Why do people think I should work for free? Does anyone know?

I am compelled to write this. It’s so insulting. It’s getting ridiculous. I do not know any other profession where people are expected to work for free? I don’t know anyone who actually would go to work for free? I have been writing and getting my work published for the past 9 years and I still actually have to sometimes write for free to keep building up my work, I choose what I’ll write for free but I actually have no idea why people think that writers, bloggers or anyone trying to make a living doing what they love should work for free? Why do people treat writers like they’re some second class career? Why is a writers job any less than anyone else’s? Why do people think I should write for free? You constantly feel like you’ve to prove yourself to get paid… I don’t know any other career where this happens…Yes I have chosen this career but I don’t understand why people think I should work for free… Ok rant over… Literally have to go and as conducting an interview… which I’m just about getting paid for..

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Going ALL the Eddie the Eagle way…

I watched Eddie The Eagle the other night, I had swiped past it so many times on Netflix until my cousin Ciara (Thanks Ciara!) told me to watch it last weekend so I did and obviously bawled with happiness throughout and got into the zone of thinking I was an actual spectator at the Olympics myself.. COME ON EDDIE YOU CAN DO IT… ! It’s such an uplifting positive inspiring film and Hugh Jackman isn’t too harsh on the eye either, the little divil.. So this year I shall be modelling myself on the eagle himself as he proved that once you put your mind to something you can fu%%**g do whatever you want… there is NOTHING stopping you…Eddie you got me GUUUDDD, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house… You need these little reassurances in life when you’ve quit your job to follow your passion and write stuff for your life or whatever else I am at here…esp on those days when you start to doubt yourself and wonder what the hell you’re actually doing with your career… I’m starting as I mean to go on this year and that’s just going for it Eddie styleee… Does anyone know where he lives actually? Would love to interview him… Eddie if you read this…let me know! I love you!

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Rise above the haters …

These people are everywhere unfortunately. You’ll meet them everyday and these are the people who will never change. Ever…They’re institutionalised…Never ever let any mofo dull your sparkle no matter how hard they try. And they’ll try… Just remember they’re the problem and not you. Rise above these people and just know that eventually you’ll get where you are going. Treat people you meet on the way up how you’d like to meet them on the way down. Be true to yourself … Do what you want to do in life and the rest will follow… leave the negative, toxic haters behind… and finally… always have class… that’s something haters will never have… Ever …

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Ever…

I’ll bring it back to this EVERY time… just in case you’re in any doubt about those haters …take it away Alan you legend…

 

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My first issue for Time & Leisure!

It’s been a crazy hectic few week’s and time flies when you’re having fun. My first edition of Time & Leisure magazine covering Clapham, Battersea and Fulham is now out. It contains my first ever Editor’s letter so that’s been quite exciting and surreal! You can now read the November magazine online!

Things are getting quite the festive in South West Landan!!

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READ THE NOVEMBER MAGAZINE ONLINE HERE 

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Strictly Laura Whitmore – The Interview

This girl was an utter breath of fresh air, a joy to meet and interview. Stunning, down to earth, strictly dancer, powerhouse, a phenomenon, passionate oh yeah and IRISH! Oh yeah and she said she liked my dress! Honoured to interview such a doll for Arcadia. I LOVE YOU LAURA WHITMORE..

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READ THE FULL INTERVIEW ON THE LINK BELOW

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So I’m officially an Editor!?! It’s NEVER EVER too late to just say…F**K THIS actual SH*T!!

My dream was always to be an Editor by 30. Like Anna Wintour, I thought I would end up in NYC and live the dream. Oh you know like in a NYC garden café just writing my column… Well it didn’t quite work out like that… After doing my BA in Arts (English & Sociology) along with the rest of the country in Ireland in 2008, I wasn’t really feeling it so while everyone else went travelling for a year I did a Masters in International Journalism. I gave the journalism a shot for a year and worked my tits off, got paid not one penny, presented my own radio show, was a newsreader, worked in RTÉ and morning Ireland, wrote for RTÉ, did some film reviews, was a feature writer at the Irish Tatler and also wrote for U magazine and other random stuff…

THEN the recession hit Ireland and the whole qualified educated youth at that time emigrated to either London, Canada, Australia, China or somewhere else other than Ireland… After a year of working for free I actually went on the dole.. Get your Masters and go on the dole, that was the craic in Ireland…( I really did not want to but I was driving around Ireland doing radio pieces and paying for petrol, applying for jobs morning noon and night and also working full time for free so I was forced by my uncle to go on the dole…) A week or so after being on the dole…I thought ..Fu*K This Sh*T….So I myself sold my car and boarded the James Joyce Ulysses..ferry… to London.. so apt!! I kind of like to think of myself as if I were boarding Titanic like Leo with nothing but the shirt on my back… obviously without the ending but you know what I mean… Well actually my Dad drove me to London mainly cause he was not paying for my luggage on a Ryanair flight so it was probably cheaper that way…Nice voyage I must say, they do a good fry on the James Joyce…

I moved to London in April 2010 with not a clue nor a contact bar the girl I moved in with. And also no google maps or iPhone… I drew maps onto an A4 from a laptop to get to interviews (when there was signal from the dongle thing …oh and the laptop wasn’t actually mine as I didn’t have one) .. I also spoke to humans from time to time to navigate my way around Landan which I found rather effective!  Got a few dates out of that too, I was just being Irish but they took it as flirting in London… Advisable… Oh how far I’ve come! Also I didn’t have a clue how to actually go about getting a job when I got here (London). NORMALLY you’d think that kind of stuff through (most normal ppl would)… Oh no.. Not I… And if you are going to move to London, I am aware it’s not Jamaica but you do actually need to know stuff so that’s why I’ve kept writing for the journal.ie and wrote this article on tips on if you are moving to Landan.. READ it here … Almost 30,000 people read that one so THANK YOU IRELAND!

So the past 6 years I’ve had the time of my life. I have however disliked EVERY job since (Sales, Business Development, Marketing) but the only plus to every job I’ve had is that I’ve met best friends for life and also my fiancé (on a blind date when he lived in Luxembourg but was in London on business set up by my manager at the time and our best man… another story!!) … So yeah I’ve not regretted one move I’ve made as it’s got me to where I am now…

Well I don’t know exactly where I am now or where I am going career wise… but I know it’s not back to where I came from.. I’ve decided to just do what I want to do and that’s write… Since I’ve decided to do that, through some weird fate I’ve managed to get the job as Editor of Time & Leisure Magazine covering the areas of Clapham, Battersea and Fulham… I’ve also written for Arcadia magazine and interviewed the beautiful and Irish Laura Whitmore a few weeks ago…

I really didn’t want to look back on my life in 10 years and regret not giving my writing another shot… Especially when it’s all I want to do.. And hopefully I won’t have to…(Apologies any grammatical errors in this post lol!)

The one person who will probably be happy to know my new giving no f**ks change of career attitude is Greg, my Dad, mainly because he paid the €7,000 for me to do the bloody Masters in Journalism in the first place.. and then told me there’s no money to be made in it… which there probably isn’t but at least he knows his money isn’t fully wasted! He also tells me that his antique business is fu**ed every day of the week but he has managed to successfully run his business and survive it fairly ok these past 30 years!! Thanks Dad, I’ll pay you back that 7k when I’m a success like J.K Rowling!!

So I think Alan Watts pretty much sums it up… And no matter what happens or where I go… at least I’ll know I gave it a shot… even if I can’t pay my bills, mortgage or afford to eat… I mean at least I’ll be happy!!!! Right?! Believe in yourself and the rest will fall into place… That’s what I am rolling with…

PLEASE LISTEN to Alan and live your life like money is no object! Sometimes you just need to say F**K this shit and go for it!

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One month today until our wedding… Anyone got table plan advice?

Only one month to the day to go to the BIG FAT CAVAN wedding! Holy Moly! Help!… It’s a good type of Holy Moly Help type of feeling! I shall probably be downing a bottle of rescue remedy this time 4 weeks or maybe I’ll just have a stiff gin!

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Anyways, we’ve yet to begin the table plan layout so has anyone done this before or have any advice? I don’t think it’ll be a problem but people do say that bit is harder than you think…

One month to go…

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A life changing Hatton Garden secret… How to make those diamonds SHINE…

So today we picked our wedding bands at Hatton Garden, totally went over the budget but hey, you only live once… Actually I’ve been saying ‘sure you only live once’ for the past 6 months so it’s probably better you only do live once otherwise we would probably be declared bankrupt but sure memories are priceless and … YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE! lol…

ANYWAYS, so your man, the one who makes the rings, not sure if he has a fancy name like a milliner but let’s just call him the ring man who is called Matthew… (we actually went back to the jeweller where I got my engagement ring) and I left the engagement ring there for an hour (after we chose the wedding bands) to get cleaned and he then told me how you do it at home!! So you basically go to Tesco, Sainsburys or a convenience shop of your choice, you saunter down the kitchen cleaning aisle and you grab some PLATINUM FAIRY WASHING UP LIQUID… I was freaking out this was like the most amazing shocking thing I’d heard all year… ‘Sorry what Matthew, are you having a lol’. Matthew was not having a lol.

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My ring is like so sparkly I can’t look at it cause it’ll blind me but not being funny it has gone from dull to DIVA in like an hour.

Now for the moment that’ll change your life…

Step 1 – Buy Platinum fairy washing up liquid

Step 2 – Boil the kettle

Step 3 – Put some liquid in a bowl and add boiling water

Step 4 – Make your dinner and eat it and leave your ring to shine

Total cost of this life changing experience – £1.27

Honestly I think some people know this trick but for those who do not, it’ll change your life.

Shine BRIGHT like a diamond ppl… SHINE FOCKING BRIGHT!

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I’ve literally just quit my job with none to go to… Thanks Alan Watts

So I’ve never quit a job in my life but I’ve decided I’ve had enough of doing jobs I don’t like in places don’t want to be since I’ve moved to London. I am tired of doing jobs I am not passionate about… So… I’ve decided I am going back to do what I want to do and pretending like money is no object. We spend so much time of our lives in WORK so you need to enjoy it. I’ve done 6 years of not enjoying so I’m going to be a journalist/writer now. What I was born to do and what I love doing.. Gonna leave it here with Alan and for anyone doing a job they don’t like, just do that job you want, create your own job if it does not exist and I’ll tell you in a few months how it’s worked out for me… But for now… I’ll leave it with Alan…

Chase the dream, not the competition

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I’m WALKING the Northern Line for Amy!

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So ya that is correct, I’m a walking the Northern line with my daredevil friend Bryony on Saturday 9 July. The ENTIRE Northern line… and there won’t be no Johnny Cash to carry me! It will take approximately 15 hours and we will cover about 40 miles. Yes that is a marathon plus some. Thank you. Please feel free to join us at any point or just meet us in the Hawley Arms in Camden at the finishing point. I am going to wear my hair in a Beehive for the occasion!

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Bryony also painted this of Amy… http://www.brightsmoke.co.uk

Why are we doing it?  We basically want to raise as much money and awareness as possible for the Amy Winehouse Foundation. 2 years ago we jumped out of a plane together, last year we climbed Scafell Pike the highest mountain in England and this year we’re walking the line. #walkthelineforamy. If you wish, you can make a donation here to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

See you at the Hawley Arms in Camden afterwards! Janis Winehouse said she may also pop in afterwards too and give us a hug!

Read all about it all and you can view the route here

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Before I almost got frost bite by 100mph gale force winds! 

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Oh and there’s me with Mitch the night I met him and hugged him like my long lost father as he entered the Jazz bar in Soho and then he invited me to sit at his table and bought me a drink and then I couldn’t actually speak with the shock! He then told me about Amy coming to that bar so I did manage to listen to a few tales!

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There’s no Johnny Cash about walking the line this weekend!

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