Last week I shared on my Instagram stories some exciting news – that I have a new job! I’m leaving my job of 7 years and my ‘career’ as a legal secretary/EA to do something completely different. My new role will be Content Editor and Community Manager at House of Quirky, the fashion house of amazing brands such as MINKPINK, Staple the Label and Twiin the Label.
I think I am still coming to terms with the fact that as of this Friday, I’m leaving my comfort zone, my friends and the only role I’ve known for the majority of my working life. I am usually a creature of habit and comfort zones. I’ve had the same job for 7 years. I’ve lived in the same apartment for 8 years. I’ve been with my husband for 15 years. If something is good, I stick with it. But at the same time, I crave change. As much as I’ve enjoyed my job, and most of all, the friends I’ve made there, I need to move on. Legal admin is not my passion and will never be. My passion is found in how I spend my time when I could be doing anything else. My passion is in clothes, and fashion, and content creation.
From the time I was 15 and had to pick my electives for the HSC and therefore decide then and there what direction my life was going to go, I’ve never known what I wanted to do when I “grew up”. Now I’m 31 and technically grown up, but I still didn’t have it figured out. When I imagined myself as an adult, I imagined working in an office with a marble lobby, where I got to wear nice clothes and high heels every day. But I had no idea what I wanted to be doing in that office. After school I got a job as a receptionist and a few years later fell into the legal industry via my best friend, who got me a job in the firm she worked at. Nearly 10 years later, here I am. I got the job with the marble lobby, but it didn’t fulfil me.
My blogs and my Instagram page started as a hobby, to indulge my love of clothes, outfits and fashion, and give me a creative outlet from the monotony of office life. It has grown over the past 5 years to become a second job, and one that has opened doors that I never thought would open for me. I have worked really hard. Every weekend for the past few years I have spent planning, shooting, editing, writing. I would go to meetings and showings in my lunch break. I would answer emails on the couch after work. I rarely, if ever, had a day off. I did all this simply because I enjoyed it and it fulfilled me. I didn’t do it to eventually become a full-time “influencer”, or to secure a job in the fashion industry. I just enjoyed it. I never thought that having a job I loved and was passionate about was going to be possible for me, so I was content with my good job that paid the rent, with my creative outlet on the side. Well, I told myself I was content, anyway.
When House of Quirky reached out to me about a job, I could barely believe it. At every stage of the recruitment process, I never really believed that I would get it. Still now, with less than a week until I start, I’m not sure how my dream job has fallen into my lap. My anxious brain tries to tell me to stick with what I know, and that I’m not going to be any good at this, but I’m trying to ignore the voice and tell myself that how could I not be good at something that I love and that I’ve already been doing for years now? Plus I have had such an amazing outpouring of love and support from my friends, colleagues and you guys! It’s hard not to feel positive when I’m surrounded by so many amazing people cheering me on.
Despite my fears and anxieties at leaving my comfort zone and the job I could do with my eyes closed, I am so excited for this new opportunity. I can’t wait to meet new people, do new things and most of all, to actually be excited to go to work every day, because I love what I do.
Anine Bing cami
Zara denim skirt
Mango bucket bag
Ray Ban sunglasses
Shashi ear cuff