Random question: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why? I’d be a purple crayon because it’s my favourite colour. Purple symbolises wisdom, creativity, devotion, ambition, wealth, independence and peace. All of these descriptions are accurate and they represent who I am.
Are you a bold introvert? Have you always been one? Looking back on my life so far, I realise that I’ve always been a bold introvert, but I didn’t know it. I used to think I was socially awkward and anxious. But after some awful encounters at university – where I was constantly pressured into being extroverted – I started realising that I am an introvert.
Since then, I’ve learned that it’s actually okay to be an introvert – contrary to what others think – and I embrace it. People may dislike me for being a bold introvert but I’ve slowly learned not to care – I’d rather be authentic and life’s too short to not be true to yourself. I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for something I’m not.
What do you do? I work as a freelance copywriter, and I specialise in writing beauty content for business and publications. Technically, I’m a freelance beauty writer.
I also run my own digital platform. I am the Founder and Editor of The Cosmetic Notebook, which is a cruelty-free, vegan and natural makeup blog. It’s always been a dream of mine to be a Beauty Editor of my own online space.
What are you most proud of? I’m proud of myself for two things.
First of all, I’m proud of myself for going to a top university of my choice, studying the degree programme of my choice and graduating with a 2:1.
I’ve always wanted to further myself academically, but I went through a lot of adversity in my childhood and teenage years, so I nearly didn’t go to university. I decided I wanted to go to university when I was 14 years old after going on a school trip to a local higher education institution, so it was a huge deal for me.
Plus, I’m glad that I went against all odds and didn’t allow other people’s limited beliefs and unrealistic expectations stop me from going to university or studying what I wanted to study. My life, my choice, my rules – and all that jazz.
Secondly, I’m proud of myself for taking the plunge and going freelance on a full-time basis several months after graduation. This was never the plan, but it happened and I’m so glad, because despite the trials and tribulations, I’ve learned a lot and I’ve realised that I’m a lot more capable than originally thought.
My initial plan was to graduate, work for approximately a decade, then go freelance or start running my own business. But I had an extremely turbulent time in the traditional working world. I saw an opportunity to go freelance and give myself a chance to kick-start my career on my own terms, so I took that chance and I have no regrets. It was a risky move – I had zero clients when I started out and I had to make a lot of financial sacrifices. Even though I freelanced in my gap year before attending university, I was still a newbie to the world of self-employment.
Nevertheless, going freelance was a bold move and one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
And another thing: I recently completed an accredited course in Blogging via distance learning and I achieved a Distinction – the highest grade!
Do you feel that your personality trait has helped you achieve your goals? I do. I work from home on my own and that was a deliberate choice. I thrive on solitude and that was partly the reason why I became a work-from-home freelance writer. I realised as a teenager that I was much more suited to self-employment. I’m determined, ambitious and proactive so I feel as though those traits have helped me to gain the courage to take the plunge and design my own career.
What advice do you have for introverts who are worried about chasing their dreams? Just do it. Honestly. If you’re worried about chasing your dreams then let go of any limited beliefs and excuses, find the courage and take the plunge. Make time and prioritise your goals.
Not everyone will support you, but that’s okay. Not everyone will view and/or respect your vision but your journey is unique to you. After all, this is your life. I would suggest surrounding yourself with those that truly respect and support you because it’s one thing if people don’t get your dreams, but another thing if people stand in the way of you achieving your goals. A lot of people allow their minds to be plagued with negativity and limited thinking, and I know from experience that those kinds of people will simply project onto you. Unfortunately, there are people who possess the ‘crab mentality.’ Distance yourself from those people and don’t allow anything or anyone to distract you from your goals.
I should point out that I am not of the ‘just quit your job and follow your dreams’ brigade because I think that mentality is immature and irresponsible. It’s always best to be prepared so don’t quit what’s paying the bills until your dream can pay the bills – and more! If you have to, get another job to help fund your dream.
Also, remember that there are no overnight results: if you want to pursue your dreams, you have to have patience. You have to be determined, consistent and persistent.
Last but not least: belief in yourself. You’ll get there in the end.
Chichi is a freelance beauty writer from London, UK. She is the Founder and Editor of The Cosmetic Notebook, a cruelty-free, vegan and natural makeup blog.