Friday, 17 July 2015

Keep On Trying


Ever since I finished University at the beginning of May (and graduated on Wednesday, eek!), I've felt a little lost. Obviously, I think this is a natural feeling once you've spent several years of your life invested into achieving something. Once it's over, what do you do now? Alongside this, I also spent the last year doing a big training course at work and again, once that was complete, I've felt a little lost there too, but there are several other gluggs of fuel that have been added to that fire too. I suppose the phrase is 'burnt out' (how LA...). But what it's taught me over all is that if you want success, you have to really work at it. It's never all smooth sailing and you're always going to fall back and make mistakes before you finally succeed.

I've always considered myself an ambitious person. From the age of about 5, I was convinced I was going to become the next Britney Spears! In all honesty, part of me is still convinced, and the fact I can't sing probably doesn't even matter. Snort. I also spent a lot of my teenage years believing I was going to become this great Hollywood actress, but after a big change in my life, I had a bit of a reality check and also figured I didn't want to do something so shallow with my life (that sounds dreadful to anyone who does act, and by no means am I saying it's a shallow profession, I have huge respect and envy for anyone who chooses that path. More so, it's a pretty unstable career and a little 'look at me!'. Probably not the best for me after all). I suppose you could also say I'm a bit of a dreamer...

What I'm trying to get at however, is I'm at a point in my life when, yes, I really do have the world at my feet and whatever direction I choose to go is going to be a long, bumpy road. But all I'm hoping is that wherever life takes me, I succeed and I succeed hugely. Because I can now look back and see how far I've come over the past three years, and how hard I've worked, this past year in particular, I need to really channel that conscientious attitude into something I love. There's no point in wasting your life doing something you don't enjoy. If you have a hard working, passionate, ambitious attitude, channel it in something you're going to love and succeed at. 

Who knows where I'll end up in the next few years, or in the next few months. It's going to be hard, I know. Working life and life in general in the UK for anyone under the age of 25 is a pretty dreary prospect, and competition is fierce. I'm beyond terrified and get so anxious and panicky when I think about my future right now. So much so that I have got myself into many of a silly, emotional, anxious state! Regardless though, I feel so prepared to work hard and achieve things that in turn will hopefully help me to achieve the life I've dreamed of. I'm now accepting that you'll never get somewhere unless you try. And try again. And probably a few times after that. Things will all fall into place, as long as you have some faith in yourself and the right attitude. 

Wish me luck!?

Have you just graduated? Or have you graduated in the past and offer any advice? What are your ambitions for the future? Have you achieved any successes recently and how was your journey to that success? If you have any advice for anyone potentially reading, or if you have anything you'd like to say, I'd love to hear from you!

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  1. I graduated 5 years ago now and it has been a very bumpy road, it took a lot of hard work to land in the role I am now in but all I will say is you seem to have the drive just don't lose it when things get tough. It takes hard work but is worth it in the end.
    xxx
    Lyndsey | www.labeau.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for this comment Lyndsey! It's all such a daunting prospect, as I'm sure you can remember! Well done for getting to a great role after what I can imagine is a pretty confusing and stressful time.

      xxx

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  2. Good luck Lucy!! I graduated from university this time last year and while it's been hard adjusting my expectations, ultimately I put hard work in, saved money and am moving to a big city where I'll be closer to some of my best friends. Make sure to focus on your long-term goals, and if you aren't sure what those are then take a good hard look at what you can see yourself waking up everyday and doing. Also, don't let other people's opinions cloud your judgement - ultimately YOU are the one living your life, working at your career, building your dreams. Good luck.xx

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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    1. Mega late reply, SO sorry. Your comment made me so emotional, ah! Such a perfect comment, thank you for your words of wisdom. I appreciate it so much :)
      xx

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  3. I felt the exact same after I graduated, like a lost little sheep! I think after university there are all these expectations for the world to be your oyster and have a amazing life, but of course its just not like that. Good luck though sweetheart, you'll be amazing!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. A lost sheep is the perfect description, haha. Although a degree definitely means you've worked hard, the problem is, SO many people have a degree that it's just like a huge minefield when you're trying to find work as everyones scrambling to get through. I think I just need to take things one step at a time.... fingers crossed! And thank you so much for your comment xx

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  4. I wish you luck for everything that comes your way Lucy! I have just graduated from university A MONTH AGO, and after applying for internship after internship I was rejected here there and everywhere and I to felt like a lost sheep for the most part of this year and resorted to a part-time summer job. It's an awful feeling isn't it? but sometimes it can be extremely liberating as well! I think you are right, there isn't a lot of hope to be had when you are under 25 and have little experience, the working environment now isn't about your degree or your enthusiasm, it's all about having connections and knowing the right people. But just remember, everything turns out OK in the end... and if it isn't OK, it isn't the end! Everything falls into place eventually, look at me.. i've just nailed a marketing internship in london starting next week!! woopie!!

    Millie xx
    http://millie-moments.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you for your comment Millie! This definitely got me feeling a little emotional, but so, so hopeful. Congratulations on scoring your marketing internship, that's FANTASTIC! I've definitely learnt already that a lot of it is down to experience/knowing the right people so I'm starting to workout how I can go about through those routes too.
      You've given me a huge boost in confidence that somehow, things will work out.
      Thank you, thank you, thank you!
      xxx

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  5. I just did a post for new graduates today. Congrats for graduating, life after uni is really hard but you have to remember to stay positive and put the effort in so that you can reach goals.
    Zeynab x
    The Beauty Load

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  6. Good luck, Lucy! I love the personal touch in your posts.

    XO, Natalia from www.darlingtrend.com

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  7. What I can tell you is: if you fight really hard without ever giving up, you'll find success. This is something I learned from a book called "The Greatest Salesman in the World" from Og Mandino which costed probably less than 5dls.

    Natalia
    Lindifique

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  8. I completely relate to this. I graduated five years ago - I honestly can't believe it's been that long. I would say enjoy that "world at your feet feeling" - although I do feel so much sympathy for graduates now as it is so damn competitive out there. I do really miss uni life and just having to pass exams - real life is so much more uncertain (but in lots of ways so much better too!) x

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  9. I can completely relate to this. I graduated last year and decided to take a year out to really think about what it is I want to do before I go back for my masters this coming fall! I think being easy on yourself and realizing that most people are in the same boat of trying to figure out their passions and which direction to move in life is comforting! It's a strange world after uni but it's great fun if you can find your happiness :) xx

    Love and Marmalade

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  10. This post is brilliant! I graduated on Tuesday and although I know what I want to do, I'm unsure of how to get there. However, we have to easy on ourselves like you say, and understand that life's a journey not a rush so we should embrace where we are right now and what path we decide to choose xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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  11. I recently graduated too and I'm feeling burnt out. Reading this post and all the positive comments has made me feel better though. Also, I think an important thing is to seize opportunities that come along and remember that if they don't work out its still positive because you gained an experience. Thanks for such a lovely post :)
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings
    Xx

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  12. I also graduated last week and feel like I'm kinda stuck in limbo at the moment. I know exactly what it is I want to do but I'm just struggling to find the best way of getting there! Thanks for this post, it's made me realise that I'm not going crazy and that there are other people out there in exactly the same position as me! It's great to see how motivated you are and I intend to be the same :) best of luck with your journey, you'll do great! x

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  13. I also graduated last week and feel like I'm kinda stuck in limbo at the moment. I know exactly what it is I want to do but I'm just struggling to find the best way of getting there! Thanks for this post, it's made me realise that I'm not going crazy and that there are other people out there in exactly the same position as me! It's great to see how motivated you are and I intend to be the same :) best of luck with your journey, you'll do great! x

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