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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Sunday Snapshot 013.

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.

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.

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!

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?


  1. I think that a 1,000 word essay sounds like an absolute dream to me right now. As long as you plan it, you can bash that essay out in no time! I have a 10,000 word dissertation to be getting on with and I just can't seem to focus.
    I've had so many career plans over the years. It wasn't until I (randomly decided) to do a degree in public relations that I realised that I loved it. It's serious, businessy but it's also very creative. That just fits the bill for me.
    But it's different for everyone. If you've found something you love then just go with it! x

  2. Mmm, tea and cupcakes. If you opened up one of those shops, I'd hop a plane to England, visit, and bask in it as I think to myself, "Oh my gosh, I know this girl!"

    Sorry to hear of how cheated you feel. But congratulations for producing work on that caliber, right?

  3. Can you not remove your images from Getty if you aren't happy with them?

  4. Beautiful photo! I know exactly how you feel about university, I'm doing Business Studies and some of the modules I'm studying I have absolutely no interest in at all, and I have no idea what I want to do in the future either. I hope you start to feel better about things soon.

    I've always wanted to try the Graze boxes, and I think you've made me want to try them even more now, everything just sounds so delicious!

    Hope you've had a wonderful weekend darling xo

  5. Your blog is amazing ! Really cute :)

    I'm glad to be your new follower !


  6. I love the photo lovely! :)
    Really enjoyed reading this post as always..
    To be honest I've never known where my life was going either - I had a vague plan, but life threw so many challenges my way that I ended up on another path, and it wasn't a nice one for a few years.
    I feel incredibly lucky that I ended up having my babies though, and for now, they're all I need and want <3
    But like you I have dreams of having a countryside shop or just doing something creative, I just don't know if I'll ever get there.
    I often wish I could have a peek of the future too, haha!
    Big hugs doll xoxo

  7. I have got no idea what I want to do with my life... ideally, and the only sorta idea that I actually DO have, is that I would like my own business - a quaint little shop with a little tearoom attached maybe. But y'know that costs a lot of money and right now I have other important things to direct my finances at. I definitely want to do something where I can move up the ladder, but it's so difficult here because I absolutely love my little hometown but it's just so small that we don't have opportunities like that here and I don't particularly want to leave here. I kind of feel a bit stuck and that I'm just plodding along and soon I will be married with kids and I'll STILL be in this position. I'm rather envious of the people that know what they want to do and go and get on with it. I've never been like that though.

  8. I've been struggling to keep up with my Uni work recently in favour of my blog as well. I can easily write for hours towards my blog, but writing an essay is beyond difficult for me too at the moment. Fingers crossed you sum up the motivation soon (: That's so annoying about your photographs on Getty, gosh damn these hidden T&C's! xxx

  9. I don't think it's possible of useful to plan your career of future too precisely! I trained as an architect, but it wasn't until I completed the course that I realised that I didn't want to be an architect! You just have to follow up every lead and opportunity that comes your way and see what happens! I'm now working as a research assistant and loving it, hoping to do a PhD next year.
    Good luck and I hope you find your path, but until then, just enjoy exploring.
    Narrowboat Lucky Duck

  10. i am very torn with what i want to do with my life. for a long long time i was extremely content with looking to go into fashion merchandising.

    but now, i'm rather enamoured with musical theatre. i'm confused. they're both so different, like two extremes.

    i know this probably sounds silly but i just don't know.

    good luck, honey!

  11. Aww thanks so much for your sweet comments lovely :D <3

    That's rubbish about the Getty images thing. I had a similar situation a year or so back where I paid a ridiculous amount of money to have my jewellery sold through a big website who implied (practically promised) I would make a killing...a year later I'd sold one piece and wasted sooo much money. I came away very bitter about it, but I guess it's good to take risks sometimes, if it had worked out it could have completely launched my career. Hopefully you'll feel better about it when the initial anger wears off ;)

  12. Hi. I think your blog is so amazing, and I very much enjoy reading it. It's always good to have dreams, and I really hope you can make it, whatever you do :)

  13. I know what you mean, I got into university earlier than everyone else (at 16) and studied forensics, but I always knew I didn't really want to do that. I have a degree in it now, but no plans to follow up on it and get a career. I'm studying a diploma in cosmetics now, which is more suited to me but i still have no idea what i want to do. something will come up, but i think you should definitely follow your dreams and start making and selling jewellery and cards! xo.

  14. I feel the same as you I often wish I could know what it is Im going to do with the rest of my life! I love making jewellery and accessories, but I agree I think it would be hard to do it and make enough money to live off :'( I love the idea about the cupcake shop you should do it and then we could all come and visit and eat cupcakes ;) X

  15. yep i'm in a massive pickle about what i want to do with my life. i feel so lost and confused! i've done the whole uni thing and got my degree but i don't know whats supposed to happen now? i know for sure i don't want to be working in an office forever (like i am now) but i don't know what to do! i'm hoping life will just work itself out soon. hope you manage to sort the tax thing out soon enough, that sounds SO annoying! xo


  16. I love that style of photo! Its what made me want an old camera, but its not practical haha xxx

  17. Thank you for all your comments! <3

    @Alyse - Haha yay! That's true, I'm proud of the achievement and I guess that should be the most important thing!
    @Cherry Pullinger - Nope, I'm stuck in a contract for a little while longer.


  18. Love this post...I totally agree with so much that you've said!

    First of all, I also have an essay due on Friday that I haven't started yet!!

    I also have no idea where I am meant to end up, in a career point of view! I'm studying fashion management but there are so many different jobs out there. I love the sound of your jewellerry making and tea and cake shop, I ideally just want to own my own little boutique but it's not quite that easy!! I'm definitely just seeing where life takes me! :)


  19. I couldn't agree more with point one my lovely. I feel exactly the same.


  20. Totally agree with your first point. I have 1000 words to write tomorrow morning and just the thought of it is killing me! Aah!
    I love Graze boxes, I get one per fortnight and they're always such a lovely surprise to get in the post. x

  21. Jennie,

    I became and instant fan! I connected with the way you write.
    It's funny reading about what you wrote and I just posted something on my blog about sticking to doing what you love. What's that old saying - "If there's a will there's a way!"

    You have what many people don't have though, the desire to want to have something. That's special.

    Now on to your questions.

    Do I know what I want to do with my life yes. The answer is something (and the readers laugh!) The second question was did I have a career planned out. The answer is yes; from 11th grade back in 2005 I wanted to do something with Advertising. When I graduated high-school I went to study it at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA.

    During that time, I took a ton of photographs; people started calling me a photographer. To day I make most of my earnings from a camera being in my hand and communicating my vision of a brand/company to a viewer via my images.

    I always had a vision of what I want to do, I worked towards it (going with the flow), I still don't know exactly what I want from it all, but I know with hard work, trail and error and dedicated hustlin' - I'll get something.

    Keep up the work, keep on dreamin' and hustle hard!
    DT. Tha Hustla
    Nassau, Bahamas | Miami, Florida

  22. I'm still at school and recently just can't be bothered with anything! I don't want to choose what to do at Uni and I don't want to think about the future at all! Haha, but just ordered my first graze box thank you so much for the code, I'm so excited!

  23. Getting tax back is horrific! Took me months to get back what they'd taken via emergency tax

  24. Thank you for the graze code! I'm ordering my first box now, how exciting! I'd heard of them before, but never tried them, and I didn't know they were that affordable! So thanks :)

    I hope your essay is going well, I haven't had to write one for a few weeks now and it's lovely :)


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