Taking Risks & Following My Dreams

I have some wonderful news to share after what feels like the longest journey to get to this point. I am finally going FULL TIME with my wonderful online blog and brand, Paige Joanna. Taking risks in this industry has been a learning curve for me and finally i’m at the point I can take this further. To achieve my dream of working for myself is so surreal but also amazing.

Following my Dream

The opportunity to resign from my full time job and take on the freelance life came a few weeks ago. I’ve been slowly getting busier and busier over the past couple of years andย recently had a lot of opportunities come my way. A few weeks ago I realised I was getting an overwhelming amount of things come in. As amazing as this is, working full time means turning a lot down due to time and holiday allowance. After assessing my yearly accounts (tax year is nearly closing) and the influx of work I decided to take the leap!

This hasn’t been an easy decision for me financially but mentally I’ve been ready for this for a long long time. I’ve always wanted to work for myself and follow my own pursuits. So finally, after years of working on this online blog and brand i’m finally taking the next step into making it a long term career.

It’s been a long time coming, with plenty of late nights, free work, low points and amazing collaborations to get to where I am. I may not be the most popular on Instagram or have a following like Zoella but I am ready to try. What you guys have taught me is to embrace my own quirks and learn to love what I do.

Taking Risks and Following my Dream

Photos by Flavien Priore at L’Oreal event.

Taking Risks and Full time Blogging

Photos by Rebecca

Taking Risks

Some people have said to me I am taking a big risk in this decision but if not now, when?

We all learn by our progression and often our mistakes so now is the perfect time to take this leap in my life. I don’t have any responsibilities like a mortgage, children, pets or any debts. I’ve been saving up for months, essentially working 3 different jobs in order to do this whilst living in London. I’ve managed all of this whilst living and being treated with my Crohn’s disease and I have managed it all with much hardship and passion. Meetingย amazing friends and professionals along the way and creating lasting relationships with people has really helped me.

Whats to come

Now that I can finally dedicate all my time and energy into this online brand I have created I have so many ideas to pursue. Think lots more DIY’s, crafts, tutorials, YouTube videos and sharing my life with you all. If there is anything you want to see let me know in the comments! I want this platform to be a chatty, friendly and relatable place for us and I want my content to reflect this voice. That is why I also started The Health Diaries series on my Channel to discuss and open up about certain topics.

I’m so excited to grow with you all, whether you have followed me since the beginning or are a new follower, thank you for making my dreams come true. I hope you can continue to support my content, let’s do this!

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28 comments

  1. I’m so excited for you Paige.
    This is massive, but you know what, life is too short of what if’s- in any part of our life.

    Bloody go out and live your dreams! So happy and excited for you.
    xxx

  2. This is amazing! I’m so happy for you! ๐Ÿ™‚
    You’ve worked so hard on your blog and your own brand, you have done so well! So excited to see what comes next! xx

  3. Hi Paige – really impressed with how much you’ve achieved since I first subscribed to you. My favourite videos of yours are the low-budget try on hauls from the more affordable high street shops. Low-budget as in try on hauls rather than look book style videos. I love your lookbooks but I guess I watch blogs more for shopping ideas rather than fashion inspo. Not sure I’m making sense but I tried! Every day chatty vlogs are cool too. I wish you all the success x Alice

    1. Hey Alice,
      Thank you for the tips! Do you like my thrifting and charity shop stuff or more high street clothing hauls and how I style the items?
      ๐Ÿ™‚
      Paige xx

  4. This is so amazing and I couldn’t be happier for you!!! What a dream come true and how well deserved. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have in store and would love to join forces in your health diaries series ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป Much love and a huge congrats ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’–

    1. Hey Bee, Thanks so much!! It’s always been the financial aspect sadly as living in London is so expensive it’s taken a long time to get to a comfortable point to make this move! xxx

    1. Thats so kind, thank you for the support and for commenting, any of your feedback means a lot to me to help me continue what I love doing xxx

  5. Such wonderful news hun and very well deserved! I wish you all the best, luck and happiness in this exciting new adventure! Look forward to whats in store!

  6. This is a wonderful surprise, dear. I have been following you on and off for a few years now and from the start I could tell you were not only an amazing artist you also had an inner drive that was pushing you towards something, thru any barrier. I had no idea what that goal was but I knew whatever it was you would get there. And, yes, now, of course now. Its what youth is made for. When I think of topics I would like to see covered my answers are all pretty selfish for my own enjoyment but I suppose I will be brave an share. Anything with tights of course, colorful tights especially. And I really hope there are some swimwear/lingerie opportunities in your future too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Those are all my ultimate dream answers but rest assured I know whatever you choose to share will be great. Congratulations!

    All Things Bright and Lovely

  7. Congratulations Paige, that is fantastic news! I am a firm believer in taking those work chances and living out your dreams, because you’re right ‘If not now, then when?’ Good luck with it lovely, I’m sure you’re going to do fab! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Heather Xx
    100waysto30.co.uk

  8. YES Paige!! I remember a few years back you were at a cross roads, feeling down, and didn’t know what to do and…wow!…look at you now! So beautiful to see how much you’ve grown in strength and courage. This will be so exciting for you and you’ll get so many exciting opportunities…Can’t wait to see where this new chapter will take you. ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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