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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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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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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