A New Direction?

Back in my late teens/early twenties, I did a home study course in aromatherapy. I think it was aromatherapy and massage but it was a long time ago - I can remember though that I got a distinction.  

I have spent a large part of my life just drifting.  I didn't know with any amount of certainty what I wanted to do with my life, particularly in terms of career.  Up until the age of 13/14, I wanted to be a teacher until my Stepmum sat with me and told me to think seriously as if I had children of my own, it would mean that I was always around children.  Thank god I listened to her, it was hands down the best advice I think I've ever been given.  After that, I had thoughts of hairdressing and journalism.  

When I left school and went to college I still didn't have any real plan or thoughts in mind. I just picked some courses that interested me: sociology, law and communication studies.  I had no input from anyone else with my parents having their own things going on.  I ended up hating college with a passion and felt that I was really struggling with it all. Ironically, when I looked at the notebooks and coursework a few years later, I was gettings A and B grades. Other friends had jobs and I ended up dropping out. Mum told me that if I was out of education I had to get a job, any job, asap.  So I ended up as an office junior in a solicitor's office.  It stood me well and I moved to legal secretary and that was what I did for a number of years. Since then I've had a few other jobs, none of which have really set me alight with a passion for them.  

When I did the aromatherapy course, I had thoughts of doing an apprenticeship in a beauticians and building up my knowledge and skills. But then I met D and we were in a long-distance relationship, traveling back and forth so I couldn't afford to take the hit in my wages otherwise it would have meant I wouldn't have been able to see him.  I enjoyed and completed the course but nothing came from it and life carried on, with me drifting through.

These days, I work for my husband and his family.  I run the social media profiles for the businesses they own and I've been doing it for nearly 10 years.  I enjoy it and, without sounding big-headed, I know what I'm doing and I'm good at it. We have a good following for the size of our businesses and they have grown organically. I'm told I'm good at it! But recently, I've felt like I've wanted more. Something else alongside it.  

At the risk of sounding all woo-woo, I've been working on myself a lot this year.  I've been journaling a lot, trying to work through my emotional attachments and 'issues'.  I'm setting more boundaries with people and saying no more.  And I've been reading a lot of different things. Spiritual 'stuff', the law of attraction, manifestation. Trying to work out what I want in my life alongside everything else. 

With all of this, lots of holistic therapies and information has been popping up and I've taken notice.  Aromatherapy has jumped back out at me and so after much deliberation, I've booked myself on another homestudy course. Thankfully it has no time limit on it so I'm not restricted with time, this was important to me as we never know what the future holds! Whether it just furthers my knowledge, which I would be more than happy with as I do quite enjoy structured learning, or whether it leads to something further, who knows. For now though, I'm going to go with the flow and follow where ever it may lead. 


  1. Good for you! I think it's exciting to start out on new ventures. I'm sure you'll really get something out of it, maybe even a new career! #TwinklyTuesday

  2. Good for you! You go for it, it's always good to develop skills and keep learning and who knows it could be a nice side hustle for you x


  3. How exciting, follow your passion and take it up, I'm sure you will love it. #TwinklyTuesday

  4. Enjoy the course and just see where it takes you. It hardly seems like you have been resting on your laurels all these years. You've been a busy girl! #TwinklyTuesday

  5. I wish you all the best - got to love aromatherapy! I think every new mum should be given a load of aromatherapy oils so pampering is part of her routine from the get-go. There's a business idea for your right there! Perhaps via a subscription box? Anyway mainly I want to say that I hear you and am on a similar path myself trying to work out what next. I feel like the last 20 years have been sucked up with marriage and parenting. Not sure marriage does it for me any more for many reasons and increasingly enjoying my me time more and more. One son has already left to live overseas which leaves me wondering is some ways what it was all about which is daft of course and I love and miss him and yet, what about me? So I hear you and let's keep in touch to see what happens next for the both of us. #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Absolutely Kate. We get so caught up with everyday life that we forget about ourselves and what we need. I've been doing a lot of reading on this recently. Trust yourself and follow your gut instinct. Always here to chat, just drop me a line. Lots of luck x

  6. Good luck with the new course - that sounds very interesting! My most recent home studies were in travel journalism. I didn't quite finish the course but it prompted me to started my blog :) Three years later ... here I am! #TwinklyTuesday