In only a few short months, a lot in my life has changed. It’s funny how I use the word ‘short’ to describe this period of time, because it certainly didn’t feel that way when it was happening! I suppose it never does, especially when you’re as impatient as me.
After contemplating my career path once more, I came to the conclusion that it was time to move on from my old Visual Merchandising position. After 2 years in that role, I felt I had gotten as much as I could from it. I am grateful to say that the experience I had there has proved to be invaluable to me, despite the struggles I often faced. Over the years of my extremely modest career, I have learnt that there will always be different variations of the same challenges. It’s refreshing for me to see that I am growing and that I am becoming more confident in tackling these difficulties.
In saying that, I was fortunate enough to be offered a Visual Merchandising position with Topshop/Topman in August! To say I was excited would be an understatement, particularly after visiting their Oxford St store for the first time in 2013 and practically refusing to leave. This role has given me the most creative freedom I have ever had, but also the structure I have so desperately been craving. I feel as though I now have balance in my job, which is often hard to find.
After accepting the position, I gave myself permission to start hunting for a new place to live; a place to share with the person who brings me the most joy in life. Both of us had decided on a little place in between both of our workplaces, so we now live in a small country town about an hour away from the city. 2 years ago when I first moved out of home, I moved to the city. Now, I’ve done the complete opposite and have moved to the smallest town I’ve ever lived in. I love the juxtaposition between working in the city and living in the country. Like my new job, it has the balance I have wanted for so long. Our house really feels like home, but in all honesty, that has nothing to do with location.
While at the time those months of waiting – waiting for work stability, waiting for a house, waiting for the phone call – when I look back in hindsight, I have only fond memories. I wish to clutch on to every feeling, every butterfly and heartbeat I had in that time. I want to enjoy every moment of every process and find the beauty in it all.