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Turn your hobby into a career

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The Beginning

Many people wonder how to Turn their hobby into a career. When you love your job, it is never really “work”. When you turn your hobby into a career, the impossible becomes possible, and life starts to have a full meaning. I remember when I had a traditional office job for a big gas company. It was a job I juggled before the twins showed up, and I truly hated every second of it. The only thing that mattered to me was my monthly pay check, and that was so little, it was pretty much gone few days after payday. Then the wait for the next pay check started.

 

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It was soul draining

Life was hard. It was a long commute to the office everyday, and I was miserable.I spent long hours indoors at work trapped in a call centre with a headset permanently on my head. To simply describe, it was soul draining.  It was so hard in the summer. I never got the chance to enjoy the beautiful sunshine. I got to work for 9am everyday and sometimes I would work until late in the evening. The only good about the job was the free vending machine on some days, and the building itself. It was nicely furnished with roof lanterns in some rooms which allowed me make the most of the amazing weather when we had it.

I had no interest in the job or the business, but it was the only job I had so I had to hold on to it. Then I stated Fashion and Style Police, and that gave my life a whole new meaning. I had something that was mine own and I put my heart and soul into it. This blog got me through that job, and even though it hardly brought me any income in the first year, it didn’t matter to me. It was a hobby that gave me hope.

 

Turn your hobby into a career

Most times, we don’t see how our hobby can become a career but most times it can. I enjoyed reading and writing from a very young age, and setting up a blog allowed me to create a home for my hobby. And now, that hobby has become a career. I write on her here for myself and my readers. Many of the articles are sponsored by brands, which allows me to continue to work from home and be there for my twins. I also write for my other websites, manage marketing campaigns for many clients as well as managing their social media platforms. My working life has become a dream come true and many times I still pinch myself when amazing collaborations land in my email.

 

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Yes you can

This post is not about me bragging about my working from home life and living the dream. I wrote it to motivate anyone thinking of turning a hobby to a career. I would say go for it. You never know until you try. To be safe, you can start working on growing your hobby into a career by the side, while you hold on to your regular pay check. If you like writing, set up a blog. If you have a good eye for fashion designing and are good at sewing great designs, think of setting up your clothing label. And if makeup is more your thing, think of setting up a makeup artist business.

The internet has made it super easy to start off any type of business with various useful content online and social media platforms you can utilise to help grow your brand.

 

No regrets

I am happy I took the leap of faith to work for myself. It has not been a walk in the park but I rather do this walk than any other. No regrets here. I would do it all over again if I had another chance.

 

What is your hobby?

 

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Dealing with the winter blues

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It has been very cold pretty much all over the UK. We were lucky enough to get some snow last week. It was white and beautiful last week Wednesday and the kids loved it. The enjoyed walking to school in the snow and they even had the opportunity to build a snowman! There is still snow in the forecast, so we are expecting some more in the next few days. I am sort of looking forward to it for the kids sake, but I am not looking forward to the chill that comes with it.

 

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The cold and darkness makes me super low on some days. I won’t call my state of mind – SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or winter depression, but it is quite similar. The cold and the darkness that comes with it (especially the darkness) gets me really down sometimes. I call the feeling the winter blues.

As a working from home mummy of 2 very busy toddlers, I am always on the move. Working from home with the kiddies in school means I get to be on my own and with my thoughts and work for a good part of the day. So I have to protect my state of mind to ensure I can give everyday my best shot.

Here are some ways I cope and keep the winter blues away –

 

Let them be light

I pull my blinds and curtains every morning and get in as much natural light as I can. This act usually gives my mental health an instant boast. It helps that we have a room with a window in the ceiling like aluminium roof lanterns. I like to do most of my work during the day in that room. We also have French doors in our living room which helps as well. I like to chill in the room as it is always bright and alive.

 

Get out of the house

The school run takes me out of the house every weekday. I have also started driving lessons, that gets me out as well. I also may sure I go out at least once a week outside of the school run times for a few hours. Getting out of the house means I get to take in as much fresh air as possible, which clears my head and mind.

 

Meditation

Like I mentioned in this post, I have started meditating and I am loving it. I now sleep better and feel great. If you don’t meditate, I would advise you try it. It is great to just sit up and do nothing, think of nothing and just listen to the sounds around you. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do, but I cannot imagine never meditating now. It has become a nightly ritual.

 

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Burn a candle

I love candles and I like to have them in my home. Yankee Candles are my current favourites. Candles have a way of relaxing me and the scent of my candles help me deal with the winter blues.

 

Listening to music

I would be lost without my Spotify app on my phone. I listen to some of my favourite tracks on there everyday. Music is like food to my soul and it can help me deal with anything.

 

How are you dealing with the winter blues? Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

How my first job at 18 taught me to be a boss

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I got a job in a retail bank as a customer service when I was 18 years old. It was my first job. I got a 3 months contract with this bank that cannot named for many reasons. It was an internship sort of contract. Part of the requirements of my Bsc Accounting Degree at the university. I remember the experience being hard at first for me as a teenager. It was my first job, so understandably I found it a bit difficult waking up extra early every morning for 3 months to be at my desk ready for customers by 8am.

This job was nothing I taught it would be when I daydreamed about it many years ago. I saw myself working somewhere fun and far away. I thought of jobs like ski chalet jobs, and working as a life guard on a beautiful beach. But my reality was far from that. Having said that, it was a fun role. I enjoyed the experience and all it taught me.

 

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Here are some things I took away with me –

 

The early bird catches the worm

I learnt the importance of being punctual for every job. I also learnt the importance grabbing every business opportunity that comes my way. With this job, opportunities came in form of customers wanting to open accounts but were unsure of which account to go for, and so on. I have taken this life lesson away with me to the self – employment world, and it helps me stay on top of my game. Being on time and making the most of the opportunities that come my way have helped my business.

 

Be professional

My manager taught me the importance of being professional and I carried took those life lessons with me. Staying professional and being myself at various workplace have saved my sanity and job. I always remember to stay professional even now that I work for myself. And I think it is more important to be professional when you run your own business or work for yourself as it is easy to cross the line with clients and business associates.

 

Dress to impress

My customer service role didn’t really teach me to dress to impress. I had that in me long before starting my first job. But it kind of reminded me of the importance of looking your best when on the job.

 

These are some of the life lessons I took away with me from my first job as a young shy 18-year-old. What did you take away from yours?

 

 

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