.001.Right now I should definitely be hard at work on the essay that needs to be finished by Friday morning that I haven’t even started yet. But I’m not. Does anyone else find that you could easily write 1000 words on a blog post about a dress or a lipstick but when it comes to writing a thousand word essay for school or for University it feels like such a chore and it takes forever? Because that’s exactly how I feel. Maybe it’s because most of the topics I’ve had to study so far haven’t really interested me that much. I want to learn about the English language but so far most of the essays I’ve had to write have been history based. I’ve not been putting the effort in; my mind is focused on so many other things in my life right now, so I’m getting average results. I think the problem is I don’t know what I want to do in my life. I’d love to make jewellery from home and sell pieces online and at cute craft fairs but I highly doubt I’d be able to make enough money from that. I’d love to make cards from my photographs and sell those but I’m sure there are a million talented people doing that already. I’d love to open my own tea and cupcake shop in a cute little village in the English countryside but lets face it, that’s just a distant dream. I don’t know what I’m meant to be and I wish someone from the future could pop back in time & tell me where I end up.
.002.A few years ago a couple of my photographs were invited to be listed on Getty Images through their partnership with flickr and at the time, as an aspiring photographer, I thought it would be a wonderful thing to put on my CV. Looking back now, I wish I had thought about it more carefully. It’s still an achievement I suppose and although I’m shocked and very lucky to have made any money at all, they keep 70% of the profits and I feel a tiny bit cheated. Not to mention they’ve taxed what little money I have made recently which is an extra kick in the teeth. Thanks a lot America, I don’t even live in your country! Thanks a lot Getty for never sending me the form that you appear to have sent everyone else so that they don’t have to pay tax in a country they don’t even live in. And breathe. It’s safe to say I’m not very impressed and claiming tax back seems to be a total nightmare. On the flip side though I do realise that I wouldn’t have made a single penny from my photographs if I hadn’t signed up so I should probably stop complaining! Consider my mouth zipped on the subject.
.003.Last Friday I got my first graze box in the post and between us, my mum and I have almost eaten it all. I got the super berry detox, orange & ginger flapjack, lemon meringue pie and the west country cheddar, red onion & chutney focaccia. The flapjack was my absolute favourite, it tastes so so good and I could pretty much eat them by the truck load, which I imagine would be defeating the healthy eating objective of the company. I have a code that will allow you to receive one completely free box & a second half price box. I believe every time someone uses my code I’ll get £1 credited to my account, which I will be donating to the charity that Graze supports which is the school of farming in Uganda. It’s super easy to cancel your account at any time so if you’d just like to try a free box you can & you won’t have to pay a penny. If you’d like to use it my code is V4RGNWT & I already can’t wait to receive my next box. I’m crossing my fingers that I get the honeycomb flapjack! Yummy!
.004.Yesterday the beautiful Jess who runs a jewellery company called Raffles Bizarre contacted me & asked if I would mind featuring her jewellery on my blog. I think she’s such a talented jewellery designer so I said of course, and I now have a little Raffles Bizarre graphic in my side bar, which you may have already noticed. If you enter SAILBOAT in the discount code section on the website then you’ll be able to receive 10% off your order which is amazing because the prices are already super affordable! I’d really like you to go and have a look around the website because I really think there’s something for everyone. Also, just to clarify I’m not being paid to say any of this and I won’t be making money if you click on the image or anything like that. I don’t think my blog is popular enough to justify charging for advertising space or blog posts, I just really want to do my best to support companies I really like. Jess has kindly offered to send me a piece from her collection as a thank you, which she really didn’t have to do & I’m very thankful to her for doing that, so there will be a post about which item I picked coming up very soon & a little bit more info on the company. I already have my eye on this adorable teapot necklace & this sugar owl necklace so I have a sneaky feeling at least one of those will be making an appearance on my blog very soon too.
Do you know what you want to do with your life? Have you had a career all planned out for a long time or are you seeing where life takes you? Also, if you’ve checked out Raffles Bizarre, what’s your favourite piece of jewellery on the site?