Inspiring work-life stories of real people’s careers

Enjoying your weekend? We don’t blame you. Sleep, relaxation and a whole lot of fun is a winning off-duty combination. However, are you dreading heading back to work on Monday morning a little too much? Perhaps it’s time to revamp your career.

These real people have all thought outside the box when it comes to their life and work. These careers really do show that nothing is off limits.

1. “We founded a lifestyle website about modelling”

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Image credit: Model Fit Life

Gabi Darlington (left), 23, and Portia Prince (right), 25 are both models who now also run a website.

“We both met on a job for Adidas in 2014, and clicked straight away. We were then booked together regularly. We realised that our friends and family were often excited or interested to hear about what we got up to on a shoot, what we did at a casting, and how we keep in shape. We figured we would share snippets of our lives and of our different experiences of the modelling industry. Model Fit Life was born.”

Read the rest of their story here.


2. “Why I quit my job to start a flower business”

Image credit: Florence Kennedy

Image credit: Florence Kennedy

Florence Kennedy, 28, gave up a job in sales to be a florist.

“It was a happy accident really. I’d love to say that I was always passionate about flowers that it was always a dream, but it wasn’t – it was just a business idea. But then after I started Petalon, I was just obsessed. It’s become a way of life – constantly looking at people’s gardens, seeing what’s growing.”

Read the rest of her story here.


3. “This is what it’s like to be a woman in tech media”  

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Image credit: Holly Brockwell

Holly Brockwell, 29, decided to start her own technology website, Gadgette, rather than work for a large established brand.

“I decided to start a site that’s overtly and proudly for women, that actively welcomes female readers and provides female writers with jobs. A site where it’s OK to be a woman who likes tech and gadgets, who’s excited about the future, and wants to know about inspiring women doing great things in the world. Where you won’t be shot down for your opinion because you have a female name or username. And where you can read articles by women like you, that naturally consider the female perspective (“this smartwatch is going to look ridiculous on your wrist”) and champion the female-led start-ups changing the world.”

Read the rest of her story here.


4. “How I went from food blogger to writing my own cookbooks” 

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Image credit: annabarnettcooks.com

Anna Barnett worked in fashion before turning to food blogging and writing her own cookbooks.

“I started taking photos of the food I was cooking and put them up on my blog ‘Get in My Gob’. I then began to host pop-up restaurants, catering for up to 65 people a night, and started writing ‘The Reluctant Vegetarian‘ blog for The Independent. Next, I got a book deal off the back of an interview I did for Sunday Times Style magazine about the pop-ups and blog. I now write monthly recipes for Miss Vogue and run my own website AnnaBarnettCooks.com.”

Read the rest of her story here.


5. “This is what it’s like to be a marine biologist”

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Erica Ross, 24, is a marine biologist in the making, conducting PhD research on lobsters off the coast of Florida.

“I grew up by a lake, but living by the ocean has been my dream since childhood. I originally started a general biology degree at Boston University, but switched to marine biology after trying a few classes and seeing the programme there. It was a really small course so I got a lot of hands on experience in the field and absolutely loved it. I wanted to do something where I could be outside and work with animals. Marine biology is perfect because you get both of those things – and also get the sun and water.”

Read the rest of her story here.