I am clucky. Unashamedly wanting to get knocked up, have a baby, and be a mum. I’m 25 and about to get married and while I’ve wanted, really wanted, a baby for about the last 6 months, I’m still a little surprised. Why? Well I’m glad you asked.
You see 5 years ago, even 3 years ago if someone told me I’d be getting married at 25 and wanting a baby STRAIGHT AWAY, I would have laughed. Then I would have laughed some more. I wasn’t even contemplating kids before 30. Right. RIGHT!
Well, when I decided to go to Uni, after studying elsewhere for 2 years after leaving school, I was on a mission. I wanted to be a Beauty Editor. I’d studied Beauty Therapy and I loved to write. Match made in heaven right. But when I struggled with my first year journalism tutor, I also picked up some PR subjects as well. Then in my 2nd year of Uni I had a wonderful PR tutor who told us that in some of the big PR jobs in Sydney you could earn around $250k a year.
Yep, that’s what I was going to earn. A massive big chunk of cash every year for writing fluff! There was only one problem, I didn’t really want to move back to Sydney! So anyway, I half heartedly worked my butt off during Uni (I phased in and out of caring) and ended up as the marketing chick for a Hunter Valley golf resort. Great job straight of Uni. And that’s where I stayed for about 2 years.
I got comfortable and forgot about my insane drive to earn $250k a year! Eventually I got sick of being frustrated with the people I worked for and fighting for a half decent wage – well actually just the minimum for a manager and decided to start my own freelancing business. Through this I was then offered my current full time role after about 6 months working for myself.
So now that you’ve got all that very interesting background info, I sit here and feel strangely ok that many early career goals were never kicked. I never did quite make it into magazines – but then again I never really tried, except for some work experience applications, but what girl hasn’t applied to do work experience at a mag?! I never landed a big full time PR job – my golf resort role was predominately marketing, and over the past 6 or so years I really haven’t done much writing, except for those lovely Uni essays.
Thankfully now I have my pretty pink blog. God bless the online digital world, technology stuff!
So anyway. If you looked back 5 or 10 years ago are you where you thought you’d be?
I’m certainly not, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.