Hello, you lovely bunch of humans!
I’m currently sat writing this in a small double bed in my little sister’s uni halls while she and a ton of other 18-year olds are hungover in the kitchen and the extensive talk of house parties going on this weekend, combined with the fact I’m extremely hungover is making me feel like I’ve stepped into some warped version of my uni years. Time is a funny thing. I’ve realised that life plans and time don’t really correlate at all (IMO). You might have wanted something like really, wanted something for the longest time and then 5 months down the line when you finally get there, you find yourself in the stage of questioning everything, and thinking “is this what I really want? Is this it?”
Don’t hate me, I know I’ve been a little bit MIA on the blog front recently. Freelancing has really taken its toll on me and I’ve been struggling to find the right clients and quite honestly, think that I jumped the gun too early. I’ve always loved the idea of working as a freelancer and having the ability to build and control my own career path. I admire the tenacity and passion of self-employed women going out and getting it for themselves. But I also love learning and expanding my knowledge by surrounding myself with motivated, intellectual people. As much as I would love to work for myself, there’s still so much more I want to learn, see and do within a company before potentially embarking on my own personal ventures. So, with that said – I GOT A NEW JOB!
I’ve been working in a social media role for the last 3 and a half years, both at an agency and freelance and I have now taken on a new role as Social Media Manager at a creative communications agency in Shoreditch, working with a completely different roster of clients which I could not be happier about. Some people think that working in social media and running my blog is a match made in heaven, and although the two work perfectly together – I found it incredibly draining writing copy and scheduling posts for high-street clients and brands who I would then also create content for in my own personal time. There was no distinction between what was actually work and what used to be my hobby.
I thought going freelance would be a great career move in helping me decide what I wanted to do next, but it ended up putting undue stress and pressure on me to live up to certain expectations. Apart from the ability to control your own schedule and all the free time spent attending fun events, meetings and planning unlimited content shoots – freelancing can actually be quite lonely. The last few months have definitely taken a toll on my mental health and in order to spend your days alone, you really have to be quite tough and thick-skinned. With a lack of direction and unsure of what I wanted from my career, blogging became my main source of income for quite some time and I found it so tough. I decided the best course of action would be to go back into full-time work and continue growing and expanding my skillset, so I could relieve some of the pressure I was putting on myself and get back to actually enjoying sharing content with you all.
With all of that said, I am so excited for what’s to come with Style by Aysh. I have so many exciting campaigns and projects coming up that I have poured my heart and soul into and I hope you love them as much as I do. Just like any other job, Instagram is a game of trial and error. I recently asked you guys how much you enjoy my content and if there was anything else you wanted to see from me. A lot of you have asked for more beauty-focused content so over the next few months I will be testing this out and I hope to god it works. If there is anything else you want to see from me, please feel free to slide in my DMs and we can have a good old natter.
This industry is changing every single day and in order to stay relevant, us bloggers, influencers or whatever you want to call it – need to stay one step ahead of the game. I recently touched upon this in a previous post but I can’t wait to share more of my writing with you all. I absolutely adore rambling on in a blog post while I’m tucked up in bed pouring my soul out to you all. I get excited by editorial style content which I have been trying to shoot a bit more of in order to keep my feed fresh and interesting, as opposed to your typical OOTD post that has quickly been snapped on an iPhone.
In other news, I’ve decided I am going to take part in ‘Go Sober for October’ (or I’m at least going to try). I am on a serious mission to kickstart my wellbeing my focusing more on my physical and mental health and I also want to make more of a conscious effort as to what I’m putting into my body – and up until recently, it has been a LOT of gin. I’ve also taken a look at the people I am surrounding myself with on a daily basis and made some fabulous new friends. The saying quality over quantity really is true when it comes to something like this as I would much rather have a handful of friends who will always have my back as opposed to spreading myself too thin and not knowing who’s going to bitch behind my back next.
Anyway, just thought I would share with you all a little update about what’s been going on in my life so we both know where we stand. After all, who doesn’t love to read a rambling blog post once in a while!
Love, Aysh x