What I Learnt From Walking Away From A Big Job

The images in this post were taken for up and coming brand, FUN:D Clothing. FUN:D is run by Rachael Howard, and I absolutely loved working with her on these images! I can't wait to work with her on more imagery for the launch of her sweater company in the coming months.  Follow her on Instagram  to stay up to date.

The images in this post were taken for up and coming brand, FUN:D Clothing. FUN:D is run by Rachael Howard, and I absolutely loved working with her on these images! I can't wait to work with her on more imagery for the launch of her sweater company in the coming months. Follow her on Instagram to stay up to date.

A couple of weeks ago, I was offered the chance to shoot quite a big job. I was excited initially. They wanted to pay me well, and the shoot was going to involve quite a lot of work. But work that I enjoy! And when you're freelance, getting offered a job is always exciting.

However, after a few emails, I began to feel uneasy. Something in my gut was telling me there was something off. I ignored it at first, and put it down to nerves. I thought that I was just feeling a bit intimidated it all. 

Eventually though, that changed and some warning signs began to appear. My gut had been right, and I decided to pull out of the job. 

I won't go into the specifics, but it just wasn't going to be the right job for me, I didn't feel comfortable working with the team, and I felt they'd do better with a different photographer. 

I was extremely hard to turn this job down. I thought about it for a few days before I pulled out. I discussed it with friends, but everyone agreed: if it feels wrong, don't do it. 

Now I can happily say that it was the best thing I did! Here's why:

saying no is empowering

I didn't think that I'd feel so empowered by saying no, but once that initial email had been sent and the butterflies subsided, all I was left with with pride. I was really proud of myself for sticking to what I believed in! I'm quite lucky in that I don't often get approached by people who aren't a good fit, so I rarely need to say no. This was a good reminder that sometime you do need to say no, even if it feels scary. 

 

 

 

 

 

I need to listen to my gut from the get go. It's always right. 

This was a big one. I consider myself to be very intuitive. I'm super empathetic, and I can walk into a room and literally feel the vibe. So when my gut begins to scream at me that something is off, generally speaking, it's right. It can be so hard to go with a feeling, especially when the logical part of your brain is saying: "But think of the money!" but being really in tune with your intuition always pays off. I'll be sure to listen to it far more in future when it comes to booking jobs.

Its important to protect my mental health

I have worked jobs in the past where I've felt used and a bit violated. Thankfully, it doesn't happen often anymore, because I learnt those lessons. However, due to my history with mental health issues, I know how important it is for me to look after my mind. By saying no to jobs that aren't the right fit for me, I'm keeping myself happy and comfortable so that I can work at my best for the clients who are a good fit. 

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there's always more work around the corner. 

The best bit about this whole story? I replaced the job I turned down with another job within two days. Woohoo! And the business I'm now working for is lovely, my intuition is saying: "full steam ahead!" and I can't wait for our shoot. How sad would it have been if I'd agreed to the client that felt off, and had to tell this amazing, lovely client that I was already booked?! 

So there you go. If nothing else, I hope that this post has given you permission to say no. I'm giving you permission! You don't need it though, you're allowed to do what you want, when you want. After all, this is your business! So listen to your gut, empower yourself, and say no to anything that isn't a perfect fit. 

PS. I know that this is harder when you're just starting out with your business. I've been running for a few years, so it's easier for me to turn down work. Did I take on jobs that I didn't like at the start of my career? Of course I did. But the longer you go on, the less of those jobs you have to do. It's up to you to know when that shift can take place. 

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What Does My Working Day Look Like?

What Does My Working Day Look Like? I get asked quite regularly what my working day looks like. I work from home, so what sort of structure do I have? Do I sleep till 10am every day? Do I hang out in pyjamas? Do I work from the sofa? These things might all seem like the ultimate goal for a work life, but the reality is that my work day couldn't look more different from that!

7am Tom, my partner, works in an office a few minutes away from our house. He starts work at 8am during the week, so naturally he needs to get up early. Lucky for me, I'm an early riser; I always have been! So every morning our alarm goes off at 7am, we get up, Tom heads off to work, I eat my breakfast (pancakes every morning - yes, really!), and then I get dressed. You might think: "Surely you can just hang out in pyjamas all day!" Yes, I could, but the reality is that I don't actually feel half as productive if I do that. The act of putting real clothes on takes me out of "chillax" mode, and into work mode.

8am-2pm Generally, I'm at my desk in our home office by 8am. Sometimes it's 8:30am, but who's checking?! All you need to know is that most days, I'm in my office by 8am, and tend not to move until 2pm. Of course, this changes day to day. If I have a shoot all day, I won't be at my desk at all. If I've got a meeting to go to, I'll leave for that. But if I'm having a work at home day (like I am today!), I sit at my desk, and I don't move. What am I doing for those 6 hours? Emails, editing, financial planning, planning social media, research, writing a blog post. You name it, I'm probably doing it.

2pm-5pm I'm my most productive in the morning. Generally, after 2pm, my brain isn't as active or able to cope with big tasks. That might sound really weird, but it's how I've always been. No, I don't just stop working at 2pm; I carry on until 4:30-5pm when Tom comes home. However, I tend to keep these last few hours of the day for tasks I find easier/more fun. That might be editing, doing a module in the business course that I'm doing, or putting moodboards together for future shoots.

5pm-10:30pm I try my hardest to end my work day by 5pm. I'm usually successful, but some days I'll carry on working later. It totally depends how tired/excited I am about something (or if I've got a deadline). But I try to keep these hours as time for myself, and time with Tom. I'll go to the gym, cook us dinner, have a bath, watch TV, or just relax! I find it incredibly hard to switch off, but generally, once I've shared my evening Instagram post (usually around 6pm), I put my phone down, and try not to pick it up again until the next day. By 10:30pm, it's lights out!

So there you go; a little insight into how my day works! Do you have a similar routine that you like to stick to? Or do you prefer to let each day be different?

What Does My Working Day Look Like?

Why I Don't Want to Live In London

London by Olivia Bossert This is something I get asked all the time: "Why don't you live in London?" or: "Don't you think you would be better living in London?" To be totally honest, I'm not a big fan of cities. I never have been! I grew up just outside of Geneva, Switzerland in the countryside. I know that for a lot of people when you say to them that you grew up outside a city, they think that must mean that you lived in a city-like environment. That couldn't be further from the truth. Geneva is tiny. Beautiful and charming, but really tiny. It feels more like a large town than a city. You can drive 10 minutes out of it, and you'll be surrounded by fields and trees. It's a small country, so lots of villages are squished up together, but essentially, it's the countryside.

When I moved to Cornwall, I took "living in the countryside" to a whole new level. I live in Falmouth, which is a beautiful seaside town. I've been here for 5 and a half years now (how the time has gone that fast, I do not know), and at first I was a bit shocked but just how small it was. It took some getting used to. You can cross the high street in 10 minutes by foot, and I guarantee that you'll bump into someone you know every time you leave the house. It's such a lovely place to be, and you do get sucked in by its charm. Cornwall is a very rural county. The public transport is terrible, and to get to any other big village, it's always at least a 25 minute drive (trust me, you need a car), but it's the most beautiful place ever. There's a reason Poldark is so successful! Just look at this post, and this post to see what I mean.

Porthtowan by Olivia Bossert

Now, as you know, I work in fashion. I run a print and online magazine, Atlas, and I'm also a fashion photographer... so the obvious choice would be to go live in a big city right? Right. Well, not for me. Thanks to the good old internet, I can run and build my entire business from home. I work from my beautiful apartment all day, and I regularly email or call people up in London. My colleagues are scattered all around the world. Would it be easier if I was closer to the city? Hell yes. I do have to travel up to London quite a lot, and it's a 5 hour journey from Cornwall, so it's a big old slog every time I need to go up (don't get me started on the time I went there and back for a 15 minute meeting... never again). But would I be happier if I lived in London? Hell no.

I couldn't even begin to  think about rent costs for a start (they terrify me). I like to be outside and go on walks, and thanks to where I live, I've got the sea on my doorstep. I like trees, and greenery, and fresh air, and happy people who smile at each other when they walk down the road. London has it's perks: I can't shop down here at all because Cornwall doesn't have an H&M or a Zara (ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME GUYS, WE NEED YOU), and I sometimes feel jealous that I miss out on a lot of the cool cultural stuff that goes on. I get invited to events by PRs for press regularly, and most of the time the invites are very last minute and I can't make it, so that's frustrating. But most of the time if there's something I want to go to, I hop on a plane or a train and head to the big city for a day or two! No biggie.

The internet has opened up so many doors to so many people all around the world. There's no longer a need for us to all cram into huge cities and survive of baked beans on toast because we can't afford our rent, or a need to breath in polluted air all day. We can work hard and be a part of the industries we love from the comfort of our homes!

What do you do? Do you ever feel pressure to move to a big city? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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