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Saturday, 20 June 2015

PERSONAL || A Spontaneous Ramble.

Ever find yourself in one of those moods where you just want to write? No? Okay, well maybe it's because I've been listening to some old school John Mayer (link here - be sure to check it out) and come over feeling all nostalgic. If you're not into rambling, life posts then stop reading here - business will resume as usual at 12pm tomorrow!
Today I got offered a job at Whistles for the Summer. If you've been following LydiaLulu since the beginning - and if so, thank you! - then you might be aware that I worked there in my gap year before I started university at Southampton. Equally, you might not. I was very careful to keep some things private here on the blog, to be honest I'm not entirely sure why. Anyway, I'm so excited to get stuck back in - it's a brand I've come to know and adore. Plus, it'll be nice to have a bit of my own money to spend on our upcoming family trip to New York and for just general university life.

      

Blogging has taught me a lot in the past year - it's introduced me to a wonderful online community of people who are all just as passionate about my 'superficial' love of all things beauty and fashion. But most of all, it's taught me a lot about myself. Take this post for instance, I write best when I'm just feeling inspired and when I'm not trying to force words onto the page. It's taught me to have confidence in myself and to pursue things no matter how terrifying they may seem.
Spending what feels like the majority of my free time perusing the internet looking for new blogs to follow has made me think seriously about what I want to do after I graduate. I reapplied for a job at Whistles not only because I love the brand and wanted the income, but because it has the kind of status in the fashion world which looks good on a CV. Of course, I still have two more years of uni (waheeey!) to figure this all out - but I think it's pretty normal by the age of 20 to have an idea of what you want to spend your working life doing. For me, it's always been about writing. In a perfect world where all my dreams come true, I'd have a column in The Guardian while also contributing to Vogue and Elle. But who knows where the land will lie in another two years? It's an exciting time for journalism... and for bloggers. I can't say I don't daydream about being a full-time blogger, LydiaLulu is pretty much my pride and joy.
I've mentioned it before on this platform and I won't delve into much detail again, but I've had a pretty crazy and life-altering past 12 months. I've been in and out of relationships, become close to people and then drifted away, gotten into blogging only to take another break, and now gone back to my old job. I know I'm not alone when I say this but I'm a creature of stability. I'm happiest when I'm more or less following some sort of schedule and in staple relationships - of both the friendly and romantic kind. I used to think that I was pretty savvy when it came to identifying when someone had an unhealthy influence on me. Recent experiences have taught me that I still have a long way to go.
But hey, I'm a firm believer in the tired old saying that 'everything happens for a reason'. I think my recent experiences and my return to Whistles means that it's time to focus on myself and my future. Isn't that what you should be doing at 20 anyway? People will naturally drift in and out of my life, and vice vera, but it's the ones that stick around that are worth holding on to.
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