I recently confessed that I don’t belong in employment. Quite a bold statement. Some might call it career suicide, but it was a necessary hammer to the misguided backup plan shaped wall that I was hiding behind. Keeping one toe dipped in the employment waters was just holding me back. Since though, I have been thinking ‘how do I follow that?’ Then I realised I should just keep sharing the things that I wouldn’t usually admit.

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I have a story to tell, but until now I have been afraid to tell it.

Being at BelongCon in Brighton yesterday, watching so many people brave enough to reveal their story, I decided it’s time that I share mine.

As a freelance content marketing specialist and writer I get paid to write brand stories. Every day I write meaningful content about what matters to them and their audience. Yet my own content outputs have been in limbo as I continue to battle with a fear that if I reveal the truth, I won’t ever be able to get a permanent job again.

It’s time to burst that bubble (see what I did there @and_Helene). It’s time to accept that employment just isn’t for me and share my story in the hope that it will inspire others like me.

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Have you got to a point in your career where you feel stuck? No matter how much hard work you put in that promotion just isn’t happening and you have forgotten why you wanted it in the first place. Simply put – you have lost your mojo and you would really like to get it back.

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This story is fiction, but inspired by a real life experience during a review of Glasvegas at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea. This story was also originally published in ALT-MU Magazine as a three part series. 

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The last 5 years have been rocky but without these people I wouldn’t have been able to take the Y out of that equation and ROCK!

The biggest lesson I have learned in this time is how important it is to surround yourself with people that inspire you.

So, here goes…

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Talk about setting myself up for a fall! I got to day 2 and then I pretty much crumbled.

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In June 2014 I promised my readers a post for every stone I lost as I bravely marched forward with my plan to lose a whopping 7.5 stone. By December I had lost 2 stone 6lbs and since? Well, I have pretty much maintained that loss but also seem to have lost determination to continue on my mission.

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“Have you tried turning it off and on again?”

Often the solution to a problem is less complex than we originally perceive it to be. Humour aside, turning your computer off and on again, or signing in and out of your software can solve a multitude of issues. Maybe we should all apply this simplistic approach more often in life.

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For those not in the ‘Jen the Red’ loop, I started my weight loss journey in June with an initial target of 3 stone and promised my readers a post for every stone I lose. Well, here I am as promised over 2 stone down and with a big smile across my face!

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As I approach my 34th birthday and, only now, feel that I am building strong foundations for a healthy and happy future – I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I got here.

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