Kirsty’s Life Update

Kirsty’s Life Update

I guess we all have that moment in life when we think about what we have achieved and what we want to achieve. I’m at this point right now, so keep reading if you want to know what I’m counting on doing with my life!

Kirsty’s Future Life Plans

As you may know I graduated last septembre from the University of Rouen (France) where I got a bachelor’s degree followed by a master’s degree in international commerce, with honours. Naively I thought that all doors were open for me: get a job in marketing if I wanted, change country, continue studying, take a gap year. I just had to choose. Hahahahaha! Little did I know that my plans did not work out at. all.

I had this clear and feasible plan where I would take a “gap year”, volunteering in a primary school, and while doing that find a job in marketing in Manchester, move to Manchester, share a flat with Corinne, blog until I drop and be happy. Well.. Only the volunteering part happened. After being pushed away by so many companies because apparently a master’s degree with honours + 2 years experience in marketing + a rather successful blog is not enough to get an underpaid job as a social media assistant I decided to wipe that plan of the board. Stop running after something that clearly wasn’t for me. I knew finding a job in marketing in the UK wasn’t going to be easy but that last interview in mai where they showed so much enthusiasm and interest in my ideas and person, followed by a “sorry but we want someone with more experience”, just pushed me of the edge. Maybe I should have continued looking, but it was making me so unhappy to keep looking. I could tell what the emails I would get would say. I had enough of people telling me I was basically not capable of something I know I am good at. I’m not saying I am the best on the market, but I think it’s safe to say I know enough about social media to be a social media assistant.

So what now?

Ok, so putting that plan aside is one thing, but what now? Well…! After a month of feeling trapped, crying myself to sleep, and trying to avoid the question I have finally made a decision. I’ve been telling this joke to anyone that has asked “If I have to work, I think I’m going to work with someone that appreciates my work: me, and go free-lance.” Turns out today it’s not so much a joke. I have taken the decision to try and improve the blog and take it as far as we can, and on the side create and run my own brand. Yes you read that well.. I don’t know if I’m super excited or freaking out! But there is one thing that I am sure of: if I don’t do it now, I may regret it. Having my own company and brand is something I’ve always had at the back of my mind since I started uni. So why not? Fingers crossed things go well! See you in a year to see how things have evolved (or not).

Where are you at in your life? Any hard decisions you need to take this year?

Corinne & Kirsty has been nominated in the Twitterati category for the Northern Blog Award. It would mean a lot to us if Β you could vote for us here.

See you soon, love

Kirsty

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  1. July 12, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    Sorry to hear that you’ve had a few setbacks. One door closes and two more open though! Keep pushing forward xx

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      That’s what I’m telling myself now πŸ™‚ thanks for your kind words x

  2. July 12, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    Omg all the best lovely!! That’s so great to hear though. I’m very excited for you and look forward to seeing where you go my lovely! Well done though! xx

    Sami // samiyah.co.uk

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks lovely! Will definitely keep you all updated on the blog πŸ™‚ x

  3. July 12, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Good luck Kirsty, this is a lovely post seeing what you’ve been up to and the things you are achieving x

  4. July 12, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    The hardest part is making the jump! Best of luck!!! Im committing to taking more photo jobs lately and feeling that same thing!

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:41 pm

      Oh it really is! I really want to walk away sometimes lol hope things work out for you too πŸ™‚ x

  5. July 12, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I have voted for you girls! X

  6. July 12, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I am so sorry that you have had a hard time trying to figure out what you want to do. I am in the same position, just finishing university. I also want to go into Marketing as well and know how hard it is. I wish you all the luck with pursuing your dreams of having your own company and brand as well as blog success! Good luck,
    Lois x
    http://www.lifeasloismay.wordpress.com

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:42 pm

      Wish you all the luck too, hope you can find your dream job πŸ™‚ x

  7. July 12, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    I hope what you have planned brings amazing opportunities for you, everything happens for a reason! Don’t be afraid to pursue your goals πŸ™‚ xx

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:42 pm

      Hope so too, even if I’m so freecking scared lol x

  8. Rosa
    July 12, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Sounds like a great plan. It does seem really hard to get a job these days – everyone is always saying ‘need more experience’

    http://ohduckydarling.com

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Ugh I know right! Like they don’t get that if no one takes us on we will never be able to get THAT experience… x

  9. July 12, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    I’m so sorry you’ve been feeling this way. The job market can be so disheartening. I’m glad that you came up with a plan, I find that when I have a plan in place I feel much calmer. And you already have a pretty amazing blog so building on that will be pretty cool I reckon. I wish you so much luck (not that you need it really). πŸ™‚

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      It’s true that I’ve been feeling less stressed and down since focusing on this new plan πŸ™‚ thanks lovely x

  10. July 12, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Sorry to hear of the set backs with job hunting! It can be very very frustrating!
    I wish you all the luck in the world with the next year and look forward to seeing what you get up to!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  11. July 12, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    This is so exciting! It’s funny how things don’t work out and then they set us on this great adventure. It’s going to be a tough road, but it sounds like something you really want to do, and I believe that’s all that matters. If you want it, you can get it. Get it, girl! Cheering you on, all the way!

    Ashlynn | http://thecrimsoncardigan.com

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      That’s exactly what I’m feeling at the moment, really didn’t want to stay in that depressing mood any longer! x

  12. Kayleigh Zara
    July 12, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Not knowing what you want to do can be so hard, it also sucks how much experience some jobs require, I hope you figure it out! X

    Kayleigh Zara πŸŒ»πŸ‚www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • September 27, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Oh doesn’t it!? I really hope this works out, because now I really don’t want to go back to job hunting lol x

  13. July 12, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your setbacks with job hunting! Finding a job is incredibly difficult, but I hope you manage to find something soon!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  14. July 12, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    I’m wishing you all the best! Applying for jobs are stressful especially when they require β€˜more experience’ even though you have all the experience you need for the job! I’m excited to see where you go with the blog and your brand – I’m sure everything will go amazingly!

    -Sahara

  15. July 12, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Best of luck. Everything will work fine in the mean time.

  16. July 13, 2017 / 6:47 am

    Best of luck with the nomination.. Hope you make it big and make everyone around you happy

  17. July 13, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Girl I feel you. It’s so frustrating trying get your foot in the door. Often it’s not what you know but who you know and that’s just bollocks. Freelancing is the way to go to people as talented as you – companies don’t often know anything about their own marketing strategies but the people you’re selling yourself to do. Go girl!
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

  18. July 13, 2017 / 11:57 am

    Kirsty, that’s absolutely amazing news that you’re going freelance! I would love to do that one day, so well done you! xx

  19. July 13, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about the hassle you had when finishing uni. It sounds so difficult and I don’t know what companies think sometimes when they’re faced with someone with as much drive and experience as you. But I’m sure you’ll get to where you wanted to be and knock everyone off their feet eventually! As someone who works for themselves, is self employed and has their own business I can safely say it is HARD FREAKING WORK and scary sometimes. It’s challenging but so worth it and you’ll feel so proud of yourself and that’s so important xxx

  20. July 13, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    So sorry to hear that you’ve had setbacks lovely, with the amazing qualifications you’ve got they should be snapping you up straight away. You’ve achieved so much, you should be unbelievably proud of yourself as we all are of you! A huge good luck, we’ll all be behind you backing you all the way with everything. I’m sure whatever you do, you’ll make it work and it’ll become something incredible. You deserve all the happiness in the world, both of you do xo

    Elle – https://ellegracedeveson.wordpress.com/

  21. July 13, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    I am sorry for that disappointment :/ take it day by day and you will bounce back in no time! You have all you need inside of you to be successful and you are more than capable to achieve your goals, we are all rooting for you!

    Nikki
    http://www.herdaringthoughts.blogspot.com

  22. July 13, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    The experience thing is so terrible. How are you supposed to get more experience if no one will hire you? Its a Catch 22.

  23. Jessica Taylor
    July 13, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    I hope everything goes your way! Running your own brand will be exciting!

  24. July 13, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I’m so happy to hear that you’re making your own brand. I wish you the best of luck. Can’t wait to hopefuly follow you on this journey through your blog. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  25. abbeylouisarose
    July 13, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Oh Kirsty, I’m so sorry that you’ve had so many setbacks! With all your achievements and experience, I’m honestly shocked that a company hasn’t snapped you up already as you sound so passionate and talented! I wish you every success with your freelancing and working on the blog, good for you!

    Abbey 🐬 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  26. July 13, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    How exciting! Best of luck to you on building your brand. I’m getting all my paperwork in order to start applying to jobs, and I’m terrified. I know I’m a decent worker, but you need someone to take a chance on you when you’re fresh out of school. I’m so inspired by you choosing to take this chance now. You may never take it otherwise. No time like the present, after all. You got this, girl.

    Breanna Catharina
    toocuteforlife.com

  27. July 13, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I ran into so many problems when I was job hunting. They always wanted more experience! I even got rejected from Tesco.

    Best of luck with your next adventure though!

  28. July 13, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Good luck to you as you take the plunge! I think you really put it well when you said you were gonna work for someone who appreciates you. Fingers crossed that it works out for you!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

  29. July 13, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    So sorry things didn’t work out as planned, I know hat how frustrating it is trying to get a job! It’s just seems impossible. Good on you for looking at other options and giving them a go! I hope everything works out for you 😊 xx

  30. July 13, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Ah good luck!! I’ve just graduated and am already panicking I’m never going to find a job, applying is almost a full time thing in itself!
    Tara xo
    http://taradaniella.com

  31. July 13, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Sorry to hear that you’ve had a rough few months. But you can be assured that so many people can relate to what you’re feeling. We all need support!

  32. July 13, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Love hearing a life update…I super relate to the struggle of getting hired in social media marketing – you do amazing things marketing your blog, it seems insane that your not being recognized for that in the job market! At least you are among your peers, that means something! Excited to see where you take this blog next πŸ™‚

  33. July 13, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Setbacks are tough. I have had a very hard few months where I have had to heal and re-evaluate. However the future is looking different, and that’s a step in the right way.

  34. July 13, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Sorry to hear things didn’t quite plan out how you thought, but as they say sometimes that is for the best, you can achieve things you didn’t imagine if you keep at it.

  35. July 13, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    I love this! It’s so encouraging to read about someone overcoming the obstacles set in front of them <3 I'm especially inspired by your change of plans. I'm always afraid to rock the boat, but your blog looks nice, I totally believe you can turn your blog into your brand. Following to see what happens πŸ˜€

  36. Deanna
    July 13, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Such a great and scary place to be in life. Having your own brand is so exciting. Best of luck to you!

  37. July 13, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    I think you made a great decision. Good luck with it! I have no doubt that you’ll succeed.

  38. July 14, 2017 / 2:35 am

    I’m sorry for the setbacks you had to face, maybe this had to happen in order for you to take a bigger step. I wish you all the best!

  39. July 14, 2017 / 3:12 am

    In my life, I am currently expecting my third while homeschooling my oldest and working on speech with my second. I honestly would never have imagined that I would be here right now, but I could not be happier!

  40. July 14, 2017 / 5:53 am

    I have a feeling the reason you couldn’t find a social media assistant’s job is simply because that was not your “door” to open. The universe had something much, much better in store for you. So remember: when one door doesn’t open it’s just simply not your door. Don’t be disappointed. Either look for the one that unlocks for you, or build your own beautiful door that opens up to unimaginable opportunities!

  41. July 14, 2017 / 6:16 am

    Love reading your future life plans and your updates. Keep accountable!

  42. July 14, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Just remember that everything happens for a reason. There’s definitely something better. Good luck on your future endeavors and to your nomination!

  43. Chemady
    July 14, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    The most important is that you didn’t give up. Good luck to your future endeavors.

  44. July 14, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Sorry to hear what you’re going through. The future is always bright though! I had similar things happen myself and you need to just stay strong and remember better things will be on the other side of it.

    Alys | alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

  45. July 14, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    I know I have been in the process of making a lot of important decisions lately. But all of those decisions are for me in the long run. And that makes them better and easier to make.

  46. Blair villanueva
    July 15, 2017 / 12:38 am

    Having your own company and brand is such am amazing thing you would do. But it takes a lot of work, you own your time but you need to work harder and longer. It is like planting trees, you must cultivate and nourished them.

  47. July 15, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    That’s awesome to hear! Good luck with the next part of your journey. You’re in a place in your life where taking chances is possible and you have the skills and opportunity to give it a darn good go! You can do it!

  48. July 15, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Good luck on your goals. I am so excited about your next update on this.

  49. July 15, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    It’s nice that you made plans for yourself. Marketing is a very interesting subject and there’s lots of innovations now when it comes to digital ads, social media, and seo.

  50. Elizabeth O
    July 16, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    I wish you all the best on your new direction and journey. Taking the first step is the hardest and then you’re on for the up and down ride.

  51. sadhna
    July 17, 2017 / 8:31 am

    good luck with your decision. jobs are getting harder to find for the young. there is disruption of all kinds going around.

  52. July 17, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    They would say do what you love and you would not feel like you’re working. But, in reality, finding a job is very hard and when you get one you don’t really end up yet to what you really want. At least this is what’s happening to me. But always be true to yourself and learn, in time your hard-work will pay off and you’ll have a successful career ahead of you. Good luck.

  53. July 18, 2017 / 5:21 am

    Hey Kristy, don’t give up! I faced my fair share of rejection when I first came to Melbourne too! However, perhaps you could try working for a MarComm company instead? I know a talent like you would get snapped up at once in SEA countries, but I don’t know much about job opps in the UK. Would help if I could! x

  54. July 18, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Sorry to read that you had a hard time finding work that was commensurate to your degrees. Taking one year off though may also give problems of its own, by postponing your momentum. Good luck!

  55. July 19, 2017 / 3:39 am

    Take some time to think of your directions. Don’t be afraid to explore, to try out different things, and definitely, don’t be afraid to stop what you are doing and move on.

  56. July 19, 2017 / 8:40 am

    Its ok! If we think one, the nature/universe/God has other plans for us! Best wishes on your freelancing! And Congrats on being nominated for the award.

  57. July 19, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    The right opportunities will come for you at the right time. I hope all will be well with you.

    ❀ Grace ❀

  58. July 20, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Well done on taking that new step! I know it must be such an exciting (but scary) step! x

  59. July 22, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    Congratulations on graduating! That’s no small feat. I love your blog so I think that you can go far and do well with it. Good luck!

  60. July 24, 2017 / 9:46 am

    It’s so frustrating when you know you have experience and are qualified for a position! Good for you for being brave and taking a new step, we’re all here supporting you!
    Hels xx
    http://www.thehelsproject.com

  61. July 30, 2017 / 12:57 am

    I’m sorry about the struggle you’ve been going through.I think free lance would be really great. keep it up.

  62. Elizabeth O
    August 6, 2017 / 7:28 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your struggle you’ve been going through. This is true that finding a job is really hard. But I;m so proud of you that whatever happens, Still! you are not stop reaching your dream and your goals. Everything happens for a reason. We have the right time for everyone, Just not to be bored. Coming to the point that we not only notice that we are approaching towards our dreams.

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