As with any career, the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult, and design is no different. There is no definitive set of rules when embarking on a career in the creative, but there are many ways to strengthen your case. I've created a list of four tips that are easy to implement, no matter your current status, and will help assist you on your journey to design success.
It feels like we're expected to be crying into a pillow, stinking of Chardonnay, cat pee and desperation. (for the record I prefer Gin & smell expensive, darling). The biggest thing I've learned is that being single aged 36 is actually rather exciting, unpredictable and utterly refreshing! The sense of freedom is incredible.
Women apparently hit their sexual peak at 35, and I would agree. I think your thirties are the best decade of your life (although I may change this opinion as I get older). I got married as I turned 30, just had my first baby. I had all three children in this decade, my confidence escalated ten fold, I loved my job but had the confidence to have a career break. And yes, my libido increased.
Last weekend was my birthday, and in the lead-up to it I was a flipping nightmare. I didn't want to turn 35 - it just seemed one inevitable, saggy step closer to 40. However, in the beatific afterglow of a lot of red wine and the fact that I turned 35 and my face didn't immediately shrivel into a Crankies-like death mask, I have figured out there are some pretty good things about reaching roughly half your life expectancy...
It is the night before my first marathon and, much like many other things I do, I have stumbled into it blithely unaware of what I am actually doing and just sort of hoping for the best. This being so, I have decided to share my fountain of marathon wisdom (in list format - who doesn't love a list?!) with anyone thinking of doing one themselves.
Fit is important. Ensuring you take time to explore the environment you are entering, the culture of the organization you are joining can have a huge impact on your ability to be both successful and happy. Failing to investigate this can leave you sore, tired and frustrated or worse, truly burned out.
Starting university is a pretty intimidating experience, and one which we seem to be expected to automatically know how to do without any actual guidelines. At times I found it overwhelming and lonely, while everyone else around me seemed to be having the time of their lives. So for my little brother and everyone else out there starting university with not a clue what to expect, here's your survival guide...
I could save you a lot of time and heartache by just saying "do what you love". And whilst the solution is that simple the path to the solution isn't always that easy. In a recent conversation with Gig Young, intuit and popular YouTuber, we discussed the path and why the easiest way is actually the best way.
I'm childfree-by-choice, but as my life fills with young female friends, I find myself thinking about what I want to pass on to them - in a wise-woman way. If I'd had a daughter when I was thirty, she would be eighteen now. So these are the things I'd like to say to her, and weirdly, lots of them are things my mother said to me...
I thought it fitting that there's no time like the present to knuckle down and join the writers out there writing to their former selves. Not in a 'Clare, Clare, can you hear me?' way, but a reflective, reactive, and 'actually, you can learn a lot in 11 years' revelation that only comes with historical hindsight, and I hope is something others can relate to.