After 8 years being self employed,
a year ago this week, I started working for another company. Those who know me
personally, or have read this blog would have sensed that I was ‘stuck in a rut’,
miserable, angry and slightly disillusioned with fashion and in desperate need
I don’t know if it was easy or
not… I really never had a plan. At 40 I wasn’t too sure how employable I’d be
outside of the design world. Not only this, but also being self employed
carries its own stigmas…. Can this person work in a team? Can they take
direction? Etc, etc….
Working in design for someone else,
after having my own label really wasn’t for me. Design is too personal and it
would take spiritual, ethical and emotional detachment to do it for another
company. It would hurt too much, and I never planned to give up designing my
own range anyway, so it would have been a conflict of interests too.
After some soul searching and
being realistic about my capacities, and interests, it was communication and
the internet that would define a clearer path for me.
I studied and read, and studied
more, and read more….I spent hours practicing everything from simple HTML and
CSS to understanding analytics… I did this for months with no purpose other
than to learn. I had nothing to lose, somewhere in the back of my head I never
really thought I’d get hired, so I was soaking knowledge probably with view to
set up my own digital company as a last resort.
And then when I least expected it,
I found a job as Digital Communication Strategist for an Italian Fashion Ecommerce
agency based in Dublin! What are the chances??? I had never heard of them and
yet they are second largest fashion ecommerce provider in Italy after YOOX. Unbelievable!
I sent my CV, got a response within 30
minutes, was interviewed the next day and the day after. I was working within a week. (Thanks Simona,
Giorgia, Sergio and Guido for that!)
So much has changed, I’m relaxed,
happier and have a repaired heart and soul to design again in my free time.
After a very busy year, leaving my
crazy Italians (as well as a 10 week stint in a completely wrong company), I’m
ready for a new role, a bigger challenge, this time outside of fashion (for the
first time in 15 years), finding my calling within in digital communication and
on a quest to keep learning, finding life work balance and ultimately being
My new venture, which I won’t
mention until I start, will shock and surprise some of you. But there are a ton
of reasons why I’m taking it. Not only is it a huge opportunity to reach
millions, but also to expand my experience in other areas beyond fashion,
beyond Ireland and beyond language.
So fingers crossed it all goes
well. I hope this helps some of you who I know are thinking and doubting change,
worried it can’t happen for whatever fears you may have. If I can do it, anyone
can at 20, 30, 40 or 50! The hard part is finding out what it is you want, or would like to
do…then don’t stress about it. Prepare yourself, provoke situations…destiny
will then play its part. : )
And the picture??? Well I couldn’t think of anything relevant to the post, and I found this image of Sofia Loren via Jake’s Car World, thought of Jane from Ill Seen Ill Said. ; )