Friday, 29 May 2015

Life Update: BIG NEWS!

This is a post I have been so excited to write for so long, but now the time has finally come, I'm a bit at a loss of how to express what I want to say!  I guess I'll start from the beginning...

I'm a super passionate person and I will do whatever I put my heart to.  From selling body butters to 60 year old women, to managing social platforms for clients at work, I have given every job my all & my utmost best.  But for some reason, for a long time I couldn't seem to, how do I say this... allow myself to become confident enough to really take a leap and fulfil my dreams.



That was until last November.  I had a bad time last year (It had got to a point where I was permanently down, crying daily and I think a part of that was because I felt like the online space around me was growing so rapidly and I was still sitting on the fence watching everything fly by, unable to move).

After months and months of being stuck in this negative cycle, I started seriously thinking about where my life was heading and what I wanted to be doing vs. what I was doing, and I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take matters into my hands.  I handed my notice in at work - the job I LOVE and adore.  This in itself was hard.  I cried, my boss got a little teary (I'm the longest standing member of the company) and it was emotional.  It was then agreed that I would be signed by the first and the best social talent management company in the world and my dreams really became a reality.

So... after 7 months of finding a replacement for me in my team, it's finally time to announce that from next week I will be a freelance, full time blogger and YouTuber, managed by Gleam Futures.  I can not contain my excitement for this next chapter in my life.

I started this blog 5 years ago in my university bedroom, preferring to write about lipsticks rather than going out and partying and never once did I think I would be able to do this as my job.  I know it'll be difficult, I know I may struggle to pay my billz & I'll feel bloody lonely some days cooped up in my flat, but I can't express how happy I am to try!
I have so much content that I can't wait to create for you and I really hope you stick around.  I wouldn't be able to do this without your support.  I really can't put into words how happy you guys have made me.

Thank you all for supporting and reading my ramblings.  I truly love you all!

TL;DR: I've quit my job to try my hand at blogging/youtubing full time.  Really hope you all stick with me for this journey, your support means the world!

xxxxx
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42 comments:

  1. Congratulations Katie! Yours was the first beauty blog I ever started following all those years ago - so pleased for you, and completely deserved! All the best for the next chapter!

    Carly x

    www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. That sounds amazing Katie! I wish you good luck with everything! :) xx

    Floralchaos

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  3. Ahhh congratulations Katie! This is SO exciting. So sorry to hear you were feeling so down, I can really relate to that - it's something I'm battling with at the moment. Trying to decide how best to address it in terms of my job and my blog, so it's really reassuring to see you doing so well and being so successful.

    Really, really happy for you x

    Rachel | A Little Grey

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  4. You must feel so excited about the future, its hard to put yourself out there & take a leap of faith. I left a very good job as a PA 5 years ago to work for myself & be more creative & I have never looked back. Sure some months are hard financially but I feel more fulfilled, more me & most importantly I feel like I have being more true to who I am. Listening to your intuition & following your dreams is the most important thing. I wish you every success & I will be sticking around to see what you have in store for us. xx
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  5. Congratulations missy, I wish you every happiness & success! <3 xx

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  6. Katie, I'm so happy for you!! I adore gleam and have told myself that if I work hard enough I may one day be able to join them and you've done just that- you've just inspired me even more, you're amazing at what you do and you've stuck to it and now you're with GLEAM!!!!! Well done girl, keep inspiring!!!

    HUGE UK drugstore haul in PHOTOS- superdrug and boots

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  7. Big congratulations! Good luck with everything :)
    https://cherieedle.blogspot.com/

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  8. Congrats! This is so exciting! I wish you the best of luck! :)

    Ceri
    October Eleven

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  9. CONGRATULATIONS KATIE!!! Well deserved, you have been one of my favourite youtubers to watch ever since I first stumbled upon your channel (you talked about a book written by a Czech author in that first video I saw... no longer sure which author or which book, but I totally remember that fact, haha) and I somehow know that you will do great :)) Good luck on your ''new'' journey x

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  10. I'm so excited for you too! I'm glad you're feeling a lot better than you were in November.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  11. Good luck!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  12. Congratulations! You must be so proud of yourself for taking this leap! Extremely excited for whats to come for you! I've been reading your blog for over 4 years now and it's been incredible to watch you grow and I am SO excited for whats to come! Best of luck!!! Alice xo
    www.shesthunderstorms.co.uk

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  13. that's amazing Katie, good luck on your journey! <3 xx
    www.emilyjanewebb.co.uk

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  14. Congratulations!!! Best of luck on this new adventure!

    Kendal | Life With Kendal

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  15. Congratulations Kate, so amazing to see loads of brilliant bloggers and YouTubers taking the step to full time content! I can't wait to see what you get up to and congrats on being signed by Gleam too :)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  16. Congratulations and best of luck!

    www.wheresmylipstick.com

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  17. The very best of luck with everything! Very exciting! xx

    Beautylymin

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  18. Well done! I'm so so happy for you! Your blog was the blog that made me want to start blogging and I am so pleased at how well you have done!

    Good luck for the future and I can't wait for more posts!!!

    fixmeinfortyfivex.blogspot.co.uk - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  19. Congrats and good luck Katie! I'm sure everyone will be supporting you along the way :-)

    Meg ♡
    www.meg-riley.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. Congrats katie. Really happy for you. Hope this new journey fulfills all ur dreams. Wishing you best of luck.really excited to see what you have in store for us -xx
    Rafiia
    www.mysteriousblogger21.blogspot.com

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  21. Congratulations Katie! I can't wait to see what the rest of the years brings you!

    shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Good luck! Wish you the best! :D

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  23. This is so exciting and I'm so happy for you! Your blog was the FIRST one I ever started following (in 2010) and I really enjoy your Youtube videos as well! My favourites have been your accent challenge with your boyfriend, your lookbooks (I think you have a nice style and I love your hair!) and of course makeup tutorials and your lipstick favourites videos... I can see you becoming huge on Youtube! All the best for this next step in your career. :)

    P.S. It was you, among some other bloggers/vloggers who gave me the idea of what I want to do in life. I admired people who worked in the creative industry, and it took me years to realize that I can actually pursue that too with my current studies in the university! I want to become a better photographer as well!

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  24. Well done missus! Popping in on my long forgotten blog to say a proper congratulations, since the twitter character limit kinda ruins it!:)

    I was in the same situation last year, the bloody job I was in had me so depressed I couldn't get out of bed. Quitting to do Youtube full time was the best decision I've ever made, and I'm super proud of how far I've managed to come, so I have high hopes for you!:)

    And hey, with a team like Gleam behind you, you're guaranteed success, they're amazing! I'd actually love to work with them myself, I like that its like a small lovely family rather than a massive company working with 5,000 people. Just not sure what the best way to "apply" is.:')

    Anywho, I can't wait to see how you do! I'm a somewhat new follower of yours, but seeing stories similar to my own warms my heart and I'm like "YEAH YOU CAN DO THIS!" haha!

    I've been YouTubing full time for just under a year now, so if you ever want to chat about it feel free to drop me a message anywhere.:) I use the same username pretty much everywhere! x

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  25. Congratulations and the best of luck!!!

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  26. That's amazing! I'm so happy for you! I think you really deserve this. I love seeing my favourite bloggers and vloggers make that leap to going full time. It makes me feel proud to be part of this community. Good luck and I'll be watching and reading for sure. : )

    ♥ Carly's Beauty World - A UK Hair, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog ♥

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  27. This is amazing and wish you all the best in your new venture! I personally love reading your blog and watching your videos too :) xxx

    www.thejulyjournal.com

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  28. Congratulations m'love! What a dream come true :) xxxx

    TINYTWISST.COM

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  29. Congratulations Katie, so happy for you xxx

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  30. Congratulations on the next step in your life! You'll do great :)

    Bethan | Thought from Beth x

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  31. Goodluck, you will do amazing!

    http://arnellavanilla.com/category/home/

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  32. This is such exciting news! All the best. x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  33. Congrats on closing one chapter of your life and staring on the next! All the best x

    Ornella || euhnella

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  34. Oh how exciting! I know you'll DO great doing this full-time! This is your calling :-)

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  35. So many congratulations to you! May your future career in the blogging world be full of wonder and adventure!
    xx
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

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  36. Congratulations! What a brave step to take. Yours was one of the first blogs I followed and I am sure now it will only grow from strength to strength. x

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  37. Nailed it! I already thought of you as one of the big guns in the blogging world, so you deserve every success that comes with this!
    Also, I've never seen a TL;DR outside of Reddit!

    Charlotte - redlipsreallife.wordpress.com xx

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  38. That's fantastic! Congratulations and I wish you every bit of luck for the future. x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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  39. Congratulations ! A true inspiration x

    www.ayansbeautybox.blogspot.com

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  40. congratulations on taking the leap! I too found myself in a depressing rut last April when i quit my job in retail and found myself a full time job was much happier in two months later.
    Those two months were worrying and filled with pressure but it was the best decision i have made in a long time!

    Good luck to your new future <3
    xxx

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  41. Leaving your job must have been terrifying but you're blog is amazing! Inspiring post : ).

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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