Welcome to my new home! (and other ramblings on changing careers.)

Welcome to my new website home, decided to move platforms and hope you all like it.

Explained to a friend recently, it’s like building your first ikea bookshelf and feeling proud….until someone nudges it and it falls down. Hopefully not in this instance.

Given the new image, I thought it might be worthwhile to reflect and share a bit of my journey so far as it might be useful to someone, or just pure drivel for many others. I’ll then carry on blogging with some more interesting work updates and general shenanigans.

The last 15 months have been a huge learning curve for me in plenty of ways to keep me on my toes. For many this is nothing new, but alike many more who are embarking on a change of life and career in their (late) thirties it’s all still exciting, fearful, joyful and stressful in equal measures.

I’ve always been arty, never left my mind and soul. After working in fashion for some time I decided to cut lose and try and find my way back to my true creative path.

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The biggest challenge which I had never thought of or planned into my schedule of new career building, was just how long it would take for my mind to change gears. It’s felt like it’s stalled my whole new start by months and I want to kick myself through frustration, but then I remember I need to be kind to myself, especially with my mental health.

Things take time and after working in such a fast paced, stressful environment in corporate fashion, it’s worlds apart from creating new projects, planning self promotion and finding paid work under this new self-motivated guise.

Through the people I’ve met and the plenty of wonderful material and events out there for new start-ups, freelancers and illustrators it’s all come together to help push me upwards and onwards. That’s the best thing, community.

The advice I would give to anyone thinking of embarking on a new journey whatever their age, go for it. Prepare, plan and do your research but don’t let any fears hold you back. There will be sleepless nights, tears and copious amounts of biscuits eaten, but it’s all worth it if you’re willing to knuckle down and work at it.

I’m still learning and certainly have a long way to go, but loving every minute of it and have not looked back.

I hope you enjoy my work and will keep on with the updates, any requests please drop me a line.

Thank you for stopping by!

Em