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22.9.15

Insta Diary - Following My Dream

As I sat frustrated staring at the screen, I realized I had no clue what to write about. The words! They don't happen. What are words? How to write?
I had this strong urge to write a story, but nothing was coming to mind. I flipped open my notebook, but the notes inside aren't ready to be written just yet. But oh, I want to write a post! But wait, I know. How about another Insta Diary that no one cares about? 
Yes, that'll do just fine.

Could you imagine my excitement and complete surprise this month, when I flipped the pages of my Harper's Bazaar Aus October issue. And saw my Instagram shot, smack bang, on the top of the "Instagram" column on the "Inbox" page? You can see a little of it in this image here. Oh, it was exciting, however, unimportant and not special at all. 
But this month was marked as "motivation" month. As I decided to give up on trying to get jobs, I'm not entirely qualified for, and to pursue my one true goal: publishing & magazines
What role may you ask? Or not ask? 
I've been forever thinking, Editor (beauty or photo), in social media or as a communications assistant. I'd start as an assistant. Any other role I could be a potential candidate for learned through experience. Internships, come at me! 

Thus, I acquired some new books that will aid me in my determination - Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht and The Vogue Factor by Kirstie Clements. One of them was purchased for $6 at a closing down sale while the other, brought to my attention by Career Girl Daily
Both detail, and are completely about, exactly what I want out of my career. And both, of a memoir/mentorship style so there's nothing fake about what I'm learning in these books. And man, they make me happy. 

I've known what I wanted to do since I was a young teen. It has just taken me longer than I hoped, to even get close to it. It may be that my family, only ever considered doctors, lawyers, and engineers to be careers. And thus, no one told me that working in publishing was a possibility.  Or that there are jobs within any other field. So, it took me way too long to figure it out on my own.
It may have been my lack of knowledge early on that had me on the wrong path. Only to be put on the better path just last year.
Or that I hadn't known of the many other positions within the industry. Ones that are better for what I want. 
Now that I have, with the help of Aliza Licht, I'm determined to go after it. I'll go back to Uni if I have to. I'll spend hours contacting publishing houses and magazines.

The only thing that keeps me going is knowing that the only reason why Aliza can write her book and say, "I got the career you want," is because she got lucky. I have horrible luck. Therefore, no matter how hard I work nothing much, comes from it. I could write a book too, "Tales of an unlucky writer pursuing her dream and failing."

So far, this month has been spent reading, researching and working towards my goals. 

On a lighter, beauty related note, new products crossed my desk this month. That always makes me happy. So does writing about them. 

Oh, and I added another new Audrey Hepburn mug to my growing collection. Can you say, obsessed?


Photos by Sheree Grace via @kindlysheree

- Sheree

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2 comments:

  1. I dint know what truly was my passion till some time back! Love ur pics!
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    1. Haha, yeah that seems to be the normal thing when I say I've known since I was young the common response is, "Omg for real?" Maybe I'm not normal!
      Thank you lovely!
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