Following on from my last past, in which I discussed age-related pressure in today's society, SK-II has released a powerful short film in which they explore the unrealistic idea that women, particularly in Asia, are made to feel they have an expiry date. The beautifully shot film aims to inspire and empower women to not let age determine their future or prevent them from fulfilling their goals and dreams.
My previous post (both here and on Instagram) opened up a great discussion on age-related pressure, many of you resonated with my story, and the response felt extremely positive. The consensus is, the pressure is out there and felt by a lot of women, going through mid 20's to 30's, and it can seem like a tough time, but so many of us are proudly sticking our middle fingers up to age-related pressure. Who really cares if you haven't got the 'right' job, haven't found the 'right' man, haven't got settled down and start a family, etc. ?
More and more of you are feeling empowered to be proactive and do something about it, regardless of a number hanging over your head. A common story shared was how many of you are changing careers, leaving monotonous jobs to pursue bigger dreams. It's all too easy to stuck or comfortable in a job, I should know, I've hopped around retail for ten years, 4 of them being in Visual Merchandising, but it's time for me to take the leap of faith!
Over the last year, I've met with some amazing agencies, brands and fellow bloggers who have all, with baffled faces, looked at me and asked 'why are you not blogging full time?'. I guess low self-confidence has always forced me to downplay this corner of the internet I've carved for myself. I didn't believe it could ever become a full-time job and honestly, I didn't think I had it in me or had the audience behind me to turn this hobby into a fully fledged financially stable career. (Short story: I didn't have faith in myself) Instead, I believed conforming and climbing the retail ladder was the only way to build a career and a future for myself, but after many a pep talk from friends, family and others bloggers (Massive thank you to my close friend Alistair, Lizzy, Alex, Ellie at Patter, Oli and the team at Aisle 8 for all of your advice) I'm finally ready to call blogging my full-time job.
Proving that's there is no expiry date, and it's never too late for change - this Autumn (after the completion of our new house) I'm walking away from a comfortable salary job (albeit a fun one) into the freelance world. The mix of intense fear and pure elation over this decision is overwhelming, but doing something that scares you is the key to keeping the momentum of life going right?
I'm going to end this with a fitting quote forwarded to me recently:
In partnership wth SK-II, all words are my own.