#LIFEGOALS

Mid way through my American Airlines entertainment binge and grilled cheese sandwich, I get talking to my neighbor about our trips. We’re both heading to the Windy City for work — him for what seems like a mental 48 hour stop over (nutter) and me for a month (also crazy considering it’s my first ever trip to the US!). We start talking about our professional bucket lists which gets me thinking…

Three things come to mind when I’m asked about my career / general life goals:

Prada handbag: Yes, it’s materialistic and not everyone’s reflection of success, but I’m a mid-twenties Londoner in the media. I’m shallow and require a bag of equal status — so shoot me.

Paint splattered dungarees: Ah, my life long dream… Cue quirky studio, shaggy dog, copious tea drinking, paint filled top knot, you get the picture.

BEYONCE: Creative genius and entrepreneur, great legs, big on Lemonade. Need I say more?

I’ve accomplished a lot in my 26 years on the planet and while these #LIFEGOALS are all reasonably within reach (minus becoming Sasha Fierce, I’ll never have those legs), here’s three things I’d like to achieve before the days of oil paint and Italian leather goods…

  1. Work and live in another country — Not only because I love to travel, but escaping that big marshmallow that is your comfort zone can be the reset and refresh your mind needs. Culture is so infectious and can totally affect your mood, ideas and perspective. I don’t think I’ve ever walked through Arrivals not inspired about something…
  2. Master one new skill a year — I love learning new skills, especially within the creative space. Whether it’s a photography course, Photoshop refresher or a day with a production team, these skills not only help to make you self-sufficient but give you a sense of respect and understanding of the pro’s and their processes.
  3. Become a mentor — I would not be where I am in my career without various mentors who have taken the time to advise and share their experiences with me over the years. Whether it’s through teaching, speaking or just being a positive manager, I want to provide that type of help and guidance and make a positive impact on someone’s life.

So, here goes my attempt at ticking off hopefully at least one of the above over the next month. Stay tuned for regular thoughts, feelings, food and photos of my Windy City experience. Meantime I’m off for some deep dish pizza (they serve that at 9 am, right?)…

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