I was feeling really miserable and disappointed this morning when Facebook reminded me that today marks 1 year since I graduated.
What have I got to show for it? I’ve lost my passion for what I studied, and I drag myself into work every morning to spend hours being uninspired and bored.
But as I continued staring at this photo and thinking back to the memories of that day - how I was feeling, the dreams/plans I had for my life and career. I started to realise that the Fola in this photo would’ve been very happy with the life I have now. And the fact that this is no longer the case is actually proof of how much I’ve grown and raised my expectations of life and myself.
I have a very bad habit of focusing on all the things going “wrong” in my life, but today I choose to celebrate that although I’m not where I want to be, over the last year I have: stepped out of my comfort zone more than I ever have in my life, I’ve set goals higher than I ever have before, I’ve taken more risks, I’ve made more difficult decisions, I’ve spoken up for myself more, I’ve tried more new things, I’ve been to new places, and I’m generally a more confident and more ambitious young woman.
Let the distance between where you are and where you want to be INSPIRE and MOTIVATE you.
Doesn't this table look nice? Don't you want to sit at this table? Well, guess what. This table can be yours IRL. Come on down for the squarest plates, richest peanut sauce (satay, YOU stay bby), cute as hell menus and gargantuan noodle bowls that already come with your fave condiments on the side because we know what you want and what you need...it's Sriracha 👅
If you’re in Manchester then you should stop by The Cape gallery on cathedral gardens @cornexchangemcr and have a look at some of my artwork! There’s so many more amazing artists than me displaying work there! Also, why not call into @afflecks_manchester and head to the second floor and drop in and see Lee @paint_sayer and Jo @northern_quarter_gallery @sunflowers_in_the_sea and many other great artists, sculptors, creators and just amazing people! I feel so proud to be part of this amazing group of people, I have to give Jo from @northern_quarter_gallery a big big thank you for noticing and displaying my work. She’s a truly wonderful and amazing woman! I know everyone loves her already!!! Have a beautiful weekend, whatever you’re doing!