Hey, welcome to the start of a new chapter.

It’s about time I caught you all up. Firstly where have I been for the past two years because clearly I’ve said I would come back in the past and then other things came up that was more important but I want to get better at that. Moving forward, I’m going to concentrate a little less on what everyone else in the industry is doing and a little more on writing and sharing things that I love. I’ve also been completing a degree in Fashion Retail & Enterprise and I would have been prepping for graduation this week but lockdown has had different plans for me. Anyway that’s a story for another day cause there’s going to be no neggy vibes here! Do you know how people say that to make the most of your degree you need to live and breathe it? Well yeah that’s what I did. For the past two years, I have done nothing else but work on myself and my career. If I wasn’t planning what I wanted to do for a module or writing an academic essay, I would be saying yes to all the opportunities I could. It’s been the best two years of my life but now I don’t know what to do with my time other than to reconnect with my love for blogging and I suppose I need to start applying for jobs like a true adult.

Another reason for my long winded absence is because I just didn’t feel like the July Journal was very me any more. It started out as a cruelty free beauty and lifestyle blog and although that is still one of my favourite things to talk about it’s not the most important thing anymore and that’s okay. I started that blog as a chapter of my life six years ago but I’m 27 now (as I’m writing this it’s actually my birthday week) and I have other interests that are so different now. Photography, sustainable living, saving money for a house, paying a lot more interest in topics happening around the world and fingers crossed, I’ll be entering the world of a grad job soon – things are just a little different. I know that I started to include more fashion posts but these days it’s what I love to talk about. I want to help you with some amazing things and give something back to you whether that be a weekly round up of things that I like or something a bit more meaningful like a tips and tricks post. This new blog is going to be all about me – a dyslexic, freelance digital content creator and Northern gal trying to make my way through the last couple of years of my twenties and moving on up to the thirties. A place where you can hopefully come to laugh, learn, listen and relate. It’s a place where eating a full share bag chocolate buttons in one sitting is completely acceptable. It’s home to a sprinkle of my life whether that be talking about body confidence or sharing an indulgent cheesecake recipe. That’s a skill I’ve learnt since being in lockdown, actually. This is where I am going to document my life in a series of diary entry posts kind of like a vlog but in a written format. I wanted to begin this new chapter with something that felt more me so hey, hello. Nice to meet you!

If you have stuck around from my old blog, you are probably wondering what is my next step other than starting to write again? Well in terms of my career, I’m taking the ‘making it up as I go’ approach. To be honest I think that is what the majority of us are all doing anyway.  I’ve graduated in probably one of the most toughest times that the UK has seen in many years so I’m trying not to be too hard on myself but equally I would like to earn a bit of dollar so I can start saving for a house. I’ve been looking for a job in social media and I’m also looking at an apprenticeship to give me some more experience. Until something comes along, I’ve set up YJM Creative – a platform for individuals, businesses and creatives to get in touch with me about social media management, editorial print design and photography services. Pop on over and have a browse if you like. Oh, and if you are interested in any of my services then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!  For employers, they can view my entire portfolio and shoots that I’ve done previously. As well as this blog, YJM is also my new baby too!

This week I’ve actually be taking part in the Prince’s Trust Exploring Enterprise programme where I’ve been learning all about writing a business plan. As part of one of my modules for university, I designed some desk pads specifically for creatives and dyslexics although I believe they can be used for anyone to stay organised. Well, now I’ve finished university I am looking at releasing them properly for people like you and me. I’ve used mine for such a long time now and find it really useful in planning my time and dumping all my thoughts into one place. If anyone is interested in hearing more about these then please do let me know.

Anyway I’m off to enjoy some birthday cake, a dog walk along the coast and finish reading The Hate U Give. I hope you are all having a lovely week and hopefully I will see you soon. I can’t wait for you to join me on my journey and I hope you enjoy reading along too.

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