Wednesday, 12 June 2013

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

   Recently, I got invited to interview for an internship-type job in my local area. I thought the interview went so well; I was enthusiastic, I remembered all my positive points and the interview ended on a great note.

   After feeling really good about the interview, I was gutted when, a few days later, I received a rejection email.

   Yes, disappointment flooded over me. 

   The employer stated in the email that the company was looking for a candidate with more experience. Flicking through my portfolio, I agreed with the fact that I was not up to scratch on the experience front - a few photos of exhibitions here, a photoshoot there... not quite enough to make an impact.

   So, instead of feeling upset about the rejection, picking holes in the email and disagreeing with the company's decision, I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and decided to amp up my portfolio.

   A few weeks later and I am more motivated than ever before. My portfolio is rapidly expanding and I'm working with friends and business owners to build my CV - I can definitely say that this is the most productive I have ever been.

   The key to this miraculous exploit? InspirationI owe my success to the people who inspire me. I truly believe that inspiration is the first step to success.

   Please don't quote me as saying "you need to be someone else to be successful" - inspiration is hugely different to plagiarism. Look through magazines, read blogs, watch lifestyle programs on TV - find someone who you believe is successful and loves what they do.

   The next step is to think of that person when you're feeling low, rejected or disappointed. Think about how it would feel to be as happy and successful as they are, and consider what your next step is. Dust yourself off and pick yourself up, exactly like I did. Be positive about your setbacks, learn from them. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

   The two people below are my inspiration. Every time I need a pick me up, I refer myself to their websites, and my mood is significantly improved. Hopefully, if you haven't already, you will find your own inspiring icons, until then, feel free to share mine:

Kelly Smith

   Kelly is an amazing fashion illustrator based in Australia. I came across her work when I was studying Art at A Level and loved every illustration. Her technique, her subjects and her mediums are the epitome of classic, feminine fashion illustration and you can probably see her influence in my own pieces.

   If ever I produce a piece of work that I'm unhappy with, I refer to Kelly's work and think about how I could make my own piece better.

Annie Jaffrey

   Annie is a beauty and health & fitness blogger and vlogger who creates inspiring and motivating Youtube videos. I've been following her for quite some time now, and I get so excited when she releases a new video. She's so positive about life, that it just makes you want to be positive yourself - plus she's incredibly gorgeous!

   When I'm creating my own vlogs, I look to her for inspiration on how to be positive in front of the camera.


   I really hope you enjoyed reading this post - let me know about your inspirations! 


  1. Hey
    Aw I have no doubt you will succeed in whatever you do. Your blog is so fab and you are one gorgeous lady. Congrats on the company forum blogger of the week. I was the week before (i have no idea why i was picked)But it's clear you have so much talent! :)) looking forward to following your blog

    1. Hi Christina!

      Thank you so much for your kind words - I look forward to reading your new posts!

      Much love,
      Jennifer x


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