I'm assuming you've been following me and my #fixatedFRANCE antics on Instagram over the past couple of days. It's been a total whirlwind and I have no idea where the time's gone. I'm still recuperating and coming to my senses. You can imagine how swamped I must be if I, the biggest procrastinator, had to forego idling around.
The last two weeks have been hectic, to say the least. Not only was it the busiest time of year in the fashion industry, with Paris Fashion Week in full swing, but in the academic year as well, with deadlines stacking up as the end of semester draws to a close. While education is always my first priority, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to cover fashion week for Fashionide and Clara Indonesia. Like most of my friends, who see my life through the rose-coloured glasses of Snapchat, you're probably thinking something along the lines of "wow, lucky him, he's having so much fun".
Yes, I too believe that I'm incredibly lucky to be able to do what I love. And yes, I do have fun attending shows and experiencing Paris in all her overwhelming glory. But there's so much more to it than what you see on social media... or rather what I selectively show you on social media. Blood, sweat and tears are involved. Figuratively and literally.
When I'm in Paris, first and foremost, I'm there for work - as a writer, reviewing shows and collections, and as a photographer, shooting street style. Once these are covered each day, I revert to university duties, which consist of endless readings and toiling over essays across multiple disciplines. And then to get a little break from that, I plan and create content for FixatedF. Sleep and food are never on the agenda, they just happen when they happen. Just another day in the life of a creative.
It's so important to have a deep passion and love for whatever it is that you're doing, especially in a creative field, otherwise at manic times like these you'll end up burning out. I know my snaps of me at the Givenchy after-party may have showcased otherwise, but I was so close to running on empty.
One of the consequences of working freelance in the creative industry is that the line between work-life and personal-life gets blurred. Or in some cases, completely erased. We are not bound to work only during office hours - ideas, inspiration and motivation could strike at any hour and we can choose to execute them at our convenience. Neither are we confined by the physical boundaries of an office - our homes become our workspaces. In fact, wherever we go, a mobile, make-shift office is sure to follow.
It's hard for me myself to discern between work and play, so I understand when people look at me and think that I'm no work and all play. But trust me - there is a lot effort that goes into doing what I do and I have worked hard to be where I am today. Put your heart into your work and be true to yourself and life will unfold the way you envision it.
Wearing: M&S Collection - Double cuff shirt // Zara - Flared trousers // Topshop - Denim jacket, with 'fixated' embroidery by Hand & Lock // Chanel - Wallet on chain // Dune - Boots // PYAR - Essential rings // Dior - So Real Sunglasses