Looking to the future | What do I want

Arts and crafts picture - what I want from the future

Recently, I’ve been feeling really down and rubbish. I’ve been trying to pinpoint exactly why I’ve been feeling so rubbish and I think I’ve finally done that. The other night I sat down with Shaun and cried my eyes out about how I’m feeling. Talking about it and saying it out loud made me realise what I want.

My Background 

As every other child does, I went to school and studied for my GCSE’s. I’ve always strived on success and doing well so achieved a mixture of A and B grades. My favourite subject at school was always Graphic Design and I decided to study this at college as well.

I started college in 2008 where I studied A-Levels in Geography, Graphic Design and Photography. Being creative has always been a passion of mine since I was a young child so these lessons were perfectly suited. Once I finished my A-levels I stayed on at college and did an Art foundation in Graphic Design to prep me for my degree. In 2011 I headed off to university and studied Graphic Arts. I went to Buckinghamshire New University which is about 30 minutes away from London by train.

My degree 

Throughout university, nearly all of my projects consisted of making things by hand. I used mixed media such as paints, marbling, collage etc. Next, I scanned things onto a computer to digitally edit. Towards the end of my degree, I realised that my passion laid much more in the area of crafts rather than digital design. When I finished my degree I made the decision to move back home to Devon. Most Graphic Design jobs are in the big cities … but that wasn’t for me. I like the quieter life in Devon, so I moved home.

My job

When I moved back home, I realised that getting a design job in little old Devon is near impossible. So I decided to get a job in administration to earn some money whilst I decided what I wanted to do. Forward on to today, I’m still working the exact same administration job!! I HATE IT. Every day is such a chore, it’s so so boring and I think I feel that way because I need to be doing something creative.

happy birthday card design

So what do I want in the future? 

Whilst working my Monday – Friday office job I’ve been using my evenings and weekends to be creative. Afterall, creativity has always been where my passion lies. I started making handmade cards to sell to family and friends which is something I’ve always loved, I received a sewing machine for my birthday and I’m learning to sew. I’ve been getting back into my photography again, I’ve been crafting Christmas decorations and I’ve even started a bullet journal. I guess this blog counts as well, as it’s the perfect way to be creative. My next challenge is to learn modern calligraphy!

With so much creativity in my life, I’ve realised that that’s what I want to be doing on a permanent basis. I don’t want to just spend my evenings being creative, I want my days to be fuelled with creativity as well.

My dream is to have my own little business where I can sell handmade cards and decorations and crafty bits and pieces. I want this more than anything. I would love to open my own Etsy shop to sell my creations and spend all of my days doing what I love.

bullet journal - birthday page

My plan of action 

Well, it’s not a full-blown plan of action as it’s such a difficult thing to just do and be successful…. but this is my idea.

I’m about to buy a house, so quitting my job is an absolute no-go until my mortgage is sorted. The work on the house is going to cost an arm and a leg so this all has to be my priority for the moment. The house we’re buying has 3 bedrooms, so the plan is for the box room to become my craft room. Once I have my craft room up and running, I’ll have a lot more space. This should make creating a whole lot easier. I’ll also have a lot more time as currently, I spend half of the week at Shaun’s house, but all of my crafty stuff is at my house. Having my own house and space means I’ll have unlimited time to create.

I plan to continue to make and create, but I want to do it in a larger quantity. Once I have enough bits and pieces made I’ll take the leap and open an Etsy shop and see what happens from there.

I really hope that eventually my hard work will pay off and I can quit my job and earn a living doing what I love. I know it’ll be a lot of work but I’m determined to make it happen. Even if my hobby meant I earnt enough that I could go to part-time working, I know I’d be so much happier.

I feel like money is the main thing holding me back as unfortunately, we all need to pay the bills and live. I can’t just up and quit my job as I won’t have enough money to live from.

Has anyone else been in this situation? How did you overcome the issue of money and manage to do what you love? 


Charlotte xx

Pinterest image - living a creative life


  1. October 31, 2017 / 9:46 AM

    You are not alone feeling like this, I promise you. But you have done the best thing, you have found what it is that is the problem and you have come up with a solution.

    I love your plans for starting a business/etsy shop, I believe you can do it and think you should go for it!

    My situation was a bit different to yours as I have been able to drop my monthly outgoings right down. Once you are sorted with your house, maybe think if you can save up a load of money to so you have enough to live for six months or so, if you still feel you need to leave your job in order to kick start your business. But you may find you get extremely stressed knowing that you will have bills to pay in the coming months. From my perspective you are in a great position in a Monday to Friday job… I presume it’s 9-5. My previous role was a ridiculous amount of hours each day and different days each week. I think you are in the perfect role to be able to start something alongside working. But at the same time I understand how depressing it is to be in a job you don’t want to do, knowing that you would rather be doing something else.

    Looking forward to reading about your progress on your plans and your house.

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

    • Charlotte Shares
      October 31, 2017 / 10:24 AM

      Thank you for your lovely comment!
      I know compared to a lot of people who work strange hours I’m in a really good position, I just think it doesn’t help that I’m so unhappy with my job. Once my mortgage has completed I think I’ll look to find a new job with similar hours to what I work now in the hopes that I’ll enjoy it more.
      I currently work a shift rota which varies between 8.30 and 6.30 … so it’s not bad at all!

      I just hope that eventually my hard work will pay off and I’ll be able to do what I love more often! Xx

  2. November 2, 2017 / 8:30 PM

    I really hope you manage to get things kickstarted with your creative business in 2018. I can’t even imagine how stressful buying a house must be, but I hope it goes smoothly and you still have lots of time to make things!

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

    • Charlotte Shares
      November 2, 2017 / 11:41 PM

      Thank you so much! Fingers crossed it’ll all work out in the end! 😊

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