A few things I’ve been working on

I’ve been feeling pretty inspired lately. I think it’s staring at spreadsheets all day that makes me arty when I get home. I need something different. Here’s a couple of things I’ve been working on recently:

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A print I made from a photo I took on the way back to Manchester.

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A photo of a painting I did while back home this weekend. Bicycles!

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An illustration I did on my iPad of umbrellas.
 
Hope you like 🙂
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My week: 21

Now I know I wished for summer to come, but wow. There wasn’t even an adjustment period there – just boom, it’s hot now. I may have been a bit under prepared there and I’m sure I’m not the only one!

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*Loads more dandelions appeared in my bf’s garden. Love them.
*Never get up when there are cats in the house, one is bound to steal your place.
*Lilac nails! I love Rimmel 60 second nail polish.
*An illustration I’m working on my iPad at the moment during my lunch breaks. That background colour is not the final one, just a mistaken tap but I thought it was kinda cool so I snapped a pic to remember it.
*Fruit pastel lolly at Chester Zoo today.
*Lots of ideas! My creative juices are flowing (yes I did just say that…sorry).
*Not part of my usual job but I got to go competition shopping on Friday. How funky is that telephone cushion? And that heart one is made up of pics of buttons!
*Eurovision!
 
An absolutely boiling week and a packed weekend. Friday, I hung out with Claire and her sister Amy where we watched Once upon a time (addicted!). Saturday I went back round to hang out with the bf and finish the current season of The Amazing Race and then watch Eurovision in the evening. Now you either love or hate it, but we love it. It’s just so hilarious. Those Russian grannies were robbed. We were also big fans of Turkey who turned themselves into a boat with their capes! Awesome.
 
Sunday, I decided I wanted to do something different and give my awesome camera a day out so me and the bf headed to Chester Zoo. It was awesome and I took loads of photos. I will do a post dedicated to it next week with just the best photos I think. I love my camera! Even though we were both shattered by the end, I really had an awesome day with the bf 🙂 I love our days out. 
 
How was your week?
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Call me grandma

But I find a lot of skirts too short. Now I’m not talking about skirts on other people, I’m talking about for me. Bold as it may be, it has to be stated: I have a bum. Not those flat bony things that I see on most waifs wearing micro minis that I would honestly class as a belt. I mean an actual bottom. I say it’s definitely my Middle Eastern side!
 
In a pair of jeans, it looks great (not being overly confident – just stating something I’ve been told by both men and women). But get me near a skirt and I have all sorts of problems. I tend to live in midi’s and maxi’s as anything just above the knee or higher tends to feel too short for me. 
 

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Short skirt is short. 
 
I figured out the source of this problem a few years back. It’s got to be about the bum. It makes shorter skirts ride up. I think the science is; flat bum = mini skirts skim over it, as oppose to; round bum = extra length is needed to go over the curve and therefore mini skirts appear shorter. That make sense? 
 
Unconsciously, I am a modest dresser. Again, I’m putting the blame on my Arab side here. Wearing a short skirt, I always felt self conscious that I was going to flash people. But even now I’m older and more confident, I still cannot wear a shorter skirt without tights or leggings. I have come to accept that I’m just not that girl. But it does make me sad when I see amazing skirts online, only to find out when I see them in store that they’re way too short. 
 
For example, remember this Oasis collection I was raving about a while back? You can see that post here.  I had decided to get the skirt when the collection hit the stores but when I was shopping last week I found it was too short (and a tad bit see through if I remember correctly). It would only take a gentle breeze for this baby to fly up and give me a chance to work on my Marilyn impression. 
 
 

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But isn’t it pretty? I think I’ll just have to buy the scarves book that is also in store instead and drool over the prints.  
 
Do you wear short skirts or do you have the same problem I do? 
 
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My week: 20

Overall an average week but I did get a nice weekend and a nice evening out with friends.

 

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*Had a curry at Spicy Hut in Rusholme. The chicken was delicious! (hee hee)
*Axl curling up. Look he’s smiling!
*Blue Lagoon and Purple Rain pitchers. Love!
*My bf’s garden seems to have suddenly grown. I do like dandelions though.
*Boo to you! Yes I know it’s no where near Halloween.
*Decor at the pub. Wallpaper on the ceiling, why not?
 
On Thursday we went for drinks and a curry in Rusholme. Be warned, if you ever go to Spicy Hut – they like their pranks! I may have squealed when our “free bread” turned out to be a rubber chicken. In my defence, Claire lifted the lid slow so the rubber leg just shot out. I enjoyed the meal and it was great to see people again. Since most of my friends are still students I feel like I miss out on seeing them since I work. But I need to make more of an effort, and it will start when I move in just over a month!
 
Yesterday I spent a lovely day with the bf shopping for presents for my 12 cousins as I’m travelling to see my family in July. I can’t wait. Even though he grumbled, I think the bf did pretty well on a busy Saturday in Manchester city centre.
 
Today I started tidying my room and attempting to downsize my stuff. Think I’m going to have to do a massive car boot. And I’m clearing out my wardrobe. There’s actually a few nice things in there that either don’t fit or I don’t wear so I don’t know whether to try and sell them here on my blog or just ebay them. Would you be interested? They’re about a size 14 or 12.
 
I’m also trying to get organised for the week ahead with this blog and my shops so I can have a bit more downtime. That and I’ve started reading Game of Thrones! Can’t believe how late it is already, I’d better get to bed since I’ve got to be up at 6am. Don’t you just love Mondays, ha ha.
 
How was your week? 
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Dreams etc.

If you can’t do this at work, then compromise for now and put this into practise in your life outside of work.

Right, I’m going to get a bit serious on you. No no, don’t run away. I’m also going to distract you with pretty pictures (I love Pinterest).

 
So, I find it hard to understand why so many people these days are telling me that it’s ok to be in a career that you hate. Thanks to the economy at the moment, I see people giving up on their dreams in order to survive. Which in these times is quite necessary, but I remain optimistic for the long run. It’s just convincing other people that they don’t have to give up and remain in a job they hate forever. 
Now I’m not saying that you should go and quit your day job in order to find your perfect one because that’s just unrealistic. And you really need to eat. I’m talking about having the faith in yourself to work towards your dream career whatever it may be. 
 
As a university graduate, it is realistic to go and get any job to start off in the working world and get some money in the kitty. This is coming from a girl who after completing her masters, spent a year picking up shoes off the floor in a very busy shoe department. Don’t be a snob. Don’t be afraid to get on your hands and knees to tidy up other peoples messes (but do be afraid of picking up shoes that are still warm from being tried on *shudders*). But the way to keep yourself going is to know that it will get better one day as long as you work hard.

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Remember when the shops were full of glittery shoes? This is what my hands looked like during that time. 
Once you have your “any job”, then you have the security to begin building up your experience and searching for something that makes you happy. I see too many people sticking where they are just because they don’t believe in themselves or think that it’s normal to not enjoy your job. That’s why when I was looking for another job, I refused to look in the same sector. Why replace one horrible job for another? I stuck it out at my current one even though I wasn’t happy until something better came along, which it eventually did. 
 
After a few months of getting on the first step of my chosen career, I quickly realised I was completely wrong. It isn’t for me at all. But I’m sticking it out. Yes, this isn’t what I want to do long term, but I had to make this mistake in order to realise it was a mistake. I’m learning a lot about a different side of the industry which will give me a stronger understanding and will eventually lead me to something that will make me happy. It gave me the courage to start this blog in order to give myself a creative outlet so I’m very thankful for my current job. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

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Pretty much sums up how I feel at work at the moment!
Don’t even worry if you don’t know what you want to do, just do what I’m doing: eliminating what I definitely don’t want to do first! All I know is that I want to do something creative, we’ll see what it will be exactly. Just have faith in yourself and be as patient as a saint (or a retail employee). 
 
Of course, even your dream job will have it’s downsides – but as long it’s something that when looking at the big picture makes you happy then that’s all that counts. No job or career is perfect, you just need to make sure that the positives outweigh the negatives.   
 
Now that I’ve come full circle, I will end by saying be realistic and get a bill paying job. But don’t forget about your dreams. 

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I think this sums it up perfectly.
Rambling over from me and over to you. Tell me, are you happy with your career direction at the moment? Any thoughts on my ramblings?
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