Monday, 12 October 2015

I wanted and still want to be a writer...

Dreams are wonderful things aren't they? You get this idea in your head and think about it day in, day out until the idea of taking your last breath without having achieved said dream is almost unbearable. 

For many, dreams often come and go. You can dream of winning the lottery, marrying Prince Harry or being bezzies with Beyoncé but we have to let ourselves down gently and sometimes accept that some dreams aren't going to happen. (If you are bezzies with Queen B or have succeeded in any of the above, I salute you.)

One dream I've had ever since being a little girl in my first "literacy" class at primary school was to write. I was always awful at Maths and Science but sit me in front of a book and give me a pen and I could write for days. It didn't matter what I was writing, whether it was a letter to primary school pen pals, a story about witches or a horribly cringe-worthy diary entry about the day's playground drama - I just wanted to write.

With a love of writing came a love of reading. Famous childhood authors such as J.K. Rowling and Jacqueline Wilson influenced the way I thought about writing as a child (and adult too,) namely Jacqueline Wilson's book Lola Rose. This children's novel was different to the others. It covered themes of domestic violence, child abuse and cancer and despite its whimsical teenage theme, it was all very real. And this realness was and still is something I've always wanted to do with my writing, but have never felt I've achieved.

The love for writing followed me through my teenage years with English remaining my favourite subject, in my college years I won a Haiku competition (no biggie) and finally completed a degree in Journalism at the Sunderland University.

Doing my final project magazine for university was a time where I really felt free to write whatever I wanted to, which lead me to do interviews with amazing inspirational women, talk about body image, discuss feminism, cultural appropriation, women’s rights around the world and more.

Since graduating and starting full time employment, I haven’t written about what interests me in a while. Despite working in social media and PR and writing daily, I have lost the “write for self” attitude I had come to love in the final months of university.

Cue Workwear Express, a company who contacted me a few weeks ago and asked the oh-so important question I had not asked myself in a while: “What was your childhood dream?”

And I knew the reply straight away, because that dream had never left me, not once. I wanted to be a writer. I wanted and still want to write about the things I love, the things I believe in and things that can inspire others to act on their own dreams or help others achieve theirs. Gender equality, acceptance of self and raising awareness of human rights issues around the world are just a few things I want to help achieve through writing.

To give me the kick up the arse I needed to write, Workwear Express sent the loveliest personalised package of goodies including a desk Hetty the Hoover, a travel mug with plenty of tea, three teeny-weeny notebooks and a hoody with my #WEChildhoodDream on it.

The package has well and truly given me the push I needed to set the wheels in motion for my writing (plus the hoody with the constant reminder helps.) So if you’re interested in any of the aforementioned topics, keep an eye out for a very different blog that I’ll be launching very soon.

*The writer care package was sent to me by Workwear Express for their #WEChildhoodDream campaign but all thoughts and dreams are my own.

“Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.” 
– Holley Gerth


  1. That is so cute. it's so hard when your childhood dream becomes incorporated into real life work and sort of ruins it for you!

    Sophie x

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