After a much needed 6 month period of self-care, therapy, and grueling mental challenges, I am beyond excited to announce my little corner of the internet, Essentially Lily, is relaunching on January 1st 2018!
So, what have I been up to?
Well, late April, I took the plunge and quit my job as an HR Assistant, choosing my happiness over pleasing others in a non-rewarding environment. Don’t get me wrong, I loved what I actually did in my job, but support (especially with my anxiety), staff appreciation, and any kind of incentive (we didn’t even have Christmas decorations!!) was pretty much non-existent. But more on this in another post…
Where on earth has April gone? I cannot believe I am writing out my beauty wishlist for May 2017 already!
You may have had a peek at my mini makeup haul from Boots recently which featured products that I needed to stock up on, but let’s look at what’s on my beauty wishlist for May 2017.
SEO can be very daunting, especially for newbie bloggers (like me) or those unfamiliar with how the internet works (also me). So I’ve put together a Beginner’s Guide to WordPress SEO to help you optimise your site.
When I first started out blogging, I didn’t even know about SEO. Let alone thinking it was something I needed to learn and apply to my own site! But I was desperate to improve and after about 6 months, I realised SEO was crucial.
I searched the internet, reading lots of things I didn’t understand and making notes that made no sense! Eventually it started coming together, and I decided to put together a Beginner’s Guide to WordPress SEO to help you optimise your site.
So you want to get into modelling? I did too when I was about 16, so I set about sourcing local photographers to work with and build a portfolio. In 3 years, I did a few TFP (time for print) shoots, a couple of published fashion editorials for a local magazine, and a handful of catwalk shows – mainly for charity. Not really the model life I had hoped for. When I was 19, I was approach by an “agency”. I was ecstatic! A three year contract with an assigned talent coordinator, an agency who had worked with numerous big, household and high-street brands, and they were looking at me! The only thing was I had to pay around £200 for “representation and admin fees” upfront to cover the three year period. “That’s not too bad if I’m going to earn from it” I thought. Wrong. Fast forward 3 years, my contract has ended, and I didn’t receive a single phone call from them, let alone an assignment.