MMM {a new chapter} My New Freelance Life

I have a bit of news. Today is the start of a whole new chapter for me – I am officially freelance.

Yesterday I left my role as Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor of LOOK Magazine to find more of a balance to my life, to work from home and most importantly to be around a lot more for my two children – who are both growing up way too quickly!

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 20.54.25

After two year-long maternity leaves, it has been amazing to have been working again at a fabulous publication, dressing up every morning, putting on bright lipstick and drinking fancy skinny coffee with an extra shot.

And for much of the past eighteen months, I have been really happy. But – and obviously I can only speak for myself here, every working mum is different – I started to get really bothered about Charlie starting school in September and me not being around to pick him up.

At the same time, my husband had a promotion at work which meant he wasn’t going to be around so much in the week and in my head, that decided it.

MMM started off as a distraction from my second mat leave. I knew there would be days I needed to feel like me again – someone who has spent the best part of the last twenty years in the fashion industry.

What I have found is an amazing community, a brilliant, passionate readership (of people other than my mum!) and an absolute love for editing and writing it.

So I have lots of plans – a little redesign, a lot of new ideas, but with more time and headspace to devote to MMM. I would LOVE to know whether there is anything you’d like more of – or even less of, so please get in touch, by email, comment below or tweet me.

In the meantime, hello new chapter – and thank you all for reading and caring about MMM.

My amazing front page!
My amazing front page!
Team LOOK all rock their bretons in honour of me leaving. And oh wow, what's that I'm wearing?!
Team LOOK all rock their bretons in honour of me leaving. And oh wow, what’s that I’m wearing?!
You know how I love me a monogram, look at beautiful new freelance-friendly notebook...
You know how I love me a monogram, look at my beautiful new freelance-friendly notebook…

Leaving flowers - have you ever seen hydrangeas  as gorgeous as these?
Leaving flowers – have you ever seen hydrangeas as gorgeous as these?
Bye Blue Fin, leaving the building for the last time yesterday.
Bye Blue Fin, leaving the building for the last time yesterday.

 

  • Comments ( 20 )

  • avatar
    Shop Accordingly

    Congratulations, I so understand the feeling of wanting to pick your child up from school (although wait until it’s chucking it down with rain in December to question your decision πŸ™‚ ). Looking forward to seeing more on your blog which I love reading!

    • avatar
      Erica

      Thank you so much! And yes I agree, it seems like an amazing decision while the sun’s out!! X

  • avatar
    Charlotte Henderson

    Where do you get your skirts from lady face? Love the shape of those fellas. All the luck in the world x

    • avatar
      Erica

      That one is H&M, Charl! Love a midi!

      • avatar
        Lesley

        I have that skirt and the shoes – in fact I was wearing them both yesterday! But without the Breton, which I am wearing today instead. Ha!

        • avatar
          Erica

          Great minds Lesley!!! #styletwins

  • avatar
    Fiona

    Hi Erica. Best of luck with going freelance, not that I think you need it! I love reading your blog but would love a bit more stuff on beauty and hair if possible.
    F xx

    • avatar
      Erica

      Thanks Fiona! Noted! X

  • avatar
    Kim Scott

    Congratulations on your decision. Exactly what I’m working towards too. We only get one life and days with our children are precious

    • avatar
      Erica

      Thanks Kim – exactly. Hopefully I’ll be able to do both with a bit more time! X

  • avatar
    Cat Pharo

    Congratulations! Were looking forward to hearing more from you! Xx

    • avatar
      Erica

      Thanks so much Cat! You TOO!! X

  • avatar
    School Gate Style

    Wishing you every success as you go it alone – it’s completely worth it for the quality time you’ll have with the kids. I strongly believe your kids need you more when they’re at school than they do when they’re babies….you can’t get this time back and it’s over in a flash – my son is going into his final primary year on Monday and it seems like yesterday he was going in for his first day in P1! xx

    • avatar
      Erica

      Thank you so much Avril – it’s nerve-wracking, but I’m also incredibly excited at making it work for me AND getting to be around for the kids! Fingers crossed! Thank you for you lovely words x

  • avatar
    Toni Jones

    Exciting times… Charlie won’t mind losing you every now and then for #FreelanceFriday will he? πŸ™‚ xx

    • avatar
      Erica

      #FreelanceFriday all the way, TJ xx

  • avatar
    Jayne

    Congrats to you. As a fellow journo (we also have LOOK in common!) and with a little boy about to start school, I did exactly the same as you. For some reason, I didn’t mind leaving him at nursery until 6.30 every day but I did object to someone else (i.e. a childminder) picking him up from school. I started my freelance life in June and so far, so good. I’m sure it will be the best decision you’ve ever made! Good luck.

    • avatar
      Erica

      Thanks so much Jayne! I’m so glad to hear it’s working out for you too – fingers crossed! x

  • avatar
    Aquaruby

    Congratulations on a new stage in your career and life! Working from home can be great. Just be careful you don’t get too comfortable in tracksuit bottoms πŸ™‚

    • avatar
      Erica

      Too late! πŸ™‚

Leave a Reply

TOP