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When I Grow Up

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At some point kids always face that age-old question; What do you want to be when you grow up? You know what? I’ve never had an answer for it. When I was about seven I remember saying “a hairdresser”, but I just said it because most of my friends wanted to be hairdressers. I have never seriously considered it. I’ve never had a dream profession. And believe me, it gets hard when you’re in high school and you’re supposed to start thinking about what to do with your life.

little girl's dress

I’ve had quite a bunch of dear hobbies throughout my life. I love music and I studied piano in a musical academy for 6 years. I love books, and I’ve enjoyed writing since I was a little kid. I started sewing before I even went to school, thanks to my my talented mother who worked as a seamstress. I’ve studied clothing design, as well as several languages. I’m a child at heart and I have a child minders further qualification. Photography for me is a way to express what I see and feel, especially when combined to nature. I’m absolutely crazy about almost all animals, traveling and different cultures, food and cooking, different kinds of sports (whether I’m good at them or not), outdoor life – the list goes on and on.

So when the time came to make a decision on what I was going to study for, I was clueless. I have been, until just recently. I’ve had so many odd jobs in my life – I basically thought that was it and I would never be happy with what I’m doing. But somehow I managed to build up enough courage to break free from that cycle, start studying again (this time for a further qualification for entrepreneurs) and now I think I’m pretty close to finally having a dream job. A job that I’ve created myself. As an entrepreneur I’m not restricted to just one area of work – I can combine as many of my hobbies as I like, as long as I can find a way to turn them into “real work”.

content writing

So, today I’m not working as a seamstress. I’m working as a freelance content writer – in fact, today I’m writing several articles on traveling. It’s refreshing to do this for a change, because for the last couple of days I’ve been sewing that turquoise jacket you see in the pictures (this is an interesting collaboration with another business that I hope I’m able to share with you soon).

I know this blog post doesn’t really have anything to do with sustainable fashion but I wanted to let you know sewing is not all I do. Maybe I can inspire others to find their own path with multiple areas of work – to me, at least, it was an eye-opening experience to realize I can do anything and everything I like!

Whether it’s clothing, an interesting article or a certain kind of photograph you’re looking for, I’m here to help you out. Don’t be afraid to ask!

2 thoughts on “When I Grow Up

  1. Hi Anna!!!
    what a great post!!!
    I’m so so unhappy with my work, but I’m so afraid of leaving it!
    I just have photography and travels as passion, and I don’t know what I could do!
    But your post is really inspirational….I hope this 2016 will bring me some courage! 😉
    Happy new year my dear!

    1. I know exactly how you feel, it was just like that for me a few years ago! I can only tell you this; I was the only one stopping myself from going forward with my life… I kept coming up with reasons (well, excuses) for why I can’t leave my job and why I can’t do what I really want to do. It took me a long time to build up the courage and gather skills and knowledge to pursue my passion. And it still takes a lot of work to actually earn a living but I am a thousand times happier now, so it’s definitely worth it! You are very talented in photography, you’ll just have to figure out how to turn it into a career. And I’m quite sure you will eventually! Happy 2016 to you, too! 🙂

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