I’ve never been one to overshare online, in fact, I think I hold quite a reserved profile. While I share a lot of images of myself I don’t tend to share a lot of personal information and I have to say I quite like it that way. However, I know I’m always interested in learning more about the bloggers I follow, their backgrounds and personalities, so I thought I’d give a bit of an insight into myself and what I actually do in today’s post. It came to my attention that a lot of people might not know what I’ve been doing for work since I graduated from college last May. It’s been an exciting year with projects that I never could of dreamed of falling into my hands. Although I say falling, a lot of it didn’t happen that gracefully- it’s been a lot of hard work, but the hard work has definitely paid off.
Last September I returned from a summer in New York refreshed, eyes open, and ready to enter the real world and focus on my passions after four years of intense studying in college. I went back to my job in Topshop, where I began managing a vintage concession called Loving Youth. I was working full-time and found that I didn’t have any time or energy to focus on creative work. This became quite damaging and although I did like my job, it started to feel very monotonous and wasn’t challenging me creatively. After Christmas I began looking for internships so that I could gain some proper writing experience. I’d done some freelance writing during college but didn’t have enough experience to apply for some of the jobs that I would have liked. I came across an online magazine called maven46, and as soon as I read through a few (ok all!) of their articles, saw the design of their site, and did a bit more research, I knew this was a company I was interested in. I got in touch with them by e-mail and after a few e-mails were exchanged, complete with some samples of my writing, links to my blog and Instagram, I secured a part-time internship in the editorial department. I was over the moon with this and could feel it was the start of something special. Soon after, I left my full-time job in Topshop and entered the world of unemployment/freelance/interning whatever you want to call it. It was a risky move leaving a permanent, secure retail job but at the time it wasn’t meant for me and it wasn’t making me happy. I needed a fresh start and that’s exactly what I got.
Shortly after leaving Topshop maven46 made my position a bit more permanent, but I still needed something else on the side to keep me going. I applied for a weekend job in Indigo & Cloth, a menswear clothing store in Temple Bar. I’ve worked in Indigo & Cloth for a few months now and I have to say it’s such a nice place to work. It’s so much more chilled than any other retail job I’ve had, it really doesn’t even feel like working in retail. There’s a really good atmosphere, a small team, and I’m learning a lot about the business side of retail as well as doing general shop work and visual merchandising.
Along with all of this my editor at maven46, Tanya Grimson, (hi Tanya!) is also a stylist so I’ve been working with her on some really exciting styling jobs. As well as shooting editorials for maven46 we’ve been busy doing a number of shoots for companies such as Aer Lingus and I’ve just completed my first solo styling job which was for a new RTÉ series which will be airing in October- keep your eyes peeled! My days in maven46 have now increased which is great because I’m learning so much about the company, getting to write interesting articles every day, and managing a couple of exciting upcoming projects that we’re working on. My title at maven46 is ‘Editorial Assistant’ and my focus is on writing fashion and lifestyle content for the site. As is the case in start-ups, my role expands into much more than this depending on the day and the tasks required.
I think all of this explains why Talknthreads has taken a bit of a back seat. As well as finding it difficult to get the time to put posts together it’s also rare that mine and Liadh’s schedules cross paths these days so it’s hard to find a day to shoot. We’re hoping to create a system soon that will help us to shoot more content and update Talknthreads more frequently, so stay tuned.
As I write this post, today marks my 25th day in a row working, with only one “day off” when I went to London, which was technically a working day too as I was there for an event on behalf of maven46. I hit a slump in the middle when I had about a million things on and a million thoughts running through my brain, but now things are (slightly) calmer I have to say that I couldn’t be happier. In ways it doesn’t feel like I’ve been working so much, I think things are a lot easier when you love your job(s). I’m also a firm believer in rewarding yourself after hard work so because of this I’ve treated myself to something really special this week. It’s something that I’ve wanted for a long time so I thought what better way to reward myself for hard work and for getting to where I am today, a position I couldn’t have imagined being in as I finished my final year in college last year. It’s also a lot easier to stay focused and motivated when there’s some sort of reward in sight, whether it’s simply a feeling of pride after completing a project or a physical treat. There’s nothing like a bit of me-love! Keep an eye on my Instagram to see what I’m talking about.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into my working life. I often get questions about college and work in my Tumblr asks so if you have anything you’d like to know drop me a message over there.