For many years I have juggled single parenthood, working fulltime, and graduate school. When I completed my Master's in Biomedical Research last year, I planned to go directly into the PhD program as that had always been my goal. When I learned that I would have to sit out for a year, I became depressed...REALLY depressed. It's hard to imagine, but I had become accustomed to my 16+ hour days which consisted of putting the kiddos on the bus, working 7:00-3:30, getting them off the bus, and then working in the lab 'til 10:00 PM if nothing went terribly wrong. After being angry with my graduate program for making me reapply...the NERVE of them...and sulking for a month or so, I decided to be proactive. I wrote down a list of things I enjoy and how to implement them into my life. This is how if i were a brit girl was born!
Blogging has not only reignited the passion for fashion (cheesy I know...) in a woman, who as a teen walked around with a sketch book creating clothing designs, it has also enabled me to meet some pretty amazing people.
|Claire Sulmers & I|
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Claire Sulmers, founder of The Fashion Bomb, is one of these people. She was the keynote speaker at the Style Bloggers of Color award ceremony, where she was named Style Blogger of the Year. When she told the story of leaving her job with a popular magazine to move to Paris to pursue her dream of working in the fashion industry, it felt like she was speaking directly to me. I have recently been faced with a similar decision. No, I'm not moving to Paris...although I do plan on living in the UK for a bit hence brit girl...I'm leaving my job to pursue my dream of earning a PhD. Claire's speech highlighted 3 main points:
(2) It's not going to be glamorous; she didn't shop for 2 years!?!
(3) Be motivated by the love of what you're doing (not money)
This is her recipe for success. Hearing this helped calm my fears of the path I'm about to embark on and I look forward to the changes my life will undergo in the coming months!