I’ve been thinking a lot about the future lately, for a number of reasons it seems. Obviously school have been encouraging us to look towards the next stage when this final year is over, but more than anything this whole blogging and designing lark has had me thinking about what I really want to do with my life, in a general sense. Sounds like a bit of an exaggeration – I’m hardly the Internet queen after all – but you know when your train of thought just runs away with you? That’s been happening a fair bit to me recently. I’ve allowed myself to become immersed in thoughts of what I could do, avenues I could explore, and things I could do differently.
This September, more than any other, it felt like such a drag to be back at school. I’m by no means the ‘omg schools horrible I hate it’ type and I had missed my friends and teachers, but somehow it didn’t feel quite right this time round. Leading up to the end of summer was when both me and my mum were really working on getting our blogs out into the open, and I was deciding which path I wanted jolihouse to follow. As you can probably tell, I chose to explore lots of different routes. But anyway, what I really found out about myself is that I feel so much more at home in the world of working on my own little business and writing on my own little blog – basically being self employed and working whatever long or short hours I wish. Feeling all growned up if you will, someone who has got their act together! Productive days are so satisfying – bit of design work, bit of blogging, photography maybe, exercising, making a yummy meal. More satisfying than a school day anyway;) In short, I feel like I just can’t wait to move on. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy school and am especially looking forward to starting A-levels at college next year, but you know when you just feel like you want to try something new?
My first knitwear design was published when I was 11 years old, and my word have I changed since then. Still loving it though, even with the deadlines and unforseen problems. I’ve never felt pressured by anyone or anything to continue: if anything I tend to create my own pressure. That’s just the way I am really, I like to be busy and am determined to make things work somehow. Designing and making is something I really do enjoy, and this will always be plenty compensation for all the hard work. If it can even be called hard work that is – they do say that if you find a job you enjoy then it isn’t a job at all.
Whilst I will probably continue to be crafty for a long long time, I have no idea if this will/could ever be a career. I may well decide I want to study astrophysics (not joking, I could genuinely see this happening), or ancient history (another actual possibility). Or maybe something completely different, that I haven’t even come across yet. Who knows, I’m not even 16 yet after all. If you’d asked my mum at this age what career she had in mind, photography would probably be the last on the list, yet now she’s never without a camera.
I’m definitely very lucky to have had the opportunities to design and be a part of this blog from such a young age, as it has given me a starting point from which to expand whilst I decide what I want to do career-wise. For now, the plan is to keep blogging, designing and hopefully meeting lots of new lovely people throughout my GCSEs and A-levels, then probably take a gap year to really see just how far I can explore this creative avenue online. Planning ahead is kinda my thing, as you may have guessed by now. In the meantime, I’d love if you could let me know if you have any questions, or anything in particular you’d like me to blog about, or just tell me about yourselves then I can get to know my readers! I reply to every comment individually via email, so please feel free to ask away:)
Vanessa21st September 2013 at 11:47 pm
Thank you so much for the follow.
Follow you back on bloglovin.
Lovely greets from germany 😉
Tien22nd September 2013 at 2:26 am
I have enjoyed reading your blog over the years. It has been fun watching you grow up! I would love it if you blogged a little about your design process and how it has evolved over the years. Your fashion posts are also fun to read. How does your personal style influence your designing?
Kathy22nd September 2013 at 7:46 am
I think it’s fabulous if you decide to design. I’ve said for awhile that you remind me of Ysolda – though, of course, your own style is becoming clearer. I also think the fact you can do a gap year – not common here in the States – is a great opportunity for you to decide. I will say, designing isn’t mutually exclusive to anything else, which is one of the best things about being self employed!
josiekitten22nd September 2013 at 10:00 am
I think you are very wise to keep your horizons as broad as possible. You have so much talent, even if you do choose a career in astrophysics, I’m positive that you will keep on designing. Who knows, you could raise the profile of knitting by being the first woman to knit in space!! I’d be very interested to hear how you go about designing. Do you get a seed of an idea and start to play around with it, or do you need to have a vision of the finished article before you pick up the needles. This comes from someone who feels that there must be a sock design tucked away in her head somewhere, but doesn’t quite know what to do about it!!!
del22nd September 2013 at 1:14 pm
That was an interesting blog post! I first found your knitting on Ravelry and now I follow your blog, through my friends’ blog page on there.
I don’t blame you for finding school a bit strange this year, but remember all the other hours you have to cook, dream, create, blog etc. It doesn’t have to curtail you, it sounds like you’re good at fitting a lot into your day.
You are an inspiration. I’m going to show your blog to my 13 year old girl!
Take care. x
Brig23rd September 2013 at 1:50 am
I’m not much of a faithful blog reader, but I’ve enjoyed checking in on yours for a while now. I love that you find time for the creative in your life. Keep your options open, and enjoy the journey ahead!
Max23rd September 2013 at 4:44 pm
Yeah, it is really nice to look forward. This blog is pretty cool too. I like to see the knitting and craft content, but I also love see it in the context of your life too. That is always more fun and interesting getting to know you a bit through what you make.
I also really liked seeing what your mum made for you. I’m pretty crafty myself. I’ve been realizing lately that I don’t really like clothes that much, but I like to make things. I like seeing how it all fits in together and evolves- as a look – as a lifestyle. I have two little daughters and my making clothes for them and for myself is just part of the whole making sense of life thing.
Hanna24th September 2013 at 3:53 pm
As far as the blog goes, I think the mix of life and craft is a good one – all my favourite blogs, the ones I’ve kept reading for years, are written by genuine women who share bits of their personal story alongside their making; it attracts a much more loyal readership than a simple parade of FOs could.
As far as life decisions go, I think keeping your options open is the best thing you can do right now. It’s great that you’re getting tired of high school; that shows you’re getting ready for the next stage of education, where you can learn more independently. I was constantly fed up with school from ages 15 to 18, but my mum always told me it would get better when I got to university, and it really, really did! I’m guessing from your early A* in English and the way you write this blog that you’re a very bright student, so make sure you make the most of that, and never underestimate the places a bunch of A-grades can take you (ask me how I know!) In general in life, I’ve found that keeping up with as many things as possible, saying yes to opportunities in all sorts of exciting, arty, freelance areas, has always led to good things, but it’s also always sensible to keep building up a stack of good grades/good qualifications/work experience that will enable you to get a salaried job if you need one. Basically, I’d say, at your age, if you’ve got talents, use them all, develop them all, and you can work out later which ones you actually want to earn a living from.
lily29th September 2013 at 8:57 pm
Thanks so much for the advice Hanna! I’ve found that with blogs too – the ones that mix it up a bit are most interesting. Tell me more about where those A grades have taken you!