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Hello and welcome! My name is Jade, I’ve just turned 25 and I’m based in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is born from my recent quarter life crisis…

I hope that doesn’t sound very negative, because it isn’t supposed to be! So let me explain.

Upon reflection, I feel like since I graduated from high school, things have just been non-stop – get into uni, study hard, smash through exams, apply for jobs, network, job interviews, move up the ‘career’ ladder, network, gain experience and knowledge, network, figure out if this is what I want to do, figure out my passions…

For the first time in a long time, I am starting to slow down in life, live mindfully, be present and in the moment and practice gratitude more often. In slowing down, I have come to realise that I have been neglecting a part of myself for a very long time – the creative part of me.

When I was in uni, my biggest passions were health and wellbeing, photography and fashion. Back then, I had all the time in the world to explore my surroundings, take lots of photos and create a blog, which I updated quite frequently. However, since working full-time, this has completely stopped – I’ve been too tired, haven’t had time, didn’t feel like I was creative anymore and just had general self-doubt.

Through my current job and conversations with loved ones, I realise that I am a creative person, and I need to express this. I need to listen to my gut instinct about what my passions are, and acknowledge that these haven’t changed, no matter what I have experienced in life so far. If I work hard enough, I can pursue these passions and create a space where I can help others in the future.

I feel that in your twenties, you are still growing and learning about who you are as a person and what makes you happy and unhappy. You also go through a lot of self-doubt, trying to fit in with everyone and can feel like you’re losing yourself in the process.

All I know is that for the first time, I want to make a change in my career – I want to do something even more meaningful and focus on more things that I am passionate about. I believe that I have a bigger purpose on this earth and I will continue to try and discover what that is. Instead of following a traditional, corporate career path (nothing wrong with this by the way! Just that I don’t feel that it’s right for me personally), I want to challenge myself to do something different, become a better person and to live a life full of unique and special experiences; and it all begins with this blog.

I am going to keep an open mind and see where this journey takes me – it is thrilling and exciting and I feel like I am just at the beginning. The best part is being able to share this with you all and maybe, just maybe, one day I can inspire someone or brighten someone’s day through doing work that I truly love.

Jade x