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Friday, 25 November 2016

PERSONAL | Life Lately

Today I'm just going to do a quick catch up regarding what I've been up to lately and a few opportunities I'd like to talk about, too.

First and foremost, I'm excited to announce that today (as in, right this second!), I'm teaming up with SheNomads to do an exclusive Snapchat takeover on their account - how fun?! SheNomads is an uber cool company whose goal is to share the stories of those who are underrepresented in tech, travel etc = basically our whole generation, who do anything but just sit at a desk job and work a typical nine to five day.

I really love their values, and, as I'm off to attend the Vuelio Blog Awards tonight, it's a really fun opportunity to collaborate. Make sure you follow them on Snapchat (their username is shenomad) to see what I get up to and get a glimpse of the awards night!

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There's also been one or two other opportunities I've been lucky enough to achieve lately. I'll soon be blogging for Metro, which has such a huge audience reach that I actually can't even believe it. I find it hard to believe that my writing is that good, so the fact that someone considers me talented enough to blog for such a successful company has made me feel really rather happy! I'll be starting my contract ASAP, with my first posts likely to go live in December (if not earlier!) so please do keep an eye out! 

Another thing I'd like to talk about is the fact that I'm hoping to go into a new direction with my writing - in a professional sense, anyway. Although I have experience with working in travel journalism, mixing my writing with one of my other passions has been on my mind for a long, long time now and therefore I have made the decision to try and break into music journalism.

It's something I have always considered really, and I have had plenty of experience contributing to music publications in the past, but lately I've been looking at it as more of a career decision and have spent my time searching for jobs directly in the industry. It's not going to be easy, but I'm lucky that I do have a few good opportunities thrown my way by Invicta Mag, a publication that reviews new music, focuses on artists and writes about shows. 

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I have a few pieces I'm already very proud of on there and a few interviews I've really enjoyed conducting, too. I've known for a long time now how much I enjoy interviewing bands, so hopefully I can further that dream more soon.

So, anyone that knows of any roles in music journalism that you think may be suitable - hit me up ;)

In other news, I had a really fun opportunity to visit Great Yarmouth with Heart Radio at the weekend, which is one of my part time roles. Even though it was out of season, me and two other lovely ladies went down to sell some merchandise, host a quiz and promote a competition. The weekend consisted of free food and soft drinks, a fun disco every night and some awesome entertainment. It was really fun to get away for the weekend and I couldn't believe I was getting paid to do so little work that felt like so much fun!

I've also began a new teatox with Essential Teatox. So far, I'm feeling pretty good, and the full review will be up after Christmas (with a few tweets updating my progress here and there!), and, as always, you can still find me over at Debut Magazine as the online editor - although I do have features coming up in the print issue too!

And, finally, I've decided I want to start drumming lessons!

Phew! I'm feeling pretty proud about some of these opportunities, especially as just a couple of weeks ago I found myself suffering at night, wracked with thoughts about me never 'getting anywhere' or doing what I want to do. So getting my head down and putting myself forward for some of these opportunities has really helped.

What have you all been up to lately? Let me know with a comment! 

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  1. Wow you have been very busy, nice. I have been busy with work and getting ready for Christmas.

    1. It's always busy in the run up to Christmas! x

  2. This all sounds super exciting for you, good luck with everything! ♥ Hopefully a fab job will come your way soon! :)

  3. Looks like you have been very busy lately!

    1. I feel like I've barely had a moment to myself haha! x


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