You may remember my post from last year where I was feeling rather lost and vulnerable in Procrastination hell? Feeling sad about my fashion design career, needing a change, and wondering what was next for me. Well, I can happily report I’ve been living life very much behind the scenes, unable to find the time/energy to post, due to being so focused. What a turn around.
I thought it’s time to write a bit of a life update. This time it’s much more positive after my year of self-exploration. What a year!
I feel very proud, it has been well over a year since I had a full-time job. In May 2018, I said goodbye to office life working within fast-fashion and never looked back.
Like many brave people before me, I took the leap of faith and decided to follow my heart. To be quite frank I was having a bit of a meltdown, getting into a cycle of negativity, which is out of character for me. I decided enough was enough and left the job that was making me feel sick with depression. Then also left London, the city I called home.
One year on and I finally feel like I can start to open up about this transformative period, looking back with clarity.
Apart from a couple of months spent in Bali and India the majority of my year was spent living in Cambodia. A place, now very close to my heart. I always dreamed of living abroad and I’m very grateful for the timely opportunity Cambodia offered. While living there I worked part-time teaching fashion design at a local university and consulted for an ethical garment manufacture.
The months spent in Cambodia were a time of intense learning about my own capabilities. I was surprised to see the challenges I could overcome. It was tiring and exhilarating all at the same time and it helped me to start banking on myself. I went from having no idea what I was doing, but never the less kept moving, to slowly realising how I could work in fashion on my terms.
I was learned that I still loved designing and missed not doing it regularly. It is the only thing I am really good at. It was a relief, as I still wanted to use the skills I’ve spent all these years honing. Designer jobs are still hard to come by in sustainable brands, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and offer my design services to others on a consultancy basis.
I am officially self-employed.
Instead of designing for fast fashion companies, I’ve been helping sustainable and ethical brands to create commercial, fit for purpose, well-made garments. I am 100 percent happier. I can work remotely, I enjoy working with my clients.
For the first time in a while, I am genuinely excited for the future and I just wanted to share that with you.
With 7 years of design experience under my belt and great passion for the work, I feel confident that I have the right expertise to help new and existing brands make their visions a reality.
Becoming self-employed as a freelance fashion designer is a little scary but I am very optimistic. Josh and I have even decided not to rush back to London, which was quite the shock to us both. Instead, we have a little car and have moved into a spacious flat in the Cotswolds. Here we can settle into our work and create the holistic life we crave.
It has been a true privilege to travel and live abroad but I’m so happy to have our own space again. It feels like a real fresh start after a year of immense personal progression.
Design is what I do best, I am by no means a writer, but I miss documenting my adventures and attempts to live sustainably metaphorically and physically through Into The Eco. My little blog helps me keep accountable and inspires me to keep achieving my goals and has been the key to getting me where I am now.
There is so much going on in the world in terms of sustainability, and I am happy to have put my stake in the ground to work towards a more sustainable fashion future and be designing a life and a company that is in tune with that.
The conversations happening about sustainability make me so happy and I hope the movement keeps growing with optimistic momentum.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. If you’d like to learn more about my freelance fashion design services, I have a shiny new website so please check it out and feel free to pass on my details to anyone you know who could use some assistance.
I have a full list of my services on there and even a blog page. I’ve lots of content planned, giving out my best heartfelt advice and experiences. This is all information you can potentially apply to your fashion ventures. The fashion industry is famously secretive and that isn’t my style. Sharing really is caring and it has been my mission for a while to lift the curtain and help others grow.
So from a happier and saner person, hello again. There’s so much going on in the world, but this year has shown me what you can achieve when you allow yourself to dream.
Have you had any major life changes recently? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below. If there are any questions you have don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Lots of love, Lottie xx
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