stuff, even face wipes. But sometimes, it’s best to stick with the brands that were onto it from the very beginning.

La Roche-Posay boast on their website that they’ve been working in partnership with dermatologists for 30 years, and that their aim is to ‘bring the efficacious yet highly tolerated products to those with sensitive skin’. But you know what, I have combination skin and I wouldn’t say this brand is strictly for those with sensitive pores. Instead, it is for women who actively take an interest in maintaining a balanced skincare routine.

A 200ml bottles retails in Boots at £12 (but watch out as they’re often 2 for 1 offers in-store!)

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser – £19.50

The newest item to my skincare routine; When I bought my house back in August, I literally could only just about afford food. My skincare suffered, and I was living off my micellar water and Nivea soft, shudders. Mama Glass to the rescue; she arrived, like an angel in the night and delivered the Essentials Try-Me Kit by Liz Earle. It saved my skin, literally, and brought me back to dewy-life. This kit retails at John Lewis for a neat £25, and it a perfect starter pack for those of you out there desperate to delve into Liz Earle’s world, but not ready to finically invest.

For me the stand out item in this kit was the Skin Repair Moisturiser – it’s light in it’s density but really soaks in an nourishes your skin. It doesn’t just sit on the top layer like some moisturisers. It’s effects last all day, and my skin still feels refreshed when I go to bed at night.

A 50ml tub retails in John Lewis for £19.50

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Primer £38.50

About a year ago I went to Selfridges to visit MAC, and somehow ended up in the chair at the CT stand. Colour me disinterested, but Charlotte Tilbury has always been a brand that just never grabbed me, but maybe that’s my own disillusion, as I know she has a big following.

Wonder Glow Primer was the first thing the MUA used on my face before my foundation, and it changed my world. I am not a primer girl; I have normal to combination skin, so my makeup doesn’t really slip during the day, therefore primer is not for me? Wrong. This primer contains ‘breakthrough Fluorescent Core Light Diffuser that cleverly steals UV light from its surroundings and re-emits it as skin luminosity to disguise and transform drab, sleep-deprived skin…’ which translated means it gives your skin a natural dewy glow underneath your makeup, and it’s results shine through.

It retails at a slightly steeper £38.50, but it’s so worth it, and used sparingly (as you don’t need a lot) could last you 6 months or longer.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – £42

Foundation is a minefield; you never know which way to go, and bloggers are constantly changing their ‘favourite’; so you’re breaking the bank to try and keep up and instead have over 15 half used bottles of foundation, only 50% of which are your true shade.

I have two foundations in my arsenal; just two. An everyday foundation from L’Oreal and then this little beauty. Only ever called upon for date nights, weekend outings, weddings and/or christenings, Hourglass’s Seamless Foundation Stick is the most beautiful of all the foundations I have ever used. It’s lightweight, but quite full coverage, you can either use it sparingly for a more natural look or build it up to look more chic-glam. I’m always complimented on this foundation whenever I wear it, and I’m always surprised when people have never heard of Hourglass.

One of the more expensive brands, as this products retails at a hearty £42, but it’s really worth the investment. My stick usually lasts me around 6-8 months, and I try and coincide its purchase time with a birthday or Christmas.

You can find Hourglass products at Space NK.

Oribe ‘Gold Lust’ Hair Oil – £48

We’ve all done it, walked into a retail store and let the sales assistant sell us something we love when we’re in-store and then go home, unbox it and think “when the hell am I going to us this?” Well that’s what I did when I came home from Space NK with the Oribe hair oil.

I did gasp when I saw the price of it – I was planning a trip to Israel in the August of 2016 and I knew I needed something to keep my hair nourished in the dry heat. The lovely sales assistant at Space NK sold me this under the guise that it would last me forever and that even though it was a lot of money it was one of the best oils out there, even more so than Moroccan Oil.

As you can see from the picture, my bottle is well loved and nearly finished, but I’ve got something to tell you… this is the same bottle from August 2016! That’s right, it’s lasted me a whole 16 months. Baring in mind I don’t use it everyday, but i’d say I use it 4 times a week as least. It’s beautiful, smells lovely and isn’t too heavy on your hair. It doesn’t have that greasy look of some oils, and for those of you out there who do suffer with frizzy hair like me and have to wash it 3 days in advance of any function, this oil is definitely one for you.

Worth the investment, a 100ml bottle of the Oribe ‘Gold Lust’ Hair Oil is available at Space NK for £48

Have you tried any of these products, if so, what’re your thoughts on the brands and items mentioned? Or got a favourite yourself, I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments below.

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Sometimes it’s easier to tackle the everyday challenges of life by pretending to be in someone else’s shoes. Whether it be something as simple as figuring out how the blasted percolator works at the office, to telling that guy you’re just not that into him. Most of the time it’s easier to have an out of body experience, and for a moment it’s someone else’s problem. Most of the time I find myself asking anyone who will listen “what would Carrie Bradshaw do?”

I discovered Sex and the City later in life; I had most of my 20-something friends tell me (up until quite recently) they couldn’t believe I had never seen it. That mine and Carrie’s lives had so many similarities, that it was almost comical I had never seen the show. After binging on series 1-6 in under 2 months, I was hooked. So much so, I got myself straight on Depop and purchased my now ‘never leave home without it staple’ Miss February Playboy necklace, in homage to Miss Bradshaw herself. With that in mind, I’ve comprised the 4 most influential things that Carrie taught me.

1. Don’t trust men, trust good shoes

Mock all you like, but I have never felt like I could take on the world more than when I’m wearing my sassiest pair of high heels. Okay so my bank balance doesn’t quite yet support Manolo Blahnik’s, but when I’m wearing my favourite pair of shoes and I’ve just bossed my first meeting before 11am, I can almost feel myself getting closer to walking in Carrie’s second hand stilettos.

2. Don’t settle

In work, in life, or in love – because you’re worth more than that. Live life the way you want to live it, don’t objectify yourself or let the judgement of others get to you in this evolving social media world. Also remember your idea of settling might be someone’s idea of heaven. Don’t cast your shade upon others especially when you don’t want to be judged yourself. Don’t be that girl. Just embrace your own little world, and work on you. Refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.

3. Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first

I wouldn’t have met the love of my life without Sex and the City; fact. I wandered through life, awash with the mistakes of the men of ghosts past, thinking that a man would come along and save me (something not so easy to admit…) People would always say to me ‘the right guy will come along, when you least expect him’ – do one. The best piece of advice I was ever given was the longest relationship you have in life, is the relationship with yourself. You’ve got to love no1 before you can love anyone else. It’s a battle everyday, some days I really don’t like me (something again, not so easy to admit).

It was only when I fully accepted who I was as a person, and I was happy just doing me, was when I met the one. I don’t think I would have approached him first, without Carrie’s voice ringing in my ears. For me to walk over to a man, ask him for his number, and wait eagerly for a reply, was not in my nature. The fact I didn’t care if he said no – that’s what pushed me to ask him. I would have been okay, even if he didn’t want me because well, I still did.

4. Friends first, men second

So this isn’t always at the forefront of Carrie’s thoughts; like when she doesn’t meet the girls for breakfast one episode, because ‘it’s cold and she want’s to stay in with the Russian’. Really girl? Sometimes I find myself wanting to shake her to her senses through my TV set; but she always seems to realise what’s best for her in the end. I feel myself empathising with Carrie, because I know how it feels to be swept off your feet by a man, or work, or some minuscule un-important thing. Good friends will wait, but really for how long? And why should we expect them to wait for us to reemerge from the ether? My friends have supported me through so many turbulent times, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without them. Carrie taught me to always value my Samantha, Charlotte, Miranda and even my Stanford.

In hindsight, is it such a compliment being compared to Carrie Bradshaw? It is what some might say, a back-handed compliment. She certainly has her flaws, but isn’t that what makes her human? Carrie embraces elements of womanhood that some femmes I know would never dare to conquer. I can think of worse TV icons to be compared to, so I’ll strive to be a little bit more like my idol, she’s taught me so much thus far. What’s stopping me now?

Have you ever felt a strong association to a TV character? Or even an avid Sex and the City Fan? Let me know in the comments below.

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