Just to get this out the way before I start: no, I’m not pregnant, Mum.
OK, let’s begin. Cast your mind back to July 2014, when Twins That Travel was a newborn Instagram account, with just a handful of followers. Both Laura and I were working at the same university, and I was nurturing my ‘career’ in marketing. Our Instagram platform was nothing more than a place to share our travel photos, and career plans revolved around working our way up the proverbial ladder in our respective roles.
Fast forward twelve months and things were getting busier on the blog. It still felt, however, like an enjoyable hobby with increasingly nice perks. I even penned this blog post on wanting to combine my job with travel blogging and at the time, it was entirely true. Things were manageable and I was still getting in my after work nap.
This last year, however, has been mayhem: juggling the blog, full time jobs and working with a handful of social media clients. I’ve been learning new skills everyday: from coding, mastering SEO, to conquering the Instagram algorithm, but these skills weren’t coming from my role as a Marketing Manager – but from running the blog.
Reaching crisis point (the after work nap had to be abandoned), I decided to apply for flexible working at my current job, which was unfortunately turned down. I was left, therefore, with two options: a) continue with my traditional career and accept that the blog had grown as big as it could or b) consider a different path.
I chose the latter.
A few months ago, I handed in my notice at my current job and started to build up my own freelance business: Spoil Me Social. The last eight weeks have generally involved moments of elation in knowing I can carve a career that’s flexible for me, and suits our increasing amount of travel, to moments of complete fear that I won’t earn enough money. I’ve been assured this emotional roller coaster is completely normal, but it’s still been a stressful time with a lot of sleepless nights.
Today, however, I’m proud to be launching the Spoil Me Social website (built with my own fair hands) and with a number of clients already under my belt, I’m feeling very positive about 2017.
Could it all go terribly wrong? Possibly. But having come this far with Twins That Travel, I’m willing to give it a go at least. If you’d told us two years ago we’d have our own travel business, we would have choked on our tea. So here’s to embracing the unexpected: 2017 I’m ready for you.
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