Why I'm More Than My 9 to 5

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Hello, my name is Steph. 

I am a cook
a runner
a CrossFitter
a blogger
amateur food photographer
a dog mom
a house-keeper
a reader
occasional gardener

and a proud Hufflepuff.  

I work a normal 9-5 job that keeps a roof over our heads and food on the table. 

Am I happy? Yeah I am. Because I've found that success in life doesn't just come from your career. 

I am a believer that millennial kids have it harder these days than when our parents were our age. We are encouraged to go study at University, which is always great life experience. Especially for book nerds like me who weren't ready for the learning part of life to end. 

But after uni?

I think we all question whether we picked the right subjects. Especially when job hunting is an anxiety-filled black hole of scary stuff. And the number one requirement? Experience. How are we gonna get the job when no one hires fresh out of uni kids? Ah dilemmas. 

So when you're faced with the gut-wrenching question of "what did you do with your degree" and your stomach gets a knot while you scramble for an impressive answer. You have to remind yourself that you are more than a job. Adults don't always get it, but that's only because they probably haven't faced what we do today. 

I'll admit that I do become ashamed of my own failures career-wise. But then I open blogger, or Instagram, and I'm reminded of the possibilities I still have. 

Which brings me to a favorite topic of mine: Social Media. 
And I'm not talking in the bad influence, but in how creative and artistic it has made a good part of our generation, and those behind us, become. Just this morning I was scrolling tags on Instagram and admiring how much work goes into getting that perfect table spread for a restaurant flat-lay. Or that orange color-scheme that fits every picture uploaded, with different locations, poses, outfits, weather conditions etc. You can't tell me being Instagram famous isn't a job. 

That beautiful feed is art, man.   

I just love that people are creating beautiful images out of everyday delights. I know it's a highlight reel, but I find it so inspiring and a break from the mundane. My job isn't exciting, but the days I get to spend creating seem so much more precious because of it. It's always time well spent if you ask me. 

I think if you truly want to see a person's character, just look at how they spend their time off work. 

Do they go hiking, visit family, take the dog for a walk, scrapbook, volunteer, go clubbing, go to the gym, or just simply do nothing for the sake of it? That's where you'll see someones passion in life, not in the job they had to settle for because life isn't always golden. But we'll get there.

Some of us have learnt to dance in the rain while we wait for the storm to pass. 

Do you ever feel like this with your job?
Steph x.


  1. You are awesome Steph and we LOVE this post!!! Everything you said we feel too. Don't get us wrong, we do love working with kids, we are lucky in that no matter how stressful a day can get, there will always be one who will smile, give us a cuddle or say something that will turn the day around but we're the kind of people that always like striving for more. Sometimes it's fun to work on instagrams and do our blog and think that there is so much else out there. We, like you, feel happy and inspired seeing creative people who are out there living their dreams or walking the streets for 6 hours to take that perfect instagram shot. These new age millennial jobs shouldn't be looked down on, it's kids or young adults making something for themselves and thinking outside the box.

    Sometimes we think "should we stop chasing things and start studying again to further ourselves in our chosen career" and while yes that could be an option, right now when we get home from work we're having too much fun doing our other things! :)

    Lucy and Kelly xx

  2. I love this post! I've been lucky enough to find a job that I love and that's intellectually fulfilling, but I've always felt as though it's the other things I do that define me. We're all of us more than the sum of all the different things that make up what we do and what we love.

    Lis / last year's girl x