To boldly go…

#330: An impending new year gives rise to reflection and goal setting. What will your goals for 2015 be? It’s never to early to start thinking about self improvement!

masterclass cloe drawing photo Kjersti Veel Krauss

Good question! Last year, one of my resolutions was to complete WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge, which I think (minus the odd missed days – thanks Norway press trip!) I’ve managed to achieve.

Since I love self improvement, I’ll no doubt set a quite few various resolutions. Amongst them will probably be – to travel abroad at least twice (I’ve never had two holidays in one year); to finally move into London (it’s been a dream ever since I started working in central back in 2012); to progress in my career – whether it be in magazines/publishing, video editing/presenting/producing or even PR; to take part in more video interview/junkets and video projects; and no doubt to learn something new – whether it be mastering photography, finally learning British Sign Language through official tuition or even taking classes on a particular video editing software… I just love being a sponge!

Image of myself with Head of Character Animation for How To Train Your Dragon 2, Simon Otto: Kjersti Veel Krauss

Origin story

#214: Why did you start your blog? Is that still why you blog, or has your site gone in a different direction than you’d planned?

Since it was over seven months ago now, I’m going to guess why I started my blog… as I’m not 100% sure what the deciding factor was. I know that I wanted to develop my writing skills, as a way to help further my career in journalism/publishing. And since I couldn’t decide on a theme or topic area for my blog, I chose to partake in the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge from the team over at WordPress, also making it one of my New Years Resolutions – so I had to stick to it! Initially, I remember thinking that this could help me discover what I wanted to write about in the long term, but as the months have gone by, I’ve realised that I absolutely love the randomness that this challenge brings!

The road less travelled

#183: Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.

I guess the biggest decision I’ve had to make in my life so far, was when I handed in my notice to my paid part-time job in order to pursue my career in journalism/publishing. Since I had achieved my full drivers license (which was the main reason for working as a retail sales assistant) and was having to split my week between the paid retail work and my magazine internship, I decided it was time to really focus on my career. It was quite scary as I hadn’t been promised a job or any sort of paid work at the magazine but I needed them to know that I was serious about working in this industry. This proved to be the right move as a few weeks later, my travel-paid-only internship turned into a full-time position and over a year later, I started getting paid! So even though it took a little while to actually get the job, I’ve learnt a heck of a lot and shown my true dedication to working in this industry, as I’m sure not many people can say that they were a loyal unpaid intern for over a year!

I do believe that if I didn’t hand it my notice when I did, it’s quite possible I could still be working part-time in retail – and believe me when I say it was an absolute headache… and that’s not only because of the bright, artificial lighting! It wasn’t in the best area so the customers weren’t always the nicest (especially when I would have to inform them that I couldn’t give them a money back refund when the labels weren’t on the garments and they didn’t have a receipt!). Although, this definitely did provide me with the best Customer Service skills having to deal with tricky customers – which is probably why I’m also the Customer Services Manager here at the magazine 😀