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The world of Freelancing is a bit of a mystery to most – it’s very different to the 9-5 norm and the older generations don’t really understand why anyone would want to leave a secure job. I’ve been doing my best to navigate life as a Freelancer since I was made redundant back in July 2016 – 2 years ago now, eek! Some people might think that I should be an expert on everything freelance...

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I’ve been visiting London Design Festival for a few years now and admiring all of the exhibitions, installations and events with a hint of jealousy; I wanted to be involved, but I didn’t know how. Little did I know it, but 2018 was going to be different from my usual LDF experience! When the team at homeware brand West Elm said that they liked my mural and asked if I’d like to be an artist in...

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It’s a question that I’m hearing a lot recently – How can I be my own boss? Maybe you’re feeling unfulfilled or trapped in your current job? I totally feel you on that one – it was the main reason I quit my first job as a designer in a studio. Or maybe you’re great with ideas or numbers and have always dreamt of running your own business? At primary school I made my own...

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This week’s life lesson is the art of give and take; how I’ve been very good at giving and others have been very good at taking. I remember writing the ‘Honest Illustrated’ post back in 2013 on how I REALLY felt about being a recent graduate. It was raw and totally unlike anything I’d read from a graduate before and I felt AMAZING to be able to give that to the world, whilst feeling sick...

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I’ve mentioned it in passing, but I thought it was about time I talked about it properly; at the end of 2016 I became a member at a co-working space. Located in Zone 1, just down the road from both central London (Tottenham Court Road) and Camden, the former hospital turned co working space is a hub of exciting business ventures and entrepreneurial spirit. Meet Camden Collective; resourceful, creative and one of a kind. We all...

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Hi! Hello stranger, it’s me! When life gets in the way… I have to make a choice; put my energy into blogging OR look after myself (and sleep). Although I do sometimes forget, I’m slowly getting better at remembering that I’m not super woman and I can’t do everything! Sorry for the radio silence. Being a slashie (aka a person with several job titles – graphic designer /businesswomen /writer /blogger /vlogger /girlboss), I’ve become well...

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Not all those who wander are lost. It’s quite a famous saying, but I’ll admit that I didn’t know where it came from until I just googled it. If like me you didn’t know; it’s from a poem by J.R.R.Tolkien – that guy that wrote Lord of The Rings. You must’ve known that!? 🙂 Even though I often say I feel a bit lost with my career, there’s always still a little voice of positivity...

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I’ve been putting off writing this post for almost 3 weeks now, but I felt like I couldn’t really post anything else until I got this one out of the way. So here goes nothing… Leaving a job is never easy, but it’s a lot scarier and stressful when it’s not your choice to leave. A week after I moved into my new flat, I was made redundant. 46/💯 Look up – you have your...

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A couple of weeks ago I headed to Shoreditch House for ‘Spring clean your brand’ – a talk from the ladies at SheSays. This is quite a long post, but if you’re feeling a bit ‘Meh’ about yourself/ your career/ your life then it’s 110% worth reading all of it, I promise. Be yourself, everyone else is already taken – Oscar Wild To set the scene, SheSays host Amy talked about how she makes a...

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What do Graphic Designers, Fashion Designers and Advertisers all have in common? (This isn’t the start of a bad joke, I promise!) Well, obviously they are all creatives. But as industries which work for and with people, they all have to think about branding. Branding is important to clients. From cat food businesses to museums, all have a target customer to appeal to using a set of morals and an image. Branding isn’t just about...

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As a student, you’re often told that ‘the real learning begins once you get into industry’. Having recently made the transition from Graphic Design student to Graphic Design graduate I am definitely starting to get a taste of what that means. Freelancing is a bit of a scary word for me. You work for a client, from your home, on your own, talking via phone and email (and meetings if you’re lucky) and set your...

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